Talk of vaccines has likely peppered your social media feed for years. However, you may have noticed even more conversations about vaccines and patient education in the past few months. Social media sites have recently cracked down on certain groups that were passing unverified information as fact. One thing is certain: there is a lot of trepidation and uncertainty about vaccine debates lately.
However, another thing is clear as well: vaccine injuries do happen, and these injuries can be devastating for the person and their families.
This article will not be covering the vaccine-autism discussion. Instead, we will attempt to educate you about the realities of vaccine injury.
What is a vaccine injury?
Doctors give vaccines daily, and without major incident. Vaccines are like other medical interventions in that they are typically helpful and cause minor side effects. Unfortunately, a severe reaction to a vaccine does happen occasionally. These major side effects are considered a vaccine injury.
What are examples of a vaccine injury?
Vaccine injuries vary but are typically quite severe allergic reactions. Examples of vaccine injuries could include anaphylaxis, encephalitis, shoulder injury, chronic arthritis, or heart issues like syncope.
What financial help is available to someone with a vaccine injury?
The Health Resource and Services Administration has a National Vaccine Injury Compensation program in place. This program was started decades ago and strives to give people who were injured due to a vaccine financial assistance. While the program only covers certain vaccines, many of the “routine” vaccines are a part of the program.
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a vaccine injury, you will need assistance on petitioning the National Vaccine Injury Compensation program. You don’t have to navigate this journey alone. The team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates have years of experience working with clients just like you. We would be honored to hear your story and advocate on your behalf.
Give us a call today to tell us more about your situation. Together, we will develop a plan to get you the outcome you deserve.
When you jump in your car to head home from a busy day at work, have you ever texted your family to know you are on your way home? Or, perhaps you have noticed the driver in the car next to you checking their phone while at a stoplight. For most of us, even the most cautious drivers, witnessing (or participating) in distracted driving can feel like a normal part of driving.
Unfortunately, distracted driving is a serious public health issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 3,000 deaths were caused by distracted driving in the course of one year. Here’s what you need to know about distracted driving and how you can play a role in keeping the roadways safer.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is operating a vehicle while paying attention to something else. Texting while driving, talking on the phone, checking your email or scrolling through your social media newsfeed while driving (or while stopped at a stoplight) are all examples of distracted driving. While distracted driving has increased thanks to portable technology like smartphones, it has always been around. Distracted driving can also be putting on your makeup while on the way to work or turning around to scold your child in the backseat.
How Can I Stop? There are legal implications if you are caught talking on your phone or operating your phone while driving. However, this intervention does not always keep drivers from checking their phone while on the move. You can make a positive step in the right direction by committing to eliminating distracted driving from your regular routine.
You can remind yourself about your commitment by keeping your phone in your purse and in the backseat while driving or by disabling app notifications while driving to keep you from being tempted. Your example is especially important if you have kids in the car, as these future drivers will look to you as they learn what is (and is not) acceptable in the vehicle.
Distracted driving can have fatal consequences. Put your cell phone away and teach your kids to do the same.
If you have been involved in a vehicle accident, give the team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates a call. We will hear your story and develop a plan to get you the compensation you deserve.
Does anyone else have a serious case of spring fever this year? After the polar vortex record-setting frigid temperatures and the piles of snow and ice, it is no wonder we are all ready to shake off the winter and run straight into spring. As you start your spring cleaning and summer travel plans, don’t forget to dust off your safety knowledge about a popular activity for the season: bicycling.
Tune It Up
Before anyone in your family jumps on their bike, take the time to tune it up. Head to your local bike shop for a quick review of the brakes, chains, wheel pressure, and handlebars. It’s well worth the investment to assure your bike is solid and prepared for another season of driving.
Get the Gear
As you tune up your bike, be sure you do a quick review of your gear as well. Adults and kids should wear helmets while riding, no matter what. Helmets can significantly reduce the chance for traumatic brain injury due to a crash or accident and should be non-negotiable in your household. New riders in your home, like your kids, may also benefit from the confidence a few elbow pads bring.
You can also assure safety by buying reflective stickers to put on your bike and on your riding clothing or shoes. A blinking headlight is also a wonderful option if you bike at dusk, the early morning, or in the evening hours. This can increase the chances of a fast moving car seeing you and slowing down. While you are double checking your gear, don’t forget a bike lock to reduce the chances of someone taking off with your newly tuned up bike.
Watch for Cars
Remember, car drivers are not always vigilant for bicycles, especially in the spring months. Be extra careful to make eye contact with drivers before you enter into an intersection and err on the side of extra caution while on the road.
Watch for Bikes
Finally, bicycle safety isn’t just for you while you are biking. If you are a driver, it is your responsibility to look out for cyclists. Springtime can be especially hazardous for cyclists on the road, as most drivers are not in the habit of sharing the road. Double check blind spots and always look before you back out of your driveway.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you could be struggling with insurance paperwork. Don’t go at it alone. Call the team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates to tell us more about the accident. We can help you during this confusing and frustrating time, helping you to get a favorable outcome.
Many types of surgeries and medical procedures use mesh, a type of material made of artificial or biological materials. Patients who undergo hernia repair, uterine prolapse prevention surgery, or procedures to reduce stress urinary incontinence could end up with mesh inside their body. While mesh needs to be approved by the FDA in order to be used, there are some serious concerns about some types of mesh used over the past few decades.
What are injuries caused by mesh?
While all types of mesh are certainly not bad, there are multiple types that have caused injury to patients throughout the country. Injuries can include organ perforation, scar tissue, chronic inflammation, pain, and bleeding. Further, the mesh used in the surgical or medical procedure can fail. This means it is no longer performing the function it needed to.
What should I do if I have an injury from failed mesh?
If you have had a physician tell you that your mesh failed, or if you are currently experiencing pain or issues due to your mesh, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and lifestyle changes. The team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates has extensive experience working with clients who have lived with mesh failure complications and conditions; while each case is unique, we are confident we can work on your behalf to secure you the compensation you deserve.
Why does a local attorney matter for cases like these?
Mesh failure cases tend to be tried throughout the country. However, when you call a nationwide law firm to advocate for you, there is a chance you will not receive the individualized attention you need or deserve. At MacCloskey Kesler & Associates, we pride ourselves on excellent communication with our clients. We want to keep you in the loop about your case and we want to see it through until the very end. Unfortunately, nationwide law services do not have that type of relationship-based philosophy.
If you have been living with injuries or complications caused by a failed mesh system, don’t delay in contacting our office. Time is of the essence, and we want to hear about your situation sooner rather than later. Let’s get started and get you the compensation you deserve.