Makers of Reglan Facing Louisiana Lawsuit

When a child is sick or hurting, the parents want to do everything they can to make that child feel better. Usually, that means going to the doctor and often getting a prescription drug. When one Louisiana mother did just that, her son suffered serious consequences because of a dangerous pharmaceutical drug.

Relgan, also called metoclopramide, is often prescribed for short-term treatment of various symptoms, including nausea, gastroesophageal reflux and diabetic gastroparesis. The key phrase is short term. The Louisiana mother says she was not told to avoid long-term use, and her son suffered serious injuries as a result.

The mother says that taking Reglan over a long period of time caused her son to develop tardive dyskinesia. The illness causes uncontrollable abnormal movements that will hinder her son for the rest of his life. The mother has sued the makers of Reglan, including Pharmaceutical Associates, Beach Products, Mortgon Grove Pharmaceuticals and Wockhardt in federal court.

Her Stein Law Brooklyn injury lawyer is seeking compensation from the drug companies for her son’s:

  • Medical expenses
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Physical disfigurement and impairment
  • Loss of earnings and capacity
  • Legal fees

Although the drug is approved for short-term use only, the mother says that the companies listed above “encouraged the long term use of these drugs and concealed the drug’s dangerous side effects.” That would make the drug companies responsible for her son’s illness as well as the long-term injury he will suffer for the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, there is no way to undo the damage that Reglan did to this mother’s son, but the pharmaceutical companies should be held accountable for the pain they have caused this family.

This drug encompasses many discouraging factors including leading to a Louisiana car accident. Be sure to stay informed to ensure a tragedy like this never occurs.


Fatal combination of texting and driving Kills pedestrian

In our last post we talked about different teenage driving behaviors including distracted driving and how many people who are killed in car accidents caused by teenage drivers are not in the teenager’s vehicle. In fact, one-third of the people who are killed by teenage drivers are pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants of other vehicles. Tragically, a teenage driver made a fatal error when he combined driving with texting on Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old driver was reading a text message while driving on Tuesday night and struck a pedestrian in the process. The young driver said he tried to avoid hitting the 37-year-old pedestrian when he saw him, but his attempt to swerve failed. The teenage driver killed the man as he crossed the street. The 37-year-old pedestrian was walking home after he left a bar Tuesday night.

The teenage driver was arrested by police after he admitted hitting the man. The teenager also told police that he had been texting at the time of the accident. The 19-year-old driver has been charged with manslaughter in a hit-and-run death. The tragic story of the 37-year-old pedestrian and the 19-year-old is a prime example of what distracted driving can lead to. Had the teenager made the decision not to text, neither one of these individuals’ lives would have been inalterably changed.

According to the study that we discussed last week distracted driving is a factor in 16 percent of deadly car accidents that involve a teenage driver. In order to avoid the pain the families of the pedestrian and young driver have endured, mothers and fathers everywhere should remind their teenage drivers to stay focused on the road when behind the wheel.

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Distracted Driving Causes 18-wheeler Crash

Distracted driving takes many forms and has many manifestations. The current trend is to talk about distracted driving in the form of cell phone calls, texting and even web-surfing while driving. But when it comes down to it, any cognitive distraction that takes a driver’s mind off of the road can be considered distracted driving. Being tired or falling asleep behind the wheel clearly takes away a driver’s focus, and when that lack of focus is coupled with a multiple ton 18-wheeler, there is a recipe for disaster.

Earlier yesterday morning that recipe was followed and a truck accident was created involving two 18-wheelers. On early Wednesday morning a 47-year-old trucker from Florida fell asleep while driving and crashed his semi into another 18-wheeler that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 10 in LaPlace, Louisiana. The truck crash injured four people including both of the truck drivers. The 47-year-old truck driver from Florida was cited with careless operation of a vehicle and negligent injury.

According to hillel traub Baltimore traffic ticket lawyer, the truck accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. A 46-year-old truck driver from Memphis, Tennessee parked his semi on the eastbound shoulder of the Interstate because of mechanical issues. The truck driver also appropriately placed a reflective triangle behind the vehicle to warn approaching drivers of the truck’s status. Despite the warning triangle, the truck driver from Florida barreled into the parked semi because the driver had fallen asleep and allowed his truck to drift to the shoulder of the road.

The truck driver from Florida suffered moderate injuries and a 17-year-old passenger riding with him also suffered moderate injuries. They were both taken to a nearby hospital. The driver of the parked truck and his passenger both suffered minor injuries. They were also taken to a nearby hospital. The truck accident closed the interstate for hours and cleanup was completed by 1:30 p.m.

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Horrific bus accident occurs in New York over weekend

Over the weekend a horrific bus accident occurred in The Bronx, New York killing 15 people. The commercial vehicle accident occurred early Saturday morning and sheared the top of the bus. The bus driver told investigators that a tractor-trailer clipped the bus and caused the accident, but surviving passengers said the bus driver’s account did not match what they experienced as the bus slid off of the road and ran into a sign pole.

On Saturday morning, the bus driver was driving a World Wide Tours bus back from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut to New York City’s Chinatown. The terrible accident occurred as the bus crossed the New York City line. Passengers on the bus said the driver swerved multiple times to the right for no reason before the accident occurred. Passengers also said that they did not remember anything hitting the bus, and motorists who observed the accident also said they did not see any vehicle hit the bus. The tractor-trailer driver that supposedly clipped the bus told police he was actually following the bus.

Thirty-one passengers, some asleep, were on the bus when the accident occurred at 5:35 a.m. on Saturday. The bus ran along a guardrail for approximately 300 feet before it tipped over and slammed into a highway sign support pole. The pole sliced through the length of the bus from its front to its back tires. Twenty passengers were treated at area hospitals including the bus driver, and fifteen people were killed due to blunt force trauma and we’re not sure about criminal charges just yet.




Accident on I-10 in Baton Rouge kills five

While a significant amount of the nation’s attention has been focused on the tragic bus accident that occurred in New York City, another fatal accident has occurred closer to home that deserves our attention and we’re not the only ones stating this at Michigan Legal. On Sunday night a multiple car accident that ended in fire occurred on Interstate 10 near Highland Road in Baton Rouge. Five people were killed in the four vehicle car accident.

Around 8 p.m. this past Sunday night, a 2001 Mercedes SUV and a 2005 GMC pickup truck were traveling west on Interstate 10 when for an unknown reason the two vehicles collided according to the preliminary investigation. The impact of the two vehicles caused the pickup truck to cross the center of the road.

As the truck rotated across the road, it struck the trailer of a 2008 Peterbilt truck. The GMC pickup truck traveled further and struck a 1997 Acura head on. The impact from the collision of the pickup and the car left the Acura completely stopped on the Interstate. The car then caught on fire. The GMC came to a rest on the shoulder of the Interstate.

The 24-year-old driver of the Mercedes SUV was not injured during the crash and neither was the 60-year-old driver of the Peterbilt semi-truck. The driver of the GMC pickup was a 29-year-old and he suffered injuries during the crash. His 28-year-old passenger also suffered injuries during the crash and both were taken to a local hospital in Baton Rouge.

Tragically, the occupants of the Acura were killed during the multiple vehicle accident. A 29-year-old mother of three as well as her 29-year-old passenger perished during the crash. The mother’s three children also died during the accident. The ages of the three children were 3, 7 and 11. The cause of the accident is still unknown.


Jacksonville Woman Struck by Car During Cancer Crusade

This past September a Jacksonville woman and her husband set out to participate in a horseback ride entitled “Cowboys Against Cancer.” The goal of the journey was to ride across Texas to raise money and awareness for victims of cancer. One month into their journey across the Lone Star State, the couple stopped to offer their charity to a driver pulled over with car trouble. Unbeknownst to the Jacksonville woman, the driver would quickly return the favor.

After pulling over to assist the disabled motorist, the woman began to lead her horse to the trailer. What happened next, the Jacksonville woman cannot remember. A car traveling over the top of a hill and going 80 miles per hour slammed into the woman and her horse causing a pedestrian accident. “I never seen the guy coming and she didn’t either, we didn’t see headlights or nothing,” said the husband.

The woman’s horse died upon impact and the woman was tossed into the horse trailer. The woman was strewn upon the side of the highway for over two minutes breathless and without a pulse. Luckily, the driver the couple attempted to help was an Emergency Medical Technician. The E.M.T. called an ambulance and was able to resuscitate the woman. Reliving the string of events the husband explained, “I thought I lost her.”

The woman spent the next few days in an El Paso hospital and could not remember any of the events from the time of the workers comp accident until sometime later under care. The woman is currently in a physical therapy program and is making her recovery from a wheelchair. The woman and her husband plan to ride again next year.




Number of Transportation Deaths Decline Nine Percent

Statistics for all types of transportation related fatalities are down for 2009. A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board says that even though transportation related fatalities have decreased over the past year, there are still too many accidents across all modes of transportation in the country. Car accidents account for the largest percentage of fatalities.

The National Transportation Safety Board is a transportation oversight group that keeps track of transportation safety issues and statistics across the country. The year 2009 experienced a 9.2 percent decrease in the amount of transportation related deaths according to the Board. There were 35,928 fatalities resulting from transportation accidents in 2009.

The Department of Transportation reported that 33,808 transportation related deaths resulted from car accidents last year. That accounts for 95 percent of the total amount of transportation deaths. The ten years from 1965 to 1975 saw the largest amount of fatal car accidents. The annual number of deaths from car accidents during that period was around 50,000.

Last year’s amount of driving related deaths was the lowest amount in 60 years. During the five years from 2000 to 2005 the rate of fatalities remained unchanged. This past year the rate of fatalities fell from 6 per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled to around 4 fatalities per 100,000 miles traveled.

Department of Transportation officials and local Bossier criminal defense attorneys believe the drop in highway deaths is related to strong seat belt use and effective anti-drunk driving efforts. The other five percent of transportation related fatalities are attributed to other transportation modes such as air, rail, water and energy pipelines.