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According to a recent article by the Washington Post, nearly a third of drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are found to have safety risks after approval. A study points out the need for further drug monitoring after the drugs are openly distributed in the market.

“To win FDA approval, medications must be shown to be safe and effective. But many pivotal clinical trials used for approval involve fewer than 1,000 patients with follow-up of six months or less, according to the study. Safety problems often crop up years later after therapies have been used by much larger numbers of patients.”

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According to a recent article published in the New York Times, serious concerns are being raised about H.R. 1215, one of several bills introduced by House Republicans in their effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

If the bill passes, it would make it more difficult for people in Maine and throughout the nation, especially low-income and elderly citizens, to win lawsuits for even the most devastating injuries resulting from medical malpractice, faulty medical devices, or defective drugs.

According to the article, “The bill would impose new limits on lawsuits involving care covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance subsidized by the Affordable Care Act. The limits would apply to some product liability claims, as well as to medical malpractice lawsuits involving doctors, hospitals and nursing homes.”

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Not sure when to contact a Maine medical malpractice lawyer? Want to know how much a lawyer will cost? Interested in learning the steps of a lawsuit?

In part two of our “Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer” series, we answer 10 of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this important area of law.

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More than one out of five patients with serious health conditions in the U.S. are misdiagnosed, according to new research.

The Washington Post featured an article about the study conducted by the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, which raises serious concerns about the impact of diagnostic errors.

The researchers looked at the cases of nearly 300 patients who came to the Mayo Clinic after having received an initial diagnosis elsewhere from primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

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A medical device manufacturer based in Pennsylvania faces a federal lawsuit alleging it knew the dangers posed by its implantable blood clot filters, but sold the devices anyway.

The family of Keith A. Waters of North Carolina claims he died because one of the metal filters broke apart and lodged in his heart and lungs. They are suing B. Braun Medical Inc. and subsidiary Aesculap Implant Systems. The lawsuit was filed Friday, March 31, in federal court in Charlotte, N.C.

The filing of the lawsuit was covered by the Morning Call newspaper.

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A new bill in Congress would allow the federal government to limit the compensation a jury can award to patients harmed by serious medical errors. H.R. 1215 would benefit large corporations, while taking rights away from regular Maine people.

We believe local juries — not Washington lobbyists or politicians — should decide what compensation is fair for injured Mainers.

Here are nine great reasons to stand up against H.R. 1215.

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Use this contact information to write a letter, make a phone call, or send an email to your U.S. Representatives and Senators from Maine. Tell them you oppose H.R. 1215, which has been deceptively named the “Protecting Access to Care Act,” and urge them to oppose it, too.

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Do you think you may have been harmed by a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider in Maine? Want to speak with a lawyer but don’t know where to start?

Let us put your mind at ease. Working with one of our medical malpractice lawyers is simpler and easier than most people think.

In part one of our “Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer” series, we’ll look at the common emotions people experience when they contact us. We’ll discuss what you can expect from our attorneys and support staff. And we’ll walk you through the process of how we determine whether or not you have a case.

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When winter driving accidents happen, especially when they involve large trucks, hundreds of people in Maine are injured and several are killed each year. But when you add in the hazards of winter driving in Maine — from snowy and icy roadways to sudden wind gusts and icy debris flying from roofs — the risks go way up.

In this blog post we take a look at the hazards posed by commercial trucks in the winter in Maine. We explore some ways to keep your family safe, and give you advice on what to do if you’ve been hurt in accident involving a truck.

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On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one hospital-acquired infection. They are caused by viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, and are easily transmitted in the air, by people, and on equipment.

In this blog post, we explore some of the ways you and your family can prevent hospital-acquired infections. We also give you some advice on how to protect your rights and take legal action if one happens to you.

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