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Increased Risk of Complications Associated With Synthetic Vaginal Mesh

Written by Spencer Aronfeld on . Posted in Defective Drugs, Defective Products

As a defective medical device lawyer, I recently noted an American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study finding an increased risk of complications with woman who were operated on using synthetic vaginal mesh to treat vaginal prolapse.

Vaginal prolapse is a condition where the uterus, rectum, bladder, urethra, small bowel, or the vagina itself falls out of their normal positions. The mesh is used to to provide support to the bladder or uterus for sexually active women following a hysterectomy or complicated child birth. The surgical procedure is called a Sacral Colpopexy.

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Two years ago, in October 2008, the FDA issued a warning to doctors finding serious complications associated with the use of synthetic mesh. However, like most defective medical devices, it remains on the market.

Our Florida vaginal mesh complication lawyers advise you to reconsider the use of synthetic vaginal mesh if you are considering having surgery to correct vaginal prolapse. If you have undergone a sacral colpopexy surgery where synthetic vaginal mesh was used, please be especially vigilant for adverse affects such as erosion, infection and complications associated with the bowel or bladder. If you suffer from any adverse affects seek immediate medical attention and contact our defective mesh attorneys for a free initial consultation regarding your legal rights.

Injured Getting On or Off a Cruise Ship

Written by Spencer Aronfeld on . Posted in Cruise Ship Accidents, Slip and Fall/Premises Liability

As an experienced cruise ship passenger injury attorney we are contacted from injured passengers and their local attorneys from around the world. Many are surprised to learn that regardless of where the ship embarks or departs, most cruise lines have buried in the tiny print of their tickets legal language that requires that any cruise ship injury claim be filed in Miami at the United States Federal Court, Southern District also known as Federal Court.

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Many people are injured disembarking their cruise ships either on the tender or on excursions. Florida law is clear that cruise ships have a non-delegable duty to provide safe transportation between the ship and shore. Cruise lines try to defend these injuries by claiming that they are not responsible for negligence caused by the tenders because they do not own or control them.

Currently our cruise ship injury lawyers are representing in Federal Court, a Texas woman who was severely injured when her leg was caught between a tender and the dock in the Cayman Islands port of George Town. She was a passenger on Carnival Cruise Lines Conquest. After her fall she was taken to George Town Hospital where a crush fracture was diagnosed. The case is currently set for jury trial for June 2011.

I signed a release and my kid got hurt, now what?

Written by Spencer Aronfeld on . Posted in Child Injuries, Personal Injury News and Safety Resources

Dear Worried Mom: As a Florida child injury attorney I am often consulted regarding potential claims of children injured on field trips, jets skis and after school sports. In almost all cases, the parents were required to sign some form of release promising to forgo any potential claims against the activity’s organizer.

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What is a parent to do? We recommend that you investigate any potential extra-curricular activity in which your child participates and do not be embarrassed.

Verify driver’s licenses and credentials.

Verify training in first-aid.

Always make sure that they have your current contact information.

If your child has any allergies or medical needs, advise them in advance.

Florida’s Supreme Court’s recent rulings on pre-injury releases signed by parents is inconsistent and depends upon the activity. If the activity is commercial, such as a go-kart or a safari, the release can be set aside. However, if the activity is educational such as after school cheer-leading or a field trip to the Science Museum the release will be upheld.

Accordingly, our Florida child injury law firm recommends that you carefully consider the release before you sign it. If you do not understand it, have it reviewed by a competent attorney and always obtain a copy of whatever you sign.