DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant Recalled Due to Metal on Metal Complications

The recent DePuy Orthapaedics Hip Implant recall should not come as any surprise to most people. Within the last several years, DePuy hip implants, employing a metal on metal function, were used in about 90,000 hip replacements performed in the United States.

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DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant Complications

DePuy hip implants mimic our traditional bone structure by creating a ball and socket joint out of metal; specifically, chromium and cobalt. DePuy Orthopaedics hip implant manufacturers believed the elements would be stronger and last longer than conventional hip implant materials.
The problems with the hip implants arise from friction in between the head at the top of the thigh bone and the cup which is placed into the hip socket. These two metals rub together and ultimately cause wear and tear on the materials. Friction on a car tire, results in rubber particles being slowly dispersed on our roadyways. Friction on a metal implant results in metal particles being dispersed inside a human body. These particles and metallic debris can cause signifcant damage to tissue and bone surrounding the hip joint.

Some of these particles even enter the blood stream and can become lodged in other parts of the body. Such patients will have high metal content in their blood streams which can be diagnosed using standard radiological studies that will show the metal dispersed throughout the body.
Unfortunately, orthopaedic surgeons using DePuy hip implants were not alerted of these complications until recently. In the meantime, it appears that nearly 95,000 of these defective hip implants could be in the population today.

NJ and PA DePuy Hip Implant Recall Attorneys

If you have a DePuy Orthopaedics hip implant, do not wait until you are experiencing signs or symptoms of metallic debris in your body. You should immediately consult with your family doctor and orthopaedic surgeon to get properly tested and continue to be tested for any problems associated with this defective implant.
If you wish to know your legal rights, please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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.

NJ and PA Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

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.

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.

NJ and PA Personal Injury Lawyers at the Mininno Law Office

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.

What Makes a Good Medical Malpractice Case?

Doctors, nurses, surgeons, and specialists are not infallible. They make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes go unnoticed. Sometimes, the mistakes are substantial, but do not cause any significant damage. Sometimes, those mistakes lead to serious and even fatal consequences. The result of a mistake is what determines whether or not a medical malpractice case is present.
It is the job of a medical malpractice attorney to determine if pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit is economically justifiable.

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys negligence seek recoveriesA medical malpractice attorney is going to spend a lot of time and money filing a claim against a medical provider that has wronged his or her client. Sometimes, as much as $100,000 dollars in out-of-pocket expenses, and as long as 5 or 6 years.
It doesn’t make sense for an attorney to spend $75,000 dollars of their own money, only to recover $25,000.

If a doctor misses a diagnosis, but eventually does make the diagnosis and no real damage was done, there is probably not a case. Yes, that doctor failed his or her patient, but that patient came out of the situation unscathed and is very lucky to have done so.
Sometimes, doctors miss cancer diagnoses, and by the time they catch it, the cancer has spread. That could cost a patient their life. Those cases are tragic, and may leave family members and loved ones with medical bills they can’t pay, and new struggles in life absent the deceased.

If a doctor makes a surgical error that will debilitate a patient for the rest of their lives, there is a case. If a doctor makes a surgical error that causes a bit of pain for a short time, but no real damage or negative effects, yes it’s unfortunate, but probably not a case.
The money won in a medical malpractice lawsuit is recovered for damages. If there are no damages, there is no case.

Think You Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

If you or a loved one have suffered damages due to the medical malpractice of a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or specialist, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation.
Our medical malpractice attorneys will work hard to earn you to compensation that you DESERVE!

Yo can also talk to a medical malpractice attorney just calling for a free consulation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2830 in Philadelphia.
Don’t wait! A statue of limitations could nullify your claim!

What is a Nursing Home Care Plan?

A care plan is a document specific to each nursing home resident that identifies all of their medical issues, the treatments the staff is supposed to provide to treat those issues, and a list of goals to reflect the expected improvement their medical condition.
A federal law known as OBRA requires nursing homes to provide a multi-disciplinary team of care givers who are charged with ensuring that the nursing home resident receives the care and services needed to ensure that the resident reaches and maintains “the highest practicable degree of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.

This team is primarily made up of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, and dieticians (and essentially any other discipline involved in the resident’s care).
To deliver on the quality of care the resident and their family were promised by the nursing home, the team must develop a comprehensive care plan which provides a framework for the staff who are treating the resident on a day-to-day basis. To be effective and comprehensive, the care planning process must include the input of all caregivers that are involved in the care of the resident.

Care planning is an essential part of properly caring for a nursing home resident. A good care plan provides a ‘road map’ of sorts, to guide all who are involved with a resident’s care. A caregiver that was just hired, or is coming back to work from a vacation, can look at the care plan developed for a resident and know exactly what needs to be done to care for that resident.
A care plan is not a stagnant or stationary document. The care plan changes just as the resident’s condition changes. The care plan needs to be reviewed and updated by the caregivers, especially when there is a change in the resident’s condition.

What is a Care Plan Conference?

Care plans should be created at a care plan conference held at the nursing home. The resident, and their family members, should be involved in the conference. The nursing home should invite the resident, and their family members to attend the conference. If they don’t, the resident, and their family members should tell the nursing home Administrator that they would like to be present at the conference.
At the care plan conference, the resident’s medical issues are identified and the treatments that the staff is supposed to execute to care for the resident are set forth. Goals for improvement are set. Whether the resident’s health improves, or declines, the care plan needs to be adjusted to reflect the best way to treat the resident at that time.

It is important for the family to attend the care plan conferences because they can discuss what they know about the resident to ensure that the resident’s medical issues are properly identified. It is also important for the family to discuss and understand treatment strategies and goals with the caregivers.
Understanding a resident’s care plan will help the family understand what should be happening at the nursing home, and to bring it to the attention of the Administrator and resident’s physician if the family feels the care plan is not being followed. Not following the care plan can often lead to nursing home abuse, debilitating falls, and pressure ulcers for the resident.

Relevant Federal Statute concerning Care Plans

$483.20(d) (A facility must…) use the results of the assessment to develop, review and revise the resident’s comprehensive plan of care.

$483.20(k) Comprehensive Care Plans

The facility must develop a comprehensive care plan for each resident that includes measurable objectives and timetables to meet a resident’s medical, nursing, and mental and psychosocial needs that are identified in the comprehensive assessment. The care plan must describe the following:

(i) The services that are to be furnished to attain or maintain the resident’s highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being as required under $483.25; and

(ii) Any services that would otherwise be required under $483.25 but are not provided due to the resident’s exercise of rights under $483.10, including the right to refuse treatment under $483.10.

Nursing Home Neglect: Mininno Law Office

If you or a loved one have been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact the Mininno Law Office immediately and get a free case evaluation. You could also call us toll-free at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let us work to get you the compensation you deserve.

Will parents sue for Wrongful Death in Langhorne, PA?

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Bryan Nevins, 20, was left inside a van to die in the middle of a record setting heatwave.
On July 24, 2010, Bryan Nevins (20), a severely autistic young man, died of hyperthermia after being left in the back of a van during a record setting heatwave. He was a resident at Woods Services in Langhorne, PA, and was found hours after returning from a group trip to Sesame Place.
District Attorney David Heckler has not yet decided whether or not to prosecute Nevins’ caretaker for negligence, or if this was simply an accident. Nevins’ parents live in New York, but have said that despite his age, he has the mental capacity of a two year old.

The question on prosecutors’ minds is whether this is a case of negligence at a care center or simply a tragic accident. If it is determined that negligence is at fault, a person or persons could be charged with involuntary manslaughter. And the facility could be sued for wrongful death in PA.

It seems that, upon returning from the water park, each resident should have been accounted for as they exited the van. How could Bryan have simply been forgotten about? It was someone’s responsibility to make sure that he returned safely from Sesame Place to the facility, and back to his room or common meeting area.
To leave him in the back of a van in the middle of heatwave is irresponsible and grossly negligent: this is a clear cut case of wrongful death.

Wrongful Death Claims and the Mininno Law Office

At the Mininno Law Office, wrongful death attorneys work ’round the clock to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. A New Jersey wrongful death attorney will help gather all of the facts in order to present the best possible case.
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one because of what you believe is a wrongful death claim, contact the Mininno Law Office or call us at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Defective Baby Recliner Recalled By CPSC

On Monday, July 26, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, PA, recalled 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners. The recall comes after reports surfaced of infants being found hanging over the side of the defective recliner, still harnessed in. The device poses entrapment, suffocation, and fall hazards.The CPSC is currently investigating the report of a 4 month old baby girl in Michigan who died in a Nap Nanny that was being used in a crib. She was found hanging over the side of the recliner, even though she was harnessed in, caught between the Nap Nanny and the crib bumper. If you are looking for a new recliner then check out these popular recliner brands.

The Nap Nanny instructions do not reccommend using the product in cribs or confined spaces, or on tables or counter tops. But the harnesses do not seem to be keeping infants in place while in the Nap Nanny. This situation worsens when velcro straps located underneath the Nap Nanny cover are not properly attached to the “D” rings.

Click to see the CPSC’s full report on the defective product.

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The Nap Nanny poses entrapment and suffocation threats, even while infants are still harnessed in.

Have You Been Negatively Affected by a Defective Product?

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product, you must act quickly. A Defective Product or Product Liability Attorney in New Jersey will help determine whether or not your are entitled to compensation. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call us at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let the Civil Trial Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office help you.

New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorneys: Mininno Law Office

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If you are grieving the loss of a loved one and you believe their death was brought about the negligence or ill intent of another, contact a Wrongful Death Attorney.
A wrongful death claim is a legal action that is filed against a person who is being held accountable for a death. The claim asserts that the death was brought about by some sort of negligence, wrongdoing, or even criminal act. The deceased’s relatives are considered to be entitled to monetary compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, loss of wages, grief, and loss of consortium (companionship).
These damages are known as compensatory damages. Punitive damages could be imposed as a punishment for negligence and/or ill intent of the responsible party or parties.

If you find yourself dealing with the loss of a loved one that you believe was not inevitable, and infact brought on by the wrongful act of another, you may want to contact a New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorney. An attorney is going to review all the facts surrounding your case, and help determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation.

Grieving the death of a loved one is not easy, and the wrongful death attorneys at the Mininno Law Office understand this. They will help in any way possible to make the process move along smoothly and quickly. While monetary compensation will never be able to erase the suffering and grief of losing someone you love, it will definately relieve the financial burden brought on by their loss.

Wrongful Death and the Mininno Law Office

Contact the New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Or call us at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.

New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys: Mininno Law Office

Have you recently been injured by a defective product? Have you been injured in a car accident? Have you been injured at someone else’s home, due to someone else’s negligence? If so, than you may need the assistance of a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney.
new jersey personal injury attorneys money compensation The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are dedicated to earning you your due compensation regarding injuries sustained from accidents including but not limited to the following:

  • work accidents – we will explain why it important to have a good relationship with boss
  • motorcycle accidents – you will understand what is responsibility
  • car/trucking accidents – we will show why its is important to use hight quality Fortis Skid Steer Tracks
  • trip and falls in public places – you will understand about importance of social activity
  • defective products/products liability – you will learn why quality matters
  • medical malpractice/medical negligence  – you will get advises how to choose doctor and what basic question you should ask him
  • dog bites – you will get basic knowledge of dogs behaviour

Do I need a Personal Injury Attorney?

If you find yourself facing mounting medical bills for conditions caused by one of the aforementioned accidents, you should definately contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney will meet with you to discuss the merits of your case, and help you decide the appropriate action to take. An experienced personal injury attorney (like those at the Mininno Law Office), will have access to experts and resources to perform an in-depth analysis of data such as medical records, MRIs, CAT Scans, pathology studies, product design, safety standards, and OSHA regulations.
It is important that you act quickly, however. Due to statutes of limitations, waiting too long could be waiving your right to file suit.

What Will a Personal Injury Attorney do for Me?

A personal injury attorney at the Mininno Law Office is going to help you decide the right course of action. He’ll go through all of the facts, records, and data surrounding your case, and make an educated decision as to whether or not your case has merit, meaning, will a judge feel that you deserve to be compensated. If you decide to move on with the case, the personal injury attorneys at the Mininno Law Office will work hard to present the best possible case. And they do it on a contingency fee basis. A contingency means that we get paid, contingent upon the winning of the case. We don’t make money unless you make money. We work for free until we win. Case evaluations and consultations are free.

More Questions?

If you are still confused or unsure about what to do regarding a possible personal injury lawsuit, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call us for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let us fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

NUVARING Named in Product Liability and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

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NUVARING causes potentially life threatening complications including bloodclot, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis.
NUVARING is a transparent, flexible, vaginal ring that provides month long birth control by emitting a continuous dose of estrogen and progestin for 21 days. The device releases a combination of ethinyl estradiol, a form of the hormone estrogen, and etonogestral. These substances are supposed to prevent ovulation as well as minimize any sperm penetration, thereby preventing unwanted pregnancies. It gained FDA approval in 2001.

NUVARING is marketed as providing the same efficacy as birth control pills but with the convenience of month-long protection. To a woman who wants the benefits of birth control but not the trouble of remembering to take a pill every day, NUVARING sounds great. Unfortunately, NUVARING has provided more than month long contraception.

Numerous lawsuits are being filed against pharmaceutical companies that marketed or manufactured the product at one time. Suits claim that the manufactureres of NUVARING not only knew about the potential side effects related to the use of NUVARING, including increased risk of stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and sudden death, but failed to reveal them to women, or the FDA during the approval process. Some 300 product liability lawsuits are being filed, stating that NUVARING caused plaintiffs to suffer from serious, life threatening blood clots. Wrongful Death suits in New Jersey and Nebraska are pending.

Are You A NUVARING user?

If you currently use NUVARING as a contraceptive, seek medical attention immediately. If you are suffering from complications due to NUVARING, seek the help of a product liability attorney. New Jersey product liability attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are here to answer any questions you have, and to offer a free case evaluation.

Contact the Mininno Law Office or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the attorneys at the Mininno Law Office help you get the compensation you deserve.