October 2012 In the News

On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Mr Ankin went to the Social Security Benefits Seminar. The topic of the day was “The Ethics of Representing Disabled Persons”. On Monday, October 29, 2012 Howard Ankin attended the FIDF Annual Campaign Dinner. On Thursday, October 25, 2012 Howard Ankin and Jon Topolewski attended Judge Lynn Egan’s seminar on […]

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Dangers of Energy Drinks

Drink with caution. The popular Monster energy drinks have been linked to the deaths of five people in the past year, according to reports submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This article in Bloomberg Business Week indicates that reports submitted to the FDA indicated that the victims consumed Monster drinks prior to […]

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Updates and Trends in Asbestos Litigation

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, which is a naturally-occurring mineral that is used to make insulation.  If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos, you may have rights to recover compensation through a personal injury claim against any company that knowing exposed the […]

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Dangers of Contaminated Drugs

The meningitis outbreak death toll has reached epic proportions. To date, 28 people have died and 356 people have become ill from the contaminated steroid injections. The nation is on high alert and wary of the safety of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Unfortunately, the fears may not be unwarranted. According to this New York Times […]

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FDA Unveils Plan to Track Medical Devices

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a new system to increase patient safety by tracking medical device malfunctions and streamlining the product recall process. Pursuant to the plan, which was revealed on July 3, 2012, the FDA will label high-risk medical devices with tracking numbers, known as Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs). […]

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Illinois Social Security Benefits Online

The Social Security Administration recently implemented an online program that allows people to view their Social Security statements online. It unveiled this new electronic service on May 1, 2012. What Does the New Service Provide? This new service provides an easy and efficient way for Americans to view their Social Security statements online. Users can […]

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New York Shooting Victim Allowed to Sue Gun Manufacturer

Manufacturers and distributors can be held liable for injuries caused by product defects under theories of product liability, but what about non-defective – but dangerous – products like a gun? A New York appellate court recently held that the plaintiff could proceed in his lawsuit against a gun manufacturer and distributor for injuries that he […]

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Financial Effects of Auto Accident

The financial effects of an auto accident can be devastating. According to a study conducted by AAA last year, car crashes cost approximately $300 billion a year, which is three times more expensive than traffic congestion. An auto accident can cost a person a great deal financially, not to mention the physical toll that an […]

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Soaring Number of Complaints for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Hip and knee replacement systems are one of the most popular medical devices used today.  Each year, more than a million Americans receive an artificial hip or knee replacement. Despite the popularity of hip replacement systems and the commonality of hip replacement procedures, however, the number of complaints regarding metal-on-metal hip implants continues to soar. […]

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