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What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Car Accident | 0 comments

It goes without saying that no one enjoys car accidents. Not only do they pose a great risk to our safety and security, but we often waste time, money, and energy dealing with their aftermath.

There’s good news, however. There are a few tips you can use to make dealing with a car accident less of an inconvenience. Take a look at them below!

Seek Out Medical Attention. First things first — the safety of you and anyone else involved in the accident. Check to make sure you and others involved in the accident are okay — even if you think the crash was extremely minor.

Receiving medical attention greatly improves one’s chances of survival and recovery. Dealing with insurance can come later — make sure everyone is okay first.

Contact the Police. Per the law, all accidents must be reported to the police. Whether or not the crash was your fault, the police will file a report that can be used as evidence in your claim. The more information you have to present to your insurance company, the better.

Take Pictures. This may seem like common sense, but in the heat of the moment, you may forget some simple steps. Make sure to take photos of your car, the other driver’s car, the surrounding roads, and any debris that may have made its way onto the road as well.

These could potentially be used to prove any negligence on the other driver’s part or disprove any false claims they make. You can also submit these photos to your insurance company.

Talk to Witnesses. No matter where the accident occurred, there are likely witnesses who saw what happened from another perspective. These witnesses can provide valuable information to you when you file your claim, or additional evidence if you need to contact an attorney. Witnesses will also talk to police and help them file a report as well.

Keep Record. A common theme in this post is to keep a record of what happened before, during, and after the crash — and a great way to do that is by writing down what you remember.

When you have a free moment, jot down what you can remember about the crash. Write down where you were traveling, what lane you were in, any weather conditions or obstacles on the road. This can also be shown to your insurance company and given to your attorney if necessary.

Contact an Attorney. If you’re having difficulty with the other parties involved our having difficulties filing with your insurance company, consider reaching out to an attorney with experience with car accidents like Evans Moore, LLC. An attorney will help make sure that you receive the proper damages possible and do not have to pay any more than you need to.

Additionally, an attorney will be able to prove that the other driver was negligent, or prove that you weren’t negligent. Don’t attempt to represent yourself — reach out to a skilled attorney as soon as possible.

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The Trip’s Off, Let’s Party

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Craft Beer | 0 comments

Who’s up for a big party this weekend? This guy, that’s who. I’ve decided to blow my summer savings on a few fancy new party tools since I won’t be able to go on that killer trip I had planned (major disappointment there, but more on that in a minute).

To ease my sorrows about missing out on the big road trip out west (RIP plans for sunrise hikes in Yosemite and Yellowstone, maybe next year), I’ve picked up some great craft beer growlers and this awesome new invention: beer growler taps of Growler Chill.

Basically, the thing keeps my growlers cold and allows me to pour out pints, which makes me the coolest guy having a party this weekend. It’s like having my own bar at home, and every pint is going to be fresh as the first. I’m super excited to try it out.

So, the trip. My car broke down. Not the main one, but my road trip car. If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know I refuse to sacrifice my beautiful Bonnie Lass (that’s her name), my classic Mustang, on this trip. First, there wouldn’t be room in her, and second, as much as I love the idea of speeding around the West with the dust under Bonnie’s tires, I just can’t bring myself to put that many miles on her. There are also considerations like the price of gas, and getting a tuneup before I go, but overall, it’s the wear and tear that would be required.

So I bought a van on the cheap that looked like it would be in good enough working order for the trip. I had everything all set. And the van died on me. I got it fixed, and it died again. Now, I don’t have the cash to buy another van or to keep repairing it.

The trip is off is what I’m saying. And yes, I looked into lemon laws, but I had the van too long and made too many repairs, so they don’t apply. Just be glad I’m not sulking around why my brew and keeping it all to myself. Instead, I’ve decided to be generous and open my doors to the thirsty folks in my neighborhood.

If you happen to be one of those thirsty neighbors, or you happen to be in the area, stop on by and come help me drown my sorrows over a few. And hey, if you happen to know anything about van repair, go ahead and see what you can do for my travel van out front. Maybe I’ll end up getting some decent repairs done in the end.

Even if not, it’ll be a great weekend, with a lot of great weekends to look forward to up ahead. They’ll just all be at home, I guess.

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Watch out for Negligent Drivers

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

Careful drivers can avoid car accidents by staying focused on the task at hand and staying aware of their surroundings. Accidents happen when careless drivers are

  • Distracted
  • Inebriated
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive
  • Reckless
  • Fatigued

Negligent drivers often disregard traffic signs and laws, try to multitask while operating their vehicle, or even drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They put the lives of all other drivers and passengers on the line when they do pay attention to their actions in their 3,000-pound vehicle. The first step in making the roads safer is holding reckless drivers responsible for their negligence against everyone else on the roads.

For the victims of tragic accidents, compensation may not cover all their pain and suffering from an accident, but it is the first step to start their healing. Such an accident can leave a family with countless medical expenses, lost wages from the time taken off to heal, and enough pain and suffering to last a lifetime.

In Coventry, RI, a personal injury attorney is who a victim and their family should call directly after seeking medical attention following an accident. There is a time limit on how long a victim can wait before their claim expires and they forfeit their right to any compensation at all called the statute of limitations. Calling an attorney helps keep the victims focused on what is most important after a crisis: their health and well-being.

Attorneys can assist in making sure the victim receives all the compensation necessary to cover the expenses caused by a negligent driver and can hold them responsible for the pain and suffering they caused others, thus making the roads safer.

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Why Rollover Accidents are Dangerous

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

Why Rollover Accidents are Dangerous

A rollover accident happens when a vehicle turns over on its roof or side. There are many factors that may make a vehicle turn over. Typically, rollovers happen as single-vehicle accidents and the drivers are the ones at fault, such as when they are speeding or driving too fast when the road and weather conditions are considered.

The problem with fast-moving vehicles is that their tires have limited traction on the pavement, making them more likely to overturn, especially during a curving or turning movement. Worse, these vehicles may crash on embankments or fall from elevated roads, such as those from mountainous areas.

There are vehicles that are more vulnerable to rollovers as well, such as sports-utility vehicles, vans, and trucks. This is because they have higher centers of gravity compared to other vehicles.

But rollovers can also happen on collisions. A vehicle that has collided with another, an obstacle on the road, or a barrier may rollover, if the angle is right and there is enough force involved. According to the website of The Benton Law Firm, those who have been injured in rollover accidents may get compensation from the parties that have caused the accidents. When you think about it, the instances where somebody else has been injured because of the negligence of another are more tragic.

Rollover accidents are so devastating that they are some of the most fatal traffic accidents in existence. Those who are lucky enough to survive sustain serious injuries. The most vulnerable areas are the head and neck, as they may hit hard surfaces inside the vehicle as it overturns. These hard surfaces may include steering wheels, roofs, doors, windshields, and even pavements and rocks if the victims are ejected.

The victims may also be vulnerable to projectiles and debris, such as breaking glasses, mirrors, and bouncing personal items in the vehicle that are not fastened or secured.

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Domestic Violence: Victimizing both Abused Partner and Children

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Domestic Violence' | 0 comments

More than 10 million cases of domestic violence are reported in the United States every year. A great majority of victims are, of course, women, usually aged between 16 and 34. They are raped, physically abused or stalked by their intimate partner.

Domestic violence is a form of abusive behavior committed by an individual over his/her intimate partner. Its forms include emotional, psychological, physical or sexual abuse or threats of abuses to enable the perpetrator to gain control and power over his/her partner. This abusive or threatening behavior is meant to terrorize, frighten, injure, hurt, humiliate or intimidate a partner until he/she loses his/her sense of self-respect and self-confidence. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of religion, age, race, nationality, economic status and educational background.

Forms of violence or abuses in the home include:

  • Psychological abuse –this is committed through intimidation, threat of harming or hurting one’s self or children, partner or those close to the partner, like family or friends, and destruction of property, all for the purpose of instilling fear in the victim.
  • Economic abuse– one’s complete control over financial resources by withholding or greatly limiting the other partner’s access to money, prohibiting attendance at school or reporting for work to create in him/her total financial dependence;
  • Emotional abuse– committed through repeated criticism, name-calling or taking no notice of one’s abilities, to undermine the other’s sense of self-worth / self-esteem;
  • Sexual abuse – this type of abuse is usually committed by treating the other partner in a sexually humiliating way or forcing sexual act after physically mistreating him/her; it may also be a case of marital rape or attacks on a victim’s sensitive or private parts;
  • Physical abuse – this is the most common type of abuse committed. It includes slapping, hitting, pinching, hair pulling, grabbing, shoving, biting, forcing intake of alcohol / use of drug upon the other and denying the other the medical care he/she needs.

The effects of domestic violence can be lifetime psychological trauma. However, it also has immediate effects, like injuries or an illness, which can lead to absenteeism which, in turn, usually results to termination from work. It also causes the abused to withdraw from family, friends or other people who may be capable of providing help, due to loss of self-esteem and embarrassment.

Violence against one’s partner (usually the wife), does not only hurt the victim, though, for whatever hurts the wife, can and will hurt the children too. And since children cannot protect their mother from being abused, they are burdened with the feeling of guilt. Mixed feelings of shame, fear, stress and confusion are developed in children too, feelings which can lead to emotional and school problems that may make them withdraw and shy away from others.

According to the law firm Horst Law, ‘When the police respond to an incident of alleged domestic violence, state law mandates that the preferred response of officers is to arrest the primary aggressor. Though this law is intended to protect victims of domestic violence, it may also force the hand of the police to make arrests that they may not have to. That being said, regardless of the events that led up to your arrest, you will need to do everything you can to defend your rights and protect your future as you work your way through the coming legal process.”

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The Liability of Property Owners in Drowning Accidents

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016 in Premises Liability | 0 comments

There are various different factors that contribute to unintentional drowning accidents. The ones most commonly cited are alcohol-impairment, failure to wear a life jacket while boating, lack of pool barriers that would prevent children from gaining access to the pool area, and failure to closely supervise children.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual average of non-boating related fatal unintentional drownings in the U.S. from 2005 to 2014 was 332. Accidental drowning, instead of traffic accident, according to the CDC, is the leading cause of accidental death among children below five years old, while the most common place for this accident is swimming pool. For adults older than 85 and children under age 1, on the other hand, fatal drowning mostly occur in bath tubs. With regard to older children and younger adults, fatal drowning accidents often happen in natural bodies of water, like oceans, rivers and lakes.

The worst outcome of a drowning accident is the wrongful death of a loved one. In situations where it does not result in fatality, the victim can still suffer very serious injuries, like long-term disabilities which can alter a person’s life. One specific consequence of non-fatal drowning is severe brain damage, which can lead to memory problems, learning disabilities or permanent loss of basic functioning, which can leave a person in a vegetative state for the rest of his/her life.

Drowning accidents, both fatal and non-fatal, mostly occur in public pools or resorts. These accidents can be blamed on the pool or resort owner or manager, who often lacks the initiative to hire lifeguards, who allows pool drains to remain uncovered, and who allows the installation of poorly designed pool safety features.

Personal injury lawyers in West Palm Beach want you to know that property owners are required by law to warn guests and visitors of anything that could cause them harm on their property, and to then reasonably address those dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, there are far too many property owners who fail to maintain safety on their estate or warn guests of any dangers that may be present, resulting in unsuspecting visitors suffering serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

A person, whose action or lack of action leads to a drowning accident makes this person accountable for the harm suffered by a victim; he/she may also be legally required to compensate the victim (and his or her family) for whatever damages this victim is made to suffer.

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Be Aware of the Symptoms of Stroke

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Personal Injury, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 2007, a three-day old infant suffered sudden seizures during her routine check-up with her pediatrician. The seizure caused her knees to jerk up towards her chest, her small eyes to roll back, her head to turn sharply to her right, and her skin to turn to blue. After a CPR was performed on her and as soon as she began to breathe again, she was treated with an IV (Intravenous) line. That same day, however, she suffered two more seizures, and though she survived the ordeal, parts of her brain were damaged, causing her holistic development to be affected.

The seizures, which were later determined to be due to a clot in the blood vessel, were identified as ischemic stroke, a stroke caused by an obstruction in the blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain.

A stroke, also called a brain attack, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (the first is heart attack, followed by cancer). It is a serious medical condition, which deprives the brain of the oxygen it needs, causing the brain cells to die. If not given proper and timely treatment, a stroke can result to disability, permanent brain damage or death.

According to stroke lawyers from the firm of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, stroke is a common and potentially life-threatening occurrence for patients of all ages. Sometimes it occurs without warning; often, however, there are warning signs or symptoms, such as unexplained severe headache, neck pain, weakness, vision changes, numbness in the face, arm or leg, speech trouble, loss of balance and dizziness. In certain instances, some patients experience transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or mini-strokes), which, if recognized in time, can prevent permanent injury or death.

If the signs of stroke are correctly diagnosed and the patient given proper, timely treatment, then he or she can be saved from life-long disabilities. Many doctors and emergency room staff, however, often fail to diagnose its symptoms, as these are often interpreted as signs of another illness.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, stoke can be avoided by giving the patient the tissue plasminogen activator or tPA, which is a clot busting drug, within three hours of the start of stroke symptoms.

Any failure by any emergency room staff or doctor to recognize the symptoms of stroke and give appropriate treatment can be considered as medical malpractice. It is important for families of medical malpractice victims to contact a medical malpractice or stroke lawyer immediately to know what the victim’s rights are and to obtain for him/her whatever compensation he or she may be legally entitled to claim.

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Regardless of Your Driving History, You will need to Have Insurance Coverage

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Insurance | 0 comments

No matter what your driving history is, whether it is marred by multiple driving violations and driving accidents, you will still have to carry auto liability insurance which will definitely cost much more expensive (due to these violations). Why do you need to carry insurance coverage? The simplest reason is because is it the law!

Financial responsibility law is mandated in all US states. Compliance to this law can either be through having car liability insurance coverage or by posting a bond to show proof of financial capability in case of an at-fault accident (the latter, which is allowed in the states of New Hampshire and Virginia, is an alternative option for drivers who choose to register an uninsured vehicle. Mandatory car insurance coverage actually serves as the best viable solution for drivers who cannot afford to compensate their victims in at-fault accidents.

Depending on which state a driver resides, the type of car liability insurance coverage he or she can carry is either the full tort coverage or the no-fault coverage (also known as personal injury protection or PIP. In full tort coverage, the liable driver’s insurance provider (once liability is determined through a lawsuit filed by the one who claims to be a victim in the accident) is responsible in compensating the victim for the damages he or she is made to suffer. Due to the lawsuit, payment of compensation is often delayed; the insurance premium to be paid by the policy owner will also include court and other legal fees, making premiums quite expensive.

No-fault coverage, on the other hand, does not necessitate any lawsuit since compensation is to be paid by the respective insurance providers of those involved in the accident. There are currently nine states where the no-fault or PIP coverage is mandated: Utah, New York, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Hawaii and Florida. In the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky, drivers have the option to carry either the no-fault or the tort coverage.

Drivers who are caught without insurance coverage can lose their driving privileges and their license, suspended. To have these restored, they will need to carry an SR-22 filing, a certification required by their respective state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) proving that they already have coverage.

While an insurance policy can already put a strain on drivers’ budget, SR-22 can only worsen their financial situation. Ending up paying costly premiums do not have to so, however, according to Madison, Wisconsin car accident attorneys, which says that drivers can always seek help from independent insurance companies to assist them finding the insurance deal that will best fit their budget, needs and situation.

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Keep Your Medical License Intact

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Professional License Defense | 0 comments

Nowadays, more than ever before, shielding your lawful records is vital. Medical professionals and practitioners carry the weight of ensuring their patients get the best standard of treatment and provide the assistance in bringing back the well-being of the individual.

Getting a complaint from someone may be very damaging information to many medical practitioners. Even a straightforward malpractice lawsuit or an automatic operation error can change a doctor’s power to carry on their medical profession to make an income.

For medical professionals, protecting your professional license can be the same as guarding your reputation as well as your future. A medical panel investigation can be a serious question, therefore Houston law firm Leichter Law Firm has a post on its website that outlines the benefits of locating authorized reps to direct the process so that you can strengthen the probabilities on the outcome of the investigations and court cases will soon be an in your favor.

There are particular procedures that need to be followed, and medical investigations are always complex and lengthy. Having someone who knows how a procedure operates and understands the elements of professional license shield that is proper might be the best way to manage the problem in the best way.

If it is a regulatory complaint, legal accusations, or an accreditation investigation, a professional’s career will soon be at risk. There are a lot of ways that the medical professional can be under investigation, from substance-abuse issues, to not maintaining the “standard of care”, to a robotic surgery mistake, each one of these grounds needs to truly have a specific type of protection. Realizing the source of the ailments and the way to correctly answer the probe is critical.

Generally the chances of being investigated by the licensing panel are small but growing as of lately. It’s important to know that although the board researchers just answer the clients’ allegations, their principal responsibility will be to protect the people together with regulating the medical profession. It’s essential to get suitable legal help to preserve your medical permits, as they might be helpful during investigations.

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Abuse and Negligence in Nursing Homes

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Nursing homes perform an important role in American society. After all, it’s through these facilities that a tremendous bulk of elderly individuals are able to access the medical aid and attention they require. It’s not uncommon for families to lack the funds to supply the proper attention they want for their loved ones that are elderly. A lot of Americans therefore, look at nursing homes as the smartest choice in making sure their loved ones are looked after and will likely be properly cared for. Alas, the reality that takes place inside nursing homes paints quite a blue picture.

Indexes of medical home neglect can simply fall beneath the radar. Close watch is required to actually see the hints that point to a nursing home resident being at risk of danger. Milwaukee personal injury attorneys would probably talk about issues such as contamination, malnutrition, poor hygiene or sanitation, bed sores, and insufficient staff aid can level to more alarming episodes of neglect and abuse. There can also be instances of improper medication dosages being given showcasing sign that there may be a bigger problem to deal with.

All in all, households are advised to be searching for unexplained injuries, for example cuts and bruises when visiting with their elderly loved ones at their assisted living facilities. Indications that point to their deteriorating state can also be an indicator that some form of maltreatment is happening behind-the-scenes. It is also crucial that visiting family people are sensitive to changes in their own loved one’s personality.

It really is a tragically proven fact that events of negligence and abuse are unrestrained in America. As stated by the Department of Health and Human Services, over 2 million elderly people had fallen to mistreatment in the type of exploitation that was mental, mental victimization, and bodily injury. Nearly all the cases are known to have happened in institutions and services which are designed to be a spot of attention and trust.

If your loved has endured any personal injury as a result of neglect and nursing home abuse, don’t hesitate to take proper legal action against those responsible for the injury family members have seen.

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