This week’s Small Business Resources you might have missed: Aug. 8 – 12

At Smith Mohlman Leroy, LLC., we advocate for small businesses. We understand that starting and running your own business is hard work, and there are often issues at hand that seem more pressing than minor legal matters. However, it is essential to deal with these appropriately as they arise, and that is when you call us. If you are a small business needing council, don’t hesitate to contact us. The initial consultation is free.

Here are some important resources you may have missed:

1. Hackers Take $1 Billion as Year as Banks Blame Clients. In increments ranging from a few thousand to a few million each theft, cybercrooks are hacking and stealing from small and medium-sized bank accounts in the United States. The banks are saying it’s the account holders’ faults for letting it happen.

2. Managing an Online Reputation. In this technology age, word-of-mouth advertising is often conducted online. Depending on customer experience, this can be a good or bad thing. A positive review has the potential to reach thousands. But then again, so does a negative review.

3. When Do You Need a Small Business Attorney? As a small business, budgeting is extremely important and costs need to be reasonable. Hiring an attorney can be costly at times, so when exactly do you know your business needs an attorney? Additionally, how do you make sure the attorney you’re about to hire is the right fit for your company?

4. How a Lawyer Can Help Your Business. Some small business only call an attorney when a problem arises. However, small business attorneys should be seen as problem preventers, not just problem solvers.

This week’s Product Liability resources you might have missed: August 1 – 5

Have you been injured by a defective product? Our attorneys may be able to help you. Product liability is the body of law that provides for compensation for physical injuries and property damage resulting from defective and unreasonably dangerous products and from the failure of a manufacturer or seller to warn the consumer of product dangers.

A products liability claim includes all claims or actions brought for personal injury, death or property damage caused by the manufacture, construction, design, formula, preparation, assembly, installation, testing, warnings, instructions, marketing, packaging or labeling of any product. Call us today for a free consultation.

Here are some important resources you may have missed: 

1. Montant Court Says Pitcher Needed Warning About Aluminum Bat. Manufacturer of Louisville Slugger CB-13 aluminum bat ordered to pay $850,000 to the family of a pitcher who was killed by a line drive.

2. Purina Recalls Cat Food Found to have Salmonella. Twelve states, including Missouri, are affected by the recall of Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food.

3. Taser International Responsible for the Death of a 17-year-old store clerk. The Arizona-based company makes weapons that are allegedly “less lethal,” however they are responsible for the death of hundreds.

This week’s Adverse Drug Reaction resources you might have missed: July 25 – 29

Have you had an adverse reaction to a drug that was prescribed to you? If so, you may have a claim that our attorneys can help you pursue. We are currently reviewing cases for clients who have had negative reactions to Zyprexa, Ortho Evra, Fosamax and Celebrex to name a few. If you believe you have a valid claim, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Here are some important resources you may have missed: 

1. One in 66 Americans is a Psycho.  Antipsychotic drugs are the single top-selling prescription drugs in the United States. But should they be? Research suggests that these drugs are extremely overprescribed, and relatively “normal” people are put on these medications that, for them, are unnecessary.

2. Hawaiian Woman Sues Drugmaker After Breaking Thigh Bone. Fosamax is a drug commonly prescribed to postmenopausal women to prevent bone loss from osteoporosis. Prescribed the drug in 2001 when she was diagnosed with osteoporosis, the woman claims her fracture is the result of taking the drug for eight years.

3. Certain Painkillers Might Raise Odds of Stroke and Heart Attack. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) include common medications such as Celebrex, Advil and Aleve. They are also said to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and even death. These risks are higher for patients with high blood pressure and heart disease.

Here is the week’s essential Legal Industry news that you might have missed. (September 20– September 24)

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

This week, we focused on medical malpractice cases, and how to prepare yourself for recovering damages. The first step? Contact Smith Mohlman.

Here are some important resources you may have missed:

1. The what, when and how the understanding of Medical Malpractice lawyers [INDUSTRY]

2. Obesity & Medical Malpractice [INDUSTRY]

3. Medical Errors Costs in Billions [INDUSTRY]

Also, some statistics to keep in mind:

  • Using medical claim data, one group identified costs of medical errors in the United States of $19.5 billion during the year 2008 [FACT]
  • Medical malpractice cases are costly in terms of time and money. Some may cost more than $30,000 and require hundreds of hours of attorney time. [FACT]
  • Failure to diagnose, as it is known in the medical and legal communities, is a form of medical malpractice [FACT]

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