Personal Injury

How to Deal with Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Everybody has bad days but it cannot be denied that some days are incomparably worse than others. A bad day can be a stubbed toe, a lost $20, or even accidentally mixing your laundry in the washing machine. These days are nothing compared to one when you suffer due to a truck accident.

If you can imagine that a car accident is going to be bad, multiply that dread by 1000%—and that is the possible damage that a truck accident can cause… quite literally, in fact. A regular vehicle can weigh around 8,000 pounds more or less while a truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If something of that size and weight were to be driving recklessly, it can only mean suffering for all involved.

What can you do about it, though?

The aftermath of an accident so devastating is that it can be incredible stressful and complicated that thinking about the documentations and logistics is often the farthest thing from a survivor’s mind. There are some cases wherein insurance companies can offer quick settlements to survivors just for the sake of getting everything over and done with. Little do people know that the deal they’re offered may not be enough to get them through in the long-term and that they were denied the opportunity to receive what they were owed—and it is only too often that it happens that they are actually owed better.

The one thing you have to know when you have to deal with truck accidents is that you do not have to deal with it alone.

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Injury Risks from Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Personal Injury | 5 comments

Slip and fall accidents, as trivial as they may seem, are actually among the most common causes of injury in the United States, and they even result in a surprisingly substantial number of deaths each year. In many cases, those who suffer the most serious injuries as a result of slip and falls are the elderly, whose bodies may be less able to absorb the impact of a hard fall. However, even younger individuals are at risk of suffering serious physical damage in a slip and fall accident.

There are many different ways that slip and fall accidents can cause injuries. Most of these injuries are relatively minor, while some are more worrisome. Some of the most common injury risks associated with slip and fall accidents include the following:

  • Ÿ  Broken bones
  • Ÿ  Contusions
  • Ÿ  Scars
  • Ÿ  Traumatic brain injury
  • Ÿ  Hip displacement
  • Ÿ  Spinal cord injury

These and other potential injury risks resulting from slip and fall accidents can have serious consequences for injured patients. In particular, they may require costly medical treatment which the injured individual cannot afford, as well as potentially costing them time away from work. In light of these risks, therefore, it is important to be alert to avoid slip and fall accidents.

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AlloDerm and Hernia Repair

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Legal Issues, Personal Injury | 2 comments

A hernia is a painful medical condition that occurs when an organ bursts through the wall of the body cavity which normally holds it in. Hernias typically occur in the abdomen, where strain and pressure is the most likely to cause a tear in the abdominal wall, allowing the protrusion of different types of organs to occur. While not typically life-threatening, hernias do need to be treated in a timely manner in order to ensure that blood flow to the organ is not cut off, which can result in much more serious medical consequences.

While a number of different hernia treatment options exist, one which has become popular in recent years is the use of AlloDerm hernia patches to repair broken organ walls and prevent further damage. AlloDerm, a human skin tissue that can be effectively grafted onto a recipient, actually integrates into the body to ensure that the problem does not recur.

Unfortunately, there are also a range of side effects that have been associated with the use of this product, including tissue perforation, insufficient tissue binding, and cellular rejection. While most patients who have undergone hernia repair with the use of AlloDerm have been largely free from problems, those who do experience these side effects may have to cope with significant consequences.

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Occupational Hazards

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Legal Issues, Personal Injury | 1 comment

All workers face some form of occupational hazard as a result of their chosen career, whether minor or major. Understanding and learning to avoid these hazards is, therefore, an important task for all workers in order to protect their health and well-being.

One of the most dangerous occupational hazards is also one of the most mundane: operation of a vehicle. In fact, vehicular accidents account for the most job-related deaths each year in the United States, but few give this issue the appropriate amount of attention it should have. Another common occupational hazard which is not typically given the appropriate level of attention involves fall accidents, which are particularly common in blue-collar industries such as construction and lawn work.

According to the website of personal injury lawyers Crowe & Mulvey, other occupational hazards may be more clearly apparent, and therefore easier to avoid. Exposure to harmful chemicals and toxic substances, something that workers in fields as varied as scientific research to hairdressing may face, can cause extremely serious injuries to occur, but most workers, being aware of the dangers these substances can cause, are able to avoid unnecessary or unsafe contact. Similarly, heavy machinery, while extremely dangerous if used incorrectly, is often treated with appropriate care by workers, reducing the number of accidents that it might otherwise cause. This, of course, comes with adequate training into the dangers of these machines, as well as safe operation habits.

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In the Event of an Accident – Make Sure You are Covered

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Cars fill up US roads every day as it has become the ordinary means of transportation for millions of people in the US. With the number of cars still increasing, implementation of traffic safety laws have become stricter, with the hope of significantly decreasing car accidents, which reach up to five million every year – that means about 590 accidents every day.

More than damaging properties, car accidents greatly affect the life of an injured victim, sometimes altering his or her life forever. Though some factors are beyond human control, majority of the accidents are still attributed to carelessness or reckless behavior and driver error, which includes sudden breaks and / or turns, and failure to use turn signal lights. Such reasons make the guilty party more liable for the harm he or she has caused.

Part of the responsibilities of the liable party is compensating the victim for whatever financial sufferings he or she is, and will be, faced with. For this reason, motorists living in tort states are obliged to prove financial responsibility or carry liability insurance. This insurance, however, will benefit only the injured victim; the person who caused the accident and injury is excluded.

According to the car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®; there is another insurance, though, that will cover the cost of medical treatment needed even by the liable party – the Personal Injury Protection or PIP. This means that even though you were the cause of the accident, you and your passengers (if you have any) will be covered by this insurance. The good part is, besides the medical cost, PIP also includes in its coverage lost wages, child care, household maintenance and funeral expenses. Other than Detroit, Michigan, the other states that require PIP are Washington D.C., New York, Utah, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Kentucky, Kansas, Hawaii and Florida.

Despite the insurance required in the state where you reside or being able to prove financial responsibility, it is still best that you seek the assistance of a highly qualified car accident lawyer whose expertise and vast experience in dealing with insurance and compensation will help ease the financial burden in you. With his or her help, you have greater chances of receiving the maximum limits of your insurance or getting the right amount of compensation from the liable party.

 

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Transvaginal Mesh Patch: Good Intention, Harmful Product

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The Vaginal mesh implant or transvaginal mesh treatment is supposed to strengthen or replace insufficient tissue thickness and softness in the weakened vaginal wall. This surgical procedure, which also helps put an end to hysterectomy and alternative curative procedures, is essential when the female’s pelvic muscles can no longer support her urethra and bladder. Delay in treatment or failure to treat will certainly result to stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), pelvic disorders millions of women in the US suffer from and which make a person suffer from unrestrained bowel and urine movement.

Though introduced as a low-risk surgery, vaginal mesh implant is reported to cause severe complications, like mesh migration, mesh exposure, mesh contraction, mesh erosion, vaginal scarring and shrinkage, infections, bleeding and perforation of the organ. Even the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health declared, in 2011, that transvaginal mesh placement was unsafe for women with pelvic organ prolapse. The center also said that once implanted, removal of the vaginal mesh device may no longer be possible, making the person suffer, from the complications it causes, permanently.

The treatment consisted in the placing of an absorbable biological or porous synthetic substance in the vaginal wall which would take away any discomfort and pain brought about by SUI and POP. Instead of providing relief, however, more harm has been caused. Reports, in fact, have stated about seven deaths and as many as 3,874 complications between 2005 and 2010.

The four leading manufacturers of transvaginal mesh patches are Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, Bard and Boston Scientific. Although no one can fully remedy the serious harm already done, it is still necessary that the liable party be brought to justice – first, to help make sure that they no longer lead anyone to believe that their product is safe and, second, for you to receive the compensation that you rightfully deserve.

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