Electing to undergo a permanent birth control procedure is a major decision, and one that you trust will be both effective and safe. Today, there are birth control options that involve implanted medical devices or products that prevent pregnancy. While it can be upsetting when any type of medical product fails, one that involves an implanted birth control device can result in complications that are especially serious. Sadly, thousands of women have reportedly suffered devastating side effects from a permanent birth control device called Essure. Stated complications include chronic pelvic pain, autoimmune responses, ectopic pregnancy, migraines and even death. Continue reading “Essure: You May Have a Claim”
A data breach is the unintentional release of secure or confidential information to an untrusted environment. Data breaches can be a very serious legal matter, especially when the data leak is due to faulty security measures or improper protocols in reporting the incident. A data breach for a large corporation that handles a high volume of private information can be a nightmare for all parties involved. While it is critical for the attacked corporation to disclose the data breach and hire third-party investigators, it is equally important for clients affected to understand their rights and take appropriate legal action if necessary. Continue reading “ComplyRight Data Breach: Were You Affected?”
It’s Sunday evening. You’ve been out with your family all evening. The kids are ready to do the bedtime boogie when they go inside and you’re looking forward to some quiet time with your spouse before the week begins.
You pull into the garage and go inside the house and suddenly wish you hadn’t. The back door has been kicked in and your living room lay in shambles. Someone is coming down the stairs and you freeze, not knowing what to do. Continue reading “When Thieves Break in and Steal Your Security”
The call comes during dinner. It’s unexpected; your mom doesn’t usually call at this time. “Dad’s on the way to the ER,” she says. “It’s his heart.”
The rest of the conversation is a blur as you start a mental list of what you need to pack to go. It’s a good hospital; his cardiologist is there, you think to yourself. Medical knowledge and devices are so far advanced from where they were when your grandmother died of heart failure. He’ll be okay. But when you get to the hospital, you find out he’s not. Your father died while they were operating. Continue reading “Cardiac Device Malfunctions Can Be Deadly”
Anyone who works with children of any age should be above reproach when it comes to their behavior among students. The operative words here are “should be,” but unfortunately, that “should be” isn’t always true.
The #metoo movement of the last year has shone a light on sexual harassment and assault within adult society, but kids also need a voice and the protection of the adults around them. School children need to be able to grow up in innocence, without the trauma and damage that comes from sexual abuse from the adults around them. Continue reading “Protecting Our Future”
In 2014, a construction worker was killed on his work site. He was untrained on the equipment he was operating, and he had on no protective gear.
Construction workers throughout the world rely on their hard hats and other safety equipment to get them home from work and back to their families each day. When a hard hat or other safety gear fails, it affects not just the worker who gets injured, but their family as well. Imagine a wife’s heartache to receive the call that her husband was killed onsite, or the mother’s dismay at learning her son is in a coma in the hospital.
At the end of April 2018, Honeywell, a general manufacturer, issued a voluntary recall of hardhats that were made during specific time frames in 2016, 2017, and 2018. While the recall does not specify the problem, we can imagine the repercussions if an unreliable hard hat is in use during an accident. Continue reading “Hard Hat Recall: Are You Affected?”
Every day for the last two weeks, your new manager opens his mouth. He has something to say about your clothes and how you wear them. He has an explicit joke to tell. He is demeaning in how he addresses you, but expects the utmost respect in return.
Ever since he transferred to your department, your enthusiasm for your job has waned. Your only hope is that he retires or gets fired, but mostly, you are sure he is as stuck as you are.
You don’t want to cause an uproar, after all you need your income. But when he starts serving his suggestive words to a new employee and making inappropriate comments to customers, you realize you need to take action. But where should you start? Continue reading “When You Decide to Report Sexual Harassment”
More and more often, kids are diagnosed with a peanut, egg, or other allergy that causes swelling of the airway. In mild cases, a child may be able to take benadryl and be okay, but at any time, the allergy could turn deadly. For this reason, doctors prescribe an emergency dose of epinephrine in a one shot injection, to be carried with the patient in case of accidental exposure.
The name brand of this injection is Epi-Pen or Epi-Pen Jr, which contains a smaller dose for children. Adults and children alike rely on this device to halt the deadly condition known as anaphylactic shock (when an allergic reaction causes the airway to swell shut.) Continue reading “Allergy Alerts!”
Your heart pumps life through your veins, delivering oxygen and nutrients to each organ and system. You live to the beat of your heart, and when it stops, so do you. For some people, the cessation of the heartbeat or an irregular rhythm is an issue that can be corrected through surgery alone, yet others need the implantation of a device like a pacemaker. Whether you need corrective or implant surgery, you have to trust your surgeon and you also have to trust the manufacturer of the medical device. Continue reading “Medtronic Recalls Heart Function Equipment”
Our pets are our friends and members of our family. They wake us up in the morning and greet us when we come home at night. From the tips of their cold noses to the ends of their tails our animal family members are important to the health and emotional balance of our homes. We trust pet food manufacturers to make their products using ingredients that are nutrient rich to promote a healthy, active life for our animals. What we don’t expect, is for those producers to be negligent about the ingredients that go inside of them. Continue reading “Euthanasia Drug Found in Popular Dog Food”