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November 2013 Archives

Misleading marketing is leading to surgical patient harm

When you hear the word “robot,” what is the first thing that comes into your mind? Chances are that you are associating this word with futuristic technology or perhaps science fiction. Robots have long been linked with a vision of the future and what may be possible in years to come. It is little wonder then that when robotic surgeries recently became fact rather than fiction that many patients jumped at the chance to benefit from seemingly futuristic technology.

Massive DePuy hip implant settlement is announced

Ten years ago, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing giant Johnson and Johnson (J&J) began marketing hip replacement technology that was made of metal balls and metal cups. These DePuy hip implants were implanted in approximately 93,000 patients before J&J was compelled to recall them in 2010, according to the New York Times. These metal-on-metal implants shed metal debris into the bodies of patients, causing many to suffer excruciating pain, crippling injuries and tissue damage.

Holding those who injure or kill cyclists accountable

A recent article published in the New York Times boasts the jarring title, “Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?” Of course not, readers likely respond in a knee-jerk fashion. However, the article’s text tells a different story. In essence, the author of the piece argues that quite frequently, motorists and truck drivers who hit and either injure or kill cyclists are either not cited criminally at all or are given meager fines for behavior such as unsafe lane changes.

How burn injuries are affecting Americans today

Burn injuries are among some of the most painful and debilitating conditions humans can suffer from. It is therefore imperative that victims of burn injuries are given adequate medical care, are able to negligent parties responsible for their injuries in order to secure proper compensation and are given access to new treatments designed to improve their conditions whenever possible.

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