Anapol Weiss Shareholder Larry Coben Leading the Fight on Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Aug 22, 2016 10:48:03 AM

Anapol Weiss Shareholder Larry Coben says that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been "asleep at the wheel" when it comes to regulations concerning the safety of autonomous vehicles. 

"Without federal regulation, each state will chart its own course on driverless ­vehicles, crash-avoidance technology and the range of innovations already finding their way onto America's roads. The buffet of state Coben-1.jpglaws will create a mess for all ­parties,” Coben told The Legal Intelligencer in a recent article.

He added that an another concern is that, without guidance form the NHTSA, states may attempt to provide legal immunity for manufacturers of autonomous vehicles.

To Coben the solution is clear: The NHTSA is better suited to enact consistent, effective, national autonomous vehicle safety regulations than the individual states, and it must act quickly as it’s already falling behind. 

Read the article in its entirety here: www.thelegalintelligencer.com-Plaintiffs-Lawyers-Say-Feds-Asleep-at-the-Wheel-on-Driverless-Cars

If you’re interested in discussing autonomous vehicle safety issues with Larry, you can contact him here

Topics: Crash Safety

EIGHT ATTORNEYS AT ANAPOL WEISS NAMED 2017 BEST LAWYERS

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Aug 16, 2016 4:54:50 PM

 Anapol Weiss has announced today that eight of its attorneys have been rated by their peers as “The Best Lawyers in America” for exemplary work in their respective fields.

A full list of Anapol Weiss attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers is located at the end of this release.

“It’s a great honor to have eight of our lawyers recognized as ‘Best Lawyers’ and I believe it shows our depth and commitment to excellence in the civil justice system,” said Shareholder Sol Weiss. “We take on every case 212_AnapolWeiss_Lawfirm.jpgwith the belief that, somewhere along the way, someone was denied justice.  Our clients are often regular folks who got shortchanged by the system.  Our job is to make things right for them.  If in the course of seeking justice for them, we are recognized for our work, then it’s a testament to the people who work here.”

The eight Anapol Weiss attorneys named as 2017 “Best Lawyers” continues a long tradition of such honors for the firm. Shareholders Sol Weiss and Lawrence
288_AnapolWeiss_Lawfirm-1.jpgCohan have been named as “Best Lawyers” in each of the last ten years and Shareholder David Senoff, with five other of this years recognized attorneys also having been named previously.

Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities.

Every year, Best Lawyers conducts an extensive peer-review survey of thousands of leading lawyers asking them to confidentially evaluate their peers, the results of which are released as the Best Lawyers in America list. 

This year’s Best Lawyers in America recipients at Anapol Weiss include:


Christopher Marzzacco

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

David S. Senoff

Insurance Law

Gregory Spizer

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions

James R. Ronca

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawrence R. Cohan

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Sol H. Weiss

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions

Thomas R. Anapol

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Tracy A. Finken Magnotta

Mass Tort Litigation
Class Actions

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Taxotere Permanent Hair Loss Risk May Have Been Known to Manufacturer

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Aug 16, 2016 4:36:37 PM

Taxotere Docetaxel is a popular chemotherapy drug manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis and approved by the FDA in 1996. Docetaxel interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells and is one of the most popularly used drugs to treat breast cancer but has also been used to treat lung, prostate, stomach and head/neck cancers. This medication is always administered intravenously. Although hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy, Taxotere hair loss can be permanent, a condition called Alopecia or Permanent Significant Alopecia (PSA). In December 2015, the FDA updated its Safety Information for Taxotere to include permanent hair loss. However, it is believed that Sanofi-Aventis knew of the risk of permanent hair loss and warned patients outside of the United States years earlier. 

If you have been treated with Taxotere and your hair has not grown back, you may have Alopecia. It is important to discuss this with your doctor to determine if your hair loss is the result of Alopecia. Although some may consider hair loss a small price to pay when you are battling cancer, permanent hair loss is a constant reminder for a cancer survivor. Additionally, the permanent hair loss caused by Docetaxel is avoidable. If patients had been warned of this potential side effect, they could have chosen a comparable drug that does not have the risk of Alopecia.

Contact our firm for assistance if you are suffering from permanent hair loss after undergoing chemotherapy including treatment with Taxotere Docetaxel. We can investigate your situation and answer any legal questions you have.

Anapol Weiss is investigating contaminated water in Bucks and Montgomery Counties

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jul 28, 2016 10:03:30 AM

Our Toxic Tort and Environmental Team is now investigating claims for individuals who may be suffering the consequences of exposure to contaminated water in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

The government has recently revealed that several military bases in Willow Grove, Horsham and Warrington, Pennsylvania utilized a firefighting foam containing highly toxic PFOAs and PFOSs; chemicals that can leak into the water and result in numerous injuries including kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and possibly injuries to mothers and their babies.

Our Anapol Weiss team, lead by shareholder Larry Cohan and associates David Carney and Catelyn McDonough, has been investigating this catastrophic public health issue and are currently accepting inquiries from those who may have been affected. 

If you know of anyone who might need our assistance, please have them contact us


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Wrongful Death

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jul 6, 2016 2:22:23 PM

Losing a loved one is among the most painful experiences that a person can go through. That pain is only amplified when the tragedy was preventable. In the legal field, deaths coming from preventable incidents are known as “wrongful death.” Wrongful death claims include:

  • Fatal truck and car accidents
  • Medical malpractice and medical negligence
  • Defective medical devices and other defective products
  • Slip and fall accidents or other types of premises liability

In the aftermath of a family member’s death, the last thing that most people want to think about is pursuing legal action. Money can never make up for loss of life. However, many victims have dependents that will suffer financially without the income and support from the lost family member. The victim also might have accrued medical bills or other fees in dealing with the incident. Family members of the victim or beneficiaries of his or her estate can often seek to recover wrongful death damages in a lawsuit.

Furthermore, wrongful death lawsuits work to hold people and corporations accountable for their actions, gain justice for the victim, and prevent other deaths from occurring in the future. Too often, wrongful deaths occur because someone was careless and unthinking, or because a large corporation worried more about their profits than the safety of their clients. Wrongful death lawsuit settlements can help protect someone else from what you have suffered.

Every state has different laws regarding wrongful death lawsuits, so it is important for victims’ families to 302_AnapolWeiss_LawfirmR.jpgobtain legal assistance right away. Talk to a lawyer to find out the wrongful death statute of limitations for your situation. 

Anapol Weiss has significant experience with wrongful death law. For decades, our wrongful death lawyers have successfully advocated for the loved ones of those killed by someone’s careless behavior. Please call Anapol
Weiss
to ask our wrongful death attorneys any legal questions. You may be able to gain a wrongful death settlement and hold accountable the person or company responsible for your family member’s death.

Topics: wrongful death

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: How It Works

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jul 5, 2016 9:35:29 AM

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was established in the 1980s as a no-fault alternative to the traditional legal system for resolving vaccine injury petitions. The creation of the VICP was in response to a number of lawsuits against vaccine companies and health care providers, which threatened to reduce U.S. vaccination rates. That reduction, in turn, could have caused a resurgence of diseases that would normally be prevented by vaccinations.

A petition may be filed on behalf of any adult or child who believes he or she was injured as a result of receiving a covered vaccination. Parents, legal guardians and legal representatives can file on behalf of children as well as disabled adults and deceased individuals.

Below is a brief description of the vaccine claims process through the VICP.

  • The report is presented to a court-appointed special master, who decides whether the petitioner should be compensated and, if so, for how much. This decision often follows a hearing in which both parties can present evidence.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services medical staff reviews the petition, determines if it meets the medical criteria for compensation, and makes a preliminary recommendation.
  • An individual files a petition with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, possibly with the assistance of a vaccine injury lawyer.
  • In a report submitted to the Court, the U.S. Department of Justice provides medical recommendations and legal analysis.
  • If the Court makes a decision in the petitioner’s favor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will award compensation. If certain requirements are met, the Department will pay vaccine lawyer fees and costs (even if the petition is dismissed).

Filing a claim is likely the last thing on a person’s mind after developing a serious adverse reaction. However, 326_AnapolWeiss_Lawfirm.jpgcontacting a qualified vaccine injury lawyer is crucial to protecting a patient’s legal rights and seeking compensation for the unexpected medical bills and other resulting expenses.

Contact Anapol Weiss if you or a family member developed an adverse reaction to a vaccine. We can answer your legal questions and begin the claim process at no cost to you. 

Topics: Vaccine Injury

Common Types of Malpractice Cases

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jun 30, 2016 2:27:17 PM

Medical malpractice refers to a situation in which a medical care provider acts negligently or otherwise deviates from acceptable standards of practice, and those actions cause injury or death to a patient.

A study published in the British Medical Journal in May 2016 revealed that medical errors in health care facilities may now be the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. These instances claim the lives of 251,000 patients in the U.S. every year, equating to nearly 700 deaths each day.

Below are a few common types of medical malpractice:

Misdiagnosis

Physicians are expected to provide patients with accurate and timely diagnoses in order to ensure they have the best chance of successful treatment and a good outcome. Unfortunately, a study published in the British Medical Journal has estimated that one adult patient in 20 who visits outpatient settings is misdiagnosed every year in the U.S. That number equates to about 12 million American adults who suffer the consequences of a delayed, missed or wrong diagnosis.

Life-threatening consequences may result from the misdiagnosis of cancer, meningitis, pneumonia, cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke and blood clot conditions, and more. These and other deadly medical conditions cannot go untreated for long without causing irreversible bodily harm.

Surgical Mistakes

A surgical error can leave a helpless, unconscious patient with severe and sometimes deadly injuries. Dangerous surgical mistakes may include:

  • Organ, tissue and/or nerve damage
  • Intraoperative bleeding
  • Unsanitary surgical instruments
  • Procedure performed on the wrong surgical site
  • Wrong patient underwent surgery
  • Surgical device left behind

Furthermore, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates as many as 650 surgical fires occur each year in the United States. Ignition sources like lasers, defibrillators, drills and electrosurgical units can kill or severely burn patients while they are undergoing a medical procedure.

More than 4,000 preventable mistakes occur in surgery every year, according to a study published in the journal Surgery.

Birth injuries

Permanent harm can result from medical negligence that occurs at any time during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Threatening complications that may arise include: 

  • Anoxia, or lack of oxygen at birth
  • Fetal distress
  • Hypoxia, or reduced oxygen supply
  • Macrosomia (abnormally large baby)
  • Placental abruption
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Umbilical cord problems
  • Undiagnosed and untreated infection in the mother

When these and other complications occur, physicians must act quickly to protect the well-being of the infant. Failure to do so may lead to birth trauma and permanent health problems that reduce a child’s quality of life. In addition to the harm caused to a newborn baby, the mother can also be harmed.

Medication Mistakes

Medication errors are among the most common medical mistakes in the U.S. – and with more than 80 percent of American adults taking at least one medication, the threat is significant. Even a small error can have life-threatening consequences.

A medication error is "... any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer," according to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention. There are a variety of reasons medication errors occur, including:

  • Miscommunication of drug orders
  • Poor handwriting on prescriptions
  • Confusion of similarly named drugs
  • Poor packaging design
  • Confusion of dosing units

A report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has estimated that these errors harm at least 1.5 million people every year.

Contact Anapol Weiss for Assistance

Anapol Weiss holds health care professionals and institutions responsible for their negligence, because no one should have to endure the physical and emotional pain resulting from a medical mistake. Obtaining justice and compensation is just the beginning. Our clients also help prevent a similar situation from happening again to someone else.

Contact Anapol Weiss for assistance if you or a family member was hurt by a medical mistake. It could be the first step toward protecting your legal rights and getting answers.

Topics: Medical Malpractice

Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jun 28, 2016 3:24:00 PM

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are serious incidents which usually occur when a person’s head violently hits an object or is violently rotated (such as in the case of whiplash). A severe traumatic brain injury can lead to injury, long-term physical and cognitive disabilities, and even death. Around 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year in the United States.

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While the causes of TBIs are diverse, the CDC tracks causes as best as possible. According to the CDC, each year sees approximately:

  • 595,095 fall-related TBIs
  • 292,202 TBIs related to auto collisions or other traffic incidents (including those involving bikes and trains)
  • 279,882 struck by/against events
  • 169,447 TBIs from unknown causes
  • 155,255 TBIs from other miscellaneous causes

Not all causes of TBIs are equally likely to lead to fatalities. The largest percentage of TBI deaths comes from auto accidents. However, whether they are fatal or not, brain injuries are among the most serious injuries that people can sustain. If you are involved in an accident of some kind, stay alert for any signs of traumatic brain injury. If you have suffered a TBI, contact our brain injury lawyers to get any legal questions answered.

Topics: Concussion

Loosening Federal Regulations for Truck Drivers Carries Risk

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jun 24, 2016 2:42:00 PM

Driver fatigue is a major contributing factor to auto collisions involving trucks. Nearly 4,000 people die each year in truck accidents. Many of these are attributed to driver fatigue. Trucks, especially tractor trailers, are already more dangerous on the road because they are so much heavier than smaller vehicles and they have more blind spots. However, truck drivers also spend long hours on the road without much rest time, making trucks all the more dangerous.

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Regulations about the number of hours that drivers can spend working at a time are mandated by the government, generally by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They maintain “hours of service” rules for truck drivers, regulating the number and length of rest breaks during shifts, and the number of hours that drivers can work before taking a longer rest period.

The US House and Senate are currently considering transportation bills that would change the hours-of-service restart rules for truckers. The Senate is considering a bill that would allow truckers to work more than 80 hours a week, up to 73 hours driving and 8.5 hours on other work like loading and unloading. The House is similarly considering measures that would revert back to the regulations of the Bush administration, voiding the new Obama regulations introduced in 2013.

Although nearly all safety advocates disagree with the proposal, the spending bill is likely to pass. This is because funding to stop the Zika virus is attached to the bill, making it hard for the White House to veto. This risks allowing more truck drivers on the road when they are too tired to drive safely, endangering the other cars on the roads around them.

Driver fatigue puts the driver and everyone nearby into danger. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto collision involving a truck, contact a truck accident attorney at Anapol Weiss for help. 

Topics: Truck Accidents

Tesla Model S under Review for Possible Suspension Issue and “Troublesome Nondisclosure Agreement”

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jun 23, 2016 3:44:03 PM

Federal regulators are looking into a potential suspension defect in Tesla’s Model S sedan and whether the company asked customers to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding the issue. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reviewing reports of a potential suspension control arm defect in the Model S, which may cause drivers to lose steering control. The agency has received more than 30 complaints of suspension components breaking since October, and it is examining possible causes.safety_defect.png

Some Model S owners’ suspension-related complaints also noted nondisclosure agreements they were asked to sign in exchange for repairs. The automotive blog Daily Kanban posted what it claims is a scanned copy of the confidentiality agreement as well as a few excerpts, which read:

“The Goodwill is being provided to you without any admission of liability or wrongdoing or acceptance of any facts by Tesla, and shall not be treated as or considered evidence of Tesla’s liability with respect to any claim or incidents. You agree to keep confidential our provision of the Goodwill, the terms of this agreement and the incidents or claims leading or related to our provision of the Goodwill. In accepting the Goodwill, you hereby release and discharge Tesla and related persons or entities from any and all claims or damages arising out of or in any way connected with any claims or incidents leading or related to our provision of the Goodwill. You further agree that you will not commence, participate or voluntarily aid in any action at law or in equity or any legal proceeding against Tesla or related persons or entities based upon facts related to the claims or incidents leading to or related to this Goodwill.”

When NHTSA learned of Tesla’s “troublesome nondisclosure agreement,” it immediately informed the company that, “… any language implying that consumers should not contact the agency regarding safety concerns is unacceptable, and NHTSA expects Tesla to eliminate any such language."

Consumers have a right to know about any and all dangers that may be associated with their vehicles. For decades, the attorneys at Anapol Weiss have successfully advocated for victims and their families whose defective vehicle played a part in their death or catastrophic injuries. Contact our firm for assistance if you believe a defect led to your auto collision. Our highly qualified lawyers can investigate the crash and answer your legal questions.

Topics: Auto Defects

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