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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2014 – Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her sharp wit, iconic style and acerbic personality. Many also remember how suddenly she died. “Rivers went for what was to have been a routine outpatient procedure. Something went wrong that caused her to stop breathing and later suffer a heart attack. Did a preventable anesthesiology error happen?” asked Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. Hospital errors have long triggered medical malpractice lawsuits. Outpatient clinics, which are rarely as fully equipped as hospitals, are open to even more legal issues. Outpatient clinics, or surgicenters, […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – Recently, U.S. courts have issued a series of decisions regarding venues in several of the ongoing lawsuits addressing birth defects caused by Paxil, an antidepressant drug made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GSK recently lost its bid to have a group of cases heard in federal court rather than in Pennsylvania state court. In a different lawsuit, GSK won its appeal to have a case heard in Ohio rather than in Pennsylvania. In that case, the plaintiff’s attorneys now claim that GSK will unfairly benefit, as ex-employees of GSK will be less likely […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2014 – A Dallas jury has awarded $73 million to a patient who suffered severe complications from a transvaginal mesh implant. Martha Salazar received an Obtryx sling implant to treat minor incontinence. According to her lawsuit against the device’s maker, Boston Scientific, the implant eroded within her body, causing constant pain. Salazar required four major surgeries to remove the device. Although the judge in the case later reduced the award to $34 million because of punitive damage caps in Texas, defective medical device attorneys argue that the verdict still marks a turning point. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – Here is a real shock: America’s own health care system is the third leading cause of death in the nation. The reality of medical errors in the United States is truly frightening. “As estimates continue to rise predicting how often errors by health care providers result in death, it is increasingly clear that the extent of medical malpractice is severely underreported,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago medical malpractice attorney with the firm Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. When the now well-known report, “To Err Is Human,” was published by the Institute of […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – Ebola Patient Zero, Thomas Duncan, sought help at Texas Presbyterian Hospital and was sent home with antibiotics. Scant days later, he died. Two nurses then tested positive for the deadly virus. “A wrongful death case in the making?” asked Sacramento wrongful death attorney, Deborah Barron. “It is a possibility being discussed by his family. Would such a lawsuit win in Texas? California? Hospitals handling Ebola in the U.S. face virgin territory, and no one can state for a fact what the accepted standard of care is yet.” Texas hospital staff and […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – In a recent wrongful death case, a series of miscommunications led to a $1.8 million court award. In the spring of 2010, 30-year-old Carl Whitmer of Columbus, Ohio was involved in a serious car accident. Two weeks after the accident, Whitmer underwent facial surgery, but he never woke up after the operation. He passed away one week later. Whitmer’s estate filed court documents pursuing claims of wrongful death. Prior to his surgery, Whitmer had complained of severe headaches. However, his complaint was not checked and he was never assessed. Trauma services […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2014 – This question needs to be asked in today’s world because millions of Americans are still unable to access health care. “What do people without even the basic necessities do for medical and dental care?” asked Michael Smith, a personal injury lawyer in Arkansas. “Most simply go without. In some states, such as Florida, retired dentists and doctors volunteer their time to help people who could not otherwise access care. But in other states, volunteerism rarely happens. The differences are directly linked to protection from medical malpractice lawsuits. Florida offers that […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2014 – The sheer number of plaintiffs filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the same spine surgeon is staggering. The doctor is accused of performing unnecessary surgery. “The spine surgeon fled the country when he discovered he was indicted by a federal grand jury with fraudulently billing public and private health-care benefit programs for unnecessary operations. And his other medical malpractice lawsuits overshadow any potential fraud conviction. What is most troubling, besides unnecessary surgery, is the advice the doctor apparently gave to several patients,” said Arkansas injury lawyer Michael Smith, who is […]


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Rockville, MD (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2014 – THE KARP FROSH, WIGODSKY & NORWIND LAW FIRM, P.A. is excited to announce the addition of Lisa Marie Riggins as “Of Counsel” attorney with the firm. Riggins earned her Bachelor of Arts at American University and completed her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to joining Karp Frosh, Wigodsky & Norwind, P.A., Lisa Marie Riggins was employed as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. During that time she prosecuted both District and Circuit Court cases. In addition, her experience includes managing all aspects of criminal defense, […]


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WSHB’s commitment to diversity to be celebrated at DRI conference in October Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP has been selected to receive the DRI’s Law Firm Diversity Award at the 2014 DRI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, October 23, 2014. DRI is the nation’s leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Each year, DRI’s Annual Professional Achievement and Service Awards celebrate and honor outstanding performance by law firms and individuals. “This award demonstrates a significant commitment to diversity,” said J. Michael Weston, DRI President, in […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – In a highly publicized medical practice case, stemming from a 2009 hospitalization of an 89-year-old at St. John’s Health Center, a jury of 12 reached a unanimous verdict on behalf of the hospital, finding no negligence. In the original complaint, filed in 2010, causes of action were also brought for elder abuse and general negligence. After years of litigation, the matter proceeded to a two-week trial in the West District Superior Court located in Santa Monica. “This is an important win for Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman,” said WSH&B partner […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Despite the thousands of lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, the devices are still in use. “As more and more women file medical negligence lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, it would seem sensible to take them off the market. Such a decision would not be unusual for an allegedly defective product, but it does not seem that its manufacturers are interested in making it,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin lawyer who litigates transvaginal mesh lawsuits. In one Oregon case, the victim no longer wants to get […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2014 – Despite the thousands of lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, they are still in use. “As more and more women file medical negligence lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, it would seem to make sense that they be taken off the market. Such things are not unheard of when it comes to defective products. However, this does not seem to be the case,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin lawyer litigating transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Consider the Oregon case of one woman who does not want to get out […]


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Rockville Centre, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2014 – The Rottenstein Law Group LLP is currently representing plaintiffs with claims stemming from injuries allegedly caused by metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement devices (http://www.hipimplantinjury.com/depuy-pinnacle-acetabular-cup-system/). United States District Judge Ed Kinkeade, who is overseeing several lawsuits involving the DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle hip implant system (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation; United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, No. 3:11-MD-2244-K) has been informed by Special Master James Stanton in a report filed July 29, that the first two cases—Lay v. DePuy Orthopaedics, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2014 – In the decade after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made more than $200 million in payments to settle nearly 1,000 wrongful death claims. According to VA data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the payments have been made to the families of veterans who died as the result of misdiagnoses, neglect, suicide, botched surgeries and other negligence. “It is a tragedy any time a person’s death is caused by another’s negligence, but the government has a special responsibility to provide care for […]


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Rockville Centre, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2014 – New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court has been the site of a multicounty litigation that consolidated thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits that have been brought by women alleging injuries caused by Ethicon transvaginal mesh devices (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10). A Court order dated June 13, 2014 has transferred a number of Ethicon Prolene mesh lawsuits to the state’s Middlesex Superior Court in order to segregate those cases from lawsuits involving the company’s Gynecare Prolift mesh devices. Prolene is an abdominal mesh product meant to treat hernias, and […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2014 – Medical negligence does not just happen in hospitals. It can happen in nursing homes, with dire consequences. “Medical negligence, malpractice or hospital errors are caused by a number of things,” explains Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. “In fact, the failure to provide needed care is typically the root cause of adverse events in nursing homes.” These incidents may also be classified as abuse. Just recently, the government issued a report, “Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries,” that indicates there are five common […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2014 – Two years before the woman in this case was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, doctors failed to accurately deal with a malignant lump in her breast. “I am not involved in this case, but it caught my attention, as I deal with numerous hospital error lawsuits during the course of my practice. The woman in this instance first presented with a lump in her breast that was not accurately diagnosed in 2008. By 2010, she had progressed to Stage 3 cancer, which could kill her. She filed a medical malpractice […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2014 – Three operators of a Tampa pill mill have been convicted on dozens of charges. They now face years in Florida prisons. Jorge Gonzalez-Betancourt, 53, and Michele Gonzalez, 37, owners of pain clinic First Medical Group, were convicted of charges including racketeering, trafficking in oxycodone and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Maureen Altman, 58, the clinic’s manager, was found guilty of charges including racketeering and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Many of the charges against the three carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years. Tampa pill mill attorney Robert […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2014 – Emergency medical care can be a minefield for misdiagnosis and hospital errors. “Emergency medical care is often sought in crisis situations. People arriving in the E.R. for care are often swiftly assessed and sorted out according to their symptoms. While triage is effective in most instances, it can also result in medical negligence. You can’t diagnose a heart attack in seven minutes,” points out Michael Smith, an Arkansas hospital error lawyer. Misdiagnosis means missing the symptoms and in doing so, potentially causing harm to a patient needing care. In most […]


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