A leading psychological news source, PsychCentral.net, recently posted an article about the prevalence of chronic pain. According to their research, about 1 in 5 Americans suffer from daily pain that has spanned 3 or more months. Across the US, these numbers equate to almost 40 million Americans. Women appear to be at a higher risk for chronic pain than men, and minorities appear less likely to report incidences of chronic pain. For more on the article and its research, please click here.
According to a recent news report, a team of Stanford scientists is working on a way to more effectively treat chronic pain. One of the team members, who is an electrical engineer, is currently working on developing tiny robotic devices that be inserted in the body and work to regulate pain signals. These devices are planned to be operated remotely. The researchers involved in this project are hoping that their new technology will provide an effective alternative for chronic pain patients who are not responding to medication and/or have not received any significant benefits from surgery. For more on this cutting-edge research, please read the original article here.
Chronic pain is very real and prevalent medical diagnosis, but it is also one that many refuse to accept and acknowledge, whether they are the sufferer of the pain or not. Pain Pathways magazine (Spring 2011) had a brief article addressing the issue of chronic pain and public perception of the disorder. Pain Pathways states that patients suffering from chronic pain have two major social issues to overcome when dealing with their diagnosis--perception that others will think that they are weak for reporting their pain, and fear of job loss if they report the condition to their employers. Additionally, many chronic pain patients also don't want to seek treatment for their condition because they fear that it is untreatable or they don't want to become addicted to pain medications.
ABC News 27 recently reported on a fatal ATV crash that occurred over Labor Day weekend. According to their online news report, four people were riding on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) in northeast Pennsylvania when the vehicle hit a rock and rolled over. One of the passengers died, and the other three were injured. Unfortunately, this type of accident is not unusual for the area. Pennsylvania is among the top states for ATV injuries and fatalities. Those statistics are also consistently high when the demographics are broken down by children and young adult accidents.
In an effort to address all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use, injury, and death, our law firm gathered information from a February 2013 report compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This report provided a picture of the frequency and severity of accidents surrounding American ATV users in the past twenty or so years.