This week’s legal resources you might have missed: Sept. 26 – 30

At Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC. we enjoy keeping up with the latest legal news and sharing it with you. We firmly believe that is important to keep up with industry happenings because it is just one more way that we can help you. This week’s stories touch on legal news on both local and national levels. Deadly cantaloupe, wrongful birth lawsuits, the Dead Red law in Kansas, and BP execs (we’re not finished with them yet) were some of the topics gracing legal headlines this week. We welcome your opinions and discussion!

1. Cantaloupe death toll continues to rise. On Monday the death toll from a contaminated crop of cantaloup was at eight people. As of Thursday, the CDC has reported at least 16 deaths from the listeria traced to Colorado fruits and expects it will continue to rise. Until this is resolved, do not eat cantaloupe  if you do not know where it came from.

2. Wrongful birth malpractice lawsuit results in a $4.5 million settlement. A Florida recently awarded $4.5 million to the parents of a baby born with no arms and only one leg. The couple alleged that it was medical negligence that prevented from them learning of the debilitation early enough to terminate the pregnancy.

3. The color red generally means stop, unless you’re on a bike in Kansas.  The Dead Red law in Kansas allows bicycles and motorcycles to continue through a red light if the light does not turn green in a “reasonable” amount of time. This wording is vague- what is reasonable? Will cyclists and bikers obey a “reasonable” amount of time?

4. Lawsuits filed against top English BP executives have been dismissed in favor of an English forum. Waves of litigation spilled in (no pun intended here) after the Deepwater Horizon incident in April 2010. However, these suits primarily involving English execs at an English corporation will not go forward in US courts. An English forum will be more appropriate for litigation.

 

 

The week’s essential Failed Medical Device service resources that you may have missed. (January 10-January 14)

Smith/Coonrod works hard to make sure you are up to date and informed on Legal Industry News. Your opportunity to read industry articles on our Smith/Coonrod WordPress blog for this week are right here.

This week, we focused on Failed Medical Device services, and how to prepare yourself for all sorts of franchise situations. The first step? Contact Smith Coonrod. http://smithcoonrod.com

On outline of our Failed Medical Device services:

If you have been injured by a malfunctioning heart device, the Law Offices of Smith/Coonrod may be able to help you pursue your claim. Thousands of patients have been injured over the years by malfunctioning medical devices including heart pacemakers and defibrillators. Sometimes a device-related injury, even death, can occur during an implant procedure while in other instances an injury can go undiscovered for years. Recently the Guidant Corporation and Medtronic Corporation, Inc announced recalls of some models of their implantable cardiac devices (ICDs) including defibrillators and pacemakers. These devices may malfunction without notice and cause injury or even death.

Guidant in June 2005 voluntarily recalled almost 50,000 of the devices because certain models contained a flaw that caused some units to short-circuit and malfunction, resulting in at least two reported deaths and potentially many more.

In May 2005, Medtronic said it had recalled 13,000 of its defibrillators. The problem was an apparent defect that caused the devices’ batteries to drain suddenly, leaving them without power to shock a heart back into a normal rhythm.

There are many models of both Guidant and Medtronic ICDs that are subject to these recalls. If you have one of these devices you should contact your doctor to see if your ICD has been recalled. You may also check on-line information centers set up by Guidant and Medtronic. If you have one of these devices or you or a loved one has sustained an injury as the result of one of these devices you may wish to contact The Law Offices of Smith/Coonrod for a free consultation.

Here are some important resources you may have missed:

The medical device industry’s chief advocacy group spent over $358,000 lobbying the government in 2010. http://goo.gl/fX26H [INDUSTRY]

Guidant Corp. & Medtronic Corp., Inc announced recalls, if you sustained an injury from these devices, contact http://smithcoonrod.com/ now.

There is a new tax on medical-device manufacturers is set to begin in 2013. Check out this article. http://goo.gl/zemnI [INDUSTRY]

Check back each week for the best of the best news!

 

 

Here is the week’s essential Legal Industry news that you might have missed. (October 11– October 15)

Smith/Coonrod works hard to make sure you are up to date and informed on Legal Industry News. Your opportunity to read four industry articles on our Smith/Coonrod WordPress blog for this week are right here.

This week, we focused on medical device failure cases, and how to prepare yourself for recovering damages. The first step? Contact Smith Coonrod. http://smithcoonrod.com

Here are some important resources you may have missed:

  1. Legal Case Asks Who To Blame For Medical Device Failure http://goo.gl/s4lE #Legal [INDUSTRY]
  2. The final chapter for one beleaguered medical device failure http://goo.gl/aBFd #Legal [INDUSTRY]
  3. Victims of Faulty Medical Devices Taking Action http://goo.gl/X4dq #Legal [INDUSTRY]

Also: What exactly is medical device failure?

  • Thousands of patients have been injured over the years by malfunctioning medical devices including heart pacemakers and defibrillators. Sometimes a device-related injury, even death, can occur during an implant procedure while in other instances an injury can go undiscovered for years.

And, some facts for you to remember:

  • Guidant in June 2005 voluntarily recalled almost 50,000 of their defibrillators and pacemakers devices [FACT]
  • A study release by the National Joint Registry found that the ASR hip implant had failure rates of up to 13%, well above the acceptable average.

Check back each Friday for the top legal news of the week.