A painful shoulder can be extremely debilitating. When this happens, there is usually limited movement in this part of the body. When the traditional method of treatment fails, shoulder replacement is usually the best option. While approximately 9 out of 10 shoulder replacement procedures are usually last for a decade, there are instances when they do fail. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, a failed shoulder replacement surgery can cause significant injuries to the patient.
Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of shoulder replacement lawsuits. Rather than make the patient feel better, some replacement devices have made life more difficult for patients. They reported various complications such as significant bone loss, instability, weakness, and unexplained pain. Every surgery comes with a risk of failure regardless of what the operation was intended for.
In shoulder replacement, the top of the humerus and shoulder blade is replaced by an artificial implant. Cement is used to make the new components stick. Another alternative for holding the new components together is a material that promotes the growth of the new bone. Rehabilitation generally takes several months. A successful operation is good for 10 to 20 years.
However, the failure of the shoulder replacement may bring about various risks and complications. It can cause infections which may result to the removal of shoulder prosthesis. When the infection is gone, the patient may already receive new implants. A failed shoulder replacement may also cause rotator cuff damage. In addition, it may also cause bone fracture which may result to a second shoulder surgery. When all of these happen, it will usually cause severe pain and disability. The only way to treat shoulder replacement failure is shoulder replacement revision surgery. These types of procedures are usually associated with a higher risk of complication. The patient will usually not be able to return to the same level of functioning after a revision procedure.
Posted by Anna on Oct 20, 2016 in Defective Products | 0 comments
Thanks to the exponential advancements in technology, the pharmaceutical industry has been able to evolve in unimaginable ways for the last few decades. Today, medical professionals have access to a huge number of different devices, tools, and medications that makes addressing various health concerns a much easier task. Reliable and accessible medical solutions would be impossible without the pharmaceutical companies that continue to push the borders of innovation.
While the pharmaceutical industry has certainly created many new technologies that allow doctors to do more and more for their patients, its individual players can’t be considered completely infallible. There are plenty of defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals that are that are still widely-used in hospitals and other medical settings across the United States. As a matter of fact, the lawyers of Williams Kherkher have pointed out that a huge percentage of all product liability suits filed in America are for damages caused by medical drugs and devices.
Usually, the Food and Drug Administration is able to catch the issues that could lead to a certain medical product becoming harmful before approving it for public use. There are times, however, when the FDA’s investigations miss certain details and things fall through the cracks. When a medical product ends up being causing harm to patient’s well-being, pharmaceutical companies are expected to take immediate action by calling for a recall and working to improve the errors in their product. Unfortunately, in plenty of occasions, pharmaceutical companies don’t take action until it’s too late.
Metal-on-metal joint implants are an example of defective pharmaceuticals that have caused great harm and injury to a significant number of patients. Complications with these implants are known to cause bone and tissue damage, as well as metal toxicity in the body.
Posted by Anna on May 20, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments
Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, along with other state officials, conducted on Wednesday, April 27 a meeting that seeks to determine how the state can play a role in the self-driving car industry, by making recommendations to the industry that they should hire people who will operate such cars from the state, and by developing regulations that would make it safe for people who want to explore the options of being inside a vehicle without actually manning it.
Self-driving car industry leaders say that such vehicles can potentially make it safer for motorists to drive on roads and highways in the sense that they can lessen traffic congestion. Another great thing about them, industry experts said, is the advantage of allowing people who do not know how to drive to be able to get around.
The elderly, in particular, can be helped by these self-driving vehicles; instead of risking an accident every time they enter the roads with their cars because old age has eroded their once sharp senses and made their reflexes slower than usual, they can rest assured that they will reach their destination safely because an automated pilot is doing the driving for them.
Industry experts also boasted of lower emissions in these vehicles.
John Leonard, a professor at the Massachusetts’ Institute of Technology’s computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory, said there is a possibility that the development of self-driving cars will be likened to the United States-Russia space race back in the 60s, with auto manufacturers like Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Motor Co. and Detroit, Michigan-based General Motors Co. and technology firms like Uber and Mountain View, California-based Google competing for the industry’s advancements.
In Leonard’s opinion, the state of Massachusetts can take part in this driving revolution: if it banks on its major expertise areas like computer software development.
At present, five states including Washington, D.C. are allowing the testing of self-driving cars on public roads and highways.
Attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP say that the prevalence of autonomous vehiles in streets can greatly impact the rate of personal injury accidents, particularly car crashes.
Posted by Anna on Dec 1, 2015 in Cerebral Palsy | 0 comments
There is a period when getting pregnant was like a death sentence. There is a 50-50 possibility that the mother, the youngster, or both may die during childbirth. This was because in the past, a woman gave birth at home and if she was fortunate, would have a midwife in attendance who would know more than the mother about it, but not much.What exactly the injury of childbirth did not do, contamination and infection would complete since sanitation wasn’t a top concern.
Of course, these things are no longer correct, and while moms and kids still die in the complications of childbirth, the quantities are the approach. On hand, a reliable obstetrician will be generally speaking to assist with a birth, before performing the action and everybody wipes their hands. Nevertheless, you may still find occasions when birth injuries occur that may bring about death or ongoing health problems for that kid.
According to the website of The Driscoll Firm, a team of attorneys located in Philadelphia, a surprisingly high number (2 from 1,000 live births) of youngsters present with all the characteristics of cerebral palsy (CP) after-birth. Evidence implies that a substantial amount could be due to medical malpractice whilst the correct reason behind neonatal CP is not acknowledged.
CP can be a motor development problem where the affected could have moderate to significant trouble in preventing their actions, with respect to the form of present. These affected by the more serious kinds of CP would be incapable of taking care of themselves and would require special attention throughout their lives.
At birth, CP may be due to several facets, for example cause exposure of mom or an intrauterine infection’s profile during pregnancy. However, it is also feasible that the CP resulted towards the child’s head before from an inadequate flow of air, during, and after the challenges of childbirth. Medical neglect kicks in if the physician does not follow the method that is standard to clear the newborn’s airways immediately upon distribution, leading to CP development.
Cruise ships are definitely an enjoyable way to travel. Passengers are promised the luxury of five-star hotels while they move from one exotic destination to the next. There are also excursions and in-land activities to look forward to, promising passengers the opportunity to explore the locales in the itinerary and experience plenty of adventures. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that passengers won’t face certain risks and dangers while taking part in these excursions. Excursion accidents are a serious cause for concern.
Dock accidents are among the most common hazards associated with cruise ship incidents. These accidents happen when ships fail to dock at the port properly, causing instability issues as passengers disembark from the vessel. The unstable lurching can cause passengers to slip and fall, leading to injuries that can have grave and even lifelong consequences. While minor falls can result in broken bones and lacerations, a passenger who falls flat on his back or hits his head can suffer from more serious injuries such as spinal cord damage and head trauma. Other injuries that can result from dock accidents include several knee injuries such as dislocation.
Incidents such as these should not eclipse the enjoyable vacation promised by cruise lines to their passengers. Cruise lines have full responsibility to ensure that these accidents are prevented by taking necessary steps and precaution of safe docking. Failure to meet these expectations can have grave effects for the passengers that have put their trust on these cruise lines. As a result of dock accidents and injuries, passengers have the right to pursue legal action and receive compensation to cover medical expenses and other fees. Visit a cruise ship lawyer website to learn more about what people can do after being involved in cruise accidents.
Posted by Anna on May 4, 2015 in Hotels | 0 comments
The city of Milwaukee is a city that prides itself on being in touch with both the modern era as well as its historical roots. Are you going to be visiting the city any time soon? Whether it’s for business or pleasure, The Pfister Hotel is one bound to impress.
The hotel is one of the historical landmarks in itself as it was completed in 1893. In its own time, it was one of the more innovative places around. One of the first to offer such luxuries such as electricity, thermostat controls, and even fireproofing, this hotel has always been one step ahead from the get go. While it still retains its historical roots, it remains to continuously improve as well as provide its guests with not only an authentic experience but also a comfortable one.
Staying at this hotel is to submerge yourself in culture and art as it prides itself on having the largest collection of Victorian art in the world. A tip for tourists when checking into this hotel is to check into one of the older rooms in order to truly get the genuine Pfister experience. Beauty surrounds its every nook and cranny, perfect for those snapshots that will definitely be worth remembering.
Rumor has it that the hotel is even home to a few ghost stories. Typical, for a building of its age, but if you want to find out the truth for yourself: why not try a stay? There have been no reported extreme incidents but there have been some stories that have been shared here and there. If a full experience is what you’re looking for, a stay at The Pfister Hotel is one that is sure to deliver.
Posted by Anna on Mar 3, 2015 in Car Accidents | 0 comments
Anyone can have a rollover accident if the circumstances are right, but it is also true that some cars are more likely to “tip over” than other vehicles. Low vehicles like sedans usually have a low center of gravity (COG), which means it is closer to the ground. It takes a lot of force to flip a sedan over. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs), however, are a different story. SUVs have a high profile, meaning they ride higher relative to their width. They have a higher COG, which makes them easier to flip even if it isn’t “tripped.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that a tall vehicle will roll over, though. It depends on how wide it is as well.
A good way to think of it is a mug and a juice glass of the same height. If the wind is gusty enough, it can knock the juice glass down but not the mug. This is because even though they are the same height, the juice glass is narrower and has a higher COG than the mug.
How can you tell if your vehicle’s COG is high enough to put you at risk of rollover accidents?
Studies have been made of vehicles per model type based on the risk to rollover. It is important to do your research about this because rollover accidents are often much more serious than your average fender bender. According to the website of Pohl and Berk, the injuries associated with rollovers include traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, multiple fractures, and extensive soft tissue damage.
If you or a family member has sustained serious injury because your vehicle’s design caused a rollover accident, you may have a defective design case against the manufacturer. Find out more my consulting with a rollover accident lawyer in your state and get the compensation you deserve.
Posted by Anna on Dec 23, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments
Minnesota-based medical device developer and manufacturer Medtronic is facing more than personal injury lawsuits from INFUSE Bone Graft patients. Medtronic investors have again filed a class-action suit against the company and its officials for fraud. If the courts find that Medtronic officials misled investors by covering up the problems with INFUSE by manipulating research results, this would smoothen the way for personal injury plaintiffs. Medtronic CEO has also been accused of hiding the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had denied another version of INFUSE called Amplify.
However, Medtronic had already successfully settled a shareholder lawsuit over INFUSE in 2012 for $85 million without admitting to any crime or culpability. If Medtronic is able to settle with investors this time around, the lawsuit will not help individuals who are currently suffering the side effects of INFUSE prove their case.
The INFUSE product is supposed to help people with specific bone grafting needs in the spine and the mouth. It is not approved for the neck area or the cervical area of the spine because there is the possibility of overgrowth which can lead to pain, infection, and other complications that may require multiple surgical interventions.
Many patients currently suing Medtronic were not aware about the problems associated with INFUSE or the dangers of off-label use until after they began to suffer serious complications. Many patients claim that INFUSE has made a bad situation (original complaint) worse. Bone problems aside, INFUSE has been implicated in an increased risk of sterility and cancer. If you have suffered serious injury or medical conditions caused by the product, you may have a valid claim for compensation. It would not do to wait too long as the statute of limitations may run out. Explore this information on the website of a personal injury lawyer in your area as soon as possible.
Posted by Anna on Oct 24, 2014 in Personal Injury | 1 comment
Spinal cord injuries are not all the same. It can be partial or complete, simple or complex. The spinal cord is where a myriad of nerves runs down the middle of the back which serves as signal carriers between the brain and the rest of the body. When the spinal cord is damaged for whatever reason, the signals can be disrupted, preventing the body from receiving the orders of the brain. Damage to the spinal cord can be through trauma or disease.
Spinal cord injury through trauma can result from:
- Physical assault
- Car accidents
- Worksite accidents
- Gunshot or knife wounds
- Sports injury
The severity and location of the damage will determine the extent of the signal disruption. In car accidents or similar blunt force trauma, broken bones can be shoved into the spinal cord from the force of the impact or alternatively the force can compress the vertebra enough to damage the spinal cord. So while there may be no outward physical damage, the spinal cord may be affected and should be immobilized to avoid more damage. This is why first responders in car accidents are cautioned not to move an injured person unless absolutely necessary.
The effects of spinal cord injuries range from mild and temporary to complete and permanent paralysis. The most serious spinal cord injuries are when they occur in the high cervical nerves (C1-C4) which are located nearest to the neck. Many victims of negligent car accidents sustain this kind of injury and become completely disabled, requiring 24-hour care and a radically reduced quality of life. As pointed out on the website of law firm Crowe Mulvey, the financial and emotional burden can be overwhelming.
If you have sustained spinal cord injuries because of the negligence of others, you should seek compensation for this potentially life-changing injury. Contact a personal injury lawyer in your area for an initial assessment of your case.
Posted by Anna on Sep 20, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments
Wrongful death claims are lawsuits that are filed by the family or heir of the deceased against the people responsible for the death of the victim. The plaintiff on this case is usually the immediate family who has the legal right to file a case against the defendant for their negligent or reckless actions that resulted to the death of the victim. Majority of these cases are made in order to demand damages following the wrongful death and get compensation in place of financial support, pain and suffering of the victim before the death occurred, expenses paid for the funeral services, and other damages that would apply. The plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer will be the one to determine the extent and coverage of the compensation depending on the state statute and context of the case.
In cases of stillbirths, in order to have a personal injury case there must be negligence or intentional motives that caused the death. In order to have a strong case you and your personal injury lawyer should follow the procedures listed in the medical malpractice procedures that would eventually prove the liability of the defendant. Stillbirths are a complicated case because there are states where wrongful death statutes do not apply for stillborns, while there are states that require fetus to be alive and moving in the mother’s womb. For states that do not view stillborns as wrongful deaths, parents can still file a number of cases depending on their circumstance, such as negligent infliction of emotional stress.
Wrongful death claims for stillborns require the defendant to have acted negligently or with intent of causing stillbirth. In order to prove this, the plaintiff should establish that the infant have a great chance of survival outside the womb, or through the help of medical aids. Infants in and over the age of 24 weeks are generally considered viable or alive, therefore should the negligent or intentional act was committed before the “viable “stage, then there will be no wrongful death case. Because of the complications of stillbirths in wrongful death cases, it is important to consult with a lawyer to determine the chances and legal aspects of the case.