February 2013 Archive

behind the wheel
Number of Teen Driving Deaths Increase

The number of teens killed in car accidents increased sharply in the first half of 2012, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. This ended a decade-long trend of steady declines.

Chive Charities
Injuries Can be Deceptive - Gina Merceri on Chive Charities

Imagine that you're in a car accident. You walk away with only a hairline fracture in your arm. The injury seems straightforward, and sure enough it heals. After a few weeks, however, the pain in your arm gets worse, not better. It's so bad that it feels like your arm is on fire. Then the pain spreads – from your arm to your leg to your shoulder. It doesn't go away and soon affects your sleeping and even your breathing. When you finally receive a diagnosis, the doctors tell you there is no cure.

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What You Need to Know About Social Media During Your Case.

One of the first questions we ask clients when they come to my law firm is if they use any form of social media. While most people use websites like Facebook or Twitter to connect with their friends and families, sometimes that habit has to change when they're involved in a personal injury case.

Jack3d Remains on Shelves Despite Dangers

Two soldiers died after taking Jack3d, a potentially dangerous workout booster sold by retailers like GNC and the Vitamin Shoppe. Experts claim that flawed regulatory oversight has allowed the supplement to remain on store shelves without proper warnings.

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Chrysler Recalls Over 350,000 Vehicles

Chrysler Group LLC has announced the recall of 370,297 trucks and SUVs worldwide due to a manufacturing error that can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Artificial Hip
Johnson & Johnson Failed to Appropriately Test Hip Implant

A recently recalled Johnson & Johnson metal-on-metal hip implant has been described as one of "the most flawed orthopedic devices sold in recent decades." An internal review conducted by Johnson & Johnson found that its DePuy Orthopaedics division failed to assess the possible risks associated with the device before releasing it to the public. Experts say that as a result, over 90,000 patients are currently using flawed hip replacements with disastrous failure rates.

people riding motorcycles
Older Bikers Injured More Often in Accidents

While the thrill and excitement of riding a motorcycle may not diminish with age, a recent study says that the older you get, the more likely you are to be injured in a motorcycle accident.

Fruits and Vegetables Containing Norovirus
Norovirus Contained In Healthy Foods

Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that produce was accountable for 46 percent of foodborne illnesses from 1998 to 2008. Furthermore, the main culprit behind this high level of illness was not animal contamination or pesticide use. Rather, food preparation and poor human hygiene were primarily responsible.

Winter Weather Survival Guide
What You Should Know About Winter Weather

While snow is a great excuse to put on your coziest clothes and stay indoors, nobody can stay in hibernation forever. Here are some things to keep in mind if you have to brave the elements.

Contaminated Compounded Sterile Drugs
Health Practitioners Say Sterile Drugs Often Contaminated

The “sterile” drugs you receive from compounding pharmacies may not be so sterile after all. A new survey of health care practitioners found that many believe compounded drugs were contaminated in their facilities last year. This same type of contamination led to the fungal meningitis outbreak that has resulted in 45 deaths and almost 700 infections so far.