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Medication Said To Treat Type-2 Diabetes Lead To Severe Complications
Oct 2018
by Paula Pinto

Invokana has been a risk factor for those suffering from type-2 Diabetes. Gruesome side effects of the drug has resulted in foot amputations due to ulcers and swelling of the limbs.

How’s it that a drug that has been manufactured to help diabetes sufferers actually causing them greater distress? It’s a harsh reality that many are living with.  

A recent case by someone who had their foot amputated stated that Johnson&Johnson has neglected to warm him of the risk of this happening. The  plaintiff is one of many patients that is suing for having to have their foot amputated because of Invokana.

The well known drug is popular among those with type-2 diabetes because it is supposed to alert the kidney to rid high levels of blood sugar through urination. This keeps the patients blood from becoming too acidic so that it doesn’t progress into fatal kidney damage and diabetic ketoacidosis.

With the promise of Invokana controlling high levels of blood sugar in the body many patients were eager to take it. However, shortly after starting the plaintiff developed a foot infection from diabetes that led to sepsis and gangrene in his foot. Sadly, he had to have his foot amputated.

Due to these complications, type-2 diabetes patients can develop ulcers and severe fluid retention in their lower limbs and makes them vulnerable to infections. Lower limb amputation is sometimes the only viable treatment option to treat these problems, which permanently impacts the patient’s life. He also had serious kidney problems and declining health.

In May of 2017 the FDA stated that canagliflozon medications such as Invokana can heighten the risk of lower extremity amputations. The news was released following many injury reports and are trying to see if the medication doesn’t work or if some patients were unresponsive to it.

Even though the risk of lower limb amputation is awful, Johnson & Johnson didn’t provide a warning on Invokana’s label. The plaintiff said that he would not have taken Invokana if he knew about the severe risks there was. He may have not been an amputee today.

Settlements for financial compensation have been as high as $500,000 for those who have had a foot amputation due to Invokana.  However, it is important to let others know who might not be aware of the risks that have been associated with this drug. Many are still taking the drug without knowledge of the serious affects it has potentially caused.

If you have suffered from any of the ailments posted above of have had to have an amputation after taking Invokana you should contact a lawyer. Prakhin Law Office is here to assist you. Please contact us at 877-245-0135.

Riding Your Bike or Driving A Car- Put Safety First
Oct 2018
by Yuriy Prakhin

Bicycle riding is extremely common in the United States, especially in big cities where parking is tough and there’s no competition for a spot for your bike. It’s not unlikely that if you take a look during your morning commute you’ll see business men and women peddling to work. Also, there’s been a great emphasis on better caring for our bodies and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating exercise into our daily routine has meant bike riding for many. Millennials often ride their bike to and from college, to the beach, to meet up with friends etc.

In North Carolina there was a study that showed how those who rode bicycles were eight times more likely to be killed by a car than those in Oregon. The states that have built bike lanes have made commuting by bike to be so much safer. Some states spend as much as 5% of their transportation budget on bike lanes and pedestrian walkways. North Carolina doesn’t a fraction of that on it. Therefore those riding bikes continue to suffer from accidents. While there are new laws to protect bikers, there has to be a focus on safer places for them to ride.  

If safety isn’t placed on the cyclists in some states than we ought to provide information that’s beneficial to them. This advice may seem like common sense but it should be applied.

If you’re riding a bike be sure to wear a helmet. There’s no reason for your head to be uncovered and unprotected. Brain injuries can be fatal or extremely life altering. Be sure to follow the rules when riding your bike as far as where you can and can’t ride. Don’t compete with traveling on a path where construction work is done merely because there isn’t a sign that says “caution.” Cameras on bicycle helmets are common these days. The camera can help reveal what happened if there is an accident and by doing so it helps you to win a case if injured.
Nevertheless, drivers can’t feel totally responsible for some accidents. It isn’t always the driver that is at fault although that doesn’t make the occurrence of what happened any easier. There are people who ride bikes and don’t follow any the rules regarding them. If the person riding the bike chooses to be reckless and collides with your car, the biker can be liable for the damage. Yes, a biker can be responsible for the damage it causes a car even if they were struck by it. Bikers must consider the safety of others as well. Both someone riding a bike and someone driving a car are supposed to follow the law and if one breaks it, that is who is at fault.

If you have been in an accident while riding a bike or if were a driver that was in a accident due to someone recklessly bike riding please contact the Yuriy Prakhin Law office at 877-245-0135.

The Dangers That Arise For Construction Workers
Oct 2018
by Yuriy Prakhin

Many construction workers in New York have faced injuries due to negligence. As much as it seems there’s a move to make their working conditions safe- we still hear of quite common accidents.

If a construction worker is injured on the job they are eligible for workers’ compensation. However, the funds received form it are not enough to treat serious injuries that occur. Also, construction sites are often utilized by many employees. There are both contractors and subcontractors that are present so sometimes one of these third parties is the cause of the injury for the employee working at the site.  

Due to the negligence law, a worker that is injured is allowed to file a lawsuit against a third party for poor working conditions if it was the cause the their injury, if the third party was aware of the conditions and didn’t do anything about it but if you are compensated by a third party lawsuit you will have to pay back any worker’s compensation that you received.

According to the New York State Senate Labor Law 240 is as follows:

  1. All contractors and owners and their agents, except owners of one and two-family dwellings who contract for but do not direct or control the work, in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure shall furnish or erect, or cause to be furnished or erected for the performance of such labor, scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices which shall be so constructed, placed and operated as to give proper protection to a person so employed.
    No liability pursuant to this subdivision for the failure to provide protection to a person so employed shall be imposed on professional engineers as provided for in article one hundred forty-five of the education law, architects as provided for in article one hundred forty-seven of such law or landscape architects as provided for in article one hundred forty-eight of such law who do not direct or control the work for activities other than planning and design. This exception shall not diminish or extinguish any liability of professional engineers or architects or landscape architects arising under the common law or any other provision of law.
  2. Scaffolding or staging more than twenty feet from the ground or floor, swung or suspended from an overhead support or erected with stationary supports, except scaffolding wholly within the interior of a building and covering the entire floor space of any room therein, shall have a safety rail of suitable material properly attached, bolted, braced or otherwise secured, rising at least thirty-four inches above the floor or main portions of such scaffolding or staging and extending along the entire length of the outside and the ends thereof, with only such openings as may be necessary for the delivery of materials. Such scaffolding or staging shall be so fastened as to prevent it from swaying from the building or structure
  3. All scaffolding shall be so constructed as to bear four times the maximum weight required to be dependent therefrom or placed thereon when in use.

Information retrieved from the New York Senate Homepage for accuracy regarding the law.

If you have been injured at work it is important to let the owner of the property know immediately, receive medical treatment and have copies of all documentation from your doctor and specialists regarding your injury and contact an injury lawyer who can help you along the process of you lawsuit. You can do so by contacting Yuriy Prakhin Law Office at 877-245-0135.

A newborn with a low Apgar Score was discharged from a hospital
Oct 2018
by Yuriy Prakhin

Q: A week ago I was discharged from a hospital. I had delivered my first child—a wonderful baby girl. Everything goes well, but my neighbor, having looked through papers from the hospital, frightened me. She told me that the baby’s Apgar Score was only seven out of ten. I didn’t even know what to say to her. Maybe I need a lawyer?

A: The Apgar Score is a scale from 1 to 10 that helps doctors to assess newborns’ overall physical condition. This score has been used since the beginning of the 1950s. It measures a newborn’s health condition on five criteria: appearance (the skin tone), pulse (heart rate), grimace response (reflexes), activity (muscle tone), and respiration (breathing rate and effort). Without going into details, I can say that babies who score 7 to 10 are considered to be in good health. A consultation with a lawyer would be recommended if your baby’s score was a 6 or below. In that case, a medical error during labor or delivery could be a cause of the poor physical condition of the baby.

What To Do When You Are Injured By A Slip And Fall Accident
Oct 2018
by Yuriy Prakhin

Slip and Fall injuries are extremely common. Whether it is a result of someone else’s dangerous property, cracks in the ground, sudden floor changes, slippery sidewalks due to lack of shoveling snow or scraping away ice, insufficient lighting etc.

Did you know that Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of death among older Americans than any other form of injury? Over 15,000 senior citizens die every year from slip and falls and more than 2 million must receive immediate treatment in the ER for their injuries. However, please keep in mind that people of all ages are susceptible to slip and fall accidents and many are badly injured.

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “most general industry incidents involve slips, trips, and falls. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.”

If you are one if the millions of people that has been injured by a slip and fall accident than you may be eligible for compensation. However, it is important to know that not accidents are the same and there are different legal conditions that apply such as:

If the owner of a property was aware of hazardous conditions or should have been aware of it then they are responsible for your injury. It is vital that owners tend to their property so that is it safe for pedestrians. Failing to do so results injuries that could’ve been prevented. They are not responsible if the injury wasn’t due to something they could’ve prevented.

You should file a slip and fall accident claim or lawsuit if you are seeking compensation. You should have viable proof that the owner of the property was aware of the dangerous conditions or should have known about it. If either is the case than they failed to do anything about it so they’re at fault.

An injury attorney is highly experienced in slip and fall cases. They understand that it can be extremely exhausting to understand what to do and how to go about it. They are there to make the process easier for you and assist you with your case.   

Homeowners and business owners can obtain insurance to protect you from paying for slip and fall accidents that occur on your property. It is a good way to protect you from having to pay high costs in the case of an injury.  

Be mindful of what you say after a Slip and fall incident. Do not get into major details with the owner of the property or anyone affiliated with them. Often times what people say after they have been injured is used against them. Following the accident do not tell the owner “I am fine” or “I can’t believe I didn’t see that.” Discuss the accident with you lawyer- not at the place of the accident.

If you were injured as the result of a slip and fall accident you can contact Prakhin Law Office at 877-245-0135. Our lawyers are here to assist you.