Legal Page 2 – 7/29/19 – Lead & ADHD / Radiation Victims / Premises Liability / Wrongful Death – gtg


New ADHD Research May Fuel Lead Exposure Lawsuits

ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a serious disease that impacts the brain and an individuals ability to learn, focus, and increases the risk of accidental injuries and a host of other unproductive and dangerous behaviors. Until recently, the various causes of the disorder resided in nothing more than theory and conjecture.

Personal injury attorney reviews research linking lead and ADHD

However, two new studies conclude that the disorder’s cause may be environmental. Specifically, researchers involved in the studies believe that exposure to lead at a young age may be the culprit.

According to Science Daily (an online publication focused on brain research), researchers compared ADHD children with children that did not have the disorder and found the the ADHD group had higher levels of lead in their blood. A second study then took into account blood lead levels of the parents. What the studies together suggested, was a link between lead levels in children and their parents that correlated with ADHD symptoms in the children. Thus, environmental exposure was most likely the source of the lead.

And we know that lead is a neurotoxin. As one researcher put it, lead is an ideal candidate to trigger ADHD due to its nature and the amount of research know about its effects on the human brain.

The impact that this new research will have on treatments of ADHD is yet to be seen. It also remains to be seen whether these new studies and their findings will become the basis for class actions regarding exposure to lead and ADHD.



Injury Victims Suffering From Radiation

If you are an injury victim or you are being treated for cancer or other diseases, that last thing you would want to deal with is being injured by technology that is meant to help you. But that is exactly what injury victims and other patients all over the country are faced with due to over radiation.

Radiation Problems Reviewed Personal Injury Attorney

The New York Times presents a lengthy article regarding the impact of radiation technologies and the extent of the serious injuries that are resulting from defective equipment and misuse of the devices.

The problems and injuries that seriously ill patients are suffering due to over radiation is both alarming and tragic. And the Times makes clear that the extent of the problem is both deep and wide. Patients are being harmed nation wide with often deadly consequences. For instance, 260 patients were given eight times the proper amount amount of radiation in one hospital. And officials announced that over 300 patients were
over radiated from CT scans looking for strokes.

According to the Times, the problems stem from a lack of needed regulations, misuse and poor training, and defective equipment. Further, the Times notes that sometimes health care providers such as hospitals rush to new technologies before staff and technicians can be properly trained.

What the article makes clear, is that regardless of the many causes – the most vulnerable in our society, injury victims, the ill, and often the young and the elderly, are being harmed and injured unnecessarily and federal action is needed and needed at once to stop it.


Premises Liability Explained

Premises liability or lawsuits arising from slip and fall personal injuries are often misunderstood.

First, there is a perception in the media and with the general public that slip and fall or premises liability actions are somehow less serious than other personal injuries.

Well, according to the CDC, there are over 8,000,000 injuries and approximately 19,000 deaths every year due to falls. In fact, falls are the third leading cause of accidental death. And as we age the risks of serious injury or death due to a fall increases substantially.

There are many causes of slip and fall accidents – poor maintenance of surfaces, faulty construction, obstacles, inadequate lighting, a lack of warning signs regarding dangerous conditions, distracting advertisements, uneven surfaces, slippery surface conditions, and many others.

Second, what the law requires of a property owner is simply an ordinary standard of care. In other words, let’s say you are injured on someone’s property, for instance, at a retail store. The company responsible for the store or property is only liable if they failed to use ordinary care and skill in the management and maintenance of that property. The question in such a case that must be answered is – did the party act as a reasonable person under the circumstances.

And finally, slip and fall accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. I have represented individuals that have suffered life altering injuries due to a simple fall at a grocery store or in a parking garage.

Further, premises liability actions do not only include slip and falls. These actions include workplace injuries, lack of security cases, trips, assaults, injuries at a hotel or motel and many other types of actions as well.

Simply stated, if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident or on the property of another get the medical care you need and then contact a personal injury attorney in order to review your rights and options.


Wrongful Death Overview And Analysis

As a personal injury attorney who handles wrongful death actions, I am often asked many questions about wrongful death actions.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

What if my father didn’t have income when he died?

What if what my son was an adult when he was killed in a trucking accident?

What if others that have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit do so before I had a chance to file?

These are just a few of the many questions about wrongful death actions that I hear on a regular basis.

Let’s try and answer them. First, under law specific heirs have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit due to the loss of a loved one. If someone dies and leaves behind a spouse or children, they would be able to sue. If the deceased did not have children or spouse then the parents of the deceased could bring a wrongful death lawsuit.

The law also provides the estate of the injury victim a cause of action known as a survival action for certain types of damages that survive the estate of the deceased.

The heirs of a wrongful death injury victim can bring a lawsuit for any damages they have suffered due to the loss of their loved one including loss of society, which applies even if the deceased had no income at the time of death. And the law allows such heirs or other individuals who have standing to intervene or join a wrongful death lawsuit after it has been filed in order to protect their interests.

The loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another, a defective product, or a trucking accident is devastating and tragic. You should seek the advice and guidance of a personal injury and wrongful death attorney in order to determine your rights and the best options for you and your family.


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