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Yaz has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an effective birth-control pill, as well as a treatment for moderate acne and even PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Being hailed as the “miracle drug” Yaz was the top choice for birth-control pills on the 2008 as well as the succeeding year, since it was also marketed for women suffering from moods swings, acne and severe PMS. However, latest research and studies has shown that taking Yaz have increased women’s risks of developing blood clots and other health complications.

Blood clots can cause serious health problems if they are left untreated, and they can strike without your knowledge. Knowing what to look for when protecting yourself from blood clots and blood clot complications is vital in order to prevent further health risks, especially if you are taking Yaz pills. Here are some symptoms of blood clots that can alert you:

  1. Severe headaches that seem abrupt or unexpected
  2. Lower leg or back pain
  3. Coughing blood, or having piercing or crushing chest pain
  4. Significant swelling or pain in either arms or legs
  5. Vision issues such as blurred vision or complete loss of vision

There are three ways that blood clots can fatally affect a person’s health: through the arteries to affect the brain, go straight to the heart to cause heart attacks, or go to the lungs to stop your breathing. Because of the significant danger that Yaz and blood clots can cause their patients, a lot of women have look into finding a reliable Yaz lawyer to help file a case against the manufacturer of the drug (Bayer) and help them get the necessary compensation.

Although a bestselling birth-control drug, Yaz has also been on the news not only for the risks of blood clots, they have also been suspected of other complications such as gall bladder injuries and liver problems. Women who have already been affected with by these severe side effects have already filed defective pharmaceutical lawsuits hoping that other women will see the dangers of the drug and prevent further victims.

In an effort to preserve the natural beauty and environment of their respective ports, residents of Key West and Venice have formed a committee that aims to prevent oversize cruise ships from docking nearby each city.

The committee, Comitato No Grandi Navi, issued a statement last week that presents its position on the effect large cruise ships have on the two tourist sites.

“The scale of the vessels far exceeds anything that these historic ports were built to accommodate, and their sheer size overwhelms the historic setting, diminishing the visual appeal and sense of place,” the report said.

Environmental activists in Key West said they appreciate the extra support from the Venetians, especially as the sunny island city debates dredging its ship channel to allow the passage of larger cruise ships.

Critics of Comitato No Grandi Navi’s position state that Key West has already lost a significant portion of its cruise ship business, claiming that the island sees only 700,000 cruise ship passengers annually as opposed to the 1,000,000 it received in 2003.

Key West residents can attend a presentation on Wednesday, held by Citizens for Responsible Tourism, which will explore the dredging referendum in more depth. The organization will discuss the cruise industry’s effect on the local economy and environment, and will open a public forum on Thursday.

Construction workers are subject to all kinds of hazards on the job, not the least of which is toxic substance exposure. The toxic substance need not be exotic and it is not limited to anyone area; in the US 18% of all construction workers suffer to some degree to toxic substance exposure. Although exposure is usually short-term and intermittent because construction workers usually move from job site to job site, it is likely to recur frequently. This is because many of the toxic substances encountered onsite are endemic in a particular construction task such as bricklaying, welding and demolition.

The health consequences are varied, depending on the toxic substance and the amount of exposure. Toxic substance exposure is usually through inhalation of airborne fumes, mists, gases, dusts and vapors, but it can also be through skin contact or through ingestion. Some of the toxic substances one is likely to encounter in a construction site are glues, dry cement, organic solvents and heavy metals in soldering iron. According to the website of New York-based law firm Hach & Rose, LLP, many construction workers are not even aware that they have been exposed to toxic substances until much later when the symptoms appear. In this sort of situation, discussing your case with a construction accident attorney in your area may be a wise legal decision.

The most linked health issues to the construction industry due to toxic substance exposure include:

  • Asbestosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Lead poisoning
  • Lung cancer
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Silicosis

The Code of Federal Regulations tackles the problem of toxic substance exposure under 29 CFR 1926.55 and 29 CFR 1926 Subpart Z, but no amount of legislation can prevent construction workers from getting exposed to harmful substances at work if the employer or construction site manager chooses to ignore the regulations. As a result, many construction workers end up with lifelong debilitating health problems and financial difficulties through no fault of their own.

If you or someone close to you incurred health problems due to toxic substance exposure while at a construction site, you could be eligible for a personal injury suit. Consult with a lawyer with a good track record in handling toxic substance exposure cases in the area.

When you feel your heart miss a beat, it may not be because you have found your soul mate. It may mean you have atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibirillation or A-fib is the most common of the arrhythmias or heart rhythm disorders. In general, you could go through your whole life with A-fib with no ill-effects, but in some severe cases it increases the risk of stroke. There are many ways to manage the consequences of A-fib, and one of them is through the drug Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate).

Pradaxa is an oral anti-coagulant which is designed to prevent strokes in people with nonvalvular A-fib. It is essentially a blood thinner, so it does not act on the heart itself, but on ensuring that any clotting resulting from the arrhythmia does not escalate into a stroke. Pradaxa replaced warfarin as the anti-coagulant of choice.

The biggest problem with Pradaxa, which is the reason why manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim is now a defendant in a multi-district litigation (MDL) action in Illinois, is that it may be thinning the blood too much that it induces internal bleeding for which there is as yet no solution. An article on the website of New York-based product liability law firm Hach & Rose, LLP, there was not enough research done on the risks associated with Pradaxa and that the lack of an antidote to the bleeding was a serious breach of the duty of care the drug company owed its clients. The administration of Vitamin K, traditionally a counteracting agent to anti-coagulants, does not work with Pradaxa.

Pradaxa was approved for human use by the Food and Drug Administration in the last quarter of 2010 and to date, 542 deaths have been associated with it. More than 1,000 plaintiffs are represented in a pending class action suit (MDL No. 2385) in the Southern District of Illinois.

If you or a family member has been prescribed with Pradaxa and suffered from internal bleeding, you may be eligible to bring a case against Boehringer Ingelheim. Contact a product liability lawyer in your area with experience in handling Pradaxa lawsuits to have your case assessed.

Construction accidents involving falling objects can lead to serious injury, especially if it falls from great heights. The hazards posed by falling objects are not limited to people working on the site; it could also affect people in adjoining and adjacent areas who may merely be passing by or who have business in the area. In one case in New York, a man sitting inside his condominium was killed when a crane crashed into his building and landed in his living room. This is why it is important that construction site managers and owners take safety precautions to protect people from being injured by falling hazards such as placing safety nets, posting warning signs and training workers on safety protocols.

Falling hazards could be as small as a screwdriver or as big as a whole crane. According to the website of law firm Hach & Rose, LLP, failing to take even the most basic safety measures is negligence. Construction companies are mandated by law to implement policies that would ensure the site is as safe as possible for workers and any other people who may be in the area.

Workers need to be instructed to secure all tools and materials, especially when working at height, since a screwdriver plummeting down from 20 stories up can seriously injure or even kill a person at ground level. Operators of cranes and other lifting machinery need to make sure that the loads they are carrying are secure and stable. Supervisors need to ensure that equipment such as cranes and scaffolding are in good working order and safe to use, especially in areas where there are other people around who may not be aware of the potential falling hazards looming above them.

Those who are victims of falling hazards-related construction accidents may have legal recourse to get compensation for their injuries and attendant costs. It is important to engage an attorney experienced in dealing with falling hazards injury cases in construction accidents.

Working at heights is common in construction, and there is a good chance of being involved in construction accidents even under the best of conditions. In most cases, some type of scaffolding is used to accomplish the necessary tasks, and that fact that it is a temporary structure that requires assembly and disassembly increases the chances of construction accidents.

Scaffolding has been used since ancient times to work at heights, and modern technology has made it cheaper, safer and easier to use. However, just like with any other construction equipment, it needs to be maintained and used properly so that it will not cause construction accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued several regulations regarding the types, sizes and conditions of materials used in scaffolding to ensure that it exceeds the load-bearing requirements of its use as well as the proper assembly and disassembly to maximize the stability of these essential structures.

Not surprisingly, many of the construction accidents involving scaffolding are due to its defective condition, incorrect assembly or disassembly, or improper use. These are all indications of the lack of supervision onsite as well as the lack of training of workers in the use of scaffolding in general. An article from the website of Hach & Rose, LLP, experienced New York construction accident lawyers, it is crucial that scaffolding must be carefully assembled because workers literally place their lives on the line every time they climb up on one. The failure of construction management to provide these necessary aspects of scaffolding use may be construed as a breach in the duty of care that employers or contractors owe their workers, and may be actionable.

Scaffolding-related construction accidents include slips and falls, collapse, falling objects, and electrocution. Injuries sustained in this type of construction accidents may be serious, or even fatal. Construction workers who are injured or killed because of the negligence of their employers deserve to get adequate compensation for the physical, mental, emotional and financial damage that result. A construction accident lawyer with the right kind of expertise should be retained to handle any case that may be filed against a negligent employer in construction.

A comparison of the number of construction accidents in New York for 2011 and 2012 show a sharp rise by 31%. This is attributed to the growing tendency of construction companies to ignore safety regulations because they have no motivation to improve working conditions. The concerned government agencies have yet to impose sanctions that would effectively discourage unsafe practices.

Construction accidents tend to result in serious injuries if not death. As an occupation, construction workers buy into a certain amount of risk because they often work with heavy equipment, power tools and inherently unsafe environments such as unfinished buildings, demolition sites, and working at heights. However, there is no excuse to exacerbate these risks by ignoring basic safety rules such as ensuring equipment are properly maintained, providing safety gear, and seeing to it that the site is not in danger of collapse.

According to the website of Hach & Rose, LLP, the most common construction accidents include:

  • Falling materials and equipment
  • Unsafe work sites
  • Defective scaffolding
  • Heavy construction vehicle accidents
  • Crane collapse

Many of these construction accidents are preventable with a minimum of safety precautions. Recent construction accidents in New York resulted from ignoring basic safety rules, such as preventing workers from going to a site which is clearly in danger of collapsing, or inspecting cranes to see that cables are not frayed or otherwise unsafe to operate.

Victims of construction accidents that occurred because of negligence may have legal recourse to help them recover from the hardship caused by serious injuries or the loss sustained by the family of a worker who dies unexpectedly. It is important to get competent legal representation in New York with the experience and knowledge to bring off a personal injury or wrongful death claim for construction accidents successfully. It can mean the difference between getting the compensation deserved and being left holding the bag.

According to an annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace deaths in the United States last year decreased overall, though some states and industries saw troubling increases. In particular, authorities are concerned about fatal accidents in the oil and gas industry, which reached a record high in 2012.

Last year, 4,383 workers died in accidents at their work sites, a significant decrease from 2011’s 4,693. While the national figures are a testament to most states making advances in workplace safety, they don’t tell the whole story. In Texas, 531 deaths occurred in 2012 compared with only 433 in 2011, a phenomenon that occurred in several other states.

Nationwide, oil and gas industries saw a substantial 23 percent jump in workplace fatalities to 138, an increase experts associate with the recent boom in natural gas extraction. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez called the deaths “unacceptable.”

“We can and must do better,” Perez said.

The construction industry, which typically sees numerous workplace fatalities each year, also got low marks for safety. 775 construction workers died in 2012, a five percent increase that came after a five-year period of safety gains. Construction accidents have a higher potential to be fatal because of the mechanical hazards present at work sites such as heavy machinery and electricity. Construction tallied the most fatalities in several states, including Texas and Wyoming.

In response to the poor safety ratings in the construction and oil and gas industries, the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration has created educational initiatives and plans to conduct oil and gas industry safety checks throughout the next year.

“No worker should lose their life for a paycheck,” Perez said.

Slips and falls might not seem like serious occurrences, but they result in thousands of injuries and fatalities each year across the United States. In fact, slips and falls together comprised one of the top five most common workplace accidents last year based on data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Businesses and employers are responsible for keeping their premises safe in order to prevent slips, trips, and other accidents. If a business fails to ensure customer safety, a slip could cause anything from head trauma, nerve injury, paralysis, and death.

A number of accidents can be prevented just by being careful. It’s important to know the most common causes of slip and fall injuries, as well as the best ways to successfully navigate dangerous surfaces.

Major factors causing slips, trips, and falls:

  • Wet or slippery surfaces, including polished, wet, and waxed floors.
  • Environmental conditions, including ice, snow, and water. “Black ice,” a layer of thin, almost-invisible ice, can be hard to detect and causes frequent injury.
  • Insufficient lighting, which can hide obstacles or drop-offs.
  • Elevation changes, including stairs. Many stair-related injuries are caused because of stairs with uneven surfaces and tread heights.

Best ways to avoid slips and falls:

  • Wear shoes with good traction.
  • Use handrails and other objects to steady yourself and retain your balance.
  • In the event of a fall, use your hands and legs to protect your head, neck, and spine from injury.

Businesses or workplaces with insufficient warning about slippery surfaces are often responsible for slip and fall injuries. If you have been hurt in a slip or fall, you should seek medical help immediately.

Nursing home “care” may border on abuse in some states, according to a report released last month by advocacy group Families for Better Care. The Florida-based group graded states on several criteria including average employee hours per resident per day, care staff to resident ratio, and health inspection score. Hawaii, Alaska, and Maine received the highest scores, but the report declared nursing homes in Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana inadequate.

Nursing home staff are responsible for providing excellent care for their elderly residents. However, nursing homes across the country continue to fail to provide even adequate care. Nursing home residents who are not receiving proper care can suffer injuries from falls, bedsores, malnutrition, and physical and emotional abuse.

Laws passed in several states last year allowed the use of hidden cameras in nursing home rooms, which have improved the standard of care according to inspectors. Last year in Oklahoma, a state that received an “F” rating from Families for Better Care, a video camera caught a nurse forcefully shoving food into a 96-year-old woman’s mouth. Similar scenes of abuse have been captured by cameras in other homes.

One of the most substantial barriers to providing effective care is the lack of well-trained nursing home staff. According to July’s report, a paltry seven states provided residents with more than one hour of professional care each day, and a vast majority of states gave residents less than three hours of direct daily care. Brian Lee, the executive director of Families for Better Care, called nationwide nursing care “slipshod” and blamed it for “thousands of painful or deadly blunders.”

“It’s beyond time that states take a hard look at their nursing home care and figure out what’s working so residents receive safer, more affordable care,” Lee said.