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Popular pet product recalled for Salmonella contamination

Many Georgia pet parents give their dogs Nylabone dog chews because they provide hours of chewing pleasure. Now Nylabone Products has recalled some of the chews over the possibility that some of the tempting treats may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers have been advised to return the products to their retailer for a full refund.

The company says that Salmonella was found during routine testing in one lot of its Puppy Starter Kit chews. Both dogs and humans can contract the disease. In animals, it can lead to fever, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. Humans, who could contract Salmonella from the bone-shaped chews by not cleaning surfaces or washing their hands after the product has touched them, can develop similar symptoms. According to the Food and Drug Administration, pets infected with Salmonella can spread it to humans and other animals. In some cases, the illness can be severe in humans.

How tires can play a role in your Georgia truck accident lawsuit

Most of us have heard the phrase, "where the rubber meets the road." Generally, this phrase is used in instances where someone is discussing some of the most crucial elements of some endeavor. That phrase has special significance when it is used in reference to the commercial trucking industry. In fact, tires are such an important component of the trucking industry that many people refer to trucks as 18-wheelers.

The reason why commercial vehicles have so many tires is because having multiple tires helps disperse the heavy weight of cargo and passenger loads along the roadway. Frequent readers of our online blog may recall an article we previously wrote about the dangers of what can happen when excessive weight on commercial vehicles causes tire blowouts. That case involved double-decker types of motor coaches -- a few of which may have exceeded acceptable weight limits and caused critical tire blowouts. At least one of those blowouts negatively affected a motorcoach by causing it to crash into a bridge support pillar, killing one and injuring other passengers.

Will my information qualify me for a whistleblower lawsuit?

Whistleblower lawsuits provide a public service by bringing attention to misconduct that might otherwise go unnoticed. Generally, a whistleblower is considered someone with unique knowledge of fraud or other criminal activity who then reports what he or she knows to authorities.

A good example of this is demonstrated by the Internal Revenue Service's whistleblower informant awards program. In a nutshell, the program offers incentives to individuals who identify tax cheats. If you have some unique knowledge regarding individuals attempting to avoid tax liabilities, you may be eligible to receive an award from the IRS. That award can range anywhere between 15 to 30 percent of the amount the IRS collects based on your tips.

Glass in 1 jar of baby food leads to product recall

It's the kind of product recall that no Georgia parent wants to hear about. However, Beech-Nut Nutrition and federal food inspectors have announced a recall of close to 2,000 pounds of baby food because the jars in which they are sold may contain small pieces of glass.

The recall applies only to "Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken" sold in four-ounce glass jars. The impacted jars were made in December of last year. The expiration date reads "DEC 2016." More details, including impacted product numbers, are provided on the Food Safety and Inspection Service website. The FSIS is part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Steering problem behind minor accidents has not prompted recall

As we have discussed here before, General Motors had its share of issues last year. The automaker recalled 30 million vehicles in North America alone. Now it's facing complaints about the steering wheels in some of its vehicles. However, so far, it has not issued a recall and federal regulators have not asked for one.

The problem has been experienced by drivers of 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cruze and Buick Verano. They have complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the steering wheel locked up on them after it had been in one position for a long time and required a great amount of effort to turn when they needed to.

Accident victims at the mercy of insurance companies

The belief that your insurance company will protect you in the event of an accident is common. It is, unfortunately, a belief that rarely survives a serious accident. An incident that drew national headlines is providing an excellent view into the behavior you can expect from the insurance industry, should you suffer a catastrophic injury.

In March of 2011, Bryan Stow was the victim of a savage beating that garnered media attention nationwide. Bryan, a San Francisco Giants fan, attended the Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Several Dodgers fans beat him nearly to death after the game. Four years later, Bryan Stow is still facing substantial medical problems. Thanks to the actions of the insurance industry, he is facing substantial financial problems as well. 

Tax preparation fraud and Georgia class-action lawsuits

Well, it's that time of the year again. Time for many Americans to begin sifting through last year's receipts and compile their 2014 taxes. It's estimated that there are approximately 150 million taxpayers in the U. S. Although many of those taxpayers will do their own taxes, it's estimated that around 79 million people will pay someone to prepare their taxes.

These tax preparers can range anywhere from reputable, well-known tax-preparation firms to seasonal, fly-by-night outfits that spring up during tax season in strip malls and other temporarily leased office spaces. In fact, it's estimated that somewhere around 42 million Americans will use these so-called "third-party preparers" to assist them with their taxes.

Higher speed limits leading to more fatal truck accidents

The various causes of truck accidents have received a significant amount of media attention in recent years, in part because they can cause significant injuries and death to those of us who share the road with them.

Now, the tires on big-rig trucks have been singled out as a reason for a number of crashes. An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that blown tires were responsible for 223 fatal truck accidents from 2009 through 2013. While that's a small percentage of the 14,000 fatal truck accidents over that period, it's still worth looking at since the rate of tire-related crash fatalities is increasing.

What technology can help me spot a defectively manufactured car?

None of us wants to get into a car accident and later learn that poorly designed or manufactured parts may have contributed to our injuries. This is especially true when it is our own vehicle's safety equipment that failed to properly protect us during those accidents or added to our injuries.

The problem is that there are so many new car recalls for defective products that most of us have trouble keeping track of them all. Just to get an idea of how big this problem is, it's estimated that auto manufacturers issued approximately 60 million vehicle recalls last year.

Understanding the overall scale of commercial trucking

Anyone who has driven for any period of time has likely seen the results of a commercial tractor-trailer accident. One of the reasons for the prevalence of truck accidents along our roadways is simply because there are so many trucking companies and licensed truck drivers. Many Americans are unaware of just how large the trucking industry is when compared to the overall scale of commercial shipping.

In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 2011 statistics, trucks were by far the primary method of transporting domestic freight that year. The FMCSA says that commercial trucks hauled 67.7 percent of all domestic freight in 2011. That number dwarfs the next two largest means of conveying freight, with rail and pipeline transportation at just 11.7 percent and 10.8 percent, respectively.

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