Berman & Simmons News Articles

  • Patient Safety News: One third of drugs approved by FDA pose safety risks

    “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.”

  • Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer: FAQs

    Mainers have access to excellent hospitals and doctors. But just like in the rest of America, Maine’s healthcare system is far from perfect. Doctors may not spend enough time with patients, there may be communication breakdowns, and there is increasing pressure to cut costs. When providers fail to meet the legally required standards of care, patients can be seriously injured or killed.

  • Patient Safety News: Man killed by defective IVC filter, family claims in new lawsuit

    A Pennsylvania medical device manufacturer recently faced a federal lawsuit alleging it knew the dangers posed by its implantable blood clot filters, but sold the devices anyway. The family of a North Carolina man claims he died because one such device broke apart and lodged in his heart and lungs. The FDA has received reports of IVC filters causing complications including punctured organs and veins and even death.

  • Top Reasons Why Mainers Should Oppose Tort Reform, H.R. 1215

    If you’ve been seriously harmed by an unsafe medication, a preventable hospital error, or a doctor’s negligence, you have a constitutional right to have your day in court, and for a jury of your peers to decide what fair compensation should be.

  • How to Contact Maines Congresspeople and Oppose H.R. 1215

    You can help make sure local juries—not Washington lobbyists—decide what compensation is fair for Mainers harmed by medical negligence. Tell Congress that you oppose H.R. 1215, and urge them to oppose it.Take the time to write, call, or send an email to your U.S. Representatives and Senators. Tell them to protect your right to trial by a jury of your peers, including the right for a jury to decide compensation in medical malpractice cases, guaranteed by the 7th Amendment.Contact your Maine representatives today to let them know you believe victims of medical malpractice should keep their rights to a fair trial and full compensation. Urge them to reject this bill.Congressman Bruce PoliquinCongresswoman Chellie PingreeSenator Susan CollinsSenator Angus King

  • Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer: What to Expect

    Nearly every day, the lawyers and staff at Berman & Simmons are contacted by Mainers who think they may have been harmed by misdiagnosis or other medical mistakes. Most don’t know whether they have a case or not; they simply want to understand what happened, how it occurred, and how it can be prevented for others.

  • Winter Truck Accidents: What to do if You’ve Been Hit

    Hundreds of people in Maine are injured and several killed each year in winter crashes, some involving large commercial trucks. This article reviews the hazards posed by commercial trucks on winter roadways. We list five tools for preventing a winter collision, give you advice on what to do if you’ve been hurt in accident involving a truck, and provide useful links to more specific resources.

  • Maine Hospital Infection Rates & Lawsuits

    On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has a hospital-acquired infection. In this blog post, we explore ways to prevent HAIs, and how to take legal action if it happens to you.

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