Improving Safety on Intercity Buses

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Buses can be a convenient and affordable means of transportation for many Americans. Many people - often college students, use Megabus coaches and other bus companies to get home for the holidays or to travel between cities for other reasons. Statistics show that bus transportation is on the rise.[1] But unfortunately, buses are not always held to the highest safety standards.

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), around 160 fires occur on intercity buses each year.[2] According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), intercity bus services also have higher rates of fatal accidents and more driver…

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What You Need to Know About the Takata Airbag Recall

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

If you drive a vehicle in the United States that was manufactured after 2001, then chances are high that you could be affected by the largest automotive safety recall in history.

The Danger Could Be Right in Front of You

With tens of millions of cars recalled from 32 different automotive brands, the blame for this threat to safety falls to airbag inflators and their propellant chemicals sourced from Japanese supplier Takata. Faulty inflator design and the unstable chemical compounds within them are responsible for hundreds of gruesome injuries and 19 deaths to date.

Airbags fitted with this deadly combination…

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Fall Campfire Safety Tips and Information

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

This fall, campers with varying degrees of experience will head out into parks and forests all over the country to experience the world around them. Camping trips expose campers to certain risks and dangers, with one of the biggest issues being campfire safety. As the weather grows colder, it is essential to know how to make a safe campfire and what to do once a campfire has been lit. Here are some information and tips on how to stay campfire safe.

Preparing to Build a Campfire:

It is important to know if any fire restrictions are in place before going camping. Campers…

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More Issues with Stryker Hip Implants

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Stryker LFIT V40

Stryker has already settled for over one billion dollars due to complications surrounding its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems. Stryker now faces further litigation as its LFIT V40 line of hips come under scrutiny. We are seeing a significant increase in the number of Stryker LFIT V40 lawsuits being filed due to serious injuries including, but not limited to, metallosis.

Metallosis is caused by friction as the different metal parts of the hip implant rub against each other when the patient moves around. Over time, the metal components become corroded,…

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Three Hundred Million Dollar Law Suit - Benicar, Azkor and Tribenzor

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Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Diane York

The Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo announced on August 1st that it has agreed to pay up to $300 million to settle some 2,300 U.S. lawsuits filed in US courts.

The widely used blood pressure medication, Benicar (along with its sister drugs, Azor, Tribenzor, Benicar HCT, and Olmesartan/Medoxomil) are charged with causing serious gastrointestinal damage to users. Benicar is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), FDA-approved to lower blood pressure associated with hypertension, Benicar is a top selling, 2.4 billion dollar a year product for its manufacturer.

The…

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Are Larger Trucks a Good Idea?

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Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

While many people find big rigs scary enough, the trucking industry would like them even bigger. The trucking industry is once again requesting legislation that would allow larger trucks with heavier loads to be allowed on the highways. The current weight load is 80,000 pounds and they would like an increase bringing that weight up to 91,000 pounds.

Shockingly, 3,852 people died in large truck crashes in 2015. Only sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants.  Sixty-nine percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles hit by the trucks, and fifteen percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.…

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Bard and Cook IVC Filters Linked to Complications in Patients

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Patients unable to take blood thinners to reduce an artery blockage (embolism) may be provided a Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter. These devices are meant to be a “last resort” for healthcare providers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that these filters should never be left in patients once the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed.[1] However, this warning has gone unheeded by doctors, clinicians, patients, and pharmaceutical companies.

What are the risks of IVC filters?

Retrievable IVC filters have a tendency to break away from where they have been implanted and become embedded into…

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Linked to Complications for Patients

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned metal-on-metal hip implants due to design flaws that are related to wear and tear. Daily wear and tear results in particle debris that can lead to serious complications and implant failure. Among these complications is a dangerous condition known as metallosis, or metal poisoning.

Metallosis has been linked to several side effects: severe joint pain, tissue death around the implant (local tissue necrosis), deterioration of the bone around the implant, implant loosening, implant failure, formation of cysts, formation of pseudotumors, and even osteolysis (bone death).

Perhaps…

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Do I Need A Bus Accident Attorney? - VIDEO

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Every year, passengers, other drivers and pedestrians are killed or seriously injured by bus accidents. Due to their large size - sometimes 45 feet long and 17,000 pounds - buses are more difficult to control than the average vehicle. Buses require more time and distance to turn or stop, and they can have very large blind spots. This means that buses have increased opportunities for accidents compared to smaller vehicles.

 

If you have been injured in a bus accident - either as a passenger, pedestrian, or while driving another vehicle - you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, bus accident…

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Breast Cancer Drug Taxotere Linked to Permanent Hair Loss

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, has been linked to permanent hair loss in patients undergoing cancer treatment.[1] While there are safe and effective alternative drugs that do not cause permanent hair loss, the side effect warnings for Taxotere indicate hair loss is only temporary. Of all patients with breast cancer who used Taxotere, approximately 9% suffer from permanent hair loss, according to doctors participating in Taxotere studies. This unintended effect irreversibly damages a woman’s self-esteem, causes emotional distress, and can even lead to severe depression.

Taxotere and hair loss (alopecia)

Taxotere…

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