Medical Malpractice Lawyers File Claim Against Negligent Dentist in West Virginia

Linda Johnson saw Dr. Ernest N. Pennington in January 2008 for impressions of her mouth that were being used as preparation for a bridge that she was having placed. According to the complaint that was filed by her medical malpractice lawyer , Christopher J. Heavens, on June 25, 2010 in Kanawha Circuit Court, West Virginia, the material that was used to make the molds caused an infection in her gums. The infection led to the bridge fitting improperly, roots being exposed and severe pain. The complications caused Mrs. Johnson to have teeth removed and several other painful and expensive procedures. She is suing Charleston Dental Associates and … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys Earn $91.5 Million for Victim’s Family

As nursing home neglect attorneys, we often write about how many cases of abuse go unreported. Sometimes, the elderly person being abused is too afraid or unable to speak up about what is going on. Other times, the nursing home is covering for the abuser. Whatever the reason, it is always a sad situation when a vulnerable person is being taken advantage of. It is nice when we get to write about a case where justice was served and the abuser is punished. Three Weeks at Facility Led to Patient’s Death After almost two weeks of trial, a jury awarded the family of Dorothy Douglas a total of $91.5 million in damages. The jury found that the … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Leads to Death of Autistic Patient

Working in a nursing home or long-term care facility is an incredibly demanding and often thankless job. Long hours, low pay, and sometimes poor working conditions can cause staff members to become careless. However, Nursing home abuse should never be tolerated no matter what the situation. When dealing with disabled patients, who can be more unpredictable and erratic, treatment will require even more patience and care. These types of patients can be aggressive, but restraint should be a last resort and only used if there is an immediate danger to the patient or another individual. Excessive Force During Restraint Leads to Death Jawara … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Discuss Cleft Palate Development

Birth defects attorneys are often asked by their clients, “what caused my child’s cleft palate?” Unfortunately, there is little known about the actual cause of cleft lips and palates, but some information is known about certain contributing factors. A cleft (lip, palate, or both), which occurs in about 1 out of 700 babies born,is present where the palate does not fuse completely, meaning full development did not occur. Professionals know that there are a wide range of factors that can hinder development, like environmental factors, alcohol use, drug use, and genetics. Additionally, certain prescription medicines have been linked to an … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Talk About The Cost of a Topamax Lawsuit

Whenever you hear someone talk about “their lawyer,” it is natural to wonder what the services of an attorney would cost. In many cases, lawyers’ fees are expensive, and in some instances, cost-prohibitive. When you are dealing with your child’s cleft lip or cleft palate birth defect, additional concerns, like the cost of a lawsuit, really have no place in your life. You are stressed enough as is, and providing care for your child is your number one priority. With this in mind, the caring and experienced birth defects attorneys of the Mininno Law Office want to draw your attention to the true costs of trying your Topamax lawsuit. Topamax … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys: The Danger of Topamax

Topamax (Topiramate) is a drug produced by two divisions of Johnson & Johnson that is prescribed for two conditions; epilepsy and migraines. For both conditions, the drug is used preventatively. It can not relieve seizures or migraines already happening, but, taken on a regular basis, can help to prevent them from occurring. Off-label uses of the drug, for which Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil Neurologics were sued and found accountable, include bipolar disorder, alcoholism, obesity, infantile spasms, myoclonic seizures, and absence seizures. Professionals realize that because of the wide disbursement of the medication, many … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Communicate Cleft Palate Resources

We have been discussing cleft lip and palates in a variety of different topics on this blog, including surgery and medical care. However, it is important to know that there are other resources around the world (and web) that can be beneficial to helping your child overcome his cleft lip/palate birth defect. Our attorneys care about you and your family’s well-being and wish to provide a link to scholarship opportunities for students attending college. The Cleft Palate Foundation’s College Scholarship Our birth defects attorneys believe that the Cleft Palate Foundation is an invaluable resource of knowledge for families with members who … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Discuss Non-Surgical Speech Options

The idea of having a surgery to correct a cleft palate or cleft lip has been discussed in a previous blog post and, in many cases, it is the correct decision for your child’s health. However, in cases where surgery may not be the best option due to health concerns or fears that the surgery will not be successful, there are other non-surgical treatment options. Our birth defects attorneys would like to highlight some effective, nonsurgical treatment options specifically targeted to help your child develop better speech. Speech Bulbs and Palatal Lifts Once your child starts to grow, your doctor may want to discuss appliances that can be … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Discuss Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

After your child has a palate repair surgery, most people would think that they are out of the woods and nothing else will have to be done. Unfortunately, approximately 15-25% of children born with a cleft palate will develop Velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD). Our birth defects attorneys think that parents should be informed about the possibilities that may affect their child, and be able to react in a well-informed manner. What is Velopharyngeal dysfunction? Velopharyngeal dysfunction occurs when the open space between the back wall of the throat and the soft palate cannot be properly closed during speech. Unfortunately, this results in … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Give Anti-Bullying Advice

Your child has a cleft lip and is about to start school and you are nervous that he or she may be the victim of a school bully. Our caring birth defects attorneys want to help you get ready for this. It is in any parent’s nature to want to nurture their child for as long as possible and shield them from the cruel outside world. Now that your child is school aged, this is less and less an option and you should be focusing and preparing your child for school and the social interactions that comes with it. As we all know from our school experiences, children can be cruel (although we are not suggesting that all children are). It is not to say … [Read more...]