Patient is Awarded $14 Million in Birth Control Case Against Yasmin, Featuring Bradley Cosgrove, Plaintiff Attorney, Chicago

A Chicago woman wins $14 million in a case against Yasmin, a birth control drug, after suffering from a debilitating stroke.  In this case, the difficult was not linking the pharmaceutical company to the stroke, which occurred 13 days after Mariola Zapalski received her first package of Yasmin and from a timing standpoint, it was crystal clear, says Bradley Cosgrove, the attorney for Zapalski, with the Clifford Law Office in Chicago, Illinois.  The only thing that had changed in her life was the recent prescription of Yasmin 13 days prior to her life changing stroke.

Zapalski had various underlying risk factors for stroke, which caused her to be a candidate that had an increased risk of stroke in comparison to a different person, such that Yasmin was an inappropriate drug for this patient, says Cosgrove.  She was over the age of 35, had a body mass index that categorized her as obese, had a history of smoking and a high cholesterol level, all of which, when combined together, synergistically increased her risk of stroke such that a progesterone-only hormone pill could have been presented to her and this result would not have occurred.

The patient's damages were very significant and as a result of that, Cosgrove hired and retained 6 distinguished experts to demonstrate to the jury every aspect of the case from a medical standpoint.

Bradley Cosgrove Clifford Law Office Chicago, Illinois Source: http://cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/bradley-m-cosgrove-chicago-medical-malpractice-attorney/

Bradley Cosgrove

Clifford Law Office

Chicago, Illinois

Source: http://cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/bradley-m-cosgrove-chicago-medical-malpractice-attorney/

The patient's long-term prognosis is that she will had a normal life expectancy but she she permanent left-sided paralysis, is wheelchair-bound, requiring 24 hour care and has brain damage from the stroke, leaving her as a different person today than she was before being prescribed Yasmin.

Bradley Cosgrove, a malpractice attorney, represented Zapalski in this case and is with the Clifford Law Office in Chicago, Illinois.  He spoke with the Legal Broadcast Network, providing online, on-demand, legal news video content.  The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

How Long Can the IRS Audit, With Rob Wood, Tax Attorney, San Francisco, California

The IRS has three years to file an audit and generally speaking, one doesn't know if the audit is random or the result of a red flag.  When involved in a case, Rob Wood, a tax attorney in San Francisco, California with Wood, LLP, always asks from the auditor what it was that caused the audit.

There are things that people can do, such as 1099 matching and math errors to avoid audits but a lot of it is unknown, says Wood.  Wood notes that the normal 3 year statute is only a "normal rule," and there are all sorts of exceptions.  He recommends anytime you get a tax notice, to take it to a professional for advice.

For more information on the article Wood has written in Forbes magazine on this, click here.  Robert Wood is a tax attorney with Wood, LLP in San Francisco, California and spoke with The Tax Law Channel, an affiliate of The Legal Broadcast Network.  The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.

Actor Steven Seagal Eyes Russian Citizenship, With Rob Wood, Tax Attorney, San Francisco, California

Actor Steven Seagal, fan of Russian President Putin and while practicing martial arts in Russia, says he's considering Russian citizenship.

Noted tax attorney, Rob Wood, of Wood, LLP in San Francisco, California, says he doesn't think it's for tax reasons, however the jury's still out on what he's going to do.

For more information on the matter, click here for an article in Forbes Magazine that Wood has written. Robert Wood is a tax attorney with Wood, LLP in San Francisco, California and spoke with The Tax Law Channel, an affiliate of The Legal Broadcast Network.  The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.

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Florida Supreme Court Rules Caps on Malpractice Damages Unconstitutional, With Attorney Richard Levin, Levin, Riback Law Group

The insurance industry has argued for decades that malpractice damage caps will reduce medical malpractice premiums.  However, a recent Florida Supreme Court decision, citing different decisions in Texas and Oklahoma, has actually found caps don't reduce premiums for physicians and that more importantly from a legal stand point, that they are unconstitutional. In the case, " Estate of Michelle Evette McCall, et al., vs United States of America", Florida Supreme Court No. SC11-1148, published March 13, 2014, we get a look at the State Supreme Court of Florida's detail examination of how liability caps came to be put into law, the failed thinking behind the process and the constitutional arguments behind their decision. Copy of decision available here. 

On this edition of Speaking of Justice we are joined by noted trial lawyer Richard Levin of Chicago, who states that caps on malpractice claims arbitrarily replace what a jury is charged with determining, which is listening to the facts in a case, weighing evidence and deciding both liability and monetary damages that need to be paid in cases where defendants are at fault.  By statutorily eliminating any amount of damages in excess of a fixed limit and giving it an arbitrary value, without considering the victim's unique circumstances, the injured party is effectively being stripped of their constitutionally protected rights,  says attorney Richard Levin, who is a partner in Levin Riback Law Group in Chicago, Illinois.  Furthermore, although the Florida Supreme Court didn't specifically decide this case based on the fact that the plaintiffs didn't get a right to a fair jury trial, Attorney Levin says that is in fact what occurs in almost every other damage cap case around the country and consequently what makes these statutes is so fundamentally unfair to injury victims.

Attorney Levin  further opined that he doesn't think caps work and  for the people who actually get one million dollars or more, that "You don't want their life under any circumstances."  These are victims who are badly burned or dismembered and have the worst living circumstances possible. Unfortunately, many people think that if some tragically injured person suddenly gets millions of dollars, that somehow their life has become as it was before the accident or malpractice occurred.  "Providing a substantial economic recovery is the only way to give these people a form of justice", Levin says, and these funds in no way make plaintiffs rich, an "absolute misconception" that leads to bad law and legislation such as damage caps.  He added that it's unfair and betrays a lack of understanding on the way people perceive the system works and that caps have been sold to legislatures as preventing people who aren't legitimately hurt from receiving exorbitant amount of money and when in fact the judicial system almost never allows that to occur.

Richard Levin Levin & Riback Law Group Source: http://www.levinriback.com/our-team/richard-i-levin/

Richard Levin

Levin & Riback Law Group

Source: http://www.levinriback.com/our-team/richard-i-levin/

This ruling, which only has an effect in Florida, will probably increase the amount of filings now, Levin believes, as will give people with serious injuries access to the court through greater interest by trial lawyers in pursuing these cases.  Prior to this ruling, malpractice cases were hard to prosecute if they were capped because the cases are extremely expensive to pursue and with a capped value, only a certain amount of economic recover can be realized.  The out of pocket costs for attorneys makes it virtually impossible to bring cases on behalf of people because they end up upside-down on their case, Levin says.

Richard Levin is an attorney with the Levin Riback Law Group in Chicago, Illinois and is considered one of the leading trial lawyers both in Illinois and through out the country. We appreciate his joining us at the Legal Broadcast Network, a network providing online, on-demand legal news and video content.  The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.