Archive for February, 2012

29
Feb

Yaz® Birth Control Blamed For More Than 50 Deaths And Thousands of Injuries

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012

Women across the United States are being warned against the dangers that one of the best-selling birth controls on the market may present to users. WTHR 13 News stated that 50 patients died and thousands of others had suffered serious side effects after taking the birth control medication, Yaz®.

One patient reported taking the medication for nearly two years before she began to experience unexplained swelling in her legs. The woman had an ultrasound preformed where doctors discovered blood clots developing in her legs. While 18 months of treatment alleviated the clots, the woman was left unable to have children after the procedures.

Other patients taking the drug reported symptoms similar to that of a heart attack. After visiting a doctor it was determined that the patient’s gall bladders were not properly functioning. This required surgery to remove the organ.

The drug’s maker, Bayer, also came under heavy fire from the Food and drug Administration in 2008 after the agency said the manufacturer was making false advertising claims by saying the drug could be used to alleviate acne and PMS. The company has since been ordered to air corrective ad campaigns.

The Indiana Yaz® Birth Control Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have if you have been caused serious harm by taking the birth control medication Yaz®. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case.

22
Feb

New Blood Tests Ordered In Metro Officer’s Drunk Driving Case

February 22, 2012

February 22, 2012

Prosecutors in the highly publicized vehicular homicide and drunk driving case against an Indianapolis Metro Police officer said Friday that they want a second vial of the officer’s blood tested. According to reports from WTHR 13 News, the testing is being done in hopes of solidifying a case against the officer accused of hitting a group of motorcyclists, killing one and critically injuring two others.

The accident happened on August 6, 2010, when the on-duty officer was driving his squad car with a blood alcohol level of more than double the legal limit. The officer was arrested on drunk driving and vehicular homicide charges. Two weeks later, the drunken driving charges were dropped because an unlicensed lab technician took his blood samples.

In January of last year, a new prosecutor brought the charges against the officer again, only to have them dismissed by a judge a few months later. In October, a judge ruled that the tests could be used as evidence in the vehicular homicide and criminal recklessness cases against the officer.

That same month, the two surviving accident victims filed a personal injury lawsuit against the city, the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, and the officer for permanent injuries they suffered in the accident.

The Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers may be able to help you if you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence.

15
Feb

Proposed Indiana Law Cracks Down On Drunken Boaters

February 15, 2012

February 15, 2012

When a person is injured or killed because of a drunk driver on a boat, are their costs less important than those who are involved in a collision with a drunk driver in a car? Most would say no. That’s why, according to an article released by WTHR 13 News, lawmakers in Indiana are proposing changes to the state’s laws regarding intoxicated boaters.

A bill that was unanimously approved by the state’s House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 94-0 proposes that the state laws for drunken drivers of boats should be the same as those for drunken drivers of cars. The bill also calls for expansion of the law’s definition of intoxication to include being under the influence of a controlled substance.

As the law stands, it’s only a misdemeanor to drive a boat with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%. A boater can only be charged with a felony if he’s a multiple offender or has an accident where someone is injured or killed.

The Senate approved a similar bill earlier. Now, a version of the proposed changes must be drafted and agreed upon by the legislature.

The Indiana Boat Accident Attorneys with Stewart and Stewart agree with the proposed change and are available to answer any questions you may have if you have been hurt in a boating accident that was no fault of your own. Call us today for a free consultation of your case!

8
Feb

IOSHA Reports Causes Of Indiana Fairground Stage Collapse

February 08, 2012

February 8, 2012

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) has released the report on the cause of the Indiana Fairgrounds stage collapse that injured and killed concertgoers last year. According to reports from FOX 59 News, three organizations–the Indiana State Fair Commission, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 30, and Mid-America Sound Corporation–have been issued citations by the Department of Labor in response to the report.

The Indiana State Fair Commission was fined $6,300 after the report found they created an unsafe environment for workers and those attending the concert after failing to conduct an “adequate life safety evaluation and plan.”

IATSE Local 30, a stagehand’s union, was given fines of $11,500 because they did not take safety precautions with employees by ensuring the stage’s roof was secure.

Mid-America Sound Corporation took the brunt of the blame after they were issued $63,000 in fines for showing “indifference” in properly setting up the stage, as well as it’s lighting and rigging.

Under Indiana state law, the organizations have up to 15 days to pay the fines or contest them in an Indiana Board of Safety review.

The Indiana premise liability lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers know that these promoters had a responsibility to provide concertgoers and staff with a safe environment. The firm contends that these companies’ failure to do so could allow them to be held responsible for compensating those who were injured during the incident.

1
Feb

State Lawmakers Adjust Requirements To Abortion Pill Dosages

February 01, 2012

February 1, 2012

The Indiana Senate is examining laws regarding a dangerous abortion drug for a possible update. According to WTHR 13 News, a bill will go before the Senate today that would remove a requirement that forces doctors to give women seeking the abortion pill, RU-486, a higher-than-required dose of the drug. Proponents of the requirement say that women suffer from a greater risk of serious, and potentially deadly, side effects when such a large dose of the medication is prescribed.

Yesterday, lawmakers removed a section of the current law from the books that required doctor’s to give patients seeking the abortion pill a dosage three times higher than needed. Lawmakers agreed that the rules were outdated, and thus created a new bill, which requires a doctor to visit with the patient prior to prescribing the medication and schedule a follow-up ultrasound two weeks later to ensure all is well.

The large doses can lead to heavy bleeding and sometimes, deadly infections.

Other less serious side effects could include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Back Pain
  • Tiredness

Patients are warned to contact your doctor immediately if you suffer any of the following symptoms:

  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Abdominal Pain or Sick Feelings more than 24 hours after taking the medication
  • Fever

The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers are available to speak with you anytime if you have been seriously injured by a medication that was prescribed to you by a doctor.