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New discovery in makeup sparks fear of asbestos-related illness

In Ohio and across the nation, concerns about asbestos and the illnesses it can cause are usually centered around it being in buildings and its use in various industries. People who were exposed to it have a justified fear of suffering asbestos-related illness because of it. Another concern is when it is in products and the discovery of that information indicates that customers - including children - could be at risk. When there is fear that a person was exposed to asbestos or is showing symptoms of illnesses like asbestosis or mesothelioma, it is wise to find the source of the exposure and consider a legal filing.

In 2017, asbestos was found in makeup sold by the chain retailer Claire's. The company asserted that it dealt with the problem. Now, however, the Food and Drug Administration found that other products sold by Claire's and Beauty Plus Global have asbestos. The FDA has informed consumers that they should not use these items. The two companies had a voluntary recall for products that were found to have asbestos. This occurred three months after the FDA told consumers to discard other makeup that had asbestos. At first, Claire's disagreed with the FDA, but later removed the products from its shelves.

Your troubles with sepsis may not end after treatment

Whether you contracted an infection that remained undiagnosed after a surgery or some other way, the medical staff you entrusted with your health failed to treat it before it advanced into sepsis, which means that your body's immune system went into hyperdrive and began attacking the rest of your body.

Once you received a diagnosis of sepsis, you required additional and aggressive treatment. Once you received a clean bill of health, you thought the ordeal was over. However, that may not be the end of the story.

Misdiagnosis of one condition for another can cause death

In Ohio and throughout the United States, people who are suffering from a medical issue will seek assistance from a doctor. Getting a diagnosis of what the problem is can be a relief, especially if it is treatable. However, a problem that frequently occurs is when there is a misdiagnosis. Because some conditions have the same symptoms as more serious ones, it is not uncommon for there to be a mistake. If that mistake is one that can cause a worsened medical condition and death, it is important for the person to know they have the right to seek compensation in a medical malpractice legal filing.

In what can be a dangerous circumstance, people who are suffering from heart failure are often misdiagnosed as having asthma. This happened to a New York woman who was having a problem walking as little as one block. She had been given medication for asthma, but later found out that she was suffering from heart failure. Because heart failure causes a diminishing of the amount of blood pumped through the body, it can have severe consequences. Misdiagnosing it can be fatal. This woman, 60, was fortunate that it was caught in time and she received the proper treatment. Others might not be as lucky.

Furniture falling onto road causes multi-vehicle crash in Ohio

Given the number of large trucks on the Ohio roadways, it is important that drivers take the necessary steps to ensure safety. Part of that is securing what they are carrying to make certain it does not come loose and fall on the road. Objects on the road will inevitably cause other vehicles to swerve to try and avoid them. This frequently causes accidents. If there are trucks, their size and the speed at which they travel will drastically reduce their maneuverability. Truck accidents can occur and cause serious injuries and death if this happens. A full investigation is needed to determine the cause and people who were injured must consider a legal filing for compensation.

A multi-vehicle crash left several people injured when patio furniture fell off a truck and landed in the roadway. The furniture had been on the back of a truck when it came loose. A semi-truck behind it swerved to avoid it and crashed into the median. It subsequently flipped over. Fluid began leaking from it. The driver was injured. There were two other vehicles involved in the series of accidents. The people in those vehicles were also hurt. Although their injuries were initially reported as minor, the investigation is ongoing.

Distracted truck driver accidents require legal help for victims

The Ohio roadways are teeming with large trucks that are going to and through the state. These vehicles present numerous dangers to drivers of passenger vehicles who share the road with them. When there is a crash with one of these giant trucks, the passenger vehicle and those inside will undoubtedly get the worst of it with serious injuries and fatalities. After a crash with a truck, those who were affected should remember their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Truckers and truck companies are expected to maintain a standard of safety. That includes adhering to the law for time on the road, making certain the vehicles are maintained properly and avoiding certain risks when behind the wheel. Still, truckers are just like everyone else in the era of the cellphone and being connected 24/7. This can lead to a distracted truck driver with all the accompanying dangers. Although there are many possible risks with a truck, distraction is growing in scope and is worrisome.

Maternal personal injury and death after childbirth preventable

Ohioans who are expecting a child will be anxiously awaiting the baby's arrival. For many, this is the high point in their life as they try to start or expand a family. Although childbirth is common and most come through it with the mother and newborn safe and healthy, there is no denying that it carries with it some risk. Mothers can suffer personal injury and death for a variety of reasons including mistakes and negligence on the part of the staff, medication errors and failure to diagnose. In a worst-case scenario, these can result in a fatal medical error. When a mother suffers an illness or dies after childbirth, it is imperative to know how and why it happened so the person's family can consider a lawsuit for compensation.

Recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that almost 700 women die annually because of complications from pregnancy in the U.S. It also says that more than half of these deaths could have been prevented. The report says that around three of every five deaths were avoidable. These range from an incident during the pregnancy, when the baby was being delivered, or up to one year after childbirth.

Hands-free devices don't always mean distraction-free driving

By now, it should be obvious to everyone in Ohio and across the nation that digital devices can create dangerous distractions for drivers. In an effort to avoid distractions, many drivers are switching to hands-free systems so that they can talk on the phone or accomplish other tasks without taking their hands off the wheel.

Unfortunately, hands-free driving does not necessarily mean distraction-free driving. A hands-free device can even create a false sense of security, causing drivers to take unnecessary risks with other distractions. A new study is showing that being a distracted driver is likely to spark other forms of distraction behind the wheel, increasing the risk.

Recent Verdicts Show Promise for Victims of Roundup Exposure


A unanimous California jury has found Monsanto/Bayer liable for failing to warn that its weed killer, Roundup, could cause cancer. The federal jury awarded the plaintiff, Ed Hardeman, $80 million in the first bellwether trial of this vastly growing litigation, striking a blow to Monsanto and opening the door for thousands of individuals whose lives have been adversely affected by the development of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma as a result of Roundup usage. Specifically, the jury awarded Hardeman $200,967 in economic damages, approximately $5 million in future and past noneconomic damages, and $75 million in punitive damages.

This was a bifurcated trial in which the jury heard a causation phase and a secondary damages phase. The causation phase of the trial ended on March 19 when the jury concluded that Roundup was a substantial factor in causing Hardeman's cancer, sending the dispute into a second phase to determine liability and damages. During the damages phase, the jury heard evidence that between 1980 and 2012, Monsanto was aware of five epidemiological studies, seven animal studies, three oxidative stress studies and 14 genotoxicity studies that linked its Roundup products to cancer. Mr. Hardeman's lawyers argued that despite the studies, Monsanto never warned consumers and refused to conduct its own long-term research.

Monsanto executives were also accused of "ghostwriting" multiple academic articles in the 1990s and 2000s, allegedly in an effort to mislead federal regulators and the public about the safety of Roundup. Mr. Hardeman's attorneys asked the jury to award punitive damages against Monsanto for "manipulating the science" and public opinion for years, pointing out that Bayer bought Monsanto for $63 billion in June, and Monsanto made $210 million from Roundup sales in one year alone.

Consumer injury sparks FDA to act with pelvic mesh and stop sales

When an Ohio resident is advised to receive a certain treatment for a medical issue, there is a significant level of trust that will be placed on the judgment of the medical professionals and the ability on the part of manufacturers to make safe and effective products. When medical devices are not formulated properly or there are dangers when using them, regulators will likely act to prevent people from being injured. Unfortunately, this still leaves people who have had these devices used on them at risk. For them, filing a lawsuit is often required to be compensated.

The Food and Drug Administration has put a stop to the sale of surgical mesh that is used for pelvic issues in women. This comes after many people reported complications and suffering injuries due to the implants. There are two companies that continue to make these devices and they were told to halt its sale immediately. They did not show that it was safe to be used for the long term. Other companies had stopped making the mesh prior to the FDA order.

Asbestos risks you'll want to be aware of in Ohio

Is your Ohio workplace, school or home a health hazard? You probably aren't sure how to answer that because some potentially dangerous health issues remain unseen. Thousands of people have suffered serious illnesses after being exposed to asbestos. Many of them had no idea they had been exposed, although in some cases, their employers knew but failed to keep them safe.

Asbestos is microscopic. It can get into the air. If you ingest or inhale it, it can lodge in your lungs and cause mesothelioma, asbestosis or other illness. There are no known cures for mesothelioma or asbestosis. While there's no safe amount of asbestos exposure, there are definitely situations that increase the level of danger. Understanding what makes asbestos so dangerous can perhaps help you avoid injury. If you're dealing with an asbestos problem that involves employer negligence, you may also want to learn about asbestos litigation.

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