Phoenix-based pharmaceutical company facing may lawsuits

by Administrator 29. June 2010 08:12

The Phoenix-based pharmaceutical company, Matrixx Initiatives Inc., is facing another pharmaceutical product lawsuit after their last lawsuit was thrown out by a federal trial judge in Arizona in 2005.  Matrixx is now challenging the lawsuit that was reinstated last year.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear their challenge against allegations of failing to tell investors that some users lost their sense of smell after using their Zicam Cold Remedy nasal-gel products on Monday.  The main issue of debate is when it become necessary for pharmaceutical companies to disclose reports of adverse side-effects in its users.

Plantiffs argue that Matrixx received twelve incident reports between 1999 and 2003 that Zicam caused users to lose their sense of smell, but never made these reports public and continued to promote the product as if it had no negative effects.  Matrixx continues to argue that there is no evidence that their Zicam products are unsafe.  Furthermore, in their address to the Supreme Court they stated their belief that a ruling against them could prove extremely harmful to the pharmaceutical industry, making companies liable for the smallest offenses of adverse effects from products.

Matrixx faces many other lawsuits and warnings from the Food and Drug Administration.  After receiving a letter from the FDA, Matrixx removed Zicam cold-remedy products from the market.  

White House places funds in reducing medical malpractice

by Administrator 24. June 2010 08:55

Earlier this month, the Obama administration followed up on a promise made to Republicans in the fall by approving funds intended to reduce medical malpractice.  25 million dollars worth of grants will be distributed to state health departments, medical centers, and universities.

The grants are intended to reduce injury and improve doctor/patient communications, and as a result hopefully reduce medical malpractice lawsuits and costs and lower liability insurance premiums.  In an address to Congress last September President Obama stated, "I don't believe malpractice reform is a silver bullet, but I've talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs".

If your or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact the Phoenix medical malpractice attorneys of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman, & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964 to learn more about your rights. 

Distraction determined cause of last year's bus accident

by Administrator 22. June 2010 08:05

The National Transportation Safety Board has determined inattention as the cause of the tragic bus accident in Arizona last year at meeting today in Washington D.C..  The board stated that they believe the driver of the bus was attempting to fix a problem with the door before the accident happened.  

The accident occurred on January 30th, 2009 when a charter bus with a group of Chinese tourists was returning to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon and crashed on U.S. Highway 93 near the Hoover Dam.  The distracted driver veered and overcorrected, leading him into a median and causing the bus to flip.  Many occupants were ejected from the bus, seven people were killed, and ten were injured in the accident.  

The NTSB also offered safety tips for medium-sized busses, such as occupant restraints and stronger windows to prevent people from being ejected in accidents.  

If you or someone you know has been injured in a bus accident, contact the Phoenix bus accident lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964 to learn more about your rights.

 

Three injured in head-on semi-truck accident

by Administrator 17. June 2010 05:59

This past Monday, a two-vehicle accident occurred along Highway 169 leaving three injured.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a semi-truck and passenger vehicle collided head-on between mile markers 9 and 10.  Central Yavapai and Camp Verde firefighters had to remove the two passengers of vehicle after the accident.  One was flown to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix, while the other was flown to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.

The driver of the semi was taken by ambulence to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East for treatment.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety officials are still investigating what caused the accident.  

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact the Phoenix car accident lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964 to learn more about your rights.

Plane crashes into Round Valley High School

by Administrator 14. June 2010 08:27

A single-engine Piper Saratoga airplane crashed into a two-story Round Valley High School building about 200 miles east of Phoenix this past Friday.

The crash occurred very shortly after takeoff from Springerville Municipal Airport in Eagar, Arizona.  Also, the airplane was found to be registered to pilot Jeffery Ulrich of Wesley Chapel. 

The plane appeared to be having difficulty according to witness who saw the plane circling around the building for a few minutes, then suddenly nose-dive directly into the school.  Nobody was in the building at the time of the accident and there were no ground injuries.  The building remained on fire for a few hours after the crash until fire crews were able to stop the flames.

Police found the remains of four people at the scene but they remain unidentified.  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those involved in the airplane accident.

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Phoenix policeman hit by wrong-way drunk driver

by Administrator 10. June 2010 08:44

A Phoenix policeman, Officer James Waltermire, sacrificed himself when he saw headlights coming at him on Loop 101.  

Waltermire was traveling westbound on Loop 101 at 1:45 AM yesterday when a wrong-way driver headed towards him.  Waltermire turned on his siren and flashed his lights while driving in a zigzag pattern to warn drivers behind him.  The Ford then hit Waltermire's car and a Suburban.  Waltermire suffered only minor injuries, while none of the Suburban's passengers were hurt.

The driver of the Ford was caught after fleeing the scene and identified as 31-year old Michael Chicharello.  Officials say a breathalyzer test showed Chicharello to have a blood alcohol content of over three times the legal limit, at .252.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Phoenix car accident lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964 to learn more about your rights. 

Aeronautical University offers course in accident investigation

by Administrator 8. June 2010 07:22

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona will be offering a short-course in Advanced Aircraft Accident Investigation from August 2-6, 2010.

The course is intended to be taken after completing their course in accident investigation management.  The course will introduce students to the procedures of advanced aircraft investigation, including materials, design, and performance.

Other topics include, survivability, crash testing, emergency response, loads, and other mechanical and structural analysis.

The students will be able to work with simulated accidents in the nation's most complete crash facility, Embry-Riddle's Robertson Crash Laboratory.

Plane crashes can be very rare, but also fatal. If you or someone you know has been in an aviation accident, contact the Phoenix airplane accident attorneys of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964 to learn more about your rights.

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