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Woman files Humira cancer lawsuit against Abbott Labs

A woman recently filed a pharmaceutical liability lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories alleging that its popular arthritis drug Humira caused her to develop cancer. The woman received Humira injections for about two years before she developed B-cell non-Hodgkin’s follicular lymphoma. The cancer is now in remission, but she will have to undergo a lifetime of treatment… read more

Study: One-third of painkiller overdoses in the U.S. are from methadone

A recently released CDC study indicates that a third of U.S. prescription painkiller overdoses are caused by methadone, despite the drug only accounting for two percent of all painkiller prescriptions. The prevalence of methadone overdoses appears to be linked to medical negligence, as physicians often inappropriately prescribe methadone for patients to use on a long-term… read more

Woman wins $5.5 million in vaginal mesh case

A woman and her husband recently won $5.5 million in a transvaginal mesh case against medical device company C.R. Bard Inc. Bard is one of many transvaginal mesh implant manufacturers facing product liability lawsuits from women who have been injured by failing mesh implants. We have discussed transvaginal mesh devices in previous posts. Transvaginal mesh… read more

Trampoline center spinal cord injuries on the rise

In our last post, we discussed the growing number of children who suffer severe spinal cord injuries at trampoline centers. CNN reports that trampoline injuries caused over 90,000 emergency room visits in 2010 and the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued statements advising parents against letting their children use trampolines. “Although trampolines can be fun… read more

Trampoline centers increasingly popular despite patron injuries

Trampoline centers are a growing trend in California and across the country. Unlike traditional backyard trampolines, new trampoline centers are state-of-the-art facilities that feature dodge ball courts and other amenities. The largest trampoline center in the country was recently opened in California by reality-TV star Alexis Bellino and her husband. The 35,000-square-foot trampoline center in… read more

Study: the average dog bite insurance claim is settled for about $24,000

Dog bites are a common problem throughout the San Francisco area. Hundreds of people are injured by dog bites every year and many injuries caused by dogs result in permanent disabilities and scars. Nationally, over 4.5 million individuals suffer dog bite injuries on a yearly basis and 850,000 of these injuries require medical intervention. The… read more

Surgical clips linked to kidney donor deaths

A significant number of kidney donors are suffering life-threatening injuries because of the use of surgical clips to close arteries after kidney surgery. Surgical clips can slip off of the small portion of an artery that is left after the removal of a kidney and cause fatal blood loss. The number of patient deaths from… read more

GlaxoSmithKline fined for illegally marketing dangerous drugs

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline was recently slapped with a $3 billion fine for illegally marketing a variety of drugs for unapproved, off-label uses. Authorities brought criminal and civil fines against GSK for its marketing of Paxil, Webutrin, Avandia, and other drugs, which may have exposed many patients to unnecessary personal injuries. Authorities specifically accuse GSK of… read more

Feds issue tire warning after deadly Megabus accident

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently issued a bulletin to motorcoach companies regarding weight limits on double-decker buses. Fully loaded buses can experience tire failures that lead to bus accidents like the Megabus crash that killed one and injured dozens in Illinois earlier this month. “A tire on a motorcoach loaded beyond its weight… read more