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Women are Losing Jobs Due to the Vaginal Mesh, Seeking Social Security Disability

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Stories and Sharing

The vaginal mesh is a Prolene fiber used to help women with Prolapse and urinary incontinence, let's face it. it is awfully hard to work at certain jobs if you have problems with SUI or other urinary incontinence issues. These medical conditions are not always from the aging process. Mnay women have poor genetics, are in early menopause or have had a rough child birtth experience that has weakened the vaginal wall. These mesh products were supposed to solve these problems but instead, have created worse problems. The result is many women can no longer work and are seeking social security disability.

There are over 300,000 women with a vaginal mesh implant in the United States. This has become a pandemic of huge proportions.

six women came together in Gaithersburg, Maryland. They all had a common enemy, the vaginal mesh. They came from Utah, Georgia, Florida, New York, Texas. All six These women were there to speak publicly and give tesitmony about their personal vaginal mesh medical horror stories in front of an advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"Between them, the women figured they had undergone 45 surgical procedures to try to undo the damage resulting from vaginal surgery using synthetic mesh devices. The mesh implants were supposed to free them from the intimate discomforts that millions of women face after childbirth and as they age: pelvic organ prolapse, in which stretched, weakened tissues can allow the bladder or other organs to sag or bulge into the vagina, and stress urinary incontinence, which can lead to involuntary leakage with every laugh or cough. Once implanted, the hammock-like mesh was meant to shore up the supportive pelvic tissues and help keep sagging organs in place." (Online source). Obviously it is very difficult to work with these issues. But, the problems that have resulted from this mesh has made it impossible for many women to work, Just imagine a school bus driver or truck driver with mesh complications. This woud be difficult for a UPS driver or mailman (lady) as well. Any emergency staff or medical staff would also have a problem with the mesh causing severe incontnence, leakage and lower back and leg pain, difficulty walking and sitting and other complications. Work has become out of the question for many women.

These are only a few of the women with stories. There are 1000's with mesh horror stories.

If you cannot work due to a vaginal mesh implant speak to a vaginal mesh lawyer at the vaginalmeshhelpline.com . They can also help you locate a vaginal mesh doctor. Speak to a workers compensation lawyer about light duty. Speak to a social security diability lawyer to see if that is and option as well.

Hip Injury Lawyers, Stryker and DePuy Hip Replacement Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

If you had an injury on the job which resulted in a metal on metal recalled hip replacement contact for the injured worker hip replacement recall lawyers. The hip replacement recalls our lawyer are filing lawsuits for include the DePuy Hip Replacements and the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement products,Rejuvenate or ABG II neck stem, hIp replacements.

Workers Compensation for  Hip Injuries and Recalled Hip Replacements
Accidents at work can result in any number of injuries. Some of the most common work injuries include back, neck, shoulder, knee injuries and hip injuries. Your hips connect your legs to your body basically, and bear much of the weight of your body. They are essential to your ability to move around and perform your job duties. If your hip is damaged, it can limit your range of motion, cause permanent disability and loss of income now and in the future, and can even require a hip replacement surgery in some severe injuries. If you were injured on the job and needed a DePuy or recently recalled Stryker Hip replacement be aware that these were recalled and revision surgery may be required.

Besides a workers compensation claim you may have a claim against the manufacturers of these defective hip replacements for injury or cobalt or chromium toxicity.

Hip injuries at work can range from fractured or dislocated hips, fractured pelvis and severe pain which prevents you from going back to work right away. Hip injuries will often require physical therapy, possibly surgical repair, or in some cases – full hip replacement surgery.

If you've been injured at work, you have a right to seek workers' compensation to help pay for your medical bills, loss of income while out of work, and other related expenses. You may want to seek the experience and knowledge of a NY workers' compensation attorney to expedite your workers' comp claim and get the help you deserve.

Call our dangerous drugs and devices department today to speak to a Stryker hip recall lawyer or a DePuy hip replacement lawyer today.

Spinal Cord Injury On The Job, Workers Compensation lawyer

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury from an On the Job Injury. A Workers Compensation lawyer can help. Parapalegic injury

After a  Spinal Cord work related  Injury
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most devastating of all traumatic events. It results in a loss of some or all of an individual’s sensation and movement. It is common for individuals who are newly injured to have health problems. Plus, it takes time to build enough strength to be able to fully participate in daily activities.

The first step in treatment of a suspected spinal cord injury is to verify the patient is breathing and the heart is beating. A spinal cord injury in the upper neck can cause a loss of control of normal breathing. This may require the placement of a breathing tube and use of a ventilator.

The next step in treatment of a spinal cord injury is immobilization. This often occurs at the time of injury prior to being transported to the hospital. Emergency medical technicians may place the patient in a cervical collar or on a backboard to help prevent the spine from moving. If the patient has a spinal cord injury, further movement of the spine could lead to further damage.

What is the spinal cord?

The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that travels from the bottom of the brain down your back. There are 31 pairs of nerves that leave the spinal cord and go to your arms, legs, chest and abdomen. These nerves allow your brain to give commands to your muscles and cause movements of your arms and legs. The nerves that control your arms exit from the upper portion of the spinal cord, while the nerves to your legs exit from the lower portion of the spinal cord. The nerves also control the function of your organs including your heart, lungs, bowels, and bladder. For example, signals from the spinal cord control how fast your heart beats and your rate of breathing.

Other nerves travel from your arms and legs back to the spinal cord. These nerves bring back information from your body to your brain including the senses of touch, pain, temperature, and position. The spinal cord runs through the spinal canal. This canal is surrounded by the bones in your neck and back called vertebrae which make up your back bone. The vertebrae are divided into 7 neck (cervical) vertebrae, 12 chest (thoracic) vertebrae and 5 lower back (lumbar) vertebrae. The vertebrae help protect the spinal cord from injury.

What is a spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord is very sensitive to injury. Unlike other parts of your body, the spinal cord does not have the ability to repair itself if it is damaged. A spinal cord injury occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord either from trauma, loss of its normal blood supply, or compression from tumor or infection. There are approximately 10,000 new cases of spinal cord injury each year in the United States. They are most common in white males. Specifically, 80% of spinal cord injuries occur in males, and 2/3 occur in whites. Most injuries occur in patients 16-30 years of age.

Spinal cord injuries are described as either complete or incomplete. In a complete spinal cord injury there is complete loss of sensation and muscle function in the body below the level of the injury. In an incomplete spinal cord injury there is some remaining function below the level of the injury. In most cases both sides of the body are affected equally.

An injury to the upper portion of the spinal cord in the neck can cause quadriplegia-paralysis of both arms and both legs. If the injury to the spinal cord occurs lower in the back it can cause paraplegia-paralysis of both legs only.

Spinal Cord Work Injuries  often  result in Paraplegic Injury which can stop your ability to earn a living dead in it's tracks

Among the most devastating injuries anyone could suffer are spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries change lives, often causing permanent paralysis and inhibiting normal bodily functions like breathing and controlling the bladder and bowels.

There is also the psychological and emotinal trauma.

You or a caregiver must locate and experienced workers compensation lawyer to protect your legal rights.

 

New News On Asbestos, Mesothelioma Lawyers, Mesothelioma Death

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

For the Injured Worker mesothelioma Lawyers filing lawsuits for asbestos related Injury, Lung cancer

Pfizer May Be Liable in Asbestos Lawsuits

17 Apr, 2012 23:30 CET
 
 
While Pfizer Inc. may be best known for its contributions to the pharmaceutical world, a recent ruling in New York may lead to a renewed focus on the company’s past dealings with asbestos as well.
An NY federal appeals court recently ruled that Pfizer can be sued in asbestos ormesothelioma lawsuits in Pennsylvania that involve asbestos injury caused by the now-bankrupt Quigley Co. The company, which manufactured asbestos products from the 1930s until the 1970s, was acquired by Pfizer in 1968, business insurance reported.
Quigley – and, in many cases, Pfizer – has been named the defendant in 160,000 mesothelioma  and asbestos lawsuits that allege the company’s products harmed them. While a bankruptcy ruling regarding Quigley had initially imposed a stay on any of the lawsuits against Pfizer, the NY appeals court overturned the decision and ruled that the lawsuits could proceed.
For the injured workers mesothelioma lawyers are filing lawsuits for mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer.

Lifting and Moving Patients, High Risk for Injury, Home Health Care Workers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

Home health care workers are at risk for Lifting, pushing and pulling. Call the lawyers of Workers Compensation Helpline, For the injured worker today to protect your rights.

NIOSH Acts To Prevent Lifting Injuries For Home Healthcare Workers,
The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) has published educational information to prevent musculoskeletal injuries at work. Injuries caused by ergonomic factors have been a major issue of the Federal government for decades and have been the basis for repetitive trauma motion claims for workers' compensation benefits. While the Clinton-Democratic administration had advocated strongly for ergonomic regulations, the Bush-Republican administration took action to reject the reporting of ergonomic injuries to OSHA.
A work-related musculoskeletal disorder is an injury of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, joints, cartilage, bones, or blood vessels in the arms, legs, head, neck, or back that is caused or aggravated by work tasks such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, numbness, and tingling.
Lifting and moving clients create a high risk for back injury and other muscoskeletal disorders for home healthcare workers.

Home Health Care Workers and Workers for the disabled and elderly should

  •     Use ergonomic assistive devices if they are available.
  •     When it’s not possible to avoid manual patient handling:
  •         Stand as close to the patient as possible to avoid reaching, bending and twisting. To avoid rotating the spine, make sure one foot is in the direction of the move.
  •         Keep your knees bent and feet apart.
  •         Use gentle rocking motions to move a patient.
  •         When pulling a patient up from an adjustable bed, lower the head of the bed until it is flat or down. Raise the patient’s knees and encourage the patient to push.
  •         Don’t stand in one place. Move around the patient’s bed so you can position yourself in a safe posture rather than stretching, bending, and reaching.

Needle sticks and blood exposure

Home health care nurses are at risk of needlesticks and blood exposures, yet few studies have been conducted related to such exposures in the home health care setting. This article describes a cross sectional prevalence pilot study of needlesticks and blood exposures conducted among three home health care agencies in the San Francisco Bay area. Needlestick and blood exposure reports from 1993 to 1996 were submitted from three home health care agencies. The exposures were categorized using an existing categorization system and compiled into a composite report. A total of 52 exposures occurred; nurses sustained 92% of exposures. Twenty-three percent occurred before, during, or after needle disposal; 17% from manipulating intravenous/access ports; 15% from improper disposal; and 13.5% during or after blood draw. Needle safety devices need to be specifically designed for the unique home health care setting and for a standardized rate of calculating needlestick injuries in this setting.

Home health aides typically visit patients' homes to assist with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and eating. Many people enrolled in home health care have multiple health challenges, which can result in erratic and sometimes violent behavior. Home health aides also engage in manual labors like lifting patients. These aides are often injured multiple times on the job and these injuries affect more than just the employees. Home-health-care organizations and the long-term-care industry suffer from the effects of these occupational injuries, the researchers report at the 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Montreal.

If you are a Home Health care aidse injured on the job call for the injured worker today to protect you rights.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on the Job, Workers Compensation Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

Carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers helping victims and families of  on the job injury from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Serious Brain injury and wrongful death can occur from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels like gasoline are burned. Carbon monoxide is found in the exhaust of gasoline generators, chainsaws, water pumps, brush cutters and pressure washers. These are tools commonly used in the construction industry. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide fumes can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause loss of consciousness and even death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 14 percent of all unintentional carbon monoxide fatalities in the U.S. occur in the construction industry. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10,000 people seek medical attention for carbon monoxide poisoning every year in the United States.

Department of Labor on Work Related carbon Monoxide Poisoning

EXPOSURE SOURCES AND CONTROL METHODS

The following operations may generate or involve carbon monoxide and lead to worker exposures to this substance:

* The manufacture and transportation of carbon monoxide

Operations near furnaces, ovens, stoves, forges, and kilns when they are being fired up to operating temperatures; firefighting, particularly in mines; testing of internal combustion engines; operations near portable stoves

Use in organic chemical synthesis, particularly in the Fischer-Tropsch process for petroleum products; in fuel gas mixtures for industrial and domestic heating; as a reducing agent in metallurgical processes such as the Mond process for the recovery of nickel; in the manufacture of metal carbonyl catalysts Liberation of exhaust from faulty equipment on autos, buses, airplanes, and boats; use of compressed air in respiratory devices in industry or breathing mixtures in diving, when the air is supplied from reciprocating oil-lubricated compressors

Methods that are effective in controlling worker exposures to carbon monoxide, depending on the feasibility of implementation, are as follows:

* Process enclosure Local exhaust ventilation General dilution ventilation Personal protective equipment

Workers responding to a release or potential release of a hazardous substance must be protected as required by paragraph (q) of OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard

Symptoms of carbon Monoxide poisoning

  •     headaches
  •     dizziness
  •     nausea
  •     breathlessness
  •     collapse
  •     loss of consciousness

On the job carbon monoxide poisoning can cause severe injury, brain injury, injury to vital organs or in some cases wrongful  death.

For help contact the carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers of for the injured worker, Workers compensation helpline.

Mesothelioma Drug to Help Workers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Stories and Sharing

CanBas Developing Mesothelioma Drug to Enhance Chemotherapy Treatment, Help for mesothelioma

Friday, Jan 13, 2012

CanBas Co., Ltd.,, a Japanese bio-pharmaceutical company that develops new cancer drugs that target the cell cycle, has received a boost from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in its research efforts to add to the arsenal of drugs available to fight malignant mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lung and abdomen that affects about 3,000 people in the U.S. each year. The mortality rate for mesothelioma is high, so more effective treatment options are needed to stop the progression of the disease.

The company’s lead product is a drug known as CBP501 that enhances the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug Cisplatin, which is standard treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. CBP501, a synthetic peptide, enhances the toxicity of Cisplatin as it accumulates in mesothelioma tumors.

CanBas announced in January that the US FDA has granted orphan drug status to CBP501 for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. The designation qualifies the pharmaceutical company for financial incentives for the development of drugs used to treat rare diseases. Without such incentives, drug companies have difficulty justifying the investment of time and resources necessary to bring to market drugs used to treat rare diseases that may have only a limited demand and therefore limited profit.

Currently, a randomized clinical trial is underway comparing the results of patients with advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma in the U.S., Russia and Argentina treated with the chemotherapy drugs Cisplatin/pemetrexed with and without the addition of CBP501.

Malignant mesothelioma symptoms usually don’t appear until decades after exposure to asbestos, typically 20 years to 50 years. Because mesothelioma is aggressive, doctors often do not diagnose a patient’s mesothelioma until the disease is well advanced.

For the Injured worker Workers Compensation lawyers for victims of Mesothelioma are here to help you if you have asbestos related cancer.  Our mesothelioma lawyers can help you if you have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma

Workers Compensation Fraud

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

If any type of fraud is suspected on behalf of any of parties involved in the workers compensation claim, the victim has the right to seek corrective action and compensation for the losses they have suffered as a result. The victim can be the employer or employee. Workers compensation investigations are handled by the appropriate local, state or federal government agency that governs workers compensation laws. The federal government and most state departments have an appeals board who hears the evidence gathered in workers compensation investigations. The victims of fraud have the right to legal representation in these proceedings. Legal representation can be greatly beneficial for victims of workers compensation fraud because these experts have the knowledge and experience to maximize and protect a victims legal interests.
Workers compensation investigations of fraudulent activity can result in strict penalties for those who violate workers compensation regulations. Workers compensation fraud adversely affects the economy, tax payer dollars, public agency resources, and those individual victims of fraud. Therefore, workers compensation investigations can lead to misdemeanor and felony charges brought against the fraudulent or negligent liable party.

It is important to note that an employer commits workers compensation fraud if they unlawfully manipulate the facts in order to lower their workers compensation premium. This deceitful manipulation of the factors relevant to a workers compensation premium can include any falsification of facts, including the number of employees that are to be covered or the nature of their work. Paying a workers compensation premium is considered part of the cost of running a business, and is therefore considered wholly the responsibility of employers. Employers can be held legally liable for any breech of this requirement.

Workers' compensation insurance fraud occurs in simple to complex schemes that often require difficult and lengthy investigations.  For example, an employee either inflates the extent of his/her injuries, or simply fabricates injuries altogether.  At the other end of the spectrum, white-collar criminals, including doctors and lawyers, entice, pay, and conspire with other indiviuals in cheating the system through fraudulent activity and insurance companies "pick up the tab," passing the cost onto policyholders, taxpayers and the general public.

If you report workers compensation fraud by an employer, you may be eligible to receive compensation under the QUi TAM law.

But what is workers’ compensation fraud? Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when someone willfully makes a false statement or conceals information in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits or prevents someone from receiving benefits to which they might be entitled. Below are a just few examples of how workers’ compensation fraud can be committed. If, after reading these indicators, you feel you know someone who may be committing fraud, contact the Office of Workers’ Compensation’s Fraud Division at 1-800-201-3362,
Claimant Fraud

  • Malingering
  • Exageration of symptoms
  • Working while allegedly disabled and not reporting income 
  • Claiming a job-related injury that never occurred
  • Claiming a non-work related injury as a work-related injury
  • False Milage reports                                                                                                                             

Employer Fraud

  •  Underreporting payroll or misclassifying employees for lower insurance premiums
  •  Deducting premium dollars from employee’s wages
  •  Employer knowingly fails to have necessary workers’ compensation coverage

Medical or Health Care Provider Fraud

  • Providing unnecessary testing or treatment of injured workers to reap financial benefit
  • Billing for services or treatment never performed
  • Billing the workers’ compensation insurer and the workers’ health insurer for the same services