Safety and Health Reporter

Pain Killers & Warning Labels
On September 10th,2013  the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was requiring increased warnings on labels relating to certain injury pain killers.  The focus is on OxyContin and oxycodone.  The new requirements are going to apply to other narcotic painkillers known as opioids.  The enhanced warnings are considered to be ...
Rule on Witnesses – What it Really Means
I am always amazed with the varying interpretations that Judges have of the Rule on Witnesses. I have seen the Rule applied so that, in some instances, counsel is not allowed to communicate with any witness or party once that person has commenced testifying.  In one instance, the Rule was ...
Forensic Laboratories
Forensic laboratories across the country have been subjected to a barrage of criticism.  Much of that criticism is well-founded.  In January 2013 the New York City Medical Examiner's office confirmed that it was reviewing more than 800 rape cases for potential mishandling of DNA evidence.  The review has uncovered 19 ...
Legal Legends
The American Bar Association Journal recently published a listing of the 25 favorite legal books of all time.  These might be called legal legends. Many of them are legal thrillers but many of them are books that we may have read as children that pre-date ...
Famous Defamation Trial
A famous and perhaps the first defamation trial to occur in this country involved a gentleman by the name of John Zenger. Zenger was a former indentured servant who was born in Germany. He began printing a publication known as the New York Weekly Journal in 1773.  Many of his articles were pointed ...
High Heel Injuries
This is probably a subject that many women do not want to talk about. The simple fact is that human beings were not meant to walk in high heels. They were meant to walk heel-to-toe, with the leg at a 90 degree angle to the foot and the ankle joint then moving ...
Privacy Laws and Cell Phone Data
Locating people through cell phone data is increasingly common in the law enforcement field. It raises a host of privacy issues within the field of privacy laws. In addition, the technology is subject to challenge as to accuracy. In a recent federal prosecution, the government sought to show that the defendant was in ...
Muscle Injury
Muscle injury is a much overlooked condition in the orthopedic field. Even though technically an orthopedic surgeon specializes in muscle and bone injuries, they tend to ignore the muscular component. The muscular component is generally referred to as myofascial pain syndrome.  Myo is a reference to muscular.  Fascia is the tissue that holds ...
Dog Bites & Dog Attacks
Dog attacks can invoke a variety of different types of laws.  Some states and localities have leash laws.  Other states and localities have strict liability laws relating to dog attacks and dog bites.  It is critical to know both the local and state ordinances or statutes that may apply.  Theories For Cases ...
Clinical Practice Guidelines & Medical Malpractice
Practice Guidelines are established by a number of different entities in order to guide physicians and health care providers on how to deal with certain conditions. These guidelines can be helpful in a medical malpractice case but they can also be your worst enemy. In any case the Plaintiff must be prepared ...
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