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Recent Posts About Medical Malpractice

  • Increasing Maternal Mortality Defies Global Trend

    As advanced as our healthcare is, the care offered to women during childbirth is astonishingly poor. Doctors and nurses constantly monitor babies to ensure their health and safety, but mothers are often less of a concern. Our maternal mortality rates are increasing, and more American women die of pregnancy-related problems than any other developed country. Birth injury and medical malpractice ...
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  • How to Know If You Were a Victim of a Medical Malpractice

    A bad experience or small complication during medical treatment doesn’t always mean you’ve suffered from medical malpractice. That’s why our team of medical malpractice attorneys further investigate all potential cases to determine whether you have a case. Ask yourself these five questions to help figure out if you have a medical malpractice case: 1. Was there a delay in my diagnosis? It’s no ...
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  • Medical Malpractice "Never Events"

    What is a “Never Event”? The Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality named 29 different mistakes as “never events”, which were grouped into 7 categories: Surgical Errors: The wrong surgery is performed on a patient, the wrong body part or the wrong patient is operated on, or if a medical device is left inside of patient’s body. Medical Device or Product: The misuse of a medical device or drug, ...
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  • Illinois Passes Gabby’s Law to Help Patients with Sepsis

    Sepsis is a medical emergency caused by an infection. If sepsis isn’t diagnosed and treated immediately, it can lead to organ failure and death. Our nursing home and medical malpractice lawyers see far too many people succumb to sepsis in hospitals and nursing homes. We’re happy to report that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner just signed a new law – Gabby’s Law – that will help hospitals diagnose ...
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  • Breast Cancer Survivors Face a Lifetime of Taxotere Toxicity

    Women diagnosed with breast cancer face incredible obstacles and overcome overwhelming odds on their road to recovery. Among those obstacles is chemotherapy, which notoriously causes patients to lose their hair temporarily. What patients don’t know is that with one specific chemo drug – Taxotere – hair may never return. In some women, Taxotere kills hair follicles with no way to reverse the ...
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  • New Bladder Cancer Drug Approved

    We recently wrote about a new, growing type of cancer center focused on immunotherapy and collaboration between top doctors. Our Actos attorneys are happy to report that a new immunotherapy drug, Tecentriq, has been approved to treat bladder cancer. As our Actos bladder cancer clients know, there have not been any important improvements in bladder cancer treatment in many years. Tecentriq is an ...
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  • Women Bring Taxotere Permanent Hair Loss Claims to Court

    Taxotere, a popular chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, is causing permanent hair loss in thousands of women. As a wave of litigation hits the drug’s manufacturer, our team of Taxotere lawyers details how this drug evaded FDA and public scrutiny for so long. Temporary hair loss from chemotherapy treatments is well known and accepted. Like other chemotherapies, Taxotere is given through ...
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  • Three out of Four Rispredal Plaintiffs Win Suits against Drugmaker

    More than 1,600 Risperdal injury claims are currently pending in Philadelphia court, all of which allege the antipsychotic drug caused female breast tissue development in young men. The first three trials have concluded in massive wins for the injured plaintiffs. Our Risperdal attorneys are currently representing young men who developed gynecomastia from this drug. Gynecomastia is caused by an ...
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  • Final Generic Drug Ruling Slated for July 2016

    We recently reported that the FDA would update its laws concerning generic drugs in September 2015. September came and went with no word from federal authorities. Our team of drug injury lawyers confirms that the final rule date has been pushed to July 2016. The ruling will decide whether or not generic drug manufacturers will be allowed to update safety labels without prior FDA approval. ...
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  • Nausea Medication Linked to Birth Defects

    The Zofran lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are currently accepting cases of birth defects in children whose mothers took this anti-nausea drug during pregnancy. Many patients are surprised and angry to learn that Zofran has never been approved to treat morning sickness; it is only FDA-approved to treat nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy or after surgery. ...
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  • Zoloft Labels to Include Pregnancy Risk

    Our team of Zoloft lawyers report that Pfizer is currently in talks with the FDA to update the drugs’ labels to include the risk of heart defects in infants born to mothers took the drug during pregnancy. Pfizer is facing hundreds of birth defect lawsuits filed by women who took Zoloft while pregnant, assuming the drug was safe. Zoloft’s new labels would state that there is an increased risk ...
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  • Depakote Birth Defect Suit Moves Forward in Court

    The Depakote lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are currently accepting cases involving spina bifida in children born to mothers who took the anti-seizure drug Depakote during pregnancy. Here, we report on a Depakote injury lawsuit filed by an Ohio woman and her daughter, who was born in 2004 with numerous birth defects. The mother, Pamela Rheinfrank, filed suit against Depakote's manufacturers, ...
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  • Benicar Maker Ordered to Pay $39 Million

    The Department of Justice recently settled with the manufacturer of Benicar – a medication to treat high blood pressure – for $39 million. The company is accused of violating federal law by paying doctors to prescribe Benicar, along with several other drugs. Our team of Benicar lawyers is currently accepting cases of serious injury from Benicar use. The federal False Claims Act includes an ...
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  • Addicts Can Now Sue Doctors, Pharmacies for Enabling Addiction

    The West Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled that narcotic addicts can sue pharmacies and doctors that prescribed and dispensed painkillers. The lawsuit was filed by dozens of pain center patients who were treated with narcotics and became addicted. Dangerous drug lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm detail this case and its implications below. The plaintiffs in this case were patients of the ...
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  • Testosterone Therapy Lawsuit Update

    Thousands of men have filed lawsuits against makers of testosterone treatments for injuries ranging from stroke to heart attack. Our team of t-therapy lawyers is constantly working to provide our clients the latest updates on these claims. Seven manufacturers have been named in t-therapy litigation, which was recently centralized in the Northern District of Illinois. The first case is expected to ...
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  • Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuits

    The birth injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have written extensively on the risks of birth defects in children born to mothers who took certain drugs . It has recently come to light that Zofran, a drug marketed to pregnant women to treat nausea, may also be causing birth injuries. Zofran was approved by the FDA to treat nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or surgery. In ...
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  • Unnecessary C-Sections Plague American Women

    One in three American mothers deliver their first child through Cesarean section and 90% of those women who then have a second child will deliver through C-section again. It has not always been this way: in the 1970s, only 5% of all births were C-sections. The birth injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm would like to take a step back and examine this phenomenon, why it came to be, and how ...
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  • Companies Warn of Deaths from Heart Devices

    Two heart device manufacturers recently issued safety warnings regarding their devices due to several patient deaths. The first, Carmat, made the announcement after the first patient implanted with their artificial heart device passed away. A few days later, Thoratec Corp. alerted hospitals that at least four patients using a heart pump device have died. Defective medical device lawyers at Pintas ...
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  • Medtronic Cases to Move Forward in Minnesota

    Medtronic attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on the recent litigation in Minnesota concerning Medtronic’s Infuse bone graft device. These cases were previously stalled due to concerns about federal preemption. After a more in-depth analysis, however, the judge agreed to let the cases proceed. The plaintiff in this case is suing Medtronic based on three charges: 1) that the company ...
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  • New Year, New Laws

    January 1st ushers in a new set of rules for every type of person: a revised diet plan, changed relationship patterns, and, whether you realize it or not, many new and revised laws. Our team of injury attorneys would like to highlight a few of the most significant and far-reaching laws so residents may be better informed of their rights and regulations. Collectively, the National Conference of ...
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  • Robotic Surgery Injuries Vastly Underreported

    Problems with robotic surgery systems emerge constantly, nearly every day it seems, with Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robots leading the pack. Several news outlets recently exposed that the actual rates of injury from these robots are far higher than reported. Da Vinci robot attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm encourage all patients injured by the robotic systems to come forward. Intuitive’s ...
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  • Medicare Ranks Best and Worst Hospitals for Hip/Knee Surgeries

    The federal healthcare agency recently identified 97 of the best, and 95 of the worst, hospitals in the United States to receive knee or hip replacement surgeries. Yesterday, we reported on the overwhelming death rates from medical errors in hospitals and the need to improve transparency and quality. Our knee and hip replacement attorneys are happy to see the government taking steps in the right ...
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  • Slowing da Vinci Robotic Sales Cause Intuitive Surgical Stock Plunge

    Da Vinci Surgical Robot lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the robot’s manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical, recently fell 18%, ending the largest intraday drop since October 2008. Analysts and experts are downgrading Intuitive shares and speculating why da Vinci’s sales are slowing, asserting that it may be due to the recent instrumental issues and patient injuries. In May 2013, ...
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  • Medical Errors Harm Patients…and Their Pocketbooks

    The unfortunate reality of our healthcare system is that hospitals designed to help patients often end up causing them even more pain. Each year, preventable medical mistakes contribute to nearly 190,000 deaths and more than 6 million injuries. Among the most common mistakes are procedures performed on the wrong body part, hospital-acquired infections, and medication mix-ups. These are serious ...
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  • White House Takes Action to Reduce Medical Mistakes

    For millions of patients and their families, the current health care system is woefully inadequate. Patients that rely on hospitals to treat them in their time of need are often further victimized by medical errors, injuries, and complications that are preventable. Some hospitals have attempted to improve patient care by adopting new safety strategies such as electronic records. But patients ...
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