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Hernia Mesh Recalls Don’t Equal Damage Done

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted October 12, 2017

In May 2016, Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary company Ethicon issued an “URGENT FIELD SAFETY NOTICE” alerting surgeons that it was voluntarily recalling a product. The product was Physiomesh, a composite mesh used mainly in hernia repair surgery.

This is not the first such recall that has been made.

However, all the FDA and manufacturer recalls don’t add up to the pain and suffering that has been—and still is—experienced by hernia repair patients. Read the rest »

NC Hospital Held Responsible for Veteran’s Death

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted October 10, 2017

Jason Powell, a 20-year Army veteran, arrived at the Asheville VA Medical Center complaining of flu-like symptoms. It was determined that he had diverticulitis and a bowel perforation and he was admitted to the facility. When his wife visited the hospital, she was informed that her husband had been abruptly moved to the ICU after it was discovered that he was not breathing. Several hours later, Powell was pronounced dead, leaving his wife and three children. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Boating Can Go Horribly Wrong with Alcohol

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted October 4, 2017

Boating accidents involve alcohol approximately 50% of the time. From the Cape Fear coast to Lake Norman, boats can be equally as dangerous as a car when being operated by a drunk driver. Those who operate a boat under the influence may be subjected to a federal-level offense. Convictions can result in criminal penalties as large as $5,000, along with a potentially lengthy period of incarceration. Read the rest »

Posted in: Boating Accidents

You Need to Know These Facts About Hernia Mesh

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 27, 2017

Surgical mesh is used routinely in laparoscopic and open hernia surgery at all hospitals in the nation. In fact, an estimated 90% of hernia repairs in the United States use mesh.

First, let’s mention a positive: mesh is associated with a lower recurrence rate of hernias. But even that benefit is being swallowed up as new surgical techniques are developed (the Desarda hernia repair method, for example). Theoretically, mesh strengthens the abdominal wall and invites body tissues to grow through it, integrating it seamlessly. But there are two main problems with most meshes used today. Read the rest »

Deck Collapses Present a Threat to Vacationers

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 25, 2017

Many vacation rental homes along the North Carolina coast have exterior wooden decks to allow vacationers to enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery and weather. Unbeknownst to these vacation renters is the fact that many of these decks present a danger to anyone using them, including renters, their families, and friends.

NBC News reports that over 4,500 people have visited emergency rooms after deck collapses in the last decade. Across the U.S, an estimated 40 million decks exist, many several decades old. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Injury

Need HOA Representation in North Carolina?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 24, 2017

Rhine Law Firm, P.C., is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Barbour to our homeowners’ association representation team. Mr. Barbour will draw upon his experience assisting HOAs navigate complicated issues including construction defect disputes and owner–developer disputes. As a general contractor and expert construction consultant in complex construction defect litigation, Mr. Barbour is a particularly valuable asset to condominium and townhouse communities when construction defect or repair and maintenance issues arise. Read the rest »

Posted in: Firm News

The Devastation of Hurricane Irma

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 23, 2017

The hurricane season is off to a fast start with Harvey and Irma. Now, Maria’s coming up.

To date, Harvey has killed 84 people. Irma has killed 34 people in Florida—and the number is expected to rise. Both have impacted millions of others on the East Coast and down South. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Injury

Nursing Home Oversight in North Carolina

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 20, 2017

Across North Carolina, there are roughly 1,200 private adult care homes, which provide 24-hour care for mentally and physically ill individuals. Unfortunately, oversight and enforcement of health and safety requirements has been “poor” overall by the state and local agencies. The Carolina Public Press conducted a six-month investigation that revealed these care homes are often responsible for resident neglect and abuse. Read the rest »

Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

Third Party Claims: Workplace Injuries

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 16, 2017

Employers have a duty to provide a work environment that protects the health, safety, and welfare of employees. In many instances, an employee who is injured on the job has no recourse outside of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. However, in some cases, the acts or omissions of an employer may allow for a third-party claim in addition to a workers’ compensation action. Read the rest »

Posted in: Workplace Injury

The Dangers of Exploring a Shipwreck

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 12, 2017

Recently, a 46-year-old British diver, Steven Slater, was with a group diving off of the Massachusetts coast to visit the Andrea Doria wreck site. Slater was pulled from the ocean unconscious and pronounced dead after a likely equipment malfunction. The group was deeply saddened, but stated that Slater had died doing what he loved to do. Read the rest »

Posted in: Maritime Law

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