Teflon is only a Little Toxic

Those of us born in the late 1960s and 1970s will still remember how amazing the new non-stick cookware seemed; they were great! The first non-stick pan to be commercially available was actually Tefal, but it was made from material (not a chemical) manufactured by DuPont called Teflon, which is what most people (erroneously) call non-stick cookware. In industrial lingo, Teflon is known as polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE.

Teflon was originally used for military purposes, but by the 190s DuPont was using it in cookie and bread making, but not yet in cooking pans because it knew that at certain temperatures the material exudates induced flu-like symptoms in enclosed spaces. But they didn’t tell anyone that, and that’s where the eggs stick. There were numerous claims that overheated Teflon poses a health risk to consumers despite lack of any definitive studies supporting this claim, and that DuPont knew and failed to give warning about these dangers. DuPont chose to settle these claims out of court to avoid costly litigation.

But that’s not the end of the story.

Non-stick cookware is everywhere, and as we stated earlier studies show that the cookware themselves are not proven to be toxic when it is used properly. However, to produce Teflon and other fluoropolymers, it requires the use of a synthetic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA (aka C8). PFOA is not actually present in the cookware, but it has been detected in the water and environment with the heaviest concentrations in areas surrounding DuPont manufacturing plants such as the one in Old Hickory in Nashville. The company has been subject to litigation claiming toxic exposure through PFOA that has made its way to the groundwater.

PFOA is incredibly persistent in the body and environment, resistant to most methods of degradation so that it will likely be around for many years and even passed on to offspring. It is indicated that PFOA increases the risk of certain types of cancer in the industrial setting, but other health effects such as high incidence of birth defects, infertility and thyroid disease have yet to be substantiated.

If you suspect that your illness is due to PFOA or Teflon exposure, you should not wait for these studies to be concluded as they can take years. File a claim against DuPont or other responsible third parties for compensation with the help of a toxic exposure lawyer to at least put it on the record.

Non-Physical Effects of Negligent Injuries

Most people consider primarily the physical context of a negligent injury such as birth injuries like cerebral palsy or side effects from unapproved use of drugs like the atypical antipsychotic medication Risperdal. This is because the physical manifestations typically have corresponding medical and health costs.

For example, a child who acquires severe cerebral palsy from the improper use of birthing instruments will have difficulty controlling movement and may require lifetime care. The abnormal development of breasts on adolescent male patients (gynecomastia) with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from using Risperdal may be treated through surgery or medication.

However, it is the psychological and damage which is greater in such injuries, especially since they affect growing children. People acquire confidence and social skills as they are growing up, and having these conditions severely hampers the child’s normal psychological and emotional development. In many cases with gynecomastia, which is not a life-threatening or disabling condition, sufferers get beat up, bullied, or teased because of the social stigma of having “man-boobs.” In some cases, the breasts develop asymmetrically or even produce milk, and for a teenage boy this can be devastating.

Children with cerebral palsy can also be an object of pity or ridicule, equally devastating in different ways. They are generally unable to develop regular friendships and avoid social situations where their disabilities are highlighted. The impact of both these conditions on the lives of the victims is long-term and difficult to quantify. These non-physical effects are why most birth injury or dangerous drug lawsuits include large awards for pain and suffering.

You must take into account the diminution of the child’s quality of life throughout their projected life span when demanding non-economic compensation. A Risperdal lawsuit would additionally take into account the costs associated with long-term psychiatric treatment. These are not frivolous considerations. For many victims of these types of negligent injury, pain and suffering is very real.

If you or your child has suffered negligent injury, you must demand compensation from the responsible parties. Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your legal options.

Motorcycle Insurance in Iowa

Operators of all vehicles have a responsibility to acquire some type of financial coverage in cases of accidents. All drivers of motor vehicles are required by law to have a state-mandated minimum liability insurance policy for their vehicles to cover property damage or personal injury to a third party. Motorcycle operators, on the other hand, are not required to have insurance in all states, such as Iowa. However, it is required in Iowa that the motorcycle operator has some type of financial responsibility documentation. Failure to present this at the time of an accident can result in penalties such as license and/or registration suspension or revocation.

The reason that motorcycle insurance is not required in Iowa because in most cases motorcycle operators are the ones that suffer injury when in collision with another vehicle, even another motorcycle. However, it is the smart motorcycle operator who obtains some type of personal injury protection to cover their medical expenses if and when they get injured in motorcycle accidents.

It should be noted that insurers of motorcycles are not always falling all over themselves to make payouts when accidents do occur. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, Iowa has no helmet law, so this is a common disqualifier for insurance claims if the policyholder was injured while not wearing a helmet. Lack of a Class L endorsement or headlights may also result in a denial of an insurance claim. Whatever the circumstances, it is highly probable that the insurer will strive minimize or deny a payout.

This can be a big problem in cases of serious injury because even if the motorcycle operator is not at fault, it can take some time for the at-fault party or the insurance company to pay for medical expenses and/or property damage and other losses. If you are having difficulty making a motorcycle insurance claim in Iowa, be sure to consult with an experienced Iowa motorcycle accident lawyer to assist you.

Appealing an BP Oil Spill Claim Denial

British Petroleum Plc (BP) set up a settlement program to accommodate claims of economic and individual losses as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion which occurred in April 2010 about three months after.

This seemed like a sincere attempt by the oil company to compensate those who were affected by the incident. All they had to do was to join the program and give up the right to sue BP individually. It seemed like an easy and quick solution to a serious problem as a personal injury or business economic loss lawsuit would have dragged on for months, even years, and there was no guarantee of success.

However, it wasn’t long before claimants discovered that making a claim was not as easy as it first appeared. Based on the terms of the settlement program, BP reserved the right to challenge all claims over a certain amount, and the company exercised this right with extreme vigor. A BP claim appeal lawyer may point out that BP successfully denies three-quarters of all claims made to the settlement program.

The program does provide for an appeal for those whose claims against the settlement program had been denied, but it is structured in such a way that the typical appellant will have a difficult time abiding by the tight schedule. As a result, those who chose to trust in BP’s good faith and conform to the program’s guidelines without legal counsel found themselves denied any compensation and barred from filing a lawsuit against the company.

If your BP oil spill claim has been denied, it would be unwise to try to appeal it on your own unless you have the legal training to do it properly. Consult with an experienced BP oil spill claim appeal lawyer to get proper legal representation and assistance.

Determining your Risk for Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents can happen with any vehicle given the correct set of circumstances, but experts agree that certain types of vehicles are more prone to rollovers than others. Sedans are typically low with a wide wheelbase with a center of gravity (COG) close to the ground, so it is much harder for them to rollover. Sport utility vehicles, on the other hand, typically have a narrow wheelbase compared to its height, so the COG is also high, making it easy to tip over even when there is no triggering incident i.e. jumping a curb.

To illustrate, think of a sedan as a plate and an SUV as a tall, narrow juice glass. A glass can fall over if the wind is strong enough while a plate will stay put; this is because the COG of the glass is high. However, not all high vehicles are prone to rollovers. It all depends on the design.

So how will you determine if your vehicle carries a high risk of rollover accidents?

You can do the research for your particular vehicle model. Some insurance companies will price insurance on cars that have a high risk of rolling over higher than on those that don’t.

Injuries associated with rollover accidents are generally serious, and can have a significant effect on a person’s life, not to mention finances. If your injuries were caused by a design defect of a vehicle, you may be eligible to sue the vehicle or part manufacturer, perhaps even the distributor and seller for compensation. Consult with an experienced rollover accident lawyer in your area for more information.