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Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Medical Danger | 0 comments

Tardive Dyskinesia after using Reglan

Many prescription medications have been the subjects of lawsuits because of their adverse and often irreversible effect on patients. One of many prescription medications facing many lawsuits from their consumers is the prescription drug Reglan. Reglan, with the generic name metoclopramide, is a prescription medication primarily used to help with nausea and vomiting. Over the years, Reglan has been prescribed to control GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), heartburn and decreased appetite in both children and adults alike. Although there have been positive results from taking the medication, there has also been adverse side effects, one of which is tardive dyskinesia or TD.

Tardive dyskinesia is a severe and often permanent disorder that results in involuntary and repetitive body movements that begin slowly. Children or infants who have taken Reglan tend to have higher risks of developing tardive dyskinesia. Although approved by the FDA, they are only recommended to be taken as short-term treatment and when other methods were not effective. Reglan should only be taken between 4 to 12 weeks, but apparently many consumers have taken them longer than prescribed.

Studies have determined that as many as 1 in every 4 patients have very high risk of developing symptoms of tardive dyskinesia after taking Reglan for more than a year. And because Reglan can make it is often difficult to diagnose tardive dyskinesia since it conceals the symptoms, consumers tend to develop and display advance state of this condition. Presently, there is no cure for tardive dyskinesia, which makes it even more painful and hard to cope with.

Some of those who have developed this condition have already sought the help of a lawyer to help in fling a defective pharmaceutical lawsuit and seek compensation. Although there have been risks that come with taking Reglan and metoclopramide in general, nothing in the label have explained the dangers clearly. Because of this negligence, the manufacturer can be held liable, as with the case to those who have taken NuvaRing, a birth control pill that have caused serious blood clots and stroke in women. Just as what a NuvaRing lawyer would advice, consulting with lawyers who understand how medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits work would play a huge part in ensuring that compensation will be given and that those who are responsible for the injury are made accountable for their actions.

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Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Adventures | 0 comments

Injuries from Cruise Ship Excursions

Cruise ships nowadays not only offer vacations in a boat, but they also offer on-shore excursions on the places that they pass by. The various activities that these on-shore excursions can both be enjoyable and fun, but they can also be risky and lead to injuries. The physical nature of these on-shore activities is what makes these on-shore activities dangerous: improper or poor instructions and faulty equipment can lead to accidents. In a cruise ship excursion, it is a common thing to hear about passengers getting scraped knees, bruises, and other minor injuries. There are instances, however, where major accidents that cause serious injuries can occur. When this happens, it is important to know who can be held responsible in order to determine who will pay for the compensation claim.

When it comes to cruise ship on-shore accidents, there may be multiple defendants in a personal injury claim, since more than one company or persons can be held liable for the accident. It is generally understood that the cruise line is responsible for the actions (or inactions) of their agents and employees. For on-shore excursion accidents, the cruise line may share responsibility of the accidents of their passengers, since it is understood that these on-shore activities are believed to be safe. Most cruise lines deny their responsibility with on-shore excursion accidents, which is why it is important for victims to consult with cruise ship injury lawyers to determine and establish a strong case.

Many cruise ships offer on-shore activities but tend to shy away from liability should an accident occur by having these excursion activities have independent contractors. Yet the cruise line still have the authority and responsibility of ensuring that who they hire are competent, and failing to do this and to guarantee the safety of their passengers, then they can still be held liable for the injuries that these on-shore excursion accidents cause. Law states that cruise lines have the duty of informing and warning their passengers of any type of dangers, even on shore. Should they neglect this duty, they can be accountable, thus the importance of consulting and hiring cruise ship accident lawyers to help investigate and determine the compensation claim.

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Disability | 0 comments

Benefits for those Hurt at Work

Many workers have been injured while working can benefit from both worker’s compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance, provided that the injury is qualified as a disability by the Social Security Administration. Both benefits are available for injured workers because they are separate programs. If you have been injured at work and would like to see if you qualify for both benefits, it is important that you consult with either a Social Security lawyer or a worker’s compensation lawyer to guide and inform you of your options and possibilities.

Worker’s compensation is a state- based benefit program, therefore it may depend this can differ from state to state. This means that if you are living in the state of Iowa, it may be best to talk with a Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyer to help explain how you may be eligible for both benefits. Generally, worker’s compensation is a temporary compensation benefit and is given as a form of continuing income while the injury heals. Already receiving worker’s compensation after an accident will not affect any eligibility you may have when applying for a disability claim with SSA.

According to the website of the Hankey Law Office P.C., the thing that differentiates worker’s compensation benefits from Social Security disability are the requirements to be considered “disabled.” For worker’s compensation, being considered or classified as “disabled” means that the injury you have prevents you from capably performing a job or task. On the other hand, SSA defines “disabled” as an injury preventing you from not only performing your former tasks or job, but also any other meaningful work in any field you may be reasonably trained for. This injury should be disabling that could last for over a year or lead to death. This, and many other differences, can make applying for Social Security disability insurance difficult. It may help if you consult with a Social Security lawyer to see if you do qualify and how you can properly proceed with your application.

It may seem advantageous to apply for both benefits when you believe that your injuries can qualify you for them and if they are available. However, it is vital that you talk with a lawyer first, preferably someone who understands the state laws regarding worker’s compensation and how Social Security Disability Insurance works. This will not only ensure that you determine whether you qualify for both benefits or not, but also how both of your claims may be approved. Additionally, a lawyer’s knowledge will reduce the chances that your application will be denied. 

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