Virginia: Car Accidents – a Lawyer’s Airbag (May 2, 2017)

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The Trial Lawyer is the quarterly journal of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Its issue for Spring 2017 focuses on product liability litigation for vehicle accidents and especially for pharmaceutical drugs.

Its lead product article is “TAKATA UPDATE: PLEA DEAL, CIVIL LITIGATION, AND CONTINUING RECALLS AND SHORTAGES”. Id. at 26-28. Defective Takata airbags already have caused 16 wrongful deaths and 180 personal injuries, are projected to involve 42,000,000 U.S. vehicles, and are projected not to have recall completed until 2023 (incredibly, with manufacturers continuing to put defective airbags into new vehicles). Id.

The Trial Lawyer for Spring 2017 also highlights “LEGALBRIEFS” for 7 medical drugs and devices: “Number of Fetal Deaths Due To Essure Device Are Far Greater Than Reported,” id. at 30; “Bayer and Janssen Call Off Clinical Trial For Xarelto,” id.; “FDA Issues Warning About Homeopathic Teething Products: ‘Throw Them Away’,” id. at 31; “Stryker Reaches New Settlement Agreement In Wake Of Falling Revenues,” id.; “Invokana And Amputation Risks: E.U. Authorities Now Require Package Warning,” id.; “More Than Hair Loss: The Connection Between Taxotere and Typhlitis,” id. at 32; and “E-Cigarettes Are Getting A Whole New Generation Of Children Hooked On Nicotine”. Id.

Three other feature articles expose the pharmaceutical industry: “PHARMA PREPARES FOR PROFITS PARTY UNDER TRUMP,” id. at 38-39. “BIG PHARMA HAS FAR MORE INFLUENCE OVER OUR LIVES THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE,” with $58,000,000.00 in 2016 political contributions, id. at 46-47; and “BIG PHARMA IS PROFITING OFF THE OPIOD EPIDEMIC THAT THEY CREATED”. Id. at 74-75. For example, notorious Oxycontin garnered $45,000,000.00 profits in its first year, and only 15 years later raked in over $3,000,000,000.00 profits annually. Id.

Mr. Waterman is a charter member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Virginia. His practices focus on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases of wrongful death, brain injury, paralysis and other serious personal injuries.