Personal Injury

Car Accident Consequences

The effects of a car crash range from annoying to horrific. If you just spent the weekend buffing your car to someone and a high-shine scratches on the paint and side swipes you in your very first day out, that’s annoying, but hardly actually worth a call to your insurance carrier. You’ll be one in about 10-million individuals who fail to report a minor accident.

Even then, you can find lots of noted automobile accidents in the United States that end in harms and deaths. It’s projected that about one man is hurt every 14 seconds someplace in the USA, and one person dies every 48 minutes. And you don’t even need even be in a vehicle or to be driving to be involved with a car crash. According to the website of Hankey Law Office, P.C., there are about 60,000 people annually who are hit by a vehicle and the speed often causes serious injury, perhaps also long-lasting disability even if it is 30 mph or lower. In a lot of cases, the pedestrian dies without actually understanding her, especially in urban areas or what struck him.

The drivers, pedestrians, and travelers involved are immediately impacted by the effects of a vehicle accident. It’s often the physical and monetary side that hurts the most no issue the severity of the incident. Even for minor injuries, the journey to the emergency area may place the patient back up to $1,000, and for the injuries that were truly severe, the costs can be substantial. Often, the injury victim needs to pay-out-of-pocket expenditures for charges not included in the insurance carrier.

The financial and physical pain is usually followed by a mental reaction, for example developing dystychiphobia (fear of accidents) or (fear of riding in a motorized vehicle). These are devastating conditions, although they scarcely occur. But when the injury turns out to have already been caused by neglect by among the parties, the mental aspect might be overwhelming. The sole consolation the hapless victims has been that in these instances, it can not be impossible to prosecute for compensation. In order not to be overcome by these unwarranted results in a racing or drunk driving automobile accident, consult a personal injury lawyer in your region.

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Health Risks of Toxic Molds

The threat of toxic mod has been on the public eye lately, and health concerns have caused a number of lawsuits filed. Misconception of toxic molds has only caused widespread fear about the safety of their homes, schools, workplace, and other places. Because molds can grow anywhere damp, humid, and warm, they can be found in just about every state in the US. The real danger of mold is when they are in high concentration in a small area, which eventually lead to the following health problems:

  • Allergic reactions – sensitivity to molds can differ from person to person, but general symptoms consist of eye irritations, nasal stuffiness, wheezing, coughing, and skin irritations. Severe symptoms include shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, and fever.
  • Aspergillosis – this covers a family of diseases related to the genus of Aspergillis; ABPA (allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis) is the non-invasive form that causes allergy-like symptoms, while invasive aspergillosis causes serious health complications that damages tissues of different organs, but common in lungs. It can spread throughout the whole body if left untreated.
  • Toxin-related maladies – although there has been reports of a link between mold exposure and serious diseases (such as brain damage, chronic fatigue syndrome, infant lung hemorrhaging, and other health issues, scientists still need further proof of their direct connection. Nevertheless, toxigenic molds are still considered a factor in many serious diseases and injuries.

It is important to note that certain types of people can be more sensitive when exposed to molds than other people. People with lung conditions, weakened immune systems, and other preexisting health conditions are considered at higher risks of illnesses after exposures to toxic molds, along with the elderly and infants who run the risk of developing health complications.

Because of the lack of medical data relating mold exposure to a specific set of symptoms, it is often very difficult to pin-point the direct cause of the condition that a certain individual is suffering from. Furthermore, the use of “toxic mold” has caused more confusion, since regardless of whether molds are toxigenic or not, they may still cause symptoms if they are exposed to molds of high enough concentrations.

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Does Xarelto Have Deadly Side Effects?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the manufacturing and mass distribution of the blood thinning agent, Xarelto, back in 2011. It is also known by the name of its most potent and active ingredient, rivaroxaban. Since then, it has gained popularity all over the world – used commonly as a preventative measure against deep vein thrombosis (DVT) for people undergoing or who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. Worldwide, its sales amount up to $1 billion.

Unfortunately, there are unforeseen consequences to this anticoagulant drug that many of the people who had taken it were completely unaware of. Some patients experience discoloration in their urine or stool, sometimes even finding blood in them. Muscle weakness and fatigue are also symptoms of side effects that are much more serious that meets the eye. Many patients, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, have filed legal action against the manufacturers and claim that the drug caused severe gastrointestinal bleeding or brain hemorrhaging as a result of taking Xarelto.

Internal bleeding is not as easily spotted as an open flesh wound. These injuries are often brought to attention after careful examination. If an organ – such as the brain, the heart, the stomach – has its blood flow altered due to the presence of the bleeding, the organ could cease to function entirely. Brain hemorrhaging, for example, is caused by a ruptured vein in the brain that then surrounds the organ with blood, thereby tending to cause spasms or strokes.

There have been claims from the victims of these drugs (after study and investigation) that the manufacturers, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, through Janssen Pharmaceuticals, were aware of these side effects but failed to label the products or inform patients of these possibly disabling and lethal side effects. Manufacturers of drugs like these need to be held legally accountable for defects found in their pharmaceuticals. It is then recommended that experienced legal representation is sought immediately if one has been found in a similar, Xarelto-born situation.

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Lead Poisoning is Still a Threat

For today’s youth, lead poisoning is more so an idea than a reality. Most younger people understand what lead poisoning is, but cannot recognize its symptoms and do not realize they still run the risk of getting it.

Before 1978 when lead was banned, it was common in paint for homes, children’s toys, and furniture. That being said, many older houses often still have remnants of lead, especially if they are the houses of those that have not moved since around the time of the ban and have not changed out their furniture. Nowadays, lead soldered pipes run the risk of lead particles ending up in tap water. Also, even though lead soldered canned goods are illegal to make in the United States, they are not illegal to import.

Symptoms in adults include high blood pressure, memory loss, muscle and joint pains, reduced sperm count, constipation, headaches, sudden occurrence of mood disorders, miscarriage or premature birth, and diminishing mental function. Very high levels of lead exposure can result in death.

Certain hobbies and jobs increase one’s chance of getting lead poisoning. For example, any job that involves working with batteries can most likely guarantee exposure. Auto repair shops also usually contain a considerable amount of lead. Home renovators, especially those that renovate older homes should take certain safety precautions, such as wearing a mask, to minimize exposure. The Resmini Law website says that industrial plants and factories are the most common places for toxic exposure.

To minimize lead exposure, make sure you are washing your hands and any toys you may have as much as possible. In addition to keeping yourself clean, keep your house clean as well. The less dust that is in your home, the less likely you will be exposed to lead. When using tap water, run cold water for a minute, and never use hot water for cooking. The best offense is a good defense, so make sure you are eating healthy, because good nutrition aides in lower lead absorption.

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Nursing Home Abuse in Tennessee

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has rated Tennessee nursing homes among the best in the country in terms of overall performance, quality of medical care and nurse staffing. And yet still according to the CMS, Tennessee is also the state with some of the nursing homes with the highest fines levied for industry violations and for putting patients in harm’s way. So what is the true story?

Caring for the elderly is a difficult proposition, requiring exceptional patience and skill from the care giving staff. This is especially true with patients that suffer from mental disorders. This is one of the reasons why many nursing homes are severely understaffed or have staff members who are simply not competent enough to provide the care needed by residents.

In many cases, staff members simply neglect their charges, or worse, abuse them physically, emotionally, or verbally to keep them in line and make their work easier. Because nursing home residents are dependent on their caregivers, such incidents of neglect or abuse seldom get reported. This can take the form of poor hygiene, malnutrition, bed sores, forced confinement to quarters, pushing, shoving, yelling, and other forms of cruelty. The residents are often infirm and scared, so they take the abuse and even deny that it happens when asked. In the meantime, they become more sickly, less sociable, and withdrawn.

According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. long-term and persistent abuse or neglect can hasten the deterioration of a resident. It falls on family members and friends to nose out problems and to do something about it.

If you suspect that an elderly loved one is not getting the care they need in a nursing home, you need to take steps to protect them before it’s too late. Consult with a nursing home abuse lawyer in Tennessee to help you go about filing a case in a constructive and effective manner.

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Injuries Caused by Defective and/or Dangerous Products

Manufacturers are bound by law to always make sure that every product they produce is safe, that the product’s label correctly and accurately names the product’s ingredients, and that all necessary instructions and/or warnings that consumers have the right to know are mentioned. Making a fraudulent claim on what a product can do would be deception, an act that can result to a lawsuit, especially if the product ends up harming someone or fails to provide its claimed results.

The task of enforcing standard safety laws on the manufacture of good and ensuring that manufacturers observe these laws falls on the shoulders of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Besides these, the Bureau also has the duty to:

  • Make sure that products are neither defective nor dangerous
  • Stop unjust, fraudulent and deceptive business practices
  • Accept and investigate consumer complaints on product defects
  • File a lawsuit against individuals or companies found violating consumer rights or offering defective and/or dangerous products
  • Make sure that product labels are correct and accurate and not deceptive or misleading
  • Create and implement fair marketplace rules
  • Educate individuals of their rights as consumers, and firms of their duties and responsibilities

Despite the laws, though, many consumers still never get what they actually pay for and, worse, some products even cause injuries or death. The Benton Law Firm informs consumers that dangerous and/or defective products can take the form of simple toys for children or a complex motor vehicle and, between these two, the endless supply of food, electronic devices, power supply items, tools, (and so forth) for which manufacturers, designers of product and marketers can be held liable.

This is why thousands of product liability lawsuits continue to be filed and heard in different courts all across the US, many of which leading to court rulings in favor of consumers. Injured consumers should never hesitate taking a legal action against erring participants (in the manufacture and distribution of dangerous products) for the compensation that they may be entitled to receive due to the injury the product has caused in them.

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