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Blog Posts in October, 2013

  • Trucking Company to Pay $150 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

    A jury in California recently awarded over $150 million to a teenage girl who was among the only survivors in a crash involving a big rig and her family’s SUV. Trucking accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have worked with many victims of large truck accidents and know that injuries resulting from these accidents are often especially catastrophic due to the size and weight of the ...
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  • Toyota to Pay $3 Million in Sudden Acceleration Suit

    A lawsuit concerning Toyota’s unintended acceleration issues recently concluded in Oklahoma City, awarding the plaintiffs $3 million in a jury verdict. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight this important case, as it may help predict the outcome of future Toyota unintended acceleration cases. The jury found Toyota responsible for “reckless disregard” in the 2007 crash, ...
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  • Fear the Roads This Halloween Weekend

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind the public to take every precaution this Halloween weekend on the roadways and out in urban areas. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is partnering with the State Police in cracking down on drunk driving starting on Thursday, October 31 and lasting throughout the weekend. The Illinois Transportation Secretary stated that the ...
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  • “Black Box” Warning Added to Popular Antibiotic

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm know through extensive experience that a black box warning clearly indicates that a medication is inherently and excessively dangerous. Black box warnings are added to drug labels by the FDA when there is clear, scientific evidence that the drug poses a significant health risk or can cause life-threatening side effects. Black box labels are the ...
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  • Honda Reaches Class Action Settlement over Defective Automobiles

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on Honda’s most recent class action settlement, which was filed in March 2012 and recently concluded. Plaintiffs in this case alleged that the automaker sold nearly 1.60 million vehicles that excessively burned oil and required repeated spark plug repairs. The settlement applies to all consumers in the United States who purchased or ...
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  • Wrongful Death Suit filed after Fatal Reaction to CT Scan Dye

    Wrongful death attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a lawsuit recently revived against the federal government, after a man died at a federal clinic in Kentucky. He was seeking treatment for persistent pneumonia and passed away from a severe allergic reaction from CT contrast scan dye. The man was admitted to the federal clinic, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg, ...
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  • Illinois Lawmakers Consider Stricter Penalties for Boating DUI

    Water accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on several bills in Illinois Congress that would significantly increase penalties for people who operate boats while intoxicated. The series of measures would, among other provisions, require those convicted of a boating DUI to have their driver’s license suspended as well. That bill is sponsored by a state senator representing ...
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  • Boston Scientific to Pay $30 Million for Defective Heart Devices

    Defective medical device lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Boston Scientific recently agreed to pay the federal government $30 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold defective heart devices. The devices were implanted between 2002 and 2005 under Guidant and Cardiac Pacemakers labels. The Department of Justice alleged that, as a result of Boston Scientific’s fraud, ...
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  • Cardiac Stents One of Most Overused Medical Procedures

    Malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on several recent studies and news articles highlighting the massive overuse of cardiac stents in the United States. Over seven million Americans have been implanted with stents in the past decade, costing them and the healthcare system more than $110 billion. Stents are implanted around the heart to prop open heart attack patients’ arteries ...
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  • Reser’s Recalls Chicken, Beef and Ham Products due to Listeria

    Contaminated food lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm confirm a recent recall by Reser’s Fine Foods over concerns about Listeria contamination. The company is recalling nearly 23,000 pounds of its beef, chicken, and ham products manufactured in Topeka, Kansas. Among the products recalled include Reser’s products sold under Cobble Street Market, Cross Valley Farms, Chef Solutions, and Stonemill ...
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  • Chicago Commuter Train Derails, Hits Semi

    Train accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a Metra train recently crashed into a semitrailer, injuring two people in a northwest Chicago suburb. The westbound train was pulling into the Bartlett train station when it hit the semi, around 3:30 pm on Monday, October 21, 2013. The semitrailer was carrying several cars when it was hit, sending debris onto both sides of the ...
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  • Justice Uphold $11 Million Verdict for Prempro Plaintiffs

    Prempro lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm confirm that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently rejected Wyeth Pharmaceutical’s attempt to appeal an $11.3 million jury verdict concerning its menopause drug Prempro. The plaintiff in this case alleged that the drug caused her to develop breast cancer. The case initially concluded in January 2010, when the three-judge Pennsylvania Superior Court ...
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  • Popular Hyperthyroid Drugs Linked to Birth Defects

    Birth defect lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent study which found that two of the country’s most popular hyperthyroid medications were associated with birth defects when taken in early pregnancy. The drugs studied were propylthiouracil (PTU) and methimazole (MMI). The study was conducted by researchers in Denmark, who analyzed the country’s national databank of children born ...
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  • Speed of Tumor Recurrence can Help Predict Success of Second Surgery

    Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a new study recently published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery examining the speed of tumor growth in mesothelioma patients after the first resection surgery and how it affected the second surgery’s outcome. The study was conducted by researchers at Stanford University. For patients with malignant pleural ...
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  • Families of Drowning Victims File Lawsuits against Boat Companies

    Drowning accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on two drowning incidents, one of which resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit. That case centers on an accident on Fourth of July 2012, when a boat sank off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing three children. The Long Island incident took place on a 34-foot Silverton on Long Island Sound, just moments after the extravagant ...
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  • Mitsubishi Sued for Fatal Auto Fire

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm affirm that a wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed against Mitsubishi by the family of a woman who burned to death when her SUV unexpectedly caught fire. Meineke Car Care Centers and Smylie Unlimited are also named as defendants in the suit. The woman, 25-year-old Jessica Fertitta, was driving her 2001 Mitsubishi Montero when it ...
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  • Laser Surgery Injury Lawsuits on the Rise

    Surgical injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that more and more patients are filing lawsuits against non-physicians after being burned or otherwise injured during laser surgery. The first comprehensive study conducted on this topic was recently published in JAMA Dermatology . The majority of lawsuits being filed are against non-doctors, typically nurses and other technicians, who ...
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  • Fire Kills Two in South Side of Chicago

    Burn injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent fire that broke out in Chicago, killing an 11-month-old and the 49-year-old woman who was babysitting her. The fire started around 10:30 am in the Englewood neighborhood, quickly spreading to two other homes. A concerned neighbor saw the fire erupt that morning and tried to kick in the front door to save the infant, who he knew ...
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  • Injectable Antibiotics Recalled due to Hair, Metal, Cotton Contamination

    Drug recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that the FDA recently recalled several lots of injectable antibiotics due to metal, cotton, and hair contamination. The antibiotics, Maxipime (cefepime) and dextrose, are commonly used to treat pneumonia, as well as skin, abdominal, and urinary tract infections. The antibiotics are manufactured by B. Braun Medical and distributed to ...
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  • Widow Wins $4.2 Million Verdict after Doctor Misdiagnosis

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent malpractice lawsuit concerning North Cypress Medical Center located near Houston, Texas. The jury awarded the widow $4.2 million after her husband was misdiagnosed by a North Cypress physician and ultimately died as a result. The man was only 46-years-old when he passed away from severe buildup of spinal fluid in the ...
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  • Big Pharma Invests in Immunotherapy Lung Cancer Drugs

    Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that four of the pharmaceutical industry’s biggest giants, AstraZeneca, Merck, Bristol-Myers, and Roche, are currently developing experimental drugs to treat lung cancer that many are calling game changers. Particularly, Roche’s progress seems to hold the most immediate promise, already engaging in clinical trials for non-small cell lung ...
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  • Chicago Newsman Sued for Back Wages

    Wage, hour and overtime lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Bill Kurtis, Chicago veteran broadcaster and owner of Tallgrass Beef Company, was recently hit with a lawsuit by the former CEO of Tallgrass. The man sued both Kurtis and his beef company for alleged failure to pay back wages. The plaintiff, James Whitney, was CEO and CFO of Tallgrass from December 2008 to 2011, when he was ...
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  • Power Plant Employees File Suit over Asbestos Exposure

    Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent lawsuit out of Missouri, where employees of an electric company were exposed to asbestos on the job. Plaintiffs are alleging said exposure increased the likelihood that they will develop asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related disease in the future. The employees claim that Empire District Electric Company ...
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  • Medtronic Sued over Paralysis from Pain Pump

    Medtronic lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent lawsuit filed against Medtronic Inc., by a man who believes his paralysis was caused by the company’s pain pump. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of the plaintiff. The Arizona plaintiff, Richard Stengel, was implanted with the Medtronic pain pump to provide medication infusions ...
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  • Iclusig Causes Blood Clots in High Rates, FDA Warns

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm confirm that the FDA recently issued a warning to healthcare professionals about the risk of blood clots in patients taking Iclusig (ponatinib). Due to higher than expected reports of life-threatening blood clots and narrowing of blood vessels, the FDA is opening an investigation and recommending physicians reconsider prescribing the drug. ...
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