Personal Injury

U.S. Military Base PFC Water Contamination Injuries

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Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are chemicals that were used in fire-fighting foams on American military bases. Drinking water and fish assessments including tests by the Michigan Department of Health have revealed dangerous levels of PFCs in drinking water collected from private residential wells near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Iosco County.

Similar concerns surround drinking water supplies around other U.S. military bases and former base areas, including Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois, Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, and Mitchell AFB in Wisconsin.

PFCs are known to cause serious, even lethal injuries, including

  • Testicular cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver tissue damage
  • Thyroid disease
  • Developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations)

If you or a family member are a veteran or local resident and suspect you may suffer from injuries possibly relating to water contaminated by PFCs, we urge you to contact us about your case by calling injury lawyer Fabrice Vincent at 1 800 541-7358 or by using the form below. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your PFC injury lawsuit.


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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Transmission Defect Injuries

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Issue: Alleged Defects in Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT Constant Velocity Transmission Systems Leading to Serious Injuries

Lieff Cabraser has successfully represented Mitsubishi drivers and passengers across the U.S., and families who lost loved ones, in lawsuits based on injuries that would not have occurred, or would have been substantially less harmful, but for manufacturing and design defects and related safety flaws in Mitsubishi’s SUVs and cars. These cases include accidents involving Mitsubishi Montero, Montero Sport, Eclipse, Endeavor, Outlander, and Outlander Sport models.

Outlander Sport CVT Injury Accidents

We are actively investigating widespread Mitsubishi Outlander Sport owner reports that the Constant Velocity Transmission (CVT) in the 2015-2016 model Outlanders can suffer sudden dysfunction leading to significant delays in acceleration that can increase the risk of a serious injury accident. These and earlier models have been the subject of numerous recalls by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has repeatedly noted the increased crash risk from Mitsubishi vehicles equipped with the CVT constant velocity transmission.

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If you or a family member have been injured in an Outlander Sport accident you suspect may relate to a transmission defect, we invite you to contact us for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. You can call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Fabrice Vincent, or use the form below to send us an email message. There is no cost or obligation for our review of your Outlander injury accident.


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Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Complication Lawsuits

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If you have suffered serious injuries or complications from surgery involving physiomesh or other hernia mesh, you are not alone. Lieff Cabraser represents patients across the U.S. who have experienced pain, infections, adhesions, obstructions, tissue and organ perforation, mesh migration, and other serious injuries as a result of surgery involving physiomesh or hernia mesh.

Use the form below or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 today to contact a personal injury lawyer at Lieff Cabraser for a free, no-obligation review of your physiomesh hernia mesh injury case. More information on hernia mesh injuries is available below under the contact form.


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What is Surgical Hernia Mesh?


Surgical hernia mesh is used as a patch to support damaged and weakened tissues. Its main purpose is to provide scaffolding so the tissue can regrow and strengthen the weakened area. Surgical meshes are usually made of either synthetic material or animal tissue. When animal tissue is used it usually comes from the intestine or skin of a cow or pig. These materials are absorbable and will eventually degrade as new tissue grows around the mesh. Surgical mesh made from synthetic materials can be absorbable, non-absorbable, or a combination of both.

Hernia Mesh Repair Surgery Complications

The most common problems associated with hernia repair surgery are:

  • Severe Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion (tissues stick together that aren’t supposed to)
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Tissue or organ perforation
  • Mesh migration
  • Removal of what was supposed to be permanent mesh

According to the FDA’s analysis of medical adverse event reports, the recalled mesh products were the main cause of bowel perforation and obstruction complications. The removal surgery of recalled mesh products is difficult for the patients, as a surgeon has to open the abdominal area and/or groin area in order to cut each identifiable piece of mesh away from the organ and surrounding tissue. All of this is extremely painful and in most cases requires an even longer recovery period than the initial surgery.

National Personal Injury Lawyers at Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser has played a leading role in many of the largest, most important personal injury law and wrongful death lawsuits in the U.S. These cases have involved negligent conduct as well as a vast range of defective products — from dangerous prescription drugs and faulty medical devices to unsafe vehicles and consumer products. We are currently representing patients across the nation in injury lawsuits related to complications suffered as a result of trans-vaginal and hernial surgical mesh implantations. Contact us today at 1 800 541-7358 or through the form on this page for a free, no-obligation review of your case.

Zostavax Shingles Vaccine Blindness Injuries

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Lieff Cabraser is investigating patient claims of blindness linked to the shingles vaccine Zostavax, manufactured by Merck Pharmaceutical. Introduced in 2006, Zostavax has previously been associated with other dangerous side effects, including chickenpox and, ironically for a shingles vaccine, causing shingles in some recipients. Despite a recent UCLA study indicating an effectiveness rate of less than 1% (the researchers found that only 1 in 175 Zostavax recipients would be likely to dodge a shingles flare-up), the $150-$300 per dose vaccine is the subject of heavy and aggressive marketing, especially to seniors in the U.S.

The FDA has twice made significant warning changes to Zostavax labels, once in 2014 over shingles and chicken pox concerns, and then again in 2016 when the Zostavax label warnings were further expanded to caution recipients about the potential side effect of serious vision damage by necrotizing retinitis, including blindness. There have also been at least 20 reports of individuals developing keratitis within a month of receiving the vaccine. Retinitis, as well as keratitis, causes inflammation and scarring of the eye tissue and can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated quickly. Further research into the connections between Zostavax and blindness and other injuries is ongoing.

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If you or a family member have suffered blindness or another serious illness you believe may be related to receiving the Zostavax shingles vaccine, contact a personal injury lawyer at Lieff Cabraser today about your potential injury lawsuit by using the form below or calling us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358. We will review your case for free and without any obligation on your part.


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Pentachlorophenol (PCP) Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Lieff Cabraser is investigating cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) in patients exposed to pentachlorophenol (PCP). In October, 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, evaluated the carcinogenicity of pentachlorophenol and classified it as Carcinogenic to Humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence that PCP causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans; the IARC report noted that in all available epidemiological studies, exposure to PCP was positively associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for about 4% of all cancers. The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma for 2016 are: About 72,580 people (40,170 males and 32,410 females) will be diagnosed with NHL.

PCP is an insecticide that is classified as a persistent organic pollutant under the Stockholm Convention. PCP had many different trade names, including Dowicide, Penchlorol, Penta, Penta Plus, Pentachloral, Pentacon, Penwar, Priltox, Santobrite, Santophen 20, Sinituho, and Weedone. PCP is a multipurpose pesticide which has mainly been used as a wood preservative and which has also been used as a biocide in the leather and textile industries. In Europe and North America, the sale to consumers of products containing PCP has been restricted since the 1990s.

Persons may have been exposed to PCP’s by living adjacent to wood processing plants that used PCP to preserve wood and/or by working in PCP manufacturing plants and/or by working with railcars transporting PCP or PCP-laden products. PCP dust and fumes can be inhaled. At room temperature, PCP has no odor, but when heated has a strong medicinal odor, which is described as a sweet or burnt smell. It can also be absorbed through the skin and ingested from contaminated hands while eating meals.

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If you or a family member have been diagnosed with lymphoma you suspect is related to PCP exposure, please use this form to contact Lieff Cabraser today for a free, no-obligation review of your infection injury case. Or you may call us right now toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Fabrice Vincent.


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Dangerous Chemical and Toxic Exposure Injuries

Lieff Cabraser personal injury attorneys have successfully represented tens of thousands of persons across America seriously injured by exposure to toxic and dangerous chemicals, industrial by-products and wastes, and other exposures nationwide. If you have been injured by exposure to toxic and dangerous chemicals or other substances, please contact an injury lawyer at Lieff Cabraser by completing the contact form below or calling us toll-free at 1 800-541-7358.

Legal Rights of the Injured

The law in most states provides individuals with legal claims and the right to compensation for injuries they suffer as a result of a toxic exposure caused by the negligence or misbehavior of another. The injured person may file a lawsuit seeking compensation for his or her pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost past and future wages and punitive damages.

Damages Available in Injury Lawsuits

Damages sought in personal injury lawsuits associated with dangerous chemical and toxic exposures include general and compensatory damages for:

  • Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
  • Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
  • Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity;
  • Punitive damages; and
  • Wrongful death when the victim was killed.

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Heater-Cooler Surgical Device Bacterial Infection Injuries

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Issue: Dangerous infections from Sorin / Stӧckert surgical heating-cooling devices

Lieff Cabraser is investigating bacterial infections in open heart surgery patients exposed to the rare Mycobacterium chimaera bacteria during surgeries utilizing contaminated Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health have advised hospitals and patients that patients deserve to be notified that Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices used in their surgeries are potentially contaminated with bacteria that can put patients at risk for life threatening infections. The CDC has notified hospitals to advise potentially exposed patients to seek medical care if within four years of surgery they experienced: night sweats, muscle aches, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, or unexplained fevers.

More than 250,000 heart bypass procedures using heater cooler devices are performed annually in the U.S. and the Stӧckert machine represents 60% of these, the CDC has advised. The Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler device is also known as the Sorin 3T and was manufactured by LivaNova PLC, formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH. Patients with prosthetic material implanted are at even higher risk of infections. These infections are difficult to treat. Mycobacterium chimaera bacteria are a species of nontuberculous mycobacterium also known as NTM.

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If you or your family have been affected by these infections, please use this form to contact Lieff Cabraser for a free, no-obligation review of your infection injury case. Or you may call us toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Fabrice Vincent.


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Homeopathic Teething Remedy Child Injuries and Deaths

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned parents of reports of 10 deaths associated with homeopathic teething gels and tablets for babies, although the agency noted that the products’ exact relationship to those infant deaths has yet to be determined. The FDA noted it had received more than 400 reports of “adverse events” relating to homeopathic teething products, including infant deaths, seizures, and fevers.

The FDA advised parents to stop using the tablets and gels and urged immediate medical care for any children showing seizures, difficulty in breathing, or muscular weakness after product use. Homeopathic remedy maker Hyland’s Inc. voluntarily stopped distribution of the company’s teething products in the U.S. in light of the FDA warning. There is no recall on the products, which include Hyland’s Baby Teething Gel, Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, and Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets Nighttime, though at least two major U.S. drugstore chains are pulling all homeopathic teething products subject to the FDA warning off their shelves.

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If your child has suffered a serious injury you believe may be related to their use of a homeopathic teething remedy, Lieff Cabraser can provide answers to your legal questions. We will inform you of the legal rights you and your child possess, including potential claims for damages against the manufacturer for your child’s pain and suffering, and past and future medical expenses.

Please use the form below for a free, no obligation review of your child’s homeopathic teething treatment injury case. You are also welcome to call us toll-free at 1 (800) 541-7358 and ask to speak to child injury attorney Paulina do Amaral.


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Stryker Accolade LFIT V40 Hip Implant Recall

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Issue: Recalled Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Hip Implants

Lieff Cabraser represents hip replacement patients across America in lawsuits against Stryker and other manufacturers to obtain just compensation for their pain, suffering, lost wages, and other losses from the failure of their Stryker hip implants. Our law firm has been recognized by U.S. News, Best Lawyers, and the National Law Journal as one of the top plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation. Please contact us by completing the contact form below or calling us toll-free at 1 800-541-7358.

Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Recall

On August 29, 2016, Stryker Corporation issued a recall for the LFIT V40 series of femoral heads (Stryker hip implant components) manufactured before 2011 and often used with the Accolade stem showing a high incidence of failures leading to patient injuries including loss of mobility; pain; inflammation; adverse local tissue reaction; dislocation; joint instability; broken bones around the components; leg length discrepancy; and a need for complicated and painful revision surgery. Specific hazards associated with the issues include disassociation of the femoral head from the hip stem; implant fractures; increased metallic debris in the body; insufficient range of movement; insufficient tissue tension; increased wear debris, and total loss of implant.

On September 27, 2016, Australian health authorities issued a “Hazard Alert” over the risk of injuries relating to the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head hip implants citing the same dangers and warning consumers and health professionals about the higher than expected incidence of failures and injuries relating to Stryker LFIT V40 hip implant components. Specific item numbers of the affected models are listed below.

Implant Item No.Head DiameterOffset
6260-9-23636 mm+5
6260-9-24040 mm+4
6260-9-24444 mm+4
6260-9-34040 mm+8
6260-9-34444 mm+8
6260-9-44040 mm+12
6260-9-44444 mm+12

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If you or a family member have experienced problems with a Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head hip implant, or have been told your implant should be replaced, please use the form below right now to contact an experienced Lieff Cabraser personal injury lawyer. Or you may call us toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Lexi J. Hazam. There is no charge or obligation of any kind for our review of your Stryker Anatomic hip injury case.


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The LFIT V40 hip system component is a trademark of Stryker Corporation. The trademark is used for informational and product identification purposes only. Lieff Cabraser is not affiliated with Stryker, and nothing on this website is authorized or approved by Stryker Corporation.

GM Airbag Failures

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General Motors is recalling over 3.6 million vehicles in the U.S. due to an airbag defect linked to at least one death and three serious injuries. The GM airbag software defect can cause the airbag to keep from deploying during a crash. This recall is unrelated to the ongoing widespread Takata airbag recall that affects more than 20 million vehicles from more than a dozen manufacturers. These GM air bag modules were supplied by Delphi Automotive at a plant in Kokomo, Indiana.

The 2016 GM airbag recall includes the following trucks, cars, and SUVs:

  • Buick LaCrosse (model years 2014-2016)
  • Chevrolet SS (model years 2014-2016)
  • Chevrolet Spark EV (model years 2014-2016)
  • Buick Encore (model years 2014-2017)
  • GMC Sierra 1500 (model years 2014-2017)
  • Chevrolet Corvette (model years 2014-2017)
  • Chevrolet Trax (model years 2014-2017)
  • Chevrolet Caprice PPV (model years 2014-2017)
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (model years 2014-2017)
  • Chevrolet Tahoe (model years 2015-2017)
  • Chevrolet Suburban (model years 2015-2017)
  • Chevrolet Silverado HD (model years 2015-2017)
  • GMC Yukon (model years 2015-2017)
  • GMC Yukon XL (model years 2015-2017)
  • GMC Sierra HD (model years 2015-2017)
  • Cadillac Escalade (model years 2015-2017)
  • Cadillac Escalade ESV (model years 2015-2017)

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If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident where a GM airbag failed to deploy, please call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 or use the form below to contact a Lieff Cabraser attorney for a free, no-obligation review of your case.

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