May 15, 2019

Jury Awards California Couple $2 Billion Verdict against Monsanto

By |May 15th, 2019|Defective Products|

A jury has awarded more than $2 billion to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple in California who claimed that years of using Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer led to them developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Each spouse was awarded $1 billion in punitive damages, as well as a collective $55 million in compensatory damages for them both. This is the third time a California jury has awarded significant damages in claims against Monsanto. There are [...]

Apr 18, 2019

Defective Defibrillators Are More Common Than You Might Think

By |April 18th, 2019|Defective Products|

Defibrillators are electrical devices used to treat heart conditions like arrhythmia, which is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. A defibrillator’s job is to deliver an electric shock to the heart, effectively jolting it back to its normal rhythm. When we hear the word “defibrillator,” many of us think about the big, portable ones they use in ambulances or hospitals – the ones that send strong electrical currents from [...]

Apr 16, 2019

Why Are My Heart and Blood Pressure Medications Being Recalled?

By |April 16th, 2019|Defective Products|

In July 2018, several drug companies started recalling dozens of lots of heart and blood medications – specifically valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan – after tests found the drugs had trace amounts of impurities and carcinogens. These recalls have been ongoing into early 2019. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the underlying causes of the contamination with carcinogenic substances. The FDA’s inspection is not complete, but past inspections at companies in [...]

Feb 21, 2019

Ambulance Diversion is Medical Negligence

By |February 21st, 2019|Medical Negligence|

When you are in the throes of an emergency medical condition such as a heart attack or a stroke, you want an ambulance to arrive quickly, and take you to the nearest hospital for treatment. Thanks to the quietly-kept practice of ambulance diversion, you may not get the help you need in time. Ambulance diversion seeks to manage the overcrowding of emergency departments by redirecting emergencies to another hospital. Health explains that [...]

Feb 19, 2019

Birth Trauma is a Real, Ongoing Problem

By |February 19th, 2019|Birth Injury|

When there is a complication in childbirth that leads to a birth injury for the baby, there is often intense scrutiny about the baby's health and well-being – as there should be. The birth trauma that some women experience, however, after a difficult childbirth is real, and often left unaddressed. Last summer, we covered the USA Today investigative report which revealed that hospitals know how to protect mothers who are giving birth, but [...]

Feb 14, 2019

Uber and Lyft Want to Take You to Your Medical Appointments

By |February 14th, 2019|Car Accidents|

Rideshare companies Uber and Lyft provide transportation services to airports, from restaurants, and to places throughout the state. Now, they’re trying to help people make it to their doctors’ appointments. Both companies have ventured into the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) space with Uber Health and Lyft Concierge. For patients who are house-bound without transportation, or for those not well enough to drive themselves to medical appointments, Uber and Lyft – in conjunction with [...]

Feb 12, 2019

New Law Requires Hospitals to Publish Prices for Procedures

By |February 12th, 2019|Medical Malpractice|

Thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2019, hospitals are now required to publish the prices of their procedures. The hospital's price list must be made public, published online and updated each year, according to a story in Newsweek. The new law also applies to rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric hospitals and critical access hospitals. This new law intends to increase pricing transparency, helping patients to become more knowledgeable, make [...]

Feb 7, 2019

The VA Ignored Millions Earmarked for Veteran Suicide Prevention

By |February 7th, 2019|Medical Malpractice, Veterans Affairs|

Preventing veterans from committing suicide was named the "highest clinical priority" by the Veterans Administration, yet VA officials still failed to spend the $17.7 million in the suicide prevention budget for fiscal year 2018, according to a story in Time Magazine. A report published in November 2018 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) "suicide prevention media outreach activities declined in recent years due to leadership [...]

Feb 4, 2019

Why the FDA’s “Transformative” Changes Will Amount to More of the Same

By |February 4th, 2019|Legal News|

Imagine discovering that severe respiratory distress was a side effect of a small device implanted in the top of the spine to relieve pain. After Kathleen Yaremchuk, an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor had to perform an emergency tracheotomy on one patient with the implant to save her life, she and her colleagues reviewed the records of 260 patients implanted with the device at Henry Ford Hospital, and found that a significant [...]

Feb 1, 2019

Breast Cancer Surgery May Lead to More Nursing Home Resident Deaths than the Cancer Itself

By |February 1st, 2019|Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect|

Breast cancer is an insidious disease. According to the American Cancer Society, almost 41,000 women will die this year from breast cancer. Many women will opt to undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Chemo, though an effective tool, can cause long-term damage to your organs, your bone marrow, and your nervous system, so some women may choose to forgo that option altogether, and have their breasts removed surgically. For older patients, like those in nursing [...]

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