Trouble with the Curve and Rollovers

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Car Crashes, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Two people were killed in Texas when the vehicle they were in hit the guardrail and rolled over, ejecting both occupants, killing the driver instantly and seriously injuring the female passenger. The passenger died of her injuries in the hospital. Police at the scene speculate that the driver was speeding as he took the curve, and he lost control of the vehicle. Alcohol impairment was not reported. It was fortunate that no other vehicle was involved in the accident.

Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents, and vehicles that have a tendency to rollover are more likely to go into a tripped one when going at high speeds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration, speed-related crashes in 2011 (the latest figures available) resulted in 9,944 deaths, or 31% of all vehicle-crash fatalities in the US. Alcohol plays a significant role in speed-related accidents; about 42% of fatal speed-related accidents involved alcohol.

While speeding is definitely a factor in causing serious car accidents, it should also be noted that in many cases death occurs not as a result of speeding but from injuries sustained when the vehicle rolls over. Some vehicles are more likely to rollover than others. The ones with a more present risk usually cost more money to insure, according to indications made on Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®.

The lucky ones are those that survive a serious rollover accident with nothing more than minor injuries, shaken nerves, and a totaled vehicle, but as pointed out on the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® some injuries may not be immediately apparent without thorough testing. If you are involved in a car accident, always have a thorough check up to rule out hidden injuries.

If you are seriously injured because your vehicle rolled over or another driver was speeding, you could get compensation. Contact a car accident lawyer in your state to find out what legal options are open to you.

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Varicose Vein Treatment

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Health & Beauty | 0 comments

Varicose veins look terrible. Those are the wormy, bulgy, blue veins that you will commonly find behind the knee and near the ankles where the pressure on the veins has caused the blood to pool. It makes your legs look like a road map in relief., and that’s not attractive at all.

They are mostly harmless in a health sense, but their presence can really undermine a person’s confidence, especially as it occurs mostly in women, and mostly in women who had gone through pregnancy. With the host of problems that accompany post-pregnancy, varicose veins are definitely on the hit-list of what must be decisively eliminated immediately. Fortunately, there are treatments that can bring almost instant results, and the best one is sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure available in a good Des Moines medspa where the varicose veins are injected with a special salt solution. It is intended to make that vein shrivel up and die within a few days, and it is then absorbed by the body. The procedure can be done during your lunch break and there is no downtime at all. You may feel a little swelling and discomfort from standing too long…oh, wait, that was because of the varicose veins. Removing varicose veins will eliminate its symptoms such as throbbing and itchiness in the legs, swollen ankles and feet, and of course those visible veins.

It is possible that the varicose veins may recur, especially if you do nothing to prevent them such as walking regularly, keeping a healthy weight, and avoiding standing for a long time. If they do, you can always go back to your favorite medspa and have them removed again. It is cheaper and more convenient than having surgery, although surgical removal is more effective.

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Minivan Accidents usually involve Children

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Car Crashes, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Minivans are sometimes called “mommy” cars because it is usually used as a family car. This may be the reason that child injuries usually result when a minivan is involved in a collision with another vehicle such as a pickup truck. It could also be because some popular minivans perform poorly in crash tests.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the seat design of certain models of pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs provide poor head restraint to the vehicle occupants, resulting neck injuries even from the mildest of rear collisions. A Tennessee personal injury attorney will attest to the fact that rear-end collisions are common in commuter traffic, and neck injuries resulting from such incidents costs $8.5 billion a year in medical insurance claims. Vehicles that rated low in the crash test had seats that did not keep the head and torso moving together, the best way to avoid neck injuries in a rear-end collision.

This is disturbing news, especially for owners of minivans that routinely bring their children around in a vehicle that does not give them adequate protection. No matter how carefully you drive, it only takes one impatient driver behind you to make a minor error in judgement to result in injury to your child.

It is difficult to imagine how serious the injuries a child will sustain if the collision is caused by a speeding vehicle. As discussed on the website of Ravid and Associates, children are much more vulnerable to injuries than adults. Such injuries can have long-term repercussions on the health and physical development of the child. Vehicle owners need to be informed about the possible defect in their vehicles and the problem addressed as soon as possible by vehicle manufacturers.

If your child suffered serious injuries because of a defect in the car or the negligence of another driver, you may be able to get compensation. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your state to know what kind of lawsuit would be appropriate for your case.

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Einstein’s Brain May Hold the Key to Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Scientists discovered that Albert Einstein’s brain had more astrocytes (star-shaped brain cells) than other human brains studied before or since. Astrocytes are believed to be responsible for the development of healthy neurons and spinal cord signalling, but very little is actually know about the role and potential for healing of these cells.

Animal studies have shown that there may really be a connection between the presence of astrocytes and the ability to replace damaged neurons and reinstate severed connections of the spinal cord and brain. This led to the proposal for an innovative model for studying them in the hope that more information will lead to therapeutic used to benefit those with neurological impairments, including those affected by traumatic spinal cord injuries.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher Law Firm, victims of traumatic spinal cord injuries often end up severely impaired, and many require all the help they can get. Even the smallest possibility of regaining some mobility is greeted with enthusiasm. There are several ongoing efforts to find a treatment and solution for people with degenerative or traumatic spinal cord disorders. This is testimony to the extent of the problem that these victims are facing, something which a Louisville personal injury lawyer would have extensive knowledge.

However, even if these treatments prove to be effective and become available, it will probably be very expensive. Traumatic spinal cord injury victims generally run through their insurance and life savings to pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation, and medication without the ability to recoup by working because of their debilitating condition. Unless they are able to get compensation for their injuries from the negligent third party that caused them in the first place, there is little hope that they will be able to afford such treatment.

If you have suffered traumatic spinal cord injury because of the negligence of third parties, you need to prepare for your future. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your state to help you fight for what is right.

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Causes of Asbestos Exposure

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Asbestos and Mesothelioma | 0 comments

Asbestos is an incredibly versatile and durable minerals made up of microscopic fibers. It has many industrial applications because it has high resistance to heat and chemicals and is non-conductive, and it is relatively inexpensive to mine and process. Unfortunately, it is also toxic to humans when it is breathed in, something that is easy to do because of the size of the fibers.

Asbestos exposure can lead to medical conditions that range from mild to fatal, depending on the frequency and level of exposure. These medical conditions are primarily respiratory, as the fibers lodged in the lungs can cause inflammation and scarring that can lead to breathing difficulties. In some cases, it leads to lung cancer or mesothelioma, which involves the lining of the abdomen, chest cavity and lungs called the mesothelium.

Asbestos exposure can happen anywhere. Because it was widely used for decades (and is still being used now in certain industries), you could get exposed to it at home, in the workplace, or in the environment. Strict laws are in place for the regulation for use and disposal of asbestos, but unfortunately these are not always being followed. In some instances, exposure can result from the unexpected destruction of a building such as what happened when the World Trade Center was attacked in what is now known as 9/11. The North Tower was built partly using asbestos, and its destruction resulted in tons of the fibers being released into the surrounding areas.

Asbestos continues to pose a threat to public health, but under normal circumstances this can be avoided if due diligence and care is observed. If you have contracted an asbestos-related disease because of the negligence of a third party, you may be facing a threat to your life. Consult with an asbestos lawyer in your state for more information on how you can get compensation for your preventable injuries.

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Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Water | 0 comments

Having low water pressure in the house can be a real pain. For one thing, you can’t take a really brisk shower to wake you up in the morning if your water is sleepy. For another, it will take forever to fill up your washing machine. Before calling in a plumber, though, find out what is causing it. It may be easily fixed.

Clogged Aerators

If water pressure is low in some areas but not others, the faucet itself may be clogged by debris. You can check this by unscrewing the aerator (it’s the “cap” at the end of the nozzle that has a fine screen across). If the water flow improves without the aerator, it is probably clogged. You can unclog it by soaking it in a little water and vinegar to loosen it up. If that doesn’t work, replace it with new ones.

Water Heater Problems

If your water pressure is low only when using just hot water, your water heater may be the problem. Check if the valve leading to the house is fully open. If it is, your water heater may need cleaning. You’ll need a plumber to check it.

Leaks

The most common source of leaks in the toilet, and it doesn’t have to be a leaky pipe (which you will notice almost immediately anyway and it is easy to fix). A defective water filling valve, flapper or float can keep water running continuously through the water tank. If you listen closely, you should hear it. You can also check by putting in a couple of drops of food dye in the tank and see if it leaks into the bowl. If it does, trace which component is causing it and replace that.

If it is not the toilet, it could be a busted pipe. This can be a big problem if it is in hard-to-reach areas such as under the house or in the walls. If you see water spots or notice water in areas where there shouldn’t be, call a plumber to look for it and fix it.

Mineral Buildup in Pipes

Unless your house is new or the pipes have just been replaced, chances are your pipes have mineral buildup, especially if you live in an area where the water is “hard” such as Texas. As pointed out on the American Water website, mineral deposits can lead to funny tasting water, yellowish clothing, and clogged pipes. A plumber will know what to do, but you may want to consider filtering the water that comes into your whole house to prevent the same problem in the future.

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Failure to Enforce Workers’ Comp Laws Hurt Injured Workers in North Carolina

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Workplace Injuries | 0 comments

Most states in the U.S. require non-exempt employers to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage for all their employees. This is to protect workers from the financial losses from a work-related injury and the employers from personal injury liability. It is a good system that works most of the time. That is, unless employers think they can get away with.

North Carolina Industrial Commission has been repeatedly criticized for their lackluster efforts at enforcement of workers’ comp laws and collection of penalties for noncompliant employers. The Commission does not appear to have adequate monitoring procedures for the businesses in their jurisdiction and only finds about an employer’s noncompliance when a worker is injured and makes a claim. This is tantamount to saying it is okay not to pay for workers’ comp insurance as long as workplace accidents don’t happen. This defeats the whole purpose of the state workers’ comp laws.

According to the website of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, the incidence of workplace accidents has steadily decreased in Raleigh and the rest of North Carolina, and that is good news. However, that is hardly going to cheer up a seriously injured worker who is not eligible for financial assistance from their workers’ comp insurance because there is no workers’ comp insurance. The only recourse open to workers in such cases is to file a civil lawsuit against the employer for medical expenses, loss of wages, and other related damages of a workplace injury.

North Carolina is not among the best places to live or work in the US, but neither is it the worst. However, if you are injured on the job in North Carolina and thought you had insurance coverage, you’d better find a really good workers’ compensation lawyer in the state to fight for your rights, because you won’t get it from your non-existent insurance carrier.

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