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Employee Cell Chat Results in $5.2 Million Payment to Widow by Employer

Jon 5514

The distractions caused by cell phone use and other electronic gadgetry are increasing the exposure of employers to monetary exposure well beyond those benefits that employers are covered for under their workers’ compensation policies. A fatal accident contributed to by the employee’s use of a cell phone while driving resulted in a recent settlement of $5.2 million.

It's All About the Medical

Jon 8440

As the new political and legislative year unfolds, stakeholders are keeping their eye on the prize, medical benefits, in the workers' compensation arena. Recent court decisions continue to emphasize the major significance of medical care and continue to question the ability of the presently crafted system to deliver medical benefits in an efficient and effective manner.

Asbestos Found in Toys Still Being Sold

Jon 9014

Asbestos, a know cancer causing agent, has been found in toys still being sold in the US. The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit and two brands of children's play clay along with many household products still in stores for sale have been reported by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).

Cephalon Changes Label of Provigil for Additional Side Effects

Jon 6076

PROVIGIL is a medication that has the active ingredient of Modanifil and is used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by certain sleep disorders. These sleep disorders are narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome, and shift work sleep disorder. In addition to its wakefulness-promoting effects, PROVIGIL produces psychoactive and euphoric effects, alterations in mood, perception, thinking, and feelings typical of other central nervous system stimulants.

Medtronic Announces Defect in Sprint Fidelis Defibrillation Leads

Jon 6677

On October 14, 2007, Medtronic, the nation's largest heart implant device manufacturer, announced a defect in the critical electrical "lead" component of its heart defibrillator. The New York Times reported on October 15, 2007, that the defect in this electrical wire, called the Sprint Fidelis, has resulted in hundreds of malfunctions and may have

Recall Of Certain Composix® Kugel® Mesh Patches Used In Hernia Repair

Jon 7603

Specific lot numbers of the Composix® Kugel® Mesh Patches, used to repair ventral (incisional) hernias caused by thinning and stretching of scar tissue post-surgery, were recently recalled by manufacturer Davol, Inc., a subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc. The recall occurred after it was discovered that the "memory recoil ring," which opens the patch, can break under the stress of placement in the intra-abdominal space. This can lead to serious intestinal conditions such as bowel perforations and/or chronic intestinal fistulae (abnormal connections or passageways between the intestines and other organs).
 

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