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Defective toys: These tips can help avoid trouble

As a parent, you know one thing to be true: Your children enjoy playing with toys. While there is nothing wrong with this, you also realize that not every toy is as safe as it should be.

For example, defective toys have a way of making their way to market. Despite the best efforts of manufacturers and government agencies, there is no guaranteed way to keep these out of the hands of consumers.

What does a medical device recall do?

A medical device recall can typically be started by the company that made the device, as a voluntary recall, or by the government. Many companies, when they learn of issues that would mandate a recall, will simply issue it on their own to avoid having one issued by the government, but this is not always the case.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, a recall could give the company a chance to:

  • Inspect the device to determine if there are any issues or problems. This may be needed in cases where some devices, but not all, have shown defects.
  • Repair a device with a known defect.
  • Put a new and more accurate label on the device.
  • Change the device's settings to increase functionality and safety.
  • Destroy the device entirely if it is deemed to be unsafe and there is no way to repair it.
  • Tell the patients who have the device that issues have been discovered. This notification can count as a recall even if the patient still has the device.

Methylphenidate linked to birth defects

A drug used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been tied to a heart defect in babies, according to a report published on January 11, 2018. A study discovered that women taking Concerta, Ritalin and similar drugs for ADHD faced an increased likelihood of having babies with heart defects as compared to babies of mothers who did not take drugs for ADHD.

Analysis of over 1.8 million pregnancies in the United States and the use of methylphenidate and/or amphetamine during the first trimester showed that women who took methylphenidate were 11 percent more likely to give birth to children with birth defects.

Winter driving tips to help keep you safe

There is never a good time to take risks when you're behind the wheel of your vehicle. Doing this increases the chance of an accident, and that's not something you ever want to deal with.

During the cold winter months, unsafe driving is even more dangerous. Furthermore, it's easier to make a mistake that puts you in a compromising position.

Auto defects: As serious as they sound

Like most people, there's a good chance you spend a good amount of time behind the wheel of your car. While you assume your vehicle will keep you safe at all times, you never know what could happen when you hit the road.

You should never overlook the fact that an accident could be the result of a vehicle defect. In other words, it may not be another person who causes a crash, but instead something that is wrong with your car.

Kids' makeup pulled after asbestos report

A report from a CNN affiliate claimed that a number of types of children's makeup being sold at Claire's stunningly contained tremolite asbestos.

Asbestos, often used in building materials and since outlawed, can be deadly. When inhaled or swallowed, it's been linked to cancer and lung damage. The most worrying ailment it causes is mesothelioma, which is an aggressive type of cancer that is often deadly.

Popular 2018 auto models included in recent recalls

2018 may have just started, but some new auto models are already being recalled for serious safety hazards. It's important for those who have purchased these cars to know the risks they face.

For instance, the 2018 Audi A5, which is made by Volkswagen, is being recalled. There is a risk that the air bag may not work property and could fail to deploy in an accident. The result could be serious injury or even death.

A child can experience many types of injuries

As a parent, you remember what it was like to be a child. You know that kids get into things (often at the worst time). You also know that they will suffer injuries every now and again.

While injuries are all a part of growing up, there are times when accidents can be avoided. Here are some of the many types of accidents that could cause an injury:

  • Swimming pool accident
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products (such as toys)
  • Dog bites
  • Sports injuries
  • Playground and school accidents

Why your medical device was likely recalled

As was the case with DePuy hip replacements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may order that a medical device manufacturer either temporarily or permanently remove its product from the market.

Oftentimes, when a product is taken off the market for a short period of time, it's done so in order to inspect it for any potential defects, to make adjustments to it or repair flaws that have been discovered. If new dangers associated with using the device are discovered after it's released to market, then it also may be recalled so that a warning label can be affixed to it.

Should I hire an attorney for a worker's compensation case?

In a perfect world, you shouldn't need an attorney if you've been in a workplace accident. However, there are several instances in which hiring an attorney can make a significant impact on your worker's compensation case.

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