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Inserra & Kelley handles injured railroad workers\' claims (FELA designated counsel), automobile negligence (injured in an auto accident which is not your fault), motorcycle accidents (designated counsel for Harley Owners Group) and other personal injury such as workers\' compensation, slip and fall, crossing accidents, and other negligence actions.

10/16/2014
Author: Shelly White

These days it is so common to hear about PTSD, in relation to veterans, that one might think that it is really only a big concern for veterans. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is actually what its name implies, a disorder occurring after trauma and that can include a variety of traumas, such as combat, bullying, disasters, terrorism, abuse, and often car accidents. Dr. Daniel G. Amen of the Amen Clinics states that the traumatic event can be experienced, witnessed in person, something that happens to someone close to you, or simply come from being exposed to graphic details over and over. Dr. Amen states that 1 in 30 people have PTSD, so does the experiencing of a traumatic manner in one of the above ways guarantee one will suffer PTSD? The answer to that is not always, but stressing that PTSD can occur right after trauma or not show up until several months later, even after a different trauma is experienced. In the best case scenario for those with PTSD symptoms, the brain eventually settles down and the symptoms diminish with time.

So what are the symptoms to look for in PTSD? Sufferers may experience flashbacks, nightmares, inability to recollect aspects of the traumatic event, inability to stop thinking about the traumatic event, significant anxiety, anger/irritability issues, depression symptoms, sleep problems, desires to isolate, and/or the desire to disassociate with anything or anyone that would remind one of a traumatic event. With modern medical technology doctors are now able to see PTSD on brain SPECT scans, which is very helpful in alleviating the stigma many individuals feel in regards to letting others know their PTSD symptoms. The SPECT scans literally spot areas of over activity in the brain (i.e. diamond plus pattern), alerting medical professionals to the possibility of the brain being in a constant state of over stimulation that ups anxiety, anger, irritability, sleep problems, and other PTSD symptoms. Not only does the patient feel fewer stigmas, but his or her family can better understand and treatments can be geared to individual brains.

Brain specialists can help those with PTSD, as can others in the fields of medicine and psychology. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been found to be a promising treatment for PTSD, as well as a treatment done by Anesthesiologists, called a stellate ganglion block (SGB). SGB is a nerve block used for years to alleviate pain symptoms and sleep problems. It involves injecting a small amount of local anesthesia into the base of the neck and has been found to be a viable long-term treatment for PTSD. It has been tested in veterans with PTSD and the alleviation of PTSD symptoms has lasted from three to six months in 75 percent of participant patients. The study on this treatment is proving the measure is effective, but researchers at the University of California-Irvine continue to look into who would best be served by the treatment.

Personal injury law firms are no strangers to clients exhibiting PTSD symptoms after traumatic events, such as motor vehicle accidents and other injury accidents. It is unfortunate that often times PTSD is not taken seriously enough by injured parties, medical providers, insurance companies, and even representing attorneys. It is very important that the victim of an injury accident not be afraid to give detailed symptom descriptions to their medical providers. PTSD is a serious condition that can have lifelong implications, and while there is no known cure for the disorder, it can be diagnosed and treated to bring some relief to the sufferer. Left untreated the condition could lead to significant to life threatening consequences to the individual with PTSD, as well as those that individual may come in contact with.

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10/7/2014
Author: Shelly White

Just about the time one thinks there are no threats of E. coli sicknesses, the news explodes with new cases and sources. In September, 2014 news has come out regarding E. coli cases on the Pacific Northwest in Oregon and Washington (Pacific Northwest Children) and the south in Kentucky (Five Kentucky Children) Two of the children in the Pacific Northwest, and five children in Kentucky all are suffering from kidney disease that is usually caused by E. coli, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This disease can cause kidney failure and the need for dialysis and can occur after two days to two weeks of E. coli infection.

E. coli is bacteria found in water or food, with the ability to transfer via drinking unpasteurized milk or eating undercooked meat. Raw sprouts and produce have also been culprits. It can be passed along through person to person (i.e. hand) contact when hands are not washed after using the bathroom or changing a diaper. It caused an infection that can be fatal, especially in children or the older population. It often takes much time to track down the source of a new outbreak of E. coli concentrated to specific areas of the country. For instance, in Oregon it was first thought that three of the stricken children had all eaten at the same restaurant, something that strikes fear in any restaurant owner, but that restaurant was ruled out and it was released that the children all attended the same birthday party at a park, played in the same pond, were around a goat and other animals, and all ate watermelon and cupcakes purchased at the same store. Even when the goat droppings in common tested positively for E. coli, investigators were still unable to pinpoint whether it was the same strain the children suffered.

With the variety of possible sources of E. coli the average person might be wondering what to look for in regards to the infection’s symptoms in order to err on the side of safety. First, know that children, especially those younger than 5, are the most likely to be infected and display symptoms. Elderly people, when stricken by such an infection, can also suffer severe repercussions from E. coli. The biggest symptom is diarrhea, which can go from watery to bloody. Fever is another symptom, although less prevalent. The signs that an individual has developed the kidney disease of HUS include fatigue, less urination, slow or dulled responsiveness, limb swelling, or unusual bruising. When in full effect, HUS can cause symptoms of seizures, altered mental status, confusion, severe fatigue, dehydration, and neurological issues (Signs and Symptoms). It is imperative that when an individual suspects E. coli infection, an E. coli test is specifically requested when presenting to a medical provider, as many providers will not order one even when a patient is experiencing extremely serious diarrhea symptoms. Such tests require a stool sample from the patient that is sent to a laboratory to test for a poison produced by harmful E. coli strains, shiga toxin, and it is also recommended that labs do the additional culture test to check for E. coli bacteria.

There could be some help on the horizon for those suffering from E. coli infections. Harvard University is working on a device that would work just like the human spleen to fight deadly pathogens, including E. coli, but also including Ebola and others. This device is called the biospleen and can filter infected blood by utilizing magnetic nanobeads coated with human protein that has been specifically genetically engineered to fight pathogens. The patient gets cleansed blood from the device and could be an important turn of events in the fight against pathogens, such as E. coli, that fight the person’s natural immune system. A timeline has not been given for its possible use, but experimental studies with rats have seen success, with 89% of rats treated with the device surviving.
If you suspect an E. coli infection, do not hesitate to present to your medical provider and be very assertive in requesting E. coli tests. You may also need to consult with a well-respected law firm to find out what compensation may be due as a result of an E. coli infection and its effects.

 

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09/29/2014

 

If you have not seen a commercial on television for transvaginal mesh claims, it could be argued you have been living in a cave somewhere, as the medical complications from the use of transvaginal mesh are extremely serious and on the rise. Transvaginal mesh has been used for over a decade to treat females who have conditions related to sagging internal organs pressing upon the uterus. This condition occurs, mostly in middle-aged or older women who had pregnancies and causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and also Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Transvaginal mesh was never intended to be used as a permanent treatment, but it’s been used frequently due to it only requiring a laparoscopic insertion versus a more invasive surgery.

Transvaginal mesh has caused serious medical complications, including entanglement in the bowels and other organs after it moves, as well as protrusion through the wall of the uterus. It has not only caused serious internal injury to the female who had the insertion, but also to the sexual partner who can often feel the mesh protrusion during intercourse. The material causes extreme pain and can sometimes be corrected with a revision surgery and sometimes cannot be corrected. When a patient is unable to have a revision surgery, lifelong chronic pain can ensue. Even when the mesh has been removed, many patients are experiencing continued pain symptoms surgeons attribute to nerve damage done by the material while it is still inserted.

The FDA has yet to order a recall, but is requiring that the producers of transvaginal mesh products do rigorous testing, normally seen prior to the introduction of a product on the market not as an afterthought.

One only has to speak to the victims of transvaginal mesh side effects, and their partners, to understand this material is medically dangerous, causes severe pain, and is hurtful to a patient’s intimate relationships given the inability to engage in intimacy without pain to both partners (Loss of Consortium). If a medical provider suggests this material be used in your own procedure, get educated and do not be afraid to ask questions. If you are a person already affected by transvaginal mesh complications, do not hesitate to contact a well-respected personal injury law firm experienced and involved in taking the fight to the Courts to compensate the injured and help get these products off the market for permanent use.

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09/24/2014
Author: Shelly White

A surprising story has come out from the Mayo Clinic declaring that sitting all day is as dangerous as smoking. Even more surprising is the fact that being a regular exerciser does not erase the effects of sitting too much. Lots of exercise does not negate the effects of smoking, and neither does it cancel out the effects of sitting. The researcher, Dr. James Levin, found that nine hours of sitting on the job, whether you are obese or thin, fit or unfit, can be a lethal disease trigger. In a world where technology is lending to long commutes and office jobs being king, sitting can lead to early death as much as smoking does.
Studies indicate that health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are a bigger risk to extended sitters due to miniscule calorie burning and the fall of enzymes that help rid your arteries of lipids and triglycerides while upping good cholesterol levels. The human body was created to move during waking hours, and extended sitting brings tight and overstretched muscles. People either have active jobs and become couch potatoes once they are off work or they have inactive jobs and get in a daily sweat session of at least sixty minutes. Neither individual is less at risk than the other. One cannot ride a bike 40 miles or run a 10K and hope that it will not hurt them to sit in the nearest lounge chair or office chair for the remainder of the day. In fact, such a person will be more prone to injury in addition to the disease already discussed.
In the interest of individual and work safety, get up and move often. Since most offices are not going to purchase treadmill work stations, it is in the interest of healthy employees to allow them to get up and move for as little as a couple of minutes at a time. If an individual, on the job and off the job, takes short walk breaks throughout the day, risks go down for disease and injury. This is good for productivity, health, and reducing health costs in our modern world.

 

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