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Does This Popular App Encourage Selfies While Driving?

Several car accidents have been caused by people using SnapChat while driving. Specifically, these drivers were using SnapChat’s speed filter. SnapChat’s speed filter records how fast users are travelling while taking selfies. If you were to snap a photo of yourself at 110 miles per hour, it would share your speed and the photo to friends. Some of the accidents involving drivers using the speed filter occurred at speeds greater than 100 miles per hour. [...]

New Jersey Family Sues Mall After Son Injured in Horrific Accident

A New Jersey family filed a personal injury lawsuit against a mall and escalator company after a horrific accident left their son disabled. According to the parents, they were Christmas shopping when tragedy struck. While going from the first to second floor, the mother heard her son screaming in pain. When she looked down, she saw that her son’s right foot had become trapped in an open gap on the escalator. A bystander pushed the [...]

Should Recall Notices Be Issued by Email?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a ninth death caused by a defective Takata airbag injector. According to NHTSA, defective Takata airbags have a 50 percent chance of rupturing during a car crash. When these airbags fail, they shoot shrapnel into the faces of drivers and passengers. NHTSA has pleaded with auto manufacturers to revamp how they send consumers recall notices. Auto manufacturers are required by law to notify consumers of recalls. [...]

The Car Seat Defect Behind Honda’s Massive Minivan Recall

Honda is recalling 641,302 of its Odyssey minivans in the US due to a car seat defect. Specifically, it has recalled and put a stop-order on 2011 through 2016 Odyssey minivans. According to Honda, the mechanism that tilts and slides second-row seats forward does not lock into place when returned to the normal position. Honda claims the defect can injure passengers during car accidents or heavy braking. Although the automaker has not received any reports [...]

Were Superstorm Sandy Cleanup Crews Underpaid?

New Jersey and other East Coast states affected by Superstorm Sandy hired contractors to repair damage to the shoreline and to prepare for the storm. Workers spent months picking up debris, dredging sand to rebuild the beaches and repairing other damage. Some workers were not paid the prevailing wage rate by these contractors. In fact, many received a fraction of what they were owed under the prevailing wage law. There have been several lawsuits filed [...]

Study Discovers Patients Are Prescribed Opioids During and After Addiction Treatment

More than two million Americans are addicted to prescription opioid medications. Some of these people receive treatment at inpatient or outpatient health centers. One of the most common pharmaceutical treatments for opioid addiction is buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone and Subutex. A recent study released by Johns Hopkins University suggests 43 percent of patients receiving buprenorphine fill at least one prescription for opioids while undergoing treatment. Another 67 percent filled an opioid prescription after being [...]

Parents Beware: Hyland’s Teething Tablets Come with Fatal Risks

The problem with homeopathic products is that they are untested and may use potentially dangerous ingredients. Hyland’s baby teething product is an example. The FDA claims this product contains unsafe levels of belladonna, the plant also known as deadly nightshade. Hyland’s Teething Tablets are made by Standard Homeopathic Co., a Los Angeles-based company. Belladonna does have uses in medicine. The FDA-approved medication Donnatal uses alkaloids from the belladonna plant to treat irritable bowel syndrome and [...]

Are Prescription Opioid Manufacturers Using Unethical Lobbying Practices?

Previous blogs on America’s prescription opioid epidemic have touched on how companies like Purdue Pharma underplayed the risks of OxyContin. Purdue and its competitors have spent millions of dollars lobbying to protect prescription opioid medications from stricter regulations. Between 2006 and 2015, Purdue Pharma and prescription opioid manufacturers spent $880 million on lobbying. This is 200 times the amount spent by groups attempting to stem the tide of prescription opioids. Pharma companies and the advocacy [...]

How Did Opioid Drug Makers Push Aggressive Prescribing on the Medical Community?

Statistics released by the National Institute of Drug Abuse show 2.1 million Americans have become addicted to opioids. How did so many Americans become addicted to these prescription medications? Drug makers pushed doctors to prescribe these drugs for long-term pain management and other basic health problems. In the past, opioid medications were prescribed for end-of-life care or immediately after surgery. Now they are being prescribed to just about anyone complaining of any pain. So why [...]

Do Manufacturers Knowingly Release Vehicles with Defective Auto Parts?

Auto manufacturers in the US have a history of releasing vehicles with parts that cause catastrophic or fatal injuries. In some cases, manufacturers even knew about the defects and chose to release the vehicles anyways. The Ford Pinto and GM’s ignition switch are examples of manufacturers knowingly releasing vehicles with defective auto parts. Ford developed the Pinto in the late 1960s to compete with Japanese automakers that had cornered the small-vehicle market. The goal was [...]

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