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A Guideline In Filing A Lawsuit/Complaint

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Lawsuit is defined as a complaint filed in court of law by one person against another. Plaintiff is term for the party who is filing for complaint while the party that is being charged with lawsuit is the defender. Complaint is a formal document in which your discontentment with an issue. When the plaintiff files a complaint, it is almost always put into writing.

A medical device, da Vinci surgical system, made by Intuitive Surgical has sparked concerns. The plaintiff alleged that the manufacturer failed to advise the surgeons and patients of the potential complications brought about by their product. The design of the system may have been responsible for the problems, according to health professional. Others say that the lack of sufficient training in surgeons who are handling robotic-assisted surgeries is the problem.

Patients are eligible to file for a lawsuit if he is harmed by any medical devices, such as the da Vinci surgical system. Below are some of the instructions that will give you ideas on filing for a lawsuit:

 

  • Know where to address your complaint – If you want your complaint to be taken immediately, you should send it to decision makers.
  • Know what form your complaint should take – There may be some specific process for plaintiff in filing a complaint for large companies. Documentations and specific forms, which is to be filled up by the plaintiff, are necessary.
  • Know what it is you want your complaint to accomplish – It will greatly help the plaintiff to write a more effective letter if he recognized early the things he want to happen.

Some patients still trust robotic surgery over traditional surgeries despite alarming issues. In fact, men choose robotic surgery to treat prostate conditions. The da Vinci lawsuit blog presents more substantial information for readers.

References:

ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/advocacy/direct-action/file-complaint/main
temple.edu/legal/qaLawsuitsClaims.htm
nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08botched_operation_could_have_been_prevented_suit_alleges.html
howstuffworks.com/lawsuit2.htm

Tips About The Hip Recall

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reviewed the number of medical device recalls between 2005 and 2009, and uncovered that out of the 113 recalled devices, 80 were cleared through the 510(k) process. Also there were another eight devices that had been exempted from FDA regulation. All the manufacturers had to do to avail of this expedited process is to show that the medical device is substantially similar to devices available on the market.  Many orthopedic surgeons believe that hip replacement surgery is unnecessary.

If you are wondering if your hip replacement implant is part of the recent DePuy recall, please check this following checklist:

• You received a hip implant after July 2003. These devices were not made or used before this time.

•The hip that you received as wan ASR XL Acetabular System or a DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Platform. You may not be aware of the specific hip that you received, but your doctor will be able to explain which product was used in your case.

• You received a recall notice from DePuy

• You needed a revision surgery within five years after your original surgery because of problems with the first implant

• You are experiencing pain in your hip, groin, leg, or lower back.

• Your hip does not feel or sound as you think it should. This often means that you hear a clicking or crunching when you stand up or walk. It may also involve the hip feeling as if it is loose or dislocated when in motion.

• You have general mobility problems and have difficulty with all physical activities.

To date the numbers which have been affected by the DePuy hip replacement recall total in the thousands. The number of patients may still be higher as there are many types of hip implants and many of these patients may not now which kind of implant they were given during their surgery.

 

URL References:

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Joint_Replacement/default.asp

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/22/us-depuy-idUSTRE77L35H20110822

SSRIs Linked Autism: Report

Friday, December 9th, 2011

 

Several studies have been conducted to determine the cause of autism in children which has remained unknown.Heredity, cited around 90 percent of the time, and childhood immunizations, were believed to be the causes of autism. Despite several clinical studies, no scientific evidence associating Immunization and autism was shown.

Recently, Anne Harding’s article published in the Cable News Network website, reported on several studies linking autism with antidepressant drugs. Children whose mothers are under antidepressant medication like Zoloft during pregnancy are twice as likely as other children to be diagnosed with autism or other related disorder, it say In other current news reports, another Pfizer antidepressant drug has been blamed for causing the death of an infant.

What is not safe during pregnancy is the intake of an antidepressant like the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which Zoloft belongs. Harding said that children who were exposed to the drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy were nearly four times likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than with unexposed children, according to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Major depressive illness, anxiety disorders, the depressed phase of bipolar disorder, and psychotic depression are the mental illness for which SSRI, a class of antidepressant drugs, is used as a treatment.

The experts on prenatal drug exposure and mental health said that the findings will need to be confirmed in larger studies which women who are starting or continuing SSRIs use will not be discouraged, Hardings wrote.

On the other hand, there are two reasons presented by Lisa Croen, Ph. D, the director of autism research at Kaiser Permanente North California, who said there is a need for an investigation First, the number of autistic is increasing over the past several decades. Second, basing on the previous studies, it suggest that people with autism have abnormalities in their level and regulation of serotonin, a brain chemical involved in mood and many other biological processes.

Though, there is still no medical evidence made available associating SSRIs with Autism. Unless a credible evidence being established, the chances of any Zoloft Lawsuit may not prosper.

Hip Resurfacing Procedure

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

 

It is important to know what type of hip surgery that is indicated for ones condition, what the procedure is going to be, what the device is going to be used and what are the good and bad consequences to be expected. As explicitly expressed in the latest news about the DePuy hip replacement lawsuit, the size of the hip cup used can determine what are damages likely experienced after a hip surgery. The size of the hip cup used in a hip operation depends on what the procedure is. A hip resurfacing operation is one of the many hip arthroplasty methods used.

 

The Process Of Hip Resurfacing

 

In a Hip Resurfacing procedure, there is notably less bone structure removed during the operation. Hip resurfacing is an alternative intervention for those who are not suited for a Total hip replacement (THR) procedure. Due to this, both are quite akin to each other both in procedure as well as in its purpose. In order for the implant to be securely placed, some bone sections are removed and in THR and hip resurfacing, the amount to be removed are different. They differ also in the hip cup used wherein in the case of the hip resurfacing management, a cobalt-chrome metal composes the hip cup. The hip cup mimics a femoral head that us why it is hollow and mushroom-shaped. Unlike in a total hip arthroplasty, the femoral head is not removed to accommodate the hip implant that is why when revision is needed, it is easier for the surgeon to do corrective surgery since the femoral bone is still intact.

 

Another noted advantage of this intervention is that the size of the hip cup used is large and very similar to an original one that is why dislocation is avoided. Total hip replacement uses articular interface with sizes 28 mm, 32 mm and 36 mm and dislocation is a common complication. But all in all, the greatest advantage of this operation is the bone conserving characteristic of hip resurfacing surgery.

 

DePuy Orthopaedics used to manufacture the hip devices ASR XL Acetebular Hip System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System but since the release of the DePuy hip replacement recall, these alleged defective and badly-made products were removed from the market. If you feel the need to file your case, you can actually contact a skilled and efficient hip replacement lawyer. You can visit sites related to this for more information.