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Orthopaedic Surgical Procedures

Orthopaedic patients have access to many options as they look to remedy frustrating persistent pains caused by injury or age. Arthroscopic techniques provide surgeons with minimally-invasive methods when operating on patients. In arthroscopic procedures, doctors make an incision and insert a small camera called an arthroscope, a specialized type of endoscope, through the body to aid in precision and accuracy. People needing knee or spinal disc reconstruction often opt for arthroscopic procedures. Sometimes patients require more invasive surgery depending on their condition. In more dramatic cases, patients undergo arthroplastic surgery.

During an arthroplasty, orthopaedic surgeons repair and realign flawed joints. One of the most common arthroplastic surgeries is total hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is considered an elective procedure as it’s not required for survival. The goal of a total hip replacement is to relieve pain and restore function. In 2005, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, released the metal-on-metal ASR hip implant. During the five years that it was used in surgical procedures, millions of patients were the recipient of the DePuy ASR system.

Unfortunately, the hip implant proved to have a high failure rate, as one in eight recipients experienced complications within five years of their initial arthroplasty. Complications spanned from cup misalignment, femoral socket fracture, allergic reaction, and blood clots. A skilled surgeon has a large influence on the post-op success of an orthopaedic procedure; however, many of the complications stemming from DePuy ASR installations related to design defects, not surgical error. In 2010 after reviewing a post-market evaluation, DePuy Orthopaedics decided to issue a worldwide recall for the ASR Hip System.

People that have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson have a varying range of injury related to the hip implant. Some people have required numerous hip reconstructive surgeries after the implant dislodged. Other patients have experienced tissue damage and toxic blood poisoning due to metal shavings releasing into their system. A recent projection claims that Johnson & Johnson is considering paying $3 billion in 2013 to settle DePuy ASR lawsuits.

Yaz is Not for Older Smokers

The official Yaz website emphasizes that the contraceptive is contraindicated for women who smoke and are over the age of 35. It seems that age and smoking increases the risk of developing side effects with Yaz, including blood clots, myocardial infarction, and stroke. Women over age 35 who don’t smoke have less risk than those who do, while smokers in general should just forget about taking Yaz.

That’s all well and good, but what happens when a young non-smoker suffers from side effects? This is what is carefully not addressed by the manufacturer. Marketing efforts tout Yaz as a triple threat: prevent pregnancy, treat moderate cases of acne, and alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) which is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). However, Yaz is not approved for use for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Why this is so is not really explained.

The fact is, Yaz does increase the risk for dangerous side effects 6 times more than other contraceptives for anyone who uses it, and many women are not aware of this. Moreover, the risk is greatest in the first year of use, so side effects can develop within a few weeks of first use. This should be emphasized to the general public so that women will know what they are getting into. Doctors would be able to warn them, but Yaz is now sold over-the-counter so that’s one control out the window.

Bayer HealthCare, already tangled up in more than 12,000 defective pharmaceutical lawsuits for serious Yaz and Yasmin side effects, has to inform the public in no uncertain terms about the dangers of using either formulation. There are great benefits to using Yaz for the right women, but they need to be carefully screened for contraindications such as a history of liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure, and so on. This may cut back on sales, but it would solve a lot of problems for everyone in the long run.

Vehicular Homicide

While many modern motor vehicles come with an impressive array of safety features, there are still a regrettable number of fatal car accidents that occur every year. When a driver other than the negligent driver dies, the negligent driver may be liable for the death of that person. When drivers fail drive in a safe manner and follow traffic safety laws, they put other people at risk of severe accidents that could result in a fatality. While vehicular homicide is a criminal charge, such a case may also be filed in a civil lawsuit. Although such an unfortunate incident is tragic for grieving families, they may be able to find some comfort in filing a lawsuit by removing any anxiety over financial matters and by seeking some amount of justice for the accident.

Common Causes of Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular homicide can generally be defined as operating a motor vehicle in a negligent manner that causes the death of another person. Cars are extremely heavy and are engineered to travel at high speeds. When they are not properly controlled, they are capable of causing extensive damage to other vehicles, objects, and people. Several common causes of accidents that result in fatalities are as follows:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving recklessly
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Drowsy driving

While some of these reasons may seem relatively minor, even a small mistake is capable of causing a collision. Any accident involving cars has a high risk of causing severe, potentially fatal, injuries.

Legal Options

If someone close to you was the victim of a car accident that resulted in a vehicular homicide, you may be able to hold the negligent driver liable for his or her carelessness. It may be in your best interest to connect with a personal injury lawyer and file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to pursue financial compensation and seek justice against the negligent driver.

New Jersey Motorcycle Helmet Law

Every state has the right to create its own motorcycle helmet laws. Therefore, it is important that you make sure you know your states laws before hitting the road. And while some states do not require riders to wear a helmet at anytime, the state of New Jersey along with 20 other states across the nation has comprehensive motorcycle laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets while riding.

The state of New Jersey also has additional laws that also require helmets at all times for riders of low-powered cycles. Motorcycle helmets can be instrumental in preventing a potentially devastating or fatal head injury. And with an estimated 2,500 motorcycle accidents every year in New Jersey, helmets are extremely important. Unfortunately, helmets only prevent potentially serious injuries, not accidents themselves. If you have been injured in an accident, you may want to consider filing a civil lawsuit.

Dressing Safely

As a motorcyclist, it is important to follow the state helmet laws. If you are caught riding without a helmet, you could be ticketed and fined 25. This also goes for any passengers on your bike. Along with wearing a helmet, you should also take other safety precautions and make sure you are wearing other proper safety gear to decrease the chances of suffering a serious injury in the event of an accident. This includes the following:

* Long sleeves and pants made of a sturdy material like leather
* Closed toed boots with ankle support
* Gloves
* Eye protection like goggles or a helmet shield

Although you cannot control how other motorists act on the roadway, you can put yourself in the best position to walk away from an accident without any life-threatening injuries. To learn more about your legal rights for taking action against the reckless or negligent motorist responsible for your accident, contact a New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney today.

Exposure To Toxic Substances

While any occupation might, at times, expose workers to dangerous or toxic substances, these accidents are most often seen in manufacturing or construction-related occupations. Regardless of where these incidents occur, however, any extended or severe exposure to toxins can have devastating results on a person’s health. Depending on the severity of the exposure and its impact, workers who are affected might have to leave their jobs to seek medical help. This job loss, temporary or permanent, and the necessary medical treatment could leave workers with no reasonable way to support themselves and their loved ones financially. However, through the benefits of workers’ compensation payments, many workers who suffer from toxic substance exposure are actually able to financially support themselves and maintain their lifestyle to a certain extent.

While everyone’s individual case is different, many of the cases of injured workers that involve toxic exposure result in significant physical or mental damage. Because toxic substances can attack the mind as well as the body, they are especially dangerous for workers who come into contact with them regularly or for long periods of time. These long periods of exposure maximize the risk that workers will be negatively affected by the exposure, leaving them with potentially life-changing effects.

Dangerous Toxins

There are many kinds of toxic substances that are dangerous for workers to handle. But some of the most common include:

  • – Mercury
  • – Lead
  • – Pesticides
  • – Liquified petroleum gas (LPG)
  • – Carbon monoxide
  • – Sulfur
  • Ammonium nitrate (Like in fertilizer plants)

Whether your job exposed you to these or other dangerous toxins, you may be entitled to pursue workers compensation benefits. If you or a person you work with has been negatively affected by exposure to dangerous toxins at the workplace, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today to discuss your legal options for getting workers’ compensation benefits.

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