Archive for May, 2016

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss What You Need to Know about Listeria

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

When you think of really scary things, do you think of lions, tigers and maybe bears, perhaps? Well, actually what has been frightening many consumers these days is having to visit their local grocery store. Because lurking in the supermarket aisles are sunflower seeds, frozen vegetables and fruit, oh my! Yes, it may sound strange, but if you have been listening to the news as of late, consumers have good reason to be alarmed. That is because there have been at least two major recalls for food products in the last few weeks all due to listeria. So before you reach into your freezer for a bag of kernel corn, it is important to understand the basic facts about listeria and the recalls.

What is listeria?

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can cause an infection in humans known as “listeriosis.” The bacteria can be found in water, soil and animals. Humans typically come into contact with listeria through foods contaminated with the bacteria.

Who is most at risk?

The Centers for Disease Control or CDC estimate that approximately 1,600 people each year become ill after ingesting the bacteria. However, not everyone who ingests the bacteria will become seriously ill. Certain groups of people are much more at risk. The most at-risk groups include anyone with a compromised immune systems, such people suffering from cancer or AIDS, the elderly, infants, and women who are pregnant. Accordingto the CDC, 90 percent of the people who become infected with the bacteria are in an at risk group.

Why is the listeria bacteria considered dangerous?

People, but especially those at higher risk, can become seriously ill and even die from listeriosis. The CDC estimates the number of deaths caused by the listeria bacteria to be close to 300 per year. In pregnant women listeria can cause a woman to experience mild flu-like symptoms but can also trigger a miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, or cause the woman to give birth to a baby with a potentially fatal infection. A listeria infection can also lead to blood infections or inflammation in the membranes surrounding the brain, otherwise known as meningitis.

How can I protect myself from listeria?

People in at risk groups are often told not to consume unpasteurized dairy and processed foods that are often eating cold like soft cheeses and deli meats. However, raw vegetables, fruits and other foods can become infected with the bacteria especially during processing. Such is the case in the latest recalls involving, meat, fruit, vegetables and sunflower seeds. It is important for consumers to understand that unlike other bacteria, cold or even freezing temperatures will not kill the bacteria. In fact, listeria can actually continue to grow on refrigerated or frozen foods. Heating foods to a proper temperature will kill the bacteria.

How does the recall affect me?

In light of the recent recalls, the most important thing for everyone to do is to review the list of recalled products and determine if any of these products in are in your home. If you have recalled products you can return them to the store for a refund or simply dispose of them.

If you or a loved one become seriously ill after consuming foods infected with the listeria bacteria, it is important to know that you may have legal recourse for the injuries you suffered. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, obtain compensation. Our compassionate team of attorneys will make it a priority to fight for your rights and to hold then wrongdoers accountable. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673. We look forward to meeting with you.

Five Things Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorneys Want You to Know

Friday, May 20th, 2016

In 2013, a study in the Journal of Patient Safety made headlines when it set forth data that made “medical negligence/errors” the third leading causing of death, just after heart disease and cancer. The study found that 210,000 and 440,000 deaths per year could it part be attributed to medical error. For this reason alone, it is important to be cautious whenever seeking medical care. The following are 5 things you need to know to lessen the risk of becoming a victim of medical negligence:

1. Do not be afraid to speak up. When you meet with your doctor come prepared with written questions and do not leave without complete answers. If you tend to feel stressed or overwhelmed when speaking to your doctor, ask a trusted friend or family member to accompany you to the visit. Being proactive about your health is one of the best ways to lessen the likelihood of experiencing medical malpractice.

2. Trust your gut and seek a second opinion. While it is important to trust your doctor, you also need to trust your gut and use common sense. If your doctor’s advice does not sit well with you, remember it is okay and often a good idea to seek a second opinion. Getting a second opinion does not mean that you are firing your doctor or that you think badly of him or her. Consider it more like getting a few estimates for a household remodeling project!

3. If your doctor is not listening to you, find a new doctor. If you consistently feel like your doctor is not listening to you or taking the time to fully answer your questions or address your concerns, then it may be a good time to find a new doctor. Your health is the most important thing in the world and you should not entrust it with a doctor who is not making you feel like a priority.

4. If you suspect medical practice, speak with attorney as soon as possible. The first thing you should do if you suspect you or loved was one was the victim of medical practice is to make an appointment to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Only a medical malpractice attorney can determine if you indeed have a case and review with you your legal options. It is important not to delay! The amount of time a person has to file a case varies from state to state. If too much time has passed, a person could miss out on pursuing a valid claim.

5. Think twice before forgoing a claim. Each year, people who have valid causes of action for medical malpractice, never file a case or purse recourse against the hospital or doctor. Sometimes these claims go unfiled because the person or family members have the perceived notion that the costs to pursue a claim are too high. Many wrongly think that it will cost them thousands of dollars up front—that they do not have—to file a claim. This is why it is so important to talk to attorney!

If you have lost a loved one due to what may be medical negligence, the law firm of Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help. The seasoned Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. will take the time to review your loved one’s case to see if the hospital or doctor can be held accountable. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we understand the devastating impact the loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice can have on a family. Trust our team of attorneys to help you! Whether your case is in Kansas or Missouri, we will fight to obtain compensation for you. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our esteemed attorneys, call Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.