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Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are particularly damaging in a way that many other types of injuries are not. Burns can occur extremely quickly, and if left untreated, can result in serious infections or even death. Therefore, it is important to understand what the possible causes of burn injuries can be, and how they can be avoided.

The most common cause of burn injuries is exposure to fire. Explosions, natural disasters, or even simply routine accidents can all expose an individual to serious burn injuries. Car accidents can similarly place an individual at risk of fire burn injuries.

Boiling liquids and steam can also cause serious burn injuries. In fact, except for extremely minor cases, these types of burn injuries are often more severe, as boiling liquids can more easily pass through several layers of tissue before the source of damage is stopped.

Chemical burns are another serious form of burn injury that can have serious long-term consequences. Depending on the type of chemical involved and the method of exposure, chemical burns can be among the most severe that an individual can suffer. Furthermore, because of the possibility of inhalation, exposure to hazardous chemicals which can result in burn injuries may even be life-threatening.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

preventing dog bitesKeeping their pets from biting innocent people should always be a dog owner’s priority, but sadly this is not always the case. More than 4.5 million people in the United States suffer dog bites every year. Most of these victims are young children and many of the incidents are completely preventable.

Postal workers are also in danger of sustaining dog bite injuries. In 2012, almost six thousand postal workers were attacked by dogs while trying to deliver the mail.

When dogs bite innocent people, their owners are the ones who can be held liable for the injuries that occur. To prevent being bitten by a dog, do not make any moves it may perceive as threatening, don’t put your hands near its mouth, and always respect their personal space. Being aware of how the dog feels can allow you to avoid a painful and injurious dog bite.


New Hampshire School District Sued by Fallen Girl’s Family

The School District in Salem, New Hampshire is facing a lawsuit as a result of a fall sustained by a student at a track and field event three years ago.

The then 12-year-old girl was taking a seat in the bleachers when she fell through a gap that was as wide as 15 inches and sustained serious injuries that included broken bones and forced her to be confined to a wheelchair for eight weeks.

The suit is being filed now rather than years ago in anticipation of any potential long-term effects that would not have been apparent at the time.

The school district has since made measures to prevent such falls from occurring again, but the lawsuit contends that they do not go far enough. The lawsuit also names the city of Salem as a defendant, but the city believes it has no liability and should not be included in the proceedings.

The Most Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries

Workers’ compensation, or more simply workers’ comp, is the system of financial support that is provided to workers who suffer an injury on the job to help them cope with medical bills and lost income. Workers’ compensation benefits can help workers in a wide range of different circumstances, ranging from relatively minor injuries that require only a few days’ recovery to those which can leave workers out of commission for significantly longer periods of time.

Almost any on-the-job injury, except for the most minor or the most unusual, will typically qualify an individual for workers’ compensation benefits. Nevertheless, most workers’ compensation benefits are paid out for a few common causes and types of injury. These include the following:

  • Slip or trip and fall accidents
  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Workplace assaults
  • Accidents involving machinery

These are some of the most common forms of workplace injury resulting in workers’ compensation payments. However, many other workplace injuries may also render a worker eligible to receive compensation for their damages. It is important for workers to be aware of the specific regulations regarding workers’ compensation in the state in which they are employed in order to determine whether or not their injury will make them eligible for financial support.

What is the Basis for a Byetta Lawsuit?

Diabetic patients prescribed with Byetta prior to 2007 and had since developed acute pancreatitis may be able to receive personal injury compensation from Amylin.

Byetta is a synthetic prescriptive drug used to control blood sugar levels of people suffering from type 2 diabetes or diabetes mellitus type 2. It is manufactured by Amylin Pharmaceuticals and distributed in the US by Eli Lilly & Co. The twice-daily injectable Byetta and its once-weekly counterpart Bydureon, generic name exenatide, have been found to be efficacious in reducing the glucose levels in blood by mimicking the effects of incretins (incretin mimetic), a hormone released by the intestine in the blood when food is introduced, which in turn increases insulin production of the pancreas. Exenatide also reduces the appetite, which helps in weight loss. Exenatide has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 2005.

There are side effects associated with Exenatide, including nausea, hypoglycemia, excess sweating, headache and gastrointestinal distress. However, it is the unfortunate effect on the pancreas that has brought attention to Exenatide. The direct action of Exenatide is on the pancreas, which dictates the release of glucose-processing insulin in the blood. In some cases, patients who have been prescribed with Byetta developed acute pancreatitis, the sudden inflammation of the pancreas that can lead to serious health complications and death.

Because of this side effect, the FDA decreed in 2007 that Byetta labels should include a warning about the risk of developing pancreatitis even though the association has yet to be definitively established. Nevertheless, if you or someone you know is a Byetta user prior to 2007 and developed (or died from) acute pancreatitis, it is possible that a claim for personal injury may be successful. A lawyer conversant with the laws applicable to a Byetta lawsuit should be consulted to assess the situation. It is noteworthy that in some studies, exenatide use increases the risk of developing problems with the thyroid in rats, including cancer.

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