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Holiday Safety

Holiday travel safety

Will you be on our Kansas City roads traveling this holiday season? Thanksgiving is the start of one of the busiest traveling times of the year. In fact, the American Automobile Association projects an estimated 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home with 90% of those traveling by car.

Not only that, but cooking is the number one cause of home fires!

Here are a few tips and reminders to help keep you safe over the holidays.

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Texas Jury Awards $247 Million in Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Trial

Hip Implant

November 16, 2017 – A Texas federal jury reached a unanimous verdict – finding against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.  – awarding $247 million dollars to six hip replacement patients who suffered serious injuries from the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.

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10 Years Selected to Super Lawyers Top List

Nash & Franciskato Super Lawyers

The Nash & Franciskato Law Firm congratulates Brian S. Franciskato and Randy W. James for making the 2017 Super Lawyer List, making it 10 years that they have received this honor.

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Consequences of Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving

Did you know …

  • About 100,000 crashes each year are caused by fatigued drivers?
  • 55% of drowsy driving crashes are caused by drivers less than 25 years old?
  • Being awake for 18 hours is equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, which is legally drunk and leaves you at equal risk for a crash?
Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Click To Tweet

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Slip and Fall Accidents: Leading Cause of Injury & Death in Elderly

slip and fall accident

Slip and fall accidents can happen at any time and any place. Sometimes it is just that, an accident plain and simple. Other times, it may be due to the negligence of another party. Whatever the cause, the elderly – those 65 and older – are at a greater risk to fall and suffer a serious, sometimes life-threatening, injury.

Elderly: 29 million falls. 800,000 hospitalizations. 28,000 deaths. Click To Tweet

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Periprosthetic Fractures Following Total Knee Arthroplasty

Periprosthetic fractures

A serious complication following a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a periprosthetic fracture. This involves the distal femur, proximal tibia or the patella, occurring more often in the supracondylar area of the distal femur.

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What is Happening with Abilify Lawsuits?

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If you take the drug Abilify or know someone who does, here is a brief summary of what has been happening with the litigation.

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M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Litigation, St. Louis, MO

hip replacement

In 2007, Elizabeth Sones had surgery on her hip and received an implant with Biomet M2a Magnum components. Thereafter, she experienced pain and difficulties and it was determined that she had a condition consistent with a pseudotumor. The biomet magnum was revised as a result of failure of the device, leaving her with a long and painful rehabilitation and emotional trauma.

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Black Box Warning for Diabetes Medicine Invokana

Invokana pills

In May 2017, the FDA issued a safety warning indicating that Invokana, used to treat diabetes, could increase the risk of leg and foot amputations. This means that the drug now carries a boxed warning about the amputation risks. This is the strongest label warning that the FDA can require.

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$300 Million Settlement in Benicar Litigation Reached

Benicar blood pressure

On August 1, 2017, a $300 million settlement was reached in the multidistrict Benicar litigation against Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and Forest Laboratories Inc. The settlement offers financial compensation to individuals who suffered chronic diarrhea and other gastrointestinal injuries after using Benicar, Azor or Tribenzor.

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