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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.

Investigators Determine Reactant in West, Texas Explosion

Last month’s fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, a small town located north of Waco killed 14 people, injured dozens of others, demolished many homes and businesses.

Yesterday, officials announced ammonium nitrate to be the substance behind the blast. Ammonium nitrate is a solid that is used in fertilizer because of its rich nitrogen content. Plants can easily absorb nitrogen ions as a nutrient.

However, ammonium nitrate is also a common oxidizing agent, a key component in creating explosives. While it is not incredibly volatile on its own, when ammonium nitrate comes into contact with certain materials it can explode.

While the exact cause of the explosion remains a mystery, investigators have begun examining its 90-foot-wide crater and remain hopeful that more information into the nature of this tragedy will emerge.

The Importance of Paternity Actions

A child’s parents are expected to provide their offspring with a certain level of care. However, in circumstances in which one parent, usually the father, is not an active part of their child’s life, they may be unwilling to provide the support necessary to ensure that their child receives a reasonable standard of living. It is for this reason that some mothers pursue paternity actions against absentee fathers.

Paternity actions serve to establish conclusively that an individual is a child’s father and that he has a legal obligation to provide appropriate support for the upbringing of his child. Bringing a paternity suit can help to ensure that the mother has the resources necessary to provide her child with the care he or she deserves.

In order to be able to receive the financial benefits that a successful paternity action can provide, however, the mother must be able to demonstrate that the named individual is, in fact, the child’s father. This is usually accomplished through a paternity test. Additionally, it is necessary to bring this action before the statute of limitations runs out. If a paternity action is brought after the statute of limitations has passed, the mother has no legal right to pursue compensation.

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