Medical Dangers and Birth Defects

When pregnant, it is important to consider not just your own health, but the heath of your unborn child. All mothers intend to do what is best for their children. However, in many unfortunate cases, medication which can be beneficial to your health can be severely detrimental to the health of your child. In these tragic cases, moderate to severe birth defects can result.

A recent example of this unfortunate occurrence was the discovery of potential links between the morning sickness drug Zofran and birth defects. Originally intended to aid the nausea of patients undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, many women were unfortunately prescribed this drug off label to aid their severe morning sickness. According to the website of Williams Kherkher lists the common potential birth defects resulting from the use of this drug as congenital heart defects, cleft lip, and cleft palate.

It is vitally important to be aware of these dangers as you care for yourself and your unborn child. However, if you were not properly informed or warned of the severely detrimental side effects of a particular medication and your child was born with a disorder or birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation for the medical expenses and other losses associated with their condition.

In addition to dangers posed by medications, some babies are born with injuries or disabilities because of the negligence of a medical professional either before, during, or shortly after a child’s birth. One tragically common disorder that can result from such circumstances is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a large group of motor conditions that result in varying degrees of physical disability; this exists within the cerebrum, and primarily affects a patient’s motor skills and cognitive abilities. Sadly, medical malpractice has been found to be responsible for a surprising amount of cerebral palsy cases of varying severity.

The Difference Between Long-Term and Short-Term Workers Compensation Cases

In most cases, places of employment are required to provide workers compensation insurance, which helps to cover costs associated with workplace injury or illness. However, places of employment sometimes fail to meet this need. If an employer fails to create a safe environment for its employees, they may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. The website of Ravid and Assoc defines workers compensation as benefits that can help to alleviate the consequences of a workplace accident such as medical bills and loss of income. If you or a loved one has suffered and injury in the workplace, it is important to understand what benefits you may be entitled to that could ease your recovery. According to the website of Robert Wilson & Associates, there are two types of cases that can result from a workplace injury, depending on the severity of the injury, long term and short term.

Short term disability injury cases occur when a worker struggles to receive the compensation they need to cover the costs of a workplace injury resulting in a temporary disability. Workers aim to receive insurance that will cover medical and rehabilitation bills following the accident and only lasts until they’re heath has recovered to the point that they may return to work.

Long term disability cases occur when a worker struggles to receive the compensation they need to cover the costs of a workplace injury resulting in a permanent disability. Workers aim to receive insurance that will provide significant aid to them and their families as they cope with their long-term injury. While these do not necessary continue indefinitely, they should continue for a more significant amount of time so that victims may cope with their serious illness or injury.

Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is one of the most dangerous varieties of cancer. Often, symptoms do not manifest until it has spread throughout the body. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, medical science has currently identified three types of Mesothelioma: Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Pericardial Mesothelioma. Each type of Mesothelioma has its own unique symptoms and health effects. Often this disease cannot be detected until it has already spread throughout the affected area.

Pleural mesothelioma occurs in the pleura, which coats the longs and the areas of the chest which house the lungs. Symptoms of this type of Mesothelioma can include coughing, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, and chest wall pain.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma occurs in the peritoneum which lines the abdomen, the insides of your chest, and the area surrounding your heart. Symptoms of this type of Mesothelioma can include: abdominal pain, stomach pain, unexplained weight loss, diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue.

Pericardial Mesothelioma occurs in the lining which covers the heart and the area surrounding the heart. Symptoms of this type of Mesothelioma include chest pain, extended coughing, and trouble breathing. These symptoms can range from fairly mild to more severe.

Mesothelioma is most often caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos can still be found in buildings. Building occupants as well as maintenance and construction workers are at risk for being exposed to asbestos in contaminated structures. If an effected area is disturbed, the asbestos containing materials could become airborne, severely increasing the health risks associated with such structures. As discussed above, this exposure could be directly responsible for severe health defects such a mesothelioma. If you or a loved one thinks they may have been exposed to asbestos, they may be entitled to compensation.

The Difference Between Intentional Torts and Negligence

Unexpected injury and illness happens to everyone. However, in some cases this suffering is caused by the behavior of someone else. These cases are known as “personal injury” cases. There are two types of personal injury cases: intentional tort and negligence.

In some cases, an unexpected injury or illness is categorized as an intentional tort. This is described as a deliberate wrong resulting from an intentional act of the transgressor. Something is only defined as an intentional tort if there is proof that the other party intended for the victim to suffer in they way that they did. This stipulation is not required for the other type of personal injury case: negligence.

According to the website of Spiros Law, P.C., in order to prove negligence, a victim must demonstrate that: The defendant owed the victim a duty of care, the victim suffered from the defendants failure to meet this duty, and the victim’s injuries are significant enough to warrant compensation. Essentially, a victim must prove that although the defendant was not intentionally trying to harm anyone, certain aspects of the defendants behavior led to the victims personal suffering.

If you or a loved one feels they may have suffered a personal injury due to negligence or an intentional tort, it is important that you gain an understanding of the appropriate terminology surrounding your case. It may be a situation in which it is simply an unfortunate accident that is no one fault, yet it also may be be due to the reckless or negligent actions of someone else.

Reckless Driving of Service Vehicles

Service vehicles such as garbage trucks provide vital services to neighborhoods- yet when used inappropriately they can become hazards to the very communities they serve. While we like to think service vehicles are only there to help, unfortunately the drivers are subject to make the same mistakes as any driver. These mistake could result in reckless driving. Reckless driving accidents are distinguished from other accidents in that they are entirely preventable. Speeding, tailgating, running red lights, running stop signs, failing to merge / yield, distracted driving, and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are examples of reckless driving.

If convicted of reckless driving, a driver can face various consequences depending on the severity of the accident. The driver may potentially face sentences ranging from fines to prison time. Depending on the violation, the conviction could stay on the drivers driving record for upwards of 11 years. Additionally, should someone injured in a reckless driving accident choose to file a suit against the driver, the driver may have to pay the victim monetary compensation for any medical expenses and injuries sustained in the accident.

If you or someone you know are injured in an accident involving a service vehicle, you may find yourself seeking legal solutions for your medical conditions or inconveniences. It is important to find out your eligibility for compensation. Service vehicles are vital parts of our communities, yet it is important to remember that they are as dangerous as any other vehicle in the hands of a reckless driver.