Blog Posts in September, 2012

  • Driverless Cars Get the Green Light From Government Officials

    A recent Washington Post article explains a significant victory for Google’s driverless car. The California governor recently signed into law a bill that controls the performance and safety standards for autonomous vehicles. This is good news for drivers, because autonomous vehicles are expected to reduce the number and frequency of car accidents. The historic signing took place at Google’s ...
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  • Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers Push for Safety in U.S. Hospitals

    Hospitals are meant to be lifesavers, but unfortunately, there are times in which they end up taking lives. The list of patients who have died due to wrong treatments and other voluntary errors is endless. In fact, it reports say that medical mistakes are responsible for the deaths of many patients every week. One reason for all of these potentially fatal errors is that doctors are human. But ...
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  • Older Drivers Have the Highest Rate of Deadly Crashes

    An article published in the San Francisco Chronicle points out that the number of older drivers on U.S. roads is higher now than ever before. Researchers also predict that baby boomers will cover more miles and keep their licenses longer than the generations before them. With more senior drivers on the roads now, there are concerns about the safety of these senior drivers, and the safety of other ...
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  • Salmonella Lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Warn of Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Recall

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that Trader Joe’s voluntarily recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Butter due to probable salmonella contamination. The Associated Press reported that Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter has already been linked to 29 cases of salmonella in 18 different states around the country. The majority of the victims affected are children under ...
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  • $7 Million Settlement for Popcorn Lung Victim

    The compound Diacetyl naturally occurs in alcoholic beverages and provides a buttery smell and flavor to margarine, microwave popcorn and baked foods. However, our popcorn lung lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are warning consumers of recent studies that have linked this compound to serious injuries, including Bronchiolitis Obliterans (popularly known as popcorn lung). The FDA’s March 2012 ...
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  • Deadly Medical Errors – Greatly Underestimated and Underreported

    Recent studies indicate that deadly preventable medical mistakes are both grossly underestimated and underreported. Approximately half of the respondents to related surveys thought that the total number of annual deaths from medical mistakes was just 5000, or even less than that. Actually, avoidable medical errors account for about 100,000 deaths. If the Centers for Disease Control were to ...
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  • FDA Warns of Dangerous Kidney Dialysis Drugs

    Medicines are meant to heal and not damage. While that may sound too idealistic in the world of modern medicine where certain illnesses require drugs that may cause some other kind of harm to the body, pharmaceutical companies are expected to make people and concerned authorities aware of dangerous elements in their medicines. Organizations such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ...
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  • Ford Escape Models Recalled Again for Potential Fire Hazard

    Illinois car accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are warning drivers of the latest Ford Motor Company recall. Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just announced the recall of nearly 5,500 2012 Edge Crossover vehicles. The auto company says that a defective fuel line in the engine may lead to dangerous fuel leaks. This serious fire hazard is not the only ...
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  • Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Continue to Warn of Serious Health Problems Associated With the Device

    The fate of transvaginal meshes is still a question mark. The popularity of the defective medical devices appears to be diminishing and several lawsuits concerning them continue to be filed or transferred to the vaginal mesh MDL (multidistrict litigation) in West Virginia. The lawsuits are against manufacturers such as Boston Scientific, Ethicon, American Medical Systems and C.R. Bard. The devices ...
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  • United States Government Takes Asbestos Violations Seriously

    Due to the increased cancer risk for anyone exposed to toxic asbestos fibers, the United States government is cracking down on asbestos violations. Asbestos exposure is the only confirmed cause for mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects the mesothelial tissues. Unfortunately, our mesothelioma lawyers have heard estimates that put the number of mesothelioma cases at the highest point ever ...
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  • Illinois Drunk Driver Slams into Metra Train

    Driving under the influence of alcohol and without a proper license is likely to lead to serious and even deadly consequences. Recently, news reports indicate that a 20-year-old father seriously injured his entire family when he drove drunk and crashed into a Metra train at a train crossing in Elgin. The man was charged with illegal consumption of alcohol, driving too fast for road conditions, ...
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  • When Cars and Trains Collide

    Our Chicago car accident lawyers understand that accidents can happen, even when utmost care is used. A recent series of car-train accidents highlights the need for all drivers to use caution on the roadways. A car-train accident is one of the most catastrophic types of accidents that we help clients recover from, because trains typically travel at high speeds and carry heavy loads of cargo. ...
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  • Pathologists and Medical Malpractice Litigation under the Spotlight

    Modern medicine has led to significant advances, and also significant dangers. When doctors make mistakes, the consequences can be deadly. Whether the medical mistake involves a doctor operating on the wrong body part or giving the wrong medication to a patient, it is often life-changing for the victim and the victim’s family. Although money cannot fully compensate for such a significant loss, a ...
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  • Illinois Courts: Shocking Asbestos Injury Award Reduction to be Appealed

    On the last day of August, 2012 an Illinois judge ruled to vacate a $90 million asbestos victory in favor of a smaller $8.4 million award. The reduction surely left asbestos attorneys all across Illinois, and even the Nation, reeling. Anyone who has first-hand knowledge of the hardships suffered by those who contract mesothelioma is probably left wondering why such a large damage reduction ...
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  • Defective Hip Lawyers Announce First DePuy ASR Hip Settlement

    DePuy ASR hip recall lawyers at the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm urge anyone with a defective hip device to contact a skilled hip lawyer immediately now that the first ASR hip case to be tried in the United States has reached a settlement. Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle three consolidated Depuy ASR hip cases that were scheduled to go to trial in a Nevada ...
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  • Car Accident Law: The Shocking History of Crash Test Dummies

    Passenger safety should be a top priority for anyone on the roads or in the auto industry. When vehicle safety mechanisms fail to properly protect occupants of a vehicle, our auto accident attorneys vigorously help victims to secure maximum compensation for their injuries. Fortunately, in recent years passenger safety has become a more prominent part of the car design process. Although automakers ...
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