The Risk of Cancer with Power Morcellators

It may seem baffling that the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) would be the total ban in the use of power morcellators in certain gynecologic surgeries. There appears to be a strong correlation between the tissue-busting action of power morcellators and the development and spread of uterine cancer that would make the ban a no-brainer. However, the ACOG maintains that power morcellation is an important method to minimize the complications of gynecologic surgery and that the risk is very small in women under a certain age, as these types of cancers and uterine diseases are most common in older women (50+).

The major benefit of using power morcellators in gynecologic surgery is that it is very precise. It requires only a very small incision in the abdomen over the target area, leaving a very small scar after a shorter healing period. In the case of uterine fibroid tissue or tumor removal, the standard procedure is removal of the uterus (hysterectomy); with the power morcellator, the uterus can be left intact while the device targets only the unwanted tissue. This is especially important for women that would like to keep their options open about pregnancy.

The controversy over power morcellation has spurred investigations into their side effects. According to this site, lawyers are just as interested in such findings in gathering evidence for their morcellator lawsuits. Two hospitals have gone over their own patients to find out how many patients who had been operated on using power morcellators developed these diseases. The findings were widely divergent; overall, the incidence was one in 400 patients, but adjusted for age and other factors it was closer to 1 in 1,000.

Still, that’s a scary number for someone who may already have the risk factors for uterine cancer and disease. If they had not been adequately informed about it before the procedure and suffered serious injury as a result, then they may have a case against the manufacturer. Contact a morcellator lawsuit attorney for more information on how you can get compensation for your injuries.

Getting Compensation after a Disaster

It is natural for people to make investments, either by purchasing real estate properties or putting up a business – for greater financial stability in the future. Purchasing a property and/or starting a business, however, entail/s risks, due primarily to natural disasters, which can destroy houses and cause a firm to cease operations, sometimes for an indefinite time.

Disasters, anyway, are sure to occur and the greatest disadvantage one has is the he/she doesn’t know what kind of disaster it will be, how strong it is going to be an when it will occur. To safeguard one’s investments, an investor usually seeks shelter from insurance providers, which aims to provide those affected by disasters with the financial benefits and security needed to repair damaged homes or augment business losses.

Despite signed contracts prepared by the insurance providers themselves, the law firm Smith Kendall PLLC, knows that insurance firms employ various tactics to: delay the approval of claims filed by policy holders; delay the release of approved benefits which, more than often, is much smaller than what is indicated in the policy; or, deny the claim entirely. This is due to the fact that other than paying claims, another aim of insurance providers is to earn profit – which will never be possible if they would keep approving and paying benefits.

One of the worst disasters in the US was the BP oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. The disaster left 4.9 million barrels (or 210,000,000 US gallons) of oil gushing continuously from the seabed, causing irreparable, destructive effects on marine life, the tourism industry and hundreds of residents and businesses.

British Petroleum, the oil giant that was operating the oil rig during the time of the explosion, immediately drafted a settlement agreement that would compensate all those affected by the oil spill.

The settlement agreement, however, gave BP the right to appeal certain claims, despite having been approved by the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center (DHCC), especially if the amount of the claim was too large.

This BP claim appeal means that if the claimant fails to fight for his/her rights in court, then he/she could lose the chance of receiving settlement payment from BP despite the real big losses he/she may have had due to the oil spill.

Due to the many difficulties and legal hurdles experienced by many claimants in the event of disasters, the only way, sometimes, to be assured of settlement payment is by seeking the help of a highly qualified lawyer whose ability and skills can effectively render the tactics employed by insurance firms or giant companies weak and unacceptable.

The Value Court Reporters in Legal Cases

One of the very important characters during a court hearing is a court reporter (also called a court stenographer), whose job is to: transcribe or record in perfect accuracy everything that transpires during a court hearing (this means all words said and gestures made) during the trial; and, in making an official written transcript, upon the request of the concerned individuals, of all that transpired. Prior to a court hearing but after a lawsuit has been filed, there is legal process, called “discovery,” wherein the parties involved in the lawsuit get the opportunity to obtain information (from one another) which can prove vital to their respective cases; a court reporter’s presence is necessary during this process.

One type of discovery process is the deposition, an out-of-court, yet sworn testimony, given by a person, such as a defendant in a civil lawsuit due to personal injuries in a motorcycle accident. A deposition testimony may be used as evidence during the, especially for the purpose of impeaching or lowering the credibility of the defendant in the eyes of the judge or jury.

Rather than just preparing a written transcript of court proceedings, today’s court reporters have access to an array of the most modern media devices and equipment for faster and greater accuracy of records that can also be made available in real time or anytime and in any part of the globe. For lawyers and/or their apprentices, this means no more searching through transcripts and exhibits that can be hundreds or thousands of pages thick.

Deposition or court proceeding may also be videotaped by well trained and highly skillful videographers, who can ensure high quality videos synchronized to written transcripts. Other than the videographers, there are also the electronic reporter, a court reporter who makes use audio recording devices while simultaneously taking notes, and the voice writer, who speaks into voice recorder.

According to the website of the Mokaram Law Firm, it can be difficult for drivers to claim financial compensation from a reluctant insurance company in the event of an injury. The services of court reporters can help attorneys muster the evidence they need to make their cases.

Rollover Accidents Involving 15-passenger Vans

Aside from head-on collisions and collisions with bigger and heavier vehicles, another type of car accident that causes serious injuries or death to drivers and passengers is rollover accident, that is, a vehicle tipping over onto its side or roof.

More than five million car accidents are reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) every year, the major causes of these include drunk driving, reckless driving, overspeeding, distracted driving and driver error. Though all these causes result from different behavioral patterns, all still fall under the same category: within the control of the driver.

A rollover accident, however, may be considered a result of manufacturing defect which primarily affects a vehicle’s stability. While any types of vehicle can rollover, the ones most susceptible to this type of accident are vehicles that have a higher ground clearance or a higher center of gravity (from the ground). Examples of these are 4-wheel-drive pickup trucks, light trucks, SUVs and vans.

In the 1990s, as the number of SUVs and vans (in the count of passenger vehicle fleet) increased, so too did incidences of rollover accidents. This prompted the NHTSA to launch an extensive campaign on rollover safety, placing greater emphasis on the safety of SUVs and 15-passenger vans.

According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® and the NHTSA, besides the already unstable build of SUVs and vans, the heavy cargo or items placed on top these, as well as the collective weight of the passengers, further reduces the stability of these vehicles, thus making these more prone to rollovers.

Rollover is the frequent result of a sudden turn or swerve, especially when avoiding a stopped vehicle or an obstacle on the road. It can easily turn into a fatal accident if the driver is drunk, distracted, speeding, and so forth. Drunk and reckless driving can cause a person’s insurance policy to be voided, meaning they will need a special certification to drive. With regard to 15-passenger vans, the more people inside the vehicle, the lesser its lateral stability becomes.

Though car accidents are frequent occurrences on US roads, these are nevertheless preventable so that a victim can take a legal action against the liable party to pursue the compensation that he/she is legally allowed to receive.

In the case of 15-passenger vans, the design of the vehicle could be a contributory factor to the accident, so the victim can file a civil lawsuit against the vehicle’s manufacturer, who may be proven accountable for the accident that has happened.

Asbestos / Mesothelioma

Around the globe, the increasing cases of mesothelioma, a deadly type of cancer, has become an alarming concern. This chronic, lethal cancer usually takes decades before becoming evident, manifesting its symptoms at a time when it is already beyond treatment.

Mesothelioma is the result of exposure to asbestos, a highly elastic substance that is electricity, chemical, fire and heat resistant. It had earned the name “miracle substance” due to its superb characteristics, abundance, usefulness and cheapness. This special substance became widely used during the mid of the 20th century, usually mixed with other substances to make cement, generators, turbines, boilers, steam pipes, brakes and clutches, insulators, gaskets, hot water piping, furniture, appliances, construction materials and many other different things.

Asbestos’ remarkable usefulness made it a substance used in many parts of the globe. Many different types of workers have also been regularly exposed to it, including construction workers, electricians, firefighters, plumbers, processing plant workers, miners, shipyard workers, auto workers, machinists and many others.

The dangers presented by asbestos, especially lung damage and disease have been discovered as early as 1964; however, it was not until after the 1990s that its use was banned, but only in some countries. In 2002 there were as many as 730,000 asbestos claimants and about 8,400 (more than 10,000 in 2013) companies sued by former employees whose works had direct and regular exposure to asbestos.

Many of the companies that can be held liable by former employees now diagnosed with mesothelioma have either closed down or gone bankrupt; however, this does not mean that the injured employee has no more means of filing a lawsuit against such company for the compensation that they legally deserve. With the help of a highly knowledgeable and skillful mesothelioma lawyer, the victim’s right to compensation can very well be defended, whether in court or outside it.