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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Patients Who Sought Hernia Treatment Only Found Devastating Complications

You may have seen the ominous television commercials warning patients about the risks of “Hernia Mesh” and the life-threatening side effects they pose to patients who have had them surgically implanted. Patients have sustained so many injuries over the course of the last decade that the safety of the device has been called into question. While a number of television commercials are dramatic, meant for shock value, and to draw a profit from viewers, the commercials about Hernia Mesh Implants provide accurate information meant to inform.

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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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Trucking-related Wrongful Deaths Claim Victims Lives, the Peace of Mind of Family Members Left Behind

There has been an influx of trucking-related wrongful deaths every time we turn on the news. The most recent being Herma Jervis, 68 of Boynton Beach, Florida. Mrs. Jervis was struck by a delivery truck and run over by it’s outer left wheel, according to law enforcement. Because the case is still under investigation, not much else in known about the tragic situation except that Mrs. Jervis was pronounced dead upon her arrival to the hospital. In the coming days, the Shaked Law Blog intends to keep up with this tragedy as it unfolds.

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The “Roundup” on Roundup: What is it? Why is it Dangerous?

Known as a popular weed killer, Roundup was developed by Monsanto in the 1970s. Used by both farmers and homeowners in 150+ countries up until several years ago. When scientific study showed evidence that glyphosate–the main ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship product–was directly linked to high instances of of cancer; non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma being the largest culprit, Monsanto was inundated with lawsuit after lawsuit. The current number sits somewhere near 400 as of July 2018. Attorneys have seen a rise in clients and families of loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer after years spent doing agricultural work.

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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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The Link Between CRPS and Blood Draws is Closer Than You Think

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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Motorcycle Insurance 101: Coverage Before Cruising

If you love motorcycles and the open road, you’ll already be familiar with the insurance coverage necessary to take your weekend ride safely. It’s always a good thing to refresh your memory, too! For those new riders that are less familiar with everything that comes along with that beautiful new Harley, Indian, Triumph, or Honda, it’s important to fully understand the rules of the road as well as the insurance policies available to you for a safer, less expensive ride. Educating oneself doesn’t stop after learning to ride that brand-new bike.

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