Blog Posts in 2014

  • Caramel Apples Contaminated With Listeria Causing Death, Illness

    The FDA recently issued a safety warning on a batch of caramel apples that are causing illness and death in at least 10 states. The commercially-produced, prepackaged caramel apples are sold by the Happy Apple Company and labeled as Karm’l Dapples. Wrongful death lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on this outbreak and who is most vulnerable. Posted on Christmas morning, the FDA’s warning ...
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  • Holiday Decorations Sending Thousands to ERs

    aPutting up holiday decorations is a ritual many families look forward to all year; although there is no national collection of data on the subject, it is estimated that about 15,000 Americans are taken to emergency rooms every year from decorating-related accidents. Injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explain how this estimation was calculated and how the worst accidents can be avoided. ...
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  • Motorcycling Crash Deaths on the Rise in Baby Boomers

    There is a troubling rise in baby boomer motorcycle deaths, as more Americans aged 55 to 64 are hitting the road. On average, a dozen people die in motorcycle accidents each day in the U.S., and more than 16% of those fatalities are among boomers. Motorcycle crash lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explore this new trend and what can be done to combat it. One of these victims, a 60-year-old ...
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  • Pharmacist Charged with Murder in Meningitis Outbreak

    In 2012, the New England Compounding Pharmacy sent vials of contaminated steroid injections to patients throughout the country, killing 64 people and infecting hundreds more. Both the president and pharmacist have been arrested and charged with second degree murder. Drug recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explain the charges brought against employees of the New England Compounding ...
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  • Illinois Cancer Patients Granted More Time to File Suit

    Certain lung cancer and mesothelioma patients in Illinois now have four years – instead of the previous two – to file a claim against the companies responsible for their illness. Patients impacted by this law change are those affiliated with construction or improvement to real estate. Lung cancer lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are grateful to report on this new law. The extension of the ...
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  • Talcum Powder, Morcellators, Cancer, and the FDA

    In recent months several medical devices and popular products have been officially found to cause gynecological cancer in women. Talcum powder, when used in the genital area, is now associated with ovarian and uterine cancer, while power morcellators (used in hysterectomies and myomectomies) are definitively linked to uterine cancer. The team of cancer lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm takes a ...
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  • Lung Cancer Case Ends in $24 Billion Verdict

    In the summer of 2014, a jury in Florida imposed a punitive damage award of $24 billion on R.J. Reynolds, the country’s second-largest tobacco companies. The lawsuit against Reynolds was filed on behalf of a man who died of lung cancer at the age of 36. Lung cancer lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm detail this case, and why Reynolds isn’t concerned about a $24 billion verdict. Michael Johnson ...
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  • Drugs Causing Life-Threatening Skin Reactions

    A 19-year-old in California was recently admitted to an intensive care unit after taking a friend’s antibiotic and suffering a rare, potentially fatal side effect known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. In related news, the FDA just updated the labelling for the drug Geodon, which can cause similar skin reactions. The SJS and TEN lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report in depth on these rare but ...
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  • Doctor Arrested for Unnecessary Surgeries and Patient Deaths

    A doctor in Michigan is currently facing 100 years in prison on federal charges for deceiving patients, fraudulent billing, and even the death of a patient. Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on this case and others like it throughout the country. The neurosurgeon, Aria Sabit, surrendered his medical license in California in 2013 after a series of accusations very ...
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  • Knee, Spine Device Makers Sued for Selling Defective Products

    Two medical device manufacturers have been charged with selling defective knee and spine products, injuring patients throughout the country. The knee manufacturer, OtisMed Corp., recently pled guilty to distributing knee replacements rejected by the FDA and agreed to an $80 million fine. The spine and neck product maker, Spinal Solutions, is reported to be toxic and may break in patients. The ...
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  • This Years’ Most Dangerous Toys

    As the holidays roll around, parents throughout the country are trying to figure out what their kids will unwrap. In uncanny timing, the largest study of its kind was just released, reporting on children’s hospitalization rates from toys. Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm recently wrote a blog on this very subject, and hope to further detail this related study. Researchers looked ...
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  • Brain Injuries Evident Without Concussions

    Ongoing research into traumatic brain injuries reveals that significant brain changes occur in contact sports players even in the absence of any concussions. Much of this research is focusing on high school athletes, who play during critical times of brain development. Traumatic brain injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm detail these recent studies and their findings. A high school ...
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  • This Week in Recalls

    Last week, an infant died from a dietary supplement that was contaminated with mold, and ABC aired a segment on recalled products that are still being sold on Craigslist. Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind the public of the importance of keeping up-to-date on drug, product, and food recalls. According to national reports, 95% of all recalled items remain in Americans homes ...
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  • Largest U.S. Hospital Chain Stops Power Morcellator Use

    The biggest for-profit hospital operator in the country, HCA Holdings, recently announced that power morcellators will no longer be used to remove uterine fibroids in its hospitals. Uterine cancer lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explain why this announcement was made and how it will impact patients. Power morcellators have just recently come under public scrutiny – most Americans had no idea ...
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  • Injuries from Medical Mistakes and the Need for Reform

    Hundreds of thousands of patients in United States hospitals die from medical mistakes every year . There are no indications that injuries or deaths from malpractice are declining, either. Medical malpractice lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm illuminate recent studies from the country’s top medical experts who are trying to enact fundamental change to protect patients. Researchers at Johns ...
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