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Union Health Fund Leaders Combat Rising Costs of Opioid Epidemic in the Workplace


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Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Paul Hanly Speaks at LIUNA Midwest Region Laborers’ Combating Opioid Abuse and Drug Free Workplace Conference

Drug overdose deaths in the United States continue to increase, with more than 6 out of 10 drug deaths involving an opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In November, firm shareholder Paul Hanly traveled to St. Louis, Missouri to join union officials at the Laborers’ International Union of North America’s “Combating Opioid Abuse and Drug Free Workplace” conference. The conference, a two-day event, featured presentations from area experts on drug addiction and treatment and offered solutions on how to combat the growing opioid and heroin epidemic.

Laborers strive to provide optimum safety and health information to their members and their families, as well as Signatory Contractors, said Angie Taylor, the director of the Midwest Region Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund, and one of the conference organizers.

“We need to increase our efforts in educating our members, their families, our contractors and our communities regarding the opioid abuse and heroin epidemic,” Tayor said.

Taylor asked Hanly to speak after she learned of his and the firm’s work litigating on behalf of prescription opioid victims. In 2003, Simmons Hanly Conroy filed the first opioid lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and Abbott Laboratories on behalf of 5,000 individuals who lost loved ones to opioid addiction.… Read the rest

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Caregiver Dos and Don’ts: How to Support Loved Ones With Cancer During the Holidays


Everybody is busy on that day

As a caregiver, you play a special role in the life of your loved one who is suffering from cancer. You’re probably more than willing to help in any way you can, but it’s important to take the right approach, especially during the holidays, which are often a sensitive time.

We spoke with Amy Fair, RN and head of the medical department at Simmons Hanly Conroy, to identify dos and don’ts that caregivers of cancer patients should consider to ensure both have a joyful holiday season.

Do: Help your loved one maintain their self-image.

A cancer diagnosis is life changing, but it shouldn’t define a person. Your loved one may need to pull back and take more time to care for themselves, but depending on their physical condition, it doesn’t mean they can’t approach the holidays in their usual way, whether it’s continuing to host family gatherings, or cooking the honey baked ham, or buying gifts. Convincing your loved one he or she is took sick to participate in the holidays in the way they want can damage their self-image. Make sure your loved one knows he or she can take part in their usual holiday activities, if they feel up to it.… Read the rest

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War Veteran & Simmons Hanly Conroy Client Shares Inspirational Story in The Intelligencer


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Every war veteran experiences ordeals the average American may never hear about. But not every war veteran has a chance to share his stories with the world. For Conrad “Connie” Bauer, his chance came after filing an asbestos lawsuit through Simmons Hanly Conroy. Connie’s stories have since been shared through local news sources including The Intelligencer.

In Connie’s deposition, he shared several telling stories about his time in the military during World War II.  His military career began on April 14, 1944 when he signed up for the Marines at the age of 16 with parental permission. By 17, Connie found himself in the middle of one of the most infamous WWII invasions – the Battle of Iwo Jima.

During the battle, Connie was a Private – in charge of the group of 20 men – yet was the youngest of the men in his detail. He and his group, which was part of the 5th division of the 28th Marine Regiment, served as stretcher-bearers – they were in charge of carrying dying, wounded soldiers to safety, away from the front lines.

Altogether, Connie’s group rescued at least 200 men. One night alone, they saved 44 soldiers.

Connie also saved the lives of his troop.… Read the rest

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FDA Mandates Boxed Warning, Patient Checklist for Essure


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended on Nov. 15 a boxed warning and a patient checklist that highlights possible adverse events associated with the use of Essure, Bayer’s permanent contraception device.

The adverse events listed in the new FDA recommendation include:

  • Perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Device migration
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Persistent pain

Adverse Events Related to Essure

Over the past several years, the FDA has been investigating a growing number of adverse events associated with Essure. This review led the FDA to convene a meeting of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee on Sept. 24, 2015 to hear expert opinions as well as patient experiences related to the risks and benefits of Essure.

On the basis of this meeting and the comments received, the FDA concluded that some women are not receiving information explaining the risks or benefits of permanent birth control implants like Essure, and as a result, issued the boxed warning and decision guide.

History of Essure

The FDA approved Essure – permanent birth control without surgery – in 2002. It consists of a delivery system and nickel-containing permanent implants. Two metal coils are inserted through the vagina and implanted within each fallopian tube.… Read the rest

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Case Update: Volkswagen/Audi Diesel Emissions Scandal Settles for $14.7 Billion


Vehicle owners affected by the Volkswagen and Audi diesel emissions scandal can breathe a sigh of relief as a U.S. judge has officially approved a $14.7 billion settlement. A portion of the settlement – $10.33 billion – will go toward buybacks of 2.0-liter diesel vehicles and owner compensation, and another $4.7 billion will go towards programs to offset excess emissions. The German automaker will begin buying back applicable vehicles in December.

Owners of 3.0-liter vehicles are not included in this settlement. Attorneys are currently involved in pursuing a fair resolution as part of the settlement negotiation process for 3.0-liter TDI vehicle owners.

The settlement comes more than one year after Volkswagen admitted to installing secret software in its diesel vehicles to falsely pass emissions tests. Unbeknownst to automotive dealerships, car owners and the general public at the time, Volkswagen sold and leased these diesel vehicles to consumers nationwide and these vehicles have been emitting pollution up to 40 times the legal limit. The Volkswagen engineer responsible for helping the company dodge U.S. emission standards pleaded guilty last month, and the organization still faces ongoing criminal investigation.

Volkswagen must buy back or fix at least 85 percent of the 475,000 diesel Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat and Audi A3 cars from 2009 to 2015 model years all covered under the settlement.… Read the rest

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