Automobile accidents are sadly one the leading causes of fatalities in the United States, accounting for 35,900 deaths in 2009. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were about 10.8 motor vehicle accidents in 2009, showing that accidents occur far too easily. Although car accidents are never pleasant, having the right car insurance can help cushion the blow of the expenses associated with being involved in an accident.
According to the Woodson Law Firm, the many causes of car accidents include:
- Reckless driving
- Speeding accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Auto defects
In these instances, medical bills, lost wages, and repair costs can add up and lead to a financial downward spiral. This is exactly when having the appropriate insurance policy is useful, because it can help to cover the cost of damages. Having car insurance is also a state requirement for drivers who choose to operate a motor vehicle. However, the minimum amount of insurance required will vary based on the car you drive and the state you live in.
Aside from being a legal requirement, car insurance also protects you from personal liability. But what happens if you’re caught driving without auto insurance? Often times police cannot legally allow you to continue driving once they are aware that you do not have proper insurance. This could mean having your car impounded on the spot and incurring the fees that go along with towing. Additionally, you could have your driver’s license either suspended or revoked depending on the situation. According to Insure on the Spot, once you’re cited for driving without insurance, you must then incur additional fees because you’ll be required to obtain SR-22 insurance. SR-22 insurance is liability insurance that drivers considered “high risk” must have in order to have their licenses reinstated.
Just as with any other prescription drug, taking Fosamax while already under other medications can have effects on the body. Fosamax is a prescription drug used to help in promoting bone regeneration while preventing bone loss. Most of the people who take these drugs are those who are suffering from osteoporosis, whether from old age, steroid use, or menopausal. People also have bone problems such as Paget’s bone disease can also take Fosamax, although it can also be given to treat other complications.
Because Fosamax is a strong prescription drug, taking it with other medications can cause side effects or health complications. Knowing what to take while under a Fosamax prescription is vital in order to avoid endangering your health further. Doctors should particularly be aware if you are taking NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs) such as naproxen, meloxicam, ibuprofen, diclofenac, aspirin, celecoxib, and many others. Taking such medications without informing your doctor may result in serious complications. Whether you are taking over-the-counter, herbal, or doctor-prescribed medications, it would be better to consult your doctor first before taking them. You don’t need to stop taking multivitamins or other medications, informing your doctor first would be the best option before stopping any of these medicines.
Patients are also advised to take Fosamax without any other medication, at least for 30 minutes after they have taken it, because these medications can make the Fosamax harder to be absorbed by the body, thus making it ineffective. Those who are taking Fosamax are also advised avoid lying down within 30 minutes after taking Fosamax. Standing up is necessary because Fosamax can cause irritation as well as ulcers in the stomach or esophagus.
Because drug interactions can significantly change or alter the effects of any drug, or increase or decrease the risks of side effects and complications, it would be always advisable to talk with your doctor regarding Fosamax. Because the FDA has already given out word of the dangers of long-term intake of Fosamax and other bisphosphonates, patients should be more wary of what they are putting into their bodies. However, those who sustained injuries due to the drug’s side effects before its dangers were known may be entitled to compensation via a Fosamax lawsuit.
Fighting a big corporation alone can be like climbing a very steep mountain; it seems very difficult, especially when the company or person you’re filing a lawsuit against is powerful and has lots of money. When it comes to lawsuits such as this one, it may be more beneficial when you have a lot of people with the same cause as you have to file a lawsuit with. When a group of people who have been injured or harmed by a company or any of their products or services come together, they can file a class action lawsuit.
Generally, a class action lawsuit is filed against pharmaceutical companies who have made false claims on their products or have caused injuries or even death on those who have used them. Illegal hiring and salary practices can also be grounds for class action lawsuits, and members of any company who believe they are victims of such practices can file for this type of lawsuit.
People who have agreed to do a class action lawsuit forfeit their right to individually sue the person or company who have done them harm. Once they have won the case, compensation can come based on the greatest damage, but not all plaintiffs can receive equal share of the awards that the defendants will pay. Such lawsuits can go on trial, either by judge or jury, or they can be settled out of court. A class action lawsuit can also be tried through mediation and awards can be given in two types, which are compensatory and punitive.
Numerous research studies have been performed in attempt to figure out if lead paint poisoning in children is linked to learning and behavioral problems. A study from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina shows that early childhood exposure to lead particles can affect children negatively as they’re body and brain continues to develop.
The study was performed by observing blood levels of children who lived and grew up in urban areas like Baltimore, MD, Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, and Cincinnati, OH. Low income urban areas are more likely to have higher lead concentrations since a large majority of the paint used on housing was lead-based. Many of the housing premises haven’t been renovated or brought up to code since lead was banned from paint in 1978. From analyzing trends in their results, researchers found that for every ten micrograms of lead toxin found in every deciliter of blood, the child scored five points lower on a behavioral survey given to teachers and parents.
According to the website of law firm Joe Miller Law, Ltd victims of lead paint poisoning can hold the property owner accountable with a premises liability suit. In addition to lead paint poisoning, occurrences like dog bites, elevator and escalator injuries, porch collapses, stair collapses, fires, mercury poisoning, and swimming pool injuries are defined as premises liability issues. Premises liability suits are useful and important because often people will live in a house and not even know the risk of lead paint or faulty structures like weak stair cases or rotting porches. The owner of the property is responsible for maintain the premises so that visitors and renters do not suffer temporarily or permanently.
Premises liability is considered to be any danger or accident that can occur on someone else’s property. Property owners are required by law to warn visitors of any potential dangers in order to reduce the risk of being injured.
The most common causes of premises liability accidents include poor lighting, failure to fix damaged floorboards or railings, and leaving spills on the ground. According to the Woodson Law Firm, common premises liability cases involve:
- Slip and falls
- Stair collapse
- Porch collapse
- Elevator or escalator injuries
- Dog bites
- Lead paint poisoning
- Mercury poisoning
- Swimming pool injuries
Slip and falls are typically the most common premises liability injuries. Although they may seem minor, slip and falls can lead to more serious injuries such as internal damage, broken bones, and head injuries. Swimming pools may seem like a fun and relaxing way to beat the heat during the hot months of the year, however they can actually lead to serious accidents, especially for young children. Common swimming pool accidents are due to lack of supervision, diving board injuries, and even drowning. Fires can occur far too easily if certain safety measures are not taken. Failing to install sprinklers, fire prevention methods, fire alarms, and failing to repair dangerous electric outlets are dangerous habits that put others at an unnecessary risk of injury.
Injury caused by someone else’s carelessness is legally referred to as negligence , and premises liability lawyers are well versed in cases involving negligence. If you or someone you love was injured due to a property owner’s carelessness, it can be beneficial to contact an attorney to discuss the details of your case and determine if you may be eligible to fight for compensation.
More than half of American families will pursue legal separation or divorce. The law mandates that family law courts are required to provide parents with disabilities an equal opportunity in court. Despite what the law requires, many parents with disabilities are unpleasantly surprised by the bias they encounter with child custody cases.
This bias is evident in the 1979 case In re Marriage of Carney. A mother of two children petitioned the courts to reverse a custody order after the father suffered a spinal cord injury and became quadriplegic. The motion to change custody was granted by the lower court, determining that the father’s disability meant that the relationship with his children would no longer be “normal.” The California Supreme Court heard the case after the father appealed the lower court’s decision, ruling that the father’s parental custody should not be severed because of his disability, because his disability did not suggest a lesser ability to be a good parent. Although the lower court’s decision was overturned, it revealed the bias that parents with disabilities are unable to provide the necessary care and love required of a parent.
In recent years, the view of the court has not mirrored the decision in the Carney case. In 2011, a father was awarded custody after the mother was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. The judge in the case cited that “children want a normal childhood, and it is not normal with an ill parent.” In another case, a mother with disabilities could function independently because of the modifications in her home, but the judge maintained that the mother “could not parent despite findings of psychological and occupational therapy evaluations documenting her capability.” Family courts are supposed to use the best interest of the child to make custody decisions. Unfortunately, it is evident that the bias against parents with disabilities can cloud the court’s judgment.
Millions of patients a year trust pharmaceuticals to work in a way that will treat certain illnesses and ailments without exposing them to excessively dangerous side effects. Unfortunately, some of these prescription drugs are found to be linked to devastating side effects that may have been an unknown possibility when the drug was distributed.
Zoloft is a prime example of a prescription drug gone bad. Zoloft is an SSRI anti-depressant used to treat major social anxiety disorders and depression. Sadly, it was found to be linked to an array of birth defects to patients who took the drug while pregnant or trying to conceive. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher explain that these birth defects include:
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Congenital heart defects
- Club foot
- Neural tube defects
- Anal atresia
If you took Zoloft while pregnant, especially during the first trimester, then it is possible that your child’s birth defect is linked to the drug. Contacting an experienced lawyer can help you to pursue the compensation you are entitled to from the pharmaceutical company.
Actos is another example of a prescription drug with serious complications. This medication was designed to regulate glucose and insulin levels and commonly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. It was supposed to act as a safer alternative to Avandia, however Actos has been linked to bladder cancer. Bladder cancer has a high rate of recurrence, and Williams Kherkher explains that it is also associated with:
- Painful, difficult urination
- Recurring tumors
- Aggressive spreading to nearby organs
If you or someone you love took Actos and developed bladder cancer, then there are certain steps you can take in order to hold the pharmaceutical company financially accountable for your pain, suffering, and medical bills.
Oil field work is often a desired profession in the United States because of the potential to make large sums of money. However, it is a risky profession both physically and financially because it is a boom and bust industry requiring lengthy work hours. The oil field industry can be prosperous, but its dangers should not be ignored.
Patino & Associates P.L.L.C. explain that due to the nature of the job, oil field employers are required to adhere to specific workplace safety standards, maintenance, and inspections. Operating cranes, forklifts, and other heavy machinery poses a certain threat to workers, especially if that equipment is not properly inspected. Unfortunately, it is extremely possible for an equipment malfunction to cause devastating injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Wrongful death
Oil field work requires heavy lifting, which is why machinery is needed, however many workers do some of the heavy lifting manually. This can cause extreme strain that leads to injuries such as strained muscles, disc slips, connective tissue damage, and dislocation.
Many oil field operations run day and night, rain or shine, meaning that workers are required to work an average of 70 hours per week. Excessive amounts of physical labor coupled with a lack of sleep can lead to exhaustion that causes dangerous workplace mistakes. Dehydration is also possible during the hot months of the year since workers are still required to work strenuous hours despite extreme temperatures. Winter months can be equally dangerous as wind gusts and freezing temperatures require the body to use even more energy in order to stay warm. There are guidelines that oil field employers are required to follow in order to prevent injuries from extreme injuries, long work hours, and equipment malfunctions. However, if you or someone you love has been injured because those guidelines were not followed, it is beneficial to contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.