Access to Justice

New Study Says Detergent Pods Are Poisoning Young Children

November 17, 2014

A new alarming discovery has parents across the country second-guessing the types of laundry detergent they bring into their homes. The New York Times reports that a study published in the journal Pediatrics reveals the dangers of children having access to single-load packets or “pods” of laundry detergent. Analyzing records from the National Poison Data… Read More

Just Because You Don’t Think You Were Exposed to Asbestos Doesn’t Mean You Weren’t

November 6, 2014

Veterans are diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases far more often than any other group of people. In fact, veterans represent 33% of mesothelioma cases. As alarming as that number is, it is equally frustrating to hear that veterans could have been exposed to asbestos during their time of service without knowing the dangers…. Read More

What You Learned in the Military Could Put You at Risk

November 3, 2014

You learned many valuable skills while serving in the military: teamwork, discipline, and a professional trade that you may have turned into a lifelong career once you entered civilian life. Here are examples of common jobs that many veterans transition to: Machinist Boiler technician Shipbuilder Demolition worker Carpenter Construction worker Roofer Floor and insulation installer… Read More

Don’t Be Misdiagnosed

October 30, 2014

You may be surprised to learn that doctors don’t automatically screen for asbestos-related illnesses. They can easily view symptoms such as general fatigue or a lingering cough as related to something far less serious than mesothelioma or another illness linked to asbestos exposure. It is critically important that you tell your doctor if you served… Read More

Proposition 46 Takes Aim at Medical Malpractice Limits in CA

October 23, 2014

Proposition 46 Takes Aim at Medical Malpractice Limits in California In our last medical malpractice-related blog post, we talked about a new study that debunked some theories about defensive medicine practices in the U.S. Today, we’re going to focus on a specific initiative – Proposition 46 – which seeks to change the out-of-date Medical Injury… Read More

Keep Your VA Benefits While Receiving Justice and Compensation

October 16, 2014

At the recent National VFW Convention in St. Louis, I had the privilege of speaking with hundreds of veterans. Many had questions about whether their Veterans Administration (VA) benefits would be at risk if they were to pursue legal action within the civil justice system. The short answer is: No, the benefits are not at… Read More

New Study: Tort Reform Has Minimal Effect on Healthcare Savings

October 14, 2014

New Study: Tort Reform Has Minimal Effect on Healthcare Savings Tort reform has been at the forefront of the Republican agenda as a way to reduce our health care costs in the U.S. A main component of tort reform would eliminate “defensive medicine,” a practice in which doctors order tests, procedures, or visits with specialists… Read More

A Win for Asbestos Victims

October 8, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has revived a fraud case against BASF, one of the largest chemical manufacturing companies in the world and its longtime law firm, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal reporting on the case states: “A group of plaintiffs — representatives… Read More

New Study Reinforces Link Between Risperdal and Gynecomastia

October 8, 2014

With lawsuits continuing to mount against Johnson & Johnson, the makers of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal®, the results of a recent study are not surprising: Risperdal causes gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the growth of unusually large breasts in males due to excess production of breast tissue rather than fat tissue. This condition can be extremely embarrassing… Read More

FDA Panel Strongly Advises Limits on Testosterone Therapies

September 26, 2014

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel recently voted 20-1 in favor of stricter labeling on testosterone drugs to limit their use to men with low testosterone due to pituitary gland problems or other medical conditions that impair function of the testicles. The panel also voted to require drug makers to conduct more studies… Read More