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Chemotherapy drug may cause permanent hair loss

Georgia cancer survivors are often willing to try just about anything to beat their condition. Oftentimes, this means subjecting oneself to chemotherapy, which is really a general terms for the treatment of various cancers using drugs and drug combinations that are highly potent.

Not surprisingly, these drugs have some serious side effects. Like other types of chemotherapy, the drug Texotere, for instance, can lead to nausea, pain in the muscles and joints, vomiting, and, in addition to other effects, the classic hair loss that many chemotherapy patients endure, at least on a temporary basis.

When is a misdiagnosis more than a mistake?

Georgia doctors are entitled to a little bit of leeway when it comes to making a diagnosis. After all, medicine, despite all of society's advances in technology, is still an art and, as such, still involves a lot of trial of error.

As such, doctors can sometimes ultimately be proven wrong in making a diagnosis yet still not have to worry about facing a medical malpractice action.

What is Xarelto and what can go wrong when taking it?

The drug Xarelto is used in hospitals and by doctors to prevent a patient from getting blood clots. As any Georgia resident who is undergone a surgery knows, blood clotting is a very serious and potentially fatal condition that can happen after a patient goes under the knife, especially if they aren't able to move around a lot after the operation. Xarelto was designed to help prevent this condition and thus head off a tragedy.

However, as with any drug, Xarelto has some possible side effects, some of which are severe and, probably much more than a patient taking the drug would ever bargain for. The problem with Xarelto is that, by stopping blood clotting, it tends to cause a person to bleed excessively.

We fight distracted driving by getting justice for victims

Distracted driving, specifically when it comes to using cell phones or texting while driving, is sharply limited both by state law and, for truckers who are subject to them, by federal regulations.

It is important to remember, though, that drivers can also be distracted by activities which are perfectly legal, such as by a child crying in the back or even taking a quick bite to eat while driving. Moreover, even if the police do ticket a distracted driver after an accident, they usually will have little power to make the other driver pay compensation to a victim, even if the victim is seriously and permanently injured or disabled.

Overview of Georgia's workers' compensation system

Like all other states, Georgia has a workers' compensation system in place that is designed to make sure employees who get injured on the job get paid quickly for their medical expenses and also get the income they lose from being out of work reimbursed, at least partially. The system also covers all funeral expenses and lost wages when a worker dies in connection with a fatal workplace accident.

Georgia's workers' compensation system is "no-fault." In other words, a work accident victim need not prove that the employer was responsible for the accident. In fact, the employee can, in many cases, be the one whose carelessness caused the accident and still collect benefits.

What can go wrong if I get a hip replacement?

In many cases, hip replacement surgery is a godsend for residents of Rome, Georgia and other residents of this state. However, there have been cases, recently having come to light, of something going horribly wrong with the hip implant. The end result is that a patient who thought he or she was getting a new lease on quality of life may wind up in a worsened condition, or even permanently disabled.

There are, in fact, a lot of things that can go wrong with hip implants, which are, as some might guess, simply devices made of metal and plastic that serve the same purpose as one's own hip. Some of these problems are pretty typical for anyone undergoing a significant surgery. For instance, one always has to be on guard against blood clotting and infections.

Can medical product liability result from heater-coolers?

Those who have been through, or have had loved ones go through, open-heart surgery are well aware of the stress it involves. The list of potential risks is long and frightening, and serious consequences can result, even if nothing goes particularly wrong. When there is some device or product used in the operation that does not work correctly for some reason, the results can be devastating. It is important for those who may need such surgery to know from where such risks may emerge, and how their rights might be protected.

When thinking about defective heart-related products, most Georgia residents likely envision faulty or leaky heart valve replacements, or bad pacemakers that don't give the correct amount of stimulation, or stimulate out of rhythm. Perhaps they might think of heart medication that was adulterated or that is given without adequate warnings regarding side effects. While all these are dangers, there is one many people might not think about: heater-coolers.

Zofran use during pregnancy and threats to patients' health

Pregnancy can be both a blessing and a curse for expectant mothers in Georgia. On one hand, a mother-to-be may be ecstatic to meet her new baby and bring a new member into her family. On the other hand, if she is one of the unfortunate women who suffers from morning sickness during her pregnancy, she may wish for relief from her nausea, vomiting and discomfort.

In the past, doctors prescribed Zofran to their pregnant patients to help them work through the miserable symptoms of morning sickness. Zofran was originally released as a drug to help ease the struggles of cancer patients who were subjected to chemotherapy and experienced its unpleasant side effects. However, in time, patients began to realize that the medication their doctors gave them to ease their morning sickness symptoms were causing dangerous problems for them and their unborn children.

What is "negligence" in a Georgia motor vehicle accident?

When a Georgia resident is injured in a car accident, many things seem to happen all at once. There's the doctors, and the police and the insurance companies, all of whom have necessary jobs to do, but can end up overwhelming even the most capable individual. Then, after some of the aftermath has settled and the process of healing begins, the injured person and his or her family have to deal with the bills. Medical and rehabilitation expenses can mount quickly, and the stress can begin all over again.

However, some of that stress may be alleviated when injured people understand that if someone else was at fault for the original accident, they may be entitled to compensation through a civil lawsuit. These personal injury actions can take a number of forms, but the most common is that of a negligence case. In such cases, the plaintiff is attempting to prove that the at-fault individual acted negligently in doing, or not doing, something that he or she was supposed to do or not do, and that this negligence is why the injured person incurred the costs.

What is the time limit on medical malpractice claims in Georgia?

The pain and hampered mobility that comes along with hip problems are very real, and can seriously affect a person's quality of life. For this reason, more people are opting for hip replacement surgery, seeking some kind of relief. Unfortunately, while many people get this relief, others ended up with poorly designed or poorly made implants that make a bad situation even worse.

What are some of the problems that have been seen with bad hip implants? For certain models of implants, as many as 20 percent required a second surgery within five years. Of course, hip replacement surgery is a major operation, and there are risks involved every time someone's body is placed under the stress required by such procedures. These dangers are even greater among older individuals, who often make up a larger percentage of the population needing hip replacement. Hip implants causing further damage to muscle and bone have also been reported.

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