Archive for July 2018

Legalese: What Lawyers Say, and What it Actually Means

Here on the Blog, we’ve put together a go-to list of the most frequently used “legalese”–or the acronyms–that clients hear around the office, but may be too afraid to inquire about. We’ve also included links to other Shaked Law Blog resources with extensive information for each legal term. We hope this helps accident victims and their families better understand what’s going on “behind the scenes” of their claims.

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For Women, the Risks of an IUD May Outweigh the Benefits

So why, then, are physicians still prescribing certain manufacturer’s IUDs (intrauterine devices)? This article will look at how the risks of a woman’s very personal choice to use an IUD as a form of birth control may outweigh the benefits. The Shaked Law Blog always presents the facts and allows readers to get the whole picture, without the added song and dance. The insurance companies will try to convince those injured by defective medical devices that it “may not” have been the device that caused them harm; this is simply a scare tactic. The Shaked Law Blog will delve into the truth about the Mirena IUD and the dangers it has–to the manufacturer’s knowledge–caused hundreds if not thousands of women.

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The Board Certified Difference (Why What’s Hanging on Your Attorney’s Wall Matters!)

After an accident in which a person sustains serious bodily injury or after the loss of a loved one due to the negligence that falls upon someone else, the first thing most victims do is seek out legal counsel. In the heat of the moment, injured or grieving, victims can’t be expected to be armed  with the knowledge of what to do beyond “find a lawyer”. It’s easy to hire the first attorney who agrees to take a claim on contingency because no money is expected up front, and the ball can get rolling.

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IVC Filters: Hidden Dangers Patients Weren’t Aware Of

As of December 2015, the manufacturer of the IVC Filter–Inferior Vena Cava Filter–was responsible for 30 deaths as a result of a product defect, that even when replaced with a “modified” device, still behaved in the same way, and caused the same life-threatening issues. An IVC Filter, when working correctly, according to Johns Hopkins was created to “[…]stop blood clots from going up into the lungs. The inferior vena cava is a large vein in the middle of your body. The device is put in during a short surgery.”

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Gadolinium: Thousands of People Underwent MRIs, Thousands Were Poisoned

Every year hundreds of thousands of patients across the United States undergo MRI–magnetic resonance imaging–for a wide array of medical problems. MRIs with and without contrast are a noninvasive procedure routinely utilized in the healthcare field to provide a better understanding of various pathology and soft tissue within the body. Doctors order MRIs for everything from torn ligaments of the knee to the most life-threatening illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. No matter why the scan is ordered, most will be conducted using a contrast agent. Contrast agents help radiologists better visualize the area of concern and report back clearer findings to the physician.

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What is Class Action? What Does it Mean for the People?

The idea of a Class Action lawsuit may be familiar to many people due to the constant inundation of television commercials touting the phrase “have you been injured by Drug Name Here?” However, many of us aren’t familiar with what, exactly, a Class Action lawsuit entails, and how complicated it can get when there are multiple defendants AND multiple plaintiffs. Class Action, for the most part, was created to make a lawsuit easier when there are too many “plaintiffs” to be included in the standard Personal Injury lawsuit.

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CRPS and Blood Draws Are More Closely Linked Than Previously Thought

Routine blood tests are common practice within the healthcare system. While mildly unpleasant, when performed properly there should be no risk of harm to the patient. Millions of Americans visit their doctor’s office every year to have their blood drawn. Whether it’s to seek diagnosis for suspected illness or simply as part of a routine yearly physical exam. Aside from the slight discomfort of the needle stick, a lab draw shouldn’t pose any further pain to the patient. Hundreds of thousands of these tests are performed every day across the United States with no complications.

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The Time’s Up Movement Goes Beyond Hollywood, Hits Home

This article contains content that may be sensitive to some readers. We understand that for survivors of sexual assault and their families this content may be difficult to read and have added this warning to prevent any unnecessary emotional distress.

Survivors of sexual violence are encouraged to contact RAINN at 1-800.656.HOPE for the assistance they need to heal after becoming the victim of these unspeakable crimes.

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When Victims of Sexual Assault Come Forward, We MUST Listen, Believe

This article contains content that may be sensitive to some readers. We understand that for survivors of sexual assault and their families this content may be difficult to read and have added this warning to prevent any unnecessary emotional distress.

Survivors of sexual violence are encouraged to contact RAINN at 1-800.656.HOPE for the assistance they need to heal after becoming the victim of these unspeakable crimes.

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How Do Experienced Riders Prevent Motorcycle Accidents?

The best advice we can ever receive is from those who have more experience than we do. When purchasing a motorcycle for the first time, one cannot call themselves an expert, and therefore does not have the same experience in road safety and accident prevention that those who have been on the road for many years do. It’s important to heed advice from sources with insight such as those who prefer to use a motorcycle in place of a car most of the time, as well as motorcycle mechanics, reputable salespeople, and through doing your own research via online forums where bikers gather to discuss their hobby amongst themselves.

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Staying Safe This July 4th is Easy, Follow These Tips!

While most of us will be celebrating the upcoming 4th of July with family and friends, enjoying the fireworks, food, and what feels like the heat of summer in full effect, there are always people who will choose to act recklessly, putting innocent lives in danger. Unfortunately, the reality of alcohol-related accidents on holidays where alcohol flows freely such as July 4th, when the heat is high are all too real. To avoid becoming the victim of someone else’s recklessness, or getting into an accident yourself, it’s important to have plans in place for alcohol consumption. This is especially true if you’re a parent or guardian of minors.

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This 4th of July, Protect Yourself Against Fireworks Injuries

The upcoming 4th of July holiday brings families from all over the country together to celebrate America. Aside from food, the number one activity families participate in together is watching firework displays. These intricate displays are meant to celebrate our Independence Day in a big and extravagant way. While firework shows are a can’t-miss summer event, it’s important to educate yourself and your family on firework-safety, should you choose to put on your own firework show for friends and family.

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