Aug 23, 2017

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $417 Million to Ovarian Cancer Victim in Talc Case

By |August 23rd, 2017|Defective Products, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Talc Cosmetics|

On Monday, August 21, while most of the country was out searching for the solar eclipse, a jury in Los Angeles awarded $417 million to Eva Echeverria. She is dying of ovarian cancer – too ill even to attend the trial – linked to 41 years’ worth of daily use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. USA Today reports “Echeverria used Johnson Baby Powder sometimes twice a day for 41 years, continuing to [...]

Jul 14, 2017

Getting to the Bottom of the Elizabethkingia Anophelis Outbreaks

By |July 14th, 2017|Personal Injury|

If you’ve never heard of Elizabethkingia anophelis, don’t worry: you’re not alone. It’s a bacterial strain found most often in the gut of mosquitos, most often in Africa. But in 2015 and 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services confirmed reported an outbreak of the bacteria in the state. In total, they had 63 confirmed cases. Of those 63, 18 – almost a third – were fatal. The outbreak spanned 12 different counties, [...]

Jul 11, 2017

VA Health Initiative is Reducing MRSA Cases

By |July 11th, 2017|Personal Injury|

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) a serious problem in hospitals throughout the country. That is why an initiative by the Veterans Health Administration looks so promising. At a recent conference, the VHA reported a reduction in “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections by 89 percent over four years in a Veterans community living center (CLC) in North Carolina.” According to the study, the VHA saved close to $2.2 million and prevented as many as 64 infections [...]

Jun 7, 2017

Delayed Diagnosis of Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria Lung Infections

By |June 7th, 2017|Personal Injury|

Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria, or NTM, infections are a serious health problem. If left untreated, they can cause permanent lung damage or even death. ReaderUSA recently told the story of a woman named Betsy, who developed an NTM infection which was mistakenly diagnosed as bronchitis. Betsy sought additional help after her symptoms did not clear up with treatment, and was diagnosed with NTM. NTM infections are especially insidious because patients may go years without exhibiting [...]

Feb 7, 2017

There’s a Good Chance That Your Plane’s Captain Is Clinically Depressed

By |February 7th, 2017|Personal Injury|

Hundreds of flights are crisscrossing the country right now; those flights are carrying millions of people to their loved ones for the holidays. While flying is statistically safer than driving, a new survey has revealed an unanticipated danger to travelers around the globe; more than 1 in 8 pilots may be suffering from clinical depression. About the study A Harvard University study conducted an anonymous survey of commercial airline pilots last year. The [...]

Jan 5, 2017

Accidental Gun Injuries and Shootings Peak Around the Holidays: How to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

By |January 5th, 2017|Personal Injury|

Guns are popular gifts during hunting season, which just so happens to coincide with the holidays. This year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted more than 185,700 background checks for gun sales on Black Friday, an all-time high since the program was created. It’s no coincidence that the spike in gun sales comes along with a rise in unintentional shootings; a recent analysis revealed surprising numbers about guns around the holidays. Six short [...]

Jan 3, 2017

Off-Duty Firefighter Saved Dozens from Deadly Restaurant Gas Leak

By |January 3rd, 2017|Personal Injury|

Lonnie Wimmer’s night out on his day off turned out to be a lucky break for patrons of the River Ridge Taphouse in Clemmons, NC. The off-duty firefighter noticed that a number of people in the crowd were behaving strangely; holding their heads or stomachs and making frequent trips to the bathroom. The observant Wimmer put the signs together and quickly phoned the fire department. What happened? The symptoms that Wimmer noticed all [...]

Dec 17, 2016

Samsung’s Latest Recall Poses Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury

By |December 17th, 2016|Personal Injury|

It hasn’t been a good year for Samsung loyalists. The Galaxy Note 7 recall was a disaster; it was more than a month after injuries and multiple cases of exploding batteries were reported before an official recall was issued. After replacement handsets started exploding, the company published a public apology in full-page ads in three major newspapers. Backhanded apology In an effort to kill two birds with one stone, the apology ad mentioned [...]

Dec 13, 2016

Holiday Hazards to Avoid This Year

By |December 13th, 2016|Personal Injury|

The holiday season is a great excuse to get together with friends and family and eat and drink too much. We like to keep the happy in the holidays, but we know that this time of year sees a higher of accidents around the house and on the road. This year, take an extra minute to protect yourself and your family so that an unscheduled trip to the emergency room doesn’t interrupt the [...]

Jul 19, 2016

What Parents Should Know about Pokémon GO

By |July 19th, 2016|Personal Injury|

If you haven’t heard about Pokémon GO yet, you’ve probably seen the effects of the latest gaming craze to sweep the nation. The increase in the number of people spending time outdoors isn’t some new health craze – it’s thanks to Nintendo’s wildly successful smartphone game. Once-deserted town centers are hosting droves of tweens and teens and even nostalgic twenty-somethings with children of their own on the hunt for elusive cartoon pocket monsters. [...]

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