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Too Little, too Late for Some Morcellator Patients

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015

The side effects of morcellators were apparently known long before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first official warning in 2014. This is a disturbing revelation for those who are already suffering the consequences as patients or their families.

Power morcellators were considered an important breakthrough back in 1991 for routine hysterectomies or myomectomies because it was minimally invasive. The device was a drill-like apparatus that could slip through a 2-centimeter incision or through the vagina canal to remove and excise uterine fibroids or other abnormal tissue. This method was more efficient and clean than traditional surgical methods for the surgeon, and the healing time was quicker for the patient. About 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the US every year. Morcellation understandably became the method of choice for many gynecologists.

However, doctors noticed as early as the late 1990s that tissue fragments often were left behind, and in 2003 there were indications that at least some of these fragments may have been malignant. It is standard practice in most surgical procedures to use a surgical bag to contain suspect tissue—uterine fibroid are usually benign, but not always—but this was not the case with morcellators. This is because manufacturers did not include a surgical bag as part of the device’s equipment nor warn doctors about the risks, so doctors believed the risk was low.

These two things contributed greatly to the number of preventable deaths and cases of uterine sarcomas that developed over the years. As it is turning out, the risks are very high; to the tune of one in every 350 cases, in fact. Considering that about 12% of 600,000 women chose morcellation for their procedure, this means that of the 72,000 or so patients every year, about 200 women will end up with uterine cancer. Since morcellators has been in use since 1991, a conservative estimate would still put these preventable cancers in the thousands.

If you suffered serious injury or loss from power morcellators, you are not alone. You have the right to sue for compensation, just as others have done, because the manufacturers failed in their duty of care. Contact a competent morcellator lawyer in your area as soon as possible to get the best possible assessment of your case.

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Saving Money with Roof Repair

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015

Most people take their roof for granted because it is out of sight. They only remember it when something starts to leak, or right after a bad storm. Because the roof serves as the first line of defense for the home, it is important that it is intact and in good shape.

However, there are unscrupulous people that may be going around the neighborhood telling homeowners that their roof is badly damaged and needs replacement. This is especially true after a hurricane or windstorm when people can be more easily convinced. Take this with a grain of salt.

According to the website of Black Slate Roofing, LLC, it is important in such instances that you get a second opinion, preferably from your insurance company. Replacing a roof is a long and expensive process, and it is unlikely that a roving roofer is the best person to do it for you. There are instances when roof replacement may be necessary, but only if an assessor from your insurance company confirms it. Remember, you will want your homeowners’ insurance to take care of the bulk of your expenses.

In most cases, a roof in good condition will not easily get damaged. If there is any damage because of extreme weather, it may be minor, or it may only need restoration. Replacing tiles and cement is definitely less expensive than a replacement.

If your insurance company agrees to a repair or replacement, you should find a roofing company that has the experience and knowledge to do a good job at reasonable prices. You can check out the reviews online for several companies and ask for several quotes before making a decision. If you are replacing your roof, you may as well ask the roofing companies for the materials they will recommend for your area.

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At the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

It is never a good idea to drive if you have been drinking, especially if you are in Texas. If you are very lucky, you can get away with it without being pulled over. In the case of one driver, however, luck was just not with him.

A driver recently crashed into a police car on the side of the road in a Dallas suburb. It was a good thing that the squad car was empty because the police were busy dealing with a drunk driver they had pulled over. What was not so good was that the gatecrasher naturally caught the attention of the officers, and he had been allegedly drinking. It was just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The officers arrested both drivers for driving while intoxicated (DWI).

However, an arrest is a long way from a conviction. While the above case seems clear-cut, many factors can come into play. As pointed out on the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, it is important not to act in fear and panic. Most people are not aware of how the law works, so they make mistakes that could be fatal for their criminal defense.

This is why it is important to do nothing without the advice of an experienced DWI lawyer. There may be ways to get the charges dismissed, get probation, or otherwise avoid a DWI conviction. A good lawyer will know what to do to make the most of a bad situation.

If you are facing drunk driving charges, do not make the mistake of thinking it is no big deal. Drunk driving is a serious offense anywhere in the US, and one conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. Even if you have no prior offenses, a conviction for (DWI) can close the doors on many opportunities for you.

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