October 23, 2010

Car Accidents Are The Main Killer of American Tourists

An analysis of United States State Department records indicates that car accidents are the primary cause of wrongful deaths of Americans outside of the United States. According to USA TODAY, approximately one third of Americans traveling outside of the United States died in car accidents. Incredibly, a U.S. tourist dies every day and a half in car accidents in other countries.

The majority of the car accident deaths happened in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Most of the deadly accidents are the result of a combination of bad roads, lost tourists and dangerous cars. Unfortunately, with the every shrinking world, the numbers may double within the next 10 years.

Lesson learned: don't forget to use your seat-belts while on vacation.

October 22, 2010

Restrictions on Young Drivers Show Reduction in Deadly Car Accidents

As personal injury attorneys who investigate deadly car accidents through Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County, we are always eager to report government studies which show more people are surviving car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control recently released one such report. The CDC's report indicates that the number of wrongful deaths from car accidents involving teenage drivers dropped by more than a third over the past four years.

The data suggests that restrictions imposed on teenage drivers by states, including Florida, are the cause of the welcomed drop in such deadly car accidents. The study evaluated fatal car accidents involving sixteen and seventeen year old drivers. The numbers demonstrated a decrease of 800 such deadly crashes of the time period evaluated. The CDC looked at 9,600 fatal accidents when teens were behind the wheel. The data also suggests that the majority of the deadly car accidents involved boys who were speeding.

Despite these reductions, car accidents remain the leading cause of wrongful deaths of teens; meaning, the legislature can only do so much to prevent needless tragedies.

October 15, 2010

DePuy Hip Replacements Failures Spur Lawsuits

As personal injury attorneys handling medical malpractice and products liability cases throughout the State of Florida, we try to keep consumers informed of dangerous products which cause personal injuries. The DePuy ASR, a metal-on-metal hip replacement system, is one such product which is continuing to injury too may patients.

Although the FDA approved the DePuy ASR for use in traditional hip replacement in 2005, the device did not undergo appropriate clinical trials. Unfortunately, since 2008, hundreds of patients have had to have the device replaced soon after getting it.

According to The New York Times, DePuy hip implants are used in about one-third of the approximately 250,000 hip replacements performed annually. However, many orthopedic surgeons have stopped using these DePuy devices due to concerns that they cause severe tissue and bone damage.

As further evidence of the problem with such hip replacements, DePuy has since warned doctors that studies suggested that the ASR had a higher-than-expected failure rate.

We strongly suggest that if you received a DePuy hip implant and are experiencing symptoms such as unexplained hip pain, thigh pain or groin Pain, pain with walking, pain rising from a seated position or pain with weight bearing, that you immediately see your orthopedic surgeon and thereafter protect your legal rights.