OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

During this annual campaign, women everywhere are educated about the disease and are reminded to schedule their yearly mammogram (x-ray image of breast) which enables doctors to detect breast cancer in its earliest stage. Unquestionably, the key to survival is early diagnosis, as the earlier the breast cancer is diagnosed the better the patients chance are for long term survival.

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2463262

 

In patients with average breast cancer risk, the American Cancer Society recommends that:

  • Women should have the opportunity to begin annual screening between the ages of 40 and 44 years.
  • Women should undergo regular screening mammography starting at age 45 years.
  • Women aged 45 to 54 years should be screened annually.
  • Women 55 years and older should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually.
  • Women should continue screening mammography as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer.

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/breastcancerearlydetection/breast-cancer-early-detection-acs-recs

All women should discuss their options with their physician, and select a mammography schedule that is appropriate based upon their family and personal health history and preference.

In addition to annual screening, here are a few other actions that patients can take to protect their breast health:

  • Have your mammogram at a facility where experienced, board certified radiologists, with a specialty in breast imaging, are interpreting the films;
  • Choose a facility at which the latest technology, including 3-D mammography, is available;
  • Keep in mind that the Mammography Quality Standards Act requires that “a summary of the written report shall be sent directly to patients in terms easily understood by a lay person.”
  • http://www.acr.org/Quality-Safety/Accreditation/Mammography/Direct-Reporting-of-Results
  • If you do not receive your mammography results, DO NOT assume that the results are normal;
  • If you DO NOT receive your mammography results within a reasonable time period (10-14 days, call to ask for your results and continue to follow-up until the results are in your possession;
  • Always make sure that your results are sent to you in writing;
  • Ask that a copy of your results be sent to your gynecologist;
  • If you have any questions about your mammography results, or if there something on the report which you receive which you don’t understand, call your gynecologist or ordering physician to get your questions answered;
  • Make sure to have all recommended follow up testing.

Although all patients expect to receive good quality care, there are occasions when errors are made, causing a delay in the diagnosis of breast cancer. Some common mistakes include:

  • The failure by the radiology facility to transmit the results to the patient’s ordering physician
  • or to the patient as is required under the law;
  • The failure of the radiology facility and/or the gynecologist to follow up with the patient to explain that additional testing is required;
  • The failure by the radiologist to detect an abnormality that is visible on the images and which should be diagnosed;
  • Poor quality and outdated imaging leading to the inability to detect small cancers.

Medical mistakes can delay a breast cancer diagnosis and can delay the start of appropriate treatment. Such a delay can mean the difference between life and death. If you, or your loved one, have experienced a delay in diagnosis, or have been misdiagnosed, call the Medical Malpractice team at Javerbaum Wurgaft, they are here to help you.

https://www.javerbaumwurgaft.com/medical-malpractice/

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DRIVER INATTENTION KILLS 11 YEAR OLD CHILD IN JERSEY CITY

Yesterday morning a little boy, age 11, was needlessly killed on his way to school.  He was struck by a jitney bus at the intersection of JFK Blvd and Neptune Avenue in Jersey City while he was crossing the street in a crosswalk.  The area where this accident occurred is within a school zone.  According to witnesses, the bus was attempting to pass a delivery truck at a high rate of speed when the impact occurred.

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/10-Year-Old-Boy-Hit-By-Bus-Jersey-City-397076141.html

Our congested roadways are littered with delivery trucks either improperly or double parked, buses and jitneys crisscrossing through busy intersections, while children attempt to navigate their way through the chaos to safely reach their schools.

“What happened to this little boy is a tragedy.   This accident could have been avoided had the driver of the bus been traveling cautiously through the busy intersection, knowing that children frequent the area and recognizing that the delivery truck may have been blocking his view.” According to Diane Cardoso, partner in the Javerbaum Wurgaft Jersey City office.

https://www.javerbaumwurgaft.com/diane-cardoso/

This is not a new phenomenon, rather a common occurrence.   At the law firm of Javerbaum Wurgaft we see cases like these all the time.  We help families that have been devastated and strive to be the voice of the victims and hold accountable those who are responsible. If you have a problem, we are here to help

https://www.javerbaumwurgaft.com/personal-injury

 

 

STRYKER V40 HIP RECALL!

Stryker issued a hazard alert for LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 hips in conjunction with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia’s equivalent of the U.S. FDA. At the time of this writing, no such action has been taken by the FDA.

The product, manufactured by Stryker Orthopaedics, is actually the femoral head, a part used in total hip replacements. The heads are surgically attached to the top of the femur (the longest bone in the leg) and fit into an acetabular shell, which then fits into the patients’ hip sockets. The hazard alert was issued when Stryker became aware that some of the LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads were more likely to have taper lock failures. The taper lock connects the heads to the femoral neck. The neck is the section connecting the head to the femur.

If the taper lock fails, patients could find themselves, literally, in a world of hurt. The possible results of taper lock failure include:

    – loss of mobility

    – pain

    – inflammation

    – adverse local tissue reaction

    – dislocation

    – joint instability

    – broken bones around the components

    – leg length discrepancy

    – need for revision surgery

Currently, Stryker has determined that there are four products with this issue, but included three others that are similar in design just to be safe. The item numbers, head diameters and offsets are listed below:

Specifics to watch for include:

    – disassociation of the femoral head from the hip stem

    – fractured hip stem trunnion

    – increased metallic debris

    – insufficient range of movement

    – insufficient soft tissue tension

    – noise

    – loss of implant

    – bone fixation strength

    – increased wear debris (polymetric)

    – implant construct with a shortened neck length.

If you are concerned that you may have one of these implants, please contact Frank Rodriguez at (201) 876-8930 or frodriguez@lawjw.com

LANDMARK NEW JERSEY DECISION ALLOWS JURY TO DECIDE IF LEXAPRO, MANUFACTURED BY FOREST LABORATORIES, CAUSED HEART DEFECT AND SPINA BIFIDA IN THREE INFANTS.

In a landmark decision in New Jersey, The Court stated there is sufficient testimony and evidence showing Lexapro caused heart defects and spina bifida in three children to allow a jury to decide their claims. Francisco Rodriguez, Javerbaum Wurgaft partner is the lead New Jersey lawyer handling these claims in Hudson County as well as throughout the entire State of New Jersey.

Lexapro, manufactured by Forest Laboratories, was prescribed to many pregnant women for depression during pregnancy, and can cause a range of serious birth defects to the infant, particularly if taken during the first trimester. After the drug was approved in 2002, it was widely marketed, without informing many potential patients of its side effects. Forest Pharmaceuticals has already paid over $313 million to the U.S. Department of Justice for marketing Lexapro for unapproved uses; but, they remain legally responsible for the damages inflicted on mothers and infants who have suffered because of the drug’s effects

Birth Defects caused by Lexapro can include:

Congenital heart defects and anomalies
Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
Down’s syndrome
Undescended testes
Blindness
Spina bifida
Malformations
Clubfoot
Cleft lip or cleft palate

Drug makers have a legal duty to warn about all potential side effects of their medications. Without this full disclosure, a pregnant mother cannot make an informed decision about the potential risk to her unborn child. When this information is kept from her and the baby is born with defects due to the drug, the company may be held liable.

The Court rulings in the Hudson County, New Jersey Lexapro cases against Forest Laboratories represents the first time that a court in the United States has ruled that the expert testimony against Lexapro is sufficient to be able to take a case to trial. Rulings in other jurisdictions unfortunately shielded Forest Laboratories from liability.

If you have taken Lexapro while pregnant or have any other questions, please contact the lawyer at Javerbaum Wurgaft, they are here to help

DRUNK DRIVING: KILLER OF SOCIETY

Bourbon bars, Craft breweries and Wine bars are all the rage for young and old in today’s society. In attempting to find the elusive aged scotch or perfect red wine, we forget the effect these alcoholic products have on our brain, ability to function and most importantly our ability to make smart and safe choices. More often than not, we are not even aware of how intoxicated we have become. This is particularly dangerous when we are out of the house and being served alcohol at a restaurant or bar. Once the drunk person is allowed to drive that car becomes a massive weapon leaving the possibility of destruction to all in its wake.

Imagine you are out with your 20 year old son and daughter and a drunk driver hits you, killing your child. You witness this senseless atrocity; lives are ruined and changed forever, including the life of the drunk driver. Unfortunately the lawyers at Javerbaum Wurgaft are representing a family dealing with this very issue.

http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2016/10/survivor_of_wrong-way_crash_family_of_victim_sue_b.html

There are so many simple solutions to this epidemic. When going out for “a drink” take a cab, have a person designated as a driver, or simply walk. Simple planning in the beginning of the evening can save a life, maybe yours. Eric Kahn, partner at Javerbaum Wurgaft has stated I have seen first hand the devastation that can be caused by someone who drives a car while impaired. I am currently representing a woman who was involved in a high speed, head-on collision with a drunk driver, whose life has been catastrophically altered as a result of the injuries she sustained in the accident. After spending over 3 months in the hospital following the accident, breaking too many bones to count and undergoing multiple surgical procedures, my client’s life and the life of her husband and children, will never be the same”

https://www.javerbaumwurgaft.com/eric-g-kahn/

The law firm of Javerbaum Wurgaft has been helping victims of drunk driving crashes for decades. If you have any questions or concern, call the firm of Javerbaum Wurgaft, they are here to help.

 

https://www.javerbaumwurgaft.com/personal-injury/

UBER AND LYFT: SAFE RIDE OR UNINSURED DEATH TRAP

One of the least complicated decisions we make in life is hailing a taxi, however in the age of immediate gratification and “apps” we have complicated this simple decision. Instead of a hand gesture towards the road, we now press a button on our phones and see a picture of our driver approaching our location. At first glance it seems like the perfect solution to transportation and protecting our safety, however who are these drivers and are their cars safe and properly insured, do you really know?

The answer is not clear, and will vary depending on your location. The proliferation of the “rideshare” companies has called into question their safety. In virtually every State taxi companies as well as limousines are regulated regarding safety, insurance, and background checks of the drivers. Another form of “ride share” is a pooled ride situation, meaning you will share the car with a stranger who is going in the same general direction in order to defray part of the cost. However there is no screening procedure for these additional passengers, increasing the potential danger during the ride. The question that each one of us must ask ourselves…Does the convenience outweigh the possible dangers of these shared rides?

Lawrence Simon, partner in the New York office of Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom and Sinins has recently been appointed co-chair of the Ride Share Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice advises “Do not hesitate to reject the car when it arrives. If the vehicle is not clean or your gut tells you something is off with the Driver or shared Passenger, take the next one” Larry advises to always put your safety before convenience.

If you have suffered injuries while a passenger in a ride share vehicle, such as Uber or Lyft, call the law offices of Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom and Sinins. With offices throughout New Jersey, New York City and Atlanta, we can help you any where in the Country.

OVERCROWDED AND OUTDATED NEW JERSEY TRANSIT TRAIN CRASHES CAUSING DEATH AND INJURIES IN HOBOKEN

traincrash

On the morning of the fateful crash that destroyed lives in Hoboken, New Jersey on September 29, 2016, the conductor informed commuters that it was standing room only on the New Jersey Transit train. Despite the fact that overcrowding creates a dangerous atmosphere, New Jersey Transit refuses to add more rail cars during this hectic and busy rush hour. Ironically, the morning of the crash, the conductor recommended to passengers to file complaints on the New Jersey Transit website regarding the lack of railcars and seats. Many of the trains assigned to this commuting route are old and not built to accommodate standing passengers.

Tragically, the train failed to stop at the Hoboken Terminal, one of the biggest commuter stations in the northeast. Not only did the train fail to stop, it failed to slow down, crashing into the station, and causing portions of the ceiling to collapse. Veteran commuters indicated they could not understand why the train was traveling at such a high rate of speed going into the station. One of the passengers of the train stated, “People were screaming to stay calm, but how do you stay calm in a moment like that?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/30/nyregion/new-jersey-transit-train-crash-hoboken.html?_r=0

The NJ Transit system is extremely important to NJ residents, who rely on its vast network of trains and buses to make their way into work each day. Many Javerbaum Wurgaft employees also rely on New Jersey Transit for their commute, and, frighteningly, were on the same train that crashed, but had luckily exited prior to the Hoboken stop.   The simple truth is the system has an obligation to keep its riders safe. Initial reports seem to show that NJ Transit failed the residents of our great state. The safety of our citizens must be paramount, and New Jersey Transit must be held accountable to avoid causing our citizenry needless harm in the future. There must be changes made to address the vast overcrowding and inadequate rail cars.

For all passengers of this train crash, it is imperative to understand that, if any claim is to be filed against New Jersey Transit, the law mandates a “Notice of Claim” be filed within 90 days of the crash. Failure to file such a form can lead to a denial of payment for damages. Given this law, passengers should reach out to the legal community to protect their rights.

Now, more than ever, the citizens of New Jersey and commuters using New Jersey Transit must act together with one voice demanding safety.  The legal team at Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom and Sinins is prepared to fight to protect the rights of all citizens and passengers involved in this needless crash. Our firm is prepared to file Notices of Claim for any and all passengers that call. Time is of the essence.

https://www.javerbaumwurgaft.com/

Javerbaum Wurgaft Hosts Union County Bar’s Past President Reunion

JAVERBAUM WURGAFT hosted a reunion of the Union County Bar’s Past Presidents on September 13, 2016.  The event was held in the new JW Lounge and 17 Past Presidents of the UCBA attended.  Below is a picture of many of the attendees including Past Presidents Eric Kahn, David Wikstrom and Gary Roth who are partners of Javerbaum Wurgaft.

Ted Romankow - Certified Civil Trial Attorney New Jersey

Attorney Theodore Romankow to speak at Military Law & Veterans Affair Symposium

Javerbaum Wurgaft attorney Ted Romankow will be presenting at the NJ Bar Association 15th Annual Military Law & Veterans Affair Symposium on Sept. 9 at the NJ Law Center as part of a panel which will discuss mental health initiatives  and specifically veterans mental health initiatives in the NJ criminal justice system.

Ted will be speaking on the origins of mental health initiatives in Union County and the expansion of the program to other Prosecutor’s offices through the State.  

For more information, please contact the Javerbaum Wurgaft Office.