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Hepatitus C outbreak at nursing home

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, two out of forty-four victims of a Hepatitus C outbreak in a nursing home in Minot, North Dakota, filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking unspecified monetary damages and class action status.  The nursing home, Manorcare, is the site of the second largest outbreak of Hepatitus C in United States history; according to the  Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak represents one quarter of all Hepatitus C cases reported nationally since 2008.

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on Nursing Home Abuse

The GM Recall: Did the auto industry forget the lessons of the Pinto?

 It seems that the auto industry does not learn from past mistakes.  When the design of the Ford Pinto was found to be defective and the cause of the explosions that killed people in accidents involving the car, it was discovered that Ford had prior knowledge of the defect but decided that the cost of recalling and fixing the popular model would be greater than the amount of money the company was likely to pay in lawsuits over the accidents. 

April 20th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on NewsPersonal Injury

What to do when the drug prescribed to heal causes harm

Many of us have been prescribed medicine that has caused an uncomfortable or unwanted side effect--a stomach ache, sleepiness, or weight gain to name some common consequences of many drugs.  While these side effects are unpleasant, they are usually not debilitating or life-threatening.  But what if you took medicine prescribed for a certain medical condition, and the medicine caused a new, equally or more dangerous medical condition, such as cancer

April 17th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on Personal Injury

Nursing home neglect: how to recognize it and what to do about it

  A spate of recent lawsuits filed against nursing homes and skilled care facilities on behalf of patients or their estates has focused attention on the all too often hidden issue of nursing home abuse and neglect.  In Alabama, the estate of Ella Kerdus is suing Diversicare Windsor House, LLC, for wrongful death.  

April 14th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on Nursing Home Abuse

E-Cigarettes: Helpful or Hurtful?

When the huge pharmacy and drug store chain CVS announced that it would no longer sell cigarettes in the name of promoting public health, it was a brilliant public relations strategy.  People championed their altruism for being willing to stand up to big tobacco and forego the profits that come with it. But was that what CVS was doing? CVS sells e-cigarettes, which is expected to become a 2 billion dollar industry this year that is currently unregulated. Analysts predict that if current trends hold, the e-cigarette market will overtake the traditional cigarette market by 2023. CVS's altruism looks like a good business decision.

April 10th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on News

Denver Prohibits Open Carry of Firearms; a clash of cultures in Colorado?

Colorado has long been considered a permissive state with respect to firearms.  The state still is--except apparently for Denver.  Denver recently challenged the state's preemption law and won, allowing the city to prohibit the open carry of firearms and the unlicensed open car carry of firearms. Similarly, Castle Rock, a county seat in the Denver Metro Area, blocked the repeal of an open carry prohibition, continuing the area's ban on the open carry of firearms. What is going on?

April 7th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on NewsPersonal Injury

The extension of the deadline for the ACA: what does it mean for Colorado?

  The Obama administration announced an extension for the March 31, 2014 deadline for enrollment in the Affordable Care Act. For people using the website, which sells health plans in 36 states, if they have had trouble completing an application prior to March 31, 2014, they can claim a "special exception" and receive help to get insured. All paper applications must be submitted by April 7, 2014. 

April 4th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on News

Texting While Walking: The New Travel Hazard

Distracted driving--mainly the buzzword for texting while driving--has been the subject of many policy debates and legislative initiatives.  Almost all state have laws which directly target the act of texting while behind the wheel, and attach penalties varying from civil fines to criminal liability, particularly if someone has been hurt as a result of the distracted driving.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on NewsPersonal Injury Accident Attorney

Google Glass:  From distracted driving issues to privacy concerns, is Google Glass ready to go mainstream?

 In October 2013, a woman in California wearing Google Glass became the first person to be pulled over for speeding and then issued an additional citation for wearing the headgear.  The officer who issued the citation applied a law aimed at distracted driving which prohibits driving while watching television.  The citation against the Google Glass was eventually dismissed due to a common problem with applying old laws to new technology: lack of proof.  There was no proof that the Google Glass was operating at the time that the driver was pulled over, and if it was operating as a television rather than a navigational device similar to a GPS, which is legal. 

March 27th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on NewsAccident Attorney

Kerry Kennedy's DUI trial:  The Ambien Defense

 Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was arrested on July 13, 2012, for Driving Under the Influence.  After driving erratically on the Interstate, Kennedy crashed her SUV and was found slumped over the steering wheel. Toxicology reports showed trace amounts of the generic form of Ambien in Kennedy's system. Your Denver Accident Attorney knows that Ambien is a hugely popular sleep aid belonging to a class of drugs called "hypnotics."

March 24th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on NewsPersonal Injury

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