Dealing with a life-altering injury

Life-altering injuries are, by definition, not easy to deal with. They can mean losing your physical capabilities, your job, and/or your independence. While these injuries and the events that caused them can be traumatizing, they certainly don’t mean that your life is over. Many have found ways to deal with life-altering injuries with support from others.

Whether you were hurt due to a vehicle accident or were hurt because of another person, the consequences can be dire for all parties involved. First, make sure you have received all of the medical care you can as soon as possible. Many times early action can prevent an injury from becoming something life-altering. If you aren’t able to finance all of the medical treatment you need, you may want to consider taking legal action to secure all the funds you need. According to Spiros Law, P.C., there are special legal provisions put aside for those injured in the workplace or while under medical care. Considering measures like long-term physical therapy can also help those with life-altering injuries physically heal.

Once all possible medical provisions have been taken care of, it’s important that victims of life-altering accidents and their families receive all the psychological and community support that they can. Seeing a counselor can help people cope with their altered lives and outlooks and deal with any mental disorders that may result from the injury. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, depression and trauma can commonly occur as a side-effect of a life-altering injury. One of the best ways to deal with the trauma from a life-altering injury is to take an active part in a support group. Support groups can be found both online and in-person and generally aim to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. Taking an active role in a community of people in the same situation as you can feel very validating and help on a psychological and even physical level.

Motorcycle safety

Motorcycles can be so much more than a means of transportation, for many they are a way of life. However, many motorcyclists face serious risks and dangers that auto drivers don’t have to worry about which is why it is so important for motorcyclists to consciously keep safe while riding.

According to motorcycle accident lawyer, Ali Mokaram, though motorcycle accidents are not as common as auto accidents, they can be even more deadly due to the exposed nature of the motorcycle. This is why it is incredibly important that motorcyclists wear protective gear such as gloves, motorcycle boots, leather or nylon jackets, and the most important piece, a well-fitting helmet. Helmets protect from head and neck injuries that can leave motorcyclists paralyzed or worse. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, gloves and jackets not only protect the body in the case of an accident, but they also protect the body from blisters, hypothermia, and other damage caused by constant wind-battering.

Defensive driving isn’t just for cars: defensive motorcycle driving should be practiced at all times. Motorcyclists should be extra wary of blind spots and speeding, as there is a much smaller margin of error for these mistakes on motorcycles than there is in other vehicles. Motorcyclists should also try to keep themselves as visible as possible, especially at night. This can be accomplished with reflective detailing and bright-colored clothing or motorcycles.

Even if every motorcyclist in the world took every precaution and drove as safely as possible, there would still be the risk of auto drivers, buses, trucks, any other vehicle running into them. According to attorneys Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, motorcycle accidents can occur due to any number of contributing factors like irresponsible auto drivers, poor weather, or motorcycle defects.

Riskiest Medical Products

In this time of unprecedented knowledge and innovation, amazing new medical advances are made daily. It’s no wonder that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nearly all medical devices in 2015, this past year saw some truly game-changing products introduced into the medical scene. However, they can’t all be winners. There are thousands of incredibly high-risk medical products recalled by the FDA each year, but many other high-risk products remain in use.

According to law firm Williams Kherkher, morcellators, or medical instruments used in hysterectomies or myomectomies to remove noncancerous growths, have proven to be dangerous. These instruments have recently been found by the FDA to worsen undiscovered early-stage cancer by spreading the cancerous tissue around the operation site.
Pharmaceuticals are one of the most commonly abused medical products and are often overprescribed because of misdiagnosis or a doctor’s relationship with the company that produces the pharmaceutical.

Pharmaceutical drugs can be very dangerous when used by patients that don’t need them or abused by patients who do. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this abuse can lead to drug dependency, liver damage, heart attacks, kidney problems, and even death. The most commonly abused drugs are opioids like Vicodin, depressants like Valium, and stimulants like Adderall.

Transvaginal surgical mesh is intended to safely reinforce the vaginal wall in order to prevent prolapse and incontinence, but over time it has proven to be less reliable than initially believed according to the Williams Kherkher firm. The FDA has found that faulty surgical mesh can lead to complications such as organ perforation, vaginal scarring, and urinary problems.

Additionally, several kinds of hip replacement devices have been making the news in the past few years for all of the complications that have resulted from the replacements including tissue damage, inflammation, and metal poisoning.

Though not always dangerous when the right doctors, screenings, and device brands are used under completely controlled conditions, each of these medical products can be very high-risk and may merit extra consideration before or after being used.