New Oregon PIP Insurance Changes Benefit The Injured Victim

Late last year, Oregon legislature passed a bill to drastically alter and improve Oregon Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, which went into effect January 1, 2016. There are two main changes we will see take place; a Portland accident attorney Travis Mayor claims the Oregon PIP insurance changes are significant for personal injury cases for various reasons. Because, not all damages for medical bills and lost income have been incurred within the current defined time limits, extending the time of the Oregon PIP insurance benefits up to 24 months after the accident and delaying insurance company reimbursements will allow drivers to recover proper resources from serious accidents in Oregon.

What Exactly are the Oregon PIP Insurance Changes?

Before this bill, if you were in a serious accident in Oregon, an insurance company is dubbed first in line to be reimbursed, before non-economic damages are paid, which reduces the amount of money for the injured victim drastically. With the new Oregon PIP insurance changes, PIP carriers are now reprioritized; the PIP Make Whole rule policy will require that the insurance company be paid on the victim’s behalf after all economic and noneconomic damages have been defined and paid. Ultimately, an injured victim will only reimburse the PIP carrier if the recovery amount exceeds both economic and noneconomic damages. The goal with this is to change in priority from the insurance company to the injured victim.
Secondly, changes in the Oregon PIP insurance extends medical coverage expenses from 12 months to 24 months after an accident. After a minor motor vehicle accident in Portland and throughout Oregon, a 12 month medical coverage period is generally a sufficient amount of time for an injured victim to be covered. However, catastrophic events that result in devastating injuries, like TBI or spinal cord injuries, have a much longer recovery processes. Medical expenses for these accidents can far exceed 12 months, which leaves the payment responsibilities on the injured victim. However, extending the PIP medical payments allows additional time for patients to recover.

What is Next for Oregon Drivers?

Lawmakers are taking the necessary steps to protect drivers in Oregon with Oregon Senate Bill 411, but as a driver, there are a few things to do in order to benefit. While most Oregon PIP carriers say companies will implement these Oregon PIP insurance changes automatically, Travis Mayor, a trusted personal injury attorney in Portland, advises Oregon drivers to reissue or renew their policy immediately because exclusions will remain in the policy until a driver actually renews it. If you were involved in an accident after January 1, 2016, the Oregon PIP insurance changes apply to your case.

Risperdal Breast Growth (Gynecomastia) in Teen Boys


As media coverage on Risperdal continues to unfold more lawsuits are surfacing in court uncovering the drug’s potent side effects. If you are one of the thousands looking for a Risperdal lawsuit lawyer, you are not alone. The pharmaceutical mogul Johnson & Johnson’s unit Janssen manufactures Risperdal which is an oral antipsychotic medication used to control severe mood disorders of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, while treating mental illness the drug is also causing physical body changes on male adolescents who consume it such as gynecomastia (the development of breast in males) and galactorrhea (abnormal lactation) causing emotional and psychological stress on the young men.

After testing the drug in the lab it was found that Risperdal increases the levels of prolactin, a hormone that causes the enlargement of breast tissue and production of milk. Studies link up the correlation of Risperdal to gynecomastia dating as early as 1999. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16633146) The manufacturer has been accused of omitting essential information at the time of distributing the drug to doctor’s and the printed label fails to be clear on the harsh side effects when consumed.

The topic of male breast growth among both young and older men is not an easy discussion since most find it emasculating and shameful. Although it is a sensitive subject it is important to create awareness for those who are currently living with gynecomastia. Data shows this condition is estimated to occur in 48% to 64% of boys going through puberty, first appearing as early as 10 years of age, with a peak onset between ages 13 and 14. (http://www.gynecoma.com/gynecomastia-in-teenagers/) Adolescent boys who currently are living with abnormal breast growth are physically and psychologically fragile. When it comes to exercising activities such as running, jogging, curl-ups or jumping jacks the up and down movement becomes difficult with the excess mass around the chest area. The breast also become tender therefore not too much weight or pressure can be placed. Apart from the physical toll on the body emotional distress grows exponentially. In our society breasts are considered to be a feminine attribute and because the growth is not subtle boys can be constantly concerned with their appearance. The awkwardness of having to explain to others what is going on with your body leads to adjustments in social behavior leading to isolation from social interactions. Ultimately the young men’s self-esteem plummets generating other mental disorders to surface.

 

One of the solutions to gynecomastia is undergoing a mastectomy. However this surgery comes with its own set of tribulations. Most of the times the surgery leaves males with prominent scarring and absence of the nipples. Some young men may not be mentally or emotionally prepared to make the decision and commit to surgery. So for those not ready to get under the knife there are other resources that can help you through the process.

 

  • Counseling: alleviating the confusion and anxiety through the help of a counselor can be essential, sometimes a stranger can bring in some perspective rather than a family member
  • Psychiatric therapy: seeking a professional can help circumvent and also provide alternatives to surgery such as male breast reduction pills.
  • Support group: connecting with others either at an in person meet-up or an online forum who are undergoing or have gone through this process is a great way to coping with your own personal condition as well as a helpful resource for networking

As more families of young men continue to speak up the Risperdal lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical unit Janssen continue to pile up, so far over 1200 cases are being reviewed. In February of this year a recent settlement in Alabama of $2.5 million was awarded to 20 year old Austin Pledger , an autistic man, who as a side effect of Risperdal grew 46DD breasts. The jury concluded the boy who was 8 years old at the time the drug was prescribed was not given warning of gynecomastia being a possible result of his drug intake. As of today Austin still has not undergone a mastectomy. Another case in late December of 2014 a mother from Louisiana filed a lawsuit on behalf of her 21 year old son Aaron Banks. According to the article on Forbes.com, “he suffered psychological trauma after growing breasts while taking Risperdal between 1999 and 2004, starting when he was nine years old, says Sheller, who added that the antipsychotic was not approved for use in children in the US at the time.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/edsilverman/2012/09/11/jj-sees-male-breasts-and-quickly-settles-risperdal-suit/ ) Johnson & Johnson settled, however the terms have been kept confidential. Not all lawsuits have finalized in wins but small steps are being taken to make justice for all the children and teens impacted by this condition.

 

Resources:

  1. http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2008/11/25/risperdal-can-have-troubling-side-effects-in-boys/
  2. https://www.i-lawsuit.com/risperdal-lawsuit/
  3. http://www.gynecoma.com/gynecomastia-in-teenagers/
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16633146
  5. http://www.forbes.com/sites/edsilverman/2012/09/11/jj-sees-male-breasts-and-quickly-settles-risperdal-suit/

 

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Tarheel Q Over Salmonella Outbreak

On July 10, 2015, food poisoning lawyer Ron Simon of Houston-based food safety law firm, Ron Simon & Associates, filed a wrongful death lawsuit originating from Salmonella-contaminated food served at the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, North Carolina.

Along with local counsel Martin & Van Hoy, LLP, attorney Ron Simon filed the lawsuit against the restaurant on behalf of the Estate of George Allen. Mr. Allen dined at Tarheel Q on June 16th and fell ill the following days. On June 23rd, doctors admitted him to Davis Regional Medical Center, where he tested positive for Salmonella. A few days after his admission, Mr. Allen’s condition improved, but on June 26th, his health took a devastating turn for the worse and he began to experience renal failure. His condition rapidly deteriorated and on June 27th, he passed away from acute renal failure due to Salmonella poisoning. Mr. Allen was 94 years old at the time of his death.

As of July 13, 2015, 276 cases of illness associated with eating food from Tarheel Q have been identified. Updates on the outbreak can be found on the NC Department of Health and Human Services website. To date, George Allen is the only confirmed death related to the Tarheel Q Salmonella outbreak.

Salmonella attorney Ron Simon and his law firm have established a Tarheel Q Salmonella Claims Center to assist victims of the outbreak. The Claims Center can be reached toll-free at 1 (888) 335-4901.

Tesla Motors Challenges Model S Lemon Law Claims

Tesla Motors is challenging a lemon law claim made by a Wisconsin attorney who calls himself the “King of Lemon Laws”. Tesla released a statement on their blog stating that the attorney, Vince Megna, misrepresented the facts of the case and implies that the Model S in question had been tampered with. In the blog post Tesla re-affirms their commitment to customer service and compliance with lemon laws.

In a video released by Megna, that stars himself alongside a cardboard cut out of George Clooney, he states that the vehicle spent 66 day in a service center for repairs to faulty door handles, fuses and a battery that would not hold a charge. He also claims that his client, retired Milwaukee doctor Robert Montgomery, demanded on three separate occasions a lemon-law buy back from Tesla. Tesla Motors denies these claims, and points out that the company was actually working with Montgomery to resolve the issues up until the lawsuit was filed.

Tesla is claiming that the problems with the car in question have “elusive origins” implying that the vehicle may have been tampered with. Tesla mechanics could not replicate the issue that Montgomery was having with the door handles but did replace them. Once replaced, Montgomery claimed that they were still faulty and Tesla offered to fix them again. The issue with the fuses is also suspect according to Tesla, whose engineers discovered that the cars front trunk, where the fuse box is located, had “been opened immediately before the fuse failure on each of these occasions”.

The blog post from Tesla states “there are good reasons to be skeptical of the lawyer’s motivations” and also points out that he filed a lemon law claim last year against Volvo on behalf of the same client.

Lemon laws vary from state to state and some states even have laws that cover new as well as used cars. There are tons of valuable resources out there that detail the laws for each state. This page for example details the lemon laws in California including what consumers need to know if they think they got a lemon.

The Ultimate Guide To Bicycle Safety

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute states that there are somewhere between 73 and 85 million cyclists in the United States.  In 2006 over 700 people were killed in accidents involving cyclists and motorists.  An estimated 50,000 plus people are seriously injured every year as a result of bicycle accidents every year.  Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in New York.  Commuter cycling has increased by more than 25% between the years 2008 and 2009 and more than doubled since 2005.  It is estimated by the New York City Department of Health that over a half million New Yorkers ride bikes.  This is bike safety is important now more than ever.  It is important for both cyclists and motorists to know the rules of the road and follow the laws and regulations that are here for our protection.  Below is a guide to bike safety that everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car or gets on a bike should read and follow, for all of our sake. 

Bicycle Safety Infographic

Charite Spinal Disc Lawsuits

Have you been a victim of Charite spinal disc injury?

If you are looking for a lawyer to handle your Charite spinal disc case, you are not alone. Many people have been seriously harmed after receiving the artificial disc. Johnson & Johnson developed Charité, the 1st artificial spinal disc in the U.S., which was created to stop persistent back pain for people with degenerative disc disease and aid people with serious back problems in normal movement. The cost? $11,500 with an additional $50,000 for the implantation surgery. However, it’s not a sure fix by any stretch of the imagination. The success rate is just over 50%. In addition, many complications can occur with this disc replacement surgery including paralysis, the need for additional surgery or even death. The product was only tested with around 300 patients over a 2 year period so critics of this device are anticipating many more injuries and lawsuits in the years to come.

So far there are many patients who are reporting to have equal or even more back pain then before the surgical implant. There are also complaints that they were not warned about the success rate of the surgical implant.


Charite Disc Lawsuits

In the past five years, dozens of people have filed lawsuits for a failed Charite disc surgery. If you are one of unlucky victims of a failed Charite disc implant surgery, your best option is to find a Charite spinal disc attorney (a product liability attorney) who is experienced in handling Charite disc lawsuits.

Approved uses of the Charite Spinal Disc include degenerative knees, degenerative hips and for degenerative disc disease but many complications can occur including:

  • Increase in pain levels
  • Leg complications
  • Joint degeneration
  • Revision surgery
  • Back Pain
  • Implants that break or loosen
  • Paralysis
  • Intestinal problems
  • Leakage of spinal fluid
  • Nerve damage

 

Get your free consultation here and find out if you have a case.

 

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace [Infographic]

So what exactly is sexual harassment? Often times in environments where people work closely together the lines can be blurred. Under Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1991, sexual harassment can occur whenever an employee is unfairly treated owing to his or her gender. As we can see from the data below, it’s no longer just women that deal with sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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