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A Loose Screw (or Soft Tire) Could Kill You

We often take our vehicles for granted. Even when we maintain them religiously, we do not really go down to the nuts and bolts to understand how they work or if they are properly constructed. Instead, we trust that the vehicle operators, parts manufacturers, the automobile makers, and the auto repair mechanics have done their job is making sure our vehicles are safe to operate. According to the website of Attorney Ali Mokaram, this is not always the case. When a mechanical defect or a defective design involves a truck, it can cause a major amount of hurt to a lot of people. Common defects that can cause truck accidents include:

Defective Brakes

Brakes need to be especially reliable with trucks, because these are heavy vehicles. It takes more effort for it to stop than a regular car. In most cases, trucks use air brakes, so it is important that each component be in good condition to prevent slippage at crucial moments.

Worn out or Defective Tires

Trucks put a lot of miles on the road, which is why their tires wear out pretty quickly. The tires of big rigs, also called 18-wheelers, have to be constantly checked and rotated to make sure the tires are properly inflated and wear out evenly to avoid blowouts. Tires also need regular replacement with good quality tires. Trucks are often given warnings about balding tires and other problems, but these are not always given due attention.

Flimsy Rear Guards

When a passenger car hits a truck from behind, the biggest danger is that the passenger car is forced under the truck, impacting the windshield. This is why rear guards are installed in large commercial trucks. These are metal bars set low under the tailgate to prevent smaller cars from going too far under and hitting the windshield. In many tests, however, many rear guards fail when a vehicle strikes them at 35 mph.

If you were injured seriously in a defective truck accident, you could be eligible for compensation. Consult with a truck accident lawyer in your area for more information.

Facts about Hypertension and Benicar

More than 60 million Americans over 20 years old suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) at any one time, and this number is growing as a result of increased work stress, unwise lifestyle choices, and age. Mild hypertension can be managed quite easily with a healthy diet and regular exercise, but unfortunately more than half of hypertensive subjects exercise little or no control over their medical condition, with the result that it gets worse over time. At the point when most people finally decide to manage it with medication is when it is so bad that 1,000 people die every day primarily because of hypertension.

Even when they seek help in managing their high blood pressure, they are more likely to depend on medication than make any lifestyle changes, which is why drugs that are designed to lower blood pressure like Benicar (olmesartan) are widely prescribed. In 2012, manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo registered $2.446 billion in sales from Benicar alone.

Benicar a brand-name drug sold in the US from a class called angiosten II receptor blockers (ARBs) or sartans . There are several drug classes designed primarily to manage hypertension, and all of them have side effects to some degree. As discussed on the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, sartans as a whole are known to cause dizziness and diarrhea and they are contraindicated for patients who are pregnant (Class D drug) and diagnosed with bile duct obstruction. What is unique about Benicar is that it is the only one in its class which may cause patients to develop sprue-like (mimicking celiac disease) enteropathy, which essentially prevents the body from absorbing food nutrients to an alarming degree with continued use.

Some patients who had not known about this particular side effect of Benicar had continued taking the medication until the causative link was finally established. By then, many had sustained permanent damage to their intestinal tract and now require special medical care. Some have already filed lawsuits against Daiichi Sankyo for failure to warn so they can compensation for their injuries. If you are in the same position, you should consider following their lead and consult with a competent Benicar lawyer.

Escitalopram (Lexapro) Side Effects

Depression can mean many things. It could be a temporary feeling of lowness or sadness that can be easily sidelined, or it could be a major episode where the sufferer is unable to function in everyday life for an extended period. The latter type is called clinical depression and is considered a mental illness rather than an emotional mood.

Clinical depression or depressive illness is believed to affect more than 6% of the US population, and almost a third of this population experience severe forms of the illness. It is believed that depressive illness may be caused by a neurotransmitter imbalance, in which case a good solution would be a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). SSRIs acts on neurotransmitters to reduce the uptake of serotonin so that it remains longer in the body. This will help restore the balance of neurotransmitters in the body which will hopefully reduce depression. Lexapro is the brand name for a type of SSRI called escitalopram.

Escitalopram is prescribed as an acute treatment protocol for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder in patients 12 years old and above. It is very similar in action to citalopram (Celexa) and they have similar side effects, although escitalopram is considered more effective in treating anxiety disorders.

Like citalopram, the most common escitalopram side effect is sexual problems such as decreased sexual interest and anorgasmia (difficulty in achieving orgasm) which in some cases can be permanent when the patient stops taking the drug, which is called post SSRI sexual dysfunction. There is evidence that escitalopram may increase the incidence of suicidality in adult patients, up to 2.4 times in some studies.

Other side effects include dry mouth, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, excessive yawning, drowsiness, frequent urination, increased sweating, trembling, insomnia, nightmares, and fatigue. Some people also develop a habit of teeth grinding (bruxism), cardiac arrhythmia, anxiety, blood pressure changes, mood swings, headache, dilated pupils, and dizziness, and rarely convulsions, photosensitivity and hallucinations.