Berman & Simmons News Articles

  • 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.

  • Maine Snowmobile Accidents and Your Legal Rights

    Snowmobiling is a winter tradition in Maine. The state has 15,000 miles of groomed trails, 300 snowmobile clubs from north to south, and more avid “sledders” every year. Public safety officials remind people about the risks of snowmobiling: Excessive speed, poor maintenance, and operating under the influence are just some of the factors that cause injuries and death to Mainers each year.

  • Patient Safety News: $1B verdict for plaintiffs harmed by hip implants

    Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay more than $1 billion, mostly in punitive damages, to plaintiffs who claimed they were harmed by Pinnacle hip implants. Attorneys for the plaintiffs presented evidence that the metal-on-metal hip implants were defectively designed, and that manufacturers failed to warn consumers about risks.

  • Patient Safety News: Questions linger about Xarelto clinical trials

    As lawsuits increase against the makers of the anti-clotting medication Xarelto, attorneys around the U.S. say the drug never should have received approval from the FDA. Xarelto was approved in 2011 after a fast-track regulatory review, despite the fact that some of the agency’s own scientists had concerns about its safety.

  • Patient Safety News: Medical errors are third leading cause of death

    Medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., behind cancer and heart attacks, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University.An estimated 250,000 people die each year from medical errors, and others suffer debilitating injuries that can leave them out of work, in need of constant contact with medical professionals, and out of viable options to feel well again.This article discusses the wide variety of issues comprised by the term medical errors, and highlights a Portland Press Herald piece interviewing Dr. Dora Anne Mills, the vice president of clinical affairs at the University of New England.If you have been harmed by medical malpractice due to a medical error, contact Berman & Simmons for a free consultation.

  • Patient Safety News: Diabetes drugs linked to increased risk of heart failure

    Type II diabetes medications containing saxagliptin has been linked to an increased risk of heart failure, according to an April 2016 report released by the FDA.The safety review determined that patients using Onglyza (saxagliptin) and Kombiglyze XR (saxagliptin and metformin extended release) may have an increased risk of heart failure, especially if patients have existing heart or kidney diseases. Some patients receiving drugs containing saxagliptin were hospitalized for heart failure.Healthcare professionals and patients should report any adverse side effects related to the medications to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.Berman & Simmons attorney Susan Faunce is working in collaboration with other national law firms to help clients who have taken any of these medications and suffered damages.

  • Patient Safety News: Power morcellator worsened prognosis for women

    The power morcellator was used during gynecological surgery to cut up uterine fibroids—until the FDA reported that it can spread cancerous tissue throughout the abdomen.According to The Wall Street Journal, about 70 of the estimated 100 claims filed against Johnson & Johnson for their morcellator (which came off the market in July 2014) were settled recently, with settlements ranging from $100,000 to $1 million.This article describes cautions about the device, as well as its continued sale and marketing by other manufacturers.Berman & Simmons attorney Susan Faunce is working in collaboration with other national law firms to handle legal claims involving women who were diagnosed with cancer after surgery involving morcellation.

  • Patient Safety News: Bair Hugger blanket allegedly led to amputation

    More lawsuits have been filed against 3M for its Bair Hugger blanket devices, used by hospitals since the 1980s to keep patients warm in surgery involving anesthesia.According to the Louisiana Record, Lee Edward Peyton of New Orleans claimed the Bair Hugger system led to a hospital-acquired infection and ultimately the amputation of his left leg.This article highlights Peytons case, one of many Bair Hugger lawsuits filed nationwide, alleging its manufacturers were aware of the risks of hospital-acquired infections but did not warn patients or the medical community.Berman & Simmons attorney Susan Faunce is working in collaboration with other national law firms to handle legal claims involving patients who developed serious infections after surgeries in which Bair Hugger and other forced-air heating systems were used.

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