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A properly restrained load can prevent an accident

Before many trucking companies in Louisiana agree to hire a new driver, they do a background check to verify that their driving record supports their ability to safely and responsibly operate a big truck. Truckers are required to test before they receive their CDL license which allows them to legally drive a truck. They are also required to undergo extensive training and instruction before they are allowed to drive independently. 

One of the tasks that truckers receive training on is how to properly secure their load to be able to transport it safely. According to insurancehub.com, a poorly loaded truck can cause the vehicle to tip over or roll over if an imbalance is too great. As such, it is imperative that truckers learn how to secure their load and check for signs that it needs a readjustment in order to continue their journey without putting their life or the lives of other motorists at risk. 

What are the risk factors for mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for the condition, only ways to manage it. Chest and/or abdominal pain, shortness of breath, bloating, wheezing, fever, night sweats, weight loss, fatigue, difficulty swallowing, body aches, coughing up blood and other uncomfortable and painful symptoms characterize mesothelioma. Most people do not know they have mesothelioma until 15 to 70 years after exposure. That said, you can help your Louisiana doctor make an informed diagnosis by understanding the risk factors of mesothelioma and knowing to which you have been exposed.  

According to Cancer.Net, there are four main risk factors for mesothelioma. The first and greatest risk factor is exposure to asbestos. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of individuals who receive a mesothelioma diagnosis have exposed themselves to asbestos at one point or another. Durable, flexible fibers and fire-proof properties make up the harmful chemical. 

How to know if you have mesothelioma

Over the years, many Americans have developed mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos. Some reports estimate that approximately 3,000 people receive a mesothelioma diagnosis annually

It is vital to know whether you can file a lawsuit for a disease a doctor could have prevented. Everyone in Louisiana needs to be aware of mesothelioma symptoms, so they know if they can pursue further legal action. 

What treatment options do you have for a mesothelioma diagnosis?

If you have been exposed to asbestos in any form throughout your lifetime in Louisiana, you are at a significantly higher risk of contracting mesothelioma. While there are other reasons why you may have gotten this cancer, asbestos exposure is the primary reason that many victims of mesothelioma have fallen prey to the cancerous disease. 

This form of cancer is found in the tissue lining that is responsible for covering vital organs in your body.  Your treatment options may vary depending on the severity of your condition, your medical history, and your requirements. According to the National Cancer Institute, some of the ways that your health care provider may attempt to treat your mesothelioma include the following:

  • Internal or external radiation therapy that directs radiation towards cancerous cells in an attempt to kill them. With the use of radiation, you may experience a reduction in your level of pain. 
  • Targeted therapy using methods such as Kinase inhibitors and monoclonal antibody therapy to rid your body of specific cancer cells. While it is less evasive than other treatment options, it does require consistent use of prescribed drugs that are used in facilitating the therapy. 
  • Chemotherapy is an injection that prevents cancer cells from splitting and spreading by releasing powerful drugs into your bloodstream. 
  • Surgery may be another option you could consider, but the type of surgery you undergo will vary drastically depending on the stage of your cancer and the condition of your body. 

Medical malpractice: misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis?

Medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death among Americans, according to U.S. News & World Report. Errors by healthcare employees result in 250,000 deaths annually, which is around 10 percent of deaths in the United States each year.

Many of these deaths are the result of misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis. While they can be similar, it is important to understand the difference between the two forms of medical malpractice in order to help prevent them from occurring.

Bad Faith

The 2017 Hurricane season has been extremely active with 10 hurricanes to count, which has not happened since 1893. It has been a stressful few months on the United States Gulf Coast as Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Nate have hit. While the cleanup is in progress for residents, the work is just beginning for all the Insurers. If you need to brush up on the strict Louisiana and Texas Bad Faith Laws read this excellent short synopsis written by Erin B Saucier, and feel free to get in touch with any questions. 

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