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What should I know about asbestosis?

Since such a great number of Ohioans worked in jobs where asbestos might have been present before it was widely reported as dangerous and a cause of asbestos-related illness, there is great fear for these people and their families. Understanding what asbestos-related illness can arise from exposure to asbestos is important. Knowing what the risk factors are, who is vulnerable, and what the complications are is key. One disease that is prevalent after exposure to asbestos is asbestosis.

Asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis if a person is exposed to the substance for long enough. It can lead to scarred lung tissue and leave the sufferer short of breath and be a precursor to lung cancer and other health problems. The symptoms as it manifests can range in severity and they often do not begin to show themselves until long after the victim has been exposed. Because asbestos was used for so many different functions and many buildings, products and areas used it, there can be a range of different people exposed to its dangers. In some instances, employers and owners tacitly chose not to inform others of the presence of asbestos.

Truck and other transport accident statistics show rise in deaths

People in Ohio will be accustomed to seeing trucks on the road year-round. These and other vehicles that are used to transport people and goods are expected to be safe and get to their appointed destinations without incident. However, it is unfortunate that road accidents are a part of life whether it is a truck accident, a car accident, a railroad accident or even an aviation and boat accident. People who are injured and lose a loved one in any kind of accident should know about the various statistics of these incidents as it can be an important part of a legal filing seeking compensation.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) states that there was an increase of more than 2,000 fatalities on the nation's roads in 2016 when compared to 2015. Highway fatalities came to more than 95 percent of them overall. In total, there were more than 39,000 fatalities. This is important to people who are driving trucks and those who encounter trucks on the roadways as these vehicles are large, travel at high speed and have drivers who are on the road for extended periods making it possible that other factors will arise leading to a trucking accident.

The importance of legal assistance after an Ohio truck accident

Trucks are a familiar sight on the roads in Ohio and they perform an invaluable service. These vehicles transport goods across the country and provide jobs. Their presence is particularly notable during the holiday season when more items are sent and received. For all the benefits that come from these large vehicles, there are also inherent dangers associated with them. A truck accident, especially when it involves a conventionally sized vehicle, can lead to massive medical expenses, lost time at work for the victim, and even death. Often, a legal filing is the only alternative to be compensated after a truck crash.

There are many ways in which a truck accident can happen and the reason might be a key factor in getting compensation after an accident. The trucker might have been operating the vehicle under the influence, there could have been truck driver fatigue, a violation of the trucking log rules could have taken place, or the vehicle might have been operated recklessly. Given the size of these vehicles, a crash can cause long-lasting damage to others involved in an accident with one.

Woman confronted with misdiagnosis still has medical bills

If an Ohio resident has a medical issue and goes for treatment, the expectation is that the medical professionals will assess the situation, conduct tests, come to an accurate diagnosis, and begin treatment. However, if there are mistakes, that can lead to the person not getting the proper treatment or getting treatment that was not necessary. Both can be viewed as forms of medical malpractice. A legal filing can be initiated if there was a mistake.

A woman who had been told she was suffering from ovarian cancer was treated with more than four months of chemotherapy. She had significant changes to her appearance including a loss of hair and discoloration of her fingernails. However, when the doctors conducted tests to see if the treatment was effective on her tumor, they found that she did not have ovarian cancer, but gastrointestinal cancer, also referred to as GIST. This type of cancer is treatable with a prescription. The woman will need to take the pill for three years to treat the disease. While this is an overall positive, there is still the reality that the doctors made a mistake in her diagnosis and treatment. Compounding the issue is that she is still receiving bills for the treatments that she did not need. A portion was written off, but she still owes for the treatment. She is hoping the bills will be written off completely because of the mistakes.

EpiPen Failures Linked To Seven Deaths

EpiPens are a staple in school nurse rooms, the purses and pockets of concerned parents, and anywhere where those who have life-threatening allergies can access them. Even though the drug, an injectable form of hormone epinephrine (adrenaline), has long been used to treat severe—and even deadly—allergic reactions, the company behind it has come under fire recently, as the device has reportedly failed to deploy appropriately.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration received some 228 reports of failures surrounding the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. devices in the first nine and a half months of this year, according to a recent article by Bloomberg, alleging seven deaths and 35 hospitalizations. 

Understanding mesothelioma and how it impacts workers

As previous posts discussed, lung disease could be related to the workplace environment. This is an unexpected circumstance, causing many Ohio workers to suffer a serious health condition. In some cases, it is not apparent that an employee is faced with a dangerous work condition. Even if a certain industry, such as mining, is known for the possible risk of inhaling dangerous particles, the aftermath of this situation tends to take several years or even decades. Thus, even when specialized safety equipment is used, a worker could unexpectedly suffer a lung disease due to their interaction with asbestos or other harmful particles.

Mesothelioma is a well-known lung disease; however, many may not fully understand what it is, what causes it, how it impacts those suffering from it and what treatments are available. Asbestos is the primary cause of malignant mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer that affects around 3,000 people each year in the U.S.

Take action after a diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness

We have all heard of asbestos. While it has been used in construction, manufacturing, shipbuilding and mining for it heat and fire resistant properties, it is also known for the health risks that is poses. Exposure to asbestos in the workplace, community and in homes could have grave results. Asbestos-related illnesses could be cancerous, causing a victim to endure much pain and suffering.

When an asbestos-related illness occurs in the workplace, this could cause employees to question the liability of the employer. At the Goldberg Law Firm Co., LPA, our experienced attorneys understand how the negligence of an employer could result in a harmful and potentially dangerous exposure of asbestos. Thus, we are dedicated to helping individuals in Ohio take action after developing an asbestos-related disease from the workplace.

How can doctors' misimpressions result in misdiagnoses?

The diagnosis process begins as soon as a patient steps in the door of the emergency room or clinic. From their very first interaction, medical professionals are taking note of this interaction, detailing their impressions and suspicions. While this is human nature to be swayed by social interactions, this could lead to deadly mistakes when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of a patient in Ohio and elsewhere.

How can doctors' misimpressions result in dangerous misdiagnoses? With regards to individuals appearing drunk or under the influence of drugs, the reality is that even the most trained medical professionals cannot discern this with their naked eye. An alcoholic might appear sober even though their BAC is high, and an individual with a head trauma or diabetic ketoacidosis can appear drunk when they are completely sober.

Protecting our vulnerable elderly

Guardianships were established in part to protect the vulnerable elderly as they reach an age where they are no longer able to make sound decisions on their own. In a similar vein, nursing homes exist to provide that care and attention to those same elderly people who-whether by circumstance or desire-are seeking to live out their remaining years with dignity and peace of mind.

Now, a recent New Yorker article paints a disturbing picture of a widespread situation in which both institutions failed helpless senior citizens in order to seize their assets and homes while depriving them of their legal agency-all under the guise of legality.

Holding a negligent property owner accountable for injuries

When you enter the property of another, you are under the impression that the property is safe. In other words, it is very reasonable to expect that you are free from harm upon entry. Unfortunately, hidden dangers can exist as well as negligent property owners. This can make it difficult to spot dangerous conditions on a private, public or government property.

Thus, when you suffer an injury because of a slippery surface, damaged flooring, broken stairs or railings or any other hazardous condition, it can be a shocking event. It is not only unexpected, but if it occurred in public, it is also likely to be an embarrassing event. Emotions and mental impression aside, the reality is that when an individual is harmed because of a fall on the property of another, he or she is likely to suffer serious injuries.

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