Pulmonary Embolism and Its Painful Signs

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Personal Injury, Product Liability | 0 comments

NuvaRing is a tiny elastic ring used as a contraceptive device. Due to its convenience, this contraceptive device, which entered the US market in 2001, easily won the favor of hundreds of thousands of women in the US. NuvaRing was originally designed to release controlled amounts of the estrogen Ethinyl Estradiol and the progestin Etonogestrel into the female’s bloodstream. Etonogestrel, which is a type of Desogestrel, is a third-generation progestin. Unfortunately, this progestin is known to increase the possibility of blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and other complications.

Like other birth control methods that make use of hormones to prevent pregnancy, use of NuvaRing has the potential to lead to serious health problems. In fact, one of the most severe complications suffered by women who have used the product is pulmonary embolism, which causes extreme pain and which can lead to death.

Cause of Pulmonary Embolism

One serious side-effect associated with NuvaRing is deep vein thrombosis – blood clots occurring in the legs or pelvis. Deep vein thromboses can, sometimes, become so large that they burst, scattering smaller pieces into the bloodstream. These pieces are small enough to travel through the bloodstream and reach the lungs, where they can get stuck and create an obstruction in major arteries. This blockage is what is termed a pulmonary embolism.

Pulmonary embolism is a complication resulting from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Even healthy people are not necessarily safe from this complication. Although life-threatening, effective treatment to prevent blood-clotting can significantly reduce the risk of death. Also, measures that will stop blood clots from developing inside your legs will help save you from pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism may be detected as women suffering from it will feel abrupt and unexplained shortness of breath, chest pains and dizziness; its other symptoms include coughing up of blood and a blue tint on the lips and fingers.

Pulmonary embolism ought to be treated without delay. If you or anyone in your family is suffering from this medical condition, or any other complications caused by NuvaRing, seek medical treatment and then call a highly qualified NuvaRing lawyer who will assist you in filing a lawsuit to get the compensation that you rightly deserve.

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Compensation When a Dog Bites another Dog

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Dog Bites | 0 comments

There has been a lot of attention given to dangerous dogs because the sheer number of dogs in the US (75 million) increases the risk of dog bite injuries to people. However, there isn’t much said about what can happen when a dog causes injury or death to another dog. For some people their pets are very important as any member of their family, and in others a pet is the only family they have. It could be argued that the emotional and mental anguish of the loss or injury to a pet could be comparable to the pain and suffering dog bite attorneys routinely address in their cases.

What The Law Provides

In some states, the dog’s owner is responsible for the actions of the animal whether or not there is knowledge of dangerous behavior or there has been a previous incident of biting. When a dog attacks a human and it leads to serious injury or death, the owner could face criminal charges unless the human had been trespassing or engaged in a criminal act. The victim of a dog bite may seek monetary compensation for damages under these circumstances, but what about damages when another dog is the victim?

In most cases, the courts would allow a lawsuit seeking compensation for the following when the dog bite victim is another dog:

  • Treatment costs in case of injury
  • Market value of the dog
  • Special value
  • Mental or Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

There is no cut-and-dried method for determining the “special” value of a pet. In certain states, there is no explicit mention of such damages, and it is up to the courts to decide on the amount of compensation on a case-to-case basis. If you have lost a pet, or had a pet injured by another dog, it will be up to the a dog bite attorney to assess how much compensation you can reasonably expect for the injury to your dog.

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How to Make Guacamole

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

How to Make Guacamole

Guacamole is a delicious dip whose origins go back to the Aztecs in pre-Euroinvasion Mexico. It’s made primarily of avocados and is a tasty alternative to more fattening dips such as ranch. The best thing about guacamole (besides the taste) is that it’s incredibly easy to make!

The most important ingredient of guacamole is the avocados. Make sure to pick ripe fruits that are not too firm, but not too soft. If you apply pressure to the outside of the avocado, it should have a little bit of give. If it has none, it’s not ripe enough and should be left on the shelf.

To make between two and four servings of guacamole, you’ll need:

  • 2 ripe avocados (pitted and peeled)
  • 1/2 of a red onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro (finely chopped)

You can also include a minced serrano pepper if that is to your liking.

Once you’ve got all your ingredients prepared, put your avocados in a mixing bowl and begin mashing them with a fork. Be careful to not mash them too much, because good guacamole has a slight bit of chunkiness to it. Slowly add the rest of your ingredients to the mixture and continue mixing until they’re well blended. It’s that easy!

If you are not going to serve it right away, refrigerate the mixture and cover it to prevent oxidation. Otherwise, serve with tortilla chips and enjoy this symphony of flavors composed through the wisdom of the Aztecs.

I based my recipe on Elise Bauer’s guacamole recipe.

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