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What is malignant mesothelioma?

Many people in Louisiana have read about mesothelioma or heard television commercials mentioning this disease. You know that it is often linked to those who have had careers working with asbestos products, such as plumbers, electricians, shipyard workers, insulators or pipefitters. While you may have a general idea, you may be wondering to yourself, what is malignant mesothelioma?

According to the Mayo Clinic, malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that begins in the mesothelium, or thin layer of tissue that surrounds most of the internal organs in your body. There are different types of malignant mesotheliomas depending upon what part of your body is affected. Peritoneal mesothelioma is located in the tissue in your abdomen, whereas pleural mesothelioma occurs in the tissue surrounding your lungs. While these are the most common types of this disease, there are also the rarer forms of pericardial mesothelioma, which targets the tissue around the heart, and mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis, which involves tissue around the testicles. 

Be especially cautious around big rigs during certain hours

Truck driver fatigue is an issue of ongoing concern to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The FMCSA assesses truck accident statistics and offers tips to drivers to help them combat this common problem. There are many causes of fatigue but one in particular that motorists should be aware of.

What happens next after you have a crash with a drunk driver?

In a city like New Orleans, it is no surprise that drunk driving enforcement is a high-priority. If you were involved in an accident, then a DUI conviction of the other party may be an important element in your case when it comes to getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

The other driver getting a DUI does not automatically mean that you would receive full payment for your injuries. Louisiana is a comparative fault state. Which means that, at trial, the court would determine the percentage of fault of each party involved. Therefore, the key to receiving maximum repayment in personal injury cases could be to show that other people bore most of the blame for what happened.

Defective Cooking Spray Cans Puts Consumers at Risk

Most people do not realize how much product defects can affect them until they experience an event that results in their injury. Defective products are not exclusive to any particular industry. Though recalls and defective product and personal injury claims may seem more common in the automotive and industrial sectors, they also affect the food industry, as shown in recent allegations against Conagra, one of the country's largest food product manufacturers.

You do not need to face mesothelioma alone

At the New Orleans, Louisiana, law office of Didriksen, Saucier & Woods, PLC, people tend to come to us when they have severe issues in their lives and that they cannot handle by themselves. If you have tried to handle your injury by yourself, and if is no longer manageable to do so, you could still have options available to maintain your way of life.

You may not have to exhaust your resources while attempting to manage an injury that was someone else's fault. Even chronic illnesses, such as mesothelioma, that come from injuries far in the past could entitle you to compensation.

Woman claims poorly maintained parking lot caused injury

Dealing with an injury can be inconvenient, costly and time consuming no matter what the accident was that caused it. However, for people in Louisiana who have suffered a personal injury because of the carelessness or negligence of another person or party, the sting of being injured and having to pay money for the consequences can be even more frustrating and demoralizing. 

For one woman in Florida, this is exactly how she felt after suffering permanent injuries in a fall in a parking lot in Myrtle Beach. She and her husband were pedaling their bikes through the parking lot of a Kroger store after having shopped at the establishment. The woman hit a pothole on the surface which caused her to lose control of her bicycle. The impact of her crash resulted in permanent injuries. 

Are electronic health records safe?

In Louisiana and across the United States, electronic health records have taken over as a simplified method doctors use to document patient interactions, transmit prescriptions, share medical records with other professionals, order lab tests and communication the results with patients. While this advanced technology was designed to reduce medical errors involving healthcare records, it may have opened the door to new types of negligence and mistakes. 

The software used to enhance the collection and transmission of healthcare records may not be as reliable as intended. Design flaws in the software have lead to significant medical errors that have resulted in patient injuries and deaths. In one case, a patient was suffering from severe head pain and dizziness. The attending physician ordered a brain scan but the electronic request never made it to the lab. As a result, the patient didn't receive the brain scan and ending up dying of an aneurysm. Other situations involve instances where patient notes ended up under the wrong patients, medication start and stop dates were wrong, prescriptions were transmitted incorrectly, screenings were not ordered properly and when they were, the results were not recorded correctly. All of these circumstances could potentially lead to medical errors, misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose. 

Exploding NutriBullet blender could cause significant injury

If you are in the market for a new blender to make smoothies and other tasty blended concoctions, you may want to spend a little more time screening your options. Though you may have a preference for NutriBullet blenders, you should take into account recent reports of users experiencing severe injuries from explosions. The NutriBullet line is one of Capital Brand's most popular items. 

Manufacturers have a duty to perform rigorous testing to ensure their products are safe for consumer use. Part of the testing process involves identifying potential flaws and issues that could are hazardous to the public and correct them. Manufacturers must also notify consumers of the dangers and assume liability for any damages that occur. Here is a brief overview of how this line of blenders could cause you or a loved one harm. 

Working while sick and the risk of an accident

Workplace accidents have numerous causes, from inexperienced staff members to unexpected and unusual incidents that would have been difficult to anticipate. Sometimes, these accidents occur because a worker is sick, which can adversely affect their ability to perform their job duties safely in many ways. Not only do illnesses such as viral infections pose these concerns, but those who struggle with seasonal allergies and other health-related difficulties may also be more likely to cause a work-related accident.

Workers who are sick may not be able to sleep well at night, and they may take medication to help with their symptoms, which can lead to excessive drowsiness and impair their ability to work safely and maintain focus. It can be difficult to work while sick, but some employees try to push through and keep working because they cannot afford to take time off. Unfortunately, this can be dangerous and has led to many workplace mishaps.

Drug use and motorcycle crashes

Motorcycle collisions have many different causes, whether a motorcyclist is at fault or a reckless driver causes the accidents. High speeds, distracted driving and fatigue are some of the factors that play a role in the prevalence of these accidents. However, drug use is an especially concerning risk factor, and many motorcyclists have lost their lives in wrecks caused by intoxicated driving. In some instances, a motorcyclist may cause an accident because they are under the influence of drugs, but many motorcyclists have been hit by drugged drivers as well.

Operating a motorcycle can be especially difficult when one is under the influence of drugs, so it is pivotal for motorcyclists to avoid driving in this state. Moreover, those operating a larger vehicle may be more likely to collide with a motorcyclist for various reasons, whether they do not notice a motorcyclist because they are drowsy or because they are driving aggressively as a result of their intoxicated state.

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