Month: November 2012

Glass Particles May Be Found in Generic Lipitor

According to a November 29 article by Katie Thomas in The New York Times, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals has stopped producing its generic version of Lipitor, pending investigation into the possibility of small glass particles being found in pills. The Food and Drug Administration announced the halt earlier that day. The FDA claims they have not received any reports of consumers being harmed. Thomas’ article sites a recall by the drug manufacturer earlier this month and extensive details on Ranbaxy manufacturing problems at its plants in the US and in India.

Roadway Conditions and Auto Accidents

Automobile accidents are caused by a number of circumstances ranging from driver neglect, impairment or recklessness, to roadway conditions involving weather, construction, obstructions or other circumstances. Unfortunately, automobile accidents happen every day and regardless of the circumstances, and even if you are only mildly injured, it is important that you call the police from the scene of the accident, and later obtain a copy of the official police report. Often the police officer may site opinion on who was at fault in such cases where there is clear evidence to determine the cause. This will help you in working toward receiving a settlement from your insurance company. In other situations, there may be no clear explanation and the underlaying causes are not very evident. When a roadway or roadway-related accident occurs, in addition to a police report and depending on the complexity of the circumstances, an accident survey should be additionally conducted, if possible, immediately following the accident, before debris is removed and traffic proceeds in the area. In some circumstances, law enforcement officials are equipped to quickly and accurately document the scene. In some cases, independent land surveyors or engineers may also be hired to assess factors relating to curves and grades in the road that may be a contributing factor. Measurements can be taken and scene mapping can be done as a means of determining if roadway defects or design flaws could be contributing factors to the accident. Forensic engineers are familiar with design regulations and maintenance requirements.  Injuries and property damages may make your case more complex. It may be in your best interest to hire an accident attorney before filing your claim. At Okun, Oddo & Babat, regardless of the circumstances, we are equipped to evaluate your accident case and potentially help you recover the highest compensation possible. Contact us for a courtesy evaluation.

Trampolines Recalled by Sportspower Due to Injury Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall involving Sportspower Parkside model TR-14FT-COM trampolines. The trampolines are 14 feet in diameter and were sold with an enclosure net. The trampolines have blue or light blue fabric on the safety matting and enclosure pole sleeves. The model number is marked on the packaging and instruction manual. These trampolines were manufactured in China and sold exclusively at Sports Authority stores nationwide from April 2007 through May 2012. Consumers should immediately stop using the trampolines. For more details visit CPSC website.