A Closer Look at CRPS: When You Have a Case, Here's What Happens Next

A Closer Look at CRPS: When You Have a Case, Here's What Happens Next

A CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) diagnosis can be a relief to many people. Knowing that their pain is real, valid, and lending a name to everything they've felt possibly for years is a relief. Despite the relief a CRPS diagnosis may bring emotionally, the mental toll chronic pain takes on the psyche of a patient is immeasurable. Living with a disease dubbed "the suicide disease" due to its lack of symptom relief is an endless nightmare of doctors, treatments, procedures, and tests that all lead down the same road: one of pain and suffering that seems endless.

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What Drivers Really Need to Know About Uninsured Motorist Coverage (Don't Sign Up Without This Information!)

What Drivers Really Need to Know About Uninsured Motorist Coverage (Don't Sign Up Without This Information!)

According to DMV.org, the go-to source for DMV regulations and amendments to the law by state, the Insurance Research Council–or IRC–has estimated that one out of seven drivers doesn't carry car insurance. This statistic is staggering but not surprising in states like Florida, where most drivers don't carry enough or any motor vehicle insurance at all.

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Why Do Lawyers Turn Down Cases? Hint: It's Not Personal!

Why Do Lawyers Turn Down Cases? Hint: It's Not Personal!

A great deal of lawyers will offer potential clients a free case evaluation or free consultation to get a better picture of the legal issue at hand. An initial consultation, it should be noted, doesn't qualify an attorney-client relationship. In fact, there are instances where a lawyer will offer his or her time free of charge for a case evaluation and then decide not to take on the case after all. This line of decision-making has nothing to do with "liking" the potential client, even if the client feels they're being "turned away"; that's simply not the case (every attorney wants to be able to help as many clients as possible seek justice).

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What is a Product Recall? Here's What Informed Consumers Need to Know!

What is a Product Recall? Here's What Informed Consumers Need to Know!

Depending on state and local regulations the process leading to the recall of a product varies widely. Concerned consumers should always look to the official FDA and Product Recall websites for the most updated information. However, this is a standardized process by which the federal government issues its recalls when a product is found to have a dangerous defect or food is found to pose a health risk.

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Talcum Powder Was a Woman's Staple, Now the Manufacturer is Being Sued For Withholding Health Risks

Talcum Powder Was a Woman's Staple, Now the Manufacturer is Being Sued For Withholding Health Risks

A decades-old brand of popular talcum powder that was once a woman's household staple has come under fire in recent years for the manufacturer's withholding of damaging documentation that could've saved thousands of lives and prevented as many from suffering diagnoses of ovarian cancer after using the product for an extended period of time. So, why did the manufacturer withhold scientific studies linked to undeniable proof that women who utilized their talcum powder as part of a daily hygiene routine were at a higher risk for ovarian cancer? The answer may just lie in the fact that for large companies, money gained is worth more than the lives lost.

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What Your Lawyer is Doing When They're Not Calling You Back

What Your Lawyer is Doing When They're Not Calling You Back

If there's a level of trust instilled between attorney and client, the attorney knows what he or she needs to do and has an entire team (legal assistants, paralegals, and seasoned associates) to get the job done. A client won't need to call or text an attorney they trust multiple times a day, just to "check in" and "see how it's going" if they've researched their chosen law firm, it's reputable, and they've handled similar cases.

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Healthcare Workers Violating Patient Care: an Epidemic That Can't Be Ignored

Healthcare Workers Violating Patient Care: an Epidemic That Can't Be Ignored

The last thing a family expects is to come to the realization that their loved one has become the victim of abuse. When the abuse comes at the hands of a healthcare worker entrusted with the care of a loved one, it's not only unfathomable that this could happen to patients in need of medical care, but it's unacceptable on the part of healthcare professionals employed to perform their duties with a reasonable standard of care.

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Legalese: What Lawyers Say, and What it Actually Means

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

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!)

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

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

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

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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How a Drug That Was Intended to Save Lives Ultimately Destroyed Them

How a Drug That Was Intended to Save Lives Ultimately Destroyed Them

Pharmaceutical companies are responsible for the life of every patient who is prescribed their drugs for any length of time. Not only are these manufacturers held to a high standard of care for each and every patient, but they must be transparent about any potential harm that may come to patients due to the medications they manufacture.

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

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?

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?

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

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

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.

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

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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