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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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J&J Pays $5M to Settle Bedtime Bath Products Class Action Lawsuit

J&J Sued Over Baby Bedtime Bath Products

Johnson & Johnson will pay $5 million to settle a consumer fraud class action lawsuit. The company is accused of falsely marketing its baby bedtime bath products as “clinically proven” to help babies sleep better, despite a lack of actual evidence for this claim, the suit alleges. The settlement covers the following bedtime products: JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Bath, JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Lotion, JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Moisture Wash, JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Washcloths, and JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Bubble Bath & Wash.

The product liability attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing consumers in lawsuits over allegedly defective or dangerous products. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a consumer fraud class action lawsuit. Continue reading

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Wrongful Death Lawsuits

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death involves legal actions brought by surviving family members and/or dependents for damages when a person’s death is caused by the wrongful conduct of another individual. These cases may arise from construction accidents; death during a supervised activity; medical malpractice; police misconduct; product liability cases involving defective, dangerous products, including occupational exposure to hazardous substances or conditions; and vehicular—automobile, train, truck, or airplane—accidents.

These deaths may also include murder and other criminal behavior. Many wrongful death trials follow criminal trials in which similar evidence is used but with a lower standard of proof. An individual who is found liable for a wrongful death may or may not be convicted of a crime tied to that death. One example of this are the cases an alleged murder in which the defendant was not found not guilty of murder when the prosecution was not able to establish the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That same defendant may be found liable for the alleged wrongful death during the civil trial if plaintiffs are able to prove he was responsible by a multitude of evidence. Continue reading

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Zimmer Persona Knee Implant Recall and Personal Injury Lawsuits

Zimmer Persona Knee Implant Recalled Due to Loosening, Radiolucent Lines

Parker Waichman LLP is a national law firm with decades of experience representing clients in medical device injury litigation. The firm is offering free legal consultations to individuals interested in filing a Zimmer knee implant lawsuit. Zimmer recalled the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate in 2015 due to loosening and radiolucent lines.

According to a recall alert posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, the recall was launched after Zimmer received “An increase in complaints of loosening and radiolucent lines,” Roughly 12,000 knee implants are affected by the recall. Continue reading

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New Lawsuit Alleges E-Cigarette Exploded, Set User’s Leg on Fire

Another E-Cigarette User Says Device Exploded, Causing Injuries

A new lawsuit has been filed over an exploding e-cigarette. The plaintiff alleges that the vaping device was in his pants pocket when the battery exploded, setting his leg on fire. The plaintiff was at work when the e-cigarette explosion occurred, the lawsuit alleges. Other reports of e-cigarette explosions have also surfaced in the media.

The product liability attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing consumers in lawsuits over allegedly defective or dangerous products. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing an exploding e-cigarette lawsuit. Continue reading

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Report Identifies Record-High Increase in Pedestrian Deaths

GHSA Report Finds Highest Spike in Pedestrian Deaths

Recent government statistics have shown that traffic fatalities are on the rise. Now, a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) sheds light on pedestrian deaths due to traffic events. The report, based on preliminary data from 2016, estimates that the number of pedestrian traffic deaths increased by 11 percent between 2015 and 2016. This is the largest single-year spike in pedestrian deaths in history. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016, the highest in over two decades.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits involving accidents. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a pedestrian accident lawsuit. Continue reading

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Asbestos Exposure Continues to Lead to Fatal Illnesses

Where is Asbestos Found?

Individuals working or attending school in a building that was damaged after a storm or following maintenance work should know about potential asbestos concerns. When storms damage buildings, especially buildings built prior to the 1970s, the likelihood of asbestos exposure from damaged roofs, ceilings, and insulation becomes harmful because asbestos becomes dangerous when it is disturbed and becomes airborne.

Before the 1970s, asbestos was routinely used in house and building construction because of the strength and fire resistance of its fibers. Vinyl sheet flooring and floor tiles, ceiling tiles, wall and ceiling textures, joint compounds, oil and coal furnaces, and home siding may contain asbestos. Also, potting soil that contains vermiculite likely contains asbestos, as well. Continue reading

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Ford Door Latch, Fire Risk Recalls Will Cost Automaker $295M

440,000 Cars in North America Affected by Door Latch, Fire Risk Recalls

A total of 440,000 cars in North America are affected by two separate Ford recalls. One recall is being launched due to a defective door latch that can prevent the door from closing, and another is being issued due to the risk of fires under the car hood. In a securities filing, Ford indicated that the recalls will cost approximately $295 million.

Parker Waichman LLP has decades of experience representing clients in product liability lawsuits involving allegedly defective and dangerous products. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing an auto recall lawsuit. Continue reading

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Study Suggests Zipline-Related Injuries are Increasing in US

Researchers Investigate Zipline Injuries from 1997 to 2012

A study suggests that injuries associated with ziplines are on the rise in the United States. Ziplines allow riders to travel from one elevation to another through a pulley system suspended on a cable. They are used as a form of entertainment and outdoor recreation; for example, individuals can participate in group zipline tours. According to the study, which analyzed zipline-related injuries from 1997 through 2012, the injuries were most commonly caused by falls leading to fractures.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in personal injury lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a zipline injury lawsuit. Continue reading

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Drowsy Driving Needs More Study and Prevention Strategies

Drowsy driving presents a significant hazard on the nation’s roads, taking its toll in deaths, injuries and property damage.

A recent article in the journal Sleep calls for more study and strategies to prevent drowsy driving. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) spearheaded the study. Continue reading

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Another Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed over Xarelto Bleeding Injuries

Xarelto Makers Face New Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleging Uncontrollable Bleeding

Another wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over Xarelto, an anticoagulant drug manufactured by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit. The plaintiff alleges that the blood thinner caused uncontrollable, fatal bleeding in his wife. Like other Xarelto lawsuits, the plaintiff alleges that drug makers failed to warn patients and the medical community about the lack of an antidote to reverse the drug’s effects. This presents a risk of uncontrollable bleeding in patients, the lawsuit states.

Parker Waichman LLP is a national personal injury law firm that represents numerous clients in drug injury lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to anyone with questions about filing a Xarelto lawsuit. Continue reading

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