Dental Disaster: What You Need To Know About Oral Malpractice Injuries

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When you go to the dentist, you expect to have a cleaning of the teeth or minor work done that could include a filling or other preventive measures so that there aren’t any cavities that develop. You could also have a bit more work done along the lines of a root canal or an extraction. Whatever you have done in the dental office should be done by a dentist who practices safe measures, but there are times when disasters occur. These are considered oral malpractice injuries, and it’s a good idea to seek the help of an attorney if they occur.

Nerves

One of the common injuries that you might experience in a dental office is to the nerves and the jaw. This is often the result of the dentist using a needle that might be too large for the gum or inserting the needle in a space of the mouth that results in damage to the nerves. You’ll find with this injury that it could affect the feeling in the lips and the tongue.

Anesthesia

As with other medical procedures, there are injuries that occur from anesthesia that is received when you have oral surgery or procedures that are a bit more in depth than a filling or a routine service. The doctor might administer more medication than is needed without monitoring the vital signs correctly. Another risk of anesthesia is an allergic reaction. You might not know that you are allergic to the medication that the dentist gives. At times, there is a possibility of death in these situations.

Faulty Dental Equipment

The equipment and replacements that are used in the mouth should be new. If there are faulty pieces that are used that result in more damage to the teeth and the rest of the mouth, then this would be considered oral malpractice. This often occurs with crowns or bridges that are faulty and don’t fit properly or that aren’t made in the correct way before being placed in the mouth.

Failed Diagnosis

When a dentist examines the mouth, he has an obligation to let you know if there are any diseases of the mouth that are seen, such as oral cancer. If the dentist doesn’t alert you if something is wrong, then this would be considered a failure to diagnose and is malpractice as you could have received treatment for the disease if you had known.

There is a risk any time you go to the dentist. Sometimes, the risk is greater than the reward when it comes to fixing the teeth. As soon as you realize that you have experienced any kind of injury, then you need to talk to a professional, like those at Spesia & Ayers Attorneys At Law, who can help with compensation for the injuries.

Author Bio: Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer living in Boston, MA. When not writing, she enjoys reading and indoor rock climbing. Find her on Google +

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All the Legal Ins and Outs You Need to Know About Filing for Bankruptcy

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Sometimes, the only thing that you can do if finances get to where you can’t handle the bills and emergencies that arise is to file for bankruptcy. The first thing that you need to do is talk to an attorney who can answer the questions you have and help you determine the chapter of bankruptcy that you need to file. There are a few things that you need to consider before filing and the ramifications that you might experience after you file.

Understand the Types
Chapter 7 is often the type that most people go through. It will liquidate your debt, charging off most of the unsecured debt that you have. This includes any credit cards and personal loans. Chapter 13 is an option if you to pay back your creditors over a period of time. The process for taking care of the business end could take as long as five years. In Chapter 7, you can usually keep all of the assets that you own, but in Chapter 13, it’s hard to own anything, like a car or house, as it will go against your credit.

Credit Scores
Before filing, you should meet with a bankruptcy attorney, such as someone from Lazaro Carvajal, to discuss how filing will affect your credit score. Any good credit history can be eliminated, and it will be hard to establish credit once again after a period of years. It’s a requirement to declare bankruptcy on almost every application and form that you complete, such as medical papers and employment applications.

Not Everything Is Discharged
If you owe child support or back taxes, don’t think that bankruptcy will help your situation. These are government issues, and you will have to continue making these payments. This is why you should consider all of the options that you have before you file for bankruptcy.

In The Public Eye
After you file, your name will likely appear in a newspaper in your county or city. This is to alert creditors that you have filed so that they won’t contact you about your debts. However, it also means that family and friends can see that you have filed. If you don’t want others to know of your financial situation, then you might want to consider looking for other ways to get help.

Bankruptcy might be the best option for some people, but you need to think about what the results of the filing will be for yourself and your family. An attorney can lead you in the right direction. If this is your last option, then it’s best to try to rebuild your credit as soon as possible with secured credit cards and other finance options that don’t look at your credit score.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her husky Snowball. You can find her on Twitter at @LizzieWeakley and on Facebook at facebook.com/lizzie.weakley.

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A Senior’s Guide to Staying Active

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While seniors may look forward to retirement because they want to relax and spend their days on their own schedule, it is important that they make staying healthy part of their retirement routine. Balancing relaxation with activity and comfort foods with healthy foods is a good way to enjoy retirement while maintaining your well-being. If you’re looking for ways to stay active during retirement in order to improve your mental and physical health, our guide will help get you started.

  1. Find an Exercise that You Love

Now that you have more time to devote to your health, you should experiment with various exercises and activities until you find one that you love enough to commit to on a daily basis. Doctors recommend that seniors get at least 30 minutes of activity five days a week, and it’s easier to stay motivated and adopt exercise as part of your lifestyle when you enjoy doing it.

Think about where you want to work out, whether you want to work out at home, how convenient the exercise will be, and if it would be fun for you. You may enjoy walking with friends, taking a yoga class at a senior center, following along with a step aerobics routine online, or taking a dance fitness class at a local studio. Don’t be afraid to try several until you find one that you know you will do consistently.

It also helps if you keep in mind that exercise will improve your mood and increase your mental capacity. The mental health benefits of regular exercise for seniors should not be overlooked, and you may just find that you feel so good once you start exercising that you can’t imagine not doing it every day.

  1. Stay Social

Being social is one of the best ways to stay active during retirement. Your local senior center is one of the best resources you have for finding clubs, events, and other social organizations that you can participate in during your retirement. It’s common to find a quilting club, knitting club, card club, or another group that meets on a regular basis in communities across the country. You can contact your local Office or Department of Aging for more resources in your area.

Being social does more than keep you physically active. It also gives you interactions with others that can help combat depression, memory loss, fatigue, and other issues that come from being lonely. Some studies find that socializing helps reduce stress, which can lead to overall well-being.

  1. Volunteer

Seniors who volunteer and give back to the community avoid a sedentary lifestyle and gain social, emotional, and physical health benefits from doing so. Senior volunteers avoid social isolation, expand their social circles, and invigorate their minds. Some studies show that seniors who volunteer and give social support to others experience lower mortality rates because they are active and have lower blood pressure and reduce their risk of heart disease and depression.

If you love children, you can volunteer at after-school programs, in-school programs, or local library programs. You may tutor a child, help a child learn to read, or read to children. You also may help children in art or music class if you have a special talent to share with them.

Other volunteering opportunities for seniors include working at a local food bank, serving at a local soup kitchen, providing love and support at children’s or veterans’ hospitals, helping at animal shelters, coaching or umpiring Little League teams or games, and leading local scout troops. The best way to go about finding a volunteer position is to consider your interests first and then find a volunteer position that aligns with them.

  1. Get a Part-Time Job

If you want to supplement your income and boost your physical activity and mental cognition, get a part-time job. You may enjoy doing seasonal work at a local small business or becoming an assistant for a local businessperson. Contact your local employment office and set up an appointment to fill out an application and highlight your skills and previous experience.

If you want to set your own hours and wages, consider going into business for yourself. You may provide private tutoring or music lessons in your home, starting a small baking business, or selling handmade items at local fairs or online. You also could become a housekeeper and clean homes in your area.

One of the best ways for seniors to improve their mental and physical health is to stay active. Take advantage of your retirement years by exercising, being social, volunteering, or getting a part-time job, and you’ll feel better than you have in years.

Author Info: Michael Harris is a volunteer at SelfExam, currently based in Walnut, CA. He aims to spread awareness about cancer prevention and strives to offer support to those battling cancer. 

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Mylan Overcharged Medicaid for Years on EpiPen

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Bloomberg News reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that Mylan NV has “for years overcharged the U.S. Medicaid health program to buy its EpiPen shot…despite being told that it needed to give bigger discounts under the law.” According to a letter from the CMS, Medicaid “spent about $797 million on EpiPens” from 2011 to 2015, which “included rebates of about 13 percent.” However, the US should have received a rebate of at least 23.1 percent.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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FDA Strengthens Warning on Labels of Two Diabetes Drugs to Reflect Risk of Acute Kidney Injuries

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MedPage Today reports that “the FDA is strengthening a warning on the labels of two diabetes drugs to reflect risk of acute kidney injuries.” The “new labels for the two sodium-glucose transport 2 (SGLT-2) drugs – canagliflozin (Invokana) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga) – will have more information about acute kidney injuries and add recommendations about how to minimize risk, said the FDA on its website.” The FDA “says that the strengthened warning comes after they have received reports of 101 confirmable cases of acute kidney injury from March of 2013 to October of” last year.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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HHS OIG: Too Much Delay in FDA Food Recall Process

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NBC Nightly News reported, “An urgent food safety alert has federal food safety inspectors on the defensive tonight.” ABC World News Tonight reported, “A government review has now found that the FDA took too long to force companies to recall food even after it was proven to be contaminated.” The CBS Evening News reported, “Contaminated foods sometimes remains on store shelves for months because the FDA is slow to order a recall. That’s according to a report released today by a government watchdog group.”

USA Today reports that a report by the HHS Office of the Inspector General found that the Food and Drug Administration “doesn’t require food manufacturers to quickly recall dangerous food that can cause illness or death.” In a statement, the FDA called the delays “unacceptable” and said it was taking “concrete steps” to improve the recall process.

NBC News reports that the OIG concluded that the FDA “did not have policies and procedures to ensure that firms or responsible parties initiated voluntary food recalls promptly.” This led to consumers remaining “at risk of illness or death for several weeks after FDA was aware of a potentially hazardous food in the supply chain.”

TIME adds that the report “suggested that the FDA instruct recall staff to set timeframes for recalling products.”

The AP reports that FDA deputy commissioner Stephen Ostroff says the agency has establish a team of food safety officials to review cases that aren’t progressing efficiently in order to “take action much more quickly in circumstances where there seems to be some reluctance at the firm.”

The Washington Post reports that although Congress passed a food safety law four years ago giving the FDA “authority to order recalls in cases where bad food can cause serious harm,” the investigators “said these powers have rarely been used.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Treasury Department Urges Constraints on Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Insurance Contracts

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Reuters writes a Treasury Department urges states to “consider developing appropriate constraints on mandatory arbitration clauses in insurance contracts.” Such fine print bars unsatisfied customers from suing, and have recently been added to a number of contracts, such as those for cellphones and nursing homes. Critics argue customers end up in a secret process without due process or a legal precedent, with arbitrators that “have cause to rule in the company’s favor.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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DOJ Watching Online Lending Industry

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Reuters reports that Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in an interview that “the potential for abuse is growing in financial industries such as online lending, where technology is replacing traditional safeguards.” Caldwell said the Justice Department “has an eye on” the online lending industry, and her concern is that “the loans are backed by investors, not deposits and other ‘infrastructure’ that is common among more traditional lenders.” Reuters notes that the online finance, or “peer-to-peer,” lending industry “has boomed in recent years, promoting alternative sources of funding for consumers and small businesses.” Caldwell is quoted saying, “There are a lot more of these peer-to-peer lenders, kind of mom and pop lenders. It’s hard to say what those loans are worth and hard to predict the performance of those loans.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

 

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Processed Carbs, Sugary Drinks May Increase Risk of Breast, Prostate Cancers

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HealthDay reports new research suggests that people “who consume a lot of processed carbohydrates” and “sugary drinks may face heightened risks of breast and prostate cancers.” Researchers analyzed data from 3,200 US adults whose diet habits and cancer rates “were tracked for more than 20 years” and found that during that time, “565 people were diagnosed with cancer.” The preliminary findings were presented on Tuesday at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in San Diego.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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FDA Warns Overdosing on Anti-Diarrhea Drugs Can Cause Fatal Heart Problems

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The AP reports that the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday that common anti-diarrhea drugs, such as prescription Imodium (loperamide) and related over-the-counter drugs, “can cause potentially deadly heart problems when taken at higher-than-recommended levels.” According to the agency, abusers try to achieve highs by taking up to 300 milligrams at once, far in excess of the recommended 8 to 16 milligrams per day. According to the AP, “the agency has received 31 reports of people hospitalized due to the heart problems, including 10 deaths over the last 39 years.”

MedPage Today reports that “taking loperamide with drugs that interact with it, including ranitidine (Zantac), increases the risk.” Also covering the story are the Wall Street Journal, the NBC News website, Medscape, Cassels, Healio, and HCP Live.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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