Personal Injury

How Dangerous Are Blood Clots?

It has been said that the body shies away from destruction. Everyone has that basic instinct of fight or flight and it comes from deep within. More than instinctual, the human body was born to fight to live. So when something as internal as blood clots happen, surely there are ways for the body to combat that as well?

Firstly, one must understand blood clots. This happens when the blood flow in a vein, for whatever reason, becomes stagnant and the blood congeals and clots within the vein, thereby stopping the flow. This could be due to a blockage (have you ever wrapped a rubber band around your finger only for the tip to go blue so quickly?) or simple lack of stimulation. The deep vein in the leg, for example, must be moved sporadically over a period of time in order for the blood to continue its circulation. If kept stationary for too long, the blood will cease to flow and this can cause a clot in the deep vein, thereby resulting into Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

DVT is often warned in long haul flights – otherwise known as flights that typically last for more than four hours – and passengers are advised to move around every so often in order to avoid this from happening. DVT can cause a series of medical maladies, including potentially fatal pulmonary embolisms – where clots travel to the lungs and stop the circulation of blood along that organ, thereby damaging it.

Smaller veins can usually repair themselves with no problem – such is the case with the temporary cut off of blood at the fingertips – and while there are known recoveries from DVT, sometimes it may be too late and the affected limb may need to be amputated in order to preserve the rest of the body.

This is only one example of how blood clots can be dangerous for the body as, according to the website of the lawyers with Habush, Habush, and Rottier S.C., sometimes even preventative measures such as Bard G2 IVC Filters (surgically implanted devices meant to capture clots by the inferior vena cava) may cause more harm than good, according to reports and complaints of affected previous patients.

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Possible Children’s Car Seat Defects

Car seats are meant to keep your children safe in the event of an accident while in the car. However, according to the website of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., defects, malfunctions, and poor designs are often the cause of injury to children in the event of a crash.

Poor design can lead to injury or even death of the young passenger. Children must always be seated in a straight, upright position to be safe. If a car seat allows the child to recline in any sort, then it should not be used. The seats also must be made of durable, shock resistant plastic. If it breaks with regular use and is undetected or breaks in the event of a crash then it will be unable to properly restrain the child and prevent harm. Poor deign often leads to misuse as well. There can be many straps and buckles that need to go in specific locations, but if they are not labeled well then it can be difficult to use the seat properly.

There are common weak points with the most frequently used designs as well. A three-point harness provides little support in the pelvic area, which can lead to ejection. A t-shield style buckle isn’t much better. Neck forces can be up to forty times higher in these restraints, and the large, rigid buckle can come up and hit the child in the throat, causing injury. Even the placement of the central clip can be critical. If it is placed too low or high, the child can be ejected even if the harness is used properly.

Injury or death of a child due to a defect in a child’s car seat is not only emotionally taxing and physically taxing but financially as well. The website of Detroit personal injury lawyers at Ravid & Associates, P.C. states that if death or injury to a child occurs due to a defect in their car seat, then the manufacturers are responsible. Consult with an attorney or lawyer in your area that specializes in auto accidents and defects to learn more about your legal options.

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Possible Hazards in Toys for Children

The injury or death of a child is the worst fear for many parents and unfortunately there are too many products out there that are marketed as safe for children when they actually pose risks to children. According to the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, many injuries and deaths of children are cause by toys, and could have easily been prevented if the manufacturers were more diligent in their production.

Unfortunately one of the main reasons for harm by children’s toys is the presence of poisons in the toys. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that a toy must have no more than 40 parts per million of lead in order to be considered safe for children. Yet this level is constantly being violated. Captain America shields, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pencil cases, even Hannah Montana trading cards have contained upwards of 3,000 parts per million of lead. That’s 75 times the recommended levels. If this was ingested or inhaled, it could cause serious illness, permanent harm, or even death to the child. High lead levels are the most common, but toys have been found to contain asbestos (in a CSI fingerprint dust), and even date rape drugs (in Aqua Dots). These contamination levels are due solely to the negligence of the producer, and they can be held responsible for the harm done to your child and your family.

Toys can also pose physical harm to children as well. Choking hazards are extremely common, and are not always labeled as such. My Little Ponies, doll parts, long hair on stuffed animals and small fake food and kitchen items can all pose choking hazards to curious toddlers and children. It can be dangerous even if the item doesn’t get stuck in the child’s airway, but instead gets swallowed. Not all items will be able to pass through their system easily. Magnetix have been known to stick together in children’s intestines and cause twisting, blockage, and restrict blood flow to vital organs resulting in death. Even inflatable boats made to keep a baby safe in the pool have been proven dangerous-the straps can break easily and lead to near or actual drowning.

Injury or death caused by a defective or dangerous product is the fault of the manufacturer and the injured or family of the injured may be eligible for justice and financial compensation. Children must always be watched carefully to prevent dangerous situations, but when a product is labeled as safe when it is not, or lacks a label when it needs one, the fault lies in the producer.

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