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Blog Posts in June, 2012

  • Botched Caesarean Results in Massive Damage Award

    The parents of a child with severe developmental disorders were awarded a whopping $55 million by a Baltimore City jury. The Baltimore jury ultimately found that the doctors delayed the decision to perform the surgery constituted medical malpractice worthy of a damage award. Having a child born with medical problems, especially those that may not be remedied, is among the most devastating outcomes ...
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  • Federal Building Shut Due to Asbestos Scare

    A large Federal building in Oak Ridge was recently closed indefinitely due to the discovery of materials containing asbestos fibers. The asbestos fibers were discovered in the building’s heating and air system during a semiannual asbestos inspection. This preventative measure was taken to both protect the Federal employees’ health and shield the Federal Government from any ensuing liability. But ...
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  • Miners Anxiously Await Study Results on Mesothelioma Death Rates

    An ongoing study on Minnesota miners affirms the sad truth about mesothelioma; it is often incredibly hard, if not impossible, to trace back to a source. The Minnesota study is helpful because it teaches patients, doctors, and experienced mesothelioma attorneys , what may or may not be a source of asbestos exposure. Abnormally high rates of reported asbestos deaths first prompted the Minnesota ...
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  • Drowning is a Leading Cause of Accidental Death

    A recent string of drownings across the country serves as a somber reminder that water is more dangerous than it may seem. Our personal injury attorneys want to help spread the message that people need to be careful during recreational seasons on the water. According to the American Center for Disease Control (CDC), unintentional drowning is the fifth leading cause of death by an unintended injury ...
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  • Malpractice Claims Chew a Hole in a Dentist’s Pocketbook

    Yet another medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit was filed and litigated in a California court following oral surgery for dental implants that resulted in the patient’s death. While there is often a high cost for physical beauty, death is a cost that is always deemed excessive. The 57 year old victim’s daughter was recently awarded large damages by a jury following an emotional trial. ...
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  • Drunk Driving Past Police Officers: Not Exactly the Brightest Idea

    While driving intoxicated is always extremely irresponsible and dangerous, doing so directly in front of a police officer increases the level of stupidity. Two recent incidents of drunk driving around police officers bring to light the serious consequences of drunk driving. Our auto accident attorneys are experienced in winning compensation for victims of intoxicated driving accidents. Motorists ...
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  • Laser Based Therapy Provides Successful Mesothelioma Treatment Option

    New treatments may significantly extend the lives of mesothelioma victims. Our experienced mesothelioma attorneys are thrilled to hear of new developments for mesothelioma victims. Treatment advances are critical because victims diagnosed with the disease often only live for an average of 6 to 18 months after diagnosis. The recent death of a Charleston fireman is a perfect example of how tragic ...
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  • Alere Recalls Close to One Million Heart Tests

    Alere , a prominent international diagnostic-based health solution that is traded publicly, recently recalled close to 900 thousand health tests they manufactured. This recall was initiated immediately after an inspection of Alere’s plants that was performed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While drug recalls are instituted to protect the public from faulty or dangerous ...
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  • September 11th’s Physical Trauma Rivals Its Emotional Trauma

    The horrific attacks of September 11th on the World Trade Center forever changed American history. As may be expected the emotional trauma subjected on Americans steadfastly remains, but so have the physical injuries inflicted on nearly all of the thirty thousand first responders that worked to save lives that day. These physical injuries have morphed into the diseases that often occur following ...
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  • Real Live Crash Test ‘Dummy’ Increases Accident Count at Convention

    Unfortunately, drivers often violate the rules of the road in small ways: driving a little too fast, not coming to a complete stop at an intersection, making a U-turn despite a warning sign. But drivers that ignore these important safety steps do not typically expect to get into an accident. Except for the one man who has single handedly been involved in 958 accidents , all in the name of science. ...
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  • Medical Malpractice Results in Bizarre Death

    A jury recently awarded a man’s family $3 million to be paid by his cardiologist, after the man died because of medical malpractice. The jury decided that the cardiologist’s failure to adequately warn the victim not to partake in physical activities amounted to medical malpractice. Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience obtaining the highest settlements and jury awards ...
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  • New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Bill Proposes Questionable New Changes

    New Hampshire senators recently passed a new Bill designed to expedite the state’s medical malpractice claim process. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys are worried that victims might not get fair compensation under a bill such as this one. The Bill poses a risk to parties who may unknowingly sign the agreement, binding them to a settlement without fully realizing the value of their ...
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  • The New Face of Mesothelioma: Trends in Legal Claims

    Asbestos and subsequent mesothelioma can be devastating to victims. The silent killer, asbestos particles, can lay at wait in lungs and other tissue for up to 50 years. Given the long dormancy period, asbestos related legal claims have ebbed and flowed over the years since the peak of asbestos use in the United States around 1973. The nature of legal claims being made has changed over time . ...
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  • A Vaginal Mesh Seller Announces a Cease on New Sales

    Johnson & Johnson announced a desire to discontinue the production and marketing of a few of its vaginal mesh products. Johnson & Johnson claims that it is discontinuing these products worldwide because of bad public opinion about side effects. Our defective product attorneys are pleased to hear the news in light of the number of problems patients have experienced with the devices. Vaginal mesh is ...
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  • Family Compensated Ten Years Later for Medical Malpractice During Childbirth

    A Virginia family will finally get some relief after ten years of bearing the burden for their daughter’s birth defects. On Friday May 18, 2012 a jury granted nine million dollars to the family. Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys fully support this verdict in light of the doctors’ misguided treatment because we understand just how difficult it is for a family to cope with injuries of this ...
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  • The Wide Spanning Dangers of Asbestos

    The extreme dangers of asbestos have been known for many decades, arguably centuries. However, new research suggests that asbestos is not only dangerous to those that inhabit buildings or handle machinery which may contain it. This new research asserts that the toxic asbestos fibers may be spread by agents such as fire, rain, and strong winds, potentially infecting unassuming victims in a far ...
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  • 9 Motorcyclists Injured in Head-On Crash, 1 Dead

    A head on collision between a car and ten motorcyclists is a reminder of just how critical helmets are to a rider’s safety. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys know how devastating these types of accidents can be and we hope to see a smooth recovery for the injured cyclists. Nine of the cyclists involved are in the hospital with injuries and one cyclist died. Road conditions were clear ...
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  • Teen Driver Safety Can Be Improved According to New Data

    A new national study shows that states can reduce fatal accidents among teen drivers by making licensing laws more stringent. The new study expands on research by AAA in mid-May, indicating teen drivers are at a higher risk for accidents with passengers in the car. The new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study indicates that graduated licensing can always be more effective. Graduated ...
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  • $6.4 Million Jury Award to Children of Medical Malpractice Victim

    A recent jury found in favor of a misdiagnosis victim’s surviving children,, to the surprise of the defendant physician. Medical malpractice allegedly occurred in treatment of the thirty-eight year old victim after an emergency sports injury. Likely in part to the fact that the victim was a single parent to five young children, the jury awarded $6.4 million. This is believed to be the largest ...
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  • Tylenol Institutes Another Large Recall

    Ever notice your Tylenol has a musty and moldy odor? If so, it is very likely that was not just in your head. In fact, people across the country have been making these complaints, off and on, for many years. Tylenol has recently recalled thousands of its bottles from pharmacies in nearly every state because of leached pesticides that have damaged the product. As with any drug recall, many ...
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  • $7.5 Million Awarded for Deadly Medical Malpractice

    There is no excuse for causing the accidental death of a patient. Any experienced medical malpractice attorney will tell you that medical accidents warrant zero tolerance. A New York man who died as a result of medical malpractice in 2008 is a poster child for medical mistakes. The victim in the case at hand entered the hospital on June 18, 2008 expecting to undergo a routine gall bladder removal ...
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  • Electric Car Batteries May be Dangerous During Accidents

    A car crash in China over Memorial Day weekend reveals a possible danger of the move towards electric car technology. The vehicle in question, an electric car used as a taxi, caught fire after being rear ended. Concern about the safety of electric cars has made this particular crash into a high profile incident globally. Our Chicago car crash lawyers have extensive experience working with victims ...
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  • Medical Malpractice in the Dentist Office

    A doctor was recently sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 25 years for the sexual assault of 19 of his female patients, two of whom were only 15 years old at the time of the assault. He was a nurse anesthetist that worked for a dental practice in Cobb County, Georgia. He performed the assaults on the unconscious woman after he sedated them in preparation for dental surgery. Each of the ...
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  • New Methods to Detect Asbestos Based Cancers are Promising

    New research shows progress towards the early detection of mesothelioma via biomarkers. A biomarker is a naturally occurring trait that can indicate the existence of certain conditions or illnesses in the human body. Biomarkers come in many forms such as genetics, characteristics, and molecules. The Cancer Research Journal recently reported on a protein that is linked to the existence of ...
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  • Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Benefit Many More than Just the Victim

    Many American tort reformers assert that medical malpractice damage awards are far too excessive. It can be argued that one recent award exemplifies this concern; however, this view only investigates the detrimental effects of large damage awards without accounting for the benefits they provide. Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys are particularly experienced in dealing with wrongful death ...
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