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Consumers across the country have been put on high alert after several victims suffered second and third-degree burns from Power Pressure Cooker XL explosions. The tops of the appliances have been malfunctioning and injuring users. Those near the exploded pressure cookers are subjected to scalding steam and hot liquid expelling from the units.

The Power Pressure Cooker XL is manufactured by the TriStar Products, Inc. company, established in New Jersey, and were sold to big-box retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, and Bed Bath & Beyond. The “as seen on TV” product disclaimer states that the lid of the pressure cooker cannot be removed until after internal pressure has dissipated and it is safe. However, consumers in the states of Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania have suffered wrongdoing.

The Power Pressure Cooker XL explosions have injured a number of people including a woman who received severe burns to her torso and injuries to children ranging from 9-months-old to 14-years-old. The hot liquids and pressure building up in these appliances have the capability to cause severe injuries and long-term health issues when the lids explode.

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By Shawn Kasserman

choosing an attorney, Chicago xarelto injury lawyersBayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals are now facing more than 2,000 lawsuits for their widely used anticoagulant, Xarelto. All share the common thread of pain, injury, and loss. But each case is also unique, varied by its circumstances and level of loss, which can impact on the overall success and outcome. Individual attorneys also represent most. This, too, can impact how much compensation they may or may not receive.

All of this may be frightening to think about, especially if you are considering joining the Xarelto lawsuit cases. Maybe your life may have been drastically altered, or maybe someone you love may have suffered a wrongful death. Whatever your situation, it is important to recognize that you do have control over how you proceed and that there are people who genuinely want to help.

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By Robert Geimer

Nineteen people are dead with many other close calls as the result of keyless ignition systems found in many new cars, according to the safety group KidsAndCars.org.  As reported by NBC News, drivers are inadvertently pulling into garages and leaving their vehicles with the key fobs but with engines still running.  This has led to carbon monoxide poisoning and death.  The problem is that most of us are used to only being able to take the key out of the ignition after the engine is turned off.

The auto industry abruptly changed this with the introduction of keyless fobs, where a driver can, by habit, leave the vehicle with the key (fob) but the engine can be left running and spewing carbon monoxide into the garage and residence.  Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identified this as a “clear safety problem” in 2011, nothing has been done about it.  Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is pushing for a solution to the problem and deserves our support.  In the meantime, if you drive a car with a keyless ignition, remember to always manually turn the engine off before leaving the vehicle.

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By Robert Geimer

The FDA has issued a warning that the coatings on intravascular devices may peel off and cause serious injuries to patients.  In a Safety Communication, the FDA has warned that it has received about 500 reports since early 2014 of these coatings flaking or peeling off intravascular devices such as guidewires, catheters and introducers, which have been used in many different types of medical procedures.  Adverse events include stroke, embolism and heart attack.  Though the FDA has taken the position that the overall benefits of these devices continue to outweigh the risks, it is urging caution in their use and urging physicians to follow a set of recommendation to reduce the risk of flaking and peeling.

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By Robert Geimer

If you’re a channel-flipper you may have run across infomercials for Wen shampoo, touting a unique formula “that cleanses hair thoroughly without lather or harsh sulfates found in some ordinary shampoos.”  Celebrities including Brooke Shields and Angie Harmon have endorsed the product, and it is promoted by marketing firm Guthy-Renker, famous for Tony Robbins and other infomercials.  Unfortunately, this “unique” shampoo makes your hair fall out, at least according to a complaint filed by more than 200 consumers in 40 states.  In a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of California (link), which is itself unique as the pleading document contains pictures of consumers with chunks of hair missing, consumers allege that Wen shampoo contains harsh ingredients that cause hair loss, and further allege that the manufacturer knew about consumers’ complaints but refused to do anything about them.  As we wait to see the outcome of this litigation, it is important to remember to be a diligent consumer and be appropriately skeptical of slick marketing campaigns.

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