When Friendly Dogs Become Threats

By on 9-01-2014 in Injury, Nursing Homes

Every dog owner may hold the belief that his or her dog is the greatest and the friendliest dog anyone can have; however, to assume that all other dogs are equally friendly simply because their dog is, is a grave misassumption.

Dog owners are fully responsible for the care and health of their pets. This includes making sure that their dogs get their daily dose of exercise, besides giving these the right food on timely intervals. Dog exercise, according to dog experts, should be a part of a dog’s regular activities. Being energetic animals, a dog’s unspent energy can be directed to destructive chewing, constant scratching on the wall, door or floor, knocking furniture over, whining, digging, jumping up on people, play biting or rough play. Though a sad fact, but many owners are late to realize that unused energy can make their pets injurious, even to them and, most especially, to their children.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the yearly count of dog bites that require medical attention reach up to 885,000; an average of 368,000 victims are rushed to hospital emergency departments every year, while in 2012 specifically, more than 27,000 dog-bitten people required and underwent reconstructive surgery.

The webpage of DogsBite.org., meanwhile, states that in 2013, there had been 32 dog attacks all of which resulted in death: 18 of the victims were children, the other 14 were adults. The number of fatal dog attacks jumped to 42 in 2014, with 19 children as victims, 1 was a teen, while the remaining 22 were adults.

It is no doubt that dogs are fun and loving animals, but these too can turn against anyone if threatened or if their energy is kept unspent. To keep people from being bitten or attacked by dogs, especially in public places, such as parks and woods trails, US states have enacted their specific laws which will keep dogs restrained and kept from injuring anyone.

Michigan and Pennsylvania, for instance, have the leash law, which mandates that dogs should be on a leash, especially in places like schools, parks, beaches, and protected natural areas. Other states simply outlaw loose dogs of dogs at large. Denver, Colorado, however, has even gone to the point of banning a specific breed of dog, the pit bull, due to the devastating cases of attacks reported of this breed. Other cities have adopted laws similar to that or Colorado’s, mandating strict regulation on the ownership of pit bulls.

Many dog owners still definitely need to know how to take proper care of their dogs and how to keep these from being a threat to anyone, despite their claims that their pets are very friendly. Likewise, there are a number of important things that dog bite and dog attack victims need to know, such as their legal right and options and possible right to compensation.

Why Are Truck Accidents Different From Car Accidents?

By on 9-01-2014 in Injury, Nursing Homes

Trucks are automobiles too, right? Surely there can’t be much difference between an accident caused by a truck and one caused by a car. So why are there different laws for either one?

Well, for one thing, though they may have similarities in terms of make – their potential for destruction is vastly different. A car accident, sometimes, can mean a damaged car door or a fallen bumper, but overall? Not every car accident is lethal and life altering. The thing about truck accidents, however – specifically, eighteen wheeler trucks – is that they are usually more than 10 times more destructive than cars. In fact, you can put it like this: your regular automobile will usually weigh around 4000 pounds while your average truck can weigh up to 152,000 pounds without need of a permit in certain states.

The devastation that a truck accident can cause is astronomically more than your average car accident. Where a car accident can only possibly be catastrophic, depending on what kind of accident it was and what the circumstances of the accident are, every truck accident will cause something highly volatile and destructive.

That is why there are so many laws in place that surround trucks specifically. A truck driver can only drive the vehicle for a certain number of hours consecutively, for example. And, unlike your regular car accident, truck accidents are covered by federal law. That is to say, where car accidents can have certain discrepancies from state to state, there are universal laws that surround trucks all over the United States. There is also a lot more risk with regard to trucks since the cargo that they carry can sometimes be extremely dangerous such as flammable material, which could cause large-scale explosions should they be tampered with or be met with an on-road accident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, it is recommended that an attorney who has experience with cases of this nature is contacted in order to get the best possible representation as well as help necessary for these kinds of unfortunate scenarios.

Non-medical Causes of Cerebral Palsy

By on 9-01-2014 in Injury, Nursing Homes

Cerebral palsy is characterized by impairment to a child’s motor skills and, sometimes, cognition because of injury to, or abnormal development of, the brain. Cerebral palsy is actually a group of brain disorders due to injury to the brain before, during or after birth (including the first years of the child’s life).

While some cases of CP have unknown causes, others are said to be due to premature birth, extremely low birth weight, pelvic inflammatory infections, blood clotting in the placenta, inflammation of the umbilical cord, vaginal bleeding, fetal stroke, lack of oxygen supply to the fetus’ brain, head injury during labor and delivery, brain damage or malformation of the brain due to congenital causes, severe cases of jaundice, improper care for the pregnant woman, alcohol or drug dependence by the pregnant woman, and so forth. While these may be classified as among the many different medical causes of cerebral palsy, there are also known non-medical causes which trigger a severe or prolonged loss of oxygen supply to the brain, thus, the development of the disorder. The non-medical causes of cerebral palsy are child abuse, a forceful or violent blow to the child’s head, head trauma due to a car accident, fall, or a near-drowning experience.

Cerebral palsy affects a child’s movement, balance and posture. The impairment this brain injury causes can be partial or total, depending on the severity of the injury and the area of the brain affected. While some impairments may affect only both arms, both legs or both limbs on one side of the body, there is a type, called Spastic quadriplegia, which renders all four limbs of a child without feeling and control. This particular type of cerebral palsy also happens to be the worst type of the disorder and it would necessitate constant care and full attention to the child.

Cerebral palsy is a major health concern in all US states. There are more than 500,000 children (more than 760,000 with the inclusion of adults) who are currently suffering from this injury and, every year, 10,000 new babies and children are added to the count, making it the most common neurological or brain disorder in children.

With the founding of the Cerebral Palsy Research Registry (CPRR) in Chicago, many families will be benefited with a deeper understanding about the disorder. The CPRR is a multi-institutional collaborative effort that is dedicated to helping improve understanding about cerebral palsy. Through cases of cerebral palsy are hoped to have significantly decreased, those already afflicted with it are expected to receive still improved treatment which may help them get back on their feet.

Types of Fractures

By on 9-01-2014 in Injury, Nursing Homes

According to WebMD, fracture is the medical term for broken bone. A very common occurrence, on average people get two fractures in their lifetime. Fractures occur when the bone is weaker than the forces exerted on it. Law firm Crowe and Mulvey, LLP says on its website that fractures are often the result of slip and fall accidents.

They are most common in children because of their active lifestyles, but adults usually break bones doing simpler tasks since their bones are more brittle.

There are many different types of fractures that range in shape and severity.

Displaced fractures occur when the bone is in two or more parts and the ends are not aligned.

A non-displaced fracture is when a bone is cracked partially or fully, and the ends are lined up straight.

Closed fractures happen when the bone is broken but there is no puncture or open wound.

Open fractures are classified as a broken bone that goes through the skin. This type of fracture is susceptible to infection.

Greenstick fractures are when the bone is not broken, but rather bent. This type of fracture is common in children.

Transverse fractures are bones broken at a right angle to the bone’s axis.

An oblique fracture happens when the pattern of the break is sloped or curved.

Comminuted fractures are when the bone is broken into several pieces.

Impacted fractures are commonly referred to as a buckle fracture. Impacted fractures happen when the ends of the bone are driven together. These are common arm fractures in children.

Pathologic fractures are caused by disease that weakens bones.

Common complications include blood vessel and nerve damage and bone infections. Fractures can take anywhere from weeks to months to heal, depending on what type it is and how it is taken care of. Always consult a doctor if you believe you may have a fracture.

Dangerous Pharmaceuticals: More Common than You Think

By on 9-01-2014 in Injury, Nursing Homes

Most product liability claims are from defective or dangerous side effect caused by pharmaceutical drugs. What many consumers do not understand is that many of these prescription drugs do come with serious risks, and are only prescribed as if the benefits weigh more than the risks. A lawsuit is only valid if you as the consumer was not made aware by the doctor or the manufacturer (through product warnings and indications) regarding the risks that come with taking the prescription drugs.

There are many ways that a prescription medication, along with the doctor of pharmaceutical company, can be held accountable for product liability. If you ask a Risperdal lawyer, many of the cases that involved Risperdal is due to the unapproved uses of the medication, rather than the risks it comes with. There are risks of side effects for those who take Risperdal, but most lawsuits come from patients who suffered side effect because they have been prescribed Risperdal even when it is an unapproved treatment for the condition.

As for the case of Yaz and its sister birth control medications, serious risks of blood clots can develop after long term use. This danger was not reported earlier and has only been made public after many women suffered from kidney disorders, migraines, and increased risks of hypertension, blood clots and a host of many others. Despite the rising number of lawsuits being filed against Bayer (manufacturer of Yaz), the FDA has yet to recall the birth control pill. Even with a Yaz lawyer that would help in filing the lawsuit, many victims are still struggling with getting compensation for the dangers and damages that they had endured after taking Yaz.

Viagra, on the other hand, is one of the latest medications that are facing lawsuits. Despite being out in the market since 1998, many users of Viagra have reportedly been known to have increased risks of melanoma. Melanoma is type of skin cancer that can lead to serious consequences or even death if not treated early. For those who have developed an increased risk of melanoma due to taking Viagra should contact a lawsuit for possible Viagra lawsuit.

A product liability lawsuit caused by a dangerous prescription drug can be hard to win, since there are many things that come into play, such as FDA warnings, doctors’ information, prescription legitimacy, and many others. Many patients often claim of suffering from serious side effects caused by the prescribed drug, but evidence should directly point out to the drug in question in order to have a valid lawsuit. Additionally, if your doctor or the medication has clearly indicated the risks involved with taking the medication and you have decide on your own to take it, then it can be difficult to have legal claims even with a lawyer.

Claims and Lawsuits

By on 9-01-2014 in Injury, Nursing Homes

After being involved in an accident that may have left you with serious injuries, preventing you to go back to work and have doctor and medical bills, you may be thinking of filing charges against the person who caused the accident. Hopefully you could receive compensation for the damages you have suffered. The question is: do you file a personal injury lawsuit or a personal injury claim? Is there really a difference between the two, and which one would you be better off filing?

First, personal injury claim happen between you (the claimant) and the person at-fault (the defendant)’s insurance company, and this happens before any lawsuit is filed or even considered. A claim is something you file to the defendant’s insurance adjuster, and you both negotiate a settlement outside the court. If a settlement is reached between both parties, then a lawsuit is not necessary. However, when there is no agreement for settlement, then you as the claimant can file a lawsuit against the defendant.

On the other hand, when negotiations for settlement between you and the defendant fail, you have the option to file for a personal injury lawsuit. This will bring the case to court. If you are in Michigan, hiring a Detroit personal injury lawyer could assist you in gathering further evidence to present to the judge or jury that would grant you the compensation for damages caused by the accident. If the settlement negotiations are not met, filing a lawsuit would be the next step, because this will leave the decision-making for awarding the compensation for the judge or jury.

It is important to really consult a lawyer before either a personal injury claim or a personal injury lawsuit to ensure that all the important things are gathered and covered. Personal injury cases can be complicated, and each state has their own laws regarding these claims and lawsuits. To make sure that you will have a positive outcome in your personal injury claim or lawsuit, talk with your lawyer, and discuss possible options to solving the case.