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scarring, Chicago Workers' Compensation AttorneyWorkers’ compensation law is designed to protect workers who are hurt while on the job. Many benefits are geared towards replacing lost income from missed work. But, some injuries such as burns and scars leave workers able to complete their jobs, but take a terrible mental toll. These kinds of injuries are known as disfigurement and scarring injuries under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and there are special considerations in getting compensated for them.

Types of Disfigurement and Scarring Injuries

Disfigurement and scarring represent a broad category of injuries under workers’ compensation law. Some of these injuries may totally or partially interfere with the execution of normal job duties, while others may not interfere with the worker’s job at all, but cause significant mental anguish.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is has issued a warning regarding a mix-up at a Novartis manufacturing plant based in Lincoln, Nebraska, according to BusinessWeek. In what’s sure to spark an influx of personal injury suites against the drug giant, a massive recall of 1,645 lots of over-the-counter drugs was issued, including well-known brands Execdrin, Bufferin, NoDoz, and Gas-X. The recall was issued only after the company, according to BusinessWeek , “received hundreds of complaints of broken and chipped pills and inconsistent bottle packaging that could cause pills to be mixed up.” FDA officials said that some of these could have been accidentally packaged with powerful prescription drugs made at the same facility, several of which belong to the opiate family.

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This isn’t the first time that the Switzerland-based drug manufacturer Novartis has come under fire from the FDA. In December 2011, fiercepharma.com reported that the giant had received repeated notices of violations, including crystallization problems of an injectable drug, repeated instances of inadequate equipment cleaning, and inadequate process violation for several products.

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Birth control pills don’t just offer protection from unplanned pregnancies but also acne and severe pre-menstrual pain. This is even how they are advertised on television and other media. However, all birth control pills come with some risk. Anywhere from two to four women per 10,000 on the pill will suffer blood clots, and some will ever die as a result. But with Yaz, several new independent studies have put that risk two to three times higher.

At this time, over 10,500 women have filed a product liability lawsuit against Bayer alleging that they suffered injuries as a result of the drug maker’s failure to effectively warn about the side effects of Yaz, Yasmin and other Drosperinone-based birth control pills. Drospirenone is a new type of synthetic progestin that is used in combination with oral contraceptives pills which include estrogen.

Several medical studies have found that women using Yaz face an increased risk of suffering a blood clot, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and sudden death. Without adequate warnings on their packaging, these two pills quickly became top-sellers, generating hundreds of millions in annual sales for Bayer . Last year, annual sales of Yaz reached over $350 million, according to SDI Health, which tracks sales of prescription drugs. Annual sales of Yasmin have declined since 2008 when the drug generated over $325 million.

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Medical malpractice is an act of medical disregard that results in unnecessary injury to a patient. Medical negligence comes in a wide variety of forms that range from misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, failure to follow up with treatment, acquired infections or failure to monitor patient vital signs.

The state of Illinois has recently been accused of not exploring the authenticity of medical complaints. The scope of these complaints varies from problems such as patient abuse, lax infection control and medical overdosing.

A patient at Harrisburg Medical Center reported that members of hospital staff were not wearing protective gowns and gloves during a bacteria outbreak. This spreading infection had already claimed one life. A mistake that could’ve claimed more lives at that hospital.

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