Permanent Alopecia, Serving as a Constant Reminder to Patients of Their Struggle against Breast Cancer

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Taxotere Lawsuit | 0 comments

In an article posted in the website drugwatch, one breast cancer patient in the U.S. remarked, “The painful reality is that I will forever look like a cancer patient.”

A breast cancer patient who was treated with Taxotere (Docetaxel – Generic name) the woman (who made the comment) now suffers from permanent alopecia, or permanent hair loss. Though hair loss is an expected consequence in chemotherapy treatment, a patient can also expect that her hair will grow back within three to six months after treatment has ended. In treatments where Taxotere was used, however, the consequence has been unusual, with patients suffering from permanent, instead of temporary, loss of hair.

Taxotere, an intravenous chemotherapy drug that is manufactured and marketed by Sanofi-Aventis, was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for treatment of breast cancer, in 1996 (on August 19, 2004, the FDA approved Taxotere Injection Concentrate or TAC regimen, this time for the post surgery treatment of patients with operable, node-positive breast cancer. This TAC regimen is aimed at reducing risk of breast cancer relapse).

The permanent loss of hair suffered by Taxotere patients serves as a constant reminder of their struggle against cancer. Though many have survived their otherwise deadly condition, what angers these same individuals is the fact that they were never given the chance to prepare themselves for permanent loss of their hair as they (and their doctors who were likewise never made aware of this Taxotere side-effect) were kept in the dark by Sanofi-Aventis regarding the increased risk of permanent alopecia. Had they been informed of the risk, they would have preferred another drug that was as effective as Taxotere, but which did not cause the same side-effect.

As explained by the law firm Williams Kherkher, 75% of all women who have, or formerly had, breast cancer were treated with Taxotere under doctor’s recommendations. Many of these women, who now suffer from permanent alopecia, have filed lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis, alleging that the manufacturer knew about the side-effect, yet deliberately hid it from patients and doctors to maintain and still increase its sales. Aside from this, the lawsuits also claim that Sanofi-Aventis failed to properly warn patients of the toxic side effects of Taxotere.

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How Medical Bills Are Paid After An Auto Accident

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Insurance | 0 comments

One of the consequences associated with a car accident is medical expenses. You are likely to sustain injuries or even undergo surgery. Aside from damages to your car, your insurance policy will also provide medical coverage. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, medical costs can be extremely expensive so it pays to have medical coverage. Here are the steps on how to get medical coverage after an accident:

1. Liability Insurance

State laws require that every insurance premium should have liability insurance. The state will determine the minimum requirement on the amount of liability insurance. Liability insurance consists of two parts:

Bodily injury coverage. This type of coverage pays for medical expenses due to injuries suffered by another person if you were deemed at-fault. Again, this coverage will not pay for your own injuries.
Property damage coverage. In an accident where you were deemed at-fault, property damage coverage pays for any damage to another person’s property.

Since the bodily injury coverage of liability insurance does not pay for your own medical expenses when you are deemed at fault, it is important to get one of the following coverages:

Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Also known as “no-fault” insurance, this will pay for your medical costs regardless of who was at-fault. Aside from medical costs, PIP will also shoulder the following:

  • Lost income
  • Funeral expenses
  • Child care
  • Household maintenance

Ina no-fault state, you can choose to set your PIP or your health insurance as the main source of insurance coverage for accident related injuries. Your choice for secondary option will help defray costs for your primary insurance.

2. Medical Payments Coverage

Medical payments coverage works like PIP because it also pays your medical expenses regardless of fault. If you reside ina no-fault state, you can use medical payments coverage to supplement your standard coverage if your PIP is not enough to shoulder injury-related costs. The downside of medical payments coverage is that it will not pay for lost income or other items that is paid for by PIP.

In a no-fault state, you may opt to set medical payments coverage or your health insurance as your main source of coverage if you are hurt in a car accident. Again, your secondary option will supplement your primary source. Medical payments coverage may pay for any treatments that is not covered by health insurance.

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Dangers in the Workplace

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Workplace Injuries | 0 comments

Legally, employers have a responsibility to give a secure working environment for his or her employees, too as decent security instruction and equipment. This “obligation” requires employers not to cause harm or set someone in a status to suffer injury. Unfortunately, it’s easy for employers to break and cause harm to employees by acting negligently. According to OSHA, office explosions and fires hurt more than 5,000 employees and destroy about 200 annually.

Explosions occur to get a vast range of variables such as poor breathing, accumulation of flammable gases, and failure to procure combustible components. In accordance with the website of Habush Habush & Rottier, the most frequent injuries caused by explosions comprise:

  • Serious burns
  • Lung damage
  • Mind injuries
  • Broken bones

The first thing to do is seek medical assistance for your own injuries if you’re involved in an explosion. It’s vital that you document the specifics of the injury, once you are treated. This consists of shooting photos of your injuries along with the scene of the surge speaking to witnesses, getting bills for the injury-related costs, and creating down injuries or any battles you may have sustained.

Traumas due to an explosion can lead to expensive hospital treatment as well as a handicap. Employers need to be willing to provide adequate workers’ compensation protection if a worker is injured at work. The workers’ compensation insurance company is responsible for pretty covering medical bills and losses. Unfortunately, obtaining sufficient compensation for workplace injuries is not necessarily an easy task.

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What Can I Do About 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Truck Accidents | 0 comments

It is almost instinctual, the need to drive or move away as fast as you can, the minute you are within radius of an eighteen-wheeler truck. The sheer immensity of the vehicle as well as its potentially hazardous cargo is enough to inspire fear into anyone within the vicinity. And it is for good reason.

The weight and size of an eighteen-wheeler truck are variables to consider whenever thinking of the impact that it can cause while on the road. It is one of the key elements as to why they are markedly different from other motor vehicle accidents like motorbikes or regular SUVs. Just picture the scene: gridlocked traffic with dozens of private vehicles, just trying to get from one point to another, when all of a sudden – an eighteen-wheeler truck comes barreling in at full force. The potential devastation that a truck of that magnitude can bring is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many, which is why the laws and rules that cover them are quite more strictly followed in comparison to other vehicles.

According to the website of Williams and Kherkher, there are laws that cover eighteen-wheeler trucks are mostly federal. That means that they are universal throughout all the states in the United States of America. Some of these laws include the hours that a truck driver can drive a vehicle of this proportion consecutively as well as the maximum load that a truck can carry without a permit. There are, indeed, precautions in place so that accidents of this nature can be avoided – and if any of these are violated, then that is a matter of negligence and the party responsible is then accountable for any injuries or damages done due to the incident.

It can be a tricky kind of situation to be in but with the right kind of legal aid, there is every chance that justice will be prevailed.

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The Parthenon in Nashville

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Places | 0 comments

At the center of Nashville’s Centennial Park stands a full-scale replica of one of the most important structures of the ancient Greek civilization. The Parthenon was a temple built in 447 B.C. in Athens, Greece to honor the goddess Athena. Since Nashville had been considered the “Athens of the South”, a recreation of the Parthenon was built in the area as part of the city’s centennial celebration in 1897. While the structure was never meant to be a permanent attraction, it pulled in a lot of visitors and tourists. As a result, the local government decided to reconstruct the replica and make it permanent starting the 1920s.

The main attraction of Nashville’s Parthenon is the replica of the 42-foot statue of Athena that has been lost in the Athens temple since around 5th century AD. This reproduction was made by American sculptor Alan LeQuire and depicts Athena in a cuirass and helmet while carrying a shield on her left arm and holding up a small figure of Nike, the goddess of victory, in her right hand. The rest of the interior also closely resemble the classical architecture style of Ancient Greece. In particular, Nashville’s Parthenon boasts plaster molds of the Parthenon Marbles which have adorned the pediments of the original structure in Athens.

Aside from being an important monument to a notable time in history, Nashville’s Parthenon also serves as an art museum and gallery. Today, the Parthenon boasts a permanent collection of paintings made by various American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. It also hosts several rotating exhibits featuring the very best of the local art scene in Nashville, Tennessee.

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