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Blog Posts in April, 2013

  • $4.2 Million Awarded to Victims of Wrongful Police Shooting

    Police misconduct lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the mother and daughter who were injured when police mistakenly opened fire on them recently received $2.1 million each. The police mistook their vehicle for the one disgruntled ex-cop Christopher Dorner was driving before his death. Although the agreement still needs approval by the Los Angeles City Council, the settlement will ...
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  • Increased DUI Laws in Washington Proposed for Repeat Offenders

    DUI crash attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight the bold new laws being proposed in the Washington State House of Representatives. The laws focus primarily on second-and third-time offenders in attempts to remedy the main reason behind multiple convictions – compulsive alcohol consumption. In Washington in 2012, nearly 40,000 people were arrested for driving while impaired, and one year ...
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  • At Least 60 Oklahoma Dentistry Patients Infected with Hepatitis and HIV

    Malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported of an Oklahoma dentist who exposed about 7,000 patients to HIV and hepatitis. The state’s Department of Health conducted free testing to those patients, at least 60 of whom have already tested positive for the infectious diseases. The dentist, Dr. Wayne Harrington, is currently being investigated by the Oklahoma Dental Board, the ...
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  • Iowa Toddler Killed by Babysitter’s Dog

    Dog bite lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a troubling story out of Des Moines, Iowa concerning the death of a four-year-old girl. The little girl died recently from injuries sustained when she was attacked by her babysitter’s dog. The girl and her brother were being watched by the sitter on a Monday in Prairie City, Iowa. Around two p.m., the little girl was mauled by the sitter’s ...
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  • NHTSA Releases Guidelines to Curb Distracted Driving Deaths

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released voluntary guidelines to help stop distracted driving, which causes more than 10% of all U.S. roadway fatalities. The guidelines extend to the most obvious distractions, like cell phones, eating, and smoking, to the less obvious, such as changing radio ...
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  • Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse Workers Sue Company over Labor Laws

    Wage and hour attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that workers from Olive Garden, Red Lobster, The Capital Grille, and LongHorn Steakhouse are now suing the parent company, Darden Restaurants, for violating federal labor laws. The lawsuit was filed in late 2012 in Miami federal court by current and past employees of Darden’s various chain restaurants. Plaintiffs are seeking millions of ...
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  • Noninvasive Test for Early Mesothelioma Detection Introduced

    Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a new peer-reviewed study recently published in PLOS ONE. Researchers aimed to find a new and efficient noninvasive surveillance tool to help catch mesothelioma in its earliest stages. Researchers conducted the case-controlled studies in numerous health care centers, collecting serum from 117 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma ...
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  • Two More Compounding Pharmacies Issue Recall

    Drug recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of two additional compounding pharmacies that recently issued major recalls. The first was Florida-based Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy and involves all lots of its sterile drug products. The second was an Indianapolis compounding pharmacy, Nora Apothecary Alternative Therapies. Nora Apothecary is recalling nearly 100 of its ...
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  • North Shore Teacher Questions School District about Asbestos Removal

    Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent article by the Chicago Tribune about North Shore School District 112, which was fined two years ago for violating asbestos removal standards. One teacher, Steve Bartel , is asking the district to come clean about the multiple violations that have taken place. The asbestos removal projects at Elm Place, Indian Trail, and ...
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  • Dictating While Driving is Just as Dangerous as Texting

    Many drivers use voice-command to text while driving because they believe it is safer than typing. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a new study that found that this is not the case. In comparing drivers who used voice-to-text methods to those who typed, both took twice as long to react to changes in road conditions as they did when not using the phone at all. The ...
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  • One Killed, Nearly 20 Injured in Florida Van Crash

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that an overcrowded van recently caused a crash in southern Florida, killing the driver and injuring 19 others. Those injured were in a church group, traveling from Miami to Orlando. The van reportedly had a tire problem while driving on the Florida Turnpike 60 miles southeast of Orlando and lost control, rolling several times before ...
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  • Consumers Urge FDA to Review Metal on Metal Hip Implants

    Metal-on-metal hip implant lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that more than 11,000 consumers recently asked the FDA to re-classify all high risk implants, such as those made by Stryker and DePuy. The reclassification would require the manufacturers to prove that these medical devices were safe and effective before they can be put on the market. The letter, sent by the Consumer’s Union, ...
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  • $2 Million Award for Birth Defect Malpractice Victim

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent verdict awarded to the family of a seven-year-old girl now suffering from Erb’s palsy from a negligent delivery. The family received $2.1 million for the birthing malpractice. Erb’s palsy, also known as brachial plexus injury, is an injury to the network of nerves in the spine, shoulder, arm, and hand. The injury may occur ...
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  • Family of Worker Killed in Factory Explosion Receives $2.7 Million

    Work accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a jury in New Jersey recently awarded the family of a killed worker and several other injured employees more than $2.7 million. The explosion took place in 2008 at a metal casting plant. The man was 61-year-old Mario Gomez, a husband and father of five from Jersey City. He was instantly killed when a pressurized tank exploded in early ...
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  • Family of Teen Killed in Car Crash Awarded $90 Million

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a significant verdict recently decided for the family of a 13-year-old girl who was killed by a car while crossing the street to get to her school bus stop. The jury ordered Prince George Public Schools to pay $90 million for its negligence. More than four years ago, on the morning of September 1, 2009, the teen was crossing a street ...
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  • Jury Awards $3 Million to Family of Man Who Died after Delayed Surgery

    Surgical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that an Alabama jury recently awarded a deceased man’s family $3 million and held the surgeon negligent for delaying his gallbladder surgery. The 56-year-old man was hospitalized three separate times for severe gallbladder pain. The man, Alan Hagar, was first admitted to Brookwood Medical Center in late November 2008 complaining of ...
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  • Football Helmet Manufacturer to pay Millions to Injured Player

    Traumatic brain injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a Colorado jury recently awarded $11.5 million to an injured football player. His lawsuit argued that Riddell Helmets was at fault for his brain injuries for failing to warn players about the potential dangers of concussions. Since 1989 Riddell has been the official helmet provider to the NFL and for many high schools programs ...
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  • Prom and Graduation Season Mean Temptation for Teens to Drink and Drive

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that, with the coming of spring, so does the season of celebration for high schoolers throughout the United States. Fortunately, the percentage of teens drinking and driving has decreased by half since 1991, although tragedies continue to occur. Despite the decrease in teen drunk driving, car crashes are still the number one cause of ...
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  • Six Arrested in Chicago’s Sacred Heart Kickback Scheme

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a troubling story out of Chicago, where Sacred Heart Hospital was recently closed. The findings of three undercover FBI agents working at the hospital led to the dawn raid on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Among the most troubling accusations is the habitual practice of purposefully overmedicating patients. Doctors referred to it as ...
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  • First da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuit goes to Trial

    The first of at least a dozen lawsuits involving catastrophic complications from the da Vinci surgical system recently went to trial. The suit was filed against its manufacturer, Intuitive Solutions, alleging the company aggressively marketed the robot to surgeons without providing proper training. In 2008, Fred Taylor went into surgery to remove his prostate gland. The procedure was the first the ...
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  • First Mesothelioma Patient Undergoes Robot-Assisted Surgery

    Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a doctor at the University of Arizona Medical Center recently performed the first-and second-ever robot-assisted extrapleural pneumonectomy on two mesothelioma patients. The doctor used the new da Vinci Surgical System, a controversial new technology in the highly complex procedures. An extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) is one of two ...
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  • Ford Faces Class-Action, Honda Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    Ford owners in 14 states, including Illinois, are involved in a class-action lawsuit stemming from sudden acceleration problems. In related news, auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that, Honda recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit in the amount of $3 million that involved a severely defective airbag. In the Ford case, plaintiffs are claiming that their vehicles can ...
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  • Exxon Mobil to pay for Contaminating State’s Drinking Water

    Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Exxon Mobile was recently ordered to pay $236 million in damages for contaminating New Hampshire drinking water with a gasoline additive. Known as MTBE, the state alleges Exxon knew the chemical was hazardous and a pollutant, but still approved its use for financial reasons. MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, is a fuel oxygenates, which is added to fuel to ...
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  • Illinois Kicks of Work Zone Awareness Week at $93 million Construction Site

    Construction accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn commenced the beginning of Work Zone Awareness Week 2013 at the site of the major construction project at I-74 and I-55 in Morton. Governor Quinn reminded the Illinois driving public that safety in work zones should be a top priority. Every year in April, when construction season begins in the ...
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  • Illinois Flooding Creates Dangerous Driving Conditions

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullis remind Illinois drivers that the recent rainstorms are creating many hazardous conditions on the state’s roadways, including widespread flooding and road closures. Our attorneys, along with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is encouraging all motorists to use extra caution today as flood warnings and watches are in place throughout the ...
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