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Tire Safety

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Product Liability | 1 comment

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) provides an online tire safety checklist for all drivers that want to monitor the durability of their tires. In addition to safety tips, the brochure provides maintenance recommendations and a grading system for tire quality. Monitoring the quality of tires could make the difference in avoiding a tire blowout on a crowded highway.

As the brochure recommends, drivers should check their tire pressure to make sure that one low tire pressure isn’t causing the other tires to perform undue work. Another measure to avoid unnecessary pressure is to not exceed the maximum recommended weight load of the vehicle. When they notice it, drivers should remove debris (like glass and rocks) from their wheel tread while checking for unusual wear patterns. Valve caps should always be on the tires in order to avoid premature deflation.

Once on the road, drivers should avoid driving over potholes and curbs if at all possible. Hitting these uneven surfaces (at any speed) can cause a spontaneous tear or eruption of the tire. Sometimes tire accidents cause severe damages to drivers and passengers. Some car accidents related to tire malfunctions cause the vehicle to lose balance and roll while travelling at high speeds.  Rollover accidents are extremely dangerous and can result in serious spinal trauma.

According to the website of the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, factors that lead to faulty tires are tread separation, weak support cabling, defective rubber composite, and side wall defects. Despite exercising caution and proper safety procedures, some tire problems aren’t able to be avoided. In the event that someone is harmed due to a crashed caused by defective tires the manufacturer of the faulty tire could be held legally responsible.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident due to defective tires, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries. Contact a personal injury lawyer today to discuss your options more in depth. An experienced attorney will be able to help you through this difficult time, offering you moral and legal support.

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Transvaginal Mesh: Not So Great after All

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Personal Injury, Product Liability, Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit | 0 comments

Transvaginal Mesh is used to treat two common conditions: stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Stress urinary incontinence is when leakage from the bladder during things such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, etc. happens as a result of weakening of the sphincter pelvic muscles. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weak and lose their ability to support pelvic organs such as the uterus and bladder, allowing them to descend from their normal place in the body and push through the vaginal wall.

The transvaginal mesh procedure is intended to provide replacement for the weakened muscles. The mesh is a porous material, either synthetic or biologic.

Unfortunately, these transvaginal mesh procedures have caused a lot of problems for many women in the last few years. As noted on the Williams Kherkher website, “In reality, the use of transvaginal mesh comes with the threat of significant complications and risks that can ultimately negate any benefits of the device.” The FDA has received over 1,000 reports of problems with the surgical repair.

Common injuries resulting from these procedures are pain while urinating, prolapsed organs, fistulas, painful sexual relations, urinary retention, infection, mesh erosion, contraction of the mesh, and mesh exposure.

It is not yet clear what the exact causes of these problems is, but it is likely a number of factors combined. Women should be cautious and explore all possible options when thinking about undergoing transvaginal mesh surgery. In order to better avoid suffering dangerous outcomes such as those mentioned above, women need to be sure and do thorough research before agreeing to this surgery. However, when complications do arise, they’re typically not the woman’s fault by any means. Massachusetts personal injury attorneys can help women who’ve been injured through defective vaginal mesh or improperly performed surgeries seek compensation for their undue injuries.

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