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2014

Blog Posts in 2014

  • Tommie Copper to Pay $1.35 Million in Fines

    People who struggle with chronic pain or pain caused by a personal injury often struggle to regain their health and their lifestyle. When you are forced to live with daily pain, it is easy to become depressed and frustrated. Many people conduct an exhausting search for a way to reduce and manage their pain. When you are hurt, you are vulnerable. Unfortunately, drug makers and other manufacturers ...
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  • Hip Implant Maker Stryker Settles Defective Medical Device Lawsuits for $1 Billion

    Earlier this month, Stryker Corporation, one of the country’s largest manufacturers of artificial hip implants, announced that it will pay approximately $1 billion to settle a number of lawsuits involving its all-metal hip implants. The Stryker implants, which were recalled in 2012, were marketed under the name Rejuvenate Modular-Neck and ABG II Modular-Neck. The settlement comes just one year ...
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  • Barrett Deacon Receives Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

    Deacon Law Firm congratulates attorney Barrett Deacon, who recently received an AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s foremost peer review ratings authority. An AV® rating is the highest rating an individual attorney can achieve and signifies that the lawyer has demonstrated both high general ethical standards and legal ability. Martindale-Hubbell® has maintained ratings for ...
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  • Toy Safety Tips for Parents

    Walk through any toy store and you will quickly become overwhelmed by the wide selection of children’s toys available. Parents, grandparents, and other caretakers generally assume that the toys on store shelves have been thoroughly tested and approved for the ages listed on the packaging. Unfortunately, a large number of children are injured and even killed by unsafe toys each year. The Consumer ...
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  • Negligent Prescribing Leads to Prescription Painkiller Deaths

    Most people assume that if a doctor prescribes a prescription drug, it is safe to take. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, 46 Americans die every day after overdosing on prescription painkillers. CDC statistics also indicate that drug overdose death rates for all drug types have more than tripled since 1990, with the majority of these fatalities caused ...
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  • FDA Warns that Off-Label Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Can Lead to Serious Injury

    They have become increasingly popular among elite athletes, fitness centers, and luxury day spas, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that hyperbaric oxygen chambers are not approved for widespread use. Moreover, the FDA cautions that hyperbaric oxygen treatment, or HBOT, can actually cause injuries in some cases. Alternative therapies are big business in the United States, generating ...
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  • Attorney Barry Deacon Named 2015 Best Lawyer©

    Deacon Law Firm is pleased to announce that Attorney Barry Deacon has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2015 in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, and Railroad Law. First published in 1983, the Best Lawyers © peer-reviewed listings have appeared annually for more than 30 years. Best Lawyers © is the legal profession’s ...
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  • Yaz Birth Control Lawsuits Continue to Increase

    Bayer Pharmaceutical, the maker of Yaz and Ocella, both birth control products, has been named in yet another lawsuit. The plaintiff, Sharon Paez of Washington D.C., seeks $750,000 for medical costs and pain and suffering she endured after suffering a stroke due to taking Yaz. According to Paez, her doctor prescribed Yaz for a variety of medical reasons, including contraception, acne, ...
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  • FDA Issues a Warning to Makers of Suprenza

    The weight loss products industry generates $20 billion every year, according to a report by ABC News. With so many weight loss pharmaceuticals on the market, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps a close eye on manufacturers who make specific claims about the effectiveness and safety of their products. In June, the FDA issued a strongly-worded warning letter to two companies responsible ...
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  • The American Bar Association Says Attorneys Can Research Jurors' Social Media Accounts

    The Internet has changed the way people communicate and do business. Today, most people maintain at least one social media account. Whether they use Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to stay connected and share information, many people post personal information online, where it is accessible to anyone with Internet access – including lawyers looking for opinions and other relevant information posted ...
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  • New Medical Exam Rules for Commercial Truck Drivers

    Commercial Vehicle Drivers Must Use Certified Medical Examiners To lawfully operate commercial vehicles in the United States, interstate commercial vehicle drivers and carriers must adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). One of these guidelines requires all drivers to receive a physical exam every 24 months, which includes divulging their ...
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  • You've Been Injured by a Defective Product: Now What?

    From laptops and vehicles to lawn equipment and prescription medications, consumer products fill our homes. We rely on these products to get us to work, help us perform our jobs, assist us in maintaining our homes, and help us live healthier lives. We also count on the companies that design, produce, and market these products to be honest about their products, warn us of dangers, and inform us ...
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  • Not All Car Accident Injuries Are Immediate and Obvious

    Some Injuries Take Time To Develop Symptoms Any car accident has the potential to cause significant personal injuries. Whether you’re in a catastrophic crash or a relatively minor fender bender, the physical force of a vehicle colliding with another vehicle – or some other object – puts tremendous pressure and strain on the human body. Unfortunately, many car accident victims fail to realize just ...
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  • Why You Still Need to Report Minor Accidents

    A fender bender can ruin your day and leave you with property damage and personal injuries. If you’ve been involved in a parking lot mishap, a low-speed accident, or a minor collision, you may wonder whether you need to report the accident to your car insurance company or the police. Although you might be tempted to just drive away, it’s still important to report these accidents to the authorities ...
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  • Battery Burn Risks from Defective Consumer Electronics

    A Recap Of Several Large Recalls Consumer electronics, such as laptops and baby monitors, are everyday items most people keep in their homes and never think of as a potential safety hazard or fire risk. Unfortunately, many products containing either alkaline and lithium ion batteries have been known to pose serious dangers to consumers. Laptop Batteries Can Overheat Panasonic Battery And Laptop ...
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