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Caramel Apples Identified as Defective Product Responsible for Multi-State Listeria and Meningitis Outbreak

by Staff Blogger | December 22nd, 2014

From design flaws to problems in production, a defective product can take countless shapes and forms. One of the most dangerous faulty items you could encounter is contaminated food.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become ill after consuming foods that contain bacteria, fungus, or molds.

To bring into perspective just how common exposure to contaminated food is, WKRN 2 News just reported that four people have died and dozens of others across 10 states have been sickened after eating prepackaged, caramel-covered apples that were tainted with listeriosis.

The apples were purchased at convenience stores and resulted in more than 30 individuals developing fevers, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. Many required hospitalization and treatment.

The report went on to explain the Listeria exposure led to a Meningitis outbreak amongst several older children as well.

In order to protect yourself and others from the risk of exposure, you should refrain from eating any prepackaged, caramel-covered apples that are in your possession. Place the items in a plastic, sealable bag and throw them away. If you’ve been sickened after eating a caramel apple, it may have been tainted with Listeria. See your doctor immediately. You may also want to review your legal rights with an attorney.

At Ponce Law, we have a team of Nashville personal injury lawyers that are dedicated to helping defective product victims. To speak with our staff, just call (800) 363-9113 and we will be happy to give you a free consultation of your case.

Who Will Pay for GM Ignition Recall Accident Damages?

by Staff Blogger | December 19th, 2014

Millions of Americans are affected by the massive GM recall resulting from faulty ignition switches in many vehicle makes and models. GM has agreed to pay compensation to those injured or who lost loved ones as a result of accidents caused by the faulty parts. But just where that money will come from is still up for contention.

According to Detroit News, the GM recall involved 2.6 million cars equipped with ignition switches that could turn to the off position while cars were in motion. This caused drivers to lose control and the airbags to fail to deploy, which claimed 42 lives and left 52 others injured.

These accidents have led to more than 170 lawsuits, many of which were settled by GM. But GM is attempting to use funds set aside from its 2009 bankruptcy to pay accident victims. Creditors are arguing that the funds shouldn’t be used and doing so should be considered fraud.

The creditors say that in order to qualify to use the funds, GM would’ve had to disclose information about the faulty parts prior to reaching their bankruptcy agreement.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law want you to know that you may be entitled to compensation if you were injured as the result of an accident a recalled GM vehicle. We’re here to help you get the money you deserve. Call us today at (800) 363-9113 to learn more about how we can help.