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Defective Drugs

Defective Drugs

Every year, thousands of people die or are seriously injured from adverse reactions to prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The attorneys at our firm have achieved national recognition for the verdicts and settlements they’ve obtained representing injured clients against irresponsible drug manufacturers. We have filed lawsuits against the makers of Fen-Phen, Vioxx, Baycol, Ephedra, Hormone Replacement Therapy and many others.

In this state and most other jurisdictions, drug manufacturers are 100% responsible for the safety of the drugs they make, market and distribute. Drug manufacturers are required to provide clear warnings of the risks their drugs pose to the user. When a drug manufacturer makes an unsafe product (defective drug) or fails to provide adequate warnings, it must pay damages to those it has injured, or to the families of those it has killed.

If you or someone you love has been harmed by a medication or defective drug, it is important that you seek out attorneys who have experience in this area. If the drug is already the subject of a class action or other type of mass tort lawsuit, there will be special procedural rules in place. It is important to have attorneys who are familiar with these special procedures.

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Nursing Home Negligence & Elder Abuse

There are over one million reports of elder abuse by nursing home staff each year in the United States. This number is growing rapidly due to the expansion of the elder population. Approximately 34 million people who are now over the age of 65 need assisted living services. According to numerous studies reported by the National Center for Elder Abuse, the most common type of elder abuse is the general neglect of basic needs. The second most common type is intentional abuse including physical, mental and sexual abuse.

General neglect occurs when the staff has a lack of interest for the well being of the elderly. This form of neglect can also lead to more serious forms of disorders such as bed sores. Bed sores are ulcers caused by a constant amount of pressure on a specific area of the body. Bed sores vary in severity, often first appearing as persistent red areas on the skin. If left untreated, these sores can develop ulcers that reach the muscle, bone or tendon. The elderly have a higher risk of developing bed sores due to thin skin, malnutrition and poor circulation. This type of neglect is easily preventable, but reversing the damage becomes increasingly difficult if bed sores are left untreated.

When faced with nursing home abuse and/or nursing home negligence, residents and family members are often left feeling confused and angry over the violation of trust by these facilities. Consulting our attorneys who specialize in uncovering elder abuse can help you regain your power by protecting your legal rights.

Your ability to recover damages and the amount of your recovery will depend in large part on the strength and reputation of the law firm you select to handle your case.

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Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice (also called medical negligence) occurs when a doctor or hospital fails to treat a patient within the acceptable standard of medical care. Medical malpractice cases are very complex and among the most difficult cases to prosecute successfully. Many states have placed serious limitations on pursuing these cases. Also, there is a false climate encouraged by the insurance industry that paints victims who sue a doctor or hospital as disgruntled money seekers who are driving up the cost of health care. In truth, the reason people file medical malpractice cases or medical negligence cases is simply because there is negligence on the part of some doctors and hospitals. The entire cost of these malpratice lawsuits, including the awards to victims, is less than 2% of the cost of health care.

Despite the difficulties, our firm has represented victims of medical negligence for many, many years. We carefully investigate and screen potential cases. Before filing a medical malpractice complaint in court, we have the case reviewed by at least one expert (and sometimes more than one), usually a Board Certified physician who reviews the medical records and provides a written opinion saying what a doctor or hospital did or didn’t do and whether it fell below the medical standard of care and caused injury to a patient.

If you believe that you or your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence by a doctor or hospital, please contact our office for a review and evaluation of the potential claim.

Your ability to recover damages and the amount of your recovery will depend in large part on the strength and reputation of the law firm you select to handle your case.

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