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Archive for February, 2011

Protecting My Child From Injury – Could a Cell Phone Destroy Your Child

Monday, February 28th, 2011

It’s hard to know what is safe sometimes. There are many things that we just do not realize that can cause our child injury if not death. It’s a scary world out there.  If you are my age you hitch hiked up and down your hometown, not anymore.

What really concerns me are the products that are made that can kill or injure my your child. Just recently I read an artice the headline was STUDY : Cellphone use affects brain. Holding a cell phone against your ear changes brain acivity due to RADIATION.  A cellphone is a microwave radiation antennae. The amount of radiation you get is directly related to the distance from your head. They say it could be good or bad. And your child’s developing brain is more susceptible to these changes. I’ll bet you there’s some bad stuff they won’t tell us about.

But what about products we know about. Take a look at the recalls on products known to have caused child injury . This link here  is for other than toys.

http://www.cpsc.gov/

Let’s name a few:  jogging strollers. I always thought those were pretty dumb. There’s Dad running as fast as he can . What if he tripped and fell. Reminds me of those people who put there child on a riding lawn mower. So there is an element of parental responsibility. But for the most part the products are the culprits such as dangerous cribs.

IKEA Recalls to Repair Cribs Due to Mattress Support Collapse; Cribs Pose Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards

 

Two Strangulation Deaths Prompt Summer Infant to Recall Video Baby Monitors with Cords; Firm to Provide New On-Product Label & Instructions

 

WARNING: Generation 2 Worldwide “SafetyCraft” Brand Drop-Side Cribs Pose Risks of Strangulation, Suffocation
Hardware Linked to Deaths and Injuries

Here is the consumer protection center site devoted soley to crib safety. Please go there if you are using a crib. http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html

And now our Supreme Court in its infinite wisdom says that you can not sue a vaccine manufacturer for a drug design defect and the special court set up at the request of the drug companies is your only remedy. O boy.

If you have questions about your childs injury I welcome your call at 1-800-447-6549 or you can check out my personal injury help web site.

Additional Resources:
Age-Appropriate Toys for Children: http://www.naeyc.org/toys
Age- and Stage-Appropriate Foods for Your Child: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002455.htm
Ask a Doctor When to Visit with Infant Injury or Illness: https://www.zocdoc.com/answers
Family Safety: Information Library: http://safesoundfamily.com/category/family-safety-2/

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Car Insurance Settlement Help Allstate Secrets by Cincinnati Lawyer

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

 So you have been injured in a car accident. What should you do. The lawyers are telling you to hire them. The insurance company is telling you not to hire a lawyer it’s not necessary. Who do you believe? For the fourth quarter 2009  Allstate made $518,000,000.00. I don’t think they are hurting. You can also go to their site www.allstate.com and dig out documents that reveal they had a consistent plan to keep car accident injury claimants from attorneys.

 Here’s a news flash for you . I don’t mind taking cases against Allstate. I have had several jury trials where the insurace company for the defendant was Allstate. The key is to take good cases and fight Allstate all the way in front of a jury if necessary. They have miscalculated the damages they think a case is worth and have gotten stung. I created a video how I turned an allstate policy of $25,000.00 into $100,000.00

Allstate makes you work. Maybe that’s the way it should be who knows. Their goal is to make money for their shareholders. Despite their propaganda if you have insurance with Allstate especially undeinsured motorist YOU DO NOT COME FIRST.  And if an Allstate insured causes you a serious accident, stand up for what is fair. Some lawyers may not want to handle your case if Allstate is on the other side. Don’t giveup . I’d be glad to put you in touch with lawyers in your jurisdiction who are willing to fight Allstate.

The American Association for Justice fka The American Trial Lawyer’s Association, they changed their name because they thought they would get more credibility, if they weren’t called trial lawyers, the whipping boys and girls of the press. I’m proud to be a trial lawyer and take Allstate to the mat. Here is part of what AAJ said in a document they prepared about the 10 worst insurance companies.

To identify the worst insurance companies for consumers, researchers at the American Association for Justice(AAJ) undertook a investigation of court documents,SEC and FBI records, state insurance department inestigations, compliants, news acounts, court documents testimony and depositions from across the Country and of former agents and adjustors

 Our final list includes companies that range acrooss different insurance fields.

 

 

 

Allstate—The Worst Insurance Company in America

One company stood out above all others. Allstate’s concerted

efforts to put profits over policyholders has earned

its place as the worst insurance company in America.

According to CEO Thomas Wilson, Allstate’s mission is

clear: “our obligation is to earn a return for our shareholders.”

Unfortunately, that dedication to shareholders

has come at the expense of policyholders. The company

that publicly touts its “good hands” approach privately

instructs agents to employ a “boxing gloves” strategy

against its own policyholders.

Allstate adjuster Jo Ann Katzman, “We were told to lie by

our supervisors—it’s tough to look at people and know

you’re lying.”

call Cincinnati car accident inury lawyer Anthony Castelli for help 1-800-447-6549

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Cincinnati Lawyer Help For Depuy Hip Implant Recall

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

All over the country including Cincinnat lawyers are educating Depuy Hip implant victims about the Recall and what they should so. All over the country lawsuits are being filed agaisnt Depuy owned by Johnson and Johnson. Johnson and Johnson wants you to come to them. My suggestion is do not sleep with the enemy. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible.

 You can find my Depuy hip implant articles summarized at personalinjury.com Or you can read back through the last three articles I have written here  for the full treatment. These articles are not a substitute for consulting with an attorney knowledgeable about the depuy hip implant recall and your rights for just compensation. Some of the after effects have been horrendous.

Even if you are not experiencing significant symptoms that does not mean they will not occur. So protect yourself. It will not cost anything to sit down with me or other experienced lawyers to find out the steps to take to protect yourself.

 There are articles of interst from many different states at www.personalinjury.com

For a FREE NO Obligation evaluation I welcome your call at 1-800-447-6549

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Depuy Hip implant lawsuit How Do I Know if I Have a Case

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

 If you have had a hip implant since 1993 you will want to know if you have a case or claim against Depuy – Johnson and Johnson for a defective hip implant.

Here is a list of 5 things to consider to determine if you have a case against depuy for a defective hip implant device.

 One of the responsibilities of an Depuy  ASR hip implant lawyer is to ensure everyone, clients and non-clients, are informed before they file a DePuy hip implant lawsuit.  Here is a list of 5 questions   that you need to consider before you decide what to do next.

1. How will I know if my DePuy hip implant is included in the recall?
If you do not recall the name of the device, you need to contact your physician or the local hospital where you had the procedure performed.  They will have records that can identify the device that was implanted the day of your surgery.  DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System or the ASR XL Acetabular System is the terms you are looking for.
 2. If you know you received one of the defective ARS DePuy hip implants, but you aren’t having side effects, what should I do.

It’s possible that your implant may not be giving you problems at the moment.  However, due to the Depuy’s  “metal on metal”construction of the implant, the device has been shown to have shards of metallic debris over an extended period of time go into your blood stream. Some patients have a higher than normal level of cobalt and chromium ions in their blood. Never assume that your implant is never going to present problems to you at a later date.  It’s ALWAYS a good idea to have any potential claim investigated and all side-effects investigated by your doctor, no matter how small they may seem.

3. What are some of the  the symptoms I should be looking for to know if my DePuy ARS implant is failing?You can not make a list of  all inconclusive symptoms; however, here are some of the more immediate issues possibly related to the defective ARS hip replacement devices. They include pain in the are where the implant was inserted, swelling, infection, loss of mobility, a popping noise, loosening of the implant cup, dislocations, bone fractures, etc.    

4. NEVER contact Depuy Orthopedics before contacting a qualified lawyer that is handling the DePuy lawsuit.The reason for this is that although Depuy says things on its web site about paying some expenses, DePuy has known about this problem for quite some time but failed to warn patients or issue a timely recall.  What would give you reason to believe they are willing to do the right thing now?  However, if you have already contacted them, I would suggest you  immediately stop all conversations and contact a lawyer handling DePuy lawsuits. 

5. How is a lawyer that is handling the DePuy defective hip lawsuits going to help me? There are a number  very important things that a qualified products liability lawyer can do for you: 

a.) If  a Cincinnati lawyer determines that you have a potential claim, they can make sure that your claim is protected. There is a time limit in which you have to file a potential claim, and if you miss that deadline, you are forever barred from making a recovery, no matter the severity of your damages.

b.) If a lawyer determines that you have a potential hip injury claim, they can advise you how to proceed and work with you and your doctor to make sure you get the medical care you need and fight to get you the compensation you deserve so that you receive the highest compensation possible for your damages as well as pain and suffering.

c) The lawyer you consult should know the top lawyers in this area and potentially work with the top lawyers handling these Depuy hip implant cases.

By Cincinnati accident injury lawyer Anthony Castelli . For a Free No obligation consultation Call 1-800-447-6549

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Depuy Hip Implant Help Dangerous Loophole

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

If you have a Depuy implant you need help. See your doctor then get with a lawyer. You could be in for years of misery and you may have to get this removed.

In fact I anticipate when the whole truth comes out anyone that has a Depuy hip implant will have to have it removed. And your life will never be the same. So how could this happen .

let the governement take the lawyers and product liability law out of the equation and this will be the tip of the iceberg. Big business in bed with big government. You won’t be able to sleep at night.

The new yourk times did a great article on how this happened. Here it is in a nutshell. NO TESTING WAS REQUIRED.

The brief and troubled life of DePuy’s A.S.R. hip points to a medical implant system that is piecemeal and broken on many fronts, critics say. Unlike new drugs, many of which go through a series of clinical trials before receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration, critical implants can be sold without such testing if a device, like an artificial hip, resembles an implant already approved and used on patients.

That way, manufacturers can rapidly make small changes to a device to improve it. But those simpler procedures have also effectively created a loophole, experts say, that lets producers bundle a component from an unapproved implant into an existing design and sell a device with minimal testing. With the A.S.R., that process unfolded with devastating results.

“You are basically testing these devices in an uncontrolled way on a large number of people,” said Dr. Wolfe the director of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and a longtime F.D.A. critic.

As patients began complaining, doctors and regulators here remained largely unaware that the problem was widespread because no independent monitoring system exists in this country that tracks implant failures. Such a database, used in other countries, might have clued in American orthopedists to the problem. In addition, doctors who tried to sound an alert said they had been rebuffed by DePuy.

There is no easy fix and patients face permanent damage. 

For patients, the problems with the A.S.R. required additional painful operations in which the device was replaced with yet another artificial hip. For some, however, the damage to bone, muscles and nerves from the troubled device, which can shed tiny metallic particles, has left them permanently disabled. That damage can also complicate a replacement operation.

The impact on individual patients also continues to be profound.  One example is a woman who now uses two canes to walk because of the hip tissue damage she suffered from an A.S.R.

By Anthony Castelli Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Call 1-800-447-6549 for a FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULT to discuss your options

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DePuy Hip Implant Get Help Now

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

 Depuy hip implants are being recaled because they are defective.

 WHAT SHOULD YOU DO

1. Contact your doctor immediately so you can can medical care

2 SEEK  the help of a lawyer familiar with the Depuy Hip Implant Recall

Here is a video of hip replacemnt surgery. Unfortunately many depuy hip implants are failing at an unprecedented rate.

Patients implanted with the defective medical devices have complained of many problems from pain, swelling, difficulty walking, and flu like symptoms.  Revision surgeries have shownmetallosis, a condition caused by the metal ions from the excessive wear of the devices which kills the soft tissue in the affected area.  Patients have also been found to haveexcessive levels of chromium and cobalt in their .  The impact of this toxicity is not yet fully understood, but is being studied.  Another tragic consequence of these early failures is that with each revision surgery, the useful life of these devices goes down. Thus, many of the relatively young people that DePuy marketed this device to may find themself needing another revision in there late fifties or sixties, but not being eligible for one.

These video speaks directly to the Depuy Hip implant This discussion talks about the metal on metal articulation of the Depuy hip implant and the problems its causing

Not only is the breakdown off the implant a problem but also metallic particles being released into the blood.

Depuy wants you to contact them but this may be a mistake to do so. After all what is their motive? Is it to help you or cut their losses.

Don’t Delay Statue of Limitation in Ohio can affect your rights to bring a claim.

by Cincinnati injury lawyer  Anthony Castelli 1-800-447-6549

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