Justice After an Airplane Accident

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

It has been said that the world was never the same again after that one dreadful day in 2001 – and it was no accident. Fear of flying has only increased due to reports such as these and, as of more recent times, there have been more incidents that make people justifiably anxious with airborne travel. That is why, with the continuous advancement of technology, people work tirelessly in order to improve the system, never wanting for such incidents to occur again.

Though not as common as accidents that occur on land or sea, according to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, the aftermath of an airplane accident is so much more devastating. Sometimes, there is truly nothing that could have been done as perhaps the accident was born out of unforeseeable and uncontrollable circumstances. However, after all the devastation that airplane accidents have caused, it is the responsibility of all the crew and the manufacturers of these aircrafts to ensure passengers of only the safest form of transport that is possible. If an accident is caused due to negligence, you are warranted to take legal action in order to receive justice and due financial compensation.

There is no lack of warning or horrid stories from the past about the aftermaths of airplane accidents. It makes it that much more painful to have an accident that should have been preventable but wasn’t. If this is the case and you are looking for some closure and recompense for your loss, it is advisable for you to seek legal aid immediately.

The only thing that you need to be concentrating on is trying to get your life back together, or as normal as it can be again, after such a traumatic experience. However, seeking legal action will allow for those responsible for such a horrible situation to be accountable for their mistake or negligence and give the bereaved some semblance of peace that can only be achieved by a closed case.

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The da Vinci Surgical System – The Means to A Perfectly Accurate and Infection-free Surgical Procedure?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013

In the year 2000 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the da Vinci Surgical System, a multi-armed robotic surgical equipment designed to help surgeons perform surgeries with the greatest ease and accuracy. Though only controlled by a trained surgeon using a console, the capability of the da Vinci in carrying out surgical procedures through minimally invasive approaches has been lauded by a number of surgeons due to the surgical system’s precision, consistency and efficiency in highly delicate procedures in hard-to-reach body parts.

As of this year (2013) more than 2,000 da Vinci Surgical Systems have already been sold worldwide, including in Europe and Japan and the number of surgeries performed (involving prostatectomies, hysterectomies and urologic/ gynecologic) using the unit has already exceeded a million (400,000 in the US). The only drawback other hospitals have from having their own unit is the unit’s high cost, which is more than $1 million; there is a need for, at least, another hundred thousand dollars annually for maintenance.

The da Vinci Surgical System was manufactured by the American company Intuitive Surgical Inc., which has ties with S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100. Though surgeries where the unit is used take about an hour longer, cost of hospital stay is reduced since incisions made by da Vinci are smaller (and, therefore, less painful), requires only some stitches and heals quickly, allowing patients fast recovery.

Despite the training and utmost care during procedures, surgeons who have used the da Vinci Surgical System needed about half a dozen surgeries before getting really comfortable with it. This is because of the need to finally get used to losing that tangible feel of tissues and organs. This multi-armed robotic device has four major components which allow surgeons to effectively perform minimally invasive surgeries where 1cm incisions are precisely made and probability of infection is eliminated. These components include:

  • The Surgeon console, which provides a magnified 3-D image of the surgical area. The surgeon, who is seated a number of feet away from the operating table, operates the instruments in real-time through the console.
  • The Patient-side cart includes the robotic arms which come in direct contact with the patient. In 2003 Intuitive Surgical Inc. added another arm to the device which reduced the need for an operating room nurse by one. Besides the endoscope arm, the device’s other arms handle surgical instruments.
  • The Endowrist instruments, which can be detached to allow switching from one robotic arm to another, using quick-release knobs, include functions like clamping, suturing and tissue manipulation. Attached to the robot’s perfectly steady hands (though replicating the every movement of the surgeon’s wrist, the robotic device is able to totally filter out hand tremors), these instruments allow surgeons to make key-hole or tiny surgical incisions which means minimal loss of blood and almost non-existent scars.
  • The 3-D Vision System allows the surgeon to see everything 10-15 times larger. Images are displayed brightly, clearly and in real time. With fogging and distortions of images eliminated, incisions are made in perfect precision and accuracy.

Cases of deaths (5 were reported last year) and injuries due to surgical robot malfunction have surfaced, it is true. Though, compared to open or traditional surgery, the numbers are very minimal. Many surgeons still maintain that the da Vinci Surgical System, the only robotic system which the FDA has approved for soft-tissue surgery, is the safest and most accurate way of performing minimally invasive surgeries.

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The Lethal Effects of the Mineral Silica

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013

Work-related or workplace injury is one type of personal injury that always registers a high rate of claim annually in the US. Due to this, the federal government has obligated all employers to include compensation insurance in the workers’ benefits which will ensure fast financial assistance or coverage in the event that a worker gets injured in the workplace.

Worker’s compensation, like Social Security is a mandated benefit; it includes payments for lost wages, death benefits, medical care and specific loss benefits (a benefit given to those whose jobs have caused permanent or severe deformity on their face, head or neck; this benefit is also given to those who have lost permanent use (whether part or whole) of their hand, finger, thumb, leg, toe, foot, sense of hearing and sense of sight.

The workers’ compensation benefit which was passed into law in 1908 is a much needed financial assistance, especially to construction workers, furnace repairers and installers, sandblasters, foundry workers, raw materials handlers, miners and many others who develop job-related illnesses even years after retirement. One very common mineral these workers are exposed to is silica, which can be inhaled in dust form during breaking or crushing of rocks and sands. Many are not fully aware of the deadly effect this widely used mineral has, though.

Inhalation of silica dust can lead to silicosis, a lethal form of lung illness that leaves the lungs scarred and inflamed. The effects of silicosis are irreversible, even though exposure to silica has long ceased.There are three known types of silicosis those affected can suffer from:

  • Chronic Silicosis – this is the most common form of silicosis and its symptoms may remain undetected for many years. It worsens, though, as it progresses and can even lead to the development of heart disease.
  • Accelerated Silicosis – it much like chronic silicosis, except that it develops fasters. This type is usually acquired after being exposed to larger amounts of silica dust in a short period of time.
  • Acute Silicosis – this type of lung illness develops and worsens the fastest, with effects, including weight loss, fever, shortness of breath and cough. Respiratory failure is fast, resulting to death one or two years after symptoms appear.

Being made to work in a dangerous environment is one of the major offenses an employer can commit. Though no one may have intended that the worker suffer from a deadly illness, the effects of being exposed to deadly minerals have already progressed and these are irreversible.

The website of Williams Kherkher has information about how those who have suffered workplace injuries may be able to seek compensation. Such compensation that you legally could be a big financial boost to you and your family, for the cost of your medication and the financial losses that you may have suffered, and will still suffer from.

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Most Common Causes and Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013

More than 200,000 individuals are suffering from spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States and at least 12,000 more are added to their number annually. The website of the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., explains that spinal injuries are caused by the severe trauma brought about by motor vehicle crashes, falls, acts of violence (such as gunshot injuries) and sports injuries. The common victims of this paralyzing injury are males aged between 16 and 30 years old.

Our spinal cord, with the brain, forms the Central Nervous System. It is made up of spinal cord nerve segments and is protected by the spinal or vertebral column (also known as the spine or backbone). The Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) surrounds the delicate nerve tissues of our spinal cord, cushioning and protecting it from damage inside the vertebral column.

Millions of nerve fibers actually make up the spinal cord – fibers responsible for transmitting electrical signals from the different parts of the body to the brain and vice-versa. Nerves exiting the spinal cord’s upper section, for instance, control the movement of our arms and our breathing; those nerves that exit our back’s mid and lower sections allow us to control our legs and trunk, sexual function and bowel and bladder movements. Thus, any damage or harm on the spinal cord (even to the spinal or vertebral column) will cause failure in the transmission of signals from the brain to the parts of the body below the injured area, which can result to pain, loss of function of affected part or total paralysis.

A spinal injury is due either to a traumatic or non-traumatic experience. A traumatic injury is caused by a sudden blow which can dislocate, fracture or crush a region or regions of your vertebral column; it can also be caused by a knife or a gunshot wound that pierces and cuts the nerves in the spinal cord. A non-traumatic injury is caused by an illness, such as cancer, arthritis, infection, inflammation or disc collapse of the spine.

Besides lowering your blood pressure and reducing control of body temperature, an injury to the spine also causes chronic pains and the inability to effectively regulate blood pressure. Other effects of the injury, as well as their severity, depend on the region actually affected. Loss of movement and feeling in all limbs (arms and legs) implies quadriplegic (quad is the Latin word for four) or tetraplegic (tetra is a Latin word that means five) injuries. These injuries can also affect the chest muscles which, in turn, can affect our breathing. A paraplegic (para is the Greek word for “half”) injury means loss of movement and sensation in the body’s lower half (including the legs).

Whatever the type of your injury is, its treatment can cost you thousands of dollars annually – money that you can spend for other worthwhile things. If your spinal injury is a result of someone else’s negligent of reckless behavior, know that the law protects your rights as a victim and legally allows you to file a claims lawsuit against the liable party. Hiring a really good lawyer ought to be one your decisions; he or she will explain to you your right and how to effectively fight for it.

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GranuFlo: Why It’s Dangerous and Filing a Lawsuit

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013

Being faced with a life-threatening condition like kidney failure is difficult enough as it is. In such a situation, a person affected with such a serious health problem deserves to receive the best care possible and to be able to trust their doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who are treating them or providing the products needed for their treatment. Sadly for many Americans who have undergone hemodialysis treatment in the past few years in an effort to combat the negative effects of kidney failure and have used GranuFlo during this treatment, they have suffered further health problems rather than receiving the care they needed.

GranuFlo, a dry acid concentrate that is produced by Fresenius Medical Care, is a product that is used by many hemodialysis patients in order to neutralize the toxins that build up in their blood. However, this product causes a buildup of bicarbonates in a person’s blood, which can cause serious heart problems, such as cardiac arrest, heart arrhythmia, low blood pressure, and strokes, something which Fresenius was aware of, but choose to not address. As a product manufacturer, not only was it Fresenius’ duty to produce a product that was generally safe for most consumers to use, but to also warn anyone using this product of the potential dangers.

Because Fresenius failed in both these respects, many people are seeking to hold them liable for the devastating results that using GranuFlo has caused to victims and their families. Through filing a lawsuit, many people and their loved ones are looking to obtain not only compensation for their financial burdens and losses, but also a sense of justice for the undue physical and emotional harm that they have been forced to endure. Additionally, in an effort to prevent more Americans from facing such difficulties as those who have already used GranuFlo are currently experiencing, the U.S. FDA has issued a Class 1 recall of the dangerous product.

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Three Types of Aphasia

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013

The Law Offices of Donald D. GuthrieThe brain is one of the human body’s most important organs. It is responsible for controlling myriad processes from heartbeat, to breathing, to responses to emotional stimuli to voluntary motion, as well as memory functions. However, it is incredibly delicate and even minor damage to the brain can have severe long-term consequences.

Injuries to the brain can result in the loss of these vital functions, and the functions lost relate to which area of the brain suffered damage and how the damage was sustained. For example, a lack of oxygen to an area of the brain can have a different effect on a person than serious trauma to the same section will have. Brain injuries can cause partial paralysis, memory loss, changes in mood or personality, and aphasia.

Aphasia is a serious condition that alters an individual’s ability to use and comprehend language. This crippling brain injury can leave a person unable to communicate both verbally and through writing. There are three main kinds of aphasia:

  • Expressive Aphasia – People with expressive aphasia have an understanding of ideas they want to communicate, but encounter difficulties actually expressing them.
  • Receptive Aphasia – Aphasia that causes an individual to have difficulty interpreting communication delivered to them. They may be able to read, but will not comprehend.
  • Global Aphasia – A person with global aphasia cannot read or write, and has great difficulty speaking and understanding verbal communication. This is the most severe form of aphasia.

Living with aphasia is incredibly difficult. It has been likened to moving to a foreign land where you have a tenuous grasp of the native language and will never be able to learn it. Living without the ability to effectively communicate can be unimaginably frustrating for an aphasia victim.

While aphasia is most commonly caused by stroke, it can also be a result of other brain injuries. When a person suffers head trauma severe enough to cause a brain injury, a personal injury lawyer can them help fight for compensation for the drastic, debilitating change to their life.

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