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Sweeney Law FirmBill that Could Affect Medication LawsuitsA new bill introduced to the House and Senate could affect the future of medication-related lawsuits. The bill would require manufacturers of generic drugs to update product labeling to reflect safety information in a similar manner that brand name drugs are required to inform the public of timely safety information...Sweeney Law FirmBill To Establish Minimum Nursing Staff Ratios for Health Facilities Unlikely To Pass Indiana LegislatureIndiana House Bill 1023, sponsored by State Representative Clyde Kersey (D, 43rd Dist.), would set minimum direct care nursing staff ratios and registered nurse staffing for Indiana health facilities beginning July 1, 2012, but appears unlikely to pass this year. The bill would require every health facility, including nursing homes...Sweeney Law FirmBill would make compounders register with FDAThe bill was spurred on by the recent deaths and infections caused by fungal contamination of drugs from a New England compounding pharmacy. Many are wondering if compounding pharmacies lack oversight that might have prevented contaminated product release. The bill, the Supporting Access to Formulated and Effective Compounded Drugs Act,...Sweeney Law FirmCadmium in Jewelry: Federal Regulators Failed to Protect Children from Cancer-Causing MetalsThe US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is under fire because many jewelry items manufactured in China and sold in this country contain high levels of the dangerous metal cadmium. The cadmium is dangerous if ingested, as it can remain in the body for years and acts as a carcinogen...Sweeney Law FirmCan a Nurse Be Held Liable for Malpractice in IndianaINDIANA MALPRACTICE - NURSES As many can attest, when admitted at a hospital, the person you may see the most might be a nurse. As with doctors, nurses are healthcare professionals that can be held liable for a mistake. There are six different ways a nurse can commit malpractice: Failure to...Sweeney Law FirmCardiac Science Corporation AEDCardiac science corporation automated external defibrillators (AEDs) manufactured by Cardiac Science Corporation are part of a class 1 recall because of the units failing. AEDs are used to treat persons who are believed to have had a heart attack, and/or found unresponsive. The AED will detect heart rhythms and tell...Sweeney Law FirmChanges to Payment of Claims Indiana Senate Bill 354, sponsored by State Senator Allen Paul (R, 27th Dist.), proposes to require claims for payment from the State’s medical malpractice Patient’s Compensation Fund to be computed and paid every three months instead of every six months as required by current law. Under current law, claims for...Sweeney Law FirmClaims Against Government Entities and Public EmployeesIndiana tort law is very complex. When filing a claim against a government entity or public employee in Indiana, there are many rules to which you must adhere. Contact the Sweeney Law Firm if you have been involved in any accident that involves a state or local governmental agency...Sweeney Law FirmContaminated Steroid Solution Finally in CourtTwo years after news broke that hundreds of patients sickened by contaminated steroid solution, lawsuits on behalf of those patients against the company that made the solution and the clinics that bought and administered the injections are coming to life in civil courts. Indiana victims are part of a meningitis-related...Sweeney Law FirmCorrelating Car Accidents and the Time of DayThere is a block of time during the day when more car accidents tend to happen. The hours from three to nine pm on weekdays is the timeframe that most accidents occur in. From six to nine pm, more specifically, accidents are at a higher risk of occurring than at...