Carpal Tunnel Injuries
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Nursing Home Abuse
Unsafe & Defective Products
Asbestos-related diseases have claimed the health and lives of thousands of Americans. People at risk for asbestos exposure include shipyard workers, construction workers, and employees in certain manufacturing industries such as insulation, friction products, and textiles. Products containing asbestos include pipe covering, brake linings, clutches, ceiling tile, floor tile, roof shingles, siding, corrugated sheets, block, cement, packing, gaskets, fire brick, furnace cement, tape, blankets, wire, cable, and heater cord.
The latency period for asbestos-related diseases can be very long, ranging from 10 to 40 years. What this means is that a person may not develop asbestos-related injuries until years or decades after his exposure. Exposure to asbestos can cause two different types of injuries: malignant diseases, including cancers; and non-malignant scarring in the respiratory tract. Malignant diseases include pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung, and peritoneal mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the abdomen. Mesothelioma, which can develop from very low levels of exposure to asbestos, is almost invariably fatal. Other Asbestos-related cancers include lung cancer and cancer of the esophagus, larynx, stomach, colon, and rectum.
Non-malignant asbestos diseases include pulmonary asbestosis, which is scarring of the lung, and pleural thickening, which is scarring of the lining of the lung. Pulmonary asbestosis is not curable. Although some people may experience no symptoms, pulmonary asbestosis generally gets worse over time until a person suffers shortness of breath, fatigue, and dry cough. In the end-stage, a person with pulmonary asbestosis may require supplemental oxygen to stay alive, and may develop heart problems.
Pleural thickening, another non-malignant asbestos disease, causes scarring of the lining of the lung. Pleural thickening, the most common asbestos disease, can be localized to small areas (pleural plaques) or can be diffuse. Pleural plaques are not typically symptomatic, but diffuse pleural thickening can cause shortness of breath.
It is generally recommended that anyone with occupational exposure to asbestos be examined every 18 to 24 months by a radiologist certified as a "B" reader by the National Institute of Safety and Health.
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CARPAL TUNNEL INJURIES
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a painful condition caused by the compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel of the wrist. CTS can be caused traumatically by a fall, but is usually associated with "micro-traumas," repetitive-stress activities such as typing at a non-ergonomic workstation or working on an assembly line. CTS can also affect railroad trainmen, a job involving the repetitive throwing of switches and handbrakes and climbing ladders. People with CTS often require surgery to cut the Transverse Carpal Ligament of the wrist. The lawyers at MyersLafferty have successfully represented employees who have suffered CTS and other repetitive stress injuries at work.
If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel injuries you believe may have been caused at work, click here for our detailed contact information and a free consultation.
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Catastrophic injury cases involve so-called "life-ruining" injuries requiring lifelong and intensive medical care. Injuries to newborn babies as a result of malpractice and accidents resulting in paralyzing injuries are included among these most horrific scenarios. In these cases, it is essential that the client and his care-taking family receive sufficient financial recovery through trial or settlement to ensure that the injured victim's medical needs and living expenses are met for the rest of the client's life.
If you or a loved one have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical malpractice or an accident, click here for our detailed contact information and a free consultation.
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Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in America. Each year, nearly a thousand construction workers are killed and five hundred thousand are injured in falls, electrocution, crane accidents, scaffold accidents, welding, cutting and brazing accidents, and accidents caused by dangerous machinery. When a construction employee is injured, he can usually receive wage and medical benefits through workers' compensation. And when the injury is caused as a result of defective machinery, or by the negligence of the architects, project owners, other contractors, or their employees, the construction worker can bring a civil lawsuit for damages that can far exceed what is available through workers' compensation.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, click here for our detailed contact information and a free consultation.
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Medical malpractice is one of the most serious health risks facing our country today. In 1995, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee reported that medical malpractice injures 1.3 million hospitalized Americans annually and kills 100,000 people each year, making medical mistakes the third leading cause of preventable deaths, behind only cigarette smoking and alcohol abuse. Sadly, the response from the medical community and its insurers has been to launch a massive campaign complaining against malpractice lawsuits and seeking to impose limits on the amounts juries can award to the families of patients killed or catastrophically injured by medical error.
Medical malpractice takes many forms, including:
Medical malpractice cases are complex and hard-fought. It is important that injured patients secure legal representation by experienced trial attorneys with the know-how, will, and resources to investigate the case thoroughly, marshal the evidence needed to prove that the physician breached the standard of care, and see the fight through to the courtroom and verdict. MyersLafferty is committed to prosecuting medical error that injures our clients and we fight hard to hold health care providers accountable for their mistakes.
If you believe you or a loved one have been injured due to medical negligence, click here for our detailed contact information and a free consultation.
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MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die in motor vehicle accidents caused by other drivers who speed, tailgate, run stop signs and red lights, fall asleep, drive drunk, or tamper with their cell phones or radios while driving. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that in 2001 alone, more than 41,000 Americans were killed and 3,000,000 more were injured in motor vehicle accidents.
In the event that you are involved in an automobile accident, it is imperative that you have adequate insurance. Most people know how important it is to have "liability" coverage, which is the insurance that covers injuries caused to another driver by you. What many people don't understand that it is just as important to have sufficient "Uninsured Motorist" and "Underinsured Motorist" coverage, which is the insurance that covers your injuries in cases where the other driver does not have sufficient liability insurance.
Many motorists select "Limited Tort" coverage because it saves them a few dollars on their premiums. What they don't understand is that limited tort may seriously compromise their ability to obtain compensation for legitimate and serious injuries. Some insurance companies take a "no-pay" position against drivers who have limited tort, meaning that the insurance companies will not settle the claims without litigation.
MyersLafferty is always glad to review our client's policies with them to ensure they have sufficient coverage to protect them and their families in the event of an automobile accident. We also advise our clients to take the following steps in case they are involved in an accident:
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NURSING HOME ABUSE
One and a half million Americans are presently living in 17,000 registered nursing home and elder care facilities. This number is expected to rise to 5 million people within thirty years. Many nursing homes try to maximize profit by using under-trained and unqualified help. Conservative estimates state that one of three homes in America will be affected by abuse of an elder relative in a nursing home.
The abuse can take the form of physical assault, sexual assault, psychological abuse, neglect, abandonment and extortion. Families of nursing home residents should be aware of the signs and indications of abuse, including any injuries the nursing home does not adequately explain. Look for unusual bruises and bedsores and sexually-transmitted diseases, or a patient's sudden change in attitude or appetite. You should also be wary of out-of-the-ordinary financial requests.
Although these signs are not always indicative of abuse, if you suspect that a loved one is being abused in a nursing home or other elderly care facility:
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Premises liability actions traditionally fall into two main categories: Slip-and-Fall Injuries and Criminal Attacks.
Thousands of Americans are injured each year because people and companies fail to keep their sidewalks, stairs, and indoor walking areas level and free of debris, ice, snow, and other substances. Many people, for example, slip in grocery stores when an item falls off a shelf and spills into the aisle. Other people have been seriously injured at large home improvement stores by unsecured items falling onto them from overhead.
If you are injured in this type of situation, the most important thing to do is to document the accident immediately:
The second category of premises liability cases are those that arise from criminal attacks caused by a landlord's failure to provide sufficient security. Increasingly, newspapers are reporting incidents of female tenants who have been attacked in their apartments by unknown assailants. People are also being attacked in poorly patrolled shopping mall and restaurant parking lots, train stations, and other highly trafficked areas. Many states now impose liability on landlords and other property owners who negligently fail to provide adequate security to protect tenants, customers, shoppers and employees from foreseeable criminal attacks. If you are a victim of this type of crime:
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UNSAFE & DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS
Every year, thousands of Americans are injured by defective and dangerous products at work and at home. Automobiles with improperly designed or installed seatbelts, machinery lacking adequate hand-guards, or appliances that spark and cause fires are all examples of defective productsdevices that function properly but lack the warnings necessary to teach people how to use them safely.
It's obvious when you've been injured using a product. Whether that accident is the result of a legally defective product is not always so clear. To know whether you have a case against a product manufacturer, have your situation reviewed by a skilled attorney working in conjunction with an engineer or other expert familiar with the type of product involved. MyersLafferty has access to a network of knowledgeable and trustworthy experts who can inspect and test products and determine whether they are unreasonably dangerous or defective.
If you've been injured as a result of a product that may have been defective, there are two things you must make sure to do. First, if you have possession of the product, keep it. Do not throw the product way, and do not take it apart or alter it. The product itself is the key piece of evidence needed to prove your case, and its loss or alteration may ruin your ability to bring a claim. Second, contact an experienced attorney immediately. Most manufacturers are sophisticated litigants. They have in-house attorneys and large outside law firms who go to great lengths to defeat potential injury claims involving their company's products. And they begin building their defense the minute a potential case is reported to them. Don't sit on your rights while they are working hard to fight against you.
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Injured railroaders are protected by the Federal Employers' Liability Act of 1908 (FELA). The FELA gives injured railroaders the right to sue their employer and recover damages for:
A railroader who is injured at work should do the following:
Help to gather the evidence needed to win your case:
If you are a railroader who has been injured at work, click here for our detailed contact information and a free consultation.
We recommend that every railroad employee keep a copy of our Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) Information Guide in a place that's easily accessible to you and your family. This guide offers the information you need to protect yourself if you're injured on the job. Click here to download the guide.
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