Signs of Concussion

Jan 30, 2017 by

A mild traumatic brain injury, more commonly known as a concussion, occurs when the brain has sustained some damage after an impact to the head. This mostly occurs because of a direct force to the head, such as in traffic accidents, sports like basketball and football, and slip and fall accidents. In fact, concussion is such a serious issue in these incidents that there are legal professionals who specialize on them, such as the NFL concussion lawsuit attorneys at Mokaram Law Firm.

The symptoms of a concussion may come immediately after impact, but there are instances where the symptoms only surface after a few days, or even weeks. The most common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Difficulty in remembering the traumatic event
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Slow reaction time
  • Vision problems

There are also more serious symptoms that need medical attention right away. These include:

  • Abnormal eye movement
  • Body coordination problems, such as clumsiness
  • Difficulty in balancing and walking
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mood changes such as irritability
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Worsening of other symptoms

Most concussion patients completely recover, but the recovery period may even take a few months. There are also situations where surgery is required, depending on the gravity of the traumatic brain injury.

Prevention is always better than cure. To prevent concussions, make sure to wear your seatbelt while on the road, to prevent your head from crashing to the steering wheel, windshield, or any hard surfaces. Wear protective gear such as helmets while doing sports activities. Be wary of slippery substances, defective escalators, elevators, and floors, and other objects and obstructions that may can a slip and fall accident.

This is especially true to those who have already sustained a concussion. Though it is rarely fatal, repeated concussions can seriously damage the brain.

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What Are The Penalties For Statutory Rape?

Dec 22, 2016 by

Statutory rape is a serious offense that involves two people engaging in sexual activities where one of the two is below the legal age of consent which can be between 14 and 18 years of age. It is categorized into first degree and second degree. First degree rape is committed against someone below 12 years old and the initiator is older than 16 years old.

Second degree statutory rape, on the other hand, involves an initiator who is more than 16 years old and a victim aged between 12 and 16 years old. The penalties for second degree statutory rape are less harsh than first degree statutory rape. Statutory rape is a kind of sex offense and hence the offender may be required to register as a sex offender. Depending on the location and the circumstance, penalties may vary.

Nashville sex crime attorneys will tell you that statutory rape will be charged as Class E felonies and hence will carry the mandatory minimum jail term of one year. For first degree statutory rape, when the minor is less than 12 years old, the penalty may be life imprisonment or from 10-99 years. Second degree statutory rape will often carry lower sentences and will be charged as a misdemeanor. The jail term will range from one year to twenty years in jail.

In statutory rape, the age of the minor can be a huge factor in the success of a case. Over the years, laws have evolved as a reaction to the pressure from parents who are worried about minors engaging in sexual acts with other minors. As the world is constantly changing, so are the laws that govern statutory rape. It is worth noting, however, that the age difference does not completely decriminalize the act. It only reduces the possible sentence.

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Causes of and Contributory Factors to Office Injuries

Nov 3, 2016 by

Many think that office settings are much safer places where employees or workers can complete their tasks while sitting in a comfortable chair in a climate-controlled room. However, though not as dangerous as construction sites, law enforcement work, or health care environments, office setting hazards are surprisingly numerous, presenting their own unique risks that continue to injure thousands of unsuspecting and careless employees every year.

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’ Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report which says that there were more than 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private industry in 2013. The report also says that the most common causes of injuries in offices include:

  • Falls, which can be due to slipping or tripping. There are many contributory factors to falls, such as: files, boxes and other items piled up along walkways; colliding with someone; marble or tiled floor which can be very slippery; and standing on a chair, especially a rolling office chair. In 2008, an estimated 25,790 workers were injured due to fall accidents;
  • Improper storing of office items, which may be made by piling materials too high, disorderly piling of things, resulting to blocked doors, fire-fighting equipment or fire exits, and placing very heavy objects on high shelves;
  • Incorrect lifting of large and/or heavy objects, resulting to overexertion or strains;
  • Improper lighting, poor indoor ventilation and air quality;
  • Cluttered electrical wiring. This include extension cords, computer wires or headphone wires;
  • Unwanted sound or noise, which is often caused by human voices. Noise is a clear source of interference, annoyance and major distractions, especially to those engaged in mental activities, such as writing and/or researching. Noise can reduce performance, as well as increase errors, in activities that greatly require mental concentration. Affected individuals often resort to means that will minimize unwanted noise as much as possible, like using headphones for music that will help drown the unwanted noise. This means, however, is not always effective as it can lead to unnoticed dangers that the concerned individual may sustain injuries from; and,
  • Workplace violence.

Thinking that office workers are immune to workplace injuries because the physical strain for the bulk of work associated with an office environment is minimal as compared to the labor in other fields a dangerous misconception. This is why even office workers are covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance – to enable them to apply for benefits in case they get injured on the job.

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Despite Knowledge of Taxotere’s Damaging Effects, Sanofi-Aventis did not Warn Doctors and Patients Until 2015

Sep 18, 2016 by

During the latter part of the 1990s, study called GEICAM 9805 was sponsored by Sanofi (Sanofi-Aventis is the manufacturer of the chemotherapy drug Taxotere, with generic name Docetaxel). In 2005, results of the study revealed to Sanofi that 9.2 percent of women who used Taxotere suffered permanent alopecia or permanent hair loss).

In 2006, another study revealed that Taxotere use could cause women to suffer permanent alopecia (this study was conducted by Medical Oncologist and Internist Dr. Scot Sedlacek of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers).

Taxotere was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996 for breast cancer treatment. In succeeding years, it also gained approval to treat a variety of cancers including non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer.

Compared to Paclitaxel, another chemotherapy drug that is in the same class as Taxotere (both drugs belong to the class plant alkaloids) the latter gained more preference since its required treatment was once every three weeks as against the weekly treatment required by Paclitaxel (Paclitaxel, though, was said to be just as effective as Taxotere). Paclitaxel, however, did not cause permanent alopecia, the damaging side-effect associated with Taxotere. Permanent alopecia was not the only complaint against Taxotere, though. Some breast cancer patients actually complained of alopecia universalis or total hair loss on the scalp and body; this means total loss of hair on the eyebrows, eyelashes, under arms and around the genital area.

Women affected by the damaging effects caused by Taxotere have now pending lawsuits where they accused Sanofi-Aventis of:

  • Having manufactured and marketed a dangerous drug;
  • Selling Taxotere without testing it properly and exhaustively and without disclosing its damaging risks;
  • Failing to properly warn patients and health care providers about Taxotere’s damaging effects;
  • Concealing information (of Taxotere’s damaging effects) from the public; and,
  • Downplaying the dangers associated with Taxotere.

The law firm Williams Kherkher says that Sanofi-Aventis knew about the side-effect of Taxotere as early as 2005; this is how it was able to warn patients outside of the U.S. about this side effect. Patients in the U.S. were warned of the dangers of using Taxotere only in December of 2015, though, after the (FDA) mandated it to do so.

Every year, 183,000 to 300,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. Tens of thousands have already been treated with Taxotere in the past. Continuous use of this damaging drug can only result to more ruined lives.

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The Impact of DUI/DWI on Car Insurance

May 26, 2016 by

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a major offense in most states. Getting on the wheel of a car after drinking can result to serious consequences such as injury or death to an individual. Moreover, a DUI/DWI conviction can result to the suspension of your driver’s license. If you have a car insurance, chances are your premium rates could suddenly shoot up.

Getting stopped by law enforcers for DUI can have a huge impact on your car insurance. To start off, it could lead to the suspension of your license. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A., if your license has been suspended, you would have to buy SR-22 insurance. It is a certificate that is issued to you to prove that you have car insurance. The SR-22 is a requirement by the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) for reinstatement of your driver’s license.

DUI can also significantly change your car insurance policy. Your provider will likely classify you as a high risk driver and if this happens your rates could increase by 30 – 100 percent. A worst scenario could be your carrier having to cancel your insurance or charge you with high monthly premiums. While they cannot cancel your policy right away, they can do so upon expiration.

Depending on the state where you reside, you can also expect to pay more for a minimum of three years. The length of the DUI staying on your driving record will depend on the state where you live but on the average it could be as long as five years. In some states, it could be as long as 20 years so keep yourself informed about how long the DUI offense will remain on file.

When your car insurance is denied as a result of the DUI offense, you may have to find a new car insurance provider.

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