Equipment Malfunction

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Law, Personal Injury

The greatest challenge that is probably facing construction firms today is accomplishing more in much lesser time. Construction is progress, and progress requires fast action. But, as buildings, which need to be constructed, are becoming bigger, taller and more intricate in materials and design, many workers are forced to render longer work periods, resulting to fatigue which, in turn, often compromises safety in the workplace.

One very common site in construction areas is heavy equipment. These include cranes (which are a must in construction works), road rollers, crawlers, excavators, caterpillar, loaders, forklifts, concrete mixer, and bulldozers. Heavy equipment, undoubtedly, help the construction industry accomplish more at a much faster rate. But due to their huge sizes, any of these can cause a disabling or fatal injury if operated wrongly or by an untrained and careless worker.

Recognizing the risks of accidents and injuries that employees, but most especially construction workers, are exposed to everyday the US Congress established in 1970 the Occupational Safety and Health Act (or OSH Act) which, in turn, gave rise to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s task is to ensure the safety of all working men and women through the creation and maintenance of a safe and healthy working environment; it is charged to set and enforce standards that will keep the workplace, as much as possible, free from accident-causing injuries.

It is clear, however, that having an accident-free working environment is quite impossible for, despite OSHA’s work, state laws and employers’ efforts, the US Department of Labor still received reports of as many as 4,585 fatal work-related accidents for the year 2013.

Records from the Department of Labor also shows that being struck by an object and getting caught in or between objects are among the top causes of deaths in construction sites (falls is number one), and that more than half of all construction site accidents involve employees who are in their first year of employment.

Workers still lacking in experience cannot be an acceptable reason for an accident, especially since OSHA also mandates that all employees should receive training about their job. Though workers, who sustain a job-related injury or illness, may claim financial benefits through their employer-sponsored Workers’ Compensation Insurance benefit, this is never an excuse for any employer or anyone in the construction workplace to be negligent of his/her responsibility in helping keep the work area safe for everyone.

The website of The Law Offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLC, acknowledges the dangers that construction workers (as well as those passing by construction areas) face daily, these do not take away the fact that those who are liable for the accident may face a civil lawsuit through which the accident victim may seek, and be allowed to receive, compensation from them.

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The Perks of Having a Boat

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Boats

Although a boat sounds like a luxury item reserved for the elite, buying a boat does not have to be a monumental expense if you know where to look. Second hand boats tend to be cheaper, especially if you are purchasing a smaller boat. Even if you do wind up shelling out a lot of money for a boat, there are many ways it is worth the investment.

If you are a fisher, you never have to worry about renting a boat when going fishing. This can add up over time, especially if you fish frequently. Plus, it will give you an excuse to go fishing more often. When you are feeling stingy, you will not be limited to the dock or the shore, because you have already made the purchase.

Boats are a great setting for a romantic night. There is something soothing and unique about retreating from civilization and spending the evening only focused on each other and the serenity of nature. All you need is a bottle of wine and a clear sky, and you can make simplicity exciting by changing the setting and slowing down the pace of a typical date night.

With a big enough boat, you could be the ultimate party host. Everyone loves a good barge party, so when you and your friends are looking to change your routine up or your child does not want to celebrate their birthday at laser tag for the fifth time, you have a perfect setting to make sure you and your loved ones are having a great time.

If you are concerned with where to put your boat, consider self storage. If you need a little extra space, self storage is a great option, whether you are looking for temporary or permanent storage.

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Dock Accidents

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Law, Personal Injury

Accidents involving cruise ships are getting more noticed than before, especially after the tragedy on January 13, 2012, which involved one of the largest ships in the world, the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, which carried more than 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew members, when it sank after hitting a rock underwater off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany.

There are many causes of cruise ship accidents – some are natural, while others are products of human negligence or recklessness. But contrary to what many believe that the worst accidents happen to a ship only while it is in the middle of the ocean, well, think again, because there are fatal accidents that have occurred right in the pier, while the ship is docked.

Sometimes an accident that involves a docked cruise ship can turn out really bad because it can cause severe (even fatal) injuries not only to passengers and crew members, but to dock workers and/or pedestrians as well. And with the large number of freight carriers, cruise liners, and other equipment around, it would be hard to predict the severity of injuries and the degree of physical damage a dock accident can wreak.

Some of the accidents that can occur while a ship is in the pier include: a slip and fall that can cause mild to serious back injuries; falling cargo or cargo container, which can easily crush a person to death; workers accidentally getting hit by a cargo container (while it is being loaded on a container ship); fire breaking out is a ship’s cargo storage; docks workers being thrown off of their boats while working on a ship’s mooring lines (this usually happens when a ship pulls out from the port too soon, before workers actually clear the area).

Accidents occurring in docks can be very burdensome to whoever gets injured. Besides the pain and the suffering a victim has to experience, the maritime law is confusing enough for him/her to comprehend, plus the fact that filing a lawsuit against those responsible for the accident (after the tedious process of proving liability) can be done in a specific court only.

According to the website of The Vucci Law Group, P.A., two important things that a victim of a cruise ship accident ought to do are, first, seek legal help immediately and, second, make sure that the lawyer hired is truly competent – with extensive knowledge (about the maritime law) and experience (in maritime law litigations).

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Treatment for Excessive Bleeding with Xarelto

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Health, Law

Blood clotting is an essential mechanism in the blood; without coagulation, once you start bleeding you won’t stop. On the other hand, blood clots can pose a danger to the health and life of an individual, primarily by inducing a stroke or embolism when a large enough clot lodges in a blood pathway, blocking the flow of blood to the brain or in the lungs. This is the reason why people who are prone to excessive clotting are prescribed with anticoagulants or blood thinners such as Xarelto.

However, there is a catch. Because an anticoagulant inhibits the process of coagulation, you could bleed to death if it cannot be reversed. This can be brought on by simultaneous use of certain medications such as nonsteroidal anti‐inflammatory drug, P2Y12 platelet inhibitors, even aspirin.

Excessive bleeding is the main issue in personal injury lawsuits against Xarelto US distributor Janssen Pharmaceutical and drug maker Bayer AG. As discussed at the website of lawyers Williams Kherkher, there are other side effects with using the drug including vomiting blood, headaches, slow healing of wounds, and liver failure, but the most common and problematic is excessive bleeding. It is even more of a problem because there is no effective way yet found to reverse the condition.

Once taken, Xarelto lingers in the system for up to 9 hours in young (20-45 years old) and healthy subjects, and as much as 13 hours for older patients. When active bleeding starts and does not stop, the patient may sustain serious blood loss that would need to be replaced before it reaches dangerous levels.

There have been some treatments considered, but there are no guarantees that they will work. One is through dialysis, but because it binds to plasma protein, it is not considered the best option for rididng the system of the drug. Vitamin K, which is the antidote for long-time anticoagulant drug warfarin, is not effective against Xarelto because they do not work in the same way. There has been some success with some prothrombin complex concentrates, but they have only been tried in healthy subjects. Other reversal agents have yet to be tested and evaluated.

If you have suffered serious injury from using Xarelto, you may need financial compensation for your medical treatment and loss of wages. Consult with a dangerous drug lawyer to find out how to get it.

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Associate Judge Dies of Cocaine Overdose Sold by Defendant

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Law

In exchange for a 5-year prison sentence, former probation officer James K. Fogarty pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges for dealing cocaine.

However, further investigation reveals that associate judge Joseph Christ died from a drug overdose on March 10.

The plot thickens: Christ may have been killed by the cocaine Fogarty sold him. In fact, Fogarty admitted to selling cocaine to Christ many times and even using it with him and judge Michael N. Cook. The overdose occurred at Cook’s house in Illinois.

Cook was arrested for federal drug conspiracy and heroin possession.

Judge Michael J. Reagan stated that if a connection is discovered between Fogarty’s drugs and Christ’s death, he will be unable to accept the 60-month prison sentence and $10-100 thousand fine agreed to during the plea bargain.

The maximum sentence for the Fogarty’s crimes is 30 years, and a maximum fine would be $1.25 million.

Fogarty will be sentenced on February 28.

Selling or supplying drugs is a serious felony that can make finding work after a prison sentence nearly impossible, and can have serious repercussions on someone’s reputation.

An experienced Columbia criminal lawyer may be the difference between a 10 year sentence and a 30 year sentence. Arenson & Maas, PLC, state on their website that having qualified legal consultation can be invaluable during a criminal trial. If you or a loved one have been charged with drug crimes, you need the best criminal defense attorney possible to ensure that your rights remain protected during trial.

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Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

Compared to a simple car accident, being involved in a truck accident can prove to be more complicated. There are many factors that need to be cleared, such as who may be responsible for the accident and what could be the reason that caused it. It is also tricky to prove who may be the at-fault is because the blame gets thrown around. Getting compensation for injuries and damages that you have suffered after a truck accident requires knowing what the common causes of truck accidents are, as well as who are the key players that could be blamed for causing the accident.

According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., the most common causes of truck accidents are driver error, improper or unsecured cargo, defective products or truck parts, and negligence on the part of the trucking company. Because truck companies have avoided liability in the past by distancing themselves from the truck driver, equipments and the vehicle themselves, the federal laws and regulations have addressed issues of responsibility by mandating that any accident caused by a truck will be under the responsibility of the trucking company that has given their placard and permit to the vehicle. This is regardless of whether the driver is an employee of the company or an independent driver, or if the lease was either with the operator or owner.

In order to draft a strong case and guarantee compensation, evidence should be gathered and presented. This may seem hard, but with technological advances has actually made it very easy. There are many tech devices present in commercial trucks that help preserve vital data, from the speed of the truck to the time the brakes were used. On-board computers are also being utilized, as well as global positioning systems (GPS) and truck specific equipment. These can be used to help gather information that can prove negligence or fault, aside from police reports and witness testimonies.

Truck accidents have been on the rise in the past years, and this poses serious alarm because truck accidents generally cause severe injuries and damages to those involved. Based on latest statistics, truck accidents account to 3 percent of road accidents, yet these accidents are a significant cause of devastating property damage and life-threatening injuries, even a significant number of fatalities. Being a victim of a truck accident requires industry aptitude, therefore it would help to have legal representation and aid.

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How Do Personal Injury Lawsuits Play Out?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Personal Injury

Personal injury claims are lawsuits against people or products that have caused harm or injury to a person, whether it may by physical, mental, or emotional. It is usually due to the negligence of the one at-fault of the injury, and can range from road accidents to product liability to medical malpractice. Compensation, usually financial in nature, is given to victims in order to make them “whole” again.

When a person files for a personal injury, the first thing to consider is determining who the one at-fault is, and how much the compensation would be according to the damages that the victim has suffered. Going through a personal injury case can be financially and emotionally draining, both to the victim and the defendant. For a person who is already experiencing physical pain, going through a personal injury claim that would drain their money and time would be too tiring to consider. Knowing when to settle would be the best way to go about the issue without having to lose your right for compensation.

Settling a personal injury suit can be tricky, especially if you don’t know how much your personal injury claim really costs, and dealing with legalities such as these always require the help of a lawyer. Personal injury is a special type of tort, and each case has their own circumstances that need to be looked into and considered. Having a lawyer to help you through the process not only protects your rights and freedoms, but also helps you deal with it better so that you can focus on taking care of your physical injuries.

In order to have a good settlement plan, you can ask your lawyer to help you establish which personal injury claim would be best, and to gather information and crucial evidence about the incident. It would also help to know the statues of limitations of your personal injury claims, since each state have varying laws. Having a lawyer to guide you, you can contest any offers on your settlement case or don’t agree to settle until you and your lawyer have determined the total extent of your injuries.

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Causes of Marital Problems

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Family Life

Financial issues are one of the leading reasons for the rise in divorce rates in the United States. As couples can’t come to terms on their financial issues, they often give up and choose to get divorced. Tax problems become common grounds for financial issues in a marriage, and this usually stems from the couple not being able to communicate properly about their financial status.

Tying the knot not only affect the status but also tax and other financial concerns. Marriage can have particular tax considerations, and usually marriage offers more flexible tax advantages. However, even when partners discuss their financial status and responsibilities even before going down the aisle, chances are problems and financial challenges will come along the way; issues that can put a strain on an already strong marriage.

According to the website of Cedar Rapids law firm Arenson Law Group, PC, there are many business concerns that can arise when the relationship between the people in charge of the business are not getting along or are on the brink of splitting up. This can raise situations that need to be dealt with carefully. Among the business issues married businesspeople may face are arguments about handling debts, budgets, and emergency funds. Couples may consider and come to regret merging their money, investments, and financial secrets. Managing finances, especially in a marriage where both partners are contributing but only one handles the responsibility, can be tricky. This is because when things don’t go as planned, one person comes under attack. This rift in the relationship can eventually become too strenuous and cause both partners to feel cold towards each other.

When these situations happen but both partners agree to work things out, it helps to have a marriage counselor mediate between two troubled hearts and minds. Money and financial arguments are the leading causes of marital problems, thus going to a marriage counselor not only straightens out rifts that happened because of financial disagreements, but it can specially provide a more open view of how they can hearten their relationship to avoid future issues from cropping up. Married life is not all about happiness or bliss, it is a relationship that needs to be taken care of and worked on. When challenges such as tax or financial issues come along that both partners feel are too much for them to handle, going to a marriage counselor could keep their relationship intact, and when they are on the same page they can work out a plan to tackle the issues together as a family. But, by giving special and care to your relationship, your marriage can be happy, healthy and inspiring to other couples.

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Avoiding Dental Malpractice

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Health, Personal Injury

Everyone wants to have a nice smile, since a smile signals warmth, openness and friendliness. Smiling boosts your ego as well as makes other people happy. It also makes a person more attractive to the opposite sex. These are some of the reasons why a lot of people go to their dentists (aside from making sure their teeth are in good condition).

Dental visits help guarantee that your teeth, gums, and general dental health are kept in check. As various studies and researches have pointed out, neglecting dental health not only leads to tooth and gum problems, but it can also cause health complications: from heart disease to kidney issues to neurological and autoimmune diseases. With such dangerous and life-threatening complications, it would be vital to have your dental health checked by a reliable and good dentist who is board-certified and know what they are doing.

As stated in the Law Offices of Paul Levin, medical malpractice is on the rise, and dental malpractice is leading the pack. Dental malpractice is a form of medical malpractice where a dentist (medical professional) has neglected to provide the necessary standard of care to the patients, and thus has caused significant harm or injury. Dental malpractice as a medical issue covers a wide range of concerns, from obvious damages to negligence. Among the many dental injuries, dental implants are the leading causes of dental malpractice lawsuits. If you believe you have a medical malpractice case, contact a New Hampshire Medical Malpractice attorney today to learn more about the next steps to take.

Because of the rising number of dental malpractice lawsuits, finding a good dentist should be top priority for many people trying to avoid further health complications. As they say, prevention is better than cure, therefore going to a trusted and certified dentist would not only ensure that dental health is maintained, but that health complications from neglected dental heath is prevented and kept at bay. By choosing a good dentist to go regularly to, you avoid risking your health in general.

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Causes of Car Accidents

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Auto Accidents

Among the many causes of car accidents, drunk driving or DUI (also called DWI, or driving while intoxicated, in other states) seem to be the leading and most heinous of them all. Drunk driving is said to be the top cause of fatalities according to road accident statistics. As statistics reveal, about 30 percent of US residents will be involved in an alcohol-related accident, and just about every two minutes a person becomes injured due to drunk driving incidents.

With such staggering reports, it’s no wonder that a car accident involving alcohol has the highest amount of penalties and fines compared to other traffic violations. Anyone who is caught with DUI/DWI will be charged with high fines, jail time, increased insurance coverage, suspension or revocation of driver’s license, and many others, including persecution from society. These steep penalties or punishments for DUI/DWI may seem too much, especially for first-time offenders. What many people don’t understand is that DUI charges are not always lawful and many people charged with DUI are innocent and had discrepancies in their charges. A Wisconsin criminal lawyer could help a person who is facing DUI accusations. A lawyer’s help can cause potential penalties to be reduced or even make it so the charges are dismissed completely.

Most misconceptions about drinking and driving stem from the general belief that drinking impairs perception and thinking skills, thus causing road accidents. This is only partially true, because not all people have high alcohol tolerance, and regular drinkers are usually less affected at a given BAC level than people who are not regular drinkers. Another thing to consider is that breathalyzers and BAC level tests are not always a reliable indicator of impairment. According to the website of Goings Law Firm, LLC, there are other factors that can affect a driver other than drinking, such as fatigue and mood. In fact, tiredness can be just as debilitating to a person’s ability to drive as drunkenness.

For those who have been in a car accident because of DUI, the best defense would be to have a good reliable lawyer who is knowledgeable with DUI/DWI laws to help them in their battles. Lawyers who are adept in DUI/DWI laws and know how to handle car accident lawsuits could protect your rights and freedoms when going to court. An attorney will be able to explain to you the complexities of the law, making sure that you get the best legal advice possible. They are proficient in handling case to case basis, and have the understanding of what can be the best course of action when the time comes.

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