When you or someone you love incurs an injury resulting from an accident, life can change dramatically for the worse. High medical bills, property damage and the inability to work can make life seem overwhelming. Additionally, your injuries may adversely affect your family life and intimate relationships. Depending on the circumstances, someone else may be responsible for your injuries, so you could be entitled to money that will help ease your financial burden.

However, personal injuries, emotional attachment to the situation, and the lack of expertise navigating the legal system can make it difficult to obtain injury compensation when you represent yourself in a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, insurance companies want to pay as little as possible on claims. An attorney is adept at negotiating with them, so you do not waive your rights to compensation. Each state has its own set statute of limitations for filing a suit, which your attorney will be aware of as well. Contacting the Arkansas or Tennessee Law Offices of Gary Green will help protect your legal rights.

Your personal injury lawyer needs information to evaluate your case to decide if you should sue. Many people who need injury help are uncertain what documents an attorney reviews to assess their situation. A document checklist can provide injury lawsuit help that makes a consultation with a personal injury attorney efficient.

Prepare for your consultation by compiling a list of contact information to give your attorney. Create a list of people who are knowledgeable about the accident or observed it. Your attorney will also require written documents, photographs and a list of expenses relating to the accident.

Contact Information

Contact information should include the name, address and phone number of each witness. Your contact information list should also identify the examining hospital, the names of your physicians and address of the hospital. In addition, supply contact information for insurance adjusters and ambulance drivers.

Written Documents

If security or police appeared at the site, an accident report was probably completed. If you are not furnished with a copy, your attorney may have to request the report on your behalf. You should also provide photographs of your injuries, any property damage and the accident site. Furthermore, your attorney will need copies of insurance documents that explain coverage limits, and provide him with correspondence received from any insurance companies.

Medical Bills and Verification of Other Expenses

Costs can range depending on the circumstances of your injuries and property damage. Include repair or replacement costs for vehicles and other damaged property. Provide documentation of any work days missed because of the accident. Supply any medical bills or medical equipment costs related to the accident.

Attorneys at Law Offices of Gary Green are knowledgeable about the intricacies of personal injury law and focus on results. Clients do not pay legal fees unless they receive an award or settlement. Contact Law Offices of Gary Green at 1-888-442-7947, or email our offices at ggreen@gGreen.com to schedule a free consultation with our medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers.

When you visit a medical provider due to an illness, injury or other condition, you put your health and well-being in another person’s hands. No one expects to become the victim of medical malpractice, but the sad fact of the matter is that it happens all the time. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injury or death due to the negligence of a physician, hospital or medical provider, it’s crucial to defend your rights. Law Offices of Gary Green is available to help you build a case in court. Learn more about medical malpractice cases below.

It’s easy to feel alone when you suffer a serious injury or illness due to the incompetence or negligence of a doctor. However, you’re in the same boat as many other people. The following five facts are sure to open your eyes:

Very Few Medical Malpractice Lawsuits are Filed – Hundreds of thousands of cases of medical negligence happen every year in the U.S., but a comparatively small number of lawsuits are filed. In other words, doctors and hospitals often get away with it, and that simply isn’t acceptable.

Hundreds of Thousands of People are Affected Each Year – Completely preventable medical errors are to blame for hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths each year in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control doesn’t include them on its list of the ten most common causes of death in the U.S. If it did, these cases would rank sixth.

There are Many Common Types of Medical Malpractice – As common as medical malpractice and negligence are, it’s not surprising that it comes in many forms. The most common types of medical malpractice are: post-surgical infections, injuries that are acquired in the hospital, medication errors, bed sores and pressure ulcers, infections, medical errors and objects retained during surgical procedures.

The Majority of Patients aren’t Informed – A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 70 percent of those who were victims of medical malpractice were not told about the situation at all. When issues occur, they are often swept under the rug. That’s why it’s critical for patients to speak up when necessary.

Doctors are Rarely Disciplined – If you think your doctor will be disciplined for his medical errors, think again. According to research, two-thirds of doctors who make 10 or more medical malpractice payments are never subjected to discipline of any kind.

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

If you have been harmed due to the negligence of a physician or other medical provider, it’s up to you to sue them in a court of law. However, you don’t have to go about it alone. With Law Offices of Gary Green by your side, you will be able to pursue your case in court and be compensated for your pain, suffering and medical expenses. Don’t wait around for your doctor to do the right thing. Contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com if you have questions or need additional information.

Thursday, 5 July 2012 12:33

Personal Injury

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Law Offices of Gary Green has offices located in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee. Our lawyers are familiar with the individual laws of both states, and practice in the following types of injury:

 

The injured should consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Not having a personal injury attorney can lead to problems with proving a case, obtaining fair compensation and possible issues arising from statutes of limitations.

We accept personal injury claims on a contingent basis. All cases are unique, so call us toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 to discuss. You may also send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com if you have questions or need additional information.

Thursday, 28 June 2012 12:49

Yaz/Yasmin

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Yasmin and its newer version, Yaz, are birth control pills manufactured by Bayer Healthcare. Their generic counterpart, Ocella, is produced by Barr Laboratories.

These once-a-day oral contraceptives contain drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol and were heavily marketed without adequate warnings about the serious and potentially life-threatening side effects. Users with pre-existing kidney or liver disease could be particularly susceptible to these safety concerns, yet the manufacturers of these drugs failed to provide adequate information and warnings to consumers and healthcare providers.

Although Yaz and Yasmin contain components used in birth control pills for years, the component drospirenone is exclusive to these drugs. Drospirenone has been linked to dehydration which can then lead to an increase in potassium. This potassium increase is known as hyperkalemia. Because of the direct connection between potassium levels and heart rhythm, any disturbance in potassium levels can be serious and dangerous.

Some side effects associated with the use of Yasmin, Yaz and Ocella include:

  • Blood clots and blood clot-related injuries
  • Strokes
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Heart attacks
  • Gallbladder injuries; gallbladder removal
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney failure
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Death

If you or someone you know suffered from blood clots, stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, gallbladder disease or death while using Yasmin, Yaz or Ocella, contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com to discuss your legal options without obligation.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012 12:54

Pradaxa

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Pradaxa (chemical name dabigatran), is manufactured by the privately held German company Boehringer Ingelheim and was approved for use in the United States in October, 2010. Pradaxa is used in patients with atrial fibrillation (dangerous irregular heartbeat) as an anticoagulant medicine that reduces the risk of blood clots forming in the body and causing a stroke. Atrial fibrillation mostly affects the elderly. Pradaxa is a direct thrombin inhibitor meant to replace warfarin. One of the main problems with Pradaxa is in the event of traumatic hemorrhage, there are currently no effective reversal agents. The Journal of Neurosurgery cites the case of an 83 year old man that was hospitalized following a routine fall. Initial CT scans revealed small, superficial area of hemorrhage in his brain. A repeat CT scan two hours later showed a massive brain hemorrhage that resulted in the patient’s death.

If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of Pradaxa, contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com

Wednesday, 6 June 2012 12:53

Transvaginal Mesh

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Transvaginal mesh is used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).

POP occurs when a pelvic organ drops from its normal position and pushes against the wall of the vagina. POP often occurs after childbirth or surgery when the muscles that hold the pelvic organs become weak or stretched. Thirty to fifty percent of women may experience POP. Two percent of women develop symptoms.

Between 2005 and 2010 almost 4000 cases involving complication were reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Transvaginal mesh is manufactured by several different companies, including, but not limited to: Bard, Gynecare, American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific, Tyco, Covidian, Mentor, Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon. Complications associated with transvaginal mesh are not linked to a single brand. Complications include:

  • Erosion of the mesh through the vagina
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrence of prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Injury to surrounding organs

The most common complications occur within 10% of women within one year of surgery.

If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of transvaginal mesh, contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com

Tuesday, 6 July 2010 21:47

Personal Injury

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

There are virtually no injuries that we have not handled at Law Offices of Gary Green. The vast majority of our practice is devoted to personal injury and wrongful death claims. Many of these cases are successfully resolved without having to file suit because of our extensive experience with the law and claims management.

At Law Offices of Gary Green, we understand that injury in a personal injury case means more than the physical injury itself. We take into account our client’s future employment, foreseeable medical treatment and costs, future rehabilitation, vocational retraining, economic loss, and mental health issues. We understand that injuries may have psychological components that impact a client’s life that have to be taken into account as well. Even a routine accident without devastating injuries, frequently results in Post Traumatic Stress which can impact a person’s marriage, job, and normal functioning in society.

Having a lawyer is essential in a personal injury case because the insurance companies’ claim’s adjusters are paid to save their company money. The insurance industry’s own statistics concluded that those who retain lawyers to help them with their personal injury and wrongful death claims fare better than those who do not. That is reason enough to seek out a good law firm to help you.

We accept personal injury claims on a contingent basis. All cases are unique, so call us toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com if you have questions or need additional information.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:41

Gadolinium

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Gadolinium is an FDA approved contrast agent for MRI and MRA. Gadolinium provides greater contrast between normal tissue and abnormal tissue in the brain and body. It looks clear like water and is non-radioactive. After it is injected into a vein, Gadolinium accumulates in the abnormal tissue that may be affecting the body or head. Gadolinium causes these abnormal areas to become very bright (enhanced) on the MRI. This makes it very easy to see. Gadolinium is then rapidly cleared from the body by the kidneys.

On May 23, 2007—The FDA announced that it is asking manufacturers of gadolinium-based contrast agents to include a black box warning alerting patients to the risk of a potentially fatal disease NSF (Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis) or NFD (Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy).

It is a condition which involves hardening of the skin, resulting in varying degrees of immobility, can damage internal organs, and is sometimes fatal. It appears to affect only those persons with impaired renal function caused by kidney disease. NSF / NFD is resistant to treatment and can be very painful and debilitating. Most importantly, NSF / NFD is entirely preventable.

The following gadolinium-based agents are implicated by the warning:

  • Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine)
  • Omniscan (gadodiamide)
  • OptiMARK (gadoversetamide)
  • MultiHance (gadobenate dimeglumine)
  • ProHance (gadoteridol)

The FDA has been aware of problems with gadolinium since at least June 2006, when the agency warned healthcare professionals about the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. A subsequent warning was issued in December 2006.

If you experience any of the symptoms of NSF / NFD after MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram), you should seek immediate medical attention and get tested for the disease. Symptoms include:

  • Tightening and swelling of the skin, typically starting with the legs, moving to the arms, and sometimes the trunk
  • Thickening of the skin around the joints, restricting movement
  • Skin which feels “woody” and has a texture similar to that of an orange peel
  • Red or dark patches of skin
  • Burning, itching, and/or sharp pains in affected areas
  • Fluctuating hypertension preceding the appearance of skin lesions
  • Symmetrical skin lesions, commonly on the ankles and thighs and between the wrists and upper arms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Deep bone pain in the hips and ribs
  • Calcification of soft tissues
  • Yellow plaques near the eyes

If you have kidney disease or impaired renal function you should always question having a MRI / MRA with contrast to make sure the contrast being used is not one of the ones listed above.  When asked if you are allergic to any medications you should say “Yes, Gadolinium!”

Currently, there are federal lawsuits pending in the United States against the drug manufacturers: Bayer Healthcare, Bracco, GE Healthcare and Mallinckrodt due to the possibility that they have not properly informed patients and doctors regarding the dangerous side effects of these drugs.

Over 250 federal lawsuits have been consolidated in a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Ohio, and at least another 104 cases have been filed in various state courts. The purpose of the MDL is to prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings, avoid duplicity and serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and the Court. Under the MDL rules, if the cases do not settle or resolve during pretrial, they will be returned to the court in which they were filed.

Attorneys representing persons suffering from NSF have been pushing for aggressive scheduling deadlines to move the cases quickly to trial or settlement, as most of the people are very sick and many may not survive a lengthy trial.

If you have been diagnosed with NSF or NFD you should contact  Law Offices of Gary Green toll free at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com to discuss your legal options without obligation.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:41

Divorce and Custody

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

We understand that issues that arise within a family that need to be settled through the legal system can be exasperating and even traumatic. We represent those who need legal services for divorce and child custody. We treat each case with the delicacy and respect that our clients deserve and distinguish ourselves by seeking solutions best suited to the needs of our clients.

Divorce happens, and when it does, we will be there to help. We will represent you through the trial court level for a flat fee of $950.00 exclusive of costs if the matter truly is uncontested and for a quoted retainer, exclusive of costs, if contested. To us contested means formal discovery is filed by either party or custody of minor children is sought by formal pleading by both parties. We can only offer a flat fee service in the counties in which we have offices or the counties contiguous to those counties.

If you have questions or need additional information, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:41

Qui Tam

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Qui Tam is an abbreviation for a Latin phrase qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hoc parte sequitur meaning who sues on behalf of the king as well as for himself. Qui tam is a writ under the Federal Civil False Claims Act that allows a private citizen with knowledge of past or present fraud committed against the U.S. federal government to sue on its behalf. This provision allows a private person, known as a relator, to file suit in the name of the U.S. Government, charging fraud by government contractors and other entities that receive or use government funds, and share any money recovered. The relator need not have been personally harmed by the defendant’s conduct.

A qui tam relator files a complaint, under seal, in a U.S. District Court that has jurisdiction over the case. Along with the complaint, the relator must also file a written disclosure of substantially all material evidence and information the person possesses. The primary purpose for the written disclosure is to provide the government with enough information to properly investigate the claim to determine if it will join in the lawsuit. Qui tam has been, and continues to be, a very effective and successful tool in combating government procurement and program fraud and recovering revenue lost because of the fraud.

If you believe you have evidence of wrongdoing that falls into one of the categories described in these pages, e-mail us at ggreen@gGreen.com or call us at (501) 224-7400, or toll free at 1-888-442-7947 to learn more about your rights. The consultation is free, and we are paid only if a recovery is obtained.