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EveryInjuryCounts Legal Resource Women's Center is committed to providing you with answers to legal questions, news and resources that may be of particular interest. Whether you are looking for:

  • legal advice,
  • information about your rights, or
  • an experienced female attorney,

One of our top goals at EveryInjuryCounts is to help, support and advance women with all the resources we have to offer. You can find what you need at EveryInjuryCounts.

Contact EveryInjuryCounts and ask to speak to Patrish L. LaTulippe.

  • Patrish has been a passionate advocate, using the law to address women's healthcare issues throughout her career.
  • She combines tenaciousness, determination, and empathy for her clients.
  • Her concern over women's issues has led her to develop expertise in the areas of medical malpractice involving women, drugs and medical devices designed especially for women such as breast implants, diet drugs, and other such products.
  • Her experiences as a woman personal injury trial lawyer have made her a tougher, better lawyer to advocate for those who have suffered any kind of prejudice.

Women make very effective trial lawyers, bringing special qualities that make them great advocates for individual plaintiffs. Although more research into women's health issues is taking place, the healthcare system and drug companies may still be found treating women differently. If you or a loved one has been injured by someone else's negligence, call EveryInjuryCounts and ask to speak with Patrish.

Act now because time is important! Each type of injury has a strict time limit set by Utah law on when legal action may be filed with the court. If you fail to meet that deadline, you are forever stopped or barred from bringing your claim.

If you've been injure, the first step is getting the medical care you need. The next step is to hire a competent attorney. We are ready to assist you with the legal end and to hold other's responsible for their negligence. We will protect your legal rights.

EveryInjuryCounts is staffed by Utah attorneys who have experience in men's issues. You can trust EveryInjuryCounts to get you the recovery you deserve. Our experienced, highly competent attorneys have more than fifty five years of combined experience.

You do not pay any attorney fees or costs unless you get a recovery.

Our goal is to have you recover while we fight for you and make sure you receive full compensation for your losses. We retain investigate, retain experts and use the best science and technology to show how the injury occurred and how it should have been prevented. We will go to trial for you because every injury counts.

Contact us by phone at 385-715-4900, skype or email for a free consultation. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the lawyers at EveryInjuryCounts represent victims throughout the entire state of Utah.

Women's Resources.

One of the most important first steps a woman can take is to educate herself. If you believe that your doctor, employer or the insurance adjuster is not listening to you regarding your health or other important matters, become informed so that you can take an active role and get the help you need.

Our women's resource pages are designed to educate you on a variety of medical, legal and financial topics affecting you.

As attorneys who defend women on a daily basis, we found it critical to supply the following information to those who visit our site. Share this information with your daughter, mother, sister or friends, as the information provided concerns need-to-know issues affecting women today.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact EveryInjuryCounts and speak with Patrish LaTulippe.

Heart Disease in Women

The good news – You can control your health and your risk of heart disease.

The bad news – Heart disease kills more women over sixty five than all cancers combined. And, American women are five times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history of heart problems

Take control of the symptoms you can!

Quit smoking: Smoking leads to more 50% of heart attacks in women under 50.

  • You can decrease your risk of a heart attack by one-third within two years.
  • Try nicotine patches or gum, try prescription medicines, or speak with your doctor about the best way to stop smoking.

Control your blood pressure: High blood pressure can increase your chance of a heart attack or stroke. You can decrease blood pressure:

  • by maintaining a healthy weight,
  • exercising,
  • reducing your salt intake and
  • eating a healthy diet.
  • your doctor may suggest a medication to use in combination with exercise and diet.

Control your cholesterol level: You can decrease your cholesterol by:

  • Eating a diet low in fat,
  • Exercising
  • your doctor can check your cholesterol numbers with a simple test and may suggest a medicine if your cholesterol levels are too high.

Lose extra weight: Being overweight puts extra strain on your heart. Exercising regularly and eating a low-fat diet can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise regularly: Remember that the heart is a muscle that needs exercise to stay in shape. Try to exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day, 4 to 6 times a week. Speak with your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen.

Eat a low-fat diet: Avoid saturated fat and keep fat calories to 30% or less of the total calories you eat during the day.

WATCH OUT FOR THE WARNING SIGNS FOR WOMEN:

Women are more likely to die from heart attacks than men, though scientists are still trying to figure out why. One theory suggests that women do not seek medical attention quickly as men. Another speculation is because women's hearts are smaller, they are more easily damaged. There is no doubt that making small lifestyle adjustments can help lower your risk of heart disease.

SIGNS TO WATCH FOR

Women's heart attacks symptoms may be a little different than men's. Some women mistake their heart symptoms for the flu or heart burn.

  • Women may feel chest pressure (like an elephant sitting on your chest) BUT don't always. The pressure is uncomfortable pressure, squeezing that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and then comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or back.
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Women may experience shortness of breath,
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
  • Upper back pressure
  • Extreme fatigue
  • call 911 immediately. The faster you seek medical attention, the less damage your heart will suffer.
  • SUPPORT
  • Legal support -- if you believe that your doctor has committed malpractice such as failing to investigate early warning signs, contact Patrish L. LaTulippe at EveryInjuryCounts.

Additional resources and support –

Women's Heart Foundation

Heart Disease in Women

American Heart Association: Go Red for Women

Breast Cancer

The good news -- If caught early, breast cancer is treatable.

The bad news -- A woman has a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

In order to detect breast cancer early, you must know the risk factors and the symptoms.

Some of the Risk Factors for breast cancer are:

  • Being over 60 years old
  • Having a family history of breast cancer
  • Never having a child
  • Abnormal cells or gene changes
  • Menopause afte55 years old
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Alcohol
  • A personal history of cancer in one breast

THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR SCREENING

Sometimes there is no warning sign of breast cancer. Women over the age of 40 years old should have a mammogram every 1-2 years. Also, women should perform a breast self exam each and every month to check for lumps or changes in tissues. Any irregularities are usually followed up with an ultrasound and a biopsy.

Symptoms of breast cancer may include:

  • A lump or thickening of the tissue in the breast or underarms
  • Nipple tenderness, discharge or the nipple turning inward
  • Change in the shape or size of the breast

SUPPORT

Legal support -- if you believe that your doctor has committed malpractice such as failing to investigate early warning signs, contact Patrish L. LaTulippe at EveryInjuryCounts.

Additional resources and support --

National Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer

CERVICAL CANCER

The good news – Cervical cancer is preventable.

The bad news --Nearly 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.

Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix multiply and grow out of control. Educating yourself about cervical cancer prevention methods helps decrease your risk for developing this disease by almost 100%.

Cervical Cancer Risk Factors

Like many cancers, doctors cannot explain why some women get cervical cancer and other women do not.

However, several risk factors have become known to cause a woman to be more susceptible to cervical cancer.

  • The biggest risk factor for developing cervical cancer is the presence of the human papilloma virus (HPV).
    • HPV is a group of viruses that can infect the cervix. Passed through sexual conduct, HPV will infect most adults during their lifetime. Though most do not experience health problems from HPV, HPV can cause cell changes, genital warts and cancer

Other cervical cancer risk factors, include:

  • Lack of regular pap smear tests
  • Weakened immune system
  • Age (over 40)
  • Having many sexual partners
  • Having a sexual partner who has had many sexual partners
  • Smoking
  • Using birth control pills for more than 5 years in women with an HPV infection
  • Having many children

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CERVICAL CANCER

Get routine pap smear tests. Doctors typically recommend a pap smear every three years after becoming sexually active or turning twenty one.

  • Pap smear detects cervical cancer or abnormal cells that may lead to cancer.
  • Women who have an increased risk of developing cervical cancer should speak with their doctor about how often this test should be performed.

Cervical Cancer Symptoms

Precancerous cell changes usually do not cause symptoms.

  • As the disease gets worse, women may experience symptoms such as:
  • Bleeding between periods, after sex or after menopause
  • Heavier, longer menstrual periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Increased vaginal discharge

Don't panic! Many of these symptoms may be attributed to other health problems. But be smart, get regular testing as recommended and see your doctor if you experiencing any of the above symptoms.

Support

Legal support -- if you believe that your doctor has committed malpractice such as failing to investigate early warning signs, contact Patrish L. LaTulippe at EveryInjuryCounts.

Additional resources and support --

National Cervical Cancer Coalition

National Cancer Institute: Cancer Support and Resources

OVARIAN CANCER

Ovarian cancer is a tough disease to catch early. More than 25,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Unfortunately, for the majority of women, the cancer will have already spread beyond the ovaries before detected. Because early symptoms of ovarian cancer can be vague, it is important to find out now if you are at-risk for this deadly disease.

Ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of death from cancer in women. Ovarian cancer typically does not present symptoms until it has spread significantly. In fact, 80% of ovarian cancers are detected during the later stages, leaving little hope for a cure. While there is no definitive screening test for diagnosing early ovarian cancer, a woman should undergo routine pelvic exams, sometimes supplemented by blood tests or ultrasound exams.

Possible early signs of Ovarian Cancer

  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Trouble eating or feeling full too quickly
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Patients who are experiencing any of the above symptoms should see their gynecologist if these symptoms are new, severe and have lasted for more than two weeks.

Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors

  • Doctors are still unsure about what causes ovarian cancer. However, they have established a group of risk factors that increases a woman's chance of developing the disease. Some risk factors for developing ovarian cancer include:
  • A family history of certain cancers: Women who have one or more relatives with ovarian cancer are more likely to develop the disease. Specific genes, including the BRCA 1 and 2 genes, are inherited and can increase a woman's chance of developing ovarian cancer. In addition, a family history of breast or colon cancer can also increase a woman's chances of developing ovarian cancer.
  • Age: Women over the age of 50 have a greater chance of developing ovarian cancer than younger women. This ovarian cancer risk becomes even greater when a woman turns 60.
  • Childbearing: Women who have never given birth are at a higher risk for developing ovarian cancer than those who have had a baby.
  • Menstruation: Women who began menstruating before age 12 or experienced menopause after 50 have a greater risk of getting ovarian cancer.
  • Certain medicines: Women who took fertility drugs or received hormone therapy after menopause have a slighter higher chance of getting ovarian cancer. On the contrary, women who took birth control pills have a decreased chance of developing the disease.
  • Obesity: Women who are overweight have a greater chance of dying from ovarian cancer than women of a healthy weight.

Overall, the lifetime risk for developing ovarian cancer is less than 2%. However, if you are at-risk for the disease, speak to your doctor about cancer screening tests that can help detect the disease.

Support

Legal support -- if you believe that your doctor has committed malpractice such as failing to investigate early warning signs, contact Patrish L. LaTulippe at EveryInjuryCounts.

Additional resources and support --

National Cancer Institute: Ovarian Cancer

Pregnancy Page

If you are thinking about getting pregnant, you may have already researched symptoms of pregnancy, bought an ovulation predictor kit or took a few pregnancy tests. While most women are concerned about what happens after getting pregnant, doctors advise future mothers to evaluate their habits before trying to conceive.

Quit Smoking before trying to get pregnant

Women should quit smoking. In addition to lowering a woman's fertility levels, smoking can cause serious problems for both the mother and child during pregnancy. In fact, 5% of all infant deaths are linked to smoking during pregnancy. To ensure the safety of you and your child, quit smoking before trying to conceive.

Take Folic Acid Supplements

Women who are trying to get pregnant should also begin taking folic acid supplements. While most women take these supplements once pregnant, many do not realize the benefits of taking folic acid before conceiving. Folic acid supplements can protect the infant from birth defects, such as spina bifida. According to several specialists, taking folic acid up to 2 months before conception can lower the infant's risk for such birth defects.

Pre-conception Exam

Women should also see a doctor for a pre-conception exam to determine any health problems that may cause complications during pregnancy. During the exam, the doctor will check for common sexual transmitted diseases and make sure you received certain vaccinations. In addition, the doctor will evaluate any medications you are taking that may negatively interfere with the baby. If you find it difficult to live without taking a certain medicine, the doctor may prescribe an alternative medication that will not harm the child.

Other helpful tips for woman who are looking to conceive include:

Follow the FDA's guidelines on seafood consumption

Limit caffeine and alcohol intake during the last two weeks of your menstrual cycl

Support

Legal support -- if you believe that your doctor has committed malpractice such as failing to provide proper care, testing, treatment and delivery during your pregnancy, contact Patrish L. LaTulippe at EveryInjuryCounts.

For more information on pregnancy, visit the following sites:

Guide to Getting Pregnant

How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy

MedlinePlus: Pregnancy

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