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Generators and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Through years of handling cases involving carbon monoxide poisoning we have learned of the extreme importance of exercising care in the use of gas or diesel fired generators. The use of generators peaks after large storms such as the one that we have just experienced. Unfortunately the number of carbon monoxide poisoning deaths also peaks with the increase in generator use.

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Proving Fault in Mesothelioma Cases

Gavel__scaleThere is a reason that most personal injury law firms do not seek out or accept mesothelioma cases, and that reason has nothing to do with the relative rarity or obscurity of the disease. The fact is that mesothelioma cases are among the most difficult and complex to try, and they require resources and knowledge that are beyond the reach of most law firms.

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Common Causes of Brain Injury

In general, there are few injuries more devastating than an injury to the brain. The brain controls virtually every function of the human body, and even a moderate injury to this all-important organ can have life-altering consequences. Tragically, many serious brain injuries could have been prevented if not for the negligent or deliberately wrongful actions of others.

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Brain Injury Litigation On Behalf Of Players

Of all personal injuries that serve as basis for litigation, perhaps the most devastating are brain injuries. Brain injuries can severely impair victims in terms of both cognitive and physical abilities, dramatically compromising their quality of life. The New Jersey and Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys of the Locks Law Firm have extensive experience in representing brain injury victims, helping them and their families to obtain the compensation to which they are legally entitled from the parties responsible for their suffering.

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Hydrocodone/Acetaminopen Recall

There has been issued a nationwide recall of certain lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate/Acetaminophen tablets made by a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions. The company admitted that the tablets released to the public may exceed the regulated weight specification. The result of that is that the tablets may be 'super-potent' for those ingredients.

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A Systemic Approach to Containing Health Care Spending

The proponents of limits (caps) on lawyers fees in medical malpractice lawsuits usually arguethat this will reduce doctors premiums and reduce health care costs. The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, just published an article disputing this claim. Here is one quote, and a link to the article:

More than 75% of physicians -- and virtually all physicians in high-risk specialties -- face a malpractice claim over the course of their careerStrategies to control costs associated with medical malpractice and defensive medicine must be responsible and targeted. These strategies must not impose arbitrary caps on damages for patients who are injured as a result of malpractice. According to the congressional Budget Office, arbitrary caps on damages would reduce national health spending by only 0.5%. But although such caps would have a barely measurable effect on costs, they might adversely affect health outcomes.

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Karl Friedrichs on Product Liability Law

Locks Law Firm Partner Attorney Karl Friedrichs wrote an aritcle of interest titled, "Same Product, Different Liability Law in Pennsylvania and New
Jersey," about how different states have different laws in place regarding the litigation of product liability cases.

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Animal Attack and Dog Bite Lawsuits

Dogs and other domesticated animals can be wonderful pets, irreplaceable companions, and beloved members of families. Many pet owners have so much love for their pets that they are no longer able to think of them as animals capable of harming people. As a result, these owners sometimes fail to take proper precautions to protect those who enter onto their property against attack. Unfortunately, such failures too often result in serious injury and, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death.

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Will the FDA recommend a Fosamax Drug Holiday?

On September 9, 2011, an Advisory Committee of the FDA studying drug safety will meet to conduct a review of bisphosphonates. These drugs include Fosamax, which was approved in 1995 and prescribed for osteoporosis and Pagets disease of the bone. Some doctors have prescribed it for osteopenia. Studies have linked Fosamax with osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and femur (thigh bone) fractures. The FDA is considering drug holidays because of the risks of long-term use. Merck sells Fosamax and it will make a presentation to the Advisory Committee. Partner, Jim Pettit, is handling the firms Fosamax cases, and is filing them in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mass Tort Judge Carol Higbee is managing all the Fosamax cases in the state.

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Natural Gas Explosion

Natural gas provides heat and energy throughout the country but gas can be exceptionally dangerous either through its explosive powers or through its products of incomplete combustion--primarily carbon monoxide. Gas which is distributed through aging pipelines in many areas of the country can erupt with explosive force and destroy lives and buildings in seconds. Nationally, over 83,000 miles of distribution lines are untreated to prevent corrosion and are aging. Many of these mains are located in urban or heavily populated areas.

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