The Effects of Suffering a Serious Accident

The Effects of Suffering a Serious Accident

Feb 21

There are many consequences to a serious accident. The first thing that comes to mind is physical pain. It could be a busted leg, head trauma, burns, bruises, or damaged organs. It is very hard to think around that until medical attention is rendered. In the meantime, the spouse, family members, and friends will be stressed, worried, and traumatized until the accident victim has been stabilized.

As the victim starts the road to recovery, the next thing that becomes a primary concern is the costs involved. Aside from the hospital bill and medical expenses, a serious accident usually means loss of days, if not months or years of work that the average American can seldom afford.

The physical stress and financial worries can slowly overtake the relief of being alive, and this can eventually add tension to a marriage or other personal relationship. This is further aggravated if a spouse has to take time off to care for the injured individual. This may mean additional loss of income if it is a two-income family, which is not covered under workers’ compensation insurance of the caregiver spouse.

There are also significant effects on the victim’s life if the injuries lead to permanent disability. Even if one develops adequate coping skills to at least have a relatively normal life, it may bar the accident victim from going back to the same type of work. This can lead to a lot of anger, frustration, depression, perhaps even suicide. Certainly, a serious accident of this magnitude would be a life-changing event.

If it turns out that the accident was caused by negligence such as a drunk driver or defective equipment, this may just be the last straw to break the camel’s back. This is the reason why it is important to hold the responsible party legally accountable. Suing for compensation does not just serve a practical purpose; it is punitive. It sends the message that such conduct is wrong, and will not be tolerated. With the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer, that message should come out loud and clear.

Pros and Cons of Dangerous Pharmaceuticals

Pros and Cons of Dangerous Pharmaceuticals

Feb 11

Most drugs are typically a delicate balance of benefits and risks. They are efficacious in treating the condition they are designed for, and at the same time because they are so powerful, they often have side-effects, some serious enough to be life-threatening. In many instances, the comparative benefit of the drug barely outweighs the potential injury to the patient while in some cases the risks are just too great. And then there are those drugs that are most dangerous when because used for unapproved conditions. NuvaRing and Risperdal are examples of these last two types of dangerous pharmaceuticals.

NuvaRing is a slow-release contraceptive device made of flexible ethylene-vinyl acetate polymer that contains ethinyl estradiol and etonogesrel. It is designed to physically inhibit sperm from penetrating and chemically suppress ovulation. NuvaRing is manufactured Merck and Co.

Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug manufactured and marketed by Johnson & Johnson division Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism in both adults and children.

Both Merck and Janssen are facing numerous product liability lawsuits because the manufacturers were found to have been negligent, although for different reasons. NuvaRing plaintiffs allege that Merck failed to carry out adequate clinical trials for the product, which was later found to encourage dangerous levels of blood clotting in its users. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, a law firm based in Texas, this oversight caused grave injury to many women. The rationale behind every Risperdal lawsuit was that Janssen used misleading marketing strategies that encouraged the off-label use of the antipsychotic drug. These include cases involving the treatment of the elderly with dementia and conduct disorders.

Both products are effective in doing what they are supposed to do. However, because of the negligence of their manufacturers, they have caused preventable harm. If you have suffered an injury because dangerous pharmaceuticals, you may have an actionable case. Consult with a personal injury lawyer to find out more about the drug which caused you harm.