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Even if you walk away from a car crash, seek medical care

Perhaps you were never involved in a vehicle accident until a hefty SUV rear-ended your small hybrid. You felt a bit shaky as a result, but otherwise the only serious damage appeared to be to your car.

Symptoms of physical damage may not show up right away, and even if you feel fine after a collision, you should consider going for a medical evaluation.

What are myths and truths about post-crash insurance?

Louisiana residents who get into a car crash will soon have to deal with insurance companies. You may have heard warnings about this before, or stories about how tricky handling insurance can be. While some of these tales may be true, some can also be fabricated or exaggerated. Here are some true facts and untrue popular myths or misconceptions about dealing with an insurance company after a crash.

FindLaw lists the basics of making an insurance claim after a crash. This includes quick reporting and contacting the at-fault driver, if you were not at fault. Many people believe that you need to act quickly when reporting an insurance claim and this is true. Most companies require the crash to be reported within 24 hours. 

Reporting product problems

Food and product recalls occur more than Louisiana residents might think. Shockingly enough, thousands of products can sit on shelves for weeks -- and even months -- before a red flag appears. No matter the extent of the injury, consumers have rights to remain safe. After all, the public places immense trust in countless products that are part of everyday life, and it is the responsibility of the company at fault to address the issue.

Just last week, KTBS 3 News highlighted three cases of oral injuries that resulted in the recall of various SPAM and Hormel products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled over 200,000 pounds of SPAM, as well as another Hormel product, after consumers found shards of metal in the containers. Minor oral injuries occurred as a result. The canned food had been produced earlier this year at a plant in Fremont, Nebraska. 

Actions to take after a food recall

Residents in Louisiana know how important it is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. So what do you do if the fruit and veggies you're eating have been compromised? Produce recalls can be a source of panic for many. Fortunately, there are easy ways to handle these situations.

The first thing to understand is that not all recalls will be announced on the news. If they are, they might not be as highly publicized as cases involving big companies, restaurant chains, or particularly dangerous outbreaks of foodborne illness. When looking for information about food recalls, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a website in which all of the most recent recalls are listed. They list the item that's been recalled along with the reasons for recall, which can range from bacteria to undeclared ingredients.

How long will you be recovering from a dog attack?

In Louisiana, dog attacks are often highly publicized, but only for a short period of time. However, people like you who have been attacked or bitten by dogs will continue living with the aftermath of the attack long past the time news outlets stop reporting on it. Here is what you should be prepared for regarding the long-term impact of dog bite attacks.

The Seattle Times highlights this idea that dog bite victims will continue to suffer long after an attack is over. Though people initially think of the up-front costs such as life-saving surgery, antibiotics, or injections, the true costs can run much deeper.

Do you want to rent your house to vacationers?

In Louisiana, home rental services are becoming more and more popular. With these services, people like you are able to rent out property that you own to other tenants for a limited amount of time, usually for vacationing purposes. But do you know what the regulating laws are regarding these services?

AirBNB, a top hub for home rental services, reminds everyone that the laws for becoming a rental host differ from state to state. Even different cities within a state can have conflicting laws regarding your eligibility as a host. For example, in New Orleans, you would need a short term rental license in order to list your home on any rental site.

How do shoulder dislocations and separations differ?

When Louisiana residents are involved in accidents, the shoulder is usually particularly susceptible to injury. It can handle a lot of pressure, but sometimes the strain placed on it can be too much for it to bear and it can become severely damaged.

Two different types of shoulder injuries you may face are shoulder dislocations and shoulder separations. The Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence has an article explaining the difference between shoulder separation and dislocation. Not only do they occur in different parts of the shoulder, but they also require entirely different treatment methods, making it impossible to treat them interchangeably.

What to know about the romaine lettuce warning

Louisiana residents are likely aware of the warning about romaine lettuce. Some people may think that this vegetable is still safe to eat since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not issued a recall. However, warnings about tainted food should usually not be taken lightly.

CNN says that romaine lettuce has recently been contaminated with E.coli. While some strains of this bacteria do not harm people, others can cause people to become ill. The strain affecting some romaine lettuce is one of the kinds that make people sick. Some people might experience vomiting and cramps and these symptoms can last for a week or more.

Does baby powder cause cancer?

As a Louisiana mother, you likely used baby powder on your children when they were little. You may even have gotten into the habit of using it on yourself. Baby powder and other talc-based powders not only do a great job of absorbing body moisture, but they also keep your skin feeling smooth. In addition, they usually have a very pleasant odor.

Ever since the 1970s, however, people have questioned talcum powder's possible carcinogenic properties. Talcum powder by definition contains talc, and talc contains small amounts of asbestos, a known carcinogen that can lead to mesothelioma, an aggressive lung cancer, and other cancers. At the time the red flags first went up, Johnson & Johnson baby powder was the top-selling powder in the country. It retains that position today despite numerous lawsuits against the company alleging that plaintiffs developed cancer, particularly ovarian cancer, after using J&J products.

Permanent birth control linked to dangerous side effects

If you live in Louisiana and are using or have used Essure to prevent pregnancy, know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is limiting sales and distribution of the permanent birth control device due to thousands of complaints about side effects. At Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, we understand how devastating it can be when something supposed to help you causes harm, and we have helped many people who were injured or otherwise impacted because of dangerous products seek appropriate recourse.

Per CNN, the FDA received almost 12,000 "adverse event" reports concerning Essure in 2017 alone, with "adverse event" referring to an undesirable experience or outcome relating to the product. Essure patients logged another 5,000 complaints about the product between 2002 and 2015, which led the agency to add a black box warning to the product, which is the strongest warning sign about potential side effects the agency can offer.

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