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2018

Holiday Accidents & Injuries

Holiday Accidents Injuries

The holidays are here. Time for holiday cheer and celebration. It’s also a time when the risks for having an accident increase. Knowing what some of the potential injuries and accidents are may help you avoid serious injury this holiday season.

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What Makes Driving at Night More Dangerous?

Night Driving

Night time driving is a must for anyone who works second and third shifts as well as for those who are taking care of day-to-day activities or who just want to enjoy the evening with family and friends.

Unfortunately, driving gets more dangerous as the light fades. While we only do one quarter of our driving at night, 50% of traffic deaths happen at night. In fact, more than 40,000 people were killed in car crashes in 2016 (according to Injury Facts).

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The Dangers of Distracted Walking

Distracted Walking

Many communities are becoming more “walkable,” adding paths and traffic-calming measures to keep pedestrians safe; however, there are still many hazards for walkers to be aware of, such as blind intersections and high traffic areas.

We hear a lot about the hazards of distracted driving – texting, emailing, talking and doing other things that take your hands off the wheel, eyes off the road and mind off driving. Distractions also can take a pedestrian’s attention away from his or her surroundings, leading to serious injuries from a fall or stepping into traffic.

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Is Hands-Free Risk-Free?

Hands Free Device while driving

According to the National Safety Council, at any moment 7 % of drivers are using cell phones, which means they are driving distracted.

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Closing of Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip MDL Does Not Mean No More Litigation

Biomet Magnum Hip Implant MDL

The Multi-District Litigation (MDL 2391) for the Biomet metal-on-metal hip closed September 1, 2018 to any new cases. However, this does not mean that potential Biomet Magnum and M2a clients should be turned away.

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Are These Medical Devices Safe?

Medical Device Safety

The documentary, The Bleeding Edge, has focused some much-needed attention on the medical device industry and the process to bring these devices to market.

The film documents the following four medical devices, raising the question as to how well our system is working in regulating medical devices.

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State Farm: $250 Million Agreement to Settle Federal Lawsuit

State Farm settlement

September 4, 2018. Insurance giant, State Farm, agreed to pay $250 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the company broke federal racketeering laws by secretly funneling money to help elect an Illinois high court justice [Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier who was a candidate for the high court in 2004] to help overturn a billion-dollar judgment against the company.

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Zimmer Biomet Faces More Magnum Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Zimmer Biomet Magnum hip replacement

August 28, 2018. More lawsuits have been filed against Zimmer Biomet on behalf of patients who had to undergo a traumatic second revision surgery to remove the Biomet Magnum metal-on-metal hip implants.

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Zimmer Biomet Receives FDA Warning Letter

FDA Warning Letter Zimmer Biomet

On August 24, 2018, Zimmer Biomet received a Warning Letter from the FDA regarding quality violations found during 2016 and 2018 inspections at a facility in Warsaw, IN.

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Regulating the Medical Device Industry

Medical Device Approval

Medical devices, many of which save lives every day or give us a better quality of life, are everywhere.

Over the past 10 years, nearly 70 million Americans have been implanted with medical devices.
– Jeanne Lenzer, The Danger Within Us [quote from The Bleeding Edge]

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