What to Do After a Disastrous Flood

Jun 25, 2017 by

Flooding has a lot of risks, such as the health risks of bacteria, toxins, and other contaminants in flood water, and injury risks of debris, collapsing materials, and electrical hazards. It is important to point out that these risks do not immediately go away even after the flood, so it is important to know the steps you should do after a flooding incident, to ensure not just your own safety, but also your family’s.

Wait for authority advice

Before you do anything risky, such as trying to get back to your house from the evacuation center or wherever else, you should always seek announcements from proper authorities first, to ensure that going back is already safe, or at least the hazards have already been minimized.

Look for structural damages

Once it is clear to go to your house, do not enter just yet. Flood waters, especially those that pass violently, may inflict enough force on structures to give them enough damage to collapse. The most dangerous structural damages involve walls, utility poles, other objects that may crash, and floors.

Be wary of conduction hazards

Even if your home is already free of flood water, everything there is likely to be wet still, so be particularly cautious of electricity and materials that may conduct electricity, especially appliances, metallic objects, and wiring systems. It is best to even wait for a qualified electrician when you are not sure if you have left the main switch off or not.

Be wary of dangerous animals

The flood may have also brought animals into your home, particularly dangerous ones like snakes. So, when you roam around your house, be alert of possible animals that you may disturb along the way, as they may retaliate.

Check if there is anything that can be saved

Many of your appliances, furniture, and other assets are probably broken, but there may still be items that you can save with thorough cleaning and drying. This is particularly true for dishes, utensils, and other small items that are not electronic or do not contain easily breakable materials. Just make sure to clean them properly with appropriate anti-contaminants and soap and dry them out.

Call your insurance

Before throwing everything that cannot be saved, it is best to contact your insurance. Documenting the disaster that has happened in your home is also recommended to make your insurance claim more viable.

Viability is important when it comes to insurance. According to the website of K2 Consulting & Services, LLC, insurance companies may give you less than what you deserve. So, just to be safe, you may want to give them your full perspective in the form of documentation.

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Finding the Best Defense against Marijuana Possession Charge

May 15, 2017 by

Being accused of a crime, whether this crime is a simple case of misdemeanor or something much more serious, such as DUI or possession of marijuana, can be a frightening experience, especially for people who committed the act without actually having intended to do so.

A drug crime, specifically, is an act in violation of federal laws, deserving lengthy jail terms and hefty fines. A drug-related crime includes selling, manufacturing, distribution and possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Despite its wide use, marijuana remains to be considered an illegal drug in many part of the U.S. The Controlled Substances Act has classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug or a type of drug that has no legal medical value. This, is course, is contrary to the ruling of some states which recognize the medical value of the drug; some states have even decriminalized it for (private) recreational purposes. And though the Washington Initiative 502 has experimentally allowed marijuana, everything about it (manufacture, growth, possession, etc.) is still subject under certain conditions, like the possession of license and the person involved should be, at least, 21 years old.

Marijuana contains THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, its key psychoactive ingredient. Its street names, include cannabis, grass, weed, pot, boom, Mary Jane, gangster, ganja, reefer, etc. If caught in possession of this still illegal drug, the charges can be between misdemeanor and felony, with the amount of fines and length of jail term depending on the amount of the drug possessed.

According to the Flaherty Defense Firm, “Even with the recent reforms on marijuana laws throughout the nation, Florida remains steadfast in its zero tolerance policy when it comes to marijuana.

If you are a college student, or you are planning on joining the military, but has been arrested for possession of marijuana, it is vital that you take this charge seriously and take steps to protect yourself. A marijuana conviction could cost you your scholarships and Federal financial aid for college. A conviction could affect job opportunities in the future and prevent you from joining the military. Don’t let this happen to you. Whether you are a local resident of Destin, or you’re just here on summer vacation or spring break, a marijuana possession lawyer who has the experience and know-how to defend marijuana cases may be able to help you.”

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Be Aware of Medical Misdiagnosis

Feb 6, 2017 by

Medical malpractice happens when a medical professional fails to meet standards in patient care, resulting in injury to the patient. A specific type of malpractice is misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor either diagnoses a patient with a condition they do not have, or does not diagnosis a patient with a condition that they actually do have. These types of errors can lead to incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or even no treatment at all.

The consequences can be devastating for a patient who was misdiagnosed. According to Medical Malpractice Center, many forms of cancer are more commonly misdiagnosed. This is why they stress that it is important to get a second opinion regarding serious illness diagnosis, such as cancer. As the website for Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group says, early diagnosis is the key to recovery for rapidly progressive illnesses. The longer a patient goes misdiagnosed, the more catastrophic the consequences.

Because misdiagnosis can also lead to mental anguish, lost income, and expensive medical bills, it is important to know that it is possible to recover damages in a medical malpractice action. However, misdiagnosis by itself is not enough to create a case for you to recover from the hospital. In order to make a case, a victim must show that there was a relationship between them and the medical professional. They must also show that the medical professional had a duty of care, that they violated the duty of care, and that there was an injury as a result of the violation.

According to CBS News, as many as 1 out of 20 adult patients are misdiagnosed in the U.S. Keep this in mind when seeking medical treatment, get a second opinion, and be aware of your rights as a patient.

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What Are The Consequences For Identity Theft?

Jan 3, 2017 by

Technology has its upsides and downsides. While they have automated some of the most common activities of man, technology has also become an avenue for conducting unscrupulous activities. We have heard of people’s credit cards being used for illegal activities using technology. One of the illegal activities that unscrupulous individuals perform is identity theft. Such activities involve the use of another person’s personal information for their own personal motive.

A White Plains criminal attorney will tell you that identity theft is a serious crime because it defrauds the identity of another person. According to the Federal Trade Commission, approximately 13.9 million Americans were a victim of identity theft. The amount that is lost to identity theft is valued at billions of dollars every year with about 1 in 20 consumers likely to become victims of identity theft.

In identity theft, the defendant targets the personal information of other people such as their Social Security Number, bank account numbers, email passwords, and credit card numbers. Identity thieves have the ability to access the details of an individual without physically stealing bank cards, credit cards, or checkbook. They can front as bank or government representatives to get some information from you. Once armed with the data, they can use the information to do criminal acts.

According to the ID Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act, identity theft is a Federal crime that is punishable by 15 years imprisonment. Likewise, identity theft carries stiff fines, and possible criminal forfeiture of any property. If the defendant engages in fraudulent activities, the jail term could become much longer. Identity theft is prosecuted in the state and Federal level. All 50 American states have laws punishing identity theft. Twenty nine states have restitution provisions and five states have property forfeiture provisions in place.

Fines in identity theft cases are punitive in nature and are paid in the court or the government. Restitution, on the other hand, is paid to the victim. The aim of such is to make them whole again or as close to being whole again.

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How Improper Loading Can Result To Truck Accidents?

Aug 25, 2016 by

Commercial trucks have the duty to carry and deliver their load to their desired destinations. In their desire to finish their jobs in the quickest possible way, there are instances when the load is improperly loaded. When this happens, the truck may become unstable and the cargo that they carry may spill out into the road. A Milwaukee truck accident attorney will tell you that an unsecured load can shift during transit and cause serious injuries to motorists.

There are many instances that an improperly loaded cargo can cause truck accidents. For one, a box that shifts or flies off the truck can cause a chain reaction which can result to the driver swerving or braking suddenly to avoid the falling or flying debris. Once hit by the falling object, it can damage the windshield of the motor vehicle. Depending on the load, trucks carrying unsecured cargo can lead to serious accidents on the road. Common truck accidents caused by improper loading may include:

  • Rear accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Accidents due to cargo or debris on the road
  • Jackknife accidents
  • Sideswipe accidents

Improper loading happens when the personnel who load the cargo are improperly trained and fail to check their loads regularly. It also happens when the driver is driving recklessly. To prevent accidents from happening, it is important for trucking companies to have stringent safety regulations when loading cargo to trucks especially if the load involves volatile or hazardous materials such as chemicals or toxic waste. Trucks have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) that is indicated on the truck’s plate. Trucks are not allowed to carry more than its GVWR and they are expected to regularly visit weigh stations along their routes to make sure that they have the right load.

Their sheer size has already put at risk divers of motor vehicles. Improperly loading their cargo can add on to that risk and may increase the likelihood of injuries or fatalities.

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Mechanical Defect

May 10, 2016 by

Twenty-nine-year-old Brooke Melton had been driving her white 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt along Hiram Acworth Highway in Dallas, Georgia on March 10, 2010 at around 7:30 p.m. when she lost control of it, causing it to hydroplane across the center line, get hit by an oncoming Ford Focus, and fall 15 feet down into the waters of Picketts Mill Creek.

Melton, placed in a gurney inside an ambulance, was rushed to the WellStar Paulding Hospital in Hiram, which was approximately 6 miles from the accident area. She died in the intensive care unit from blunt force trauma that broke her neck.

Melton’s father, Ken, could not let her death rest. He scrolled through online discussion boards and was able to find other GM vehicle owners complaining about their vehicles’ mechanical defects; one father refused to let her daughter drive the family’s Cobalt after several incidents of it stalling.

Results from the investigation on Melton’s death showed that it was her fault that the accident happened; it also contained little details that made it seem as if the incident had all been an accident that could not have been predicted by anyone: a rainy evening, a fast rate of speed, a hydroplaning car, an oncoming vehicle. However, with these new revelations, Ken thought that maybe it was not his daughter’s fault; maybe it was the manufacturer of the vehicle that his daughter had been driving that was the one who caused her death.

Ken and his attorneys combed through resources like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and federal databases to find out cases similar to the death of his daughter. Then, they filed a lawsuit against GM which claimed negligence for its role in “designing, inspecting, manufacturing, assembling, marketing, selling, and providing warnings for the Cobalt”.

GM issued a recall of 1.3 million vehicles, including the Cobalt, because of defective power steering, nine years prior to Melton’s death.

Over the years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has instituted mandatory – which were once optional – safety features for vehicles that will be manufactured and sold in America: three-point seat belts, antilock brakes, and airbags. However, or due to, these safety enhancements, the number of defective vehicles on the road are higher than ever, with the agency reporting 63.9 million vehicle recalls, or one out of every four cars in the U.S., in 2014. The website of Ausband & Dumont says that truck manufacturers are liable for the defects and malfunctions in their products and people who are hurt by these mistakes can hold manufacturers accountable.

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Birth Injury: Erb’s Palsy

Nov 24, 2015 by

An infant’s birth may be clouded by dark events, especially when medical professionals aren’t careful during delivery. Occasionally, care is just not attended to enough, and perilous birth injuries would be the result. One common birth injury related to medical error in the delivery room is Erb’s Palsy. This condition results when a baby’s brachial plexus is damaged, which influences the nerves situated in the top arm and shoulder.

Although most parents will not be immediately aware that their infant has been hurt, there may be signs that Erb’s Palsy has lead from carelessness. These indications might include a lack of response, lack of movement, or general weakness in the arm or shoulder. Living with Erb’s Palsy can be hard for both a baby along with her or his parents, not only physically but financially as well.

Effects of Erb’s Palsy

A person can be affected by Erb’s Palsy with the condition in several of ways, and also a newborn has restricted defenses with which to battle in this state. A number of the possible effects of this condition might contain:

  • Numbness in the arm
  • Weakness in the arm
  • Partial paralysis
  • Absolute paralysis
  • Muscle atrophy

Each of those effects might result from a baby acquiring Erb’s Palsy from an unsafe delivery. Erb’s Palsy lawyer John J. Driscoll‘s website states that many cases, such deliveries would be caused by carelessness or negligence from the medical staff involved.

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Mesothelioma: Still Used in the US, Still a Source of Threat

Aug 5, 2015 by

From 1999 to 2010 about 29,000 people in the US have already died due to mesothelioma and, every year, about two to three thousand more individuals continue to be added in the count.

Mesothelioma is a deadly, chronic cancer that affects the membrane lining of the lungs, the abdominal organ, and the sacs that protect the heart and the testis. From these organs affected are the four known types of mesothelioma:

Pleural mesothelioma. This is the most common type of this incurable cancer and it damages the pleura, or the thin cell wall lining of the lungs. The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, persistent chest pain, fatigue, night sweats, and fever.

Pericardial mesothelioma. This affects the pericardium or the outer covering of the heart. Though the rarest type of mesothelioma, it remains to be the most dangerous due to its closeness to the heart. The symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma include chest pains, irregular heartbeat, breathing difficulty, coughing, fever, fatigue, and night sweats.

Peritoneal mesothelioma. This cancer involves the mesothelial lining of the abdominal organ. Its symptoms include abdominal pain and swelling, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, and weight loss.

Testicular mesothelioma. This type of mesothelioma develops along the lining of the male’s reproductive glands, called the testis. The major signs of this cancer include swelling of the scrotum and growth of testicular lumps.

Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Asbestos, which is a fibrous and heat-resistant mineral contains and releases sharp, microscopic fibers which can be imbedded in an organ’s linings when inhaled or swallowed. Its deadly effect, however, only become evident about 20 – 40 years (or more) after exposure to asbestos. Due to this very long latency period, by the time mesothelioma gets detected, it would already have developed into an advanced stage, making treatment, which may prolong the patient’s life, very difficult. Thus, many of those diagnosed with mesothelioma are given only about one to two years survival rate.

Asbestos was widely used from 1930 to 1970, its use probably having peaked during the Second World War, when 4.3 million shipyard workers, including US Navy personnel, were exposed to thousands of tons of asbestos from the building of US battleships to the insulation of steam turbines, steam engines, steam pipes and boilers. According to the website of Williams & Kherkher, asbestos miners and shipyard workers are not the only ones who get exposed to asbestos. Contract workers, construction workers, railroad workers, factory employees, and other military personnel are also at risk.

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Risperdal may stimulate the Development of Pituitary Tumors

Apr 4, 2015 by

Several studies based on cases submitted to the Adverse Reporting System of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that Risperdal (risperidone) may cause pituitary tumors in patients. Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic that blocks dopamine and serotonin receptors to control behavioral problems in people with autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. It has also been prescribed for off-label uses to treat anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, and insomnia.

Many of these studies were almost a decade ago, at which point the researchers maintain that the findings are preliminary and warrant a longitudinal study to determine if Risperdal is indeed a causative factor. Fast forward to 2015 and there have been no recent studies published regarding Risperdal and its link to pituitary tumors.

A Risperdal lawyer probably knows that the drug stimulates the pituitary gland to produce more prolactin. This in turn can disrupt the production of other hormones, and cause the pituitary gland to enlarge and grow tumors. Most of these are benign, which means they don’t spread to other parts of the body. However, because of its proximity to the brain, the large ones (macroadenomas) can cause significant health issues in patients when they produce too much of one hormone or physically press on something, such as the optic nerves. Some of the issues from pituitary tumors include:

  • Cushing syndrome
  • Double vision, visual field loss, drooping eyelids
  • Galatorrhea
  • Gigantism
  • Headaches
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Olfactory problems

The size and activity of the pituitary tumors will determine the severity of these symptoms. In most cases, these manifest gradually and are mild enough that they go unreported. In some cases, the onset can be sudden and severe. This may be due to Risperdal.

If you experience any of these symptoms or other unexpected side effects of using Risperdal, do not keep it to yourself. Tell your doctor about it and report any serious injuries you sustained to the FDA. You should also consult with an experienced Risperdal lawyer in your area to see if others have similar cases. You could be eligible for compensation.

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How Serious is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Feb 1, 2015 by

Morning sickness i.e. the tendency of women in early pregnancy to feel nauseated over ordinary smells and to subsequently vomit is an accepted part of pregnancy. It occurs in about 75% of all pregnant women to varying degrees, but it is usually mild and lasts for about 10 weeks. It makes the mothers miserable but there is no real danger to their health or the well-being of the fetus. Some people believe that it is a way for the mother to gain sympathy or attention, but that is highly improbable. In fact, the very prevalence of morning sickness suggests that it is a defense mechanism against toxins that may harm the baby. Studies indicate that women who do not experience morning sickness are more likely to miscarry.

However, there are rare instances when the nausea and vomiting are more severe and prolonged than normal. This is called hyperemesis gravidarum, and it affects about 1% of all pregnant women. Women with this condition who go untreated can lose as much as 10% of their body weight prior to pregnancy and suffer from dehydration, constipation, metabolic imbalances, and nutritional disorders. These can lead to ketosis, keotacidosis, or thyrotoxicosis which can eventually lead to death.

There is very little that doctors can do except to monitor the patient and replenish fluids and nutrients until the nausea and vomiting subsides. In some cases when the condition is severe, doctors prescribe an antiemetic to prevent nausea and vomiting. Antiemetic drugs are generally not recommended for pregnant women because they may not be safe but in some cases the benefits outweigh the risks. One of the most popular antiemetic drugs for hyperemesis gravidarum is Zofran, mostly owing to the manufacturer’s claim that it is safe for pregnant women.

As it is turning out, the claim has no basis. Based on articles you will see when you view their website, lawyers at Williams Kherkher assert that Zofran may cause birth defects. If you believe the same thing, you should speak out. Contact a Zofran lawyer in your area for more information on how you can get compensation for your child who will have to deal with the consequences of preventable birth defects.

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