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Your Clearwater and St. Petersburg Personal Injury Law Firm

Author: Matthew Dolman

Dolman Law Group, a Pinellas County Law Firm, is a personal injury law firm with satellite offices located St Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Melbourne Florida. Our mission is to provide zealous and competent service for any individual injured due to the negligence exhibited by either an individual or a corporation. We only represent the injured in Florida and no member of the Dolman Law Group will ever represent an insurance company.

What is a FDA Class Recall?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public’s health by regulating food to make sure it is safe, wholesome, and properly labeled. The FDA makes sure that drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and other biological products are safe and harmless for human and animal use.  The FDA also assures that dietary supplements and cosmetic products are safe to use and labeled properly, along with regulating the tobacco industry.

FDA safetyWhen the FDA discovers that a product or food item can be potentially harmful to a consumer, they will issue a recall on that product. Often times, you will read about these recalls in the newspaper or hear about them on the local news. However, how does one know how serious the recall is and whether or not they should immediately stop using that product? For this reason, the FDA has multiple recall categories divided up based on the severity of the problems with the product.

FDA CATEGORY RECALLS
  • Class I: this is when the FDA determines that there is a high probability that the use or exposure to a violative product will cause serious harm to the user’s health or even death.
  • Class II: when the FDA determines that the use or exposure to a violative product can cause temporary, treatable, or reversible health problems, or the chance of serious or fatal consequences from using the product are remote.
  • Class III: when the FDA determines that the use or exposure to a violative product is unlikely to cause any serious health consequences.
  • Market Withdrawal: When a manufacturer or company removes the product from the market due to a minor problem which they can choose to correct or keep off the market. The minor violation is not subject to FDA legal action.
  • Medical Device Safety Alert: these are issued by the FDA in situations where a medical device can cause an unreasonable or substantial risk of harm to the user. In certain situations, these may also be classified as recalls.
CONTACT CLEARWATER PRODUCT LIABILITY ATTORNEYS DOLMAN LAW GROUP

The FDA organizes their recalls in class, with the most dangerous recall being Class I and the least dangerous recall being Class III. As consumers, we expect that the goods we purchase live up to their marketed expectations and be safe for us to use or consume. However, manufacturers are run by humans and there will always be the risk of human error and negligence.

If you, a loved one, or someone you know suffered an injury or a health problem after using a product that was recalled or eventually recalled, it is important you contact an experienced product liability attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for the damages you suffered.

At Dolman Law Group, our attorneys will aggressively fight for you to be properly compensated. We understand that money will not undo the harm you have suffered, however, it will help in the recovery process. We have the resources to take on the largest of corporations and are unafraid to do so. We strongly believe in holding the negligent responsible for the harm they have committed.

For a free and confidential consultation on your case, call Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900
http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/product-liability/

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I was Injured in a Tampa Area Aviation Accident, What should I do?

aviation accidentIf Pinellas County residents have been paying attention to the headlines in the local newspapers, they are bound to have noticed the sudden increase in plane accident stories. One tragic accident occurred on Caspersen Beach near Sarasota, Florida.

Ommy Irizarry and his daughter, Oceana, were walking along the beach enjoying the vacation their family had taken to celebrate Ommy and his wife, Rebecca’s, wedding anniversary. At the same, Karl Kokomoor was flying his 1972 Piper Cherokee airplane when he made a distress call to the Venice Beach Airport on his return flight back to the airport. Kokomoor was unable to control his aircraft long enough to make it back to the airport, and made a crash landing on the beach, right along where the sand and water meet. The accident damaged the plane’s wing, propeller, and caused the plane to lose a wheel.

This emergency landing accident, however, did even more damage imaginable not related to the plane. As the plane landed on the beach, the debris struck both Ommy and Oceana Irizarry as they were walking along the water. Ommy was announced to have perished upon impact, and the 9-year-old Oceana was rushed to a local St. Petersburg hospital, where she perished a few days later. Two innocent lives lost in a freak air plane accident.

Aviation accidents are rare but when they happen, serious injuries can occur. Those injured in the accident may be entitled to compensation if the accident was a result of a particular party’s negligence. In order to determine the liability of the accident, an experienced attorney will first consult the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) investigation report.

When a plane crashes or makes an emergency landing, the NTSB launches an investigation into the case to determine the cause of the accident. The size of the investigative team and the length of the investigation depend on the scale of the accident.

However, most attorneys will feel the need to launch their own investigation into the incident as well to determine if any of the following factored in to the accident:
  • Pilot error
  • Maintenance error
  • Faulty aircraft design
  • Poor flight communications
If it is discovered that the accident was a result of the previously listed problems, the attorney will then proceed in fighting for the compensation you deserve.

CONTACT CLEARWATER PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM DOLMAN LAW GROUP

There is no amount of money that can make tragedies like the one the Irizarry family suffered go away. However, compensation for the damages suffered to your family as a result of the accident can help with the recovery process. It is also important to hold those who were negligent in the incident responsible for their actions.

Dolman Law Group’s team of experienced personal injury lawyers pride themselves on fighting for those harmed by negligence. We have the resources to take on corporate giants and large insurance companies. If you, a loved one, or someone you know was injured in an aviation accident, contact us today for a free and private consultation at 727-451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900

http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/personal-injury/

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More Vehicles Recalled can affect Pinellas County Residents

vehicle recallGeneral Motors has made headlines this year for their constant recalls of over 29 million vehicles for such problems as faulty ignition switches and defective airbags. Many accidents and unfortunate injuries and deaths have been caused by these defects in GM’s vehicles, and GM is paying the price. So far they have spent over $400 million in compensating victims of auto accidents caused by their defective ignition switch, and over $3.4 billion so far on vehicle recalls, loaner calls, and extended warranties. They also have over 100 current lawsuit filed against them, and the end is not insight.

GENERAL MOTORS RECALL ALMOST 500,000 MORE VEHICLES

General Motors announced on August 8 that they need to recall 461,000 more vehicles to fix the continuing problems with unsafe ignition switches, seat belts, and other vehicle issues. This is the 65th recall General Motors has made this year. The recall consisted of the Saturn Vue SUV model from 2002-2004. The main issue was that the ignition key could potentially slip out while the car was still in operation. General Motors stated that so far, they are only aware of two crashes and one injury related to the faulty ignition switch.

VOLKSWAGEN ALSO ISSUES VEHICLE RECALL

German automaker Volkswagen has also recently announced a vehicle recall. According to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Volkswagen has recalled 151,000 of its Tiguan Sport Utility Vehicle from the years 2009-20014. It was discovered that the sport utility vehicle’s engine could stall when bubbles in the fuel line would make their appearance. This happens when winterized gasoline is used in warmer temperatures. The fuel tank pump can degrade because of deposits left in the gasoline due to the winterized gasoline, and experts believe it may not be able to handle high vapor pressures and can “starve the engine” if the engine is restarted shortly after shutting off.

The problem has been occurring after the engine has been running at normal operating temperature, then is shut off, then started back up again. The problem was first discovered in February by Volkswagen, and in June they sent a technical service bulletin to dealerships.

CONTACT CLEARWATER DEFECTIVE VEHICLE ATTORNEYS DOLMAN LAW GROUP

Auto accidents as a result of a faulty vehicle often result in serious injuries to the driver and any other passengers in the vehicle. Those involved in such accidents may be entitled to compensation for the damages suffered, such as injuries, medical treatment, lost wages, and quality of life.

At Dolman Law Group, our team of experienced defective vehicle attorneys is determined to hold the negligent vehicle manufacturers responsible for the damages their mistakes caused to our clients. We have the resources to take on the largest manufacturers, such as General Motors, and have a proven track record of satisfied clients that most of our business comes from word of mouth recommendations.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury while operating any of the recalled vehicles above, or any other vehicle recalled by General Motors, contact our Clearwater office at 727-451-6900 for a free and confidential consultation today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900

http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/product-liability/defective-vehicle/

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Serious Side effects of Pharmaceutical Drugs to know about in Pinellas County

Advances in modern medicine have allowed us to have access to millions of healing drugs. This has led to a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry looking to aggressively market and sell their products to the public as fast as possible. Thankfully in the United States, all new drugs must be tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. If the drug passes, it means the benefits of the drug outnumber the risks in taking of the drug. However, as is the case with most things, there are often exceptions and unfortunately some of these exceptions, if overlooked, can cause serious harm to individuals using the product.

DEFECTIVE DRUGS TO BE AWARE OF IN TAMPA BAY

Millions of Americans have often been prescribed new medications before the serious side effects of these drugs are brought to the attention of the FDA, who will issue a product recall if the drugs are causing harm. This will often result in users who have suffered said side effects in filing product liability claims seeking compensation for the damages they suffered as a result of the drug. The following drugs have had multiple product liability claims filed against them:
  • Vioxx: when Vioxx was first launched in 1999 by pharmaceutical giant Merck &Co., it was marketed as a groundbreaking type of NSAID that directly targeted and inhibited the OCX-2 enzyme. This supposedly made the drug an effective tool in relieving the acute of pain of menstrual cramps, arthritis, etc. It was discovered shortly after launching the drug that Vioxx greatly increased the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and death in users of the drug, however Merck continued manufacturing and selling the product until 2004.
  • Zicam: a medication used to cure cold symptoms, three versions of Zicam products have been recalled: Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs — Kids size. It was discovered that users of these products were at a high risk of suffering from anosmia, or loss of smell. This not only leads to the diminishment of one’s enjoyment of day to day life, but can also endanger them in situations where smells are key warnings to inevitable danger.
  • lipitor
  • Lipitor: the most popular drug in the United States, Lipitor is used to regulate a person’s high cholesterol by lowers the user’s bad cholesterol. This drug, however, has a serious problem — it can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can lead to further complications involving the following organs: kidneys, blood vessels and heart, nerves, eyes, skin, mouth, feet, bones, and brain.
  • Januvia and Byetta: these two medications are prescribed to patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels. While these medications help with controlling blood sugar levels, it has been discovered that these products also have serious side effects that include a high risk if developing the following: pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer.
  •  Plavix: this highly prescribed drug is used by patients who have a high risk of blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. This product works just like Aspirin, however, it also has much more serious side effects that have caused many product liability claims to be filed against its manufacturer. Users suffer from such side effects as: gastrointestinal bleeding, cerebral bleeding, ulcers, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpora, other forms of internal bleeding, and death.
CONTACT FLORIDA PHARMACEUTICAL INJURY ATTORNEYS DOLMAN LAW GROUP

Taking on pharmaceutical giants may seem very intimidating, however, at Dolman Law Group we have the resources to do just that, and pride ourselves on winning these cases. If you believe you or a loved one have experienced harm from some of the dangerous side effects of the previously listed pharmaceutical drugs, please contact us today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900

http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/product-liability/pharmaceutical-injury/

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Florida PIP Lawyer: What allows me to recover under Personal Injury Protection?

In Florida, there is statute that requires all registered motor vehicles to be covered and insured by a minimum of $10,000 of personal injury protection. No matter who is at fault in the event of a motor vehicle accident, PIP pays for the medical costs insured by the drivers, passengers, and pedestrians injured in the accident. However, in the event of an accident, many people often have questions as to if they are eligible to recover under PIP.

RECOVERING UNDER PIP IN CLEARWATER

personal injury protectionThe goal of personal injury protection is to quickly and efficiently provide anyone with injuries as a result of an automobile accident with the proper funds necessary for medical treatment. This is done with the hope of minimizing litigation and speeding up the treatment process. However, in order to recover under personal injury protection, one must:
  • Seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident. The following constitutes as medical treatment: hospital visit, walk-in clinic visit, treatment from EMS responders, or a chiropractor visit.
  • One must be diagnosed with an emergency medical condition to receive the full $10,000. If not, you are only entitled to a maximum of $2,500. An emergency medical condition is defined as “a medical condition that poses a serious threat to bodily functions, organs, or parts.” A few examples of such conditions would be traumatic brain injury, neck injury, or spinal injury.
  • In order for personal injury protection to take effect, one must be treated by a licensed medical professional, such as a doctor, chiropractor, or dentist. One also may be treated by a hospital.
WHAT IF I WAS INJURED AS PEDESTRIAN OR BICYCLIST?

If said pedestrian or bicyclist owns a car, than yes, they are covered under personal injury protection. If not, then the next question asked should be do they live with a relative who owns a cars? If that answer is yes, than they are covered under personal injury protection then as well. If the pedestrian or bicyclist does not own a car nor do they reside with a relative who owns a car, only then is the treatment afforded from the at-fault party’s coverage.

PINELLAS COUNTY PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION LAW FIRM DOLMAN LAW GROUP

Florida motorists often times will not have health insurance. If their insurance company refuses to help out with their treatment, doctors will get stuck with the bill. In order for doctors to receive payment for the services provided, they sue the insurance companies. They also litigate to prevent such situations from ever happening again.

At Dolman Law Group, our experienced personal injury protection lawyers have the resources to assist the medical providers in sending out letters and notices demanding payment for insurance companies. We also have the resources to take the largest insurance companies to trial if needed as well. We fight to get the maximum amount of money to the medical providers who help the injured heal. If you feel you are in need of a fierce Personal Injury Protection Suit attorney, contact Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 37765
727-451-6900

http://www.dolmanlaw.com/pip-personal-injury-protection-attorney/

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