Statistics tell us that 770 Americans out of 100,000 will be injured in a rear impact auto crash this year. While insurance companies equate minor vehicle damage with minor bodily injury, medical evidence doesn’t bear this out. It is very often the case, that those involved in rear end or so-called low impact auto crashes sustain permanent and disabling injuries to their spine, neck and head. Such accidents can impair neurological functioning as well. While cars are often designed for such crashes, the human body is not so designed. In such a crash, the body is often twisted and violently thrown back, even when wearing a seat belt restraint. This shearing force can cause muscle tears as well as spinal fractures. If you’re involved in such a crash, seek good, quality medical care and don’t listen to the insurance adjuster who wants you to settle your claim as quickly as possible.
When the FDA approved new rules making pharmaceutical companies provide clearer labeling and detailed warnings about their drug products, they also slipped in a second rule change that is both ridiculous in its scope and profoundly anti-consumer. This new rule change argues that because the FDA approves drugs before they can be marketed to the general public, only federal courts should hear cases where someone claims they were injured by those drugs. It’s called “federal preemption” and if upheld, will require injured victims of dangerous drugs to sue a drug company in federal court not state court. Joan Claybrook, President of Public Citizen, summed it up perfectly, “This is a sneak attack on consumer rights. Bush is once again abusing his executive powers, this time in his attempt to protect the big pharmaceutical companies from the consequences of their actions. Thousands of people in this country have died or been seriously injured by drugs approved by the FDA, and this administration is saying it doesn’t think people should have any recourse.”