Archive for October, 2013

When Your Medication Harms You: Pharmaceutical Drug Liability

Prescription pharmaceutical names like Vioxx, Fen-Phen, and Baycol are primarily famous not because of the good they did, but because of the harm they caused. Pharmaceutical companies release dozens of new prescription medications every year, and every year more people suffer because of drug-related problems. Someone who suffers harm as the result of taking a prescription medication can often recover money for the injuries they’ve endured. Like other product liability cases, pharmaceutical drug cases typically involve a number of common elements.

The Chain of Distribution

A prescription drug is a complicated product, one that involves participation of numerous people and organizations. When someone is hurt as the result of taking a prescription medication, finding out who was responsible involves looking at a lot of possible suspects.

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Long Term Impact of Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents

A variety of different injuries are possible to sustain when involved in a car accident; however, the nature of the injuries that do occur are usually determined by several factors, including vehicle speed, weather conditions, road conditions, location within the vehicle, vehicle size and design, and whether or not a seat belt was worn or an airbag deployed. Some injuries can be relatively minor, such as scratches, scrapes, and bruises, which can easily be treated by a physician or emergency responders. Other injuries might be more serious, such as broken bones, whiplash, or deep cuts. Still other injuries can be life-threatening, and if individuals do recover, they often experience a lifetime of disability as a result of their injuries.

Whiplash

Car accidents are a common cause of whiplash, which is the general term used to describe any injury to the soft tissues or bones within the neck. Examples of whiplash injuries include injury to the cervical (neck) portion of the spine, the neck muscles, ligaments (connective tissues that connect bones to each other), and/or nerves. The symptoms associated with whiplash occur as a result of the sudden extension and flexion of the neck, and can include neck pain (immediately following the accident or appearing several days later), neck stiffness, muscle or ligament injury, headache, dizziness, burning or prickling sensations in the neck, as well as shoulder or back pain. In some cases, people who suffer whiplash may also experience memory loss, a decreased ability to concentrate, increased nervousness and/or irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue, or depression. Treatment for whiplash may necessitate pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and a cervical collar (brace). In addition, physical therapy and neck stabilization may also be needed.

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When a Loved One Suffers Abuse in a Nursing Home

The idea of a loved one being abused while living in a nursing home, assisted living center, or other elder care environment is a difficult thought to deal with. As more and more Americans reach retirement age every day and the average lifespan keeps increasing, the chances that you or a family member will have to live in a nursing home are high. But, many people don’t realize that nursing home and elder abuse is a growing, and unfortunately common, problem for many seniors.

Abuse, Neglect, and Malpractice

An elderly person who is injured in a nursing home or elder care facility can often sue that facility when its actions directly led to the harms the elderly person suffered. These types of cases are typically divided into one of three types: abuse, neglect, and malpractice.

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The Startling Numbers Behind Trucking Accidents

Commercial trucks are big, trucking is big business, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that trucking accidents are very common. Whether you’re eating fresh fruit in the middle of winter or buying affordably priced goods originally made in China, there’s a decent chance that a commercial truck was involved in transporting most of what you buy. Consider the following numbers:

  • The commercial trucking industry collects $650 billion in annual revenue. When compared to the gross domestic product of the entire country, trucking accounts for 5% of it.
  • There are over 750,000 tractor-trailer drivers and almost 50,000 light truck and delivery drivers employed in the country.
  • Trucking accounts for almost 84% of the total revenue taken in by the commercial transportation industry. The remaining 16% is divided between trains, planes, ships, and pipelines.
  • In a single day, commercial trucks transport nearly $390 million worth of goods. That equals over $4,400 worth of goods delivered per second.
  • There are over three million 18-wheeler trucks operating in the country. They travel over 93 billion highway miles every year, using over 54 million truck tires and 52 billion gallons of diesel fuel to do it.

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