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Kotex Recalls Tampons After Infections

URGENT--

Recently Kotex Tampons recalled about 1,400 cases of Kotex Tampons do to the risk of infection due to the bacterium Enterobacter sakazakii in the raw materials used in manufacturing the tampons. The bacteria can cause infections and lead to health risks including urinary track infections, septic shock,  pelvic inflammatory disease and other life threatening illnesses.

The recall is on 18-count and 32-count boxes of Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons of Regular Absorbency. The recalled boxes have a SKU code with 15063 or 15068 as the last five digits of the barcode.

The recalled tampons were sold at Wal-Mart  in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas and Nebraska and Fry's stores in Arizona and Smith's stores in Utah and Arizona.

If you have a box of these tampons in your possession, stop using them immediately and consult a physician. If you believe that you have been injured by these products, contact our Firm at 601-355-2022 for a free consultation about your injuries.


Breaking News: McBroom v. Massengill Trial

While the jury found that Massengill did not use excessive force when he shot Zeta in the back, through his windshield. The John D. Giddens Law Firm has appealed the findings of the lower court and looks to the 5th Circuit Court to review whether the jury should have been given confusing and prejudicial information. Read on for an account of how this played out at trial. 

The jury sent out a note about an hour and a half into deliberations asking for a copy of Zeta’s guilty plea, which had not been introduced into evidence.  It was clear during the course of the trial Zeta had no choice but to plea to whatever deal she was offered or face a potential 20 years in prison for aggravated assault on a police officer.  The district attorney’s office in Harrison County pushed for her to plea to a felony disorderly conduct, a strategy which looked as though helped benefit the county in the civil litigation.  Zeta would have pled to whatever was offered to be able to return home to her kids – whatever the language in the plea.

We are working with our webmaster to bring to you a link to the video showing Zeta being knocked down and dragged around the Harrison County detention center on October 30, 2005.  Check back with us over the next couple of days.  This is the reason why she was scared to pull over for the Harrison County deputies attempting to stop her.  The jury heard none of this information, only that she had been drinking at the time and was scared of the police officers and scared of going to jail.  In our mind, her fear was rational because in February of 2006, these same four jailers who beat Zeta McBroom in October, were involved, and served time in connection with the beating death of Jessie Lee Williams.

We believe the jury should have been told Zeta had a legitimate reason for not pulling over the night she was shot.  The Payne era jail beatings made the public, and Zeta in particular, fearful and distrustful of the police.  She would not allow herself to go back to that jail to be abused and beaten again.  She was told by the same sadistic jailers that if she ever returned, she would surely die.

The people who are most surprised by the jury’s verdict are the people that lived out there on Beulah Church Road and eye-witnessed the entire shooting incident and testified how the police opened fire on Zeta as she was merely trying to back out of a ditch.  This story is completely different than what the police claim to have occurred.  It is always been our contention that Sergeant Massengill opened fire on Zeta after she bumped into his car and was driving away down a dead-end street.  The evidence supported this.

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Judge orders area doctor to pay $810K, Kevin Walters Staff
Lawsuit: Lowry performed surgery on wrong patient

By Kevin Walters
American Staff Writer kwalters@hattiesb.gannett.com

A Harrison County jury awarded $1.8 million in damages Wednesday in a lawsuit involving a Hattiesburg neurosurgeon who performed a brain operation on the wrong patient.

Dr. Michael Lowry, who is affiliated with Forrest General Hospital, was ordered to pay 45 percent - or $810,000 - of the damages, said John Giddens, a Jackson-based attorney who represented plaintiffs Charles and Carmen Connetti of Bay St. Louis.

Co-defendant radiologist Dr. Michael Diaz must pay 35 percent of the damages and Memorial Hospital at Gulfport was assigned 20 percent, but won't have to pay because it previously settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

"We had numerous experts from all over the country who testified," said Giddens.
The suit alleged that Charles Connetti's brain scan, taken on July 25, 2000, was confused with the reports of patient Robert King, while both Charles Connetti and King were in Memorial Hospital.

Charles Connetti had sought treatment after complaining of headaches and hallucinations.

Giddens said he believes it was the largest medical malpractice award in Harrison County.

The jury's judgment is not yet final, said Paul Delcambre, a Gulport attorney representing Lowry.

No decision has been made about filing an appeal, he said.

"There are one or two legal issues in the case that we can't comment on," Delcambre said.

Diaz's attorney could not be reached for comment.

Before the trial began, Diaz admitted to issuing an incorrect report and Lowry admitted to failing to see the name before and during surgery, Giddens said.
Charles Connetti's name was on the brain scan more than 80 times, Giddens said.

King went home shortly after July 25 only to return to the hospital's emergency room a few weeks later in a coma. He later died.

On Aug. 1, 2000, Lowry performed a craniotomy on Charles Connetti, who is a commercial shrimp and oyster fisherman.

After the operation, he was left brain damaged.

Giddens described his client's condition as being similar to what some stroke victims experience, including difficulty with his speech.

Forrest General Hospital cannot comment on individual physician's legal cases, said a hospital spokesman.


Hancock County man award over $1.4 million in civil suit
http://www.thestate.com/mld/sunherald/news/politics/9563209.htm

BILOXI, Miss. - A Hancock County man has been awarded over $1.4 million in damages for injuries he suffered during unnecessary brain surgery.

Surgeon Michael Lowry and radiologist Michael Diaz were accused of causing permanent neurological damage to Charles Connetti.

Connetti and his wife, Carmen, sued the doctors at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport and Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 2001 after Lowry performed brain surgery to remove a 4.5-centimeter cyst. Doctors later learned the cyst was in the brain of another patient, Robert King, who later died.

In Harrison County Circuit Court on Wednesday, a jury held Lowry 45 percent responsible for Connetti's neurological problems. The judgment against Lowry means he owes $810,000 in damages.

Diaz was held 35 percent responsible, which means he owes $630,000 in damages.

The jury found that Memorial Hospital had a 20 percent responsibility, but the hospital settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

Lowry had acknowledged that he was looking at King's MRI film, but believed it belonged to Connetti. Connetti's lawyer, John Giddens of Jackson, said King's name was on the film 16 times.

"I don't think the verdict is out of line with what we proved," Giddens said. "We feel that we proved ... that he was going to need over $1.1 million just in future care and medical expenses."

Giddens also is representing King's family in a separate lawsuit. That case is expected to go to trial in 2005.

Paul Delcambre, Lowry's lawyer, declined to comment. Pete Bloss, who represents Diaz, said he couldn't comment on information presented at trial.


http://www.washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20040907 120841 9118r

MISSISSIPPI Man wins malpractice suit BILOXI -- A Mississippi man was awarded more than $1.4 million in damages for injuries suffered during unnecessary brain surgery. Charles Connetti sued the doctors at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport and Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 2001. Surgeon Michael Lowry and radiologist Michael Diaz were accused of causing permanent neurological damage to Mr. Connetti. Dr. Lowry performed the surgery to remove a cyst. The cyst was in the brain of another patient, who later died.

In 2001, I was paralyzed by the negligence of my physician while undergoing routine surgery at a large teaching hospital in Jackson. Once I was released, I hired John D. Giddens Law Firm to represent me in this matter. John and his staff gave my case to their time, ensuring me and my case got the attention we deserved. John got to know me and my case personally, returned my telephone calls promptly, and informed me about the progress of the case daily. He discussed with me my rights and legal options in detail, making sure I understood his advice. John is a creative lawyer, he examined the details and facts of my case and provided me with an analyses of my legal options at each stage. When my case was resolved, John handled the details of the disbursements personally and our relationship did not end there. I continue to seek the advice of John's counsel and consider John my lawyer for life, as well as a good friend.

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