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Blog Posts in September, 2013

  • No Survivors in CA Business Jet Plane Crash

    Airplane accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent crash at Santa Monica Airport which left no survivors, though authorities cannot yet confirm how many people were onboard. The business jet ran off the runway after landing in Santa Monica, causing a hangar to collapse and igniting a fire. Witnesses told CNN that the jet’s tires appeared to blow out during an otherwise ...
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  • Family Awarded $1.7 Million for Actos Bladder Cancer Death

    Actos attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on the latest from the Actos litigation currently playing out in Maryland against Takeda Pharmaceuticals; the plaintiffs in this case, the family of a deceased Actos patient, was initially awarded $1.7 million. The jury also found, however, that the man contributed to his own death, likely by smoking, which shielded Takeda from liability. ...
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  • UC Davis Settles Medical Malpractice Suit for $9 Million

    Birth injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent settlement out of Northern California, between UC Davis Medical Center and the parents of a little girl born with substantial brain damage, which they believe was the result of medical negligence. The plaintiff, a 20-month-old girl, was represented by her family in the suit against UC Davis Medical Center, where she was born ...
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  • Congress Strengthens FDA Oversights of Compounding Pharmacies

    Compounding pharmacy lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a rare feat of bipartisan agreement for a new bill that will increase federal oversight of compounding pharmacies. Leaders in the House and Senate announced the new legislation, which calls for a new tracing system to track prescription drug sales from manufacturing through distribution. The Democratic chairman of the Committee on ...
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  • Six People Dead after Plane, Car Crashes in Chicagoland Area

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on two fatal crashes in Chicagoland that killed six people. The auto accident, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday, September 26, 2013, took the lives of four people on the Eisenhower Expressway. The plane crash occurred in Bolingbrook the day before, and took two lives. The Eisenhower Expressway crash occurred near Addison Road ...
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  • Epilepsy Drugs Linked to Increased Fetal Risks

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are now linked to several other risks beyond those listed on the drugs’ labels. According to a new study, fetuses exposed to AEDs while in utero had increased risks of preterm birth, below average head size, and lower birth weights than those born to mothers who did not take AEDs during pregnancy. ...
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  • Plaintiffs Assert no “Logical Basis” to Exclude Design Defect Claims from Fosamax Trials

    Fosamax lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on the most current updates in the Fosamax federal injury trials. Plaintiffs recently filed a brief stating that a judge wrongfully used a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to preempt and deny claims of design defects against generic Fosamax manufacturers. Specifically, the judge used the SCOTUS ruling in Pliva v. Mensing to preempt the design defects ...
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  • Orthopedic Surgery Patient Awarded $2.85 Million for Malpractice

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent malpractice case that recently concluded in a $2.85 million jury award to a plaintiff in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The plaintiff sued his orthopedic surgeon after a delay in surgery left him paralyzed. The jury determined that the orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Wayne Bauerle, negligently sent the patient to receive a CAT ...
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  • Best Buy Employees Receive $900,000 in Unpaid Wages Settlement

    Wage, hour and overtime lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that assistant managers at Best Buy recently settled with the company after being denied years of overtime pay. Under the terms of the settlement, plaintiffs will receive $902,000 collectively for their unpaid wages. The Best Buy assistant managers were forced to clock out and wait for physical security to check them before they ...
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  • Jury Awards $2.4 Million to Victim of Drunk Driving Crash

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a $2.4 million jury verdict out of Chicago, Illinois. The driver and defendant had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he plowed into a crowd of pedestrians on a sidewalk in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The plaintiff in this case, along with six other pedestrians, was seriously injured by the crash at the ...
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  • North Carolina Police Shoot Unarmed Former College Football Player

    Police misconduct lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent tragedy in North Carolina, the killing of an unarmed African American 24-year-old man, Jonathan Ferrell. Authorities confirm Ferrell, a former college football star, was shot ten times while seeking help after a car accident. Coming in the wake of other crime news in the United States – the mass murder at the Washington Navy ...
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  • Statin Drugs Linked to Cataracts

    Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a recent study that found that statin drugs, prescribed to lower cholesterol, may also increase the risk of developing cataracts. The large observational study found a small but significant increase in cataracts in statin users, which was further heightened the longer the patient was prescribed. The association between obstructed eye ...
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  • BMW Recalls Nearly 135,000 5-Series Vehicles

    Auto recall attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the German manufacturer is recalling nearly 135,000 BMW 5-series due to issues with the rear lights. The defect is in the electrical resistance, which can damage connections to the rear tail, brake, turn-signal, or backup lights. The recall affects BMW models: M5, 55oi, 535i, and 528i, years 2008 through 2010. The loss of rear lights ...
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  • Adams Thermal Systems to Pay over $1.3 Million after Employee Death

    Worker’s compensation lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Adams Thermal Systems recently agreed to pay over $1.33 million to resolve criminal penalties and fines after a worker died at the company’s South Dakota plant. After the worker’s death, in November 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation into Adams Thermal. The federal ...
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  • High School Football Player Dies after Severe Head Injury during Game

    Traumatic brain injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that a 16-year-old football player recently passed away after suffering severe head trauma during a high school football game. The teen died in the hospital three days after the helmet-to-helmet collision. The upper-New York football player lost consciousness after the hit and, after his death was confirmed, all competitive ...
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  • Six Dead, Dozens Injured in Ottawa Bus-Train Collision

    Train accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that six people have died after a double-decker bus collided with a passenger train near Ottawa, Canada. About 34 people are injured and ten of them remain in critical condition. The crash occurred about six miles south of downtown Ottawa, just after 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2013. Preliminary reports suggest that the bus ...
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  • Family Receives $15 Million after Fatal Doses of Radiation

    Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent settlement by the family of a lung cancer patient who suffered severe injuries after being exposed to overdoses of radiation. The family settled with the medical services company, Varian Medical Systems, in the amount of $15 million. The man, Zacarias Chichioco Jr., died in May 2011 after received about 2.5 times the ...
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  • Illinois Launches National Child Passenger Safety Week

    Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), along with several other partners recently joined efforts to launch the 2013 National Child Passenger Safety Week. IDOT is partnering with the AAA, the Illinois Secretary of State, and the Illinois Head Start Association to launch the Safety Week, which will run September 15-21, ...
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  • $38 Million Jury Verdict in Asbestos Exposure Suit

    Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on a recent jury award against Durco International and two other companies for exposing a man to the carcinogen. The man, Lloyd Strom Garvin, was exposed to asbestos through his work with gaskets, valves and pumps in heavy machinery. The other defendants named in his suit include Crane Co. and Byron Jackson Pump Co., who manufactured ...
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  • State Supreme Court Upholds $20 Million Verdict for Toys R Us Pool Slide Death

    Wrongful death lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the Massachusetts Supreme Court recently upheld a $20.6 million verdict against popular retailer Toys R Us. The case centered on an inflatable poolside slide which plaintiffs blame for the death of a 28-year-old woman. The Chinese-made pool product did not meet federal standards, according to the plaintiff, leading the jury to decide ...
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  • FDA Announces Priorities Plan for 2013-2014

    Drug and medical device lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on the FDA’s recent release of its regulatory agenda via the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). It is the Center’s responsibility to ensure U.S. food and cosmetics are safe and adequately labeled. FDA and CFSAN duties are extremely broad and complex, which is why they release regulatory agendas every year. For ...
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  • Chicago Police Washes Hands after Death Involving his Gun

    Police misconduct lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a troubling story out of Chicago involving a police officer and the death of a 47-year-old woman, Catherine Weiland. Weiland was shot while sitting on her couch in her apartment in the early hours of February 18, 2009, while alone with Sergeant Steven Lesner. The bullet that killed her was from the officer’s gun. Investigative ...
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  • Problems with Compounding Pharmacies Continue to Persist

    Compounding pharmacy lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on the most recent recall initiated by a compounding pharmacy. Leiter’s is recalling three lots of its sterile injectable products due to sterility concerns. The Leiter’s recall extends to the following products: two lots of Bevacizumab, expiration 11/03/2013, and one lot of Lidoxaine/phenylephrine, expiration 10/28/2013. Injecting ...
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  • Veteran’s Malpractice Payouts Reach 12-Year High

    Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that veterans’ medical malpractice payouts are steadily rising as more soldiers require care. The U.S. government made more than 400 payments in 2012 to resolve malpractice suits against Veteran’s Affairs hospitals, costing it nearly $92 million. One of these cases, filed by Christopher Ellison, recently resulted in a $17.5 million ...
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  • NFL Doctor Sues Smith & Nephew over Botched Hip Surgery

    Metal-on-metal hip device lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm affirm that the team physician for the NFL’s San Francisco Chargers recently sued Smith & Nephew, the hip device manufacturer, after a medical malpractice lawsuit cost him $2.2 million. Dr. David Chao used a Smith & Nephew hip device during that botched surgery, and claims that the patient’s injuries were caused by the defective device ...
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