Archive for June, 2012
The Dallas-Fort Worth area in North Texas was blasted by violent thunder and hailstorms on June 13, 2012, damaging over 8000 vehicles and more than 3000 homes. Many businesses lost power during these storms, which were the worst hailstorms in the area in almost a decade. The areas in Dallas around NorthPark Center mall and the areas surrounding White Rock Lake were hit particularly hard by the baseball-sized hail, as well as Irving and Great Prairie. Fortunately, there were few injuries reported.
Hail storms are frequent in North Texas, and have remained a leading cause of property damage.
Doyle Raizner represents home and business owners with property damage and business interruption claims caused by natural disasters. The firm currently represents clients with claims arising from the Joplin tornado, the October 2010 Phoenix hailstorm, and Hurricane Ike.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices released a report on the drugs most commonly reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for serious or fatal adverse reactions. Topping the list for 2011 was the drug Pradaxa, manufacturer by German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.
The reports of adverse reactions are sent directly to the FDA from either the manufacturer, healthcare practitioners, or consumers.
In fact, Pradaxa had more than three times the reported adverse effects as any other drug in 2011. Of the thousands of Pradaxa reports, over 500 were for deaths sustained from Pradaxa use. Pradaxa not only lead all other monitored drugs for reported deaths, but also was the most reported for bleeds, kidney failure, and stroke.
Pradaxa, a blood thinner, has been linked to gastrointestinal issues, increased risk of heart attack, and fatal bleeding. Recent reports now indicate that Boehringer Ingelheim may not have been forthright in conducting and reporting studies used in the FDA approval of Pradaxa.
Doyle Raizner is currently investigating reports of serious adverse effects resulting from Pradaxa use and potential recovery for victims.
More information on the study is available here.
On June 6, 2012, Doyle Raizer filed a workers’ compensation insurance bad faith lawsuit against AIG/Chartis (Chartis) and its adjuster. The suit was filed on behalf of an employee who was injured while working on the job in April 2011. Despite medical and factual evidence that conclusively showed the injury suffered on the job by the employee, Chartis denied the claim in its entirety. As a result, the injured employee was left without medical care and income benefits, as were owed to him under the law. The injured employee had to proceed to hearings before the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation, which delayed his medical care and caused additional physical and financial injuries.
Doyle Raizner is proud to represent this injured employee against Chartis and its adjuster for their blatant violations of the law.