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2019

How to Share the Road with Motorcycles

Sharing road with motorcycles

Summer and early fall are some of the best times of the year to rev up your motorcycle and hit the open road. But with those great riding temperatures, comes an increase in road congestion and a greater number of accidents for both four and two-wheeled vehicles.

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Jury Awards $7.68M in Zimmer Damages-Only Trial

Zimmer Durom Cup Retrial

In 2015, Gary Kline took Zimmer to court over its Durom Cup metal-on-metal hip implant. The jury found Zimmer liable for his health issues; however, the damages awarded were overturned on appeal. The trial court, in a decision upheld on appeal in 2018, ordered a new trial leading to a damages-only retrial.

The jury, asked to rule strictly on damages, unanimously awarded $7.68 million to Kline: $80,460.19 in past economic losses; $3.6M in past non-economic losses; and $4M in future non-economic losses.

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How Many Teen Passengers is Too Many?

Teen Drivers with Passengers

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of teen crashes and cell phone use is a major contributor. However, another distracted driving behavior leading to teen car accidents is passenger interaction. Studies show that a teen’s chances of getting into an accident increase with each additional teenage passenger in the car.

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FDA Approves Boxed Warning on Xeljanz (Tofacitinib)

Xeljanz FDA Warning

The US Food and Drug Administration approved new warnings about an increased risk of blood clots and of death with the 10 mg twice daily dose of tofacitinib (Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR), which is used in patients with ulcerative colitis.

This new warning, issued July 26, 2019, comes just a few months after the first warning issued February 25, 2019.

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No Sanctions for J&J with Pinnacle Hip Settlement

Pinnacle Hip No Sanctions for J&J

Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for its failed Pinnacle hip device began in 2010. Since then, J&J has faced several federal jury trials over its Pinnacle hip device. While the company won the first trial in 2014; it lost three others afterward awarding plaintiffs more than $1.7 billion.

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Keeping Children Safe In and Around Cars

Preventing Injuries to Kids

Every hour, nearly 150 children between ages 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes. More children ages 5 to 19 die from crash-related injuries than from any other type of injury.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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When is an Injury considered catastrophic?

Catastrophic Injury

Although there is no universal legal definition for what makes an injury catastrophic, most agree that, unlike personal injuries catastrophic injuries tend to adversely affect you and your loved ones for the rest of your lives. Oftentimes, these types of injuries result in a person being unable to resume the lifestyle he or she led prior to the injury.

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Swimming Accidents: What Should You Do?

swimming accidents

Swimming is a popular activity for all ages, indoors in the cooler months and outdoors in the warmer months. It is a great way to cool off, relax and have some fun. Unfortunately, accidents happen not just in the pool, but also around it and in all types of water-related venues. Be aware of the risks and know what to do after an accident occurs.

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Kansas Supreme Court Rejects Damages Caps

Kansas Supreme Court

June 14, 2019. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled 4-2 that capping jury awards for non-economic damages an injured person is able to recover in a lawsuit violates the right to trial by jury as set out in the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

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After a Slip and Fall Accident



Slip, trip and fall accidents can happen anywhere – at a retail store or office building, in a parking lot, at a neighbor’s home or anywhere in between. In fact, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits. Specifically, slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12%, of total falls.

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