PLAINTIFF EARNS MILLIONS IN FIRST VAGINAL MESH CASE TO GO TO TRIAL

Last October, we warned readers about a particularly controversial medical device that has been shown to cause internal injuries and chronic pain in thousands of women. Commonly referred to as vaginal mesh, this medical device has been manufactured in several iterations and under various brand names by many different companies, including two based here in New Jersey: C.R. Bard and Johnson & Johnson. These and other manufacturers are now facing personal injury and product liability lawsuits from thousands of women whose lives and bodies have been forever scarred by the defective medical devices. Recently, vaginal mesh injury victims received a piece of good news in the form of a legal victory. The first vaginal mesh case recently went to trial in California, and the jury awarded the plaintiff $5.5 million to paid…
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North Carolina Court rules injured CSI entitled to disability benefits

With the popularity of the CSI television series, more and more people have become familiar with the role of crime scene investigators. Now, a real crime scene investigator in North Carolina has won his appeal for temporary total disability benefits and workers' compensation. Last month, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that the CSI was entitled to workers' compensation for medical expenses and temporary total disability because of a back injury he sustained on the job. The county, which employed the man, originally denied his claim, but now he will receive the payments he deserves. The investigator said that he hurt his back while trying to life a heavy object at a crime scene. At the time, the county agreed that he should see an orthopedic specialist. The doctor…
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Surprising number of women care for ailing ex-husbands

Aging and disease do not only strike married people. Divorced people are just as likely to come down with serious illnesses or experience chronic health problems associated with aging. The only difference is that there is nobody around to help care for a sick person after a divorce. Or is there? According to an article by United Press International, a study from the University of Missouri found many women caring for their ex-husbands during a serious illness or toward the end of the ex-husbands' lives. The study suggested that such an arrangement is actually more common than many would believe, and many of the women involved enjoyed the experience. However, others did not. The two researchers behind the study conducted a series of phone interviews with women who said they…
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Pair of bills would prevent use of Sharia law in Missouri courts

Two bills introduced in the Missouri State Assembly are meant to deal with what their sponsors perceive to be the threat of Islamic-based law becoming cited in state courts, including in family law cases. Critics of the bills say they are addressing a problem that does not exist and may be bigoted against Muslims. The bills are sponsored by Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, and Rep. Don Wells, R-Cabool. Rep. Wells' bill would create a constitutional amendment prohibiting judges from using "the legal precepts of other nations or cultures," specifically mentioning Sharia law as something to be banned. His bill has 106 co-sponsors in the House, 66 percent of membership. Rep. Wells said that Internet research conducted by himself and an aide convinced him that Sharia is "very oppressive for ladies,"…
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Children Removed from Charlie Sheen’s Home

Charlie Sheen may be impressed with himself, but a judge recently deciding on a restraining order against him was not. Sheen's ex-wife Brooke Mueller was successful in getting the temporary restraining order against Sheen, which resulted in the couple's two young sons being removed from Sheen's home. Sheen told reporters last night that he did not know where the two boys, who are twins, had been taken. The boys are almost two years old. Under a divorce settlement made public last month, Mueller will have primary physical custody of the boys. In the sunshine state, a Florida violation of protection order would be put out in this instance.    
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NEW JERSEY TRUCKER INJURES FIVE IN DUMP TRUCK ACCIDENT

The Route 23 and Route 287 intersection in Riverdale, New Jersey, is the site of another dump truck accident, the sixth in the past two months. This truck-accident hot spot has seen more accidents in the past two months than an area will usually see in a year, says the borough’s police chief. It seems that many truckers fail to notice the traffic light at the bottom of the Route 287 exit and don’t have enough time to slow down at the bottom of the hill. Police have also previously stationed officers in the area to catch speeding trucks. The accident happened as the dump truck driver drove down the steep hill and apparently lost control of the vehicle, hitting eight cars. The driver claims he experienced brake failure, but State…
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Driving Without a License

Driving Without License Some key questions to ask include: Was your license suspended for a reason other than a traffic violation?You may be able to clear up your license suspension matter by clearing up other financial obligations and working to amend the charge of driving without a license. Did you know your license was suspended? Was the Scheduled Suspension Notice mailed to the correct address? Was your license suspended due to multiple violations? If so, it's possible that errors were made involving a previous conviction making the license suspension invalid. Working to Protect Individuals' Rights Since 2004 Reckless driving conviction can result in steep penalties, including added points to your driving record. Upon receiving six or more points on your record within a three-year period, you will be assessed a surcharge. Twelve…
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Sunday accident ends life of Florida motorcyclist

Another motorcycle accident claimed the life of a Florida resident this week after his bike struck the back end of a pickup truck. The 35-year-old cyclist died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the now considered fatal accident. A representative from the Cincinnati car wreck lawyers told media journalists that they responded to an accident report on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. When the Florida Highway Patrol arrived on scene, they immediately determined the necessary medical response teams and closed the road to conduct an investigation and clean up the debris scattered across the roadway. After initial investigation the Florida Highway Patrol officers were able to determine that the motorcycle had struck the back end of the pickup truck driven by a 75-year-old man from Lehigh. When it collided with…
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Managed Care and Medical Staff

Managed Care Managed care continues to have a tremendous impact on health care. Our Health Care Practice Group has provided a full range of services related to managed care arrangements including all aspects of HMO and PPO development, acquisition and sale, managed care joint ventures, independent practice associations (IPAs) and physician-hospital organizations (PHOs). Our qualified’s services include determination of appropriate structures and business forms, contracts with providers and payors; contracts with Medicare and federal employees; fraud and abuse, and reimbursement issues; insurance regulatory compliance and Department of Insurance matters; and securities exemptions, offerings and registration matters. Medical Staff The relationship between hospitals and physicians is important to both providers. Our qualified Health Care attorneys have worked with hospitals to draft medical staff bylaws and have counseled hospitals as well as…
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