If you or a loved one have been taking Zantac or generic/store brand versions of the popular over-the-counter (OTC) heartburn remedy ranitidine, you may have noticed earlier in 2019 that the product disappeared from stores. This is because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instituted—and more recently expanded—a sweeping Zantac recall, as well as voluntary recalls of many ranitidine products.
The majority of these drugs’ makers, as well as the major
retail pharmacies, removed the products from the marketplace as a result of the
They remain widely unavailable, both in prescription and OTC formulations
pending completion of the FDA’s investigations.
If you rely on ranitidine to manage heartburn or acid reflux, your doctor or pharmacist probably directed you to a substitution H2 blocker-class medicine like famotidine (Pepcid) or cimetidine (Tagamet), and perhaps you followed these professionals’ advice and went on with life without much thought about why your preferred heartburn remedy was unavailable.
Unfortunately, there is much more to this story that you
need to know. Especially if you’ve also experienced liver problems, or you’ve
been diagnosed with certain cancers.
Conflicting reports from different sources say that
ranitidine is both perfectly safe and frighteningly harmful, but one thing is
clear—the contaminant that some testing agencies have found in ranitidine is a
proven carcinogen. And, this means you may possibly have been injured by taking
Continue reading “What You Need to Know About the Current Zantac Recall”
The main reason to make sure you have adequate bodily injury liability limits set up on your auto insurance policy is to allow you to visit all the medical specialists—from life-saving surgeons to chiropractors and other therapists—who can aid your recovery from an auto accident injury.
After all, even minor fender benders can cause chronic aches
and pains associated with neck trauma and whiplash injuries. And believe it or
not, your seatbelt doing its job of restraining you in a collision can cause
shoulder problems, which are a top complaint that chiropractic care treats for car
accident victims. Deploying airbags, designed to save your life in serious
crashes, can cause physical pain issues, as well.
personal injury lawyers right here in Greensburg, we can often get the best
personal injury case results and most compensation following an auto injury
for those who seek
medical treatment promptly and who follow up with specialists, as needed.
With that in mind, today’s post gives you some insight on
working with chiropractors, who have unique training to help accident victims
move past their musculoskeletal pain and more on the road to recovery.
Continue reading “Seeking Chiropractic Care for Auto Accident Injuries”
While maximizing the compensation you receive from your
personal injury case really comes down to one big factor—hiring an experienced
personal injury lawyer who is driven to get the best results for their
clients—there are a number of seemingly small things (that aren’t actually so
small) you can do to help your attorney help you.
Today’s post focuses on a few critical milestones within
injury journeys that require attention and consideration to help build a
case. If you contact a lawyer early in the process, we can ensure that these
are handled properly. After all, keeping track of everything yourself can be
extremely challenging if you’re the injured party.
Remember—you don’t have to go it alone, and your
compensation will almost certainly be greater if you entrust
the process to professionals like us here at Westmoreland Injury Lawyers.
Continue reading “Getting Compensated for Your Personal Injury”
At Westmoreland Injury Lawyers, there are a number of things that we do
better as a law firm dedicated to serving our neighbors right here in
Greensburg. While we’re a small firm, our experienced and caring personal injury
attorneys have the knowledge in a variety of specialties required to win cases
and get justice for clients just like you.
Have you been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault? You’ll
take a particular interest in today’s post.
This success story illustrates how our lawyers closely
collaborated to get a drunk driving accident victim over $1 million for their
injuries by leveraging workers’
compensation benefits, traditional personal injury law focused on auto
accidents, and more.
Continue reading “$1 Million Award for Drunken Driver Victim”
law is the part of civil law that deals with acts or omissions that violate
general social duties and cause harm—such an act or omission is called a
“tort,” from words in French and Latin that mean a “wrong” or something “twisted”
and unjust. In other words, if someone has wronged you, tort law might be the
way to right that wrong.
that’s a heavy definition, so let’s break it down a little bit.
probably know you’ve been wronged because you’ve suffered some kind of harm. We
usually think of physical injuries, but harm could also mean damage to or loss
When someone wrongs you by not honoring an agreement you have with them, that would generally be a question for contract law, not tort law. Instead, tort law deals with actions or omissions that are wrong because society has generally decided we all have certain duties of how to treat each other even if we haven’t specifically agreed to those rules in a contract. For example, we all have duties not to punch people, steal things, or drive dangerously and cause car accidents. And notice that we usually say “acts or omissions,” because sometimes people do things they should not do, and sometimes they fail to do things they should do.
So tort law differs from contract law on the one hand, but it also differs from criminal law. If someone punches you, steals your property, or drives recklessly, they might be committing both a tort and a crime. But criminal law is about the government holding people accountable for committing wrongs against the public order, which harms society in general. The purpose of tort law is to right wrongs between private parties, mainly by making the wrongdoer compensate the victim of the tort for the injuries and other harm they suffered. The fact that it’s about disputes between private parties (individuals, but also businesses or organizations, or even the government in certain situations, such as poor road design) is what makes it part of “civil law.”
Continue reading “What is Tort Law?”
Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer –
Personal injury lawyers dedicate a great deal of their time
to counseling clients through the often painful aftermath of medical
malpractice experiences. But what about situations in which medical
personnel did not act negligently, yet a healthcare matter still caused
suffering when medicine or a medical device was discovered to be defective?
Often, patients don’t realize that their recalled
medication—and even over-the-counter remedies—may be to blame for seemingly
unrelated injuries and illnesses. This is why it’s imperative for anyone who
has been exposed to a defective
drug or device that is currently—or has
ever been—under recall to seek experienced legal help about the issue.
Today’s blog post, which is the final chapter in our recent
series guiding you through when
and how to hire a personal injury lawyer, provides a closer look at what
consumers need to know about drug recalls, which are frighteningly common
personal injury lawyers are on your side to hold Big Pharma
accountable, and we want our friends and neighbors to know how we can help you protect
yourself and your loved ones.
Continue reading “Things You Should Know About a Drug Recall”
Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer –
Whether or not you’ve been hurt on the job and have received
benefits through Workers’
Compensation—which we covered in our last chapter of Your
Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer—you may not be able to
work because of a physical or mental health condition.
Injuries and illnesses prevent significant numbers of
Americans every day from returning to jobs they previously performed. And many
more have never been able to work due to a disability. Yet these individuals
still need to make money to pay for living expenses and bills.
Does this sound like you or someone you care about? The good news is that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs exist to help individuals receive necessary income even if regular employment is no longer possible or has been totally impossible for health reasons.
Of course, because government entities control these programs,
there is a lot of red tape and hoops that claimants must jump through in order
to receive benefits. And, ongoing payments can be stopped for a variety of
reasons, including administrative errors.
This chapter of our guide focuses specifically on SSD and
SSI programs, and how personal injury attorneys can help you resolve
problems and fight for the benefits you deserve. Similarly, private
disability insurance claims can also be frustratingly complex—we’re not digging
into those in today’s post, but our knowledgeable
personal injury attorneys here at Westmoreland Injury Lawyers can also help
you navigate the world of non-Social Security long term disability insurance.
Continue reading “How Social Security Can Help if You’re Disabled”
Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer – CHAPTER 4
Being hurt at work is many things: emotionally draining,
physically painful, and full of confusing forms and paperwork as you seek workers’
compensation (WC) to cover your medical treatment and other costs—and
that’s if things are going well. Naturally, as an injured employee, you have a
lot of questions about how the WC process works in Pennsylvania, from getting
started with a new claim to what types
of injuries even qualify to how you can overcome a denial of benefits.
Who has the answers you need at every step? In short, we
do—that is, experienced and compassionate personal injury
attorneys like us here at Westmoreland Injury Lawyers.
Today’s post, which is part of our ongoing
series to guide you along the way of searching for—and finding—the best
personal injury lawyers, highlights the main things you can expect as you work
through the WC process. We’ll link together all of our previous blog posts
about workers’ comp topics, as well, to give you a comprehensive overview.
Continue reading “Workers’ Compensation: How it Works”
Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer – CHAPTER 3
Doctors take an oath to “do no harm.” Unfortunately, many
things can go awry in medical settings that lead to patients experiencing just
that—serious harm—after a healthcare provider makes an avoidable mistake or
Medical malpractice is the official term used to describe situations in which patients suffer significant injuries or even untimely death due to professional negligence and improper treatment from medical staff. We trust these individuals to help, not hurt, but malpractice happens more often than many people realize. This is why personal injury lawyers are so needed—especially as healthcare systems continue to consolidate and form powerful entities who will do whatever it takes to protect themselves.
Today’s post in our
ongoing series offers valuable
information that patients need to know about medical injuries and their rights.
Hopefully, you and your loved ones are
never victims of medical malpractice, but knowing what qualifies—and how to get
help—can make a real difference in whether justice is served under difficult
and often painful circumstances.
Continue reading “Things You Must Know About Medical Malpractice”
Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer – CHAPTER 2
Car accidents, even when they seem minor, can cause all sorts of pain and suffering for victims. And insurance companies are infamous for treating injuries as less serious than they are. How can you be sure that the steps you’re taking to resolve your accident—beginning just moments after it has occurred—are the right ones that will help you get the compensation you need and deserve?
As part of our ongoing post series, your complete
guide to hiring a personal injury attorney is right here on our blog
to make your search for the best personal injury lawyers easy and worry-free.
Today we’re taking a closer look at auto injury settlements and how you can prevent an
auto accident from ruining your life.
Continue reading “What to Know About Auto Injury Settlements”