Stryker Issues Hip Recall

Stryker Issues Hip Recall

Stryker Orthopedics has finally notified surgeons that they decided to voluntarily recall certain lots and sizes of their LFIT ANATOMIC COCR V40 FEMORAL HEADS because of serious health risks to patients.

Unfortunately, many Americans were implanted with this hip replacement system, and many have experienced debilitating pain or forced to undergo a second revision surgery because of design flaws in this defective medical device.

If you or anybody you may know has been affected by this recall, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Bill B. Berke                                                          

Berke Law Firm, P.A.

4423 Del Prado Blvd. S.

Cape Coral, Florida 33904

Drowsy Drivers

           Drowsy Drivers

Official government statistics suggest that 1.4% of all crashes, 2.2% of crashes that result in injuries, and 2.5% of fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver (NHTSA, 2011). However, the results of this study and several other studies suggest that the true prevalence is much higher. This study estimates that as many as 21% of fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver. Applying these estimates, conservatively, to all crashes nationwide in which a passenger is towed from the scene would indicate that an average of 134,000 crashes each year in which a passenger vehicle is towed, including 68,000 that result in injuries and 4,998 fatal crashes, involve a drowsy driver. If the results of the current study are generalize to all crashes, this would imply that approximately 328,000 police-reported crashes each year, including 109,000 that result in injuries and 6,400 fatal crashes, involve a drowsy driver.
Do not drive when you are tired. It is risky to drive drowsy because fatigue (being sleepy) can:
  • slow down your thought process and reaction time;
  • affect your judgment and vision;
  • impair your sense and abilities;
  • cause micro-sleeping (“nodding off”) or falling completely asleep.
Drowsy Driving Prevention Tips
  • Similar to drunk and drugged driving, sleep loss or fatigue slows reaction time, makes drivers less attentive and impairs decision-making skills. It is always important to rest before driving, but there are other measures you can take to prevent drowsy driving:
  • Get enough sleep before you drive. If you are having difficulty focusing, frequent blinking or heavy eyelids, pull over in a safe place to rest before continuing to drive.
  • On long trips take a break every 100 miles or two hours. Allow plenty of time to get to your final destination.
  • Use the “buddy system” so you can change drivers when needed.
  • If you have been up for 24 hours or more, do not drive. It just isn’t safe for you and all others on the road. Get a good night’s sleep before you travel.
  • You can drink caffeine to increase alertness; two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours.
  • Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep.
Berke Law Firm P.A.
4423 Del Prado Boulevard S.
Cape Coral, Florida 33904

Telephone (239) 549-6689

Thank you,

Say NO to Amendment One!

This is why we recommend Voting NO on Amendment One !

Here are three reasons to be wary of Amendment 1:

  • Amendment 1 is funded by Florida’s big utilities to protect their monopoly markets and limit customer-owned solar.
  • Amendment 1 paves the way for barriers that would penalize solar customers.
  • Amendment 1 misleads Florida voters by promising rights and protections that Florida citizens already have.

Fact 1 Monopoly utilities have contributed the majority of the 20 million collected to promote this amendment while claiming they are pro-solar.

Fact 2 Utilities only support limited amounts of solar power they own and from which they can profit. NO Non-utility company supports Amendment 1.

Fact 3 The monopoly utilities wrote Amendment 1 to sound good by promising that it would add new solar rights and consumer protections, Floridians already have the right to buy or lease solar equipment and are already protected under Florida’s existing consumer protection laws.

Bill B. Berke
Berke Law Firm, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral,  Florida 33904
(239) 549-6689

When it rains your lights should be on!

Berke Law Firm, P.A. wants to remind fellow motorists that when it rains you are required to have your lights on!
Florida statue 316.217 says every vehicle operated upon a highway within this state shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as herein respectively required for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles, under the following conditions;
(a) Any time from sunset to sunrise including the twilight hours. Twilight hours shall mean the time between sunset and full night or between full night and sunrise.
(b) During any rain, smoke, or fog.
(c) Stop lights, turn signals, and other signaling devices shall be lighted as prescribed for use of such devices.
Drive safe!

Bill B. Berke
Berke Law Firm, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral,  Florida 33904
(239) 549-6689

Safe Car lines For School

The 7 rules parents must not break in the school drop-off line.

We are taught in preschool how to form a line. It’s not complicated.
Unfortunately there are just always people who believe they’re above the system.  We’re ALL just dropping our kids, in a hurry, and running late for a meeting — that’s why we’re in the car line, too.
 So, for all of those parents who know somebody who could use a reminder as to how it all works, here are the 7 unbreakable rules of the school drop-off or pick-up line.
Rule #1: Do NOT get out of your car.  Stay in your car.  And when the car in front of you moves, you move.
Rule #2: Put down the cellphone. Don’t text or type emails, seems like the perfect opportunity to catch up on work – but it’s also a distraction. People on their phones don’t notice the car in front of them has moved.
Rule #3: Don’t double park. It is illegal.
Rule #4: DON’T cut the line. We’re all waiting
Rule #5: Leave the PDA at home. You love your little one and want to send him on his way to school with a kiss. That’s lovely, go park your car and walk him in.
Rule #6: The rules of the car drop-off lane apply to everybody, no matter what kind of car you drive.  
Rule #7: Move swiftly. Once your kids locate you, get them into the car and get going.
In short, a little politeness goes a long way in the car lane (and beyond). Remember, we see you, including our children. So let’s try to set a good example.
Berke Law Firm P.A.
4423 Del Prado Boulevard S.
Cape Coral, Florida 33904
Telephone (239) 549-6689

Be Prepared

                            Hopefully, Matthew doesn’t come here!

Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.
Always listen to the radio and television for the latest information and instructions for your area. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Know the difference between the threat levels and plan accordingly.
  • Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting.
  • Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Have a disaster plan.
  • Have a pet plan. Before a storm threatens, contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.  
  • Bring in outdoor objects that could blow away.
  • Make sure you know which county or parish you live in.
  • Know where all the evacuation routes are. Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your home and car. Have enough food and water for at least 3 days. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
  • Have a NOAA weather radio handy with plenty of batteries, so you can listen to storm advisories.
  • Have some cash handy. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
  • Make sure your car is filled with gasoline.
  •  Stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas.
  •  Always stay indoors during a hurricane, because strong winds will blow things around.
  • Leave mobile homes and to go to a shelter.
  • If your home isn’t on higher ground, go to a shelter.
  • If emergency managers say to evacuate, then do so immediately.
  • Stay indoors until it is safe to come out.
  • Check for injured or trapped people, without putting yourself in danger.
  • Watch out for flooding which can happen after a hurricane.
  • Do not attempt to drive in flooding water.
  • Stay away from standing water. It may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest  updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
    If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

Berke Law Firm P.A.
4423 Del Prado Boulevard S.
Cape Coral, Florida 33904

Telephone (239) 549-6689