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First Aid For Dog Bites

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

A doctor can be man’s best friend. However, when provoked, they can also be your worst enemy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, half of them children between 5 to 9 years old. From that number, 1 out of every 5 of those bites results to injuries that may cause medical attention. Children are also likely to be bitten by dogs than adults.

According to the website of Abel Law Firm, it can be difficult to determine which dogs to be wary of and which are safe. If you are a victim of dog bites, here are some first aid for stopping possible infection:

For minor bites

Clean the wound immediately. Run it under warm water for a few minutes and make sure that the wound is thoroughly cleaned.
If there is no bleeding, gently squeeze the wound to encourage bleeding. This will help prevent bacteria from entering the bite wound.

Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain and inflammation.

It is also recommended that you seek medical advice for major bites. These are signs that you need to call the doctor:

  • The wound is getting painful
  • There is redness and swelling around the wound area
  • There is fluid or pus coming out from the bite
  • There is fever that is more than 38 degrees and is accompanied by shivering
  • There are swollen lymph glands

If the dog bite is in the hands, feet, a jont, tendon, or ligament, face or scalp, nose, ears, or genitals, get medical help right away. Likewise, if you have pre-existing conditions that can make you prone to infection, you may need medical attention. Finally, if you are undergoing chemotherapy which could weaken your immune system, it is necessary to get medical attention.

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Faulty Replacement Implants from Wright and Tornier

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit | 0 comments

Shoulder replacement surgery, a procedure wherein damaged bones of the shoulder are replaced, is usually performed for reasons that include relieving patients of severe shoulder joint pain and restoring shoulder motion and function.

Causes of shoulder pain and reduced shoulder function include: osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis), severe shoulder fracture or failed previous shoulder replacement surgery.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), around 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder arthroplasty or shoulder replacement surgery each year. Doctors recommend surgery only if their patients’ shoulder problems can no longer be treated with medicine and other non-surgical means.

The increasing number of patients who undergo shoulder replacement surgery is due to promises (from manufacturers of shoulder replacement devices) of increased function and minimized pain. This is not the case, however, if patients get faulty replacement implants, for instead of their pain being removed, this rather increases; on top of that, the need for corrective surgery only leads to additional costly medical care.

A case about defective replacement devices is a recent issue that involves manufacturers Wright Medical Technology, Inc. and Tornier, Inc. (these two global medical device companies) which merged in October of 2015. The replacement devices manufactured by these companies have been alleged to cause additional injuries in patients, including significant bone loss, instability, weakness, and unexplained pain.

Currently, shoulder replacement lawsuits have been filed by patients who now suffer from serious side effects which include bone damage, metal toxicity and dislocation, among many others. Besides these side-effects, which can be proven to have been Wright and Tornier’s faulty devices, patients also continue to feel the pain they were trying to have treated in the first place. Due to the side-effects, these patients now need to undergo another surgery in order to correct the new problems created by their Wright or Tonier shoulder replacement implant.

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