Injury At Work? Workplace Injury Lawyer Will Help!Written by Anna Henningsgaard
Since days of Upton Sinclaire’s “The Jungle”, workplace injury law has improved to protect workers and repay them for injuries incurred at work. Departments like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have been developed to monitor working conditions and maintain a benchmark level of safety for workers. Not only is your employer responsible for providing a safe workplace, they must support you when you suffer injuries on job site. OSHA penalizes companies for dangerous working conditions. These are some very strict regulations, and it is a good idea to contact a lawyer if you mean to hold your company responsible for injuries you’ve suffered.
Since its inception in 1971, OSHA has helped to cut workplace fatalities by more than 60 percent and occupational injury and illness rates by 40 percent. In past, workers had to fend for themselves. People working in dangerous industries were not paid when they had to take time off for injuries, even when injuries happened at work! These employees who took on extra risk by working difficult and dangerous jobs were not necessarily paid more, so it was often marginalized members of society such as recent immigrants who were forced to risk their lives daily just to get by. Modern standards, such as those established by OSHA, seek to make this abuse a thing of past.
Fen-Phen Settlement Lawyer: Lawsuit FactsWritten by Anna Henningsgaard
Fen Phen was used as a diet drug for many years. It is a combination of two drugs, fenfluamine and phentermine. The FDA requested its removal from market late in 1997 when reports arose of fen-phen’s role in causing heart valve disease and pulmonary hypertension. Echocardiograms of women taking fen-phen revealed a 30% rate of heart valve abnormality, even though patients had no symptoms. In July of 1997, researchers at Mayo Clinic reported dozens of cases of a rare valvular disease among women who took fen-phen. It was at this point that doctors were alerted to start warning patients of dangers of fen-phen.
Fen-phen works by increasing seratonin levels in brain. Seratonin is responsible for moods including a feeling of satiety, or being full. The “fen”, fenfluramine, alone causes severe mood swings and depression, which made it unpopular. By adding stimulant phentermine to counterbalance depressing effects, people did not feel depressed by drug-imposed chemical imbalance, they only felt less hungry. Unfortunately, excess seratonin was also found to be responsible for serious heart valve problems.
Directly after link between fen-phen and heart disease was revealed, 66 reports came in of heart valve disease associated with drug. Also, patents who were only taking one of two, fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine, experienced same symptoms. Fen-Phen went off market in 2004, and is now no longer widely available. As recently as April of 2005, American Lawyer magazine reviled that more than 50,000 product liability lawsuits have been filed by fen-phen victims. Total liability paid out to these victims could reach as high as $14 billion.