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Blog Posts in March, 2013

  • OSHA Cites Bridge Painter for Second Instance of Lead Exposure

    Panthera Painting, a Pennsylvania-based painting company, has been cited with nearly 40 violations recently, including 11 repeat and 14 willful safety violations. Lead exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn Panthera employees and their families that workers may have been exposed to lead while performing any blasting and repainting projects. The Occupational Safety and Health ...
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  • Wal-Mart to pay nearly $19 Million for Deadly Crash

    Car accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Wal-Mart was recently held accountable for its part in a fatal accident that resulted from a blown tire. The jury awarded $18.9 million to the family of the woman and her two children who died the crash. The case involved a Wal-Mart employee in Iowa who put a new tire on a rusted, eroded rim which ultimately caused the vehicle, a ...
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  • More than 20 Veterans Infected with Deadly Disease at two VA Hospitals

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a troubling story from VA Pittsburgh, where a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease took the lives of at least five veterans. As many as 21 other veterans were sickened by the outbreak, which lasted between February 2011 and November 2012 at the VA’s O’Hara and Oakland hospital sites. The CDC informed VA Pittsburgh in October ...
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  • Esteemed Physicians Send FDA a Letter Stating Serious Risks of Energy Drinks

    A March 2013 letter, signed by 18 of the nation’s top doctors, is urging the FDA to re-evaluate the current standards of regulation for energy drinks and other beverages with added caffeine. Dangerous substance lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm commend the work of these doctors, who are speaking out against the unsafe practices of energy drink companies. Among the signatory physicians included ...
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  • Ninth Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Conference

    Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that, over this past weekend of March 22, 2013, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) held its ninth annual conference in Washington D.C. The conference was entitled “The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment,” bringing together asbestos experts, physicians, patients, caregivers, and international advocates. ...
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  • FDA Adds Safety Warnings to Cholesterol Statin Drugs

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the FDA recently added new safety warnings for statin drugs, including the increased risks of developing Type II diabetes and adverse brain-related effects. Statins are cholesterol-reducing medications, applying to popular medications like Crestor, Lipitor, Mevacor, Vytorin, and Zocor. Additionally, a class-action lawsuit was recently ...
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  • Drilling Rig Workers and Engineers at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

    Asbestos attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight the extreme risk posed to those involved in the oil industry, particularly drilling rig workers and mud engineers. Since the 1960s, asbestos has been added to drilling mud in onshore and offshore oil well operations, causing many workers to develop such life-threatening disease as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and pulmonary lung disease. ...
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  • Two Killed in School Bus Crash, Government Urges Seat Belt Regulations

    Bus accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report of a recent crash outside Indianapolis, IN, that injured ten students and killed the bus driver and a five-year-old student. Two of the injured students are currently in critical condition. On March 18, 2013, around 7:45 am, the bus full of students was making its way to Lighthouse Charter School when it struck a bridge support beam on the ...
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  • Safety of Generic Drugs Argued in Supreme Court

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported of the story of a woman, Karen Bartlett, who took a generic form of a pain medication and developed Steven John’s Syndrome, which permanently damaged her lungs, esophagus, and rendered her legally blind. Bartlett was initially awarded $21 million by a state jury trial, but her case was appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, ...
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  • Compounding Pharmacies Contaminations Continue with Avastin Recall

    Contaminated drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently reported of a second fungal contamination at a compounding center, Med Prep, which was the second contamination report after the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak six months ago. Unfortunately, yet another compounding pharmacy recently recalled its Avastin medications after one man died and dozens of others were sickened from the ...
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  • Doctor pays $1.4 Million for Removing Wrong Organs

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a Maryland doctor was recently ordered to pay $1.42 million to a patient after removing the incorrect ovary during surgery and actively lying about the mistake afterwards. The patient went to see OB/GYN Doctor Maureen Muoneke, who has a practice in Columbia, MD, because of a cyst on her left ovary. The patient, Nadege Neim, was ...
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  • Mineral Wool and Silica Increases Risk of Mesothelioma

    Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent study conducted by French researchers, which found that two types of common mineral fibers may increase the risk of mesothelioma. The two fibers, mineral wool and silica, are used abundantly in many of the same industries that used asbestos. Previously, asbestos was the only known cause of mesothelioma, a cancer that develops in ...
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  • Nearly 4,500 Dodge Challengers Recalled due to Electrical Fires

    Car recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that Chrysler recently recalled more than 4,400 of its popular sports car, the Dodge Challenger, because of electrical problems that pose a fire safety hazard. The company is urging customers to immediately stop driving the car and not park them near or in any structures. To date, about seven incidents of electrical fires have been reported, ...
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  • First Fosamax Lawsuits go to Trial

    Fosamax lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that the first lawsuits stemming from Fosamax femur fractures have begun. Plaintiffs are alleging that Merck & Co. concealed and disregarded the safety risks associated with the popular osteoporosis drug. This lawsuit is the first femur Fosamax case to make it to trial, and is expected to last about four weeks. The plaintiff, Christina Su, 67, ...
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  • March is Brain injury Awareness Month

    Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is a member of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois, and our lawyers have extensive experience handling the unique circumstances surrounding traumatic brain injury cases. Over 1.4 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries each year, which is why we are announcing that March is now nationally recognized as the Brain Injury Awareness Month. Throughout the month, ...
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  • Study Confirms Texting and Driving is Just as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

    Auto accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight the significance of these findings. Specifically, the study found that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving with a BAC of .10, which is almost twice the legal limit. Published in Traffic Injury Prevention, researchers from several universities participated in the study. Using a simulation test, participants used either a ...
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  • FDA Links SimplyThick to Infant Deaths

    Dangerous product lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn consumers about SimplyThick, a common beverage thickening agent that poses a danger to infants and small children. The FDA recently issued a warning highlighting this risk. SimplyThick was designed for people, usually infants and older adults, who have trouble swallowing liquids on a regular basis. The FDA initially released a safety ...
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  • Maryland Considers Bar Liability in Drunk Driving Crashes

    DUI crash attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Maryland, one of only eight states that have not adopted a version of a dram shop law, has recently re-considered implementing the legislation. Similar efforts in the past two years failed to make it out of the Maryland House Judiciary Committee. This re-consideration is spearheaded by the family of ten-year-old Jazimen Warr , who was ...
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  • Tylenol may Lead to Fatal Liver Failure

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind the public of the very real risks of taking over the counter drugs, such as Tylenol, that contain acetaminophen. This ingredient can cause life-threatening liver failures, and about half of overdoses are accidental. Many medications label acetaminophen as “APAP,” which misleads many consumers who may not recognize the abbreviation and ...
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  • Fatal Workplace Accident Reveals Factory had History of OSHA Violations

    An employee at a Lincolnton, North Carolina manufacturing plant recently passed away after sustaining injuries on the job. Workplace accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the plant, RSI Home Products, had at least seven Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations since 2008. The worker, 35-year-old Marendonio Francisco Viruel Lopez, died in February 2013 ...
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  • Nissan and Infiniti Recall Five 2013 Models

    Car recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that five of Nissan and Infiniti’s newest models have been recalled. The vehicles were recalled due to defective sensors that may disable the front passenger airbags. The company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) of the recall, although it stated it is not yet sure exactly how many of its vehicles will need to ...
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  • Spine Surgeon to Pay $12 Million for Malpractice

    Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, owner of the Bonati Institute in Hudson, Florida, has been subject to numerous lawsuits throughout the last decade. Most recently, the doctor was ordered to pay $12 million to a man who was paralyzed by a series of unnecessary surgeries. The lawsuit was filed by Gloria and William Clark, who were initially charged $175,000 for Bonati’s services. The husband is now 71 and ...
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  • “Z-Pack” Antibiotic May Trigger Fatal Heart Issues, FDA Warns

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm join the FDA in warning American patients that a popular antibiotic, sold as Zmax or Zithromax, may lead to life-threatening heart rhythms in some. The antibiotic, manufactured by Pfizer, is sometimes referred to as a “Z-Pack.” Azithromycin , the generic form of the pill, is prescribed to patients with common bacterial infections, such as ...
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  • Mold Contamination Sparks Med Prep Recalls and Closure

    Med Prep Consulting Inc., a New Jersey compounding pharmacy, is temporarily closed after mold was found in bags of its injection drugs. Contaminated drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind the public that the recent fungal meningitis outbreak, which has killed nearly 50 people so far, was caused by mold contamination. The compounding pharmacy recalled all lots of its products currently in ...
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  • Unlicensed, Unregulated Care Leads to Infant Deaths

    In 2012, Elly Lafkin received the call every parent dreads – her infant daughter was in the hospital and unresponsive, the babysitter said, as she sobbed into the phone. Although the caregiver and the infant’s cause of death are currently under investigation, Lafkin was told that marijuana and methamphetamines were present in the caregiver’s home on that day. Lafkin’s daughter, Camden, was 13 ...
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