Neck and Back Injuries – Facts, Symptoms and Treatment

By on 8-13-2013 in Medical Malpractice, 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 the personal injury lawyers at Spiro Champaign 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.

Side effects of the device becoming fractured and FDA warnings

By on 8-13-2013 in Medical Malpractice, 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 8-13-2013 in Medical Malpractice, 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 8-13-2013 in Medical Malpractice, 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 8-13-2013 in Medical Malpractice, 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.

Preventing and Fighting Nursing Home Abuse

By on 8-13-2013 in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

It can be difficult for family members to care for elderly relatives, particularly when those relatives require constant medical attention and supervision. In such cases, many people choose to employ the services of a nursing home which advertises effective medical care and an enjoyable living environment for its residents. However, nursing home residents nationwide continue to receive less-than-ideal care or even suffer abuse from employees, leaving many family members wondering what to do.

According to attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, nursing home abuse often results from a home’s failure to hire qualified professionals and to provide enough staff to care adequately for the residents. A recent study of nursing homes from the Florida-based advocacy group Families for Better Care, which graded states on the average level of nursing home care, found that a vast majority of states failed to meet adequate care standards. Additionally, the report noted varying levels of physical and sexual abuse in nursing homes across the country, which can lead to injuries including malnutrition and broken bones according to the website of Ravid & Associates, P.C.

In order to protect loved ones from abuse, families across the country have considered installing hidden cameras in nursing homes to monitor resident-caregiver interactions. Already the cameras have seen success in South Carolina and Oklahoma, where families caught residents beating and neglecting elderly residents. Some states, including Texas, New Mexico, and Maryland, already have legislation that expands the use of hidden cameras. Georgia Anetzberger, president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, said she expects more states to follow suit.

“There’s a comfort level with cameras that can catch actions that are disturbing and unlawful,” Anetzberger said. “Without these cameras, it probably wouldn’t be possible to get these kind of outcomes.”