Keeping Your Pets Safe at Christmas

Keep Pets Safe

Many of our readers have pets, including dogs, that they love and want to keep safe.  Countless others will add a puppy or a kitten during the holiday season.  Christmas and holiday functions are great fun, but they create lots of opportunities for your furry pal to end up at the vet.  Here are some tips to keep your four-legged members of the family safe:

  • Poinsettias are poisonous to dogs and cats
  • Pets should not have any real bones, they can splinter and cause injury
  • Pets cannot easily digest pork (No bacon for Fido!)
  • Feeding pets greasy foods can lead to messy outcomes
  • Ribbons and bows are easy targets for your cat
  • Breads, batters, and candies are not for pets
  • Of course, chocolate is a big no-no as it is toxic for dogs and cats.

Following these simple tips will help keep your furry friends healthy and lead to a Happy New Year.

Winter Accidents

Huntsville Alabama is known as one of the safest cities in the nation when it comes to winter driving. However, while driving down the parkway it is not uncommon to see the occasional accident. Unfortunately, families all over the Tennessee valley are still impacted by negligent drivers. If you find yourself in a car wreck, then it is important to hire an experienced injury attorney to represent your interests. Winter driving incidents are not isolated to Huntsville. Hodges Trial Lawyers also represents many clients form towns like Madison, Merdianville, and Hazel Green. It is important to Hodges Trial Lawyers to not overlook the good people of small town USA. We believe that justice and compensation should not depend on where you live or how much money you make. If you have been involved in a winter driving accident and need an injury lawyer, then call Hodges Trial Lawyers at 256-539-3110.

Issues continuing with Xarelto medication (Xarelto)

Our firm is reviewing claims on behalf of patients who took the blood thinner Xarelto and suffered serious bleeding events, including hemorrhages and strokes. While bleeding is a common complication associated with anticoagulants, it has been alleged that Xarelto is more dangerous than traditional blood thinners because no antidote exists to reverse its blood-thinning effects. This means that, in the event of an emergency, patients may be at risk for irreversible bleeding problems, including life-threatening internal and gastrointestinal bleeds.

Pharmaceutical companies, including the makers of Xarelto, have a duty to ensure that their drugs are reasonably safe for use – and failure to do so may be grounds for a lawsuit. If you or a loved one suffered a serious bleeding event after taking Xarelto, you may have legal recourse. For more information, contact us today to have your case reviewed, free of charge.

It’s easy to spot droughts causing serious damage to your property including brown lawns and wilted gardens.  The biggest devastation a drought can cause on your home is with the home’s foundation. During periods of prolonged dryness, the soil surrounding your home shrinks away, causing the foundation to potentially shift or crack. If not addressed quickly, these can grow into even bigger problems over time, such a flooding (especially if your home has a basement or crawl space) or structural damage.

Some common signs of foundation damage include cracks in the interior walls (these usually start in the basement if you have one), separations between concrete blocks in a block foundation, or cracks and crumbling of the concrete foundation. Other signs include doors that will not close properly and bulging floors.

If you spot any of these signs, contact a foundation specialist immediately. Rain does not make these problems go away. In fact, heavy rain can even aggravate these problems because you risk issues of the foundation shifting and flooding. In times of drought, it is important to be vigilant of these issues because if they are left unaddressed, they can cause even greater damage to your home.

Unexpected Medical Results

Xarelto

Xarelto, a blood-thinning drug, has been linked to serious side effects including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleed and death. (From Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp.)

IVC Filters

Retrievable IVC filters are wire devices implanted in the vena cava, the body’s largest vein, to stop blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs. These devices are used when blood thinners are not an option. Risks associated with the retrievable IVC filters include migration, fracture and perforation, leading to embolism, organ damage and wrongful death.  

Taxotere

Taxotere (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug approved in the treatment of breast cancer, along with other forms of cancer. It is administered intravenously through a vein, and is a member of a family of drugs called taxanes. While hair loss during chemotherapy is expected, patients undergoing chemotherapy with Taxotere were not warned they could potentially experience permanent hair loss. Permanent hair loss is an extremely debilitating condition, especially for women.  you.

Abilify

Abilify is an anti-psychotic drug that is often prescribed for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. According to the FDA, it is the top selling anti-psychotic drug in the U.S.  It has been linked to uncontrollable, compulsive urges, especially for gambling, and the inability to control these urges.

Trick-Or-Treating, Walking, and Biking at Night

Summer is over and fall is here. With the temperatures dropping, it’s a great time to exercise and enjoy the nice weather.  Days are getting shorter; more and more people are walking and biking at night. We have handled numerous cases where a pedestrian or cyclist was injured by a vehicle at night. We want to take the time to offer you a few basic tips to help you stay safe and enjoy this season.

1. Wear Bright Clothing! -Whether you’re walking, trick-or-treating, jogging, or biking, the easiest way to avoid being struck by a vehicle is to be as visible as possible! Reflective costumes and clothing are preferable but if you don’t have that, wear bright colors and avoid dark colors that cannot be visible at night.  Flame retardant (See Pooh and our favorite Princesses pictured) costumes are best for little ones, especially with all the jack-o-lanterns that may have flaming candles. 

2. Stay in well-lit areas! – Neighborhoods often have different degrees of lighting. Try and stay in the most well-lit sections of your neighborhood. Sidewalks along the main roads often have much better lighting than side streets or alleys.

 3. Have a light with you! – When biking, you might attach a white light to the front of the bike and a red, reflective one to the rear so you’ll be more visible to cars and trucks. If you’re walking or jogging, a simple flashlight or even a glow stick would do the trick. The idea is to have something bright that draws the driver’s attention to you and allows the driver to avoid you.  Never allow your kids to wander in the streets alone, especially at night.

 Stay safe this Halloween and on the upcoming nights of Fall and Winter. There is no reason you can’t continue to enjoy the outside if you practice these simple safety steps. 

Takata airbags recall

Millions of vehicles are now under recall due to faulty airbag inflators manufactured by Takata. Many of these faulty inflators are in Honda vehicles. Serious injuries and at least 13 deaths are blamed on the Takata airbags.  We are investigating these claims.  If you or a loved one has been injury by a Honda airbag, call us to see if we can help.