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Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Medical Injury | 0 comments

Spinal Cord Injuries Are No Laughing Matter

When I was a little boy, I used to love jumping around. Common places to jump included my bed, the trampoline in my backyard, and the top of the family couch. As you can imagine, my favorite activity was really annoying to my mom. Not only did she clean up the mess I would make, but she was also concerned with me falling and landing wrong. Her greatest fear was that I would fall and break my neck.

No wonder why she was so concerned. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized the importance and sensitivity of the neck, head, and spine. Head trauma is facing increased publicity due to increased discussion of injuries that can be sustained through contact sports like football. But the painful effects faced by those with spinal cord injuries are not as discussed as they should be.

I wanted to know more about the effects of spinal cord injuries on a person’s health and lifestyle, so I did some research. The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee website discusses the impact on a person’s health by describing how the 33 vertebrae in the spine are divided into five regions when assessing spinal cord injuries.

According to that site, there is a lot of variation in the impacts of a spinal cord injury. In one region, the cervical vertebrae, the result of an injury can include loss of the ability to walk, speak, as well as paralysis. In just another region, the sacral vertebrae, there can be a loss of bladder control but otherwise, a person may end up being completely healthy otherwise.

Injuries not only vary in location but also in type; most spine injuries are a result of being compressed but spraining parts of your spinal cord also affects the body. Either way, no doctor will recommend an activity that even potentially endangers your spine since it is such an important part of your body.

Situations in which a spine can become sprained or compressed include workplace accidents, especially involving heights — and a fall. Another common scenario in which a person can become paralyzed or injured is a car accident. Car accidents are so unpredictable, but there is an increased likelihood of a vehicle crumpling or shifting so that the position of a spine is in danger.

While it is known that spinal injuries are brutal and that they can potentially happen to anyone, those who incur spinal cord injuries often must fight insurance companies for adequate and fair compensation. It’s unfair, but insurance companies care more about money than they do about making sure you have the money you need to pay for medical care or re-adjusting your life if you are now in a wheelchair.

Thankfully, there are solutions. Attorneys like those that work at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee seem way more qualified to deal with insurance companies and settlement negotiation over someone like me, with no legal experience. I know that if my spine is ever injured, I am going to call them to see how I can receive the money needed to recover from such a painful and impactful injury.

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Medical Injury | 0 comments

The Potential Dangers of Medical Devices and Surgical Tools

Surgery is often a risky medical procedure. Thankfully, advancements in the field of medicine over the last couple of decades have helped keep patients safe from the more perilous outcomes that could happen during surgery. In fact, technology today has enabled doctors to perform basic procedures using techniques that are minimally invasive. With the help of laparoscopic medical devices and surgical tools, the risk of patients getting infected post-surgery has significantly gone down.

Power morcellators and the Da Vinci Robot are among these surgical tools widely used by doctors for minimally invasive procedures. Morcellators are used to remove fibroids, which are non-cancerous tumors that grow inside a woman’s uterus. On the other hand, the Da Vinci Robot is a multi-armed machine operated that allows surgeons to perform several routine abdominal procedures without having to cut open the patient’s stomach. While both tools have been incredibly useful in dozens upon dozens of operating rooms across the world, they also pose dangerous risks that most people are unaware of.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, morcellators prove to be highly effective in cutting down and removing benign growths in the uterus through its fast-spinning blades. However, they also note that the use of morcellators can be greatly dangerous for women who have undiagnosed uterine cancer. If a doctor is unaware that some of the growths they are cutting down in the uterus are actually malignant, they can inadvertently cause the cancer to spread more easily. In fact, because of such concerns, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about power morcellators, informing the public that they could be extremely harmful for women with uterine cancer that have not yet been noticed. What’s even more alarming is the fact that this type of cancer is difficult to catch, and is often only detected once a patient has undergone surgery.

While medical devices and surgical tools are meant to help improve a patient’s recovery and treatment, these machines are still susceptible to human error. Such errors can be committed by the manufacturers who create these machines or the doctors that make us of them. Either way, it’s best that patients and their families are aware some of the potential risks and dangers that are involved.

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