The Emotional Impact of a Car Accident

Firefighters Saving Woman In CarPhysical injuries suffered in a car accident are typically visible, and therefore easier for people to understand than the internal struggle of emotional trauma. However, a recent British study of 1,000 men and women suggests that at least one-third of nonfatal auto accidents result in emotional complications, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and long-term phobias. Most of the study participants recovered from the psychological effects within three to 12 months, but others developed long-term complications and symptoms lasting for a year or more.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Phobias

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone is injured in a motor vehicle accident every 10 seconds in the United States. Even minor accidents can have a profoundly traumatic effect. Following an accident, an individual may feel general anxiety about traveling, or passing the location of the accident. This anxiety can affect your work, relationships, and overall well-being.

The most important step in recovering from emotional trauma is recognizing the problem and seeking help. Alan Steinberg, PhD., UCLA’s Trauma Psychiatry Program director, says if you still feel anxious, depressed, or emotionally vulnerable after three months have passed, you should seek help from a mental health professional. Make sure this person is qualified to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Treatment options include relaxation and breathing exercises, medications, and anxiety management, among others.

“These kinds of reactions are normal and to be expected in the [short-term] aftermath of whatever has happened, “ says Steinberg, “I don’t think people should run to a psychiatrist or psychologist a week or two after. But if they start to become persistent, that’s a sign that they may become [long-term] and can become very debilitating.” Children are especially vulnerable to phobias and anxiety following an accident. If their parents are voicing fears about the accident, the child may feel as though he or she shouldn’t add to the worry. Children also have a more active imagination and may have a distorted understanding of what can actually happen. For example, a young child may think the car will explode or drive off a cliff just as easily as it got into the fender bender.

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If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be well acquainted with the physical, financial, and emotional scars it can leave behind. The St. Louis law firm of Carey, Danis & Lowe understands what you are going through. We have worked with countless victims of motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and those involving large trucks. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, transportation costs, emotional trauma, lost wages, and more. Contact the team of Carey, Danis & Lowe for a free consultation today.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

motorcycle accident attorneyMotorcycle riding is a passion for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, a motorcyclist’s chances of injury or death still hover around 26 times above drivers of passenger vehicles. Head-on collisions are the most common and fatal type of motorcycle accidents, and they represent 56 percent of motorcycle deaths. Educating yourself on the common causes of accidents is your first line of defense in avoiding this kind of tragedy.

Left-Hand Turns

The most frequent scenario leading to collision is when a car makes a left-hand turn onto a busy road. Approximately 42 percent of crashes involving both motorcycles and cars occur under these circumstances. The motorcycle’s small size makes it easy to “disappear” in blind spots (even more so when visibility is poor due to rain or fog). While the vehicle making the turn is usually at fault, the action and intent of the motorcyclist is also taken into consideration. Many times, motorcycle riders trying to pass in the wrong lane or traveling at high rates of speed will contribute to the collision. Safety lies in defensive, sensible driving, for both motorcyclists and drivers of other motor vehicles.

Lane Splitting

When a motorcycle drives between two lanes of cars, “lane splitting” occurs. This is most common during periods of slow or stopped traffic. However, some motorcyclists occasionally attempt lane splitting in fast moving, highway situations. Because the two vehicles are dangerously and unexpectedly close, the driver of the car is usually taken by surprise. With tight proximity, maneuvering becomes difficult for both parties. Once again, defensive, sensible driving prevents the chances of this kind of collision.

Road Hazards

While dangerous road conditions pose problems for drivers of all vehicle types, motorcycles are particularly susceptible. Due to the smaller size and decreased stability of motorcycles, chances of losing control are significantly higher. Construction, uneven lanes, debris, and weather are all cause for extra caution. Darting animals, especially deer, can cause traumatic wipeouts. Rough or gravel roads make navigation extremely difficult. The combination of curvy roads and slick conditions also increase the risk of an accident. Elements like wet leaves, mud, and oil drippings can appear with very little warning. Be sure to slow down and pay particular attention to your surroundings when you ride.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Playing it safe does not mean you can’t enjoy riding a motorcycle. The knowledge of common risks and the utilization of safe driving practices significantly decrease your chance of serious injury or death. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Wear a helmet. An average of 37 out of 100 motorcycle fatalities could be avoided if drivers and passengers wore helmets.
  • Take a course in riding. Professional training provides knowledge that statistically saves lives.
  • Wear bright, protective clothing.
  • Make motorcycle maintenance a priority.
  • Know your limits. If you are fairly new at riding, stay safe by avoiding risks.

Carey, Danis & Lowe – St. Louis Motorcycle Attorneys

Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be devastating. If you have experienced the death of a loved one or have suffered a personal injury in a motorcycle or auto accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced motorcycle attorney immediately. Serving St. Louis and the surrounding area, the Law Offices of Carey, Danis & Lowe have extensive experience with personal injury and accident cases. Our team will help establish a legal plan based on your unique situation. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

car accidentThere are over 10 million motor vehicle accidents every year in the U.S. alone. It is increasingly common for drivers to be on mental autopilot as they drive the exact same routes to work every day. Add the distractions of cell phone use and other hand-held devices, and accident statistics continue to grow. As this number is likely to increase before it sees a decline, it is important for drivers to educate themselves on the most common causes of car accidents today.

Driver Error

The most common culprit of car accidents in our technological age is distracted driving. Cell phone use and texting while driving remains number one in this category. The National Safety Council reports that 25 percent of all vehicle crashes involve cell phone use. In a potentially dangerous driving situation, a safe outcome is often determined in a matter of seconds. If you are preoccupied with your cell phone, changing radio stations, or other distractions, that vital second may be lost. Other incidents of driver error include:

  • Alcohol consumption – decreases reaction time and decision-making skills.
  • Driver fatigue – slows reaction time to road dangers and emergency situations.
  • Speeding – is a common hazard, particularly among teenage drivers. The Center for Disease Control reports male teens exhibit more aggressive driving habits than their female counterparts.

Non-Driver Causes

Many causes of car accidents remain out of the hands of the driver. Road hazards such as potholes, rain, snow, and ice can create dangerous driving conditions. Lack of visibility due to snow, thick fog, or torrential rains increase the risk of vehicle collision. Mechanical failure due to improperly maintained tires, brakes, steering or engine systems can wreak havoc on busy highways. Drivers should always take these possibilities into consideration when evaluating maintenance plans and driving conditions.

Other Common Types of Accidents

  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that rear-ending is responsible for 29 percent of all car accidents. This type of collision is usually due to distracted driving. Staying focused on your surroundings is the best way to avoid causing a rear-end accident.
  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that side-impact crashes are responsible for approximately 25 percent of passenger vehicle deaths in the United States. Perhaps the most dangerous kind of collision are side-impact collisions which can be avoided by following basic rules of the road and staying acutely aware of your surroundings. Always look both ways before proceeding, and allow plenty of time to stop at lights.
  • After a rain storm, water accumulates on roadways, increasing the risk of hydroplaning. If you are traveling at too high a speed through standing water, traction and vehicle control can be lost. To avoid hydroplaning, slow down in wet road conditions. Make a habit of checking your tire treads on a regular basis.

Law Offices of Carey, Danis & Lowe – Personal Injury Attorneys

If you have been injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney without delay. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and other associated damages. The legal team at Carey, Danis & Lowe will fight hard to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. If you are ready to take action, contact Carey, Danis & Lowe today.

June is National Safety Month

safetymonth-juneThe National Safety Council (NSC), in partnership with thousands of private and nonprofit organizations throughout the country, is raising awareness about the issue of personal safety throughout June for National Safety Month. The NSC initiative is meant to shed light on the most common causes of personal injury, both in the home and on the job, and is designed to promote a national discussion about what can be done to reduce these causes.

Personal Injury Risks

The potential for personal injury accidents at work, on the road, or in the home is higher than most may venture to guess. National Safety Month is honing in on common personal injury causes including prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, slip and fall incidents, ergonomics in the workplace, and emergency preparedness. Each carries its own potential for serious injury when precautions are not taken.

Taking Action to Promote Safety

The NSC has developed materials that can be used to raise awareness for safety and the prevention of personal injury due to an accident. Spreading the word can have a meaningful impact as well. This year, National Safety Month carries a theme of “What I Live For,” with the purpose of sharing personal stories about safety at home and at work. The NSC encourages those who want to get involved with National Safety Month to share their stories on social media with friends, family, and coworkers, host an event to learn more about accident prevention, or include information about the awareness campaign in newsletters, blogs, and emails throughout the month of June.

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At Carey, Danis & Lowe, our personal injury attorneys have ample experience representing those who have been injured and lost loved ones due to an accident. We realize how commonplace accidents are and how detrimental personal injury can be to you and your family. As such, we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our personal injury clients in terms of care and compensation, reducing the emotional and financial burdens caused by an accident. To learn more about our personal injury practice and to receive a free consultation, give us a call or contact us online today.

The Link Between Truck Accidents and Driver Fatigue

truck accident injury lawyerApproximately 4,000 people are killed in large truck crashes every year, and driver fatigue is one of the leading contributors to these accidents. Truckers are often tired because the companies they work for push them to their limits. The big trucking companies feel obligated to fulfill the demands of our increasingly consumer-driven society. In order to remain profitable, they need to deliver merchandise and supplies on time. Unfortunately, everything comes with a cost. In this case, that cost is the lives of thousands of people every year.

New Rules for Truck Drivers

In light of the increase in annual large truck deaths, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established new rules for truck drivers’ allowed “hours of service.” The updated requirements state that drivers must rest for at least 30 minutes during the first eight hours of their shift. The other updated rule deals with something known as the “restart.” The restart is a 34 hour rest period that can be taken between the maximum allotted weekly hours. Currently, truck drivers cannot work for more than 80 hours each week. The old FMSCA rule stated that after an 80 hour week, drivers could begin another 80 hour week following a 34 hour rest period (restart). The new rule states that the restart can only be used once every seven days, and that the restart period must include at least two rest periods between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Essentially, this updated rule reduces the net weekly hours that a driver can work from 80 to 72.

The Dangers of Chronic Fatigue

The majority of truck drivers utilize safe driving practices and do not work the maximum number of hours allowed. However, there were enough drivers exceeding the maximum hours to cause concern. It is simply not possible to stay alert while driving more than 80 hours a week. Drivers should pay attention to fatigue and stop to rest if they become even slightly tired. In fact, continuously working long hours without stopping for proper rest can lead to chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue is more difficult to monitor because it can strike even when the driver is well within his or her weekly limits. If the driver is only working 40 hours this week, but just came off several months of 70 or 80 hour weeks, chronic fatigue can be just as dangerous. In addition to falling asleep behind the wheel, chronic fatigue can cause slower reaction times and a reduction in the driver’s ability to assess a situation quickly and effectively.

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When a truck accident is the result of negligence by the truck driver or trucking company, accident victims have rights. The attorneys at Carey, Danis & Lowe have successfully obtained compensation for clients in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving large trucks. Call us today for a free consultation.

Erb’s Palsy – Causes, Types, and Treatments

medical malpractice lawyersOne of the most common birth injuries occurs when the newborn’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother’s cervix during delivery. Erb’s Palsy is a type of shoulder dystocia injury that causes nerve damage to the shoulder area. This injury frequently occurs when an obstetrician uses excessive force to release a shoulder that is caught in the birth canal behind the mother’s pubic bone. In addition to being painful for the mother, this type of delivery carries the potential for serious complications.

When an obstetrician notices that the shoulders are at risk of being caught, he or she must perform a difficult maneuver to avoid putting pressure on the baby’s shoulder. If the doctor or midwife performs this procedure incorrectly, it can result in Erb’s Palsy if the nerve tissue is stretched, torn, or ruptured. The nerves connecting the shoulder to the arm are known as brachial plexus nerves. They start in the spinal cord, stretch across the shoulder, extend along the arms, and continue to the tips of the fingers. An injury to these nerves can cause the victim to suffer from complete or partial paralysis of the arm.

While any birth can result in a brachial plexus injury, certain situations pose greater risks. If any of the following increased risk factors apply to you, your obstetrician or midwife should take the appropriate steps to avoid such an injury.

High-Risk Factors for Erb’s Palsy and All Forms of Shoulder Dystocia

  • Babies expected to be at least eight pounds, 14 ounces at birth
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Maternal obesity
  • Mother’s short stature
  • Flat or contracted pelvis
  • A pregnancy that has gone on for more than 40 weeks

A skilled, experienced doctor will know how to deal with a shoulder dystocia if it presents during delivery. He or she must support the baby’s head while applying gentle traction in order to dislodge the shoulder without causing serious injury. If the doctor uses excessive traction, the nerves may be irreparably damaged, resulting in Erb’s Palsy. The risk of shoulder dystocia is increased with the use of tools such as forceps, a vacuum, or labor-inducing drugs.

Four Different Types of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s Palsy can present in many different ways. Some children may have no muscle control or feeling in the entire arm and hand while others can control their arm but not their wrist and hand. Still others may have full use of their hands but cannot control their shoulder or arm. The severity of the injury is dependent on the severity of the damage. There are four categories of Erb’s Palsy injuries. These are:

  • Avulsion – the nerve has torn from the spine
  • Rupture – the nerve is torn, but not from the spine
  • Neuroma – scar tissue has grown around the injured nerve, placing pressure on it
  • Neuropraxia – localized nerve damage, which is the most common type of Erb’s Palsy and will often heal within four to six weeks

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If you are concerned that your newborn is suffering from Erb’s Palsy, you should contact a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney immediately. Symptoms of this condition are easy to identify. Typically, the baby’s affected arm will remain immovable by his or her side. If you notice this in your infant, it may be the result of a birth injury. Carey, Danis & Lowe represents victims of medical malpractice, including birth injuries. Having a new baby is supposed to be a joyous time. We understand how emotionally difficult birth injuries can be. To learn more about how we can help, contact Cary, Danis & Lowe today.

Birth Defects Caused by Medical Malpractice

Birth injuriesMedical negligence during prenatal care and childbirth can change a family forever. A medical practitioner’s poor foresight and preparation can trigger an avalanche of emotional and financial stress. Parents experiencing any condition that may result in a planned C-section or a possible difficult delivery should be aware of the following preventable birth defects.

Brachial Plexus Injury

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that control movement from the shoulder down to the fingers. These nerves can be damaged if the doctor is not careful with the baby’s head and shoulders during a difficult delivery, causing paralysis to the arm. The two most common injuries are:

  • Erb’s palsy, affecting the upper area of the brachial nerves
  • Klumpke’s palsy, affecting the lower portion of the brachial nerves

Cerebral Palsy

Caused by lack of oxygen to the brain during the birthing process, Cerebral Palsy results in damage to varying parts of the brain. Consequential impairments include developmental disabilities, mental retardation, and partial or full paralysis of muscle groups. Tremors and muscle stiffness are common symptoms. Cerebral Palsy can result from situations including:

  • Undiagnosed infection, including toxoplasmosis and rubella
  • Improper prenatal care, including gestational diabetes
  • Poorly planned C-sections
  • Premature birth delivery and improper post-natal care

Brain Cooling

A procedure requiring proper training and attention by doctors, brain cooling reduces the temperature in the infant’s brain. This procedure encourages cell repair from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a condition caused by oxygen deprivation. In some cases, brain cooling can actually halt damage from HIE. If the doctor is not fully familiar with or prepared for this procedure, unnecessary brain damage may occur.

Intrauterine Growth Retardation

Obstetricians are responsible for monitoring the weight and growth of the fetus throughout pregnancy. A diagnosis of intrauterine growth retardation means the baby’s weight is, for various reasons, at or below the tenth percentile for its gestational age. This condition may require induction for premature delivery. Obstetricians must carefully prepare accordingly to prevent unnecessary stress during labor and delivery that may lead to trauma.

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If your child has presented signs of developmental disabilities, he or she may be the victim of medical malpractice. Common disabilities caused by medical negligence or error can include delays in motor, verbal or social skills. These conditions should be taken seriously. Carey, Danis & Lowe represents victims of medical malpractice. We understand the emotional and financial toll that these complications can place on a family. To learn more, contact us today.

May is Motorcycle Safety Month

motorcycle accident lawyersNo motorist is more at risk for serious injury or death than a motorcyclist. They are the most vulnerable drivers on the road. However, the greatest risks to motorcycle riders are largely avoidable. One simple safety feature for bike riders is always to wear a helmet when riding. More than 80 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve a rider who was not wearing a helmet. Yet only 19 states (and the District of Columbia) have a universal helmet law requiring all riders to wear a helmet. In honor of Motorcycle Safety Month, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all riders that enjoying the freedom of the open road can be done safely when you follow safe riding practices.

Sometimes, there is an unfair bias directed toward motorcycle riders. However, this bias is more than just unfair – it contributes to motorcycle accidents.  When other motorists perceive motorcycle riders as dangerous and disrespectful of road rules, this belief creates a sense of separateness between the two types of motorist. Car and truck drivers tend to pay more attention to other cars and trucks than motorcycles. This “inability” to see motorcycles is made even worse by the motorcycle’s inherently small size. When riding, always remember to leave ample distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This is especially important when a vehicle is preparing to change lanes, stop at an intersection, or make a turn.

Drive Defensively

Driving any type of motor vehicle today comes with an increased risk when compared to previous years. This is predominantly because a significant number of today’s drivers are distracted by some form of technology. Whether texting, looking at a GPS, or talking on a cell phone, it is disturbingly common for drivers to divide their attention between the road and another task. Distracted driving significantly increases the risk of an accident, and when the accident involves a motorcycle rider, the fatality rate skyrockets. Motorcycles simply do not offer the protection of an enclosed car or truck.

Situations That Increase the Risk of Motorcycle Accidents

  • Excessive speed is present in the majority of motorcycle accidents
  • Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle weaves in and out of two lanes of cars
  • Road hazards, including bad weather, potholes, and uneven pavement
  • DUI / DWI significantly increases the risk of death
  • Other vehicles making left-hand turns cause about 50 percent of motorcycle accidents

Educating the public on sharing the road with all motorists, motorcycles included, is essential to decreasing the risk of serious injury and death. By reducing the bias toward motorcyclists, utilizing safe riding practices, and always wearing a helmet, we can decrease the number of annual motorcycle accidents.

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At Carey, Danis & Lowe, we share your love of riding. We also understand the tendency for motorcycle riders to take the blame when an accident occurs. Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience representing motorcycle riders. We know how to position you for the best possible outcome. If you’ve been injured, we will fight to obtain the medical treatment and compensation you deserve. All motor vehicle accidents can take a physical, financial, and emotional toll. We can help. Call us today for a free consultation.

How Drugs Cause Birth Defects

Birth injuriesUnless medically necessary for the health and welfare of the mother or child, experts typically recommend that pregnant women not take any prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The reason is this: Studies show that as many as 10 percent of all birth defects are caused by medications taken during pregnancy.

If you are pregnant or may become pregnant and you have not spoken with your doctor about potential risks associated with your current medications, you should do so right away. While some prescription drugs and OTC medications may be fine to take during pregnancy, you should speak with your doctor to be sure about your specific regimen.

What are the risks presented by taking medications during pregnancy?

Prescription and OTC medications cause birth defects in three primary ways. When they cause defects, they are referred to as “teratogens.” Teratogens can result in impairments and abnormalities due to:

  •       Causing direct damage to the fetus
  •       Compromising the placenta
  •       Triggering forceful uterine contractions

Each of these has its own set of potential complications. Direct damage, for example, can cause abnormalities such as spinal defects, cleft palate, and intellectual disabilities. Compromising the placenta causes the fetus to receive a reduced supply of oxygen and nutrients. This commonly leads to underdevelopment, which is a risk factor for birth defects. Forceful contractions can cause injuries and premature birth – which also present developmental risks.

When are medications most dangerous?

Medications are most likely to cause birth defects between the third and eighth weeks following fertilization. This is the time when the baby’s organs and systems are developing, and teratogens can have a significant impact at this stage. After the first twelve weeks (the end of the first trimester), OTC and prescription drugs are less likely to cause significant defects. However, it is possible for certain medications to cause problems at any time during the pregnancy.

What if I’m pregnant and need medication?

If you are pregnant and need medication, your doctor may be able to prescribe drugs that are safer for you to take during pregnancy. For example, women with diabetes who take hypoglycemic medications may be switched to insulin – as the latter is less likely to interfere with your baby’s development. Likewise, penicillin is considered to be a relatively safe antibiotic for pregnant women, while other antibiotics are known to cause serious harm.

Your OB-GYN should ask what medications you are taking at your pre-pregnancy check-up or during you first pregnancy examination. However, it never hurts to be prepared, so consider bringing your medications with you to your appointment. If you visit another doctor while you are pregnant, be sure to let him or her know that you are expecting a baby before they prescribe any new medications. With proper medical care, birth defects due to medication errors can be easily avoided.

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How Defective Medical Devices Slip Past the FDA

defective medical deviceNot as many medical devices are approved by the FDA as you might think. While many people expect that all implantable medical devices are regulated by the federal government, the reality is that a significant number of these devices sidestep the FDA’s testing process.

Like any budget-conscious government agency, the FDA follows practices that allow it to focus its time and resources on what it views as the most high-risk activities within the scope of its oversight. One such practice is known as the 510(k) program. Unfortunately, the consequences are not always as intended.

FDA’s 510(k) Program Allows the Sale of Medical Devices without Clinical Testing

The 510(k) program allows medical device manufacturers to bypass the FDA’s clinical testing and review processes for any device that they can demonstrate is “substantially equivalent” to another device already on the market. The idea is that patients should not have to wait for government approval of a competitive product if a similar device has already passed FDA inspection.

In practice, however, some medical device manufacturers are using the 510(k) program to start selling devices that would otherwise fail to meet the FDA’s standards. In fact, 71 percent of medical devices cleared for sale under the 510(k) program over the five-year period from 2005 to 2009 have been recalled over safety issues.

Defective Medical Devices Cleared through the 510(k) Program

The following are examples of dangerous and defective medical devices that have made it to market through claims of substantial equivalency under the FDA’s 510(k) program:

DePuy Orthopaedics ASR and Pinnacle Devices

DePuy Orthopaedics (now known as DePuy Synthes) was well known for having devices cleared through the FDA’s 510(k) program. One such device, the Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) XL Acetabular system, caused complications for numerous patients and prompted a recall in 2010. Thousands of lawsuits followed.

DePuy’s Pinnacle hip replacement device was also widely known to cause problems, and brought another round of lawsuits in 2013.

Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement Devices

Zimmer Holdings, another major medical device manufacturer, used the 510(k) process to get several of its NexGen knee replacement devices in the hands of doctors without comprehensive government testing. Over 68,000 patients received implants of devices that were later found to cause complications ranging from severe pain to bone fractures in the area surrounding the implant.

Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Replacements

Perhaps the most well known example of dangerous devices clearing through the 510(k) process is the recent recall of Stryker Corp.’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement implants. Stryker settled claims relating to injuries caused by these devices for a record $1.4 billion in November 2014. Read more about the Stryker hip implant lawsuit settlement.

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