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Orange County Wrongful Death Law Blog

Possible defective medical device snapped in patient's leg

Medical implants must be durable and sturdy enough to stand up to a virtual lifetime of use by patients in California and all across the country. A patient from another state claims that her implant was faulty and ultimately caused her more harm than good. She is now seeking compensation against both Zimmer Inc., the manufacturer of the alleged defective medical device, as well as the hospital that implanted it. 

In June 2013, the victim broke her femur so badly that she required extensive surgery to repair the damage. Various cables and screws were implanted during the surgery, including a titanium plate. Months later in Nov. 2013, the victim reported that she felt something snap in her leg, followed by a series of crunching sounds. After being taken to the hospital, it was discovered that the titanium plate had actually broken.

Airman facing military justice for serious auto accident

A single vehicle accident left one airman dead and another two injured. While the driver of the vehicle is being prosecuted for actions that allegedly led to the wreck, the proceedings are being handled by the military justice system and not California officials. However, this does not preclude a victim or his or her family from seeking justice for damages related to a serious auto accident.

Authorities believe that the driver was traveling at an exceptionally high speed at the time of the incident. Although it is unclear exactly why the vehicle began to drift off the side of the road, it is believed that the car's excessive speed may have played a role in the accident. After leaving the road, the car then barreled down the side of an embankment and flipped, injuring all three airmen in the vehicle.

A defective drug injury deserves justice

It might not be much of a stretch to say that scientific research has revolutionized the world of medical treatments. It may seem that now more than ever there are a plethora of drugs for every kind of illness or disease. While many patients in California have benefited from being prescribed the proper medication, ineffective or otherwise hazardous drugs have also wreaked havoc on some people. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a defective drug, you may be able to take action with a product liability suit.

Just as you count on your healthcare provider to prescribe you an appropriate dose of the correct medication, both doctors and patients expect that the medicine manufactured by pharmaceutical companies is both effective and safe. As we all know, the pharmaceutical companies cannot always be counted on. In instances when a drug has serious side effects or undergoes a defective manufacturing process, it's the patients' lives that are on the line.

Family of alleged nursing home neglect victim files suit

Caring for loved ones in their old age can be a difficult but immensely important task for California families. When faced with having to place a grandparent in a nursing home facility, most families hope that they are making the best decision possible. Unfortunately, despite a family's best efforts at placing a loved one in a caring facility, nursing home neglect and abuse can still occur.

One California family may understand this better than many others. After fracturing her leg, an 85-year-old family member was taken to a local rehabilitation center. Shortly after arriving she reported to both the center's staff and her family that she had been sexually assaulted by one of the male employees. Although the claim was investigated, there has been significant confusion concerning the alleged perpetrator, and it's unclear whether he was arrested or if he is still employed at the rehab center.

Wrong-way car accident kills 4, seriously injures 2 others

Head on collisions typically have catastrophic outcomes, leaving family and friends left picking up the pieces of shattered lives. A recent wrong-way car accident on a California road left a total of four people dead. Others survived, but with injuries. 

The wreck occurred at roughly 1:30 a.m. when a 26-year-old man was driving northbound. For reasons that are unclear, a southbound vehicle carrying five passengers drifted across the center line of traffic and into the path of the oncoming car. The two vehicles collided head on, causing at least one vehicle to burst into flames.

I feel worse after taking Zoloft -- is it a defective drug?

When suffering from a mental illness, proper treatment can be crucial to the overall health of patients. Often, medication is used to help control or treat the symptoms from which a patient might be suffering. While some medication works successfully to help patients live productive lives, a defective drug can wreak havoc on a victim's mind.

Many people in California have likely heard of the prescription medication Zoloft. It has been indicated for treating a variety of mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, this medication may not be as effective as it initially appeared. For some mental health sufferers, Zoloft can actually do much more harm than good.

Defective medical device came with inadequate instructions

Nearly everyone who has spent any time in a hospital probably has a pretty good idea that cleanliness is of the utmost importance. Some visitors might even be hard-pressed to travel more than a few feet in a California hospital without encountering a hand-sanitizing station. However, in situations where a sterile environment is required, it is possible that a defective medical device may not have been getting the job done.

A defective product is not always one that malfunctions, but may simply be dangerous due to a manufacturer's lack of instructions or warnings. This is apparently what happened with a surgical tool manufactured by Greatbatch Medical Orthopedic. The initial instructions that accompanied the tool required that it be sterilized by steam. A later review found that this was inadequate.

Parents affected by Graco recall may file product liability claim

A car seat is usually one of the first items that a child in California uses outside of the hospital. Car seats are particularly important for small children, who may be some of the most vulnerable in the event of a car crash. It's possible that some parents may choose to bring a product liability claim against Graco, the manufacturer of a car seat that produced and distributed car seats with a faulty buckle.

In Oct. 2012, some of Graco's car seats and bucklers were investigated following multiple complaints from customers. By Jan. 2014, the number of parents complaining to Graco about the buckle rose to 6,000. Apparently, the buckle on certain car seat models would stick, forcing some parents to have to cut the seat's straps just to get their child out. Despite these complaints, Graco initially denied responsibility and instead blamed its customers, stating that the buckles stuck because of dried food or liquid.

Hurt in a car accident? The insurance company isn't on your side

Much of what most people in California do relies on some type of modern transportation. Residents use their cars for more than just getting to and from work or dropping their kids off at school. For some, much of the day may be spent driving from one place to another. Unfortunately, some drivers on the road ignore posted speed limits, spend more time looking at their cell phones than the road or climb behind the wheel after a few drinks. These types of drivers put others who follow the rules of the road at serious risk for a car accident and even catastrophic injuries.

Serious wrecks only take a moment to occur, but the impact can have far-reaching consequences for the victim. Even if a victim took all of the necessary precautions, such as wearing a seat belt, serious brain or other physical injuries are not uncommon. As most probably already know, serious injuries have steep financial implications.

Victim pursues medical malpractice claim after loss of legs

As most people who have gone under the knife might acknowledge, going to the hospital for surgery can be an unnerving experience. While the majority of California patients come out safe and sound, even a seemingly minor mistake made during surgery can result in serious and life-long implications. One patient who recently underwent surgery is now pursuing a medical malpractice claim against a surgeon that he believes caused his injury.

In an effort to lose weight, the patient was undergoing a gastric sleeve procedure at the Kim Bariatric Institute. This type of operation helps patients shed unwanted pounds by making the stomach smaller, so that the patient can only eat a small amount at a time. Unfortunately, during his operation in 2013, he says that his aorta was severed, triggering a series of serious incidents.