Ding! Ding!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

As roadways continue to fill up more pedestrians are donning their cyclist’s bells and flashing lights to hit the bike lane and avoid congested traffic. While there are efforts are noble many of these cyclists are not properly educated about proper road procedures that apply to them. Adequate instruction must be given if we are to fully utilize bike lanes to their highest potential. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conducted studies to analyze the figures of bicycle accidents and their affected demographics in the United States. If cyclists are beginning to take to the streets in larger numbers than ever before we will have to adapt to their presence and respect their place on the road.

Bicyclists are the only truly eco-friendly travelers and for that fact alone they deserve a safe space amongst traffic lanes. While our cities have become riddled with large amounts of cars, large trucks, and other equipment that throws off awful emissions to our fragile atmosphere it is important that bicycling becomes more common so that we can decrease our emissions rate. This will involve renovation of sidewalks, an extension of unsafe bike lanes, and large scale educational efforts. As the number of people on bikes goes up so we are seeing an increase in the amount of bicycle and auto collision related deaths. In the recent year 2015, figures for these deaths had increased 12.2% from the previous year according to the NHTSA. Any bicycle related death is a wrongful injury scenario and warrants the look of a Chicago wrongful death attorney because in nearly all cases they could have been avoided had the driver or biker been more alert and better trained for what to do in situations like this. It is time for action and innovation to take place in efforts of saving the lives of pedestrians everywhere. The NHTSA also estimated that in that same year there were roughly 45,000 bicycle-related injuries and death. This is costing nearly four billion dollars in medical costs and reparations every year. We can not continue to waste resources in this manner. Instead, it would be sensible to allocate these funds for proper education and other forms of prevention.

In our cities of today, due to the over population growth and high costs associated with owning a car, biking is continuing to gain popularity. Inexperienced riders pose a threat to other cyclists, cars, and most importantly themselves. In the studies mentioned above, 88% of the people killed were males, who were mostly younger than twenty-five years old. Fortunately, it seems that even with the possibility of being hit by cars biking is still safer, statistically, than driving and other forms of transportation.

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Pediatric Dentistry

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Denta Care | 0 comments

Children fear dentists! That’s a fact. But how can you blame them, when even some adults are afraid of dentists too. While some types of fear are inborn, such as fear of loud noises or fear of unknown instruments, such as a like a drill or a suction device, which are used to during treatment, other types of fear are either objective or subjective.

Objective fear is created through one’s own personal experience; thus, a first painful tooth extraction will most likely result to fear of another visit to the dentist for a second extraction treatment. On the other hand, subjective fear is due to children telling of their unpleasant dental experience to their friends. Sometimes, though, fear of dentist is due to parents taking their child to their own dentist appointment and then complaining to their child just how painful their treatment was.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Dental Association (ADA), and pediatric dentists and hygienists explain the positive effects of taking a child to the dentist even before his or her first birthday: this will help promote healthy gums and teeth from his or her childhood years to his or her teenage years.

Now that this is known, the next important thing is find out to what dental clinic to take your child. This is because though dentists are capable of providing their patients whatever dental service they may require, not all, however, are specially trained to treat children effectively and efficiently.

According to the Passes Dental Care clinic, getting your children started with dental treatment early on is essential for preventing more serious oral health problems in their future. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you take your child to their first check-up with a dentist as soon as their first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday. Getting your kids on the path to good oral health early has shown to reduce their risk of developing tooth decay and oral diseases. The dental needs of children change dramatically as they get older, so regular visits with their pediatric dentist is highly recommended.

Besides this, it is recommended that pediatric dental care include:

  • Choosing the best toothbrush for you kids;
  • Providing recommendations for tooth sealants as your child gets older; and,
  • Recommending the best type of toothpaste based on your child’s needs.



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Most Dangerous Driving Habits

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Traffic accidents may inflict force strong enough to seriously injure or kill you, so it is important to always be diligent in driving and be mindful of the surroundings. But there are other drivers who do reckless behaviors. This is especially true for those who are experienced, because they are too complacent that nothing bad is going to occur despite their dangerous actions.

But according to the website of the Amerio Law Firm, those who have been injured in an auto accident due to someone else’s negligence may have legal options that they can pursue. This proves that the law and its professionals are not very friendly towards dangerous driving habits.

Driving under the influence
There are certain products that can physically and mentally impair you, putting you at risk of crashing your car. The most prominent examples of these products are alcohol and drugs. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you have limited bodily functions, which will then limit your driving capabilities and safety.

Distracted driving
Getting distracted is a common sin among drivers, experienced and inexperienced alike. They browse their mobile phones, adjust the radio, and get too engaged in conversation with passengers. Anything that puts your eyes off the road and your hands off the steering wheel is considered a distraction.

Drivers speed because they want to save time or because they enjoy the recklessness of speeding itself. If a driver is speeding, he is giving himself less time to react to abrupt turns, turning vehicles, and crossing pedestrians, not to mention that the impact of an accident can become greater because of speed.

Not considering weather conditions
External factors, such as the weather, can also compromise road safety. For example, water, snow, and ice on the road can influence the tire’s traction to the pavement. Fog, wind, and other weather phenomena can affect the visibility of the surroundings. The key is to drive in a way that will minimize the dangers of these weather conditions.

Not yielding to others
Right of way is absolute, and if you fail to yield to a vehicle or a pedestrian that has the right of way, you are more likely to be the one determined to be at fault. To avoid accidents involving right of way, be wary of stop signs, traffic lights, crosswalks, merging lanes, and freeway ramps.

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Causes for Denial of Insurance Claims

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Having insurance can save you a lot of expenses. Whether it’s due to car accidents, hospitalization, and others, an insurance premium can save you from out-of-the-pocket expenses which could prove costly on your part. However, all of that could change with a denial of insurance claims. According to Abel Law Firm, it could be frustrating on your part if the financial assistance you are expecting will not arrive.
When this happens, you will find yourself looking for answers on why your insurance claim was denied. There could be several reasons behind it. In this article, we shall look at the common causes for the denial of insurance claims:

1. Material Misrepresentation

The most common cause for your insurance claim getting denied is failure to provide the most current address and other changes in your information. While this may seem irrelevant in so far as changing your policy rate, your lack of due diligence could result to payment of incorrect rates and you could also be committing a certain kind of fraud.

2. False and Fraudulent Claims

Insurance policies are designed to provide protection but other use it as a way to profit. Rejection of your insurance claim may have been due to falsified information in order to get something extra than what you should be getting. The worst part is that not only will your insurance claim be denied but you could also face serious legal implications. Also, you may become blacklisted and you may not be able to get a policy in the future.

3. Unlawful Acts

If your insurance claim is related to irresponsible acts such as drinking and driving, stunt driving, driving without a license, and other unlawful acts, it is likely that your insurance claim will be denied.

4. Your Claim Is Not Covered By The Provider

Depending on the claim, some insurance companies may not provide coverage for what is being claimed. For instance, some providers do not cover accidental death. So be sure to know your coverage before purchasing a policy.

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Guidelines in Choosing the Perfect Assisted Living Home

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Assisted Living | 0 comments

Assisted living, according to SeniorAdvice.com, is where the elder is given the help of a staff in achieving their daily needs and activities. Those activities, as said on , may be as simple as eating or as complicated as bathing. Most families in the United States think of sending their elderly loved ones to assisted living facilities when they are no longer capable of helping them or when the elders are having difficulties in performing their everyday tasks. Before deciding on which senior residence to choose, it is important to learn more about the subject.

The elder and the family members should examine themselves and the situation, first and foremost, before proceeding with the next steps. Asking questions like what options are out there or whether the family can afford the desired assisted living setup are imperative in decision-making. Secondly, the three main issues that should be factored in the decision are the quality of life, the standard of provided care, and the cost and value of the services. It is good to make sure the Assisted Living home is a member of regional professional organizations that provide some oversight, such as the Nevada Health Care Asssociation.

Ensuring whether a certain retirement community would provide high-quality living relies on examining outcomes in terms of the elder’s personal growth (socialization, comfort, peace of mind, fulfillment, being able to belong, etc). If the family envision those things when a home is selected, it might be right choice for the elder. Of course, high-quality medical care should also top the list. Assisted living is not like a nursing home when it comes to medical issues, but this should also be a top factor in choosing a home. Examining whether the home provides services for medical emergency usually helps in this type of situation.

Nevertheless, all the services mentioned above should be balanced with the actual cost of the program. Families should learn whether they will get their money’s worth when they enter their loved ones into a home – no matter how big or small the amount is. Ultimately, the goal of assisted living is to make life convenient for the elderly, so that should always be the first priority in the final decision.

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Personal Injury Effects from Car Accidents

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It is all fun and games until someone loses an eye….or an arm…or a lifestyle. We’ve all heard it before: “tragic vehicle accident hurts two, kills one,” or “drunk motorist strikes pedestrian, leaving him paralyzed for life.” The news is eye-catching, however in the end it really is simply a narrative and no more real in relation to the films we watch. However, when it becomes your story, you realize how truly devastating it could be.

The costs of private injury due to motor vehicle collisions are much more than financial, although this is the in-your-face aspect of any condition that is physical. Non-pecuniary prices include diminished quality and psychological anguish of life. How can you put a price on happiness?

Personal injury attorneys would likely mention how this is made considerably worse when a vehicle crash is the consequence of the negligence or carelessness of a third party. No matter how careful one is while driving, they must consider other drivers. When automobile accidents are due to the negligent behavior of somebody else, for example, drunk driving or speeding, then it’s just right that you get repayment for the expenses of injury from automobile accidents because of their carelessness.

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Beware of Hazardous Children’s Toys

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

For children, playtime is all the time, and the tools they use in play, of course, are toys.

Toys aid children in learning about their surroundings; thus, they feel and learn to distinguish shapes, appreciate colors, listen to sounds, feel texture and even taste whatever they can get their hands on. It is very important, therefore, that the toys parents give them are totally safe, that is free of choking hazards and pointed edges, and do not contain any toxic substance.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent government agency that was formed in 1972 for the purpose of regulating the sale and manufacture of consumer products, as well as for ensuring the safety of these. Some of its other duties include the banning of any type of consumer product that causes danger (or has the potential to cause danger), issue product recalls (of those already available on the market), and formulate product safety requirements.

To help ensure the safety of small children the CPSC determines the allowed sizes of toys, limits for toxicity and noise (due to the very loud noise produced by some items), the inaccessibility of the toy’s batteries and magnets, removal of sharp edges or parts that can wound a child, and the display of clear product labels that warn about the toy’s possible dangers.

In 2014 the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), a non-profit organization, released “Trouble in Toyland,’ a report which highlighted potentially hazardous toys and issued tips to parents on how to make sure that they get to purchase safe toys for their children.

W.A.T.C.H., which stands for World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., is another non-profit organization that is committed to providing the public with helpful information on dangerous children’s products, at the same time protecting children from any harm. W.A.T.C.H. also notifies the public about the different types of dangers found in many children’s toys and products, and recreational activities.

A list of the “10 Worst Toys of 2014” was released by W.A.T.C.H. to send parents the clear message of the need to keep their children away from harmful toys and from toy manufacturers who are more concerned with sale over safety.

Very young children getting injured can evoke varied emotions, including anger, frustration and the determination to bring the liable party to justice. Pursuing legal actions, however, may require the assistance of a seasoned personal injury lawyer, whose knowledge of, and experience in, the tort law may be able to help the child victim attain the justice that he or she rightly deserves.

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Understanding the link between Anencephaly and Depakote

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

Some babies are born with their skull and brain underdeveloped. This is a condition known as anencephaly, which means “no brain.” While some brain development may have occurred, it is typically not enough to sustain life. The anencephalic child is stillborn or dies soon after birth.

Anencephaly is one of a group of fetal developmental disorders called neural tube defects, which refers to problems with the spine, spinal cord, and the brain. The causes of these birth defects are unknown, but there are studies that indicate they may be associated with inadequate intake of folic acid during pregnancy. Some studies also indicate a link to certain drugs, especially those containing valproic acid. The anticonvulsant Depakote (valproate) is one of these drugs.

Researchers believe that fetal exposure to valproic acid through the mother in early pregnancy increases the risk of neural tube defects such as anencephaly by up to 20 times compared to pregnant women that do not take in valproic acid. According to a November 2011 Canadian study “Valproic acid-induced DNA damage increases embryonic p27KIP1 and caspase-3 expression: A mechanism for valproic-acid induced neural tube defects,” Depakote-related neural tube defects have a 1% to 2% incidence in infants.

The study used rats to observe how valproic acid acted on the DNA. The researchers found that it increased the production of the yH2A.X protein, which inhibited the ability of the DNA to replicate in the normal course of fetal development. Because most of the fetal development occurs during the first trimester, any interruption in the process has long-term and often serious consequences for the fetus.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, Depakote has been in the market since 1983 for the treatment of epileptic seizures, and later for migraine headaches and bipolar disorder. Many women in their childbearing years had continued to take Depakote during their pregnancies, unaware of the risks until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in 2011. It is uncertain how many of these women gave birth to an anencephalic baby because they were on Depakote, but medical records and the latest studies should be able to establish a link easily enough.

However, proving that the drug maker Abbott Laboratories via its subsidiary AbbVie was negligent in any way will be more difficult. A recent win by a 12-year-old plaintiff with spina bifida in state court sets a good precedent, but it takes a skilled birth defect lawyer to handle the big drug companies. If your child was born anencephalic and you had been on Depakote during your first trimester, you may be eligible for compensation. Find an experienced lawyer to help you in the process.

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