In June 2011 50,000 tons of oil and 100,000 gallons of drilling mud were released in to the rich fishing waters of the Bohai Sea off the east coast of China. China’s State Oceanographic Administration has described the incident as, “the most serious marine ecological incident in China.”
The fisherman who regularly caught clams, crab, scallops and other seafood in this area saw their livelihoods destroyed by the pollution. ConocoPhillips, whose work in the area allegedly caused the spills, has agreed to pay the Chinese government hundreds of millions of dollars for the spills, but, so far, has not agreed to pay the individual fishermen anything. The Chinese Courts have also refused to hear cases and provide any relief to the injured fishermen.
Chinese Fishermen Seek Relief in the United States
Since ConocoPhillips is an American company, the injured Chinese fishermen may have the right to recover damages here in the United States. Our Pennsylvania mass action attorneys are proud to fight with our distinguished colleagues from Louisiana and Texas on behalf of the injured fishermen.
For decades, the experienced attorneys of Sacks, Weston & Petrelli have worked to help the injured victims of environmental disasters. We believe that big energy companies should be accountable for the harm they cause individuals and small businesses and we will fight hard to see that justice is done.
Posted by sacksweston at 1:10 pm
It has been more than six months since Super Storm Sandy came ashore and created trouble the likes of which many homeowners, and insurance adjusters, had never before seen. Many claims have been settled and many New Jersey residents are well on the road to recovery this spring.
But That Isn’t the Case For Everyone
Some residents still have open and ongoing disputes with insurance companies about what exactly will be covered by the insurance company. Money may be getting tighter and anxiety may be rising with each passing week.
If your claim has not yet been settled or if you have an ongoing dispute with your insurer then it is time to take action now. It is time to protect your rights, to get the recovery that you deserve, and to move on from the disruptions caused by Sandy. For more information about your Hurricane Sandy insurance denial, we encourage you to contact our experienced lawyers today at (866) 410-6060 for a FREE consultation.
Posted by sacksweston at 7:57 am
It has been more than six months since people started getting sick from pain shots that originated at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. Of the roughly 11,000 people who received potentially tainted shots for back and neck pain about 720 people fell sick and 48 people died in the first six months.
CDC Urges Doctors to Continue to Watch for Patient Illness
While the numbers of people getting sick have slowed down since last fall, the risk of getting sick is not over according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to a CDC Health Update issued in March 2013, the CDC continues to receive reports of fungal infections related to the allegedly tainted pain shots. Doctors are particularly urged to be aware of patients who may have mild symptoms and/or symptoms that could be confused with other illnesses.
If you have been hurt, or if a loved one has died, because of fungal infection related to these shots then we encourage you to contact our Pennsylvania mass action lawyers today for more information about your rights and possible recovery.
Posted by sacksweston at 8:50 am
Clearly, the robot has no liability, assets, or even emotions when a patient is injured during robotic surgery. So who is responsible for the injury suffered by the patient?
The answer is that it depends, as it often does in medical injury cases, on the specific facts of the case. If you have been injured by a da Vinci surgical robot then your attorney may consider whether:
- The robot malfunctioned and caused your injury.
- The surgeon had adequate training to perform your da Vinci robot surgery.
- You and your surgeon were informed of the risks associated with robotic surgery.
- The surgeon made a mistake.
- Other factors, such as hospital error, impacted your case.
Design defects, failure to disclose risks and inadequate training can all lead to serious injuries for which Intuitive Surgical, the maker of da Vinci surgical robots, may be found liable. If you have been hurt then we encourage you to call us at (800)578-5300 to find out more about your rights and about litigation against Intuitive Surgical Inc. for davinci system failure.
Posted by sacksweston at 9:06 am
You never expected that the equipment used to perform your surgery would hurt you. Your doctor and your hospital likely never expected it either. Yet, in the hours and days following your surgery it became apparent that something was very wrong and that you had been injured. If a da Vinci surgical robot was used during your surgery then it could’ve caused your injury.
Specifically, the da Vinci robot has been associated with the following types of injuries:
• Internal bleeding.
If you have been hurt then it is important to know that your injury may not have been inevitable and that your recovery may be possible. It is important to find out more about your rights and about lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci robot. Please contact our Pennsylvania class action lawyers today for more information.
Posted by sacksweston at 5:40 pm
Can you imagine a hand not letting go of your internal tissue during surgery? How about being hit in the face? Those are two of the alleged accidents that have occurred with the da Vinci robot system and are part of the reason why some doctors are calling for increased scrutiny of this robotic surgery tool.
The FDA is Looking Into It
Earlier this year, the FDA began surveying doctors who used the da Vinci robot to perform operations because of the increase in the number of adverse reports about the da Vinci surgical robot received by the FDA. While some FDA surveys are routine, the FDA was clear that the increased number of reports are what prompted the current investigation. More specifically, the FDA is trying to figure out if there are more surgical complications when the da Vinci robot is used then when more traditional surgical methods are used.
What To Do If You’ve Been Hurt
If you have suffered an injury during a da Vinci robot surgery, or if a loved one has died during such a surgery, then it is important to find out more about your rights and possible recovery. Da Vinci robot class action suits may be filed and you may have the right to recover damages. Please contact an experienced Pennsylvania mass action lawyer today to find out more.
Posted by sacksweston at 7:30 am
Late last month, a Washington Court rejected Intuitive Surgical’s motion to throw out a lawsuit against it and ruled that a case against it could proceed. The plaintiff in the case alleges that Intuitive Surgical marketed the da Vinci robot to physicians but failed to provide adequate trainings to those physicians. The judge found that Washington State’s product liability laws require the manufacturers of medical devices to properly train physicians who buy their medical devices, but did not rule on the merits of the case. The lawsuit is currently set to begin trial later this month.
If you believe that you have been hurt during a da Vinci robot surgery then it is important to find out exactly what happened to you and to find out more about your legal rights. Please contact us today to find out more about litigation against Intuitive Surgical Inc. for Da Vinci system failure and what it may mean to you.
Posted by sacksweston at 3:52 pm
You’ve been hurt, and you deserve answers. You deserve help. You deserve to be made as close to the way that you were prior to your injury as possible, but that can be difficult to do alone if you were hurt by a large medical device maker.
Instead of trying to take on a corporate giant by yourself, you may find that there are many benefits to beginning or joining a class action lawsuit. Together, you and others who have been similarly injured can pool your resources and get the recovery that you deserve.
However, before you join a class action you want to make sure that you are comfortable with the attorney who will be representing your interests in this important matter. To that end, you may want to ask your potential attorney the following questions:
- What experience do you have with class action lawsuits against large companies?
- What is a class action and how can it benefit me?
- Why should this claim be included in a class action lawsuit?
The answers to these questions may help you decide how best to proceed with your own claim. We invite you to contact our Pennsylvania class action lawyers today to get the answers to these questions and any others that you may have for us.
Posted by sacksweston at 4:15 pm
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently made a statement indicating that robotic surgery doesn’t improve surgical outcomes for patients and should not be the first choice for women who need hysterectomies. Specifically, this well regarded physicians group said that expertise with equipment such as the da Vinci robot is limited and that surgeons who are learning how to use this new technology may have higher rates of complications than they do when using other minimally invasive and lower cost surgical methods.
Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci robot, defended the product saying that it is safe for patients seeking hysterectomies. Some doctors also defended the use of the da Vinci robot.
However, according to Bloomberg News, the number of da Vinci robot surgeries resulting in injuries and deaths reported to the FDA are rising. In 2009, 24 injuries and 11 deaths were reported. In 2012, 115 injuries and 30 deaths were reported. The FDA says that these numbers just mean that the da Vinci robot was used in a surgery that resulted in an injury or death and not that the robot caused the injury or death.
If you, or a loved one, have been hurt by the da Vinci surgical robot then we encourage you to learn more about your rights by calling our Da Vinci robot injury lawyers today at (215) 925-8200 or at (800) 578-5300.
Posted by sacksweston at 12:35 am
Often, patients who are hurt by prescription drugs or medical devices suffer common injuries and join class action lawsuits. Together, the injured patients can pool their resources to sue a large company for the injuries they have incurred. However, what happens if you have been hurt and nobody else has yet filed a class action or come forward? Can you still recover?
You can. A class action lawsuit, or any lawsuit against a prescription drug maker or medical device manufacturer, begins with one injured person. Then, if others suffer similar injuries, a class may form. Do not be discouraged if there is not yet a formal class action filed against the company responsible for your injury. Instead, please contact our experienced Pennsylvania class action lawyers today to discuss your legal options, your rights and your potential recovery.
Posted by sacksweston at 6:33 pm