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Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit are to pay $247 million to six patients who have suffered from defective Pinnacle hip implants. The company faces over 9,700 similar lawsuits across America for the defective product after taking it off the market in 2013 because of new regulations set by the FDA.

If you have suffered complications because of a hip implant, contact Berman & Simmons, the leading law firm in Maine for people who have been harmed by dangerous and defective medical implants and devices.

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A recent study by Northwestern University has found that, if left in the body for seven months or more, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters can increase the risk of damaged veins or other injuries. The FDA stated in 2010 that it’s best to remove the filters between 29 and 54 days after implementation to prevent complications.

If you have suffered complications after an IVC filter implant, contact Berman & Simmons to find out if you are entitled to compensation.

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About 60% of heart bypass surgeries use the Sorin Sockert 3T heater-cooler system, a device intended to control a patient’s blood and organ temperature during the procedure. The device has been linked to dozens of infections in patients, including some fatal infections.  

If you have suffered complications resulting from a heater-cooler system, contact Berman & Simmons to find out if you are entitled to compensation.

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Students going back to school and weather-related driving conditions can create hazards for drivers in New England during the fall and winter months. Unfortunately, hundreds of people are injured and several are killed this time of year in driving accidents that involve cars, trucks, and pedestrians.

This article provides some of the driving situations you may encounter during the fall and winter, as well as some simple driving tips to keep in mind to reduce potential vehicle accidents, and protect yourself, your family, and other drivers.

If you were in a car crash and were seriously hurt by someone else’s negligence or reckless driving, contact Berman & Simmons, Maine’s leading personal injury law firm.

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The Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 Americans die each year from medical errors, and thousands more are seriously injured. That study ranked medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind only heart disease and cancer. The fact is, medical errors are all too common in hospitals and healthcare facilities. 

In this article, we discuss why medical errors happen, the different types of medical errors, and ways to help reducec the number of errors and related deaths. We also include some helpful resources for additional information. 

If you have been injured because of a medical error, contact Berman & Simmons for a free consultation. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers can help determine if your healthcare provider failed you in any way.

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The use of mesh during abdominal hernia surgery can help lower the risk of recurrence. But the mesh can lead to serious complications including bowel perforation, bleeding, and late abscess. These complications can offset the benefits of mesh.

If you have suffered complications because of hernia mesh, contact Berman & Simmons, the leading law firm in Maine for people who have been harmed by dangerous and defective medical implants and devices.

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People who have undergone hip replacement surgery in the United Kingdom are being urged to consult with their health care professionals, to check for health problems. The government alert was sent out in response to numerous reports of long term complications — ranging from joint pain and muscle loss to potentially fatal blood poisoning — in patients who received metal-on-metal hip implants.

If you have suffered complications after a metal-on-metal hip implant, contact Berman & Simmons to find out if you are entitled to compensation.

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Rear-end car crashes in Maine are more common than crashes caused by lane departures, moose or deer collisions, and all other types. While these crashes are not usually fatal, they cause hundreds of injuries each year and account for millions of dollars in vehicle damages.

In this article we take a look at some statistics, and the hazards posed by rear-end collisions. We explore some ways to keep your family safe, and give you advice on what to do if you’ve been hit from behind by another driver.

If you have been injured in a rear-end car accident, contact Berman & Simmons for a free consultation. Our legal team has the most experience in Maine handling personal injury claims, including cases involving rear-end car and truck collisions.

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Drivers in Maine, New Hampshire, and throughout New England understand the weather can change rapidly, making roadways dangerous within a matter of just a few minutes. Rain, snow, fog, and wind can cause weather-related car crashes that range from single-vehicle accidents to chain-reaction pileups. In fact, more than 20 percent of all vehicle crashes (car, truck, SUV, other) are related to adverse weather conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In this article we take a look the most dangerous conditions linked to weather-related car accidents and ways to avoid them.

If you have been injured in a weather-related car accident, contact Berman & Simmons for a free consultation. Our legal team has the most experience in Maine handling personal injury claims, including cases involving car and truck accidents.

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MaineBiz, the leading source in Maine for business news, published an article on Oct. 12, 2017 about the renovation of Berman & Simmons’ headquarters in downtown Lewiston.

The article, by MaineBiz senior writer Laurie Schreiber, highlights our recent renovation, some of our firm's history, and excerpts from her interview with our Managing Director, Craig Bramley. 

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