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Common Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Common Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents

Garbage trucks are essential in maintaining cleanliness and sanitation. Waste management is essential in preventing the spread of diseases so a garbage truck has a very important role. But when they get involved in accidents, the results can often be devastating. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the size of the garbage truck can make any accident serious or life-threatening. Here we will look at the common types of garbage truck accidents:

  • Driver Negligence. Garbage truck drivers shuttle from one neighborhood to another to collect garbage. They have a strict deadline to meet which can cause them to be tired. They could also engage in other activities such as driving under the influence or while impaired by sickness.
  • Poorly Maintained Vehicle. Garbage trucks perform heavy-duty work thus they require routine maintenance to ensure safe operation. It is not only the truck that should be maintained but also the compacting machine to ensure it is functional.
  • Defective Equipment. Recent advancements in compacting technology has led to the reduction of accidents related to the machine. However, it may still be prone to manufacturing errors.
  • Falling Equipment. When equipment in the truck is not adequately secured they could fall off from the vehicle and cause injury to pedestrian. The same is true with falling debris which could injure the collector or other drivers.
  • Driver Behavior. Garbage trucks move slowly down the street going from one house to another. This may cause the other drivers to eagerly pass the truck without seeing the traffic on the other side.
  • Weather. Garbage trucks need to collect garbage even during severe weather conditions. Rain, snow, sleet, fog may add to potential hazards to the driver.
  • Falls. Garbage collectors ride on the back or on the top of the truck. Chances are they might fall or swept under the vehicle. The vehicle might also suddenly back up on the worker collecting garbage.

 

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Injuries Due to Anesthesia Errors

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Anesthetics are strong medicines used prior to surgery or a dental procedure; its effect relaxes, paralyzes or renders a patient unconscious in order to numb away what may be excruciating pain. There are not plenty of records of anesthesiologists committing errors; however, when they do, such errors can result to devastating effects, which include joint injury, nerve damage, spinal cord injury, paralysis, ventilator dependence, airway trauma/damage, birth defect, brain injury, stroke and heart attack.

Prior to delivering the proper dosage of the appropriate drug to a surgical patient, it is important that an anesthesiologist knows a patient’s medical history (so as not to make the patient suffer from any possible adverse effect due to the drug). Once the patient is under anesthesia, he or she will have to be kept comfortable and safe at all times. Patient safety means making sure that the patient undergoing surgery has adequate oxygen levels and does not sustain any injuries (such as joint injuries, which are very common results of patient’s joints being hyperextended or hyperflexed, especially during long surgeries).

Anesthesia has two main categories: Local and General. Local anesthesia reduces or eliminates sensation only in a particular area of the body, while General anesthesia affects the whole body, usually inducing loss of consciousness and halting muscular reflexes. According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, more than 40 million anesthetics are administered in the US every year, most of these being safe and without side-effects. There are times, though, when the following anesthesia errors are committed due to mistakes and malpractice;

  • Use of defective equipment, such as vital sign monitors;
  • Failure to thoroughly review patient’s medical history;
  • Failure to monitor a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and other vital signs;
  • Failure to monitor a patient before and during anesthesia;
  • Incorrect placement of catheter;
  • Incorrect airway management and intubation during general anesthesia; and,
  • Administration of insufficient doses of anesthesia which affects more than 40,000 patients in the US every year. This error results to anesthesia awareness or awareness during surgery, a situation wherein a patient regains consciousness during a surgical procedure. Though already able to feel pain, the patient is incapable of crying out since he or she would still be paralyzed due to the effect of the drug that induces paralysis (which is different from the drug that causes sedation).

According to the website of Yvonne Fraser, anesthetics are extremely powerful drugs, thus, if administered improperly, can cause a patient to experience unnecessary pain, debilitating injury and even death. Proving negligence as the cause of anesthesia error, however, is not easy. It will require thorough investigation and the skill of interviewing those who were part of the surgical procedure to get from them the necessary information relevant to the case. It may then be wise to seek the assistance of an anesthesia errors lawyer if clues point to the possibility that such an error has been committed on your loved one.

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Are Morcellators Safe for Laparoscopic Surgery?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Personal Injury, Product Lawsuits | 0 comments

Laparoscopic surgical procedures have been garnering attention and favor from patients everywhere, if the option is available to them. It is thanks to the modern innovation of technological advancements that allow for these procedures to be possible. Laparoscopic surgical procedures are, by nature, simpler and more effective than regular surgery. It allows a more precise handling of delicate tissue and muscle. As a result, the patient thereby does not need as long a time to recovery from surgery and will not suffer from as much discomfort, as is the usual with more traditional surgeries. The minimal intrusion also allows for there to be reduced scarring as most laparoscopic procedures only require about a 0.5 to 1.5 millimeter incisions.

One of the most popular devices used for these procedures are morcellators. Now, morcellators are small, cylindrical tubes that are inserted into the body with a sharp claw at the end. The claw attaches itself to the noncancerous growth and suctions it out of the body, piece by piece. The design allows for there to be precision in the removal of the noncancerous growths and since its induction, it has been stated that there have been at least 50,000 procedures involving a morcellator every single year and its most popular patients are women who need to go through a hysterectomy or the removal of the womb through surgery.

However, there have been claims through several people who have filed a morcellator lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, stating that use of the morcellation devices were the cause of their acquiring endometrial cancer. These are very serious claims and were well founded enough that the manufacturer actually called for a recall of their three morcellators (Gynecare Morcellex, Gynecare X-Tract, and Morcellex Sigma) in 2014.

If you or someone you know has developed endometrial cancer – cancer that begins in the inner lining of the womb, or the endometrium – it is recommended that legal help and representation are called into the case so that the patient may be given the best care and help possible throughout this horrible ordeal.

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What Is So Dangerous About Monsanto PCBs?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Personal Injury, Product Lawsuits | 0 comments

Polychlorinated biphenyls, otherwise known as PCBs, have been a huge problem that people though had been eradicated in the late 1970s. This could not be any more wrong – but what is the big deal about PCBs, you may be asking. Plenty is the answer – especially to those people who may be unwittingly living in the most polluted areas in the United States.

There have been studies that have linked exposure to PCBs with a kind of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is a disease that first starts with lymphocytes, parts of the body that are found in a person’s immune system. A study from the Environmental Protection Agency involving Rhesus monkeys (a species of primates that have DNA compatible to that of a homo sapien by 93%) proved that exposure to the substance can cause significant physical repercussions such as the drastic shrinking of the thymus gland. The thymus gland is responsible for the stimulation and development of hormones called Thymosin which act as internal combatants. There has been some evidence that PCBs can also cause reproductive or neurological defects in people.

There has been substantial evidence that states that the Monsanto Company is almost solely responsible for the presence of PCBs in the United States of America, with a whopping 99% responsibility. They have been in operation since the 1930s – though some claims state that they had been operating under a different name since the early 1900s – and a note found from within the company brings to light that they have known the hazardous effects of their products since the 1960s, long before Congress issued the ban in 1979.

It is the year 2015 and the effects of Monsanto PCBs are still widely felt, especially in the areas with bodies of water that were frequently used as disposal areas. Not only is the marine life as well as the sediments found in the seafloor affected but the people who reside in that area are also exposed to the substance, sometimes ignorant to their being exposed until it is too late.

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What Can You Do After a Personal Injury?

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

“The needs of the many outweighs the needs of the few,” so the saying goes. That is why there are laws that protect people from the injustice that larger companies can be more than capable of, due to the abundance of resources. However, it is the responsibility of legal professionals to advocate for restitution for “the many” for the few larger brands and names should be held responsible for negligence, if they are.

Any accident can cause serious repercussions to the patient. Some may be quite obvious – like if the injuries sustained are physically observable (e.g. broken bones, disfigurement, deformation), but this is not often the case (e.g. psychological trauma or neurological damage) – ergo requiring expert medical help. The wronged party is eligible to file for personal injury claims should there be evidence that there is a guilty party involved that caused the accident.

As per the definition provided through the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, there are many different subsets under personal injury. That makes it all the more difficult as there are many subtle intricacies that can further complicate the case in a court of law. That is why, if you or someone you know should ever find yourself in a situation like this (or are already currently in a similar circumstance), it is imperative that you find a legal team that specializes in this very particular branch of law.

Not only do they have the technical knowhow for this kind of legal work but they also have the resources in order to make sure that you are given only the best medical care, as they are familiar with the kind of procedures that you will need, based on the accident that had resulted into injury. Due to their familiarization with the law and the proceedings, they a Tennessee personal injury lawyer is lkely to be more capable of securing a more sound and just compensation package for the victim of the accident.

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