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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