Burning Sensations Common Symptom of CRPS

For many of the 200,000 individuals or more in the US suffering from complex regional pain syndrome, both the onset of the condition and following symptoms can be confounding. While Type 2 CRPS (also known as causalgia) is usually more defined and presents itself after direct damage to the nerves, Type 1 (also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome) may occur after a trauma such as a car accident. Commons injuries often include minor sprains or fractures, but they may have already healed in entirety by the time CRPS symptoms arise, seemingly out of nowhere. If you have CRPS, you may have felt both frustrated and shocked after adjusting to a previous injury and then recuperating, only to have an even more uncomfortable and possible long-term chronic condition arise.

CRPS can include a variety of symptoms, with chronic pain being the most difficult to deal with. This may include burning in the affected limb (or limbs, although usually just one is affected), accompanied by possible swelling too. Symptoms vary in severity, but burning pain is sometimes described as intolerable, and the area may be extremely sensitive to touch and temperature as well. Changes to and discoloration in the skin is often a telltale sign of CRPS too, whether extremely pale or even bluish or pink. Hair may begin to grow abnormally on the affected limb too, along with tightening of the muscles and cramping.

If you have been experiencing substantial pain with CRPS, it’s not uncommon to feel anxious about moving or walking and bringing on discomfort. That can be a vicious cycle as mobility is painful, but without exercise muscles will atrophy. Dystonia is also a possibility, as fingers or toes become paralyzed in an abnormal position.

There is not a formal test for CRPS, but it can be narrowed down by ruling out other diseases with similar symptoms like Lyme disease, and then further diagnosed with CTs, MRIs, or bone scans. Depending on your pain, treatment could be as simple as ibuprofen or something stronger. Corticosteroids are sometimes prescribed, along with nerve blockers—and a range of therapies could be suggested, even including alternative methods like biofeedback or mirror therapy.

Were you in an accident due to the negligence of others that triggered CRPS? If so, please call Heintz & Becker today to consult with a skilled CRPS lawyer. Our attorneys have helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

Motorcycle Safety Topics: Beware of That Blind Spot!

If you are thinking about getting a motorcycle, there is a lot to consider—and especially if you are new to the lifestyle. Along with finding a bike of proper size (and one that fits your budget), protective gear such as leather, boots, helmet, and goggles are all usually necessary too. Licensing requirements must be explored, and you may need to take an educational course also. After you have jumped through all those hoops, you may be ready to ride—but don’t forget about the most important conversation of all when it comes to biking: safety.

Florida Is One of the Top States for Motorcycle Accidents

There are so many benefits to riding a motorcycle, whether you do so for pleasure or consider it to be your preferred mode of transportation. Florida is full of scenic byways, no matter which coast you are traveling on, and motorcycle enthusiasts come from all over the country to enjoy riding with an even greater sense of freedom in the year-round sunshine and fresh, tropical air. It cannot be denied though that safety must be of the utmost priority. There are dangers involved in riding a motorcycle—and sadly, most of them are due to negligent motorists. Florida is also known as one of the most dangerous states (coming in tied for the number one spot with Texas) for motorcycle accidents and fatalities. The roads are busy, and they can be hazardous not only for motorcyclists, but also bicyclists and pedestrians.

Always Maintain Good Visibility for Motorists & Yourself

Visibility is always a main issue for bikes, as motorists are generally in the habit of looking for larger vehicles on the road and at intersections, despite continual safety information given to the public about watching for motorcycles. Aside from having additional lighting and wearing bright clothes (or even reflective material), it is critical to make sure motorists can see you in their mirrors. Avoiding blind spots means maneuvering correctly in your lane, and even trying to make eye contact with motorists as they look back. Remember that if you cannot see them in their mirrors, most likely they are not seeing you behind them on the road or traveling right next to them.

Keep a Healthy Distance from Other Vehicles

Always keep a safe distance from cars and other vehicles and have a buffer zone for being able to stop quickly and avoid a potential accident. If you are traveling with other motorcyclists, travel in a safe formation, keeping proper distance between your group and motorists. Find out more here about common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents, as well as what to do if you have been in a collision with a car.

Contact Us for Help Now

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, pedestrian accident or car wreck due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

When Do Products Get Recalled?

In 2015, there were 4,217 product recalls issued. There have been more than 4,000 recalls every year, since 2010.

In most cases, defective products are recalled when the manufacturer is aware of a defect. Unfortunately, manufacturers don’t always discover the defect first.

Product defects sometimes lead to product liability lawsuits: legal action against the manufacturer. Product liability claims help victims recover damages for things like medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering.

The personal injury lawyers from Heintz & Becker discuss product recalls and what to do if a product causes injury.

What’s a Product Recall?

Defective products and product recalls aren’t the same thing.  A defective product is the result of an absent or ineffective recall. A product recall is a process instigated by the manufacturer when a product poses a public danger.

Recalls are initiated for public safety and reduce the risk of legal action taken against a manufacturer.

The recall process includes informing the public of the defect and removing the product from sale. Manufactures must also refund, fix, or replace any defective products sold before the recall was initiated.

Who Finds Product Defects?

Once a safety risk has been identified, the recall process starts. But who’s responsible for finding these dangerous defects?

While it’s in the best interest of the manufacturer to avoid defects, there are several government agencies that provide important oversight on consumer products such as The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

These agencies have combined forces to make it easier for the public to get information about product recalls. Recalls.gov is a “one stop shop for U.S. Government recalls.”

There are also local agencies like the Florida Department of Health that keep tabs on dangerous or contaminated foods as well as recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts.

Recalls are usually a voluntary process initiated by the manufacturer. But in many cases, a government agency will discover a defect and encourage the manufacturer to issue an official recall.

Sadly, many product recalls affect small children. Things like sippy cups, strollers, and even furniture have been recalled after devastating losses. In 2016, the number of children’s product recalls increased 12 percent, year over year.

Product Liability in Florida

People injured by a defective product may be eligible for financial compensation.

There are two legal theories Florida courts use to analyze defective products: negligence theory and product liability theory (also known as strict liability theory). The latter is most common.

Viable product liability cases typically include one of three defect categories:

  • Design defects are usually intended by the manufacture, so the defect is inherent to its design. In Florida, we use what’s called the “consumer expectation test” to make this determination.
  • A manufacturing defect occurs when the product becomes defective during manufacturing or supply chain management.
  • Labeling defects typically involve a failure to warn consumers about a potential danger. This is sometimes called a marketing defect.

Moreover, Florida’s statutes of limitations set time parameters for when a victim must file a product liability lawsuit. In Florida, a defective product claim must be filed within four years of the date of injury.  However, there are some exceptions.

It should be noted that product recalls don’t necessarily prove a product manufacturer is liable. Moreover, large product manufacturers have abundant resources to fight off litigation.

If you’ve been injured by a defective product, contact a Florida product liability lawyer to discuss your legal options. Some injuries won’t be viable claims. For example, if the victim altered the product after purchase.

Product recalls are a safety net for defective products, but it can’t catch every potential danger. 

The best way to avoid dangerous products is to stay informed. Never purchase a product that’s been recalled and check for updates on reliable recall sites.

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Boating Passengers: Avoid Doing These Five Things While on the Water

Boating in Florida can be an enjoyable venture year-round for many outdoorsy water enthusiasts. There are opportunities to catch fish of all kinds, check out wildlife, and enjoy a wide range of activities—including overnight trips and journeys along the Intracoastal Waterway. With all that fun, however, comes a list of safety measures that must be followed to make sure everyone comes back from boating in one piece.

No matter how much experience you may have on the water as a captain or a passenger, avoiding doing these five things while out boating:

  1. Drinking alcohol – although it may be tempting to get out on the water and party, alcohol and the sun are a dangerous mix, not to mention the safety hazards that may arise after judgment is impaired. Carrying a boatful of passengers who have been drinking is a bad idea—and if you are operating the vessel, be aware that it is illegal to drink alcohol while doing so. Too many boating accidents today—and fatalities—include issues with alcohol use.
  2. Overloading the boat – a boat brimming full of passengers is often a recipe for disaster, especially in a smaller boat which may be more susceptible to capsizing due to weather or an unexpected, large wake. Know the boat’s weight capacity and aim to stay under the limit.
  3. Riding in precarious areas of the boat – passengers should be safely seated while the boat is in operation. And although it may be tempting to ride on the bow or near the gunwales, enjoying the breeze—falling overboard and even possibly drowning is not worth it. All it takes is one sudden stop for the boat to hit an obstacle—or a large wake—and passengers may find themselves injured or in the water suddenly.
  4. Going without a life jacket – if you are a weak swimmer or do not know how to swim at all, putting on a life jacket at the dock and keeping it on until you hit shore is an extremely smart idea. By Florida law, children six and under must wear life jackets while on any boat under 26 feet.
  5. Failing to listen to the captain of the boat – many passengers are inexperienced, which makes this safety rule even more important. The captain may need passengers to go to the cabin if there is a storm or may need to issue other instructions depending on the area and conditions. The captain may also need help performing routine tasks or taking safety precautions while underway.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.