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More Coal Miner Lawsuits Expected in Wake of $8 Million Respirator Verdict

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Legal help is now available for other coal miners in the wake of an $8 million verdict won by a Kentucky miner in a black lung case with Injuryhelpdesk.com dedicating additional resources to help miners connect with mining injury lawyers.

An $8 million lawsuit won by a long-time Kentucky miner in what is believed to be the first case coal dust case lost by a U.S. respirator manufacturer probably will motivate many other miners to come forward with such legal actions, legal experts say.

The jury verdict — returned after just six hours of deliberations –came after a trial in Knott County Circuit Court, Kentucky in which Mine Safety Appliances was found liable for the victim’s pulmonary/respiratory-restrictive lung disease, more commonly known as black lung disease, or coal worker’s pneumonoconiosis.

Coal miners are well aware of this incurable disease caused through inhalation of toxic dust and characterized by shortness of breath and a cough that becomes persistent and stronger over time.

The disease most commonly is diagnosed in the mining heartland of the country, which includes Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West, Virginia, Virginia and southern Illinois.

$8 million verdict draws national attention

The success of the Kentucky miner’s case and the amount of the jury verdict have caught the attention of the major media and respected outlets such as Bloomberg News are predicting there may be many more such coal miner lawsuits filed in jurisdictions where dozens of other are pending.

“But the verdict certainly has been noticed by miners and plaintiffs’ attorneys working in coal-producing states like Kentucky and West Virginia,” Bloomberg reported. “With coal production supported by President Trump and showing a new uptick because of favorable market conditions, expect that attention to grow.”

Attorney Thomas Edward Florek, Managing Partner of Florek & Morgan, said his office is now devoting additional resources to handle claims that faulty dust masks provided by manufacturers, 3M, MSA, and AO (American Optical Corporation) caused black lung disease, otherwise known as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, or progressive massive fibrosis, asbestos exposure, and other health issues.

Several entities, including OSHA, called for the ban of these masks in the 1970’s,  but the manufacturers continued to sell them stating they met government standards.  This argument was rejected by the recent jury in Kentucky.

Likewise, The Centers for Disease Control cites in a recent report the use of “continuous miner” machines, cutting rock above and below a coal seam along with the coal which the agency said “creates the potential for respirable silica exposures.”

“Coal miners work very long days in confined quarters,” said Florek. “They should trust the equipment that promises to protect them from the dust that is known to cause severe health issues.  We’d like to assist in making these people as whole as possible because of others’ negligence and actions.”

How to seek financial compensation

Coal miners who are suffering from mining-related diseases or injuries may be able to seek financial  compensation through Injuryhelpdesk.com, which provides references to a nationwide network of attorneys with a proven record of successful litigation.

Free consultations are available for eligible miners seeking legal representation from attorneys who specialize in such cases and have aggressively  filed lawsuits based on injuries or exposure to toxic materials.

The Kentucky miner who won the $8 million award, James Couch, was 59 when he was diagnosed with black lung disease after toiling as an underground miner between 1973 and 2010.

Jurors were told that during most of his employment Couch wore various protective respirators and dust masks to prevent the inhalation of coal dust and avoid the risk of incurring black-lung disease.

The jury was told the respirators provided by Couch’s employer were defectively designed and were a major factor in causing him to develop black-lung disease and other respiratory complications.

Confidential settlements reached

In addition to Mine Safety Appliances, Couch sued three other defendant companies, all of whom reached confidential settlements with him rather than go to trial and face the financial consequences of a possible jury verdict against them.

According to testimony at his trial, Couch told jurors he used respirators for protection 80 percent of the time he worked underground.

Coal miners are facing increasing dangers from exposure to toxic dust, according to a recent report from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency noted numerous occurrences of “progressive massive fibrosis in Eastern Kentucky in the last few years.

The federal agency said the use of “slope mining,” “continuous miner machines” and other methods of attempting to boost coal production are contributing to the increases in black lung disease.

Legal experts say cases such as Couch’s are becoming more common as the coal-mining industry rebounds from the recent recession and highlights the necessity of experienced legal assistance.

Organizations such as Injuryhelpdesk.com are available to coal miners and their loved ones seeking legal help over claims of mining deaths, diseases and injuries but there may be legal time limits involved so officials recommend contacting them as soon as possible.

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Legal Help Available for Opioids Victims

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Drug overdoses, particularly from prescription painkillers, now kill as many as 46 people each day in the country due to the opioid epidemic, according to recent figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials are desperately trying to control the nationwide crisis as numerous questions are raised, such as how did this epidemic occur, who is responsible and what are the legal rights of opioids victims and their loved ones.

“Fewer Americans are dying young from preventable causes of death,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Tragically, deaths from overdose are increasing because of the opioid epidemic.”

The opioid victims range from innocent patients prescribed these powerful painkillers for relief from diseases,  chronic pain, automobile accidents, sports injuries, military wounds and trauma to those who foolishly embrace the drugs for recreational use.

The painkiller crisis has become so acute that several local and state governments and a significant, growing number of opioid victims and their loved ones are taking legal actions against doctors, pharmacists and the huge medical companies that produce these powerful drugs.

Organizations such as Injuryhelpdesk.com are providing references to a nationwide network of attorneys who specialize in such cases and have successfully filed lawsuits on claims that these defendants caused or contributed to their addictions to prescription painkillers.

An Injuryhelpdesk.com spokesperson said that many victims of opioid abuse are not aware of possible legal options that may be available to them and the fact that free legal consultations can be arranged.

WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others.

On Sept. 18, 2017, Dr. Frieden and the FDA issued a warning about the opioid epidemic and the steps the agency is taking “to stem the tide of opioid misuse and abuse.” Here is part of that public notification:

“America is awash in immediate-release (IR) opioids. About 90 percent of all opioid pain medications prescribed – or 160 million prescriptions a year – are for IR formulations like hydrocodone and acetaminophen or oxycodone and acetaminophen combinations. Many people who are currently addicted to opioids became medically addicted. Their first exposure to opioids was from a legal prescription, and for many, that prescription was written for an IR formulation of these drugs. Many addicted patients may then move on to higher dose formulations or more accessible illegal street drugs.”

Opioids are listed as among “Drugs That Are Most Likely to Land Patients in the Emergency Room,”  according to a recent warning from Worst Pills, Best Pills, a nationally recognized non-profit consumer advocacy organization.

The organization said that landmark research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) estimated that 2.2 million people who were hospitalized in the U.S. in a selected one-year period “had suffered serious adverse drug reactions, of which more than 100,000 were fatal.

The JAMA study researchers “reported that 70 percent of these serious adverse drug reactions preceded the patients’ hospitalizations — and therefore resulted from use of outpatient medications.”

“An important new study published in JAMA in November 2016 shows that adverse events caused by outpatient drugs are leading more older adults in the U.S. to seek care in emergency rooms (ERs) and to be hospitalized. The study also identified the outpatient medications that are most likely to prompt trips to the ER,” the consumer group reported.

DANGEROUS SYMPTOMS

Among the drugs listed were opioid analgesics, in which patients’ symptoms included mental status changes, loss of consciousness, breathing problems, dizziness, fainting, balance problems, gastrointestinal issues, urination problems and allergic reactions.

One group of Americans particularly vulnerable to the opioid epidemic is the large number of military veterans who are included in the statistics compiled in a recent Newsweek magazine focus on the crisis.

“Opioids, mostly illegally obtained counterfeit pills and heroin, now account for 63 percent of all drug deaths in the U.S., with fatalities climbing at an astounding rate of nearly 20 percent a year. In fact, the estimated number of drug deaths in 2016 topped the total number of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Vietnam wars”  — Newsweek magazine 10/12/17

TREATMENT REPURCUSSION

The magazine article goes on to document how these powerful and dangerous drugs were overprescribed for those who served our country through military service, generating a serious backlash in weaning the veterans off the addictive painkillers:

“There’s a grim irony in that statistic, because the Department of Veterans Affairs has played a little-discussed role in fueling the opioid epidemic that is killing civilians and veterans alike. In 2011, veterans were twice as likely to die from accidental opioid overdoses as non-veterans. One reason, as an exhaustive Newsweek investigation—based on this reporter’s book, Mental Health, Inc.—found, is that for over a decade, the VA recklessly overprescribed opiates and psychiatric medications. Since mid-2012, though, it has swung dangerously in the other direction, ordering a drastic cutback of opioids for chronic pain patients, but it is bungling that program and again putting veterans at risk.”

Many veterans are not aware that their military service does not preclude them from pursuing their legal options over health problems caused by treatment with opioids.

Organizations such as Injuryhelpdesk.com are available to provide veterans references to a nationwide network of attorneys who specialize in such cases and have successfully filed lawsuits over opioids treatment.

 

 

 

Invokana Patients Warned of Amputation Dangers

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Startling new Food and Drug Administration warnings about amputations and kidney failure suffered by type 2 diabetes patients using Invokana are triggering thousands of Invokana claims and lawsuits.

The FDA said amputations of the toe and middle of the foot were the most common; however, amputations involving the leg, below and above the knee, also occurred. Some patients had more than one amputation, some involving both limbs.

Victims of Invokana side effects may be able to seek compensation for injuries through Injuryhelpdesk.com, which provides references to a nationwide network of attorneys.

Free consultations are available for eligible Invokana victims seeking legal representation from attorneys who specialize in such cases and have successfully filed lawsuits based on the side effects of dangerous medications.

The FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication in May, 2017, after serious concerns were raised over Invokana side effects based on new data from two large clinical trials.

“The agency has concluded that the type 2 diabetes medicine canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) causes an increased risk of leg and foot amputations,” the FDA said in a warning to the public.

“We are requiring new warnings, including our most prominent Boxed Warning, to be added to the canagliflozin drug labels to describe this risk.”

The FDA noted that results of one clinical trial showed that over the course of a year the risk of amputation in patients treated with Invokana was equivalent to 5.9 out of 1,000, compared with 2.8 out of 1,000 for patients given a placebo.

A second trial showed the risk of amputation was equivalent to 7.5 out of every 1,000 patients treated with Invokana compared with 4.2 out of every 1,000 patients given a placebo.

In addition to seeking the free Invokana legal consultations offered through Injuryhelpdesk.com it is very important that Invokana patients notify their health care professionals immediately  if new pain or tenderness, sores or ulcers, or infections develop in legs or feet.

“Talk to your health care professional if you have questions or concerns,” the FDA warns. “Do not stop taking your diabetes medicine without first talking to your health care professional.

Invokana, a product of the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, targets diabetes 2 patients, and was first in the latest class of diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors.

The Invokana amputations and kidney failures form the basis of the thousands of Invokana lawsuits that have been filed so far and legal experts expect many more to be filed, including those filed by lawyers through references from Injuryhelpdesk.com .

According to court filings so far, the allegations against Johnson & Johnson in Invokana lawsuits include:

  • The company failed to thoroughly research the amputation and kidney failure side effects of the medication.
  • The medication is defective and a danger to the health of type 2 diabetes patients.
  • The company was aware of these dangerous side effects and hid them from government regulators and the public.
  • The company was negligent in its manufacturing of the drug.
  • The company falsely marketed Invokana as safe.

Invokana has been a giant source of income for Johnson & Johnson. according to Forbes magazine  Invokana’s revenue jumped from $586 million in 2014 to $1.31 billion in 2015 and added another $100 million in incremental sales in 2016.

The FDA also instructed health care professionals to consider factors that may predispose patients to the need for amputations before prescribing Invokana.

These factors include a history of prior amputation, peripheral vascular disease, neuropathy, and diabetic foot ulcers, the FDA said.

The agency said that if untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious problems, including blindness, nerve and kidney damage, and heart disease.

Invokana is a prescription medicine used with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors and lowers blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body through the urine.

The FDA said final results from two clinical trials – the CANVAS (Canagliflozin Cardiovascular Assessment Study) and CANVAS-R (A Study of the Effects of Canagliflozin on Renal Endpoints in Adult Participants With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus) – showed that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated with canagliflozin compared to patients treated with placebo, which is an inactive treatment. The CANVAS trial showed that over a year’s time, the risk of amputation for patients in the trial were equivalent to:

Invokana lawsuits are now being consolidated into what may become a class action status and there may be time limits involved to preserve the legal rights of Invokana victims.

For those victims seeking information about their Invokana legal rights, organizations such as Injuryhelpdesk.com are available to provide quick references to a nationwide network of attorneys who specialize in such cases and have successfully filed related claims and lawsuits.

 

Unanswered Questions from the Las Vegas Shootings — What Legal Options Do Victims Have?

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Victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and their loved ones are struggling to recover from the horrific tragedy are seeking answers to many questions. Injury Help Desk and the Shapiro Legal Group believe it’s important for victims to understand their legal rights and get the legal representation that best fits their potential case.  Find out your rights now contact Injury Help Desk email The Shapiro Legal Group – firm@shapirolegalgroup.com or call 1-800-225-8944.

As the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and their loved ones struggle to recover from their horrific tragedy they are seeking answers to many questions, including how such an unimaginable crime occurred and what their legal options might be.

The authorities are still in the initial stages of their investigation into how a gunman was able to smuggle an arsenal of weapons into his 32nd floor room in the Mandalay Bay hotel and spray bursts of gunfire into a country music festival jammed with thousands of concertgoers.

It may never be determined what was in the mind of Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old professional gambler and caused him to pump thousands of rounds into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Oct. 1, 2017 a few hundred yards away.

But as the police continue to piece together what has become a constantly changing chain-of-events timeline we do know this:

  • At least 58 people have died of injuries suffered in the shooting and nearly 600 are recovering from wounds. Many more suffered severe mental trauma or other injuries.
  • Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo in a media interview said “There’s more than 20,000 moving parts associated with this investigation and it takes time,” as he asked the public to have patience with local, state and federal authorities involved in the case.
  • Paddock somehow managed to evade detection as he smuggled 23 weapons, including 12 firearms with bump stocks – accessories that enable rifles to be fired more rapidly – into his room.

In the meantime, the victims and their families may be facing huge costs for funerals, medical expenses, rehabilitation and mental health therapy and wondering whether they have legal options.

Those who were victims in this, one of the country’s worst mass shootings, or have loved ones affected may have a claim. For more information about a possible claim please do not hesitate to contact Injury Help Desk email The Shapiro Legal Group – firm@shapirolegalgroup.com or call 1-800-225-8944.

The Shapiro Legal Group specializes in complex personal injury litigation and trial of cases involving multiple victims. In conjunction with its Co-Counsel for the Las Vegas shooting tragedy it has litigated many cases against corporate defendants.

Whatever your state of residence, those who attended Route 91 and believe they have a case should call us for a free consultation for guidance in the process of selecting your legal representation.

Some lawsuits are being filed over claims stemming from the Las Vegas shootings despite the fact that there is extensive investigation that is still ongoing and more will be undertaken to assure that all possible theories of liability and defendants are identified before filing suit. Our firms investigate all cases thoroughly and completely before filing a lawsuit so as to assure the best chance for a successful outcome.

In one lawsuit filed in connection with the shooting,  a college student wounded while attending the concert is seeking damages from the Mandalay Bay hotel, the concert promoter,  the manufacturer of one of the  bump stocks used by Stephen Paddock and Paddock’s estate. (Gasper vs MGM et all, A-17-762858, District Court, Clark County, Nevada)

The lawsuit claims the student was wounded by a bullet her lawyers believe was fired from one of Paddock’s guns.

The student’s lawyers claim MGM Resorts International, the owner or manager of the Mandalay Bay and subsidiary Mandalay Corp., and unknown John Doe employees or agents contributed to circumstances that enabled Paddock to “commit a mass shooting unencumbered,” according to details in the filing

In another legal action, three people who witnessed the mass shooting  have filed a lawsuit against the makers and sellers of the bump stocks and are asking to have their case declared a class action. (Prescott vs Slide Fire Solutions, A-17-762709, District Court, Clark County, Nevada)

The plaintiffs in their lawsuit allege that Slide Fire Solutions sold the devices to help people with limited hand mobility but extended its marketing beyond this group of consumers.

ABC News also outlined questions raised in the shootings in a recent article pointing out some contradictions that have surfaced. Here is part of the ABC report:

The first reports from hotel employees that there was a shooter in the Mandalay Bay hotel were not relayed to Las Vegas police until after the gunman had already begun the deadly rampage that killed 58 people across the street, according to a person who has reviewed the records and spoke to ABC News on the condition of confidentiality.

Stephen Paddock opened fire on a security guard, Jesus Campos, and a maintenance man, Stephen Schuck, down the hallway of the 32nd floor before he turned his attention to the concertgoers below. Both men called their supervisors, but neither the police account of the ensuing moments nor publicly transmitted police radio traffic indicate when the hotel security office dialed 911.

According to the latest police timeline, Campos was shot about six minutes before the rampage began. Hotel officials released a statement saying that timeline “may not be accurate.” Police say the current timeline will be revised again by Friday.

Many more lawsuits are expected to be filed in connection with this terrible mass shooting. Anyone who is a victim or has a loved one or friend who is a victim of this tragic event is urged to contact us with questions about seeking legal options by contacting Injury Help Desk or calling the victim help line 1-800-225-8944.

About Shapiro Legal Group

Mark Shapiro has been practicing law for over 20 years and is the managing partner of Shapiro Legal Group PLLC. Mark has been actively involved in mass tort litigation since 2008. Mark and his firm have been involved in representing clients in: Avandia, Actos, Invokana, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Depuy Hip Replacements, IVC Filters, Talcum Powder, Invokana, Essure, Xarelto, Onglyza, Monsanto RoundUp, Risperal, Testosterone Replacement Therapy and many others. Mark is a member of the American Association of Justice and the New York Trial Lawyers Association.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mark was a partner in the New York office of Loeb & Loeb and prior to that he was Of Counsel at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner. Mark started his legal career at Shearman & Sterling.

Mark graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and is a two time winner of the American Jurisprudence Award in writing. He was published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. Mark interned for The Honorable Edward R. Korman, U.S. District Court E.D.N.Y.

Mark Shapiro and the staff at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC mourn for the victims of this tragedy, and offer our deepest condolence to those that have lost a loved one, or have suffered injury as a result of this incident. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of this tragedy, please do not hesitate to immediately contact the Shapiro Legal Group.

Contact The Shapiro Legal Group – firm@shapirolegalgroup.com.

About Injury Help Desk

Injury Help Desk is a marketing agency that has connected 1000s of victims to top tier legal representation. Injury Help Desk understands that lawsuits are complicated, time consuming and can be overwhelming. It is important to understand your legal rights and get matched to attorney’s that have your best interests in mind. Injury Help desks believes it’s important to understand your legal rights and get the legal representation that best fits your case.

Contact Injury Help Desk Injury Help Desk  or call 1-800-225-8944

Victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and their loved ones are struggling to recover from the horrific tragedy are seeking answers to many questions. Injury Help Desk and the Shapiro Legal Group believe it’s important for victims to understand their legal rights and get the legal representation that best fits their potential case.  Find out your rights now contact Injury Help Desk email The Shapiro Legal Group – firm@shapirolegalgroup.com or call 1-800-225-8944.

As the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and their loved ones struggle to recover from their horrific tragedy they are seeking answers to many questions, including how such an unimaginable crime occurred and what their legal options might be.

The authorities are still in the initial stages of their investigation into how a gunman was able to smuggle an arsenal of weapons into his 32nd floor room in the Mandalay Bay hotel and spray bursts of gunfire into a country music festival jammed with thousands of concertgoers.

It may never be determined what was in the mind of Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old professional gambler and caused him to pump thousands of rounds into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Oct. 1, 2016 a few hundred yards away.

But as the police continue to piece together what has become a constantly changing chain-of-events timeline we do know this:

  • At least 58 people have died of injuries suffered in the shooting and nearly 600 are recovering from wounds. Many more suffered severe mental trauma or other injuries.
  • Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo in a media interview said “There’s more than 20,000 moving parts associated with this investigation and it takes time,” as he asked the public to have patience with local, state and federal authorities involved in the case.
  • Paddock somehow managed to evade detection as he smuggled 23 weapons, including 12 firearms with bump stocks – accessories that enable rifles to be fired more rapidly – into his room.

In the meantime, the victims and their families may be facing huge costs for funerals, medical expenses, rehabilitation and mental health therapy and wondering whether they have legal options.

Those who were victims in this, one of the country’s worst mass shootings, or have loved ones affected may have a claim. For more information about a possible claim please do not hesitate to contact Injury Help Desk email The Shapiro Legal Group – firm@shapirolegalgroup.com or call 1-800-225-8944.

The Shapiro Legal Group specializes in complex personal injury litigation and trial of cases involving multiple victims. In conjunction with its Co-Counsel for the Las Vegas shooting tragedy it has litigated many cases against corporate defendants.

Whatever your state of residence, those who attended Route 91 and believe they have a case should call us for a free consultation for guidance in the process of selecting your legal representation.

Some lawsuits are being filed over claims stemming from the Las Vegas shootings despite the fact that there is extensive investigation that is still ongoing and more will be undertaken to assure that all possible theories of liability and defendants are identified before filing suit. Our firms investigate all cases thoroughly and completely before filing a lawsuit so as to assure the best chance for a successful outcome.

In one lawsuit filed in connection with the shooting,  a college student wounded while attending the concert is seeking damages from the Mandalay Bay hotel, the concert promoter,  the manufacturer of one of the  bump stocks used by Stephen Paddock and Paddock’s estate. (Gasper vs MGM et all, A-17-762858, District Court, Clark County, Nevada)

The lawsuit claims the student was wounded by a bullet her lawyers believe was fired from one of Paddock’s guns.

The student’s lawyers claim MGM Resorts International, the owner or manager of the Mandalay Bay and subsidiary Mandalay Corp., and unknown John Doe employees or agents contributed to circumstances that enabled Paddock to “commit a mass shooting unencumbered,” according to details in the filing

In another legal action, three people who witnessed the mass shooting  have filed a lawsuit against the makers and sellers of the bump stocks and are asking to have their case declared a class action. (Prescott vs Slide Fire Solutions, A-17-762709, District Court, Clark County, Nevada)

The plaintiffs in their lawsuit allege that Slide Fire Solutions sold the devices to help people with limited hand mobility but extended its marketing beyond this group of consumers.

ABC News also outlined questions raised in the shootings in a recent article pointing out some contradictions that have surfaced. Here is part of the ABC report:

The first reports from hotel employees that there was a shooter in the Mandalay Bay hotel were not relayed to Las Vegas police until after the gunman had already begun the deadly rampage that killed 58 people across the street, according to a person who has reviewed the records and spoke to ABC News on the condition of confidentiality.

Stephen Paddock opened fire on a security guard, Jesus Campos, and a maintenance man, Stephen Schuck, down the hallway of the 32nd floor before he turned his attention to the concertgoers below. Both men called their supervisors, but neither the police account of the ensuing moments nor publicly transmitted police radio traffic indicate when the hotel security office dialed 911.

According to the latest police timeline, Campos was shot about six minutes before the rampage began. Hotel officials released a statement saying that timeline “may not be accurate.” Police say the current timeline will be revised again by Friday.

Many more lawsuits are expected to be filed in connection with this terrible mass shooting. Anyone who is a victim or has a loved one or friend who is a victim of this tragic event is urged to contact us with questions about seeking legal options by contacting Injury Help Desk or calling the victim help line 1-800-225-8944.

About Shapiro Legal Group

Mark Shapiro has been practicing law for over 20 years and is the managing partner of Shapiro Legal Group PLLC. Mark has been actively involved in mass tort litigation since 2008. Mark and his firm have been involved in representing clients in: Avandia, Actos, Invokana, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Depuy Hip Replacements, IVC Filters, Talcum Powder, Invokana, Essure, Xarelto, Onglyza, Monsanto RoundUp, Risperal, Testosterone Replacement Therapy and many others. Mark is a member of the American Association of Justice and the New York Trial Lawyers Association.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mark was a partner in the New York office of Loeb & Loeb and prior to that he was Of Counsel at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner. Mark started his legal career at Shearman & Sterling.

Mark graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and is a two time winner of the American Jurisprudence Award in writing. He was published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. Mark interned for The Honorable Edward R. Korman, U.S. District Court E.D.N.Y.

Mark Shapiro and the staff at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC mourn for the victims of this tragedy, and offer our deepest condolence to those that have lost a loved one, or have suffered injury as a result of this incident. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of this tragedy, please do not hesitate to immediately contact the Shapiro Legal Group.

Contact The Shapiro Legal Group – firm@shapirolegalgroup.com.

About Injury Help Desk

Injury Help Desk is a marketing agency that has connected 1000s of victims to top tier legal representation. Injury Help Desk understands that lawsuits are complicated, time consuming and can be overwhelming. It is important to understand your legal rights and get matched to attorney’s that have your best interests in mind. Injury Help desks believes it’s important to understand your legal rights and get the legal representation that best fits your case.

Contact Injury Help Desk Injury Help Desk  or call 1-800-225-8944

Victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and their loved ones are struggling to recover from the horrific tragedy are seeking answers to many questions. Injury Help Desk and the Shapiro Legal Group believe it’s important for victims to understand their legal rights and get the legal representation that best fits their potential case.

As the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting and their loved ones struggle to recover from their horrific tragedy they are seeking answers to many questions, including how such an unimaginable crime occurred and what their legal options might be.

The authorities are still in the initial stages of their investigation into how a gunman was able to smuggle an arsenal of weapons into his 32nd floor room in the Mandalay Bay hotel and spray bursts of gunfire into a country music festival jammed with thousands of concertgoers.

It may never be determined what was in the mind of Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old professional gambler and caused him to pump thousands of rounds into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Oct. 1, 2016 a few hundred yards away.

But as the police continue to piece together what has become a constantly changing chain-of-events timeline we do know this:

  • At least 58 people have died of injuries suffered in the shooting and nearly 600 are recovering from wounds. Many more suffered severe mental trauma or other injuries.
  • Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo in a media interview said “There’s more than 20,000 moving parts associated with this investigation and it takes time,” as he asked the public to have patience with local, state and federal authorities involved in the case.
  • Paddock somehow managed to evade detection as he smuggled 23 weapons, including 12 firearms with bump stocks – accessories that enable rifles to be fired more rapidly – into his room.

In the meantime, the victims and their families may be facing huge costs for funerals, medical expenses, rehabilitation and mental health therapy and wondering whether they have legal options.

Those who were victims in this, one of the country’s worst mass shootings, or have loved ones affected may have a claim. For more information about a possible claim please do not hesitate to contact Injury Help Desk email The Shapiro Legal Group – firm@shapirolegalgroup.com or call 1-800-225-8944.

The Shapiro Legal Group specializes in complex personal injury litigation and trial of cases involving multiple victims. In conjunction with its Co-Counsel for the Las Vegas shooting tragedy it has litigated many cases against corporate defendants.

Whatever your state of residence, those who attended Route 91 and believe they have a case should call us for a free consultation for guidance in the process of selecting your legal representation.

Some lawsuits are being filed over claims stemming from the Las Vegas shootings despite the fact that there is extensive investigation that is still ongoing and more will be undertaken to assure that all possible theories of liability and defendants are identified before filing suit. Our firms investigate all cases thoroughly and completely before filing a lawsuit so as to assure the best chance for a successful outcome.

In one lawsuit filed in connection with the shooting,  a college student wounded while attending the concert is seeking damages from the Mandalay Bay hotel, the concert promoter,  the manufacturer of one of the  bump stocks used by Stephen Paddock and Paddock’s estate. (Gasper vs MGM et all, A-17-762858, District Court, Clark County, Nevada)

The lawsuit claims the student was wounded by a bullet her lawyers believe was fired from one of Paddock’s guns.

The student’s lawyers claim MGM Resorts International, the owner or manager of the Mandalay Bay and subsidiary Mandalay Corp., and unknown John Doe employees or agents contributed to circumstances that enabled Paddock to “commit a mass shooting unencumbered,” according to details in the filing

In another legal action, three people who witnessed the mass shooting  have filed a lawsuit against the makers and sellers of the bump stocks and are asking to have their case declared a class action. (Prescott vs Slide Fire Solutions, A-17-762709, District Court, Clark County, Nevada)

The plaintiffs in their lawsuit allege that Slide Fire Solutions sold the devices to help people with limited hand mobility but extended its marketing beyond this group of consumers.

ABC News also outlined questions raised in the shootings in a recent article pointing out some contradictions that have surfaced. Here is part of the ABC report:

The first reports from hotel employees that there was a shooter in the Mandalay Bay hotel were not relayed to Las Vegas police until after the gunman had already begun the deadly rampage that killed 58 people across the street, according to a person who has reviewed the records and spoke to ABC News on the condition of confidentiality.

Stephen Paddock opened fire on a security guard, Jesus Campos, and a maintenance man, Stephen Schuck, down the hallway of the 32nd floor before he turned his attention to the concertgoers below. Both men called their supervisors, but neither the police account of the ensuing moments nor publicly transmitted police radio traffic indicate when the hotel security office dialed 911.

According to the latest police timeline, Campos was shot about six minutes before the rampage began. Hotel officials released a statement saying that timeline “may not be accurate.” Police say the current timeline will be revised again by Friday.

Many more lawsuits are expected to be filed in connection with this terrible mass shooting. Anyone who is a victim or has a loved one or friend who is a victim of this tragic event is urged to contact us with questions about seeking legal options by contacting Injury Help Desk or calling the victim help line 1-800-225-8944.

About Shapiro Legal Group

Mark Shapiro has been practicing law for over 20 years and is the managing partner of Shapiro Legal Group PLLC. Mark has been actively involved in mass tort litigation since 2008. Mark and his firm have been involved in representing clients in: Avandia, Actos, Invokana, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Depuy Hip Replacements, IVC Filters, Talcum Powder, Invokana, Essure, Xarelto, Onglyza, Monsanto RoundUp, Risperal, Testosterone Replacement Therapy and many others. Mark is a member of the American Association of Justice and the New York Trial Lawyers Association.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mark was a partner in the New York office of Loeb & Loeb and prior to that he was Of Counsel at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner. Mark started his legal career at Shearman & Sterling.

Mark graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and is a two time winner of the American Jurisprudence Award in writing. He was published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. Mark interned for The Honorable Edward R. Korman, U.S. District Court E.D.N.Y.

Mark Shapiro and the staff at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC mourn for the victims of this tragedy, and offer our deepest condolence to those that have lost a loved one, or have suffered injury as a result of this incident. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of this tragedy, please do not hesitate to immediately contact the Shapiro Legal Group.

Contact The Shapiro Legal Group – firm@shapirolegalgroup.com.

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