Types of Personal Injury Cases

The Real Cost of a Pedicure: Hidden Dangers Lurking in Nail Salons

Nail salons can be the source of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other infectious agents including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Patrons can contract these biologic hazards from salons that re-use utensils and instruments without properly cleaning them between patrons or ineffectively clean equipment. Bacteria and fungus from unclean nail tools can contribute to other serious conditions such as thrombophlebitis, osteomyelitis, and sepsis which require extensive and expensive medical attention to treat or cure.

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New Recommendations to Monitor Coffee Roasters for Potential Lung Disease

Bronchiolitis obliterans is commonly referred to as “popcorn lung” because several popcorn factory workers died when they developed the disease after occupational exposure to alpha-diketones from the butter flavoring. However, popcorn processors are not the only factory workers at risk to be exposed to hazardous levels of alpha-diketones at work. Preventing environmental exposure to airborne alpha-diketones is crucial because, the symptoms of bronchiolitis obliterans can be quite severe—even fatal—many patients who develop severe bronchiolitis obliterans require a lung transplant.

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Retained Surgical Items Often the Result of Medical Malpractice

Shockingly, the incidence of surgical items mistakenly left inside patients has remained steady over the years. UpToDate estimates that retained surgical items occur in 1 in every 5500 to 18,760 inpatient operations, but may be as high as 1 of every 1000 to 1500 abdominal cavity operations, and even more common during emergency surgery. When a surgical instrument or sponge is mistakenly left inside a patient after surgery, medical malpractice is inevitably the cause.

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