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Today, the United States has approximately 1.3 million active-duty military troops and another 865,000 in reserves. (1) When these men and women retire with a service-related disability and an “other than dishonorable” discharge, they can qualify for a monthly tax-free VA Disability Compensation benefit. This benefit can range from $150 to over $3,400 every month, and the VA determines each veterans monetary amount based on a particular formula.  With such a large military force, men and women are continually retiring creating a large group of military disabilities that the VA pays compensation for. (2) Unfortunately, many veterans have to seek out a lawyer for military hearing loss, because they struggle with claim denials or incorrect disability ratings that prevent them from getting the full benefits they deserve.

Veteran Hearing Loss And Compensation

According to the Veterans Benefits Administration Reports,(3) the top VA claims are:

  • Tinnitus: 157,152
  • Limitation of flexion, knee: 99,467
  • Hearing loss: 76,102
  • Lumbosacral or cervical strain: 71,197
  • Limitation of motion of the arm: 67,375
  • Scars, general: 55,215
  • Limitation of motion of the ankle: 51,158
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder: 46,931
  • Migraine: 41,251
  • Paralysis of the sciatic nerve: 38,730

Of all the 704,578 claims that were processed in 2018, 233,254 claims were strictly hearing related issues. Both tinnitus and hearing loss accounts for over 30% of all military disability claims paid out. However, if these two hearing-related issues are the most frequently compensated disabilities, why would someone suffering from either of these issues need a capable lawyer for military hearing loss? Unfortunately, veteran hearing loss might have been caused by defective 3M earplugs and not just by natural causes. It is possible that the VA might not be compensating veterans as much as they should for this claim and those who are suffering from a veteran hearing loss might be eligible for additional compensation based on these defective 3M earplugs.

What Are Defective 3M Earplugs?

In July of 2018, a lawsuit was settled with 3M stating that the company defrauded the government by selling faulty earplugs with “dangerous design defects” to the military. The suit alleged that 3M was aware of the problem before selling the earplugs to the military and that testing procedures and fitting instructions were unlawfully manipulated and the company did not disclose the design defect for the plugs they sold between the years of 2003 – 2015. (4) Since the lawsuit occurred, thousands of veterans have reached out to a lawyer for military hearing loss. These veterans are looking to seek punitive damages from 3M after they have developed hearing issues from 3M’s “gross negligence.” If you were serving in the armed forces during 2003 – 2015 and are experiencing veteran hearing loss, reach out to a Taylor Martino lawyer for military hearing loss to help with your potential claim.

Can Veteran Hearing Loss Occur Naturally?

Veteran hearing loss is the third most common cause of disability in the VA and can naturally be found in older veterans. Hearing loss is typically related to the aging process, and it is entirely reasonable for older veterans or those who have not experienced military service to suffer from the loss of hearing. However, there has been an increase in the number of both young and older veterans with hearing loss, and it could be due to a variety of factors. The use of using the defective 3M earplugs could contribute, or just hazards of the job with the frequent usage of weapons training, large vehicular engines, and tanks. Unfortunately, veteran hearing loss is a growing problem so it can be hard to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem and how many may be suffering from a hearing condition.

The Cost of Veteran Hearing Loss

Not only is veteran hearing loss a severe condition to those who are experiencing it, but it is also a considerable financial burden to the VA who pays for the disability compensation. While a lawyer for military hearing loss will help you with your hearing loss claims, the government will ultimately pay the final price for these medical conditions. According to data from the Hearing Center of Excellence, a part of the Department of Defense, hearing maladies cost more than $1.4 billion in veterans disability payments annually. The last year the data was available, the VA spent $216 million for hearing aids and related devices, and they pay an average of $348.15 per hearing aid each. (5) Since this data was collected, the numbers have only increased indicating that the VA is under a financial burden by a condition that could be alleviated.

Is the Military Working to Stop Military Hearing Loss Conditions?

In 2008 The Department of Defense established the Hearing Center of Excellence, or HCE, to focus on the “prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing loss and auditory injury.” (7) The HCE was legislated by Congress and partners directly with the VA, institutions of higher education, and other mission-minded public and private organization to work to improve hearing-related issues that affect veterans. The HCE’s responsibilities include:

  • Develop a data registry to track hearing loss and auditory injuries across the military, and share data and resources with the VA
  • Encourage and facilitate hearing health research
  • Develop best practices and education
  • Ensure the coordination and delivery of VA benefits and services to veterans

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs office and research department has done fantastic research since its inception and has made strides with tinnitus management, blast injury hearing loss, hearing aid usage and more.

Reach Out to An Experienced Lawyer for Military Hearing Loss

When it comes to veteran hearing loss, experts say too few returning veterans don’t seek medical attention for their hearing loss when symptoms first appear. Many of these veterans don’t believe they have hearing loss before it is too late. If you are experiencing veteran hearing loss years out of the service, you could be entitled to additional compensation. An experienced lawyer for military hearing loss at Taylor Martino P.C., will assess your case and aid in protecting your rights. Having a lawyer for military hearing loss is especially crucial to help assist in all of the proper paperwork and the first steps for filing a lawsuit. If you’ve experienced veteran military hearing loss after serving in the military from 2003 – 2016, call Taylor Martino P.C., Personal Injury Lawyers  to take legal action today!

References:

  1. https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52814-Hearing-loss-statistics-at-a-glance
  2. https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits/veteran-disability-compensation.html
  3. https://www.benefits.va.gov/REPORTS/abr/docs/2018-compensation.pdf
  4. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/military-veterans-claim-defective-3m-earplugs-caused-hearing-loss/
  5. https://backhome.news21.com/article/hearing/
  6. https://www.research.va.gov/topics/hearing.cfm
  7. https://hearing.health.mil/About-HCE/History

You just had a trucking accident and now you need an attorney. Whether you have been in an accident before or not, this can be a hard choice to make. At Taylor Martino, we like to make things as easy as possible for our clients, even before they choose to become clients. Here are a few things to look for in a personal injury attorney.

What kind of expertise does the lawyer have?

If you have been in a trucking accident, make sure the lawyers you are looking to hire are experienced in working truck accident cases. There are laws and regulations you need your lawyer to know about before representing you.

What kind of experience does the lawyer have?

If you are looking for a lawyer to represent you, having experience in litigation is much needed. Not all trucking accident cases go to court, so you will need an experienced negotiator to make sure your injury claims are settled correctly. If you do go to court, you want an experienced lawyer representing you to help get the most compensation needed.

Does the lawyer you are hiring have a good reputation?

When your lawyer represents you, they will be talking to a number of people on your behalf. Having a good reputation among insurance companies and other businesses in town is beneficial to helping your case be settled in a timely and fair manner.

Is the lawyer going to charge you for the initial consultation?

Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation before you decide whether or not you want to work with them. If you make an appointment, be sure to ask how much the first meeting will cost. Also, do not sign a retainer unless you plan to work specifically with the lawyer you are signing with. No one should ask you to sign a retainer simply for coming in to meet with them.

At Taylor Martino, we understand making the decision of which lawyer to choose to represent you after a trucking accident can seem like a tough task, but it doesn’t have to be. Use these helpful hints or call us for more information. Our lawyers would be glad to help.

Richard H. Taylor, Esq.

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Even though the state of Alabama requires all driver’s to be covered by insurance, this is not always the case. If you are in a car accident and the other driver does not have insurance, you might need these helpful tips to make sure you get coverage for your injuries and damages.

Call the Police.

In any instance of a collision, you will want to call the police and file a police report. The police will document the specifics of the accident which you will need later when you file your claim.

Exchange Information with the Other Driver.

Usually in the State of Alabama, the police officer will require each driver to complete a form asking for all pertinent information, such as the driver’s name, contact, license number, plate number, etc. If the police officer does not, you should gather as much information from the other driver as possible.

Notify Your Insurance Company.

According to Alabama’s Uninsured Motorist Law, every insurance policy includes uninsured motorist coverage. You need to file a claim with your insurance company under your uninsured motorist coverage. Be sure to file soon after the collision happens to ensure your insurance company will cover the event. Some insurance companies have a time limit set between the time of the accident and how long you have to file. If you miss the time limit, you might not get coverage.

If you are afraid of making a claim on your insurance because you are afraid of premiums going up on your coverage, usually this does not happen. If the accident is not your fault and you do not have a previous history of having a number of collisions, your premium should not be affected.

How It Works.

Usually in an accident, the guilty party’s insurance is required to cover your expenses. In the case the guilty driver does not have coverage, your uninsured motorist coverage fills in the gap to cover your medical bills and other damages. If you are unsure of the complete uninsured motorist coverage you have, check with your insurance provider. Usually, the coverage is for family members involved in the collision as well.

If you believe you are not being fully covered correctly, an experienced injury attorney can review your policy and help find other forms of coverage needed.

TAYLOR MARTINO, P.C.
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
455 St. Louis Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602
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Main Tel:  251-433-3131
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Health Canada initiated a safety review for diabetes

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OTTAWA – Health Canada initiated a safety review for the prescription diabetes drugs dapagliflozin (Forxiga) and canagliflozin (Invokana) and the risk of ketoacidosis, a serious condition that leads to high levels of blood acids called ketones.

Dapagliflozin and canagliflozin are known as SGLT2 (sodium-glucose cotransporter-2) inhibitors and are approved in Canada for use in patients with type 2 diabetes to improve blood sugar levels, along with diet and exercise.

Ketoacidosis predominantly develops in people with type 1 diabetes when insulin levels are too low, and is associated with high blood sugar levels. There have been international reports of ketoacidosis with the use of SGLT2 inhibitors in patients with type 2 diabetes who had only slightly increased blood sugar levels.

Because ketoacidosis is unexpected and can appear with only slightly increased blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, it is possible it may not be quickly identified or treated.

A preliminary search of Health Canada’s adverse reaction database identified one report of diabetic ketoacidosis involving the hospitalization of a 56-year old male taking an SGLT2 inhibitor. The patient was taking other medications at the time and further assessment will be conducted.

Health Canada will review the available information and will determine whether changes are needed in the prescribing information for this class of drugs. Health Canada will communicate the results of its review once it is complete. While the review is progressing, Health Canada is advising Canadians of this potential risk and encouraging them to report adverse reactions to Health Canada.

What you should do:

  • Symptoms of ketoacidosis include difficulty breathing, feeling very thirsty, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, loss of appetite, confusion, and unusual tiredness. Seek urgent medical attention if you think you have these symptoms.
  • You should not stop treatment with Forxiga or Invokana without first consulting a healthcare professional.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about your diabetic treatment.

Additional information for healthcare professionals

  • Evaluate patients with type 2 diabetes taking an SGLT2 who show signs of diabetic ketoacidosis regardless of blood sugar levels.
  • Treatment with an SGLT2 inhibitor should be discontinued if acidosis is confirmed, and appropriate measures should be taken to treat the acidosis and monitor sugar levels.

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From BLOOMBERG NEWS  Androgel Pump

By Andrew Harris  Feb 5, 2014 2:34 PM CT

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) and AbbVie Inc., the company it spun off last year, hid the dangers of using the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, five men claimed in lawsuits.

Their complaints, filed in the federal court in Chicago yesterday, came four days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will re-examine the safety of testosterone replacement drugs after two studies showed a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes in men who use them.

The men range in age from 50 to 63, according to their complaints. Three claim they had heart attacks after they started using AndroGel, and a fourth said he had a stroke. The fifth man said he had a mini-stroke.

Abbott and AbbVie “deceived potential AndroGel users by relaying positive information through the press, including testimonials from retired professional athletes” and statistics suggesting a widespread need for the drugs, “while downplaying known adverse and serious health risks,” according to the complaints.

The men accuse Abbott, which marketed the drug from 2010 through 2012, and prescription drug-maker AbbVie of concealing knowledge that AndroGel had a “serious propensity” to harm.

The market for testosterone-replacing drugs, which include AndroGel and Axiron, made by Eli Lilly (LLY) & Co., is worth $1.6 billion. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is not named in the lawsuits.

Raises Risk

Adelle Infante, a spokeswoman for North Chicago-based AbbVie, did not immediately reply to voice-mail messages for comment on the filings. Scott Stoffel, a spokesman for Abbott Park, Illinois-based Abbott Labs, declined to immediately comment.

Each complaint was filed by the same two law firms, Alton, Illinois-based Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC and Morelli Alters Ratner LLP in New York. Their clients are seeking unspecified damages.

A study released in November of more than 8,000 men treated in the Veterans Health Administration found testosterone therapy raised the risk of heart attack, stroke and dying by 29 percent. Testosterone worsens sleep apnea and is linked to atherosclerosis and coronary plaque, the study found without identifying reasons why.

Prescriptions for the supplements rose more than fivefold to 5.3 million in 2011 from 2000, the authors said. The products are only FDA-approved for men who lack or have low testosterone levels in conjunction with a medical condition, the agency said.

The FDA advised patients to talk to their doctors.

The cases are Aurecchia v. AbbVie Inc. (ABBV), 14-cv-00772; Benn v. AbbVie, 14-cv-00774; Gallagher v. AbbVie Inc., 14-cv-00776; Marino v. AbbVie Inc., 14-cv-00777 and Myers v. AbbVie Inc., 14-cv-00780; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in federal court in Chicago at aharris16@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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The product liability lawyers at Taylor Martino, P.C. are currently evaluating potential lawsuits involving testosterone supplements, such as the prescription topical treatments Androgel, Testim and Axiron.  Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) products for men have been linked to an increased risk of death, heart attack and stroke.  Researchers found men who used testosterone therapy were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die after three years of use.  Furthermore, men who started the study with clear, unobstructed coronary arteries were just as likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die as men who entered the study with established coronary artery disease.  Testosterone therapy, such as the prescription topical treatments Androgel, Testim and Axiron, are used to help boost testosterone levels in men who have a deficiency of the male hormone.  Symptoms of low testosterone include decreased libido and low energy.

To review a potential case for yourself, a friend, or family member with the lawyers at Taylor Martino, P.C., request a free claim evaluation by calling 1-800-256-7728 or simply complete the free evaluation form to the right.”