Archives for February 2012

Car Bus Accident in Howard County Results in Injuries

Route 40 is one of the busiest roads in Ellicott City and Howard County, Maryland. Route 40 runs east and west, and has numerous car accidents. It is no surprise that many car accidents and collisions occur on Route 40 in Ellicott City.

On February 21, 2012, a car was traveling traveling eastbound on U.S. 40 in Howard County when the vehicle made a left turn toward Pebble Beach Drive in Ellicott City and struck a school bus traveling westbound on U.S. 40, according to news reports. One driver and a passenger were taken to Shock Trauma for treatment. Howard County Police indicated that the bus had a green traffic light and the right of way in the intersection. Howard County car crashes often result in serious injuries and, unfortunately, sometimes even fatalities.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a Howard County car crash, you need an experienced car injury lawyer to fight for you. A personal injury or accident attorney can fight for you to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Personal injury lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has more than 30 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies after car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. When the insurance company won’t budge on its lowball offer, Mr. Smith fights hard for his injured clients in court. He has extensive trial experience and knows what it takes to get successful results. He has achieved some of the highest personal injury verdicts and settlements in his area.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Woman in Critical Condition after Howard County Car Crash

Route 32 and Route 29 are two of the busiest roads in Howard County, Maryland. Route 32 runs east and west, and has numerous car accidents. Route 29 runs north and south, and is a major route through Howard County, from Baltimore County to Montgomery County. Route 32 and Route 29 are two of the busiest commuter roads in Columbia and Howard County. It is no surprise that many car accidents and collisions occur on Route 32 and Route 29.

On February 21, 2012, a car was traveling east on Route 32 near Route 29, when it lost control, struck a guardrail, and then collided with another car travelling on Route 32, according to news reports. One driver was taken to Shock Trauma for treatment. Howard County Police indicated that speed was a contributing factor in the car crash.

Howard County car crashes often result in serious injuries and, unfortunately, sometimes even fatalities.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a Howard County car crash, you need an experienced car injury lawyer to fight for you. A personal injury or accident attorney can fight for you to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Personal injury lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has more than 30 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies after car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. When the insurance company won’t budge on its lowball offer, Mr. Smith fights hard for his injured clients in court. He has extensive trial experience and knows what it takes to get successful results. He has achieved some of the highest personal injury verdicts and settlements in his area.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuits

DePuy Hip Recall

 

DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, manufactured and sold its ASR™ XL Acetabular System metal-on-metal hip replacement system. The hip replacement system first became available in 2005. The FDA gave Johnson & Johnson permission to market the device without having performed clinical trials, not knowing that DePuy would recall the hip implants.

The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. Nature’s original joint is replaced with a metal Acetabular cup and a metal femoral head (the top of the leg bone, or femur). This is what is known as a “metal-on-metal” hip replacement system. Most other artificial replacement hips, including ones manufactured by DePuy, are not the metal-on-metal design.

Defects Causing DePuy Recall on Hip Replacement

The ASR™ XL Acetabular System metal-on-metal hip replacement was implanted in thousands of patients throughout the world, including Maryland patients. The hip replacement system resulted in problems in many patients, including component loosening, component malalignment, infection, fracture of the bone, dislocation, metal sensitivity, and pain. The metal-on-metal design also resulted in loose metal fragments, leading to increased metal ion levels in the blood, necrosis, swelling, nerve damage, tissue damage, and/or muscle damage. This would lead to Maryland hip replacement recalls and Maryland hip recall lawsuits.

DePuy Recall after High Failure Rate

The ASR™ XL Acetabular hip replacement system was noted to have a high failure rate. Specifically, one study noted that the five year failure rate was approximately 13% — considerably higher than other hip replacement systems. As a result, many patients were required to undergo “revision” surgery within a short time, where the original implant was removed and replaced. This high failure rate was later followed by recalls on hip implants, including many Maryland hip replacement recalls.

DePuy Hip Recall

On August 24, 2010, DePuy issued a voluntary recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system. DePuy claimed the hip system was being withdrawn because of slowing sales. This DePuy recall on hip replacements would lead to Maryland recall lawsuits.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuits

Hip recall lawsuits have been filed throughout the United States, including Maryland, against DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, requesting compensation arising out of the defective design and failure of the ASR™ XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system. The hip implant recall lawsuits request compensation for pain and suffering; medical expenses, including the cost of revision surgery and rehabilitation; lost income; and the impact on patient’s spouses.

So many DePuy hip recall lawsuits have been filed that the United States Judicial Panel on MultiDistrict Litigation issued an order consolidating all cases in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for pretrial proceedings.

Maryland DePuy Hip Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one has had the ASR™ XL Acetabular System implanted, and problems have occurred, you may have a right to compensation. You should not contact DePuy or Johnson & Johnson directly. How can you trust a company that initially denied that there was anything wrong with its product, in spite of numerous failed implants and complaints?

Jonathan Scott Smith is a Maryland DePuy hip implant recall lawyer who has handled this type of claim successfully. Call his office now 410-740-0101, or contact the office online.

Attorney Smith Awarded Highest AVVO Rating “10.0 Superb”

Jonathan Scott Smith has now been awarded the highest lawyer rating “10.0 Superb” by AVVO. AVVO considers a wide variety of information in developing a lawyer’s rating, including a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition. Ratings range from a low of 1.0 to 10.0, the highest rating.

Very few lawyers achieve the highest rating, and it is recognition of Mr. Smith’s extensive litigation experience, successful results, and the opinion of his peers.

ADDRESS :

  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101