Dangerous Proposals from Trucking Companies

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 2013 show 3,964 fatal semi-trailer accidents and 95,000 others resulting to injuries. Despite this alarming numbers, the government remains cautious on imposing too many restrictions on trucking companies and truck operators due to the major contribution their huge vehicles give for the growth of the U.S. economy. In other words, imposing additional laws and restrictions on truckers may only cripple the country’s ability to do business.

The U.S. government has always shown its reluctance in burdening truck operators with higher taxes or in mandating that drivers be given higher wages. Well, let this be the case, at least for now. However, what it should never do is let its guard down against trucking companies’ lobbyists who are seeking and fighting for reforms on laws that will have a direct effect on the safe operation of big rigs, like, reforms on requirements on the qualification of applicant drivers, number of hours or service, safety standard for truck parts, size limit of double trailers, and, maintenance of a record that will show regular truck inspection. This is because specific proposals by trucking companies’ lobbyists include:

Extension of work hours from 70-hour per week to 82 hours a week.
Trucks be allowed to haul loads heavier than the present federal limit, which is 80,000 pounds (one way to do this is to allow trucks to have longer double trailers); and,
Labor costs be reduced through the hiring of lower-paid drivers – those as young as 18;

A lot of trucking companies and truck operators face the problem of completing job runs and ensuring timely deliveries due to shortage in the number of qualified drivers. To keep their business in operation, many operators and employers have resorted to hiring unskilled drivers, besides no longer screening applicants for past records or driving violations, taking no action in punishing drivers who incur traffic violations, and requiring some drivers to drive longer than the allowed number of service.

Errors committed by drivers behind the wheel can have catastrophic results; so too are the errors committed by trucking companies and employers. Trucking companies are legally responsible in making sure that laws regarding employee hiring and safe vehicle operation are strictly observed, as this will greatly affect the well-being of everyone on the road. If and when trucking companies fail to uphold these standards, then they can be held financially responsible for their failure to act in accordance with the dictates of the law.

Thus, as explained by the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ®, “A trucking company has a responsibility to properly train and screen their employees, keeping potentially dangerous drivers out of a position which would place them in control of a massive and potentially dangerous motor vehicle. If a trucking company fails in these duties, it may bear legal liability for the consequences of accidents which occur.”

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Dosages of Zofran

When taking Zofran to ease neausea and vommiting, it is important to take the correct dosage. There are certain guidelines for taking zofran, as well as actions to take if taken incorrectly. While zofran poses potential health risks when taken under certain circumstances, it can also be effective when needed.

Zofran is typically used during chemotherapy and radiation. It should be taken 30 minutes prior to chemotherapy treatment, and one to two hours before radiation treatment. However, not all doctors advise taking medicine before surgeries, so consultation prior to consumption is necessary.

Once prescribed, the drug can be taken 3 times a day for 1-2 days post-surgery. Doctors will prescribe dosages based on an individual bases. Different amounts work for different people, and the range of those in need can be from a young child to grown adult. Based on age, weight, and individual situation, doctors judge each situation uniquely. Every patient should take Zofran exactly as prescribed, both in dosage and schedule.

If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible unless the next one is soon. However, additional consumption of Zofran can lead to an overdose. If an overdose occurse, emergency medical help should be sought. Symptoms of this can include constipation, fainting, or loss of vision. If any of these happen while taking Zofran, call 911 or the Poison Help line.

The website of Williams Kherkher law firm recognizes the impacts Zofran can have. When dosages are taken correctly, the drug is an effective tool in easing the patient’s post surgery sufferings. To yield maximum benefits, consumers should take it responsibly according to what the doctor prescribes.

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Zofran: Temporary Relief, Lifelong Grief

There is hardly any other task on this Earth that is as physically demanding as that of which a woman must suffer, must endure in order to create a child within her. Some ancient cultures of the world have even deemed it as a disease as for nine months, a woman must produce and provide for two lives as a little human sucks the health from her in order to be fully created and developed – and live healthily she must, for both their sakes. And ever more taxing is this process when the mother in question must continue to work on, as if this were not work enough as it is.

Fortunately, modern medical innovations have paved the way for medication that allows for this process to be a little easier to endure for the mothers for symptoms such as nausea. Unfortunately, some manufacturers of these would-be hero drugs are not quite as careful in the formulation as they ought to be, causing further strain and stress for the mother and her child. Why? Defective drugs taken by the mother could provide lifelong medical complications for the child while still in the womb. These are called birth defects.

For example, pregnant women are often susceptible to a form of nausea more commonly known as morning sickness. Endless or excessive retching is not just uncomfortable but also possibly dangerous, due to the fact that it could mean that is more output of essential minerals instead of input. Zofran is often a drug used by cancer patients in order to relieve them of intense nausea and this drug is also often prescribed to pregnant women with severe morning sickness.

There has been some evidence however, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, that links the consumption of Zofran by pregnant women with possibly life threatening birth defects in their children. If this kind of situation has happened to you and it can be proven that your child’s birth defect was a consequence of taking Zofran, the manufacturers of the drug can be held legally and financially responsible for the ordeal.

Contact a professional and reliable legal team in order to know the next best option to take from there.

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The Issue of Power Morcellators

It is common to hear whenever a nervous patient is advised about the need for surgery that all surgeries no matter how small or carefully and professionally conducted carry some risk to the patient, ranging from adverse reactions to an anesthetic or other drug to infections. This is why minimally-invasive procedures are the method of choice whenever possible, and why power morcellators enjoyed such popularity until the ax came falling down.

A power morcellator is a laparoscopic (keyhole, referring to the small incision) surgical device that basically cuts up the tissue targeted for removal to make it easier to extract through a small hole. It is often used for the removal of uterine fibroid tissue, often involving the removal of the uterus itself in some case. Because the procedure requires access to the patient’s body to a significant degree, it is advantageous and safer for the patient when it can be done using just a small, precise incision. The power morcellator was advertised as safe to be used in such cases. Unfortunately, the manufacturers failed to mention that while the procedure itself would be easier and safer, the consequences could be quite devastating.

An article on the website of personal injury law firm Williams Kherkher pointed out that even the FDA no longer believes that power morcellators are safe to use. They had issued two memos so far to hospitals and doctors discouraging them from recommending and using power morcellators for these procedures because there appears to be a correlation between its use and higher risk of uterine disease, including cancer. While the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists continues to take the stand that power morcellators has a role to play in gynecologic surgery, it is considered safer to use alternative methods until that role is more firmly established.

If you have developed uterine problems since your otherwise morcellator surgery, you may have a case against the device manufacturer. Forward you case to an experienced power morcellator lawyer in your state to get it properly assessed.

 

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AlloDerm Dangers

Injury or damage to skin cell as a result of burn or surgery was usually treated via a surgical procedure that involved skin grafting or skin transplantation; the skin used in the procedure came from the patient himself/herself. The entry of AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix in the market in 1994, however, caused a change in the way this medical treatment was performed for, instead of still using the patient’s own skin to treat his/her burn or surgical injury, carefully processed cells or skin tissues from cadavers were used.

AlloDerm is manufactured by LifeCell Corporation; it was actually intended for breast reconstruction after mastectomy (the removal of the whole breast) and hernia treatment (a condition wherein an internal organ pushes through a weak muscle or tissue, creating a bulge under the skin). This medical product proved especially effective in treating abdominal hernia, a condition wherein the intestine sticks out through a tear in the abdominal wall’s inner lining. Its unique capability to regenerate the skin, however, made it useful in treating severe burns and lacerations, as well as in other procedures, such as implants and grafts.

AlloDerm provides soft tissue replacement or reinforcement, thus allowing for a strong, complete repair in breast reconstruction postmastectomy and hernia procedures. LifeCell’s unique way of carefully processing donated skin tissues or cells also enables the recipient’s body to perform its own tissue regeneration process significantly minimizing any possibility of tissue rejection or graft failure.

Besides being an ideal surgical mesh brand that is able to end the pains and discomfort brought about by hernia, complaints from patients in whom the product was used between 2007 and 2009 started to surface. These complaints centered on mesh tear or perforation, infection and abscess, which is particularly very dangerous, especially if it develops inside the body after a hernia-repair surgical procedure.

The law firm Williams Kherkher says on its website that so many product liability lawsuits are filed by individuals every year due to defective pharmaceutical products, such drugs and other forms of medical devices. The manufacturer of AlloDerm may not have intended any individual any harm but, nonetheless, the firm will have to be accountable for whatever harm or injury the product has caused in patients.

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