What Are the Dangers with Morcellators?

By on 2-18-2014 in Criminal Laws

They say that the most powerful weapon you can have is that of information. It can be a tool that, if wielded properly, could vanquish any foe that you might ever encounter. An informed citizen, as they say, is the most dangerous one – as they know what their rights are and what they are capable of. More than anything, information is something that cannot be taken away from them. And, as an unfortunate side effect, this means that the lack of information can also be a dangerous thing for you – such is the case with morcellators.

Now, morcellators are devices used in laparoscopic surgical procedures (otherwise known as procedures that require but a minimum incision in order to insert the device into the body and perfect the surgery) and what the morcellator does is that it penetrates the body through the incision and suctions out the noncancerous growth. However, using the summaries from the website of Williams Kherkher, there have been many complaints regarding women who have claimed that the use of morcellators from Johnson and Johnson have caused endometrial cancer (a kind of cancer that affects the inner lining of the womb).

Cancer in all its different forms and variations are never easy to deal with and if you, or someone you know, have acquired cancer after the use of a morcellator, it is recommended that a legal team is contacted immediately for help. An attorney may be able to not only defend your case through the best way of wielding information but can also get you access to the best medical professionals in the field so that you may rest easily, knowing that your care and recovery are being handled by the best hands.

So equip yourself with the best knowledge available by surrounding yourself with people who know how to deal with situations like this properly. The most dangerous thing about morcellators could just as easily be when you don’t know what you can do about it when things go wrong when all the power is, indeed, yours.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

By on 2-18-2014 in Criminal Laws

Brain Injury Awareness Month happens every year in March. Headed by the Brain Injury Association of America, the goal of this month is to further inform people about the effects of brain injury and how they can help people in these unfortunate circumstances.

The theme of Brain Injury Awareness Month from 2015-2017 will be “Not Alone.” The idea behind this campaign is to try to eradicate the stigma that comes along with brain injury and in turn empower those that fell victim to circumstance.

One aspect of the campaign was a series of posters featuring people with a brain injury. On the poster is a caption meant to put someone in the shoes of a brain injury victim. For example, one of the captions reads, “5.3 million people living with brain injury want what everyone wants: a good job, a nice home, someone to love, and to enjoy their lives.” The Brain Injury Association also released a series of public service announcements voicing the same message and brain injury fact sheet which include statistics and causes of brain injury.

This year’s Brain Injury Awareness Day took place on March 18th. Co-chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell and Rep. Tom Rooney, the events that took place throughout the day were organized by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. The activities included an Awareness Fair, a briefing about post injury support systems, and a reception. The majority of the events took place at the Rayburn House in Washington D.C.

The Houston personal injury lawyers of The Law Offices of Williams Kherkher, say on their website that the effects of traumatic injuries can be very overwhelming. The central purpose of Brain Injury Awareness Month is to let those who are living with this stress know that they are not alone, and that they deserve credit for being able to face the challenges they are presented with.

Types of Head Injuries

By on 2-18-2014 in Criminal Laws

There are many ways in which one can receive a head injury. Head injuries are debilitating. The recovery process can be long; victims of head injuries are limited in function due to an inhibited cognitive system.

The website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm describes how traumatic head injuries can be. Types of these injuries can be concussions, contusions, and penetration. Each have different symptoms and recovery processes, however are equally as harmful.

Concussions can occur from a wide range of causes. They are the most common type of brain injury, and come from a direct blow from the head or whiplash. During this sudden impact, the brain’s blood vessels are stretched and nerves can be damaged. Depending on the severity, concussions take up to months to recover from. Common practices of the recovery process include staying in dark rooms, testing the brain’s prognosis through mental tests once a week, and rehabilitation.

Contusions are similar to concussions because they can be caused by impacts to the head. However, contusions are bruises on the brain. In serious cases, the contusion may need to be surgically removed.

A last example of head injuries is penetration. This happens when a sharp objects exerts into the head of a person. Penetration is considerably painful because foreign objects, hair, and other fragments enter the head. When an object travels slowly through the skull, it can deflect off different surfaces and broaden the damaged area. In contrast, a “through-and-through” is when an object hastily enters, travels through, and exits the brain. Each of these types of penetration tear and stretch brain tissue, and can result in a traumatic brain injury with serious repercussions.

Head injuries are detrimental because they can cause extreme pain whether instantaneously or over a period of time. It can displace a person from performing every day functions, inhibiting one’s life until recovered. If you have have received an injury to the head at the fault of another, compensation can help provide for medical costs as well as finances for time lost.

Premises Liability 101

By on 2-18-2014 in Criminal Laws

Anyone who owns a piece of property is thereby given the due responsibility of keeping it safe and structurally sound in order to prevent accidents or causing anyone injury. This can be a most difficult endeavor, especially when dealing with older infrastructures that hold a certain level of historical significance. Be the premises old or new, the owner or tenant is just as liable for any accidents that occur or injury that result if their property gives way for harm to happen to someone else. According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, any property must not pose a threat to the safety of any natural or juridical person who might enter it.

Cases like this can be as easy to process, such as those of the ones caused by sheer slip and fall accidents (usually the result of ill-marked wet floors) but, most times, it isn’t quite as straightforward as all that. There have been cases of premises liability that were due to the inhabitants becoming exposed to dangerous toxins that could be sometimes found in paint laced with lead. Sometimes, the owner or tenant liable cannot be held entirely at fault but the victim of the accident is just as due rightful compensation for damages sustained.

If you have fallen into an accident or sustained an injury at a given premises due to the owner’s negligence of the property, the owner is liable to pay charges for the damage done. This is not always easily done, especially if the owner at hand is a big corporation with insurance firms that are more than happy to let the matter get swept under the rug.

If you are seeking the legal services of a personal injury lawyer that specializes in premises liability claims, you will need to ensure that the experts you hire can fight for your rights and present your case in such a way that your case can go by in as smooth and efficient a way as possible. The only thing you need to worry about is recovering from the accident, once you hire the right kind of legal aid.

The Dangers Presented by Qsymia

By on 2-18-2014 in Criminal Laws

There is probably no other prescription drug (in the past) that has been more anticipated and welcomed by doctors and patients than Qsymia, a weight loss drug developed by Vivus, Inc. and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012. Qsymia is intended as an adjunct medication to obese and overweight individuals who fail to lose weight despite a healthy calorie-less diet and regular exercise.

The approval of Qsymia came at a time when doctors were in dire need of a new weight loss medication which they could prescribe to more than one-third of American adults suffering from obesity, considering the fact that the last chronic weight management medication was approved way back in 1999. Majority, if not all, of these obesity pills, though, had one common problem: they caused side-effects that were severe enough to make their own manufacturers pull them out of the market, or for the FDA to order them pulled out or not to be distributed in the US market due to the severe harm that they caused (or could cause) in patients.

Some of the serious adverse events that were connected to the use of these pills were permanent liver and/or kidney damage, lung disorder or pulmonary hypertension, heart valve and other heart-related diseases, stroke, depression, suicidal thoughts, and others.

With regard to Qsymia, results of long-term studies conducted on it showed that it was capable of delivering very favorable outcome, which included considerable weight loss, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduced cardiac risk factors and improvement in the user’s quality of life. It was, therefore, probably surprising, at least for its manufacturer, to hear about the serious side-effects being reported and linked to its use due to the study’s positive results and its being in the market for only two years.

Qsymia (formerly traded under the name Qnexa), which combines two other FDA-approved drugs, phentermine and topiramate (Topamax) extended-release, has been linked to risks of heart problems, cognitive problems, impaired concentration, birth defect, decrease in mood, changes in kidney function, tingling in fingers/toes (a condition called paraesthesia), altered taste or dysgeusia, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, and metabolic acidosis (a condition characterized by the production of too much acid or when the kidneys fail to remove enough acid from the body).

Despite the inclination to presently overlook the drug’s serious side-effects for the benefit of the millions of obese individuals who, hopefully, will not be harmed by the drug, those who have already been made to suffer are encouraged to report their individual cases and seek the help of a highly-qualified lawyer who will help them file a lawsuit for the possibility of receiving the compensation that will enable them to seek and undergo the necessary medical treatment.

Surgical Error: An Alarming Reality in the US

By on 2-18-2014 in Criminal Laws

Those who are truly committed in the medical profession know that timely and effective treatment, accurate diagnosis and correct medication are the basics of quality care every patient is entitled to. These are some of the reasons why some hospitals and health providers keep only reliable staff and medical professionals in their roster, because operators of these institutions know that quality treatment is what patients need and what they are supposed to provide.

Many hospitals, doctors and other medical professionals, however, have been recipients of a great number of legal claims for damages because of medical malpractice. An article on the website of the Law Offices of Paul Levin defines medical malpractice as the legal term that refers to the injuries committed against patients; injuries that can have minor or life-altering effects, such as a prolonged illness or a life-threatening condition, respectively.

Medical malpractice is an alarming reality in the US and in all parts of the globe and so many of those who are involved in the health care business are guilty of negligence or carelessness when dealing with the patients they accept under their care. The Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services reported, in 2010, the death of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone. A study published in the Journal of Patient Safety says, however, that the total figure can be more than double – between 210,000 and 440,000.

One of the worst errors committed by medical practitioners is surgical error. This includes, but is not limited to, surgery on wrong site, surgery performed on a wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure, wrong dosage of anesthesia, post-surgical complications and improper suturing. Errors may not be intended, but one cannot deny the fact that many of these errors lead to more serious health conditions which can totally alter a patient’s life; some mistakes even lead to a patient’s untimely death.

Surgery is usually taken as a last remedy, considered only when all other forms of treatment fail. Though a risky procedure, a patient can but just put all his/her trust on the surgeon and the surgical team. It would be a major violation of such trust if any wrong happens during or within a certain period of time after the procedure.

gives a clear view on its website of the effects of an injury, especially a serious one. It mentions not only the physical and emotional trauma an injury causes in a patient, but also the financial burden it can create. In justice to victims of medical malpractice, the law allows them to receive compensation, from the guilty party, which will cover their present and future financial needs and losses.

If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, contacting a lawyer is probably the next best step to take. An attorney will be able to help you through this difficult time with professionalism and compassion.

Fathers Getting Child Custody

By on 2-18-2014 in Criminal Laws

Child custody that goes to the father is an important issue – fathers generally wish to protect their relationships with their child. Most fathers think that when divorce occurs, the custody of the child will immediately go in favor of the mother, and while this is what often happens, the court also provide the same  rights in regards to viewing who is more fit for child custody. Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a father during the whole divorce process could be vital when it comes to child custody.

In recent years, there has been a dramatic shift in the legal system regarding child custody, and these are mainly from advocacy groups as well as fathers who believe in gender equality on child custody. Presently, courts considered many factors that could affect who would receive custody of the child, and the long-believed notion of mothers being the best caregiver is slowly being set aside. Moreover, courts nowadays believe that both parents should be present in the child’s life, and would prefer to give shared custody or equal visitations to both parents.

One of the best ways to ensure fair child custody or agreement is by discussing about it with the future ex-wife, even before going to court. When a settlement has been both agreed upon, the court would more than likely agree to it, lowering expenses and lessening the stress ad turmoil that the divorce gives. In cases where both parents can’t come into an agreement regarding child custody, the court will decide on the matter. The court will also be the one to determine the types of custody and visitation rights that will be given.

For a father to win the custody of their child, they must be able to prove that the mother is unfit to support and care for the child. Unable to do so would cause the court to grant joint custody. Courts take into consideration a number of factors to determine who would get custody of the child, and often the relationship between the parent and child is considered. Having proper evidence on your positive role on your child’s life, as well as witnesses and other supporting documents could be vital in ensuring you, the father, will win the custody of your child.