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Risk of consumer injury sparks blood pressure medicine recall

When Ohioans are diagnosed with a medical issue that requires medication to control, there is an inherent trust that the medical professional providing the prescription will understand its risks. Similarly, there is trust that the manufacturer of the medication will take the time and care to ensure that the drug is safe. Unfortunately, there are instances where people are placed in jeopardy because of issues with the medication. This can cause health implications, consumer injury, worsened medical condition, medical expenses and death if it is not caught in time. Understanding how to respond when this occurs is important and it could be necessary to consider a legal filing for compensation.

A recall of a medication was made by the Food and Drug Administration. An impurity was discovered in the medication and this sparked the need to recall it. People who are suffering from heart failure and have high blood pressure are prescribed this medication. 80 lots were part of the recall. The impurity has been labeled a likely human carcinogen. People who are using the medications that have this impurity are advised to keep taking it despite the recall due to the danger of health issues if the medication is stopped immediately and no alternative is provided. Those who have this drug are advised to call their physician or pharmacist as to what steps they should take.

Latest statistics show many truck drivers die in truck accidents

When Ohioans hear the words "truck accident," they will reflexively think about people who are in conventional vehicles getting into a crash with a large semi and suffering serious injuries and death. While this does happen throughout the state, truckers are also at risk for suffering the consequences of a crash. When this happens as they are going about their business and doing their job, it is important that their families who are left behind understand the risk and take the necessary steps to file a claim for compensation.

Statistically, truckers are in jeopardy of a fatal crash when they are out on the road. The latest information from the U.S. Department of Labor says that truckers experienced an increase in fatalities of 6.6 percent. There were 786 deaths in this industry in 2016. For 2017, the number of deaths for people who worked in the category of driver/sales workers and truck drivers rose to 987. This should give pause to people who are driving trucks for a living and concern their families.

Sepsis is a very real danger after medical procedures

Any time you undergo a medical procedure you run the risk of contracting an infection. If you don't receive the appropriate post-operative care, it could happen to you. An infection may start out as an inconvenience, but it could turn into a life-threatening situation.

If the medical staff responsible for your care fail to properly monitor you for infection, your immune system could turn on you and attack your body. When that happens, you may end up suffering from sepsis. The longer this condition exists, the worse it gets. A severe case of sepsis could involve organ failure, and death is a real possibility if the condition gets bad enough.

Asbestos-related illness from talcum powder spurs scathing report

Asbestos is a substance that was once used regularly for a variety of products and in numerous areas. As time passed, it became clear that it led to people being at risk for illnesses and conditions that could be deadly. When it is discovered that companies are still putting asbestos in their products and the public is unaware of it, people who use these products are placed at risk of mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung problems and more. In some cases, the companies in question are accused of hiding the presence of asbestos in their products. When this has happened, those in Ohio who believe they might have been subjected to a negative impact because of it should understand their rights to a legal filing for compensation over asbestos-related illness.

A new report says that Johnson & Johnson was aware of asbestos being present it is baby powder. It is alleged that the company did not tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that there were three tests conducted in the early-to-mid 1970s that showed asbestos was present. One stated that it had levels that were deemed "rather high." This information was related in the company's internal documents. Johnson & Johnson is disputing the report.

Truck accident kills roadside construction worker in Ohio

In Ohio, large trucks are a constant on the roads. Simultaneously, it is necessary for workers to perform various maintenance and repair work on roads to ensure those roads are safe. The combination of these two factors can lead to injury and death when there is a semi-truck crash involving a roadside worker. While most truckers respect workers and their safety, some truckers will speed through construction zones and put workers at risk.

A 24-year-old construction worker was killed when she was hit by a truck. The female worker was on the side of the road doing guardrail maintenance at around 9 a.m. According to the law enforcement investigation, a 2004 Kenworth truck was hauling its trailer with food items. The driver is believed to have run over orange cones indicating there was road work ahead. It then hit the woman. When emergency personnel arrived, she was declared dead at the site of the crash. The driver did not stop. The trailer was found in a warehouse and authorities have identified the driver. The investigation is continuing.

Concern over consumer injury from insulin pumps grows

When a resident of Solon or anyone throughout Ohio has a medical issue that requires a medical device to help them, there is a belief that the device will function properly. Otherwise doctors would not recommend it and people would not use it. However, there are always dangers when using a manufactured device for health purposes and some can cause illness and injury. They might even lead to death. People who were injured, became ill and even died deserve justice. Having legal advice from a law firm that is experienced in defective medical devices and consumer protection is key to these situations.

An investigation into insulin pumps has shown that people are frequently being injured when using them. Designed to treat people suffering from diabetes, these devices are meant to regulate the person's insulin levels. One person, a 9-year-old girl, received a pump to treat her Type-1 diabetes in September 2012. Unfortunately, she wound up needing to be hospitalized four times in the next seven months because her blood sugar was high. The doctor asserted that it was due to user error and the pump was not the issue. Research has shown that with medical devices, none were more prone to issues than insulin pumps.

The link between winter weather and motor vehicle accidents

Winter has arrived here in Ohio, and you probably spent some time pulling out winter clothing, including coats, hats and gloves. You may have tested your heating system to make sure it would work and cleaned out your fireplace, if you have one.

Did you also prepare your vehicle for winter driving? Have you reviewed in your mind how to adjust your driving for inclement weather conditions? If not, now would be the time to do it. Approximately one out of every four weather-related accidents occurs on snow, ice or slush covered roads.

Defective medical devices spark FDA policy changes for approval

Ohioans who need treatment for medical ailments and conditions will sometimes require the assistance of a medical device. These devices are created and used to improve the person's condition. While many achieve that goal, there is always a chance for there to be defective medical devices that do not do what they are meant to do or even have negative health implications. The Food and Drug Administration is tasked with consumer protection in these areas. Companies have a system in which they will prepare their products to go to market. Given the number of problems with these devices, that system is set for revamping.

The FDA stated that the changes to the system are due to a failure on the part of manufacturers to detect dangers and the dangers have led to patients being injured. The foundation of the changes will be in clinical testing rather than how similar the devices are to previously used devices that were approved and effective. Since the FDA had used expedited processes in its review of newly created products, defective medical devices might have gotten approved with lingering dangers.

Broken water pipe sparks concern about asbestos-related illness

In Ohio and across the nation, there are buildings that were constructed long ago. Current environmental requirements and regulations for building materials were not in place at the time they were built and that can lead to substances, such as asbestos being present. People who live or work in a location where there is asbestos present cannot help but have it in the back of their minds that asbestos-related illness is a possibility. For those who are ill or exhibit symptoms, they might have the right to file a case for compensation due to unwitting asbestos exposure.

An Arkansas courthouse was closed, and the offices needed to relocate as there is a chance of asbestos exposure due to a broken water pipe. The pipe broke in the vanity of the restroom on the third floor of the courthouse. A plumber was called to repair the issue.

A harmless, off-time diversion could lead to truck driver fatigue

When there is a truck accident in Ohio or anywhere in the country, there are a seemingly endless number of reasons for which it could have occurred. Distracted truckers, truckers under the influence, truck driver fatigue, speeding, recklessness and much more are oft-mentioned causes of these crashes. It is not inaccurate to say that these are frequently accurate explanations. However, there are other generally innocent behaviors that could impact truck driver safety. Research is showing that truck drivers could become more dangerous after watching Monday Night Football.

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