Did the Makers of OxyContin Lie About the Drug’s Safety and Efficacy?

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The makers of  OxyContin have aggressively marketed the drug as a safe, twelve-hour controlled-release medication that provided steady pain relief with a reduced risk for addiction or abuse. The company's deceptive marketing practices and fraudulent claims have led to addiction and overdose injuries throughout the United States, feeding the opioid epidemic. A Common Link in Opioid Addiction Opioid misuse takes the lives of more than 90 Americans every day. It’s a growing problem that has attracted the attention of lawmakers, governors, and even the President, resulting in a declared war on opioid addiction. In Illinois alone, opioid … [read more]

New Law Protects Chicago Hotel Workers

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A new Chicago City Ordinance requires hotels to provide panic buttons to employees who work alone in guests' rooms. If a hotel has not provided the required electronic panic buttons, anti-sexual harassment policy, or has retaliated against an employee for reporting a case of sexual harassment, an attorney may find cause to seek damages on behalf of the employee. These may include compensation for physical injury and mental and emotional trauma. Hotel Workers are Vulnerable Working alone and unprotected, many hotel employees are required by their jobs to enter guest rooms without the assistance of a supervisor or the presence of another … [read more]

Lack of Credibility in a SSDI Case

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SSDI claims are sometimes denied because the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) finds that the claimant lacks credibility. The rules governing review of SSDI cases were revised in 2016 and have eliminated claimant credibility as a determining factor in the claims approval process. On appeal, some denials that are based on credibility can be reversed by the courts. When an SSDI claim is rejected because of credibility issues, a Social Security disability attorney can help determine whether there is a basis to appeal the claim. A Fair Medical Evaluation In determining the validity of an SSDI claim, ALJs are required to conduct a fair medical … [read more]

Are Baby Boxes Really Safe?

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The use of baby boxes as safety devices may result in injury or death to infants. If a child is injured while confined in a baby box, parents may be entitled to damages. Fads versus Facts Baby boxes are being promoted as a safe place for babies to sleep. The reality is that much of the justification for the baby box fad is based on popular folklore and not so much on fact. The baby box concept originated in Finland where the government provides expectant mothers with a maternity package including a baby box for their newborn child. It is estimated that just 37 percent of parents in Finland use the boxes as a sleeping area. However, some … [read more]

This Industry Has the Highest Number of TBIs

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The construction industry has the highest risk of work-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Construction sites present many dangerous situations, often made worse by hazardous weather conditions, that raise the risk for TBIs. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death on construction sites. Some result in TBIs that cause long-term consequences. Since many go undiagnosed initially, construction workers can suffer a TBI and continue working, not realizing that the injury is severe. Long-term consequences of TBI Research conducted by the University of South Florida and the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital found that TBIs cause … [read more]