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  • NTM Infections and Heater-Cooler Units: What is the Danger?

    Going through an open-heart surgery is frightening enough by itself, without adding a complication like a serious infection to the mix. Unfortunately, some patients have recovered successfully from surgery only to discover many months later that they contracted a potentially deadly infection because of a medical device used during the procedure. The infections were most…

  • NHTSA Upgrades Website to Provide More Info on Takata Airbag Recalls

    Vehicle owners who aren’t sure whether their vehicles are under a Takata airbag recall can always check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) website to see. In fact, the administration recently made upgrades to that website to help give visitors more information about the recall, and where it stands now. NHTSA Gives Consumers More…

  • About a Third of Recalled Vehicles Remain Unrepaired

    According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 1996 and 2013, annual automobile recalls in the U.S. ranged between 10.2 million to 30.8 million. Then came 2016, and a record 53.2 million vehicles recalled—an average of 145,753 per day. Potentially defective Takata airbags were responsible for 29 million of those vehicle…

  • Pressure Cooker Explosions [Infographic]

    Pressure Cooker Overview Higher Temperatures The tight-fitting lid prevents steam from escaping. Pressure builds, allowing inside temperatures to rise above the normal boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Direct Contact The steam’s heat is transferred directly to the surface of the food. Improved Safety A safety lid which is designed to prevent pressure build-up if…

  • At Least Seven Companies Recall More Hoverboards Due to Fire Risks

    If you have a hoverboard in your home, it’s time to double-check it… again. In November 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a series of six recalls on six different hoverboards because of safety hazards. All but one of the products were manufactured in China. Back in July 2016, the CPSC announced a…

  • Exposure to Glyphosate Jumped with Introduction of GM Crops (Study)

    Several studies have suggested that Roundup and its main herbicide, glyphosate, may increase the risk of certain types of cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated in 2015 that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Other agencies have reached conclusions that are at odds with the IARC’s findings, including the Environmental Protection…

  • Are Other Samsung Phones at Risk of Overheating?

    Just when we thought we’d heard the last of Samsung cell phones exploding, another of their products allegedly caught fire on a recent Jet Airways flight. On October 24, 2017, “India Today” reported that a Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone caught fire mid-air on a flight from Delhi to Indore, putting the 120 passengers on board…

  • Study Halted When Xarelto Shown to Cause More Bleeding Than Aspirin

    Researchers have stopped a study on Xarelto’s (rivaroxaban) safety and efficacy early due to “futility,” according to a press release from pharmaceutical manufacturers Bayer and Janssen Research & Development LLC. The Phase III NAVIGATE ESUS study compared Xarelto and aspirin in patients who had recently had an embolic stroke. Both medications are prescribed to help…

  • France Committed to Developing Safer Alternative to Roundup

    France recently announced a plan to cut back on the use of pesticides. This announcement came at around the same time as a government spokesperson stated that France would vote against extending the license for the use of glyphosate in the European Union, because of the herbicide’s suspected connection to cancer. France abstained from voting…

  • Studies Reveal New Risks Associated with Blood-Thinners Like Xarelto and Eliquis

    According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), blood-thinning medications like Xarelto and Eliquis may increase the risk of hematuria-related complications. Hematuria occurs when blood is found in the urine, and related complications may include emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and urologic procedures. Plaintiffs have filed thousands of lawsuits…

how not to be a lawyer

according to eric t. chaffin

“My father was a union witness at an arbitration in a steel mill outside of Pittsburgh. After the hearing, my father, dressed in blue jeans and a sweatshirt, stuck out his hand to shake hands with the company’s lawyer. The lawyer refused. The lawyer was not upset because my dad got the best of him but because he frowned upon working class people. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. My dad used this story to remind me to respect others, to remember where I came from and as an example of how not to conduct myself as a lawyer.”

eric t. chaffin

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