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Nursing Home Sued for Hiring Strippers

Posted on April 17, 2014
A New York nursing home is in hot water after reports surfaced that the facility hired a male stripper to dance for its patients. East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in West Babylon, New York, reportedly hired a male stripper to perform at the facility for its elderly residents...


Tennessee Low-T Litigation

Posted on April 14, 2014
We are currently reviewing Low T cases in Tennessee. These cases involve clients that suffered a stroke or heart attack after receiving testosterone therapy. We recently gave an interview on these cases and you can learn more by watching it here:


Nursing Home Execs Donate Money to Arkansas Judicial Campaigns

Posted on April 07, 2014
According to new reports, key players in Arkansas?s nursing home industry have donated tens of thousands of dollars to a number of Arkansas judges and judicial candidates in recent months. The Arkansas Times reported that substantial contributions were made to the campaigns of Rhonda Wood, Karen Barker, Robin Wynne, and Mike Maggio by people associated with the state?s nursing home industry...


Recent Events Involving Nursing Home Abuse

Posted on March 31, 2014
Nursing home abuse continues to be a problem in many states. Below is a summary of some of the recent events involving nursing home litigation that are making headlines across the country. Florida Legislation Florida legislators, led by Senator John Thraser, R-St...


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Winning a Tennessee Slip and Fall Case

Posted on March 12, 2014
How hard is it to win a slip and fall case in Tennessee? Very hard! People often think that if they are injured at a business the store will automatically pay for any medical bills or damages. Well that is not the case. Just like if someone fell at your house just because they were clumsy you will not have to pay for their damages...


Drug Causing Growth of Male Breast Tissue

Posted on February 28, 2014
Litigation involving the drug Risperdal is gaining traction in many states across the country. Risperdal is a drug that is intended to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and symptoms of autism, and is often prescribed to children. It contains the antipsychotic drug risperidone and is considered to be an ?atypical antipsychotic...


Tennessee Chiropractic Malpractice Cases

Posted on February 20, 2014
I was recently interviewed about some Chiropractic Malpractice cases we handled. They involved strokes that occurred during neck manipulations. You can watch the interview below:


Man Dies at Florida Nursing Home Facility

Posted on January 15, 2014
A 93-year-old man died last year after being left unattended at a nursing home facility in Southern Florida. Alfonso Jansen was residing at ManorCare Health Services, located in Plantation, Florida, when he died on October 5, 2013. ManorCare is a skilled nursing home facility that provides both short- and long-term care, post-hospital care, rehabilitation therapy, skilled nursing and medical care...


Tennessee Rehab Facility Settle Suit Over Patient?s Death

Posted on January 10, 2014
A Tennessee rehab facility recently settled a case involving the 2010 death of one of its patients. Twenty-nine year-old Lindsay Poteet checked into New Life Lodge rehabilitation center in 2010 seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. She died in September of that year after being transported to a Nashville area hospital...


The Impact of Tennessee Medical Malpractice Reform

Posted on January 02, 2014
In the last five years, the Tennessee legislature has made several changes to the state?s laws that have significantly impacted the Tennessee Medical Malpractice Act. In 2008, two new statutes were enacted which changed the way a medical malpractice case is initially brought...


New Regulations Upsetting Truck Drivers

Posted on December 18, 2013
Nearly a decade ago, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) began making efforts to reform the rules and regulations that govern our nation?s truck drivers. In order to reduce roadway accidents and promote highway safety, the DOT began reducing the number of hours worked by truck drivers...


How Much Do You Know About Your Birth Control?

Posted on December 11, 2013
Pills, patches and medical devices intended to prevent pregnancy are as easily attainable these days as medicine to cure the common cold, but most women are not familiar with the dangerous side effects associated with their chosen form of birth control...


Medtronic Guidewires Recalled

Posted on November 27, 2013
Last month, Medtronic began a recall of its Interventional Wires and ATTAIN HYBRID guidewires due to the potential for serious injury. While Medtronic initially commenced a ?voluntary field action,? the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (?FDA?) has since classified the recall as a Class I recall, which means that "there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death...


Sex Offenders in Nursing Homes

Posted on November 19, 2013
Where do elderly sex offenders go when they can no longer take care of themselves? This is a question that more and more nursing homes across the country are having to face of late. Aging sex offenders, like many other aging Americans, need care in their advanced age, and could possibly seek out nursing homes to provide them with the care they need...


Why Arbitration Might Not Be Your Best Option

Posted on November 12, 2013
With increasing frequency, arbitration agreements are becoming standard components of nursing home admission paperwork. Unfortunately, the average person isn?t very familiar with the arbitration process. Consequently, arbitration agreements are often presented to residents and their families in such a way that it makes it difficult for them to make an informed decision...


Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to Begin Settlement Talks

Posted on November 06, 2013
More than three years after removing their defective ASR metal-on-metal artificial hip implants from the market, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, are currently in talks to begin settlement negotiations. According to sources, J&J is discussing the possibility of paying more than $300,000 per case in order to settle the nearly 11,500 product liability lawsuits...


Settlement Discussions in the Works for Deffective Hip Cases?

Posted on October 31, 2013
Our office represents several families that were greatly impacted by the DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Recall. Currently there are about 11,000 hip lawsuits pending. Many of the cases involve hip patients right here in Tennessee. As the cases have progressed we have learned more about the alleged problems with these hips and how a jury may view these cases...


Settlement Talks Begin in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Posted on October 22, 2013
Manufacturers of transvaginal mesh have been embattled in a flurry of lawsuits brought by women who have suffered from complications after using the product. However, lawyers for some of the largest makers of the company have recently initiated settlement talks with attorneys representing the plaintiffs...


What To Do If You Are In a Car Accident

Posted on October 15, 2013
Unfortunately automobile accidents occur on the roadways every day. Being in an accident can be both confusing and overwhelming. Knowing how to handle the consequences of an accident can ensure that you make the best of a bad situation. We have provided a few tips that you should follow if you are involved in an accident...


Attorney Jim Higgins Talks about New Compounding Regulations Bill

Posted on October 08, 2013
Last year, hundreds of people were affected by an outbreak of spinal meningitis resulting from tainted steroid injections coming from New England Compounding Center, a compounding agency in Massachusetts. In the wake of this preventable tragedy, Congress has begun looking into further regulating compounding pharmacies...


Fen-Phen Users File Lawsuits Years Following Use

Posted on October 01, 2013
People across the country and even right here in Tennessee have turned to the drug Fen-phen in hopes of losing weight. However, many Fen-phen users found a number of side effects as a result of the drug. Some of those side effects may have developed over a number of years even after no longer using the drug...


Texting and Driving Continues Deadly Impact on Tennessee Roadways

Posted on September 24, 2013
Tennessee has lost out on a considerable amount of federal funding because of its weak Driving and Texting Laws. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that Tennessee will not get hundreds of thousands of dollars reserved for only those states meeting certain specifications in their texting while driving laws...


Meningitis Outbreak Victims in Tennessee

Posted on September 17, 2013
Last year there was a tragic outbreak of meningitis across the country. Tennessee was one of the states that was hit the hardest by the breakout. There has been some recent developments in the case. Specifically, the company that manufactured the defective compound has filed bankruptcy...


Use of Mirena IUD Birth Control Leads to Thousands of Complaints from Women

Posted on September 10, 2013
Millions of women across the country utilize some form of birth control. However, the safety of a popular form of birth control has come into question after a large number of women have complained of serious side effects after using the product. Manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Mirena IUD has over 2 million women that use the birth control device...


Tennessee Nursing Homes Earn Low Grade

Posted on September 03, 2013
A recent report has cited Tennessee nursing homes as earning a barely passing grade in a national nursing home study. Families For Better Care is the organization that conducted the study grading each state on the quality of its nursing home. Families For Better Care is a non-profit advocacy group that is dedicated to creating public awareness of conditions in nursing homes throughout the country...


Overmedication Problems in Tennessee Nursing Homes

Posted on August 27, 2013
We have represented families in Nursing Home Neglect cases for years. One problem that we frequently see involves the over-medicating of residents. Obviously, medication can be necessary but for less scrupulous nursing home employees it can be also be easy means to sedate your residents so the are less of a "bother"...


Frequently Asked Questions from Tennessee Personal Injury Clients

Posted on August 20, 2013
If you have been injured, you may have some questions related to your injury. We are frequently asked a number of questions from our clients and potential clients. We have provided some answers to some frequently asked questions related to a potential personal injury claim...


Bellwether Trial for Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Commences

Posted on August 13, 2013
The first of several transvaginal mesh lawsuits set for trial is currently underway after a jury has been selected in federal court in West Virginia. Women across the country and even right here in Tennessee have turned to transvaginal mesh to treat a number of conditions...


Interview on Distrubing Nursing Home Statistics

Posted on August 06, 2013
It is illegal to use physical restraints in a Tennessee Nursing Home without legitimate medical reasoning and oversight. This makes obvious sense. You don't just tie someone down because it would make it easier to take care of them. However, what most people don't know is that some poorly operated nursing homes can restrain people with medication...


Toyota Sudden Acceleration Trial Begins

Posted on July 31, 2013
While we all have an expectation that our cars will get us safely from one place to another, sometimes our cars do not provide the protection that we expect. Recently, Toyota has been under intense scrutiny after several instances of drivers experiencing sudden unintended acceleration inside some of the company?s vehicles...


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