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Blog Posts in November, 2012

  • Airplane Safety Improvements Years After a Deadly Crash Still Not Enough

    More than a decade after a fatal plane crash, improvements are finally being made to enhance the safety of airline equipment. However, our airplane accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are concerned that many experts still say these improvements are not enough. As USA Today is reporting, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered aircraft manufacturer Airbus to upgrade the rudder ...
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  • Warning: Popular Cholestoral Drug Contains Glass Particles

    Lipitor lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are warning generic Lipitor users that they may need to stop taking the medication immediately. Shockingly, there may be harmful glass particles inside the popular cholesterol drug. Earlier this month, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalled dozens of lots of the company’s generic Lipitor tablets, known as Atorvastatin The 41 recalled lots are in ...
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  • NJ Pharmacy Mistakenly Dispensed Cancer Drug to Kids

    Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are shocked to learn that a New Jersey pharmacy mistakenly distributed the cancer drug Tamoxifen to children, instead of the prescribed fluoride pills. The pharmacy admitted that it mistakenly distributed the cancer drug instead of fluoride tablets to the children of 50 families over a period of more than two months. Only some of ...
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  • NIOSH Asbestos Roadmap

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released an Asbestos Research Roadmap outlining the state of scientific findings and plans for future research. NIOSH is a faction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that protects workers from injury and illness. The last publication NIOSH released concerning this issue was in 1990, and is now extremely ...
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  • Drugged Drivers Pose Serious Threat to Nation’s Roadways

    Chicago car accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm advise that drugged driving is becoming an even bigger problem on the roadways than drunk driving. A new survey revealed that 14 percent of drivers tested positive for driving under the influence of drugs (both prescription and illegal). Only 7.3 percent of the motorists tested positive for alcohol, just half the number of those who tested ...
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  • Multi-Million Dollar Verdict for Man Who Suffered Benzene Exposure

    The claimant in a case against a US-based integrated energy company and an important petroleum explorer and marketer was awarded $17.5 million after the jury decided that he suffered substantial benzene exposure while working for the two companies. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn the public about the dangers of benzene exposure. A person is exposed to benzene ...
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  • Current Asbestos-Containing Products

    That asbestos poses a significant danger to public health is irrefutable. Advocacy groups have been trying for decades to get federal government to ban its use and consumption completely. It was not until 2002 that the last mine in America, King City Asbestos Corporation in California, finally closed. Scientists and medical experts assert time and time again that no amount of asbestos is safe in ...
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  • Electronic Funds Transfer Act Violations

    Young Americans are increasingly relying on technology to monitor, transfer, and conduct payments. Nearly all banks now have apps for download on smart phones to seemingly assist in the growing ease of banking. As our society becomes more and more dependent on technology, however, we are also growing more financially illiterate and susceptible to illegal activity. The perils of credit card debt ...
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  • Mesothelioma Treatment: Identifying the New and Eliminating the Old

    Unfortunately, mesothelioma is a condition with hardly any early detection methods or effective treatments. The long struggle against mesothelioma could finally have a powerful weapon, with reports stating that an ancient Ayurvedic medicine may help battle the disease. Chicago mesothelioma lawyers hope for more positive developments in this area. The plant, called Withania somnifera, belongs to ...
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  • El Dorado Hills Asbestos Exposure

    The groundbreaking discovery of the devastating effects of asbestos fibers led to banning of its mining in the United States and numerous other countries. The large deposits of asbestos in our nation’s environment, however, continue to raise public concern. California, in particular, contains some of the largest naturally occurring asbestos deposits in the world. In an effort to further our ...
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  • Atlas and Coalinga Asbestos Mines

    In two central California counties, Fresno and San Benito, two asbestos Superfund sites remain on the National Priorities List (NPL). This poses a serious health risk to residents in the area. The former Atlas and Coalinga Asbestos Mines cover a total of 555 acres near Coalinga, California. The sites were placed on the NPL in 1983 and the EPA immediately began development of numerous long-term ...
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  • Applying Definitions to Asbestos

    The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health recently released a review of the definitions of asbestos, its health effects, and exposure levels. Because asbestos was a global commodity and used abundantly in dozens of industries, the research concerning this mineral is widespread and controversial. Though much knowledge has been gained involving the scientific, biological, and mineralogical ...
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  • Shocking Negligence at Compounding Pharmacies – a Continuing Story

    Meningitis lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm previously warned about the horrific conditions at the now closed New England Compounding Center that was linked to a massive rare meningitis outbreak. Now, it appears that conditions at the compounding pharmacy’s sister company, Ameridose, may have been even worse. Ameridose shut down in late October 2012 and recalled all of its products a short ...
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  • Lawsuit Alleges Police Used Deadly Excessive Force

    Sadly, our Chicago police brutality lawyers see instances of excessive police force far too often. Although many police officers are dedicated and responsible, others take advantage of their positions of power and cause serious and unreasonable harm. According to a recent federal wrongful death lawsuit , police in Westerly, Connecticut inflicted cruel and unnecessary punishment on a 34-year-old ...
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  • Beware of Repeat Medical Tests

    Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers are warning of unnecessary repeat medical testing that is happening in alarming proportions. A new study by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that doctors often perform unnecessary tests on Medicare beneficiaries. This can pose a severe threat to patients, as it may lead to ...
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  • Unsolicited Faxes Could Cost Company $9 Million

    A class-action lawsuit could force an electronic medical records provider to pay close to $9 million for sending unsolicited faxes. According to The Business Journa l , the faxes were sent to about 7,000 health care providers on three different occasions. Our Illinois personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm want to stress that sending unsolicited junk faxes is prohibited by law. ...
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  • Stroke Victim Suffers Elder Abuse by Nurses

    Our personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are deeply shocked at a recent instance of elder abuse . The incident took place at the home of a stroke patient in San Diego. Security camera footage revealed two male nurses inappropriately touching each other and the 98-year-old stroke victim in her own bedroom. After suffering a stroke and right-side paralysis several years before, the ...
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  • Occupational Mesothelioma Danger Reports

    Mesothelioma lawyers monitor potential asbestos exposure in various professions to determine if conditions could lead to development of this deadly cancer. Our experienced asbestos attorneys routinely follow up on reports dealing with instances of occupational asbestos exposure and consequent mesothelioma cases. Modifying electrical meter boxes could contain a major risk of mesothelioma, according ...
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  • Family of Hospital Negligence Victim Wins Large Verdict

    The family of a teen who developed cerebral palsy because of her premature birth was recently awarded one of the largest verdicts in the history of Staten Island. Cerebral palsy is a set of disorders that impair a person’s movement, and the ability to maintain posture and balance. The disorder appears in the early years of a person’s life. It is estimated that approximately 10,000 babies born each ...
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  • Harrowing Reminders of What Can Go Wrong in the Skies

    We know that aviation is one of the safest ways to travel, with a fairly low accident rate. This is largely due to impressive technological advancements and excellent quality pilot training. However, airplane accidents still happen more frequently than many passengers may realize. Airplane manufacturers that fail to ensure the reliability of their products put the lives of passengers at risk. This ...
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  • Milwaukee Solvay Coke & Gas Asbestos Site

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the 28th most populous city in the United States and is home to more than 18 universities and colleges. The Solvay Coke and Gas plant operated in Milwaukee from 1906 to 1983, encompasses over 45 acres, and is now an official EPA Superfund site. The list of hazardous pollutants found at this site is extensive, and includes arsenic, lead, and asbestos. Lung cancer lawyers ...
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  • Asbestos in New Jersey

    New Jersey plays a significant role in the history of American asbestos use and litigation. The first reports of the adverse health effects of asbestos were published in England in the 1920s, which led to the first lawsuits over asbestos injury in the same decade. There is an extended lapse of time, however, between this first report and lawsuit and successful asbestos litigation in the United ...
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  • Asbestos in Maryland

    Like most New England states, Maryland significantly contributed to United States wartime efforts through the construction of shipbuilding. Unfortunately, those working in shipyards before the late 1980s were often exposed to high levels of asbestos. This, along with the large presence of power plants, contributes to the relatively high number of asbestos-related deaths in Maryland. Mesothelioma ...
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  • Asbestos in Arizona

    Due to its Southwestern location, Arizona has many deposits of naturally occurring asbestos. Recent reports document at least 103 known locations of such deposits, 96 of which are in Gila and Pinal counties in central Arizona. In 1872, abundant chrysotile asbestos deposits were discovered along Ash Creek in Gila County. Throughout the next forty years, small mining productions were constructed in ...
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  • Asbestos Exposure Linked to Throat Cancer

    Cancer of the larynx can now be added to the frighteningly long list of ailments directly associated with asbestos exposure. The larynx is the portion of the throat that contains the vocal cords, and recent studies prove that those exposed to asbestos have a 40% greater chance of laryngeal cancer on average than those without notable exposure. The studies consistently found that asbestos is a ...
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