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Three major medical device lawsuits remain pressing - Part I

It seems that every week or so, news breaks that another prescription medication or medical device is more dangerous than the Food and Drug Administration originally believed it to be. This is a frustrating reality, but it is also only so preventable. Sometimes, manufacturers understand the hazards that their drugs and devices may cause as these innovations work their way through research, development and approval process. However, some hazards are only made known when drugs and devices are disseminated to a large segment of the population.

However, it is important to understand that manufacturers may be held responsible for harm caused by defective or otherwise dangerous medications and medical devices under a variety of circumstances. This tends to be an especially relevant statement when manufacturers either ignored hazards or failed to warn the public about them. In these cases, the effects of such medications and devices may not appear for years but the need to hold manufacturers accountable for resulting harm remains pressing.

Is the CPSC reversing its position on artificial turf safety?

In 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released an article to the public entitled “CPSC Staff Finds Synthetic Turf Fields OK to Install, OK to Play On.” However, in the time since this article was posted, the CPSC seems to have revisited this subject and it may be close to formally reversing its position on the matter.

The CPSC’s Communication Director recently observed that, “Chairman Elliot Kaye has deep concerns with the (2008) press release and it is not the agency’s current position.” He went on to explain that, “What was done in 2008 was not good enough to make a claim either way as to the safety of those fields.”

Tired truck drivers pose real risk to others

It goes without saying, but driving when tired is extremely dangerous. Not only does a driver run the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel, but a tired driver also has a slower reaction time. 

While all drivers should be avoiding driving when tired, in this blog post we will solely focus on truck drivers and fatigue. At Clancy Law, we handle all types of motor vehicle accident cases, including those involving tired truck drivers causing accidents. 

Reality Rides simulator tour launched this month

Earlier this month, Allstate launched a national tour in order to introduce a tool that may help Americans curb their urge to drive while distracted. The Reality Rides simulator is essentially a stationary car outfitted with virtual reality technology. When participants step into the car, they will notice that a curved LED television has been installed in the windshield.

As participants begin to “drive” they are given directions to attempt to text, enter directions on an electronic navigation system and talk on a phone while they operate the vehicle. The experience ultimately provides drivers with tools and tips on motor vehicle safety.

Bit by a dog? Our lawyers can help protect you

Many people in the Chicago area have a dog as a pet. In general, we think of dogs as being lovable companions that would never think of hurting us. While this may be true of many pets, dogs are still animals that may attack if the circumstances are right.

Any person who has experienced a dog attack and any parent who has had to help his or her child recover from a dog attack understands the damage it can cause. Depending on the nature of the attack, a dog bite can cause serious physical injury. Not only that, but a dog attack can cause emotional problems for years to come -- especially if the victim suffered permanent scarring or disfigurement.

The Unnecessary Surge In Truck Accidents Nationwide

NBC News recently reported a disturbing surge in the number of accidents involving an increasing number of semi-tractor trailers hauling freight on our nation's highways every year. According to the report, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports there were statistically 11 fatal truck crash accidents every day during 2014, resulting in more than 4,000 deaths of truckers, car drivers and passengers annually. In addition to the fatalities, more than 100,000 people each year suffer injuries.

While truck drivers are not always to blame for causing the accidents, drivers with commercial driver's licenses (CDL) are held to a higher standard and are expected to know and obey FMCSA regulations regarding number of hours behind the wheel, use of drugs and alcohol and safe practices regarding other drivers on the road. 

New NuvaRing lawsuits are being filed

Few life experiences are more frustrating than learning that a medication or medical device that you need may be inherently dangerous. Certainly, many medications and medical devices are dangerous, especially to individuals with certain medical conditions. However, patients and physicians strive to make the safest treatment decisions possible under the circumstances at hand. When a physician prescribes a certain medication or medical device under the impression that it will benefit the patient only to learn later that the treatment is dangerous, frustration almost certainly results.

For example, many women are prescribed birth control medications either as a medical necessity or as a preventative measure. Although all birth control medications and prescription medical devices carry risks, these treatments are generally considered to be safe. However, certain birth control treatments are eventually determined to be dangerous. And this turn of events can be uniquely frustrating and challenging for the women who have been exposed to them.

Should women fear safety risks of feminine hygiene products?

Americans understandably question the safety of various consumer goods. They research safety ratings when buying motor vehicles, look up safety information when buying products for infants and pay close attention to food-related recalls. However, there are other products that many Americans likely do not worry about, very simply because they have never been given reason to worry about them.

For example, feminine hygiene products are purchased by millions of American women every year. One product is chosen over another primarily because of cost, design and marketing appeal. Few women choose one feminine hygiene product over another due to safety concerns. However, a new bill may cause women to question the safety of these seemingly harmless and necessary products.

Tool to help parents find safe car seats for their children

Accidents almost always occur without warning. As a result, it is important that all passengers traveling in motor vehicles are properly restrained at all times. Failure to utilize proper restraints can result in death or serious injury in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a powerful graphic illustrating that only three out of every 10 parents have installed a car seat that is correct for their child. Improper restraints can not only fail to shield infants and children from injury and death in the event of a crash, improper restraints can cause these devastating consequences.

Thankfully, the NHTSA has released some excellent tools designed to aid parents in finding the correct car seats for their babies and young children. When choosing a safety restraint seat for your child, it is critical to consider his or her age, height, weight and the kind of vehicle you will be placing the restraint into.

AAA: Teen drivers continue to struggle with distraction

There is no question that one of the biggest dangers facing teen drivers is their tendency to sometimes lose focus behind the wheel. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that distraction plays a role in as much as 14 of all car accidents involving teen drivers.

As shocking as this figure is, consider the results of a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which found that distraction played a role in as much as 58 percent of all the crashes it examined.