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History of Risperdal

2014/02/13 | Health, News | Permalink

The antipsychotic drug Risperdal is prescribed to those who are on the onset of schizophrenia and having early symptoms of manic depression or bipolar disorder. Autistic Children can also get relief from symptoms of irritability by taking Risperdal. Because it can cause severe side effects, especially to those taking it for long periods and high dosages, Risperdal is a regulated and doctor-prescribed medication.

The drug Risperdal is manufactured by Janssen-Cilag Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of big company Johnson & Johnson. It was first made between 1988 and 1992, and it was an improved version of the typical antipsychotic medications. Over the years after it was approved by the FDA in 1994, it has gained in popularity and has become the widely-prescribed antipsychotic medication in the United States today.

In 2001, there have been reports particularly from The Miami Herald about the adolescents in Florida foster homes suffering from severe side effects of Risperdal. It was used as a medication restraint for the children’s unmanageable behaviors. A year later, in 2002, Janssen-Cilag released a warning to Canadian doctors regarding the possible risks of Risperdal to older patients who also experience senile dementia. It has been alleged to cause 37 stroke-like incidents and blood clots, and has been linked to 16 deaths.

The FDA then approved the use of Risperdal as treatment for manic depression in 2003, where they also gave additional warning letter to American doctors regarding the side effects of the drugs. The following year, doctors are still giving Risperdal to patients who are suffering from conditions not listed on the label, namely austism, ADD and Alzheimer’s. Until now, Risperdal is still the leading antipsychotic drug used by doctors for their patients.

Because of the health complications and side effects that patients can get from taking Risperdal, many doctors advice to get medical help in cases of allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, swelling, and hives. If you believe you have developed side effects that have put your health in danger, you have the right to hire and attorney who can help you file a lawsuit to acquire compensation for the troubles and damages you have gone through.

Car Crash Laws: No Fault, Comparatively Speaking

2013/10/24 | Auto Accidents | Permalink

Car crash injury claims in New Jersey is a little different from the majority of U.S. states in that it has a no-fault car insurance system. This means that in a car crash, it doesn’t matter whose fault it was; no personal injury claim can be made unless the injury is serious. You have to claim damages from your own insurance first for medical and other expenses.

No fault car insurance is cheaper than traditional or standard car insurance because it only covers personal injury. For property damage, you need to have additional insurance or you pay for the damages yourself. Other states implementing this system include North Dakota, Michigan, New York, Utah, Minnesota, Kansas, Hawaii, Florida, and Massachusetts. New Jersey residents can choose between a no-fault and standard car insurance policy.

If a car crash results in serious injury which results in dismemberment, disfigurement, permanent injury, or death and the injured party is not at fault, the at-fault driver can be sued for personal injury. So even if New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state, drivers should still carry liability insurance in case of a personal injury claim. Otherwise, the at-fault driver will be solely responsible for paying compensation for serious personal injuries.

When a car crash occurs and both parties are at fault, New Jersey law states that in a personal injury claim where the fault is shared, the plaintiff must be responsible for less than 50% of the accident. The amount will depend on what a jury will decide is the degree of fault of the defendant based on the evidence presented in court. For example, if the jury decides the plaintiff is 20% at fault, the defendant will only be liable for 80% of the monetary award. This is called the modified comparative fault rule.

If a personal injury claim is being considered, a competent car crash lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the car crash.

Settling Damages Related to DePuy Hip Implants

2013/10/10 | Health | Permalink

As of September 2013, three years after DePuy Orthopaedics recalled the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, around 11,000 lawsuits have been filed by injured patients. The website of the National Injury Law Center mentions that The National Joint Registry of England and Wales released post-market data that confirmed a 12% failure rate of the Resurfacing System and the 13% failure rate of the Acetabular System. DePuy hip implant failure usually occurs within 5 years of the hip replacement surgery.

Usually candidates for arthroplastic total hip replacement surgery suffer from osteoarthritis or a related complication. Hip replacement surgery is an elective procedure in that it is not required for survival. However, many people experiencing extreme pain opt for hip replacement in order to lead a more comfortable and physically functional life. Ironically, a large portion of the people that received DePuy ASR hip implants suffer from arthritic pain post-op. This pain is caused by the faulty design of the hip implant. The DePuy ASR’s ball-and-socket was built with a chromium cobalt alloy which, in many cases, often grinds together, causing the tissue around the implant to swell and stiffen.

People who experience pain after an arthroplasty usually end up paying additional money for pain medication, post-op consultations, and additional surgeries. These costs are expensive and frustrating, and people who are harmed by medical implants can hold the manufacturer liable for the damages that they experience. Victims that have sued DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, have often been successful in collecting compensation. The average payout to victims of the DePuy hip implant is $300,000. This amount varies depending on variables of individual cases.

Police Arrest Man om Suspicion of Arson

2013/05/22 | Criminal Law, News | Permalink

Worcester police have arrested a man in connection to a string of dumpster fires in the area.

arsonist caughtPolice have reason to believe their 26-year-old suspect is linked to at least 40 dumpster fires in the city this year, with seven of them being set last Tuesday. He is being charged with arson and willful destruction of property.

An arrest warrant has been issued for their suspect’s alleged accomplice. The two suspects were seen exchanging Facebook messages discussing the fires, with one of them reportedly saying “we made the news” in a post linking to an article about the fires. Rather incriminating, especially since the evidence was found with a search warrant and will therefore be admissible in court.

The man have to wrestle with his mistakes in court as he defends his name against these damaging accusations.

The Rules of Folkstyle Wrestling

2013/05/21 | Wrestling | Permalink

wrestler learning rulesThe sport of wrestling has multiple rule sets. Typically, the set of rules that is used is determined by the age class or sponsoring entity. Almost always, middle schools and high schools use folkstyle rules. These rules are similar to other rule sets with slight simplifications.

In a wrestling match, the object is to score a fall against the opponent. In order to do this, a wrestler must pin the at least part of both of the other wrestler’s shoulders to the mat for a total of two seconds. If a fall is attained, the match ends and the pinning wrestler is victorious.

Matches don’t always end with falls however. A folkstyle wrestling match is made up of up to three two-minute periods. Wrestlers can score points during these periods by performing takedowns, reversals, and near falls, almost pinning the opponent. If the match goes through all three periods without either wrestler scoring a fall, the earned points are calculated and used to determine a winner. If there is a tie at the end of regulation time, the match can move into various overtime periods that go on until one wrestler wins the match.

Wrestling is a complex and demanding sport that pits the strength and wills of two individuals directly against one another. Remember to stay safe and avoid injury when on the mat to maximize the enjoyment you receive from this sport.

A little bit of news on wrestling for this year – apparently the IOC is dropping wrestling from the 2020 Olympic games. Read more about it in this post below:

Determining Overtime Violation for Telecommuters

2013/05/20 | Work Talk | Permalink

Telecommuting or “work-from-home” is becoming more popular as both employers and employees realize the benefits of such an arrangement for certain types of work. However, while the employee is not physically present in the workplace they are still entitled to the laws governing the compensation of non-exempt employees with regards to minimum wage and overtime pay. Failure to follow the rules set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) may render the employer liable for allegations of overtime violation.

The main difficulty for employers is determining how to track the number of hours a home worker is considered “on duty” and is actually performing work for the employer. In most cases, the employer establishes a method for recording the employees work hours. This may be through computer software or telephone tracking systems that record certain employees’ activities, or GPS systems that track employees’ whereabouts.  Home workers may alternately be required to record their own work hours. Home workers need not be on office premises to be considered “at work” under the FLSA exception as long as the “employer knows or has reason to believe that the work is being performed” for the hours to be counted. Therefore, home workers who are not exempt from overtime laws are eligible to be paid time-and-a-half for hours worked in excess of 40 hours a week.

It is important that employers establish procedures and guidelines regarding the work hours and duties of a home worker so that there is no inadvertent overtime violation. As long as the home worker whose hours cannot be determined exactly agrees to a specific compensation weekly in exchange for a prescribed scope of work, the employer cannot be held liable for overtime pay if the home worker works beyond the agreed 40 hours a week. If no such agreement exists, then it is the responsibility of the employer to track and keep records of the number of hours a home worker put in weekly, and to give overtime pay when appropriate.

For regular employees, the time spent in commuting is not compensable by the employer. However, if a home worker is required to go to the office or to other sites after the start of the work day, the travel time to and from the site is considered compensable time.

If you are a home worker and believe that your employer is guilty of overtime violation, then you should consult with a lawyer knowledgeable about the overtime laws in your state. Be sure to provide documentation of the unpaid overtime and a complete description of the work you do and the nature of your relationship with your employer.

Medical Malpractice and “Never Events”

2013/05/16 | Health | Permalink

Levinson Axelrod, P.A.According to the website of the Massachusetts personal injury lawyers of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, a medical mistake is sometimes referred to as a “never event” because it should never happen because it is entirely preventable. But according to research by Johns Hopkins based on the National Practitioner Data Bank’s collection of medical malpractice cases, there were 9,744 “never events” that occurred in surgery in the US over a span of 20 years, the most recent occurring in 2010. Apparently, a lot of surgeons have trouble understanding the concept of never.

Among the most common of these documented medical mistakes include leaving something inside a patient that should have been removed i.e. medical instrument or a sponge (49.8%), doing the wrong surgery (25.1%) and operating on the wrong body part (24.8%). It seems incredible but it is true. The mean of the medical malpractice payments due to surgical error in those 9,744 cases was $133,055. More than 6% of these victims of surgical error died, while 32.9% are permanently injured.

Grim as these statistics may seem, researchers believe that only a small percentage (12%) of medical mistakes are reported or resulted in compensation. It is estimated that more than 4,000 of these types of medical mistakes actually occur every year in the US. In many cases, foreign objects such as sponges left behind inside a patient are never discovered unless complications develop i.e. infection.  Moreover, hospitals make it a point when a medical mistake is the subject of a claim that the individual doctor is not named, to avoid inclusion in the practitioner database.

If you or someone you know is a victim of a medical mistake, take the necessary steps to ensure that it is reported and the people responsible be held accountable for it. The consequences can be devastating for the patient and the patient’s family, and every effort should be made to make medical mistakes truly “never events.”

Car Crashes and the Government

2013/05/11 | Auto Accidents | Permalink

When we speak of a car crash, the first thing that comes to mind is some sort of collision with another vehicle. But statistics show that a surprising number of car accidents involve a single car swerving off the road and falling into a ditch, or the driver falling asleep at the wheel and hitting a tree or guard rail. In some cases, the car crash is the government’s fault.

Imagine making your merry way down the city streets of Newark and your wheel suddenly plunges into a large pothole deep enough to make your car crash to a sudden halt. No warning signs, no shout outs, just a big old plain hole in the middle of the road. You hit your head on the windshield hard enough to knock you unconscious for more than an hour. Aside from concussion, you have whiplash and a broken arm that puts you out of commission for more than two weeks. Even after you are discharged, you still get double vision on occasion, making it hard to work.

Can you sue the city government for your medical and other expenses, loss of income and damages?

It depends. You will need to prove that there was negligence on the part of the city, such as being aware of the pothole and failing to provide adequate warning for motorists and the general public about it.  In general, it is easy enough to prove negligence since a pothole did not just suddenly materialize out of the blue. In all probability the local road maintenance agency knew about it and did not do anything about.

Yet, it must be noted that it is not at all easy to sue the government, even on the local level. If you feel that you should be compensated for the injuries you sustained in the car crash, consult with a lawyer experienced in grappling with public officials about road defects.

Common Wrestling Injuries

2013/05/08 | Wrestling | Permalink

Due to the physical and combative nature of wrestling, many people suffer injuries while participating in the sport. There is a wide range of ways a wrestler can become injured on the mat and it is the responsibility of each coach and athlete to do everything in their power to fight the bad habits and breaches of discipline that commonly lead to serious injuries.

The most common injuries sustained by wrestlers are scrapes, bruises, and cuts, but more serious injuries such as concussions, and torn ligaments are entirely possible and occur frequently. Wrestlers also commonly grapple with bursitis, skin infections, and cauliflower ear. Wrestling is second only to football in the percentage of participants who suffer injuries.

There are many ways to prevent wrestling injuries. Wearing protective gear such as helmets, mouthguards, and joint padding can go a long way towards preventing many of the most common injuries. Additionally, being trained in what is within the rules, which holds and maneuvers are illegal, and the proper ways to take a fall are vital to keeping wrestlers from ignorantly injuring one another during competition.

It’s important to understand how wrestling injuries arise and how to prevent them. While wrestling is a fiercely competitive and aggressive sport, competitors should never forget that there is a serious risk of injury in what they do and make an effort to not hurt their opponents too much.

Truck on the Skid: An 18-wheeler Accident Waiting to Happen

2013/05/01 | Auto Accidents | Permalink

Big rig trucks, also referred to as 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers, are the monsters of the road not only for their size but their potential for deadly accidents. Because they usually travel at high speeds for their size and weight on the highway, the chances of something going wrong even in the best of conditions is high. Consider what will happen if an 80,000-lb metal block on wheels traveling at interstate speeds has to suddenly stop for any reason. The momentum alone will almost surely mean an 18-wheeler accident; add in poor road conditions, a wheel blow out, or simply driver fatigue and you will read about it in the paper, and not in good way.

The preponderance of 18-wheelers on US highways is a symptom of the rapid expansion of interstate commerce. Stiff competition among trucking companies to deliver more goods faster contributes to the already stressful conditions under which truck drivers operate. Trucking companies may also cut corners to keep their overhead high, which usually means less than immaculate conditioning and maintenance of their big rigs, and contravening the laws mandating maximum work hours of drivers.

In a survey of big rig truck drivers, a fifth of those interviewed state that they fall asleep at the wheel about once every three months. Wheel blowouts also frequently occur, sending the 18-wheeler into a fishtail or a sideways slide.  In poor weather, 18-wheelers can skid on an icy or wet road and go into what is a called a jackknife. This entails the trailer skidding to form a right angle with the tractor or truck head. Another quaint term pertaining to an 18-wheeler accident is an under ride accident, which is when a smaller car collides with a big rig and plows right under the truck bed, potentially decapitating all passengers in the car.

On a busy highway, any of the above 18-wheeler accident types can mean a massive pile-up where many can sustain both slight and serious injuries, if not death. Even when traffic is light, it is the unfortunate person who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Because 18-wheeler truck accidents often mean permanent injuries if not death, it is important to file a personal injury case against the driver or carrier or both, depending on the circumstances. Typically, the statute of limitations for these types of personal injuries is 2 years. If you or someone you know sustained an injury due to an 18-wheeler accident, be sure to consult with a lawyer who is knowledgeable in such cases.