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MDL is Reassigned to Different Judge

May 2018 – “Judge Engelhardt, who had been presiding of the Taxotere MDL from its inception, was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Judge. The Taxotere MDL was assigned to the Honorable Jane Triche Milazzo, another United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.” Reference: “United States District Court.” MDL – 2740 Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation | Eastern District of Louisiana | United States District Court, 28 Dec. 2020, www.laed.uscourts.gov/case-information/mdl-mass-class-action/taxotere

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Incretin Mimetics Lawsuit Consolidation

April 19, 2018 – Judges consolidated lawsuits against the makers of Type 2 diabetes drugs Januvia, Janumet, Byetta and Victoza in California federal court. Reference:  “Januvia, Byetta and Victoza Lawsuits – MDL History & Appeals.” Drugwatch.com, 20 Apr. 2020, www.drugwatch.com/januvia/lawsuits/.

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Incretin Mimetics Bellwether Trial Information

March 3, 2018 – Diabetes drug lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of Byetta, Januvia and Victoza are moving forward.  A federal court housing hundreds of pancreatic cancer claims recently adopted a new schedule that could allow for bellwether trials to begin in January of 2020.  The parties have been directed to begin work on a bellwether trial protocol to be completed no later than December 14, 2018. References:  Battaglia, Anthony J. “Diabetes Drug Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Bellwether Trial Order.” RX Injury Help, www.rxinjuryhelp.com/wp-content/uploads/diabetes-drug-pancreatic-cancer-lawsuit-bellwether-trial-order.pdf. “Byetta, Januvia and Victoza Lawsuit Head to Trial in 2020.” RX Injury Help, 28 Mar. 2018, www.rxinjuryhelp.com/news/2018/03/28/diabetes-drug-lawsuits-involving-byetta-januvia-and-victoza-move-forward-as-federal-court-adopts-new-bellwether-trial-schedule-for-pancreatic-cancer-claims/.

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Research Finds Increased Risk In Pancreatic Cancer

2018:  Researchers compared data from over 33,000 diabetes patients on incretin mimetics with over 525,000 other diabetes patients treated with other medication. They found that patients taking the incretin mimetics had double the risk of developing pancreatic cancer as those taking other medication. Reference:  Boniol, Mathieu, et al. “Incretin-Based Therapies and the Short-Term Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: Results From Two Retrospective Cohort Studies.” Diabetes Care, American Diabetes Association, 1 Feb. 2018, care.diabetesjournals.org/content/41/2/286.

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Helmet cameras a major improvement for motorcyclists

Motorcyclists have not been on the receiving end of the safety equipment revolution that has made many cars much safer than they were even just 15 years ago. There is so much more to the car that allows engineers to develop new safety mechanisms that keep people safe. Conversely, there isn’t so much to work with on the motorcycle. The motorcycle is a small, open vehicle, which means that the rider is at extreme risk when they are involved in an accident. They could easily be thrown from the vehicle. With that in mind, people have been focusing their motorcycle safety efforts on the equipment that the motorcyclist wears – and the obvious focal point has been the helmet. While gloves and padded clothing can certainly help, it is the motorcycle helmet that makes a big difference in protecting motorcyclists. Some motorcycle helmets nowadays are equipped with heads-up displays on the visor, allowing the motorcyclist to see behind them and feeding them critical information about their surroundings. This allows the motorcyclist to better operate his or her vehicle out on the road. Another piece of equipment that is critical to motorcyclists nowadays is an attachment to the helmet: a forward-facing camera. With this equipment, you can record your rides and then use any video footage you capture to support your claims in court if you are in a motor vehicle accident. Source: New Atlas, “Camera kit brings rear vision to motorcycle helmets,” Spiros Tsantilas, May 31, 2017

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The Many Injuries One Might Incur On a Leisurely Sunday

Most of us go about our days without worrying about receiving an untimely injury. While injuries are rare, they do unfortunately occur. Injuries can take place at any time of the day while performing any activity. Here is a list of injuries that might befall someone on any given Sunday. Broken Wrist Slipping and falling in public is something that everyone has experienced. No matter how many hours you’ve logged walking, you’re still susceptible to a slip and fall here and there. When we do fall, we typically brace ourselves with our hands pointed towards the ground to break our fall. An unexpected fall may easily lead to a broken wrist or worse. Should an accident such as this occur due to a property owner’s negligence get in touch with an Evansville, Louisville, Indianapolis, or Owensboro-based Premises Liability Attorney. Spinal Cord Injury Sundays are for football games with family and friends. Even though you thought you were only playing touch football your friend decided to get a little physical with you. One strong tackle, an awkward landing later, and the football game have been cut short due to a possible spinal cord injury. Damaged Hand On any given weekend you’ll no doubt find dogs abounding in parks and streets around town simply enjoying a pleasant stroll with their owners. We’ve grown accustomed to not asking owners for permission to pet their dogs. Most of the time this custom only results in puppy fawning, however, occasionally an eager stranger will receive a nip on the hand. If this happens, you may want to get in touch with a Dog Bite Attorney. Back Injury The older we get, the more often we tend to complain about back pain. However, such pain can be exacerbated due to a Sunday morning car accident. Always be aware of the cars around you while driving and if you feel as though you’ve been wronged consult with a Car Crash Lawyer.

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Major Differences Between Civil and Criminal Cases

Each case brought to court is either criminal or civil. Every illegal infraction will come to a verdict after having gone through the stages of a civil or criminal proceeding. While there are a number of similarities, there are also key differences that the public should be aware of. Criminal cases are brought to court as offenses carried out against the state. Since the state is considered the victim, these cases are prosecuted by state attorneys. Even if a criminal action has been carried out against a particular individual, the criminal case is still viewed as an action against the state as a whole rather than a single individual and is thus tried as such. In criminal cases, a state prosecutor will be used against the defendant who will supply their own attorney or will be provided one by the state. Civil cases are understood as cases brought forth by individuals who feel as though they have been wronged by another individual. In such cases, the state will not provide attorneys. The aftermath of both types of cases is vastly different. If a defendant loses a criminal case they will be charged with a fine, jail time, or another penalty that’s owed to the state. Civil cases on the other hand never involve jail time. If a plaintiff wins a civil case they will be awarded a certain amount of money from the defendant. Another important difference to note is that criminal cases involve juries while civil cases often do not. Civil cases occasionally do call for a jury but often are merely decided upon by a judge. Should an instance arise where you or someone you know finds themselves in need of one of the best Personal Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, or Premises Liability Attorneys in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro area be sure to contact the Gerling Law Firm for a free consultation.

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Your Social Security Disability Claim Was Rejected… What Now?

A monthly social security disability check is supposed to offer financial support to those who are unable to work on account of a disability. While one may think the process of applying and being awarded these benefits is straightforward, this is far from the truth. The government benefit program rejects more applicants than it approves. A rejection doesn’t mean that you’ll miss out on these benefits, it just means that you should consult a Social Security Disability Attorney in order to overturn your denied social security claim. To receive SSI or Supplemental Security Income benefits an applicant must prove that they are unable to work due to their disability. You must prove that you can’t perform the work that you had been doing prior to the disability nor a job that might require a certain amount of training. Convincing the government of these two things is the most difficult obstacle in winning SSI benefits. If a claim is rejected, the applicant has the ability to file a request for reconsideration. Hiring an Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro-based Social Security Disability Attorney will greatly increase your chances of being admitted after applying a second time. When a request for reconsideration has been accepted, you will begin receiving benefits as well as back pay, which is the money that you would’ve received had you been accepted the first time you applied to the program. If the reconsideration request has been denied, you will have the opportunity to take your request to a disability hearing which will then be decided upon by a judge. While this will be an applicant’s last resort it more often than not proves to be a success. Administrative law judges will interview applicants and hear their stories in detail. This process creates more empathy and often results in applicants receiving benefits.

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When Slipping and Falling Is No Joke

Let’s face it; a good slip is a ripe material for a hardy laugh but not everyone who falls can get up so easily. While a slip may at first be a laughing matter, it can quickly turn into an injury that may have lasting effects. Should you fall and incur an injury you may have grounds to seek financial compensation from a property owner. No matter whether the property is private or public it’s held to a certain standard of safety that must be upheld by those in charge of the property. Here are some things to know about slip and fall cases. Proving Culpability Ascertaining if a certain party has acted in a negligent manner is a difficult feat. There is a large gray area when it comes to determining blame. With this being said, it’s of the utmost importance that you contact your local Evansville, Louisville, Indianapolis, or Owensboro-based Premises Injury Attorney. Be aware that these cases are often time-sensitive and require gathering evidence as soon as an injury occurs. What must be proven is that the property manager had adequate time to identify the hazard at hand and made the decision not to ameliorate the situation. Identify the Party Understanding whom to take to court isn’t always black and white. Finding out who the culpable party is, may require some digging. Those who have sustained injuries must also embrace the possibility that the injury was their fault. Accepting this will no doubt mean extreme embarrassment but will also save time and money that would have otherwise been spent on a litigation battle. If you feel as though you have a viable case, you should contact the professionals at Gerling Law Firm immediately. When you make contact with Gerling, you’re entitled to a free consultation.

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What to Know About Social Security Disability Benefits

Some injuries are significant enough to affect a victim for the entirety of their life. Luckily, if such an injury should befall you or a loved one, there is a way to find solace. This solace may manifest itself in the form of social security disability benefits. Many people seek compensation in court via the assistance of an SSD lawyer, but few are aware that they may be entitled to government assistance. Here’s what you should know about social security disability benefits. The Process is Murky It’s all well and good that the government wants to help the disabled, but they don’t make the process of obtaining benefits easy. The vast majority of those who apply for benefits are rejected due to improperly filing paperwork. When filling out paperwork it’s advised that you consult with a Social Security Disability Attorney. These Evansville-Louisville located mavens will make sure that you receive the benefits you deserve. Payments Aren’t Immediate After you’ve been accepted, you will have to wait until the sixth month of being disabled to begin receiving benefits. Unfortunately, there is simply no way to expedite this process. Payments Continue Indefinitely One who has been accepted into the social security program will continue to receive benefits until their condition has improved to the point where they are able to begin working again. The government will review the conditions of those in the program periodically. How Social Security Benefits Are Paid Nowadays the primary way in which benefits are paid is online via electronic payments. Payments can also be made via an Electronic Transfer Account as well as through the Direct Express card program. Each option carries with it, its own perks. Each option is also considered to be 100% safe and reliable.

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