Report Shows Pfizer, Inc., Knew About Risk of Antidepressant Birth Defects

Posted: 07/01/2015

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that as much as 11 percent of United States citizens over age 12 take some sort of antidepressant medication. A large majority of these individuals use a form of the drug known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). What Americans may not realize though, is that using these drugs could cause health problems in unborn children.

One of the most common antidepressant birth defects being reported is persistent pulmonary hypertension. Read more »

How The SCOTUS Ruling Will Impact Social Security and Supplemental Security Income

Posted: 06/29/2015

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a historic decision to legalize same-sex marriages. This monumental ruling will impact many different government programs and services. Researchers believe this could be a good thing, as studies have indicated operational costs will be significantly decreased by the decision.

Take Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income as a prime example. In order to qualify for these benefits, an individual must meet certain income standards that are measured through what’s known as a means test. Read more »

New Study Aims to Help Reduce Traumatic Brain Injury Counts in Athletes and Soldiers

Posted: 06/26/2015

Two of the most common victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) today are soldiers and athletes. Concussions have risen in high school athletes by as much as 200 percent over the past decade and a similar increase has been reported in collegiate and some professional sports as well. Furthermore, around one-third of soldiers returning from duty overseas are diagnosed with a TBI.

Our Terre Haute brain injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that in order to help reduce these numbers, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Department of Defense have partnered to conduct a study on TBI victims. Read more »

Patients Continue to Experience Failures Years After Stryker Hip Recall

Posted: 06/24/2015

In 2007, medical device manufacturer Stryker Corp. released a new metal-on-metal hip implant that could be used in hip replacement procedures. However, the design of the device cause the metal parts to suffer from “fretting”. This occurs when the metal parts of the hip implant come into contact and small fragments of the metal are ground off from the device. These metal fragments then come into contact with the body’s tissues, resulting in pain, swelling, device failure, and toxic levels of heavy metals like chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream. Read more »

How to Determine What Social Security Disability Benefits You’ve Earned

Posted: 06/22/2015

Suffering from a disabling injury or illness can leave your finances tight. Luckily, many disabled Americans qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but determining how much you should receive can be complicated.

Our Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say one of the best ways to find out how much you could receive from Social Security Disability benefits is to sign up for a My Social Security account. Read more »

Batesville City Council Debates Changes to Leash Law

Posted: 06/19/2015

Indiana is known to have strict dog bite laws, considering an owner can be held liable for any unprovoked attack their animal commits, regardless of the animal’s history. Despite the nature of current state regulations, our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that some citizens feel firmer local ordinances are needed as well.

The need for local regulations to control canines was a hot topic at a recent Batesville City Council meeting. Read more »

Lawsuit Challenges Laws Regulating Off-Label Prescription Practices

Posted: 06/17/2015

Off-Label Prescriptions

Federal law requires all medications sold in the United States to undergo rigorous testing to determine what conditions the drug is capable of treating and what side effects the drug causes. The law also states a medication can only be prescribed to treat conditions the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the drug approval to treat. Yet each year, thousands of patients are harmed as the result of doctors prescribing drugs to treat conditions for which they haven’t been approved—a practice known as “off-label” prescribing. Read more »

When Applying for Social Security Disability, You May Face Long Waits

Posted: 06/15/2015

One of the most difficult aspects of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is the amount of time the process can take. In fact, it could take years for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to reach a determination about your case and issue a decision. Here’s a breakdown on the wait times you may face during the Social Security Disability application process.

When you initially submit your application, the SSA has a goal of issuing a decision on claims within three to four months. Read more »

Veterans Disability Benefits Could Increase if New Legislation Is Passed

Posted: 06/12/2015

There are millions of former members of the American armed forces who are no longer able to work due to injuries or illnesses sustained in the line of duty. A majority of these individuals qualify for veterans disability benefits, but many still struggle to make ends meet on the meager compensation these benefits offer.

Our Terre Haute veterans disability attorneys at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that lawmakers are working to address these benefits shortcomings by introducing new legislation that would increase payments to disabled veterans. Read more »

What You Need To Know About Xarelto® Bleeding Injuries

Posted: 06/10/2015

Certain diseases and medical conditions can increase your chance of developing deadly blood clots in your arteries. Luckily, medications are available to prevent these clots from forming, but some of the drugs that are available increase the risks of other serious adverse health effects.

Xarelto® is one of those medications. The drug can effectively prevent blood clots while not requiring as much monitoring by medical professionals as other treatment options; however, our Xarelto® drug injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that numerous studies have shown the drug can increase the chances of patients suffering uncontrollable bleeding events. Read more »