Neck and Back Injuries – Facts, Symptoms and Treatment

By on 5-28-2016 in Personal Injury

The neck and back are connected to each other by the spinal cord so much so that injury to the latter can also have an effect on the neck and back as well. It is worth noting that any trauma to these two body parts can result in SCI or permanent disability. According to the website of Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm, recovery process from neck or back injuries can take several years.

In case of trauma, the neck and back should be splinted and the victim should avoid any kind of movement. It is important to be accurate with the determination of the extent and cause of the injury. The vertebral column is composed of various muscles and ligaments that provides protection to the spinal cord and facilitate movement. Even if the nerves is not involved, neck and back injuries can be quite painful.

Symptoms

The following are the symptoms of neck and back injury:

  • Localized pain, tenderness, and stiffness in the affected area
  • Spasm on either side of the spinal column immediately after an injury or up to 24 hours later
  • Numbness, tingling, or paralysis of an extremity which could be a symptom of a more serious injury
  • Penetrating injury in the neck needs to be treated immediately

Signs of a more serious problem:

  • When you experience neck pain after getting ill with other problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, AIDS, or cancer
  • Pain that becomes progressively worse
  • When there is an effect on some functions of the arm
  • If you have a general feeling of being unwell and experience symptoms such as weight loss or high temperature
  • Tenderness in the neck bones which could point to a serious bone problem
  • Difficulty with walking or passing urine

Treatment

Chronic pain in the upper back and neck indicates that there could be a serious problem. Having general soreness in the back and neck region is a common symptom. When there is discomfort and debilitating pain, there are some steps that you can do to get quick relief.

1. Apply cold compress

Put ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel or anything that is cold such as a coda can right out of a vending machine.

2. Over the counter Pain Reliever

If your stomach can handle anti-inflammatory medicines such as naprosyn, take it according to package directions. Other options include muscle relaxants such as diazepam.

3. Correct posture

Walking with the right posture could also help alleviate back and neck injuries. What is the proper posture? Pretend like you are suspended by a line that connects the middle of your chest to the ceiling or sky.

4. Stretching

As soon as you get pain relief and has rested for several days, try loosening the pain by stretching. It will help prevent new pain or an old injury from coming back.

Having a bad back can be truly painful. It will restrict your movement and other activities. Follow the treatment methods above and you can be up and about in no time.

Volkswagen Reeling after Emissions Cheating Comes to Light

By on 1-15-2016 in Cars

With the latest lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice in behalf of the EPA against German manufacturing giant Volkswagen, many consumers have also considering filing for a lawsuit. Last September 2015, Volkswagen admitted in installing illegal software on their 2-engine diesel vehicles that were sold world-wide (600,000 in the United States) which allowed the vehicles to pass the state and federal standards for clean air emissions when tested in a laboratory, failed discharge pollutants that surpass the standards when driven on the road.

Volkswagen claimed that their 2-liter diesel-powered vehicles provided good fuel economy and released 25 percent less greenhouse gas compared to their gasoline engine counterparts, thus capturing a significant share of the US diesel market. However, multiple media started to report on Volkswagens false claims and lead to the manufacturing company’s admittance of fault. According to Volkswagen, they cheated the emissions test but installing software that can detect when the vehicle is being tested and would thus reduce their emissions of harmful Co2 while being tested. The software will deactivate when driven normally on the road, leading an increase in the Co2 emission. It is stated that Volkswagen has engaged in such fraudulent claims for seven years already.

Despite the increasing number of class action lawsuits being filed against Volkswagen, the manufacturing company has yet to issue a recall on their affected vehicles and is still in talks with the EPA regarding possible fixes for the issue. For those who are affected with the emission scandal, the website of the Driscoll Firm has information on how to file a lawsuit. Speaking a qualified lawyer would be the best option in knowing how to proceed and protect your legal rights. Joining a class action lawsuit will increase your chances of compensation, especially if you have suffered the same damages that many plaintiffs experienced.

Side effects of the device becoming fractured and FDA warnings

By on 9-10-2015 in Personal Injury

Pulmonary embolism is a condition that threatens many individuals suffering from deep vein thrombosis, as the severe blood clots in their legs can travel to the lungs. Medical devices exist to prevent the migration of these blood clots, including the Bard G2 IVC Filter. The Bard G2 IVC Filter is a temporary device, surgically implanted into patient’s interior vena cava designed to catch these blood clots before they reach the lungs, according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier. The device seemed like a welcome option for individuals who were unable to take blood thinners, but soon adverse side effects began to surface.

Soon after the device’s inception, the Food and Drug Administration began receiving hundreds of reports of medical conditions and side effects that had been caused by the device. Patients began experiencing serious complications of the filter, one of the most prominent being fracture of the device. The fracture of the device could lead to doctors being unable to remove the temporary device from the body. Fracture of the device could also lead to serious heart complications including cardiac tamponade, perforation of the heart, and laceration of the heart just to name a few.

The medical device leads to numerous other complications leading to an official warning from the FDA in 2010 against the unpleasant effects of the device. The FDA officially stated that the device posed the threat of fracture and migration of the device and should be removed as soon as the threat of blood clots subsided. However, the warning came too late for many individuals.

The IVC Filter, originally meant to help individuals, has led to serious medical problems and countless individuals suffering from the device after the company failed to warn patients of the risks. The device fracturing is just one of the dangers of the device as complications continue to arise from the filter.

Make Sure You have a Safe Dog for a Pet

By on 5-11-2015 in Personal Injury

The 2007 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association showed that 71.1 million US households had at least one pet. Breaking down these pets’ rank and numbers, the results showed freshwater fish at top spot and numbering to 142 million, cats came in second at 88.3 million, while at third spot, with 74.8 million, were dogs. Well, considering the number of offspring these pets are capable of producing, that would explain their rank and the number. However, when it comes to which pet is loved most, then there is a completely different story to tell.

While pet owners will naturally express their love for their fish or cat, majority of them never hide their adoration for dogs. Thus, despite having a cat or fishes in the house, many also have a dog around.

Dogs are simply great pets; they are terrific companions, great and dependable protectors, and they are great with kids. To make sure, though, that you get a dog that quite perfectly fits such descriptions, dog experts say that it is important that you carefully choose the breed of dog you intend to have. This is because, while dogs are generally friendly, there are certain breeds that are more rough and hostile than gentle and friendly.

One specific breed of dogs that dog experts would never recommend, especially if you intend to allow your very young children to play with them, are Pit bull terriers (and their mixes) and Rottweilers. Pit bull is one dog breed that has been identified in, at least, 250 fatal attacks on senior citizens and children between 2005 and 2012. In many US states, these dogs have even been branded as lethal weapons, that courts have even authorized law enforcement officers to shoot them if they manifest any threat to attack or bite.

Dog bites are not caused by Pit bulls and Rottweilers alone, however, as other breeds (though in very minimal numbers), have also bitten people, especially if they feel threatened or to protect their owners. In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) says that 800,000 individuals are victims of dog bites in the US every year.

Regardless of how friendly your dog is, once it bites or attacks anyone, you, as the owner, may legally face responsibility towards the victim, especially if he/she sustains an injury. For the victim, seeking legal advice immediately after a dog bite or attack will prove helpful as this will make him/her understand if his/her situation deserves pursuing legal actions. A Louisville personal injury attorney is someone who might be able to help in this type of legal matter.

Protecting Nursing Home Residents from Abuse

By on 3-17-2015 in Nursing Home Abuse, Personal Injury

Nursing home abuse is a dark reality that is difficult to face. We place a huge amount of trust in the institutions that provide care for our elderly loved ones. It can be devastating to consider that this trust gets continually broken behind the scenes.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found, there are over a million Americans living in nursing homes all over the United Sates. Unfortunately, due to the nature of their conditions, the residents in these institutions are particularly vulnerable to injustices that are rampant behind closed doors.

One of the ways the government helps the nursing home residents is through the implementation of the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, which you can read in full from the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center. It sets certain rules and requirements that keep nursing homes accountable for the welfare of their residents. In particular, it also establishes that all these residents are entitled to the following basic rights:

  • The right to freedom from mistreatment, neglect, and abuse
  • The right to freedom from physical restraints
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to have medical, physical, psychological, and social needs appropriately accommodated
  • The right to participate in social activity, such as resident and family groups
  • The right to communicate freely
  • The right to exercise self-determination
  • The right to be treated with dignity
  • The right to participate in one’s care plan, which includes being fully informed of any changes in treatment and other health care directives
  • The right to voice grievances without discrimination or fear of being reprised

Despite such policies having been implemented in the last few decades, the cases of nursing home abuse continue to take place away from the public eye. Unfortunately, cases of intimidation, malnutrition, use of force, neglect, misuse of medication, and sexual abuse remain rampant. Data gathered by the National Center on Elder Abuse points out that nearly 1 out 10 have been cited for violations that lead to cases of harm and serious injury. This doesn’t include incidents that have remained unreported.

 

The policies and regulations imposed by the government can only do so much to prevent nursing home abuse. Significant change can only take place if the culture of silence and violence is eradicated. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities must be held accountable for physical, emotional, and psychological trauma caused to victimized residents. As emphasized by Tennessee personal injury attorneys, victims and their families can file legal claims and seek just compensation for injuries caused by such abuses.

Possible Claims in a Benicar Lawsuit

By on 9-18-2014 in Personal Injury

The first  lawsuit was filed in February 2014 by a Texas resident alleging serious injury as a result of taking the drug, but many more are likely to follow. There are several claims that potential plaintiffs can make with the help of a qualified Benicar lawyer.

Benicar was aggressively marketed by Sankyo and Forest Labs as a safe and efficacious alternative for patients with intolerance for other classes of antihypertensive drugs including angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. They called Benicar the “ARB with superior efficacy.”

This earned the co-promoters a slap on the wrist by the FDA in 2006 for making false and misleading statements because the studies did not substantiate their claims. The drug was also reviewed in 2010 to determine if there was increased risk of cardiac problems or cancer, but found no evidence to suggest that there was. Despite all this attention, Sanyo and Forest Labs racked up more than $2 billion in sales in 2012 from Benicar alone, representing millions of prescriptions, and because the medication is for the management of hypertension, it is likely that most of these prescriptions were ongoing.

The problem with Benicar emerged 10 years after it had been circulating in the US market. It turns out that patients on Benicar who exhibited symptoms of Celiac disease but were serologically negative for the disorder were actually suffering from a condition known as sprue-like enteropathy. It caused chronic diarrhea and malnutrition that increased in severity over time until the damage becomes permanent and irreversible. The link between the mysterious condition and Benicar was finally established when the symptoms stopped when Benicar use was discontinued.

The first Benicar lawsuit alleges that Sankyo and Forest Labs failed to conduct adequate clinical testing of the drug prior to being sold on the market. It further claimed that they knew or should have known that use of Benicar of more than one year increased the risks of serious and permanent side effects such as sprue-like enteropathy, and failed to warn the public about these risks.

Treating TBI through Tongue Stimulation

By on 12-23-2013 in Technology

The human tongue may play yet another very important role besides enabling man to speak with clarity and taste food, that is, reversing the incapacitating effects of traumatic brain injury or TBI. This therapeutic role of the tongue was discovered by scientists at the Tactile Communication and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory in the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It involves a treatment process that is expected to greatly improve the condition of people suffering from different types of brain injuries.

The human tongue has sensory receptors that are attached to the nervous system; some even go straight to the brain. By stimulating these sensory receptors through the use of the Portable NeuroModulation Stimulator, or PoNS, brain functioning is found to have gotten better.

PoNS is a battery-powered electronic device intended to treat traumatic brain injuries which cause prolonged impairments to a person’s balance, coordination and memory. It was actually used to treat over 250,000 US soldiers between 2000 and 2012.

Responses to the Deferred Action Program

By on 10-26-2013 in Immigeration Law

Under the Obama Administration, the Deferred Action program was issued in June of 2012 with the intention of providing more legal flexibility and protection over illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. The program is designed to defer removal action against people if they do not pose a threat to national security. The program covers accepted candidates for two years and is subject to renewal. Though renewing deferred action is possible, no one is guaranteed continued coverage.

According to multiple Latino news outlets, from August of 2012 to June of 2013 about 400,500 out of 538,000 deferred action applicants were accepted for coverage. After being accepted to the deferred action program the candidate is able to obtain legal documentation for employment. Despite majority of cases that are accepted, the Brookings Institute projects that nearly twice the amount of people that apply for coverage are eligible. Factors like the $465 application fee, lack of proof of documentation, and misinformation about the program keep people from applying and receiving coverage. In order to apply, the candidate must provide documentation from their previous country and often times, locating and obtaining that documentation can be nearly impossible.

Deferred Action was created in order to offer an alternative to the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act since its legislation was stalled in Congress. According to the website of the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, unlike the DREAM Act, deferred action does not lead to citizenship; it is merely a temporary reprieve from the threat of deportation. Since they are one of the fastest growing and most culturally influential groups in the United States, Latinos view deferred action as a temporary solution.

What’s an M7 Coprecessor?

By on 10-04-2013 in Technology

With the release of their newest phone, the iPhone 5S, Apple introduces the installment of the M7 motion-sensing coprocessor. The M7 will be able to detect and read motion constantly while managing to preserve and extend the phone’s battery life. Motion-sensing technology in previous models of the iPhone worked under the phone’s main processor, which (when opened) would interfere with other applications, resulting in battery drainage. The M7 is unique in that it works separately from the main processor.

In addition to providing greater energy efficiency, the M7 is an important step in further developing technology that is recognized and controlled by gesture. This means that products will be even more intuitive and user-friendly while saving energy. Currently, motion-sensing technology is used by fitness apps like Nike Fit and Argus, but in the future motion-sensing technology could expand to track average heart-rate and stress-levels. This knowledge could be a powerful tool in monitoring overall well-being. Other phones like the Motorola Moto X allow users to operate the phone with some gesture and motion-based cues. Though this technology is in the developing phases, it could be advantageous in a more hands-free and user-friendly phone experience for people of all ages.

Will there be More Benefit than Harm in Legalizing Recreational Marijuana?

By on 9-09-2013 in Marijuana Possession

The Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the primary anti-drug law in the United States, rules out the possession and use of marijuana all across the nation despite its legal use for medicinal purposes in 20 states. Strict implementation of the Act, however, may very well be on the road to change – at least that is the message other states are getting after Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use; a move that the Obama administration seems to tolerate.

Rather than blocking the two states’ move, the US Justice Department released to all federal prosecutors a four-page memorandum that outlines eight main concerns for marijuana enforcement, so that, unless a case would fall in any one of these eight areas, prosecutors should not waste any effort in prosecuting the case.

A number of these areas include trafficking across state lines, marijuana revenue going to other criminal enterprises, distribution to minors and growing of marijuana on public land. With these defined areas, a sort of a breathing space is given to users, growers and related businesses which, in the past, have feared prosecution. The Justice Department, however, expects Colorado and Washington to implement regulatory systems that will protect against any of the eight areas; otherwise, these states might as well give up the idea of the drug’s legalization for recreational use.