Morcellator Dangers

Before the 1990s, treatment for hysterectomy involved an open surgery, which required an abdominal incision about 5 – 7 inches long. This large wound took time to heal besides causing ongoing pain; it also restricted certain activities, especially lifting heavy objects, to keep the stitched up wound from bursting open and cause more complicated and serious problems.

The introduction of power morcellators during the 1990s gave doctors a much better alternative in treating hysterectomy, which is the second most common surgery performed on women (the first is caesarean section). Hysterectomy, the surgical procedure that removes the uterus, is often required to treat various conditions suffered by women, such as ovarian cancer, pelvic cancer or cancer of the uterus, uterine fibroids or myomas, pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic pelvic pain, uncontrollable vaginal bleeding, growth of uterine fibroids or benign tumors in the uterus, uterine prolapse (a condition wherein the womb or the uterus drops halfway from the cervix to the vagina or birth canal), adenomyosis and endometriosis.

The use of a power morcellator enabled doctors to perform laparoscopic surgery (such as hysterectomy and myomectomy), a minimally invasive surgical procedure that required four very tiny incisions, about 0.5-1cm short, which serve as passage ways for different medical devices that will enable the doctor to see into and reach the organs that need to be treated. One of these devices is the power morcellator, which is designed to cut (morcellate) oversized tissues into tiny pieces for easy and fast removal through one of the tiny incisions.

Besides the tiny incisions, other advantages of using a power morcellator included much lesser pain and bleeding, reduced chances of infection, and fast healing period. These advantages, though, were clouded by reports that linked the device to the spread of cancerous tissues inside the body.

Studies showed that cancerous tissues, called uterine sarcomas, which are almost undetectable, could also be present in women with uterine fibroids. As the fibroids are morcellated during a myomectomy surgery, so too are the uterine sarcomas.

Due to the risk of the spreading of these cancerous tissues, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert on April 17, 2014, to discourage doctors from the continued use of a power morcellator in laparoscopic surgery. Ethicon, the power morcellator manufacturing unit of Johnson & Johnson, was the first to respond to this FDA communication by suspending its global and national promotion, sales and distribution of its highly-engineered power morcellators, the Gynecare X-Tract Tissue Morcellator, the Morcellex Sigma Tissue Morcellator System, and the Gynecare Morcellex Tissue Morcellator.

About two dozen laparoscopic power morcellation devices have already been approved by the FDA since the 1990s and sadly, despite the FDA’s communication, some doctors still continue to use the device. While a number of lawsuits have already been filed by a number of women already diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, the most common type of cancer in women who have gone through morcellation treatment, the website of the morcellator lawsuit attorneys at Williams Kherkher says that there are many who may still not be aware of the possible effects of power morcellators or who may not know what legal steps to pursue to attain justice if ever they are victims of the cancerous effects of the device. Contacting a morcellator lawsuit attorney immediately, to help them in finding out their medical condition and for guidance on the best legal option to take, is, right now, the wisest thing to do.

Long Term Disability Benefits

Any illness or injury that leads to long term disability will always have a major effect on the financial lives of individuals and struggling families. This is why it is very important that a person will continue to receive, at least, some financial earnings despite his/her incapability to report to work.

This financial earning can be provided by a long term disability (LTD) insurance policy, usually a part of the comprehensive employee benefits package provided by an employer to protect an employee from losing the wages that he/she would normally earn if it were not for an injury, illness or accident that would render him/her disabled for a long period.

The financial benefits provided by the long term disability insurance starts after the short term disability insurance benefits have ended, usually between three to six months of inability to report to work. The LTD insurance pays the employee a percentage of his/her salary, typically about 50% – 70%. Often, this percentage is not enough to meet the disabled employee’s needs, though, as it is still subjected to taxes. Thus, for additional income, some still purchase a supplemental long term disability insurance, which is usually non-taxable.

Long term disability policies are generally designed to last up to 10 years or until the employee turns 65. Often, however, despite the obvious disability and timely payment of premiums, many LTD insurance firms make it difficult for claimants to enjoy the financial benefits specified in the policy. The website of the Hankey Law Office P.C. says that the practice of many insurance companies in reluctantly paying out benefits to disabled clients, doing all things possible to avoid cutting necessary checks through denial of claims, delay in assessment of applications or payment of claims, or payment of benefits lower than what is stipulated in the policy.

Group health insurance packages are overseen by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The authority that ERISA grants insurance providers in deciding which claims get approved or rejected is probably one reason for the so many rejections and delays these firms have and are guilty of.

In the event of a rejected claim, filing an internal appeal based on the rules specified in the claimant’s policy is advisable before filing any lawsuit in a federal court. It is also highly important that the claimant submits all necessary forms and documents, especially medical evidences, as a federal court judge would only usually consider evidences that were presented during the internal appeal. Likewise important is legal assistance provided only by a highly-qualified long term disability lawyer.

Different Types of Vehicle Accidents

In 1977, two Boeing 747 commercial planes collided on the airstrip of an airport in the Spanish island of Tenerife, killing 583 of the planes’ total 644 passengers. On January 13, 2012, the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, one of the largest ships in the world, sank after it hit a rock off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany; 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew members were onboard the ship during this sea tragedy.

If there is one fact that cannot be denied, it is that people love to travel. But whether one travels by plane, boat, train or car, there is always the possibility of an accident because some people simply become careless or negligent of their duty in observing proper and adequate care, which will help ensure everyone’s safety.

As many as 38 million flights were recorded by the International Air Transport Association in 2014, carrying more than 3.3 billion people to different destinations around the world. The cruise ship industry, for the past two decades, has been providing the most exciting holiday vacations to more than 11 million Americans (about 20 million counting all other nationalities) since the 1990s. When an accident occurs, the number of passengers getting either injured or killed in passenger planes or cruise ship total to hundreds, yet, the number of passengers getting harmed in these modes of transportation is so much more smaller when compared to road accidents, which number to more than four million every year and which injure more than two million and kill more than 30,000 drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

Looking at the 2011 worldwide aviation record, the Aviation Safety Network Database, a non-profit organization, shows 373 passenger fatalities on scheduled commercial flights. Without any intent of regarding the loss of lives as a trivial matter, but the total number of commercial passengers in 2011, which was submitted to the International Air Transport Association, an airline trade organization, was 2.84 billion.

Cruise travels are, likewise, considered as safe modes of travelling, besides being definitely fun and adventurous. Although the International Maritime Organization (IMO) does not have complete accounts of marine casualties, recording only 300 incidents in the past decade as compared to the 644 incidents recorded by Ross Klein, a Sociology professor at the Memorial University Newfoundland, during the same years, it only shows that, like air travel, cruising is also a generally safe means of going to different places.

Regardless of the means of transportation one avails, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, explains on its website the right of passengers, who become victims of accidents, to fight for the compensation the law allows them to receive from all parties that may be named liable for the accident. The only thing that differentiates aviation and cruise ship accidents to those involving cars and other road vehicles is the more complicated law that needs to be observed when filing a claims lawsuit. The website of lawyers from the Louis A. Vucci says that cruise line passengers can find help in the future if they sustain an injury during their cruise travel.

The Latest Skin Tightening Treatment

As skin tissues degenerate due to aging, so does its firmness or elasticity; this is a process medically termed as elastosis. Aging thins the skin’s outer layer (the epidermis) and diminishes its pigment cell count. And, as the face starts to lose fat, jowls and fleshy chins, neck wrinkles or “turkey wattle,” creases, droopy eyelids, wrinkles, and age spots, will begin to show.

While the signs of aging seem to appear slower in some individuals, there are those who lose the youthful facets of their skin faster. Cosmetologists see bone structure, genetics, poor diet, sun exposure and care for one’s skin over the years, as some of the reasons behind the differences in skin aging. But, whether you reveal the signs of aging faster or slower, slowing down its signs to keep you looking younger by keeping your skin vibrant, smoother, youthful in appearance and beautiful, is possible. Keeping your skin from revealing the signs of aging is real and the only thing you need to do is choose which way you want to accomplish it: through surgical procedure, non-invasive treatment, or through the use of anti-aging products.

Skin tightening is one of the many different procedures to make you look young. It firms up sagging skin on different areas of the body, such as the arms, neck area and the face to make you 10 or 15 years younger looking; you probably know someone, or have seen someone who, at age 50 only looks as if she’s in her 30s.

Tightening the skin on specific areas of the body may be done through the traditional way, which is invasive or surgical. This, however, will require a patient to go under the knife, suffer incisions on the areas of the body to be treated and spend long down time. But then, there are also the non-invasive or non-surgical treatments, one of which is the Palomar Deep IR laser, which requires very short recovery or down time, greatly diminishes pain, risks of scarring and infection, and ensures the greatest results – factors that make this procedure so much more preferred by many clients.

Deep IR involves the use of infrared heat in the stimulation of collagen. It also makes use of the latest cooling system in cooling the skin surface to enable it to still penetrate the deeper layers of the skin for tighter and more youthful-looking results. The areas of the body where skin tightening is most frequently requested are the face, neck or jowl, the sagging area under the arm, and the abdomen. The procedure lasts between a few minutes to about an hour.

The Negative Effects of a Criminal Charge or Conviction in a Divorce Case

Ending a long relationship through divorce can be a stressful legal procedure as well as a demoralizing experience to many couples. But when a marital relationship comes to a point when problems outnumber and outweigh favorable situations, many (even older couples aged 50 or above and who have been married for decades) consider divorce as the most logical solution to ending their problem-plagued marriage for a brand new, peaceful and happier future.

Divorce, however, entails many essential issues that separating spouses will need to settle, either through amicable agreement or through a lawsuit wherein a family court judge will make all decisions based on various factors relating to each issue. These issues include child custody and visitation rights, child support, division of properties, assets and debts, and alimony or spousal support.

Many divorcing spouses now resort to mediated divorce, a process wherein they are given the freedom to decide on everything peacefully, amicably and privately as this divorce procedure happens only between the spouses who, with their respective lawyers (if each has one), are guided by a mediator of their own choosing.

A lawsuit, however, which is the only means to settle a contested divorce, leaves all decisions on all divorce-related issues in the hands of a judge. A contested divorce is always complicated; this is why, according to the website of law firm Arenson Law Group, PC, the assistance of a qualified family law lawyer will prove extremely valuable in making sure that your rights (as a spouse) and your interests (especially for the well being of your children) are well defended and highly considered by the court. A good lawyer can make the difference at the end of the day in contested divorces.

In a contested divorce, the odds of swaying the court to decide in favor of one spouse, who has been convicted of a crime or is facing a possible criminal conviction, can be an extremely difficult endeavor. A criminal conviction in cases, such as drug possession, alcohol and/or drug abuse/dependence, DUI, child abuse, domestic violence, aggravated assault, attempted murder, financial fraud, and so forth, can lead to unfavorable court rulings, especially, on child custody, and division of properties and assets issues. But besides having been convicted of a crime, multiple criminal charges can also influence a judge in deciding against the convicted spouse’s favor.

On its website, the law firm of Ian Inglis – Attorney at Law, explains how a criminal record, especially one relating to DWI or DUI, can have a huge impact on a person’s life. Facing unwanted severe penalties, though, can definitely be avoided, or maybe even being convicted at all, but only so long as that person is represented by a knowledgeable and experienced legal representative.

The Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., likewise explain on its website how a criminal conviction can ruin a person’s personal and future life, be it a case relating to DUI, drug possession or abuse, theft and robbery, assault and battery, domestic violence, murder/homicide, etc. Thus, to save oneself from the destructive effects of a criminal conviction, seeking only the best criminal defense lawyer for the strongest defense is definitely necessary.

Unless the conviction was made many years ago and if the criminally convicted spouse has already paid for his/her crime and has undergone a rehabilitation program, then the court may just overrule such past criminal record and consider it inadmissible in a divorce lawsuit. This court act will actually be in compliance with an article in the family law which states that the remoteness of any act may not be admitted as evidence against an individual, especially if such act is not part of a recurring pattern, is not likely to be repeated and has been corrected through a rehabilitation program.