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Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Lawsuits, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Yaz: An Extremely Harmful Birth Control Pill?

Yaz and Yasmin are listed among the most commonly doctor-recommended oral contraceptives worldwide. Both are manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, a major pharmaceutical company that operates in more than 50 countries. Some of the company’s products are over-the-counter drugs, veterinary drugs and insect repellents.

The birth control pill Yaz, particularly, was introduced by Bayer in 2006. The pill is able to prevent pregnancy by thwarting eggs to evolve, leaving the spermatozoa without any egg to inseminate.

An advertising campaign that extensively promoted the pill plus a New York Times ad, which dubbed the product as a “quality of life treatment,” due to its further capability to prevent bloating, clear one’s face of acne and relieve women of the depression and anxiety brought about by premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), besides, of course, its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, easily made Yaz women’s trusted and favorite birth control pill all across the U.S.

One difference Yaz has from other birth control pills is its content called drospirenone, an improved version of synthetic progesterone. Another is in the number of active or hormone-induced pills, which is 24, and inactive or palliative pills, which is only four (other oral contraceptives have seven inactive pills). The 24 active pills simply increase a woman’s dose of synthetic hormones within a month, while the palliative pills are meant to diminish troublesome symptoms during or just before periods.

Despite the numerous lawsuits regarding Yaz’s side effects, but most especially the death of 23 Canadian women, whose deaths are being blamed on the product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada still refuse to stop the distribution of Yaz, claiming that the product’s benefits still outweigh the risks associated with it.

Despite Bayer’s claim that Yaz is safe and effective, it has known side effects, which include:

  • Fluctuations from upper breathing infections to high amounts of potassium
  • Headaches, which can be as painful as migraines
  • Contaminations in vaginal yeast and infrequency in vaginal discharge
  • Causation of unstable non-menstrual bleeding
  • Contraction of the stomach, hair loss and weight gain
  • Reduction in sexual drive
  • Anaphylactic reactions (Anaphylaxis is severe type I hypersensitivity in the different systems of the body)
  • Higher risk of liver tumors, liver function disturbances, fluctuations in glucose level (which can result to diabetes), hypertension and blood clots
  • Inflammations, enlargement of the lips and the tongue, swelling of the breasts, breast discharge, itching, breathing difficulty, numbness of the arms and legs, stimulation of bowel disease and unbalanced heart beat, breast soreness and vaginal irritation

Besides its many, different unfavorable side-effects, Yaz is also alleged to cause death. This is why women, especially those nursing or expecting, who plan to use the pill, ought to consult their doctors first about the pill’s safety and appropriate dosage. Your doctor also ought to know of other medications you are taking if you decide to use Yaz.

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

A Look at Premises Liability Law

When a person is in charge of a property, it comes with a great deal of responsibility he or she may not be aware of. One of the most important of these responsibilities is the obligation to keep the premises safe for any guests that they may be host to. This is especially true for hotels, as they frequently have people who are unfamiliar with the building walking into and out of them.

Property managers who fail to uphold their obligation can be held accountable for any injuries that result from dangerous conditions in their buildings. Most often such conditions arise from the building going through some period of neglect.

Common dangerous conditions include hazards such as lead paint, leaky pipes, mold, and faulty elevators. These are the kinds of dangers that are sometimes present in a building, and must be fixed within a reasonable amount of time to reduce the risk that they hurt innocent people.

If such conditions are allowed to persist for an unreasonably long time and a guest on the property is unduly hurt, the property manager may be held responsible for his or her medical costs and other injury-related expenditures. Making repairs as soon as a problem becomes apparent is the key to reducing liability under such circumstances. It’s imperative that hotels adhere to a high standard of safety on their premises to ensure that their guests feel welcome and impressed with the clean, safe facilities.

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The Numbers behind Oklahoma Car Accidents

You hear about car crashes all the time, but you never think it will happen to you. In Oklahoma, there were 68,967 crashes reported in 2011, or about 189 crashes every day. Of these, 609 were fatal, where a total of 696 people died. There were 24,174 crashes where 36,294 people were injured.

Of the 696 people who died in 2011, more than 80% of them may have survived if they had been wearing their seat belts. Of the 95 motorcyclists who died in a car crash, 64 of them didn’t bother to wear a helmet. It is a sobering thought.

Among the crashes where people died or were injured, 9.2% (3,400) was alcohol-related, 19.8% (7,323) was due to failure to yield, and 16.5% (6,107) was due to speeding, This is a total of 16,830 people who were killed or injured in a car crash that was totally preventable and due to negligence. This comes out to about 46 people each day in the state of Oklahoma who climbed into the car thinking nothing more serious than what kind of dessert they would get with their meal. And yet in a single second their lives would be changed forever.

It is easy to become a car cash statistic in Oklahoma or any other place for that matter. In all the hurry, hustle and bustle, and distractions left and right, it’s no wonder that so many accidents happen. If you get seriously injured in a car crash because someone was driving recklessly, it could mean the end of your life as you know it. The fact that such accidents are preventable makes it even worse.

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The Dangers of Commercial Vehicles

Commercial vehicle drivers are subject to much stricter regulations than ordinary drivers. This is because commercial vehicles (busses, trucks) are considerably bigger and often carry heavier loads which make them more dangerous, especially at higher speeds such as on highways. There are regulations for special licenses, work hours and safety protocols exclusive to commercial vehicle drivers.

In the event of something like an 18-wheeler accident with a passenger car, odds are that any damages, injuries and/or fatalities will accrue to the passenger vehicle and the people in them rather than the big rig and its driver. It is also most probable that when negligence is an issue, the driver will have very little wriggle room because they are so strictly regulated. Moreover, trucking companies and carriers are likely to be held liable for an accident together with the driver, so there is a stronger incentive to prioritize road safety and driver training. What then are the typical causes of a commercial vehicle accident?

There are two general types: driver-related and non-driver related. Driver-related causes include but are not limited to:

  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Fatigue
  • Distraction
  • Speeding
  • Misjudgment of distances
  • Sudden stops
  • Overloading
  • Unsecured loads
  • Sudden turns at high speeds
  • Aggressive driving
  • Tailgating

Non-driver related causes include but are not limited to:

  • Mechanical failure
  • Poor road or weather conditions
  • Tire blowout
  • Oil spills on the road
  • Other vehicle in the no zone areas, swerving or overtaking incorrectly
  • Stalled vehicle on the road

If the accident is due to negligence, it may be possible to prove that another party was responsible for your injuries. Commercial vehicles and their drivers typically carry generous insurance because they can cause considerable damage in the event of an accident, so you may be able to secure the financial compensation you need from the party responsible for your accident if you have been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle.

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