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Truck Accident Injuries

Truck accidents can happen in a wide variety of different ways, but in even the most mild of circumstances, it is often possible for those who are involved in an accident with this type of vehicle to sustain serious physical trauma or even life-threatening injuries.

Truck accident injuries can run the gamut of possible damages, from whiplash to broken bones to internal organ damage. Nevertheless, in any circumstance in which the trucking company, manufacturer of the vehicle, or even the driver was at fault for the accident, it may be possible for injury victims or their loved ones to seek compensation for their damages.

In cases where an accident victim suffered serious injuries, it may be possible for the individual to take legal action in order to recover lost wages, the costs of medical treatment, and other damages that they may have experienced. Non-financial damages such as pain and suffering may also be considered, depending on the nature of the victim’s injuries and the circumstances in which their accident occurred.

For circumstances in which an accident victim is killed by the effects of their injuries, their family may be able to seek compensation for the terrible loss that has been inflicted on them. Attorney Jim Hart, for example, was able to recover more than $11 million for the family of a man killed in a Texas truck accident. The attorney, who works for the Williams Kherkher law firm in Houston, successfully argued that the death was needlessly caused by failure on the part of the trucking company to effectively train its drivers.

These types of situations can be devastating to deal with, but truck accident victims and their loved ones do have recourse to legal action to seek justice.

Nursing Home Quality Ranking

There are many resources for families considering long-term care facilities for their elderly members. Families for care constructed an interactive website called “Nursing Home Report Cards.” The website ranks the quality of the nursing facilities by state. The rankings mirror report card scores. A map of the United States is displayed and when the cursor is dragged over a specific state its grade will appear. The ranking methodology of the organization takes many factors into account. The grade depends on how many hours a registered nurse visits the facility daily, how many nursing home abuse reports are filed, how much time staff spends with patients, and other factors. When all of the factors are ranked, the states with scores of 41 or above are considered to be failing nursing home residents.

A general trend on the map is consistently low, to failing, grades for nursing home facilities in the South and Southwest. Texas ranks as the worst state for long-term elderly care with an overall ranking of 51 total points. Louisiana follows with providing patients very little access to attention from a registered nurse. In contrast, New Hampshire and Rhode Island received superior scores for care. In addition to providing excellent care to patients, the facilities in these New England states tended to be the most hygienic and structurally up-to-code.

Families can feel confident about their elderly members staying in a round-the-clock-care facility in states that boast good ratings. However, doing the research and staying informed about these conditions are important, especially in states that don’t provide acceptable care. Other options like hired in-home care or visiting nurse practitioners might be a better option for families that want to ensure quality care.

Accutane Controversy

Though Accutane has proved to be extremely powerful in ridding people of skin inflammation and cystic acne, it has created quite a bit of controversy since its 1982 introduction to the United States pharmaceutical market. As a first-generation retinoid, Accutane belongs to pregnancy category X, the most high-risk class of pharmaceuticals for pregnant women. The medication has been proven to cause physical and mental birth defects in fetuses and newborn infants.

In addition to pregnancy concerns, researchers are also concerned about the use of parabens as a preservative in Accutane. Cosmetic companies have long since used parabens as preservatives in makeup, lotions, and hair care products. Parabens are inexpensive and greatly increase the shelf life of products. Despite these advantages, recent studies have found that parabens disrupt the endocrine system. Parabens are also studied as a potential carcinogenic agent, promoting the growth of unusual cells. Researchers have found that parabens can imitate the hormone estrogen, causing an estrogen surplus in the female endocrine system. The disturbance of an estrogen overabundance makes women more prone to breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers. Because of these potential risks, parabens were banned from cosmetics in the European Union.

Recently, Accutane has been linked to persistent gastroenterological complications. Previous users of Accutane have reported severe cases of ulcerative colitis, ulcerative proctitis, and Chrohn’s Disease. As a result of these Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, some people have parts of their large intestine and colon removed. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases cause discomfort, inconvenience, and sometimes prevent people from being able to resume their normal activities. According to a study presented at the College of American Gastroenterology, people who have taken Accutane are over four times more likely to develop an inflammatory bowel condition than people who have not taken Accutane.

Accutane lawsuits demanding fair compensation for the damage it has caused to the health of innocent users have been cropping up since the public began gaining awareness of the drug’s risks became widely known. If you have experienced unintended Acutane side effects, get in touch with a personal injury attorney to learn more about your options.

New Asbestos Detection Device allows for Real-Time Asbestos Detection

New Asbestos Detection Device allows for Real-Time Asbestos Detection

May 21, 2013

A new product called Alert has been announced in the UK, which is a portable device that tests for airborne asbestos particles and gives results in real time. In most instances, testing a building’s air for asbestos can be a long endeavor, which either means that individuals cannot remain in the building until results come back, or that individuals could be unknowingly exposed to asbestos fibers in the air. Fortunately, this incredible device will allow for fast results, allowing individuals to remove themselves from a potentially dangerous environment as soon as possible.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used extensively prior to the 1970s in a variety of building materials, especially roofing tiles and insulation. While asbestos is usually safe when it is undisturbed, if asbestos fibers are released into the air, they can be inhaled and lodge themselves into a person’s lungs, which can result in the development of mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer. As such, buildings that contain asbestos that could be disturbed and fragment into the air usually have to have professionals come to remove this dangerous material.

This important new product hopes to be available in the UK as soon as the beginning of 2014.

How Green are Your Cleaning Products?

Wow Total CleaningAs more and more people are becoming aware of how their lifestyle and purchasing decisions can have an impact on the environment, makes of so called “green” products have seen a considerable increase in sales. This is very true especially among cleaning products, as many are looking to avoid using the usually harsh chemicals that are often found in cleaning products like grout cleaner, disinfectants, and toilet bowl cleaners.

Unfortunately, not all “green cleaning products” are really as environmentally friendly as manufacturers might have you believe. In fact, this issue is commonplace enough that the FTC has released an updated version of its “Green Guidelines,” helping consumers distinguish between products that are actually environmentally friendly and those that just claim to be.

Among their recommendations, the FTC encourages people to look for specifics on product labeling. Simply saying that something is “eco-friendly” is nowhere near specific enough — it should say exactly what features the product has that make it green. Additionally, consumers should read into “recycled” claims, and see whether the recycled title refers to the product itself, the product’s packaging, or both.