Personal Injury

Defective Pharmaceuticals and Taxotere

Defective Pharmaceuticals and Taxotere

Pharmaceutical products such as drugs, medications, and body replacements are not immune from defects, even though most of them have intensive studies and tests behind them. This is dangerous, because most of the time, the consumers of these products already have medical problems. The defects on these products may worsen the patients’ conditions or even give rise to new complications.
The website of Williams Kherkher has given a good example of a defective pharmaceutical – Taxotere. According to the Taxotere lawsuit attorneys with Williams Kherkher, Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug, but it has an unlikely side effect – permanent alopecia or hair loss.tere lawsuit attorneys with Williams Kherkher, Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug, but it has an unlikely side effect – permanent alopecia or hair loss.

Hair Loss

The product has been known to have such a side effect as early as 2005, but those in the United States have not been warned regarding it until 2015. As a result, many women today have suffered from unwarranted hair loss just because of a company that has failed to label its drug.
It is important to note, however, that chemotherapy does result into hair loss, but that is beside the point. First, chemotherapy hair loss is temporary, because hair can be expected to grow back after three to six months. Second, Taxotere hair loss cases in the U.S. can be considered an act of negligence on the part of its producers, because of their failure to warn patients about this side effect despite knowing about it as early as 2005.

Effects of Hair Loss

Alopecia may target specific parts of the body, such as the scalp, eyebrow, eyelash, underarm, and even the genital area. This may have a negative impact on patients, especially on the cases where the scalp, eyebrow, and eyelash, are involved.
Many women view their hair as the symbol of their femininity, and losing it will have emotional and psychological effects, such as anger, depression, and low self-confidence and self-esteem.
But it is important to remember that hair doesn’t make or break a person. What is on the inside is more important. After all, surviving cancer is already a feat on itself. Despite this positivity, the fact that Taxotere is a defective pharmaceutical has not changed, and responsible parties should be held accountable for the damages they have inflicted on their unsuspecting consumers.

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Is My Loved One Being Abused? Signs of Abuse in Nursing Homes

We only want the best for our loved ones. That’s why we are channeling a substantial amount of our time, effort, and resources just to get the best nursing home that would look after them and take care of their needs. However, can we really be sure that our loved one is getting the care that they truly deserve? Furthermore, can we really guarantee that our loved one is free from any form of nursing home abuse?

According to the website of the Law Offices of Ronald Resmini, more than a third of long term care homes in the country have been in violation of the federal law on the abuse of the elderly. Also, more than 90% of nursing homes are understaff, not to mention a survey that revealed that more than half of nursing aides have admitted to mistreat their patients at least once for the past 12 months. These shocking numbers tell us one thing: that our elderlies are not safe, and so we have to be vigilant enough to detect any signs of nursing home abuse.

The physical manifestations of nursing home abuse are:

  • Unintended weight loss
  • Dehydration, malnutrition
  • Bed sores, rashes
  • Unexplained bruises, broken bones

The emotional manifestations of nursing home abuse are:

  • Anxiety, lack of vigor and affection
  • Fearfulness, especially when a nursing home aide is around
  • Lack of personal hygiene, or the reluctance in keeping oneself clean
  • Lack of motivation to socialize, wants to be alone

The financial manifestations of nursing home abuse are:

  • Missing items/valuables
  • Unexplained withdrawals
  • Ignored requests for needed medical assistance
  • Forged documents to extend custody

Abuse is punishable to the fullest extent permitted by the applicable law. The only challenge, however, is that most cases of nursing home abuse remain unreported and undocumented. One way to report an a suspected elder abuse is by contacting Adult Protective Services (APS), which has presence in every state across U.S.

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Complications of Pedestrian Accidents

The state of California is one of the most populated and busy states in all of the US, so it does not come as a surprise that there is a significant amount of pedestrian accidents that occur all over the state. When a pedestrian gets hit by a car, the first legal claim would be against the motorist who hit the victim, but there are also some circumstances there a claim can be filed against a municipality. This occurs when the place where the accident occurred was unsafe or if traffic devices were not working properly, leading to the accident.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, one of the complications following a pedestrian accident is when the driver of the vehicle immediately left the scene. This would then be called a hit-and-run accident, and can make an injury claim and compensation very hard to win. Health and disability insurance may ensure that injuries will be covered regardless of whether the driver who hit you is able to pay compensation or not.

Despite being a “defensive driver” you can never be too sure of the actions of other people while they are on the road, therefore being clam and alert is important when sharing the road with others. It is not only the driver’s responsibility to drive safely; pedestrians who are on the road should also be paying particular attention to the roads and make sure to be visible to other motorists so that they are visible. Since pedestrians are often not wearing enough protection, even a small accident can lead to serious injuries, therefore being aware and alert and following traffic signals should be practiced in order to avoid being involved in a pedestrian accident.

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Xarelto Causes Bleeding

Xarelto, an anticoagulant, is distributed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson and quickly rose as a market leader in blood thinners due to the ease of use in comparison to the medical options available at the time. For example, the leading anticoagulant Warfarin required two pills daily and frequent doctor visits to monitor the amount of drug in the blood and prevent bleeding incidents.

Manufacturers of Xarelto advertised the drug to be less of a hassle by not requiring blood tests or constant monitoring by doctors. While the advertising worked to pull patients from similar drugs to the more convenient Xarelto, many patients were experiencing side effects they were not warned about, such as internal bleeding.

Without the frequent blood tests required by other anticoagulants, Xarelto users were suffering an above average occurrence of bleeding incidents. This was made more serious by the lack of antidote for the drug. When an individual taking Xarelto experiences excess bleeding, the patient must wait till the drug leaves the blood system. This process could take up to 24 hours in adult patients.

Types of bleeding that Xarelto is known to cause include bleeding from the rectum, intestinal bleeds, hemorrhaging, and brain bleeding. According to the website of lawyers Williams Kherkher, Xarelto is also known for causing fatal gastrointestinal bleeds. The drug was issued a black box warning, the most serious warning given by the FDA, for spinal bleeding. A serious spinal bleed could result in permanent paralysis.

Since Xarelto is a blood thinner without an antidote, cases of excess bleeding when a patient is using the drug are more serious than in other circumstances. Even minor cuts and bruises can cause severe blood loss or internal bleeding incidents. These types of injuries that do not normally require hospital visits, may then require a costly physician’s assistance to treat injuries caused by Xarelto. Furthermore, minor injuries are capable of becoming fatal when internal bleeding goes unnoticed.

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Low Delaware Crash Fatality Breaks in 2014

Delaware recorded a 50-year low in number of vehicular crash fatalities in 2013 with 101 people killed but posted a 24% increase in 2014 with 125 traffic deaths. Of these more than 50% were caused by impaired driving and 25% of people who died were not wearing seatbelts.

Car accidents are an extremely common occurrence on US roads and happen much more often than many people realize. An article on the Abel Law Firm website states that nearly 16,500 car accidents happen in the US every day but people continue to blithely go about their business as if nothing can ever happen to them. The reality is, serious vehicular car accidents can happen at any time to any one, and the sad fact is many of these accidents are preventable.

The record lows experienced in Delaware in 2013 was laudable, but ultimately unsustainable because few people understand that when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they take on the duty of care to ensure the safety of their passengers and the people with whom they share the road. Drinking while driving, texting while driving, even putting makeup while driving continue to be common occurrences despite the many efforts to increase their awareness of the dangers of this kind of behavior.

Perhaps this is because many of these negligent drivers are not made to bear the consequences of their actions. Serious car accident injuries often come with huge medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and life care expenses, not to mention loss of income and consortium. For those who lose a loved one in a negligent accident are left to cope with the loss of companionship as well as financial support in many cases.

If you have experienced the consequences of negligent car accidents, you have a duty to make the party responsible pay for it. Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Delaware to help you make your statement in a way that will resonate with would-be negligent drivers.

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Improper Truck Loading and Related Injuries

Truck accidents are one of the most dangerous disasters that can happen on the road. Their sheer size can make the damage they give enormous with significant injuries to other motorists. Avoiding such accidents from happening is the best way to keep you safe: aside from being a defensive driving, properly following road rule and regulations should be religiously practiced.

Truck drivers may have to double up their safety measures, since they carry and transport products for commercial use in long distances. This could mean they have to be in focus all the time, making sure they are in good mental and physical health to make the long haul. However, despite these strict safety measures, there are still many truck accidents that occur, and many of these accidents occur because of poor loading.

A truck’s load can be an important factor in an accident: inappropriate or uneven loading could take the balance out of the truck, making it harder to maneuver. This is often the reason why trucks to top over in open roads, and even stay upright. Improper loading can also cause the products to fall of the truck, causing the motorist behind the truck to get hit or get into an accident. There are many accidents that happened because of this.

According to the law firm of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, it may be difficult to know who file a lawsuit against during a truck accident: will it be against the driver, truck company, manufacturers, or other people concerned. There are factors that need to be proven in order to have a solid compensation claim, and gathering evidence is just the beginning.

Truck accidents cause serious damages and injuries, which is why there has been specific laws pertaining to commercial truck drivers. Motorist should be aware that anything can happen whenever they get behind the wheel, therefore it is not enough to drive safely. Motorists should also be vigilant of other motorist on the road, and report those who they think are driving with negligence.

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