Here’s what other personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers were talking about the week of September 27, 2013:
- Acetaminophen Continues to Rack Up Casualties and Escape Regulatory Control (Protect Patients Blog). According to this article, an investigative report by ProPublica.org shows that the FDA has long been “aware of the science proving that acetaminophen can be risky, aware that the margin between the amount that helps and the amount that can harm is smaller than that of other over-the-counter pain relievers.” The article highlights the dangers and special risks associated with acetaminophen. For instance, approximately 1 in 4 Americans regularly take more over-the-counter pain relief pills of all kinds than they should. The authors of this article advocate for increased regulatory oversight of acetaminophen, pointing to the fact that “10 other industrialized countries restrict how much of the drug can be purchased at one time or require that pharmacies to be the only outlets that carry it.”
- Careful What You Wish For: Denying Worker’s Compensation for Undocumented Workers (Worker’s Compensation Law Blog). Immigration reform is a constant debate in Washington and around the country. The issue of whether undocumented workers are entitled to workers’ compensation is an unsettled issue in our country. While some states do not provide workers’ compensation benefits for undocumented workers who are injured on the job, there is a trend toward providing coverage of undocumented workers. The author of this article urges Congress not to exclude undocumented workers from worker’s compensation coverage and reminds employers that without workers’ compensation coverage, they are subjecting themselves to potential lawsuits by injured workers.
- Vicodin, Oxycontin, & Percocet Linked to Birth Defects (Drug Injury Lawyers Blog). As this article points out, a new published online in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that women who took Percocet, Oxycontin, or Vicodin during their early stages of pregnancy are two times as likely to deliver babies with serious neural tube defects, including spina bifida. Researchers qualified this risk as “modest,” however, saying that it occurred in only about six out of every 10,000 live births.
- How Safe Are Drivers the Morning After Taking Sleep Aids (DC Metro Personal Injury Law Blog). New evidence shows that the effects of common prescription sleep aids continue to affect drivers the following day and, as this article discusses, the FDA recently decided to review all insomnia drugs on the market and ask manufacturers to provide more extensive driving tests for all new sleep drugs. The FDA also plans to more closely study any drug that causes drowsiness.