Monday, October 10, 2016

California Woman Sues Johnson & Johnson, Claims Company Failed to Warn that Talcum Powder Products may be Linked to Ovarian Cancer

The Yost Legal Group recently published a blog post about how talcum powder from every day products made by companies like Johnson & Johnson may contribute to 
ovarian cancer. The article goes on to say:

"Thousands of pending lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson allege that the company failed to warn their customers about the potential link between regular use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes and an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. The most recent talcum powder ovarian cancer case against Johnson & Johnson began this week in St. Louis, MO." 

You can read the full article here!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Heads up, drivers: New laws take effect in Maryland on Saturday

Washington Post came out with a recent article on new laws that affect DUI & DWI charges.

"Get ready, Washington-area drivers. Maryland has some new driving laws on the books, starting Saturday:

Noah’s Law: Named after Montgomery County police officer Noah A. Leotta, who died after being hit by a drunk driver, the law expands the use of ignition interlock for impaired motorists and significantly increases the driver’s license suspension period. An ignition interlock prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects a certain level of alcohol in the driver’s breath and retests the driver at random points while driving." Read the full article here!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Congratulations to Emily Malarkey & Dale Adkins!

Congratulations to MAJ members, Emily Malarkey and Dale Adkins, on receiving a successful verdict for their client: an auto mechanic who was misdiagnosed and underwent a major operation and consequently suffered more pain. 
Read more about their victory here

Monday, September 12, 2016

Glickman Design Build Congratulates Regan Zambri Long

GlickmanDesign Build congratulates the law firm of Regan Zambri Long on their recent $6.4 million victory over Walmart in Montgomery County, MD. Glickman was appreciative of the opportunity to contribute as an expert witness helping to win almost $1 million for the client for home modifications that provide wheelchair accessibility. 

Russ Glickman
Russ Glickman, Founder of Glickman Design Build, has vast experience performing home accessibility expert witness work for attorneys and their clients dealing with personal injury claims. Russ is called upon regularly by some of the most prestigious law firms in the area. He can help prove costs to modify a home for someone who is wheelchair bound as a result of an injury, as well as serve as an expert witness for wheelchair accessible home assessments, modifications, conversions, and home redesigns potentially adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to expert witness cost reports. Russ can also assist with case reviews and depositions, ensure proper valuations and provide courtroom testimony for attorney’s clients, as he did in the Walmart case with Regan Zambri Long.

“Not only did Russ Glickman help us in winning almost $1,000,000 for accessible home modifications but his impact was felt on the entire case,” said President and Senior Partner, Patrick M. Regan. “He was certainly a tremendous asset to have on our side not only on this case, but others as well.”

Thursday, August 4, 2016

What The Attorney & Their Clients Need To Know About Scars

Scars are a normal consequence of wound healing. Frequently, scars are often “an issue” when an attorney evaluates damages in a medical/legal form. Scars are commonly characterized by definition concerning the depths of the elevated tissue, pigment shape, and orientation.  Although scars often improve with time, the human body may yield abnormal scars. These subtypes are called “hypertrophic scars” or “keloids.” Hypertrophic scars may be raised and red, and distort adjacent body parts. Keloidal scars grow beyond the zone of injury. 
Multiple factors influence the ultimate quality of the resultant scar. Certainly, a history needs to be taken as to the mechanism of the trauma. An avulsion, where there is loss of tissue, would be a more problematic scar than a “simple” cut. Furthermore, the region of the body where the wound lies is quite important. Certain areas, such as the shoulder or sternum, frequently widen and become raised above the surrounding skin. This is possibly due to high skin tension in all directions in these anatomic sites. If a wound follows a relaxed skin line, a more optimal cosmetic or functional result will become evident. Multiple smaller scars heal better than one long straight scar.  Smaller scars are not subject to a “bowstring” effect of a longer scar.... (Click to Read Full Article)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Human Error – Expert Article Examining the Role of Human Factors

Human error is estimated to cause 94% of all vehicle crashes and between 75% and 95% of all industrial accidents. With such high estimates of human error in accidents, human factors is often a critical consideration in legal disputes.

Human factors experts have specialized knowledge of human capabilities and limitations and how humans interact with technology and the environment. They analyze the design, operation, maintenance, and use of products, systems, and environments to determine what proper design measures, if any, were taken into account by a product manufacturer or what proper operational measures were taken by an employer to minimize human error. Human Factors experts are also frequently retained to evaluate the actions of individuals within particular.... (Click to Read Full Article)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kinematics, Part 2

By Dr. James Beauchamp, Multi-Specialty HealthCare

When cars collide at commonly experienced speeds, the entire event is over in around a third of a second. In our culture this happens routinely, but from an evolutionary perspective it is a freak occurrence. The human body evolved to run and jump and lift and carry in a completely natural environment. Feet were never designed to walk on completely flat, level surfaces, for where can such be found in nature? In an artificial machine based situation such as a car accident, the forces involved are grossly excessive to the design tolerances of our bodies. A third of a second impact happens so fast that your brain remains uninformed of its occurrence until it is already over. We therefore have no ability to meaningfully react to an unexpected car accident once the collision occurs.

Since human reactions aren’t a factor, let us consider how the energy of a collision affects the human frame. Physical blows to the body cause cavitation of the tissues in much the same way that water splashes away from your hand when you slap its surface. The striking object gives up its energy and decelerates just as the struck object absorbs the energy and accelerates. Take a look at this video of a punch to the body. Did you see how the skin rippled away from the blow? That was energy spreading through cavitation, as the molecules and even organs of the body are accelerated away from the direction of the blow. The impact of the driver’s seat into the low back and pelvis of an unexpecting driver acts much like the hand of a giant slapping him from behind. His flesh will, in effect, splash away from the impact. This is called cavitation.

There are two types of cavitation: permanent and temporary. In permanent cavitation such as occurs in a gunshot wound, a visible hole or tear is generated somewhere in the body. The aorta, for example, can be severed, the spleen ruptured or the liver lacerated, all without body being pierced. In a garden variety car accident such as the one we have been discussing, the cavitation is temporary. Tissue is torn to be sure, but it is at the microscopic level and is laced throughout the involved muscles, tendons and fascia. There is generally no sign of this type of injury initially, and many times the hospital records show a paucity of examination findings. As I noted in a previous post dealing with the concept of delayed soreness after injury, the true extent of injury may not be apparent for several days.

The force of a rear impact accident will cause the drivers seat to rapidly accelerate the bony pelvis forward. The pelvis will in turn slam into the rearmost abdominal and pelvic organs, causing them to strike other tissues. This expanding field of energy causes mostly compressive cavitation. It is also common for the posterior elements of the cervical spine, upon initial movement, to be compressed. Facet fractures, cartilage damage, capsular tearing and posterior disc crushing are potential sequellae for posterior cervical compression. However, in the neck most of the cavitation will be distractive in nature. The human head has a weight roughly equivalent to a bowling ball and, after striking the headrest, the combination of mass and acceleration will induce a rapid overstretch. This rapid forward acceleration will cause distractive cavitation (tearing) of soft tissues as they absorb the head’s newfound kinetic energy.

At this point in the collision, the body has absorbed a tremendous amount of the energy of the accident. The problem now is the differing velocities of the car vs. the driver. The lighter driver usually accelerates rapidly even as the vehicle slows. Please reference this video. Forward movement will be stopped by the structures of the interior of the vehicle. Most people wisely use seatbelts with a shoulder harness to stop their forward movement in the event of an accident. Since seatbelts have been mandatory in some form since the 1960’s, there has been a virtual invasion of these body catchers within the automobile industry. Seatbelts exact their own toll because they cause crush injuries to the anterior portions of the trunk that they come into contact with. Seatbelts also increase injury to the neck by stopping forward trunk motion before the head slows down, thereby adding a further rotational vector to the not inconsiderable load that the head exerts upon the tissues of the neck. This is better than planting your face into the windshield but is not ideal, which is why airbags were invented. In a rear end collision the airbags do not usually deploy, however,leaving us with only the seatbelt to stop the body’s forward motion. Compressive anterior thorax cavitation and aggravated distractive cervical cavitational tearing are the result.

To summarize, a moment of inattention while driving may cause an accident that can not only generate significant property damage, but a whole host of injuries ranging from mild to lethal and everywhere in between. Soft tissues are damaged in blunt force trauma via cavitation as they are accelerated into and away from each other. Common rear-end motor vehicle impacts cause soft tissue injuries which are often either undetectable at the Emergency Room or appear far less severe than they actually are.

Dr. James Beauchamp is a Multi-Specialty HealthCare provider specializing in Chiropractic Care. He is certified in spinal trauma, manipulation under anesthesia, and as an automobile accident reconstructionist. He is also a member of the advisory board for Operation Backbone.
Copyright James W. Beauchamp, DC | References available by request.