Personal Injury Lawyers: Medical Device Maker Agrees to Pay Penalty for Selling Unapproved Devices

Personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates, P.C. have recently come across news stating that Globus Medical Inc., a spinal implant manufacturer, will pay the U.S. Food and Drug Administration $1 million in penalties for selling its NuBone Osteoinductive Bone Graft product after the FDA rejected the device in 2009. The FDA learned that Globus was distributing the NuBone Osteoinductive, despite being told that the medical device was not substantially equivalent (NSE) to legally-marketed products, during a September 2010 inspection. The company also ignored multiple warnings given by the FDA to stop selling the device, according to a … [Read more...]

Personal Injury Lawyers Warn of Fatal Complications with Bath Refinisher

Personal injury lawyers recently came across an announcement made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding a common paint stripping chemical that is often used to refinish bathtubs. The substance, called methylene chloride, is commonly used as a paint remover or degreaser in industrial and home improvement products. The CDC's announcement served as a warning against using any products containing the substance which Michigan State University research discovered was the cause for 13 deaths between 2000 and 2011. The 13 victims were workers who had used methylene chloride products to refinish bathtubs. In its … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Could Bring Class-Action Suit Against Pfizer for Defective Birth Control Pills

A mass recall of defective birth control pills could result in unwanted pregnancies for the women taking the recalled Pfizer birth control pills. Pfizer recalled 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets after discovering some of the blister packs may contain either too many or too few active pills and that the pills may be out of sequence. About one million packets of birth control pills are being recalled because of the error that could cause unintended pregnancies. Medical malpractice lawyers intend to bring a class-action suit against Pfizer for this severe negligence. Medical … [Read more...]

Mininno Law Office Merges with Messa & Associates

Messa & Associates, P.C. Mininno Law Office Merges with Messa & Associates PHILADELPHIA (January 14, 2012): Center City based law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. has merged with Mininno Law Office effective immediately, the two firms have announced. The firm will continue under the name Messa & Associates, P.C. with John Mininno, Esq. joining as Counsel to the firm. Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding partner of Messa & Associates, said: “We are pleased to welcome John and join our resources in order to provide our personal injury clients with an even better experience as they cope with devastating, life-changing injuries … [Read more...]

Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Not Always Visible

Brain damage and traumatic brain injuries in newborns can sometimes be detected by physical appearances, recognized through brain scans, a child’s disposition, or developmental delays. Not all brain damages exhibit physical abnormalities but those that do often have unusually shaped skull structures (quite often a tiny skull size), difficulty focusing the eyes, large forehead, deformed spine, and other facial abnormalities. Identifying Brain Injuries through Behavioral and Developmental Characteristics Behavioral differences include excessive fussiness, extended periods of crying, refusal to sleep lying down, or too much or too little … [Read more...]

Traumatic Brain Injuries Have a Variety of Causes and Treatments

Traumatic brain injuries can vary considerably, especially so in newborn babies who can not verbally describe their pain or symptoms, making diagnosis and treatment more difficult. Some symptoms can be visible early on which helps in early treatment, but some brain injuries do not reveal themselves until later developmental stages. It is important to understand what brain injury and damage truly is. Generally, brain damage can be defined as: “injury to the brain that is caused by various conditions, such as head trauma, inadequate oxygen supply, infection, or intracranial hemorrhage, and that may be associated with a behavioral or … [Read more...]

8 Million Children Are Born With A Serious Birth Defect Each Year Says March of Dimes

The March of Dimes website has released the findings of their international research department's study of world wide birth defects. The official report includes staggering statistics, explaining that, "Every year an estimated 8 million children -- about 6 percent of total births worldwide -- are born with a serious birth defect of genetic or partially genetic origin..." While the official numbers appear to be lower in higher income nations, this percentage is unnerving when considered in the context of our health care system. In our nation of freedom, we should be able to not only prevent these birth defects by way of higher quality … [Read more...]

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 In 2007, the plaintiff was working as a plumber on a construction site under a general contractor and … [Read more...]

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. 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 … [Read more...]

Traumatic Brain Injury Keeps Ian Laperriere off the Ice Indefinitely

In honor of the Philadelphia Flyers' Season Opener tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, today's blog will focus on the traumatic brain injury Ian Laperriere received last season in round one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils. In the third period of Game 5, Ian Laperriere took a slapshot to the face by New Jersey defenseman Paul Martin. "He was hit above the right eyebrow, suffering a gash that required 60-70 stitches. He said he did not believe he suffered a head injury, but vowed never to play another game without a visor." At first, doctors said there was no effect to Lappy's brain. A … [Read more...]