Beware of Hazardous Children’s Toys

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

For children, playtime is all the time, and the tools they use in play, of course, are toys.

Toys aid children in learning about their surroundings; thus, they feel and learn to distinguish shapes, appreciate colors, listen to sounds, feel texture and even taste whatever they can get their hands on. It is very important, therefore, that the toys parents give them are totally safe, that is free of choking hazards and pointed edges, and do not contain any toxic substance.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent government agency that was formed in 1972 for the purpose of regulating the sale and manufacture of consumer products, as well as for ensuring the safety of these. Some of its other duties include the banning of any type of consumer product that causes danger (or has the potential to cause danger), issue product recalls (of those already available on the market), and formulate product safety requirements.

To help ensure the safety of small children the CPSC determines the allowed sizes of toys, limits for toxicity and noise (due to the very loud noise produced by some items), the inaccessibility of the toy’s batteries and magnets, removal of sharp edges or parts that can wound a child, and the display of clear product labels that warn about the toy’s possible dangers.

In 2014 the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), a non-profit organization, released “Trouble in Toyland,’ a report which highlighted potentially hazardous toys and issued tips to parents on how to make sure that they get to purchase safe toys for their children.

W.A.T.C.H., which stands for World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., is another non-profit organization that is committed to providing the public with helpful information on dangerous children’s products, at the same time protecting children from any harm. W.A.T.C.H. also notifies the public about the different types of dangers found in many children’s toys and products, and recreational activities.

A list of the “10 Worst Toys of 2014” was released by W.A.T.C.H. to send parents the clear message of the need to keep their children away from harmful toys and from toy manufacturers who are more concerned with sale over safety.

Very young children getting injured can evoke varied emotions, including anger, frustration and the determination to bring the liable party to justice. Pursuing legal actions, however, may require the assistance of a seasoned personal injury lawyer, whose knowledge of, and experience in, the tort law may be able to help the child victim attain the justice that he or she rightly deserves.

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Understanding the link between Anencephaly and Depakote

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

Some babies are born with their skull and brain underdeveloped. This is a condition known as anencephaly, which means “no brain.” While some brain development may have occurred, it is typically not enough to sustain life. The anencephalic child is stillborn or dies soon after birth.

Anencephaly is one of a group of fetal developmental disorders called neural tube defects, which refers to problems with the spine, spinal cord, and the brain. The causes of these birth defects are unknown, but there are studies that indicate they may be associated with inadequate intake of folic acid during pregnancy. Some studies also indicate a link to certain drugs, especially those containing valproic acid. The anticonvulsant Depakote (valproate) is one of these drugs.

Researchers believe that fetal exposure to valproic acid through the mother in early pregnancy increases the risk of neural tube defects such as anencephaly by up to 20 times compared to pregnant women that do not take in valproic acid. According to a November 2011 Canadian study “Valproic acid-induced DNA damage increases embryonic p27KIP1 and caspase-3 expression: A mechanism for valproic-acid induced neural tube defects,” Depakote-related neural tube defects have a 1% to 2% incidence in infants.

The study used rats to observe how valproic acid acted on the DNA. The researchers found that it increased the production of the yH2A.X protein, which inhibited the ability of the DNA to replicate in the normal course of fetal development. Because most of the fetal development occurs during the first trimester, any interruption in the process has long-term and often serious consequences for the fetus.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, Depakote has been in the market since 1983 for the treatment of epileptic seizures, and later for migraine headaches and bipolar disorder. Many women in their childbearing years had continued to take Depakote during their pregnancies, unaware of the risks until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in 2011. It is uncertain how many of these women gave birth to an anencephalic baby because they were on Depakote, but medical records and the latest studies should be able to establish a link easily enough.

However, proving that the drug maker Abbott Laboratories via its subsidiary AbbVie was negligent in any way will be more difficult. A recent win by a 12-year-old plaintiff with spina bifida in state court sets a good precedent, but it takes a skilled birth defect lawyer to handle the big drug companies. If your child was born anencephalic and you had been on Depakote during your first trimester, you may be eligible for compensation. Find an experienced lawyer to help you in the process.

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Risperdal Lawsuits

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

Galactorrhea is a condition where there is spontaneous discharge of milk-like substance from the breast that is not linked to breastfeeding after pregnancy. The discharge may appear milky white, but it is not always milk, and can come from just one breast or both. Although it is common in women, it can also occur in men. There are several factors that can lead to galactorrhea, and taking certain psychiatric treatments can result in patients exhibiting it.

Certain anti-psychotic medications such as Risperdal (with its active ingredient risperidone) can cause hyperprolactinemia that could lead to galactorrhea. Although it would generally require large doses of Risperdal for patients to experience galactorrhea, recent studies have shown that even lower doses can still cause adverse effects.

Those who have suffered from galactorrhea due to taking Risperdal have also higher chances of developing other side effects that this anti-psychotic medication can cause. Aside from galactorrhea, those have taken Risperdal have also reported experiencing heart arrhythmia, sexual dysfunction, tardive dyskenisia, pituitary tumors, and gynecomastia. The manufacturers of Risperdal, Johnson & Johnson, has already been fined by an Arkansas judge after it was discovered that they did not provide the complete report on the risks that Risperdal may cause to patients.

Those who have experienced severe side effects from Risperdal, such as gynecomastia and galatorrhea, have already filed for a Risperdal lawsuit in order to make the manufacturers liable for their negligence. Those who have loved ones of who are taking Risperdal are urged to immediately report and side effects that they may be suffering, and consult with their physician and lawyer to determine if they are qualified to file a Risperdal lawsuit. Despite the number of risks and FDA warnings that come with Risperdal, it is still being used as an anti-psychotic drug and is being sold in the market. Although galactorrhea can be treated and can be a small annoyance to most people, galactorrhea can still affect the quality of life of the patient.

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