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Degrees of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can occur in a variety of ways, from incidents at home to more serious explosions in the workplace. Common ways an individual could receive a burn would be through scalding hot liquid, open flame exposure, or excessive sun exposure. Chemical and electrical burns require immediate medical attention.

First-degree burns, or superficial burns, are the least severe type. These usually result in redness and irritation of the skin. There may be minor inflammation and pain, but the injury is confined to the outer most layer of skin. These wounds heal within 3-6 days, usually accompanied by dry or peeling skin. These are the most frequent types of burns.

Second-degree burns are more serious and reach deeper than the epidermis. Blisters and sores often form in addition to the redness and irritation of a first-degree burn. Sometimes the sores will pop and cause the skin to look wet. These types of injuries require bandaging and frequent changing of these bandages to promote proper healing. The healing process can take upwards of three weeks and result in scarring.

Burn injuries generally refer to third-degree burns, the most severe type. These burns infiltrate through the skin and can affect the bloodstream, major organs, and bones. The extensive damage these types of burns cause often lead to there being little to no pain because of the loss of nerve function. Skin can look waxy, white, charred, dark brown, raised, or even leathery. Third-degree burns have a longer recovery time.

Burn injuries can cause severe physical, emotional, and psychological pain. Many burn injuries are work related or due to the negligent activities of another party. If you or a loved one is suffering from a burn injury due to a negligent party, consult an attorney in your state to discuss your legal options.

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Dog Owners Responsibilities on Dog Bites

Personal injury claims regarding dog bites may depend on the state you are living in, and what laws they follow. There are generally two types of laws when it comes to dog bites: the “one bite” and strict liability. When filing a personal injury claim, consult with a lawyer first to determine the extent of the damage and know which laws apply in your state and situation. Failure to do so may only waste time and money on your part.

If you are in Nashville, Tennessee, you may be in luck when you have been a victim of a dog bite. Laws in the state make dog owners liable for injuries or damage that their pets cause, notwithstanding the animals’ past behavior. The law states that anyone who has been bitten by a dog in a place where they have legal right to be can hold the dog owner responsible for the injury caused by their pet. However, the law further specifies that the dog owner shall be held liable if the injury occurred in the property that the dog owner owned or controlled, or if the victim was in the area but was bitten outside the property after being chased by the dog.

There are defenses that the dog owner can use to protect their rights and content their side, therefore it helps to have a lawyer help you make a personal injury claim. Because dog bite statues differ, as there others that specifically apply to dog bites only while others apply to other types of animals, it is vital to understand how the state’s law will work on your case. If you have employed the help of a personal injury lawyer for your dog bite claim, it would be easier to win the case due to the present evidence. Oftentimes, the defendant also prefers to settle the case outside of court.

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Tetrising: Vernacular for Fitting Loads in a Package

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Here at Loads More Stuff, we always appreciate new ways to fit LOADS of stuff into small small space. We’re happy to learn a new word to describe the act of strategically stuffing luggage to capacity.

tetrisIf you’ve ever played one of the myriad incarnations of Russian-made puzzle video game Tetris, you’ll jump on the chance to incorporate this into your vocabulary: Tetrising.In Tetris, your goal is to fit blocks into rows. Each complete row is deleted and points are granted based on the number of rows cleared at once, with the most possible at once being four.

“Tetrising” is a verb used to describe the effort put into fitting many things perfectly into place, much like you would while playing the game. It’s an incredibly apt description of what’s at play when a you’re trying to squeeze every last square inch out of a suitcase.

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Da Vinci’s Safety Record is “Exemplary,” Intuitive Says

“The ‘Apple’ of the medtech sector.” This is how Suraj Kalia, a Northland Capital analyst, described Intuitive Surgical’s robot, the da Vinci Surgical System. Intuitive believes that the robot is the answer to some of the inadequacies of open surgery, such as fast recovery and fewer blood losses.

Since its release in the year 2000, sale of the robot, which costs $1.5 million each, has continued to increase, while surgeries where it has been used has already climbed to 450,000 last year. Though doctors, who are seated a few feet away from the patient as they operate the robot through the use of consoles, miss that tactile feel (actual feeling the tissues in their hands during surgery), the enlarged 3-D and clear vision, without the pool of blood, compensates for everything.

Despite the growing concerns about the robot’s safety and the reported adverse events involving it, surgeons, worldwide, agree that, in the hands of well-trained or well-experienced surgeon, the machine is generally safe. Intuitive even stated that the robot’s safety record is unquestionably “exemplary,” considering the millions of yearly surgical procedures where it is used.

Nevertheless, some people have sustained severe injuries at the hands of inexperienced or ill-trained da Vinci operators. If you or someone you know has been hurt because of a robotic surgery mistake, you may be able to hold the responsible party accountable through a lawsuit.

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Slight Improvement on Bayer’s Situation with Yaz and Yasmin Litigation

A German drug manufacturer has been hit hard with thousands of lawsuits for its defective birth control product, but the situation is improving as the number of complaints taper off.

Bayer has been the focus of more than 13,000 lawsuits filed by users of oral contraceptive products Yaz and Yasmin, which contains drospirenone, a synthetic hormone, in combination with ethinyl estradiol. It has also been used “off-label” to prevent acne and some forms of severe premenstrual syndrome.

Numerous studies indicate that drospirenone increases the risk for developing blood clots by as much as 74%, which in turn can induce strokes, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. This was confirmed by a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011. Use of the drug declined sharply when the findings were published even as the number of lawsuits increased.

Recently, however, it seems that the influx of new cases is finally slowing down, although the company is still busy coping with existing litigation. This is good news for the beleaguered pharmaceutical company. On average, Bayer paid out $207,000 per case in settlements, for a total of more than $1.4 Billion.

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Avoiding a Record with the Right Criminal Defense/DUI Defense

Sometimes you can get carried away when you are out having a good time with friends or celebrating a momentous occasion, and forget about the sober driving rule. Whether you are driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, if you get caught you will need to get the right kind of legal representation to mount a criminal or DUI defense.

Even if you are not a habitual offender, once you have a record for DUI, you will be barred from many opportunities including certain occupations in both the private and public sector. You will also most likely face jail time and/or fines. In Illinois, according to an article from the Bruno Law Offices website, a first offense can land you in jail for as much as a year and a fine of up to $2,500. If you injure someone as well, you may be facing jail time of up to 3 years and a fine of as much as $10,000. These are pretty steep prices for a night out on the town.

The consequences are also severe for those arrested for marijuana possession whether behind the wheel or not in California, unless it is medically prescribed. An article from the website of Nashville criminal lawyers at Horst Law, states that the penalties for just being in possession of more than one ounce of marijuana is fine of up to $500 and 6 months in jail. It will not matter if you are not actually using it; possession is enough. If you are caught with it in a school zone, the penalties are even more severe.

To avoid getting a record for drunk driving or marijuana possession, you need to mount a criminal defense at once. If arrested for either of these offenses, say nothing and get in touch with a lawyer with the experience and knowledge to provide you with the best possible defense based on the circumstances of your arrest.

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The Costs of Personal Injury and Car Accidents

It is all fun and games until someone loses an eye….or an arm…or a life. We have all heard it before: “tragic car accident injures two, kills one,” or “drunk driver hits pedestrian, paralyzed for life.” The headlines are eye-catching, but in the end it is just a story and no more real than the movies we watch. You only realize how truly devastating it can be when it becomes your story.

The costs of personal injury due to car accidents are much more than financial, although this is the in-your-face aspect of any physical condition. Non-pecuniary costs include mental anguish and diminished quality of life. How can you put a price on happiness? This is made much worse when a car accident is the result of the negligence or carelessness of a third party.

No matter how careful one is when behind the wheel, there are still other drivers to think about. When car accidents are caused by the negligent behavior of another person, such as drunk driving or speeding, then it is just right that you receive compensation for the costs of personal injury from car accidents due to negligence. It is not always easy to come up with a number that will truly do justice to the loss and damage that has been caused by the irresponsible behavior of others.

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BP Oil Spill has Domino Effect on Businesses

A lot of attention has focused on the economic damages sustained by local fishermen and the tourist industry following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010. The BP oil spill affected most of the coastal area on the Gulf of Mexico, including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

There is no denying that the economic losses to individuals and businesses that depend on the fishing and tourism industry for their living are considerable. This is the reason why BP Plc agreed to the Economic and Property Damages Settlement; to provide compensation for those who can prove that their livelihood was directly affected by the environmental disaster. There are thousands of claimants involved in the class action suit that resolved into the Settlement, but not all of them actually qualify for compensation. Claimants must pass a variety of tests to see if the oil spill was the cause of their economic loss such as the V-shaped Revenue Test.

What most people seem to forget is that while tourists and fishing was the lifeblood of the area’s economy, people actually lived there as residents. As such, businesses not involved with either fishing or tourism were also affected. Many residents were forced to relocate as their livelihood dwindled to unsustainable levels. Those who hung on mostly did not have the disposable income to spend on retail stores, movie houses, dentists, and other non-essentials. So while these establishments are not dependent on the cleanliness of the water or the abundance of the catch for their livelihood, they are indirectly affected by the financial losses of those who do depend on the water, much like dominoes falling over.

Whether these other businesses affected by the BP oil spill will qualify under the Settlement remains to be seen. But with proper representation, the legal options open to the these businesses will be thoroughly explored.

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Practical Home Repairs and Improvements

Perhaps the most used and abused aspects of a home are its plumbing and floors. Because of that, these are usually the ones that need the most attention over time. Homeowners know that the costs of home repairs or improvement can be prohibitive, so one has to be eminently practical when deciding the what, when, and how to get the best value for their money.

An article  points out that indoor plumbing is something that most people take for granted until something goes wrong. Poor plumbing can cause a lot of damage to the rest of the home, not to mention the messiness and inconvenience of having any part of it out of commission. Plumbing is usually a network of interconnected drain and water supply systems, so when something goes majorly wrong, it can cost quite a lot to put it right. If plumbing problems come to the fore, the practical way to do home repairs/improvement is to have someone reliable to do it right. Plumbers perform crucial services with which the average person may not be able to find success.

The need for professional attention to get it right also applies to flooring. Hardwood floor should be maintained properly so that it will last. Hardwood floors are not only beautiful; they are also highly durable given the right circumstances. The biggest enemies of hardwood floors are water and sunlight, which causes warping and fading. This is why hardwood floors are protected by sealants or wax, but this needs to be replaced periodically as the protective layer wears off from constant use, and it should really be done by someone who knows how to do it right.

Homeowners may balk at the idea of forking out hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars to have essential home repairs and improvement for plumbing, flooring, and garage door repair done by professionals, but getting it right the first time is more cost-effective than damage control and repair later on.

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Robotic Surgery: Medical Malpractice or Product Liability?

When one gets injured while under the surgical knife, the first thing that comes to mind is medical malpractice. But what if the knife was actually being wielded by a robot? This is more likely to fall under product liability if the injury is a result of a manufacturing or design defect rather than surgical error.

Science fiction has once again become simply science with the growing popularity of robotic surgery. There are many advantages to using robots in surgery. Aside from the wow factor, robot arms don’t get tired even after hours of surgery, so there are fewer accidents that happen on the operating table. Using robots also allows surgeons to be more precise when they work, which is important when dealing in micro-millimeters rather than centimeters. It also makes invasive procedures less so by requiring smaller incisions.

The technology has been around for some time, and many hospitals are jumping on the bandwagon because it looks good on their brochures to offer such high technology options to their patients. Unfortunately, there are some bugs to the technology that has led to some serious injuries to patients. The most well-known robot assistant in surgery is the da Vinci surgical system manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc., which is being sued by at least 25 patients for a variety of injuries caused by burns. Although it may be intimidating to go against such a big company, taking legal action in such cases is the responsible thing to do.

According to the website of Jeff Sampson, these cases are considered product liability lawsuits. Product liability is an area of law that focuses on protecting people from dangerous products. These products could be poorly designed, malfunctional, defective, or mislabeled. When they cause undue injury to ordinary people, their manufacturers can be held accountable.

It is also posited that some of the problems that may accrue from robotic surgery is related to the steep learning curve from using the technology. Doctors are simply not trained well enough to use the technology effectively, and robotic surgery is not yet well regulated. Patients who are considering robotic surgery should do their research regarding the need for such precise surgery, the consequences, and the expertise of their surgeon with the technology before consenting to the procedure.

If you have already sustained injuries due to robotic surgery, consult with a personal injury in your area to determine if your case falls under medical malpractice or product liability. Your lawyer will know how to proceed depending on the findings.

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