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Can Birth Complications Cause Autism?
07/29/22

Studies Show Complications Before and During Birth May Lead to Increased Risk for Autism Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the most common developmental disorders in the United States. Its symptoms are wide-ranging and can result in significan ...

The Top 10 Most Common Birth Injuries
07/19/22

Birth Trauma Often Resulting from Medical Malpractice Birth injuries are common and, in some cases, the result of medical negligence or malpractice. When your child’s birth injury could have been prevented, you might be entitled to compensation to ...

What You Need to Know About Anoxic Brain Injuries During Birth
06/22/22

What to Do If Your Child Suffers Complete Oxygen Deprivation at Birth When a child suffers an injury at birth, you deserve answers. Oxygen deprivation is one of the most common complications during the labor and delivery process. Whether it is partia ...

Negotiating the Highest Settlement Possible for Your Medical Malpractice Case
06/07/22

Why You Need an Attorney to Get the Largest Recovery for Your Claim Tens of thousands of medical malpractice claims are filed each year in the United States. Few people realize how widespread the problem is and how many people suffer serious injury o ...

How Long Do I Have to Sue for a Birth Injury?
05/26/22

The Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Cases in Pennsylvania An injury to a child is never easy; it can be unbearable when that injury is caused by medical malpractice. If you suspect that your infant sustained a birth injury, you might b ...

When Are C-Sections Unnecessary?
05/18/22

Understanding Your Rights If You Were Injured During Labor and Delivery Delivery via cesarean section (c-sections) has seen a dramatic increase over the past decade, with studies showing that the number will continue to rise. C-sections can be both n ...

Can Epidural Errors Cause Birth Injury?
05/13/22

What to Do If Your Child Sustained a Birth Injury Related to Your Epidural Epidurals are a commonly used form of pain management during labor and delivery. The procedure, however, can have detrimental effects if not properly administered. It is impor ...

Jim Beasley Featured in Aeroplane Magazine
05/10/22

When He’s Not in the Courtroom, The Beasley Firm’s Managing Partner Takes to the Skies When not in the courtroom, attorney Jim Beasley Jr. allows his passions to take flight. The managing partner of The Beasley Firm followed in his late father’ ...

What Are the Red Flags of Nursing Home Abuse?
03/29/22

Across the United States, there is a growing need for quality long-term care. Over the course of the next decade, it is estimated that Pennsylvanians over the age of 60 will account for nearly 30% of the state’s population. Unfortunately, the nursi ...

How Serious Is Medical Misdiagnosis?
03/25/22

Your Legal Options After a Medical Misdiagnosis Medical errors are now considered a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. One of the most common errors healthcare providers make is a medical misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, misdiagnoses ...

Who Is Liable in a Birth Injury Case?
03/22/22

Understanding Who May Be Held Legally Responsible for Your Child’s Birth Injury No parent can imagine their child suffering harm during the labor and delivery process, particularly when that harm is the result of a healthcare provider’s negligenc ...

Common Causes of Birth Defects During Pregnancy
03/18/22

Understanding Your Rights If Your Child Was Born with a Birth Defect Birth defects are common, affecting nearly 120,000 babies every year. When a child is born with a congenital defect or deformity, parents often wonder why trying to pinpoint the cau ...

Attorney Spotlight: Marsha F. Santangelo
02/07/22

The Beasley Firm Proudly Recognizes the Work and Achievements of Dr. Santangelo The Beasley Firm is honored to spotlight Dr. Marsha F. Santangelo for her leadership and accomplishments in the field of medical malpractice. Her dedication to the firm a ...

Can You File a Medical Malpractice Claim Over IV Infiltration Injuries?
01/31/22

IV & PICC Line Errors: Can You Sue for Injuries? IV, or intravenous, therapy is used to administer electrolytes, medications, antibiotics, and other fluids into the bloodstream through a small catheter needle inserted into a vein.  While IVs ...

The 2nd Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in History: What We Learned
01/25/22

Lessons from the Record-Setting Verdict in Gault v. Norwood William Norwood, M.D. was a world-famous cardiothoracic heart surgeon when he was sought to perform a simple operation on a young boy with a slight narrowing of the aorta. For unknown reason ...

5 Most Common Surgical Errors
01/21/22

Thousands of Alarming (and Preventable) Medical Mistakes Are Made During Surgery Each Year Surgical errors are devastating events that occur all too frequently. Researchers estimate that thousands of medical mistakes are made each year during surgery ...

The Beasley Firm’s Victories for Birth Injury Clients
01/14/22

Successfully Litigating Birth Injury Claims for Over 60 Years There is nothing more devastating than learning that your child has suffered unimaginable and irreparable harm as a result of a health care provider’s negligence. Since 1958, The Beasley ...

When Should I File a Birth Injury Claim?
01/10/22

 Understanding Your Rights If You Suspect Your Child Suffered a Birth Injury Birth injuries are one of the most devastating forms of medical negligence that exists. However, it can be difficult to discern whether you have a valid claim for damag ...

James E. Beasley Jr. Chosen for The Best Lawyers in America© 2022
08/19/21

We are proud to announce that the managing partner of The Beasley Firm, James E. “Jim” Beasley Jr., has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 by Best Lawyers®! Every year since 1983, Best Lawyers has pu ...

The Beasley Firm Receives Annual 2021 Super Lawyers® Honors
05/26/21

Every year, U.S. News releases its Super Lawyers® ratings, a consumer reference that highlights attorneys across multiple practice areas who have shown high levels of achievement over the past year. The Beasley Firm has consistently had lawyers appe ...

Reducing Infant Brain Injury Risks with “Neonatal Cooling”
05/24/21

What is Neonatal Cooling? Infants who experience oxygen deprivation during delivery are at risk of suffering a brain injury. Neonatal cooling treatment is also referred to as hypothermia therapy or head cooling. It is used to keep a baby’s head or ...

What’s the Difference Between Fetal Malposition and Malpresentation?
05/17/21

Differentiating Between Fetal Position and Presentation While fetal malposition and fetal malpresentation may sound like they are the same, each has different characteristics. One thing they have in common is that when not appropriately addressed dur ...

Can a C-Section Prevent Birth Injuries?
05/10/21

What is a C-Section? A Cesarean delivery (C-Section) is a surgical procedure to deliver a baby through an incision in the abdomen and uterus. Many C-sections are scheduled in advance, and in some situations, recommended if the mother had a prior C-se ...

What Is Birth Trauma?
04/28/21

It is common knowledge that giving birth can be very painful; for this, most expecting mothers are prepared. However, many people are unaware of birth trauma, a psychological condition occurring in the postpartum period that is very similar to post-t ...

How Truck Driver Fatigue Impacts Road Safety
04/26/21

Understanding How Truck Driver Fatigue Happens Drowsy and fatigued truck drivers take to the road every day to meet the quick delivery service demands. While you may be waiting for your packages at home or deliveries of supplies to your off ...

Can “Jackknife” Truck Accidents be Prevented?
04/22/21

What is a “Jackknife Truck Accident? Semi-trucks that have a cab and a trailer are at risk of being involved in a jackknife accident. Jackknifing happens when the cab and trailer of a semi-truck fold into an acute angle with each other. Read on to ...

Why “Black Box” Data is Critical to a Large Truck Accident Case
04/19/21

What is a “Black Box?” Also known as an “event data recorder,” a black box is a device that is installed in trucks that record a driver’s actions while operating the vehicle. It can determine many different factors such as violation of hour ...

The Most Cited FMCSA Moving Violations
04/09/21

What is The FMCSA? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an affiliated agency of the United States Department of Transportation. It is responsible for regulating truckers and other large motor carriers such as buses and ...

The Beasley Firm Attorney Re-Appointed to Disciplinary Board
04/01/21

Every lawyer has a duty to fight for justice, not just for their clients but for the community as a whole. Attorney Dion G. Rassias is proud to accept his re-appointment to the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board, where he will work with 11 other profess ...

Nitrous Oxide During Labor: Helpful or Harmful?
03/25/21

What is Nitrous Oxide? Nitrous oxide is a colorless and odorless substance that you may also know as “laughing gas.” While most think that dentists only use this pain relief method, medical professionals sometimes use it to alleviate feelings of ...

What Are the Risks of Receiving an Epidural?
03/19/21

What is an Epidural? An epidural is a common form of pain relief used during labor. The combined analgesic and anesthetic pain relievers are administered through a tube in the back. Once it kicks in, the medication will block pain signals that go to ...

Can Newborns Have a Stroke?
03/15/21

A perinatal stroke is, many times, the result of a blockage or breakage of a blood vessel in the brain. It can occur in the womb or within the first month of birth, resulting in brain damage. Sadly, the signs of a stroke in a fetus or newborn baby ma ...

Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks: An Underdiagnosed Brain Injury
03/11/21

What is a Cerebrospinal Fluid? Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear liquid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. CSF supplies nutrients to the brain and spinal cord and also provides cushioning for the brain inside the skull. Thin layers of tissue m ...

Tips to Help Prevent Auto Accidents in Construction Work Zones
02/22/21

Construction work is necessary in order to keep our roads safe for drivers year-round; unfortunately, when these projects are underway, construction work zones themselves pose significant safety risks to motorists and workers alike. More than 770 ind ...

Neurologic Complications of Anesthesia
02/22/21

Understanding the Risks of Anesthesia General anesthesia is a necessary component of surgical procedures to ensure patients do not feel pain during surgery. Being put under general anesthesia can be described as being in a state of very deep sleep. A ...

How Common are Emergency Room Errors?
02/09/21

How Emergency Room Errors Happen According to a recent study by De Gruyter (an independent international academic publication), it is estimated that medical errors cause roughly 250,000 deaths each year in the United States. The research su ...

The Impact of a TBI on Relationships
02/08/21

Managing Relationships after a TBI Sustaining a traumatic brain injury can come with many medical complications that can have a significant impact on you and your loved ones. Not only do the stresses of healing from your injury take a toll on everyda ...

The Secondary Conditions After a Spinal Cord Injury
01/25/21

The Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury A spinal cord injury causes damage to the spinal cord or nerves that control movement and sensation in the body. In addition to paralysis (complete or incomplete), a spinal cord injury can permanently aff ...

The Emotional Effects of Paralysis
01/20/21

The Correlation Between Paralysis and Depression Sustaining a spinal cord injury that caused paralysis has many physical challenges. And, when overwhelming emotional feelings are added, dealing with paralysis as a whole is undoubtedly more challengin ...

What Is Medical Malpractice? And Other Answers You Should Know
01/13/21

We Want to Help Patients Understand Their Rights and Options in Cases of Negligence of Mistreatment Being ignored or even injured by a medical care provider can shatter someone’s trust in our medical system. It can also result in expenses a patient ...

What is Central Cord Syndrome?
01/11/21

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries There are two types of spinal cord injuries: complete (loss of all feeling and motor function) and incomplete (partial loss of feeling and motor function). Central cord syndrome (CCS) is the most common form of an inco ...

Top 5 Causes of Maternal Deaths in the U.S.
01/04/21

Understanding Pregnancy-Related Deaths According to the World Health Organization (WHO), major complications during pregnancy account for roughly 75% of all maternal deaths — many of which can be prevented. Medical professionals have a le ...

The Beasley Firm Case Study: $5.4 million Aviation Judgment against The United States
12/18/20

The Complexities of Aviation Accident Cases Beasley Firm attorneys Jim Beasley Jr. and Lane R. Jubb, Jr. obtained a $5.4 million judgment in the Eastern District of Virginia against the United States for the negligence of one of the Federal Aviation ...

Beasley Firm Case Study: Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis
12/14/20

Medical Malpractice and Spinal Cord Injuries Beasley Firm attorneys Jim Beasley Jr. and Pete Johnsen represented a man who was paralyzed due to medical malpractice. Our client walked into his local hospital with complaints of lower extremity weakness ...

Beasley Firm Case Study: Cerebral Palsy
12/07/20

The Unique Challenges of Birth Injury Cases Beasley Firm attorneys Jim Beasley Jr. and Lou Tumolo represented a little boy who suffers from cerebral palsy due to negligent labor and delivery management. The Beasley Firm has, for six decades ...

What Disorders Can Affect the Placenta During Pregnancy?
11/16/20

The Importance of the Placenta and Fetal Development The placenta plays a vital role in fetal development. Not only does the placenta provide your baby with oxygen, but it also delivers nutrients that your baby needs to grow and filters away fetal wa ...

The Beasley Firm Ranked in “Best Law Firms” of 2021
11/05/20

The Beasley Firm is pleased to announce that our acclaimed firm has been ranked in the 2021 Edition of “Best Law Firms,” presented by U.S. News — Best Lawyers®! For 60 years, our attorneys have successfully represented Philadelphia reside ...

Can I Sue a Doctor for Falsifying Medical Records?
11/02/20

The Consequences of Medical Record Falsification Your medical records are private legal documents — and there are laws in place to keep you protected against third parties from obtaining your medical information. While the law may protect your medi ...

Common Examples of Negligent Prenatal Care
10/28/20

What is Prenatal Care? Prenatal care is an essential part of monitoring both the mother and baby during every stage of pregnancy — and critical to the delivery of a healthy baby. Prenatal care involves regular checkups and testing by your doctor, n ...

Cephalohematoma vs. Caput Succedaneum
10/26/20

Understanding Birth Injuries to the Head While cephalohematoma and caput succedaneum are both birth injuries to a baby’s head, each has its own set of causes and symptoms. In most cases, cephalohematoma and caput succedaneum are not severe or life- ...

How Common Are Botched Circumcisions?
10/09/20

Understanding Circumcision Risks Circumcisions, for centuries, have been commonly performed in the U.S. and around the world. Thankfully, complications associated with this procedure are rare. While problems may not be likely after a newborn baby has ...

Signs and Symptoms of Cephalopelvic Disproportion
09/26/20

What is Cephalopelvic Disproportion? Whether it’s your first birth experience or your third, being a little nervous about your pending delivery is to be expected. The good news is, most deliveries happen without incident. However, in other cases, s ...

Why Do In-Flight Injuries Still Happen?
09/25/20

Causes of In-Flight Injuries When you board a commercial flight, you expect that the pilot and crew members have done everything they are required to do when it comes to passenger safety. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has rules and ...

What Are the Risks of Prolonged Labor?
09/23/20

What is Prolonged Labor? Prolonged labor, also known as “failure to progress,” occurs when labor has stalled or moved slower than expected. Generally, if labor lasts for more than 20 hours (for first-time mothers) or more than 14 hours for women ...

Who’s Responsible for an Aviation Accident?
09/16/20

Understanding Liability in an Aviation Accident Liability in an aviation accident can involve multiple parties. Depending on the cause of the accident, such as pilot error or mechanical failure, there are some variables that need to be considered. Th ...

Common Causes of Aviation Accidents
09/09/20

How Do Aviation Accidents Occur? Flying is one of the safest means of travel — however, just like travel by car, train, or bus, there are certain risks that can lead to an accident. Here are the most common factors that are known to cause an aviati ...

What’s the Prognosis for a Child with Cerebral Palsy?
08/24/20

Some children with cerebral palsy can lead happy and fulfilling lives, while others require intensive, long-term care. It all depends on the nature and severity of the injury that caused the condition. Most cases of cerebral palsy occur when the chil ...

Managing Partner James E. Beasley Jr. Selected to Best Lawyers in 2020
08/20/20

Continuing a Legacy of Legal Trailblazing Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has won over $2 billion in compensation for injury victims, through a combination of hard work, fearless advocacy, and dedication to our clients. As the managing partner of our fi ...

Postpartum Hemorrhage: Causes and Treatments
08/17/20

Mothers, in addition to infants, are susceptible to birth injuries. And, unfortunately, the United States is the only developed country in the world whose maternal mortality rate is rising, with an average of 17.4 maternal deaths for e ...

3 Forms of Support for Parents Whose Children Suffered Birth Injuries
08/13/20

When a child suffers an injury at birth, the experience can be devastating for parents—even more so when that birth injury is permanent. In the wake of such trauma, it can be difficult for parents to move forward. There are, however, several suppor ...

Birth Injuries Due to Physical Trauma vs. Neurological Injuries
08/05/20

Any birth injury has the potential to cause great harm. Certain birth injuries, however, are more likely to require long-term treatment than others. The main factor that determines the longevity of a birth injury is how it was acquired. The ...

These Details Can Help Determine Whether You Have a Birth Injury Case
07/16/20

Knowing that your child suffered a birth injury can be devastating. What can be even more devastating is the knowledge that you do not have the finances or the resources to give your child the care they need and deserve. This is where a birth injury ...

6 Common Types of Birth Trauma
07/15/20

The birthing process does not always go smoothly. However, we rely on medical professionals’ training and experience to mitigate difficult situations. One such situation is birth trauma. Birth trauma is a general term used to describe cuts, fractur ...

Barbara Axelrod Receives George F. Douglas Jr. Amicus Curiae Award
07/13/20

Pennsylvania Association for Justice Honors Attorney Axelrod Throughout her storied legal career, our Philadelphia appellate and trial attorney Barbara R. Axelrod has achieved extraordinary results by writing briefs before Pennsylvania’s ...

Missed Developmental Milestones May Indicate a Birth Injury
07/09/20

When babies and children meet certain milestones, it’s a sign that they are developing normally. Several missed milestones, however, are a cause for concern. Below, our Philadelphia birth injury attorneys discuss what it may mean if your ...

July Is Medical Malpractice Awareness Month
07/07/20

Medical Malpractice Is a Leading Cause of Death Although many people do not realize it, medical malpractice is a silent killer here in the United States: According to a 2016 Johns Hopkins study published in the British Medical Journal, medical e ...

Life for a Child with a Birth Injury
07/06/20

Life for a child with a birth injury can prove difficult—physically, mentally, and emotionally. What makes birth injuries even more devastating is that they are entirely preventable, and occur when medical professionals do not perform the ...

Treatment Options for a Birth Injury
06/15/20

Parents whose child has suffered a birth injury may wonder if there are any treatment options that can cure their child’s condition. Fortunately, there are wonderful treatments which, if promptly implemented, can significantly reduce the ...

Can a Mother Suffer Birth Injuries?
06/11/20

Contrary to popular belief, birth injuries do not only affect babies. Both the mother and the child are at risk of injury during the labor and delivery process. Below, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys discuss the birth i ...

The Long-Term Effects of a Birth Injury
06/03/20

A birth injury refers to damage to a child before, during, or after the labor and delivery process. While some birth injuries may resolve on their own in days to weeks, others are lifelong. Below, our Philadelphia personal injury  ...

Is a Birth Injury Permanent?
05/20/20

Birth injuries can change the course of a baby’s life before it has even truly begun. While some birth injuries may resolve on their own in days to weeks, others are more permanent. Below, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys discuss whi ...

What Are the Risk Factors for Acquired Cerebral Palsy?
05/18/20

While some cases of cerebral palsy (CP) may be inherited during a woman’s pregnancy, most cases are acquired during the labor and delivery process. When healthcare professionals do not monitor an infant for signs of fetal distress, or do ...

How a Birth Injury Can Cause Cerebral Palsy
05/13/20

Birth injuries have two main causes: oxygen deprivation and physical injuries. Below, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys discuss the role the former plays in the development of birth injuries. Oxygen Deprivation: The Main Cause of Cerebr ...

Jim Beasley, Jr. Quoted in Philadelphia Magazine on China Lawsuit
05/12/20

Attorney Jim Beasley, Jr. is the managing member of The Beasley Firm and an experienced trial lawyer in Philadelphia – and because of his widespread reputation for success in complex litigation, he is often asked to share his expertise and opi ...

Did My Child Suffer a Birth Injury?
05/04/20

It’s important that a woman receives adequate care and treatment during her pregnancy and, later, during her labor and delivery. The failure to provide this standard of care may result in a birth injury for the mother and her child. While ...

Do Birth Injuries Go Away on Their Own?
04/20/20

An injury at birth can affect the remainder of a child’s life. While some birth injuries may resolve on their own, others will stay with a child forever. Below, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys discuss which birth injuries are m ...

Is a Birth Injury Different from a Birth Defect?
04/14/20

When something bad happens, you can place it into one of two main categories. In some situations, the bad thing is entirely unavoidable—an “act of God” that no one can prevent or stop. However, in other cases, bad things are caused directly by ...

Oxygen Deprivation: A Common Cause of Birth Injuries
04/10/20

Birth injuries are, unfortunately, a common occurrence, with approximately 28,000 babies suffering from one annually in the United States. There are some common factors that increase the prevalence of this largely preventable occurrence. One suc ...

Common Types of Birth Injuries
04/06/20

The birth of a child is a joyous occasion for families. When something goes awry during the process, however, this joy can turn to ashes in parents’ mouths. One such situation is a birth injury. A birth injury involves any damage or injury to ...

What to Look for as a Motorcyclist
03/26/20

As a motorcyclist, you can never predict what any other motorist on the road will do. Regardless of the situation, there are potentially harmful hazards of which you must be aware—including the actions of another driver. Whenever you take to the ro ...

Motorcycle Accident Stats
03/18/20

Motorcycle accidents are some of the most devastating collisions you can experience. Far too many drivers and motorcyclists fail to operate in a manner that is safe for others on the road. However, when a collision occurs, it’s most often the motor ...

Spring Motorcycle Maintenance
03/09/20

As a motorcyclist, you must act to ensure you’re safe on the road. Part of this involves performing regular maintenance on your motorcycle to repair or replace worn parts. With spring just around the corner, you should take the following steps to p ...

Riding a Motorcycle Safely in Inclement Weather
02/18/20

Despite treacherous weather conditions, many motorcyclists still take to the road on their bikes. While they enjoy the freedom that comes with riding their motorcycle, many factors make driving in terrible weather a hazard. For motorcyclists, it’s ...

How Can We Reduce the Number of Motorcycle Accidents?
02/11/20

Motorcycle accidents can have devastating consequences. Each year, thousands of people suffer catastrophic and fatal injuries because of these types of accidents. Unfortunately, many of these crashes result from someone’s negligent actions. Because ...

Do Helmets Prevent Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes?
01/14/20

Motorcyclists have specific safety gear they can wear on the road. One of the most vital pieces of equipment is a helmet. A helmet is essential in preventing some of the worst injuries from occurring. It’s critical for riders to have safety gear in ...

Motorcycle Safety: What You Can Do to Prevent a Crash
01/03/20

Motorcyclists enjoy the freedom they have on the open road. However, it’s that same freedom that often results in the rider suffering severe harm. Because of the severity of these collisions, motorcyclists need to prioritize safety on the road. Bel ...

Explosion in South Philadelphia Leaves Two Missing, One Potentially Deceased
12/19/19

Around 11:30 A.M. Thursday morning, there were multiple reports of a blast from a South Philadelphia neighborhood resulting in two homes collapsing. Roughly 60 residents were evacuated in the surrounding areas. Fire officials responded quickly and ha ...

How Physical Therapy Helps with Cerebral Palsy
12/19/19

There are various treatments that may be available for children with cerebral palsy. Of course, there are problems that may be experienced regarding the physical abilities of the child, but while the condition is curable, there are resources to help. ...

How Speech and Language Therapy Helps with Cerebral Palsy
12/17/19

One of the symptoms associated with cerebral palsy is the potential for the child to experience speech problems as they grow up. This can be problematic and impact the child’s ability to make a living and communicate properly. Luckily, there are re ...

How Occupational Therapy Helps with Cerebral Palsy
12/09/19

There are a lot of misconceptions about cerebral palsy and many feel as though it is a life-threatening condition. While it can and will have a tremendous impact on a child’s life, there are various resources available that can help to li ...

Can Cerebral Palsy be Caused Later in Life?
11/26/19

Many people wonder about various conditions, what can cause them, and when they can occur. One of those conditions is cerebral palsy. However, before you worry about the condition occurring at a later stage of your life, there are a few importan ...

The Beasley Firm, LLC Achieved One of the Top 50 Wrongful Death Verdicts in the United States in 2018
11/13/19

The Beasley Firm, LLC is proud to announce that our case was one of the Top 50 Wrongful Death Verdicts in the United States in 2018! The Top 50 Wrongful Death Verdicts in the United States in 2018 list is published by TopVerdict.com. The website ...

How One Hollywood Celebrity is Showing You Can Live Life with Cerebral Palsy
11/04/19

For years, the show Breaking Bad was one of the most popular series on television. And while the main characters were a drug-dealing, chemistry-teaching cancer patient and his former student turned meth cook and dealer, there was another character wh ...

The Beasley Firm was Listed in “Best Law Firms” as a Top Legal Practice in Philadelphia!
11/01/19

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® releases annual “Best Law Firms” publications that list the top legal practices in the United States. We are excited to say that The Beasley Firm was included in this year’s list! In the yearly publications, la ...

Determining if Negligence is Involved in Causing Cerebral Palsy
10/25/19

One of the biggest aspects of a case involving cerebral palsy is proving that some kind of negligence was the root of the causation. This can be confusing for many parents as there are various problems that can exist in gaining the necessary evidence ...

Physical and Mental Impact of Cerebral Palsy
10/14/19

When a baby is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it’s important for the parents to recognize the overall impact to help ensure they know what to do moving forward. This means understanding the physical and mental impact associated with the disord ...

What Does a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis Mean for a Child’s Future?
10/07/19

The moment you hear your baby, you should feel complete and utter happiness. However, that happiness can be quickly turned to concern the moment you hear that your baby is diagnosed with a serious condition like cerebral palsy. For many parents, this ...

All You Need to Know About Cerebral Palsy
10/01/19

During a time that is supposed to be the most joyous time for expecting parents, certain situations can turn it into a tumultuous event and there is a possibility that negligence causes the baby to suffer a birth injury. Unfortunately, this is someth ...

All You Need to Know About Burn Injuries
09/26/19

Burn injuries can range in severity, as well as the various factors that can cause them to happen in the first place. For someone who has suffered a burn, recognizing the type and degree of burn can help you with treatment—and with the potential le ...

When Does Amputation Become a Negligence-Related Injury?
09/13/19

There are several reasons why a limb may be amputated; however, there are some situations that are medically necessary. On the other hand, there are some situations involving negligence that can result in a limb being severed or amputated. In terms o ...

Internal Organ Damage: How Serious Is It?
09/09/19

Car accidents, medical malpractice, and several other acts of negligence can cause significant and catastrophic injuries. One type of injury that can result from these reckless actions is internal organ damage—which can be a serious problem for the ...

Differences Between Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
08/23/19

When someone suffers from paralysis, it’s not one set diagnosis that dictates the injury. There are multiple types of paralysis that can occur, specifically paraplegia and quadriplegia. These are the two most common types of paralysis and it’s im ...

How Much Does Paralysis Cost?
08/16/19

Spine injuries can be serious and the injured party may still be able to walk. However, in the most severe circumstances involving a spine injury, paralysis is a real possibility and the party who suffers the injury can find themselves losing complet ...

Different Types of Spine Injuries
08/08/19

Spine injuries are some of the most serious, and they can result in long-term damages. Not everyone knows the types of injuries that occur, as well as the locations of the injuries and what they mean. Here is a quick guide on some of the types of spi ...

Most Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
08/02/19

An injury occurs and it’s quick for people to look past the initial shock and concern and focus directly on whatever injuries they may have sustained. While many accidents or incidents result in seemingly mild injuries, there are some situations in ...

Long-Term Impact On a Person Who Suffers a Brain Injury
07/29/19

When someone suffers a brain injury, the initial impact can seem difficult to overcome, especially when you consider the effects of the actual damage. Immediate symptoms are bad, but it is often the long-term impact that is considered when navigating ...

Understanding How the Glasgow Coma Scale Helps to Diagnose TBIs
07/23/19

With any injury, time is of the essence. The same can be said for traumatic brain injuries. This is crucial for proper diagnosis and determining how the victim needs to be medically treated for the injury sustained. At the site of the accident where ...

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Their Causes
07/08/19

The brain is a sensitive part of the body. Significant impacts can result in long-term problems. However, it’s important to recognize some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries as you may have legal options to pursue compensation fo ...

What Injuries Are the Most Serious or Catastrophic?
07/02/19

When you sustain an injury, it’s a big deal regardless of the severity of the damage you sustained. However, in the area of personal injury law and the pursuit of justice and compensation, some injuries are considered more serious than others, and ...

FAQ: What Does It Mean for Pennsylvania to Be a No-Fault State?
06/27/19

In many states, nearly all car accidents that occur, the injured party goes through the negligent party’s insurance company to pursue compensation. However, the state of Pennsylvania operates in a different manner, based on a no-fault sys ...

DOJ Steps in on Insufficient Boeing Max 737 Investigations
06/17/19

The Department of Justice (DOJ) began its own investigation into issues with Boeing Max 737 aircraft, as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) own investigation procedures proved questionable. Investigation into the safety of the planes began ...

FAQ: Do I Have to Report My Accident to the Authorities?
06/17/19

You’ve been involved in a serious accident. Now what? You may already know that you have to report the accident to your insurance company, but what about the authorities? Do you have to let the police know that you’ve been involved in a crash? Th ...

FAQ: Can I Afford to Hire a Lawyer?
06/05/19

Following any kind of act of negligence and the ensuing injury, many people fail to take legal action simply because they feel they can’t afford professional representation. Unfortunately, this often means that the responsible party gets away witho ...

Common Problems You May Encounter In the Personal Injury Lawsuit Process
05/28/19

As you go through the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party, the last thing you want to encounter is a problem that can delay the outcome. Unfortunately, issues occur more often than you’d like, and they are somethin ...

4 Things You Should Avoid Saying or Doing After a Negligence-Related Injury
05/16/19

Personal injury lawsuits can be complicated, and many injured individuals feel as though they are automatically eligible to receive compensation. However, there are certain statements and actions that can damage your case. Here are some of the things ...

How to Keep a Pain Journal for Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
05/09/19

If you’ve suffered an injury and intend to file a lawsuit against the person responsible for your damages, one thing you can do to help your case is keep a pain journal. Many people don’t recognize the importance of a pain journal, let alone know ...

6 Ways to Prepare for a Personal Injury Lawsuit
05/03/19

When you are injured and need to seek compensation to help cover the expenses associated with the damages, a personal injury lawsuit is often a necessity. You may be unable to afford the financial burdens, so you need to hold the person responsible f ...

Do I Have to Provide a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company?
04/26/19

You’ve been involved in a serious accident. You’ve sustained injuries and you have reported the whole situation to your insurance company. Now what? Unfortunately, you also have to deal with the insurance company who will be looking to limit thei ...

How Much Is A Wrongful Death Lawsuit Worth?
04/22/19

Wrongful death is a catch-all term the law uses to describe any lawsuit involving the death of a family member. Everything from intentional homicide, to avoidable medical injuries, to an accident at a construction site is referred to as a “wrongful ...

3 Ways Insurance Companies Lie to Protect Their Profits
04/16/19

What do you do when you pay for a policy each month, yet when you need insurance companies the most, they’re not there for you in the way you expect them to be? Unfortunately, when you’re injured in a car accident caused by negligence, ...

Personal Injury Timeline
04/08/19

When someone is hurt because of negligence, there are a number of steps that they can take to pursue compensation. Filing a personal injury lawsuit is often one situation during which some people don’t know what to expect and when things can happen ...

What You Need to Know About Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
04/02/19

The civil justice system can be a daunting and intimidating thing, especially when people are already dealing with their current situation. Think about it: nobody wants to think of legal complexities while already trying to recover physically and emo ...

How a Lawyer Can Help You Navigate a Birth Injury Lawsuit
03/29/19

Did your baby suffer a birth injury due to doctor negligence? Maybe your wife was harmed as a result of medical malpractice during pregnancy or while giving birth? Whatever the case, in a birth injury matter, it’s important for those harm ...

What Kind of Damages May Be Available after a Birth Injury?
03/15/19

Birth injuries are some of the most dangerous that can occur because of the long-term impact a baby may experience. For the families impacted, seeking compensation to help cover a number of the expenses associated with the birth injury may ...

Why It’s Important for Families to Take Action After a Birth Injury
03/11/19

When a family is negatively impacted by medical negligence, it can be difficult to understand what comes next. For instance, when a birth injury occurs, the focus is most often on the health of the baby, not anything else. However, one impo ...

Causes Part 3: Improper Use of Vacuum Extractors
02/27/19

Many individuals are unsure of what exactly causes a birth injury. However, having knowledge of this can help if the need for a lawsuit ever arises. In part three of our causes series, we discuss how the improper use of a vacuum extractor during deli ...

Causes Part 2: Improper Use of Forceps
02/14/19

Many individuals are unsure of what exactly causes a birth injury. However, having knowledge of this can help if the need for a lawsuit ever arises. In part two of our causes series, we discuss how the improper use of forceps during delivery can caus ...

Causes Part 1: Failure to Perform an Emergency C-Section
02/08/19

Many individuals are unsure of what exactly causes a birth injury. However, having knowledge of this can help if the need for a lawsuit ever arises. In part one of our causes series, we discuss how failure to perform an emergency C-section can cause ...

Dissecting Common Issues In the Delivery Room
02/06/19

For any pregnant woman, the nine months long wait for labor is one filled with anticipation, excitement, and other emotional feelings. The moment comes when it’s time to go into the delivery room, but it’s not always the experience that many peop ...

What Is the Doctor’s Responsibility to Ensure a Safe Pregnancy?
01/30/19

We go to doctors or midwives when our health depends on it and trust that they have a solution to help us get better. When a woman is pregnant, they rely on medical professionals to ensure that they have a safe pregnancy that does not have any compli ...

Who Is Considered Responsible: Doctor or Hospital?
01/16/19

Any time a serious situation occurs, it can be difficult to deal with and it’s often easy for those who have been harmed to point the finger. However, what’s not always immediately understood is liability and who should truly be held accountable ...

What Are the Different Kind of Errors Leading to Birth Injuries?
01/10/19

Far too often, errors exist in medical facilities, putting individuals at serious risk of danger. This is no different when a woman is pregnant and expecting a baby. Although, these errors can cause serious harm to the baby or the mother. Here are so ...

What Happens When a Baby Suffers a Birth Injury?
01/03/19

The moment individuals find out they are going to have a child should be one of joy and happiness. They often think about life moving forward and prepare for whatever comes next. This is what it is supposed to be, and today’s medical technology has ...

Liability in Cases Involving PTSD as Damages
12/31/18

When someone sustains injuries—both physical and emotional—as a result of a car accident, there are a number of questions and concerns that may go through their head. What comes next? How do I go about taking legal action? One of the biggest ...

What You Can Expect in the Legal Battle After Suffering PTSD in a Crash
12/17/18

Legal matters can be complex. They’re daunting. Especially for individuals who have suffered serious injuries as a result of a negligence-related car crash. Nobody wants to encounter the legal system when concerned with the physical, emotional, and ...

How Does Trauma Play a Role in Truck Accident Cases?
12/11/18

Imagine driving down the highway and you see a large commercial truck approaching in your rearview mirror. All of a sudden, the feeling of fear and anxiety take over and you start to freeze up, concerned about whether or not the truck is going to cra ...

5 Things You Can Do to Calm the Anxiety of PTSD
11/30/18

Being involved in a car accident is one of the most taxing and daunting experiences a person can have. There are so many things that can go wrong; injuries that can be sustained. And then you can factor in the potential of post-traumatic st ...

The Long-Term Impact of Dealing with PTSD
11/16/18

The immediate impact of a car crash is easily apparent: injuries, property damage, and potential legal matters. It’s a lot to consider. However, it’s not the only concern that people should have, especially when some injuries—and conditions—m ...

Is Emotional Trauma Something an Accident Survivor Can Sue For?
11/12/18

For any person injured as a result of a car accident caused by negligence, the idea of legal action can be daunting, especially when you don’t know what to expect. You may not be sure of what rights you have or what you may be able to do to seek co ...

How Does Someone with PTSD Move Forward After an Accident?
11/06/18

The time following any kind of auto accident can be confusing and complex for the survivor of a serious injury. There are a number of different things that need to be considered regarding their own health, legal action that may be taken, and the long ...

How Does PTSD Impact a Person’s Ability to Drive?
10/29/18

Not all accidents result in just physical injuries. There are some instances in which emotional trauma can arise after a car crash. While the physical damages are definitely a concern, there are some injuries that may heal. However, post-traumatic st ...

What Happens When Someone Experiences a Trigger?
10/15/18

Triggers following a car accident or a traumatic experience are some of the worst things that a person can experience. They’re never predictable and it makes it difficult for the impacted person to do anything. In fact, some individuals g ...

Is PTSD Eligible for Compensation?
10/09/18

When someone suffers a serious injury as a result of a car accident, it can be a daunting experience. The injured person may go through their insurance company or the legal process to help seek compensation for the damages they have experienced. ...

By Seeking Compensation, Medical Malpractice Survivors Also Seek Justice
10/01/18

At The Beasley Firm, we want victims of medical malpractice to know exactly what their rights and options are when it comes to a lawsuit. Sure, the goal is to help victims seek compensation, but it’s much more than that. For many, justice is a top ...

Injuries Stemming from a Truck Accident: What is PTSD?
10/01/18

As we travel the roads and highways every single day, we’re bound to see a lot of different vehicles, all of whom should have a focus on keeping others safe. Unfortunately, sometimes negligence does play a factor and the safety we often expect is t ...

Understanding Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Awards: Are They Taxable?
09/14/18

The damages awarded to individuals harmed as a result of medical malpractice are very helpful when it comes to affording medical expenses and dealing with lost wages. There are other damages such as non-economic and punitive. While these awards are g ...

What Benefits Do Victims Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
08/30/18

For victims of medical malpractice, the decision to file a lawsuit should be an easy one. However, many individuals either hesitate to file a lawsuit or don’t do it at all because they are unaware of their rights and what benefits come with legal a ...

2018 Atlantic City Airshow Features Stunt Pilot & Attorney Jim Beasley
08/21/18

There is no better place for speed, action, and excitement this summer than Atlantic City, New Jersey and its 2018 Atlantic City Airshow, which is also called the Thunder Over the Boardwalk! You will be able to witness breathtaking aerial s ...

Misdiagnosis: Why It’s Important for Doctors to Get It Right
08/15/18

When someone goes into a hospital for something health related, they’re putting their trust into the hands of a doctor or other health care provider. They trust that a medical professional will be there to help them after an injury or in the event ...

What Are the Potential Causes of Medical Malpractice?
08/09/18

Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, making it an epidemic in terms of national health care and patient safety. Some acts are even called “never events” because they should never happen. Unfortunately, error ...

How Medical Malpractice & Birth Injuries Relate
08/03/18

We’ve detailed how medical malpractice impacts individuals, causes significant harm, and leaves victims dealing with the some of the most severe injuries and conditions. Medical malpractice can affect multiple victims, regardless of age. As such, t ...

What Issues Can Arise During a Medical Malpractice Case?
07/30/18

The legal system can be one of the more complicated things to navigate, regardless is someone suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence or not. In any case, there are many things to consider when it comes to medical malpractice cases. Unf ...

Philadelphia Trial Lawyer Peter Johnsen Joins The Beasley Firm, LLC
07/23/18

The Beasley Firm, LLC is pleased to welcome our legal team’s newest attorney – Peter Johnsen. A skilled Philadelphia Trial Attorney, Pete joined our firm in July 2018 after practicing as an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County, Pennsylva ...

Common Questions to Ask a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
07/12/18

Hiring the right lawyer is one of the most important steps to take following medical negligence. It helps to protect the rights of victims while the large medical facility’s defense team works to protect their own clients. However, choosing the rig ...

How to Find the Right Medical Malpractice Attorney Near Me
07/06/18

In any instance of medical malpractice, it’s very important for the victim to take the action necessary to hold the negligent party accountable. Part of this means finding legal representation to guide you through the complex matters of the le ...

Understanding Medical Malpractice and Seeking Justice
07/02/18

Doctors and other medical professionals hold a position in which they are trusted by millions of people. Any time someone sustains an injury, develops a medical condition, or runs into any health issue, we go to the hospital to seek the medical atten ...

How Misdiagnosis Happens
06/29/18

What would you do if someone you were expected to trust causes you serious harm? Unfortunately, this happens in some situations in which medical professionals fail to honor their duty of care, leading to serious problems. One problem that can occur a ...

What Happens When Someone Gets Hurt at Work?
06/27/18

Workplaces are supposed to be safe for anyone who enters the vicinity. However, there are some situations in which workers may get hurt while on the job. There may be a number of causes for these types of accidents, but it’s what comes next that co ...

Do Dram Shop Liability Laws Apply Only to Bars?
06/21/18

Dram shop liability is a complex area of the law that not many people know. There are a number of things that individuals need to consider when it comes to dram shop liability, but understanding it can be important for victims of drunk driving accide ...

Post-Traumatic Stress After a Car Crash: How Does It Affect Survivors?
06/18/18

The injuries sustained in car accidents are well documented. Plenty of people know how serious these situations are and the lifelong effects that come along with the injuries. However, did you know that physical pain is not the only thing that could ...

What are the Causes of Burn Injuries?
06/15/18

Burn injuries are some of the most serious someone can sustain. So much so, they are considered to be catastrophic in many situations. This is because the long-term damage of a burn injury often results in the need for care, surgery, medical attentio ...

Child Injuries Caused By Fireworks
06/13/18

It’s June which means an increase in the number of people using fireworks. As we lead up to the 4th of July, individuals need to ensure that if they are going to use fireworks, they are doing so in the most careful manner possible. Unfortunate ...

Warmer Weather Means Tire Maintenance to Prevent Blowouts
05/29/18

Have you ever driven past someone on the road who has had a tire blowout and wonder how it happened? Well, there are a number of reasons, but one of the most overlooked causes of a tire blowout is the heat. We don’t think about the heat as a potent ...

5 Things You Should Know About Child Injuries
05/24/18

When the general public hears about various accidents and injuries, it’s typically about adults who have been harmed. However, children are also very susceptible to dangers in a variety of situations. These are the scariest types of injuries becaus ...

The Dangers of Certain Occupations In Philadelphia
05/18/18

Most people don’t feel the need to be concerned when they go to work. After all, the thought of various dangers don’t typically cross their mind. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for workers as some are in industries that do leave emplo ...

Determining if an Injury Occurred During Flight
05/14/18

When most people hear the term aviation accident, it’s easy to see why they think of a plane or helicopter crash. However, that’s not the only time an injury can occur when it comes to airlines. In some cases, injuries can occur during the flight ...

Who Is Responsible In Public Swimming Pool Accidents In Philadelphia?
05/11/18

Public swimming pools are all around and as fun as they are, there are important things that people need to know. Whether the swimming pool is at a hotel, on a cruise ship, at a community center, or in any other capacity, there are potential dangers ...

Causes and Injuries of Boating Accidents
05/08/18

As the weather begins to warm up and summer approaches, there is an increased amount of an activity on the water. While this is great to help escape the heat or get in some great recreation time, boats and other watercrafts can pose potential dangers ...

How are Dram Shop Liability Cases Handled In Philadelphia?
05/04/18

When most people hear about crashes caused by drunk drivers, it’s easy to assume that all liability falls on the intoxicated party. While this is most often the case—and rightfully so—there are some situations when the drunk driver is not ...

How Victims Can Protect Their Rights After an Injury
04/26/18

After an accident, the victim must take some very important steps in order to protect their rights to seek compensation. There are a number of things that can be done in order to help a case, and some things that can be done to hurt a case. At The Be ...

What are the “Hours of Service” Regulations?
04/20/18

The trucking industry is a vital one to the economy in the United States. We all rely on these large trucks and their drivers to get consumer goods in a timely manner. Unfortunately, while they are needed in many situations, they can also be dangerou ...

How Motorcycle Accidents Impact Safety Laws and Regulations
04/17/18

Motorcycle accidents result in some of the most severe and dangerous injuries for a number of reasons. The obvious reason is that the motorcycle rider is not encased and belted in a car or truck. More often, the motorcyclist is hit by a car or truck. ...

Rights of Accident Victims In Philadelphia
04/12/18

Did you know that there are many individuals who sustain injury but fail to pursue compensation simply because they don’t know their rights? Even worse, they know they have rights, but they fail to do anything because they’re concerned about tria ...

Lifetime Expenses Associated with Paralysis
04/09/18

Imagine this: You’re driving along and all of a sudden, someone rear-ends you. The impact jolts through your body and then, nothing. A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious a person can sustain and often leads to a lifetime of damages and t ...

Why Medical Records After a Crash are so Important
04/06/18

After a crash, one of the most important steps a person can take is seeking medical attention. Regardless of whether or not you feel as though you are injured, getting medical attention does a number of things that can benefit you moving forward. It ...

The Full Impact of a Civil Trial
04/03/18

When someone sustains an injury as a result of another person’s negligent actions, there are numerous routes they can take in order to seek compensation. They may agree to a settlement with the defendant’s insurance company, or the case may go to ...

Is My Child’s Disability a Natural Defect or the Result of Birth Trauma?
04/02/18

As a law firm with a proven record handling birth injury lawsuits, our attorneys at The Beasley Firm, LLC speak with many families across Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and New Jersey who are unsure as to whether their child’s inju ...

The Aftermath of a Plane Crash for the Victim
03/29/18

While plane crashes often result in a number of fatal injuries, there are some instances in which the victim survives. Though the news will report about the incident briefly, the surviving victims of plane crashes are seldom discussed in the public v ...

Determining if a Case Should go to Trial
03/26/18

Between the moments after an accident and the time a case reaches trial, there are a large number of conversations to be had regarding the best case strategy for the victim. One such consideration is whether or not a case should go to trial in order ...

Can Manufacturers Be Liable for Aviation Crashes?
03/23/18

Causes of Aviation Accidents While there are a wide range of causes of aviation accidents, many are thought to be human error. What happens, though, when it is a mechanical error? Who is considered liable for the damages? While it is important to kno ...

The Impact of the Legal Process After a Catastrophic Injury
03/20/18

Any time someone is harmed due to the negligence of another, it can be a devastating and traumatic experience. When the injury is considered catastrophic, the impacts are even greater, often amplified by the long and sometimes drawn out legal process ...

How Verdicts Help to Define Settlement Values
03/15/18

When personal injury cases are filed, there are multiple ways in which they can be handled in order to help the victim seek compensation. The two most common ways are settlements and verdicts. Understanding the difference between these two and how th ...

What Damages May I Be Entitled to?
03/13/18

After someone sustains a serious injury, they may want to consider taking legal action in order to seek compensation for the damages they have sustained. However, not everyone which type of compensation they may be entitled to and what they can recov ...

Can I Sue the Airline Company?
03/08/18

After an aviation crash, a common question arises regarding who the victim can sue for damages. Who is held liable? Unfortunately, there are a number of parties who may be considered liable, which is why it is important to have a Philadelphia aviatio ...

Can I Sue the City?
03/05/18

Who is Liable? When many people think of the legal process pertaining to an injury, they often think of the negligent party as another person. While this is most often the case, it’s not always that simple. Many people wonder if they have a lawsuit ...

How Defective Drugs Can Lead to Catastrophic Injuries
03/02/18

When an individual is suffering from a serious medical condition, they often turn to their medical provider to seek treatment. One of the most common forms of treatment is medication. While there are countless medications that work for patients, ther ...

What are the Effects of Amputation?
02/27/18

There are accidents sometimes so serious that it can cause significant damage to the victim’s limbs. When this happens, the doctors may opt to amputate the damaged body part in order to save the victim’s life. While the end result is often the ...

The Common Malfunctions in Aviation Crashes
02/22/18

Prior to taking off, planes must undergo proper inspection and maintenance to ensure that nothing is wrong. Unfortunately, despite some of the precautions that individuals can take, it doesn’t always result in a safe flight. There are some common m ...

The Roles of the FAA and NTSB in Plane Crashes
02/19/18

What happens after a plane crashes? There are a number of factors to deal with involving the crash. Local law enforcement should be present to help at the scene of the accident. However, two main organizations also are involved in plane safety and cr ...

Traumatic Brain Injuries: The Long-Term Impact
02/15/18

One of the most catastrophic injuries that a person can sustain is a traumatic brain injury. These can be classified as either mild or severe, but when someone is seriously harmed, there are often life-long effects that come along with it. Understand ...

Types of Accidents that Can Cause PTSD
02/12/18

When people hear the term post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, it’s easy to think of soldiers. After all, that is what the public hears about most. However, soldiers are not the only individuals who can develop PTSD after a serious event in the ...

Dealing with the Effects of an Aviation Accident
02/09/18

Aviation accidents, whether by plane or helicopter, are unfortunate situations that, while not as common as vehicle accidents, occur far more often than we would like. As a result, countless individuals sustain serious injuries — sometimes fatal in ...

How Aviation Crashes Can Lead to PTSD
02/05/18

Anytime someone steps foot on a plane or helicopter, they are expecting the best result: a quick and safe trip to their destination. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and, oftentimes, it can lead to serious damage to all parties involved. A ...

Can Low Blood Sugar in a Newborn Cause Seizures, Neonatal Hypoglycemic Brain Injury (NHBI), Brain Damage in an Infant or Cerebral Palsy?
01/26/18

A rapidly growing baby gets glucose or sugar from its mother through the placenta during pregnancy. After birth, the baby gets glucose by producing it in their liver and from breast milk or formula feedings. Babies need sugar or glucose for energy an ...

Is Your Baby’s Head Normal Or Should You Worry It Is Hydrocephaly?
01/20/18

From birth to 3 months of age the average increase in your baby’s head circumference is usually 2 cm or .78 inches each month. From 4 to 6 months of age, the head circumference or head growth slows to about 1 cm per month. Now, these are just guide ...

Uninsured Driver Accidents: Who Pays Your Bills?
01/15/18

Auto insurance is required by law in every single U.S. state (except New Hampshire), and drivers must carry their state’s minimum requirements to legally drive a vehicle. In Pennsylvania, you’re required to have bodily injury and property damage ...

Questions to Ask a Philadelphia Aviation Accident Lawyer
01/02/18

Nobody wants to be the victim of a plane or helicopter crash. Families don’t want to lose a loved one to these devastating events. However, they are an unfortunate incident and they sometimes occur. When they do, while hiring a lawyer cannot fix wh ...

Determining Negligence in Catastrophic Injury Cases
12/29/17

Like in any other kind of personal injury case, the biggest factor to helping a victim seek compensation in a catastrophic injury case is proving negligence. Without someone being negligent and responsible for the injury, there may be no le ...

What Happens After a Plane Crash?
12/26/17

The moments following a plane crash are traumatic. There is the initial shock of not knowing what happened and the fear of what’s going on. Unfortunately, this is a scenario that has been real for a number of people. However, not many people are su ...

How Does a Catastrophic Injury Impact a Person’s Life?
12/21/17

Because of the severity of catastrophic injuries, dealing with the impacts moving forward can be difficult. There are a number of things that the victim was once able to do, but after a catastrophic injury may be more difficult or even impossible. In ...

Paralysis: Understanding All the Factors
12/18/17

Injuries can happen in many forms, but few have the impact over a life such as a spinal cord injury. This is mostly due to the fact that a spinal cord injury can cause paralysis. At The Beasley Firm, we recognize that paralysis can happen in numerous ...

Attorney Scott Bennett Featured in ABC News Report
12/16/17

If you’re driving down the road next to a truck with a large load tied to the bed, do you know for sure that it’s safe and secure? For Michelle Marx, she’ll never assume that to be the case ever again. Attorney Scott Bennett was proud ...

Why Choose a Firm with Success in Aviation Crash Cases?
12/14/17

Airplane and helicopter crashes are amongst the most devastating that can occur because of the altitude at which these aircrafts travel. Unfortunately, when these types of accidents happen, there are often serious injuries involved, sometimes even fa ...

Are There Regulations for Pilots?
12/11/17

Any time someone decides to take a flight, they are putting their safety in the hands of the pilot and the company on which they are flying. This means ensuring that the pilot is following safety protocols and all regulations are complied with so the ...

How Does a TBI Affect a Victim’s Life?
12/07/17

When a person sustains a serious injury involving head trauma, it can cause long-term impacts. For anyone who may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury, there are various symptoms that may be experienced. At The Beasley Firm, our Philadelphia tr ...

24-Year-Old Bicyclist Killed in Truck Accident in Philadelphia
11/28/17

A 24-year-old woman was tragically killed in a truck accident earlier this morning in Center City Philadelphia. The accident occurred as she was riding her bicycle around 7:25 A.M. at 11th and Spruce streets. She was hit by a trash truck, though ...

How Saying “Sorry” After an Accident Could Affect Your Legal Case
11/22/17

What you say after a car accident can affect your case, including apologizing to the other driver. While the compassionate and understanding part of you wants to say sorry, it could jeopardize your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries ...

Which Injuries are Considered Catastrophic?
11/21/17

When someone sustains an injury, it can be a daunting and traumatic experience to endure. However, there are some injuries that may be worse than others. When an injury is extreme and requires life-long treatment and alters a livelihood, they may be ...

Who is Liable in Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Cases?
11/13/17

When a medical professional is negligent, it can cause serious pain and suffering to the patient who is supposed to be in his or her care. Unfortunately, there are many types of situations that can be considered medical malpractice, all of which can ...

Ensuring You Choose the Right Nursing Home
11/09/17

When you are looking for a nursing home to take care of your elderly loved one, there are a number of things you have to consider. Of course you want to make sure that the facility is nice, but there is much more to it than that. You want to ensure t ...

Phillip Morris Faces Lawsuit for Sale of Cancer-Causing Cigarettes
10/31/17

Philadelphia trial lawyer Dion Rassias of The Beasley Firm, LLC discusses the recent lawsuit against Phillip Morris for the sale of Marlboro cigarettes in association with a woman’s premature death. Phillip Morris, a subsidiary of Altria Group Inc. ...

The Difference Between a Birth Injury and a Birth Defect
09/15/17

Unfortunately, birth injuries and birth defects are quite common–though quite different in nature. Both are incredibly tragic, and both may be caused due to the negligence of another, such as a doctor, nurse, or medical care provider. If your child ...

The Risks of Overloaded & Improperly Loaded Trucks
09/01/17

Commercial trucks are large and unwieldy. Weighing in at up to 80,000 pounds, semi-trucks are already dangerous for other drivers on the road. When they are overloaded or improperly loaded, however, they can easily cause deadly accidents. Learn ...

Why It’s Important to Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions Following an Accident
08/18/17

After an accident it is critical to seek medical care. Your health should be a top priority, and seeking immediate and ongoing treatment can help to protect your insurance claim. Your treatment can help you recover the compensation you deserve for yo ...

How Much Is Your Truck Accident Case Worth?
08/04/17

No two truck accidents are the same, so it can be a challenge to determine how much is a fair value for your truck accident claim. There are a number of factors that can affect the value of your claim. Even if you know someone who was involved in a ...

Did Your Doctor Delay or Fail to Perform a C-Section?
05/25/17

A Caesarian section, or C-section, is a relatively common procedure to deliver a baby when vaginal birth poses risks to mothers or newborns, or when complications require timely medical intervention. Delays or failures to perform a C-section under ci ...

Birth Injury: The Cost of Raising a Child with Cerebral Palsy
04/18/17

Cerebral palsy refers to various disorders that affect movement and muscle tone as a result of damage to a baby’s developing brain. In some cases, this brain damage can occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or immediately after birth as a res ...

What Should You Tell The Insurance Agent Following an Auto Accident?
03/08/17

Calling your insurance provider after an auto accident is an obvious step, but what do you say? It is worth remembering that what you say might be recorded, similar to a police report. What you say could affect the amount of compensation you ultimate ...

Commercial Truck Crashes vs. Car Accidents: Key Differences
02/02/17

Though they both share the road, the differences between commercial trucks and automobiles are great, as are the differences between accidents involving each. Size Differences The average car weighs about 3,000 to 4,000 pounds, while a semi-truck can ...

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome FAQ
01/12/17

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a relatively rare, but serious condition that typically occurs as a reaction to a medication one has taken. As a result, skin may blister and peel off. Blisters may also form within your body, causing difficulty ...

Multimillion Dollar Verdict Against Lawyer and His Client for Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings
10/05/16

Jim Beasley Jr. and Lane Jubb, Jr. of The Beasley Firm obtained a $2.3 million verdict – with over $2 million in punitive damages – in a wrongful use of civil proceedings case (“Dragonetti” Action). After two weeks of trial and eight hours of ...

Injured in an Accident with SEPTA?
09/22/16

In Philadelphia, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) offers individuals many transit services, including the Regional Rail, trackless trolleys, subways, and buses. This public transit service is a great way for people to ge ...

Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Injuries
09/16/16

When most people think about brain injuries, they often think of a traumatic event where someone suffers some sort of impact or blow to their head. While brain injuries are often caused by traumas, there are other factors that could cause damage as w ...

Bimbo Bakeries Recalls 500,000 Boxes of Snacks
09/01/16

Bimbo Bakeries, the makers of Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks, has recalled 500,000 boxes of chocolate chip muffins, Little Bites fudge brownies, and variety packs due to the potential hazard of small pieces of plastic. According to the recall, the ...

Nationally Recognized Aviation Accident Attorneys
08/26/16

Aviation litigation takes many shapes. The most common form of litigation revolves around a general aviation plane or helicopter crash. Other scenarios include aviation business disputes, in-flight airline injuries, airport premises liability, and co ...

How Big a Problem Is Medical Misdiagnosis?
08/05/16

Medical errors are now being considered one of the top causes of death in the country. This is a daunting statistic considering how often people go to hospitals, emergency rooms, and other healthcare facilities with serious and sometimes life-threate ...

Jim Beasley Jr. Featured in the University of Pennsylvania Law School Journal: “The Unlikely Daredevil”
07/13/16

The Penn Law Journal released their summer 2016 edition and featured Attorney Jim Beasley Jr., calling him “the unlikely daredevil.” This is in reference to Beasley serving as the lead pilot for The Horsemen, the only World War 2 P-51 Mustang aer ...

Product Liability Case Granted A New Trial
06/29/16

The Superior Court has granted a new trial in a strict products liability case arising out of the tragic death of an infant in a car crash. The baby had been securely fastened into an infant car seat in the back row of the family’s Volvo 850. &nbsp ...

Child Deaths Lead to Recall of 29 Million IKEA Dressers
06/28/16

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least six children three years old or younger have been killed by an IKEA chest or dresser falling on them. IKEA is recalling 29 million chests and dressers in response, including around 8 ...

The Beasley Firm Attorneys Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2016
06/07/16

With verdicts and settlements in excess of $20 million for aviation accidents alone in the last year, The Beasley Firm attorneys are a force to be reckoned with. The Beasley Firm is proud to announce that five of its attorneys have been recognized as ...

Dion G. Rassias Files Complaints Seeking More Than $1 Billion in Damages on behalf of Clients for Pharmaceutical Companies’ Illegal and Unfair Sales Practices and Inflation of Generic Drug Prices
03/24/16

Dion G. Rassias, Esquire of The Beasley Firm, LLC recently filed Complaints on behalf of Plumbers’ Local Union No. 690 Health Plan (“Local 690”) and the Delaware Valley Health Care Coalition (“DVHCC”) seeking over $1 billion in damages from ...

Beasley Firm Wins $5.4M Award Against U.S. for Fatal Plane Crash
02/24/16

A deadly 2012 plane crash was found to have resulted from negligence on the part of an air traffic controller by a federal judge in Virginia. A $5.4 million judgement was awarded to widow Joyce Gardella, whose husband Paul Gardell ...

Roosevelt Blvd. Car Accidents Rock North Philadelphia
02/22/16

Car accidents come in many varieties. There is no formula or predictor for how bad a car accident will be, other than general factors, such as the speed traveled and the size and weight of the vehicles involved. In the early morning hours of February ...

Barbara Axelrod Wins Right For Family to Sue Nursing Home
11/19/15

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidated a nursing home’s contract requiring residents to submit all claims to binding arbitration under the National Arbitration Forum’s Code of Procedure. After the mother was taken from the hospital to the nu ...

Jim Beasley Obtains Confidential Seven Figure Resolution of a Deadly Plane Crash Case
09/22/15

The Firm’s client was operating a high performance single engine aircraft when he and the passengers crashed at night, causing all of the occupants to perish, with our young client leaving an unborn son. Years of litigation and deep investigation ...

Dr. Marsha Santangelo Obtains $4.875 Million Verdict For Spinal Surgery Malpractice Client
04/10/15

On April 8, 2015, a jury in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas awarded $4.875 million to a medical malpractice victim represented by Marsha Santangelo, M.D., Esq., of The Beasley Firm. The case involved a 50 year old woman who went to Dr. Er ...

Malpractice Insurers Sneak Exception Into Quality Of Care Bill
04/01/15

It is no secret that healthcare costs are out of control. It also should not be a secret that one of the causes of increasing healthcare costs is rampant malpractice throughout the healthcare industry. One study by the Society of Actuaries  ...

FDA Finds Further Proof Diabetes Drugs Cause Pancreatic Cancer
12/16/14

For more than a year now, our firm has been entrenched in litigation against the manufacturers of several “incretin mimetic” diabetes drugs, including Januvia, Janumet, Victoza, Byetta, and Onglyza, which, we allege, cause pancreatic cancer. No t ...

Jim Beasley, Jr. Hired to Investigate Selinsgrove Plane Crash
06/27/14

Two Union County men who were injured in an October 4th, 2013 plane crash have hired Jim Beasley, Jr. to investigate the incident. Doug Cromley, of Lewisburg, and his uncle Todd Cromley, of Windsor, sustained serious injuries afte ...

Scott Bennett Elected to the PBA’s House of Delegates
04/01/14

The Beasley Firm is proud to announce that attorney Scott Bennett has been elected to the PBA’s House of Delegates. Mr. Bennett will represent Philadelphia beginning at the adjournment of the 2014 Annual Meeting in Hershey, PA. The Pennsy ...

Court Removes Absurd Barrier To Missed Pap Smear / Cervical Cancer Case
04/01/14

When it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits, the deck is often stacked against patients. That’s a hard concept for many people to accept after years of advertising and lobbying by insurance companies and health systems to mislead the public, but, ...

Can We Prove In Court That Testosterone Gel Causes Heart Attacks and Strokes?
02/23/14

In early February, the media exploded with reports that the FDA was investigating(1) whether low-testosterone therapies like Axiron, Androgel, Testim, and Fortesta might be tied with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Yet, as the FD ...

Parr v. Ford And The Real Source Of Junk Science In Rollover Lawsuits
01/20/14

Crashworthiness cases are among the riskiest and most challenging types of personal injury cases. They are time-intensive, enormously expensive (typically costing more than $250,000 in expert fees and other litigation costs), and difficult to win. Th ...

Darrin Manning And The Kinder, Gentler Philadelphia Police Department
01/16/14

Philadelphia’s Police Department has come a long way since the days of Frank Rizzo or and the MOVE fire bombing, but perhaps not far enough. As The Inquirer reports: Darrin Manning, 16, says his mind was on the game when he got off the subway ...

Do Some Diabetes Drugs Shorten, Rather Than Extend, Lives?
12/27/13

As part of the pancreatic cancer litigation that has been taking up a lot of my time, I’ve spent a lot of my time lately thinking about diabetes in general. Diabetics know all too well the merry-go-round they can end up on as doctors switch them fr ...

Why You Shouldn’t Hire A “Cheaper” Lawyer For The DePuy Settlement
11/28/13

Two weeks ago, a tentative settlement agreement was announced in the litigation over the defective DePuy ASR hip implants. The official website is here. It’s a claims process (like what was used to resolve the Vioxx and BP Oil Spill cases ...

All About Side Impact Lawsuits: From Airbag Non-Deployment To Crashworthiness
08/11/13

I always have a mixture of cases going on at the time, and lately I’ve been spending a lot of time on automobile crashworthiness cases, including both structural integrity cases and airbag cases. The work reminded me to get back to a subject I’ve ...

Dion Rassias Wins 1.2 Million Verdict in Automobile Accident Case
07/23/13

Beasley Firm partner Dion Rassias obtained a $1.2 million verdict from a unanimous 12-member jury in Delaware last week as a result of an automobile accident that occurred in Sussex County, Delaware. What makes the verdict so unique is that there wer ...

Six Flags Roller Coaster Death Proves “New” Doesn’t Mean “Safe”
07/20/13

One of our niche practice areas involves amusement park accident injuries. We currently represent, for example, the family of an 11-year-old girl who fell needlessly to her death from a ferris wheel in New Jersey. So when one of these accidents ...

Fentanyl / Duragesic Pain Patch Overprescription Becoming A Full-Blown Crisis
07/01/13

There’s an old saying that, “two is a coincidence, three is a pattern.” Last week, the fentanyl pain patch (technically the “DURAGESIC® fentanyl transdermal system”) came up three times for me: First, my office received a call from so ...

The Shocking Risk Of Post-Crash Car Fires: Michael Hastings & FMVSS 302
06/18/13

Journalist Michael Hastings, perhaps best known for a Rolling Stone investigative feature that led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, died today in a car accident. According to the Los Angeles Times: The vehicle crosse ...

Could The Philadelphia Building Collapse Have Been Prevented By Bracing Or Helical Piers?
06/05/13

I heard the sirens going by my office today and shortly thereafter the news flashed across my computer screen: the building at 22nd and Market that housed the Salvation Army had collapsed, trapping people inside. When an awful tragedy ...

Six Beasley Firm Attorneys Selected As 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
05/25/13

The Beasley Firm is proud to announce that six of its attorneys have been recognized by Thomas Reuters as 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® andRising Stars®. The Beasley Firm attorneys recognized in this year’s edition are Jim Beasley, J ...

Plaintiff Loses First Da Vinci Robot Surgery Injury Trial (But It Was An Unusual Case)
05/24/13

We represent several clients injured by the da Vinci surgical robot manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, and so I follow the robot surgery injury litigation pretty closely. As you might already know if you’re reading this post, yesterday a jury ...

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits Prompt Media And FDA Scrutiny – But No Recall In Sight
05/17/13

Three months ago, I posted an article on my Litigation & Trial blog titled, “Player Piano” Robotic Surgeries Put Women’s Lives At Risk, discussing the Da Vinci surgical robot, which is marketed as a safer alternative to other ...

The Tylenol Acute Liver Failure Epidemic Goes To Multi-District Litigation
05/03/13

Extra Strength Tylenol, one of the most aggressively-marketed consumer products in the country, has been making news again lately. The media focus has been on how researchers built on previous findings that “acetaminophen reduced neural r ...

“GERD” Symptoms May Indicate Stomach Or Esophageal Cancer – New Guidelines On When Physicians Should Order An Endoscopy Following Heartburn
04/03/13

We see the same tragic situation several times a year: a patient, often a young person in their twenties or thirties, goes to their primary care physician with the signs and symptoms of “GERD,” or gastroesophageal reflux disease. They have persis ...

As Philadelphia’s Lead Exposure And Poisoning Epidemic Is Controlled, Crime Will Fall
03/30/13

All across the major cities in America, the violent crime rate shot up dramatically beginning in the 1960s, from 150 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 1960 to a peak of 750 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 1990 – a shocking four-fold increas ...

What The $8M Jury Award Means For Other DePuy ASR Patients & Lawsuits
03/09/13

Merely a week ago I wrote about what an $11.1 million jury verdict in a vaginal mesh lawsuit in New Jersey meant for other women with those meshes and involved in the nationwide litigation. Yesterday came big news in another litigation we a ...

What The $11 Million Vaginal Mesh Verdict Means For Other Patients
03/01/13

As one of the many law firms heavily invested in the nationwide transvaginal mesh and bladder sling litigation, we pay close attention to any legal developments that might help our clients, and this week a New Jersey jury ordered Johnson and Johnson ...

Conrail Tries To Rip Off Paulsboro Residents In Vinyl Chloride Spill Before They Develop Liver Cancer
02/20/13

The problems of vinyl chloride are well known. Nearly two years ago, I wrote a long post about a court shockingly dismissing expert testimony about the dangers of the chemical. Let’s be clear when it comes to vinyl chloride: every Material Safety D ...

Why doesn’t the Motrin label warn about Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?
02/15/13

A $63 million verdict awarded by a jury earlier this week in Maine shows the lengths to which drug companies will go to make a profit. It’s well known that NSAID pain relievers like Motrin (ibuprofen) can cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or ...

$61 Million in Punitive Damages For An Electrocution: The Exception, Not The Rule
02/04/13

The headline started with the phrase “$109 Million Personal-Injury Award,” but two phrases from the article better summed up what really happened: “Mommy is on fire,” and “the power line that had killed her had collapsed in the family’s y ...

Even A Simple Bus Accident Case Presents Legal Challenges (Hitting An Overpass Edition)
02/03/13

The news here in Philadelphia has been filled with reports about the bus accident in Boston, in which more than three dozen high school students (who had just finished touring Harvard University through the “Destined for a Dream Foundatio ...

Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Recall Lawsuits – The Basics
01/29/13

When the DePuy hip implants were recalled back in August 2010, there was a huge amount of fanfare. By that point, the New York Times had already published two articles about the numerous problems with the hips, and lawsuits had started to mount. In c ...

Too Much Sodium or Salt in the Body Due To A Pharmacy Medication Or Drug Error Can Lead To Death Of A Patient
01/04/13

In September 2010, a 24 week premature little boy was born in an Illinois hospital. Due to his prematurity, he had to receive all of his nutrition from intravenous (IV) fluids and electrolytes. The newborn was doing very well after birth until a grav ...

High Blood Sugar Or Hyperglycemia In Patients Receiving Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Are At A Higher Risk Of Death
01/04/13

Research published by the American Diabetes Association shows that non-critically ill patients who develop hyperglycemia or a high blood sugar after receiving total parental nutrition (TPN) or hyperalimentation are more likely to die in the ...

Wrong Side Surgery Surgical Error: Surgeon Operated on a Child’s Wrong Eye
01/04/13

A four year old child was admitted to a hospital to undergo surgery to correct his wandering right eye. Instead, of correcting the right eye, the doctor operated on the child’s normal left eye, the wrong eye. Surgical errors such as this one are li ...

A Delay In Diagnosing Or Treating A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Can Lead To Pyelonephritis, Urosepsis, Septic Shock, Kidney Damage Or Death.
01/03/13

Pyelonephritis is urinary tract infection (UTI) that has traveled up and out of the bladder, into the ureter and reaching the pelvis of the kidney. Women who are sexually active, infants, the elderly and patients with indwelling urinary catheters are ...

New Jersey (NJ) Can Be A Deadly And Dangerous Place To Walk Or Be A Pedestrian. You May Get Hit By A Car.
01/03/13

A national report ranked the state of New Jersey (NJ) as the 21st most dangerous state to be a pedestrian or walk in. Transportation for America found that roads or highways in New Jersey frequently lack sidewalks or crosswalks, leaving walkers ...

Surgical Equipment Tools Are Still Being Left Behind In Patients And Wrong Body Parts Operated On During Surgery. Why?
12/28/12

In the December 19 issue of the journal Surgery, an analysis of medical records showed that doctors leave towels, scalpels, retractors, hemostats, lap pads, cotton balls, sponges and other surgical equipment inside patients’ bodies on average ...

If You Signed A Ski Resort Or Snow Tubing Accident Release Form Before Being Injured On The Slope, Can You Sue Or Have A Lawsuit?
12/28/12

Now that our first snow storm of the season is upon us, many are hitting the slopes to ski, snow board or go snow tubing. As with any other activity where there is a risk of being injured, many, if not all places of business will have patrons sign a ...

Can A Stomach Virus, Stomach Flu Or Food Poisoning While Pregnant Hurt Your Baby?
12/28/12

Most times, a stomach virus, stomach flu or food poisoning is not dangerous to your baby while you are pregnant. A pregnant mother who is vomiting or who has diarrhea while pregnant is treated with bed rest and fluids or admitted to the hospital and ...

Sepsis, Septic Shock, Blood Poisoning Or Untreated Infections Can Cause Heart Failure, Liver Damage, Kidney Failure, Amputations, Blindness And Death.
12/27/12

In Brooklyn, New York (NY), a mother of a 12-year old daughter, underwent a routine gynecological (GYN) operation. During the surgery, her bowel or intestine was punctured causing a massive infection or sepsis. The overwhelming blood poison ...

Blood Clot, Stroke Or Heart Attack Risk With Pradaxa And Heart Valves Warns The Food And Drug Administration (FDA).
12/21/12

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning doctors, health care providers and the public that Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate), a blood thinner or anticoagulant, should not be used to prevent stroke or blood clots in patients ...

A Patient Who Fell In The Hospital May Have Fallen In The Radiology Department Due To Negligence.
12/05/12

According to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, from 2005 through 2009, the number of patient falls in hospitals which resulted in injuries that required additional treatment averaged about 1,300 a year. In 2009 alone, 602 of those ...

Is Having A Natural Home Birth With A Nurse Midwife Safe Or Does It Cause More Birth Injuries?
12/05/12

I just read an article about a lawsuit that involved a hypoxic brain damaged baby due to a lack of oxygen during birth and it got me thinking. I am not going to comment on the verdict amount or who was or was not at fault for the birth inju ...

Medical Negligence Or Lab Errors Can Cause A Delay In Diagnosing Ovarian, Uterine or Cervical Cancer
12/04/12

A delay in diagnosing cervical cancer is largely preventable. Early pre-cancerous changes or cervical dysplasia can usually be detected on routine or yearly pap smears. Dysplasia or abnormal cells are present on the cervix before cancerous cells app ...

How To Obtain A Deceased Person’s Medical Records (Nationwide, With Specifics For Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware)
11/28/12

We investigate a lot of wrongful death and medical malpractice cases here, which means we spend a lot of time requesting and reviewing the decedent’s medical records. When it comes to potential medical malpractice lawsuits where a family member has ...

How Much Is The Average DePuy Hip Recall Settlement? (ASR or Pinnacle)
11/28/12

[Update: This post was originally written in November 2012. A year later, in November 2013, a partial settlement was announced. The official website is here. If you had a lawyer as of November 2013, don’t try to fire them just to avoid pa ...

The Deadly Consequences of Shared Responsibility
11/19/12

As negligence lawyers, we spend a lot of time looking at tragedies in hindsight. To win a case, we have to prove that a catastrophic accident could have been, and should have been, prevented through the use of reasonable precautions. We thus spend a ...

Jim Beasley Jr. Wins $12.6 Million Verdict In Breech Birth Umbilical Cord Prolapse Case
11/03/12

On November 2, 2012, after a two week trial, a Philadelphia jury awarded over $12 million to a severely brain-damaged child represented by Beasley Firm attorney Jim Beasley, Jr.. The malpractice award will ensure the child, who is now three and ...

Heart Attack After Dialysis Lawsuits and Information About Fresenius Class Action Over Cardiac Injuries And Deaths
10/27/12

Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has fought for injured patients and consumers, recovering over $2 billion for our clients through hundreds of multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts. If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack or other card ...

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer, Scott Bennett, Gets A $1,350,000 Settlement In A Head-On Collision Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA).
10/25/12

This auto accident case arose out of a motor vehicle accident (MVA) which occurred in Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania (PA), when the plaintiff woman driver, was driving on her way to school as a school teacher. The conduct of the Defe ...

Which Law For Meningitis Tainted Shots: Medical Malpractice or Product Liability?
10/24/12

The devastation caused by the outbreak of meningitis in spinal injections for back pain continues to grow, with the CDC reporting yesterday that the death toll has grown to 23 patients, and nationwide there have been more than 300 reported ...

Could The Contaminated Epidural Injections That Caused Fungal Meningitis In New Jersey And Other States Been Avoided?
10/11/12

In 2003, Sarah Sellers, a young pharmacist, worked in a compounding pharmacy and was shocked by what she described as unsterile conditions. She told a Senate Committee that “the pharmacy was purportedly making sterile injections from scratch using ...

Epidural Steroid Pain Injection Medication That May Be Linked To Fungal Meningitis Has Been Shipped To Pennsylvania, New Jersey And New York.
10/08/12

Eddie C. Lovelace, a Kentucky judge, was still on the bench into his late 70s, despite suffering from severe neck pain due to a car accident. Like many other patients in chronic pain, Judge Lovelace sought epidural spinal injections for pain relief. ...

Stryker Recall of Operating Room (OR) Systems Due To Patients Being Injured During Surgery Or Surgical Procedures.
10/08/12

The medical device manufacturer Stryker Corporation is expanding its recall of the Neptune waste-management operating room (OR) products. Stryker company first voluntarily recalled the Neptune 1 in June of 2012 after two people were seriously injured ...

Malpractice Lawyer Marsha Santangelo, M.D., Of The Beasley Firm, Wins A $1.97 Million Verdict Against Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) In A Failure To Diagnose Tubo-Ovarian Cancer Trial In Philadelphia
10/05/12

After only just a few hours deliberation, after a two week trial, a Philadelphia jury awarded the client of Beasley Firm attorney Marsha Santangelo, M.D., $1.97 million in damages for a Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) oncologist’s failure to detect ...

Did Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD) Or A Failure To Descend Or Progress During Labor Cause A Birth Injury, Lack Of Oxygen Or Brain Damage To Your Baby?
09/30/12

Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) is when your baby’s head or body part is too large to fit through your pelvis or birth canal during labor. It has also been referred to as a “failure to progress” or “failure to descend” during labor. With ...

What To Expect At Your Prenatal Visits From Your Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Midwife While You Are Expecting.
09/30/12

When you are pregnant or expecting it can be a very joyous time but also a very nervous time. You may worry if you are eating correctly, if your baby growing alright and if all the little aches, pains and symptoms you are feeling is normal. It is imp ...

When Are Homeowners Legally Responsible for Trampoline Injuries?
09/28/12

Earlier this week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) again warned about the dangers of home trampolines, “discouraging home use of trampolines,” and collecting data showing that “Most trampoline injuries occur with multiple simultaneous u ...

Jim Beasley Of The Beasley Firm, Who Represents The Estate Of Officer Brian Lorenzo, Had The Honor Of Performing A Flypast At This Years Philadelphia Hero Thrill Show Honoring Our Fallen Police Officers and Firefighters.
09/24/12

This past Saturday, the fallen Philadelphia police and firefighters were honored at the 58th Annual Hero Thrill Show. Prior to the Philadelphia Motorcycle Drill Team performing their intricate bike maneuvers, police, firefighters, and the crowd paid ...

Will You Always Feel A Lump With Breast Cancer? No. There May Be Itching, Dry Skin, Nipple Discharge, Breast Redness, A Rash Or Swelling Of The Breast, Even In A Man With Breast Cancer.
09/23/12

Just like every other woman who undergoes a yearly mammogram or breast ultrasound, I waited patiently for 5 days to find out the results. I finally did receive the letter in the mail stating that they were pleased to inform me that my latest mammogra ...

A Breech Presentation, Transverse Lie Or Other Fetal Positions Can Lead To A Birth Injury, Umbilical Cord Prolapse, Cerebral Palsy (CP) Or Stillborn.
09/22/12

The fetal presentation is the part of your baby that is down near your cervix at the time of labor and delivery. Cephalic presentation or head first is the normal presentation. However, for various reasons, your baby’s position could be breech, tra ...

A Frontal Lobe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Can Cause Risk Taking, Memory Loss, Learning Difficulties, Behavioral Problems And Personality Changes.
09/22/12

The frontal lobe of the brain sits just above the eyes as is considered our emotional control center and home to our personality. Due to its location, it is very susceptible to traumatic brain injury (TBI) in car, bus or truck accidents, football or ...

Did You Develop A Skin Rash, Tissue Death, Gangrene Or An Amputation After Taking The Blood Thinner Coumadin Or Warfarin?
09/21/12

Warfarin-induced skin necrosis (WISN), Coumadin-induced skin necrosis (CISN), Anticoagulant-induced skin necrosis or warfarin dermal gangrene is a condition in where there is skin and tissue death or necrosis due to a protein C deficiency after being ...

SimplyThick Causes Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) In Premature And Full Term Babies, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Cautions
09/19/12

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded its warning regarding SimplyThick and the development of necrotizing enterocolitis or NEC.Back in May 2011, the FDA issued an advisory warning consumers of SimplyThick’s risk to pre ...

Infant Botulism Is Not Only Caused By Honey, It Can Be Caused By The Dirt or Soil Around Your House.
09/18/12

Infant botulism is a potentially life-threatening condition where the bacteria Clostridium botulinum grows inside a baby’s gastrointestinal tract. The spores germinate into bacteria that reproduce in the intestine or bowel and release tox ...

Could Your Child’s Persistent High Fever, Swollen Lymph Nodes And Rash Be Kawasaki Disease (KD)?
09/15/12

Kawasaki disease (KD) is also known as Kawasaki syndrome, lymph node syndrome, mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome or polyarteritis. It is believed that KD is an autoimmune disease that affects the medium size blood vessels in the body. This disease is ...

Beasley Firm Attorney Dion Rassias Obtains $3.75 Million Verdict In Delaware County Eclampsia, Seizure And Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Case
09/14/12

Earlier today a jury in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, awarded approximately $3.75 million to a medical malpractice victim represented by Beasley Firm trial lawyer Dion Rassias. With delay damages and interest, the total verdict amount to help c ...

Is A Perforated Esophagus During Intubation A Risk Of The Procedure Or Medical Malpractice?
09/13/12

The esophagus is the tube that carries food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. Any hole or perforation in the esophagus will allow the liquids or food particles to pass into the chest or mediastinum. Any foreign body in the chest or mediastin ...

A Cardiac Arrest, Sudden Death, Brain Damage, Or Organ Failure During Dialysis Treatment May Have Been Caused By GranuFlo or NaturaLyte Dialysate Solutions.
09/11/12

After almost 1000 dialysis patients developed cardiac arrest or irregular heartbeats at Fresenius Dialysis Clinics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I recall for GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis concentrates. The F ...

Failure To Diagnose Aortic Dissection Caused By A Seatbelt, Steering Wheel Or Airbag After Being In A Car Or Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Can Cause Organ Failure or Death
09/10/12

Seat belts, shoulder straps or harnesses and air bags were designed to keep us safer if in a car accident or motor vehicle accident (MVA) and most times they do. However, there are times where the force of the airbag or locking of the shoul ...

Two Common Trucking Dangers: Driving Without A Trailer And Engine Braking
08/30/12

In our experience as Philadelphia truck accident lawyers, the two most common causes of serious or fatal truck accidents are driver fatigue and inadequate maintenance, which together are factors in more than half of all truck accidents nationwide. B ...

Pennsylvania Dental Malpractice Insurance Law Goes into Effect Next Week
08/29/12

After a successful lobbying effort by a victim of dental malpractice and her husband, Pennsylvania finally has a law, which goes into effect next week, requiring all dentists to carry malpractice liability insurance. As described by an article i ...

Philadelphia Still Among Safer Places To Drive, Despite Allstate’s “Best Drivers Report”
08/28/12

For some reason, people can’t stop coming up with reasons to say Philadelphia has the worst drivers. Today, Allstate Insurance Company released its eighth annual “Best Drivers Report,” which ranks America’s 200 largest cities in ter ...

Former Councilwoman Krajewski’s Defamation And False Light Case Reinstated by Pennsylvania Superior Court
08/23/12

Beasley Firm appellate attorney Barbara Axelrod is on a roll: last month she won a significant Pennsylvania Supreme Court case on behalf of a client injured by the reckless conduct of a ski resort employee, and yesterday she won an appeal before ...

Licorice Recalled For High Lead Content. Lead Toxicity Can Cause Brain Damage, Learning Problems, Miscarriages or Birth Defects.
08/23/12

The American Licorice Company, in Union City California, has recalled one-pound packages of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the best if used before date of 020413. The packages were found to have high levels of lead. The licorice contained as mu ...

How To Prevent Another Matt Fisher / Progressive Insurance Debacle: Eliminate Contributory Negligence And Enact Real Bad Faith Laws
08/15/12

Comedian Matt Fisher’s post about Progressive Insurance defending the man who negligently killed his sister in a car accident has gone viral, with commentary from a wide variety of sources (e.g., The Blaze and Consumerist), a re ...

When Should You Hire A Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer In Pennsylvania?
08/14/12

Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) should be easy, and the Social Security Administration has a convenient online form to do it, but the process isn’t nearly as simple as it seems. Unde ...

Hospital ER Malpractice Is Often Caused by Bad Management Practices, Rather Than Mistaken Judgment Calls
08/07/12

When people think of the term “malpractice,” they tend to think of a doctor making a huge mistake while treating the patient, like a surgeon puncturing the patient’s bowel during an abdominal operation or a radiologist missing a spot ...

Settlement For Carpenter’s Fall Shows How Lawyers Go Beyond Workers’ Compensation In Serious Construction Accidents
08/06/12

A $4 million settlement recently reached for a carpenter who fell off of a scaffolding at work in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania shows how personal injury lawyers can turn what looks like a simple workers compensation claim into a much larger settlement ...

Fatal DUI Crash And Lawsuit Shine Light On Restaurant Managers And Staff Drinking Alcohol After Hours
08/06/12

Earlier this week a settlement was announced in the Husk Restaurant drunk driving case. In the lawsuit, the survivors of a 32-year-old man who died in a horrific car accident fire alleged that the accident was caused by an assistant manager ...

First Pradaxa Legal Win For Patients: Court Denies Pharma Company’s Motion To Dismiss
08/03/12

As we have discussed before, the atrial fibrillation anticoagulation medication Pradaxa, which was meant as a safer alternative to warfarin (with supposedly the same ability to prevent strokes and systemic embolism), has a big problem: if a patient d ...

Tragic Story Sheds Light On Growing Problem Of Uninsured Commercial Truck Drivers In Serious And Fatal Accidents
08/01/12

A tragic truck accident in Texas has brought new attention to the problem of uninsured and underinsured commercial truck drivers, and to the unfair and unjust barriers enacted by some courts to deny accident victims fair compensation for their injuri ...

Are 3rd Degree Perineal Lacerations Or 4th Degree Vaginal Tears During Pushing, Birth And Delivery Due To Medical Negligence?
07/25/12

Vaginal tears or perineal lacerations during birth can occur in the absence of any medical negligence. As a baby’s head is being delivered, a mother can experience a rip or tear in the tissue that is in between the vagina and anus (perineum). ...

Watching My Daughter In Prolonged Labor For 36 Hours With My Granddaughter Caused Me Severe Labor Pains And Distress While Watching For Fetal Distress
07/23/12

As the old saying goes, a little knowledge is dangerous. Well let me tell you that even more knowledge had me almost pushing the nurse’s call bell to ask the anesthesiologist to come up and numb me from my labor pains. Even though I was a grand mom ...

How A Drunk Driving Lawsuit Works When The Driver Has No Accident Insurance
07/20/12

There’s no denying that drunk driving is an epidemic in the United States. According to CDC statistics, in an average week, 27,000 drivers are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Studies show that those arrests re ...

Beasley Firm Wins Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case Involving Reckless Conduct at a Snow Tubing Ski Resort
07/19/12

On July 18, 2012 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided the case of Tayar v. Camelback Ski Corporation, et al. The Beasley Firm represented Ms. Tayar, who was seriously injured at a snow tubing resort when an employee recklessly sent two mo ...

Jim Beasley, Jr. Chosen to Lead Defamation, Libel and Slander CLE Course
07/14/12

Philadelphia Plaintiff’s Attorney Jim Beasley, Jr. will serve as the course planner for “Defamation, Libel and Slander,” the continuing legal education course (CLE) from the Philadelphia Bar Institute on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. The se ...

Was Your Abdominal Pain, Nausea, Vomiting, and Stomach Bloating Due To A Twisted Bowel Or Volvulus That Was Misdiagnosed By A Doctor?
07/06/12

A volvulus is a malrotation or twisting of the bowel or intestine and can be caused by an abnormality in the bowel rotation, ingestion of a foreign body or adhesions. In adults, it is frequently involves the sigmoid colon where as in children, it is ...

If There Was A Delay In Your Doctor Diagnosing Adenocarcinoma Colon Cancer, It May Have Significantly Reduced Your 5-Year Survival Rate.
07/06/12

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States (US) and nearly all of the colorectal cancers are adenocarcinomas. Approximately 130,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and it causes more than 50,000 deaths ann ...

Your Child Should Not Be Electrocuted At A Miniature Golf Course, Water Park, Lake, Boat, Swimming Pool Or Other Vacation Spot.
07/06/12

As a child is growing up, we, as parents, teach them not to go near downed wires, touch electrical outlets, play on train tracks or go out in a lightning storm because of the potential for electrocution. One would never expect that a child could also ...

Escalator Injuries Caused By Poor Maintenance And Unsafe Designs Are Still Shockingly Common
07/06/12

After enough years as a personal injury lawyer, you learn to fear certain mechanical equipment and consumer products. Growing up, I loved bouncing on the trampoline, and as a teenager I spent many summer days going up and down ladders as part of my c ...

NuvaRing: Will Merck Allow Independent Review Of Blood Clot Clinical Trial Safety Data?
07/04/12

More than 700 women had filed lawsuits alleging they developed blood clots or strokes while using NuvaRing, and the first bellwhether trials are schedule to take place early next year in New Jersey. Just last month, the Court entered an order preclud ...

A Delay In Diagnosing Adenocarcinoma Gastric Or Stomach Cancer Could Be Due To Medical Malpractice Or Doctor Negligence
06/24/12

Once the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world, the rate of stomach or gastric cancer has declined in most developed countries. Over the past 25 years, the rate of newly diagnosed gastric cancers is down by 50 percent and the death rate ...

A Delay In Diagnosing Your Lip, Mouth, Tongue, Cheek Or Oral Cancer Can Lead To Significant Facial Deformities And Reduce Your Life Expectancy
06/24/12

Each year there are approximately 36,000 new cases of oral or mouth cancer diagnosed in the United States, resulting in about 9,000 deaths. The death rate from mouth, tongue or oral cancer is greater than other cancers you frequently hear about such ...

A Taxi Driver Texting While Driving May Have Caused Yellow School Bus Accident
06/20/12

On Monday morning in the Briarwood area of Queens New York, as the school bus was traveling west on 87th Avenue, a taxi driver allegedly ran a red light and collided with the school bus. The accident caused the bus to roll on its side. According ...

Who’s Liable When A Worker Misuses A Dangerous Machine At Work?
06/19/12

Every year, roughly 5% of workers at industrial workplaces and construction sites are injured on the job so severely that they have to take time off. Thankfully, most of these work-related injures are caused by some form of overexertion or ...

Sky Diving Parachute Failure Accidents Are Not Usually Caused By Jumper Error But Rather A Defective Or Poorly Maintained Chute.
06/19/12

Here at the nationally known Beasley Law Firm, our experienced parachute accident lawyers are all too familiar with the product defects or malfunctions that can occur with parachutes at no fault of the skydiver. Our Firm represented the Est ...

Yaz & Yasmin Settlements Grow As Medical Studies Show New Heart Dangers
06/15/12

As we have discussed before on this blog, more than 11,300 Yaz / Yasmin lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the drugs’ manufacturer, typically alleging the drugs caused blood clots in legs or arms (deep vein thrombosis), blood clots in lungs (p ...

Kolcraft Strollers Recalled After They Caused Finger Amputations, Crushed Fingers And Other Hand Injuries
06/14/12

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a statement today indicating that Kolcraft is recalling more than 36,000 strollers after receiving reports that children’s fingertips were cut off or amputated and adults who ...

Do I Have To Use The Lawyer My Union Recommends?
06/11/12

It happens every day in America. A scaffold collapses at a construction site, a worker falls from an unprotected walkway, a car hits a highway worker, or there’s an explosion at an industrial plant, and a worker is seriously injured. ...

Do The Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) Prevacid, Nexium, Prilosec, Aciphex Or Protonix Cause Birth Defects?
06/07/12

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) were first introduced to the market in the 1980’s for treatment of heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), acid reflux, and ulcers. The American Gastroenterological Association estimates that approximatel ...

FDA Warning-Teething Gels Such As Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase, Can Cause A Lack Of Oxygen To Your Baby’s Brain Or Even Death
06/07/12

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a warning on some teething gels. These topical gels are frequently rubbed on the gums to help teething pain in infants and toddlers. It has been found that these teething gels can le ...

It Is Always A Good Idea To Check A Safety Harness Before It Is Too Late And It Causes A Neck, Spinal Cord Or Head Injury. Sadly Some Amusement Parks Or Carnival Operators Fail To Do This.
06/06/12

Over the Memorial Day weekend, a young girl was at a Miami Florida Marlin’s major league baseball (MLB) game against the San Francisco Giants. At the ballpark, there was rock climbing wall that had been set up for the children that attended the gam ...

Is The Summer Camp You Are Going To Send Your Child To Safe Or Could It Lead To A Drowning Or Serious Injury?
06/06/12

Once school is out, kids love to attend summer camp, day camp, overnight camp, swimming camp or any camp that involves hiking, tennis, biking, music, cooking, science and much more. As an experienced child injury law firm, this brings to mind thought ...

Was The Delay In Diagnosing Melanoma, Basal Cell Or Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Your Doctor’s Fault Or Yours?
06/06/12

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States (US). The two most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell. Both of those cancers have a h ...

A Feeding Tube In The Lung, Trachea Or Windpipe Can Lead To Pneumonia, Hypoxic Permanent Brain Damage Or Death In An Infant Or Adult.
06/05/12

An Illinois settlement awarded the parents of a premature baby $12,500,000 after a feeding tube was improperly placed and formula was instilled into the infant’s lungs. When the infant was born a few weeks premature, he had to be in the neonat ...

The Family Of A Toddler That Died After Falling Into A Septic Tank Due To Faulty Lid Cover Awarded $21 Million
06/05/12

Each year, approximately 50 children drown or die from open or unprotected septic tanks and many others are seriously injured. In Massachusetts, while a three-year-old boy was playing in a back yard he sat on the lid of a septic tank and it gave ...

Applebee’s Settles Drunk Driving Lawsuit Alleging It Sold Driver 23 Alcoholic Drinks In Two Hours
06/03/12

CBS News in Dallas reported that the family of Abdallah Khader, now six years old, has settled their intoxication liability lawsuit against Applebee’s less than one week before trial. The amount of the settlement is confidential ...

Unsafe Bus Companies Ordered To Shut Down Before More Riders Are Injured Or Killed In A Bus Accident
06/01/12

On Thursday, federal regulators mandated 26 curbside bus operators to cease operations, including three in Philadelphia and eight elsewhere in Pennsylvania. This was the largest bus safety crackdown in United States history. The tour buses which carr ...

The Beasley Firm Awarded $4.2 Million In Philadelphia Jury Verdict Breach of Contract Case.
06/01/12

The Beasley Firm represented an individual who was a one-third owner of a marble and granite fabrication shop in a breach of contract case. Back in early 2006, our client entered into an agreement with three others whereby they would provid ...

Newborn Hypothermia Or Cooling After A Lack Of Oxygen During Birth May Reduce Cerebral Palsy (CP), Severe Disabilities, Blindness And Neonatal Death.
05/31/12

In 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a head-cooling cap that can potentially prevent or reduce brain damage in infants who had a lack of oxygen during birth. The Philadelphia Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Neonatal I ...

Was A Ride Operator Texting, Checking Facebook Or YouTube Videos When You Were Injured At A Water Park Or On An Amusement Park Ride?
05/24/12

Many employees who are hired seasonally to work at carnivals, amusements parks, boardwalk piers, water parks or to lifeguard at pools are teenagers or college students. I do not need to tell you this, but for many of those within that age group ...

Toddler Or Small Children Injured On Amusement Park Rides or Kiddie Rides Are On The Rise.
05/23/12

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) in 2010, an estimated 1,299 visitors were injured on theme park rides. That figure represents a decrease in the amount of ride-related accidents from 1,523 in 2008. ...

Inquirer Story On Wrongful Convictions By Philadelphia Drug Unit Discusses Beasley Firm Lawsuit
05/20/12

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Beasley firm attorney Max Kennerly discussing the nearly two dozen civil rights lawsuits filed against the City of Philadelphia alleging that police officers within the Philadelphia Police Department ...

Drowning Is One Of The Leading Causes Of Death In Infants, Toddlers, And Children
05/18/12

According to a new federal report, drowning kills more young American children ages 1 to 4 years old than any cause except birth defects. Half of those children drown in swimming pools but toddlers or small children also drown in bathtubs or eve ...

Actos Users In Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee Who Developed Bladder Cancer Should File Claims Soon
05/17/12

The nationwide “multidistrict” litigation for Actos claims is moving along smoothly, with nearly five-hundred claims filed so far and the plaintiffs’ lawyers working together to develop a unified strategy for obtain and reviewing documents from ...

A Porch, Deck, Pier, Boardwalk, or Balcony Collapse Can Cause Serious Injuries.
05/13/12

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, I am out and about walking in the neighborhood and taking in the scenery. As I walk through my neighborhood I am delighted to see all of the trees and flowers blooming, yet frightened when I look at the conditi ...

Asbestos Lawsuits Continue To Mount With Secondhand Exposure Claims And Sicker Plaintiffs
05/13/12

Reuters news recently posted a special report on “The long, lethal shadow of asbestos,” arguing: Half a century after the first wave of lawsuits were filed for illnesses linked to exposure to asbestos and 40 years after new regulation sharply cur ...

School Bus Accident Near Dorney Park Injured 13 After Bus Driver Failed To Yield To Oncoming Traffic
05/12/12

Police say 13 students suffered what appeared to be minor injuries after a school bus crashed on its way home from an amusement park in eastern Pennsylvania. Authorities say the bus was one of three taking Pennridge High School students home from a c ...

Experienced Boat Accident Lawyers at The Beasley Firm Awarded Settlement Fund For Their Injured Duck Boat Victims
05/10/12

On July 7, 2010, Hungarian students Dora Schwendter, 16, and Szabolcs Prem, 20, died after a 250-foot-long tugboat ran into the disabled, 33-foot-long “Ride the Ducks” tour boat they were riding on the Delaware River. The impact caused the duck b ...

Inflatable Water Slides for In-Ground Pools Recalled After Causing Head Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries or Death
05/10/12

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that the Banzai water slides are defective and can suddenly deflate during use and the rider’s head can hit the concrete ground underneath the slide. In addition, the vinyl slid ...

Check Your Baby’s Nursery. Kolcraft Bassinets Recalled Due To Fall Dangers After Latches Can Detach.
05/10/12

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a safety recall for certain Kolcraft Tender Vibes and Light Vibes bassinets that have locking latches which may fail and cause the bassinets to fall and possibly injuring your infant or ca ...

A Doctor Has Been Arrested On Charges That He Had Unlawful Sexual Contact With A Patient
05/07/12

News sources are reporting that Pierre Leroy, a Newark Delaware neurosurgeon, was arrested on Friday after a 35 year old woman reported to police that the doctor had unlawful sexual contact with her. Police say an investigation has revealed that the ...

Are Tanning Beds Safe or Do They Cause Melanoma Skin Cancer?
05/07/12

Melanoma is the most common type of cancer that affects young adults 25-29 years old and is the second most common form of cancer in teenagers and young adults ages 15-29. In 2011, there was an estimated 123,590 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in the ...

I Was Told My Baby Had Fetal Distress During Labor. Should I Be Worried?
04/27/12

Fetal distress is a term generally used to describe hypoxia, or lack of oxygen getting to the baby. Before or during childbirth, any sign of fetal distress alerts the obstetrician, nurse midwife or doctor that the baby might not be doing well or ...

Taking Trimethoprim While Pregnant Can Cause Spina Bifida And Other Birth Defects
04/25/12

Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole is a commonly prescribed antibiotic for urinary tract infections (UTI), community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other bacterial infections including ear infections, bronchitis, traveler ...

What Causes Birth Defects During Pregnancy?
04/24/12

When a child is born with a congenital defect or deformity at birth parents often try and think what may have caused the birth defect. According to the March of Dimes, many birth defects have unknown causes while about 40% of birth deformities are as ...

My Baby’s Head Ultrasound Showed Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL). Does That Mean My Child Will Have Cerebral Palsy (CP)?
04/24/12

Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) is a brain injury that affects infants and newborns. PVL means that there was damage or death to the areas of brain tissue around the ventricles or fluid filled areas of the brain. The cell necrosis or brain damage ...

What Causes Cerebral Palsy During Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery Or In The Newborn Period Right After Birth?
04/23/12

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is caused by damage to the portions of a baby’s developing brain that control the body’s motor skills, muscle coordination, and movements. Some of the possible causes of brain damage that may lead to the development of Ce ...

Zoloft During Pregnancy Lawsuits Consolidated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Federal Court
04/23/12

We’ve been following the antidepressant heart defect litigation closely. The most recent development involves an April 17 order by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidating 57 Zoloft birth defect laws ...

Lawn Mower Accidents Are As Common As Spring Showers And High Pollen Counts
04/22/12

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are treated in emergency rooms for lawn mower related amputations, catastrophic injuries, and deaths. Just this week, a 3-year-old girl had her toes and part of her foot amputated due to a riding mower ...

A Child Can Drown Or Get Injured Just As Easily In An Above-Ground Pool As An In-Ground Pool
04/22/12

Due to backyard space issues, community regulations, city ordinances or the belief that some pools are safer than others, many homeowners, property owners, or associations will have above-the-ground pools instead of in-ground pools. Unfortunately, ab ...

You Were Injured At A Stadium, Ball Park, Concert Arena Or Sporting Event. Can You Sue?
04/22/12

Each year, millions of Americans visit stadiums, ballparks or arenas to watch concerts, sporting events, ball games, races and other spectator events. Sadly, visitors to these buildings or parks can be at risk for catastrophic injuries or even death ...

Workplace Injuries, Construction Site Incidents And Industrial Accidents Can Be Caused By Defective Products Even When Used Properly By The Employee
04/22/12

When an employee or contractor is injured on the job or construction site one may assume that they only have a Workman’s Comp claim when in fact, their injury, amputation, or loved one’s death could have been caused by a defective product, f ...

Water Slides Can Cause Serious Injuries and Even Death
04/20/12

Water slides are popular attractions at most water parks or resort amusement parks. But while these rides can be thrilling and provide relief from the summer heat, accidents can, and do, happen. An improperly designed, improperly maintained, improper ...

17,000 Scuba Diving Hoses Recalled Due To Drowning Hazard
04/20/12

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)has alerted consumers that the Santa Ana-based importer and distributor XS Scuba has announced a recall of 17,000 high pressure scuba diving hoses produced by an Italian company called Miflex. Th ...

Carnival, Fairs, Theme Park and Amusement Park Accidents
04/20/12

Well, it’s official. As I was driving into work this morning I saw the first sign of the year for a neighborhood carnival. With the warmer weather creeping into the northeast, millions of Americans will soon be making trips to carnivals, amusement ...

The Fastest Or Most Thrilling Roller Coasters Can Cause Serious Injuries Or Even Death.
04/20/12

Even though roller coasters are thrilling, exciting and extremely fun, a roller coaster is one of the most dangerous rides at an amusement park. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), thousands of riders are treated in emergency ...

Even Experienced Athletes Get Severe Or Life-Altering Injuries From Trampolines
04/20/12

Joba Chamberlain, the 26-year-old right-hander, New York Yankee pitcher, and professional baseball player, suffered a career-threatening ankle injury while jumping on a trampoline with his 5-year-old son. Just like many other consumers who ...

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Alert To Stop Using Bacteria Contaminated Ultrasound Gel
04/19/12

On April 18, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert to doctors, hospitals, radiologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, obstetricians/gynecologists, internists, chiropractors, nurses, physical therapists and ultrasou ...

An Inexpensive Drain Cover Can Prevent A Child From Drowning In A Pool.
04/19/12

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, many will turn to swimming pools to help cool off during the summer months. Unfortunately, a fun day at the pool or a vacation can cause catastrophic injuries if proper pool safety precautions are not ...

Was Your Baby Born Deaf Or Is Your Child’s Hearing Loss Due To An Antibiotic or Medication?
04/18/12

There are over 200 different medications or substances that are considered ototoxic or that can cause hearing loss or deafness. Not only can hearing be affected in adults due to a medication, but many children develop hearing loss especially aft ...

A Child With Mental Retardation (MR), Seizures, And Cerebral Palsy (CP) Due To A Birth Injury Is Going To Have Life Long Treatments And Medical Expenses.
04/16/12

Any mother or father of a child who has cerebral palsy (CP), mental retardation (MR), seizures, or developmental delays due to a birth injury, Group B strep infection (GBS), or difficult delivery will tell you that caring for their disabled ...

Yaz / Yasmin Label Updated By FDA To Further Warn Of Blood Clots And Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
04/13/12

Over the past few years, more than 11,300 Yaz / Yasmin / Beyaz patients have filed product liability lawsuits against Bayer, the drugs’ manufacturer, typically alleging the drugs caused blood clots in legs or arms (deep vein thrombosis), blood clot ...

Shooting The Messenger: Roxborough Hospital Attacks Expert Witness At HUP / UPenn
04/07/12

The Legal Intelligencer recently reported on sanctions motions filed by the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case. In the case, the plaintiff alleges that Roxborough Memorial Hospital failed to obtain diagnostic testing that cou ...

The Risk Of Pradaxa Injuries From Overdoses Or After Falls Continues To Be Studied
04/06/12

On the heels of the first Pradaxa lawsuits alleging bleeding injuries having been filed last month, two new scientific reports continue to raise questions about the safety of Pradaxa (Dabigatran). The first report, put out by the Institute for Safe M ...

After A Birth Injury, Difficult Birth, or Fetal Distress, Is Your Baby Reaching Their Developmental Milestones?
04/01/12

After wondering if your baby is getting enough breast milk or formula, new parents worry most about their baby’s development. If your labor and delivery was difficult, or your baby had a lack of oxygen to the brain during birth, wasn’t breathing ...

A Delay in Diagnosing Superior Mesenteric Artery (SMA) Syndrome Can Cause Severe Malnutrition or Even Death
04/01/12

Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome can be a life-threatening gastrointestinal (GI) disorder caused by a compression of the third portion of the duodenum (part of the small intestine) in between the abdominal aorta (AA) and superior mesenteric ...

Osteomyelitis Can Develop if an Infection Was Not Diagnosed and Treated Properly
04/01/12

Osteomyelitis is inflammation or infection of a bone that is usually caused by bacterial infection. Bone infections in children are primarily hematogenous, or they originated in the blood, although osteomyelitis secondary to penetrating trauma, surge ...

The Signs of Kernicterus or a High Bilirubin in a Newborn are Obvious. How Can Some Doctors Miss It?
03/31/12

Kernicterus means “yellow kern” which is indicative of the part of the baby’s brain that is stained yellow. This yellowing occurs when a newborn develops hyperbilirubinemia or bilirubin encephalopathy. The sad thing is that kernicterus is a “ ...

A Child Who Had an E. coli Infection Can Develop Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), Kidney Damage or Renal Failure
03/31/12

The Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacterium can be found in contaminated food such as meat, dairy products, and juice. It can also be present in swimming pools or lakes that are contaminated with feces and at petting zoos. Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS ...

Propecia Lawsuits Over Sexual Side Effects Move Towards Consolidation In New Jersey
03/28/12

We have been covering how Propecia side effects like erectile dysfunction don’t go away for a while now, and so have been following the development of the Propecia lawsuits carefully. As we discussed in our last post, Merck’s patent for Propecia ...

Clozapine Can Cause Bowel Obstructions, Intestinal Damage, Aspiration and Death
03/27/12

Schizophrenia is a psychological or mental disorder that can cause someone to experience hallucinations, hear voices, become paranoid, have delusions, disorganized speech and thinking, as well as problems with social or occupational interactions. It ...

The Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog
03/27/12

The Beasley Firm is proud to sponsor the Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog. Featuring award-winning investigative journalist Ralph Cipriano – one of the first reporters to take a critical eye to the practices of the Philadelphia Archdiocese an ...

When Is A Car Accident Not Just A Car Accident?
03/23/12

After you or a loved one was involved in a car accident or hit by another driver did you ever stop and think where the person that just hit you was coming from? Probably not. Will the lawyer you need for your car accident have the experienc ...

ABO Blood Incompatibility Can Cause High Bilirubin, Kernicterus Or Cerebral Palsy In A Newborn
03/23/12

ABO blood type incompatibility can occur when the blood type of the baby or newborn, differs from the mother’s blood type. This can happen if: The mother’s blood type is O and the baby’s blood type is A, B or AB The mother’s blood type is A a ...

Gynecare Prolift Implanted Surgical Mesh Was Sold For Years Without FDA Approval
03/22/12

A report yesterday in Bloomberg News revealed publicly one of the facts learned in the vaginal mesh litigation: Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, illegally marketed the Gynecare Prolift implanted vaginal mesh from Ma ...

What Causes Jaundice Or A High Bilirubin to Turn Into Kernicterus?
03/18/12

Many times it is medical malpractice or doctor error that leads to kernicterus and permanent brain damage in a baby. Kernicterus means “yellow kern” which is indicative of the part of the brain that is stained yellow. This yellowing occurs when a ...

Is It An Anesthesia Error If A Patient Develops Problems From Malignant Hyperthermia During Surgery?
03/15/12

Yes and No. Malignant hyperthermia is when the body’s temperature rises quickly after an anesthetic medication that can cause the high fever is administered. Unfortunately, Most cases of malignant hyperthermia are seen in children and adults younge ...

Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Takeda Hid Congestive Heart Failure Risk Of Actos
03/11/12

Last week, a federal False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals involving Actos was unsealed, and so the lawsuit can be served on Takeda and can begin moving forward. All drug manufacturers have a legal duty, unde ...

Spinal Cord Monitoring During Chest or Spine Surgery May Prevent Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis
03/10/12

The American Academy of Neurology has released guidelines that recommend monitoring during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to protect the spinal cord and lessen the danger of paralysis. Spinal cord monitoring or watching evoked p ...

Airplane Accidents Or Plane Crashes Are Not Always Caused By Pilot Error
03/10/12

Plane accidents do not occur as frequently as other types of transportation modes such as cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and trains but when they do occur the injuries are usually more catastrophic or deadly. When you hear of an aviation accident u ...

You Were Admitted To The Hospital For An Infection And The Hospital Gave You A Worse Infection. Now What?
03/09/12

When you were admitted to a hospital because the doctors needed to treat an infection you had, the last thing on your mind was that you were going to get another infection. The sad reality is that every patient that is admitted to a hospital is at ri ...

Spring Is Bouncing In And So Are Children Injured On Trampolines, Sky Castles And Moon Bounces
03/09/12

Many parents purchase trampolines for their children thinking it would provide hours of exercise and outdoor fun for them. Even though trampolines can motivate children to move and become more active, many parents are unaware of the potential dangers ...

New Filing In Sandusky Sexual Assault Prosecution Shows Penn State Failed To Maintain Safe Premises
03/02/12

Earlier this week the prosecutors in the sexual abuse case against former Penn State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky filed their “Bill of Particulars,” a legal pleading that further detailed some of the allegations against Sandusky. The ...

Does Your Hospital Take Too Long To Transfer A Patient Having A Heart Attack?
02/29/12

Current research shows that about only one in ten patients having a heart attack or myocardial infarction (MI) are transferred to a heart hospital within the recommended 30 minutes. Many local hospitals or smaller community hospitals are not equipped ...

Illinois and California Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits to Remain in State Courts
02/28/12

Pharmaceutical medication injury lawsuits are not like typical personal injury lawsuits, which are typically filed in the state court where the injured person lives or where the responsible corporation is based. Prescription medications are such ...

Patients On Patient Controlled Anesthesia (PCA) Pain Pumps Should Not Die Due To Respiratory Failure or Breathing Problems.
02/24/12

Any person who traumatically or unexpectedly loses a loved one, especially a child, will tell you that the pain never goes away. Here at the Beasley Law Firm, we have witnessed the pain and suffering that many parents had to deal with after the unnec ...

Your Newborn Baby Has Yellow Skin, Should You Be Concerned?
02/22/12

Most likely what your infant has is known as jaundice. In most cases, newborn or baby jaundice is a minor symptom that will not hurt or affect your baby’s health in anyway. Yellowing of the skin or eyes in a newborn is caused by an increase in the ...

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Is Investigating The Fatal School Bus Accident That Killed A Triplet And Critically Injured Her Sisters
02/17/12

A school bus that was carrying elementary school children was struck by a dump truck, killing one girl and injuring many other students. The accident occurred at a four-way intersection in Chesterfield. At this time, it is unknown who, if anyone was ...

Do Doctors And Nurses Only Wash Their Hands If They Know They Are Being Watched?
02/13/12

A Long Island Hospital installed cameras that captured views of every sink and hand sanitizer in an intensive care unit (ICU). For a period of 4 months, without exposing any personal information, the cameras monitored doctors, nurses and other health ...

Nurses Need To Take Minor Steps To Prevent Major Choking Episodes Or Aspiration Pneumonias.
02/13/12

A pulmonary aspiration is when food, liquids, drinks, stomach contents or secretions enter the lungs or respiratory tract. It is frequently referred to as something that “went down the wrong pipe.” In many cases, the patient will recover without ...

Will There Be Enough Methotrexate To Treat Your Child’s Leukemia? Right Now, It Does Not Look Good.
02/12/12

Methotrexate is a crucial medication needed to help treat childhood leukemia. Each year, nearly 3,000 kids and adolescents under the age of 20 are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in the United States. Unfortunately, as with many oth ...

Obstetricians Can’t Blame Birth Forces For Common Shoulder Injury In Babies, Rules New York Appellate Court
02/11/12

One of the most common birth injuries we see is Erb’s Palsy, which is caused by injuries to a baby’s brachial plexus during delivery. There are a variety of factors that can increase the risk of a brachial plexus fracture, which damages the ...

The Antibiotic Gentamycin Can Cause Hearing Loss, Deafness, and “Wobblers”
02/05/12

Gentamycin Induced Ototoxicity Gentamycin or Gentamicin sulphate is a strong antibiotic that is given intravenously (IV) to help treat bacterial infections. However, if the dose or level of medication in the body is not properly monitored, it could l ...

Intravenous Acetaminophen Has Caused Serious Dosing Errors, Especially in Children, That Could Lead To Liver Damage Or Bleeding.
02/04/12

Intravenous (IV) acetaminophen was approved for use in the United States in 2011 and already, there have been numerous reports of medication errors or acetaminophen overdoses, especially in children. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol ...

Electronic Prescribing Of Medications Can Help Reduce Drug Errors.
02/02/12

According to a study posted on MedPage Today, electronic prescribing or e-prescribing significantly reduces the amount of drug or medication errors. Researchers for the University of New South Wales examined 3,291 patient records for medication ...

The Dangers of Testicular Torsion
02/01/12

What is Testicular Torsion? A testicular torsion is when the spermatic cord that leads to a testicle twists or flips around, cutting off the blood supply to the testicle and scrotum. If a torsion is not diagnosed or treated right away, it could lead ...

Is Your Birth Control Pill Recalled? Pfizer Has Recalled Approximately 1 Million Packets of Birth Control Pills.
02/01/12

Pfizer released a press alert yesterday that they are recalling 14 lots of Lo/Ovral®-28 (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets in the United States. All the pills were marketed by Akri ...

Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) Have a Higher Rate of Infections Than Adult Intensive Care Units (ICUs).
01/30/12

The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center released their findings related to infections in pediatric ICUs. What they found was that pediatric intensive care units have a higher rate of infections, especially infections that are introduced ...

Doctor Office Visits Are Down And Emergency Room (ER) Visits Are Up. Is Your ER Prepared To Properly Treat You In An Emergency?
01/30/12

It has been noticed that since the recession hit the US in 2008 more people, both with and without health insurance, have been evaluated in hospital emergency departments (ED). At the same time that emergency room visits increased, visits to primary ...

An Employer Can’t Secretly Request Your Credit Report or Criminal Background And Then Deny You A Job Or A Promotion Without Telling You Why
01/30/12

Lawyers who represent individuals, rather than corporations, spend a lot of time observing trends in litigation, and one issue we have noticed recently to our astonishment is the rapid growth in lawsuits alleging illegal background checks of consumer ...

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) Is the Most Common Cause of Bacterial Meningitis in Newborns.
01/30/12

A seven year French study showed that Group B strep (GBS) is still the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in newborns. This was the largest ever study of newborn bacterial meningitis that included 444 infants who were diagnosed with bacterial ...

How Are Patients Hemorrhaging, Going Into Shock, Or Bleeding To Death During Hemodialysis Treatment?
01/29/12

It is estimated that close to 400,000 Americans are currently receiving dialysis for end stage renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure. That number has almost tripled in the last two decades and diabetes in the US has reached epidemic proportions. Mor ...

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Issue A Practice Alert On Preventing Urinary Catheter Infections.
01/28/12

The AACN issued a new Practice Alert to stress the importance of catheter assessments to help identify early signs of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). This alert is the latest in a collection of evidence based guideline ...

Is A Subarachnoid Brain Hemorrhage Or Bleeding Into The Brain Something You Should Worry About If You Are Pregnant?
01/28/12

According to a study in the February issue of Anesthesiology, 1 in every 15,000 pregnant women will develop a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) during the pregnancy. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is when there is bleeding in between the brain and the th ...

Coumadin Can Prevent Blood Clots but It Can Also Cause Bleeding, Hemorrhage, Death, Birth Defects or a Still Born. Is Your Doctor Aware of the Hidden Dangers?
01/26/12

Coumadin or Warfarin is a blood thinner that can help stop a blood clot from forming and prevent a heart attack, stroke or blood clot in an artery, vein or lung. Coumadin can be a life-saving medication as long as your doctor is aware of how dangerou ...

Beasley Law Firm Attorney, Dion Rassias, Awarded a Large Settlement After a Nurse Made a Medication Error in an Emergency Room.
01/26/12

Dion Rassias was awarded a large settlement on behalf of a young woman who was evaluated in an emergency room (ER) after having a seizure. While in the emergency department, a physician wrote a medication order for the powerful anti-seizure medi ...

After Trial Jury Selection was Completed, Marsha Santangelo, M.D., JD, Receives a Substantial Settlement Award.
01/25/12

Dr. Santangelo’s client developed a pneumothorax during a relatively minor surgical procedure that went untreated until it was too late. A pneumothorax or collapsed lung is when there is a hole in the lung and it allows air in the pleural cavity or ...

Emergency Room Visits for Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) Are On the Rise. Why?
01/25/12

The one thing I always said to my kids while growing up and playing sports is, “just protect your head. We can fix everything else, but the brain can not be casted or fixed.” To date, my girls had broken bones, been casted, and underwent closed r ...

DePuy Cited By The FDA For Illegally Manufacturing Hip Implants Without Prior Approval
01/23/12

We have an active DePuy Orthopaedics defective hip recall law practice here at The Beasley Firm, and so we closely follow all of the developments relating to those systems. On December 8, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration served DePuy Orthopaedi ...

Infections That Cause Sepsis or Septic Shock Are On The Rise
01/23/12

Sepsis, septicemia or blood poisoning is a severe illness in which the blood becomes overwhelmed with bacteria or an infection. It can lead to inflammation in the entire body causing a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). Patients, who mos ...

Is Your Bowel Obstruction Due to Medical Malpractice?
01/22/12

Bowel obstructions occur when either your small or large intestine becomes partially or completely blocked. The blockage prevents food, fluids, gas and stool from moving through the intestines. If the blockage is not diagnosed or treated right away, ...

It Only Takes One Snow Storm to Have a Snow Plow Related Death
01/22/12

Unlike the last two winters here on the east coast, we have been lucky in the amount of snow that has fallen. But, just because we have not had as much snowfall as we have had in previous years, snow plow accidents are still very much a concern. Snow ...

Surgery Should Help You, Not Cause Blindness, Disfigurement, Burns, Nerve Damage or Death.
01/21/12

The National Quality Forum lists surgical errors as “Never Events”. That means that errors during surgery should not happen. If surgical errors are a never event, why are they still happening at such a high rate? Many times, we hear about a patie ...

A Group B Strep Infection in a Newborn Baby is Preventable and Should Not Cause Injury to a Baby’s Brain.
01/21/12

Group B Streptococcus, also known as GBS, Group B strep, beta strep, or baby strep, is a bacterium that can be in a mother’s vagina or rectum and during delivery it can be passed along to the baby, causing an infection in the newborn. Each yea ...

Ski Lifts Should Take You Safely Up A Mountain, Not Cause Neck Injuries, Fractures or Death.
01/21/12

Although rare, ski lift accidents do occur and when they do, they can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. In the past, a Devil’s Head ski lift abruptly stopped, sparked, jolted, and then went into reverse at a high rate of speed. Out of fea ...

A Failure to Diagnose, Watch or Treat an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Can Be a Deadly Mistake.
01/20/12

The aorta is the major blood vessel that supplies blood and oxygen to the rest of the body. The aorta, which is about as thick as a garden hose, runs from your heart down the center of your body through your chest and abdomen. Because the aorta is th ...

A High Bilirubin Level or Kernicterus in a Newborn Can Cause Permanent Brain Damage and Cerebral Palsy.
01/20/12

Kernicterus is a severe form of brain damage that is caused by a high bilirubin level or excessive jaundice in a newborn infant. Kernicterus involves a certain part of the brain’s basal ganglia called the globus pallidus. It can also cause lesions ...

Athletes Are at High Risk for Vertebral Artery Tears and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s)
01/20/12

Sadly, 29 year-old Canadian freestyle skier, Sarah Burke died yesterday due to complications from a vertebral artery tear or dissection which led to severe bleeding on the brain and causing her to go into cardiac arrest. She was injured during a trai ...

A Placental Abruption Can Lead to Seizures, Encephalopathy, Brain Damage and Cerebral Palsy.
01/19/12

The placenta is a structure that is formed early on during a pregnancy to help nourish and feed the developing baby. A placental abruption is a complication during pregnancy where the placenta starts to pull away from the uterus before delivery. If a ...

$135 Million Paid for Medical Malpractice Law Suits in Just One Year
01/19/12

Even though a monetary award will not return a person or their family back to the way their lives were before an accident or medical mistake, it can help them afford their current medical needs, treatments, and expenses. In 2011, New York City paid o ...

Can a G6PD Deficiency, High Bilirubin Level or Kernicterus Cause Cerebral Palsy?
01/19/12

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD) is the most common enzyme deficiency worldwide and is when the body doesn’t have enough of the enzyme G6PD to help red blood cells (RBCs) function normally. This deficiency can cause an elevated b ...

Gestational Diabetes Can Lead to Birth Injuries and Cerebral Palsy
01/18/12

Gestational Diabetes is a complication during pregnancy where the blood sugar levels in the mother are too high. It is one of the most common pregnancy complications, affecting 2-5% of all pregnant women. Usually, it is diagnosed between the 24th&nbs ...

Cruise Ship Accidents Ruin Vacations, Honeymoons, Families and Lives.
01/18/12

On January 13, 2011, the Costa Concordia cruise ship struck rocks off the coast of Tuscany Italy, killing 11 people and injuring many other passengers. Costa Cruises issued a statement saying “preliminary indications are that there may have been si ...

Here at The Beasley Firm, We Believe Voices Should Be Heard Before it is Too Late
12/29/11

On Christmas night, Ben Breedlove, an outgoing, strong and very brave 18-year-old Austin, Texas teen, died from complications due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or thickening in the walls of his heart. Ben was diagnosed with the heart defect wh ...

Does The Doctor Performing Your Surgery Have The Right Privileges At The Hospital?
12/27/11

A general surgeon, his surgical practice group, and a major medical center recently agreed to a $17.5 million settlement arising from a patient’s terrible complications following a botched hernia surgery. In the course of the surgery, the doctor, w ...

Whenever Radiation Therapy Causes Spinal Cord Injuries, Patients Should Investigate the Possibility of Malpractice
12/12/11

A recent edition of The Ethicist column in The New York Times began with a husband writing about his wife, who had “lost the use of her legs when radiation to shrink a growth destroyed part of her spinal cord.” The husband also wrote that he “[ ...

Common Blood-Thinning and Glucose Level Control Medications Are Among the Most Dangerous Drugs, According to New Study
12/08/11

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the New England Journal of Medicine titled, “Emergency Hospitalizations for Adverse Drug Events in Older Americans“, found that just ...

Black Friday Sales and Deals Can Cause Accidents and Injuries
11/17/11

Black Friday has become just as much of a holiday tradition as Thanksgiving dinner. The Friday after Thanksgiving has become the day where holiday shoppers wake up early, get in line early and risk their lives in hopes of finding the best deals on el ...

Is Your Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Prepared to Treat a Home Birth Complication?
11/16/11

Not too long ago, The Los Angeles Times ran a story related to the safety of at-home births since there has been a 20 percent increase in women giving birth at home since 2004. In the article, it included a study conducted by the journal&nb ...

Opposites Attract: A Good Thing Unless Magnets Are Swallowed
11/15/11

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that high-powered magnets and children can be a deadly mix. The CPSC is receiving an increasing amount of reports where children were injured after swallowing magnets. However, it is not just s ...

Certain Tampons are Infected with a New Bacteria – Do We Have to Worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome Again?
11/15/11

Kimberly-Clark has recalled certain Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons that are infected with the bacteria Enterobacter sakazakii. The tampons were made with a raw material that is infected with Enterobacter sakazakii that can cause hea ...

How Many More Children are Going to be Sexually Abused before Society Breaks the Code of Silence?
11/10/11

For years, we have read or heard about all the young boys that have been raped or sexually abused by the clergy and how the Church has repeatedly protected those in positions of power and failed to expose those crimes or take steps to stop them. Afte ...

Attorney Jim Beasley, Jr. Named in 2011 Pro Bono Roll of Honor
11/09/11

The First Judicial District Pro Bono Roll Of Honor recognizes those lawyers who performed pro bono work in both the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court. Honorees are recognized by the judges for their pro bono services to low income i ...

The Beasley Firm and The Axelrod Firm Kick-Off Salvation Army Holiday Toy Drive
11/04/11

In these tough economic times, many parents in the Greater Philadelphia area are out of work. Many families can barely pay for heat in their homes or put food on their tables and have absolutely no money left over to buy their children gifts or toys ...

Costumes Should Bring Treats, not Burns, Fractures, Accidents, or Injuries on Halloween Night
10/28/11

Your child’s Halloween costume has been bought and they can’t wait to go trick-or-treating. Even though your ghost, princess, vampire, fairy, or super hero looks adorable, are they safe from injuries or accidents on Halloween night? Halloween-rel ...

Does Your Doctor Know How to Diagnose and Treat Too Much Aspirin in the Body or Aspirin Toxicity?
10/24/11

An aspirin overdose can be accidental or caused by medication error. Not every patient that goes to an emergency room or doctor’s office with a high blood level of aspirin or salicylate was trying to harm themselves or commit suicide. Each yea ...

Is Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT) Due to a Medication Error or Medical Malpractice?
10/18/11

Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is when a patient develops thrombocytopenia, or low platelets, after being given the medication heparin. Heparin is a drug that it routinely given to patients in the hospital to thin out their blood and help pre ...

Power Saws Do Not Just Kill People in Halloween Movies, They Also Injure and Cause Death to Workers, Contractors, and Homeowners
10/13/11

Each year, over 67,000 thousand contractors, homeowners, woodworkers, carpenters, and others suffer traumatic injuries, amputations, nerve damage, tendon damage, and even death due to power saw or table saw injuries. Just recently, the Consumer ...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Doctors should be Aware of Breast Cancer Every Month
10/11/11

Sadly, this is not always the case. Each day, many women show signs of breast cancer that are ignored, untreated or attributed to something else. Here at The Beasley Firm, our full-time medical and legal teams have reviewed thousands of cases where t ...

$48.1 Million Awarded for Child that developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome SJS after taking Motrin
10/07/11

Here at The Beasley Firm, Jim Beasley Jr., along with our full-time staff of doctors and nurses, are very experienced with what causes SJS, and it is not just Motrin. A California jury has awarded $48.1 million to a teenager who developed Stevens-Joh ...

When an Infant or Child is Overdosed on a Medication, it May Not Be Your Fault
09/28/11

When a doctor prescribes a medication and dose for your child, you trust that the dosage is right. Obviously, a pediatrician will not purposely poison your child, but may make a mistake in calculating the correct medication dose your child should rec ...

Is Your Child Athlete at Risk for a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Brain Damage While Playing Sports?
09/27/11

As a proud parent, you are watching your son play during a high school football game. With 3 minutes left to go in the game, the quarterback throws him the ball and he catches it. As always, he takes off down the field running past the 30 yard line, ...

Pumpkin, Halloween and Haunted Hayrides Can Be Really Fun, but They Can Also Cause Serious Injuries or Even Death
09/23/11

I know it is only September, but the chill in the air and relief from the summer heat and humidity has me thinking about fall, pumpkin picking, Halloween, mums and hayrides already. Hayrides and pumpkin patch visits have always been one of my family ...

Actos Can Also Cause Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and Blindness, in Addition to Bladder Cancer
09/21/11

A new study presented in June at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) annual meeting suggested that Actos can also lead to vision loss or blindness. Was this really new information or not? I did a little bit more research on Actos and blindnes ...

Compartment Syndrome Can Cause Damage to Nerves and Muscles or Lead to Amputation of an Arm or a Leg
09/21/11

Compartment syndrome is a very serious complication that involves swelling and increased pressure in an arm, leg, or even the abdomen. If compartment syndrome is not diagnosed and treated right away, it can lead to permanent nerve damage, muscle dama ...

It Saddens Me to Write that Vintage Airman and Fellow P-51 Mustang Pilot, Jimmy Leeward, has died in a Plane Crash.
09/17/11

Leeward, a veteran airman and film stunt pilot was flying his P-51 Mustang fighter plane, the Galloping Ghost, in a Reno Nevada air show like he had done so many times before. He has flown in over 120 races and was also a Hollywood stunt pilot f ...

Do You Have Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer? Did Your Doctor Ignore Your Complaints and Failed to Diagnosis Ovarian Cancer?
09/14/11

I know the title of this blog is bold, but Ovarian Cancer is not the “silent killer” it used to be decades ago. Many women exhibit signs or symptoms of ovarian cancer and are frequently told by their doctors that they are normal complaints or tha ...

How Can You Wake Up Blind after Surgery if it was Not a Risk of the Procedure?
09/13/11

Just imagine that you are undergoing surgery on your spine, neck, or abdomen, or are having plastic surgery. You were informed of all the risks, but blindness was not one of them. Yet, you or a loved one woke up blind after surgery. Why? Blindne ...

Jim Beasley, Jr., Has Been Selected for Inclusion into the 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers in America, in the areas of Medical Malpractice and Plaintiffs Personal Injury Law
09/06/11

Selection into Best Lawyers of America is determined only after a very rigorous and extensive peer-review survey of more than 3.9 million evaluations by fellow top attorneys. A lawyer can not pay a fee to be included into Best Lawyers; it is a distin ...

Dangers Linger after Hurricane Irene Passes: What You Need to Know
08/30/11

Along with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a warning to consumers on the East Coast regarding the dangers that may be present in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. One of the ...

An Earthquake followed by a Major Hurricane Strike May Not Be Good for a Building’s Structure and Stability
08/25/11

Here on the East Coast, it is extremely rare that we experience a moderate earthquake, but we did just yesterday. At approximately 1:51 p.m., a 5.9 magnitude earthquake originated in Virginia and was felt in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Washing ...

Philadelphia Beasley Birth Injury Law Firm Receives a Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for Child Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Seizures
08/21/11

Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyer Jim Beasley Jr., MD, JD used his medical and legal knowledge to successfully evaluate a birth injury case that left a child with Cerebral Palsy, spastic diplasia, seizures and developmental delays. It was di ...

Another Tragic Amusement Park Ride Accident at Mariner’s Pier in Wildwood New Jersey
08/21/11

On Friday night, shortly after 9 p.m., while vacationers at the Jersey Shore were riding the Sea Dragon Ride at Mariner’s Pier, a piece of the amusement park ride broke off, injuring 5 of the riders. The Morey Organization, owners of Mariners Landi ...

960,000 of Martha Stewart Casserole Dishes Sold at Macy’s Have Been Recalled
08/19/11

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and New York City’s Macy Merchandising Group recalled the Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles cookware due to cut and burn injury dangers. Macy has received reports that the hot e ...

“Metoo” Table-Top Clip-On Chairs Recalled Due to Fall and Amputation Hazards to Infants and Toddlers
08/18/11

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today a voluntary recall of the Metoo table-top clip on chairs that were manufactured in China. Approximately 54,000 table-top chairs were sold at Target, Buy Buy Baby, Toys R Us, Philandte ...

It’s Time for Atlantic City’s Thunder over the Boardwalk Air Show – Are the Planes Safe?
08/17/11

Or maybe a better question is, are you safe being on the beach while watching the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, US Coast Guard, Super Hornets, US Army Nights Parachute Team or Jim Beasley Jr. in his Mustang or Spitfire fly above you ...

The Eagles Pre-Season Game and Football Season Means One Thing…
08/12/11

More traumatic brain injuries or TBI’s. As soon as I hear that the Philadelphia Eagles are playing their first pre-season football game, I think fall, cooler days, colorful leaves on the ground, and sadly, head injuries. As with any sport ...

Even Prescribed Narcotics, Opiates or Other Pain Killers Can Cause a Person to Stop Breathing, Suffer Respiratory Arrest or even Die
08/10/11

Somehow, just because a patient is prescribed a narcotic or pain killer by a doctor, they think they are safe and will not suffer any harm from the medication as long as they “do not drive or operate any heavy machinery”, but that is not always t ...

Ongoing Safety Review Data for Actos (pioglitazone) Reveals Possibility of Bladder Cancer
08/09/11

Diabetics have enough to worry about without a medication causing them an increased chance of suffering bladder cancer being added to the mix. Unfortunately, Actos (pioglitazone) has been found to do just that for patients who use the medic ...

Finally, We are Told What Meat May Be Responsible for All the Salmonella Food Poisoning
08/05/11

A few days ago, I wrote about the most recent salmonella outbreak that invaded multiple states since March without any answers as to what was causing it. Well, we may finally have some answers as to what is causing it. Or do we? On Wednesda ...

Causes of Retained Surgical Sponges after Abdominal Surgery Have Been Identified
08/04/11

According to a study published in the August Issue of the AORN Journal, a journal for operating room nurses, the objective of the study was to identify potential failures or causes during a surgery that led to retained sponges after elective abd ...

Long Term and High Dose Use of Diflucan (fluconazole) During Pregnancy May Cause Birth Defects
08/04/11

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that chronic and high doses (400-800mg a day) of Diflucan during the first trimester of pregnancy may cause a rare set of birth defects in infants. The risk does not appear to be associated ...

Breast Milk is Very Good for Premature Infant; As Long as it is not Given Intravenously
08/03/11

Premature infants or babies born with esophageal, stomach or intestinal problems may not be able to nurse to receive a mother’s nutritional breast milk. However, that does not mean that they cannot have the breast milk, it just means that it has to ...

Are You Registered at Babies R Us, Target or Wal-Mart for the Best Baby Stroller?
08/02/11

Of course you are, just like my daughter who is expecting her first baby and many other women who are pregnant and expecting their first child. After walking through aisle after aisle of strollers and testing each and every one of them, you, I, and m ...

Is the Meat in Your Freezer Contaminated with Salmonella?
08/02/11

It Could Be. Since March, it has been reported that one person has died and 76 other people, in 26 different states, have been infected with salmonella. Not only were they infected with salmonella, they were infected with the drug-resistant strain Sa ...

What is Being Done to Reduce Medication Errors?
07/29/11

Our reliance on medication is sometimes unavoidable, and borderline excessive or unnecessary under other circumstances. Out of all the times a doctor has recommended that you take a certain prescription or over-the-counter drug, how many times have y ...

Freak Accidents Are Not All That Uncommon: Burger King Car Crash that Injures Patrons Raises Questions
07/28/11

How many times this year have you heard on the news about a car, bus or truck losing control and crashing into a home, school or place of business? It happens almost daily. Just recently, in Center City Philadelphia, a car crashed into a Burger King ...

Infant Brain Damage Malpractice Lawsuits For Childbirth Injuries Are Often The Only Way To Ensure Care For Young Medical Negligence Victims
07/27/11

A medical malpractice lawsuit may be the only way a parent of a newborn who has suffered from a childbirth injury or hypoxic brain injury can afford the lifelong medical care and physical therapies needed after their infant suffered brain d ...

Can a Cephalohematoma Birth Injury Cause Cerebral Palsy?
07/25/11

Our experienced birth injury attorneys in Philadelphia know what can cause infant cerebral palsy (CP). Usually, it is not the cephalohematoma, but the difficult labor that caused the cephalohematoma and cerebral palsy. A cephalohematoma is ...

Prolonged or Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM), Amniotic Sac, or Water Bag Can Cause Your Baby to Suffer Serious Infection
07/21/11

Is it the pregnant woman’s responsibility to know if her water broke and if her unborn child could be at risk for an infection? NO. Any pregnant woman who is in her third trimester of a pregnancy, whether it be her first pregnancy or her fifth preg ...

Vaginal Mesh Surgery to Repair Bladder Prolapse, Uterine Prolapse or Pelvic Organ Prolapse Can Lead to More Serious Pelvic Problems
07/19/11

Since 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been issuing safety communications due to multiple reports of adverse events, or problems, after a transvaginal mesh surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In just two years, from 2008 to ...

Could Preventing or Treating a MRSA Infection Be As Easy as One, Two, Tea?
07/15/11

A recent research study, printed in the Annals of Family Medicine, indicated that hot tea or coffee may have antimicrobial (anti-germ) properties. It was also found that people who drank hot tea or hot coffee had a lower risk of carrying the MRSA bac ...

A Failure to Diagnose a Vertebral Artery Dissection (VAD) Can Lead to a Stroke, Permanent Brain Damage, and Usually Disability or Death to a Child
07/14/11

Certain blood vessels or arteries in your body are major arteries that supply blood and oxygen to your brain. The vertebral and carotid arteries are those main blood vessels. The vertebral arteries are located on each side of your neck. If there is a ...

Is A Bowel Perforation During Surgery Medical Malpractice?
07/13/11

A Family Just Received a $7 Million Verdict After a Loved One Died of a Bowel Perforation After Surgery Bowel perforations during abdominal procedures such as hysterectomies, appendectomies, laparoscopic surgeries or colonoscopies may or may not be a ...

Each Year, Thousands of People Get Sick After Being in a Pool, Waterpark, Hot Tub or Public Sprinklers – Why?
07/11/11

In the United States each year, over 10,000 people get sick due to infections after visiting waterparks. That statistic does not include people who are infected or get sick after being in pools, spas, hot tubs or public sprinklers. Infections after b ...

Will Casey Anthony Sign a Book Deal? Will Someone Stop Casey from Profiting Off of Book Sales like Ira Einhorn and OJ Simpson?
07/07/11

Just like many other high profiled and televised trials, a book deal or movie will usually follow. We have seen it after the OJ Simpson trial and Ira Einhorn murder case. However, even though all three of these cases have totally different facts, the ...

An Umbilical Cord Prolapse Can Cause Cerebral Palsy, a Brain Damaged Baby or a Stillbirth
07/06/11

An umbilical cord prolapse (UCP) is when a baby’s umbilical cord, or lifeline, gets squeezed and it cuts off the vital blood supply and oxygen to your baby. Imagine that you are sipping refreshing water through a straw. Now, pinch off that straw wi ...

A Drop Down Crib Rail Can Cause Suffocation or Strangulation of a Baby, Infant or Toddler
07/05/11

While I was shopping at Babies R Us this weekend, I noticed something very different about the cribs that were on sale. The cribs did not look like the crib I used for my children. All of the new cribs, and I mean all of them, did not have rails or s ...

More Patients in Hospitals are Getting Blood Poisoning, Sepsis and Septic Shock
06/30/11

Reports have shown that the rate of sepsis or blood poisoning has more than doubled in the last 10 years. A bacterial infection in a cut, wound, laceration, incision, or in the lungs, abdomen, bladder or other part of the body, that is not ...

I Just Witnessed First Hand How Texting and Driving Can Cause a Serious Car Accident
06/30/11

Just to put your mind at ease, I am not texting this blog as I am driving. I have arrived home safely, unlike the driver who was too busy texting and failed to realize that the driver in front of him had stopped. Out of the corner of my eye, all I sa ...

New Federal Crib Safety Standards Beginning June 28, 2011: All it Will Take for Babies to Sleep Safe and Sound?
06/27/11

How do you justify the serious injury or death of an infant because of a poorly designed crib? The answer to this baffling question is, you don’t. It seems like a long time coming, but beginning on June 28, 2011, according to the U.S. Consumer Prod ...

Firecrackers, Fireworks, Bottle Rockets and Sparklers Send Thousands to Emergency Rooms with Burns, Blindness or Other Catastrop
06/24/11

According to new data released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the 30 days surrounding the July 4th Holiday send approximately two thousand injured consumers to emergency rooms for firework related burns and injuries. In the ye ...

FDA Releases Updated Information on Silicone Gel-filled Breast Implants: Are You at Risk for Serious Complications?
06/23/11

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new clinical and scientific information in a June 22 news release regarding the complications surrounding silicone gel-filled breast implants. Whether you or someone you care about has silicone ge ...

A Pennsylvania Doctor Was Awarded $927,000 After an Intravenous Line (IV) Caused Nerve Damage
06/21/11

All Myriam Gastard, a postdoctorate fellow, research scientist, and neurobiologist, wanted to do was spend her life researching the possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease, but that dream was shattered after she briefly became a patient in a Pennsyl ...

VA Hospital Patients are Being Raped and Sexually Assaulted, Only a Fraction of Them are Reported
06/20/11

A new government audit found that sexual assaults and rapes within the Veterans Affairs (VA) system are not being reported as they should be. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, reported that out of 300 sexu ...

An Ambulance Ride Can Kill You Especially if it was Diverted Away from an Overcrowded Emergency Room
06/17/11

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, an ambulance is diverted away from a hospital emergency room every 60 seconds and it may be costing patients their lives. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), patients who are ha ...

Quitting Smoking Should Decrease Your Cardiovascular (CV) Risks, but it May Not if You Are Taking Chantix
06/16/11

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently notified physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers that Chantix (verenicline) may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as angina, myocardial infa ...

FDA Clears First Test Used to Determine Recent Toxoplasmosis Infection
06/15/11

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the first test in determining if a person with swollen lymph glands or a pregnant woman, positive for toxoplasmosis, contracted the infection in the last four months. The test, VIDAS TOXO IgG Avidit ...

Just Imagine the Pain and Suffering This Nursing Home Patient Experienced as She Choked to Death
06/14/11

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office is reviewing the death of a Carlisle Nursing Home resident who was left alone for 15 to 20 minutes after a nurse found her choking on food. The nursing home resident, who was just admitted 10 days prior to the ...

Toxoplasmosis When Pregnant Can Seriously Hurt Your Baby
06/13/11

Were You Told How To Avoid Being Infected with Toxoplasmosis During Pregnancy? For the majority of us, becoming infected with toxoplasmosis will not cause any life altering problems. In fact, toxoplasmosis is one of the most common infections in the ...

Teaching Hospitals May Have Higher Rates of Central Line Infections, Sepsis and Bloodstream Infections
06/10/11

Consumer Reports just issued a new study revealing that 67 of the scored teaching hospitals had more than twice the average rate of central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) than non-teaching hospitals. According to Consumer Reports, t ...

Elders in a Nursing Home or Adult Living Facility Should Not Die From Heat Stroke or Dehydration
06/09/11

On June 7, 2011, emergency responders were called to the Sunrise Care Center in Milwaukee to tend to a nursing home resident who was unresponsive. The emergency crew was not called to assist with a resident that was in a diabetic coma or having a hea ...