Talcum Powder Lawsuit in New JerseySince evidence surfaced linking the use of talcum powder products to the development of ovarian cancer, hundreds of women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of talc based products. In December of 2015, over 100 of these cases were consolidated into a Multi-County Litigation on the request of J & J and its codefendants. The talcum powder attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are monitoring the progress of this action and how it is likely to impact cases in the future so that we can provide you with sound advice regarding your own claim.

Johnson & Johnson Requested MDL for Convenience and Consistency

The bellwether cases in New Jersey has gone far more fortuitously for Johnson & Johnson than those in St. Louis, so the pharmaceutical giant wants to have all statements of fact consolidated to ensure the potential for numerous rulings in its favor. In an MDL, witnesses, studies and statement of facts are considered before a judge to determine which evidence and testimony will be permitted once the cases return to the courts where they originated. This process saves time and resources and allowed for swifter conclusion of cases with similar cases and circumstances.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Single Mothers Scholarship program. Each year we offer two scholarships to single mothers. While we received many entries from students across the country, the women below exemplify what it means to be a caring mother striving to improve life for themselves and their children.

Undergraduate Scholarship Award Winner

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Destini Shuemaker and daughters

Protected Bike Lanes in South LoopThe construction of new bike lanes and barriers in the South Loop is set to begin in 2017 and the project is meant to reduce the number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in the area. As Chicago continues to present itself as a bike friendly city, a recent string of bicycle related fatalities and injuries has sparked concern over how well the city has adapted to the needs of the cyclists it is trying to attract. Members of the community are hopeful that this project will address these concerns and make the streets safer and easier to travel for bicyclists and motorists alike.

Plan Met With Enthusiasm at August Meeting

Residents were invited to a meeting over the matter of bike safety on August 23rd, where the proposal to increase the number of bike lanes, bike traffic signals and barriers was presented. A supermajority agreed with the plan and residents became excited over its implementation, believing that it was long overdue and needed to ensure the safety of motorists, bike riders and pedestrians alike. The details of the plan include the following.

Recovery for Brain InjuryA Chicago family has been awarded an unprecedented settlement in the amount of $53 million twelve years after negligent healthcare resulted in birth injuries to an infant showing symptoms of fetal distress. The lawsuit alleged that medical staff employed by the University of Chicago ignored the child’s mother for hours even though she was in desperate need of an emergency C-section. Twelve years later, the child is unable to walk or speak and will suffer from neurological impairment for the rest of his life. This case is an example of the types of claims the childbirth injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers take on in their pursuit of enacting real change in the healthcare industry.

A Routine Birth Gone Disastrously Wrong

Lisa Ewing was under the illusion that she was receiving the best care available and that her child’s birth was proceeding exactly as planned. While in labor, however, she went for extended period without any supervision or follow up by nurses or doctors. It was during this time that it is alleged her child went into fetal distress.

No Seatbelts in Bus that CrashedLow-cost bus services like Megabus are proving that a cheap ride can have expensive repercussions. 43 people loaded into a coach in hopes of winning it big at Salton Sea Casino in California last month, but their expedition ended in disaster when their bus slammed into a truck, killing 13 people and leaving more injured. Despite claims over bus driver negligence, it is a reality that lives could have been saved had passengers had access to seat belts. The bus accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have long decried lawmakers for not putting regulations into place which would require motor coach services to install seatbelts in all of their vehicles.

Regulations Have Stalled Despite Multiple Disasters

A proposal to require seatbelts on all public buses was made as far back as 1968 after 19 people were killed in a bus accident. It was not until this month that such a proposal will finally go into effect, proving that lawmakers have long catered to the needs of bus companies rather than forcing them to implement policies and install equipment that saves lives. Many of the buses that are still on the road do not have seatbelts and will not have them in the near future because they were produced before current regulations took hold.

Chicagoland Bicycle DangersWhile Chicago tries to present itself as a bicycle friendly city, an epidemic of accidents has presented a dark, dangerous and deadly shadow upon those efforts. Six deaths this year and numerous other accidents have made this a record year in regards to fatalities and injuries. It is reasonable to assume that the uptick in bicycle accidents may be influenced in part by the flood of new bicycles into the area, but many of the accidents reported in recent history are symptoms of far more serious concerns. The Chicago bicycle accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believe these incidents reflect inadequate measures put in place to protect cyclists and disregard on part of motorists for their safety.

A List of Incidents Both Long and Alarming

September has been a horrible month for Chicago area bicyclists, with the number of fatalities occurring in the month equaling the total for all of last year. The accidents involving bicyclists include the following incidents.

Trucks That Self Drive with CarsA stir was created when Anheuser-Busch made news by shipping a trailer full of beer over 120 miles without a driver behind the wheel. While there was a driver in the sleeper berth ready to take over if things went awry, he never took the wheel as the semi-truck made its way from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. The development of autonomous driving technology for trucks comes with a lot of questions and the public has voiced many of the same concerns over self-driving trucks as they have cars. For our Chicago truck accident attorneys, the most important question for consideration is how this technology impacts liability.

Historic Trip Reveals True Ability of Autonomous Driving Technology

When a truck is able to travel 120 miles without any assistance from a human being and can enter and leave the highway without causing an accident, it quickly dismisses any notion that self-driving technology is soon to become reality for drivers everywhere. While there are many benefits to this technology, many concerns and questions still exist in the minds of skeptics. First, let’s consider the benefits that autonomous driving may have on the trucking industry.

Patients Risk of Dying May be IdentifiableA new testing system may make it easier for doctors to accurately assess risk in patients about to undergo surgical procedures so that they can communicate those risks more effectively. More accurate risk evaluation can also help surgeons plan ahead and put together a contingency plan they can fall back upon in the event things do not go according to plan. The Chicago surgical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers often point out that poor communication between doctors and their patients about risk and the failure to make adequate preparations for patients with notable risk factors are common causes of medical malpractice cases.

Mortality Rate is High Among Certain Subgroups

While it is true that the chance of patient mortality during or following most medical procedures is miniscule, there are some subgroups that carry extremely high risk. Data has shown that these subgroups report mortality rates as high as 10%, making accurate risk assessment crucial to operative success. Not only is a better system of predicting risk essential to reducing mortality rates, but it is also vital to helping doctors communicate effectively with their patients.

Large Award in Talcum Powder LawsuitA jury awarded a Californian woman more than $70 million dollars in Johnson & Johnson’s third straight legal loss over claims that its talcum powder is linked to ovarian cancer. There are currently over 1,700 lawsuits being brought against the pharmaceutical giant and the last three verdicts present a foreboding picture to come for Johnson & Johnson. The talcum powder /ovarian cancer attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have been watching developments closely as the current cases being brought against J & J are certain to influence the manner in which future claims will proceed.

Verdict Follows Two Similar Rulings by St. Louis Court

The claims levied against Johnson & Johnson include that the company ignored compelling evidence that talcum powder could cause cancer over an extended period of use and then refused to warn consumers regarding the link. In fact, many of the talcum products used marketing specifically to encourage use on the genitals, where it could cause bodily harm over time.

Governments and ArbitrationMuch of the news we have read over the last twenty years pertaining to the nursing care industry has given us reason for worry and fear. We’ve watched lawmakers make prodigious cuts to funding and for profit companies pervade the market; all while finding and creating numerous loopholes to recuse themselves of liability. A huge retaliatory blow was struck on behalf of seniors everywhere, however, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services promised to withhold funding from the corporations that found a way to deny many victims of nursing abuse the right to bring the offending homes to court.

Nursing Industry Forces Arbitration upon Residents of Assisted Care Communities

The right to sue negligent corporations for any injuries their actions may cause is taken for granted, so the families of many nursing neglect and abuse victims were shocked to learn that they had forfeited this right when admitting their relatives into nursing homes that snuck arbitration clauses into their living agreements. These clauses were often placed into the fine print that most people give no more than a moment’s notice to and have prevented many families with legitimate disputes from receiving the justice they sought.

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