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October 2014 Archives

About companies' obligations to report dangerous products

Any company in Colorado that deals directly with a product that is found to be in violation of established safety standards must report the safety violation immediately. The report should be mailed to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's Office of Compliance and Field Operations, filed electronically on their website or called into the CPSC by phone.

What are traumatic brain injuries?

Some people living in Colorado may be familiar with the consequences of traumatic brain injuries. A serious public health problem in the United States, TBIs cause a considerable number of deaths each year; in 2010, their overall economic cost nationwide was approximately $76.5 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A TBI can range from mild to severe: A mild one may consist of something like a bump on the head that results in a concussion while a severe TBI may result in permanent damage, disability and death. In order to differentiate between degrees of severity of an injury, professionals utilize different rating systems such as the Glasgow Coma Scale, the Abbreviated Injury Scale and the Trauma Score.

Vaginal mesh implant maker agrees to settle for $21 million

Colorado residents might be interested to learn that vaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard Inc. has agreed to settle 500 lawsuits over their products for $21 million, or about $43,000 per claim. The settlement would resolve the hundreds of products liability claims by women who allege that they were harmed by the company's products.

What are spinal cord injuries?

Colorado residents may know the difficulties encountered by patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries. These injuries can result in changes in sensation, strength and other function below the level of the spinal injury. The most common mechanism is trauma to the spinal column that causes vertebrae to fracture or dislocate. The vertebrae or their components then enter into the spinal cord and damage it.

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