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Class 1 recall on Zimmer medical device

A Class 1 recall by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the most serious type of recall issued by the FDA. Medical devices recalled in this manner may cause serious injury or death.

The FDA has recently announced a Class 1 recall of the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder. The product description is listed as the "Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System Humeral Tray Model 115340." The affected product codes are KWS and PAO, with several lots of part number 115340. The device was distributed between Oct 2008 and September 2005, with manufacturing dates of Aug. 25, 2008 to Sept. 27, 2011. The recall affects 3,662 devices.

What is an incomplete spinal injury?

If you were in an accident that involved your spinal cord, you might have heard your doctor refer to it as an "incomplete" injury. But what does that really mean?

It depends a great deal on the specifics of your injury, but at its most basic, it means that your spinal cord was not completely severed or damaged. You are not completely paralyzed with a total loss of sensation.

How to help stay safe while on your next bus trip

Many Americans like traveling by bus, getting the opportunity to see the country up close. However, not all bus companies are equally safe.

Consumers who want to plan a bus trip can be proactive about their own safety by doing some basic research prior to booking their trips. Keep in mind that the cheapest option does not always mean it's the wisest choice. Below are some tips that may make your trip a bit safer.

This weekend marks 40-year anniversary of rail crash

Saturday, Feb. 4, marks the somber 40-year anniversary of one of the most serious mass transit accidents in Chicago's history. That was the day that the Chicago Transit Authority had two of its elevated trains collide at the Loop in a turn.

Two of the cars crashed down from the elevated tracks upon impact. There were 11 fatalities and over 180 people were hurt in the rail disaster.

Ikea issues global recall of beach chairs

A popular furniture company has issued a global recall for beach chairs they sell in the United States, Europe and Australia.

Ikea, the ubiquitous Swedish furniture manufacturer, is recalling one of its beach chairs after reports they may collapse and harm consumers. Five reports of injuries from their Mysingso beach chair have already emerged from around the globe — here in America, Australia, Denmark, Germany and Finland.

Warehouse injuries can prove fatal

A full quarter of the injuries that occur in warehouses happen right at the loading dock. The hustle and bustle of the shipping and receiving atmosphere creates many opportunities for unwary workers to hurt themselves or others working around them.

Below are some of the most frequent accidents associated with injuries on loading docks, along with ways they may be decreased.

Female cyclist killed in Chicago, America's 'Best Bike City'

In a twist of irony for the city that only last month was dubbed as America's "Best Bike City," a 23-year-old woman cyclist died on a Chicago street after colliding with a flatbed truck as she commuted to work.

The cycling fatality occurred on Sept. 26 on Damen Ave. near its intersection with Addison St. shortly before 8 a.m., a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department reported.

What kind of damages can I pursue after an accident?

Those who get into a motor vehicle accident are not necessarily limited to pursuing claims for a single type of economic recovery from the at-fault driver or others. While all accidents are different, some circumstances may open the door to additional types of compensation. Below are some potential damages that claimants may seek.

-- Medical expenses:This includes the cost of all medical treatment the plaintiff received due to the auto accident.

Safe driving tips for teenage drivers

Do you have a teen who is learning how to drive in a Driver's Education course this semester? If so, you may want to follow up their in-class instruction with some tips by the Illinois Secretary of State.

-- Make sure that your teen knows not to move the car until all passengers are wearing their seat belts as required by Illinois law. Even back seat passengers must be buckled up. regardless of where they sit in a vehicle.

Fatality occurs on Southwest Metra Line

A 22-year-old man died at the scene of a train accident in Oak Lawn on Thursday, Sept. 1, the Oak Lawn Fire Chief reported.

Reports indicate that the man was hit by outbound Metra train #829 at approximately 6:20 p.m., after leaving downtown Chicago about 5:40 p.m. The fatal Metra accident occurred close to the Oak Lawn Metra station by 51st Avenue and 95th Street. Fire personnel reported that a man was pinned beneath the train.

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