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World Reaction to Hernia Meshes

Medical device cases can end up causing world-wide legal trouble for companies. That’s what’s been happening with surgical meshes for hernia cases. Hundreds of thousands of victims had these meshes implanted to solve a variety of problems like prolapse and incontinence. However, these meshes are causing more problems than they solve. Further injury, pain, and even infection have been reported. New Zealand So how has the world responded to this? Let’s start with New Zealand. They have completely banned the use of surgical mesh for all uses since January of this year. Regulators took action after they reviewed data from Australia about...

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Grain Bin Accidents

The sight of growing corn and grain bins are common if you go driving in the countryside of Iowa. What you might not know is that those grain bins are dangerous places to work. Workers have to take plenty of precautions before using them. Why are they so dangerous?   Flowing Grain Flowing grain traps around 30-40 people a year, but it’s likely that the number of accidents is underreported. It is estimated that about half of those entrapments are fatal. Entrapment most often happens when the grain is emptied. It’s much like being in an avalanche. Once the snow settles it compacts...

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Psychological Care After Death or Injury

When you’ve been in a car accident, it’s natural to be a little nervous for a while when you go driving again. But for some people, that nervousness never goes away or gets worse. Every car that pulls out into the street could feel like they’re aiming for them. Their stress level rises and affects their quality of life. In extreme cases, it could keep them from driving completely. After you’ve undergone a traumatic incident, it can leave scars on both the body and the mind. Most injury accidents focus on the physical symptoms, but the psychological ones should not be...

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Why Are Nursing Homes Negligent?

Nursing home neglect is an all-too-common problem in our nation’s nursing homes. Every patient that comes into a nursing home has certain needs to stay healthy and cared for. When this isn’t done, and it’s not due to a deliberate action that would qualify as abuse, the well being of the patient goes down and could lead to an injury. That would be grounds for a negligence charge. But what would lead to negligence in the first place? Most nurses strive to care for their patients as best as they can. The really bad ones end up with abuse charges. Yet...

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What Does “Pain and Suffering” Mean?

The idea behind compensation in personal injury cases is that the money makes the injured person “whole” again. For objective costs, this is easy to calculate. Your repair bills and medical expenses can be presented in black and white to an insurance company or jury. But the stress from an injury adds a physical and mental toll that can’t be calculated by bills. This is a subjective form of damage that also needs compensation. The legal term “pain and suffering” covers this personal part of what you deserve. In a minor case, pain and suffering could just be compensation for the...

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How Do I Get Paid?

It’s a great relief to win a lawsuit or to reach a settlement, but it doesn’t mean that you’ll get paid immediately. The waiting period and legal procedures that must be followed before you receive your money does confuse clients sometimes. There are a lot of possible factors. Here is what you can expect in the most common scenarios. Settlement Once a settlement has been reached, it’s now up to the lawyers to finish it up. Usually, this has to be fully completed within 30-60 days of the ruling, depending on local laws. The defendant has to send your lawyer the settlement...

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Avoiding a Bad Nursing Home

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With all the worries about elder abuse and negligence in nursing homes, it’s natural to worry about which homes might be best for your loved one. It’s important to know that not all nursing homes are horror stories waiting to happen. There are many fine facilities providing excellent care. But you need to know what to look for. Here are a few tips that can steer you away from a bad nursing home. Medicare Star Ratings Any nursing home that accepts Medicare or Medicaid has to submit to inspections by the government. From these inspections, each nursing home is given a star...

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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

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Many families worry about the care that their loved ones receive in nursing homes. However, they are not familiar enough with the signs that something could be wrong. Reassurances from the nurses are not always enough, even in cases where your loved one cannot communicate. It’s important to know that nursing home negligence is different from nursing home abuse. Abuse is active harm against an individual, while neglect is causing harm by ignoring a problem that should’ve been addressed. There are six major signs to look for if you believe your loved one has experienced mental or physical abuse:   Unsanitary or unsafe living...

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls

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Millions of products are available for sale on store shelves. Most of these products are safe, thanks to strong consumer protection laws. However, not every flaw is caught while testing the product. This means that the public is always at a small risk of injury from products. This is why product manuals have pages after page of warnings. Nevertheless, sometimes a company hides a flaw in a product or is not aware that a product could cause injury to its users. That is when the Consumer Product Safety Commission comes in. The CSPC is the responsible party to ensure all products...

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An Overview of Recent Drug Recalls

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The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for testing the safety of drugs and medical devices before allowing them on the market. However, early testing doesn’t always catch problems, which can have disastrous medical consequences on the public. When these are found, the FDA can issue additional warnings or pull the product from the market with a recall. Medical manufacturers fear these additional penalties because it can open them up to lawsuits from the public, and rightfully so. The manufacturers are ultimately responsible for the creation and sale of the product. When a product causes damage to the public, the people...

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