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Philadelphia personal injury attorney blog regarding matters of injury law, injury reports and information on what to do if you suffer injuries.

Can Winter Coats Keep Child Car Seats from Working?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that child car seats reduce the risk of death during a motor vehicle accident by 54 percent for passengers between 1 and 4 years old. Compared to regular seatbelt use, booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children between 4 and 8 years old. Safety seats can save your child’s life or reduce the risk of life-altering injuries during a car crash. Therefore, it is important to use the these seats correctly. You should never strap your child into a car seat if they are wearing a bulky winter coat. A winter coat compresses during a car crash, which leaves the car seat’s straps too loose to be effective. Some people familiar with this subject swear by the “pinch test” to determine if your child’s jacket is too bulky for the car seat. The pinch…
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NTSB Finds Positive Train Control Would Have Prevented Amtrak Cascades 501 Crash

Last week, our blog discussed how positive train control (PTC) can prevent passenger train crashes. In December, Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derailed after going around a turn at almost 50 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. The crash resulted in three deaths and multiple injuries. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said PTC could have prevented Amtrak Cascades Train 501 from crashing. According to an NTSB report, PTC would have alerted the Amtrak engineer to slow down before entering the curve. The NTSB said the train would have slowed itself down if the warnings had been ignored. PTC was installed on the line where the derailment occurred, but it was not operational. The NTSB’s report also found that speed reduction signs were posted two miles before the curve and at the start of the curve. Amtrak Cascades Train 501 entered the curve at 78 miles per…
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Are Diagnostic Errors Medical Malpractice?

Medical mistakes are responsible for an estimated 251,000 to 450,000 deaths in the US each year. Diagnostic errors are the most common type of medical mistake by health care providers. However, there are multiple types of diagnostic errors that could harm you or a loved one. The different types of diagnostic errors include but are not limited to: Missed diagnosis: You could be discharged from the hospital when you are suffering from a serious health condition. Delayed diagnosis: Your doctor could make a correct diagnosis after a significant period of time has passed. This type of diagnostic error may lead to delayed treatment for a health condition. Wrong diagnosis: You could be diagnosed with the wrong health condition. For instance, your doctor could diagnose you with the flu when you are suffering from bacterial meningitis. Failure to recognize complications: Your doctor could miss complications that aggravate a properly diagnosed health…
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Can Positive Train Control Prevent Passenger Train Crashes?

December’s Amtrak crash in DuPont, Washington killed three people and caused multiple injuries. Investigators discovered the train was speeding through a curve at roughly 50 miles per hour over the posted speed limit when it derailed. Positive train control (PTC) is a technology that is designed to prevent train collisions, overspeed derailments, incursions into work zones and the movement of trains through track signals that were left in the wrong position. This technology consists of onboard computers, trackside ping points and dispatch stations. PTC can sense when trains are speeding and will issue audible warnings to crewmembers. If these warnings are ignored, PTC can automatically apply the brakes to slow the train down. This is not the first time a speeding Amtrak train has derailed. In 2015, Amtrak Train 188 derailed in Philadelphia after entering the Franklin Junction curve at 106 miles per hour. That crash killed eight people and…
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Are Medical Malpractice Claims Being Filed Over Prescription Opioid Drugs?

Recent data released by the medical liability insurer Coverys shows that opioid drugs are responsible for 24 percent of medical malpractice claims involving prescription medications. Opioids are a class of synthetic, pain-relieving drugs that work by interacting with the brain’s opioid receptors. These may include prescription drugs such as fentanyl (Actiq, Onsolis, Abstral and Fentora), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan) and hydrocodone (Norco and Lortab). There are multiple types of drug errors involving opioid medications. These errors may include but are not limited to: Improperly prescribing opioid medications. Negligent prescribing may cover multiple scenarios. For instance, a doctor may prescribe opioid medications to a patient who is demonstrating drug-seeking behavior or who has an established medical history of addiction. A doctor may prescribe a patient these medications when it is no longer needed or when there are safer alternatives. In other cases, a doctor may prescribe an unsafe dose. Improperly…
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Why Do Drugs and Medical Devices Receive Black Box Warnings?

Last week, we published a blog on the dangerous type 2 diabetes drug Invokana. Once the FDA has evidence that an FDA approved product has serious or life-threatening risks, it can receive a black box warning. The FDA required a black box warning for Invokana after receiving evidence that it increases the risk of leg and foot amputations. A black box warning is the strictest type of warning required by the FDA for a drug or medical device. This warning is only reserved for drugs and medical devices that can cause you serious harm. The black box warning describes a list of serious or life-threatening risks associated with using the product. Deadly or serious side effects may not be noticed while these products are in the process of receiving FDA approval. A dangerous product may cause harm to consumers for years before a black box warning is issued. Invokana was…
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Is Your Child Wearing Flammable Pajamas?

The Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) of 1953 created flammability standards for consumer clothing products. When the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was created in 1972, it became responsible for issuing flammability standards under this law. The CPSC has flammability standards for all children’s sleepwear products above size 9 months and up to size 14. Products that meet these standards must be flame-resistant and must self-extinguish when they catch fire. Multiple recalls are underway for children’s pajama sets that do not meet these federal safety standards. Pajama products sold by LittleMass, Woolino, VIV & LUL, Asherangel and One Stop Shop have been recalled within the last several months. These products were sold at children’s boutiques across the US or on Amazon.com. It may be possible to receive a refund from the retailer where you bought the pajamas. Children wearing these products can die or suffer from burn injuries if they are…
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Multiple Casualties Reported After Washington Amtrak Derailment

Multiple fatalities and injuries were reported after an Amtrak train derailed above an overpass in DuPont, Washington. According to Pierce County officials, Amtrak Train 501 was travelling along a new route when it derailed above an overpass on Interstate 5. Railcars fell off the overpass and crushed vehicles below. Photos taken by witnesses show additional railcars dangling above the interstate. Today was the first day trains were operating along the Point Defiance Bypass route, which connects Seattle and Portland. Officials said that 78 passengers and five Amtrak crewmembers were aboard the train when the derailment occurred. CNN reports that 77 people, including both passengers and motorists, were taken to nearby hospitals. Multiple survivors are in critical condition. Three fatalities have been reported, but this number may rise. First responders are treating the incident as a mass casualty event. Passengers said that emergency exits failed to work after the crash and…
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Can I File an Invokana Lawsuit?

Invokana is an SGLT2 inhibitor that also goes by the names Invokamet, Invokamet XR and canagliflozin. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Invokana to treat adults with type 2 diabetes. More than four years after its approval, it has become clear that Invokana is a defective and unreasonably dangerous drug. The FDA required Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, to include a black box warning for Invokana. A black box warning is the most serious type of warning for an FDA-approved product. The FDA requires a black box warning if evidence exists that a product is hazardous. In this case, the FDA determined that Invokana increases the risk of foot and leg amputations. Amputations are not the only health risk associated with Invokana. Other complications linked to Invokana include diabetic ketoacidosis, urinary tract infections, thromboembolic events, kidney damage, kidney failure and blood infections. Certain health…
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Should 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans Be Recalled?

Consumer advocates with the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) have called on Chrysler to issue a recall for 2017 Pacifica minivans. More than 156,000 of these vehicles have been sold in the US. CAS claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received 50 reports from consumers who claim their vehicles stalled. Vehicle owners claim they were unable to accelerate, deaccelerate or use power steering. A woman in California was driving  her Pacifica at 20 miles per hour when it stalled in traffic. Her car glided off the road because she was unable to steer, brake or accelerate. . Other cases of vehicle stalls were described in a recent The New York Times article. A physician interviewed for the article said his Pacifica shut off while he was driving at 70 miles per hour in a busy highway. According to the physician, he was almost hit by a semi-truck…
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