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March 04, 2011

Pain Pumps Linked to Life-Threatening Injuries

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the highest level of warning on Medtronic pain pump fills, used to gradually inject drugs into patients undergoing treatment for chronic pain or certain types of cancer. According to warnings, the refilling pumps could administer inadvertent injections of prescribed drugs, resulting in improper dosages.

Investigations carried out by the FDA and the device manufacture Medtronic, Inc, has linked eight deaths and more than 250 serious or life threatening injuries to such errors since May 1996. For more than 15 years, Burg Simpson attorneys have been at the forefront of national litigation involving dangerous prescription medicines and defective medical devices, recovering $Billions in dollars for injured individuals and their family members. For further information, or to schedule a free evaluation of your particular case, contact Burg Simpson today.



March 03, 2011

Truck Safety Standards Under Scrutiny

According to reports, new crash test data and analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed that occupants in automobiles are at risk of serious injury, decapitation and death if the vehicle they are travelling in underrides a heavy-duty trailer or truck.

According to IIHS investigations, frames or “underride guards” fitted to the rear of most trucks simply are not strong enough to keep cars from sliding underneath these vehicles, even at relatively low speeds. In a March 1, 2011 statement, the IIHS said, “Underride makes death or serious injury more likely since the upper part of the passenger vehicle’s occupant compartment typically crushes as the truck body intrudes into the vehicle safety cage.”

Trucking accidents are a serious problem and can give rise to complicated legal claims. In 2009, 70% of the 3,163 people who died in all large truck crashes were occupants of cars or other passenger vehicles. If you, or someone you love, have suffered serious injuries as a result of an accident involving a truck or trailer it is important to talk to an experienced truck-accident attorney as soon as possible.



March 02, 2011

One-Third of All Injury Deaths linked to Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the leading causes of death and permanent disability in the United States. Data published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that as many as 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic Brian injury each year. Brain injuries are not only caused by direct physical blows to the head, but can also be caused by sudden movement of the brain inside the skull. Automobile accidents, slip and falls and sporting injuries often can lead to some form of TBI.

TBI’s vary in severity and the problems they can cause are diverse. Headaches, memory problems, and changes in mood and personality are common effects of a TBI. More severe brain injuries can cause devastating cognitive changes and physical and mental functional disabilities. According to the CDC, TBIs are a contributing factor in more than a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Each year 52,000 people die as a result of sustaining a TBI and more than 270,000 are hospitalized. Anyone who suspects that they may have suffered a TBI should consult their doctor.

Burg Simpson attorneys have more than 30 years experience helping individuals who have suffered life changing traumatic brain injuries and their families rebuild their lives. Shareholder Peter W. Burg is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Colorado-based Craig Hospital – one of the world’s leading hospitals specifically dedicated to spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation and research. For more information on legal issues associated with Brian Injuries contact Burg Simpson today for a free evaluation of your case.



February 28, 2011

National PBS TV Event Featuring Hon. Alan Simpson

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” -Senator Alan K. Simpson, WY

Burg Simpson shareholder Hon. Alan K. Simpson is the subject of a new documentary, that will air nationwide on PBS networks on February 28, 2011. In the show, Alan describes his career in Washington DC and afterward, with the help of former Vice President Dick Cheney, former President George H. W. Bush, NPR's Nina Totenberg, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Alistair Cooke, former Senator Trent Lott, and many others.

Exact broadcast times vary, please check local listings for more information.




February 01, 2011

Toshiba's $100 Million Discrimination Class Action

According to reports, a former employee has filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against the Japanese electronics company, Toshiba, accusing the multinational of discriminating against women when it comes to pay and promotions. A former Human Resources Manager has filed suit in the Southern District of New York, alleging that Toshiba routinely paid women less in salaries and bonus than their male colleagues. The lawsuit also claims that less than 3.5% of all Toshiba managers worldwide are women, and that this is the result of sex-based discrimination.

The damages sought by the class are certainly eye catching, and seem to reflect a growing trend in high-profile employment class actions suits. Last year, drug company Novartis agreed to pay more than $175 million to settle complaints brought by 5000-plus present and former female employees. Later this year, the Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision in a discrimination case involving more than 1.5 million current and former Wal-Mart employees. If the employees prevail, it could result in damages of more than $1 billion against Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the world.

Discrimination can happen in many different ways. If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination seek advice from an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible.



January 31, 2011

Supreme Court Ruling Redfines Retaliation

A recent Supreme Court case involving retaliation in the workplace. The United States Supreme Court recently clarified the reach of Title VII for claims of retaliation, in Thompson v. North American Stainless (NAS). Mr. Thompson and his fiance, Mirian Regalado, both worked for NAS. Mr. Thompson claimed that he was fired by NAS after his fiance filed an filed an EEOC complaint against it. The trial court and the appeals court ruled against Mr. Thompson, because he wasn't the person who actually filed the complaint and so did not fall within the anti-retaliation provision of Title VII.

The Supreme Court reversed, holding that if the facts alleged by Mr. Thompson were true, then his firing would constitute unlawful retaliation because a reasonable worker, like his fiance, would be discouraged from complaining about discrimination she knew her loved one would bear the brunt of the employer's retaliation.

Diane V. Smith represents employers and employees in cases involving claims of wrongful discharge, wrongful termination and infringement on civil rights. Law Week Colorado named Diane as Barristers' Best Employment Lawyer in 2010.



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