PRADAXA CASE UPDATE

By Buck Daniel

August 14, 2013 – More than 700 Pradaxa cases have now been filed in the Southern District of Illinois before Judge David Herndon. The majority of these cases claim gastrointestinal bleeding injuries, but there have also been many catastrophic bleeding events such as hemorrhagic stroke. Judge Herndon has set “Early Trials” or bellwether trials from the pool of already filed cases to begin on August 11, 2014. By doing so, the conclusion of these trials may set the tone for whatever jury awards or settlements, if any, plaintiffs with similar claims should receive.

Many of our clients’ cases have already been filed in the Pradaxa MDL, and our next step towards resolving your claim is to complete a court ordered Plaintiff’s Fact Sheet (PFS). This PFS includes a brief personal and medical history as a part of the pre-trial discovery phase of the lawsuit. If you have not yet completed, or received, a PFS, please be in contact with our office immediately. Once completed, we can move onto the next important step in this process by evaluating your case with a thorough understanding of your entire background.

Hip Implants a Bit More Likely to Fail in Women

From ABC13 KTRK News

February 19, 2013 – Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in U.S. patients. The risk of the implants failing is low, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years.

The message for women considering hip replacement surgery remains unclear. It’s not known which models of hip implants perform best in women, even though women make up the majority of the more than 400,000 Americans who have full or partial hip replacements each year to ease the pain and loss of mobility caused by arthritis or injuries.

“This is the first step in what has to be a much longer-term research strategy to figure out why women have worse experiences,” said Diana Zuckerman, president of the nonprofit National Research Center for Women & Families. “Research in this area could save billions of dollars” and prevent patients from experiencing the pain and inconvenience of surgeries to fix hip implants that go wrong.

Researchers looked at more than 35,000 surgeries at 46 hospitals in the Kaiser Permanente health system. The research, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, was funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

After an average of three years, 2.3 percent of the women and 1.9 percent of the men had undergone revision surgery to fix a problem with the original hip replacement. Problems included instability, infection, broken bones and loosening.

“There is an increased risk of failure in women compared to men,” said lead author Maria Inacio, an epidemiologist at Southern California Permanente Medical Group in San Diego. “This is still a very small number of failures.”

Women tend to have smaller joints and bones than men, and so they tend to need smaller artificial hips. Devices with smaller femoral heads — the ball-shaped part of the ball-and-socket joint in an artificial hip — are more likely to dislocate and require a surgical repair.

That explained some, but not all, of the difference between women and men in the study. It’s not clear what else may have contributed to the gap. Co-author Dr. Monti Khatod, an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, speculated that one factor may be a greater loss of bone density in women.

The failure of metal-on-metal hips was almost twice as high for women than in men. The once-popular models were promoted by manufacturers as being more durable than standard plastic or ceramic joints, but several high-profile recalls have led to a decrease in their use in recent years.

“Don’t be fooled by hype about a new hip product,” said Zuckerman, who wrote an accompanying commentary in the medical journal. “I would not choose the latest, greatest hip implant if I were a woman patient. … At least if it’s been for sale for a few years, there’s more evidence for how well it’s working.”

Rule Proposed Requiring Electronic Stability Systems on Large Vehicles

By Amber Stanford

May 17, 2012 – This week, a new federal motor vehicle standard has been proposed by US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the first time ever. It would require all large vehicles to equip an electronic stability control (ESC) system. Research shows this technology could prevent up to 56 percent of the rollover crashes each year, which are the deadliest, and another 14 percent of loss-of-control crashes.

“The Department of Transportation and NHTSA have long recognized the potential impact of stability control technology in reducing deaths and serious injuries that result from rollover crashes,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “The proposal is a major step forward to improving the safety of large commercial trucks, motorcoaches, and other large buses.”

Currently, the ESC Systems are available on typical passenger vehicles and have proven to be very successful in preventing rollovers. This success is a large part of why it is already a requirement on cars and light-duty trucks beginning with model year 2012. NHTSA estimates that a standard requiring ESC on the nation’s large trucks and large buses would prevent up to 2,329 crashes, eliminate an estimated 649 to 858 injuries, and prevent between 49 and 60 fatalities a year.