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Nothing to Sneeze at: Growing Latex Allergies Lead to Use of Safer Products in Medical Field

Jon 7136

Mysterious skin rashes, watery eyes and laryngitis attacked Susan Sharrock in 1990. 

She found the answer to her ailments in the palms of her hands, which were sheathed in powdered latex gloves. 

Latex gloves, especially those powdered for easy donning, have increasingly created allergy problems for medical professionals in the past decade. Some people block allergic reactions by using powder-free...

Nothing to Sneeze at: Growing Latex Allergies Lead to Use of Safer Products in Medical Field

Jon 7137

Mysterious skin rashes, watery eyes and laryngitis attacked Susan Sharrock in 1990. 

She found the answer to her ailments in the palms of her hands, which were sheathed in powdered latex gloves. 

Latex gloves, especially those powdered for easy donning, have increasingly created allergy problems for medical professionals in the past decade. Some people block allergic reactions by using powder-free...

Nebraska Adopts Single Reaction Theory

Jon 7588

The Nebraska workers' compensation court has followed the theory adopted by a majority of jurisdictions in the United States and has accepted the single reaction theory of compensability for latex allergy claims. Even though a latex sensitized nurse worked for a subsequent employer and developed subsequent allergic reactions, the Nebraska court held that a single incident of an exposure with resulting symptomatology many years earlier requiring medical treatment was an incident for which compensability could be attributed. In following this position and rejecting "the last injurious rule" theory, Nebraska has simplified the procedure to obtain workers' compensation benefits and avoided complex and expensive litigation requiring multiple parties to appear in order to apportion liability.  

Nebraska Adopts Single Reaction Theory

Jon 7586

The Nebraska workers' compensation court has followed the theory adopted by a majority of jurisdictions in the United States and has accepted the single reaction theory of compensability for latex allergy claims. Even though a latex sensitized nurse worked for a subsequent employer and developed subsequent allergic reactions, the Nebraska court held that a single incident of an exposure with resulting symptomatology many years earlier requiring medical treatment was an incident for which compensability could be attributed. In following this position and rejecting "the last injurious rule" theory, Nebraska has simplified the procedure to obtain workers' compensation benefits and avoided complex and expensive litigation requiring multiple parties to appear in order to apportion liability.  

$1.3 Million Jury Verdict Signals A New Avenue of Benefits Available to Latex Sensitized Workers

Jon 5147

The first trial of a claim in a consolidated State action by sensitized health care workers against latex glove manufacturers resulted in a California jury awarding $1.3 million to a respiratory therapist as a result of her allergic reaction to latex gloves used at the hospital where she worked. The jury award confirms the credibility and validity of such claims and makes real the probability of securing benefits directly from the manufacturers, for placing a defective product into...

$1.3 Million Jury Verdict Signals A New Avenue of Benefits Available to Latex Sensitized Workers

Jon 5147

The first trial of a claim in a consolidated State action by sensitized health care workers against latex glove manufacturers resulted in a California jury awarding $1.3 million to a respiratory therapist as a result of her allergic reaction to latex gloves used at the hospital where she worked. The jury award confirms the credibility and validity of such claims and makes real the probability of securing benefits directly from the manufacturers, for placing a defective product into...

Nebraska Court Finds Latex Allergic Surgical RN Totally Disabled

Jon 7294

In one of the most significant decisions yet to be rendered by a Court, a surgical registered nurse was declared to be totally and permanently disabled because of her latex allergy. The court declared that the nurse could not work outside of her house and that until "products containing latex are eliminated from hospitals and public settings" the nurse should be considered unable to work at all and should be entitled to benefits. 

Connie...

Nebraska Court Finds Latex Allergic Surgical RN Totally Disabled

Jon 7296

In one of the most significant decisions yet to be rendered by a Court, a surgical registered nurse was declared to be totally and permanently disabled because of her latex allergy. The court declared that the nurse could not work outside of her house and that until "products containing latex are eliminated from hospitals and public settings" the nurse should be considered unable to work at all and should be entitled to benefits. 

Connie...

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