Archive for January, 2014

29
Jan

Slip and Fall Accidents Are Becoming More Common

January 29, 2014

Incidents involving an individual slipping or tripping and falling can be extremely dangerous. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that in 2010, 2.3 million non-fatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency rooms and more than 662,000 people were hospitalized.

The Indiana Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that a new study is now showing annual deaths as a result of this type of accident may soon exceed the number of fatalities attributed to both motor vehicle accidents and firearms.

According to a recently published study in Anesthesiology News, deaths by car accidents have fallen by an estimated 27 percent due to advancements in safety technology, public awareness, and improved medical treatment since 2002. This decline was offset by a dramatic spike in the number of slip and fall fatalities, which had swelled by 46 percent over an eight-year period.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the risks of slip and fall accidents, and they suggest following these simple steps to stay safe:

  • Do exercises that focus on strength and balance
  • Install railings and adequate lighting in high-hazard areas of your home, such as stairwells.
  • Get your vision checked annually, as poor eyesight has been associated with falls and lack of balance.
  • Be aware of side effects of medications, such as dizziness or drowsiness.
22
Jan

List of Compassionate Allowances Expanded by the Social Security Administration

January 22, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of disabled Americans are awaiting decisions to be made on their claims for Social Security Disability Benefits. Data indicates a majority of these individuals will wait months, sometimes years, for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to issue decisions. However, a program known as the list of compassionate allowances may allow for some of those who are most in need of assistance to have the decision making process expedited for their claims.

According to the Social Security Administration, the list is comprised of diseases and ailments that most typically meet the standards needed in order to receive Social Security disability benefits. Anyone suffering from a condition on the list has their claim entered into a streamlined approval process that can result in decisions being issued in just a matter of weeks.

The program was seen as a success for its contribution in significantly reducing the number of backlogged claims, a feat the Social Security Administration is hoping to achieve again with the addition of 25 more conditions to the list of compassionate allowances. The additions include several cancers, along with a number of autoimmune and genetic conditions.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to get those who are most in need of assistance the benefits they deserve and are hopeful the actions achieve the goal of reducing the backlog of claims.

15
Jan

FDA Issues Warnings Regarding Drug Injuries Caused by Sodium Phosphate

January 15, 2014

The medications we use on a daily basis can help treat a variety of medical conditions. However, taking too much of certain drugs can cause patients to experience adverse health events. The Indianapolis Drug Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain dosage errors with medications containing sodium phosphate have led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing warnings about the dangers that sodium phosphate can pose to patients’ kidneys and hearts.

An FDA Press Release states medications containing sodium phosphate are often used to treat patients suffering from constipation or to prepare for colonoscopies. But the agency has received several reports of patients who took too much sodium phosphate experiencing electrolyte imbalances causing erratic heart rates, kidney failure, and even death.

In response to these dangers, the FDA has issued a statement saying children under the age of 5 should not be given oral forms of the drug without first discussing the regimen with a medical professional first. Rectal forms of the drug should not be given to children under the age of 2.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the serious health complications drug overdoses can cause. That is why the firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney if you have been harmed by a dosage error when using a medication.

8
Jan

Study Shows Rest May Be Vital to Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

January 08, 2014

Data indicates that an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. Roughly 800,000 of these injuries require medical treatment, prompting many to work towards finding better ways to treat TBIs. The Indianapolis Brain Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain a new study shows getting plenty of cognitive rest may be the key to a swift recovery from concussions and other TBIs.

Dr. William P. Meehan III, director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Waltham, Massachusetts, was in charge of the research being conducted on a group of 335 children who had suffered a brain injury. Data collected over a period of several weeks determined those who were cognitively engaged in behaviors such as playing video games, doing homework, or sending and receiving text messages, had slower recovery times than those who got more cognitive rest.

According to an article from Reuters, children who engaged in less cognitive activity following their actions recovered from their injuries in roughly 20 days, while those who were highly cognitively engaged required up to 100 days to fully heal.

The research supports typical treatment of complete cognitive rest for a TBI victim for a period of three to five days.

The law firm’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how difficult it can be to recover from a TBI, and they are here to help anyone who has suffered such a head injury through no fault of their own.