Baby Powder linked to Ovarian Cancer

Talcum baby powder has been linked ovarian cancer. As more and more women learn about the link, more lawsuits are being filed nationwide. Women with ovarian cancer can get help from Sadler Ladenburg. Our Tacoma personal injury attorneys help those impacted by ovarian cancer caused by baby powder and other Talcum products.

Johnson and Johnson developed their baby powder more than a century ago. Recent lawsuits have exposed their corporate practice to manipulate information about the product’s safety for more than 40 years. A jury verdict last year ordered the company to pay $127 million in damages to two families impacted by ovarian cancer linked to Talcum powder usage.
Recently the jury’s verdict on the talcum powder’s lawsuit left many people shocked worldwide. If Johnson & Johnson was found guilty and ordered to pay $127 million in compensatory damage, is this the irrefutable proof that their famous cosmetic product can cause cancer? And if so, why science keeps claiming that there’s no consensus on whether this substance is truly dangerous for our health?

In one case, the Court was provided the court with a damaging document. In Johnson & Johnson’s internal correspondence, a medical consultant suggested that denying the possible risks could damage the company’s own image.

In another recent case, a woman was awarded $110 million after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 57. She alleged that Johnson $ Johnson concealed the possibility that talc in its baby powder and Shower to Shower products can cause cancer. The company has now lost verdicts of $72 million, $70 million and $55 million. Johnson & Johnson faces multiple federal class-action suits according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

For more information on recent lawsuits, read this news article.

For more information on how Sadler Ladenburg Personal Injury Attorneys can help ovarian cancer victims who used baby powder, please call us at 253-573-1700.

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“What Should I Do After a Car Accident?”



COMMON QUESTIONS FROM VICTIMS OF CAR ACCIDENTS

As a Car Accident Attorney, every day I speak to people who have been injured in car accidents and have questions about what they can expect when they bring a claim against an insurance company. I have compiled and answered the 50 most asked questions here in this blog over the next several weeks. The sections are broken down into several subsections starting with questions people may have about what to do at the scene of a car accident and finishes with questions people have about car accident settlements. If you have questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact me. I speak to people everyday who have been in car accidents in Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia and throughout Washington. My initial consultation are always free and if you need to hire our firm (Sadler Ladenburg), our fee is only paid when we obtain money for you.

AT THE SCENE

What should I do at the scene of a car accident?

After a car accident it is important to try to remain calm. The first priority is to assess any injuries you or your passengers sustained. If anyone is in need of immediate medical help, call 911. If a person is seriously injured, is unconscious, has neck pain or back pain do not move the person until medical help arrives unless their safety is in danger.
If there is significant damage to vehicles or anyone is injured, call the police and ask that a report be filed. Get a card from the investigating officer and copy of the incident report number. With or without the help of an officer, gather as much information as possible.

What information should I get at the scene of a car accident?

It is very important to gather as much information at the scene as possible. If you have a camera phone, use it to take lots of photos including:
A. damage to the vehicles
B. scene of the collision
C. location of the street signs and stop lights
D. people involved in the collision
E. driver’s license of the other drivers involved in the collision
F. insurance card of the other drivers involved in the collision
G. license plate of the other drivers involved
If you don’t have a camera available, write down as much information pertaining to all the items in the above list as you can. Also get the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of any witnesses to the collision.

Who should I talk to at the scene of a collision?

You should talk to the other driver but do not discuss who was at fault for the collision. Your conversation with the other driver should be for the exchange of information only. You should also talk to any witnesses to get a summary of what they saw and their contact information. If a police officer investigates, you will need to provide a description of the events to the officer.
You should not talk to the other driver’s insurance company at the scene or at any point without first consulting an attorney. Never provide a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company.

Is it okay to move my car from the scene of collision?

If there are no injuries from the collision or only very minor injuries, you should move your vehicle off the road safely.

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Breaking Down Auto Insurance

Most people have car insurance but many do not fully understand their policies and what is covered. Often people do not even read their policy until after they have been injured in a car accident and are considering hiring a car accident lawyer to help them recover their damages. This articles breaks down the basic categories of auto insurance so you can know what you need before you are injured in a car crash. Do not wait until you need a personal injury attorney because you might not have the coverage you need. 

COMMON CATEGORIES OF MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE
Bodily Injury Liability
Personal Injury Protection
Property Damage Liability
Collision
Comprehensive
Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Bodily Injury Liability

This covers injuries that you, the designated driver or policyholder causes to someone else. It also covers you and the family members you list in your policy when driving someone else's car (with their permission).

Personal Injury Protection

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) pays for medical bills incurred to treat injuries to the driver and other people in the car. PIP will pay the medical bills no matter who is at fault for the collision.

Property Damage Liability

Property Damage Liability pays for damage you or whoever is driving your car (with your permission) causes to someone's property, such as their vehicle. But it can also include fences, telephone poles or other structures you hit with your car.

Collision

This pays for damage to your car if you collide with another car or object, or your car flips over. It can also pay for damage to your car due to driving over potholes.

Comprehensive

This will reimburse you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object. This could include fire, vandalism or contact with an animal, such as a deer.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage reimburses you if you, a family member or your designated driver is hit by an uninsured driver, a hit-and-run driver or an unidentified vehicle that forces you to have a collision. Generally, you should report (based on your policy) any accidents involving a hit and run or unidentified vehicle to local law enforcement with 72 hours and get contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident. Be sure to talk with your agent and check your policy for specific requirements.

Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage reimburses you if you, a family member or your designated driver is hit by another driver who has insurance but his or her policy does not provide enough money to pay for all your damages.

"How Much Auto Insurance do I need?"

Do not assume that if you are involved in a collision, the other driver’s insurance company will pay your damages. Even though it is against the law to drive a vehicle in Washington without insurance there are far too many people on the road without insurance. In fact, according to the Insurance Research Council, 16% of the drivers on the roads in Washington do not have insurance. That means if you are involved in a collision there is at least a 1 in 6 chance that the other driver does not have insurance. The actual probability of being hit by an uninsured driver is probably greater than 1 in 6 because the same people who are irresponsible enough to drive without insurance are also irresponsible on the roads. They may have been involved in several accidents or received several tickets and now cannot afford insurance. Do not let them destroy your life too.

Even if a person who injures you in a motor vehicle collision has insurance, they probably do not have adequate insurance. The minimum liability coverage that an insurance company must offer to a resident of Washington is $25,000. With the skyrocketing cost of medical care, $25,000 is not enough for most motor vehicle injuries. Even a “minor impact” collision can cause substantial harm both physically and financially. Most of our clients who are involved in rear-end collisions with relatively minor damage to the vehicles suffer back and or neck injuries. They typically treat with a combination of chiropractic care, massage therapy, or physical therapy. Just a few months of treatment can cost more than $5,000.

More serious injuries can cause the medical bills to skyrocket quickly. Just an initial visit to the ER with a CT scan or MRI will likely exceed $10,000. Any time a person is admitted to a hospital or needs surgery, the cost can quickly become too much for any middle class family to bear. With the right insurance coverage, however, those bills can be an afterthought and you can focus on your recovery.

When deciding what coverage to get, always err on the side of more. A policy with $35,000 in Personal Injury Protection is a good start. The Underinsured Motorist Coverage should be at least $100,000 but $250,000 is much better. Never settle for the minimum policy even if it saves you a little money up front. No one expects to be involved in a collision but if you are, it is nice to know that you have a policy that can take care of your finances so you can take care of you.

Unfortunately just having the right coverage does not always mean you will be fairly compensated. Protecting your rights and your financial well-being starts with being prepared and knowing what to do if you are involved in a collision. Stopping your insurance company from delaying, denying, or wrongfully defending your legitimate claims is the focus of practice. If you need help with a car accident injury claim, please do not hesitate  to contact our attorneys at Sadler Ladenburg. We help victims of car accidents in Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia and all of Washington.  If you just want to learn more about auto insurance and the injury claim process, you can request a free copy of Erik Ladenburg's book What Insurance Companies Don't Want You To Know by clicking here

Most people have car insurance but many do not fully understand their policies and what is covered. Often people do not even read their policy until after they have been injured in a car accident and are considering hiring a car accident lawyer to help them recover their damages. This articles breaks down the basic categories of auto insurance so you can know what you need before you are injured in a car crash and need a personal injury attorney.

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Court Upholds $2.1 Million Verdict in Wright Hip Replacement Case

Defective metal on metal hip implants have been causing serious and permanent harm to people for years. On Monday March 20, 2017, the 11th Circuit judicial bench affirmed the $2.1 million jury verdict in the first Wright Hip Implant trial.

The plaintiff in the trial claimed that Defendant’s hip replacement implant was defective and that Defendant failed to adequately test the device before introducing it to the public market. The Plaintiff further claimed that Defendant failed to warn both patients and doctors of the risks associated with the device and chose instead to aggressively market the product as an extremely durable implant, ideal for more active patients. Plaintiff alleges that she was in the middle of a yoga class when she heard a “crunch” and realized her hip implant had been dislodged. The Plaintiff was forced to undergo revision surgery where it was discovered that metal debris from the implant had spread to the surrounding soft tissue.

Other manufacturers of metal on metal hip implants have faced similar lawsuits. Many of these devices have been recalled but there are thousands of people still walking around with these implants that could fail at any moment. People with metal-on-metal implants manufactured by Stryker and Wright should be on the lookout for any signs of a defective hip implant. According to the FDA, the following symptoms, if experienced three or more months after surgery, may indicate that a hip implant is not functioning properly:

Hip, leg or groin pain;
Swelling at or near the hip joint;
Popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking sounds from the hip joint; and
A limp or change in mobility.

In addition, patients should monitor for symptoms of metal poisoning. According to the FDA, the signs of metal toxicity include:

Impaired kidney function;
Thyroid problems, including weight gain, neck discomfort, fatigue and feeling cold;
Depression, cognitive impairment or other psychological issues;
Skin rashes;
Hearing or vision impairments; and
Cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these issues or has a metal on metal hip implant that has failed and been removed, please do not hesitate to contact Personal injury attorneys Sadler Ladenburg to get answers to your questions. The attorneys Sadler Ladenburg help injured victims throughout Washington State. If you need a hip implant attorney, do not delay and contact us today.

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Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Claim Results in $2.9 Million Verdict

A $2.9 million verdict has been handed down in a medical malpractice lawsuit against Exodus Healthcare. The lawsuit was filed in the Third Judicial District Court in Salt Lake City by the widow of a man who died after being treated by the defendant. According to the lawsuit, the 55-year-old man visited an Exodus clinic after he developed chest pains. He was misdiagnosed by a physician’s assistant at the facility and told that he was suffering from constipation, the complaint alleged. A second visit to the facility resulted in another misdiagnosis by a separate physician’s assistant and the man died four days later of aortic dissection.

The case was against Exodus Healthcare and tried in the Third Judicial District Court, Salt Lake County. The jury decided on the $2.9 million verdict on February 15, 2017. The Details of the Medical Malpractice Case were released by the plaintiff’s firm in a press release: Keith Wilcox, aged 55, was an employee for the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). One night, according to court documents, Mr. Wilcox developed chest pains. The pain eventually spread from the chest to the abdomen. According to court documents, on November 6, 2011, Mr. Wilcox visited the medical clinic Exodus Healthcare. He was seen by a physician’s assistant (PA). The PA misdiagnosed the medical condition and determined that Mr. Wilcox was suffering from constipation. Mr. Wilcox never underwent any cardiac tests such as a chest x-ray or an EKG. He was not sent to the emergency room.

According to court documents, after more than a week of continued pain, Mr. Wilcox returned to Exodus Healthcare on November 15th and met with a different PA. This PA diagnosed him with abdominal pain and constipation, once again failing to diagnose the actual medical issue. For a second time, no cardiac tests were administered. Four days after his second visit to Exodus Healthcare, Mr. Wilcox died of aortic dissection.

The Jury’s Decision According to court documents, the jury found that Mr. Wilcox was 30 percent at fault for the incident presumably because he could have potentially visited the ER of his own volition. However, the jury also found that Exodus Healthcare was 70 percent at fault and had breached the standard of care. The jury awarded $2,940,250.21 to Mrs. Wilcox and the heirs of the late Mr. Wilcox.

This case is a good example of how health care providers can negligently cause harm to patients. The personal injury attorneys at Sadler Ladenburg help victims of medical malpractice in Washington State obtain the justice they deserve. If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice, contact us today for a free consultation to learn your rights and options.

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2.6 Million Dollar Verdict for Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Medical malpractice attorneys have helped a victim of malpractice obtain justice from the VA. A U.S. Army veteran sued the Veterans Administration alleging the VA failed to timely diagnose his prostate cancer. The 18-year veteran has won a roughly $2.6 million judgement against the Phoenix VA Health Care System after a week long trial before a U.S. Magistrate. According to the ruling, the VA should have ordered follow-up test and referred the veteran to a urologist after his 2011 prostate exam in 2011. If found early, doctors say the cancer was curable. Due to the medical malpractice on the part of the VA, the cancer went diagnosed for about a year.

Failure to diagnose case is a common basis for medical malpractice claims. The personal injury attorneys at Sadler Ladenburg help victims of medical malpractice obtain the justice they deserve. If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice, contact us today for a free consultation to learn your rights and options.

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Sleep More, Crash Less

Driving is a dangerous activity. Even if you are completely focused on the task of driving, you can be involved in a collision caused by another driver who is distracted or impaired. Knowing that other drivers are often distracted or impaired means it is more important for you to keep alert. Keeping alert starts with a good night’s rest.

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New research by AAA revealed how dangerous driving can be when you’re tired. The study found that drivers who miss two to three hours of sleep a day more than quadruple their risk of getting in a crash when compared to drivers who sleep for seven hours. The AAA Foundation estimates that as many as 7% of all crashes, 13% of crashes that result in hospital admissions, and 21% of fatal crashes involve drivers who were fatigued. The impact of limited sleep on drivers’ risk of collision is similar to risk associated with driving while intoxicated.
Click here to read the entire report from AAA.

If you are the unfortunate victim of a fatigued or negligent driver, please do not hesitate to contact the personal injury attorneys at Sadler Ladenburg. We help victims of car accidents everyday.

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AUTO INSURANCE: A Necessary Evil

Insurance companies are hard to deal with when you need to make a claim. They don’t make the process easy. They don’t always pay the bills they should pay. They don’t always make fair offers to resolve claims. They often delay, deny, and defend legitimate claims to boost their corporate profits. It is no surprise that insurance company are disliked by almost everyone.

Despite being disliked, most people should buy more insurance. The title of this article should probably read “Adequate Auto Insurance: A Necessary Evil” because just having auto insurance is not enough to protect you. Having adequate auto insurance can be the difference between escaping an accident relatively intact financially and being forced into bankruptcy.

Even though it is against the law to drive a vehicle in Washington without insurance there are far too many people on the road without insurance. In fact, according to the Insurance Research Council, 16% of the drivers on the roads in Washington do not have insurance. That means if you are involved in a collision there is at least a 1 in 6 chance that the other driver does not have insurance. The actual probability of being hit by an uninsured driver is probably great than 1 in 6 because the same people who are irresponsible enough to drive without insurance are also irresponsible on the roads. They may have been involved in several accidents or received several tickets and now cannot afford insurance. Do not let them destroy your life too.

Even if a person who injures you in a motor vehicle collision has insurance, they probably do not have adequate insurance. The minimum liability coverage that an insurance company must offer to a resident of Washington is $25,000. With the skyrocketing cost of medical care, $25,000 is not enough for most motor vehicle injuries. Even a “minor impact” collision can cause substantial harm both physically and financially. Most of our clients who are involved in rear-end collisions with relatively minor damage to the vehicles suffer back and or neck injuries. They typically treat with a combination of chiropractic care, massage therapy, or physical therapy. Just a few months of treatment can costs more than $5,000.

More serious injuries can cause the medical bills to skyrocket quickly. Just an initial visit to the ER with a CT scan or MRI will likely exceed $10,000. Any time a person is admitted to a hospital or needs surgery, the cost can quickly become too much for any middle class family to bear. With the right insurance coverage, however, those bills can be an afterthought and you can focus on your recovery.

When deciding what coverage to get, always error on the side of more. A policy with $35,000 in Personal Injury Protection is a good start. The Undersinsured Motorist Coverage should be at least $100,000 but $250,000 is much better. Never settle for the minimum policy even if it saves you a little money up front. No one expects to be involved in a collision but if you are, it is nice to know that you have a policy that can take care of your finances so you can take care of you.

Unfortunately just having the right coverage does not always mean you will be compensated. Stopping your insurance company from delaying, denying, or defending your legitimate claims is a subject that is too complex for this short blog post. If you have questions about forcing your insurance company to keep up their end of the bargain, please give us a call. Protecting the rights of the injured is all we do at Sadler Ladenburg.

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Hope against the erosion of our constitutional right to a jury trial.

The 7th Amendment to our nation’s constitution provides “in suits at common law . . . the right of trial by jury shall be preserved . . .” which is a cornerstone of our judicial system. The founding fathers were well aware that a court of law, with a jury of our peers was the only forum in which a common man could attain justice against the government, the rich, and the powerful.

“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” -Thomas Jefferson

“In suits at common law, trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.” -James Madison

“That in controversies respecting property, and in suits between man and man, the ancient trial by jury is preferable to any other, and ought to be held sacred.” -George Mason

In the past 15-20 years there has been an attack on our right to a jury trial. The attack has come from many angles. Tort reform legislation has limited the authority of juries to decide cases. Media campaigns from insurance companies and big business have caused people to believe juries are “out of control” which has prejudiced the jury pools before they even hear any testimony. Lastly, the proliferation of arbitration clauses in many areas of our lives such as cell phone contracts, employment agreements, student loans, insurance policies, credit card agreements, and nursing home contracts has stripped many consumers of their right to a jury trial.

Arbitration clauses force disputes into a private justice system where cases are resolved behind closed doors by a professional arbitrator. Unlike juries who decide one case, based on the facts of that case, professional arbitrators work with the same attorneys, insurance companies, and corporations on many cases. Their decisions may be impacted by their desire to continue to be hired as an arbitrator. Most troubling, however, is the fact that these decisions are made away from public scrutiny. The system allows corporations to hide facts of their wrong doing from the public which makes them less accountable. Patterns of wrongdoing that can be brought to light in court proceedings can be kept under wraps and allowed to continue in the arbitration arena.
Supporters of arbitration clauses argue that these clauses are in a contract the consumer has agreed to be bound by. This playing field is not level. These contracts are not ones in which the consumer really has any bargaining power. They are “take it or leave it” contracts.

“The sad reality is that today too many Americans must choose between forfeiting their legal rights and getting adequate medical care,” Senator Patrick Leahy

There is some hope, however, that these arbitration clauses will finally be seen as an attack on our constitutional rights. On September 28, 2016, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department issued a rule that bars any nursing home that receives federal funding from requiring that its residents resolve any disputes, including nursing home neglect in arbitration, instead of court. The rule promises to restore a fundamental right to more than 1.5 million residents of nursing homes. Last May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the nation’s consumer watchdog, drafted rule that would prevent credit card companies from using arbitration clauses that bar consumers from banding together in a class-action lawsuit.
These recent changes by federal agencies are a good start but more needs to be done. Legislative change might seem impossible as insurance companies and large corporations have pumped millions into their lobbying efforts. However, if enough people become aware of the proliferation of arbitration clauses and the impact they have on their constitutional rights, maybe our voices can be heard by our representatives. Maybe a grass roots campaign can prompt the legislature to act to preserve our right to trial by jury.

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Traffic Fatalities on are the Rise

Cars are safer now than ever before. In general our roads are safer now than ever before. Yet, a jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade. According to the National Safety Council, fatalities rose 6 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 40,200 deaths compared to 37,757 deaths the previous year, according the National Safety Council. The group gets its data from states. The last time there were more than 40,000 fatalities in a single year was in 2007 which had 41,000 deaths.

The deaths in 2015 were significantly higher than 2014 as well. In fact, the two-year increase in traffic death was the sharpest rise the U.S. has seen in 53 years.

It is difficult to know for sure the cause of this increase. One possible cause could simply be because Americans drove more miles last year. Compared to 2015, Americans logged in 3 percent more miles. This is likely due to continued lower gasoline prices and an improving economy.
Another key factor in the increase in traffic fatalities is distracted driving. Traffic deaths had been decreasing steading until reaching their low point in 2011. About that same time, the use of smart phones rose dramatically and the death rate also began to rise. The combination of more miles being driven and more phones in the hands of drivers is recipe for disaster.

There are things you can do to lower your chances of being in a collision. Put your phone out of your reach when you are driving. Slow down. Speed kills so follow the speed limits. Be aware of your surroundings and other drivers. If you see someone driving while distracted, create distance between you and that driver.

Not every collision is avoidable. If you find yourself a victim of a collision, please do not hesitate to contact Sadler Ladenburg for free advice. Our personal injury attorneys represent car accident victims throughout Washington.