The Causes and Consequences of Dog Bites

By on 8-21-2015 in Animal Attacks

Dogs are integral members in millions of American homes. These pets make for an easy fit in family environments thanks to their sweet and friendly dispositions. Unfortunately, there are also moments when dogs can pose a great risk to the people around them, especially children. It isn’t uncommon for these beloved pets to become aggressive when faced with something that they perceive as a threat. Oftentimes, this perceived threat and fear can causes the dog to lash out and attack. These attacks can quickly become dangerous and cause serious injury to those that become affected by the dog’s sudden change in behavior.

As the Jeff Sampson Law Firm notes on its website, dog bites can very often lead to a number of different injuries that require hospitalization and immediate medical attention. Some of the most common consequences of dog bites include broken bones, severe lacerations, hemorrhaging, puncture wounds, bacterial infections, viral infections like rabies, and severe contusions. These injuries are become even more alarming when one considers that most dog bite victims are children. Younger kids are particularly vulnerable to such accidents because they might not be able to properly perceive the changes in an animal’s behavior indicating that it is feeling threatened and starting to become aggressive. Children are more likely to let these signs go unnoticed and continue interacting with a volatile dog.

Fortunately, there are a number of methods that pet owners can use to prevent dog bites from happening. For one, pet owners should take responsibility in ensuring that their dogs receive proper training and socialization to foster positive behavior. A majority of the United States have also imposed laws requiring dog owners to make sure their pets are properly leashed when out in public areas. Some states also regulate the ownership of some of the most aggressive dog breeds to ensure that they are properly looked after without posing any risk to the public.

Truck Accidents: Who is More at Fault?

By on 4-14-2015 in Automobiles, Injury

All drivers would surely want to get to their destinations safely, especially if they find themselves sharing the road with a big truck; but if they end up driving at the truck’s blind or “no zone” area, tailgate it or cut in front of it, then the likelihood of an accident wouldn’t be remote.

About two million semi-trucks, big rigs, tractor trailers, and 18-wheelers ply major US roads and highways. And, every year, close to half a million of these trucks figure in an accident, based on a report to the US Department of Transportation. An estimated 130,000 of these accidents result in injuries, while about 5,000 end in fatalities.

Despite the big number, accidents involving trucks are very much smaller compared to car accidents and, surprisingly, in accidents wherein a truck and a car are involved, fault is most often blamed on the driver of the smaller vehicle.

Due to their big size and very heavy weight trucks are considered threats on the road. They can easily crush, like tin cans, anything that would block their way. They require longer breaking distance, carry heavy (sometimes even toxic) cargo, and require federal standard and not worn-out tires to ensure traction, especially during emergency breaks. Truck drivers also regularly drive cross-county, often for at least 10 hours straight, and would usually ignore fatigue or sleepiness due to truck operator’s pay-by-the-mile rule. These are some of the reasons why applicants for a commercial driver’s license are made to go through tough training and tests (written and a three-part skills test on vehicle inspection, basic control and road test) to make sure that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills required in operating a truck safely.

It is obvious, however, that despite drivers’ training and readiness to handle their trucks safely plus car drivers’ own set of requirements before being issued a driver’s license by their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), someone is still very likely to act negligently on the road.

The website of The Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., could not have put it more clearly when it said that we all have a “moral and legal obligation to ensure that we do not recklessly endanger others.” Thus, if by a person’s actions someone gets injured, then that person becomes legally responsible for the results of his/her carelessness or recklessness.

Keeping Your Storage Safe

By on 2-01-2015 in Safe Storage

Storage tends to be used for things that you care about but do not necessarily want to look at every day. If you put something in storage, odds are you care about it since you are going out of your way to not throw it away. Burglars know this, which is why storage robbery is so common. Here are a few tips on how to prevent your items in storage from being taken.

It should go without saying, but make sure the storage space you are renting has adequate security. Ideal security would include security cameras and key fobs. Although a traditional lock and key or punching in a code could suffice, they are easier systems to infiltrate.

The website of Ben White Mini Storage says you should check your storage unit once a month. However, if possible you should check it more often than that. Storage burglars tend to seek out spaces that seem abandoned, so they more you visit your storage space, the more likely they will see you and avoid that area. Visiting your storage space often reaps other benefits other than security. If you keep vehicles in storage, you can run their engine every once in awhile to keep them working properly. It will also remind you what you stored, making it easier to keep track of all of your items. You should also never keep a vehicle’s keys with it in storage. Doing so only makes it easier for a burglar to steal it.

Finally, if you have smaller valuable possessions in storage, find creative ways to hide them. For example, you could keep them in the glove compartment of a vehicle, the drawer of a dresser, or underneath a couch cushion. Sometimes burglars are just looking for something quick and easy to take, so they will not bother with larger items.

Intense Pulsed Light can Help Skin

By on 10-23-2014 in Health & Beauty

Intense pulsed light, or IPL, works by using short blasts of high-intensity, polychromatic light that penetrates just below the surface of the skin. The specialized hand-piece has built –in filters that could change the range of wavelength to allow optimized use for specific skin types or different applications. This in turn would damage the melanin that caused the dark spots or target the broken capillaries. This would allow the skin to repair itself, resulting in an even skin tone. IPL is also known to boost the production of collagen and elastin that could give the skin a more youthful appearance.

IPL are available at day spas, since they can cost less than lasers and can be done by only one machine that would target a number of areas. On medical spas, however, they are offered with a number of choices of machines that can be used to suit a specific type of skin. Darker skin tones, for example, may require special equipment for better IPL results. Since IPL treatments are less expensive than laser treatments, they are a better option if you are aiming to fix a number of skin issues.

The most common areas that IPL treatments are used on are the face, neck, chest, and hands. These are the areas that are generally exposed to sunlight, and are prone to sunspots or age spots. Obvious results are seen after four to six treatment sessions, done in an interval of one to two weeks. Those who undergo IPL treatments should not worry about any downtime that can prevent them from returning to their normal routine, and IPL treatments has a very low risk of side effects. Many patients are very satisfied with IPL treatments because rather than addressing an isolated area or a single imperfection, the whole treatment can deal with the full face, chest, hands, or neck of the patient.

The Morcellex Sigma Tissue Morcellator

By on 9-01-2014 in Health & Beauty, Injury

Prior to the 1990s, women who had to undergo a hysterectomy had to bear a six-inch incision in her abdomen, as the procedure was an open surgery. The turn of the decade then, however, saw the introduction of power morcellators, a device that was capable of cutting an over-sized uterus and fibroids (or myomas) into small pieces. This medical device paved the way for procedures known as laparoscopic surgeries (including hysterectomy and myomectomy, which is the removal of uterine fibroid or myoma), wherein the power morcellator is used.

Many doctors and patients began to prefer the minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy, over abdominal hysterectomy, as the procedure provided greater benefits, such as shorter period of recovery, less complications, pain and blood loss, and required very small incisions in the abdomen, about 0.5-1cm short.

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, the leading manufacturer of power morcellators, introduced three of the best engineered power morcellators in the market then (through Ethicon, its power morcellator manufacturing division): the Gynecare Morcellex, the Gynecare X-Tract and the Morcellex Sigma.

Like Johnson & Johnson’s other power morcellators, the Morcellex Sigma was carefully designed to provide optimum reliability and performance through smooth and efficient tissue morcellation, as well as faster performance.

Despite unparalleled efficiency, however, Ethicon decided to: suspend its worldwide promotion, sales and distribution of all its power morcellators; order a voluntary market withdrawal of the devices; and, make a request to hospitals to return its power morcellators. This pullback is due to the US Food and Drug Administration’s April 17, 2014, safety alert the discouraged the use of power morcellators in procedures involving removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or uterine fibroids (myomectomy), as the devices posed the risk of spreading undetected cancerous tissues, particularly uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus.

Women, who have been treated with a power morcellator in the past and has been diagnosed with uterine cancer, may be qualified to receive compensation from the manufacturer of the harmful device. Claims for damages may include pain and suffering, lifestyle stress, medical costs, wrongful death and others which are recognized by the civil court.

To further know and understand what legal rights and options the victim has, it is necessary that she contacts the morcellator lawsuit lawyers at the National Injury Law Center, whose knowledge and expertise on the issue will allow her to benefit fully from the stipulations of the law.

Useful Info If You’re Suffering With A Personal Injury

By on 8-25-2014 in Injury

What follows a personal injury is often overwhelming, scary and stressful. Nonetheless, if you are able to locate and select a good personal injury lawyer and provide that person with pertinent information, you can look forward to prevailing in court. This article will provide you with some great help to move forward in the days ahead.

Stay off social media! That means Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Don’t post photographs of yourself dancing if you’re claiming an injured back! Don’t tell anyone you went water skiing when you claim to have hurt your foot. Just stay off the internet and say as little as possible online instead.

Preexisting conditions do not necessarily rule out your ability to win a damage award. Be honest about your prior injuries when you speak to your attorney. Do not ask for a settlement that exceeds the impact of the personal injuries the other party can be held responsible for.

When visiting a lawyer’s website, navigate to the About Us section. This page will give you information such as the attorney’s specialty, the location of their office and years in practice. Many lawyers also have a testimonial page. On this page you will be able to read about different cases from the client’s perspective.

Do a quick background check to determine whether or not your personal injury lawyer is qualified. The last thing that you need is for your lawyer to deceive you, which could have catastrophic results financially and personally if your case is important. Hire a lawyer who has a good history and currently has all of the prerequisites to practice.

Information from indicates that victims of injuries often feel quite overwhelmed as they go about seeking compensation from the responsible party. The process of filing and settling a personal injury claim can become much easier with help from a good lawyer who specializes in this type of case. Keep in mind the advice in this article and you will be ready at all times.

Defective Car Parts: A Result of Manufacturers’ Negligence or Carelessness

By on 1-22-2014 in Automobiles

A car accident is always a traumatic experience to those involved, especially when there is injury sustained. And what usually follows injuries is financial burden due to unexpected, costly medical treatment and lost wages, an effect of failure to report to work.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified over speeding, reckless and drunk-driving as among the top causes of car accidents in the United States; car accidents also happen to be one of the leading causes of death around the globe. But there are other causes of car accidents that have been identified by the NHTSA, as well as by other government agencies and private sectors, besides the three mentioned, which are all within drivers’ control.

These other causes include road or highway defects and defective car parts which, in turn, fall outside a drivers’ control. Defective car parts, particularly, post great risk to the safety of the driver and his/her passengers. Unless the defective part is readily visible or the vehicle owner (or his/her driver) has extensive knowledge about cars, then such defect may be traced and identified before it causes any harm.

Such is not the case, however; and many become victims of gruesome road mishaps due to these defects. Among the most common car parts that have caused severe injuries are airbags, tires, seatbelts and brakes.

Accidents due to car defects are also quite hard to prove. It will require both extensive and intensive investigation about the accident and plenty of evidence, more than just the testimony and arguments of the driver. And since you’re up against the car part’s manufacturer, who has the money and who will readily be defended by an attorney, saying that it will be a tough battle to fight is an unfair description.

Pregnancy Discrimination: Another Form of Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace

By on 1-15-2014 in Business and Employment

Discrimination in the workplace is a saddening reality in the United States; but more so in many other parts of the world. Probably, one major difference that sets the U.S. ahead of many other countries in ending all forms of employment discrimination is the nation’s implementation of various anti-discriminatory acts and the will to enforce these laws, bringing to justice all violators and compensating those who are made to suffer.

Employment discrimination has many different forms and may involve even people not employed in the company. Though employers, managers, direct supervisors and co-employees are the usual people guilty of discriminatory acts, such acts can also be committed by the company’s customers or clients. And the harmful or offensive act may be based on a person’s race, color, sex, religion, sexual inclination and affiliation, age, disability, genetic issue or pregnancy.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of 1964 was approved by the US Congress in July of 1964, to protect employees (and job applicants) from the many different forms of employment discrimination. The EEOC has been amended many times to create specific stipulations that will safeguard employees’ particular concerns in more emphasized ways. One of the amendments made is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, or PDA, which was enforced in 1978; the Act made clearer the prohibition of discrimination based on sex, pregnancy, childbirth, and all other issues, especially medical, that are related to the mentioned bases.

PDA specifically forbids discriminatory acts due to pregnancy when it concerns hiring, compensation, benefits, like health insurance and leaves, job assignment, training, promotions, firing, layoff, and all other employment-related concerns.

Prior to the passing of the PDA, pregnant employees were usually issued with a pink slip; they were shown the door (by their employers) soon after they start to manifest their condition. At other times, though not related to pregnancy, but on winning child custody, which means possible time away from work due to a need to nurse their child or attend to their child’s concerns, some women are begun to be treated differently to make them feel that such change in their lives is neither wanted nor appreciated.

Thousands of employment discrimination cases are filed with the EEOC every year and many of these cases involve discrimination due to sex and pregnancy – quite courageous acts by employers who strongly assume that their authority will save them from their illegal acts.

The stronger challenge, however, is upon the victims of these unjust workplace practices; they can either keep silent, allowing these injustices to continue, or they can fight these head on, taking courage from the law, which is on their side, and helped by a strongly determined, knowledgeable lawyer, who will never shrink in fighting for their legal rights. If you are looking for a new hire employee testing, contact a pre-employment testing center today.

No-fault Car Liability Insurance and the SR-22

By on 1-11-2014 in Automobiles

Due to the more than five million car accidents that occur in the US every year, all states, with the exception only of New Hampshire, has mandated that all drivers carry insurance liability coverage. This liability coverage is intended to cover medical cost for bodily injury or repair of damage to property (such as another car of a fixture on the road) where the insured driver is held to be the cause; it is also mandated to ensure protection other people and their properties.

With drunk driving, reckless driving and over-speeding as among the top causes of car accidents on U.S. streets and roads, ensuring the protection of possible innocent accident victims, whose safety on the road   is compromised, is only just and proper.

It is a fact also, however, that many times even the negligent or careless driver suffers severe injuries and his/her vehicle, incurring major wreckage. For this, the no-fault auto liability insurance was introduced, a type of coverage wherein the injured driver’s insurance provider will cover all his/her accident-related losses, even if the accident was totally the fault of said driver.

Covered under the no-fault insurance are lost wages due to missed working days, cost of medical treatment and cost of damage to property; payment to all these is called personal injury protection or PIP.   The victim have the option to still pursue further payment for damages to property, but this will have to be done through a lawsuit.

Another great thing about no-fault car liability insurance is its premiums costs lower compared to at-fault insurance premiums because there is no longer any need for court proceedings, which is only intended to determine who the liable party is in the accident.

Drivers with multiple traffic violations in just one year, who have been charged with DUI/DWI or who have no insurance liability coverage (in states where this is required), aside from getting their state-mandated insurance, will also need to obtain and fill out an SR-22, a document that proves the possession of a vehicle liability insurance.

According to an article posted in Insure on the Spot’s website, an SR-22 is actually a form submitted by insurance providers to a state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, for the purpose of having the suspension on the driver’s license lifted; it is only through the lifting of the suspension can the driver enjoy his/her driving privileges again.

Freight Factoring Firms – Trucker’s Perfect Partners in the Trucking Business

By on 1-07-2014 in Automobiles, Business and Employment

For business owners, how to increase or maintain high profit annually is often a great challenge due to the unpredictability of the economy. This is why many resort to various means just to keep the business going and improvements, continuous, to be able to keep a competitive stance. While some companies only prefer cash transactions, many others have considered accepting credit, despite the risks it presents. Mainly, there’s a chance that a debtor will be unable to make payments. According to the website of the business lawyers of Arenson & Maas, PLC, an attorney can help a business pursue delinquent payments. However, it’s better to avoid putting yourself and your business in that situation to begin with.

Trucking is one type of business that experiences delay of freight bill payments either from brokers or shippers. Often, owners wait to be paid up to a maximum of 60 days for a service that they have already rendered. A risky condition for truckers, even for successful ones, as there’s no telling what negative effects this delay can result to; the worst can probably be bankruptcy, if this failure to ensure timely flow of cash becomes quite often.

The introduction of Freight Factoring is a big help to truckers all over the U.S., more so to those with small trucking firms or those who are new in the business. Factoring, or accounts receivable financing, is, specifically, an asset-financing arrangement that allows a company with receivables (money that still need to be paid by clients) to use such receivables as collateral in a financing deal.

This factoring program is intended to help truckers get the cash necessary for the smooth flow of their operations. It is a simple process that will benefit trucking business owners a lot; the deal is simply an exchange of cash (from the financing or factoring company) and accounts receivable (from the trucking firm). The amount of cash paid to the trucking firm is a bit lower than the amount of the accounts receivable, of course; but that’s how the business works. The advantage for the trucking firm is that in the event that the broker or shipping company that owes the trucker money does not actually pay, it will no longer be trucker’s concern. Such burden will already be upon the factoring company which has already paid the trucker in advance.

On the website of TBS Factoring Service, two factoring programs are offered, most probably the same programs offered by other factoring companies. These are the Non-Recourse program, wherein the factoring firm takes the credit risk, and the Recourse program, wherein the trucker maintains the credit risk.

Through factoring firms, truckers get to be saved from worries of payment collection or non-payment services rendered. They can, instead, focus on running their business for smoother operations.