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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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Types of Boating Accidents

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

Everyone loves recreational boating. It can give someone a form of relaxation and can also offer a great bonding opportunity. Everyone assumes it as a relatively safe activity. Unfortunately, accidents can happen in the sea as well. According to a 2014 report by the US Coast Guard, there were 4,064 accidents that resulted to 610 deaths, 2,678 injuries and cost $39 million worth of damage to property. This was a 0.05% increase from 2013.

Injuries can have huge consequences on the life of a person. It can be associated with lost income, medical expenses, psychological trauma, or permanent disability. In this article, we will look at the most common types of boating accidents.

Collision With Another Vehicle

In the most recent statistics, collision with another vehicle emerged as the top boating accident. According to the website of Ravid & Associates, while it is a relatively safe activity, boating can also pose serious injury risks not only to operators but also the passengers. From the 4,064 US boating accidents in 2014, 937 were due to collision with another vehicle and 70% of them resulted to personal injuries.

Flooding and Swamping

Although collisions accounted for 23% of accidents, flooding and swamping resulted to more deaths. In 2014, collisions accounted for 4.3% of deaths while swamping resulted to 15% boating accident fatalities. Flooding and swamping can be risky for inexperienced swimmers and for those without life vests. Deaths in these types of accidents were due to drowning because passengers did not have a life vest.

Collision With A Fixed Object

Of the boating accidents in 2014, 11% were due to a collision with a fixed object. Driver inattention, inexperience, or inebriation contributes to these kinds of accidents. A Charleston boat accident lawyer recommends that boat operators should not operate a vessel if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Sand bars and underwater land masses cannot be easily seen by boaters. The vessel can become stuck or grounded. In 2014, 9% of boating accidents involved grounding. Always have your safety equipment, compass, and GPS on hand to prevent this.

Skier Mishap

This is the only type of boating accident that has more injuries than deaths. In 2014, there were 292 skiing accidents with injuries to 305 people and 8 deaths.

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Asbestos’ Deadliest Afflictions

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Asbestos | 0 comments

Asbestos are naturally occurring fibrous minerals that come from metamorphic rocks. The presence of asbestos is especially heavy in the western U.S. and is unfortunately very deadly. According to an Environmental Health Perspectives article, there were more than 92,000 asbestos-related deaths from 1994-2008. The three deadliest illnesses caused by asbestos are asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is a respiratory disease that attacks the lungs as a result of inhaling asbestos fibers. According to asbestos attorneys at Williams Kherker, when the fibers move they can be undetectably inhaled by people nearby which accumulates over time. This accumulation in the lungs causes scarring leading to asbestosis. There is no treatment.

Most people know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, however asbestos is a contender as well. According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, lung cancer is “the greatest risk for Americans who work with asbestos.” Workers in the industrial industry are the most affected by asbestos.

A rarer yet just as deadly cancer, mesothelioma, attacks the thin layer surrounding the lungs, chest, abdomen and sometimes the heart. According to an Oregon State University study, there are about 200 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year. Nearly all cases of mesothelioma are related to exposure to asbestos. Both mesothelioma and lung cancer can be treated through surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

Asbestos are one of the many microscopic substances that can kill. Symptoms of asbestos related diseases include:

– Shortness of breath
– Coughing
– Chest pain
– Weight Loss

One must watch for the dangers of asbestos by paying attention to these symptoms and being aware of the asbestos exposure of their job or any other environment. Only a few days being exposed to asbestos can infect the body, so it is essential to be aware of this naturally-born killer.

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Texas Criminal Law as the Top Executor

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

The south has a reputation for being polite and welcoming people. The law enforcement of Texas however, is not so friendly with some of the strictest crime punishments in the country. Most states can agree on one thing; murder is a crime that must be severely punished. Despite this, it is evident that Texas is particularly intolerant with the act. In fact in 1982, Texas became the first U.S. state to legally execute someone for murder and is number one in amount of total executions carried out.

In Texas, the only crime punishable by death is murder. According to a study done by Texas Executions, murder is especially punishable if done to a peace officer/firefighter or to an individual under ten years of age. Capital murder like all other state felonies, are tried in district courts and the jury must unanimously agree to certain propositions for legal injection to ensue. Otherwise, the convicted is sentenced to life in prison without parole.

According to Texas law, aggravated sexual assault is also punishable by death as it falls under the murder category. According to certain sex crime charges, aggravated sexual assault is a first degree felony and is punishable by 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Aggravated sexual assault is defined as an attack where the perpetrator uses weapons or drugs on the victim, causes any type of harm to the victim, and/or attempts to end the victim’s life during the act.

While the death penalty is used by a majority of U.S. states, Texas has a reputation for being in the top. Murder is a serious violation of the law nationwide, but Texas shows a particular disagreement with it by topping the charts in amount of executions (the majority coming out of Harris county). It is clear through a small look into Texas criminal laws that even southern charm has its limits.

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Filing Under Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

According to the United States Department of Justice nearly 90% of all cases are filed under either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is known as the fastest way to satisfy debt, and is available to both consumers and businesses. Through the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process, a trustee, or a court appointed representer of of the debtor, sells the non-exempt assets to the creditor(s).

What kind of person is eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

The main factor contributing to a debtor’s eligibility is income. If total income is less than the median income of the state (which various significantly) then there is immediate acceptance into the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process. However, a person can still file if they make more than the median income. Those individuals are required to take the means test, which is based on having little disposable income. According to Birmingham bankruptcy lawyer, other requirements include, appearing in a court/complying to court law and going through credit counseling.

What are the pros/cons of Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

While Chapter 7 bankruptcy is fairly quick in resolving a debtor’s finance issues and has high eligibility, there are certain downsides. One benefit to selling assets is that a debtor is allowed to exempt some, making the process easier emotionally. Exempt assets include those with sentimental value like a family heirloom. However, filing under Chapter 7 will take away all credit cards in addition to any other non-exempt luxury items. One may also be obligated to pay other debts such as a mortgage, making it almost impossible to get another mortgage if needed. Overall, one should educated themselves on the matter and contact a qualified attorney before they handle the complex issue of bankruptcy.

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