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Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are some of the most painful and dangerous injuries a person can experience. Burns refer to injuries to the skin which can result in severe skin damage and cell death. Burns range from minor injuries- or “first degree” burns- to severe and sometimes life altering traumatic injuries- or “third degree” burns.

There are four types of burn injury: thermal, chemical, electrical, and radiological. Thermal burns refer to burns involving prolonged exposure to heat- ranging from contact with a hot surface, such as a stove, contact with an open flame itself, including explosions, or contact with a hot liquid, such as boiling water. Chemical burns refer to burns sustain from exposure to toxic substances such as certain acids and alkali substances. Electrical burns are sustained from exposure to an electrical current. These burns are unique in that they can cause damage in areas other than the point of contact. Radiological burns are caused by exposure to radiation or radioactive substances. Though these are some of the rarest types of burn, they are also some of the most dangerous, and may require a decontamination process.

Louisville personal injury attorneys are usually aware that some of the most common causes of burn injuries are “fires, chemical exposure, explosions, and electrical incidents.” Effects of a burn injury can be physically and emotionally painful for the victim and require extensive periods of recovery. Unfortunately, in many cases, a burn injury was preventable and occurred due to the carelessness of another. Should you or someone you know be the victim of a preventable accident resulting in a burn injury, you may be entitled to certain damages which can aid in the medical expenses associated with burn injuries.

Status of Benicar Lawsuits

It is too soon for any significant developments to occur in the Benicar lawsuits currently playing it out in civil court. It was only in July 2013 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that the hypertension medication could cause sprue-like enteropathy in some patients. As it says on the website of the personal injury lawsuit attorneys at Williams Kherkher, personal injury lawsuits concerning dangerous drugs are protracted and complicated affairs.

Sprue-like enteropathy mimics the intestinal disorder called Celiac sprue, more commonly known as Celiac disease, which is the pathologic incapacity to digest gluten. Celiac disease sufferers manage the disorder by avoiding all forms of gluten. Patients with sprue-like enteropathy do not respond to this kind of management. The Mayo Clinic noted that discontinuing the medication Benicar resulted in the alleviation and eventual disappearance of the symptoms. When reported to the FDA, the agency subsequently issued the warning and ordered a change in the labels of Benicar.

There had been no connection made between Benicar and their gastrointestinal disorder until recently. Typical symptoms include chronic diarrhea, sudden weight loss, dehydration, and nausea. These would usually go away almost immediately after the patient stops taking Benicar. However, some patients that had been on Benicar for a significant period had already sustained damage to their intestines called vilious atrophy.

The first lawsuits filed against Japanese drug manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo and US marketer Forest Laboratories Inc. were in early 2014. The common claim is that the manufacturer knew or should have known that Benicar could cause these adverse effects from prolonged use. Daiichi Sankyo had only carried out clinical trials for three months, when they knew or should have known that the prescription for hypertensive medication is typically six months or more.

If you have suffered serious injury because of Benicar, you should not hesitate to present your case for an individual trial, and possible inclusion in a future class action lawsuit. Contact a reputable Benicar lawyer in your state to find out your legal options.

Complex regional Pain syndrome as Personal Injury

Complex regional pain syndrome or CPRS is not a new condition. It was first observed by physician and writer Silas Weir Mitchell during the American Civil War. Back then, it was called causalgia, a term coined by friend and fellow physician Robley Dunglison. Causalgia derives from the Greek word kausos (heat) and algia (pain). CPRS is characterized as chronic pain that originates from the arm or the leg, which then spreads to other parts of the body. There are two types of CRPS: the more common Type I (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) which exhibits no nerve lesions; and Type II (causalgia) which shows obvious damage to the nerves. Type II is by the far the more painful, and symptoms are difficult to control. An article on the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, refers to this pain as “immeasurable.” There is no known cure for CRPS. Symptoms include:

  • Persistent throbbing or burning pain
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin color, texture and temperature
  • Heat and cold sensitivity
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiff joints

No one really knows what CRPS is, but it is believed that it is a dysfunction of the peripheral or central nervous system. It most commonly occurs to adults between 20 and 35 years of age with more women affected than men. The cause of CRPS is also unknown, but there are theories that at least some of CRPS cases is triggered by a traumatic injury to the affected area. It is not understood why. This may be one of the long-term effects of a bad accident as mentioned on the website of Ravid and Associates. In the advanced stage, the patient can experience loss of use an eventual muscle atrophy of the affected limb which may eventually require amputation. CRPS can lead to occupational dysfunction, depression, or suicide. If you acquired CRPS following a traumatic injury caused by a negligent accident, you may be able to get financial assistance to manage the condition. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in you state for more information.

Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents on a Construction Site

A construction site is full of pitfalls and dangers. This is why construction workers are required to wear safety gear at all times and to exercise reasonable care when on the site. However, construction accidents can still happen, and one of the most common is slip and fall accidents.

There are many reasons why someone may slip, trip, or otherwise lose his or her footing and fall. Under ordinary circumstances, a minor fall may result in nothing more than hurt pride. As pointed out on the website of Hach & Rose, however, a slip and fall accident in a construction site can easily lead to serious injury or death. This is because construction workers frequently work from height, and they are constantly around heavy machinery. Furthermore, a construction site has many sharp edges and points such as exposed rebars that can cause injury.

When a construction worker gets injured in a slip and fall accident on the job, they can usually count on workers’ compensation to pay for their medical expense and lost days of work. Workers are barred from suing their employer even if there was some negligence involved unless the negligence was really bad, such as failing to provide the necessary safety harness. According to the website of Spiros Law, P.C., the worker or the surviving may sue the employer for gross or egregious negligence if it causes serious injury or death.

The construction worker may also receive workers’ benefit and sue a third party for personal injury if that third party was responsible in part or in whole for the accident. For example, if a delivery van hits a section of the construction site that caused you to lose your balance and fall, the driver as well as the company that uses the delivery van may be liable.

The laws on work-related personal injuries may vary from state to state. If you are unsure of your footing, you should consult with an objective personal injury lawyer, or a construction slip and fall attorney in your state.