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A popular robotic surgery technology, da Vinci Surgical Systems, is the subject of criticism after costing some patients their lives. Da Vinci was introduced by Intuitive Surgical in an effort to make medical procedures easier for doctors and less invasive for patients. The da Vinci robot was first cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Since its introduction, da Vinci surgical systems have been sold worldwide and are used on thousands of patients yearly. While many people have had successful robotic surgery experiences, this new technology has been less than beneficial to some patients and their families.
Two weeks after a 24-year-old woman had a hysterectomy, she died from arterial and intestinal burns. Her family has sued Intuitive Surgical claiming that the doctor that performed the surgery was under-trained and that the design of the da Vinci robot was flawed.
David Kuni decided to get a prostatectomy in 2010 with the use of robot technology. He was assured of the health and recovery benefits by his doctor. However, Kuni experienced negative affects long after his surgery. Kuni experienced excruciating pain due to rectal lacerations. He had to have many additional procedures performed to repair damages done to his rectum and colon. His medical problems have been persistent and expensive.
Oftentimes, the surgeon operating the machine comes under scrutiny for misuse or under education when a patient suffers from robotic surgery. This can cost the surgeon, medical practice, and hospital millions of dollars in a medical malpractice suit. Since da Vinci robotics’ inception, Intuitive Surgical has paid out millions of dollars in wrongful death and product liability lawsuits. In addition to monetary compensation for reparations, many people who suffer the negative effects of robotic surgery want regulation surrounding surgeon training.Read More
Workplace discrimination still exists, despite the fact that the legislations against them has already been taken into effect for almost 50 years now. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), no employer or co-employee can be subjected to discrimination in the workplace due to his race or color. Even applicants of the company are protected by this law, and it further states that decisions regarding personnel’s promotion, layoff and other such work actions should be free from any discrimination.
There are ways that a worker or employee can do to stop or act upon any discriminatory actions they have endured. Agencies such as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) make sure the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is practiced, and that every complaint of discrimination that they receive is duly acted upon. Otherwise, a person discriminated in the office can:
Racial discrimination is one of the most commonly used forms of inequality. Most people think that being in America can help them give better lives – the American Dream. This is not always the case, though. Workplace racial discrimination still occurs, and it is important to know what your rights are against this and how to fight for your right for equality.Read More
Selecting a motorcycle as a primary means of transportation is usually an economically-based or pleasure-based choice by drivers. Motorcycles can get up to 80+ miles per gallon. In addition to saving fuel money, motorcyclists also save money on repairs. Common maintenance to motorcycles is much cheaper in the cost of parts and labor than common maintenance to standard sized cars and trucks. In addition to being cost effective, many motorcyclists enjoy the recreational aspects of driving motorcycles.
Though motorcyclists enjoy financial and recreational advantages, they are also at a higher risk for accidents. Driving a motorcycle requires the driver to possess a certain degree of coordination and balance. Not only do cyclists need to remain careful and attentive while out on the roadways, but other drivers need to be attentive to motorcyclists, as they are less protected and more vulnerable to severe accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, approximately eighty percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, whereas only twenty percent of reported automobile accidents result in injury or death. Since cyclists are more vulnerable, they are entitled to legal protection should they suffer bodily injury or vehicular damage due to the carelessness of other drivers. Common motorcycle accident injuries include broken bones, road rash, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and internal organ damage.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Share the Road Safely” campaign offers safety tips to drivers of all vehicles in attempts to increase safety awareness and reduce roadway fatalities. Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet, maintain their vehicle properly, avoid exceeding speed limits, and avoid the “no-zones.” No-zones are the four large blind spots created by the large structure of the 18-wheeler. Motorcyclists should stay out of these blind spots in order to avoid a devastating encounter with an 18-wheeler.Read More
Injuries are often a risk when working long, physically demanding hours in a construction or factory setting. Sometimes a worker will sustain a physical injury that is just a minor nuisance, like a sprained wrist or a strained back. Unfortunately, the potential for danger increases when workers are undertrained, under supervised, or tired. Of the most traumatic injuries is the brain injury. Often times, injured workers are entitled to financial compensation for their recovery time. The website of LaMarca & Landry, P.C. mentions that brain injury falls into multiple categories of personal injury law such as, premises liability and medical malpractice.
Recently a St. Louis entrepreneur named Chad Steining founded a company called Kypha. The company is in the early-stages of developing a medical device that will detect early inflammation in the brain. This technology would help medical professionals more accurately gauge the severity of head trauma, including concussions. The design of the medical device would allow doctors to administer the test in fast-paced, high-density environments like Intensive Care Units or field-side at a football game. The device is meant to detect brain inflammation levels with only a drop of the patient’s blood.
Advancing technology, like the device that Kypha is working to produce, could greatly benefit the outcomes of injured workers, military officers, athletes, and patients with diseases that require the close monitoring of brain inflammation. In some extreme cases, people that sustain extreme trauma and head injuries can need emergency dental treatment, in addition to head-trauma attention. Of course dental concerns are secondary to the condition of the brain, but when trauma has occurred it’s medically prudent to address all health concerns in order to avoid infection or further injury.Read More
Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville, and St. Petersburg are among 4 of the cities on CNBC’s list of the 15 most dangerous cities for driving. This proves Florida to be a riskier locale to drive through when locals or vacationers travel to their destinations. In many cases, drivers will get into at least one car accident in their lifetime. However, some drivers are more prone to be involved in multiple car accidents. When a person becomes a high-risk client, their insurance agencies might drop them. When this happens, drivers often need to apply for SR-22 insurance. People might need SR-22 insurance if they’ve driven without insurance, driven under the influence, had a car accident without maintaining insurance, or had three or more moving violations within one year.
SR-22 is a special-case insurance that typically costs more than normal auto insurance plans because it allows high-risk drivers to continue to drive legally in light of their previous violations. Many different special-case insurance plans are available to people based on their specific needs. People who live in places that are affected by harsh environmental factors often pay higher premiums on home insurance because of the higher probability that they will need renovations or reconstruction to their homes.
Homeowners in places like Oklahoma often invest in comprehensive residential property insurance plans since Oklahoma is often the site of devastating tornadoes and hail storms. When a large storm runs through an area, many people file insurance claims in order to collect money to fix their property. Unfortunately, insurance companies often get overwhelmed by these claims, causing the companies to respond to their clients slower. For this reason, many storm victims seek legal counsel in order to expedite the process.Read More
According to The Verge, the European Union has already put €4.5million dollars toward developing a Robo-mate. The Robo-mate would serve as an exoskeleton to assist factory workers in heavy-lifting in order to reduce the amount of workplace injuries. The service that the machine offers is regarded as a “hybrid effort” since it offers mechanical assistance guided by the cognition of the operator. The prototypes for the machine offer features including: a screened helmet with vocal machine human interface, a camera for quality control, a neck support system, and an active movement support system with sensors.
The funding for the Robo-mate project has gained the support of other mechanical companies like Fiat Automobiles and Indra, a French car recycling company. According to Eurostat, in 2009 alone, 3,806 workers in the European Union died due to work-related injuries. With the development of a mechanical assistant, European companies hope to protect their workers and themselves from losses. In the United States in 2009, 4,551 fatal work-related injuries were reported according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When a worker suffers from a fatal injury the family of the deceased could be entitled to money for wrongful death or premises liability. However, when a worker survives an injury that causes time away from work, that worker is often entitled to workers’ compensation.
Workers typically understand the physical risks when entering a labor intensive job. However well-educated and trained a worker is, injuries happen sometimes. Injured workers often need legal support in order to receive monetary benefits from their employer for time lost due to an injury. The website of the Law Office of Bill Pelhan mentions that the most common work-related injuries are slip and fall accidents, exposure to toxic substances, elevated falls, auto accidents, and injuries sustained from defective products.Read More
Asbestos became increasingly popular in the late 19th century as the industrial revolution gave rise to both the mining and use of the naturally occurring mineral. Asbestos appeared to be a miracle product to contractors because of its durability, sound absorbing qualities, fire resistance, and affordability. All of these qualities rendered asbestos the best option for building insulation.
In addition to being a popular resource for builders, the military took advantage of the production and consumption of asbestos, often using it in naval shipyards. Primarily valuable in shipyards for its ability to resist corrosion at high temperatures, asbestos was used to insulate boilers, incinerators, and steam pipes. Onboard ships, ventilation tended to be minimal so crew members working on naval ships were often over-exposed to asbestos.
Despite its positive natural qualities, asbestos is best known for causing health complications in those who have been exposed to it. Of the illnesses caused by asbestos is mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the body’s internal organs. Mesothelioma usually goes undetected until the cancer has progressed past the point of treatment. In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos can cause complications with the respiratory system as exposed subjects often inhale asbestos fibers.
Since asbestos was such a cost-effective material, many head-contractors proceeded to use it even when they had knowledge of the health risks that exposure posed. Because of this negligence, many workers and inhabitants of asbestos-insulated buildings have encountered related illnesses like mesothelioma, lung cancers, asbestosis, and lung scarring. The website of Williams Kherkher mentions that construction workers, contract workers, factory employees, military personnel, and railroad workers have historically been at the most risk at developing an asbestos-related illness.Read More