Archive for the ‘Personal Injury’ Category

Healthcare-Associated Infections: How Hospitals May Be Keeping Patients in Hospitals

September 10th, 2014

It often has been said that hospitals are the most dangerous places for sick people. Hospital acquired infections—also known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)—present a genuine health risk to patients, leading to prolonged hospitalizations and higher rates of morbidity and mortality. Working from data in a survey published this year in the New England Journal of…


Yaz Birth Control: Federal Oversight, Conflicts of Interest, and a Billion-Dollar Settlement

September 3rd, 2014

On the topic of birth control, this blog has focused much of its attention on the NuvaRing, whose links to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and death (among other side effects) resulted in a $100 million settlement spread over 700 plaintiffs. Were every patient to accept this offer, each would see a payout of about…


U.S. District Court Awards $8.6 billion to Terror Victims and Their Families

August 27th, 2014

Generally when we cover the American civil justice system on this blog, it is with respect to cases in which residents of this country alone have been physically, emotionally, or mentally harmed. This article, however, addresses a number of consolidated cases involving 284 plaintiffs—citizens of the United States, Kenya, and Tanzania—in a suit against the…


$23 Billion Verdict Hits Big Tobacco

July 30th, 2014

In 2006, a Florida Court of Appeal established that individuals could not band together into a class to file a class action lawsuit against tobacco companies for misleading consumers and misrepresenting the dangers their products pose. So, instead of a few cases, courts across the country are hearing hundreds of cases that pit long-term heavy…


“Hide No Harm” Bill Targets Careless Corporations

July 23rd, 2014

As a consumer concerned with product safety, you might assume that it is illegal for corporations to knowingly cover up dangers associated with their goods and services, but you’d be wrong. Following dozens of highly publicized recalls—cars, automobile air bags, pharmaceuticals, and baby toys, to name a few—two senators (one of whom is Bob Casey…


Takata Air Bags Involved in Another Massive Auto Recall

July 9th, 2014

While the massive General Motors recall—involving over 20 million vehicles in only one year—has been getting a lot of news coverage (and a few posts on this blog), another recall may be nearly as dangerous for drivers. In fact, air bags manufactured by the Takata Corporation have “affected at least 10 million of the more…


Testosterone Treatment Linked to Cardiovascular Problems

June 25th, 2014

Over the past decade, according to the New York Times, testosterone replacement therapy (a form of hormone replacement) has quadrupled among men aged 40 and older. By 2011, about one in 25 men in their 60s was on a testosterone replacement plan. While this figure is staggering, this treatment initially offered a promising solution for…


NFL Settlement Hits Snag as Obama Addresses Concussion Hazards

June 18th, 2014

The lawsuit that has pitted several thousand retired professional football players against their former employer, the National Football League, has been receiving a lot of press over the past few months—and it shows no signs of ending anytime soon. When this blog last reported on the case in August 2012, about 2,000 players were involved,…


NuvaRing Settlement Offer Approved

June 11th, 2014

As far as birth control methods go, few have been as simultaneously popular and controversial as the NuvaRing. The vaginal ring, which slowly releases hormones into a woman’s bloodstream over the course of about three weeks, racked up about $686 million in 2013 alone for its manufacturer Merck. Around this same time, and after about…


Trucks Are More Dangerous Than You Think

June 4th, 2014

Motorists generally don’t like driving on the same highway with trucks, and it appears that this fear of heavy trucks is well founded. The New York Times recently reported on once-in-a-decade calculations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), specifically how much vehicle crashes cost Americans every year. The total is a staggering $871…


 
 
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