Burns: its types, symptoms, complications, and what-to-do’s

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Accidents happen when you least expect it. Unfortunately, burns are among the most common types of accidents in the country. In fact, according to the American Burn Association, an estimated 60% of the acute hospitalization in the country has been associated with burn incidence. A majority of burn accidents happened at homes (73%), while the remaining occurred at workplaces, public roads, recreational centers and others.

Fires are the primary cause of burn injuries. But Houston personal injury lawyers would probably point out that there are many other sources of burn hazards apart from fires, namely heat, cold temperature, radiation, friction (such as road rash during a car accident), electrical, and chemical. Depending on its severity, burn injury may manifest with these symptoms:

First degree burn

First degree burn is a minor burn injury on the outermost surface of the skin, called the epidermis. Signs of first degree burn include minor swelling, redness, pain, and dry skin. First degree burns are manageable at home, and heal between three and six days. You just have to run the wound in cool, running water, take ibuprofen to relieve pain, and apply aloe vera ointment to deal with inflammation. However, when first degree burn involves larger portions of skin, visiting your doctor would be necessary.

Second degree burn

Second degree burn involves damage to several layers of the skin, including the dermis. Second degree burns look red, inflamed, and may sometimes have blisters. Second degree burns take longer time to heal than first degree burn, which usually lasts for more than three weeks. When you have a second degree burn, run the wound in cool running water for more than 15 minutes and take pain reliever. You may also apply antibiotic cream to blisters to avoid contamination. For widespread burns, seek emergency help immediately.

Third degree burn

Third degree burn is considered serious and life-threatening. It involves damage to the entire layers of the skin (epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissues). Infection caused by a third-degree burn may reach the bloodstream and affect other vital organs or cause septicemia. A person suffering from this type of burn may feel no pain because the nerves in the affected area have already been destroyed. Third-degree burn injuries are considered a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

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What Are the Risks Associated with Laparoscopic Surgeries?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Laparoscopic surgical procedures are a modern innovation that many people flock towards if this kind of procedure is possible for their given situation. After all, in theory, a laparoscopic surgical procedure is leagues more preferable. The incision would be minimal and instead uses highly efficient technological apparatus in order to perform the operation. A video camera would allow for the surgeon to see further up close to the specimen. It would mean a lessened recovery time as well as minimal discomfort suffered by the patient.

However, there are some risks with a few laparoscopic surgical procedures; namely, procedures that involve the use of a morcellator.

Since the morcellator’s induction into the public sphere, there have been at least 50,000 surgical procedures in a year throughout America. The morcellator would penetrate the body and through a tube, the noncancerous growth would be suctioned out piece by piece. A simple enough procedure, yes, the morcellator was more commonly used on women wishing to have a hysterectomy or the procedure that removes their wombs.

However, there has been sufficient evidence that links the use of morcellators manufactured by Johnson & Johnson as the cause of endometrial cancer in 1 out of 370 women who went through a laparoscopic surgery with the device. Following the claims, the company then sent for an order to recall the morcellators. There are morcellator lawyers currently working the case, keeping up to date with the cases being filed against the manufacturers.

That is why it is incredibly important to know the pros and cons of a surgical procedure before consenting to it. Knowing the risks as well as understanding how a procedure can possibly affect your life is something that you should not take lightly. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with endometrial cancer, following a laparoscopic surgery with the use of a morcellator, it is recommended that legal help is sought out immediately.

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“Real Parties in Interest” in the Event of Wrongful Death

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Many accidents that occur are due to other people’s reckless or negligent behavior. Of course these are definitely preventable; however, those that do occur and result in injuries or damages can be subjected to civil action to enable the innocent victim to seek compensation from the liable party: a right recognized under the tort law.

There are different types of accidents which can cause injury to a person. These include road accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians and bicyclists, use of defective products, slip and fall accidents, work-related accident, dental or medical malpractice, and so forth. The injuries these accidents can inflict also varies, from a mild scratch to something very serious, like a fractured bone, laceration, head injury, amputated limb, damage to the spinal cord, etc. However, the most serious harm that may befall a person is wrongful death.

In a wrongful death situation, a representative (usually a lawyer, but may also be any member of the family) will have to act on behalf of the survivors of the deceased for the filing of a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. While the survivors, legally known as “real parties in interest,” would unquestionably point to the victim’s own family (husband/wife and children) or parents (if the victim is not yet married), some states also recognize certain individuals, who may be considered as among these “real parties in interest.” The lawfully recognized survivors include:

  • Immediate family of the victim: refers to spouse, children and adopted children, while for unmarried individuals, immediate family would refer to parents
  • Financial dependents, like a life partner or a putative spouse: some states recognize a life or domestic partner (who was financially dependent on the deceased) and a putative spouse (a person who, in all sincerity, believes that he/she and the deceased were married) as among the real parties in interest
  • Distant family members: some states also qualify grandparents and siblings in a wrongful death claim
  • All those suffering financially: this stipulation would cover any person who is financially affected and made to suffer because of the death of the victim; this is actually due to the loss of care or support resulting from the victim’s untimely death;

Any legal rights of the surviving family can best be upheld through the assistance of highly-qualified and experienced wrongful death lawyers.

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