Railroad Accident Lawyer Says: Buckle Your SeatbeltsWritten by Anna Henningsgaard
Massive train crashes seem dramatic stuff of movies and novels, billowing steam engines destined for disaster, fixed irreversibly on track to collide. Indeed, in 19th century train companies used head-on train collisions as a publicity stunt. The Crush Crash in Waco, Texas drew so many observers that Waco became, for one night, second largest city in state. Even this staged event ended in disaster, however, when a boiler burst and flying debris killed two in crowd. Unfortunately, this less-than-dramatic conclusion represents reality of train wrecks, and these days that reality is represented in lawsuits as soon as smoke clears.
Perhaps modern day railroads do not encounter anything so catastrophic as rerouted steam locomotive that caused a mountain to collapse in Ayn Randís Atlas Shrugged, but train crashes are still a major problem in United States. Train crashes injure more than 500 people every year, though deaths remain relatively rare. Aside from catastrophic collisions, railroad deaths usually occur at crossings, where trainís course crosses path of car traffic. The chances of dying in a car-train crash are ten times more likely than dying in a regular car collision.
Settlements with railroad companies for crashes can amount in millions of dollars, but this just reflects severity of injuries incurred in such accidents. Trains are currently set up in compartments to reduce distance people would fly in event of a major collision. However, safety experts with Federal Railroad Association have conducted full-scale crashes and found that dummies in such seats were flung up and over backs of seat compartments, some striking luggage racks. Seatbelts would prevent this sort of injury, but they are not a standard installment of most trains.
Protopic Cancer Risk LawyerWritten by Anna Henningsgaard
The FDA issued a warning in July of 2005 on two skin creams, Elidel (pimecrolimus) and Protopic (tacrolimus) to all ages. Recent animal studies have found that Protopic causes lymphomas and skin cancers in an unknown percentage of users. The FDA recommends that healthcare providers be very careful prescribing and applying these medications.
Protopic belongs to class of medications called immunosuppressants. This kind of medication is used on short-term basis to treat atopic dermatitis, or eczema. The cream works on certain areas of immune system that may be involved in developing this serious skin condition. It is used only if other, safer treatments have not worked or cannot be used for some reason. It is sometimes prescribed for off-label uses, but you should discuss this with your doctor and make sure you know why you are using Protopic.
The risk this drug poses to developing children is as of yet unknown. While a lower dosage Protopic cream is available for younger children, FDA recommends that children and pregnant women refrain from using medication. If you are a patient using Protopic cream and you have developed skin abnormalities, lymphomas, or skin caner, talk to a lawyer right away. Since FDA has recognized Protopic as a dangerous drug, you could be entitled to damages from drug company. GA