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April 2018 Archives

It's Not All Fun and Games at the Toy Store

Ever had your flesh sliced by a snap bracelet? Or how about your child feeling drugged after accidentally eating part of a toy? Maybe your son was playing CSI and the finger print powder eerily mimicked the affects of asbestos. These are all real cases of defective children's toys. And yes, as outrageous as it sounds, GHB, a common date-rape drug, was found in Aqua Dots. And Spin Master (the makers) knew about it! Needless to say, they paid $1.3 million in fines. Countless other toys have caused unnecessary suffering and while many of the manufacturers paid damages in a lawsuit or outright halted production, some still remain on the market.

How Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Work?

Injury and accidents are unfortunately a common issue most people live through many times in their lives. Most of the time accidents intervention of the civil courts, or sometimes, the criminal system. However, what if you were traveling to work, and suffered a serious injury on because of a negligently driven 18-wheeler that totaled your car, and left you bed ridden for many months. These types of injuries can affect your financial well-being, and become a tremendous stressor on you, and your family.

Medical device manufacturer settles over faulty diagnostics

Alere, a company that manufactures various medical devices including diagnostic machines, settled a $33 million dollar claim with the government over claims it sold hospitals unreliable testing devices. As a result, the hospitals ended up submitting fraudulent claims to Medicaid and Medicare.

Opioid Addiction Mitigated in States with Legal Marijuana

Two recently published studies suggest that states with legal marijuana have less prevalent use of opioids, and less of chance to be addicted to opioids in the future. One study, which primarily used the data of Medicare patients over the age of 65, founds 14% reduction in opioid prescription in states that have legalized medical marijuana.

Be Vigilant in the Face of Negligence

Accidents happen. Some can be completely random twists of fate, but many are caused by human error. Negligence. Although oftentimes not committed with nefarious intent, the people who cause the problems should be held responsible for their actions. If you have suffered an injury due to negligence, be aware of the factors involved, and Reich and Binstock can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Liability of Undomesticated Animals

A large amount of people across the United States own dogs and cats. Owner's liability with domesticated animals is well understood. For example, If Fred has a dog, and his dog bites someone, Fred can be liable for his pet's harm to the victim if he "knows or has reason to know that the animal has dangerous propensities abnormal to its class." If Fred owns a miniature Yorkshire Terrier, it would be unlikely for Fred to know that such an animal would have "dangerous propensities abnormal" to Yorkshire Terriers, considering how small and timid those types of dogs can be.

The Importance of Being Insured

Surviving a car accident can be a jarring and traumatic experience. Assessing your own injuries, those of your passengers, the state of your vehicle, the other people and vehicles becomes an overweening whirlwind of thoughts and emotions.

Houston and the National Opioid Crisis

In October 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and announced that he would use federal funds to help tackle the opioid problems plaguing the country. While the Trump Administration wishes to dissuade people from taking opioids, a massive amount of damage has already been done. 59,000 people died in 2016 because of opioids. As a result, hundreds of cities and counties have filed suit against several drug manufacturers.

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