DePuy Hip Implant Removal – Who Pays?

depuy hip implant recall lawyers new jersey philadelphiaMany patients that have had the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant are concerned about the potential health risk posed by the release of medical particles into the blood stream. Even if the DePuy hip implant seems to be in perfect working order, some patients are insisting that their orthopaedic surgeons remove these hip implants before they become sick or experience hip symptoms. However, if a patient is not experiencing medical symptoms, that patient’s health insurance will likely not cover the cost of a DePuy hip implant removal.

I Have a DePuy Hip Implant and I want it Removed Before it Starts Causing Harm – What Can I Do?

Well, you could ask DePuy to pay for the removal of the implant. In fact, under the terms of the recall, DePuy has offered to pay for surgery to remove their hip implants. DePuy is urging patients to contact them directly without a lawyer. However, as a DePuy hip implant lawyer in New Jersey, we strongly advise against patients trying to negotiate with this giant orthopaedic company. The claims representatives who work for DePuy are not on your side, but on the side of the company trying to preserve their money and limit their financial exposure.
As a DePuy hip implant lawyer in New Jersey and Philadelphia, we will bring a claim against DePuy for all compensation to which you are entitled. We will ensure that DePuy fairly and reasonably evaluates your claim for medical testing, medical treatment, second opinions, travel and cost expenses, loss of income while you recuperate, and the pain, suffering, and scarring that will be associated with the surgery required to repair the defective hip implant. Patients insurance carriers will not pay for these claims, but as a DePuy hip implant lawyer in New Jersey, we will see to it that DePuy pays proper and full damages for all the harm it caused to its patients.

NJ and PA DePuy Hip Implant Lawyers

If you have a DePuy hip implant, you really should speak with a DePuy hip implant lawyer in New Jersey or Philadelphia right away. In order to properly pursue the claim, a DePuy hip implant lawyer will ensure that the proper evidence to bring the claim is preserved and then evaluated by appropriate experts. For instance, for anyone having a DePuy hip implant replaced, it is vital to reserve the actual hip implant that is being taken out of your body. In addition, it is also vital to have the proper medical records and documentation establishing the nature and extent of your pain, suffering, and inability to work. A DePuy hip implant lawyer can help you preserve this evidence and make sure you get proper and fair compensation.

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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Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence: Seek the Help of an Attorney

For many baby boomers, there comes a time when the health issues of mother, father, or other loved one become so advanced that it is impossible to safely and properly care for them anymore. When this happens, the only option may be to place them in a nursing home. Sometimes these stays are for rehabilitation purposes and are temporary. Frequently, however, the stays are permanent. Nursing homes promise that they are equipped to take care of people who are unable to take care of themselves, hence the reason they are in business. They are supposed to provide the care a sick person’s family can no longer provide. And just as families rarely prepare to place their loved one in a nursing home, they also rarely consider what will happen if their loved one suffers an injury as a result of nursing home abuse or negligence.

Nursing Home Negligence Allows for Bedsores

nursing home abuse and negligence attorneys in new jersey and philadelphiaNursing homes frequently allow their residents (our loved ones) to acquire decubitus ulcers, which are more commonly referred to as pressure sores or bedsores. These horrible pressure ulcers are often a result of nursing home neglect regarding the care they provide and preventative methods they employ. High risk bedsore patients (patients who are bedridden) are to be rotated every two hours. Failing to do so is failing to appreciate the risk of skin breakdown for the resident, allowing for the actual development of the bedsores. Even worse, negligent nursing homes that allow for the development of these bedsores commonly fail to properly treat them. It is in these instances that pressure ulcers can become deadly.

Nursing Home Abuse Allows for Falls

Likewise, nursing homes frequently fail to properly assess residents for their risk of falling. There are numerous precautions that a nursing home can take to prevent most falls. Unfortunately, many times these precautions are not taken, and as a result, residents suffer debilitating injuries to hips, shoulders, necks, and heads. Falls and fractures effect the sick and elderly much differently than they do an able bodied younger person. In a negligent nursing home, a hip fracture could be a catalyst for death. As the adult responsible for your loved one, you now find yourself in the position of deciding whether to investigate a nursing home negligence and abuse lawsuit.

Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys in NJ and PA

If you have had to watch your loved one suffer because of nursing home negligence and abuse, do not make the mistake of thinking there is nothing you can do. Nursing homes that act negligently must be punished for their actions. You trusted them to care properly for your family member, and they have taken that money and betrayed your trust. Contact the Mininno Law Office to speak with a New Jersey or Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney. Through that inquiry form, we offer free case evaluations. We also offer free consultations by phone at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, and (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the compensation you and your loved one deserve.

Medical Malpractice at Parkland Memorial Hospital Part I

medical malpractice new jersey philadelphia attorneys negligence parkland memorialParkland Memorial Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. It allows residents to perform entire procedures with or without the supervision of attending physicians. According to their own patient safety officer, Dr. Angelique Ramirez, “[they] harm two patients a day in a significant way.”
These medical malpractice events lead to prolongation of hospital stay, need for ICU care, permanent harm, or death.

It is not unusual at Parkland for residents and even med students to make diagnoses and provide key care for patients. These students may or may not be doing so under the guidance of attending physicians or UT Southwestern faculty.
In the case of patient Jessie Mae Ned, these unsupervised doctors-in-training committed severe medical errors, causing her to undergo 26 surgeries after a simple knee replacement in August of 2008. A poorly kept medical chart, including ambiguous details and phantom signatures, made it very difficult to know exactly what happened to Jessie Mae Ned after her first surgery, but it is certain that medical malpractice and negligence did occur. Complaints and symptoms were overlooked entirley, leading to a tragic outcome.

Medical Malpractice by Providers Not Qualified to Provide

How is it possible that mere students have the ability to care for patients without the supervision or counsel of qualified and experienced physicians? Patients lives are at stake, and yet Parkland Memorial sees it fit to leave those lives in the hands of the least prepared within the facility.
Part II of this blog will focus on the shocking course of events for Jessie Mae Ned following her knee replacement surgery.

NJ and PA Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you or a loved one have suffered due to medical malpractice or negligence in New Jersey or Philadelphia, you should contact an medical malpractice lawyer. 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 legal team will fight to earn you the compensation you deserve.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed After Francene Cucinello’s Untimely Death

In January of this year, Francene Cucinello, New Jersey born host of the Lousiville, Kentucky radio program “The Francene Show,” died of a heart attack and brain aneurysm. She was just 43 years old.
This month, her family has filed a wrongful death claim against the Norton Audobon Hospital. They assert that a misdiagnosis led to Francene’s tragic and untimely death.

Medical Malpractice Leads to Wrongful Death

wrongful death new jersey philadelphia attorneys francene cucinello norton audobon hospitalFrancene went to the Norton Audobon Hospital emergency room on January 11, 2010 complaining of headache, neck pain, nausea and vomiting, and shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with pneumonia. On January 13th, doctors noticed one of Francene’s pupils were dilated. The results of a CAT scan revealed medical malpractice.
According to a Neurosurgeon, Francene had suffered a brain aneurysm three days prior. She was never suffering from pneumonia, but instead her brain was bleeding. Francene died on January 15, 2010.

The family’s wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the misdiagnosis played a significant role in Francene’s death. Had a CAT scan been ordered and the aneurysm deteced earlier, Norton Audobon Hospital could have saved her life. Norton Audobon maintains that the treatment Francene received at their facility was in line with the standard of care.

NJ and PA Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Attorneys

Francene was in dire straits when she entered the Norton Audobon hospital on January 11, 2010, and if the standard of care dictates that a CAT scan be peformed based on Francene’s condition and symptoms, than Norton Audobon is undoubtedly guilty of medical malpractice and, in turn, wrongful death.
If you or a loved have suffered due to medical malpractice, or you have lost a loved one to wrongful death, 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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Surgical Errors Leading Form of Medical Malpractice

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys negligence common surgical errorsAccording to a report by the American Medical Association, 98,000 people lose their lives each year to medical errors, most of which are surgical. This makes medical malpractice the eighth leading cause of death in America, killing more people than car accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS.
The term “surgical errors” includes errors that are made before, during, and after surgery, and can involve medical providers other than a surgeon, including the anesthesiologist, nurses, or other hospital staff members.

Read on to learn about the most common surgical errors, and what to do if you or a loved one are a victim of a surgical error, or any other form of medical malpractice and negligence.

Patient Consent Errors

Before a surgeon can perform a procedure, he has to obtain what is called “informed consent” from his or her patient. This process involves explaining in detail what the procedure entails, possible side effects and complications, and what the patient can expect after the procedure. The patient then signs a consent form, allowing the doctor to perform the surgery.
Many times, however, this process is sped through. Sometimes, doctors fail to mention the possible complications or side effects. Other cases involve the doctor explaining the procedure one way, but then performing it another. This can be very dangerous, as complications could easily arise if a certain plastic was supposed to be used, but a metal that the patient is allergic to was used instead. These consent errors are entirely too simple to avoid to be such a prevalent error.

Surgical Errors

These errors are generally caused my negligence in the operating room, but many times can be caused by the lack of qualifications of the surgeon. General surgeons very often perform procedures that may be best left for a specialist, and as a result, surgical errors occur. They do not need a board certifcation to perform these procedures, and a monetary motivation makes it easy to go ahead with these surgeries even without the proper qualifications.

Surgical Site Errors (Wrong Site Surgeries)

Unfortunately, wrong site surgeries are not something we’ve never heard of. All too often, patients go in for a surgery on the right side of their body, and wake up to find the procedure was performed on the left. This kind of mistake often results from lack of communication, poorly kept medical charts, and understaffing at hopsitals. When not enough doctors are dealing with a multitude of patients, mistakes like this happen.

Anesthesia Errors

These errors can be some of the most devastating. Most surgeries require either local or general anesthesia, and it can be administered by an anesthisiologist or an anesthesia nurse. Errors can arise when too much is injected, causing a drop in heart rate that lead to brain damage or death. In addition, if not enough is administered, a patient can be awake during a procedure! This can not only cause an unfathomable amount of pain, but can also effect a patient psychologically forever.


Infection is a huge risk when undergoing a procedure. Infection can be caused when instruments are not properly sterilized, or when doctors and or nurses do not effectively “scrub in.” Infection can also grow after a procedure if the patients’ wounds and incisions are not properly cleaned. The most dangerous infections a patient can develop are MRSA, or staph. These infections can quickly lead to death.

NJ and PA Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office

If you or a loved one have suffered the effects of surgical errors, negligence or medical malpractice in New Jersey or Philadelphia, you will need the assistance of an Medical Malpractice Attorney. 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.

Don’t let negligent medical providers get away with their life altering mistakes. The team at the Mininno Law Office wants to work to earn you the compensation you deserve.