Symptoms Of Bladder Cancer

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Medical Malpractice, Medical Product Failure, Personal Injury Law, Tort Litigation | 0 comments

Many Americans who suffer from Type 2 diabetes rely on medications in order to effectively manage their symptoms and prevent major complications from coming about. Unfortunately, many of those who use the prescription drug Actos are unaware of the serious, and even potentially deadly side effects which can come about after prolonged use of the product. This is in no small part due to the reluctance of the drug’s manufacturers to be up front and honest with consumer about the risks of the drug in order to protect the healthy sales of the product.

Failing to adequately inform the consumer of the risks associated with the consumption of a drug is a clear case of negligence on the part of the manufacturer and distributor, and recent studies have connected Actos with the development of bladder cancer, and dangerous carcinoma which is difficult to identify in its early stages and difficult to treat as it progresses.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is a deceptive condition which is difficult to identify properly in its earlier stages due to ambiguous symptoms, but only becomes more dangerous the longer it goes untreated. If you have taken Actos experience any of the following symptoms, bladder cancer caused by the use of the durg should be a serious concern:

* Abdominal pain
* Difficultly urinating
* Blood in the urine
* Painful urination

Bladder cancer can be a life altering condition, and when your condition is the result of negligent practices on the part of a drug manufacturer, you should do everything in your power to obtain financial compensation in order to help you pay your medical bills and other expenses. An lawyer is an essential part of protecting your rights and interests after a positive diagnosis, as you will need skilled legal representation which allows you to focus on your recovery rather than legal dealings.

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Slip And Fall Accidents In Construction

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Law, Legal Claims | 0 comments

Construction sites are inherently dangerous, and workers assume a certain level of risk when they enter into an occupation that involves construction sites. However, while these jobs have risk factors, workers are still allowed to feel safe while working. This means that any accident that occurs while a worker is performing his or her expected duties may actually entitle that worker to receive workers’ compensation benefits after the fact. These benefits, which often take the form of monthly payments, can be really helpful in a situation where a worker is injured and cannot return to his or her normal job. And, as construction accidents involving slips and falls often result in serious injury, this can happen quite often, so financial support from workers’ compensation can be an excellent resource for injured workers.

There are many ways that a person might become hurt while on the job. Slip and fall accidents are among the more common accidents reported in association with construction accidents, and they are responsible for a huge number of personal injuries every year in the United States. Depending on the circumstances of a worker’s accident, he or she may be entitled to receive benefits that would cover any cost of living in addition to medical costs that he or she incurs as a result of a slip and fall accident at work. Having legal help during this situation can be extremely helpful, because sometimes workers’ compensation can be difficult to get.

Causes of Slips and Fall Accidents

A slip and fall may sound pretty benign on the surface, but they can actually be quite harmful. Slip and fall accidents can result from many different situations on construction sites, but generally, someone else was negligent, leading to a slip and fall. Some of the common causes of slip and fall accidents at construction sites include:

  • Spills that aren’t cleaned up
  • Collapsing scaffolding or ladders
  • Absent guardrails or handrails
  • Collapsing stairwells / platforms
  • Uneven pavement / potholes

These situations can be very dangerous and may involve workers in serious accidents that cause physical injuries. Paying for treating these injuries, especially if one cannot return to work, can be difficult, but workers’ compensation can be a huge help in such a situation.

Acquiring workers’ compensation benefits is different from an injury lawsuit. Accepting workers’ comp generally waives an employee’s right to sue his or her employer for the negligence that may have been the cause of the injury. In exchange, the employee continues to be paid while recovering from the injury. The employer may even cover their injured worker’s medical costs. This set-up is beneficial to both parties involved as neither one has to go through a costly lawsuit.

However, sometimes an employer will refuse to make these payments to their injured workers, making a legal battle an inevitability. A workers’ compensation lawsuit can be costly for both sides of the suit, but the benefits can outweigh the costs, especially for an injured worker who has lost his or her income and is unable to support his or her family as a result.

If you have been injured on a construction site because of a slip and fall accident, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation. Contact an experienced Charleston workers’ compensation lawyer today to discuss your options.

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Off-Site Injuries

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Personal Injury Law, Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

Many work-related injuries are straightforward because they happen in the workplace and are necessarily covered by workers compensation. However, a growing number of employees in various occupations are part of a mobile workforce, or need to travel off-site for their jobs. Workers compensation should provide coverage if they are injured, but it may be difficult for such an employee to demonstrate that their off-site injury was directly related to their job and could result in a disagreement about the nature of the injury with their employer or insurance carrier. Workers compensation claims concerning such unconventional injuries will likely benefit from professional legal advice on the initial application in order to try and avoid potential denials and appeals.

Claiming an Off-Site Injury

Employees who work from a vehicle or travel to different work sites may be unaware that any injuries they sustain could qualify them for workers compensation benefits. The most important step will be reasonably showing how their job directly contributed to the injury. Following are several more steps that are important to take note of when submitting a claim for an off-site injury:

  • Nature of the injury the injury must have been caused when the employee was performing tasks related to their employment
  • Application representing the claim accurately and clearly on the initial claim is essential for a successful application, as doing otherwise will likely result in a denial
  • Petition if their claim is denied, the only way for the worker to pursue benefits will be to petition for an appeal, at which point they should likely seek legal representation

Receiving Benefits

If you are considering submitting a claim for an off-site injury, a team of workers compensation attorneys can help ensure that your initial application is filled out correctly and accurately, and that your case is well represented in the event that you need to appeal a denial.

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Causes Of Slip And Fall Accidents

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Law | 0 comments

Though most people dont consider them to be a serious threat, slip and fall accidents are in fact one of the most frequent causes of injury in the United States each year. This problem is particularly significant in workplace settings, where slip and fall accidents annually account for hundreds of thousands of injuries to workers and cost billions of dollars in lost productivity.

While businesses may suffer some consequences when a worker is involved in a slip and fall accident, the effects dwarf in comparison to what the injured worker and his or her family may experience. A slip and fall accident may require a worker to seek costly medical treatment, and the injured individual may be forced to spend weeks or even months away from work to recover from the injury. For this reason, it may be necessary for an injured worker to apply for workers compensation benefits to help pay for these costs.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can take place in virtually any type of work environment. Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

Slick or wet flooring
Unstable or uneven flooring
Obstructions such as debris in the walkway
Loose carpet, mats, or rugs
These are not the only causes of slip and fall accidents in workplaces, but they are frequently reported as a cause of injury in workers compensation cases.

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A workplace accident can have consequences that last for the rest of the victims life. Fortunately, workers compensation benefits may be available to help soften the impact of this tragic situation. However, actually getting these benefits can sometimes be a challenge, as some insurance companies seek to deny injured workers financial assistance at every opportunity. If this has happened to you, contact a Des Moines workers compensation lawyer to discuss what you can do to get the compensation you need.

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Medical Professionals And Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Law, Society | 0 comments

More than virtually any other profession, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are expected to be at their highest physical and mental capacity at all times so they can provide patients with the highest level of care. Unfortunately, medical professionals are not always in their right state of mind or condition. If your doctor is under the influence of alcohol or drugs while providing care, he or she is putting you at risk of an injury or health complication.

The use of alcohol and drugs is forbidden for doctors and nurses who are providing care to patients. If you or someone you know has been injured by a reckless medical professional under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you need to take legal action as soon as possible. A New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your damages.

Dangers of Intoxicated Doctors and Nurses

It is widely known that alcohol impairs your coordination, prohibits your ability to think rationally, and makes you more likely to engage in reckless behavior. Thus, when medical professionals use alcohol or drugs, it can have devastating consequences. According to the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, some common errors that intoxicated medical professionals make include:

  • Delaying treatment in the event of an emergency
  • Misdiagnosing a patient or giving him or her the wrong treatment
  • Mishandling surgical tools

Any of the above mistakes can result in life-altering health complications or even death. Thus, it is important to hold intoxicated or drugged medical professionals responsible for their actions so that you can help prevent this hazardous behavior in the future.

If you have been hurt by a medical professional under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you need a skilled and experienced legal representative on your side to help you hold these individuals liable for their actions. Get in touch with a malpractice attorney today to get started on your case.

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