Artificial Tears Eye Drops Recall: Fourth Death Reported

In recent months, the medical and legal communities have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the recall of Artificial Tears eye drops. The recall, initiated due to bacterial contamination, has led to severe infections among users across the United States. Tragically, at least four deaths have been linked to these infections. This article aims to provide a comprehensive legal analysis of the situation, focusing on the implications for affected users and potential legal remedies.

The Artificial Tears Recall and Its Consequences

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on the Artificial Tears infection outbreak in May, revealing that at least 81 infections in 18 states have been linked to the recalled eye drops. The infections have resulted in four deaths, numerous hospitalizations, and cases of vision loss. In some instances, the severity of the infection necessitated surgical eye removal.

The recall was first issued in February 2023, following the discovery of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination in EzricCare and Delsam Pharma Artificial Tears eye drops. These products were widely distributed through various retail outlets, including and Walmart. They were also directly supplied to hospitals, healthcare centers, and nursing homes nationwide.

Following the recall, many Artificial Tears lawsuits have been filed, including individual suits by those diagnosed with infections and class action claims seeking economic damages and medical monitoring. These lawsuits allege that the manufacturers failed to perform proper microbial testing, leading to the sale of contaminated products directly to consumers.

Legal Implications and Potential Remedies

As the number of reported eye drop infections continues to rise, so too does the number of lawsuits filed against the manufacturers. These lawsuits claim that the manufacturers’ failure to conduct adequate microbial testing resulted in the sale of contaminated products, causing consumers to suffer from severe eye infections, permanent vision loss, and other injuries.

Lawyers are actively investigating potential eye drop infection lawsuits against the manufacturers and distributors of EzriCare and Delsam Pharma’s eye drops. These lawsuits seek compensation for multiple injuries and side effects caused by the contamination, including eye infections, partial blindness, permanent blindness, bloodstream infections, and other injuries caused by the eye drops.

If you or a loved one has been affected by the use of these recalled eye drops, it is crucial to understand your legal rights and potential remedies. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Contact Alonso Krangle Immediately if You Have Been Injured by Artificial Tears Eye Drops

If you have been injured using Artificial Tears Eye Drops, we urge you to take immediate action. Contact Alonso Krangle at (800) 403-6191 to discuss your case. Our experienced team of legal professionals is ready to provide you with the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.

Don’t let your rights be compromised. Reach out to Alonso Krangle at (800) 403-6191 today. We are committed to ensuring those responsible for your injuries are held accountable. Let us help you secure the justice and compensation you deserve.

NutriBullet Proposes 10 million Settlement

NutriBullet Class Action Proposes $10 Million settlement

After several years, NutriBullet has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by consumers because of exploding blenders.

A class action was filed alleging that NutriBullet blenders were defective. After reports that NutriBullet canisters exploded without warning, consumers filed the class action in California.

The class action contains claims that NutriBullet blenders are defective because the blades create tremendous heat when they spin, causing pressure to build up inside the canisters. The result is the expulsion of the canister and its hot contents. The blades also become exposed, causing an even more dangerous situation.

The NutriBullet class action is against Homeland Housewares, LLC, NutriBullet, LLC, and Capital Brands and claims these parties knew about the defective design of the blenders and did nothing to make them safer or warn consumers.

In a settlement agreement yet to be approved by the court, NutriBullet has agreed to set aside 10,000,000 to settle claims of people who purchased NutriBullet blenders. NutriBullet admitted no wrongdoing in the proposed settlement but agreed “to add disclosures to the exterior of the 600-watt and 900-watt NutriBullet Blenders’ packaging informing consumers that the Blenders should not be operated continuously for more than one minute or be used to blend hot or warm ingredients.”

The settlement, if approved, will provide eligible consumers with partial refunds or credits toward the purchase of a new NutriBullet blender.

The class action does not address any liability for claims by victims across the country that NutriBullet blenders caused them serious injuries.

NutriBullet Blenders Explode and Cause Injuries

Injuries from exploding NutriBullet blenders have ranged from minor to severe. Reported NutriBullet injuries include:

  • 1st-degree burns
  • 2nd-degree burns
  • 3rd-degree burns
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve damage
  • Mobility issues
  • Bruising
  • Eye injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Disfigurement

People who have suffered these injuries have required medical treatment, including surgeries, stitches, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more. The costs of these treatments can be in the 10s of thousands of dollars. They will not receive any compensation from the NutriBullet class action settlement.

Victims Injured by NutriBullet Blenders File Individual Lawsuits

Since individuals injured by exploding NutriBullet blenders are not part of the class action lawsuit or a proposed settlement, what can they do? Some victims across the country have opted to file individual lawsuits against NutriBullet, seeking compensation for their injuries. Are you eligible to file a NutriBullet lawsuit?

Did your NutriBullet blender explode during use?
Did you suffer injuries from the NutriBullet explosion?

If the answer to these questions is “yes,” you might qualify for a NutriBullet lawsuit.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP To Find Out if You Can File a NutriBullet Injury Lawsuit

Call our lawyers today at (800) 403-6191 for a free evaluation of your NutriBullet lawsuit.

There are time limits to filing these claims. We can’t determine how much time you have until we hear the facts of your case– so don’t wait. If you were injured in a NutriBullet blender accident, call Alonso Krangle, LLP. Let us help you collect the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law.



NutriBullet Settlement

NutriBullet Class Action Lawsuit to Settle

Perhaps you recently heard that NutriBullet has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $10 million. Plaintiffs from across the country participated in the class action lawsuit and might be eligible to collect partial refunds for their NutriBullet blenders or receive credits toward new ones.

NutriBullet is also dealing with individual lawsuits brought by some victims who suffered serious harm when their blenders unexpectedly exploded.

Near the end of 2020, Fox11, a Los Angeles news station reported on some of these serious injuries and the allegations that evolved from what victims call “defectively designed” products.

Plaintiff and Her Daughter Cut and Burned by NutriBullet

Chrissundra Hall and her daughter claim that they both suffered injuries using the blender. Hall claims that they were using the product according to directions at the time of the incident. Hall told reporters that she tried to stop the blender after 35-45 seconds and it would not turn off. She unplugged the machine so it would stop.

At the time she unplugged it, the cup blew off the blender, hitting the ceiling and even cracking it. Hall said the contents of the blender became scalding hot, spewed everywhere, and caused third degree burns on her daughters’ body, eyes and face. Hall herself, suffered second degree burns on her arms.

Other victims have reported experiencing lacerations from the blades, burns, nerve damage, and pain because of exploding NutriBullet blenders.

NutriBullet Blames Consumers for Misuse, Consumers Claim Defective Design

NutriBullet continues to hold the position that the blenders are safe, and that extensive testing has proven this. The company stands firm in its belief that when used according to instructions, which state the content of the blenders will get warm but will not explode. What are those instructions? Do not blend anything for more than 60 seconds and do not put any warm liquids in the blender.

Injured victims, however, claim that their NutriBullet blenders exploded well before the 60 second mark and that the contents they used were not warm. Many claim that NutriBullet blenders are defectively designed and that a pressure safety valve would make the products safer for consumers.

NutriBullet Does Not Admit Wrongdoing in Settlement

In the proposed settlement agreement, NutriBullet has agreed to set aside $10 million for to pay partial refunds for NutriBullet Blenders. The settlement also offers the opportunity for consumers to receive credits toward the purchase of new NutriBullet blenders.

NutriBullet does not admit to any wrongdoing in the agreement. The settlement agreement does not require NutriBullet to make its blenders safer or issue any recall of the exploding blenders.

The court must approve this settlement before the NutriBullet class action lawsuits are truly resolved.

Our Lawyers are Reviewing Individual NutriBullet Lawsuits

People who suffered serious injuries from exploding NutriBullet blenders, might wish to seek damages for their injuries. The class action does not involve personal injuries.

If you were injured by an exploding NutriBullet blender, you might be entitled to file a lawsuit to collect monetary damages. If you suffered burns, lacerations, nerve damage or disfigurement you might be able to obtain substantial compensation from NutriBullet.
Call our NutriBullet lawyers at (800) 403-6191 to learn more about your legal rights when you are injured by a consumer product.

Alonso Krangle, LLP can help you enforce those rights and collect compensation for your injuries when they are caused by negligence. Call us today at (800) 403-6191 for a free evaluation of your NutriBullet lawsuit.

DigitDots Recall Lawsuits

Questions and Answers About HD Premier DigitDots Lawsuits

Our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP are interviewing individuals who have suffered injuries because of HD Premier DigitDots. These magnetic balls have been recalled because they can cause serious injuries and death to children. If your child was injured because of this dangerous toy, we encourage you to call our lawyers now to find out if you can file a DigitDots lawsuit.

We have received questions about the DigitDots recall and DigitDots lawsuits. Here we will provide some information to help you understand the basics of both and what this all might mean for you and your child.

What Are DigitDots?

DigitDots are made by HD Premier. They are small, loose balls made from powerful neodymium rare earth magnets. They have very strong magnetic properties, which is what makes them fun to fidget with.

They are shiny, tiny balls that come in solid and rainbow colors and can be used to create all kinds of fun shapes and structures.

What Is The HD Premier DigitDots Recall?

In March 2022, HD Premier issued a recall of nearly 120,000 sets of DigitDots magnetic balls. The recall includes the following products:

  • 3mm diameter magnets sold as aggregated loose magnets in sets of 512 multi-colored magnetic balls
  • 5mm diameter magnets sold as aggregated loose magnets in sets of 222 silver magnetic balls
  • 5mm diameter magnets sold as aggregated loose magnets in sets of 224 multi-colored magnetic balls.
  • The above sets of magnets are sold in clear, disposable packaging that shows the “DigitDots” name and logo.
  • They come with a plastic carrying case showing the “DigitDots” name and logo.

The recalled DigitDots were sold online from March 2019 through January 2022 for between $20 and $30.

Why Did DigitDots Get Recalled?

According to the recall notice, HD Premier recalled DigitDots after learning at least four children required surgery after swallowing the magnetic balls.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are additional similar reports involving children and teens. The CPSC claims that at least two deaths were tied to swallowing DigitDots.

Why Are DigitDots Dangerous?

DigitDots are dangerous if they are swallowed. The swallowing can be accidental or purposeful. Once ingested, the powerful magnetic balls can attract to each other or something metal in the body. They can become stuck in the digestive tract or other parts of the body.

What Injuries Can DigitDots cause?

Swallowing DigitDots can cause various injuries to the victim. Injuries from DigitDots can include:

  • Intestinal perforation
  • Intestinal blockage or twisting
  • Infection
  • Sepsis or blood poisoning
  • Emergency surgery
  • Death

What Should I Do If I Have DigitDots?

If you have DigitDots, stop using them immediately. Be sure to keep the magnetic balls far away from children and teenagers. You can contact DigitDots about returning the dangerous recalled items and receiving a refund.

Can I File A DigitDots Lawsuit?

Maybe. Our product liability lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, are speaking with individuals about whether they can file a DigitDots lawsuit against HD Premier. Did your child swallow recalled DigitDots? Did your child need surgery to repair the damage or remove the magnetic balls? If so, please call our lawyers today at 800-403-6191 for a free case evaluation.

What Compensation Is Available To Victims Injured By DigitDots?

There is no way to know what, if any, compensation victims will receive for injuries related to the DigitDots recall. The amount can depend on various things, such as the nature and severity of injuries, pain and suffering, and the manufacturer’s level of negligence or intention.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP For A Free Evaluation of Your DigitDots Magnetic Ball Lawsuit

When recalled toys injure children, we want to ensure negligent manufacturers are held accountable. Let our product liability lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP help you collect the maximum compensation the laws allow.

Call us today at 800-403-6191 for a free evaluation of your DigitDots lawsuit.

Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuits

Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuits – Questions and Answers

As of April 18, 2022, hundreds of people have filed lawsuits against Philips over CPAP and BiPAP machines used to treat sleep apnea.

In June 2021, Philips issued a recall of more than a dozen models of its most popular CPAP and BiPAP sleep apnea machines because they contained foam which could cause health problems for users.
Consumers who suffered injuries from these machines are filing CPAP lawsuits seeking damages from Philips.

Our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP are reviewing claims for people injured by Philips CPAP and BiPAP apnea machines. During this process, we hear many questions about the Philips CPAP recall, the injuries these machines can cause, and what to do if you were a recalled CPAP user.

We will provide some of that basic information here. But, if you suffered injuries from a recalled CPAP or BiPAP, call us today at 800-403-6191 for a free Philips CPAP case evaluation.

Why Do People Use Philips CPAP and BiPAP Machines?

Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines treat people with obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes people to have breathing irregularities while they sleep.

The breathing irregularities can lead to a wide range of dangerous health problems, including high blood pressure, headaches, heart attacks, and strokes.

How Do CPAP and BiPAP Machines Work?

CPAP – continuous positive airway pressure – and BiPAP – bi-level positive airway pressure – machines both treat sleep apnea by forcing air through a mask that users wear while they sleep. The machine forces air with enough pressure to keep airways open and free from obstruction. When working properly, CPAP machines can successfully treat sleep apnea and help people avoid the additional health problems it can cause.

Why Did Philips Recall CPAP Machines?

Philips recalled various models of CPAP and BiPAP machines because they are believed to be dangerous, even when used as instructed.

Why Are Philips CPAP and BiPAP Sleep Apnea Machines Dangerous?

The recalled devices contain a foam used for noise reduction. The foam, made of polyester polyurethane, is called PE-PUR and helps the machines run more quietly than they otherwise would.

PE-PUR foam in sleep apnea machines can break down. If it does, CPAP users can inhale or ingest its carcinogenic and toxic particles.

PE-PUR foam is prone to break down after exposure to conditions that include sunlight, moisture, heat, fungus, microbial products, and oxygen. For instance, if you use certain products to clean your CPAP or expose it to high humidity, you might be at greater risk of inhaling dangerous particles.

What Injuries Can Recalled CPAP Machines Cause?

Inhaling or ingesting PE-PUR foam particles or off-gasses might cause some of the following injuries and health conditions:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory inflammation
  • Airway irritation
  • Sinus infections
  • Chest pressure
  • Asthma
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Lung damage

What Machines Are Included In The Philips CPAP Recall?

Philips recalled the following sleep apnea and ventilator machines:

  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation BiPAP
  • DreamStation ST
  • DreamStation CPAP
  • DreamStation Go
  • Dreamstation Auto CPAP
  • SystemOne ASV4 and Q Series
  • Dorma 500 CPAP and 400
  • Garbin Plus
  • A-Series BiPAP
  • C-Series ASV
  • REMStar SE Auto CPAP
  • Aeris
  • Trilogy 100 and 200
  • OmniLab Advanced Plus
  • LifeVent

Can I File A Philips CPAP Lawsuit?

You might be eligible to file a lawsuit against Philips because of its defective and dangerous CPAP machines.

You might be entitled to collect compensation related to Philips’s negligence.

Consider the following-

Did you use a sleep apnea machine that was part of the Philips CPAP and BiPAP recall?
Did you use it for several consecutive months or years?
Did you receive a diagnosis of respiratory or pulmonary illness?
Did you receive a diagnosis of cancer such as liver, kidney, or lung cancer?
Did you experience other (non-cancerous) damage to your kidneys or liver?

If the answer is “yes,” call our CPAP recall lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, to learn about your legal rights and options.

What Is The Current Status of Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuits?

There are currently hundreds of lawsuits against Philips related to the recall of CPAP and BiPAP sleep apnea machines. The cases have been formed into an MDL (multidistrict litigation) and consolidated before a single judge in Pennsylvania to make the litigation process more efficient for all parties involved. Creating an MDL generally makes it easier for injured victims to participate in the litigation.

How Much Can I Collect From A Philips CPAP Lawsuit?

There is no way to know how much compensation, if any, you might receive from your Philips CPAP lawsuit. It can depend on various factors, including the seriousness of your injuries and how long Philips knew the CPAP machines were dangerous. However, the more injured victims come forward to file lawsuits against it, the more pressure Philips might feel to enter into a settlement.

Call CPAP Recall Lawyers At Alonso Krangle, LLP, Today

There are time limits to file lawsuits against companies that manufacture dangerous and defective devices. We don’t know how much time you have to file your Philips CPAP lawsuit until we hear the facts of your case.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP today at 800-403-6191 for a free evaluation of your Philips CPAP and BiPAP claim. We fight for the rights of injured victims and want to help you collect the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law.

Find out if you are eligible to file a Philips CPAP lawsuit by calling Alonso Krangle, LLP, at 800-403-6191 today.

Leachco Podsters Questions And Answers

Frequently Asked Questions About Leachco Podster Infant Lounger Lawsuits

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has informed the public that everyone should stop using baby loungers made by Leachco, Inc. The agency feels strongly that Leachco baby loungers pose a danger to babies and can lead to death.

Our product liability and personal injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, have been hearing from people who have questions about the safety of baby loungers, what to do now, and if they can file lawsuits against Leachco.

Here, we will answer some frequently asked questions regarding Leachco Podster infant loungers and related lawsuits.

What Are Baby Loungers?

Baby loungers are horseshoe-shaped pillows meant to prop-up infants during interactive playtime before they are old enough to sit up independently.

Leachco, Inc. manufacturers and sells these infant loungers under the following names:

  • Podster
  • Podster Plush
  • Bummzie
  • Podster Playtime Infant lounger

What Is The Problem With Leachco Infant Loungers?

According to CPSC, when caregivers leave babies unattended on the lounger pillows, there is a danger that the infants can suffocate. If infants roll over, turn their heads, or roll off the baby loungers, their airways can become blocked.

Even though the loungers are intended for interactive, supervised play and not sleeping, the CPSC strongly believes that it is foreseeable that caregivers will allow infants to sleep on them. CPSC takes the position that baby loungers are inherently dangerous to babies.

Have Leachco Baby Loungers injured infants?

The CPSC knows of at least two deaths that occurred when babies were placed on Leachco Podsters. Both infants suffocated.

Is There A Leachco Baby Lounger Recall?

No, Leachco refused to recall the products. Leachco maintains the safety of its infant loungers if they are used correctly.

Leachco claims that the instructions and warnings on the products are clear. Leachco warns consumers about the risk of leaving babies unattended on the loungers and that infants should never be left unattended on the pillows.

Leachco warnings also inform consumers that the pillows are not intended for sleeping.

Will There Be A Leachco Baby Lounger Recall?

Leachco will not issue a voluntary recall of its Podsters because it feels the products are safe when used correctly.

In response to Leachco’s refusal to recall the loungers, the CPSC filed an administrative lawsuit against the company seeking “to force Leachco to notify every person to whom the product was sold about the defect and offer consumers a full refund” and immediately recall the dangerous loungers.

Are All Baby Loungers Dangerous?

In 2021, more than 3 million Boppy baby loungers were recalled after eight reports of infant deaths by suffocation. As with Leachco Podsters, when babies placed on Boppy loungers turned over, turned their heads, or rolled off onto something nearby, their airways became blocked, and they suffocated.

How Can I Keep My Baby Safe?

The CPSC warns parents to stop using Leachco Podster products right away. The agency reminds parents that babies should never be left unattended on infant lounging pillows.

The pillows are meant to be used only for interactive playtime when babies are awake.

For information about infants and safe sleeping, visit the CDC website at

Are People Filing Infant Lounger Lawsuits Against Leachco?

If your baby died or was injured because of a Podster baby lounger, you might be entitled to file a lawsuit against Leachco.

Products liability lawsuits involve dangerous or defective products that injure consumers. Products liability cases can also address issues like the adequacy of warnings and the marketing of products.

What Should You Do Now?

If you have a Leachco Podster, Podster Plush, Bummzie, or Podster Playtime infant lounger, stop using it. Depending on Leachco’s actions and the outcome of the CPSC complaint, you might be able to get a refund from Leachco.

If a Leachco Podster has injured your baby, call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP to find out if you are entitled to file a lawsuit and collect compensation from Leachco for injuries caused by its dangerous baby loungers.

We are reviewing claims now. Call our product liability lawyers today at 800-403-6191 to schedule a free Leachco Podster case evaluation.



Leachco Podster Lawsuit

Consumer Product Safety Commission Sued Leachco Over Dangerous Baby Loungers

According to Consumer Reports, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed a lawsuit against Leachco, the manufacturer of baby loungers. The loungers, according to CPSC, are dangerous to infants because they are a suffocation hazard.

The lawsuit, filed on February 9, 2022, comes after Leachco refused to recall its products. The CPSC asks in its suit that Leachco be forced to notify customers that these loungers can result in suffocation and to offer them a refund.

CPSC Asked Leachco To Recall Its Loungers – Leachco Refused

The CPSC had previously asked Leachco to recall its baby loungers after receiving reports of accidental suffocation. Leachco refused, claiming its baby loungers were safe when used according to instructions.

In response to its refusal to recall its dangerous products, of which approximately 180,000 have been sold, CPSC issued its own warning to consumers about Leachco baby loungers.

In its warning, CPSC told parents to stop using immediately:

  • Leachco Podster
  • Leachco Podster Plush
  • Leachco Podster Playtime
  • Leachco Bummzie

Why? Because two infants died after being put on a Leachco Podster. The infants’ position changed, causing their noses and mouths to be obstructed, resulting in suffocation. One victim was 4-months old, and the other was 17 days old. Both infants died from “accidental complications from asphyxia.”

Leachco Rejects CPSC Claims that Loungers Are Dangerous

On the company website, Leachco makes it clear that it does not agree with the CPSC’s claims that its infant loungers are dangerous.

Leachco firmly believes that when used correctly, its products are completely safe.

Leachco points out that its baby loungers are not meant for unsupervised sleep or play, which is made clear on its packaging. The company states, “Leachco has always had clear warnings on the product and its packaging not to place it in a bed or crib or use it for unsupervised sleep. The CPSC is wrongly telling consumers to stop using the Podster altogether instead of explaining that no lounger should be used in a crib or bed and no lounger is safe for unsupervised sleep.”

You can find more information on Leachco’s position at

CPSC Hopes Lawsuit Will Compel Leachco To Act

The CPSC can file complaints like this one when a manufacturer refuses to respond to its safety concerns. Chair of the CPSC Alex Hoehn-Saric said that it is a “last resort” employed when “in the interest of protecting consumers we are left with no other options.”

The CPSC has strong feelings about the dangers of infant loungers like the Leachco Podsters. It has issued repeated warnings never to leave a baby unattended or asleep on an infant lounger or nursing pillow. The risk of suffocation is too great.

In 2021, Boppy company voluntarily recalled more than three million baby loungers because they were connected to the deaths of 8 infants. Although Boppy, like Leachco, claimed that when used according to instructions, Boppys were safe. Boppy, like Leachco, also claimed that its products contained adequate warnings about the risks of suffocation. However, Boppy, UNLIKE Leachco, decided to recall the products because of the dangers.

At the time, then-Chair of the CPSC Robert S. Adler stated, “Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time – even in products not intended for sleep – and since suffocation can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market.”

What, if anything, Leachco does in the wake of the CPSC lawsuit, remains to be seen.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, if Leachco Podster injured your Baby

Call our dangerous product lawyers today at 800-413-6191 to determine if you have a claim against Leachco for injuries to your infant. We offer free consultations and can determine if you are entitled to collect compensation for your baby’s injuries. Call Alonso Krangle LLP now.



DigitDots Recall – Dangers Announced by CPSC

Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces Recall of HD Premier DigitDots Magnets

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of HD Premier DigitDots magnets. On March 17, the CPSC shared news of the recall and a warning that these tiny, strong, rare-earth magnets are dangerous if swallowed. DigitDots can cause severe, life-threatening injuries.

If you or your child suffered injuries from DigitDots, call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP today.

What Products Are Part of This Recall?

The voluntary recall announcement on states, “All genuine 3mm and 5mm DigitDots Magnetic Ball have been recalled and are no longer for sale.”

The recall involves close to 120,000 sets of Premier DigitDots magnetic sets. The recalled items were sold online at on Amazon and other websites from March 2019 through January 2022. The price range for the recalled items is $20 to $30.

HD Premier’s recall includes 3mm DigitDots and 5mm DigitDots. The 5mm magnets come as a set of 222 silver balls or 224 multi-colored balls. The 3mm magnets come in sets of 512 multi-colored balls. The recalled items are sold in clear packaging and come with a plastic carrying case. Both of these display the name and logo “DigitDots” on them.

Why Are DigitDots Dangerous?

If two or more DigitDots are accidentally swallowed, the strong magnets can attach to each other or another piece of metal that might be in the victim’s body.

Once they attach, all types of problems can follow. Injuries from DigitDots can include:

  • Perforations along the digestive tract
  • Twisting of intestines
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Bowel blockage
  • Blood poisoning
  • Infection

Surgery is often required to remove DigitDots from the body and repair the damage.

HD Premier has acknowledged that it knows of four children who swallowed DigitDots and required surgery to remove them.

CPSC claims that there are many additional reports of children and teens ingesting similar magnets (made by other companies) who required surgery. The CPSC states that it knows of at least two deaths related to ingesting small, high-powered magnets.

What Should You Do If Your Child Has HD Premier DigitDots Magnetic Balls?

Consumers should stop using these products immediately and take them away from children. HD Premier has information about returning the recalled products and receiving a refund on its website. You can access that information here

Small Magnetic Balls Have A Controversial History

The types of magnets recalled by HD Premier have a controversial history. The magnetic sets were originally marketed and sold to adults- as a way to exercise creativity at your desk or relieve stress. The colorful magnetic balls could be shaped into various forms and also provide a tactile experience that can ease anxiety and be very satisfying.

Unfortunately, the magnets were and are also attractive to children. They are shiny, colorful, and tiny – all the things kids love. Even teenagers, especially girls, found ways to enjoy these magnetic ball sets. Despite reports of children becoming severely injured because of swallowing the magnetic balls, they were all the rage.

The CPSC spent years warning the public about the dangers of small magnetic balls and negotiated with several toy manufacturers to place warnings on the products. The CPSC eventually implemented policies that essentially banned the sale of similar products. However, the US Court of Appeals overturned policies, paving the way for the re-introduction of rare-earth magnets into the marketplace.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP If Recalled DigitDots Caused Injuries

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP today if HD Premier DigitDots magnetic balls injured you or your child. Once we hear the facts, we can determine if you are entitled to seek compensation from the manufacturer of this dangerous product.

Call our DigitDots recall lawyers at 800-403-6191 for your free case evaluation.



New York Adult Survivors Act Sits in Assembly

New York’s Adult Survivors Act Would Give Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Victims Time to File Lawsuits

In June 2021, the New York State Senate unanimously passed the Adult Survivors Act, a law modeled after the Child Victims Act. For unknown reasons, however, the Adult Survivors Act (ASA) appears to have stalled. The Assembly has yet to schedule a vote on the ASA.

The Child Victims Act (CVA) gave victims of childhood sexual abuse a look-back window to file claims which were previously time-barred against their abusers. The ASA would do the same for individuals who were adults at the time of their abuse or assault.

What Is The Adult Survivors Act?

Senator and Senate Judiciary Chair Brad Holyman along with Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal is the sponsor of the Adult Survivors Act. In Senator Holyman’s words,

“This legislation would create a one year window for the revival of time-barred civil lawsuits based on sex crimes committed against individuals who were 18 years of age or older.”

Currently, the statute of limitations for adult sexual abuse survivors is three years. For criminal cases, the time is generally between two years and five years, depending on the nature of the crime.

The New York legislature did extend some statutes of limitations in 2019 for specific sex crimes. The legislature, however, did not extend the time period for all sexual assault and abuse crimes and did not provide any type of look-back window for time-barred claims.

The ASA would allow anyone who was over 18 at the time they were sexually assaulted or sexually abused one full year to file a civil lawsuit against their abuser. Passage of the ASA could allow thousands of previously barred victims to seek accountability and compensation from the people who hurt them, just like the Child Victims Act did for survivors of child sex abuse.

Look-Back Window Could Give Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Survivors The Opportunity to Seek Compensation

The CVA became law when the entire country was beginning to learn just how widespread child sexual abuse has been. The Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, and other organizations were being accused of horrible crimes against children. Many people who survived child sexual abuse at the hands of priests, teachers, and trusted mentors, became adults fraught with depression, addiction, violence, and PTSD.

Countless victims did not have the strength or ability to come forward with allegations of abuse until decades had passed. For many, the statute of limitations was long expired, leaving them with no legal recourse and no closure.

These were some reasons that advocates fought hard for the Child Victims Act – believing that children who were victims of abuse needed (and deserved) the chance to seek accountability and compensation from the people that hurt them and the institutions that failed to protect their safety.

The CVA extended the statutes of limitations for civil lawsuits and criminal charges related to sex crimes and gave a two-year look-back window for previously time-barred claims. This meant that anyone who was sexually abused or sexually assaulted as a child under the age of 18 had two years to file a lawsuit regardless of how much time had passed since the abuse.

When New York passed the Child Victims Act, more than 6,000 previously barred individuals filed lawsuits against the people who abused and attacked them when they were children. These victims would never have had the opportunity to seek justice or compensation without this important law.

Proponents of the Adult Survivors Act hope to give those who were sexually assaulted as adults – 18 and older – the same important opportunity.

Will The New York Assembly Pass the Adult Survivors Act?

The bill was introduced in 2019 following reports of widespread sexual harassment and assault in various workplaces. As more women came forward, many people saw an urgent need for stronger legislation against attackers and the institutions that protected them. The Act very quickly sailed through the New York Senate.

While the reason for the delay in passing the ASA is not clear, some speculate that it was Cuomo’s allegedly inappropriate and illegal behavior, and possibly others in the state legislature, that kept the ASA from becoming law. Many people hope that New York’s new governor, Kathy Hochul, will prioritize the ASA in ways former Governor Cuomo did not.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, If You Survived Sexual Abuse or Sexual Assault

If you were victimized by sexual abuse or sexual assault as a child or adult, call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. You might be eligible to file a civil lawsuit and seek compensation from the people who harmed you.

Our lawyers fight for the rights of sexual abuse victims and want to see justice served. Let us help you get the compensation allowed by law.

Call us today at 800-403-6191 to schedule a free consultation.



Walmart Recalls BHG Aromatherapy Room Spray

Walmart Recalls Aromatherapy Spray Due to Bacterial Concerns

On October 22, 2021, Reuters reported that Walmart recalled approximately 3,900 bottles of aromatherapy spray out of concern for the safety of consumers. The recall came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tested a version of an aromatherapy spray by Better Homes and Gardens and detected a rare and potentially deadly bacteria.

Health officials suspect that the rare and dangerous bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei, found in the Better Homes and Gardens room spray with gemstones, might be responsible for at least two deaths and four illnesses across the country.

Some of the following scents might contain dangerous bacteria and be included in the recall:

  • gem room spray lavender
  • gem room spray sandalwood
  • gem room spray lime
  • gem room spray lemon

If you are unsure about whether the product you have is part of the recall, you can try contacting Walmart.

What Should You Do If You Bought Recalled Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Room Spray?

The recall applies to 3,900 bottles of a product called “Walmart’s Better Homes and Gardens-labeled Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones.” (BHG Gem Room Spray)

Reuters reported that Walmart sold the aromatherapy room spray manufactured in India, at more than fifty stores and on its website. The recalled room spray was also sold on the Walmart website between February 2021 and October 2021. Walmart is trying to prevent further sales of Better Homes and Gardens room spray that might contain dangerous bacteria.

The CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has warned the public of the possible presence of a rare bacteria in Better Homes and Gardens oil infused aromatherapy room spray. If you think you might have one of the recalled spray products in your home – the CDC suggests you do the following:

  • Immediately stop using the aromatherapy spray
  • Do not open the bottle
  • Do not throw it away
  • Double bag the spray in clear Ziploc bags
  • Place the item in a small cardboard box
  • Bring the securely bagged and boxed product to any Walmart store
  • Wash sheets, clothes, and linens that might have been sprayed with the product
  • Wipe down all surfaces with anti-bacterial disinfectants that might have come in contact with the spray and its dangerous bacteria.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that people who return the recalled products to a Walmart store would receive a gift card.

Why Did Walmart Recall Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy Room Spray?

The CDC found the rare and potentially deadly bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei inside the bottles of some of the recalled room sprays.

Burkholderia pseudomallei causes melioidosis, which is a rare but serious disease. It can lead to potentially deadly infections.

The CDC was researching several confirmed cases of melioidosis in the US earlier in 2021. Cases of melioidosis in the US are usually the result of people traveling out of the country and bringing it back with them. It is not an illness that can be transmitted from person to person. One gets melioidosis from direct contact with soil, water, or other agent contaminated with Burkholderia pseudomallei.

These cases, however, did not involve individuals who traveled at all. Typically, the United States sees only about twelve cases of melioidosis a year, most of them in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The bacterial infection is much more common in tropical climates, predominantly in Northern Australia and Southeast Asia.

The CDC was deeply concerned about the four infections and two deaths from melioidosis. While investigating these recent cases of melioidosis, the CDC found a contaminated bottle of the Better Homes and Gardens aromatherapy spray in the home of one victim who lives in Georgia. The agency is trying to determine if the other victims in Kansas, Texas, and Minnesota, also used the aromatherapy room spray.

What Are the Symptoms of Melioidosis?

Melioidosis has a long list of possible symptoms which can appear anywhere from one day to years after exposure to the Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria. Typically, symptoms begin about two to four weeks after exposure. Anyone exposed to the bacteria can develop melioidosis.
But those with underlying health conditions like diabetes, cancer, liver disease, renal disease, or COPD are at greater risk.

The illness often presents like pneumonia or tuberculosis.

According to the CDC, signs and symptoms of melioidosis can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sepsis
  • Respiratory distress, coughing, wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Disorientation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Abscess
  • Weight loss
  • Brain infection
  • Seizures

The CDC suggests you seek medical care if you have any of these symptoms and used Walmart’s Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones within the past few days or weeks. Tell your doctor if you might have been exposed to a potentially deadly bacteria.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP If You Have Become Ill Because of Recalled Products

If you have become sick because of a product that has been recalled, you might be able to take legal action against the maker of the product.

Manufacturers have legal responsibilities to ensure their products are not unreasonably dangerous. When they fail to live up to their duties to the public, they might owe compensation to injured victims.

Call our dangerous product lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP today at 800-403-6191 to determine if you are entitled to seek compensation after being injured by recalled aromatherapy room spray or suffering another product related injury.