Symptoms of Brain Injuries

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Brain Injuries | 0 comments

No organ in the human body is more important than the brain. It serves as the control center of the body. For this reason, any injuries in this organ of the body can have devastating effects. According to the website of Abel Law Firm, persons who suffer from brain injuries is unlikely to recover from their condition. A brain injury can affect a person physically and psychologically affect the person and symptoms do not appear immediately.

Depending on the location of the injury, the symptoms of brain injury may vary widely. For mild brain injuries, the symptoms may include:

  • Lapse in consciousness
  • Sudden forgetful or amnesia
  • Confusion
  • Poor balance or dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Problems concentrating
  • Memory impairment

For more severe injuries, the injured may experience the following symptoms:

  • Unrelenting headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Jerking bodily movements or convulsions
  • Comatose states
  • Numbness or weakness in limbs
  • Dilated eyes
  • Poor coordination
  • Agitation
  • Slurred speech

In children, symptoms of brain injury may include:

  • Cranky demeanor or listlessness
  • Loss of appetite or refusal to eat
  • Poor performance at school
  • Disrupted sleep pattern
  • Loss of interest in toys or activities

Other symptoms of brain injury may include excessive sleepiness, inattention, impaired memory, faulty judgment, depression, difficulty switching between two tasks, and slowed thinking. The problem with brain injury symptoms is that they are “invisible” and hence difficult to diagnose. Even the most knowledgeable and trained health professional can find it difficult to tell whether there is brain injury or not. So if there are suspicions of brain injury, the best treatment is to “get checked.” It is better to be safe than sorry.

Brain injuries may entail huge medical expenses on the part of the injured individual. They may require long term treatment and rehabilitation. The support of family and friends may be needed in these difficult times.

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Dangerous Proposals from Trucking Companies’ Lobbyists

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) records for 2013 show 3,964 fatal semi-trailer accidents and 95,000 others resulting to injuries. Despite this alarming numbers, the government remains cautious on imposing too many restrictions on trucking companies and truck operators due to the major contribution their huge vehicles give for the growth of the U.S. economy. In other words, imposing additional laws and restrictions on truckers may only cripple the country’s ability to do business.

The U.S. government has always shown its reluctance in burdening truck operators with higher taxes or in mandating that drivers be given higher wages. Well, let this be the case, at least for now. However, what it should never do is let its guard down against trucking companies’ lobbyists who are seeking and fighting for reforms on laws that will have a direct effect on the safe operation of big rigs, like, reforms on requirements on the qualification of applicant drivers, number of hours or service, safety standard for truck parts, size limit of double trailers, and, maintenance of a record that will show regular truck inspection. This is because specific proposals by trucking companies’ lobbyists include:

The extension of working hours from the already-exhausting 70-hour per week limit to 82 hours a week.
Trucks be allowed to haul loads heavier than the present federal limit, which is 80,000 pounds (one way to do this is to allow trucks to have longer double trailers); and,
Labor costs be reduced through the hiring of lower-paid drivers – those as young as 18;

Many trucking companies and truck operators face the problem of completing job runs and ensuring timely deliveries due to shortage in the number of qualified drivers. To keep their business in operation, many operators and employers now hire unskilled drivers, no longer screen applicants for past records or driving violations, take no action in punishing drivers who incur traffic violations, and require some drivers to drive longer than the allowed number of service.

Errors committed by drivers behind the wheel can have catastrophic results; so too are the errors committed by trucking companies and employers. Trucking companies are legally responsible in making sure that laws regarding employee hiring and safe vehicle operation are strictly observed, as this will greatly affect the well-being of everyone on the road. If and when trucking companies fail to uphold these standards, then they can be held financially responsible for their failure to act in accordance with the dictates of the law.

As explained by the Hankey Law Office, even the smallest abnormality in the operation of a semi-trailer can result in a multi-vehicle accident. Thus, truck drivers must absolutely be qualified and able to control these large trucks in any circumstance or situation. Trucking companies who put unqualified employees behind the wheel put the lives of all other drivers at risk and this is one blatant disregard for the safety of others that the law should never allow to go unpunished.

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Obtaining custody rights as a father

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Child custody | 0 comments

Traditionally, obtaining custody rights as a father can prove difficult given the precedent of the court for siding with children’s mothers. Over the last fifteen years, several policies and legal provisions have been put in place to try to counteract this effect and according to a report out of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, these policies have helped to double shared custody cases from 15.8% to 30.5% from 1996 to 2007. The past few years have also seen a significant reduction in defaulting to mothers for sole child custody and an increase in fathers on the receiving end of child support payments.
Nevertheless, the prevailing beliefs that fathers seeking custody are using their children as pawns or trying to avoid paying child support often sway custody decisions away from paternal parties, regardless of the actual relationship the father has with their children. It is usually recommended that, in order to combat these preconceptions, fathers should strive to be the more agreeable party and try to push for shared custody initially. In addition, the University of Wisconsin report found that seeking council with an experienced, local divorce attorney can greatly influence the outcome of a custody case. Divorce-specialized local firms will tend to be more familiar with the current legal precedent for custody and provide very valuable insights that can mean the difference between a win and a loss in cases like these. In the end, though, the children are the most important party, according to divorce lawyers Holmes, Diggs & Sadler. Their opinions and the relationships they have with their parents are going to influence rulings more than any other factor.

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Protecting Yourself as a Trucker

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Personal Injury, Truck driving | 0 comments

Trucking is a staple of interstate and international commerce that not only transports a large portion of goods across borders but employs several million Americans, including around 2 million truck drivers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job is proliferating as the economy and need for commercial transport grows, but while a career in trucking can certainly be flexible and rewarding, it is important to protect yourself from financial, physical, or legal injury.
According to the website of TBS Factoring, one key problem many truck drivers have is being paid reliably. While trucking companies usually promise to pay some have to wait several months before they see any compensation for their deliveries. Factoring companies get rid of the major inconvenience of long pay periods by allowing truck drivers to get paid for their freight deliveries the same day the delivery was made.
There are a number of health issues that plague the truck driving community–stress issues and sleep apnea being the major two according to trucking resource Stress can be alleviated by taking “rest” breaks throughout the day to fit in regular exercise like walking or stretching and eating healthy meals and snacks. Sleep apnea is extremely dangerous for truck drivers as it is one of the leading causes of falling asleep at the wheel. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, or have any of its symptoms such as loud snoring or labored breathing during sleep, see a physician as soon as possible to address the issue before it progresses into something much worse.
The biggest problem truck drivers typically face is road accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 333,000 large truck accidents in 2012. Additionally, over 107,000 of these involved parties that were killed or injured and the number of injuries due to truck accidents shot up 18 percent between 2011 and 2012. No matter which side of the accident you are on, the personal or vehicular damage done can be insurmountable, so it is incredibly important that truck drivers or those who drive in truck-heavy areas keep themselves protected and insured. Whether it’s due to a truck malfunction, truck driver negligence, or trucking company negligence, you can learn more about trucking accidents here.

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Hard water and other water problems

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Hard Water | 0 comments

Hard water is an inconvenience that many people across the United States deal with regularly. 85% of the US freshwater supply is “hard,” or high in mineral content. Though a number of metals and minerals can be present in hard water, the minerals most commonly found in hard water are calcium and magnesium which can leave a damaging residue on dishes, laundry, hair, or anything else that is washed with it. Texas has some of the hardest water in the country according to the US Geological Survey, with more than half the state drawing water from sources containing more than 180 milligrams of calcium and magnesium per liter.

In addition to hard water, cloudy water can cause many problems for the people who drink and use it. Cloudy, or “turbid,” water is caused by high levels of dissolved particles in the water supply. These particles can consist of sediment, algae, and/or microscopic organisms from construction, storms, and/or urban runoff. Cloudy water is not only aesthetically unappealing, but it can also house pathogens and contribute to waterborne disease outbreaks.

Another major issue with municipal water supplies is the chlorine used to treat water. Chlorine is typically used as a cheap and effective way to treat water and reduce the bacterial count to make it safer for drinking, but once the water has left the supply, it no longer serves a purpose. Not to mention, chlorine can damage household appliances and produce a host of byproducts that can contribute to a number of adverse health effects. Studies have linked the consumption of large amounts of water containing chlorine byproduct with an increased risk of cancer and, in pregnant women, miscarriage.

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Car accidents

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Car accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Car accidents are an unfortunate but all-too-common predicament many find themselves a part of at some point in their lifetime. With the onslaught of new technology being crammed into our vehicles, the driving experience is being significantly altered by all the conveniences and impediments modern tech provides.
Cell phone use in particular has emerged as a major contributor to car accidents, contributing to over one-quarter of all motor vehicle crashes according to a report from the National Safety Council. While we’re navigating all of the pitfalls of emerging technology, we still have to deal with distracted driving mainstays like drunk driving, which kills 28 people a day in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All this contributes to a car crash rate that has been steadily on the rise, with the US seeing a 14% rise in fatal accidents in 2015.
While many car accidents result in nothing more than car damage or some minor bruises, there are many more that have long-term negative consequences for their victims, including significant injury, exorbitant hospital bills, or even death. These issues are difficult enough to deal with on their own, but according to the law firm Ravid & Associates, these often lead to tricky-to-navigate insurance issues.
Even if there was no permanent or disabling injury inflicted in the accident, according to McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm, there are still medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages to consider. Regardless of whether the accident was caused by distracted driving, speeding, or malfunctioning vehicles, legal action can still be taken, according to the Sampson Law Firm. In this time of elevated car accident risk, legal help can help get victims the restitution they need to carry on with their lives as normal.

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Getting Involved in Business Process Outsourcing

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Outsourcing | 0 comments

Companies have long looked internationally in order to outsource elements of their production process, but the rising interest in business process outsourcing is revolutionizing international outsourcing. According to the website of the Philippines outsourcing center of Pinoy Partners Outsourcing Center Inc., business process outsourcing, or BPO, involves hiring overseas employees to handle everyday business practices. BPO has been practiced for a while with things like international call centers, but the expansion of internet tools over the years has in turn expanded the variety of services can be offered on an international level. With these advances in internet technology making it easier than ever to practice international business, BPO is increasingly recognized as a practical, accessible business practice.
Those who want to get involved in outsourcing some of their business’s practices can look to BPO companies that connect companies with international employees that can cover everything from customer service to finances. These companies offer teams of specialized employees that can add valuable features to a company or support their current workforce.
Though some companies are wary of outsourcing tasks more central to the company’s operations, many companies embrace international BPO as a means of expanding their markets and developing a more global perspective within their company. BPO can be a very cost-efficient and practical business model for some, but all factors should be considered when deciding to outsource more business operations. BPO can be a major undertaking, so it’s important to treat it like the major business decision it is and carefully consider how it could impact a company’s daily procedures and efficiency.

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Major Money Issues

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Bankruptcy, Insurance | 0 comments

Just because the Great Recession is over, doesn’t mean that money problems are too. The fact is major money issues can plague anyone who is unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, lose a spouse, or just fall on hard times. In times of financial turmoil, some of the most difficult things you can end up facing are bankruptcy and bad faith loans, but luckily, there are ways to deal with both.

If you’re thinking filing for bankruptcy might be the best financial option for you, you are not alone. According to a United States Courts report, there are just around one million personal bankruptcies filed annually in the US. Filing for bankruptcy can be an important step towards solving financial troubles and piled-up debt. According to Raleigh Bankruptcy Lawyers, Chapter 7 bankruptcy is one of the most common types of bankruptcy as it allows individuals to eliminate their debt, curb creditors and repossessions, and rebuild their credit.
Generally, when insurance is purchased for any entity, whether it be a house, a car, or even a life, it is expected that the insurance company will cover any filed claims when an accident occurs. This is known as keeping “good faith.” Of course, not every insurance company keeps their practices completely clean, as many will look for excuses to not fulfill its obligation to its customers in a practice known as insurance bad faith. If an insurance company refuses to pay out on a claim, legal action can be taken in order to ensure one gets the money they need. According to the attorneys at Smith Kendall, PLLC, the most common bad faith practices include coverage disputes, deceptive trade practice violations, and insurance code violations.

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