Breast cancer is a woman's nightmare. For a woman to discover that her breast cancer was caused by a drug prescribed by her doctor just adds insult to injury. That is what has happened to thousands of women.
Wyeth, a division of Pfizer, marketed hormone therapy drugs, Premarin, Prempro and Provera, which were designed to moderate the symptoms of menopause. As early as 1975, Wyeth was on notice of the need to study whether combination hormone therapy causes breast cancer. Wyeth failed to conduct a single breast cancer study over the next 30 years. In fact, Wyeth downplayed and dismissed studies that associated such a risk. Wyeth assisted in "ghost writing" 1 medical articles minimizing the breast cancer…
Author: Attorney Christopher A. Meyer
We've all heard the lawyer jokes about ethics and whether they really have any. In fact, there are strict ethical standards that lawyers must follow that are quite specific about what lawyers can and cannot do. If you have watched any crime shows, you may at least have some passing knowledge of some aspects of legal ethics, but here are a few of the ethical constraints that we, as personal injury lawyers, must follow.A lawyer must keep information given to him about a personal injury case or any case in total confidence. This is part of the "attorney client privilege"; it means under most circumstances, if you tell a lawyer something that is relevant to your case, your attorney…
Author: Attorney David M. Williams
How does your vehicle measure up if it is involved in a crash? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded its annual "Top Safety Pick" awards on November 18, 2009, to the following passenger cars and sport utility vehicles:
SMALL CARSHonda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional stability control Kia Soul Nissan Cube Subaru Impreza (except WRX) Volkswagen Golf 4-door
SMALL SUV'SHonda Element Jeep Patriot (with optional side torso airbags) Subaru Forester Volkswagen Tiguan
MIDSIZE CARSAudi A3 Chevrolet Malibu (built after November 2009) Chrysler Sebring…
Author: Attorney George E. Allen, III
This past summer, I read a newspaper article announcing that the State of Virginia was closing many of its highway rest stops because of the State's budget shortfall. A few weeks later as I drove along Virginia's major thoroughfare, Interstate 95, I observed that all but one or two of the rest stops between the North Carolina border and Washington, D.C., had been closed. Big orange cans blocked the entrances.
For a Virginia personal injury attorney who has represented victims of hundreds of truck and car accidents over the past three decades, this was upsetting news. I had recently handled and eventually tried a tragic case in a Henrico County court. The college student I represented…
Author: R. Clayton Allen, Esquire
Anyone who drives a motorcycle knows how dangerous it is out there on the roads and highways. Many of the cars, trucks and buses being driven are being operated by drowsy drivers, inattentive drivers, speeding drivers, aggressive drivers. And present economic conditions means that many vehicles on the road are poorly maintained or have defective equipment, including brakes, tires, and signal lights, which make the roads even more dangerous. Although many motorcycle drivers do drive defensively and safely, here are some reminders and tips for safer driving.
1. Get Proper Training in Operating Your Bike and Practice Regularly. Many accidents and…
Author: Attorney Jason W. Konvicka
This Christmas, many boys and girls will wake up to a new bicycle, scooter or skateboard under the tree. Hopefully they will also unwrap a new helmet to go with it.
Did you know that nearly 50 percent of children age 14 and under who are hospitalized for bicycle, in-line skating, and skateboard-related injuries are diagnosed with a brain injury? Many of those injuries could have been prevented through proper use of a helmet. For instance, wearing a helmet when riding a bike can reduce your risk of head injury by 85 percent, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Similar statistics exist for other sports as well.
Author: Attorney Elizabeth M. Allen
With the Holidays come family gatherings, office parties, socializing with friends and Year End football game get-togethers. These are occasions we look forward to all year. But there can be a dark side to the holiday cheer: drunk driving and the injuries and deaths that result.
Every December we see a spike in highway fatalities in the United States during the Christmas and New Year Holiday periods. In 2005, there were 193 deaths involving at least one impaired driver during the three day New Year weekend. Another 160 people died over the three day Christmas weekend in 2006. These grim figures do not reflect the other horrific consequences of such accidents: a child's loss of…
The latest trend in preparing a Thanksgiving turkey is deep frying. The results can be delicious but it can also be dangerous. (1) Without adhering to certain safety precautions, you may end up with an injury or fire. (2)
Deep Fryers can be dangerous for a number of reasons:The fryer units can easily tip over, spilling the approximately five gallons of hot oil contained within the cooking pot. Overfilling the pot with oil can result in oil overflowing out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. This oil may hit the burner or flames causing a fire to engulf the entire fryer unit. Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover…
Recent commentary in the local papers has contained several worthwhile suggestions to reduce health care costs. But some have also included the customary bash at medical malpractice victims and their lawyers, and claim the way to reduce health care costs is to put a cap on the damages injured victims can recover.
According to the Institute of Medicine, 98,000 people are killed annually by preventable medical errors. (1) In sheer numbers, if it were listed as its own category for causes of death, it would be the sixth largest cause of death in the United States. More people die in a given year as a result of medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297), or AIDS (16,516).…