Archive for February, 2011

Terbutaline Warning – Do Not Use for Treatment of Preterm Labor

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Terbutaline (Brethine, Bricanyl, and Bethaire) was put on the market to prevent and treat asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.  However, some healthcare providers have used it for “off-label” treatment.

Terbutaline has been used “off-label” as a fast acting treatment for preterm labor and has been linked to numerous side effects, including birth injuries.

Common birth injuries linked to of Terbutaline, include:

  • Brain damage
  • Developmental problems
  • Birth defects
  • Autism (particularly in twin pregnancies) 
  • Speech and movement defects

Contact Cellino & Barnes with your questions.

Due to this “off-label” use and the dangers involved, the FDA is now requiring a Boxed Warning and Contraindications for this drug. The FDA has notified healthcare professionals that the injectable Terbutaline should not be used on pregnant woman for prevention of prolonged treatment of preterm labor. 

Learn more about Terbutaline

Fire Hazards in the Home

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Thousands of people die each year in house fires. The most common causes of fires include electrical wiring, heating units and furnaces, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).  Furnace and heating related fires alone make up 11.4 percent of all home fires each year. Most often these fires occur during the winter months.

Learn more from our Personal Injury Lawyers Rochester.

If you are a homeowner, it is important to follow the USFA’s recommendations to avoid potential fire hazards. Call a professional if you notice any of these problem areas and never try to make your own electrical or heating related repairs. If you are a renter, you should contact your landlord immediately and notify them of any hazards or necessary repairs:

  • – Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition
  • – Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe insulation or clearance may be required
  • – Check the pipe seams. Are they well supported; free of holes, and cracks? Soot along or around seams may be an indicator of a leak
  • – Look for and replace loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices
  • – If outlets or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by an electrician
  • – Avoid overloading outlets with high-wattage appliances

Talk with Ross Cellino today.

According to the Attorney General’s “Tenants’ Rights Guide”, in the State of New York, the homeowner or landlord is responsible for ensuring that each of their dwellings remain in “good repair”. This includes maintaining and repairing electrical and heating systems.

The Zadroga Bill & The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Legal Assistance for Rescue/Recovery Workers

Hundreds of tons of asbestos were released when the Twin Towers fell and many rescue and recovery workers are now suffering the effects of breathing in the contaminated air.

The Zagroda Act provides the necessary medical monitoring and treatment to thousands of people who are now sick as a result of the terrorist attacks on 911 and its subsequent clean-up.

In addition, the Zagroda Act provides an opportunity for many individuals who were either ineligible or became sick after the deadline of the original Victim Compensation Fund, to apply for compensation.

Cellino & Barnes can help you navigate the paperwork and documents necessary to file a claim for compensation with the Fund.

Learn More – 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Information

Water Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

If you live in an area where gas drilling is ongoing, such as Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale, the drilling company may be using a technique referred to as hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

In some wells the fracturing has caused contaminated ground water. Initially, many people living near shale gas drilling reported a nasty odor in their drinking water. Subsequently, independent studies were done and have shown that dangerous chemicals may be used in shale gas drilling, including benzene. Benzene is extremely dangerous and has been linked to health problems where exposure is too high.

Learn more about the effects of hydraulic fracturing

Cellino & Barnes Secures $1.8 Million for Boating Accident Victim

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Richard Amico, a personal injury attorney in our Rochester office, led the legal team that secured the maximum available insurance coverage.

The settlement was reached shortly after the complaint was filed and served on the defendants. The insurers for the defendants agreed to pay the plaintiff the full policy limits ($1.8 million) for the injuries suffered in this boating accident.

“Our client suffered an amputation of her left thumb and a crush injury to her right arm,” explained Attorney Amico, one of our Rochester-based personal injury attorneys. “This young lady’s injuries were extremely serious. Unfortunately, we were limited by the maximum amount of available insurance coverage – which we were successful in securing.”

Read entire Press Release

Cellino & Barnes Attorney, Gregory Pajak, Settles Pedestrian Case

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Buffalo News Article – Updated: February 1, 2011

Gregory Pajak, a car accident attorney at the law firm of Cellino & Barnes, recently settled a case against a Town of Tonawanda police officer.

Our client was crossing Military Road, when he was hit by a police car that wasn’t responding to an emergency.  As a result, our client suffered a compound leg fracture and was hospitalized for 10 days. Case was settled for $149,000.

Read more car accident settlements.