Berman & Simmons News Articles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rear-end Collisions in Maine: Know the Facts and Your Legal Rights

    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.

  • Weather-Related Car Crashes in Maine

    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.

  • Century-old Law Firm Joins Lewiston’s Revitalization Push

    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.

  • With a Steadfast Mission, Berman & Simmons is Poised for Another Century of Success

    Author: Craig Bramley, Esq., Managing DirectorMore than 100 years after its founding, Berman & Simmons has evolved into a leading statewide law firm, employing the best talent and using the latest tools and technology to represent plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice cases, as well as a wide range of legal disputes. But despite our growth, the core of our original mission endures: We continue to pursue justice for the hardworking people of Maine, and take on even the toughest opponents that others refuse to face.In this article, Managing Director Craig Bramley reflects on where we stand as a firm and how we’re positioning ourselves for continued success in the future.

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