Topic: Calaxo

No Amount of North Carolina Social Security Benefits Will Make You “Feel Truly Secure”

June 4, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

It’s one of the biggest myths about Social Security Disability in North Carolina and beyond–that if you secure a steady stream of income or benefits, then you will feel secure and comfortable in your life.

We all want certainty and security. These are fundamental human needs. And you should absolutely pursue them. However, the conventional strategies we use to meet these needs are often surprisingly incongruent with what research science tells us about how these needs are typically met.

Take the concept of “security,” for instance. You can find many people right here in North Carolina–who feel incredibly insecure–for various psychological reasons. But the reality is the United States is a country at peace. Our state has plenty of clean water and an abundance of food, and there are excellent free resources available to people who need help. Yet many people still feel insecure.

Conversely, you can find places in the world that are truly devastated–war torn regions of Sudan or Somalia, for instance–and find people who would rate themselves as very secure. In actuality, it’s far more dangerous to live in a war-ravaged region of Sudan than it is to live in a peaceful suburb of Raleigh, those objective measurements don’t necessarily reflect themselves in subjective experience.

This isn’t to say that there is no difference between living in a battle zone and living in a quiet suburb. But the research does suggest that our sense of security often has to do substantially with our perceptions.

That sounds gauzy and a bit new-agey, and if you are really struggling with your North Carolina Social Security Disability claim, you don’t want to be placated with platitudes. That’s understandable. The benefits that you are fighting for could mean the difference between comfort and discomfort–between good medical treatment and horrible medical treatment–between self-esteem and self-defeat. So the fight is important–potentially vital.

But your perception of your own vulnerability is much more under your control than you likely think it is. Hopefully that makes sense. Furthermore, the more you understand your case–and your options–the more you will feel in control and secure about your situation, even if you don’t get immediately fix your financial circumstances.

For help getting on the road to clarity and security regarding your case, connect with the Social Security Disability law team at DeMayo Law now.

Rebuilding Your Self-Esteem: A Guide for Would-Be North Carolina Social Security Disability Beneficiaries

May 18, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Social Security Disability beneficiaries (or people who want to collect benefits) often endure epic crises of confidence and self-esteem.

When you are healthy, you can engage with the world in positive ways that you take for granted. For instance, you can smile easily, respond to emails in a timely fashion, and listen to other people with intense concentration. When you suffer serious injury or illness, however, you suddenly can find yourself unable to engage effectively with other people, and you may find that your self-talk turns increasingly negative and dire.

Even if you were a happy, content person before you accident/illness; today, you may find yourself bereft of emotional and physical support and spending an inordinate amount time dwelling on mortality, your pain, and the “lack of” fairness and abundance in your life.

Unfortunately, without appropriate self-esteem and self-confidence, you may lack the fortitude to pursue your Social Security Disability case most effectively. For instance, let’s say you go to the doctor and complain about 10 symptoms, but you notice that the doctor is not writing down what you’re saying. Since you have read our Social Security Disability blog, you know that your doctor should always write down your complaints, so that you can make the best case to the judge. But because you are so unconfident and fatigued, you say nothing. As a result, the doctor fails to record your symptoms, and your potential case suffers just a little bit.

If you extrapolate that kind of behavior — that meekness — over weeks and months, you get the picture. You may not get the benefits that you need, and this lack of support can provoke a further spiral of self-doubt and financial/physical problems for you.

Obviously, your self-esteem and self-confidence are important for reasons that transcend your Social Security Disability benefit case. And obviously, fixing deep-seated psychological distress is not something that you can do by popping a pill or watching a special web video or doing anything once. There are no magic pills to increasing confidence and self-esteem. However, once you understand you may have endured psychological trauma because of your injury or illness, then you can focus on taking corrective action and treating your psychological issues seriously.

For instance, you may benefit from therapy or meditation or changes in your diet. You might even enjoy hypnotherapy to increase your self-confidence. No single methodology can overnight give you deep inner confidence and self-esteem. But if you focus on managing this problem — getting the help you need — then you might save yourself some serious heartache.

If you are looking for more resources about how to handle your Social Security Disability case, get in touch with the experienced people at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo. We are here to help and listen to you — and provide you with diverse, innovative resources to solve your problems. Call us now at (877) 529-1222.

Embracing Fundamental Uncertainty about Your North Carolina Defective Drug Case

May 14, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Above all else, you want clarity about your North Carolina drug injury situation.

Whether your husband suffered a heart attack and a stroke following his treatment with a GranuFlo or NaturaLyte dialysis product, or you endured years of pain, internal bleeding, and a rash of surgeries following your transvaginal mesh surgery, you just want the nonstop chaos that enveloped your life to end. Stat.

 The quest for clarity after a serious injury in North Carolina or elsewhere is very common one. Unfortunately, many people don’t talk about it enough. We are often marketed solutions–”hire this company,” “retain that North Carolina injury law firm,” etc. But clarity is not something that anybody or any organization–no matter how well intended or how well equipped–can give you. The fact is that we live in a world that’s replete with uncertainties.

As someone who has been injured, you face tremendous and diverse uncertainties
regarding your health, your finances, your case, your quest for justice, your life logistics, and on and on.

Obviously, no one expects to be given “full clarity” regarding every aspect of existence. Maybe if you go and meditate in the mountains for 30 years, you find crystal clear enlightenment and awareness. But understand what you are looking for before you get started researching.

 It’s important to be clear about what you want get clear about, if that makes sense.

There is a certain undeniable element of uncertainty with everything we do. Think about the meteor that blew up over Russia several weeks ago. No one predicted that. Blown glass imploded by the passing projectile hurt over 1,000 people.

But how do you “get clear” on what it is that you want to “get clear” about?

There is no easy answer. But there are certain strategies you can use to make your path easier. For instance, have you connected with a North Carolina injury law firm? If not, that’s a really good place to start.

Call the DeMayo Law team now for a free, no obligation consultation. We can help you make sense of everything that’s happened in your life–and what might be resourceful for you next.

One Huge (And Tragic, and Totally Preventable) Reason Why North Carolina Medical Product Victims Never Get Effective Legal Counsel…

May 12, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

As someone who was hurt by a defective medical instrument or piece of equipment in
South Carolina, you know you need to “do something” to protect your rights and to punish the physician or company responsible for the devastation.

You’re not a student of the law. You lack the education to go to trial or fight for a settlement. You are probably also not equipped to understand what games insurance companies might play to reduce your settlement claim or otherwise trick you into giving up rights.

If you don’t advocate for your rights, forcibly and soon, your ability to get good results will diminish and ultimately disappear, per the statutes of limitation or per other factors.

Finally, you know that there are probably many–perhaps dozens–effective lawyers who
can give you advice about whether you have a case, whether you should pursue action, how you should pursue it, and so forth.

But you are still not taking action. The question is: why?

It’s a question worth dwelling on, because a lot of injured people who would otherwise benefit hugely from talking to a good attorney never do. They suffer for years, if not for decades, because of this simple lack of communication.

So why don’t all injured people in North Carolina and elsewhere consult with attorneys?

The answer probably has to do with our cultural conditioning. When you think about who you are, certain attributes and descriptors come to mind. For instance, you might think of yourself as “independent” or “someone who doesn’t like lawyers” or something like that.

We subconsciously make often decisions based on these deeply held but never
verbalized or philosophies of self. If you really look logically at a situation, the tradeoffs are ridiculously imbalanced. By calling a lawyer, you would have to temporarily challenge an idiosyncratic (and probably not very logically taut) notion that you are “not someone who works with lawyers.” But the payoff can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars and much more clarity and happiness for the rest of your life. Meanwhile, if you fail to dig up and challenge beliefs that are holding you back from getting help, the consequences could be dire.

Whether you call the team at DeMayo Law at (877) 529-1222 or reach out to some other
law firm, give your resistance some deep thought. Don’t be afraid to challenge your prevailing subconscious beliefs to protect your and your family’s long term destiny and financial health.

Too Little, Too Late: Why Do Medical Equipment Companies Resist Pulling Product/Services That Inevitably Lead to North Carolina Class Action Lawsuits?

May 10, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

It’s kind of a mystery, isn’t it?

So many North Carolina mass tort class action lawsuits could be avoided if liable parties took more responsible action, voluntarily, earlier in the process. On this blog, we’ve covered in depth the ongoing “legal drama” over the dialysis company Fresenius’s drugs, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte — drugs which can provoke cardiac events in at-risk patients — a scarily large slice of the patient population.

We’ve also talked about Stryker’s hip metal-on-metal hip replacement components — that’s another “legal drama” that’s led to countless injuries, heartbreaks, and vast amounts of suffering.

The catalogue of North Carolina class action lawsuits is vast. So why do so many drug companies, medical equipment suppliers, and other service and product suppliers wait until the last minute — and then some — to take course-corrective action?

This sluggishness leads to unnecessary deaths and injuries — and all the legal fracas that follows.

Obviously, all patients and doctors and lawyers appreciate the hard work that medical equipment suppliers and drug companies do to create services, pills, and components to treat sick people, get them healthy and keep them healthy.

We also all appreciate that there are inherent risks to medical procedures, especially surgeries and drug therapies. But what’s just not acceptable is when companies who make or sell or distribute products shirk responsibility when things go wrong. When preliminary data suggest that a product may be killing or seriously injuring a slice of the patient population, a values-based company should immediately do everything in its power to pull that product from shelves or at least warn practitioners and patients about the potential adverse effects, ASAP, as loudly as possible.

Yes, an “alarmist” response may hinder profits. Yes, some drugs and medical devices can be worth tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of dollars. Yes, stakeholders might not be happy to see such a “panicked” reaction. But to the extent that these companies ignore their fundamental fiduciary responsibilities to patients is the extent to which the healthcare system itself becomes bogged down, scary, complicated and inhumane.

When hundreds and millions of dollars are at stake, you need courageous people at the helm to make courageous stands against monied interests to protect the lives and welfare of patients. But we should demand that kind of compassionate responsibility of every stakeholder in healthcare system.

If you or someone you care about was injured by a defective medical component (like a metal-on-metal hip replacement component), drug (like GranuFlo or NaturaLyte), or medical service, the North Carolina class action team here at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo can help you.

Call us now at (877) 529-1222 for a free, sensitive, and effective case evaluation.

Finding a Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyer: Not As Easy As You Thought It Would Be!

May 8, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

You’re looking for a Stryker hip replacement lawyer — a good, reputable firm to help you understand (and possibly exercise) your legal rights to get compensation for medical trauma and other damages you endured due to a malfunctioning metal-on-metal component.

As you’ve probably read about at length, when the metal components grind against one another, they can release heavy metals into the bloodstream, causing a condition called metallosis, which can lead to blood poisoning, horrible pain, and even death. Hopefully, you’ve already been in touch with a competent physician or emergency medical technician to manage your immediate healthcare crisis.

But you’ve got a secondary crisis “waiting in the wings” — a potential legal battle against the equipment manufacturer or some other entity. Obviously, you’re in no position to wage
your own legal battles, so you need to find a competent hip replacement law firm to guide you, step-by-step through the process, and alleviate your fears and concerns, so you can focus on healing.

However, locating a quality firm is no small task, especially in today’s world. The online media environment, for instance, is oversaturated by legal blogs (like this one) run by firms that want your business. Not all great firms have great websites, and vice versa.
And while you might prefer to get a referral from a trusted friend or advisor, you might not have any good leads.

Reading various law firm websites provide does not necessarily lead to clarity, either.

Again, a great firm can put out “so-so” web content, and vice versa.

Here’s a little exercise to help you cut through the clutter. Give yourself a deadline for your research. Maybe you set that deadline at three hours or two weeks. Whatever the case, make a decision now that, by the time that deadline elapses, you’ll make a decision about your law firm. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to research and call firms to get consultations. But don’t give yourself endless amounts of time. By bounding your decision making this way — by limiting the amount of time that you have to make the decision — you may actually improve the quality of your decision.

That sounds counterintuitive, but that’s what’s some of the latest research in decision-making psychology suggests — that, when you limit your choices, you actually feel more satisfaction about the choices that you make.

Of course, we at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo would be honored to be included on your short list of candidate firms. Peruse our site to learn more about how we help victims in North Carolina personal injury cases, or give us a call today at (877) 529-1222.

Big Story in Globe and Mail Says Miracle of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements “Has Turned Into a Nightmare”

May 3, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

When Margaret Wente first learned about the possibility of metal-on-metal hip replacements, she was pretty elated.

According to her essay in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, she had been looking forward to replacing her “crumbling arthritic joints” with a “shiny ball and socket made of cobalt and chromium,” and she sought after DePuy Orthopedic’s metal-on-metal hip replacement parts. As she noted, DePuy has been in business since 1895. It’s now a division of Johnson & Johnson.

She wrote about her success in the Globe and Mail and encouraged other readers to get similar treatments. Unfortunately, she come to admit that the supposed engineering miracle “has turned into a nightmare” for her and for many others. According to her report “metal-on-metal hip devices, including the kind I have, have failed in thousands of patients, with several models taken off the market and leading companies facing massive litigation.”

Wente, who described herself as a skeptic of “medical scare stories,” nevertheless has said that her faith in “in medicine and big pharma … has been well and truly shaken.”

Although Wente does an excellent and emotional job of discussing that the chronic battles that people like her often endure. That kind of agony can be difficult to explain, if you have never experienced it. It’s not just that your “hip hurts” — it’s that your entire body just becomes dysfunctional and your world gets turned upside down. Wente recalled the account of another hip-on-hip patient who suffered because the device never fully adhered the way it was supposed to do. She described the pain as so intense that it literally made her feel like she was outside her own body.

Even more terrifying than the pain, in some cases, is the experience of metallosis — a metal induced poisoning of the blood and body that can be difficult to identify and even harder to treat.

If you or a loved one has experience similar pain or agony due to a malfunctioning DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement part or other medical device, the team here at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo can help explain your rights and connect you with resources to make your journey simpler and less stressful. Call us today at (877) 529-1222 for help with the next steps.

What Is Your Worst Fear about Your Potential North Carolina Medical Device Case?

May 1, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

A medical device–as Guidant defibrillator or Stryker metal-on-metal hip component–failed you. The results have been nothing less than catastrophic. Maybe you’ve experience horrendous pain during menses and total inability to have sex, ever since you had transvaginal mesh surgery. Or maybe your husband suffered a series of cardiac events after his Guidant defibrillator failed to correct an arrhythmia because the battery inside died due to a bad component.

No matter what you’ve been through, it’s been a lot. Even the people close to you can’t truly appreciate the pain, agony, and grim thoughts that you have endured. First of all, congratulate yourself on weathering the storm so far. Your situation is not easy, and it may not be simple. You’ve already proven courageous in the face of phenomenal adversity, and you’re still standing. All that said, when you think about bringing legal action against a big medical equipment company or caregiver or other person/company, you balk.

You are afraid. You are intimidated.

You might not have fully articulated reason for why you “don’t want to do anything,” legally speaking. But you have reasons, and the odds are high that these reasons are rooted in fear.

In some ways, objectively speaking, that kind of fear is a bit preposterous.

After all, you’ve already weathered life threatening medical events and come out on the other side, and you may still be dealing with such events. You’ve already managed much higher stakes than any “legal drama” could create for you.

On the other hand, we are all conditioned to be somewhat afraid or intimidated by large corporations with deep pockets and lots of lawyers on their side. We worry about making fools of ourselves–about struggling mightily to get results without success–about coming really close to success but still failing, etc.

You can think of a thousand reasons to be afraid of taking some action.

 Unfortunately, you also need to balance those fears against what might happen if you fail to take action. If an insurance company or liable party won’t provide you money, where will you get funds to live, to eat, to buy medication, to enjoy recreation, etc?

 And what about justice? Don’t you think that the company that marketed or installed the bad product should be held to some account for your pain? What about broader justice? Wouldn’t it be great if you could prevent others from having to go through what you have gone through?

 Get all the facts, so you can make a more intelligent, objective, and ultimately self-compassionate decision about your case. Call the DeMayo Law team today to set up a free evaluation of your North Carolina defective medical device case.

Did your Calaxo bone screw dissolve early and worsen your ACL injury and/or cause additional problems?

January 8, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Whether you’re an ex-North Carolina athlete who hurt his knee during a violent football collision; or you’re an elderly patient who needed knee replacement due to osteoarthritis, if you received a Calaxo bone screw between March 2006 and August 2007, you may be eligible to collect compensation for side effects caused by this defective piece of medical equipment.

Officially marketed as the “Calaxo osteoconductive interference screw,” the bone screw was designed to help maintain the structural integrity of the interior cruciate ligament (ACL) during surgical recovery. Doctors used the screw in thousands of knee surgeries in North Carolina and beyond. The manufacturer issued a recall, after data suggested that the screws dissolved too quickly in the body, causing the tender and recently repaired joints to fall apart.

Common symptoms reported included fever, fluid build up and swelling in the knee, redness and tenderness near incision, infection, and chronic pain.

Many patients who suffered these side effects had to get second (and sometimes third) knee surgeries — expensive, debilitating procedures.

The indirect costs were also staggering and diverse: the ending of professional athletic careers, spikes in insurance rates, psychological strain, loss of companionship, etc.

Even though six years may have passed since your surgery, you can still take powerful legal action to recoup costs and hold the manufacturer of Calaxo screws responsible for what you and your family went through. The team here at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo has vast experience fighting for plaintiffs in North Carolina class action and mass tort lawsuits. We would be happy to give you a free consultation to help you understand your potential avenues for legal recourse. Get in touch with us today to get peace of mind regarding your chronic knee injury.