Defective Product Recall: Over Two Million Nissans

new jersey philadelphia defective products attorneys nissan recall over two million vehiclesNissan has pro-actively recalled more than two million cars and trucks worldwide for what they have described as an “ignition problem.” The Japanese automobile manufacturer explains that an ignition part, called a relay, could potentially malfunction which would cause a vehicle to stall. The issue can be fixed in less than an hour by simply reprogramming the vehicle.

Defective Products: Nissans being recalled include any 2003 through 2006 model of the Nissan Titan, Armada, Frontier, Xterra, and infiniti QX56. Smaller models liked the March, Micra, Cube, and Note are also included. Most of the recalls are happening in Japan, with 825,000 units. The United States and Canada have a combined 726,000. Countries in Europe and Asia account for the numbers as well.

Fortunately, no accidents resulting from the ignition malfunction have been reported. Nissan is taking preventative steps by issuing this recall. Drivers who may be unsure about their model can drive into their Nissan dealership to see if theirs is on the list of recalled vehicles.

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Nissan has done what so many companies fail to do. It recognized a problem and acted swiftly to solve it. Many times, companies will knowingly sell a product that is dangerous and defective, and not think twice. Nissan may have saved lives by issuing this recall.
If you or a loved one have been affected by a Defective Product of any kind, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the NJ and PA defective product attorneys at the Mininno Law Office work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Defective Product Sales Cost GlaxoSmithKline $750 Million

new jersey philadelphia defective products attorneys glaxosmithkline medicines tagamet avandia cortegAn article published by the New York Times speaks of the $750 million settlement the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay to end a number of civil and criminal complaints regarding knowingly defective medicines they put on store shelves for years. Such defective products include contaminated diaper cream, and an inaffective antidepressant. Twenty other medicines were sold with “questionable safety,” including the diabetes drug Avandia, the heart drug Corteg, and the acid reflux drug Tagamet.

The article goes on to say:

“[New lawsuits] have asserted that drug makers misled patients and defrauded federal and state governments that, through Medicare and Medicaid, pay for much of health care. Using claims from industry insiders, federal prosecutors are not only demanding record fines but are hinting at more severe actions”

Fortunately, no patients were known to be sickened by the defective medicines, however, that does not mean that none were. The cases would be very difficult to trace. Glaxo’s offenses were exposed when former quality assurance manager Cheryl Eckerd came forward with knowledge of the company’s wrongdoings. Thanks to laws that encourage this “whistleblowing,” Eckerd could receive as much as $96 million dollars from the federal portion of the settlement.

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Glaxo wronged millions upon millions of consumers by knowingly putting defective and potentially dangerous products on the market. Unfortunately, they are not the only company to indulge in this kind of business practice.
If you or a loved one have been affected by a defective product of any kind, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Our New Jersey and Pennsylvania defective product attorneys are prepared to work for you and get you the compensation you are owed.

New Regulations May Help Avert Nursing Home Abuse

United Press International recently reported that six states will be receiving government funding for programs they are to develop that will require criminal background checks for any applicant to a nursing home or long term care facility within the state.

National Background Check Program

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse attorneys new regulations may help avertingThe money will be distributed under the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act, and the National Background Check Program will begin in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Missouri, and Rhode Island. Eleven additional states may be added to the program as early as November of this year.
The U.S. Government will spend 160 million dollars to administer mandatory criminal background checks in all 50 states.

These mandatory background checks will serve as a major weapon in the fight against nursing home abuse. Many times, employees at these facilities have histories of abusive behavior, theft, and fraud, multiple convictions of elder and nursing home abuse.
We should not have to entrust the care of our elderly loved ones to those who are soley interested in conning them out of their money, or who are not at all invested in the care they provide.

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If your loved one has suffered at the hands of an abusive and negligent nursing home staff, do not remain quiet. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Our nursing home abuse attorneys are experienced in earning recoveries for victims of negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities.

$9 million Awarded to Victim of Medical Malpractice

A California jury awarded Maria Theresa Sanchez $9 million when her physicians comitted medical malpractice and negligence by failing to diagnose her brain infection, causing permanent brain damage.

Maria’s Past Medical History

As a child, Maria Theresa Sanchez was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, or “water on the brain.” The disorder involves an abnormal build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain. A shunt was installed within her head to drain the excess fluid and relieve any intracranial pressure caused by the condition.

Negligent Doctors fail to Diagnose Infection

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys negligence maria theresa sanchez brain infectionIn 2003, Maria (37) walked into the emergency room at Downey Regional Medical Center in California with complaints of severe headaches and vomiting. Maria was sent home with Tylenol. A few days later, after her symptoms worsened, Maria returned the ER, where doctors determined that it would be necessary to check her for a shunt related brain infection. She was transferred to Lakewood Regional Hospital, but her treating physician did not include any of Sanchez’s within her report, and the consulting neurologist at Lakewood failed to look at any of her records. He also didn’t test for the infection she was sent to Lakewood to be tested for. Sanchez’s condition worsed and she was finally admitted to the Lakewood ER after she fell out of her wheelchair.

The infected shunt was finally removed from Sanchez, but she had already sustained moderate brain damage. Today, Sanchez is partially paralyzed, cannot walk, has slurred speech, cannot eat unassisted, and continues to experience pain.

The care Maria Sanchez received was negligent and irresponsible. It is basic protocol to check previous medical history before treating a patient. Had the neurologist looked at Maria’s records, he would have known she had a shunt in her brain, and would have immediately tested for infection, saving Maria from the permanent brain damage she suffered.

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If you or a loved on have suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor or hospital, please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Our medical malpractice attorneys are willing and eager to help you receive the compensation you need and deserve.

Orlando, FL Jury Awards $38.75 Million in Cerebral Palsy Case

new jersey philadelphia birth defects cerebral palsy attorneys medical malpractice jury orlando $39 millionIn March, an Orlando jury awarded a $38.75 million dollar verdict after medical malpractice in the delivery room caused an irreversible birth defect: cerebral palsy. A C-section was necessary to deliver the baby safely, but was not performed in a timely matter, resulting in the neurological disorder that affects body movement and muscle coordination.

In situations where the standard of care dictates the necessity of a caesarian section, waiting to perform the surgery is considered severe medical negligence. This delay can cause permanent birth defects, including minor to severe brain damage.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy often occurs when an unborn baby is in “fetal distress.” Fetal distress often describes an abnormal heartrate and/or insufficient oxygen. There are three things a doctor can do during fetal distress before a c-section is necessary:

  1. Put the mother on her left side, which can increase the baby’s heart rate;
  2. Increase the amount of intravenous fluids being administered to the mother; and
  3. Give the mother more oxygen.

Upon the failure of all three of the above attempts to remove the baby from fetal distress, the doctor must swiftly deliver the baby either by c-section, forceps, or vacuum extraction.

In the event of the $38 million dollar verdict, the Doctor should have performed a c-section, but waited. Unfotunately, that wait caused a disorder that child and it’s family will live with for the rest of their lives.

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Birth defects are absolutely avoidable. The difference between a healty baby and a baby with cerebral palsy could be a matter of seconds, and doctors must act quickly when a baby’s life is on the line. If your child suffers from an irreversible birth defect and you find yourself having to pay for care you never anticipated and can’t afford, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Our NJ and Pa birth defect attorneys are experienced and eager to help you earn the compensation you need and deserve.

Nursing Homes Failing to Prevent Falls

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse attorneys negligence failing prevent fallsThe Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1,800 nursing home residents die each year from fall-related injuries. A nursing home with 100 beds will report between 100 and 200 falls yearly. And that does not include the many falls that go unreported. Falls can be deadly to an elderly person, and between 2 and 6% of falls result in fracture.

There are many causes for nursing home falls, including:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Facility hazards (i.e. wet floors, low lighting, lack of hand rails, defunct wheel chairs, improper bed height)
  • Chemical restraints (sedatives, anxiety medication, pain medication)
    Moving from bed to chair and vice versa
  • Inadequate supervision

High risk fall patients should be assessed upon their entrance into a nursing home program. Care plans should be put into place so that those patients are cared for in a way that supports fall prevention. Failing to implement these plans is considered nursing home abuse.
Staff education, bed alarms, hip pads, grab bars, and handrails are all things a nursing home can implement in order to protect it’s residents from dangerous and sometimes deadly falls.

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The NJ and PA nursing home abuse attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are here to fight for your rights to compensation. Our senior citizens are vulnerable and being taken advantage of by CEO’s concerned more with turning a profit and less with providing safe and compassionate care to our elderly loved ones.

If your loved one has suffered due to the negligence and inadequate provided by their nursing home or long term care facility, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Personal Injury Verdict in Arizona Awards $1.9 Million

Alexis and Mark Breyer, a husband and wife law team, won over an Arizona jury in a personal injury trial involving a plumber and a staircase. The jury awarded the plaintiff $1.9 million dollars for injuries sustained from the accident. Attorney Mark Breyer said of the victory:

“when a jury follows the law and holds companies responsible for their failures to protect workers on the job site, it is a great day not only for our client, but for all construction workers in Arizona.”

Faulty Staircase Leads to Personal Injury

new jersey philadelphia personal injury attorneys negligence 1.9 million verdict arizona construction workersIn 2007, the plaintiff was working as a plumber on a construction site under a general contractor and subcontractor. Day one on the job, he attempted to ascend a flight of stairs. As he climbed, the stairs collapsed beneath him. He suffered a burst fracture and had to undergo a two-level spinal fusion surgery to correct his injuries.

The incomplete staircase had been constructed by the subcontractor and was in the process of being moved. In the absence of caution tape, the plumber had no way of knowing that the stairs were unsafe to climb. The general contractor, who is ultimately responsible for all that goes on at his construction site, refused to accept responsibility. He blamed his subcontractor for not making clear the status of the staircase, and blamed the plumber himself for assuming the stairs were safe to climb while in the presence of other workers. The subcontractor did eventually accept responsibility for not preventing usage of the staircase.

The jury took two days to deliberate before awarding $1.9 million to the plaitiff. They assigned 39% of the blame to the general contractor, 58% to the subcontractor, and 3% to the plumber himself.

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The plaintiff suffered greatly from the negligence of those in charge of the construction site. It is fair that he be compensated for the time and money he spent trying to fix the injuries he sustained. If you or a loved one have suffered injury due to the negligence of another, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation.
Our personal injury attorneys are ready to work for you, to earn you the recoveries you deserve. Call us for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Uncovered by Litigation

A report released by the American Association for Justice, titled “Standing up For Seniors: How the Civil Justice System Protects Elderly Americans”, tells of how the Civil Justice System is the only weapon senior citizens and their families have in the fight against abusive and negligent care in nursing homes and long term care facilities.

A Nursing Home is a Business

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse attorneys neglect uncovered litigationWe’ve talked before about how nursing homes are businesses; big businesses with corporate agendas and money hungry CEO’s. Today, these corporations are wide-eyed at the thought of an influx of baby boomers entering their facilities. This prospect of large profits has caused a major drop in the level of care provided to our elderly loved ones.

Approximately 1.5 million Americans are currently enrolled in a nursing home or long term care facility program. Unfortunately, a number of these residents will suffer, or already have suffered, from nursing home abuse and negligence.
Bedsores, chemical restraints, dehydration, malnourishment, physical and verbal abuse, co-resident violence, fraud, medical errors, and unsafe facility conditions, are all potential threats to your loved one’s health and well-being while a resident at a nursing home.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Working to Reveal Abusive Facilities

Regulatory and legislative bodies have passed many laws protecting the rights of senior citizens, but it seems that our judicial system is the only system uncovering the many events of abuse and neglect. Without nursing home abuse attorneys, too many instances of subpar care would go untold, especially since nursing homes are sticking mandatory arbitration agreements in their huge packets of admission documents and failing to explain that those agreements remove resident rights to a jury trial.
American Association for Justice President, Gibson Vance, comments:

“Corporate nursing homes and insurance companies have continually chosen to put profits ahead of the well-being of our most vulnerable population. Where regulatory and legislative bodies have been unable to cope with this distressing rise of neglect and abuse of our elderly, the civil justice system has stepped into the breach.”

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The nursing home abuse attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are dedicated to eradicating the disturbing trends of abuse and negligence in our nation’s nursing homes.
If you or your loved one have suffered due to nursing home abuse or neglect, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you deserve.

Avoid Medical Malpractice by Being a Safer Patient

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys negligence avoid being safer patientAccording to a study by Hearst Newspapers, medical malpractice claims the lives of approximately 200,000 people a year. The study also asserts that medical malpractice is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. It’s frightening to think that almost 200,000 people die each year from preventable mistakes.

It would be irresponsible, however, to assume that we, as patients, have no control over the outcome of a doctor’s visit or surgical procedure. By being pro-active with our own healthcare, and staying on top of our own treatment, we can work to avoid the potential mistakes that could change, or even end our lives.

Ask Questions!

Asking questions is key to understanding what is going on with your healthcare. Ask your provider all of the questions you can think of, and if you can’t think of any, bring someone with you who can. Ask about your prescriptions and procedures; what are they, what are they meant to treat, are there any alternative treatment options? Ask how often your provider performs the procedure you are about to undergo. What is the success rate? Failure rate? Ask about what you can do to prepare for a procedure. What can you expect doctors and nurses to do in preperation for your procedure? Ask what to expect from your recovery. What activities should you avoid in recovery? What can you do to assist your recovery? Ask your doctor when you should follow-up. If the follow-up plan changes, ask why!

Be Informed!

Use the sources available to you to research the doctor or hospital providing your medical care. Websites like Medicare’s Hospital Compare, The Joint Commission’s Quality Check, and The Leapfrog Group are all available to provide you with information regarding the history and safety of your medical institution.
Infection control is a major area of concern that you should pay close attention to. Your state health department website will also have pertinent information regarding health and safety records for hospitals and physicians.

You want to be informed about yourself as well. Know your past medical history. Bring lists of all of your medications and allergies. Keep test results in your own medical file. Always have copies of your hospital discharge papers sent to your primary care physician.
You may even request copies for your own medical file (This would come in handy should you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of suing for medical malpractice).

Follow-Up!

Too many ailments go undiagnosed because both doctor and patient fail to follow-up. We assume that when we get tests done, we will be alerted of any undesirable results. That is not always the case. If we are sent to a specialist for those tests, many times the specialist assumes the doctor will follow-up, and vice versa. Be in charge of your own medical care, and personally follow-up!

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Medical Malpractice, as the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., is far to prevalent. Precautions must be taken on the part of patient and provider in order to begin shrinking these numbers of medical malpractice related death and injury.
If you or a loved one have suffered due to Medical Malpractice, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free consultation or call at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Our hardworking and experienced medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to earning victims of negligent medical care the compensation they deserve.

Brain Injury Prompts Change on the Battlefield

Traumatic Brain Injury is a serious and occasionally devastating event that can change the course of person’s life forever. Concussions, though outwardly showing almost no symptoms, can be fierce catalysts for traumatic brain injuries.
Proffessional sports organizations have been forced to take precautions when players suffer concussions, and now, military forces will be forced to take those same precautions.

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This is an image of abnormal brain activity after a concussion. Red signals overactivity and blue signals underactivity.

Military Precautions Regarding Traumatic Brain Injury

A story done by NPR on Tuesday, October 12th, revealed that Mike Mullen, United States Navy Admiral and current Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, has ordered that soldiers near a bomb blast must be removed from battle for at least 24 hours, and must be checked for traumatic brain injury.

The reason being that energy and shockwaves from an explosion can reach the brain and cause damage, even if the head is totally intact. Concussions rarely leave visible symptoms, aside from dilated pupils. It is imperative that soldiers are checked for concussions, as they often cause fuzzy, slowed, or perhaps even irrational thinking.

Director of Brain Research at UCLA, David Hovda, explains why fuzzy thinking on the battlefield is dangerous:

If you’re going to call in a mortar strike, you have to do some fancy math and some really sophisticated calculations in your head, and you could create a problem if this isn’t done correctly.

Hovda also explains that after a concussion, the brain’s metabolism is slowed, leaving brain cells starved for energy. The risk of increased injury is greater when soldiers are allowed to return to the battlefield after sustaining a concussion.

During the time when this metabolism is altered,” Hovda says, “the brain not only is dysfunctional, but it’s also extremely vulnerable, so that if it’s exposed to another mild injury, which normally you’d be able to tolerate really well, now there can be long-term devastating consequences.

Traumatic Brain Injury Effects

Long term effects of multiple concussions are visible in many of the soldiers that have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan in the past few years. Jake Mathers, of Monroe, Louisianna, suffered a number of concussions while on a 7 month tour as a Marine in Iraq. All of the concussions came from bomb blasts that occured close to him. He was never physically injured, but he now finds that his memory has changed.

I’ll lose my pack of smokes like three or four times a day, and I’ll buy different packs of smokes ’cause I forget that I bought them,” he says. “Or sometimes I’ll be driving down the road and forget where I’m going or lose my car keys, cell phone.

Mathers also suffers from headaches, nightmares, and occasional insomnia.

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at the Mininno Law Office

A traumatic brain injury can be life-altering, not only for the victim, but the victim’s family and friends as well. If you’re loved one suffered a traumatic brian injury due to the negligence of another, you’ll need to seek the assistance of a skilled and hard-working traumatic brain injury lawyer. The brain injury lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are dedicated to fighting for those who have been wronged and earning them the compensation they will need and deserve.

Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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