Congress Contemplates Registration Ban on Recalled Autos

Product LiabilityFix it or forget it.

That is the message two Senators are preparing to deliver to the American people if a new bill regarding automobiles passes Congress. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut co-authored a bill that would require state motor vehicle departments to inform owners of defects in their vehicles and deny registration of the car until the repairs are made. As reported by Bloomberg.com, the law takes aim at some 50 million recalled vehicles still operating on the road as of 2014; some that have been sold and resold a number of times without being fixed.

The proposed legislation comes on the heels of one of the worst automotive safety years on record, with almost every make and model feeling the heat. The now infamous General Motors ignitions switch recall, accounted for over 30 million vehicles. Honda Motor Co., an outspoken supporter of the Senate initiative, was forced to recall millions following the Takata airbag scandal – an incident that still has the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other automakers on edge. With dozens of smaller recalls still in the works, many see the proposed legislation as the only way to keep motorists safe from their own vehicles.

Details have yet to be confirmed about the legislation, but it is known that car owners would be granted a 60-day registration in which to get repairs made. Barring that, owners would not be able to register until the vehicle was considered “road ready.” This includes new and used cars still on the lot. Something Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx views as a serious issue. “There’s a big loophole,” claimed Mr. Foxx, “It’s still legal to sell a car that’s been recalled and not fixed.”

If you own a vehicle that was or currently is involved in a recall, do not delay. Contact your dealership or trusted mechanic to resolve the issue. Your life, as well as your family’s well-being, could be at stake. Additionally, if you, or a family member, have been involved in an accident that was due to a mechanical failure in your car, call Kahn Roven to discuss your options in a free consultation.

FDA Issues Warning about Cumin Spice Products

Product Defect AttorneyIn recent months, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been pulling hundreds of products with cumin in them from store shelves after traces of peanut were discovered in the spice, according to a report by CBS News. Retailers are scrambling to identify products that contain the cumin before it does serious harm to people with peanut allergies.

The regulatory agency has received at least seven reports of “adverse events” related to the cumin recall. Affected products include spice mixes, black beans, and meats with marinades. Consumers, especially those with extremely sensitive peanut allergies, are advised to avoid products with cumin for the time being, including most Tex-Mex and Indian dishes. Continue reading

Dropped Mattress Causes Deadly Pileup on 55 Freeway

According to a report by CBS Los Angeles, around 11:40 p.m. on February 14, a dropped mattress triggered a fatal crash involving four vehicles on the 55 Freeway in south Orange County.

The tragic sequence of events started when a 53-year-old female driving a 1982 Toyota Celica struck a mattress in the left lane then collided into the center divider before coming to rest sideways. A 19-year-old male failed to stop his 2006 Ford Freestar van in time, striking the Celica on the driver’s side and pushing it into the path of a 1999 Toyota sedan which, in turn, rear-ended the vehicle. The Celica was struck a third and final time head-on by a 1995 Honda after it was spun around by the van.

The driver of the Celica was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Freestar fled the crash site on foot but was later arrested at his home by California Highway Patrol officers on suspicion of drunken driving. Two other people sustained minor injuries, and were transported to a nearby medical center. Continue reading

5 Ways You Can Protect Yourself from Medical Errors

The hospital is supposed to be a place of healing and recovery, not of injury and death. However, the unfortunate reality is that medical errors cause more suffering than most would believe. According to a recent study, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year suffer some type of preventable harm that eventually leads to their fatality. If these numbers bode true, then this would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in the United States.

Whether you’re in a hospital, clinic, surgery center, nursing home, pharmacy, or other medical facility, you can prevent a tragedy by following certain safety tips on how to prevent medical errors. To ensure that you receive safer care, you should:

  1. Make sure your doctor gives you the right prescription and the pharmacy gives you the right medicine. The doctor should know about any allergies you have and medicines or supplements you take on a daily basis. Also, don’t hesitate to ask questions.
  2. If you are undergoing surgery, make sure that you, your physician, and your surgeon are all in accordance with one another. And if you have a choice, pick a facility that specializes in the procedure you will undergo.
  3. While staying at a hospital, ask the staff whether they have washed their hands and whether the equipment and general conditions of the facility are sanitized. Furthermore, when you are discharged, feel free to ask the doctor about treatment plans you should follow at home.
  4. More is not always better. Not every test, treatment, or medication may be necessary. It is generally a good idea to ask your physician why a procedure or prescription is needed and how it can contribute towards your health.
  5. Ask a friend or family member to go with you. S/he can look out for your best interests and spot possible signs of error or potential of error that you may miss. Plus, it’s good to have emotional support at such a trying time.

If you have sustained considerable damages due to a medical error, please contact the compassionate Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys at Kahn Roven for immediate legal assistance. You may be entitled to compensation for all related damages.

‘American Horror Story’ Actor Dies After Being Hit By Car

Ben Woolf, actor who was Meep in “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” died today from an injury to the head as a result of a car accident. He was 34 years old.

A car mirror struck Woolf, 4’4”, in the head on Thursday night in Hollywood. He was in critical condition when he was taken to the hospital. The driver was neither ticketed nor arrested because Woolf was jaywalking at the time.

Woolf’s agency stated that “Ben was one-of-a-kind, and will never be forgotten.”

A statement from Woolf’s family: “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben. He touched so many hearts in his 34 years.”

The memorial is planned to be in Santa Barbara.

Getting hit by a car can cause serious injury and sometimes, as in this case, death. If you or someone you know was hit by a car and resulted in injury, call the Los Angeles car accident lawyers of Kahn Roven at 844-9-INJURED today.

How to Avoid Causing a Pedestrian Accident

In California, drivers must take extra care to watch out for pedestrians crossing the road. Regardless of whether the individual is crossing at a marked crosswalk or a dangerous location, drivers must yield the right away to avoid causing a serious accident. If you hit someone while driving, you may face criminal charges in addition to financial liability for the pedestrian’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

To help protect yourself and others while out on the road in Woodland Hills, remember the following tips:

Pay Attention. Distraction and driver error are the leading causes of traffic accidents in the country. It is crucial that you do not take your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road while driving. Most importantly, this means putting your phone away until you have reached your destination.

Make Eye Contact. You might think that a pedestrian will wait until you pass before crossing the street, unfortunately, you cannot make any assumptions about what s/he will do. Try to make eye contact with nearby pedestrians when turning at or crossing an intersection or pulling into a driveway.

Slow Down. When driving through an area with heavy pedestrian traffic, such as parking lots, intersections or outside popular locations, like a mall or a movie theatre, reduce your speed and use extra caution.

Follow the Law. As important as it is to watch out for anyone trying to cross the road, you must also obey traffic lights and stop signs. Racing through an intersection on a red light or other dangerous maneuvers can have devastating consequences for you and others around you.

If you or a family member has been injured or worse when crossing the street in Woodland Hills, seek prompt medical attention, file a police report, and reach out to the personal injury lawyers at Kahn Roven. We can help you get the significant compensation you need for your recovery.

Superbug at UCLA Hospital Kills Two Patients, Infects Five Others

The public research university reported on February 18 that approximately 180 patients were exposed to a potentially fatal “superbug” due to contaminated instruments that killed two patients and infected five others.

Los Angeles, CA – At the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a total of 179 patients were exposed to a form of Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) that is resistant to both antibiotics and carbapenem, making it especially dangerous. The bacteria may have been transmitted through specialized medical devices used in procedures between October and January. The outbreak was just discovered late January while tests were being conducted on an infected patient.
The bacteria can cause infections of the bladder or lungs. Symptoms include uncontrollable coughing, fever, or chills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly every state in the U.S. has been reporting infections, barring Alaska, Idaho, and Maine. On February 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory warning doctors to thoroughly sterilize their instruments according to manufacturer instructions in order to stifle the further spread of this bacteria.

Hospitals Are Responsible for Their Patients’ Safety

Hospitals are potential hotbeds of disease that require great care from staff and administration to prevent the spread of infections and illnesses. When an outbreak takes place in a hospital, such as is the case here, it can usually be traced to negligence on the part of the hospital. Such negligence can have harmful, even deadly, repercussions; and patients who expect treatment and recovery may end up worse than they were before.
Unfortunately, mistakes like this happen all too often in hospitals not just in California, but all across the nation. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. – only heart disease and cancer come out ahead. Only three years ago, more than $3 billion was spent in malpractice lawsuit payouts. Clearly, medical malpractice is a huge issue that should be addressed and resolved, sooner rather than later.

Comment By Legal Expert Robert A. Kahn

Infection is a known risk of any procedure. If the doctor or hospital instituted and followed proper procedures for sterilizing the medical devices after each use, they may not be found responsible for these deaths and illnesses.

However, if proper procedures were not established, or followed, then the doctor or hospital can be held responsible for these injuries.

Furthermore, the manufacturer of the medical devices may also be held responsible if the design of the medical device made it impossible for it to be completely sterilized, or failed explain how to properly sterilize, or to warn of the consequences of improper sterilization.
Any lawsuit that may arise out of this unfortunate outbreak will require extensive work investigating UCLA’s prior knowledge of this problem, its written procedures for sterilizing medical devices, and whether those procedures were actually followed.

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2 Dead, 7 Infected, and 189 Exposed to ‘Superbug’ at UCLA

UCLA reported on Wednesday that approximately 180 patients were exposed to a drug-resistant “superbug” called CRE by contact with contaminated medical instruments and that likely has already contributed to two fatalities.

What Caused the Outbreak?

Approximately 500,000 patients per year are treated for various diseases with a medical instrument known as an endoscope, which is inserted down the throat of the patient to reach various areas only accessible in this manner. Since the endoscope is used on patient after patient, it is critical that it be properly sterilized. It is believed that endoscopes used at UCLA and other medical institutions were poorly sterilized in between patients, which caused the spread of the infection from patient to patient. As far back as the fall of 2013, the Center for Disease Control warned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that CRE could be spread by the use of the endoscope if not properly sterilized after each use on a patient.

How Dangerous is the CRE superbug?

Articles suggest that if the bacteria enters a person’s bloodstream, then the superbug can kill up to 50% of the patients. Patients can limit the spread of this infection by taking their antibiotics and making sure everyone washes their hands before making any physical contact.

Your Superbug Rights

If you have been exposed to the CRE superbug at UCLA, you may have certain rights, including but not limited to the following:

• Medical Expenses
• Pain and Suffering
• Lost Wages
• Emotional Distress

You may be entitled to medical expenses if the cause of you being exposed to the CRE superbug was due to UCLA’s negligence. You also may be entitled to pain and suffering as well as lost wages if UCLA is found to be negligent. If UCLA’s conduct was reckless or intentional, then a patient could receive money for their emotional distress.

If you or someone you know has been exposed to this infectious disease, contact the Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys at Kahn Roven at 213-738-0708 today.

Exposure of Deadly Bacteria to 100 or More UCLA Patients

At UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center, there have been more than 100 patients that could have been exposed to a potentially fatal bacteria due to contaminated medical scopes, where similar outbreaks have occurred at other hospitals throughout the country.

The superbug known as CRE may have contributed to those deaths. The bacteria can be deadly for up to 50% of those patients that have been exposed.

Immediately, UCLA reported to the public health authorities once they discovered the bacteria in one of their patients. This has possibly been due to endoscopes inserted down a person’s throat for the treatment of gallstones, cancer and other digestive system ailments.

A university spokeswoman named Dale Tate states that “the two scopes involved with the infection were immediately removed and UCLA is now utilizing a decontamination process that goes above and beyond teh manufacturer and national standards.”

An epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion named Dr. Alex Kallen states that outbreaks are serious because of the difficulty in treating the superbug as well as its detection. Kallen states in an interview: “This bacteria is emerging in the U.S., and it’s associated with a high mortality rate.” He goes on to say, “We don’t want this circulating anywhere in the community.”

If you have been exposed to the CRE superbug or any bacteria due to someone else’s fault, you could be entitled to money, including money for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, possible emotional distress, and more.

Have you been exposed to the CRE superbug? Call us NOW at (844) 9-INJURED for a FREE consultation. Our job is to fight for you.

What to Do If You Are in a Car Accident

1. Get the Contact Information of All Those Involved In the Accident

Get the name, address, telephone number, email address of all those involved in the car accident. Also, get the year, make and model of the car. Be sure to write down the license plate number, their insurance carrier and insurance policy number. Also write down the name and contact information of the registered owner of the vehicle.

2. Take Pictures

Using your mobile phone or camera if you have one, take pictures of the damage done to your vehicle, the accident location, how the accident occurred, as well as the people that were involved in the accident.

3. Get the Contact Information of Witnesses and Police

If there are witnesses, get their contact information, including their name and telephone number. If there is police at the scene, ask them for their name, badge number, phone number, as well as the police report.

4. Seek Medical Attention Right Away

Seek medical attention right away even if you don’t feel pain. This is because injuries can manifest later on. Defense attorneys will often say that the injuries couldn’t have been so serious since the injured didn’t seek medical attention right away.

5. Call Kahn Roven

Insurance companies are notorious for low-balling a person’s claim for medical bills and pain and suffering. Oftentimes, a person needs the help of an attorney without knowing it, but decide to get the help of an attorney when it’s too late. Call the Woodland Hills car accident lawyers of Kahn Roven at (818) 888-9171 now. Don’t delay, call today!