Lung Perforation caused by the Bard G2 IVC Filter

When an individual’s lung function becomes compromised, the effects can be devastating. One of the most severe lung complications that can arise is a perforated lung, leading to adverse side effects and even death in some individuals. The Bard G2 IVC Filter has been associated with this dangerous effect on the lungs in numerous individuals. The Bard G2 IVC Filter is a temporary device implanted in an individual’s interior vena cava that is used to stop the migration of blood clots into the lungs that can cause pulmonary embolism. Individuals looking to prevent one deadly disease can encounter other fatal injuries as a result of the device migrating to other areas of the body.

Due to the close proximity to the lungs when the device is implanted, it can often migrate to the lungs or become fractured in the lungs. This can cause lung perforation leading to a potential collapse of one or both of the lungs. Individuals who experience certain symptoms after having the device surgically implanted may be in the early stages of this deadly condition. Individuals at risk for lung perforation may experience shortness of breath as air or fluid buildup around the lungs can cause the lungs to not be able to properly expand. Patients may also experience increased heart rate as a result of the injury to their lung, causing oxygen to not properly flow through the body. Other symptoms may include severe pain and headaches, according to the Habush Habush and Rottier S.C. website.

These severe damages to the function of the lungs in individuals who have the Bard G2 IVC Filter implanted can prove deadly for many individuals. Unfortunately, these are just some of the complications that have resulted due to the device. As C.R. Bard has failed to recall the device or provide proper warning labels to individuals, it seems as though the dangerous side effects of the filter may continue to rise and affect countless more individuals.

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Common Causes of Aviation Accidents

Commercial aviation is generally considered one of the safest ways to travel. Even when recent events like the disturbing disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines MH370 plane seem to point to the contrary, data compiled by the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) proves that air travel today is the safest it’s ever been. As they point out in their latest industry report, air transportation saw about 2.9 billion passengers in 2012. During that year, the global accident rate declined to 3.2 accidents for every million departures.

It’s obvious that these trends in air travel point to passenger safety and assurance. However, we can’t fully discount the possibility of accidents taking place. While such accidents would be considered as isolated cases, there’s no way to tell if such situations could happen to you. After all, accidents stem from circumstances that are beyond your control.

Majority of aviation accidents are caused by factors that are hard to predict and avoid, like inclement weather. However, there are instances when crashes and accidents happen due to human error and negligence. The following are just some of the common causes of aviation accidents cited:

  • Negligence of airline
  • Mechanical errors from airplane defects and malfunction
  • Pilot error
  • Pilot intoxication
  • Air traffic control error

Current air travel trends and data show that aviation accidents are easy to avoid. This is especially true for accidents caused by error and negligence. As long as airlines and aviation agencies are held accountable for the lives of the billions of passengers crossing the open air every year, it will be easy to learn from fatal mistakes and make significant strides toward the right direction.

The first step is to make sure that victims of tragic aviation accidents receive the justice they deserve. If you or anyone you love were in a similar situation, we encourage you to seek out appropriate legal counsel. Legal options may differ from state to state, so it’s best to contact an experienced attorney in your area. For example, those in Tennessee can seek out the services of a Tennessee personal injury lawyer.

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Personal Injuries Due to Rollover Accidents: Injuries which Ought to be Compensated

The continuous increase in the number of motor vehicles on US roads seems to give rise to the increase in the number of vehicular accidents annually too. This number exceeds five million every year, leaving more than 2 million seriously injured and 40,000 dead.

There are two main types of motor vehicle accidents: the first is that which fall within the driver’s control, like speeding, reckless driving, driver error (such as failure to use signal light) and the many different forms of driver distraction; the second type lies outside of the driver’s control, such as road defects and car defects which can be blamed on the manufacturer.

Either type can result to (head-on, angle or side impact, run-off-road, and rear-end) collisions, with the extent of damage and severity of injuries usually dependent on the speed of either or both vehicles. Besides collisions, there is another accident, which is much more damaging, to which both types can result to – rollover accident.

Rollover accident is the next deadliest type of road accident after head-on collisions. It almost always results to high rates of severe injuries and fatalities due to collapsing vehicle roofs, leaving the driver and passengers crushed inside. Among all types of vehicles, SUVs are the ones most prone to rollover accidents as their center of gravity is higher from the ground compared to cars. For this reason, manufacturers have introduced devices, like the electronic stability control system (ESC), which would give drivers more control of the vehicle, reducing the chance of a rollover.

The usual causes of roof collapse that result to the vehicle’s occupants being crushed inside are roof pillar failure, defective roof materials, faulty vehicle design or roof pillar placement and intrusion of the roof into the occupants’ space. All these causes can be attributed to manufacturer’s fault or negligence, while the injury (or death) that they cause is called personal injury.

A personal injury is any harm sustained due to someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. Victims who suffer personal injuries would find the information found on National Injury Law Center‘s website really helpful and a relief as the site says that civil law provides innocent victims of others’ negligence the opportunity to pursue action in the form of a personal injury claim; this is to allow victims to receive from the guilty party the compensation that they legally deserve. Generally, the guilty party’s auto insurance will cover personal injuries caused by their driving, but that depends on their policy. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® has more information on this subject.

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Speeding: A Major Injustice on the Road

Every day, millions of cars fill US roads and highways, carrying people from one place to another. The convenience, comfort and speed of travel that a car provides passengers have made this means of transportation a necessity for Americans, as well as for people around the world. But like any other piece of invention, if abused, it always causes bad results.

One sad thing about cars is that many drivers do not know how to use them responsibly. Once behind the wheels, drivers easily forget all the education, advertisements and reminders that speak about road traffic rules and safe driving that will ensure their and everyone else’s safety on the road.

As a result, more than five million vehicular accidents are registered every year, with at least 40 thousand of these resulting to deaths. The top four causes of car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are reckless driving, speeding, drunk-driving or driving under the influence (DUI) and driver error, such as failure to wear a seatbelt. And among these causes, the third largest number of lives is lost through speeding. It is totally surprising, however, to know that the many drivers who are scared of speeding and hate speeders are guilty of driving over the speed limit too.

Speeding increases the chance of an accident and, thus, compromises the safety of others on the road. The website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, states the ill-effects of speeding in the plainest language when it says that speeding makes the road dangerous and the possibility of an accident higher since it:

  • Reduces the driver’s reaction time to danger
  • Makes slowing down or stopping the vehicle much harder
  • Lessens the driver’s control over the vehicle

The website of Spiros Law, P.C., likewise denounces speeding and questions the recklessness of other drivers, stating that irresponsible or negligent drivers have no right to cause innocent victims to suffer. No matter what the reason speeders have for going over the speed limit and it does not matter too if they do not mean to do it; only one fact holds – they make the road dangerous for everyone else.

Thus, if you or someone close to you becomes involved in an accident due to another driver’s speeding, make sure you contact a highly competent personal injury lawyer immediately. He / She will definitely be your ticket in bringing the culprit to justice to make him / her realize the great injustice he / she has committed.

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Dog Bite Injuries and Surgical Mistakes: A Clear Result of Human Error and Negligence

Besides being man’s best friend, dogs are also among the best-loved animals in the planet, making them the most common household pets in the US and the rest of the world. Not all breeds of dogs can be totally tamed, though, as there are certain breeds which have been determined as more hostile than others that even their own owners sometimes suffer attacks and bites.

These breeds that are more likely to attack include rottweilers, wolf hybrids, Alaskan malamutes, and pit bulls, which are responsible for far more fatalities than any other breed.

An article on the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, says there are as many as 4.7 million recorded dog bites in the US every year with about 800,000 requiring medical treatment- a surprisingly large number considering the bond that usually exists between man (owner or not) and dog. Some dog bites are, indeed, quite serious, resulting to nerve damage, laceration, disfigurement and paralysis, broken bones and infections; worse, there are dog bites that even require the victim to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair damage to their skin. Dog bites to the face can easily disfigure a person, and reconstructive surgery is expensive.

Surgery can be another major concern for dog bite victims, however, as what ought to be reconstructive surgery may end up as a source of a bigger problem. These surgical errors are a complete breach of the trust patients put on the surgical team under whose care they are entrusted.

There are different types of surgical errors, like wrong site surgery or surgeries performed on the wrong part of the body, surgery on the wrong patient, surgical instruments being left inside the body, infections due to use of unsanitized gloves, surgical tools or operating room, improper incision, and perforation of the artery, other organs or tissues, which can result to excessive bleeding or organ damage.

One recorded incident that has led to a surgical mistake involved two patients with the same first and last names; others are caused by mixing up of patients’ medical records, biopsy samples and X-rays, fatigued or over-worked medical staff and surgeon, inattentive or distracted surgical team member and many others.

Whatever the reason is behind any surgical error, or the real cause of the dog bites and attacks, which is the only reason why you need to go through the surgery, only one thing is certain – everything is due to human error or negligence. Again, according to the website of Habush law firm, being bitten or attacked by a dog can cause you grave danger, but so can undergoing medical treatment for a dog bite injury. In the event that you become a victim of any of these erroneous and negligent acts make sure you have a really good personal injury lawyer who is totally determined to fight for your rights. Your lawyer can help you hold the responsible party accountable for the wrongs against you and help you fight for financial compensation for the costs associated with your injury.

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