Staying Alive: The Negative Effects of Actos

To be told that you have cancer is one of the most horrifying statements ever heard. If you were being hunted down by a mercenary or something, there is someone directly to blame – there is someone to stop. Cancer is hardly ever the same case. It involves cells that do not behave the same way other cells do; these are insidious cells that dare to be alive, killing everything else. Usually, there is no one to blame. Usually, yes, but not always.

Such is the case of bladder cancer caused by Actos. Actos is a drug used to treat people with Type 2 diabetes (or ‘non-insulin dependent diabetes’) and is sometimes referred to as being a safer alternative to that of another drug of a similar nature, Avandia. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, however, there has been recent news that links bladder cancer as having developed due to the intake of this defective drug. A severe side effect such as this cannot be simply brushed off as the consequences of cancer are quite life-altering and require action.

If you or someone you know is currently in this situation, you might be asking yourselves: what can you do about it?

You can hold the people responsible as accountable for this additional grievance on your life. And yes, though cancer is sometimes sudden and due to nothing at all, sometimes there is a party to blame – and this is one of those times. Cancer is an expensive disease to treat, depending on if you were fortunate enough to have had the cancer detected while it was still highly treatable, and bladder cancer has a higher risk of recurrence, which is why survivors of this disease often get themselves regularly checked just in case.

If your cancer was caused by the taking of Actos then you might be eligible to receive compensation for the damage that the drug has done upon your person.

Car Seat Giveaways

San Diego is giving away 1,944 car seats to low-income families for the fifth consecutive year. This was made possible by a grant of $245,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety as part of the state’s “Keep ‘Em Safe” program. Car accidents are a leading cause of death among children 19-years-old and below in the US.

It is certainly a smart move as car seats can reduce injuries to children involved in car accidents. Low income families can ill-afford the costs associated with a car accident even if they have the requisite insurance. Unfortunately, it does not eliminate much of the costs associated with serious injuries and property damage when a car accident occurs.

Children are especially vulnerable because aside from their medical expenses, serious injuries can lead to trauma, long-term physical and mental disability, and developmental problems. To all intents and purposes, their lives could be over or at least changed beyond recognition.

To make matters worse, many car accidents that involve children are preventable. Drivers who are reckless, distracted, or intoxicated are a danger to everyone around them, but despite the many efforts to increase awareness of the dangers they pose, there are still too many of them on the road.

A lot of focus has been brought on drunk driving and truck drivers that have violated hours-of-service regulations, but there are still no effective laws to prevent people from texting or otherwise using their handheld devices while driving. The fact that they are not intoxicated does not change the force of a car or truck colliding on a pedestrian or another vehicle. When it comes down to brass tacks, the results are the same.

If your child has been seriously injured in a negligent car accident, you have a right to demand compensation. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area to find out more.

Mediation in Arizona

Divorce doesn’t always have to be contentious, nor does it have to end up in court. If there are issues that need to be resolved in your divorce, there are alternative ways to do so which are quicker and less expensive than settling it in court if you are both willing to work at it and reach a compromise.

One of these is mediation. Mediation in general is a voluntary alternative, but divorce cases in Arizona have to go through mandatory mediation before it goes before a judge. The rationale behind this is mediation will lighten the load on the court system.

Mediation is often confused with arbitration, which is not a trial but similar to it in that it is adversarial where the arbitrator acts like a judge, listening to all the evidence and then making a decision which is final and binding to both parties. Mediation is more conciliatory, where the mediator merely facilitates the negotiations that will hopefully result in a mutually agreeable resolution but is not there to force it or to make a decision. In other words, a couple involved in mediation continues to control the outcome of the dispute. It is recommended that divorce lawyers are present to protect the interests of both parties.

Mediation is generally not regulated by state law, although in Arizona the parties are bound by confidentiality; what transpires in mediation stays in mediation. In this sense, anyone can serve as a mediator and does not even need to have any experience or knowledge to do it professionally. It is crucial that a mediator from a professional organization is selected to handle mediation for any hope at arriving at a satisfactory resolution.

In some instances, a lawyer may take on the role of mediator by virtue of their legal knowledge, but it isn’t necessary.

The duration of mediation will depend on how much each spouse is willing to compromise; the more flexible they are, the shorter the length of time it will take. Mediators are usually paid by the hour, but in mandatory mediation, the mediators are volunteers and the parties will not have to pay them anything.

The Issue Same-Sex Divorce in Texas

The issue of same-sex marriages continues to be a prickly subject in Texas, with advocates hotly contesting the state’s right to bar two people of the same sex to become legally joined when other states have already confirmed that to ban same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. And now this has become even more of a conundrum with some same-sex married couples insisting on a Texas divorce.

In the Lone Star state, same-sex couples who legalized their marriage in other states but reside in Texas are not allowed to obtain a Texas divorce because in the first place, Texas does not recognize the validity of the marriage. It is mostly a case of the chicken and the egg; how can the state grant a divorce decree to a couple who was not married in the eyes of the state in the first place? The only way that a same-sex couple can get “divorced” is by having the marriage declared void. While this means that they are free to marry again, a voided marriage does not carry the same benefits and privileges of divorce under Texas law, which includes but not limited to property division and Social Security benefits.

There are signs that same-sex marriage may soon be allowed in Texas, and this is good news for Texans hoping to tie the knot in their home state. However, until such time that it is formally declared legal in Texas, married same-sex couples in Lewisville or other counties will just have to put up with relevant laws as they stand. In any case, an experienced Lewisville divorce lawyer will have the necessary knowledge to make the best of a bad situation.

If you are considering divorce in Texas, it is important that you have the advice of a competent divorce lawyer conversant with Texas laws. Even if you anticipate no problems with the dissolution process, it is still advisable that you have all your “I”s dotted and “T”s crossed to avoid legal problems later on.

Top Causes of Car Accidents

When a vehicular accident occurs, one of the first things law enforcement will do is to determine if the driver or drivers were driving while intoxicated (DWI) with alcohol or other intoxicants. This has a significant impact on whether a criminal case will be filed because DUI is automatically criminal offense. Any driver suspected of DWI in an accident, especially in states like Texas where sanctions imposed on impaired drivers are heavier than in other states, it would be wise to consult a Dallas DWI lawyer at once.

However, DWI is not the leading cause of car accidents in the US. Speeding is identified as a more frequent cause of car accidents, and ironically, it is not considered a crime to go above the legal speed limit even if it has proven to be statistically much more dangerous. In Oklahoma, you get a ticket and a fine, perhaps license suspension, and rarely, jail time up to 90 days depending on the circumstances. But it isn’t a crime per se, unless it results in serious injuries or death to a third party, in which case it becomes a homicide. Victims of a speeding accident may also have recourse to civil litigation with the assistance of an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer.

Occurring even more frequently as a cause of car accidents is distracted driving, which is not even a traffic citation in most states including Oklahoma, although it does ban drivers on a learners’ or intermediate license from using handheld devices or texting while driving. This is particularly sobering considering that the aftermath of car accidents are often life-changing, as pointed out on the website of Abel Law Firm.

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident because of the negligence of the driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your state for more information about how the negligent party can be compelled to make you whole again.

Possession of Oxycotin: When is it a Drug Crime?

When you think of drug crimes, the first things that come to mind are cocaine, heroin, even marijuana. However, even possession of legal drugs such as Oxycotin can become a drug crime under certain circumstances.

Oxycotin is a brand name for a product containing 80 mg of oxycodone, a widely-prescribed pain killer derived from poppy plants very similar in properties to heroin, and just as addictive. If fact, drugs containing oxycodone are classified as a Substance II Controlled Substance the same as heroin and cocaine. There are many variations of oxycodone in the market in various formulations. Percodan, for example, is oxycodone mixed with aspirin while Percocet is oxycodone and paracetamol.

Unlike cocaine and heroin, however, possession of Oxycotin or any oxycodone-based product is not automatically a crime if it comes with a valid prescription. Patients who have been prescribed with oxycodone medication are required to carry a valid and active prescription for the drugs which in turn should be kept in its original bottle labeled with the name of the possessor. These are all important documents in determining the legality of their possession of Oxycotin.

These measures have not prevented people from abusing or trafficking the drug, however. In Massachusetts, there has been an alarming rise in crimes i.e. robbery by addicts for the purpose of obtaining the means to illegally obtain Oxycotin or other oxycodone products. This is true even in the high-end resort town of Cape Cod, so naturally drug dealers hasten to provide the supply. This has prompted law enforcement to employ stringent tactics to catch any instance of prescription drug abuse or illegal trade, which any Cape Cod drugs crime lawyer can strategize to combat.

If you are arrested for possession of Oxycotin, the penalties if convicted are just as heavy as possession of heroin or cocaine. It is important that you admit to nothing when questioned but to ask for a lawyer to straighten the whole thing out before you get into real trouble.

Keep that Smartphone Smart!

Around most of the world, smartphones have become ubiquitous. From high-powered businesspeople to everyday teenagers, just about everyone has a smartphone and is checking it multiple times per hour. With so much information at your fingertips, so many incredible applications, and the ability to take photos and video, smartphones have revolutionized human society into something of a collective. Everyone knows everything that happens in real time. The information age has arrived.

However, sometimes phones can appear to be rather disobedient. If the hard drive gets filled up or the device is dropped the wrong way, the can become sluggish and unresponsive. Additionally, sometimes software updates aren’t exactly compatible with aging hardware, so older phones seem to become increasingly dysfunctional with time.

Being aware of these issues can help you be patient when your phone is behaving erratically and empower you to get to the root of the problem. Try deleting some older files you don’t need, uninstalling apps, and rebooting the device. This can help keep you phone operating at some capacity, even if it’s not exactly as fast as it was out of the box.

BP Claim Appeals and Baseball

What does baseball have to do with BP claim appeals? Is it three strikes you’re out when it comes to BP claims? Actually, you only have two strikes under the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center Economic & Property Damage Claims settlement agreement drawn up by British Petroleum (BP) to recompense those who have been affected by the April 2010 explosion of its Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The first one is when you make a claim, and the second one is when you are given a notice of appeal.

Under the agreement, affected parties can make a claim against the settlement fund put up by BP for individual as well as business losses. This is a huge undertaking considering that the explosion effectively closed down most businesses in the surrounding coastal cities, leaving thousands without a means of livelihood and health problems as well as messed up the environment.

But BP had slipped in a clause that they could challenge any claim over $25,000 using what is popularly called baseball arbitration rules. This in reference to the days when baseball players and team managers could each submit a salary proposal to a three-person arbitration panel who will then decide which proposal will be accepted. According to the Williams Kherkher resource website BPClaimAppeal.com, BP has successfully challenged more than three-fourths of the claims using this option.

When a claimant receives a notice of appeal from BP, the wheels are set in motion for the denial of a claim altogether. BP is counting on the fact that a majority of claimants will have only the vaguest ideas of how to maneuver in legal waters, and hope that the tight deadlines of the claim appeals process would get them off cleanly. In some instances, claimants failed to respond with a counter-proposal in due time and ended up with no compensation at all.

This is why it is important for claimants to be informed, but it is undeniably difficult for a layperson to understand the law. In lieu of personal understanding, claimants are advised to consult with experienced BP claim appeals lawyers as soon as they receive a notice of appeal.

Sports Injuries and Workers’ Compensation

It is a given that US employers provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees for work-related injuries or diseases, but it is less well-known that professional athletes also have their own workers’ comp coverage. However, if former athletes develop a disability caused by past injuries, are they still eligible for workers’ compensation?

It depends on the circumstances. The National Football League (NFL) is negotiating a settlement fund that has recently been given preliminary approval designed expressly to compensate former NFL players. This came about after thousands of former NFL players sued the organization for promoting an unhealthy work environment that resulted in concussion-related personal injuries including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (formally known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS). There have so far been 7 reported ALS cases among these former NFL players, raising the question about the link between playing professional football under the NFL and ALS.

Professional athletes in most sports are often subject to injuries, which is why it makes sense to have workers’ compensation for these injuries. However, some states have chosen to impose restrictions on these claims i.e. California in response to the lobbying by sports team employers and their insurers. Making a claim for personal injury compensation can be difficult and would require the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

At the very least, these former athletes who may find themselves suffering from debilitating conditions should be eligible for Social Security disability, but the batting average is far from ideal. An Indiana Social Security disability lawyer would be the first to inform the client that roughly 2 out of 3 disability claims are initially denied. In such cases, going through the appeals process can be frustrating, time-consuming and overwhelming for the inexperienced claimant.

If you have suffered serious injury as a result of practicing your profession, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation or disability benefits. Contact the appropriate lawyer in your area to protect your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. While not all things can be replaced with money, this compensation can help you return to a somewhat normal life.

Xarelto Litigation Looms on Horizon

Xarelto lawsuits are heating up but far from all in. The first uncontrollable bleeding complaint was filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) and manufacturer Bayer barely two years after it was first approved as an anticoagulant by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. This was due to dangerous Xarelto side effects, primarily irreversible bleeding. Since then, more than 21 cases have been filed in 10 jurisdictions so that an application has been made to consolidate the cases into multidistrict litigation with the Southern District of Illinois in early October 2014. Personal injury lawyers are predicting more are in the works given its similarity of circumstances with another anticoagulant that took a beating in court: Pradaxa.

Side effects are common in prescription drugs, but in most cases the benefits outweigh the risks. In the case of the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs), plaintiffs agree that it is too dangerous to be sold. Pradaxa first, and then Xarelto was introduced as the better alternative to the finicky standard anticoagulant therapy using warfarin. There was no need for diet changes or regular monitoring to adjust dosage with the new anticoagulants, which made it more convenient and less expensive in the long run. This is the reason why Xarelto earned its principals more than $500 million in sales in the first year it was introduced, and by 2013 this increased to $2 billion.

However, the new drugs also had no reversal agent, which meant that if the blood was thinned too much, it could result in uncontrollable bleeding. The fact that regular monitoring was not required according to its manufacturers, the side effects of these dangerous pharmaceutical products could easily get out of control. Any intervention in uncontrollable bleeding (for both Pradaxa and Xarelto) was palliative; all the patient could do was to wait for the drug to run its course and to allow coagulation to take place.

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