The GM Recall: Lessons for the Rest of Us

You already know of the trouble at General Motors.  In fact, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t seen the related headlines.  Throughout the first months of 2014 we have become all too familiar with the ever-expanding disaster of the GM Recall and its subsequent legal fallout.  The growing list of corporate cover ups, legal slight of hand, not to mention automotive technical issues have been illustrated tirelessly across all sorts of media.  In this near constant flood of information and its surrounding mess however, those of us not directly involved can find a more personal lesson to apply to our own professional dealings.  Well worth heeding, especially for those of us in the legal field, is the lesson of the necessity and value of clear and honest communication.

The Overarching Problem

The issue underlying all of the trouble now faced by GM and those dealing with … Read More »

Identifying Nursing Home Abuse and Legal Remedies

Nursing Home Abuse

When making the difficult decision to entrust a loved one to the care of a nursing home, you are trusting that he or she will be diligently cared for. Unfortunately, some facilities betray this trust and the residents face abuse or neglect at the hands of staff members. With nursing home abuse occurring frequently across the country, it is important to know how to recognize signs of mistreatment and understand what legal actions may be taken, should you uncover abuse.

The abuse or neglect of a nursing home resident can take many forms which may lead to both short and long-term damage. Physical abuse includes intentional use of force which results in pain, injury, or impairment, which can be caused by both assault and improper use of restraints. Emotional abuse consists of psychological damage through hurtful words, isolation, or menacing behavior. A resident may also face sexual abuse or financial … Read More »

Recent Medical Advances in Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma

asbestos and mesothelioma

Despite mesothelioma being a diagnosable condition for years, medical providers remain challenged in finding new methods of treatment. Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer and the patients die quickly after diagnosis; therefore, the living patient population available to be studied is not significant enough for typical scientific research methods.

As anyone affected by this rare cancer knows, there is no cure for mesothelioma. The main goal of most medical treatment is merely to prolong life and reduce pain, rather than to attempt to return the patient to good health.  Conventional medical treatment for the disease can include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy directed toward the solid tumors.

Mesothelioma Surgeries

Pleurectomy Decortication – the surgeon removes as much of the tumor as possible. The procedure is less life altering than the EP procedure below because it leaves the patient’s lung intact; however, the surgery is longer and more complicated.… Read More »

Risperdal Uses and Side Effects in Men

Risperdal Gynecomastia

Risperdal (also risperidone) is a prescription antipsychotic medication distributed by Johnson and Johnson, and used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia in people 13 years and older.  The drug was approved for use by the FDA in 1993.  Risperdal has more recently been approved for use in children in smaller doses to treat autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.  Doses can vary from 0.5 mg to 8 mg per day. The drug can be prescribed in two forms, oral and injection. The injection form of the drug is known as Risperdal Consta.

While the drug may successfully relieve some symptoms of the aforementioned disorders, it has recently been linked to serious side effects.  Some known side effects of Risperdal include, but are not limited to: gynecomastia, tardive dyskinesia, metabolic changes (such as weight gain,), and seizures.  These side effects have been … Read More »

Pediatric Medical Devices Mostly Tested on Adults Only

Medical Devices for Children

Few medical devices have been specifically approved for use in children. The passage of the 2007 Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act was designed to combat the problem of approving of medical devices for use in children without pediatric testing. Despite the government’s intentions, most medical devices approved for pediatric use since the Act was passed have not been tested on children. Almost all pediatric medical devices are solely tested on people age 18 and older.

The FDA requires at least one clinical trial that shows a device is safe and effective before approving it for use with patients; however, trials don’t have to include the same type of patients that will use the device. Pediatrics also spans a very board spectrum from infant to adolescent, and even then kids can vary significantly in growth and development despite their ages.

“Children are not simply ‘small adults,’ and a device … Read More »