When it comes to being accident risk, bicyclists have the highest potential of getting killed or injured due to bike accidents. Figures released by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that there were more than 900 bicyclists that werer killed and an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuires in 2013. According to the website of The Benton Law Firm, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTA) reported that the percentage of deaths related to biking have shot up by 0.7 percent in the last ten years.
The sad part is that bike injury stats are under-reported because law enforcers do not even bother to write a report if the biker is not seriously injured. The 2001 study of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition revealed that police neglect reporting bicycle incidents. From about 40 injury cases called into the coalition’s hotline, police did not report about 1/3 of the time. According to the CDC, most bicycle deaths happen in urban areas as well as at non-intersection locations.
Bike accidents can be one of the most fatal accidents. It can have a huge impact on an individual as it can lead to injury or death. If you are a survivor of a bike accident and manage to get injuries only, you can do something to make the person responsible for your injury liable for damages. Here are some of the steps you can do after a bike accident:
After a bike accident happens, it is important for you to stand by and wait until ther police arrives at the scene of the crime. This is so that they can be able to make a police report. By leaving the scene of the accident, you may never be able to determine the at-fault driver. This way, the police can note down everything in the police report. Likewise, you can use the police report for settlement.
Some policemen will only get a statement from the motorist and not the driver. Do not let this happen. Make sure that you add your side of the story on the police report. Don’t forget to tell them about any injury you may have incurred during the accident. This is important if you really want to be compensated according to your due as a driver.
Jot down all that transpired during the accident. Don’t forget the who, why, and how when reporting to the police. Ensure that all the details of the accident is indicated on the report.
It would be to your advantage if you will be able to get hold of the driver’s name, address, or mobile phone. Likewise, get some of the names of the witnesses who saw the accident. Not doing so could have a huge impact on your desire to make the driver liable for damages.
After a bike accident, the best thing for you to do is relax, calm yourself, and then ponder the things that you need to do. Make sure that you are alright by having yourself checked by a doctor. Otherwise, you would not be able to claim damagesRead More
A study that was organized by the minority staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee revealed that, from January 1999 to January 2001, about 5,283 nursing homes in the US were guilty of as many as 9,000 acts of abuse against residents who basically depended on them even in the most basic of tasks.
Taking care of nursing home residents can be a very demanding task, especially in facilities where the number of residents is too many for the staff to handle. For American families, however, turning to a nursing home that will be able to ensure provision of the amount and quality of care and attention that their elderly loved ones need is very important.
The undue abuses suffered by elders in nursing homes, though, seem to be far from over. In 2005, workers from the Georgia-based Adult Protective Services of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) said that the calls they received regarding vulnerable adult abuse numbered to 500 every month. In 2013, also in Georgia, 21 former and present employees, as well as the owner, of a nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients were charged with no less than 70 criminal offenses due to abuse of elderly patients.
Adult Protective Services workers are usually the first to respond to reports of neglect, abuse and exploitation of vulnerable adults. By elder abuse, NCEA’s Department of Health and Human Services means “any behavior or action within a relationship of trust that harms an older person.” A personal injury lawyer would point out that abuse can take many different forms: it can be physical, psychological, social, financial and, the worst and most humiliating of all, sexual.
Some of the specific acts of abuses that have been committed by staff members or nurses include: throwing water on patients or striking them; restraining patients using bed sheets; putting two diapers on patients so they don’t have to be changed often; repeatedly disregarding, yelling and/or habitual blaming, scaring or threatening, and humiliating elders; refusing patients food and/or water; not changing patients’ bed sheet; making elders fight against each other; refusing to treat bed sores; taking money from patients; and, molesting patients. All these and so many more, besides failing to keep some private and public rooms sanitize.
While many abuses have resulted to bodily injuries and mental or emotional anguish, some cases were serious enough to cause death. Many residents, it may be true, sustain injuries through their own fault; however, so many more get injured due to the reckless, negligent and abusive behavior of people hired and paid to care for them. Injuries caused by these types of behavior are called personal injuries and, under the law, people who suffer these have all the right to pursue legal action against the party guilty of the act and its injurious results.
Nursing home residents, however, seldom talk about the pains and injuries inflicted on them. This may be due to fear or embarrassment. Thus, the greater responsibility lies on the kin of elders, who should be totally observant on any signs of abuse. A sudden change in an elder’s behavior, like sudden display of low self-esteem, avoidance of eye contact, feeling of fear or disturbance, silence, or becoming withdrawn and depressed, can be hints that something is not right.Read More
It can be easy to think about car insurance as something that doesn’t benefit you. After all, this is a day and age that practically glorifies instant gratification in all its various forms and car insurance doesn’t show you immediate results with your money’s worth. Well, your money’s beneficiary is always going to be you in the long run and how car insurance can benefit you is all about which perspective you adopt.
For example, say that you got into a pretty bad car accident. There can be a lot of consequences that you were not prepared to handle since, after all, nobody really plans to be in a car accident – otherwise, it wouldn’t even be called a car accident! But there are many costs to that particular kind of accident and possibly not just the ones you might expect.
There is the immediate cost for the repair of your car, for example. If you were seriously injured due to the accident, that’s medical expenses as well as lawyer’s fees to handle – and your typical insurance might not cover all the grounds here. According to the website of the people with Insure on the Spot, it need not even matter who it was who caused the accident – there will be stress on either side and more of it will fall onto the shoulders of the one who doesn’t have car insurance.
See, nobody really sees these things coming but when you’re prepared for them to happen then everything can go back to normal much faster than you may have thought. The benefit of car insurance may not be immediate but your future self will only thank you for the preventative measures that you’d taken in order to make sure that your issues were in place.
Acquiring your own policy may not even be as inconvenient or as difficult as you imagine! With the right kind of help, you may even get a personalized insurance policy on the spot.Read More
Tainted ice cream products in Louisiana are being recalled from retail establishments beginning April 9, 2015. It is the latest in the effort to remove dangerous products from circulation. The ice cream company has already issued recalls in 21 other states.
Certain product lines produced by the Blue Bell Creameries plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was found to be contaminated by one of four strains of Listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria can cause a rare but serious food borne infection called listeriosis which is particularly deadly for young children, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system. Listeriosis does not always have fatal consequences for healthy individuals, but it can cause pregnant women to miscarry. The symptoms include fever, chills, muscle pain, nausea and diarrhea.
The alarm bells went off when five people confined at a Kansas hospital for unrelated reasons began to manifest symptoms of listeriosis. This prompted an investigation that eventually led to the discovery of contaminated products in the Broken Arrow plant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspect that the patients contracted the infection while in the hospital. Three of the five infected patients have since died.
Blue Bell Creamery has also issued a recall of products originating from their Brenham, Texas plant when testing showed batches of banana pudding ice cream was also tainted. An official statement from the company claim that no incidents of infection have been associated with the Brenham products.
Nevertheless, as pointed out on the website of N Craig Richardson, Blue Bell is liable for any cases that may crop up. It is still too early to say that no cases will develop. The manifestations of listeriosis are non-specific, which can make diagnosis difficult. Unless the patient suspects an infection, it may not even be reported. Consumers in Louisiana who have recently purchased Blue Bell products should check if the package has a code date at the bottom that ends in O, P, Q, R, S or T. If it has, it can be refunded in full.
Consumers have a right to expect that the food and other products they buy are safe. If the manufacturer fails to take proper steps to ensure this, they can be held liable for any injuries or damage that results. If you have been a victim of a dangerous product, consult with a personal injury lawyer in your state to find out your rights.Read More
The business for self-storage facilities has been booming in urban populaces due to the fact that more and more people are finding themselves cramped and near suffocating in homes that are filled with too much stuff. Some of these things are valuable items that they simply cannot give away. Some items, such as vehicles along the likes of boats or RVs, just do not fit in the driveway or the garage. That is what self-storage facilities are for.
These facilities have units that are specially designed to hold a finite amount of goods for a certain period of time. Think of them as like mini warehouses for individuals. Say that you used to live in a big house somewhere in Missouri and are moving to a smaller apartment in New York but don’t want to give everything away. Units like this then come in handy in times like this and in places like this. Small businesses can also benefit from the use of self-storage facilities in order to not lose valuable items such as decorations or promotional knick knacks. The possibilities are endless.
There are quite a few benefits with putting some of your valuables into a self-storage facility too. Most of these places are manned by state of the art CCTV cameras as well as 24/7 security personnel that make sure that your worldly possessions are kept safe. Units with climate controlled self storage 78727 even allow for your items to not be susceptible to the elements such as natural calamities or even fluctuating weather conditions. Whether the area is over a hundred degrees or cooler than the ninth circle, you can be assured that your items are stocked in an area where they will not be damaged by uncontrollable circumstances.
It is an investment that allows for you to care for and protect your investments, making it quite a wise decision for the future.Read More
Accidents on the road can affect a lot of people – sometimes entire cities at a time. An accident can cause hours and hours of unanticipated traffic to those who are otherwise not affected. It is infinitely more damaging for those who were actually involved in the accident.
Car accidents can be difficult to deal with enough as it is – but truck accidents are a different ball game entirely. They are similar in many ways but the consequences of one are far, far more catastrophic than the other. A regular vehicle can weigh around 4,000 pounds whereas an eighteen wheeler truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Comparing the havoc they can wreak is like trying to decide who could make more of a mess: Howard the Duck or The Hulk. There is so much more risk involved in a truck accident – making negligence on the guilty party just that much more appalling.
Though, again, these two types of accidents are quite similar and their causes are usually pretty similar. It is just their effects that are markedly different from each other. Drunk driving is a reckless, irresponsible, and criminal act – regardless of whatever it is being driven. According to the website of Williams Kherkher’s 18-wheeler accident lawyers, if a truck driver were to be found under the influence of alcohol that is above the allowable percentage, they can be held liable in not only criminal law but also civil law. There are several federal laws that cater specifically to truck accidents due to the severity of damage that such a large vehicle can cause.
A truck driver is held under enormous pressure – quite literally – for his or her load usually carries important, irreplaceable cargo. Sometimes, the truck carries highly flammable material and could cause further injury should an accident occurs. If a driver is proven to have been under the influence of alcohol or under sleep-suppressants such as methamphetamine, ergo causing an accident to occur on the road, there are some serious consequences on everyone involved.
If a drunk driver has caused a truck accident that has greatly and directly affected you, legal action is advised.Read More
There are millions of apps out there designed to keep you cut off from the rest of the human race. But there are apps that are extremely useful, and some even help you save money. Below are some of the apps that are tried and tested.
This is an app that extreme couponers should have. It replaces the need to clip and save printed coupons; simply download the available coupons for a particular item for instant redemption upon check out. You can use these coupons for in-store and online purchases. You will never miss a deal again with this app, which works in both iOS and Android platforms.
If you like to unwind after work, you will want to know what establishments offer great deals on drinks during happy hour. Some will even offer discounts on bar food, and some restaurants cater to families by offering discount for coming in before the rush hour. The Happy Hours app will search for local deals in your area so you won’t have to.
It’s hard to find a reliable auto repair shop, and it’s also a hassle to get estimates for any major repairs. RepairPal provides you with a list of auto repair shops in your area with some recommendations on which have the best feedback. You can also get online estimates, so that’s less work for you as well.
With gas prices being so prohibitive these days, any savings you can get is welcome. The GasBuddy app maintains a list of gas stations in the area with their prices so you can choose the one with lowest at any particular time. You can also get assistance if your run into a problem with your car. GasBuddy users can help in the effort by posting prices in their area and ears points at the same time.Read More
Celexa is the brand name for the antidepressant medication citalopram hydrobromide, which was originally developed by H. Lundbeck A/S based in Denmark and marketed there under the brand name Cipramil in 1989. Celexa is marketed by drug marketer and seller Forest Laboratories in the US under an agreement with Lundbeck with approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) given in July 1998.
Citalopram is one of a class of drugs known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which acts on neurotransmitters to reduce the uptake of serotonin (necessary to terminate its effects), allowing more serotonin to remain longer in the body and control the balance of neurotransmitters to reduce depression. Citalopram is considered to be a better option in terms of SSRIs because it is well-tolerated, has fewer withdrawal symptoms and drug interactions as well as fewer side-effects. However, citalopram is still associated with many of the side effects that plague those who are on SSRIs.
One of the most common Celexa side effects is sexual dysfunction. This includes loss of libido, difficulty in achieving orgasm (anorgasmia) or ejaculation, and decreased reaction to sexual stimuli (genital anesthesia). In some subjects, the effect is permanent following cessation of taking the drug (post SSRI sexual dysfunction). There is evidence that citalopram may also increase suicidal tendencies in younger patients, and need to be closely monitored for any undesirable changes in behavior.
Other common citalopram side effects include dry mouth, weight gain, nausea, excessive yawning, drowsiness, increased sweating, trembling, nightmares, insomnia, diarrhea or constipation, frequent urination, and fatigue. Some people also develop a habit of teeth grinding (bruxism), cardiac arrhythmia, anxiety, blood pressure changes, mood swings, headache, dilated pupils, and dizziness. Still others but quite rarely experience hallucinations, convulsions, and photosensitivity.
Citalopram-induced side effects manifest in about 20% of patients, and withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, tingling sensations and dizziness may also be experienced. Patients who experience extreme levels of any side effect should consult with a physician at once.Read More
Recent cases have addressed the issue of affirmative action in employment, which is essentially reverse discrimination based on sex or gender, race, or ethnicity. Affirmative action was an attempt by the government to right a wrong that had been in practice up to the late 1960s, when African Americans and women were not given equal opportunities in employment as everybody else.
Affirmative action was first used in the 1930s as a way to prevent discrimination against the hiring of unionized workers, and had nothing to do with gender or race. It was under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA), specifically Title VII, that the term “affirmative action” was used to mean as it is currently understood today, that is ensuring that minorities and women are given every leeway to get benefits, positions and wages that have been denied them prior to this law.
Early critics of the law alleged that the government was attempting to control how companies did business by imposing a quota in their hiring, and for government contractors this is partly true. But private companies are not required under the law to hire people based on anything save ability and capability. That is primarily the purpose of Title the CRA, and all related laws including the Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and most recently the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.
However, when affirmative action is carried too far, it can result in discrimination against non-minorities. In sex-based discrimination, this could take the form of the promotion of a woman over a more competent man for a position because of his gender. This may be considered a form of sex-based discrimination, and the basis for a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and compensation. Consult with a sex-based discrimination lawyer to find out if your particular case merits legal action.Read More
As of 2008 (the most recent report), there are 3.2 million of the elderly in the US who are in long-term care, or nursing homes. In general, nursing homes who receive Medicare or Medicaid payments are subject to strict rules and regulations designed to ensure the safety of their residents. However, it is estimated that one-third of all nursing homes have incidents of nursing home abuse.
There are various signs of incipient nursing home abuse, ranging from active sexual, physical, emotional, or financial abuse to passive neglect that equally have a significant impact on the well-being of the resident. As pointed out in the website of law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., there are a lot of ways in which the elderly can be victimized. The warning signs differ for each type of abuse.
For physical abuse, it is often signaled by weight loss, evident malnutrition, bruises, restraint marks, broken bones or fall injuries, and overmedication. Neglect may also be manifested through these symptoms, and in addition the resident may develop bed sores and presents a generally disheveled or dirty appearance. For abuse of a sexual nature, it could be apparent from bruising or bleeding in the genital area, torn undergarments, or even contraction of diseases that are sexually transmitted.
A resident may be being abused emotionally if they display fear or anxiety around a specific person, such as a staff member or another resident. They may be depressed or angry, or exhibit symptoms of false dementia such as mumbling, thumb sucking, or rocking. Financial abuse will yield documentary evidence such as unexplained bank withdrawals at frequent intervals, loss of jewelry and other personal property with intrinsic value, the appearance of new loans or revisions to trust funds and wills.
If you are a friend or a family member and suspect some form of abuse, you may be required by state law to report it to the proper authorities. You may also be eligible to sue the nursing home for abuse. Consult with a personal injury lawyer with knowledge of applicable laws and experience in handling such cases.Read More