Berman & Simmons News Articles

  • 3 Inspiring Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

    A car accident, sudden fall, or traumatic blow to the spine can fracture or dislocate vertebrae causing significant pain and permanent injury With further advancements in modern medicine and knowledge of these life-altering issues, patients with severe spinal cord injuries are making miraculous recoveries. Here are some examples of the recent advancements in spinal cord injury treatment:

  • What If I Get Hurt By A Driver With Insufficient Insurance (Or None At All!)?

    In Maine, the minimum uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage is $50,000 per person or $100,000 per accident, which is equal to the minimum mandatory liability coverage. However, if you are seriously injured in a car accident by someone with minimum coverage — or worse yet, no coverage at all — it will be very difficult for you to cover property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and other short term and long term expenses from your crash.In this article, we examine the risks posed by underinsured and uninsured motorists and specific steps you can take to make sure you are protected.If you were seriously injured in a car crash by and underinsured or uninsured driver, contact Berman & Simmons, Maine’s leading personal injury law firm.

  • Personal Injury Damages: What Can I Recover?

    If you’re thinking about filing a personal injury claim, you’re probably wondering how much money you might be able to recover. If your claim is valid, there are many factors you and your lawyer will be considering to arrive at a reasonable estimate, but it’s important for you to first understand the types of damages for which you might be eligible.

  • Patient Safety News: $247 million verdict for plaintiffs harmed by hip implant

    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.

  • Patient Safety News: Heater-cooler systems used in heart bypass procedures linked to infections

    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.

  • Patient Safety News: Study reveals IVC filters left longer in body increase complication risks

    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.

  • Stay Safe in New England With These Fall and Winter Driving Tips

    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.

  • Patient Safety News: New warning about metal hip implants issued in U.K.

    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.

  • The Dangers of Medical Errors and Why They Happen

    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.

  • Patient Safety News: Complications can offset benefits of hernia mesh

    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, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. 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.