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By: Alison De Villiers

Nearly every time I am on the road, I see nearby cars drifting into the lane next to them. Inevitably, I see the driver’s head down, looking at a cell phone. Not only is this behavior illegal, it is killing many people every year.

Over 35,000 people died last year in auto crashes. That is the equivalent of 14 plane crashes a week. 94% of those were preventable and caused by human error. Over 32,000 deaths could have been prevented. These numbers are devastating and growing. We can do better.

NPR describes the problem we are having here. This article highlights the many causes of preventable traffic deaths and encourages people to also wear seatbelts and slow down.

This is my plea to you: Please stop looking at your phone while you are driving. Please encourage everyone in your life to do the same. Put your phone in your purse, glovebox, or pocket and don’t take it out until you are parked. There are too many families grieving because of deaths that could have been prevented.

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Potential Nationwide Litigation Relating to Medical Products—Zimmer Hips and Power Morcellators

By: Alison De Villiers

An MDL (multidistrict litigation) is a special federal legal procedure used to consolidate the legal process, often involving defective medical products. An MDL centralizes the litigation and allows those throughout the nation to share the risk and expense involved in complex litigation. Clients are able to work with local attorneys to bring their claims, while cooperating at a national level to assist in bringing the cases to resolution.

Zimmer has recently recalled the Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology prosthesis femoral stems and necks used in hip implants.  Details about the recall can be found on the FDA’s website. It is suspected that an MDL related to this recall will be established, allowing those affected to seek relief without being consumed by the time and cost of litigating the matter on an individual basis. Beckman Weil Shepardson can assist you in determining whether you have been implanted with one of these recalled hip devices.

The FDA has also indicated that surgical instruments used in many arthroscopic surgeries, called power morcellators, may be responsible for seeding cancer in women who had hysterectomies or uterine fibroids removed. In certain liver and spleen surgeries, the power morcellators may spread cancerous tissue. The FDAs website has more information about this important safety warning. Attorneys have sought the creation of an MDL relating to these cases.

If you have any questions about potential or existing MDLs, please do not hesitate to contact us at Beckman Weil Shepardson.