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Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Law Round-Up – August, 2013

Written by Ankin Law Office

Here’s what other personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers were talking about in August 2013:

  • Surgical Errors — When Technology Is the Problem (Protect Patients Blog). As the article points out, a new study shows that a significant number of surgical mistakes are caused by problems with the equipment or technology used. The study, published in BMJ Quality and Safety, looked at more than 19,000 scientific studies examining problems that arise during various surgeries and found that nearly 1 in 4 of all surgical errors was associated with the failure of equipment or technology. Additional analysis found that more than 4 in 10 errors had to do with how the machines were configured or calibrated; nearly 4 in 10 concerned the lack of availability of equipment, and more than 1 in 3 involved malfunctioning machines.
  • US Labor Department announces final rules to improve employment of veterans and people with disabilities (Worker’s Compensation Law Blog). Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and for people with disabilities. One rule updates apply to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and the Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Federal contractors and subcontractors are obligated to affirmatively recruit, hire, train and promote qualified veterans and people with disabilities, respectively. The rule updates will make it easier to measure these efforts.
  • New Study on Headache Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Dispels Myth that All Mild TBI’s Resolve in Three to Six Months (Traumatic Brain Injury Law Blog). According to the article, researchers at the University of Washington recognized that headaches are one of the most common and persistent symptoms following traumatic brain injury.  The researchers conducted a perspective study of the prevalence and characterization of headaches following mild traumatic brain injury and found that 54% of the subjects reported new or worse headaches compared to pre‑injury immediately after a traumatic brain injury, with 62% at three months, 69% at six months, and 58% at one year.
  • Popular Cholesterol Drug, Lipitor, Linked to Serious Health Issues Including Diabetes (Drug Injury Lawyers Blog). More than 29 million people across the United States have been prescribed Lipitor (a statin) to treat high cholesterol. Lipitor works by blocking the cholesterol-making enzyme found in the liver to lower bad cholesterol, and raise good cholesterol, by removing fatty cholesterol deposits that build up on artery walls that may cause blockages of blood flow to the heart, brain, and other organs. Although Lipitor is proven to lower the risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, certain types of heart surgery, and chest pain, it is also associated with a number of side effects, including diabetes. Although rare, an estimated 1 out of every 100 statin drug users develops Type-2 diabetes and the FDA requires that statin manufacturers, including the makers of Lipitor, to post a warning label on the outside of the bottle.

Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC handles  worker’s compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 600-0000 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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