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Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Retina Damaging Drug

Multiple lawsuits are outstanding against Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceuticals after patients taking Elmiron developed permanent retinal injuries. Elmiron, which is used to treat interstitial cystitis,  is also known as pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS). Individuals currently taking Elmiron should obtain an eye examination. The pharmaceutical companies have yet to release a statement on the apparent connection between the drug and maculopathy.  Source: The National Law Review

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Step by Step: What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

When you move a loved one to a nursing home, you expect the nursing home will treat them with the respect and professionalism they deserve. However, nursing home abuse and neglect are problems plaguing facilities across the country. Do you know what to do if you suspect abuse in a nursing home? Taking the proper steps can help keep your family members safe and the nursing home from harming someone else. What to Do If You suspect Abuse in a Nursing Home At Gerling Law, our nursing home attorneys have years of experience with suspected abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Here are the steps you need to take when you suspect something is going on:  Remain calm. It’s easy to lash out and lose your temper. However, remaining calm is vital as you need to keep a level head when attempting to resolve this situation. Speak to the nursing staff about red flags and suspected signs of abuse before proceeding with other actions. If you don’t get a satisfactory response, look at more formal action. Talk with your family member privately, if possible. In some cases, family members are unable to communicate and may not be able to tell you what’s happening. Watch everything going on when you visit and take notes. If possible, get photos of injuries or things that stick out, like unsanitary conditions. Contact the police right away if your loved one is in immediate danger. Report any suspected nursing home abuse or neglect to the proper legal authorities. When you suspect nursing home abuse, it’s essential to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer right away. Please don’t wait around to see what happens, as it’s crucial to stop the abuse before it happens again. What Is Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect? Nursing home abuse is one type of elder abuse. Patients in nursing homes who are mistreated, neglected, or receive substandard care can be elder abuse victims. Nursing home staff have a duty to protect and take care of their residents. Failure to do so is a breach of duty, and the nursing home can be held accountable. What Causes Nursing Home Abuse? Numerous factors can lead to nursing home abuse. Staff turnover is typically high in nursing homes, and many facilities are understaffed. It is a stressful job, and staff members are often overwhelmed and overworked. Unfortunately, some staff members take out those frustrations on the residents. Lack of adequate training is also a common problem that can lead to neglect and abuse. It’s important to point out that nursing home abuse is not limited to staff either. While less common, residents are at risk for abuse from visitors to the nursing home facility. If the staff is not properly supervising residents, they can still be held accountable. What Are the Six Types of Elder Abuse? It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the six main types of elder abuse so you can look out for signs of abuse and neglect in a nursing home. Physical Abuse Physical abuse involves threatening to inflict or inflicting injury or physical pain on a nursing home resident. It can also include depriving the person of a basic need, such as purposely withholding food. Potential signs include unexplained injuries, bruises, sprains, broken bones, marks on the wrists that suggest the use of restraints, etc. Emotional or Psychological Abuse Emotional or psychological abuse includes inflicting  mental pain, distress, or anguish on an elderly person through verbal or non-verbal actions. Actions can include intimidation, insults, threats, name-calling, and more. Potential warning signs to look for in your family member include being suddenly depressed or withdrawn, isolation, mood swings, appearing scared, and a change in sleeping patterns. Sexual Abuse It’s hard to fathom that sexual abuse is a problem in nursing homes. While not as common as physical or emotional abuse, it does happen. Sexual abuse is any non-consensual sexual act coercing or forcing someone to witness or participate in sexual activity. Elders who cannot communicate for themselves, have a disability that prevents them from consenting, or have Alzheimer’s or dementia are more at risk. Warning signs of sexual abuse in a nursing home include bruises on inner thighs or genitals, bleeding or pain in the genital area, torn or bloody underwear, panic attacks, and sudden withdrawal. Neglect or Abandonment by Caregivers When someone fails to provide necessary care, shelter, food, or protection, it can be considered neglect. Neglect is more than a mistake or accident; it is rooted in carelessness and disregard for the resident’s wellbeing. Examples can include failure to provide hygiene, clothing, essential activities, etc. Financial Exploitation Financial exploitation is also a common problem with elders, especially in nursing homes. This type of elder abuse involves the unauthorized or illegal use of a person’s financial resources. Someone in a trusting relationship with the victim could take property, get ahold of their ATM card and withdraw funds, coerce them to change their will, and more. Healthcare Fraud and Abuse When a nursing home employee mistreats a patient and then submits the payment of a claim for the services involved, it can fall under health care fraud. For example, a staff member may abuse a patient and then submit a claim to the resident’s insurance for the treatment required to treat their injuries. Other examples include medical identity theft, billing for services not provided, charging for medical equipment not received, and counterfeit prescription drugs. How Much Is a Nursing Home Neglect Case Worth? Without knowing the facts yet, it’s impossible to estimate what your nursing home neglect case is worth. We evaluate each case individually. Because no two cases are alike, no two settlements are precisely the same. Once we learn more about the type and extent of your family member’s injuries, we can provide you with an accurate evaluation. How a Nursing Home Attorney Can Help An experienced nursing home abuse attorney can help you recognize the warning signs of abuse and help you get the compensation your family is...

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New Class Action Zantac Lawsuit Includes Claims from More Than 200 Zantac Users

September 16, 2020 — More than 200 people joined to file a Zantac class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The plaintiffs brought the action on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated residents of the U.S. or its territories who purchased and/or used Zantac for personal use. According to the complaint, Zantac manufacturers deceived millions of consumers into “purchasing and ingesting a defective, misbranded, adulterated, and harmful drug” while failing to warn about the potential for that drug to conatin N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a cancer-causing agent. The plaintiffs claim they would never have used the medication if they were aware of its potential to contain NDMA. They say that the defendants knew or should have known of the NDMA risk in their products as early studies showed the possibility of conversion into cancerous N-nitroso compounds. Additionally, the plaintiffs state that the defendants long knew that NDMA could be formed, yet failed to take any action to protect consumers. Reference: Luhana, R. (2020, September 15). New Class Action Zantac Lawsuit Includes Claims from Over 200 Zantac Users. Retrieved September 23, 2020, www.newyork.legalexaminer.com/legal/new-class-action-zantac-lawsuit-includes-claims-from-over-200-zantac-users/

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Researchers Find NDMA in Zantac Can Develop During Storage

January 9, 2020- Emery Pharma says that recent tests indicate that levels of NDMA – a known carcinogen – in Zantac can increase during storage, especially if the drug is exposed to high heat and even while it remains in the package. The researchers found that stored Zantac medication exposed to high heat can produce unacceptably high levels of NDMA in as few as five days. Based on these findings, Emery Pharma has urged the FDA to recall Zantac and all similar ranitidine drugs. A Citizen Petition was filed by Emery Pharma, requesting that the FDA suspend sales and recall all ranitidine-based products due to the threat of NDMA exposure to consumers. Valisure had filed a similar Citizen Petition early last October 2019 after its tests indicated that heat from manufacturing could create high levels of NDMA. According to Valisure, they tested a number of ranitidine-containing heartburn medications, and all of the batches tested, regardless of dose forms, “detected extremely high levels” of NDMA in every lot. In response, the FDA asked drug-makers to test all batches of ranitidine-containing products that they produce to ensure consumers are not exposed to dangerous levels of NDMA. Many of the manufacturers discontinued the production and sales of their ranitidine-containing drugs after conducting these tests.Reference: Palmer, Eric. “Lab Finds NDMA in&nbsp;Zantac Can Develop during Storage.” FiercePharma, 3 Jan. 2020, www.fiercepharma.com/manufacturing/lab-finds-ndma-zantac-can-develop-during-storage-bloomberg.

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DENIED: Overcoming the Challenges of SSDI

Did you know that most people find getting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to be quite the challenge? Well, it’s no secret to our legal team, because we handle SSDI cases everyday. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies almost everyone the first time they apply. So, don’t feel too disheartened if the SSA sends back your first claim “denied.” How to avoid SSDI “denial” First, your disability must be on the SSA’s list of disabilities. Next, you must provide the right medical documents. In addition, you must prove financial need. Importantly, you must fill out every field of your application accurately. Truly, even the smallest mistake can cause a denied claim. For example, the SSA denies around 70 percent of all first-time SSDI applications. Also, the SSA denies most people for reasons unrelated to whether they are truly disabled or not. In other words, common reasons why the SSA denies people boils down to improperly completed forms or failing to provide necessary records. How Attorneys Help Obviously, to avoid these problems, you should turn to an attorneys with experience and dedication to getting the job done right. What will a Gerling Law SSDI attorney do? First, we present your disability in terms that comply with qualifying disabilities. Second, we ensure that your income meets SSDI requirements. Third, we put your application together properly and review it to avoid errors. As a result, when you work with a skilled attorney from the outset, you can improve the chances that you will be among the 30 percent that get approval on the first try. That being said, if SSA has already denied your claim, getting an attorney’s help can help you handle the complicated appeals process. Furthermore, it increases your chances of finally getting the disability benefits you deserve. If you need an SSDI attorney, Gerling Law is here to help. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. In addition, Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Stress due to a spinal cord injury is our problem

Have you recently experienced a spinal cord injury? If so, the attorneys at Gerling Law offer our deepest apologies. Unfortunately, we know how difficult and painful this time can be for you and your family. However, we also understand that you could benefit from speaking with a spinal cord injuries lawyer, depending on the injury. According to the National Spinal Injury Statistical Center, almost 17,000 people throughout the United States suffer from a spinal cord injury every single year. You do not have to face this confusing, painful, and challenging time alone. Leave the Legalities to the Lawyers Both mild and severe injuries can occur in various types of accidents. Automobile accidents, slips and falls, violence or assault, athletic injuries, and more can result in spine injuries. If the accident was not your fault, then you could be eligible for compensation. In other words, if this was caused by the negligence of someone else, you might be owed some money. Therefore, speaking with a spinal cord injuries lawyer could prove to be beneficial. You will want someone on your side who has experience with these types of cases. Above all, your health should be your primary concern, many cases have a statute of limitations. Unfortunately, time is limited. A settlement can assist with missed wages and medical bills. In conclusion, let us handle the legal stress while you focus on your health and recovery. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Are You Applying for Social Security Disability?

Are you contemplating applying for social security disability? There is a myriad of conditions that could potentially qualify you for disability, including the following: back conditions, speech issues, vision or hearing loss, asthma, and more. At Gerling Law, we are here to help assist you with the process. After all, you have been through a lot, and this entire process should go as smoothly as possible. The last thing you need right now is another complication or challenge. About Applying for Social Security Disability According to the Social Security Administration, to receive disability benefits, an individual must meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act. It is imperative to note that applying for social security disability can seem like a job itself. The process can be tedious and challenging. However, completing each step correctly is necessary for anyone wanting to get their benefits approved. If any mistake is made, the benefits can (and most likely will) be denied, resulting in a lengthy appeal’s process. Further, having detailed, completed, and proper paperwork can and will only assist in the approval of your benefits. Before you begin the process of applying for social security disability, you should educate yourself on it, becoming fully familiar with what to expect. Preparation is key! It is also important to be honest and thorough on your application. You can also save yourself a lot of time and energy by knowing what is considered a “disability.” For example, if the disability occurred from a drug or alcohol-related accident, then the claim will be denied. Get Help Applying for Social Security Disability Do you need help applying for social security disability? Remember, this process can be challenging, and it is vital to get it right the first time around. Therefore, consider speaking to the professional attorneys at Gerling Law. If you are in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro, we can help you with your needs.

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8 vehicles involved, 7 people injured in Indianapolis crash

While the following story is a couple of months old, the circumstances of the car accident in question still make for an important post. The wreck in question occurred back in June in Indianapolis, with at least seven vehicles being involved. Around 10:45 p.m. the seven vehicles converged on west 73rd Street near Spring Mill road. Eight people suffered injuries in the crash, though thankfully none of the injuries were deemed life-threatening. However, there were some people that suffered serious injuries that required hospitalization. Two of the people harmed in the crash were children. Some witnesses of the crash said that at least one vehicle ran a red light at the intersection. It is unclear at this time if this is what triggered the crash. The police are still investigating and no official word has been given about the cause of the crash. But running a red light qualifies as reckless and negligent behavior out on the road. Far too many accidents occur as a result of this type of behavior, which can include distracted driving, drunk driving, dangerous driving (such as speeding), and many other unsafe behaviors. Victims of any car accidents that involved a distracted, drunk, dangerous, or otherwise reckless driver should consider their legal options immediately. These unsafe drivers should be held accountable for what they have done. Source: WTHR, “At least 8 injured in northwest Indianapolis crash,” June 17, 2017

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When Are You Most Likely to Get Into a Car Accident?

Driving has long been the number one mode of transport in the US. Thousands of drivers are making their way in and out of Ownesboro, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Evansville every day. With thousands of drivers on the road at any given time, accidents are bound to happen. But what situations lead to more accidents than others? It’s important to know when accidents are most likely to occur so that you can ready yourself. Here are a few situations when car accidents are most ripe. Within a 5-Mile Radius of Your Home After a long day of work, you’re exhausted. You’ve put in your shift and now it’s time to unwind. The issue is that many employees decide to mentally check out the moment they leave work. We’ve all made the drive to our homes from our work hundreds if not thousands of times. This being the case, we often put our minds on autopilot and don’t dedicate as much attention to driving as we should. Such lax driving can lead to car accidents. Be aware that even if you’re conscious of your driving someone else may not be. If an accident should occur, get in touch with a Car Accident Lawyer immediately after the incident. After a Long Night’s Drive The best way to put an adult to sleep isn’t with a lullaby; it’s with a multi-hour drive through rather linear highways that have minimal traffic. Fatigue and boredom make a deadly driving combination. Studies have shown that driving while sleepy is tantamount to driving while intoxicated. Avoid 18-wheeler accidents by always being aware of the other cars around you while driving late at night. Backseat Shenanigans We all know the struggle of trying to drive through rush-hour traffic while our children are making a ruckus in the back seat. Policing and driving is a test of multi-tasking that no driver should ever have to pass.

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How to Find a Law Firm that Suits Your Needs

  With hundreds of law firms to choose from, it can be daunting attempting to find one that works for you. Considering you’re must likely dealing with a time-sensitive issue, you’ll need to swiftly find a lawyer that you know will be an appropriate fit for you. Here are some tips you should look out for when you’re shopping around for someone to represent you. What’s Your Injury? Not every law firm is equipped to deal with representing you. While many a law firm may offer their help, few may have experience in winning cases that pertain to your specific injury. Visit the web pages of law firms and note which practices they spractice in. For instance, Gerling Law Firm offers professional assistance in cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, and social security disability law. What Are Others Saying? Every law firm will tell you that they’re the best. This is why it’s important to find reviews of the law firm you’re considering. Check Google as well as the law firm’s website to obtain a sizeable portion of Personal Injury Attorney reviews. Does the Firm Have a History of Winning Cases? Law firms love to boast about all the money they’ve won clients. If a firm doesn’t vaunt their success, you can be sure that something’s wrong. On the Gerling Law website, you’ll find an entire page dedicated to showcasing their over 300 million dollar’s worth of recoveries. Do They Offer Free Consultation? While scouring the web for a law firm to represent you, you’ll notice that some firms offer free consultations while others do not. A firm that requires payment for a preliminary visit is a firm that is struggling to attract clients. Don’t pay money to meet with a firm if you aren’t already 100% certain that you’ll be moving forward with that law firm. Gerling Law Firm offers a free consultation to clients from all over the Evansville, Owensboro, Louisville and Indianapolis areas and beyond.

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