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Blog Posts in August, 2012

  • Florida Couple Injured By Distracted Driver Reaches Settlement

    In a 2009 motorcycle accident, both David Kubert and his wife Linda lost a leg when a distracted driver crashed into them. David's leg was torn off during the wreck and Linda's was later amputated by medical professionals. Neither has worked since the crash. The couple lived in New Jersey at the time but relocated to Florida after the accident. The Kuberts recently settled their case against the ...
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  • 3 of 8,000 Lawsuits Over J&J DePuy Hip Implants Settled

    Johnson & Johnson recently agreed to settle three product liability cases related to its DePuy ASR hip implant for approximately $200,000 each. In 2010, 93,000 ASR hip implants were recalled by the manufacturer worldwide. Of those, 37,000 had been implanted in patients throughout the United States. The artificial ASR hip joints were found to have a 12 percent failure rate within a five years of ...
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  • Car Seats Ineffective At Preventing Injury If Not Installed, Used Properly

    As children grow, parents are less likely to ensure that they are properly secured in a booster seat or with a seat belt, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. "[O]verall few children are using the restraints recommended for their age group, and many children over five are sitting in the front seat," noted study investigator, Dr. Macy. Properly ...
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  • Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuits Can Continue Against Drug Manufacturer

    Boehringer Ingelheim, maker of defective drug Pradaxa, recently tried to have the claims against it dismissed but the judge ruled against the German drug manufacturer, allowing injured victims and their families to continue to try to hold Boehringer accountable for the serious injuries and death caused by the dangerous, blood-thinning drug. The drug manufacturer insisted, among other claims, that ...
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  • Too Many Stents At HCA Hospitals Lead To Federal Investigation

    Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute is one hospital among the for-profit HCA chain of hospitals under scrutiny for overutilizing cardiac stents in heart patients. Implanting a stent when it is not necessary can actually worsen a patient's condition and lead to coronary artery disease. When doctors fail to do no harm, the result may be medical malpractice . A stent is used to open ...
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  • Miami Beach Nursing Home Residents Wake To Car Crashing Into Building

    After hopping the curb in North Miami Beach, a red car slammed into the side of a nursing home on West Dixie Highway. At least four people at the nursing home were injured by the surprise guest; the driver of the car was killed in the fatal auto accident . The car struck the Watercrest Care Center between the first and second floors, crashing into residents' rooms around 2 am. Early reports note ...
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  • Jury Awards $28.5 Million For Medical Malpractice, Missed Diagnosis

    In 2006, when he was 10 months old, Dens Pierre Normil suffered a stroke that damaged over half of the left side of his brain. Now seven years old, Dens has the mental capacity of an 18 month old, wears a diaper and must be watched closely because he has a tendency toward self-harming behavior. Two doctors ignored the results of a spinal tap that indicated Dens was suffering from meningitis the ...
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  • FINR May Cause More Problems For Brain Injury Patients

    Just south of Tampa, the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation (FINR) opens its doors to individuals recovering from head injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI) . But the center may be hurting more Floridians than it is helping. In the last year and a half, lapses in care or abuse by staff have resulted in two patients' deaths. Three employees have been criminally charged with abusing ...
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