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What kind of malpractice can cause cerebral palsy?
According to the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation, cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disorder that affects children. A child is born suffering from cerebral palsy, every hour in the United States alone. A low estimation of 500,000 people—infants, children, and adults—are currently suffering from some form of cerebral palsy with no hope of a cure.
With this many victims, shouldn’t CP awareness be a top priority for medical professionals?
What Caused Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy can be caused by several different factors. However, these factors result from one of two actions: damage to the brain inside of the womb, or damage to the brain outside of the womb. Although in many cases the specific cause of cerebral palsy is unknown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that 85 to 90 percent of CP cases are congenital (occur before or during the birth). In these cases, CP is thought to be caused by maternal or fetal infections that affect brain development, hypoxia, or physical head injuries.
Unfortunately, many of these factors occur as a direct result of medical negligence. Malpractice that could result in infantile cerebral palsy include:
- Delayed diagnosis and treatment of maternal infections. Since the fetus relies on its mother’s blood for nutrition and sustainability, anything that affects her blood will also affect its blood. Some infections (meningitis, pneumonia, etc.) can target cerebral development and inflame or damage the fetus’ brain while it’s attempting to grow.
- Forceful delivery. Some deliveries are easier than others, but due to narrow birth canals, baby size, and unseen complications, some deliveries can be brutal—not only for the mother but also the child. In these cases, the doctor may decide to help pull your baby out the birth canal by grasping his head, twisting his neck and shoulders, and forcefully yanking him. Unfortunately, excessive force such as this can not only cause tears in your baby’s neck muscles and spine, but it can also cause swelling, bruising, and bleeding in his underdeveloped brain.
- Excessive forceps pressure. During a difficult delivery where your baby is stuck in the opening of the birth canal and is too far to reach manually, a doctor may choose to use forceps to help guide him out. Forceps are designed much like tongs. Therefore, if your doctor puts too much pressure on the forceps, he could unfortunately wind up crushing your baby’s extremely soft skull, in turn causing damage his brain.
- Negligent delay during fetal distress. When your baby shows signs of distress, it usually means that he isn’t getting enough oxygen or blood flow. This could be caused by anything from the mother’s low blood pressure to the baby’s umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck. No matter what the reason, your doctor needs to quickly assess the situation and decide the fastest way to get your baby out. The longer the distress the worse your baby’s risk. A lack of oxygen could cause asphyxiation (suffocation) and brain damage, while restricted blood flow could deny your baby’s brain the nutrients it needs to survive, resulting in a infantile stroke.
- Improper handling of the infant’s skull. Once your baby is delivered, he is still at risk for medical negligence. Since his skull is purposefully soft to aid in delivery, any excessive force, impact, or pressure when being handled can cause serious head and brain injuries. Being dropped, forcefully held down by the head, or having his head knocked into something by the doctor or nurses could spell disaster for his brain development.
Fighting for Your Child
If you feel that your baby was a victim of medical negligence resulting from delivery complications or medical negligence, you may deserve malpractice compensation. Our extensive experience with birth injury cases help you and your child get the justice and treatment settlement you deserve. Don’t allow your doctor’s mistake to cost your baby a lifetime’s worth of hardships. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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Do Airbag Benefits Outweigh Their Risks?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 30,000 people have been saved by frontal and side airbags. Estimates suggest that the combination of an airbag plus a lap and shoulder belt reduces the risk of death by 61 percent (compared with a 50 percent reduction for seat belts alone). Side airbags are estimated to have reduced the driver's risk of death by 37 percent. Even though these results are encouraging, airbags can also be dangerous.
Benefits vs. Risks
Although the purpose of airbags is to prevent serious collision and impact injuries, the NHTSA has found that in some situations, they can cause more harm than good. In 2014 more than 2,000 injuries and deaths occurred as a result of defective and problematic airbags. However, even pristine airbags can have their risks. These include minor to severe bruising, deployment force injuries, defect injuries, and the occasional fatality due to mishandling, user negligence, and manufacturer defects.
However, even though the potential risks are significant, the benefits of airbags may still outweigh them. These benefits include:
- A 37 percent increase in protection from slamming into the hard steering wheel. Although airbags aren’t soft and pillow-like, they do provide some support in which to ease the forward momentum of your body from striking the steering wheel or dashboard in a collision.
- Reduced risk of serious head trauma. Since the steering wheel is placed in front of your chest and is generally angled upward, the force of a collision can drive your neck and head forcefully into the steering column, causing massive head trauma. An airbag prevents this disastrous collision.
- Reduced risk of serious whiplash and spinal problems from the impact force. As the result of the bag coming toward you as the collision force causes you to propel forward, it reduces the amount of space in which your head, neck, and spine can is whipped forward, thus decreasing painful whiplash and associative injuries.
- Helps prevent forced ejection from the car. An airbag helps provide an additional barrier to keep you inside the car during a collision instead of being ejected.
- Lowers insurance premiums. Since airbags are considered a reasonable safety feature, making sure your car is equipped with them will help lower your insurance premiums.
Weighing the Results
Perfect airbags can still run the risk of causing injuries, and unknown airbag defects could potentially put your life at risk. However, the fact of the matter is that not having an airbag drastically increases your injury and fatality risks. So which would you prefer? Potential risks, or certain risks? Fortunately, there is a third option—potential risks with added precautions.
Considering how vehicles are required to have airbags as a safety feature, you don’t really have the choice to put yourself at certain risk. However, you do have a choice to protect yourself from potential danger by following airbag safety guidelines—by following the guidelines and making sure that if you receive a recall notice you follow up on it.
Need more information on airbag injuries or claims? Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to discuss your legal options for compensation.
Should I be concerned about defective airbags?
You just received a recall notice in the mail today about a potential defect in your car’s airbags. You’ve never received a recall notice before, so you decided to do some research on your own about the issue. You’ve already heard stories about how deployment can cause head and neck injuries, but the information you found online about airbag defects is truly horrifying.
Aren’t airbags supposed to protect you from harm? What you’ve read so far is that they’re actually killing people. Although you’re definitely going to honor the recall and get your car into the dealer as soon as possible, should you be concerned that a safety device such as an airbag could cause you more harm than good?
Concern Increases Over Defective Airbag Risks
Airbag safety has recently become a growing concern in the United States as 16-million cars have been recalled by the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at the behest of the United States Congress. This recall is a direct result of defective airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation, which have killed at least four people and injured countless others. Congressional scrutiny adds to the pressure on Takata and automakers such as Nissan, General Motors, and Toyota as recalls increase for air bags that can inflate with excessive force.
Airbags are specifically designed to reduce car accident fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, front airbags reduce car accident fatalities and head injuries by 26 percent, while side-impact airbags can reduce injuries up to 37 percent. However, when an airbag is defective, the life-saving apparatus can quickly turn into a life-ending mishap. The circumstances surrounding the Takata recall has drastically raised concerns about airbag safety, especially when it comes defects such as high-force inflation and the potential for the inflators to explode on impact. Driver safety concerns include:
- Excessive force may lead to critical neck injuries. Airbags generally deploy at speeds as high as 200 miles per hour, but a defective inflator could cause forces to be even greater, inflate at the wrong time, or be deployed in the wrong position.
- Inflator explosions. Airbags work as a result of impact sensors sending a signal to the bag’s inflator. The inflator releases an electrical charge to spark a chemical reaction, resulting in the inflation of the airbag with nitrogen gas. When the inflator is damaged, this spark can ignite the nitrogen gas, causing an explosion. This explosion can cause serious force injuries, as well as cause pieces of metal shrapnel to be propelled toward the driver.
- Defective tethering. In order for airbags to stay secure, they are tethered within the steering column. However, if these tethers aren’t strong enough, or a defective explosion causes them to break, the airbag not only becomes uselessly loose, but the force of the nitrogen inflation will have nothing to stop it from hitting you square in the face.
Recall Hesitation Could Be Fatal—Don’t take the Risk
As with any type of recall, it is imperative that you act as soon as you get a notification about an airbag recall for your vehicle. Make an appointment as soon as possible to get the problem fixed, or you could be tempting fate. Remember, several people have been killed by airbag defects, don’t add to that list. Be safe and follow recall instructions.
Have you or a loved one already been injured as a result of a defective airbag? Call us today for a free consultation and review of your case. You may be able to join ongoing lawsuits, or begin a new one for damage, treatment, and emotional compensation. Contact us today to see how our experience and extensive knowledge can help you and your family get the justice you deserve.
Are there different types of cerebral palsy in which my child could be suffering?
Your baby boy just turned six months old and although he is absolutely perfect in your eyes, you’ve noticed some alarming signs that there may be something wrong with him. Ever since he was born he has had slight muscle tremors that your doctor brushed off as nervous twitches. However, over the past several weeks, the tremors have gotten exceedingly worse, followed by moments of what appears to be temporary paralysis. You called your doctor, but he assured you that you were probably just overreacting. Overreaction or not, his comments weren’t going to keep you from finding out what was wrong with your precious baby.
You decided to get a second opinion and took your baby to a friend’s pediatrician. What you discovered was horrifying: after several hours and numerous tests, the doctor diagnosed your son with cerebral palsy (CP).
The world stopped.
Cerebral palsy? How could this have happened? As you were trying to make sense of the situation, the pediatrician informed you that she would have to perform a few more tests to narrow the diagnosis down to which specific form of palsy he was currently suffering from.
Which form? There’s more than one? So now not only must you worry about the diagnosis itself, but whether he has the worst type or a mild form—all while hoping for the best.
Cerebral Palsy Differences
The National Institute of Health defines cerebral palsy as a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood, and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. Although the abnormalities affect the muscles, the disorders are actually caused by irregularities in the brain that formed during pregnancy or delivery. In many cases, cerebral palsy results from hypoxia (lack of adequate oxygen flow to the brain) during delivery distress.
According to data taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 10,000 babies a year are born with a brain injury that leads to cerebral palsy. This means that 1 out of every 320 children are currently suffering from one of the following four forms of this disorder. The different types include:
Spastic cerebral palsy causes excessive muscle freezing and rigidity (called hypertonicity), and is the most common form of cerebral palsy. It affects approximately 65 percent of cerebral palsy victims. Within the spastic form, there are three subcategories depending on where the rigidity is located:
- Spastic quadriplegia – When both arms and both legs have some degree of impairment causing tremors or jerking, limiting the ability to walk.
- Spastic diplegia – Impairment in the legs, but minimal or no impairment of the arms, causing an increased risk for hip problems and leg soreness. Intelligence and communication skills remain unaffected.
- Spastic hemiplegia – When one side of the body—the opposite side of where the brain was injured—is affected, causing abnormal movement and paralysis.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Ataxic cerebral palsy causes small (called hypotonia) tremors which affect and target specific motor skills such as writing, balance (especially when walking), hearing, and vision. On average, about 10 percent of cerebral palsy victims suffer from ataxic cerebral palsy.
Athetoid/Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy
This type of cerebral palsy has mixed muscle tension that can vary from low (hypotonic) to high (hypertonic). This causes writhing movements or seizures of the hands, torso, and body. These tremors drastically limit motor function, communication, and specific motor skills. It affects approximately 20 percent of patients.
Mixed Cerebral Palsy
Mixed cerebral palsy occurs when multiple areas of the brain are injured, resulting in a combination of the three major types. These injuries can occur either during pregnancy or delivery. Multiple injuries and multiple CP types are rare—less than five percent—but are extremely devastating since they can affect the entire body, as well as brain functions.
Knowledge, Support, and Caring
Your baby deserves to start his life with the best possible chances. However, if delivery complications, or poor pre-natal care causes him to suffer a brain injury, he could wind up living his entire life with the consequences of someone else’s mistake. Don’t let that happen. If your child suffers from one of the above forms of cerebral palsy, he may be entitled to malpractice compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case. Our experience and knowledge with birth injury claims can help him get the treatment and justice he deserves to improve his chances in life. Call today to see how we can help.
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Could my hair loss medication be causing sexual side effects? What else could it be causing?
You’re rarely seen without your trusty newsboy cap. Every photo on Facebook, all your Twitter posts, and every outing you go on, you can be sure to have your head covered. You tell your friends that it’s obviously because you make newsboy caps look good, but the real reason is somewhat embarrassing.
You’ve been losing your hair ever since your junior year in high school—and you hate it. When you look in the mirror, all you see is your bald head staring back at you. Thank goodness you look so dapper in hats, because they’re the only thing that has kept you from falling into a deep depression over it.
Last month, your brother-in-law suggested a hair loss medication called Propecia. He informed you that his cousin had tried it and it worked wonders for him. You immediately asked your doctor for a prescription, and since then you have seen drastic results. You have new growth under your cap, and you’re feeling much more confident with your appearance. However, since you began taking it, you’ve had some “issues” in the bedroom. Is it just a coincidence, or could the Propecia be causing your problems? If so, what other side effects could it be causing?
Side Effects of Propecia—Sexual and Worse
Propecia was originally marketed for the treatment of enlarged prostates, but was also found to increase hair production and growth. As a result, it was then marketed for male pattern baldness as well. The drug is classified as a 5a-reductase inhibitor, which converts testosterone from the testes, prostate, adrenal glands, and hair follicles into the more potent dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT allows hair follicles to increase production faster than normal testosterone, as well as decrease swelling in the prostate at a greater rate. Unfortunately, too much DHT can have adverse effects on sexual function and can increase the risks for cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety announcement warning in 2011, suggesting that Propecia and other 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors may increase your risk for the most deadly form of prostate cancer, known as high-grade cancer. High-grade prostate cancer is extremely aggressive, grows rapidly, and often spreads quickly to other areas of your body such as your lymph nodes and bones. These types of cancer cells are large, difficult to treat, and reoccur more often than low and intermediate-grade prostate cancers.
In addition to prostate cancer risks, excessive DHT can cause:
- Allergic reactions such as rashes, hives, and swelling
- Breast enlargement
- Testicular pain
- Decreased libido disorders
- Orgasm disorders
- Ejaculation disorders
- Poor semen production or poor quality semen
- Male breast cancer
Protecting Yourself, Your Head, and Your Libido
Before starting Propecia or any other drug that increases your DHT levels, make sure you discuss side effects at length with your physician. It is up to you whether or not you believe the benefits outweigh your personal risks, but make sure you have all the information before making your decision. In some cases warning labels, dosages, and adequate information isn’t always included with the medication, so make sure you research and review the proper use with your doctor.
If you begin to experience side effects, contact your doctor immediately. Sexual side effects can be difficult to talk about, but they may be the warning signs of something far worse, so don’t hesitate to get the advice and care you need.
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How can I tell if I’m having a reaction to my blood thinner?
There are two main types of blood thinners: Anticoagulants, which work with chemical reactions in your body to slow down clot formations, and anti-platelet drugs, which prevent blood cells from clumping together to form a clot. The Mayo Clinic suggests that most heart attacks and strokes are caused by unusual clotting within the arteries. This clotting prevents necessary blood flow to the brain, while making the heart pump faster and harder until it gives out.
Anticoagulants are the medicines most commonly used to break up and prevent such clotting during strokes and heart attacks. Thrombolytic medicines, also called "clot busters," are also used to dissolve blood clots that are blocking the coronary arteries.
Unfortunately, although these medicines are common and extremely good at preventing stroke and heart attack fatalities, if not handled correctly or properly monitored—they can cause serious bleeding issues.
Blood Clotting Effects
One of the many functions of your platelets and plasma, is to reduce excess bleeding by forming clots over injured tissues and blood vessels. Proteins within your plasma mix with your blood’s platelets and then solidify in order to keep your blood contained, instead of escaping through an injured area. However, blood thinners and anticoagulants are designed to halt this process in order to keep your arteries clear of clots.
Unfortunately, these medications can’t pick and choose which blood flow to control, or contain their effects solely to the blood within your arteries. This ultimately poses severely dangerous effects upon your entire bloodstream. If you’re wounded, sustain internal injuries, or if unknown bleeding occurs, you could be in serious trouble. Instead of your body reacting to stop the bleed, it will allow the flow to continue, possibly leading to excessive blood loss.
Alarming Symptoms When Taking Blood Thinners
When taking blood thinners or anticoagulants, make sure you stay alert and keep a watchful eye out for these symptoms of internal bleeding problems:
- Black or tarry-appearing stools. Dark stools can be an indication that blood is present. This could mean that your intestines or stomach are pooling with blood.
- Orange, pink, or smoke-colored urine. Discolored urine could be a sign of bleeding in the kidneys or bladder.
- Abnormal and sometimes profuse bleeding. Since blood thinners are meant to prevent clotting, they also affect how the blood clots outside the body. This could result in even small cuts bleeding for long periods of time—putting you at risk of losing too much blood.
- Excessive bruising. Since bruises are basically broken blood vessels underneath the skin, excessive bruising can be an indication that your blood thinners are causing your blood vessels to leak and swell.
- Blood shot eyes. Your eyes have hundreds of tiny blood vessels that can become swollen or irritated by thinned blood. These vessels can also pop with increased blood pressure and be an indication of swelling or bleeding in the brain.
- Stomach pain. Bleeding within your stomach lining due to ulcers, polyps, or irritations can cause extreme nausea and cramping.
- Muscle aches. When your muscles don’t receive enough oxygen from fast moving and sometimes decreased blood flow, the tissues start to break down causing aches and pains.
- Intense headaches. Swelling, bruising, and bleeding in the brain can cause intense pressure headaches.
- Dizziness. The decreased amount of oxygen as a result of blood pooling in other areas of the body, can cause hypoxic effects on your brain and muscles, making you feel dizzy and weak.
If you experience any of the above symptoms after starting a new blood thinning medication, seek medical attention immediately. Your body needs your blood in the right places at the right times in order to function properly. You have the right to make sure you’re in good health, especially if you’re at risk for a heart attack or stroke. You also have the right to know your risks before taking new medication, and to fight back when your prescribed medication causes you harm.
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Are anxiety drugs worse than depression drugs when it comes to side effects?
Your life is a vicious cycle of emotions. One day you’re as giddy as a school boy, the next you’re a bundle of nerves. When you have to give a presentation at work or a toast at a party—it takes everything you have to get out of bed because you’re scared to death. Growing up you just thought that you were unusually shy, but now that you’re an adult, you know that you have severe anxiety issues. Whenever you get stressed out, you uncontrollably hyperventilate, sweat, shake, and become extremely introverted. This is obviously not an ideal way to behave in front of family, let alone clients and strangers. You decided to do something about it and see your doctor.
During your visit, your physician concluded that you not only suffered from anxiety, but most likely depression as well. Although you told him you didn’t feel all that depressed, just anxious, he prescribed you both an antidepressant and an anti-anxiety medication. He told you that by taking both pills, your symptoms should subside, but if you forget to take the antidepressant, the anxiety pill could cause your depression to become worse.
With this in mind you are left wondering if it is all worth it. You’ve heard horror stories about antidepressants as well as anti-anxiety medicines—but taking them both together...is that a good idea?
Which has the worst side effects, antidepressants, or anti-anxiety medicine?
Anxiety Medications: Benefits and Risks
There has been a long running debate over the efficacy and dangers of mental stability medications. Some believe that any type of drug that can influence your brain is too risky to take. Others who suffer from mental and mood disorders on a daily basis believe them to be a godsend. Unfortunately, both groups have compelling arguments.
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can have a profound positive effect on sufferers, helping them to control and stabilize their moods and allow them the ability to function in society. However, the flip side of the coin is that, as with most drugs, there can be negative side effects, especially when it comes to anxiety medications.
Anti-anxiety medicines have the alarming potential of causing physiological and psychological dependence, more so than any other mood stabilizer—including antidepressants. For this reason alone, they could be considered “riskier” than antidepressants. Unfortunately, they have other potential side effects as well. These include:
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Decreased sex drive
- High potential for addiction
- Lack of coordination
- Depression or suicidal thoughts
- Unusual emotional dysfunction, including anger and violence
- Memory loss
- Difficulty thinking
- Decreased IQ
- Homicidal thoughts
- Birth defects
- Sudden death
Weighing The Risks With The Benefits
Although anti-anxiety medicines do pose risks, it is important to discuss with your doctor the important benefits they could have on your mental state. If you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or in many cases both, you shouldn’t be ashamed or scared to take the medications you need to get better. However, you should be cautious. Make sure you discuss both the benefits and the risks of the drugs your doctor or psychiatrist prescribes to you before taking them. You should also pay attention to any signs that your new medication may be causing adverse side effects once you begin.
Remember, your well-being is the most important thing. If you have doubts, express them. If you feel that you need medication, talk to your doctor. If you feel that your medication is causing you additional harm, don’t be afraid to speak up. Your health and state of mind is essential in order to live a full life, so make sure you have all the facts before making your decision to take, or not to take, mood stabilizing medications. We believe that everyone has the right to be happy and healthy, so get the facts, pay attention, and hopefully you’ll start to feel better.
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Are my symptoms common in defective drug cases?
Before a drug can come on the market it must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It must be proven that the drug is safe and has the therapeutic effect it’s supposed to have. Proof comes from testing the drug, first in animals and then in humans. Once the basic questions of safety and efficacy are settled, the FDA will approve the drug if it deems that its benefits outweigh its risks.
Side Effects and Symptoms of a Defective Drug
Unfortunately, not everything is always known about a drug’s side effects until after it enters circulation, when more people start using it. Although many drugs have minor side effects such as fatigue, nausea, constipation, and headaches, others have far worse and even fatal effects. These are the drugs that could seriously harm you and your loved ones. However, since the side effects aren’t known by the FDA—and hopefully unknown by the manufacturer—until someone develops the dangerous side effects and comes forward, the drug will continue to circulate without proper warnings.
Common side effects of defectively known and previously recalled drugs are as follows:
- Loss of normal reactionary responses (such as unusual risk-taking behavior and no fear of danger)
- Increased anxiety and fear
- Hallucinations, fainting, and coma
- Internal bleeding
- Blood clots
- Liver and kidney damage
- Bone frailty
- Nerve pain lasting for several weeks or months
- Excessive bleeding
- Heart attack
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms following the start of a new medication, or believe that a drug could be the cause of an injury, contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll help you learn your rights and explain your options for filing a claim. Don’t allow a neglectful manufacturer, a lazy pharmacist, or an inept physician to cost you your future. It’s our job to help you fight back, and we will fight tooth and nail to help you get the settlement you deserve.
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I require a hysterectomy and my physician suggested using a laparoscopic power morcellator, but I heard they are dangerous. What options do I have to protect myself from harm?
You’ve heard a lot lately about the risks involved with certain hysterectomy devices. Due to your painful fibroids, and your physician’s recommendation, you’ve decided to have your uterus removed. However, although your doctor ensures you that the procedure will be quick, easy, and relatively painless, you’re still not 100 percent confident.
You’ve discussed in detail the differences between invasive and non-invasive procedures, how he plans on extracting your uterus, and what tools he plans to use. Your doctor informed you that this type of procedure requires a device called a power morcellator, which basically breaks up your uterine tissue and sucks it through a small incision. Although it seems straight forward, what happens if something goes wrong?
You know the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has their eye on these types of devices, so what can be done to ensure your safety?
Risk Management Recommendations
The FDA has recently published a report about the possible risk of power morcellators potentially spreading cancerous cells during hysterectomies. Their concern is that since there is currently no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma, the device could disperse cancerous tissue deeper into the patient’s abdomen and pelvis. Therefore, they highly recommend that these types of devices aren’t used in these types of procedures. They also recommend, for safety and risk awareness that:
Health Care Providers
- Are aware of the FDA’s concerns.
- Refrain from using morcellation in women with suspected or known uterine cancer.
- Carefully consider alternative treatment options for women with symptomatic uterine fibroids, instead of hysterectomies.
- Thoroughly discuss the benefits and risks of all treatments with patients.
- Inform patients that their fibroids may potentially contain unexpected cancerous tissue and that laparoscopic power morcellation may spread the cancer, significantly worsening their prognosis.
- Look into using specimen bags or other precautionary measures during morcellation in an attempt to contain the uterine tissue and minimize the risk of spread in the abdomen and pelvis.
Patients (Before Surgery)
- Discuss the risks of the procedure beforehand.
- Ask your health care provider about all available options to treat your condition as well as their risks and benefits.
- If power morcellation will be performed during your procedure, ask your physician to explain why he or she believes it is the best treatment option for you.
Patients (After Surgery)
- Verify that your physician will or has tested the removed tissue for the presence of cancer.
- Schedule periodic appointments with your physician to ensure that nothing new has developed.
- If you have persistent or recurrent symptoms or questions, don’t be afraid to inform your doctor.
When the Unexpected Happens
If your physician highly recommends a hysterectomy, and ensures you that using a power morcellator is the best option for you, you’ll most likely take his word for it. But what happens when something goes wrong? What do you do if the FDA’s concerns come true? You can contact an experienced lawyer. We can help you file a claim and may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve for your ordeal. Call now and see how we can help you.
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My workplace had a problem with mold and now I am having health problems. Can I sue?
Most employees spend a significant amount of time in the workplace. If the workplace is an unhealthy environment, that could lead to serious health issues for employees. One of the more common environmental hazards that can occur in the workplace is mold. There are hundreds of species of mold found in the U.S. that aren't harmful. However, there are bad types of mold that can cause significant, permanent health problems. Mold exposure can affect some individuals more than others.
Mold is found in buildings with moisture issues. If a building has dampness, high humidity, or water damage in one part of the building, mold spores can spread to other parts of the building, and can contaminate the air. The worst types of areas for mold are basements, ground floors, closets and bathrooms. Older school buildings are known to be a breeding ground for mold. However, any type of building can have toxic mold.
Exposure to large quantities of certain types of mold can cause serious health problems. Symptoms of mold exposure are varied, but can include runny nose, coughing, sinus issues, pneumonia, bronchitis, allergy issues, asthma, eye problems, skin problems, neurological problems, digestive problems, and problems with the musculoskeletal system.
If you believe that you have been injured as a result of toxic mold at work, your company and other parties may be held legally liable for your damages. You may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, time off from work, emotional distress, and more. Call the Houston toxic mold attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 888-894-0119 to learn more about your legal options.