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  • Bill Would Make Texting While Driving a Primary Offense in Florida

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 24-Dec-2014

    It will be interesting to track the progress of the first bill that has been filed for the Florida House of Representatives to consider when it convenes in March. The bill, H.B. 1, is aimed at deterring texting while driving accidents in our state. In particular, the bill would make texting while driving a primary offense on our state's roads and double the fines for those who text while ...
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  • Study Finds Risperdal, Other Antipsychotics Raise Acute Kidney Injury Risk in Elderly

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 22-Dec-2014

    Researchers have found that the use of Risperdal and other atypical antipsychotic drugs on elderly patients may expose them to an increased risk of suffering acute kidney injury (AKI). As NPR reported earlier this month, the use of antipsychotic medications on elderly patients in nursing homes who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia is prevalent in the U.S., ...
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  • Panel Orders Consolidation of Xarelto Federal Court Lawsuits

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 15-Dec-2014

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has ordered the consolidation of all federal court lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. unit and Bayer Corp. by those claiming to have suffered injuries after taking the prescription blood thinner, Xarelto. In an order issued Friday, the JPML chose the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District ...
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  • Lawsuit Claims California Special Needs Student Was 'Caged' in Class

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 2-Dec-2014

    A news report about a lawsuit in California filed by a special needs student's mother identifies an effective strategy for guarding against the abuse and neglect of special needs students and for taking action if abuse is suspected. The woman alleges that her 7-year-old daughter, a Fresno Unified School District special education student, was locked in a makeshift cage by her first-grade ...
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  • Stryker Sets Aside $1.4 Billion for Metal Hip Implant Claims

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 28-Nov-2014

    Stryker Corporation, the leading producer of metal hip implants, says it expects to pay more than $1.4 billion to patients who were injured by metal hip implants that have been the subject of numerous defective medical device lawsuits. A Stryker Corporation news release states that U.S. patients who had revision surgery to replace their Rejuvenate Modular-Neck hip stem and/or ABG II Modular-Neck ...
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  • Articles Looks at Parent's Decision on Whether to Start Child on Risperdal

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 26-Nov-2014

    The risk of her son experiencing unnatural breast growth was one of the many factors weighed by a mother recently portrayed by the New York Times as she decided whether to start her child on the Risperdal antipsychotic drug. In the article, " One Drug or 2? Parents See Risk but Also Hope," the Times examines the dilemma faced by the mother of a six-year-old child who was already taking ...
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  • Study Finds High Rate of Abuse Among Residents in Nursing Homes

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 24-Nov-2014

    We tend to think of a nursing home's staff members as the culprits when we hear about nursing home abuse and neglect. However, a new study finds that abusive behavior among elderly nursing home residents is actually widespread. What is purported to be the first study of aggression among residents of U.S. nursing homes has found that almost one in five people who live in long-term care ...
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  • Alabama Case Shines Light on Sexual Abuse of Special Needs Students

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 1-Oct-2014

    Sexual abuse of special needs students, or children with disabilities, is a serious problem. According to a study published in 2012 in The Lancet, children with disabilities face a risk of being sexually abused that is roughly three times greater than the risk faced by children without disabilities. If the child has a mental or intellectual disability, the risk is 4.6 times greater than a child ...
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  • Alert: Did You Receive a Letter from Florida Hospital Regarding Surgery Performed by Dr. Lu?

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 19-Sep-2014

    Did you recently receive a letter from Florida Hospital Medical Group about surgery performed by Dr. William Lu? If so, the Maher Law Firm would like to help you investigate the options you may have regarding the care you received from Dr. Lu. The Maher Law Firm has been conducting an investigation into this matter. Please call us now at (855) 338-0720 or submit our online form to discuss the ...
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  • How Quickly Should Generic Drug Makers Update Labels?

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 15-Sep-2014

    If you use a generic drug, how do you know whether you are taking a medication that is known to be a potentially dangerous drug ? Are you sure you have all of the information about it that is available? A recent court case that may be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court asks how fast a generic drug maker must act to update its label to match what is published about the equivalent brand-name ...
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