The Recklessness of Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is illegal almost anywhere you go. It has respective penalties, including fines, license suspensions, probation, and worst of all, jail times. This is because jurisdictions are clearly aware of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
A drunk driving case is not just the legal matter you have to deal with. According to the website of this Toronto car accident lawyer, drunk drivers can also be legally obligated to give monetary compensation to victims he may have involved.

It puts you at risk of accidents

Alcohol has various effects on the body. Whatever effect you experience, it doesn’t change the fact that you are putting yourself at risk of road accidents, because these effects can compromise your ability to drive safely. Below are some of the most common effects of alcohol.

  • Fatigue or sleepiness, so the driver can close his eyes from time to time or fall asleep entirely
  • Poor comprehension of traffic lights and warning signs
  • Problems with body coordination, especially on body parts that are needed for driving
  • Slow reaction time, which is particularly dangerous during high speeds
  • Tendency to be emotional, and this can put away the focus in driving
  • Tendency to do other reckless driving behaviors, such as speeding

It puts others around you at risk as well

You’re not the only one in the road. If you trigger an accident, it is likely that you are taking someone with you. Let us use the effects above to create scenarios that may involve innocent motorists.

  • Fatigue or sleepiness – You can accidentally fall asleep, veer into the opposite lane, and crash head-on to an oncoming vehicle
  • Poor comprehension – You can fail to understand a traffic light change, blow a red light, and crash into a car in the adjacent road
  • Poor body coordination – You can lose control of your car and hit another vehicle in the process
  • Slow reaction time – You can fail to react on time to turning vehicles or crossing pedestrians, resulting into a collision
  • Emotional tendency – You may be too teary eyed that it becomes a visual problem, so you hit another vehicle that you didn’t properly see
  • Reckless tendency – You feel you are invincible so you speed on the freeway, only to lose control and crash into another car

Bone Fracture

Broken bone, also called bone fracture, is one of the most common consequences of motor vehicle accidents (after laceration and whiplash). The ones most prone to sustaining this type of injury are motorcycle riders who lack body protection, except the helmet (this helmet, however, should comply with government standards to make sure it provides enough cushion to the head).

Broken bone, which refers to a break or a crack in a bone, is sustained when a force that is much stronger than the bone can hold up to is exerted against it. Though bone fractures usually occur on the hips, arms or legs, there are instances when the damage can be to the skull or ribs, making the fracture a life-threatening injury. Thus, while bone fracture to the arm or leg may only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods, which will hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures, like fracture to the hips, usually require surgery and/or surgical traction; in the case of a broken hip joint, doctors also recommend hip replacement surgery.

Aside from motor vehicle accident, some other causes of broken bones are falls and sporting accidents. Increasing the risk of sustaining a bone fracture injury are illnesses, such as Osteoporosis and some types of cancer, which cause the bones to fracture more easily. Osteoporosis is actually a bone disease; it is the result when the body either loses too much or makes too little bone. Due to either condition, the bones become weak, brittle and very fragile, making trip and fall accidents very dangerous; in certain cases, coughing or sneezing hard, or even a minor bump can result to bone injury.

Besides pointing out the fact that suffering a broken bone can be very painful, expensive, and can even cause a long-term disability, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® also emphasizes that a person should not suffer financially, especially if he/she sustained the injury due to the negligent actions of another party. With assistance from a seasoned personal injury lawyer, the injured innocent victim may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit for the purpose of obtaining financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, or other damages as appropriate to the specific details of his/her case.

The Benefits and Threats of Power Morcellators

Before morcellators were introduced in the 1990s, women who had a hysterectomy usually had to bear an abdominal incision that was, at least, six inches long, as the procedure was a major or open surgery. The entry of power morcellators into the market changed this, however, as it gave doctors and patients the privilege of opting for a minimally invasive procedure, which required four very tiny 0.5 – 1cm cuts instead. Other than the small cuts, hysterectomies (and other laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgeries, including myomectomy) wherein a morcellator was used also became much less painful, safer, faster to perform, lessened the loss of blood and chances of infection, and allowed a very fast recovery period.

Hysterectomy, a surgical procedure wherein the womb or uterus is removed, is the second most common surgery undergone by women in the US (the first is Caesarean section). It becomes a very necessary procedure due to:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Uncontrollable bleeding during childbirth
  • The presence of oversized uterine fibroids that can cause bleeding, bladder pressure, pelvic pain, and anemia
  • Uterine prolapse, a condition wherein the uterus drops into the vagina due to the weakening of the tissues that hold it in place (uterine prolapse is usually caused by persistent coughing, straining, childbirth, hormonal changes, and obesity)
  • Certain types of cancer, such as cancer of the uterus, cervix and ovarian cancer
  • Severe pains caused by a condition called endometriosis, a situation wherein the tissues that are supposed to line the uterus grow outside of it and grow in the ovary, on the fallopian tube, or other abdominal or pelvic organ instead
  • Adenomyosis, a condition wherein the endometrium, which is the inner lining of the uterus, breaks through the uterus’ muscle wall. This condition can cause lower abdominal pressure, bloating before menstrual periods and menstrual cramps that can result to heavy periods.

Three of the best acknowledged power morcellators were the Gynecare Morcellex, the Gynecare X-Tract and the Morcellex Sigma, all of which being products of Johnson & Johnson, the leader in the manufacture and distribution of power morcellators. However, due to a safety alert issued by the US Food and Drug Administration on April 17, 2014, Ethicon, J&J’s power morcellator manufacturing unit, saw the need to suspend all sales and distribution of the device rather than cause harm on anyone.

The FDA’s communication was based on medical literature which said that, though morcellators provided multiple benefits, the deadly cancerous tissues (called uterine sarcoma) it caused to spread was a very great risk that no amount of benefits can outweigh. And though doctors and hospitals had been discouraged to use the device further, so many women have already been treated with it.

How many more women will be filing morcellator lawsuits may be hard to predict, but many more are still the expected to be filed.