The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), a global maritime safety treaty, has issued the “Safe Return to Port” regulation on all types of ships; this mandate was passed in order to guarantee the safe return of all ship passengers back to port even after an accident at sea. Besides the safe return to port mandate, SOLA has also required that all new cruise ships ought to be equipped with self-sufficient, international standard clinics and other emergency facilities.

Though there may be no questions about facilities, it is not the same with regard to how skilled and trained cruise ship staff and medical personnel are, and how strictly the SOLAS mandates are being observed. Because, with the frequency and severity of disasters, the crimes committed on board while on cruise, viral outbreak, unsanitary conditions, and injury to (and sometimes death of) passengers, the mandates appear to be very far from being fully observed.

Pirates, smashing into an iceberg, hitting an underground rock, sea storms and rogue waves – these are not the only reported causes of passenger injuries. Though the cruise ship industry should be prepared to address all these possibilities, it should not overlook addressing the major contributory factor behind every accident and dangerous situation – negligence of ship crew and personnel in maintaining the ship and their incompetence in reacting well during emergency situations.

After one cruise ship was stranded out at sea for five days due to fire (this actually turned what was supposed to be a grand, exotic and exciting adventure into a nightmarish experience to more than 4,000 passengers), had one towline snapping as it was being tugged to port, crashed into another boat and ended with a 20-foot gash on its side after getting unmoored while undergoing repairs, and had to be evacuated by repair workers after nearby fuel barges exploded, many ask just how many power failures, fires, or other untoward incidents a cruise ship averagely undergoes during its lifetime.

According to the firm the Vucci Law Group, while a cruise ship vacation can really be a perfectly exciting experience, the dangers passengers can face, in the event of an accident, can also be truly frightening, as passengers have limited space and corners to run to for safety. Thus, in the event of an accident, it is very important that the victim contacts a cruise ship accident lawyer immediately. This is because the preparations, the documents that need to be submitted, and the procedures that need to be observed regarding a legal act against a cruise ship are complicated and can only be done at a specific court in a specific state and within a specific time.


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An accident is a always traumatic experience for anyone, and there is no telling what extent of damage there will be, as well as what physical injuries a victim will sustain and how serious these injuries will be. Such will be greatly affected by the types of vehicles involved in the accident and the speed of these vehicles before collision. Thus, a bigger and faster moving vehicle will definitely cause greater property damage and more serious injuries in the victim.

Besides the physical injuries, however, a victim is sure to suffer financial difficulties too since injuries will require medical treatment, the cost of which depends on the severity of the injury. And if the victim will not be capable of rendering work during recovery period, that means lost wages, putting him/her and his/her family in a more stressful situation.

Often, car accidents occur due to the negligence, carelessness or recklessness of drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top four causes of accidents are drunk-driving, speeding, driver error (like failure to use signal lights or failure to buckle-up) and driving distractions, such as texting while driving, which is the leading type of distraction among young drivers in the US.

The causes of accidents mentioned above are all driver mistakes; thus, they are all preventable as they are all under the control of the driver. But there are also other causes of accidents that fall outside of a driver’s control and, since these are not obvious to the driver, the risk of accident is increased and the extent of damage and severity of injuries, possibly greater.

These other causes of accidents are defective car parts or poorly manufactured vehicular parts, like a defective braking system, airbag, child seat, seat belt and/or headlight or signal lights; then there is also the possibility of tire tread depth that falls short of government standard. These defects can be due to something that the manufacturer failed to do or something that the manufacturer did, but which is not supposed to be part of the manufacturing process.

Car defects are quite harder to prove. Despite the driver’s statement that a particular part failed to function properly, evidences that will prove the veracity of the driver’s words will be required. If proven, however, then the manufacturer of the defective car part will have a lot to answer for, including compensating the victim for his/her present and future accident-caused financial concerns, besides recalling the defective part so as not to put other lives in danger. Getting in touch with a personal injury lawyer, like the law firm Ali Mokaram, for example, may help in proving manufacturer fault, as well as in helping an injured victim seek the compensation he/she may be allowed under the law.


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“Insider trading” is a term most investors associate with illegal conduct; however, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the term may be used to refer to both legal and illegal conduct. Its legal version refers to officers, directors, and employees and other corporate insiders buying and selling stock in their own companies (trading activities conducted by corporate insiders in their own securities must be reported to the SEC).

Illegal insider trading, on the other hand, refers “to buying or selling a security, in breach of a fiduciary duty or other relationship of trust and confidence, while in possession of material, nonpublic information about the security. Insider trading violations may also include ‘tipping’ such information, securities trading by the person ‘tipped,’ and securities trading by those who misappropriate such information.”

Insider trading cases include cases against:

Corporate officers, directors, and employees who, after learning of substantial and confidential corporate developments, trade their corporation’s securities;

“Tippees” of corporate officers, directors, and employees, which include bBusiness associates, friends, and family members, who trade the securities after getting to know of such corporate developments;

Employees of printing firms, banking, brokerage and law who were given information on such corporate developments to provide services to the corporation whose securities they are supposed to trade;

Government employees, who learns of such information by virtue of their employment in the government; and,

All others who misuse, and take advantage of, confidential information from their employers.

Detection and prosecution of insider trading violations is one of SEC’s enforcement priorities mainly because it damages the confidence and belief of investors have in the objectivity and integrity of the securities market.

To monitor illegal insider trading, the SEC looks at the trading volumes of stocks. Increase in volume of stocks usually occur after information or material news is issued to the public; however, if volumes rise dramatically despite there being no public issuance of information, then the SEC will consider this as a warning flag and so investigate to determine who may be responsible for the unusual trading and whether it was illegal.

As explained by Houston securities litigation lawyers, the actions of a dishonest insider, investment adviser or stockbroker can be enough to cause irreparable harm to your investments, your financial security, and your future. As devastating as it can be when your investments take a hit, it is important to remember that investors are protected under a range of state and federal trade laws. As such, there is a good chance you will be able to take legal action against whoever is found to be responsible for the illegal or unethical actions that culminated in your losses.


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French drug manufacturer Sanofi Aventis has been under fire as of late in relation to its chemotherapy drug Taxotere. The company has been the subject of lawsuits from breast cancer patients for not warning them of a serious side effect of the drug—permanent alopecia. Although hair loss is one of the common side effects of chemotherapy, taxotere has reportedly resulted to permanent hair loss.

The serious side effects of taxotere had not been known until December 2015 when the FDA has issued a warning on its label for its possible adverse reactions. Before that time, taxotere was the most popular drug used in chemotherapy. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, approximately 10 – 15% of women who used taxotere during treatment reported no hair growth for as long as ten years after stopping treatment.

Sanofi Aventis made around $1.4 billion per year for selling Taxotere. However, it was made at the expense of cancer patients who depended on the drug for survival and a possible chance of prolonging their life. Most of the lawsuits centered around Sanofi’s failure to determine the safety of Taxotere and its failure to warn patients of the risks associated with Taxotere. The plaintiffs also claimed that Sanofi misled them by saying that their hair will grow back but it did not. According to the plaintiffs, if they had known of the risks, they would have used other drugs for their treatment.

Taxotere can have serious consequences on a cancer patient. It could affect them emotionally and financially as well. If not for the drug, the patient would still have been earning much for their family. The good news is that there is still hope and those who have suffered may be able to recover damages and make the responsible parties liable for what they have done.

Taxotere lawsuits are covered by statute of limitations depending on the state so you must file the case within the time frame for filing a lawsuit.


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Taxotere, (with the generic name, Docetaxel) is a cancer medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of a variety of cancers including non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer.

Taxotere belongs to a family of chemotherapy drugs known as plant alkaloids. Chemotherapy is a form of treatment where cancer cells are killed; this is done by stopping cell division. Taxotere works by damaging the RNA or DNA, which informs the cells how to copy themselves while they divide. Cells that fail to divide die, resulting to the shrinking of cancerous tumors.

Some chemotherapy drugs are called cell-cycle specific; these are drugs that affect cells but only when they are dividing. Taxotere is one kind of drug that is cell-cycle specific. As a chemotherapy drug, it affects the blood cells that are found in the mouth, stomach and bowel, and hair follicles; this can result in low blood count, mouth sore, nausea, diarrhea, and/or hair loss (affected part of the body depends on the type of drug used).

For the past couple of years, women, who suffered from breast cancer and had been treated with Taxotere, have continuously surfaced to file lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Taxotere. The lawsuits filed are based on the drug’s side-effect, called alopecia, or permanent hair loss.

According to the law firm Williams Kherkher, Taxotere had been used to treat about 75% of all women in the U.S. who have, or formerly had, breast cancer. One big question they all ask is why, despite the availability of alternative chemotherapy drugs that were at least as -if not more – effective, doctors continued to recommend Taxotere without even informing them of the significantly increased chance of permanent hair loss.

Aside from loss of enjoyment of life, permanent baldness in women can also lead to psychological damage, additional medical expenses, and lost wages for cancer survivors who only wish to return to a normal life.


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Compared to passenger cars or light pickup trucks which would require about 316 feet before coming to a full stop, an 18-wheeler will travel about 525 feet before it comes to a full halt; this, by the way, is speaking of a truck’s braking system that is in good working condition. Now, if a defect in a truck’s braking capability (a defective truck brake is a major factor in truck crashes) can result to severe injuries and deaths, imagine what crashes would result to if, besides the defective breaking system, the driver operating the truck is also alcohol-impaired, fatigued, sleepy or distracted.

A truck’s longer stopping distance, its size and weight, as well as errors committed by drivers, are factors that make these huge vehicles threats on the road, especially to regular passenger cars. It is also due to these factors why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that a truck’s braking system should be able to ensure the safe and reliable stopping of this commercial motor vehicle (the FMCSA is an agency within the US Department of Transportation that is tasked to regulate the trucking industry in the US).

The most commonly identified causes of brake failure include:

  • Thinning or wearing out of brake pads
  • Brakes overheating
  • Brakes getting suffused with grease or oil
  • Brakes out of adjustment
  • Use of substandard parts in the manufacture of brake parts
  • Disconnected, damaged, or punctured hydraulic fluid lines
  • Poor air pressure
  • Failure of brakes and/or brake components to meet the set standard on construction, installation and maintenance
  • Worn out tires

When a truck’s braking system malfunctions, it can be the due to the negligence of:

  • The manufacturer, who may have failed to comply with the standard set under the law;
  • The driver, who may have failed to perform a pre-trip inspection of his/her truck’s braking
    performance;
  • The employer, who may be guilty of depowering the truck’s front brakes, relying instead on the brakes
    of the trailer, in order to minimize wearing out of tires and brakes; and,
  • Those who failed to evenly distribute the truck’s load,or failed to conduct regular maintain checks on
    the brakes.

On its website, the Sampson Law Firm speaks of the serious injuries that victims of truck accidents can suffer from. Besides the injuries, however, there is also the likelihood that these victims will suffer mounting financial costs, as well as be deprived by many insurance companies of the full compensation that they deserve.


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Emotions are recognized to run high in anxiety situations, especially in cases wherein there has been the loss of human life. The dead person could have been the main resource of revenue for a family, departing several folks abruptly without financial means.

Additionally, there are then the expenses brought on medications or by any doctor’s bills triggered before the death as well as taking good care of whatnot and the funeral. These can be a hard time for anyone and, therefore, it is vital when the death was triggered a guilty party’s culpable actions, authorized action must be taken.

There are numerous particulars as it pertains to a wrongful death claim that come into play. It may be a trying period for anyone as there must then be investigations and inquests using the attentiveness to the essence of the death that must be discovered in order concerned to correctly represent the case in a tribunal.

This is, obviously, certainly tough to believe about – particularly considering that the lesion of the despair is still, therefore, clean, there is not a whole lot of time that’s left for anyone left out to seek justice with this inappropriate action as a result of the fact that there are strict deadlines which come into play when it comes to cases such as this.

If you or somebody you knows is now having to endure through the loss of a loved one because of the dangerous or irresponsible actions of another party, an accident lawyer would probably inform you that you might be justified so as to receive due reimbursement for the abrupt loss.

Though it is certainly true that there is absolutely no amount of cash that could actually replace the life that has been taken to you personally, there is some little comfort and consolation to be had when you will be allowed the easiest transition back into something close to normal as soon as possible.


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Gastritis refers to a number of conditions that are all primarily characterized by the inflammation of the stomach lining. These conditions can cause a variety of symptoms. Patients with gastritis particularly experience having a burning ache in their upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting, and bloating or feeling full after eating. In severe cases, gastritis can also cause a patient to vomit blood, have blood in their stools, or have stools that appear black in color.

There are several reasons why patients develop gastritis. Anything that could cause weakness in the mucus barrier lining the stomach walls can be a cause for concern. Risk factors include bacterial infection, excessive alcohol intake, stress, and old age. Gastritis is also a common side effect of certain types of medication. For example, the regular use of pain relieving medication such as aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen can have a profound effect on a person’s stomach lining. Another medication known to cause gastritis is the blood thinning drug called Xarelto.

While gastritis might seem like a minor condition, it can cause a host of complications when left untreated. The biggest danger is stomach ulcers and stomach bleeding. This is particularly true for gastritis caused by Xarelto, as the drug has been noted to cause adverse gastrointestinal bleeding in some cases. In rare instances, gastritis might also increase one’s risk of developing stomach cancer later in life.

Patients experiencing the early signs of gastritis will need to be sensitive to their symptoms and seek medical attention right away. In cases where gastritis is caused as a side effect to taking Xarelto, patients also have the choice to seek recourse through legal action against the drug’s manufacturers. As noted by Williams Kherkher Law Firm, the occurrence of such side effects happens when pharmaceuticals fail to fully disclose the possible effects caused by their products. Since gastritis can easily lead to alarming complications, patients taking Xarelto need to be aware of the risks involved in their treatment plans.


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As the body ages, health deteriorates and becomes more susceptible to certain medical conditions. Many of these medical conditions can be life-threatening or cause permanent health issues that diminish the quality of life for a person. One such disorder is gastrointestinal bleeding, or excessive bleeding in the digestive tract. Over 70 percent of upper gastrointestinal bleeding occurs in elderly patients or individuals over the age of 60.

Elderly men and women are more likely to suffer from comorbid illnesses such as pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases. The most common occurrence of this is peptic ulcer disease. This is when there is mucosal damage to the gastrointestinal tract. This happens to around 500,000 people each year, of which the majority of cases are over the age of 50. Peptic ulcer disease is the leading cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding in elderly patients.

Diverticulosis is the most common reason for gastrointestinal bleeding in the lower digestive tract. This is a condition that constitutes the development of small pouches in the digestive tract, such as alone the wall of the colon or large intestine. According to the website of a lawyer from Williams Kherkher, gastrointestinal bleeding can cause severe pain and require expensive medical attention.

In order to treat the frequency of diseases and surgeries that may cause blood clots, anticoagulants are often prescribed to elderly patients to decrease the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes. However, the risk of bleeding incidents increases when blood thinners are present. Gastrointestinal bleeding, bleeding out, and other excessive bleeding events may be fatal in these cases.

Xarelto is a highly prescribed blood thinner known to cause gastrointestinal bleeding in its patients, especially the elderly. The anticoagulant does not have a reversal agent, increasing the dangers of bleeding incidents of becoming critical. Consult an attorney if you or a loved one experienced any negative side effects after taking Xarelto. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages you suffered.


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A 19-year-old woman from Califronia who complained of a sore throat was offered leftover antibiotic prescribed to a friend that left her in dire straits because it turns out she was allergic to it. She developed what is referred to as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) in which the patient can experience severe blisters, temporary or permanent blindness, and lingering photosensitivity.

While the exact drug was not specified in the reports on the case, it is speculated that it may have been the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin) manufactured by Pfizer Inc. which has been linked to SJS. The drug had not been prescribed to the unfortunate woman, which highlights the dangers of self-medication but it may also be argued that drug manufacturers should make it a point to warn the public and not just doctors about the risks associated with the drugs they sell, especially when it comes to possible allergic reactions as that associated with Zithromax.

But to bring the point a little further, Pfizer has been questioned about their transparency about the dire consequences of taking Zithromax by patients who may be allergic to it. Doctors know that they have to test for allergies before prescribing the drug, but patients rarely have access to this information. The labels are not clear about the dangers as well, merely alluding to the risks of giving the drug to children. This lack of adequate warning can expose Pfizer to civil litigation because the public has the right to know about the risks they may be exposed to when taking these products.

According to the website of Ritter Personal Injury, if you have been seriously injured from taking drugs that did not have clear and adequate warning about the possible risks, you could sue the drug manufacturer for compensation. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area to know your rights and legal options.


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