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Morgan & Morgan Hunger Relief Center Dedication

Morgan & Morgan Hunger Relief Center Dedication

On March 6, 2013, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s fight to end hunger took a major step forward with the dedication of the Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center. The new, 100,000-square foot facility—more than double the size of its predecessor—is equipped to handle millions of pounds of food the organization had to previously turn away due to a lack of adequate coolers, freezers, and general infrastructure space.

“This is one of the best things we’ve ever done,” Mr. Morgan said of he and his wife Ultima’s generous $2 million donation to the cause. “Other than the four children, this is one of the best things we’ve ever done.”

By the organization’s estimates, the value of the food stored in the Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center over the next 20 years will exceed $1.4 billion.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization spearheading the fight to end hunger by collecting and distributing food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies throughout Brevard, Orange, Lake, Seminole, Osceola, and Volusia counties in Central Florida. In addition to gathering and distributing food to those in need, Second Harvest Food Bank strives to raise public awareness on the “invisible problem” of hunger and poverty, as well as develop county-specific solutions to hunger in Central Florida.

If you would like to get involved with or donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, please visit their website.

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For The People Scholarship

For The People Scholarship

Morgan & Morgan is committed to helping out those students looking to get into law as a career. To help out, we formed the For The People Scholarship. Through this scholarship, we've already helped pay for law school for a first-year law student who was committed to making his or her community a better place.

John Morgan places a big emphasis on giving back to the community, and has built the firm to reflect his values of charity and public service. Many of our firm’s partners holds at least one leadership position in a charitable organization, for example.

We seek to inspire these values of charity and public service beyond our firm, and encourage aspiring lawyers to approach their careers as our attorneys already do.

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Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

In 2013, John Morgan partnered with United for Care in campaigning to legalize medical marijuana on behalf of sick and suffering Floridians. It took nearly four years, two elections, and cost John millions of dollars, but medical marijuana was finally legalized in 2016.

John’s support for medical marijuana is personal; it helped relieve the pain of his father, who had emphysema and esophageal cancer, and his brother, who is paraplegic. Another reason he supports medical marijuana is because of the damage he’s seen caused by the powerful prescription pain medications his clients are often given by a doctor following an injury.

The initial campaign began by writing an initiative and hiring an “army of angels” to collect the nearly 700,000 signatures required to get it on the 2014 ballot. While collecting signatures proved challenging, the initiative eventually qualified for the ballot but faced a consistent and well funded opposition throughout the campaign. In the end, 58 percent of voters were in favor of the initiative, but it required at least 60 percent to pass.

Undeterred, and further inspired by Floridians who urged him to try again, John launched another campaign to legalize medical marijuana. The second time around Florida had no doubts about medical marijuana and the initiative passed with a resounding 71 percent of the vote.

boys town usa

Offers access to foster homes and guidance for at-risk youths.

harbor house

Provides help for abused women and children.

the miami project

Conducts neuromuscular and spinal injury research and testing.

united cerebral palsy

Provides vital therapy and services to children with special needs.

Firm News

Premature babies often require additional nutrition to support their development and offset their low birth weight. Most doctors will recommend a baby formula for premature children, but recent evidence has linked some brands of baby formula to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially deadly digestive disease that can cause problems for the rest of the child’s life. The manufacturers of these baby formula products were aware of the risk that their product poses to developing infants, yet after many years, they still don’t list it as a possible side effect. 

If your child developed health concerns as a result of a toxic baby formula product, contact us today for more information on how to fight back.

What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis?

Necrotizing enterocolitis is a potentially deadly digestive disease that commonly affects newborn children. The disease eats away at the intestinal tissue in the body, which can form holes and allow bacteria from other areas of the body to enter and cause infection. The bacteria can lead to sepsis, abdominal infection, narrowing of the intestines, and short bowel syndrome, a condition that makes it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients. 

How Dangerous Is NEC?

Major cases of NEC are life-threatening for underdeveloped infants, but even minor cases can damage the intestinal tissue enough to cause digestive health problems in the future. If the intestinal tract is severely damaged by the disease, the child will need to undergo surgery to remove the eroded tissue, which is problematic considering those prematurely born children aren’t fully developed and don’t have an abundance of that tissue. On the other hand, some infants will recover without issue, but there would be no cause for concern if the manufacturers had acted ethically in the first place.

Which Formulas Use Cow Milk as a Base?

Around 80% of baby formula’s use cow milk as a base, including:

  • Enfamil
  • Similac
  • Earth’s Best
  • Happy Baby
  • Go & Grow
  • Gerber
  • Parent’s Choice
  • Baby’s Only
  • Louloka
  • Holle
  • Kendamil
  • Bobbie
  • Lebenswert

Many of these brands offer a different, non-cow milk formula as an alternative. If you’re feeding any of these brands of baby formula to your child, you should make sure that the brand you have is safe for your child’s growth and development.

What Are the Signs of NEC?

NEC happens internally, but there are some warning signs that can display evidence of the disease before it’s too late. You should make sure that the medical professional in charge of your child’s care is monitoring for the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Bloody stool
  • Green/yellow vomit
  • Changes in heart-rate/blood pressure
  • Changes in body weight/breathing
  • Lack of weight gain
  • Refusal to eat

Who Is Liable if My Child Develops NEC From Drinking Cow-Based Formulas?

Manufacturers are responsible for honestly displaying their products’ side effects to the consumers who use them, but this is not the case with these toxic baby formula products. Parents and doctors had little to no knowledge of the danger that these baby formulas pose to developing children, yet the manufacturers knew for years and failed to list NEC as a possible side effect. If your child developed NEC in this manner, you could file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or a medical malpractice claim against the doctor who gave your child the formula. However, this is often difficult if you have no prior legal experience, so it’s recommended to team up with an experienced attorney to ensure that your case reaches the best possible outcome.

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Parents of newborn children only want the best for them, and to find out that their health is now in danger because of a toxic baby formula product is something no parent should have to experience. If your child was diagnosed with NEC as a result of the baby formula they were fed, we understand how stressful and frustrating your situation can be. Our talented attorneys have years of experience in cases just like yours and can ensure that a third party will never devalue your situation. When you need a law firm to fiercely advocate for the rights that protect you and your child, you’ll never regret choosing Morgan & Morgan to handle your case.

Contact us today to get started.

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Ghouls and goblins are not the only scary things about Halloween. The holiday can bring some serious safety risks if you are not careful.

We’ve compiled some of the best tips in our Halloween Safety Guide so that you and your family can have fun while staying safe.

We hope you never need us but if you or a loved one find yourselves in a frightening situation, we’re here to help.

The Halloween Safety Guide

 

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The United States is the world’s largest consumer market. American households spend around $60,000 per year, including approximately $8,000 on food, $5,000 on healthcare, $1,000 on personal care products, and $3,000 on non-essential items such as entertainment equipment and pet supplies, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

We assume that the products we purchase are safe, and most of them are. But thousands of defective or potentially harmful products are removed from the market each year. This is known as a recall. 

Consumers have the right to know when—and why—recalls are issued so they can protect their loved ones, but the sheer volume of recalls can make it difficult to track them all. However, by speaking with an attorney, they can inform you of all the latest recalls that are occurring across the country and get you involved. If you believe that a product you have in your home is the subject of a recall, contact us today for more information.

We’ve put together this breakdown of where you can find the latest recalls. 

How Products Are Regulated

Different government agencies have regulatory jurisdiction over consumer products. One of the biggest regulatory agencies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is responsible for oversight of roughly $3 trillion worth of products. In addition to regulating about 80 percent of the food supply, the FDA oversees prescription drug products, cosmetics, medical devices, animal drug products, biologics, and tobacco products. 

Other federal agencies that regulate consumer products are the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which has jurisdiction over many types of consumer products, from toys and kitchen items to ATVs and fireworks; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which oversees cars, trucks, motorcycles, tires, and car seats; and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates food products not under the FDA’s control. 

Recall Severity and Frequency

Millions of consumer products are available on the U.S. market. Amazon alone sells more than 12 million items. The average grocery store carries 30,000 – 40,000 items. A Walmart Supercenter averages 142,000 different items. 
Each year, thousands of items that Americans buy are deemed unsafe. Recall statistics by different agencies over the last six years (2015 – 2020) provide a snapshot of how common product recalls are: 

  • FDA Recalls: 7,000 – 9,000 per year
  • CPSC Recalls: 250 – 350 per year
  • NHTSA Recalls: 900 – 1,000 per year
  • USDA Recalls: 100 – 150 per year

Often, product recalls are voluntary. In a voluntary recall, the manufacturer decides on its own to pull the product from the market. In other cases, an agency like the FDA or CPSC mandates a recall. Voluntary does not mean the same as optional. Consumer Reports points out that a voluntary recall can be just as serious as a mandatory recall. 

The FDA classifies recalls as Class I, II, or III based on how likely the issue is to cause serious health problems. The USDA also uses three recall classes. Agencies such as the CPSC and NHTSA do not use a recall classification system. The CPSC says that it “announces recalls of products that present a significant risk to consumers, either because the product could contain a defect or because it violates a mandatory safety standard.”

Not every recall poses a serious safety threat. Many recalls are for issues unlikely to cause adverse health reactions, such as packaging or labeling issues. The majority of FDA recalls are Class II (the product might cause a temporary health problem, or pose a slight threat of a serious nature). USDA recalls tend to be the most serious Class I recalls (there is a reasonable probability that eating the food will cause health problems or death). 

Regardless of the specific reason for the recall, recalled products should not be used. Depending on the terms of the recall, you might be eligible for a free replacement product, a refund, or a complimentary repair. If you have a medicine that was recalled, talk to your health care provider about their recommended actions for your health. They may advise you to return the product to the store where you purchased it. 

Where to Find Out About Recalls

Once in a while, a product recall is so widespread, and so serious, that it appears on the news. But that is rare. 

Other product recalls are announced in media outlets via press releases, or on a regulator’s website. Agencies are also taking advantage of social media and announcing recalls on their Twitter and Facebook pages. Finally, it’s possible that the FDA, the manufacturer, or the retailer that sold you the recalled item will contact you directly by phone, mail, or email. 

If you want to be proactive about seeing if a medication or product has been recalled, here are some resources to check: 

Medication Recalls

Recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts for FDA-regulated products are updated regularly on the FDA’s website. The agency notes, though, that not all recalls are announced on FDA.gov or in the news media. Follow U.S. FDA Recalls on Twitter for the latest recall news. Government and manufacturer recall notices are additionally posted on retailer websites like Walgreens and Rite Aid

Consumer Product Recalls

The most recent CPSC recalls are listed on its website, along with the agency’s proposed remedy. Get CPSC recall notices on its Twitter feed  and subscribe to CPSC email alerts

Vehicle Recalls

Visit nhtsa.gov/recalls  and plug in your vehicle’s VIN to see if there are any active recalls. Sign up for NHTSA email alerts and get inbox notifications when there is a safety problem with your vehicles, tires, or car seat. 

Food Recalls

More Recall Information 

Recalls.gov lists recalls from six federal agencies. You can browse the latest recall information on the site and sign up for direct email notifications from the CPSC, FDA, USDA, and NHTSA. 

Morgan & Morgan hopes that the information on this page helps to keep you and your family safe. If you’ve been injured by a product or medication, and want to know your legal rights, please contact us for a free case review. 

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