Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $100 Million to Delaware Woman

It was recently announced that Boston Scientific Corp., the manufacturer behind a number of vaginal mesh and sling products, must pay $100 million to a Delaware woman for damages. The woman, identified as Deborah Barba, blamed the company's vaginal-mesh inserts for her constant pain after the mesh eroded insider her body, causing scarring and a number of additional problems. She also claims she is no longer able to have sex. 

This verdict is the largest mesh-related verdict that Boston Scientific Corp. has had to pay out. Last  year, a Texas woman was awarded $73 million by the company for complications she faced after having the company's Obtryx sling implanted. Last month, the company also agreed to pay $119 million to resolve close to 3,000 mesh-related lawsuits. The jury in Mrs. Barba's case also awarded $75 million in compensatory damages and fined the company with a $25 million punitive damages award. Women who have the issues with vaginal mesh or sling products contend that they faced a number of painful complications, which include erosion and scarring. Hopefully these lawsuits will bring sufficient compensation to the women harmed by these products. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Drunk Driver Charged in Deadly 3-Car Crash in Georgetown, Michigan

Pictured above: The scene of the accident on I-196 

Yesterday, a Michigan driver was charged in a suspected drunk-driving crash after he caused a deadly accident over the Memorial Day weekend. The accident happened on Saturday on I-196 in Georgetown, Michigan. A Ford C-Max, driven by Bernard Langmeyer, was stalled on the shoulder of the highway with a flat tire when a Chevy Tahoe, driven by Richard Rish, rear-ended the car. Both vehicles hit the guardrail and crossed back into the traffic. A third vehicle attempted to avoid the crash but hit the Tahoe. 

Unfortunately, the driver of the C-Max that was initially hit, Mr. Langmeyer, did not survive the crash. His wife, Deborah Langmeyer, was the passenger in the car and sustained minor head injuries. Rish was not injured and was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence and for outstanding warrants. Officials also noted that Rish had a past criminal record. He will be charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) causing death and is currently being held on a $50,000 bond. 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

 

Update: Amtrak Will Install Video Cameras After Deadly Crash

Pictured above: Emergency personnel at the scene of the accident 

After the May 13th Amtrak train accident that left 8 dead and several seriously injured, Amtrak is taking steps to prevent future accidents. Today, Amtrak announced that it would install video cameras inside locomotive cabs in order to record the actions of train engineers. The engineer of this month's deadly crashed suffered a head injury during the accident and had no recollection of what happened during the accident. Additionally, the "black box" inside the cab and an outward-facing camera that were in the train that derailed did not provide any clues into what was happening inside the cab. 

Amtrak, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board, is hopeful that these new requirements will prevent more accidents. The NTSB has recommended that the Federal Railroad Administration require audio recorders in passenger and freight train cabs for quite some time now. They have also pushed for inward-facing sound and video recorders. The most recent accident has spurred action by these different groups. Amtrak will begin installing cameras in 70 new Amtrak locomotives and has set out a plan to install more.  

About the Author:
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, 18 -wheeler accidents, and product liability claims. Mr. Nachawati is a former judicial law clerk who has settled and tried numerous lawsuits to verdict, resulting in large recoveries for his personal injury clients. That's why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in wrongful death and serious personal injury cases across the nation and has clients in every state. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by telephone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at his Super Lawyers Profile.

Amtrak Train Crash in Philadelphia Kills 8, Injures Hundreds

Pictured above: A scene from the Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia  

On Tuesday night, a devastating Amtrak train derailment killed eight people and injured hundreds more that were on the train that night. The train was traveling to New York when it derailed at around 9:30pm. At the time of the accident, the train was traveling on a curve 106 miles per hour, twice the stated speed limit. The train's engineer applied the emergency brakes when the train derailed. At least 200 people were rushed to nearby hospitals and 8 are now listed in critical condition. It's still unclear why the train was going so fast on this particular stretch. 

The crash has made national headlines and has raised numerous questions about Amtrak and the safety of their trains. The National Transportation Safety Board is taking lead of the investigation and has begun addressing the lack of safety systems that could have prevented the accident. Robert Sumwalt, the head of the organization, states that the Northeast Corridor, the stretch where the accident happened, did not have a signal system called a positive train control that would have prevented the crash. However, even without this particular system, Amtrak trains have multiple systems that alert them to excess speed. The investigation will look into whether or not those systems were working adequately or were being properly used. They will also interview the engineer who pulled the emergency brake to see if proper protocols were being followed.  

About the Author:
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, 18 -wheeler accidents, and product liability claims. Mr. Nachawati is a former judicial law clerk who has settled and tried numerous lawsuits to verdict, resulting in large recoveries for his personal injury clients. That's why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in wrongful death and serious personal injury cases across the nation and has clients in every state. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by telephone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at his Super Lawyers Profile.

Toyota and Nissan Recall 6.5 Million Vehicles Over Airbag Concerns

 

Pictured above: Workers at a Toyota factory in Japan. 

Today, Toyota and Nissan recalled an additional 6.5 million vehicles to the 25 million that have been deemed to have potentially faulty airbags. So far, six people have died and more than 100 have been injured due to a defective airbag. The airbags, created by Takata, have been deemed to be unsafe. Studies conducted by Toyota show that the airbags' steel inflaters, which contain the propellant and can burst apart, were not always airtight. This led to ruptures of the bags, making them unstable. The airbags contain ammonium nitrate, which while a power propellant, can become unstable after its contaminated with moisture. 

According to former engineers with the company, this was used to cut costs. A former defense contractor had warned Toyota years ago that their methods of testing the airbags was inadequate and that problems had already begun to arise when he originally inspected their testing methods. Toyota has claimed their recall is investigative and preventive and has not admitted fault to any deaths or injuries linked to the airbags. Currently, Takata is providing fixes for the recalled vehicles but the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is fining the company $14,000 a day. It is likely that many more vehicles will be recalled. 

 

Legal Commentary

If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled product, merely sending the product back for a replacement or refund is unlikely to be an adequate response. Rather, an individual injured by a recalled product is likely entitled to greater compensation under the law. This likelihood is particularly true because large corporations that produce defective products normally carry large insurance policies for the benefit of the consumers that their products might injure.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled or defective product, you deserve to understand the full extent of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to receive. In such cases, you may be subject to a pressing statute of limitations (the deadline to make a claim), or you may be at risk of losing evidence critical to your case; therefore, it is essential that you act quickly to preserve your rights. The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are national leaders in product recall cases and will be happy to assist you. For a free attorney consultation, please call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com.

 

Semi Tractor-Trailer Crashes Into and Kills Tow Truck Driver in Hudson, Ohio

Pictured above: The tractor-trailer involved in the accident 

Earlier this morning, an accident involving a semi tractor-trailer occurred on the Ohio Turnpike near the mile marker 182. A tow truck driver was loading a disabled car onto his truck when he was hit by a semi-tractor trailer. The driver, now identified as 56-year-old Michael Kennedy, died instantly. He was employed by Interstate Towing of Macedonia at the time of the accident. According to officials and to the man whose car was being towed, Kennedy had been wearing a fluorescent emergency vest. 

According to the driver of the semi, he had tried to get into the middle lane as required by law, but couldn't because the lane was blocked. Unfortunately, the trailer portion of his semi had clipped the tow truck driver as he was attempting to turn. Officials are investigating the accident and will attempt to verify his statements. So far, no charges or citations have been issued. 

Legal Commentary
Unfortunately, truck accidents are quite common and distracted drivers are always a present danger when on the road. rom a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous victims and their families who are affected by a trucking accident. A successful civil claim would enable the survivors and their families to cover any needed medical expenses. A successful claim can also possibly cover any time lost from work or any pain and suffering caused by the injuries received from the accident. If you or a loved one was affected by a trucking accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Crane Collapse at Construction Site in New York City Results in Death of a Worker

Pictured above: Firefighters at the scene of the accident

More than two weeks ago, on April 24th, a freak crane accident at a construction site in New York City, New York resulted in the death of one worker. The accident happened at the work site of the new 35-story Even Hotel when a crane collapsed and fell on a worker. Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and attempted to extract the worker, Trevor Loftus, but it was too late. It is still unclear why the crane collapsed, but it appears that it might have been due to a cable snapping. Loftus had been checking the mechanical failure when the accident happened. 

According to officials, this particular crane, referred to as a knuckle boom, is unfortunately not regulated or inspected by city as are larger cranes. Furthermore, this accident comes at a time of increased growth and construction for the city, which in turn has seen an increase in the number of work accidents. The total number of construction accidents in the city is at its highest in seven years and this poses problems for both workers on sites and pedestrians walking around or near them. Recently, a pedestrian died after being hit by a piece of plywood that had blown off from a Greenwich Village condo development. These accidents bring into question what the city and contractors need to do in order to ensure the safety of workers and pedestrians. 

Legal Commentary
In this situation, the most pertinent legal matter to pursue is a civil case. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of workplace accident tragedies. The family of Pohl and the other injured worker should consult with an attorney to file a suit against the responsible party once it is found who it is. A successful civil claim will enable their families to receive rightful financial compensation. If you or a loved one was affected by this incident, or one similar, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in workplace accidents, automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Cement Truck Crushes Car After Running a Red Light in Decatur, Georgia

Pictured above: The Audi involved in the crash, crushed by the cement truck 

This past Wednesday, an accident occurred in Decatur, Georgie that involved a reckless driver of a cement truck. The accident happened at the corner of North Decatur and Superior Avenue when the driver of the cement truck ran a red light and crashed into an Audi. The female driver of the Audi was crushed under the cement truck but managed to sustain only minor injuries. Her car was wedged under the cement truck and the driver had to be extracted from her car.

The driver of the cement truck was cited for running a red light and speeding. Officials and neighbors of the area note that this intersection is particularly dangerous and residents have asked for more enforcement of the area. The intersection is located at the bottom of two hills which makes it harder to patrol and easier for drivers to easily pass red lights. Luckily, both drivers escaped relatively unharmed but officials would be wise to make this particular intersection safer for Georgia drivers. 

Pictured below: the intersection where the accident occurred 

 

Legal Commentary
Unfortunately, truck accidents are quite common and distracted drivers are always a present danger when on the road. rom a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous victims and their families who are affected by a trucking accident. A successful civil claim would enable the survivors and their families to cover any needed medical expenses. A successful claim can also possibly cover any time lost from work or any pain and suffering caused by the injuries received from the accident. If you or a loved one was affected by a trucking accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous workplace motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas and is licensed in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Gastrointestinal Effects on Xarelto Worse Than Warfarin, According to New Study

According to a new study published recently by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and George Washington University, Xarelto, along with Pradaxa, may pose an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding in patients. Patients who instead choose to take warfarin, an older anticoagulant, appear to have a decreased change of experiencing these side effects. The study followed 46,000 patients that were given either Pardaxa, Xarelto or warfarin and watched them for six months. Although this study is preliminary and limited, the results suggest a connection between Xarelto and gastrointestinal issues. 

Xarelto has continued to come under fire because of its side effects. It was originally touted as a "one-size-fits all" drug. Doctors and patients also praised the drug because it did not require the same routine monitoring that warfarin does. However, because of this fact, many doctors may not notice that their patients are having issues with the drug until its too late. Additionally, unlike warfarin, Xarelto does not yet have an antidote, which means that it's essential for doctors to be aware of how their patients are doing. Because of all of these issues and more, lawsuits are being filed by patients who have been harmed by the drug. 

Legal Commentary
Xarelto attorneys within our firm are studying, examining and investigating current Xarelto claims on behalf of people and their families who may have been injured by the drug. Some of the side effects include hemorrhaging, internal bleeding, stroke and or death. If you or a loved one has experienced any side effects while taking Xarelto, contact our Xarelto lawyers to discuss the facts of your potential case. We are available by phone for a free consultation at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a dedicated Xarelto Lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families harmed by this dangerous drug on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous dangerous drug medication cases through trial and settlement that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past six consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with noteworthy settlements for pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Drunk Driver Finally Sentenced Two Years After Fatal Accident

Pictured left: Mendoza's mug shot after her arrest 

Yesterday, a drunk driver was finally sentenced two years after they caused a fatal accident. Two years ago, on November 2013, Kayla Mendoza got behind the wheel and began driving the eastbound on a westbound lane on the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs, Florida. She reached speeds of 80mph and in her inebriated state, crashed into two friends, killing them both. The two women were identified as Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio.

Mendoza's social media presence was highlighted after her arrest since she had tweeted that she was "2 drunk 2 care" right before she caused this accident. At the time of the accident, Mendoza had a blood-alcohol level that was almost twice the legal limit. Officials also found marijuana traces in her system. After pleading guilty to two DUI manslaughter charges, Mendoza was sentenced to 24 years in prison with an additional six years probation. She was underage at the time of the accident and did not have a license. She will not be allowed to drive a vehicle again. 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.