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            On a September afternoon in 2016, Benjamin and Kristi Reavis of Dallas, Texas were traveling south on North Central Expressway with their 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter in the sedan’s back seat. While stopped in traffic, they were hit from behind by a motorist in a Honda Pilot and within seconds their children, safely belted in child safety seats in the back, suffered life-long and permanent head, brain and…
Bishop Joseph Hart, a priest based in the Diocese of Cheyenne, has been accused by a third male victim in Wyoming of sexual assault. This is the ninth man to allege misconduct on the part of the bishop. The other six victims were assaulted while Hart was a member of the Diocese of Kansas City, where Hart resided before moving to the Cowboy State in 1971. Hart was sued for his conduct in Kansas City,…
Teton Gravity Research produced the acclaimed Andy Irons Kissed By God that chronicles the much-to-short life of Surfing World Champion Andy Irons who tragically died as a result of an overdose. The Ochs Law Firm is sponsoring a free showing of the film Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Historic Gryphon Theater in Laramie, Wyoming beginning at 7:30 PM. Admission is free and all are welcome. See the film trailer here:  https://youtu.be/GJWIPRvtAHk  …
While the opioid crisis has been dominating national headlines for months, denoted as one of the worst public health crises in the US’s history, children born addicted to opiates are hardly discussed. If a woman uses prescription painkillers while their child is in utero, the child has a substantial chance of developing neonatal abstinence syndrome. This is a generic term for those born addicted to drugs. Common symptoms include physical and neurological deformities, as well…
It was just over a year ago in July when I received the tragic news that one of my dearest friends had lost his teenage son to an opiate overdose.  It absolutely devastated him and his family.  Their 19-year-old son was the treasure of their lives, a straight-A student going into his sophomore year in College.  I would later learn that his opiate addiction stemmed from a surfing injury two years earlier, requiring shoulder surgery,…
Plastic surgeons are noticing more and more women contracting anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCA), a rare type of cancer distinct from breast cancer, in those that have received breast enhancement surgeries. In 2011, the FDA noticed this trend but stated that one’s chance of contracting the disease was extremely low. This statement has since changed as the medical community has seen the rate go steadily upward, and surgeons suspect that textured breast implants are to blame.…
St. Jude’s Medical, a newly-acquired subsidiary of Abbott Pharmaceutical, was issued a class-2 recall by the FDA for their pacemaker and defibrillator devices. These particular types of pacemakers and defibrillators are placed inside a patient’s chest and administer small shocks of electricity in order to keep the patient’s heart beating properly. Those recalled will either fall under the category of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D). They are used to treat…
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered by a jury in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis to pay $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women. The plaintiffs allege that their use of J&J brand talcum powder led to them contracting ovarian cancer. Talcum powder is a popular cosmetic that is used mainly on the bottoms of young children. It can, however, be used as a…
Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie was threatened by the FDA in December, 2017 for not properly handling complaints that its drugs had been the cause of several deaths that had not been reported to the agency. The FDA had conducted an inspection of AbbVie’s main manufacturing plant in Chicago earlier in 2017, where they learned of five deaths tracible to the company’s best-selling drugs. Eight to eleven more deaths per drug can now be attributed to AbbVie’s…
          Producers of intragastric balloons, which are used in non-invasive weight loss procedures, are coming under investigation for a total of twelve deaths attributed to their use. These balloons are placed in one’s stomach through an endoscopic procedure via the patient’s mouth. They are then filled with saline to take up space in the patient’s stomach, making them eat less, feel fuller, and helping them loss weight. The balloons are removed…