A Highly Successful da Vinci Hysterectomy for One Female Patient

Oct 17, 2013 by

Before giving her doctor a nod for a da Vinci hysterectomy, Terry spent much time researching in the web and asking lots of women about the procedure, its advantages and disadvantages. Although hysterectomy is a hundred years old surgical procedure, this is a new experience for Terry and, much more, it will be done through a robot, the da Vinci multi-armed robot.

The surgery was meant to remove Terry’s uterus, which has caused her painful and longer periods. This condition has simply been too much for her to be able to perform her mother role well for her three college-bound children.

Her physician, Dr. Hutcheson, has been very helpful with all her questions, informing her as well of the different advantages the robot-assisted surgery has over the traditional open surgery, which requires long incisions, results to much blood loss, much more painful and took a long recovery period.

What Terry was supposed to undergo instead was a minimally-invasive surgery, where the robot (operated by the surgeon seated a few feet away from her) would make multiple tiny incisions, just big enough for the instruments and endoscope to pass through.

A less invasive surgery that was less painful, required almost non-existent stitches and scars and fast recovery – these were what earned Terry’s “yes.”

Terry underwent the surgery on a Friday; on Saturday morning, when Dr. Hutcheson made his rounds, she was already out of bed. The surgery fixed her problem and what’s more, she recovered really fast.

Unfortunately, not all robot-assisted surgeries go so well. Many surgeons actually end up further harming their patients using the da Vinci system, be it through inadequate training or simple failures in control. Being injured by a da Vinci surgical robot can lead to serious complications after what should have been a minimally-invasive procedure.

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Supreme Court Invalidates DOMA, Validates Gay Marriage in California

Sep 3, 2013 by

The highest court in the US voted to strike down a law that prevented gay couples from being recognized by the federal government, which also means a lifting on a ban on gay marriages in California.

The Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA) was signed into law by then-president Bill Clinton, and primarily blocked married gay couples from receiving federal recognition as a married couple. This was true even for couples who live in states which allow gay marriages. The block also meant that all the benefits that are traditionally provided to married couples including social Security survivor benefits were denied to married gay couples.

U.S. v. Windsor was a landmark case for gay rights in the US. In a 5-4 decision on June 26, 2013 Section 3 of the DOMA which defined marriage as one between heterosexual couples only was considered unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, citing the protection embodied under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment that safeguards a person against the abuse of government authority.

Because this ruling essentially stripped DOMA of its main purpose, which was to prevent gay couples from being recognized by the federal government, it effectively invalidated it. It also reflected on the legal standing of Proposition 8, which is a ban on gay marriages in California passed by voters in 2008 when the state made it legal for gay couples to be married. By June 28, 2013, two days after the Supreme Court ruling on U.S. v. Windsor, the stay on same sex marriages was lifted by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Accidental Amputation Reattachment Surgery

Jul 26, 2013 by

Accidental amputations are a common gag in cartoons that can always be easily fixed by some tape, glue, or simply moving on to the next scene. However, when these happen in real life, it’s much more traumatic and much less simple to repair. The website of Williams Kherkher, categorizes accidental amputation as a “catastrophic injury”, because of the likelihood of long-term health problems and severely harms the quality of the victim’s life.

The successful reattachment of amputated limbs is a relatively recent medical achievement, first accomplished by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1962, when a young boy lost his right arm in a train-hopping accident. In a complicated series of intricate surgeries, including the microsurgery required to reconnect blood vessels and nerves, Everett Knowles’s arm was successfully reattached with full range of use eventually returned.

The success rate of such surgeries is still not 100 percent because the viability depends on what body part was amputated, the condition of the amputated part, the time since the amputation and receiving medical care, and the general health of the injured person, as listed in an article by WebMD. In general, full nerve regeneration has been one of the toughest roadblocks in successful reattachment, but ongoing research continues to improve the outlook for accidental amputation victims.

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Lupus and Social Security Benefits

Jul 20, 2013 by

Systematic lupus erthymatosus, usually known as just lupus, is a disease of the immune system that causes it to attack the body’s own tissues and organs. Although it can affect many major organs, such as the brain, heart, and lungs, lupus can easily be mistaken for other diseases due to similarities in symptoms. However, in many cases, a characteristic rash that WebMD compares to the wings of a butterfly develops across the face.

Severe lupus can be debilitating and prevent a person from being able to work, qualifying these people for Social Security benefits. More specifically, to qualify for benefits due to lupus, the disease must, as described by Disabilitysecrets.com:

  • Affect at least two body systems or organs
  • Cause at least two of these symptoms: frequent exhaustion, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss
  • OR, the repeating symptoms of lupus must cause two of the aforementioned symptoms, resulting in: limitations of activities of daily living, limitations in maintaining social functioning, limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner, or limitations in ability to function “independently, appropriately, and effectively”

There are a few other conditions based on the situation, but these are the basic requirements. A candidate can apply for benefits in several ways, including completing an online application, scheduling an office appointment, finding Social Security filing assistance, or by making a walk-in visit to a nearby Social Security office.

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Motorcycle Safety Equipment Guide

Jul 17, 2013 by

One of the major draws of motorcycling is the feeling of being one with your bike and the road – you are released from the cage of a car and free to feel the wind on your face, maneuver your motorcycle with your whole body, and smell the asphalt boiling under the summer sun.

Unfortunately, according to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, all this freedom also means you’re free to take a spill and get critically injured because there is no cage to protect you. Therefore it becomes imperative to know what qualities to look for in safety gear, especially helmets; the only shield between your skull and the road.

Helmets are required in twenty-one states and an excellent idea in the other twenty-nine. There are two set safety standards for helmets: Department of Transportation (DOT) and Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell). While the DOT sets the minimum requirements, Snell meets these and goes beyond in testing and requirements. Since your head is arguably the most important part of you, you should try to look for a helmet certified by Snell.

When inspecting fit, there should not be any wiggle room, but there also shouldn’t be any uncomfortable pressure points that are likely to become painful after a long ride. And in the case of helmets, more is more – a helmet covering your full face protects more than other helmets that cover less. The website of Allstate also advises avoiding used helmets, because there is “no way to guarantee a used helmet hasn’t been compromised by a crash.”

Besides selecting a well-fitting helmet with full coverage, also suggests finding sturdy closed-toe shoes with ankle support; a long-sleeved jacket and pants made out of a durable, abrasion-resistant material; well-fitting gloves with good grip; and eye protection, such as goggles if your helmet does not have a shield.

Even with reasonable safety precautions it’s still entirely possible that another motorist will be less responsible than you and cause a collision. If this happens, it is advisable to find a motorcycle accident lawyer in your area to help you hold the individual who is responsible for your injuries accountable.

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Types of Product Defects

Jul 15, 2013 by

Baby Einstein recently got into hot water when one of their products, a baby jumper, incurred a hundred customer complaints about injuries inflicted on children by a spring-loaded “sun teether stalk” attached to the jumper. The website of Habush Habush and Rottier S.C. notes that thousands of children are hospitalized for injuries caused by defective child care products every year. And like many other defective products, the Baby Einstein jumper was voluntarily recalled.

Obviously, children’s toys are not the only products that can be found to be defective. Items such as food, cars, and drugs often make the news for dangerous defects as well. According to Nolo.com, these defects can fall under three main categories: manufacturing defects, design defects, and failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions.

Manufacturing defects come from a problem in the factory where the product was built. This means that the specific item you bought is flawed in comparison to the others that were made.

Design defects cause an entire line of products to be defective or dangerous because its blueprints were already imperfect. This kind of defect is a common cause for car recalls, which usually affect a range of models or manufacturing years.

If a product needs to provide adequate warning or instruction, it means that a consumer cannot obviously spot the danger in a product with necessary dangerous elements (for example, hair styling tools, household chemicals, or medicine with side effects) without being warned first. Failure to provide these warnings can result in great personal harm and it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to make sure consumers are sufficiently informed about their products.

Knowing the differences between these defect types can help you provide clear information to the company at fault in a complaint, or better present a liability claim if you have suffered serious damages and wish to seek compensation.

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Birth Injury: A Painful Reality due to Medical Malpractice

Jul 15, 2013 by

Providing patients with timely and correct diagnosis and prescribing to them the correct and effective medication is the kind of quality service doctors and other health care providers owe their patients. Mistakes, but which are minor, may be permitted, so long as these do not worsen the patient’s condition or give the patient another reason for medical worry.

Sadly medical malpractice is real and is a growing concern in many US states. Cognizant of this fact, the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., a law firm in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, mentions that several patients, indeed, are given subpar medical treatment, that they leave clinics or hospitals with greater, rather than solved, medical concerns.

Medical errors may result not only to worse injuries, but even to untimely death. Either case, the patient or his/her family will be left with greater sufferings, physically and financially-wise. One of the worst effects of medical errors is injury to the newly born. A severely painful reality to every family, a birth injury can instantly turn a couple’s life from joy-filled to severely painful. Birth injuries include newborn infections, brain and spinal damage, brachial plexus or erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, facial paralysis (any part of the face, maybe temporary or permanent), subconjunctival hemorrhage (rupture of small blood vessels in the eyes), cephalohematoma (hemorrhage between the bone and its covering which usually occurs in the head) and caput succedaneum (where the head’s soft tissue swells during delivery).

The damage these birth injuries pose can be permanent, enough reason to make a child and his/her family’s life miserable. These injuries, however, can be prevented; all it requires is enough care on the part of the doctor and nurses during delivery.

Thus, medical malpractice is nothing more than a result of negligence or carelessness on the part of experts and the people responsible in accomplishing the job (in this case, medical experts or health care providers). Though an unwanted result due to the pain and suffering it causes, someone will still have to be held answerable for the severe harm done. No child or family deserves an injurious result which can easily be avoided. If this result happens make sure you bring the liable party to justice.

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Marijuana or Cannabis Possession: A Violation of Federal Laws

Jul 13, 2013 by

Being accused of a drug-related offense can be a very serious matter and, regardless of the amount, if caught and charged with illegal drug possession, the offense can be a violation of the federal law, which deserves costly fines and long jail terms. Drug-related crimes are not limited to possession of the illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or marijuana; these also include manufacturing, selling and distribution of the said drugs and drug paraphernalia. If an individual is charged or accused of these drug crimes, they may be able to seek the assistance from a legal representative to help defend their case.

From the various types of drugs banned in the US, marijuana is the one used most widely. According to the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter it is stated that marijuana started to be banned in the US in 1970 through a mandate from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), a federal law enacted on the same year.

The Controlled Substances Act has also classified marijuana, along with the other banned substances mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide and heroin as a Schedule I drug, that is, drugs with no legal medical value (as contrary to the legal distribution and possession of medical marijuana in DC and in 18 other states, which include Washington, Vermont, Rhode Island, Oregon, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nevada, Montana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, Hawaii, Delaware, Connecticut, Colorado, California, Arizona and Alaska).

Also known under the names Mary Jane, grass, pot, ganja, weed, boom, skunk, kif, gangster, reefer or cannabis, this marijuana, a mixture of seeds, dried leaves, stem and shredded flowers of the plant cannabis sativa, actually contains about 400 chemicals, including THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the drug’s key psychoactive ingredient. Though some states have even decriminalized marijuana possession and use for recreational purposes, it should be noted that under the federal law these are still illegal and, as stipulated in the U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 2 – on Supremacy Clause – where federal and state laws conflict, the former shall take precedence over the latter.

Under the federal law, the minimum penalties to be imposed on whoever will be caught with any amount of the illegal drug are:

  • For first offenders: a charge of misdemeanor with 1 year imprisonment and a $ 1,000 fine
  • For second offenders: a charge of misdemeanor with 15 days- 2 years imprisonment and a $ 2,500 fine
  • For subsequent offenders: a charge of misdemeanor or felony with 90 days – 3 years imprisonment and a $ 5,000 fine

Sale and cultivation of marijuana, as well as distribution of drug paraphernalia, also have mandatory minimum sentences. If ever you or anyone you know is charged with any drug-related crime, hiring the best lawyers in town may help save you from a crime you would never want to be convicted with.

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Your Choice of Birth Control: Is the Mirena IUD Dangerous?

Jul 9, 2013 by

Millions of women across the United States use some form of birth control, such as the pill, condoms, or a diaphragm as a way of preventing unwanted pregnancy or for other health benefits. Each method is unique in the way it is used and how often it needs to be administered, giving people varying options for their lifestyle and preferences. A very common choice among women in recent years has been an intrauterine device, also known as an IUD. An IUD is a small, t-shaped device that is inserted inside a woman to administer hormones that prevent pregnancy. This form of birth control has become popular due to its longevity, ease of use, high success rate, and relatively low cost.

Unfortunately, recently reports have come to light showing that using the Mirena IUD, produced by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., can pose serious dangers to woman. While not every woman who uses this type of birth control is at risk for developing devastating side effects, some women are more likely to face serious health complications as a result of using the Mirena IUD. Unfortunately, numerous women have reported that they have become the victims of the following health consequences:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Embedding of the IUD in the wall of the uterus
  • Migration of the IUD
  • Infections
  • Decreased fertility or infertility
  • Perforations of the uterus

Although there are usually risks to using any pharmaceutical product, manufacturers and producers of such products are required to be completely honest in disclosing the risks and labeling their products properly.

As these consequences regarding the use of the Mirena IUD have come to light, complaints are being filed against Bayer and lawsuits are being evaluated. According to the website of the National Injury Law Center, pharmaceutical products are supposed to be safe to use and the companies who market them are required to be forthright about their proper use and potential side effects, they can be held liable when they fail to fulfill these responsibilities. As many women have already done, you too may need to take legal action with the help of a personal injury lawyer if you’ve suffered health complications in conjunction with your use of the Mirena IUD or another medical device. When choosing a method of birth control, you deserve to be completely informed about the risks and should not be endangered unduly because of a dangerous product.

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Injuries to Military Family Members and Veterans

Jul 7, 2013 by

Under the Feres Doctrine, active-duty military servicemembers aren’t allowed to file personal injury claims against the government. However, this isn’t the case for families or veterans who have been harmed because of military negligence. These individuals may be entitled to pursue compensation for their injuries, which often create financial burdens that can be difficult to manage.

Military Negligence Claims

The military has a responsibility to veterans or members of the public to maintain high standards of safety and security. If a person who isn’t currently serving in the military is injured because of a failure to keep up with these safety demands, that branch of the armed forces may be held accountable. For example, the following may be considered grounds for a compensation claim:

  • Military convoy negligence, such as failure to secure cargo or maintain vehicles
  • Military base negligence
  • Failure to maintain or repair potentially dangerous machinery

Those injured may be left with considerable expenses due to medical needs and lost time at work. A compensation claim can help these individuals recover from these financial burdens.

Military negligence claims can be significantly more complicated than normal personal injury claims. However, according to the website of Crowe & Mulvey, if you or someone you love has sustained an injury because of wrongdoing on the military’s behalf, an injury claim may provide a vital opportunity to find coverage for those injury-related expenses that can threaten your household’s financial stability.

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