Because we see them every day or read about them in the newspapers, we gloss over the severity of car accidents. Every day, people like you and me lose their ability to function normally due to the results of auto accidents. They suffer from compression fractures, herniated disks, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), and sometimes, traumatic brain injuries. Lives are derailed and dreams are dashed due to these types of accidents. If we’re involved in an auto accident, we need to seek prompt and thorough medical attention and seek good legal advice to protect our rights. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones.
There is a disturbing trend that affects millions of Americans who’ve been injured in an auto accident. Their own insurance companies are pushing them to resolve their claims without speaking with an attorney. In most instances, this is an injustice to the auto accident victim. The whole purpose of auto insurance is to protect the injured in the event of an accident. That’s why we pay those insurance premiums. If you’ve experienced an auto accident, seek counsel from an attorney before speaking with your insurance adjuster.
The recent motorcycle accident involving Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger highlights the necessity of bikers to wear helmets. It’s incomprehensible to me why a professional athlete who wears a helmet on the football field would neglect to wear one when he climbs on his motorcycle. While bikers can’t avoid all accidents, the use of basic safety equipment such as helmets should be a no brainer.
Last year, there were 81 deaths associated with boating accidents in Florida. The Sunshine State leads the nation in the number of registered boats. Yet, boaters often neglect important safety measures when cruising along the waters. Boaters should have sufficient life vests on board their vessels for every passenger. In addition, the use of alcohol on a boat is just as dangerous as when operating a motor vehicle.
A report from researchers at the University of Miami raises more questions about the recent problems associated with Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu contact lens solution.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reports 34 cases of fungal keratitis associated with soft contact lens use between January 2004 and April 2006. Compare that to the previous numbers from the same institution: only three cases of fungal keratitis between 1969 and 1977, two between 1977 and 1982 and five between 1982 and 1992.
The most recent 34 cases were all associated with a particular kind of fungus known as Fusarium. Only 13 of the patients could remember what kind of contact lens solution they used. Of the 13, 12 reported they used some sort of ReNu brand solution. The study underlined the importance of obtaining a quick diagnosis of the fungus followed by prompt, targeted, and aggressive treatment.
Three weeks after a worldwide recall of its product, ReNu with MoistureLoc is still being sold in some places in the United Kingdom. Anecdotal evidence of people still using the multipurpose ‘no rub’ solution raised fears that the message regarding the potential dangers of using the product had not reached all patients.
Roger Oldham, a website director from south-east London, told Optician he was still using the ReNu with MoistureLoc solution earlier this week, having purchased his last batch of solutions in early May.
He was concerned that his optician had not contacted him to tell him of the product recall and warn him of the dangers. Few practices, however, monitor the solutions sold to or used by their patients
As the entire west coast of Florida prepares for its first tropical storm of the season, it’s a good idea to review your safety checklist. (If you don’t have one, make one as soon as possible.) Make sure you know your evacuation routes, secure lawn furniture, check your water supply, and prepare to shelter your pets. Also, don’t forget about your important papers including homeowner’s insurance are in a safe and secure place. While we can’t avoid bad weather, we can prepare for it. Your life and the lives of those you love may depend on it.
At a recent political fundraiser I heard a congressman refer to the pharmaceutical industry as the “101st Senator” in the United States Senate. He was commenting on the tremendous influence that this industry holds over our elected officials in Washington. The pharma industry throws its influence and big bucks around the halls of power whenever a bill is introduced for consideration. In a democracy, each constituency has a right to voice their concerns. However, the public needs to be aware who influences their elected officials. Knowledge is power.
Citing potential lethal effects on children, an FDA official has called for Sanofi-Aventis, the maker of Ketek, to halt clinic trials. The drug is being tested for ear infections and tonsilitis in nearly 4,000 infants and children in more than a dozen countries. The drug has been linked to liver failure, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness in adults. More than 5 million US prescriptions have been written for Ketek in the past two years.
In a letter dated January 2005, Guidant Corp. executives were prepared to warn doctors of potential flaws in their heart device product. However, the letter was never sent because these same officials were concerned about the potential consequences and backlash from sending such a letter. Guidant stated that two company models had an electrical flaw. It also told physicians that it had pulled back all units not yet implanted into patients.