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Mr. Faerber received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Utah. He also earned his Juris Doctor degree (Law Degree) from the University of Utah, where he was a member of the Utah Law Review. He was a William H. Leary Scholar in both Torts and Criminal Law, receiving the highest grade in the section for those courses. Mr. Faerber has an extensive background in litigation, including medical malpractice, automobile injury, premises liability, and product liability actions. He has obtained numerous other large settlements and awards on behalf of clients. Mr. Faerber has served as a chairperson on hundreds of pre-litigation screening panels for the Utah Department of Professional Licensing screening medical malpractice claims for merit along with physicians and hospital administrators. This experience has given him a unique insight into medical negligence claims. Mr. Faerber has served as an adjunct instructor at Salt Lake Community College, teaching Torts and Introduction to Law to Paralegal students. Mr. Faerber is a member of the Utah Bar Association, the Utah Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Faerber has extensive expertise in the medical and scientific aspects of medical negligence and other injury cases. He possesses the knowledge, experience, and vision to maximize the value of your personal injury claim. Mr. Faerber is married and has two young sons.

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Utah Food Poisoning Lawyer Discusses Salmonella Outbreak

Nearly 300 people in 18 states have been sickened by an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg traced to raw chicken from three sites run by California poultry producer Foster Farms.  

The chicken was distributed to retail outlets mainly in California, Oregon and Washington, but illnesses have been reported in 18 states, including Utah.

Several different strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been tied to the outbreak, which led CDC officials on Tuesday to recall 30 staffers, including 10 who work for the agency’s PulseNet team, which monitors the electronic fingerprint of dangerous foodborne bugs. Obviously, this is not a good time for the government to be shut down.  

It has also been reported that some of these strains my be resistant to antibiotic treatment which may explain the unusually high percentage of hospitalizations associated with this outbreak.  Approximately 42% of those infected have been hospitalized, which is about twice the usual rate. 

Foster Farms officials said they’ve been working with the CDC and FDA to investigate the source of salmonella at their sites. No recalls have been issued for any specific food products.

Salmonella Heidelberg is a common strain that causes illness that can be life-threatening in people with weak immune systems such as children, the elderly and those with cancer or HIV infection. Most common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to three days after eating the contaminated product. Chills, headache, nausea and vomiting can last up to a week.

Lawyers at The Faerber Law Firm, PC have successfully represented Utah victims of food borne illnesses, including salmonella. 

Heart Attack Misdiagnoses in Utah: A Medical Malpractice Attorney's View

A leading cause of death in the United States is coronary artery disease, or a narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the heart.  This condition often results in a heart attack.  In some cases, a heart attack kills almost instantly and nothing could be done to save the victim. 

However, in other cases, appropriate and timely diagnoses can make the difference between life and death.  Some heart attack victims who get proper treatment immediately may have the opportunity to avoid serious heart damage and resume normal life. 

Too often, medical mistakes in Utah deprive heart attack victims of this opportunity.  Why is this?  Here are some common reasons why heart attacks are misdiagnosed:

  • Heartburn-  Chest pain is a common and indicative sign of a heart attack.  Doctors sometimes misdiagnose patients with a gastrointestinal problem and send the patient home, when, in fact, they are suffering a heart attack.
  • Patients don't fit the heart attack profile-  Heart attacks can be misdiagnosed in patients who don't fit the profile of the "typical" male over the age of 45.  Women and younger men can, of course, also suffer from heart attacks.  Sometimes the symptoms are slightly different.  However, a doctor's failure to perform a thorough exam, order necessary tests, and consult cardiac specialists may lead to a heart attack misdiagnoses. 
  • Mild Symptoms- Heart attack symptoms vary greatly from one person to another.  One person may or may not experience all of the typical symptoms.  A physician may dismiss a patients symptoms such as nausea and fatigue as not serious.
  • Undiagnosed in the Emergency Room- Sometimes a heart attack may go undiagnosed in the emergency room, particularly if the patient is a woman or younger man.  EKG's may even be normal.  A heart attack may be misdiagnosed as GERD, musculoskeletal pain, or a respiratory problem. 

If you believe a loved one's death or serious injury was the result of medical malpractice in Utah due to the failure to properly diagnose a heart attack, please contact Utah Attorney Jared Faerber at The Faerber Law Firm at (801) 943-1005.  We have helped numerous victims of medical malpractice in Salt Lake City and throughout the State of Utah.  We are happy to discuss your potential case with you for free. 

Car accidents in Utah are not funny . . . Except this one.


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Cancer Misdiagnosis in Utah: A Medical Malpractice Lawyer's Perspective

   Posted by Jared Faerber of The Faerber Law Firm, P.C .

     Many types of cancer are curable- particularly if caught early.  For example, if a breast cancer diagnosis is made at Stage 0 or I, the five-year survival rate is close to 100 percent.  However, if the diagnoses is missed, the chances for a better outcome decline.  At Stage IV, for example, the five-year survival rate is typically less than 20 percent.  Early diagnosis is therefore key.  A missed or delayed diagnoses of cancer due to medical negligence is therefore often actionable in Utah and other states. 

    Delayed or misdiagnosed cancer cases often involved common causes.  These include the misinterpretation of chest x-rays, mammograms, PAP smears, and other tests.  Other negligent causes of a delayed diagnoses might include a physician minimizing or ignoring your complaints, relying on a less than definitive means of diagnosis when a definitive test, such as a biopsy, is available.  Sometimes doctors might improperly assume your complaints have a "benign" cause.  For example, they might attribute rectal bleeding to hemorrhoids when your symptoms might warrant further testing and investigation. 

    Missed diagnoses of cancer cases involve a loss of chance for a better outcome.  These are real and tragic injuries.  My firm has successfully handled delayed cancer diagnoses lawsuits on behalf of people in Utah and Salt Lake City and can help you or your loved one seek justice.  We work with oncologists and other experts nationwide to prove your claim.  Feel free to contact us online or call (801) 943-1005 directly for a free consultation. 


I've Been Injured in A Car Accident in Utah, Do I Need A Lawyer?

To obtain a fair settlement for your injury claim, you probably do need an experienced Utah personal injury lawyer.  The insurance industry’s own statistics show that people who used an attorney received, on average, 3 and 1/2 times more in settlement money that those individuals who settled on their own. This is according to the Insurance Resource Counsel, a non-profit organization financially supported by the insurance industry.

Most people just do not have the knowledge of the law, negotiation skills, and experience to properly evaluate and present the claim to maximize its value.  Even with those skills, unrepresented people are unlikely to get full value for their case because they usually cannot litigate the claim (file a lawsuit and pursue it) competently without representation.

While many cases settle prior to filing a lawsuit, often one is necessary to force the insurance company to pay a reasonable settlement.  One recent example of a case my firm handled involved a young man who was injured in a car/ pedestrian accident.  Before he hired my firm, the insurance company disputed liability- claiming their insured was not at fault - and questioned his injuries.  They offered him about $10,000 to settle his claim.  After I got involved, we litigated the case and were able to show the other driver was at fault, and my client needed surgery.  The case then settled for nearly ten times ($100,000) the initial amount offered to the unrepresented client.  While this result is not necessarily typical, and I cannot make guarantees in any case, represented victims typically do much better than those without counsel.

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car or big truck accident in Utah, it’s important to hire an experienced Utah personal injury car accident attorney as soon as possible.  I’m happy to talk to you about your situation for a free, no-obligation consultation.  If you have a legitimate case, I will be happy to take it on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no attorneys fees unless we settle or win your case.  Please contact a knowledgeable Utah car accident lawyer today at The Faerber Law Firm, PC at (801) 943-1005.

DePuy Hip Implant Recall Lawyer in Utah

     On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics finally announced the recall of its defective hip implants.  DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson Services, Inc., manufactured the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System (“ASR Hip Implants”).  It is estimated that a total of 93,000 implants are affected. 

      Patients experiencing pain associated with their hip implants should seek professional medical help right away. Patients have experienced a variety of symptoms including hip pain, swelling of the hip, problems walking, and others.   In the most severe cases, patients may need revision surgery.  This is a painful, costly, and invasive procedure requiring months of recovery.  Approximately 12-13% of DePuy hip replacements patients have required replacement surgery already. 

     DePuy has identified reasons for the failure of the devices as component loosening, malalignment, infection, fracture of the bone, dislocation, metal sensitivity and pain.  The DePuy ASR has also been associated with increased metal ion levels in the blood.  Recent information published by the British Orthopaedic Association indicates that failure rates at six years may be as high as 49%

     Hundreds of lawsuits around the country have been filed seeking compensation, including pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other losses on behalf of those injured due to these defective implants. 

     The Faerber Law Firm, PC is currently investigated potential DePuy hip implant cases.  If you or a loved one have experienced problems due to a DePuy hip implant, it is important to contact a local experienced personal injury and product liability lawyer.  Contact a Utah DePuy hip implant lawyer at the  The Faerber Law Firm, PC at 801-990-3225  for a free, no obligation consultation to learn about your rights today. 


Hepatitis A found in Salt Lake City, Utah Quizno's worker


     Not so tasty.  The Salt Lake Valley Health Department has issued a hepatitis A health alert for people who ate at a Salt Lake City Quizno's restaurant on August 6 or 7. Patrons of the Quizno's at 30 East Broadway (300 South) on August 6 or 7 are urged to get an injection of immune globulin (IG) or Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. No other Quiznos restaurants were affected.  Vaccinations will be available at the Salt Lake Valley Health Department City Clinic at 621 South 200 East on Thursday, August 19 until 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, August 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

     But wait, there's more. . .  The health department is also saying that people who ate at the restaurant between July 27 and August 5 may also have been exposed, but would not benefit from immunizations, as the shots must be given within 14 days of exposure. Those individuals should watch for any symptoms of hepatitis A, which include nausea, vomiting, dark urine and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), abdominal pain, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, fatigue, and fever.  Some people with hepatitis A may not have any symptoms.  It's important to contact health care providers immediately.
 
     Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection by the hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — via contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person.

     The Faerber Law Firm, PC is currently investigation potential claims for exposure to Hepatitis A or illnesses associated with this outbreak.  Those potentially exposed or ill may contact The Faerber Law Firm at (801) 277-4339. 
 

The Faerber Law Firm, P.C and other attorneys File Claim on Behalf of Saratoga Springs Campylobacter Victim

The Faerber Law Firm, P.C. (Salt Lake City, Utah), The Lance Firm, P.C. (Salt Lake City, Utah),  and Marler Clark (Seattle, Washington) mailed a Notice of Claim  to the City Manager of Saratoga Springs today, on behalf of a victim of the recent Campylobacter outbreak linked to the city’s drinking water supply.  Today’s filing gives the City and its public works department official notice that the victim, through her attorneys, intends to take legal action for the injuries that she suffered.  The Notice of Claim is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit. 

The City of Saratoga Springs issued a boil water notice to the residents of the northern section of the city after it was discovered that Campylobacter in the water was making residents ill. The order began on May 13 and remains in place as the City works to eliminate the pathogenic bacteria from the water.

At least seven others have been confirmed ill with Campylobacter infections, and many others suffered without confirmed diagnoses due to the city water contaminated with Campylobacter. 

Residents should have the right to rely upon a safe water supply, free of dangerous contaminates.  Attorneys from the Faerber Law Firm, P.C. hope the city will do the right thing in responding to this, and other, claims.   

Utah Residents of Saratoga Springs Advised to Boil Drinking Water Due to Possible Campylobacter Contamination


Posted by Utah Attorney Jared Faerber of The Faerber Law Firm, P.C .

      Utah media outlets are reporting Saratoga Springs residents are being advised to
boil their drinking water due to several cases of people exhibiting flu-like symptoms.  City manager Ken Letham has identified the bacteria as campylobacter.  Apparently, the boil order is affecting residents of the following subdivisions:

     Harvest Hills, Aspen Hills, Sunrise Meadows, Dalmore Meadows, Summer Village, Sunset Haven, Sierra Estates, Riverbend, The Cove at Jordan River, The Gables, Sergeant Court, Daybreak at Harvest Hills and Hillcrest Condominiums.

   Boiling water for at least one minute could help reduce the risk of picking up the contaminate.  As an alternative, residents can drink bottled water. 

     Most people who become ill with campylobacteriosis get diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within 2 to 5 days after exposure to the organism. The diarrhea may be bloody and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The illness typically lasts 1 week. Some persons who are infected with Campylobacter don't have any symptoms at all. In persons with compromised immune systems, Campylobacter occasionally spreads to the bloodstream and causes a serious life-threatening infection.  For more information about campylobacter visit http://health.utah.gov/epi/fact_sheets/campy.html.

     The source of the contamination has not been reported at this point. At least 12 people have developed flu-like symptoms.  We will be following this closely.

The Faerber Law Firm, The Lance Firm, and Marler Clark File First National Steak and Poultry E. coli Lawsuit


The first E. coli lawsuit against National Steak and Poultry (NSP), an Oklahoma meat manufacturing facility, was filed today in the Third Judicial District Court in Salt Lake City. The civil suit was filed by by Utah attorneys Jared Faerber and Dustin Lance and Seattle attorneys Marler Clark on behalf of a child sickened in the E. coli O157:H7outbreak linked to NSP beef products. The lawsuit also names as yet unidentified"John Doe" companies that may have been involved in distributing the tainted meat products.


The recall linked to National Steak and Poultry was announced on Christmas Eve 2009. It included 248,000 pounds of beef products potentially contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a toxic pathogen. NSP announced the recall after the USDA and CDC became aware of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to the product in six states. Ultimately, the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak was expanded to twenty-one people in 16 states. The victims live in California, Colorado,Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio,Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington State. According to the CDC, most of the people sickened in the outbreak fell ill between mid October and late November; nine were hospitalized; and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening complication, as a result of their E. coli infection. Most of the meat was distributed to restaurants.

According to the lawsuit, Utah resident "CD" was infected with E.coli O157:H7 in October 2009. Within days of consuming contaminated meat, he began to experience severe E. coli symptoms including agonizing abdominal cramps and diarrhea that soon turned bloody. When his symptoms worsened, his parents rushed him to the ER at Columbia Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah where he was diagnosed with gastrointestinal bleeding; his parents were ultimately directed to take him to Primary Children's Medical Center due to his deteriorating condition. CD remained hospitalized at Primary Children's Medical Center in Ogden, Utah from November 2 through 4, 2009. He was diagnosed with infectious colitis, and a stool specimen that he submitted during his hospitalization soon tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. CD's parents learned from officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the strain of E. coli O157:H7 that had infected their son matched the outbreak strain linked to the defendant National Steak Processor's beef products.

The lawsuit was filed by Utah attorneys Jared Faerber of The Faerber Law Firm, P.C. and Dustin Lance of The Lance Firm, P.C.  together with Seattle, Washington lawyers Marler Clark.   Mr. Lance and Mr. Faerber are experienced Utah trial lawyers, and have both previously represented Utah residents sickened by contaminated food products. Moreover, both Utah counsel have worked with Mr. Marler and his firm on past foodborne illness cases within the State of Utah.

For more information contact Jared Faerber at (801) 990-3225