June 2010 Archives

June 29, 2010

DANGEROUS DRUG - Reglan

Reglan is a presciption drug pushed by pharmaceutical companies to patients to treat Gastroesophageal relfux (GER) Gastroesophaegeal reflux disease (GERD). Many studies dating back from the 1970s, have shown that Reglan is ineffective in resolving GER and GERD. A 2006 study published in Nature Clinical Practice: Gastroenterology & Hepatology concluded that "the evidence base for the use of [metoclopramide for GERD] is weak, with little or no sustained effect on acid exposure or healing of esophagitis." The studies also indicate patients suffer from irreversible side effect if used for longer than a 12 week period called Tardive Dyskinesia. TD is a tragic life-long medical condition that causes involuntary and abnormal body movement.

TAKE ACTION

If you or a loved one has taken Reglan and have experienced any of the harmful side effects listed below please seek the help of the Branch Law Firm. Fill out a contact form or call us today so that we can conduct a thorough evaluation of your Reglan use and any damaging or irreversible symptoms that you have experienced.

June 29, 2010

AVANDIA RECENT NEWS

Please see our Avandia information page to learn about the most up to date news on the harmful diabetes drug. The attorneys and lawyers at the Branch Law Firm can help you take action against the pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline, makers of the diabetes drug Avandia; also known as Rosiglitazone

June 27, 2010

Tragic New Mexico Car Accident Kills Cyclist

A 19-year old bicyclist riding cross-country to raise money for breast cancer research died after being struck by a car. He was part of a team of cyclists riding to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The car/bike collision occurred near Laguna, New Mexico, about 50 miles west of Albuquerque. Witnesses report that the truck came around a bend on the narrow, two-way State Route 124, one of New Mexico's most dangerous roadways and hit the cyclist. The SUV driver was driving on the apron when the accident occurred.

The collision is still under investigation.

Although he was treated immediately, the bicyclist's head injuries were too severe and he was declared brain dead shortly after being admitted to the hospital.

The bicyclist was a student at the University of Colorado, majoring in biological and chemical engineering. A spokesman from the University stated, "it's a tragic loss for his family and the university community."

Car accidents can happen in an instant, but may change the lives of the victims and their families forever. Here, this accident underscored the need for safety on New Mexico's roads and thoroughfares and the real dangers that face bicyclists trying to traverse through narrow stretches of roadway.

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June 21, 2010

Traumatic Brain Injuries In Thousands of Troops Go Undiagnosed

Recent studies have revealed that the military medical system has failed to diagnose traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) in hundreds, if not thousands, of troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many times, these individuals receive little or no treatment for the effects of these debilitating injuries.

TBIs from the war are often mild and occur as the result of shock waves from roadside bombs which shake through soldiers skulls and brains, similar to a TBI caused by a car accident, resulting in both physical and mental injuries. Officials estimate about 115,000 troops have suffered TBIs, but others say the figure is much higher.

Even mild TBIs can lead to long-term problems such as

• Lapses in memory and cognition
• Difficulty concentrating
• Problems with coordination
• Emotional issues
• Dizziness

However, unlike car accident victims who are often monitored for head injuries, even when TBIs are diagnosed in troops, the information may not be officially documented and the soldiers fail to receive adequate treatment.

If treated early on, the effects of a traumatic brain injuries can be lessened, and help improve both memory and decision-making. If left untreated though, symptoms can worsen to the point where victims can no longer drive, understand what they've read or recall much of their past.

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June 14, 2010

Grants Awarded To Study Medical Malpractice

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services announced millions of dollars in grants to states to address medical malpractice. These grants will go to state health departments, universities and medical centers for demonstration projects designed to reduce injuries, decrease the numbers of lawsuits, improve doctor/patient communication and lower liability insurance premiums.

These funds were approved after recent studies show that despite calls of a lawsuit crisis and insurance crisis - the real issue is way too much medical malpractice exists causing catastrophic injuries. Preventable medical negligence may occur because of untrained/unsupervised residents making prescription errors. It may occur when a small handful of doctors act negligently and states fail to adequately discipline them. Negligence may occur when communication fails between hospital staff.

Medical negligence does not occur as the result of lawyers bringing lawsuits.

Much of the recently approved grant money will go toward programs designed to improve patient safety such as improving communication. However, monies will also go towards programs focused on early disclosure and compensation. Although prompt attention to malpractice claims can be beneficial, models emphasizing early disclosure and settlement of cases often fail to address the root cause of malpractice and provide inadequate compensation to the victims of gross negligence.

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June 7, 2010

Medical Malpractice Highest in July

Preventable medical errors are the sixth biggest killer in America and account for an estimated 98,000 deaths in the United States each year. A new study has found that the number of medical mistakes per month is fairly steady - except for in July when the error rate goes up nearly 10 percent.

This increase in medical error rate also corresponds to the influx of newly graduated doctors who are admitted to work in teaching hospitals. The study finds 'the great the number of teaching hospitals, the greater the July Effect for ..[fatal] medication errors." Much anecdotal evidence supports the so-called "July Effect, " but this is the first study to provide concrete results. One of the disturbing conclusions found significantly higher numbers of deaths due to medication error, even when resident's hours were decreased.

As New Mexico medical malpractice attorneys, we believe medical errors by should never occur. Now evidence shows that July - when new doctors receive training by working on us - is an even more frightening and dangerous time to head to the hospital. Hospitals must do more to ensure our safety.

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June 2, 2010

5 Dangerous Albuquerque Intersections

The following is a guest post from the Illinois personal injury attorneys of Dolan Law Offices:

With the Memorial Day Weekend behind us, it is time to reflect on the busy summer driving season. The summer months are notoriously the worst for drunk driving accidents in New Mexico and across the nation.
This year the DWI Resource Center worked with the Albuquerque Police and the New Mexico State Police to identify the 5 Albuquerque intersections most likely to have DWI crashes. With the aid of a computer program, the DWI Resource Center looked at data such as history of drunk driving accidents that caused personal injuries, the proximity of bars and liquor stores, and traffic patterns.*

Using this information, they found that the top 5 likely locations for Albuquerque DWI accidents over the holiday weekend were:

1. Wyoming and Montgomery;
2. Central and Coors;
3. Coors and Blake;
4. Coors and Quail; and
5. Menaul and Carlisle.

While this data is useful and allows police to better plan sobriety checkpoints and to help the public avoid personal injury accidents, drunk driving accidents will continue to occur. Accidents can happen anywhere at any time. It is important to remain vigilant about the drivers around you in order to avoid the significant injuries, and devastating fatalities, that can result from a drunk driving accident. If you are in an accident then it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and to discuss your potential recovery.

Dolan Law Offices provides representation to people hurt in drunk driving accidents and other personal injury accidents throughout the state of Illinois.

*Source: www.KRQE.com "Alcohol Related Crash Holiday Hot Spots" by Ian Schwartz, May 29, 2010