Could Indiana and Illinois GMO Corn Lawsuits Be Heard In Federal Court?

Posted: 05/01/2015

Corn is a lynchpin in the economy and agriculture of Indiana and Illinois. So when China rejected tons of the corn grown in these states because it was contaminated with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, many landowners, farmers, distributors, and exporters experienced significant losses.

Syngenta Agrisure Viptera® MR162 Corn—a GMO seed–was marketed to corn growers as being resistant to a multitude of pests; however, the seed was not approved by one of our nation’s largest purchasers of corn: China. Read more »

$2.4 Billion Settlement Reached in Actos® Bladder Cancer Lawsuits

Posted: 04/29/2015

Actos® is a medication that has been used to treat diabetes in thousands of Americans. Unfortunately, studies have shown the drug is linked to an increased risk of the patient developing bladder cancer.

In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required the company that manufactures the drug, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, to update the label of the product to include a warning to patients about the increased Actos® bladder cancer risk; however, it was already too late for many users who had already developed the disease. Read more »

Childhood Cancer Increases Chance of Receiving SSD Benefits Later in Life

Posted: 04/27/2015

Research from the American Cancer Society shows that 1 in 285 U.S. citizens will be diagnosed with a form of cancer before age 20. While the survival rate for pediatric cancer is more than 80 percent, our Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out the disease may put children at an increased risk of disability and the need for Social Security Disability benefits later in life. Read more »

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Indiana

Posted: 04/24/2015

Distracted Driving by the Numbers

Distracted driving continues to be a major issue along roads and highways in The Hoosier State. Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that an inattentive driver causes roughly 17 percent of all crashes that result in an injury. The Terre Haute car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that means more than 421,000 people were hurt as the result of distracted driving last year alone. Read more »

Researchers Discuss Developments in Mesothelioma Treatments

Posted: 04/22/2015

There’s a deadly form of cancer that is diagnosed in roughly 3,000 Americans each year and it’s called mesothelioma. Development of the disease is typically the result of exposure to asbestos. Despite there being no known cure for the disease just yet, many experts believe that could soon change.

Several new treatments are being developed that could significantly reduce the mortality rate of mesothelioma. An article released in the most recent issue of the Cancer Management and Research journal touched on a few of the most promising of these developing treatments. Read more »

Changes to Social Security Disability Benefits Withdrawal Policy

Posted: 04/20/2015

Federal lawmakers have the ability to change the regulations that govern the policies and procedures of the Social Security Disability benefits program and one such reform that was recently made could affect the amount some beneficiaries who are approaching retirement age receive.

Investment News reports that a change was made to the Social Security Program Operations Manual System this past December that rephrases the policies regarding the withdraw of disability benefits prior to them rolling into retirement benefits. Read more »

Doctors Urged to Find Alternative to Power Morcellators After FDA Recalls Defective Medical Devices

Posted: 04/17/2015

Scientists, doctors, and medical professionals are always looking for new and better ways to perform medical procedures. But sometimes advancements that are made in the field of medicine end up doing patients more harm than good.

The power morcellator is a prime example of an advancement in technology that eventually ends up being a defective medical device.

Before the device was on the market, women undergoing hysterectomies, myomectomies, and fibriod removal surgeries had to have large incisions made in their bodies in order to remove organs and tissues. Read more »

Improving How the FDA Reviews Medical Device Safety

Posted: 04/15/2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is tasked with the job of regulating which medical devices are made available on the market; however, some feel as though better policies and more thorough safety inspections could help reduce defective medical device numbers in the U.S.

Two experts in medical device safety, former FDA deputy commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, and cardiology professor at the University of California at San Francisco, Rita Redberg, recently sat down and discussed what can be done to reduce injuries and fatalities that are caused by faulty medical devices with The Wall Street Journal. Read more »

Court Ruling Could Affect Some Social Security Disability Benefits Claims

Posted: 04/13/2015

There are many factors that can affect the amount you receive in Social Security Disability benefits, but one that is currently receiving national attention is the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

The WEP is a law that was created as a means to reduce the primary insurance amount of an individual’s Disability Insurance Benefits for a claimant who has received a pension based on work that doesn’t qualify as income to be counted toward Social Security. Read more »

Terre Haute Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Discuss New License Endorsement for Motorized Bike Riders

Posted: 04/10/2015

One way the state of Indiana works to keep motorists safe is through the regulation of operating a vehicle. One type of vehicle that seemed to avoid these regulations for many years were two-wheeled cycles equipped with small engines. The Terre Haute motorcycle accident lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that now though, the state has created a set of laws for who can operate these motorized bikes and how they should be operated on the road. Read more »