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Faulty Implants Cause Pain, Problems and Peril

Faulty Implants Cause Pain, Problems and Peril

There is no doubt that breakthroughs in medical technology have improved the lives of millions of Americans. And certainly orthopedic implants in particular have relieved the suffering of a growing number of older patients. But as we have seen too many times in the past, the rush to profit from a growing market in health care often compromises patient safety. As you will read here, there are serious concerns about the testing and approval process for new implant devices. Particularly worrisome are reports that the FDA will fast-track even more of these devices without proper review.

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	 What Are Your Rights If Your Pet Is Negligently Injured?

What Are Your Rights If Your Pet Is Negligently Injured?

When a dear pet dies, we are often told: “Get a hold of yourself; it’s only a dog. It’s only a cat. Get another one.” But for anyone who has experienced the constant loyalty and love of an animal companion, it’s never “only just a pet." Yet, when the family pet is injured or killed through another person’s negligence, the courts limit damages to only the “market value” of the pet and stop short of considering sentimental value. As you will read in this month’s “You Should Know” newsletter, that precedent is being challenged by animal lovers throughout the country.

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 Attorneys Fight Human Trafficking with Civil Litigation

Attorneys Fight Human Trafficking with Civil Litigation

When courageous people step forward and seek accountability through our system of civil justice, good things happen. Manufacturers make safer products. Health care providers improve care. Employers create safer working conditions. Now the brave survivors of human trafficking are turning to the civil justice system for accountability, as you will read in this month’s newsletter. Their victories against the perpetrators of these crimes could someday help end a form of modern-day slavery that has ensnared millions of men, women and children around the world.

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	 Injured Workers Have Third-Party Option After Work Comp

Injured Workers Have Third-Party Option After Work Comp

The best way to ease the pain and suffering caused by workplace injuries is to prevent them in the first place. Every year on April 28, we recognize Workers’ Memorial Day. This international day of remembrance honors workers who have been "killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work." So join us in keeping the Workers’ Memorial Day slogan in your thoughts this year: Mourn for the dead, fight for the living.

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The Opioid Crisis: America Fights Back!

The Opioid Crisis: America Fights Back!

It doesn’t matter whether you're rich or poor. White- or blue-collar. College educated or never finished high school. Opioid abuse, injuries and deaths are plaguing millions of Americans from all walks of life. Now we know that the drug companies that make these drugs used aggressive marketing and questionable research to convince us that these drugs were not addictive and could be safely used for even minor aches and pains. And once again, Americans are turning to our civil justice system to hold these companies accountable and make them pay for the damage caused by their dangerous products.

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	 Loophole Silences Victims of Workplace Harassment

Loophole Silences Victims of Workplace Harassment

Major revelations of sexual harassment in the workplace have started a long-overdue movement to protect all workers, but most often women, from a long history of abuse. You would think our major corporations would be taking the lead in stamping out these injustices. Instead, way too many are actually doing the opposite by writing “forced arbitration” clauses into employment contracts that prevent an employee from taking action in court. Instead, harassment disputes are forced into closed arbitrations that almost always favor the company and hide the outcome from the public. This has to stop!

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Who’s at Fault When Robot Cars Crash and Injure People?

Who’s at Fault When Robot Cars Crash and Injure People?

Wouldn't it be nice to read the paper, check your email and enjoy a second cup of coffee while your driverless car whisks you off to work in the morning? As you will read here, that reality is closer than many Americans might think. Aside from the new conveniences, autonomous vehicles could also save thousands of lives lost every year in auto accidents. The challenge for regulators, safety advocates and the driving public is managing the transition from our current system to one dominated by fully autonomous vehicles. As with any new technology, there will be several bumps along the way.

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2017: Year of Big Reversals in Fight for Civil Justice

2017: Year of Big Reversals in Fight for Civil Justice

Normally at this time we highlight the year’s greatest victories for civil justice. Like forcing automakers to admit that they sold vehicles with exploding airbags or faulty ignition switches. Like holding accountable those who cover up the use of cancer-causing asbestos. Like shedding light on medical devices that fail or cause debilitating side effects. Yes, those battles and many more continue, but 2017 might be remembered instead for several troubling reversals in the fight to protect the health, safety and legal rights of all Americans. You should know why.

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Medication Errors On the Rise, But They Can Be Prevented

Medication Errors On the Rise, But They Can Be Prevented

Injuries from prescription drugs (called adverse drug events) come in two forms: unforeseen side effects caused by the drug itself or human error in taking or prescribing a drug. This month we focus on medication errors, which are far too common today in our country. Many of these errors occur when a mistake is made by a health care provider in a hospital, nursing home or other health care setting. While the medical profession, regulators and safety advocates look for ways to prevent errors in these settings, here are measures you can take to better protect yourself and loved ones.

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“Home Sweet Home” Starts With Our Fall Safety Check

“Home Sweet Home” Starts With Our Fall Safety Check

Home is where we should feel most safe and secure. Home is where we celebrate with friends and family, raise our children and grow old with those we love. “Peace – that was the other name for home,” wrote poet Kathleen Norris. But too often that peace is shattered by unintentional injuries. You should know more about these top three household dangers and how to prevent them.

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Road Safety Tips for Teen Drivers Heading Back to School

Road Safety Tips for Teen Drivers Heading Back to School

Labor Day weekend is over and summer is in the rear view mirror. New backpacks are crammed full of the tools of learning: laptops, books, pens, pencils, notebooks and more. But what about the tools young drivers need to stay safe on the road? These tips can help the teen drivers in your life get from home to homeroom in one piece.

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These Justice Organizations Lead the Fight to Protect the Safety, Rights of All Americans

These Justice Organizations Lead the Fight to Protect the Safety, Rights of All Americans

There are a lot of extraordinary people and organizations dedicated to protecting the safety and legal rights of Americans. Of course our brave clients who decide to stand up for their rights are the first line of defense in holding corporations and powerful special interests accountable. Then there are those legislators and public servants throughout the nation who hold strong for consumer rights and protections. This month we highlight several national organizations that have stood unfailingly for civil rights and safety for all of us regardless of party or politics. Check them out!

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Beware the Insurance Company Three D’s: Delay, Deny, Defend

Beware the Insurance Company Three D’s: Delay, Deny, Defend

We see insurance companies in action almost every day. While not all of them act in bad faith, many of the largest companies changed business tactics in the 1990s to maximize profits while minimizing claim payments. Many of these are also the companies with the catchy advertising slogans and the quirky commercials. This month we uncover some of the “tricks of the trade” these companies use to deny people the insurance benefits they deserve. And we include tips and resources we hope will help you fight back if your claim is unjustly denied.

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Adults Are Key to Preventing Playground Injuries

Adults Are Key to Preventing Playground Injuries

Summer, playgrounds and kids: It's a magic combination of exercise, social interaction and just plain fun. The last thing any of us want to see is a child injured while at a playground. But unfortunately it happens nearly 200,000 times a year. The good news, as we discuss in this month's newsletter, is that adults can play a key role in preventing playground injuries. Inspect playground equipment and report shoddy maintenance to school or park leadership. Then supervise your kids while they play. You might even want to join your kids for a little swinging, climbing or sliding yourself!

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Bikers, Walkers Threatened By Increase In Distracted Driving

Bikers, Walkers Threatened By Increase In Distracted Driving

Traffic deaths are up 6 percent since 2010, pushing U.S. road fatalities to the highest level in a decade. However, the percentage increase in pedestrian deaths is far outpacing those on the road, jumping 25 percent from 2010 to 2015. Walkers on smartphones, bicyclists ignoring traffic rules – coupled with distracted driving – are a deadly combination. Teens, who are much more likely to walk distracted with a mobile device, make up 50 percent of all child pedestrian deaths. Our recommendation: Spend a few minutes together with your kids and the tips in this newsletter!

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Do You Know the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?

In 2010, the U.S. Census recorded 40 million Americans aged 65 or older. By 2050 that number will double! The long-term care industry has exploded, posting more than $300 billion in profits in 2015 alone. Unfortunately, some providers treat residents as a commodity rather than patients. Abuse, assault, fraud and forced arbitration contracts have become increasingly common in nursing homes across the country. Before you choose a nursing home for your loved ones, make sure you know the facility has their best interests at heart. Our oldest citizens deserve respect and quality care.

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New Laws on Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Abuse May Hurt Your Family

New Laws on Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Abuse May Hurt Your Family

We understand that it is difficult for anyone to wrap their head around the issue of errors and health care. Americans have a justifiably high opinion of doctors, nurses and other care providers. The vast majority are dedicated professionals that do tremendous good for society. But to err is human, and it has become clear that the big business of health and nursing home care results in too many preventable injuries. So read this newsletter not as an indictment of the fine people who work in health care today, but rather a defense of every American’s right to justice and accountability.

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Recent Spike in U.S. Traffic Deaths Reverses 40-Year Trend

Recent Spike in U.S. Traffic Deaths Reverses 40-Year Trend

Injuries and deaths from vehicle crashes have always been a major problem on U.S. roadways. But as a nation, we have made steady progress over the past four decades, thanks to education and many safety innovations. Then came reports in 2015 and now 2016 that this trend has been reversed.

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Presenting America’s Top Safety and Justice Stories of 2016

Presenting America’s Top Safety and Justice Stories of 2016

In keeping with the December spirit of reflection, we reviewed a year's worth of headlines for a list of the top safety and justice stories from 2016. Progress was made, but there are still many challenges ahead. Thanks for supporting civil justice!

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Four Steps to a Food-Safe Thanksgiving – and Beyond

Four Steps to a Food-Safe Thanksgiving – and Beyond

Family, parades, turkey, football – sounds like a recipe for a great Thanksgiving day. Keep family and friends healthy and safe this holiday season with these food safety tips for all your upcoming festivities. And have a happy Thanksgiving!

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