Many Medical Devices Work as Expected and Successfully Treat Patients, Others have been Proven to be Defective and Result in Serious Health Issues

By on May 26, 2017 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Technology has helped and enabled pharmaceutical companies to formulate drugs and design better medical devices that can replace, support or enhance, missing or damaged biological structures that will restore or improve a person’s condition. Not all medical devices work as effectively or as safely as these were intended to, however, as some are found to be causing more harm than relief after these are used or implanted. Many different kinds of medical devices that have already been introduced and used in patients; some of these, however, have been proven defective, causing only harmful effects. A few of these include the transvaginal mesh (including Johnson & Johnson vaginal mesh kit and Alloderm mesh), the Stryker ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant System, Stryker Rejuvenate modular-neck stems, Depuy hip implant, Zimmer NexGen knee replacements, and the automated external...

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy may be Your best Chance at a Brand New Financial Start

By on Mar 26, 2017 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rate in 2012 was 7.9; in 2013, 6.7; and, in 2014, 5.6. This was from a high of 9.9 during the Great Recession from 2008 to 2009. Unemployment may suggest a negative meaning (such as when people are laid off or quit their work while looking for a new job); however, it may also suggest something positive, which would be the case when a company makes technological improvements, replacing human workers with machines for consistently fast work output, or when a job is outsourced. For workers who have been displaced from their work, however, unemployment will mean only one: financial problems. The monthly pay of millions of wage earners in the U.S. is just enough salary to enable them to cover their basic needs between salary dates. Losing their source of income, even for just a month or two, can result to...

Workers’ Compensation: For the Benefit of Workers who Suffer Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

By on Mar 25, 2017 in Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

On the afternoon of March 15, 2008, a tower crane being used in the construction of a 43-story concrete-framed building in New York, New York, collapsed, resulting to the death of six workers and one civilian. When the accident occurred, the workers were said to be setting lateral tie beams; these were supposed to provide lateral support to the crane from the 18th floor. There have been so many other construction and industrial accidents in the past which have claimed hundreds of lives, injured thousands of others and destroyed properties worth millions of dollars. The continuous occurrence of workplace accidents, despite their being preventable, only show that occupational dangers continue to threaten the lives of workers, regardless of the type of work they were hired to perform. Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) show that, in 2007, worker...

Distracted Driving, a Form of Driver Error

By on Mar 24, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Besides driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), there are other forms of dangerous road behavior which continue to compromise the safety of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders. As identified by the NHTSA, these are reckless driving, overspeeding or driving at a speed that is unsafe on a particular road condition, and distracted driving, which is now the second major cause of road crashes. Distracted driving takes different forms, so many of which are very ordinary acts, making drivers fail to realize that they are already being distracted. Besides cell phone use (use a hands-free or hand-held phone to text, call someone or answer someone’s call), which is currently identified as the most common form of driver distraction, distractions behind the wheel include: talking or arguing with a passenger; eating; reaching for an object, like...

Toxic Substances in the Workplace: Know Your Rights as an Employee

By on Mar 23, 2017 in Business | 0 comments

In certain types of work environments workers are regularly exposed to machineries, large and heavy equipment, sharp tools, and hazardous substances. Exposure to hazardous substances has caused in many workers the development of deadly, chronic diseases which has kept them out of work, required continuous medical treatment and altered the way they could conduct their future lives. In line with its mission to create a safe and healthy working environment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an off-shoot of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970, passed the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 1986. This mandate, also known as “Worker Right-to-Know Legislation,” and “Right-to-Know Law,” is primarily directed to employers, requiring them to inform their employees of the hazardous and deadly elements found, stored and used in the workplace and the...