Why Pedestrian Accident Victims should Seek Compensation

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Why Pedestrian Accident Victims should Seek Compensation

The National Safety Council (NSC) says that there are about 70,000 pedestrians accidents in the US every year; 4, 500 of these accidents are either fatal or end in the victim’s death a few days after the accident (the NSC is a a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization that promotes health and safety in the US by helping minimize the alarmingly high number of preventable injuries and deaths in working environments, homes and communities).

Pedestrians accidents resulting to death are more frequent in rural areas where vehicles run faster, where there are usually no sidewalks where pedestrians can walk safely, and where most streets and intersections are poorly illuminated at night. One common factor in fatal pedestrians accidents, however, is intoxication; it could either be an intoxicated driver or a pedestrian who has drank more than his of her limit.

Pedestrians is, and shlould be, a major concern for everyone, for the simple reason that everyone is a pedestrians at certain times of the day. While drivers play a major role in significantly reducing incidences of pedestrian accidents, pedestrians themselves should never exercise lesser care when crossing any street.

According to the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. law firm, even minor accidents can result in serious injuries, and ongoing pain and suffering that would leav accident victims with serious emotional, psychological, and financial burdens. To make matters worse, those who have to contend with these serious side effects often did nothing to cause the accident.

Most non-fatal pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries, like broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or accidental amputation. Due to the serious condition a victim may end up in, filing a civil or tort lawsuit against the at-fault driver often becomes necessary, mainly for the purpose of seeking compensation for all present and future damages resulting from the injury.

Money will never undo the trauma and injuries suffered by the victim; it can, however, help him or her pay for the costly medical treatment which may help bring back the quality of his or her life.

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Treatments for Memory Loss

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Elder Issues, Memory Loss | 0 comments

Memory loss is a frightening reality plaguing many senior citizens and there is currently no cure for reversing the process once it’s started. It can be hard to cope with the fact that your loved one could forget things and people that are important to them once they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Being forgetful could eventually lead to your loved one being put in an unnecessarily dangerous situation. If you are consistently worried about your loved one’s safety due to deteriorating memory, it may be time to begin treatment and/or therapy to help curtail the effects of memory loss.

This is a common problem for many Americans with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. According to SeniorAdvice.com, Alzheimer’s disease currently affects over 5 million people in the United States, including approximately one in nine individuals over the age of 65. No treatment plan is one hundred percent perfect for each individual case. An evaluation by a medical professional can provide direction for which treatment path would be best to take. Doctor’s will take into account a patient’s age, overall health, the amount of memory loss that has already taken place, and their lifestyle.

The first form of treatment is medication. There are a handful of prescriptions that help combat memory loss, but they are only effective in some cases and work best if administered in the first 6-12 months of memory loss. If given in the correct time frame, these prescriptions are proven to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.

The other form of treatment available for memory loss is therapy. Music and art therapy are common forms of treatment that seek to engage the patient’s mind. It is unknown how much these treatments really help, but it definitely works to combat feelings of stagnation and depression. As the medical community continually works toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, patients turn to medication and therapy to treat their memory loss.

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Pradaxa Dangers

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Pharmceuticals | 0 comments

Every medication has its positive and negative effects, you and the doctor just have to weigh the pros and cons and determine whether the risks are worth taking. This has been the case for Pradaxa, an anti-clotting medication aimed to avoid strokes on patients suffering from heart conditions. Although it has some considerable positive effects to patients’ health and wellbeing, Pradaxa has been linked to major health risks and complications that can make it more risky than beneficial to some patients.

Pradaxa (dabigatran) was approved by the Food and Drugs Administration in 2010 and was made an alternative to warfarin. It offered a good option because unlike warfarin, those taking Pradaxa did not require constant monitoring and check-ups. However, in just two years after its release, Pradaxa has been linked to 500 deaths, mainly due to uncontrollable bleeding and internal hemorrhage. Furthermore, more than 4,000 claims (and counting) have been and are being settled due to other severe side effects such as stomach pains and severe vomiting or heartburn. What makes the dangers of Pradaxa more troubling is that it does not have an antidote, which made uncontrollable bleeding a life-threatening side effect.

Despite the rising number of lawsuits being filed against them, the FDA has yet to issue a product recall for Pradaxa. The manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, has voluntarily issued a recall only on a specific lot due to concerns of manufacturing defects. The FDA only stated that they are continuing their evaluation of various data sources regarding the ongoing safety review of the drug. Although Pradaxa does provide great benefits, the risk of bleeding and hemorrhaging should be considered, especially for those who are elderly and people who might get surgery. Convenience may what Pradaxa offers, but in cases of accidents or emergencies any emergency procedures may be hindered because of the blood flow. Before taking Pradaxa, it is important to talk with your doctor to weigh the benefits and risks that come with the drug.

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Premises Dangers in New Homes

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

To a great majority, owning a home of your own is like achieving a certain freedom; having a place of your own gives home-owners a sense of security and accomplishment in their personal lives. A home is something to be proud of, which is why it is important to think about inspecting a potential home from a mold infestation before buying it. Mold infestation not only causes health risks and complications, but they can be financially draining as well. Rather than getting your dream home, you might end up with mold nightmares if you failed to have it checked.

It is quite normal to have mold in homes. What makes them dangerous and a health risk is having great concentrations of them in a small area. Molds are fungus that comes in various colors, some visible and odorous while others are hidden and often grown between walls or crevices. They are known to grown just about any damp area, but they are best in water-soaked locations. According to the website of the Sampson Law Office, injury claims related to toxic mold report of seizures, respiratory problems, rashes, severe fatigue, and unusual bleeding caused by the mycotoxins released by the molds. Detecting mold infestation before buying a house can save you and your family from such troubles.

It can be difficult to know whether a house you are eyeing to buy has a mold problem or not. Aside from being on the look when visiting a prospect home, getting help from a home inspector is very helpful. They can do a more thorough inspect of the home and report and mold infestations to you. If you have asked the seller regarding any infestations and did not disclose it until after you and your family have suffered damages, it can be grounds for negligence according to the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne Fraser, If the seller, or the agent or appraisers intentionally hid such information from you before making your purchase, they can be held liable for their negligence.

Choosing to buy a house that you already know have a mold problem can greatly affect your injury claim if you or your family eventually develops health complications of if your house is damaged. This is because, as with any personal injury claim, negligence on the part of the other party should be the main cause of the problem. The website of Ritter & Associates states that injuries or damages caused by your action (or inaction) are not enough reason for a case and will be difficult to win compensation for. Only if you can prove in court that another person was responsible for the injury or damages can compensation be awarded.

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Options Available after a Construction Accident

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Workplace Accidents | 0 comments

Construction site accidents can lead to varying degrees of damages and injuries – from simple cuts and bruises to serious traumatic spine injuries and even death. With so many lives at stake in every accident that happens, construction site safety should always be a main priority. Worker’s compensation may not be enough to cover for the injuries that the worker may have suffered, and as Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® states on its website, construction companies are the ones who should be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur within the site or as part of the job.

Aside from the company, there are other parties that are responsible for workplace safety provisions. Equipment manufacturers, insurance companies, site owners, the general contractor, as well as the subcontractors are all responsible in ensuring that the worksite is safe, the workers are compliant to safety standards and procedures, hazards are properly labeled, and hired workers are fit for the job. Unfortunately, even with strict safety regulations from OSHA, construction accidents are an everyday occurrence.

In the state of New York, Labor Laws have been changed in order to ensure that workers are protected to the fullest. One such revision is the Labor Law Section 240 (1) puts the responsibility of ensuring workers are protected by securing worksite safety is enforced and that presumption of liability when an accident (specifically gravity-related) occurs and resulted to a worker’s injury. Worker’s compensation will be given regardless of whose fault the accident was, but if the company or those responsible refuse to provide injured workers with such benefits, the website of Hach Rose says that workers can file personal injury claims to seek fair and just compensation. Construction site accident can lead to serious injuries that can be life-altering, therefore companies should be accountable and responsible enough to provide their workers with compensation that they deserve.

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Concerns for Truck Drivers

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Trucking | 0 comments

There are many reasons why being a truck driver is one of the most dangerous job in the United States. Despite the importance that they play, truck drivers have very long working hours with very little pay; legislation made to regulate working hours for truck drivers are often bent and broken, with truckers having only one day each week off. Truck driving accidents account for 12 percent of work-related accidents around the country, and the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, states that even with compensation given by the trucking companies, it may not be enough to cover for damages and injuries, especially if it was a fatal accident.

With high risks of being in an accident while on the road, it’s surprising to know that truckers have little accessibility to healthcare. Regular medical appointments are rarely observed, and with unhealthy eating habits while on the road, it is no owner why ma great majority of truck drivers are obese and will eventually suffer from complication brought about by it. Add this to the fact that truck driver get little to no sleep, with limited sleeping space in their trucks. Even though we all know how important the work or truck drivers do, they still lack important services for them to sustain their well-being.

It is no wonder why many trucker drivers don’t stay on the job too long. Because of the continuous quitting and hiring of trucking companies, cargo and cash flow are sometimes delayed. This is the reason why truck factoring has become big business. As explained by the internet domain of TBS Factoring Service, factoring can provide trucking companies immediate cash. This means they don’t have to wait for a month or more for their payment, giving them more options of either rest or get another delivery. Factoring is one way to help ease the problems that many truckers face when on the job. However, choosing the right factoring company is still important. Doing your research is a great way to secure your hark work pays.

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Is Blood Thinning Drug Xarelto too Effective?

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

Patients should be more aware of the dangers and risks that come with their prescription medications. Although they may be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) they can still cause serious health complications, and when they do they should immediately be reported in order to avoid further health dangers and for the FDA to take necessary actions to protect the consumers. Among the newest prescription lawsuits is Xarelto.

As of April 2015, there are already 400 lawsuits filed against the manufacturer of the drug. Generally used for treatment as a blood thinner for stroke patients who have just undergone hip and knee replacement surgery and for those who have suffered blood clots, Xarelto has not been approved for other uses such as Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). Despite the success of Xarelto as a blood thinning drug, the severe side effects should not be disregarded. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain hemorrhage, and hemorrhagic stroke can be fatal to patients who use Xarelto because there is no cure or counteracting medication to stop the bleeding.

The number of Xarelto lawsuits filed against Janssen Research and Development was mainly due to the manufacturers’ failure to warn patients of the risks of bleeding by wrongfully representing it. Negligent misrepresentation and breach of warranty are also among the reasons for the rising number of Xarelto lawsuits. What makes Xarelto dangerous is the lack of counteracting drug to help prevent or stop bleeding.

Since patients rely on their medications to cope with certain aspects of their health, taking prescription medications has become a part of life. As such, the website of the National Injury Law Center outlines the importance of product safety when it comes to medications and medical devices. Products that pose excessive risks or unnecessary dangers to the health of the consumers are reported and sometimes recalled. Since its FDA approval in 2011, Xarelto is yet to be recalled, the manufacturer should still be held accountable for its negligence.

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Avoiding Complications When Selling Mineral Rights

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Gas and Minerals | 0 comments

A lot of factors should first be considered and looked into before selling your mineral rights. Aside from knowing the total area of the property you own and its boundaries, you have to be sure you own the mineral rights and not just the surface rights of the property. Not having a long history of family property ownership can cause complications when you are considering selling your mineral rights.

The fragmentation of land – the division of land into smaller ownership parts – makes the administrative oversight that is required for small interests is often the reason why many landowners choose to sell their mineral rights as well as inherited mineral interests. In order to determine whether you own the mineral rights of an inherited property, you may need to hire the help of an oil or gas landman. The landman is often and independent contractor whose role is to research and identify the ownership or mineral rights. Because a hired landman is a third party between the mineral rights owner and the buyer (either oil or gas companies or other private individuals), establishing an open and honest relationship – one without conflict of interest involved – to ensure fair and just negotiations.

One thing you should consider when thinking about selling your mineral rights, if you are legally permitted to, is its future value. Selling your mineral rights is a huge gamble, especially if over time the value far exceeds the upfront sales value given to you. Next, since mineral rights can be inherited, it should be considered in estate planning. Passing on your mineral rights to your children can ensure their future. Lastly, if you sell mineral rights but still have surface rights, you might have portions of your property that will be damaged or deemed unusable. Although there is compensation for such property damage, it might not be enough to cover for the whole loss.

State laws regarding mineral rights can vary from each state and it’s a complicated asset to liquidize. Therefore, it can be advisable to consult a broker such as the one found at the website The Mineral Auction. People who understand such laws and know how these can affect your decision in selling your mineral rights could come valuable to ensure that the negotiations are smooth and fair. With so many things at stake, finding the right people who can help you is the best way to secure your financial future.

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