Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 9:00 am
Stryker, a leading medical technology company, marketed its Rejuvenate system as the next generation and latest evolution in hip replacement products. The complex design was intended to offer greater stability and minimal bone stress, and was marketed to younger patients because of its durability and range of motion.
The product hit the market in 2009 after little testing on safety and effectiveness of the device prior to the launch. In April 2012, Stryker issued an Urgent Safety Alert to surgeons, which listed a number of safety risks to patients. A month later, Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate Modular due to “fretting and/or corrosion” in the implant that may lead to “adverse local tissue reaction” and possible pain and/or swelling.
Although the company willingly recalled its product, it has not accepted full legal responsibility for the alleged defects and failure of the device. Patients throughout the US have suffered from metallosis (build-up of metal debris in soft tissue) and tissue damage, and have had to undergo a painful and complicated revision surgery to remove and replace the faulty Rejuvenate implant. Lawsuits filed against Stryker have charged the product as defective and dangerous because it is prone to fretting, degradation and fracture. Also, the suits state that Stryker knew or should have been aware that its hip systems were not fit for market, but continued to sell them.
If you’ve received a Stryker Rejuvenate hip or other faulty medical equipment, call 843-720-2800 and get The Firm behind you.
Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 9:00 am
How often will my medical condition be reviewed?
The frequency of reviews depends on the nature and gravity of a medical condition and whether it is expected to improve.
- Expected – A review will typically occur between 6-18 months after the date you became disabled.
- Possible – A review will occur about once every three years.
- Not Expected – A review will occur once every seven years.
How will I be notified?
When Social Security feels a full medical review is needed, you will be sent a letter asking you to come to the Social Security office.
What happens during a review?
At the review, you will be asked how your medical condition affects you and whether it has improved. Bring your doctors’ information and patient record numbers of any medical resources that have administered treated. If you have worked since making your claim, they’ll also ask for information about when you worked, the pay you received, and the type of work you did.
How is the decision made?
The case will be sent to the Disability Determination Services within the state, where a disability examiner and a medical consultant will work as a team to review the information pertaining to your case. If medical evidence is insufficient, you may be asked to have a special examination at no cost. The final decision will be mailed to you in writing.
What if I disagree?
If you disagree with the decision, you may appeal. There are four levels of appeal and, generally, you have 60 days to appeal from one level to the next.
The four levels are:
• Reconsideration – Your case is independently reviewed by people who had no part in the original decision. You may appear before a disability hearing officer who will decide your appeal.
• Hearing – If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you may request a hearing before an administrative law judge.
• Appeals Council – You may ask for a review of the judge’s decision by the Appeals Court if you disagree with the administrative law judge’s decision.
• Federal Court – In the event you disagree with the Appeals Council decision or if the Appeals Council decides not to review your case, you may bring a civil action in a federal court.
What if I try to work?
If you’re on disability and reported your work activity, you can have uncapped earnings during a trial period (up to nine months) while receiving full benefits. Other rules allow continued cash benefits and Medicare if actively seeking work. If receiving SSI payments, you may receive monthly payments while you work as long as your income remains under the limit.
Have more questions about a Disability claim, the Steinberg Law Firm can help. Contact today at 843-720-2800.
Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 9:00 am
Benefits for the unemployed have disappeared with the start of the New Year. Without an emergency aid program, Congress has no means of assisting the 1.3 million Americans without jobs. There is a possibility that these workers will apply for disability insurance, but there’s little evidence to show this will occur. The latest reports show that people haven’t been turning to disability after their unemployment benefits have lapsed. So, what will they do?
The latest idea is that workers will use disability as a safety net when unemployment runs out posing a huge predicament for the economy. Multiple states have cut back unemployment benefits during the recession, without noticing an increased volume in disability applications. In fact, disability applications tend to increase when unemployment benefits became more generous. But, with around 2 million added to the unemployment bucket, there’s a great chance many of them will drop out of the workforce altogether.
Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 9:47 pm
On Wednesday, February 26 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it would investigate General Motor’s recent decision to recall 1.6 million vehicles with defective ignition switches. The recalled cars have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 front-end crashes.
With legislation that went into effect last year, the NHTSA now has the authority to fine automakers suspected of safety violations up to $35 million.
GM issued an apology on Tuesday, February 25 admitting that the recalls were delayed.
Manufacturers should be held accountable when they release defective products for consumption. If you have been injured by a manufacturers negligence, you should not be responsible for covering costs related to your injuries. The attorneys at Steinberg Law Firm work to help Charleston victims collect damage compensation. Call (843) 720-2800 to discuss your options with an experienced legal professional.
Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 2:57 pm
Steinberg Law Firm is proud to support the efforts of community leader Lydia Cotton and her group, Dame La Mano (Give Me Your Hand). Formed by caring, concerned volunteers, Dame La Mano helps connect Latino families with the services and support they need to achieve success. Ms. Cotton is a client of the Firm, and we’ve been pleased to help her carry out her good work by providing legal assistance and community connections to her members. One recent evening, we hosted a drop-in and presented members with new field jackets proudly emblazoned with their logo, and ours. If you know someone in this community who needs our help, please call Olga Rivera at 572-0700.
Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 9:00 am
In 2014, social security benefits rose just 1.5 percent, giving people on average an additional $19 a month. This year’s increase is among the smallest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. Since then, annual Social Security raises have averaged about 4 percent, and 2014 marks only the seventh time the annual Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) has been less than 2 percent. The government’s measure of inflation determines the COLA, which helps those on fixed incomes keep pace with rising prices. Although, many complain the COLA often falls short, especially for people who incur high medical costs.
The COLA affects over a fifth of the nation—including Social Security recipients, disabled veterans, federal retirees and people who receive Supplemental Security Income. Over the past year, medical and housing costs went up nearly 5 percent. Thus, the extra $19 will be quickly consumed by basic needs like food, utilities and health care.
To save money, Congress has considered adopting a new measure of inflation called the chained Consumer Priced Index (CPI). If it were in use today, next year’s COLA would remain at 1.5 percent, and the COLA would continuously be slightly smaller each year. The CPI, in truth, means a benefit cut for millions of current and future retirees, veterans, the disabled and their families.
If you’re experiencing problems with Social Security benefits, contact The Firm at 843-720-2800.
Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 6:38 pm
On Monday, February 10 Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center released a statement saying that 18 patients may have accidentally been exposed to a rare brain disease.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the disease, identified as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, could cause memory loss, blindness, involuntary twitching, and paralysis. The disease is fatal and kills 90% of people diagnosed within a year.
Surgeons believe that the disease might have been circulated by operating with improperly sanitized tools. It has not yet been confirmed that the patients have been infected.
If you have been injured at a hospital sue to the negligence of medical practitioners, you should not be responsible for covering the costs related to medical bills. The attorneys at the Steinberg Law Firm advocated for injury victims in North Carolina. Call (843) 720-2800 to discuss your legal options.
Posted on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 9:00 am
The Steinberg Law Firm wrapped a CARTA bus with informative information about accidents. The bus hit the streets in early 2014, and can be seen along Rivers Avenue, Mabeline Road, Hanahan Road, College Road, Cosgrove Avenue, University Boulevard, Meeting Street and Mary Street. Did you know that “1 in 5 people are afraid to report on-the-job accidents” or “a crash resulting in injury occurs every 16.9 minutes”?
Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 3:35 pm
A case involving a wage dispute with 27 individual claimants from Charleston County’s EMS Department recently filed by Steinberg Law Firm attorney, Michael Jordan, has been picked up by several news outlets.
According to a Post and Courier story published on February 3, “(The suit) claims the county violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act for not compensating employees for overtime. It also claims the county violated state law, including breach of contract and the South Carolina Payment of Wages Act.” There were also issues with overall pay.
The story was also featured in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services and Michael Jordan was also interviewed on WCIV- ABC News 4 about the case.
Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 9:59 pm
Operation Home is a local charitable organization whose mission is to help people remain in their homes by increasing safety and accessibility. Operation Home focuses on critical home repairs including wheelchair ramps, heat and cold relief programs, and remedial repairs such as fixing leaking roofs and unstable flooring. Operation Home serves the tri-county area.
While Steven was president of Operation Home, more than 300 families were helped in various ways by the organization. Steven, along with the other Board of Directors, led the organization in hiring a full time executive director and increased the budget from $300,000 to $600,000. He joined the Board of Directors in 2007 where he worked in various roles, including Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the Board. Steven continues to serve as an ad-hoc member of the Board of Directors.