Is Zofran Safe for Pregnant Women?

Nausea has plagued pregnant women since the beginning of time. Often the first indication that a woman is pregnant, morning sickness can persist long past morning and cause serious distress for three months or longer. Until recently there was not much a pregnant woman could do to relieve the symptoms, other than the crackers and ginger ale home remedies. As medical miracles go, the introduction of Ondansetron, known by its commercial name Zofran, this was a big one. Women around the globe celebrated nausea-free pregnancies with oral delivery, 8 mg pills.

Then, in 2013 the FDA warned against the use of Zofran during pregnancy. Zofran was not originally marketed as a treatment for morning sickness, and the FDA did not approve its use for pregnant women. As a treatment for nausea, Zofran’s intended use was for chemotherapy and radiation patients who suffer from nausea and/or vomiting as the treatments attack the fast-growing cells in the stomach.

The discovery of Zofran’s anti-nausea properties was quickly heralded as a long sought-after miracle drug for pregnant women. Even in the wake of the FDA’s warning, doctors continued to prescribe Zofran for pregnant women in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Many of the women who took Zofran now report that their babies were born with specific birth defects, including:

  • Respiratory illness due to poorly developed lungs;
  • Inhibited fetal growth, low birth weight;
  • Congenital cardiac malformations
  • Cleft lip and palate

Adverse effects have also been reported in the mothers themselves, including Serotonin Syndrome, a disconcerting collection of cognitive and neuromuscular symptoms including confusion, agitation and instability.

While it remains unclear why doctors continue to prescribe Zofran to their pregnant patients, it is clear that all medications should be carefully considered before being administered to a pregnant woman.

If you believe you have been injured by an inappropriate medication, or if you have given birth to a baby with a birth defect, it is important that you speak to an attorney. At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath we want to protect consumers from dangerous drugs, medical practices and products. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our West Palm Beach office at 561-665-1990 or contact us online today.

The Future is Not Quite Here: Hoverboards are a Fire Hazard

There is nothing quite as cool as a futuristic toy or gadget that finally makes its debut in present-day stores. Such has been the case of the Hoverboard, prominently featured in Back to the Future II as the transportation of choice in 2016. While Marty McFly might have enjoyed the (fictional) ride, today’s teens may have to wait a bit more as hoverboard manufacturers work out the kinks.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a statement recently noting that many hoverboards, also known as self-balancing scooters, do not meet the organization’s safety standards. The statement cited that the CPSC has received dozens of reports from 24 different states describing self-balancing scooters that overheated and caused fires. The fires resulted in millions of dollars in damage to homes and property, including cars.

The CPSC recently sent a direct warning to manufacturers and commercial distributors stating clearly that self-balancing scooters must comply with UL safety standards, primarily with regard to the ion lithium battery, which is the core of the electrical system. Currently, most hoverboards are manufactured in China and imported through retail distributors — such as Allibaba — directly to the consumer.  The buying trend flew under the CPSC’s radar long enough to get an unsafe product into the hands of thousands of Americans before the safety issues were addressed.

At this point, the CPSC is playing catch-up with the product, while swimming against the tide of pop culture purchase habits. The hoverboard has already been featured prominently in music videos, film and TV, all showing celebrities riding the scooters without incident. This fact, combined with the online purchase habits of the target market is a disaster waiting to happen.

The bottom line: If you have purchased a self-balancing scooter:

  • Check with the CPSC to confirm that the specific model meets safety standards;
  • Return it to the supplier;
  • Stop riding it for a while — Amazon and other distributors are considering a recall;

In any event, if you have purchased a self-balancing scooter, follow the news about the product. If you or a child has been injured by a hoverboard, contact a product liability lawyer to learn about your right to compensation. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath stay current on unsafe products, and we will take your case seriously. Call 561-665-1990 or contact us online to make an appointment at our West Palm Beach office today.

Cruise Ship Accident

Sometimes when an accident occurs, everyone involved is just lucky. As luck would have it, that seems to have been the case when a Carnival cruise ship crashed into a dock recently, damaging a number of cars that were parked nearby. No one was hurt in the accident.

The Carnival Pride was returning from a voyage to the Bahamas when it crashed into the passenger walkway at the docking site in Baltimore’s harbor. The walkway then collapsed, causing damage to three cars that were parked beneath it. There was no one on the walkway or in the area of the cars at the time. This was an accident that might have had a very different outcome.

Cruising has become one of America’s favorite leisure activities, with 13 million cruisers in 2015. Most cruises are safe and uneventful, yet accidents do happen and passengers should be aware of the possible dangers.

Some cruise dangers to look out for include:

  • Drowning — until recently, swimming pools on cruise ships did not require lifeguards. A number of recent drowning deaths have led the cruise industry to now require lifeguards at poolside to keep passengers safe;
  • Falling overboard — while not a common event, it does occur, especially if alcohol is involved. Passengers that fall or jump overboard are often never found;
  • Alcohol poisoning — the combination of sun, a deck chair and unlimited access to alcohol, combined with poor judgment, can lead to overindulgence and illness;
  • Slip and fall — ship decks can be slippery when wet, and even a slight rocking motion can cause an unsteady passenger to fall;

Cruise ship passengers carry a degree of responsibility to conduct themselves according to the regulations set by the industry, including use of handrails in rocky waters, observation of safe distance from guardrail guidelines and swimming only when a lifeguard is present. However, occasionally a passenger is injured on a cruise ship even when they have taken precautions.

If you or someone you love has been injured on a cruise, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss the possibility of receiving monetary compensation for your injuries. The expert attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath care about your suffering and want you to get the maximum amount possible. Call 561-665-1990 or contact us online to make an appointment at our West Palm Beach office today.

Six Years Later; Gulf Oil Spill Worse than Previously Thought

In 2010 The Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped millions of barrels of crude oil onto the coastline of Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas, affecting 1,313 miles of shoreline. A recent report by the US Government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration emphasized that the amount of shoreline affected is 19% more than was originally thought following the spill.

In the years that have followed the largest oil spill in history the evidence of damage to wildlife, sea life and human life continues to mount. The crude oil itself destroyed the vast majority of the shrimping industry, and continues to show its impact on local dolphins, whales and other sea mammals that have failed to reproduce normally. In light of the new study, it is hard to imagine the staggering impact of the spill and add an additional 19% to that.

In terms of effect on the human population, the results are still coming in. In the immediate aftermath of the spill, many local residents and 48,000 clean up workers were exposed to the crude oil itself, and the combination of crude oil and Corexit, the detergent that was used initially to clean up the spill.

Corexit has been shown to attack epithelial cells, such as those found in lungs and the gills of fish. As many as 200,000 people have received medical care directly related to the spill, paid for by the BP cash settlement with the affected communities. Many more residents who continue to suffer from the affects of the toxins remain untreated and sick.

Those affected by the spill and the clean up display a range of respiratory symptoms, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Cognitive processing issues, memory loss

Since the BP settlement payout, many locals have filed private law suits against BP to seek compensation for the drastic loss of livelihood they have suffered. As the toll continues to rise, it is clear that the initial sum BP paid out to community health facilities was grossly inadequate, and that local residents and fisherman who have become ill and impoverished have nowhere to turn.

If you have suffered a loss of income or change in your health as a result of the Gulf oil spill, you may have a case against BP. Contact Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath so we can help you build a case and get the compensation you deserve.  Call 561-665-1990 or contact us online to make an appointment for your free consultation.

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Personal Injury

Conveniently located in West Palm Beach for 27 yrs, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, LLP concentrates in Personal Injury, Wrongful death, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Auto accidents.

At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we specialize in helping victims and their families get fair compensation for injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. Our main areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, and premise liability. We provide each client with the highest quality representation from a top Florida accident and injury lawyer.

Over last 27 years, we have helped hundreds of clients in Florida and throughout the United States. Our experience in personal injury cases allows us to hold insurance companies, medical organizations and other major corporations responsible for your safety and well being. Our legal services include, but are not limited to, representation in the following case types: Our nine Florida Bar certified trial attorneys are here to help you win your case with drive and compassion. Additional areas of expertise include;

Wrongful Death

Nursing Home Negligence

Insurance Bad Faith

Negligent Security

Environmental Toxic Torts

Mass Torts

Slip and Fall

Spinal Cord Injury

Dog Bites

Construction Site Accidents

Appellate Litigation

Traumatic Brain Injury

In addition to providing these expert legal services to all of Palm Beach County we also service the entire State of Florida.

Wrongful Death

Florida Wrongful Death Attorney

A wrongful death claim can be filed when someone dies as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another person.Auto accidents, defective products, medical malpractice or other acts of negligence can be grounds for a wrongful death claim. Unfortunately, many people do not know when a loved one’s death was caused by a negligent act because the evidence can be difficult to detect.

The attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have handled hundreds of wrongful death matters and have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Only immediate family members can file a wrongful death claim. We understand that no amount of money can bring back a loved one, however, it can help with medical and funeral costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses.

Our Florida Accident Attorney can provide your professional help for your case

If you think you may have a wrongful death claim, please contact us immediately.

Defective Products

Florida Product Liability Attorney

DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS CLAIMS IN FLORIDA

Companies are responsible for making sure the products they manufacture and sell are safe for consumers. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes defects in products can cause serious injury or even death. At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we represent people who have been injured or killed as a result of a defective product.

This area of legal practice, called product liabilty is very complicated and often involves multiple defendants, including the product’s manufacturer, distributors, retailers and even the service centers responsible for maintenance and repair of the product.

The Florida defective product lawyers at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have successfully litigated against hundreds of nationally known manufacturers. We have the experience as well as the monetary resources necessary to go up against corporate giants who often have unlimited financial and legal resources. Some of the cases we’ve handled include defects in vehicle tires, airbags, seatbelts, child seats, furniture, gas grills, surgical impants, dangerous drugs and many others.

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is proud to represent individuals and families against corporate giants who often put their own profits over the safety of consumers. Our firm has achieved some of the most significant products liability verdicts in the country and strives to hold corporations responsible for their actions in hopes of preventing future product safety concerns.

If you or a member of your family has suffered injuries or death due to use of a dangerous product, please contact an experienced Florida product liability attorney from our law firm as soon as possible. We want to help you get the money you deserve. Please contact us and make an appointment for a free consultation. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath assists clients throughout Florida and the United States.

Our Firm Handles the Following Areas:

Medical Malpractice

Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney

Although it is never the intention of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to cause injury or death, mistakes are made every day. Every year, more people in Florida die from medical malpractice than auto accidents. Unfortuately, many people do not even realize that something went worng.

Medical malpractice results when a health care provider either fails to act reasonably or does something that a reasonable health care provider would not do which results in injury or death.

If you have suffered injury due to inferior health care or lost a loved one because of mistakes made by a health care provider or facility, please contact a Florida medical malpractice attorney from Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to represent you. You may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills, loss of income and pain and suffering. Our firm represents victims throughout Florida and nationwide.

LRSI&F’s medical malpractice staff is prepared to handle your case. We have a team of attorneys and nurse consultants who specialize in handling Florida medical malpractice cases. One attorney is a former critical care nurse herself. We also hire some of the best medical experts in the country to serve as expert witnesses on your case. Our state-of-the-art comprehensive research library system supplies us with the latest regulations, court decisions, changes in the law and legal precedents. We also have the experience as well as the financial resources necessary to go up against hospitals and major insurance companies.

Our Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney is experienced, skilled and ready to take on your case

Florida medical malpractice cases include but are not limited to:

The law states that patients have the right to request and receive, from their health care provider, the records of any harmful incidents including those that caused injury or death. LRSI&F encourages people to learn all they can about their medical condition, their medical professionals and their hospital. Other sources of medical provider information are:

  • Hospital Compare, a web site made available by the Federal Government that compares hospitals’ performances on some common procedures.
  • Medical Licenses
  • Doctors On-Line Profile
  • Doctors’ History of Previously Paid Malpractice Claims
  • American Medical Association

CONTACT A FLORIDA MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER

Don’t be one of the 7 out of 8 victims of medical malpractice cases in Florida who never file a claim. Call a Florida medical malpractice attorney from the law offices of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today for a free consultation. We have the experience and the resources to help you to pursue the justice that you deserve. Contact us today!

Nursing Home Abuse

Florida Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer

As people get older, many move into nursing homes for care and compassion during their later years of life. Sadly, evidence shows that more than 50% of nursing homes in the United States are understaffed and one third of employees have been caught abusing or neglecting residents. Unfortunately, only 20% of nursing home abuse is ever reported.

Our team of West Palm Beach nursing home negligence lawyers have handled numerous cases that deal with the following types of abuse and neglect:

  • Failing to properly turn residents causing skin breakdown
  • Failing to monitor nutrition
  • Failing to guard against falls
  • Failing to protect residents from being physically and verbally abused by the staff
  • Medication errors
  • The use of restraints for discipline or convenience

Our law firm has compiled resources to help you choose the right nursing home for your loved one. The following websites allow you to compare nursing homes and check for any health or safety violations.

If you suspect that someone dear to you is suffering from any form of abuse or neglect at the hands of nursing home staff, you should immediately contact the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE and, if urgent medical attention is necessary, call 911 or take the victim to the hospital. When your loved one is out of harm’s way, please call an experienced West Palm Beach nursing home negligence attorney at the law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath.

LRSI&F is dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home patients. Through professional associations such as the Florida Justice Association, we have successfully lobbied for those rights in the courtroom and in legislature, as well.

We understand the sensitivity of elder abuse cases and promise that you will be treated with the utmost respect.Please contact a professional West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer from the law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today to discuss your situation. We are here to help you.

Premises Liability

Our firm has always dedicated itself to protecting consumers from the harmful effects of corporations acting in a manner which places their profits over individuals.  Our class action practice serves to further this mission by seeking out justice for large groups of consumers who have been defrauded by predatory companies. By allowing people who have suffered similar wrongs to band together to share costs and