California has a traffic problem

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

California has a traffic problem, everyone knows that. You can’t stuff a tenth of the country’s population into one state (and put most of them near the coast) and not end up with some backup around rush hour.

While the backup does tend to get most of the headlines due to the long lines of traffic, that doesn’t mean the traffic is the biggest problem. Or, not the traffic in and of itself. The biggest problem is the accidents the traffic causes.

In 2014, for instance, more than 13,000 people received non-fatal injuries which required serious treatment due to car accidents. That’s only the beginning of the problem, unfortunately, because California also is the state with the most deaths due to car crashes. That number is a stunning 3,000 per annum. That’s 3,000 deaths per year in California, which makes up about one in every eleven deaths nationally one that takes place on our roads.

However, there’s reason not to get too upset and consider drastic measures. It’s worth pointing out that one of the major reasons the number is so high is because so many people live in this state. After all, if we have a tenth of the population and an eleventh of the car-related fatalities, we’re slightly ahead of the game, right?

That may be right, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be doing more to keep our roads safer. An increase in lanes and a greater policing of speeds would do a great deal not just to ease traffic but to lower the figures of those who are injured and die in car accidents. A further requirement for a review course of the rules of the road, or a more stringent testing before giving licenses would also help with these issues.

Living in a place with so many people, we have to work together to keep each other safe. Using more space, keeping a better eye on the problem, and increasing our knowledge and awareness of what is going on on the road and what we should do would all go a long way towards keeping every one of us safer.

California prides itself on pushing for a better world together, on being ahead of the rest of the country on big, bold initiatives. Let’s be the first state to take on car accidents and really make a significant difference in those numbers. Let’s aim not to have one in every eleven fatalities but one in every twenty-one, or every thirty-one. If we can make that kind of change, the rest of the country will follow suit. We could end up making a major difference to a whole lot of lives, but we’ve got to start working together on this issue and pushing for more to be done.

Otherwise, we’ll just end up sitting back, content with how things are, and that’s the sort of attitude that leads to things getting worse, not better.

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Understanding a Craft Brewery

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Craft Beer | 0 comments

Many Americans have grown to love and appreciate the growing craft beer industry. These beers offer different flavors and a level of quality that many large brewers simply cannot provide. Although you may be tempted to call any beer that doesn’t come in a 12-pack of cans a craft beer, there are actually standards and qualifications that a brewery must meet in order to be considered a craft brewery. Understanding these differences will not only give you a newfound appreciation for these breweries, but it can also help you identify the breweries you enjoy and wish to support. The beer specialists at craftbeer.com have created a brief overview of all of the elements to understand about craft breweries.

Approximately 78% of adults that are of legal drinking age live within 10 miles of a brewery. This indicates the growing number of craft breweries across the United States and the increasing availability to most consumers. A large number of craft breweries have helped to spread the word about craft beer. However, this is not enough to keep the craft beer industry afloat. By learning to recognize a craft brewery in your area, you can help support this industry and the beers that you have come to love. Some of the factors which most clearly indicate a craft brewery include:

  • Size: craft breweries are small companies that produce 6 million barrels of beer or less each year
  • Ownership: these breweries are typically owned by independent brewers
  • Production: craft breweries should produce primarily beers which derive their flavors from traditional or innovative ingredients and fermentation
  • Innovation: craft beers typically blend traditional styles with unique flavors or other factors, which make them unlike any other

Each of these elements indicates what makes the quintessential craft brewery. Additionally, in the summer of 2017, the Brewers Association released a seal for independent brewers. This image of an upside-down beer bottle verifies that the beer you are drinking is made and sold by a craft brewery.

It is important to support and protect the craft beer industry, as it has permanently changed the way we think about and drink beer. There a wide variety of flavors and beer types that were previously unheard of before independent brewers entered the scene. This has only allowed the beer available to the public to improve in quality and style. It has also helped to create an important economic market across the United States, which supports thousands of individuals and their families.

Although drinking craft beers is an exciting new way to experience the joys of beer, we can’t all afford to go to local breweries or bars when we want a drink. For this reason, companies like Growler Chill are helping bring craft beers into your home. Their invention allows you to keep growlers of beer cool and fresh for an extended period of time, and it provides the on-tap experience in your own home. With their help, craft beer may be able to become a staple in every home.

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Types of Medical Malpractice

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Medical malpractice refers to cases when medical professionals stray from standardized or reasonable behaviors and doing so causes harm to the individual or group of individuals they are treating. There are many types of medical malpractice and it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether or not you have been victimized by a situation of malpractice. In this article, we will explore some cases of medical malpractice, why they are considered malpractice, and what it means to you if they are relevant to your case.

Attorneys like those at Hach & Rose represent common cases of medical malpractice like:

  • Surgical errors
  • Improper treatment
  • Wrong diagnosis
  • Emergency room errors
  • Delayed treatment
  • Birth injuries
  • Hospital negligence
  • Wrongful death

Surgical errors might occur when a surgeon fails to properly close a wound or accidentally causes a wound. Errors like these can cause short and long term consequences like infections, bleeding, and even death.

Improper treatment includes behaviors like prescribing an incorrect medicine or dosage or encouraging a type of treatment that is unreasonable or has shown to have no benefits. This type also includes unnecessary surgeries, wrong site surgeries and leaving tools inside the body following a surgery.

Wrong diagnosis happens whenever a doctor intentionally or unintentionally, due to lack of thoroughness, misdiagnoses a patient’s illness. Cases like this can be catastrophic since all subsequent treatments might be useless or even detrimental to the patient’s actual condition. Doctors have a responsibility to be thorough and meticulous in their diagnoses and can be held liable if they fail to secure the patient’s health by doing so.

Emergency room errors refer to any behaviors in an emergency room that might harm or prevent access to treatment to a patient in an emergency situation. Emergency rooms are typically high stress and many patients might be within hours or even minutes of dying when they arrive for treatment. In the midst of this stress, many things can go wrong that might’ve been easily prevented like loss of blood or an infection from a failure to sterilize. In these cases, and others, the surgeon or another party might be held liable for any damages that are incurred.

Delayed treatment can be catastrophic depending on the ailment and how long the treatment is delayed. Sometimes, due to a doctor’s negligence, sheer number of patients, or many other factors, some patients aren’t given an appropriate treatment in the correct timeframe for which it would be most effective. When this happens, the treatment’s effectiveness could be greatly reduced or ultimately invalidated, possibly leaving the patient in an even worse predicament than before. Many ailments require prompt action and failure to respond on the doctor’s part can make her legally liable for any damages that are caused because of delayed treatment.

Birth injuries are any damages done to a mother or child during birth. These can include short and long term conditions like Cerebral Palsy, brain damage and spine damage. Some conditions that existed before birth may not have a case.

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You can Hold Legally Liable the Person or Party that Caused Your Injuries or Illness

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Broken bone or bone fracture, which is a break or a crack in a bone, happens whenever a force that is stronger than what a cone can withstand is exerted against it. While the most common sites for bone fractures are the hips, arms and legs, there are also fractures that can damage the skull and ribs (fractures to these parts can be life-threatening).

Besides the pain, swelling, bruising, and the possible deformity and inability to use a limb, bone fractures can also cause other complications, including blood loss, stunted growth of the bone, and injuries to organs, tissues and other structures surrounding the injured bone.

Bone fracture usually results from traumatic sporting accidents, falls and vehicle accidents. Osteoporosis and certain types of cancer, though, are major contributory factors to bone fracture since these make the bones weak, making even a fall accident end up with serious results. While some bone fractures would only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods to hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures usually require surgery and surgical traction.

Bone fractures are most common among motorcycle riders due to the lack of body protection that would protect them from the force of impact created during collisions. Though these may be reset and scarred tissues, corrected, these injuries can, none-the-less, cause long-term issues with mobility and chronic pain that will necessitate continued medical treatment.

According to the Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. law firm, “The effects that a serious injury can have on the lives of both victims and their loved ones can be considerable. For many, the physical and emotional challenges that these types of injuries can pose are often extraordinarily difficult to overcome. What’s more, injury victims are rarely in a position to be able to comfortably afford the costs of medical treatment and lost income that may result from the harm they have suffered.

The consequences these challenges can have for injury victims are often substantial. Fortunately, it is often possible for people in these situations to receive financial compensation when another person or party is responsible for causing their injuries or illness. Because of this, many victims are able to not only get the financial support they need to better deal with the aftermath, but are also able to get much-needed closure and justice.”

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Jet Ski: An Excellent Opportunity for Fun on the Water, except when Operated by an Unexperienced, Careless or Negligent Operator

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

In August or September 2012, a 16-year old female riding a jet ski suffered fatal brain injuries after another jet ski rammed her. This other vessel was driven by a 20-year old Australian male tourist. Prior to the accident, the male tourist could be seen (in a cellphone footage taken by his girlfriend) standing on his jet ski, oblivious of the other jet ski he was about to ram and of its occupant’s shouts to warn him of what was about to happen.

Thousands of frightening jet ski accidents happen around the world. In the U.S., records from the Coast Guard say that at least four thousand jet ski accidents occur every year. These accidents result to about 600 deaths and more than 2,600 injuries.

Despite its small size, a jet ski has the power of a real boat and can run up to 70 miles per hour. Designed to run at high speeds with its drivers and passengers not wearing any form of protection, no wonder they are vulnerable to many different kinds of serious and life-threatening injuries.

Rules and requirements for operating a jet ski vary by state. The most basic ones, however, only requires an operator to prove that; he/she is at least 16 years old (some states have the age 12 for base age limit); has heard a safety lesson, which takes only some minutes; and, has paid the $95 per hour rent fee.

The fun and enjoyment of those enjoying the water can be tragically interrupted by the carelessness or negligent acts of others causing personal water craft accidents (PWC). Negligence is defined as the failure to exercise care that a reasonable person would exercise. This type of behavior arises in a wide range of circumstances; from broker negligence to personal injury case, such as jet ski accidents. Florida is one state that enjoys the dubious distinction of having led the nation for several years as the state with the most marine accidents. Jet skis and boats don’t have brakes. Unlike cars, trucks and motorcycles, where the use of a brake, applied quickly and forcefully, can bring a vehicle under control, personal water craft and boats are largely dependent upon an operator’s effort to reduce the throttle or thrust of the engine, and change direction. This may be “too little, too late” and tragic injuries can occur.

Many jet ski or recreational boat operators are relatively new and inexperienced in the use of this watercraft. Having no brakes and greatly reduced steering abilities, are both counter intuitive to novice operators.

A jet ski is a very popular personal watercraft (PWC) because it is affordable, easy to use, and has low maintenance cost. Its increased use, after it was introduced in the 1960s, however, also resulted to a rise in the number of hazards and, besides accidents involving under-trained, underage and undereducated jet skiers, the U.S. Coast Guard also cites inattention, excessive speed, alcohol consumption, and reckless operation as the major contributing factors to jet ski accidents. Currently, accidents involving jet skis, yachts, kayaks, sailboats, canoes and other recreational boats, are the second largest transportation-related causes of injury in the U.S. (the first is still automobile accidents).

According to a boating accident attorney, a jet ski presents an excellent opportunity for fun on the water; however, serious injury can result when it is handled by someone who fails to exercise good judgment or follow the law. Due to this, it would be advisable that victims of accidents immediately contact a boating accident lawyer who can help assess the situation and the extent of liability of an at-fault operator.

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Driver Fatigue: A Major Cause of Truck Accidents

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

A woman in a family van with her mother, 3-year old and 15-month old sons, was caught in traffic congestion on Interstate 80 on August 1, 2006. Unknown to the woman driver was a fast approaching three-axle Intercontinental 9400 semi-trailer behind them. The semi-trailer failed to stop on time; it rear-ended the van, crushed and slammed it into the flat-bed truck in front of it and caused it to be engulfed in fire. The accident killed everyone on the scene: the semi-trailer driver and all minivan occupants.

Investigations showed that, months prior to the accident, the semi-trailer driver has had three prior rear-end accidents and had been given seven warnings by his company’s safety manager. All these, according to experts, manifest a red flag for unsafe driving; the driver should never have been allowed to be on the road.”

There are more than 15 million trucks operating in the U.S.; about 2 million of these are semi-trucks, also called tractor-trailers, big rigs. Due to these too many trucks travelling in inter-state on American roads plus their huge sizes, fatal truck accidents are all too common, but only because of trucking companies that do not properly screen for problem drivers and drivers who are overly tired or sleepy (fatigue is actually the resurfacing major cause of truck crashes anywhere in the U.S.).

Fatal truck accidents claim about 11 lives every single day or close to 4,000 people each year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). But because truck drivers are usually paid by the mile and are never given overtime pay, many of them push themselves to the limit, driving despite very little sleep, some without any sleep at all. This has resulted to many drivers dozing off while behind the wheel and while running at the speed of 60 – 65 mph. As a result, many trucks ram into smaller vehicles and seriously injure, if not kill, their passengers.

There are different types of truck accidents, but with legal representation from a dedicated and seasoned personal injury or truck accident lawyer, you may be able to pursue compensation for the unnecessary pain and suffering you have been forced to endure. This website, www.evansmoorelaw.com, may be able to provide you with more helpful information about the best legal pursuit you can pursue in seeking the compensation that you legally deserve.

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Know More about What to Expect Regarding Alimony or Spousal Support if Considering Divorce

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Divorce Law | 0 comments

Marriage is supposed to be a life-long union and expression of commitment between a man and a woman and these are what many, who enter into marriage, believe. These are the very factors that give sense to the phrase, “til death do us part.”

Sadly, not all marriages turn out to be beds of roses as some couples eventually lose the affection or end up having interests that slowly carry them away from their spouse and family. To be able to move forward and pursue the happiness they seek, some file a case of divorce, ending completely their union.

Now, many or those who marry give up their profession or career to be able to take full care of family matters (this practice is common among women in support of their husband). In the event of divorce, however, those who have sacrificed education or professional growth usually find it hard to keep up with the present business trend or even find an employment that will allow them to enjoy the standard of living which they enjoyed prior to divorce. Thus, the court awards these individuals alimony or spousal support, which the financially-capable spouse will have to pay to them monthly or lump sum – so long as both are alive or until a major change in the circumstances of each (such as loss of job of payor or re-marriage).

Alimony is a court-ordered payment which a spouse will have to make to his/her partner after they divorce. This centuries-old practice is somehow rooted from the idea that upon marriage, a woman would remain dependent on her husband until death. Thus, through alimony, financial support is provided for whoever, though usually the wife, was financially-dependent during marriage. Despite differences on alimony laws between states, means or types of payment are generally the same:

  • Lump sum. This is a single, complete payment of alimony. The amount is equal to the total amount of future payments, which may include property division.
  • Permanent alimony. This is a continuous, regular payment without a fixed end date; it goes on so long as the recipient has not died or remarried and as long as the payor is alive. Permanent alimony is actually intended to enable the recipient spouse to maintain his/her standard of living that he/she enjoyed during the marriage.
  • Temporary or rehabilitative alimony. This financial support payed to whoever between the spouses has a lesser earning; this support, however, ends when the recipient lands a job or becomes self-sufficient.

In 2012, some states have begun to reconsider their laws on permanent alimony. This is due to the fact that there are those who have been making this type payment for decades despite a very short marriage, while on the part of the recipient, many have lived with new partners, but never re-married, in order to enjoy receipt of support.

Other reasons for the reconsideration include the harm which payment of permanent alimony has made on the financial situation of some of the payee, the equal opportunity the payee has to education, training and chance to find a high-paying job, and the opportunity of the payee to earn even more than the payor.

As explained in the website of the law firm BB Attorney, “Alimony payments are designed to help spouses adjust to their changing financial situations during and sometimes after divorce. Although these payments can be permanent, most of the time they are only temporary. Temporary alimony is alimony that is only paid during the divorce proceedings and sometimes for a short time thereafter, allowing the receiving spouse to get used to a new level of income. In most cases, temporary alimony payments cease after a period of time in which the court believes the receiving spouse should have located a new source of income or financial support.

Temporary alimony payments can be used for a variety of purposes, but in general, they help provide for the financially dependent spouse while he or she finds a job and adjusts to his or her new income level. Alimony payments can be used for the following:

  • Basic living expenses
  • Vehicle payments
  • Medical and educational costs
  • Divorce fees

Divorce can mark a number of changes to a person’s living situation, and alimony payments help provide financial stability during this transitional period. Thus, it is important that a temporary alimony agreement is as fair as possible for both the receiving and the paying spouses.”

With assistance from an experienced alimony lawyer, you may be able to know and understand better whether you will be paying spousal support or receiving alimony, so do not hesitate to get in touch with an experienced alimony lawyer even before you decide to file for divorce.

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A Youth who has been Charged with a Juvenile Crime does not Mean He/She will be a Thug for the Rest of His/Her Life

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were about 73.8 million youths (below 18 years old) in the U.S. in 2012. This was more than a fourth of America’s total population then. More than half the number of youths, however, was discovered to have already suffered abuses in the home, community or school, or have already been exposed to crimes and violence. Almost half the number has also suffered injuries due to physical assaults.

Records from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) also show that many of these youths have already been involved in criminal activities, including drinking, carrying or possession of a deadly weapon, driving while intoxicated, robbery, murder, aggravated assault, rape and other sex offenses, arson, vandalism, gambling, drug abuse, disorderly conduct, vagrancy and so forth.

In 2011 about 1.5 million arrests were made on persons under the age of 18. Experts and authorities believe, however, that the rise in the number of arrests does not necessarily mean an increase in the number of crimes, but in the zealous of authorities who have just been more serious in arresting young law violators. These arrests were made to thwart any possibility of anyone becoming a repeat offender because repeat offenders usually end up as regular criminals. Arrested youths, as well as everyone else in the age bracket, are also being made to understand that being convicted of a crime no longer just means fines and citations – their arrest records will also definitely damage their future professional life.

Criminal acts are always serious, whether committed by a youth or an adult. Making youths understand the full consequences of their acts and giving them the supervision that they really want may be ways that can bring them back to the right path; all that may be required are the right person and the right strategy.

According to the law firm Alexander & Associates, in their youth, most people do at least a few things that they later come to regret; it is the goal of juvenile crimes lawyers to help limit the potential consequences of such actions. As the consequences of a juvenile crime conviction may have long-lasting or even permanent effect on a variety of different facets of a person’s life, lawyers, therefore, believe in fighting the charges aggressively.

A youth who has been charged with a juvenile crime does not mean he/she will be a thug for the rest of his/her life. To help ensure this, though, seeking legal assistance from a seasoned juvenile crimes lawyer, who may be able to save the charged youth from getting convicted, may be the first necessary move.

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Revealing The Impact of Distracted Driving In The Body

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Distracted Driving | 0 comments

A new study reveals the effects of distracted driving have on the human body. It is common knowledge that distractions such as text messaging or taking calls. Research by the Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that 16% of all fatal crashes were due to distractions and that latency lasts an average of 27 seconds. Unfortunately, distracted driving has also led to the injury or death of the other driver.

A new study by the Transportation Institute revealed that doing two things at the same time while on the road can lead to stress on the part of the driver. This is the reason for the dip in driving performance. According to Robert Wunderlich of the Texas A & M Transportation Institute, when people take their eyes off the road, their performance deteriorates. Rhode Island personal injury lawyers will tell you that these distractions cause drives to lose focus on the road.

The new study also revealed that texting is not the only distraction that can cause stress on the part of the driver. When we drive while upset, the tendency is for the driver to mismanage their speed, ignore speed limit, or even cross the white line, the study concluded. Such behavior can lead not only the driver but also pedestrians and other drivers to get hurt in an accident.

Working with the University of Houston and the University of Michigan, the aim of the Texas A & M study is to help motorists become better drivers. The researchers used a driving simulator to gather data on what really transpires when drivers are not focused on the road. The study will next focus on drivers in real-life situations and their behavior in traffic. For Wunderlich, they wanted to use technology to actually tell themselves that such devices is actually dangerous especially in driving.

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The Effects of a Criminal Charge on a Divorce Proceeding

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Divorce Law | 0 comments

Filing for divorce but with a criminal record? If you are on the brink of ending a marriage, the court will take into consideration several factors before granting your divorce request. One of the factors that the court will look into is the criminal record of the couple. Okaloosa County criminal defense attorney with the Flaherty Defense Firm will tell you that being criminally charged can have a huge impact when filing for divorce.

One of the crucial issues that will be decided in a divorce case is child custody. In cases like these, it is always the best interest of the child that will be prioritized. Having a criminal record can affect your desire to share custody of your child in a divorce case. However, there is always an exception to the rule and the court will treat each case as unique. When one of the parents has a criminal record, the court will look at the nature of the crime and how recent the crime was committed.

If you have committed a violence offense, sexual crimes, or convicted for drug crimes, you could have your visitation rights severely limited. In addition, you may be prohibited from seeing your child for a certain period of time. If you committed a violent crime against your spouse, the court may issue a temporary restraining order to prevent you from further hurting your spouse.

However, all is not lost when you have a criminal record and filing for a divorce. Once you have completed counseling or some form of therapy, you may be allowed to visit your child. You may be able to find specific parenting classes related to divorce cases involving minor children. You may be evaluated by an evaluator to check your capability for becoming a good parent.

When considering getting a divorce, having a criminal record will make the process more complicated and longer. As a result, you could end up paying more.

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