Month: June 2015

Nursing homes often administer antipsychotic drugs without consent

Published on June 30, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

Blog, Pharmaceutical

A recent, unprecedented settlement against a U.S. nursing home is raising questions nationwide about how many nursing home residents are overmedicated with antipsychotic drugs without proper consent. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Nevada is one of only two states in the nation where all 32 nursing homes were cited by state health inspectors for infractions relating to elder care in 2013. While alarming, these numbers also play a role in why patients, family members and a Reno personal injury attorney are increasingly concerned about how medication is [...]
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Nevada lawmakers target hit-and-run drivers

Published on June 27, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

Blog, Personal Injury

Nevada motorists who flee the scene of an accident will soon face stricter penalties, according to NBC News Las Vegas. With the passage of Senate Bill 245, drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents causing serious injuries or death will receive the same penalties as those who do so and are convicted of felony DUI. Nevada’s “leaving the scene” statute and associated penalties are intended to discourage drivers from leaving the scene following an accident. However, an injury lawyer Reno knows that drunk drivers sometimes flee the scene willfully because [...]
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Birth defects caused by Zofran, lawsuit claims

Published on June 25, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

Blog, Pharmaceutical

Patients going through chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in Nevada and across the country were relieved when GlaxoSmithKline released the drug Zofran in 1991. This powerful anti-nausea medication was approved by the FDA to alleviate severe nausea in treatment patients, as well as people suffering from the aftereffects of anesthesia. Shortly after the drug was released, however, physicians began rapidly prescribing the drug to pregnant women who were suffering from morning sickness in their first trimester, a fact known by Reno, Nevada product liability attorneys. Incidentally, the drug was [...]
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Asbestos exposure connected to these 3 types of mesothelioma

Published on June 10, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

Blog, Product Liability

For years, people were unaware of the dangers of asbestos. It was commonly used in construction materials across the United States for decades prior to the discovery that the material created deadly complications for many individuals. Reno mesothelioma lawyers are keenly aware of the damage asbestos can cause with just minor exposure. According to Medical News Today, the term asbestos includes six naturally occurring minerals. They are fibrous in nature and incredibly durable. However, these microscopic, fibrous minerals can be inhaled into the lungs, causing many complications, including [...]
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Every year, 1,800 people die from falls in nursing homes

Published on June 8, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

Personal Injury

Nursing homes in Nevada and across the country are responsible for ensuring that their residents have a safe living environment. In general, nursing home residents are at higher risk for falling because of their age and feeble physical condition, a fact known by a wrongful death attorney in Reno. Some residents may suffer from debilitating health conditions that could make it difficult to walk. Facilities that are properly equipped with the right safety equipment and have ample staff on hand to monitor and assist residents may have a [...]
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Actos maker ordered to pay up for bladder cancer risks

Published on June 5, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

Product Liability

When a pharmaceutical manufacturer releases a new drug on the market, a Reno personal injury lawyer knows that the drug maker is required to disclose certain information to consumers, including all potential side effects and adverse reactions. Makers of the diabetic drug Actos is under scrutiny because they allegedly failed to include data that links the drug to an increased incidence of bladder cancer, according to the Chicago Sun Times. When people do not know the potential danger they face while taking a medication, they could become the [...]
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