Hip Check – The first DePuy hip implant trial in underway and there is strong evidence that Johnson & Johnson’s metal on metal hip replacement releases metallic debris that damages a patient’s tissue and bone. This debris causes metal ions of cobalt and chromium to enter your bloodstream causing significant damage. There are 10,000 lawsuits pending nationally, yet thousands of people have yet to retain a lawyer to secure their rights. If you have had hip replacement or revision surgery, do you know what product is in your body? I can help you find the answer. Do not continue to wait, the statute of limitations is running.

Criminal Doctor – What a world we live in; Dr. Nikita Levy, a local (now deceased) Baltimore OB/GYN, was for many years videotaping his patients’ exams for all the wrong reasons. With several investigations pending, who is helping the victims with their anger, grief and confusion? If you or a loved one were a patient of this person, please consult with a trusted attorney for advice. If you have any questions, I can provide confidential information on what the law is with this type of matter and how to insulate yourself from outside sources contacting you.

Hitting the Slopes – Yes, it is still winter and many folks, young and old, are looking for speed in the powder. A reminder from a new study published this week: all recreational skiers and snowboarders should wear safety helmets; they reduce the risk of serious head injury by 60% and they do not increase risk taking.

Credit Reports – A new FTC study has found that one in four people who participated in a survey spotted errors on their credit reports that might affect their credit scores. A credit report includes information about where you live, how you pay your bills, and whether you’ve been sued or arrested or have filed for bankruptcy. Creditors, insurers, employers and others use that information when they consider your applications for credit, insurance, employment, or housing. If you want to check your report, go to annualcreditreport.com to get your free credit report, then dispute any errors you find. Learn more at ftc.gov/freereports. Do not use any service you see advertised on TV or the internet, they will charge you money and get you signed up for a monthly updates for fees.

Be well. John CM