Oxner + Permar Charity Spotlight: Rock and Wrap It Up
At Oxner + Permar, we’re always excited to support a good cause. We like to do our part to give back to the community when we have a chance. I want to take this opportunity to tell you about one of the groups we work with, to try to get the word out, and bring some attention to a good cause.
Rock and Wrap It Up is a very impressive organization that we partner with. They take unused food from schools and distribute it to the hungry.
More than 50% of children in Guilford County are on free or reduced-cost lunch programs. This means all too often these children can’t afford to bring snacks for later on in their day. Rock and Wrap It Up saves unused packaged items from school breakfast so that these children can have them later in the day. Food that would otherwise be thrown away gets eaten, and children who would otherwise go hungry get to eat. It’s a win-win!
As part of a 25-year-old nonprofit, Rock and Wrap It Up works hard to discover and vet agencies who are able to recover wholesale food and redirect it to those in need rather than sending it to landfills.
They are diligent about following the USDA and Health Department of North Carolina’s guidelines to ensure that the food is safe and stored under the correct conditions in order for it to be passed along to those in need. The organization also hosts the School Wrap program, which encourages students to get involved with saving food and sending it to those in need. This program has served more than 100,000 meals.
We encourage you to find out more about Rock and Wrap It Up and contribute to this wonderful organization if you have the time or resources.
Oxner + Permar Charity Spotlight: NC MedAssist
At Oxner + Permar, we’re always looking for opportunities to give back to the community. So this month we thought we’d spotlight a couple of the charities that we support. They’re wonderful causes, very deserving of attention.
The first charity we’re highlighting is NC MedAssist. NC MedAssist is a great program devoted to helping North Carolinians be able to afford the medical care that they need. Even with health insurance, certain medical treatments and medicines can be very expensive. That’s why NC MedAssist is devoted to ensuring that everyone has access to the care that they need.
They believe that no one should have to choose between purchasing food or affording medication. One way they help is through their Free Pharmacy Program. The current eligibility requirements for this program are:
- You must be a NC resident
- You must be living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
- You must not qualify for Medicaid, Veterans Administration, or private health insurance.
NC MedAssist also has a senior care program that works to provide alternate options for seniors whose Medicare Part D prescription benefits run out during the year.
Their Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Program provides free OTC medicines to families in need — it’s essentially like a food bank but for medicine!
To find out more about any of these programs or about how you can contribute, visit the NC MediAssist website. This is a really great program that’s close to our hearts. We sponsor one of their giveaway days every year, and we encourage you to get involved if you’re able!
If you’re able to contribute to NC MediAssist, we invite you to visit their website to find out more about how you can get involved!
Stryker Orthopedic Medical Device Recall
In 2012, Stryker Orthopedics was forced to issue a hip device recall of one of their widely used modular hip stem devices. After a number of lawsuits, Stryker finally agreed to a settlement of $1.4 billion for the product liability and personal injury claims against them — and it looks like Stryker Orthopedics is going to be in a similar situation again this year. There have been multiple reports that one of their devices has either been breaking at the stem or causing metal poisoning. Both instances cause the patient to need emergency revision surgery.
Of course, this is a huge problem. As the metal joints rub against each other, they begin to corrode. This weakens the head-neck juncture of the implant causing it to eventually break. It also can cause severe pain for the patient as well as higher metal levels. This is what leads to metal poisoning or “metallosis.”
Unfortunately this is not a problem that can simply be repaired; the patient will need a new device entirely. This poses additional risk for patients whose bodies are already adapting to one hip surgery. They are being exposed to the risk of infection or other complications expected from a hospital setting. Moreover, these devices are attached directly to the patient’s bone. They’re not designed to be replaced, and oftentimes, a surgeon will have to break the femur in order to remove the device, causing additional strain on the patient’s body.
Even once this corrective surgery is finished, there is no guarantee that the patient will be alleviated of their problems. In fact, in all likelihood, long-term problems will persist. As such, those affected by this defect should be entitled to compensation.
If you or someone you know has been affected by a defective orthopedic device, be sure to contact an experienced attorney. You deserve compensation for your pain and trauma.
Woman Awarded $70 Million in a Case Against Johnson & Johnson
It’s always scary to hear about companies failing to warn consumers about the dangers of their products. Ideally, you hope that companies will have the best interests of their consumers in mind. However — when something does slip through the cracks, and a product that’s unsafe or has potential dangerous side effects goes to market, it’s always good to hear about the court system standing by the consumers.
A court recently found Johnson & Johnson guilty of not informing their consumers of the connection between the use of their talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Deborah Giannecchini had been using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product for more than 40 years. Three years ago she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
According to Giannecchini’s lawyer, Johnson & Johnson had been presented with 30 years worth of studies linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer. It was clear to the jury, who ruled in favor of the plaintiff, that Johnson & Johnson should have been warning their customers about this risk. Giannecchini was awarded more than $70 million.
Giannecchini was not alone in her claim. Around 1,700 others have filed similar claims against Johnson & Johnson. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of talcum powder use, be sure to contact an attorney to find out if you are eligible for compensation.
When big businesses fail to protect us, it’s always good to turn to an experienced lawyer, someone who has your back and will fight for you. At Oxner + Permar, we’re passionate about protecting our client’s rights.
What’s the Difference Between a Class Action Lawsuit and a Mass Tort Lawsuit?
Often we hear about class action lawsuits on the news or ads on TV calling for those affected by a defective product to contact a lawyer to join a class action lawsuit. But what many people don’t realize is that there are actually two, major kinds of class action lawsuits.
The first kind is simply a class action lawsuit. This is probably the kind you’re familiar with. In a class action lawsuit, a lawsuit is filed on behalf of an entire group of people who share a set of unfortunate circumstances, damages and injuries. This type of action reduces the number of court cases that arise when many people are harmed by the same problem.
The second kind is known as a mass tort lawsuit. Mass tort lawsuits also deal with the cases of many people affected by a similar problem or situation; however, there tends to be more variation or complexity to the separate cases. Rather than filing a single lawsuit to cover many cases, a single attorney or group of attorneys, are allowed to represent each case individually. The cases are brought before the same judge. Using the same key players allows for each case to be viewed individually, while those involved become experts, understanding the precedents set by earlier cases and being able to distinguish variation.
With class action lawsuits, you would have to be able to prove that your situation is typical for what others have experienced when dealing with a company or product. There’s no need for this with a mass tort lawsuit as your case would be handled on an individual basis. Because of this, however, mass torts tend to be more complicated than a class action lawsuit, and will likely take much longer to settle.
If you have any questions about dealing with a class action or mass tort lawsuit, be sure to contact an experienced attorney.