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Blog Posts in January, 2014

  • Midwestern States Ranked Worst in the Nation for Basic Highway Safety

    A recent report on national highway safety patterns concluded that 11 states, most of them in the Midwest and Upper West, showed a dangerous lack of basic safety protections. This points to an immediate need for state legislatures to begin taking the necessary steps toward roadway safety. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight some of the most relevant, and jarring, ...
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  • Merck Ends Testing on Chimpanzees, Recalls Liptruzet

    In a rare display of compassion by a pharmaceutical company, Merck & Co. recently joined two dozen other drug makers in discontinuing its use of chimpanzees for laboratory research. There are currently about 1,000 chimpanzees in the United States owned by drug companies and the federal government for pharmaceutical and product research. Our team of defective drug attorneys applauds Merck for this ...
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  • Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Update

    The recent litigation over Takeda Pharmaceuticals diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) has taken a significant turn recently, after a federal judge ruled the company breached its duty to preserve evidence in the Actos multi-district litigation (MDL). The MDL, based in Louisiana, focuses on claims that the medication caused bladder cancer in diabetic patients. Actos attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law ...
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  • Medtronic Injury Lawsuit Allowed to Move Forward

    A California court of appeals recently reversed a previous decision that prevented a Medtronic bone fuse injury lawsuit from going forward. The plaintiff’s negligence and liability case was revived, however Medtronic now plans to bring the case to the state’s Supreme Court. Medtronic lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm review this decision and the cases it is based on. The plaintiff, John ...
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  • Problems with Medicaid Affecting Patient Care

    Physicians throughout the country are seeing an increasing problem with Medicaid programs, particularly in hospice and emergency rooms. With the roll-out of the Affordable Healthcare Act, enrollment in Medicaid is expected to increase, further intensifying the program’s problems. Medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight a few issues brought to our attention by medical ...
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  • High Court Rules Pharma Companies are Liable for Drug Design and Marketing

    Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court recently ruled that pharmaceutical companies may be held liable for negligently designing and marketing drugs. The case specifically centers on the now-discontinued drug Redux, which was created by Pfizer. Our team of dangerous drug lawyers explains what this Pennsylvania ruling means for future plaintiffs injured by pharmaceuticals. Redux (dexfenfluramine) was a diet ...
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  • Surgeon General Report On ‘Light’ Cigarette may Expand Litigation

    Acting U.S. Surgeon General, Boris Luchniak, recently asserted that filtered, or “light” cigarettes, may actually increase the risk of a certain lung cancer. As a result, legal experts predict litigation surrounding cigarettes and lung cancer will expand exponentially. Our team of lung cancer attorneys digs deeper into the issue and what it means for potential plaintiffs. In his report, the ...
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  • Honda Fit and Fiat 500 Rank Worst in Crash Test Performance

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts annual crash tests, which provides performance data for vehicles sold in the United States. The latest IIHS tests found that only one out of 12 minicars earned an acceptable rating, and none were ranked as good. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm analyze the results of these small car crash tests. Five minicars (the Ford ...
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  • Court Rules Minor Malpractice Cases not Subject to Statute of Limitations

    Washington’s Supreme Court recently decided that statutes of limitation are not applicable to medical malpractice cases involving minors. The suit centered on Jaryd Schroeder, who was injured from negligent medical care when he was nine years old. At age 18, Schroeder decided to sue the physician for medical malpractice, which he attempted to have barred due to the statute of limitation. ...
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  • One-Third of Drugs Approved Using Single Study

    A study recently published in the esteemed Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that one-third of all drugs were approved by the FDA based on one clinical trial. This is incredibly important, as Americans are seriously injured and killed every day from unknown effects of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, while medical companies reap the profits. Dangerous drug attorneys at ...
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  • How to Avoid the Worst Winter Injuries

    Between frostbite, black ice, and snow storms, winter is a dangerous season for anyone braving the elements. Our slip and fall attorneys are located in Chicago, and are well aware of the major health concerns associated with northern winters. We would like to highlight a few tricks to prevent some of the more catastrophic injuries season. Fighting Frostbite First, let’s tackle frostbite. The first ...
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  • New Blood Test will Diagnose Concussions Immediately after a Hit

    Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center recently developed a blood test that can diagnose sports-related concussion immediately following a major hit. The test detects a specific brain protein, called S100B, which is released after a concussion occurs. Traumatic brain injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm hope this new development will protect the health and safety of our ...
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  • Naturally-Occurring Asbestos in the U.S. – An Illustrative Map

    Most people familiar with asbestos and mesothelioma know that exposure most often occurs in the workplace, such as in shipyards and construction sites. Lesser known is the prevalence of natural asbestos mineral deposits, many of which were previously mined before it was made illegal in 1989. Asbestos exposure attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm highlight this graphic of naturally-occurring ...
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  • Accutane Manufacturer Loses another Legal Battle

    Hoffman-La Roche, the manufacturer of acne drug Accutane, recently tried to remove the judge presiding over its consolidated injury cases. The New Jersey Supreme Court rejected the drug maker’s request, making for what we can assume will be a very awkward court proceeding. Our Accutane attorneys take a closer look at this massive acne drug litigation. There are over 7,700 lawsuits currently ...
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  • Testosterone Treatments Linked to Stroke and Heart Attack

    Testosterone therapy is often recommended for men with prostate cancer and marketed to those of a certain age who feel they need a T boost. The popular medication, however, has been linked to a range of serious health effects, including high rates of kidney problems, stroke, heart attack, and even death. Dangerous drug attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn men currently undergoing or ...
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  • Medicare to Release Doctor Payment Data

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it would release data on how and why it pays its physicians starting in spring 2014. This is a bold move for many reasons, and could greatly influence the process and outcome of medical malpractice cases throughout the country. Our team of malpractice lawyers discusses how and why this decision is such a big deal. ...
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  • When Uber and Lyft Passengers are Injured in Accidents

    Here in Chicago, as in other major cities throughout the country, the prevalence of transportation services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar has revolutionized how we get around town. These companies operate on iPhones and Androids, allowing riders to beckon a car at the click of a button. Riders are then charged the meter fare and a small service fee. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law ...
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  • Lipitor Maker Slammed with Whistleblower Lawsuit

    Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, was recently slapped with a federal lawsuit over its marketing of popular cholesterol drug, Lipitor (atorvastatin). The whistleblower in this suit, Health Support Awareness Inc., argues that Pfizer deceptively misbranded Lipitor to keep it in high demand and at inflated prices. Lipitor attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are ...
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  • Feds Investigate Maker of Cholesterol Drug, Juxtapid, over False Marketing

    The CEO of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures popular cholesterol drug Jextapid, recently went on CNBC’s Fast Money to talk about the drug. During his interview, the CEO stated that Juxtapid could prevent heart attacks and lengthen life, though neither claim has been studied or approved. Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm see this type of fraudulent marketing all too ...
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  • Mesothelioma Patients may Benefit from Meditation to Cope

    A new study recently published in the esteemed Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that meditation has the same effect of antidepressant pills on depression. Mesothelioma is a devastating cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, which typically occurs in the workplace. Given its nature, depression among mesothelioma patients is extremely common. Mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas ...
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  • OTC Laxatives may Lead to Death, Kidney and Heart Injuries

    The FDA recently issued a warning regarding the use of over-the-counter laxatives manufactured by C.B. Fleet Company. According to the agency, these laxatives are causing severe kidney and heart damage, and potentially death, if more than one dose is taken within one day. Drug injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm remind consumers taking OTC laxatives to avoid this dangerous product. Many ...
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  • Indiana Home Fire Takes Three Young Lives

    Earlier this week a home fire in Hammond, Indiana killed three young children, and investigators are now looking into exact causes of the blaze. Our team of burn injury attorneys is keeping this family in our thoughts, from one Chicagoland family to another. The two-unit house erupted in flames around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. The home is owned by a couple who live there with their ...
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  • Winter Biking Tips – How to Stay Safe in Snow and Ice

    Now that the polar vortex has, thankfully, left the Midwest, bicyclists feel a bit more comfortable commuting around the city. Though we admire their courage, the bike injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm would like to outline a few recommendations to help you ride safely through the snow. It’s All About Layers As temperatures remain in the teens and single digits, it is critically ...
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  • What Fuels Medical Mistakes

    As a law firm specializing in medical malpractice and mistakes, we see firsthand the traumatic and often catastrophic results of malpractice, and its effects on victims’ families. Our passion for this field translates into great interest into how and why these mistakes are made in the first place, and what malpractice attorneys and plaintiffs as a community can do to prevent them. Though much ink ...
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  • Nephros Water Filters Recalled due to Bacterial, Viral Contamination

    Nephros, a New Jersey-based water filtration company recently issued a recall of its products due to biological contamination and mislabeling. The products affected by these recalls include: SafeSprout, SafeShower HH, SafeShower FH, and In-Line Dual Stage Ultra (DSU) Filter. Product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm urge consumers to check showerhead and disposable filters to make sure ...
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