Cities all over the country continue to push for more bike riding through their streets. This makes sense, of course. Bikes are emission-free and clear the roads of traffic. They’re also pleasant: pleasant to ride, pleasant to see others ride. They feel quaint and friendly, which is great for tourism and also for the overall feeling of the city for the citizens who live there.
It would seem, then, that there’s not much of a downside to the increasing use of bikes and cities encouraging the trend, and that would be true, except for the increased risk of accidents that come with it.
The more people bike, the more accidents there will be, of course, but that hides the fact that biking, by its nature, is more dangerous. Bikes, after all, ride next to cars, not in the safer space on the sidewalk. They are faster than walking, harder to stop than feet (when they accidentally slide into intersections), and less stable. They leave the rider exposed to danger, unlike a car. The increased risk is obvious.
To help alleviate some of the risks, here are the five most common accidents for bikes, so everyone can learn to watch out.
- Not paying attention
This goes for all parties. Whether it’s the biker who isn’t watching where they’re going, the pedestrian who crosses right in front of them, or the car that doesn’t notice the bike at all, someone isn’t paying attention to what they’re doing, and that leads to an accident.
Again, this can be true for any party, whether it’s the bike speeding down the street that can’t stop or a car.
- Riding too close to vehicles
Sometimes, despite the best efforts of city-planners, bike lanes are too small and they end up pushing the bikers right up against traffic. With too little space to maneuver, the slightest mistake by the rider or the driver next to them can lead to a serious issue.
As you would expect, intersections are a major problem for bikers. There’s a lot of traffic going all sorts of directions, which can lead to problems. Think of all the cars that rush through yellow lights trying to beat the red. Then think of the bikes that get a quick start on the light. The problems are obvious.
There’s a reason bikes are usually not allowed on sidewalks. Sidewalks are full of obstacles that are hard for bikes to avoid. There are pedestrians, fire hydrants, store doors that open suddenly, and many other potential hazards. That makes it hard for a bike to stay steady.
Bike accidents are an unfortunate commonality of city life these days, and the accidents can be serious. According to the law firm Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., bike accidents can lead to:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Heavy bruising
- Skin infections
- Spinal injuries
If we’re all going to be riding more bikes, more needs to be done to reduce the risk of the above accidents.
Bankruptcy is an important tool in our society, and it’s one I think we should appreciate. While there might be some stigma that someone is a “loser” for filing for bankruptcy, plenty of important or powerful people needed to start over or reorganize in order to reach the heights they eventually would. Our president himself has declared bankruptcy multiple times. It’s a useful tool for everyone, and no one is a loser for using it on rare occasions.
My issue isn’t with bankruptcy as it is, but with the limitations of bankruptcy, or with one particular limitation: student loan debt.
Student loan debt is soaring to outrageous heights. It is now the largest amount of debt in the country. It is higher than credit card debt. Many young people are snowed under by these debt obligations. They are unable to save or plan for the future. They are unable to even to rent a place let along consider buying one. There will be longterm problems for the US economy if more is not done to ease this burden and allow those in debt to eventually become normal saving and spending citizens.
When the laws were put in place for student loans, they perhaps made sense. The cost of college was much less back then, and the only people who had a large student loan burden were those who went into high paying professions. Doctors can handle $50,000 or even $100,000 in student loan debt because of their future earning potential. The same is true of lawyers.
On the other hand, the average student now walks out of a bachelor’s program with at least $30,000 in debt, and that’s for any degree. A teacher will struggle to pay that money off in a decade, or even two decades and teachers are often expected to work towards a Masters once employed.
We now live in a time where those who received any degree, and particularly those who went to graduate school, are burdened with the kind of debt only doctors and lawyers used to have. Despite this, there is no mechanism to reorganize their debt if they fail to pay it off in a timely manner.
It can be argued (and has been) that students should have chosen better career paths, but that too has troubling problems for the country long term. While it might be argued the country doesn’t need more philosophy professors, limiting students to only choosing high-income fields means we could see an overabundance of doctors and very few of anything else throughout our society. We do need educated professionals in many areas, but with the fear of student loans that can never go away drawing people away from more diverse career options, we may find a lack of expertise in our country very soon.
If it is possible to discharge debt through bankruptcy as a business, as an individual, and as a farmer, among other things, and to get rid of credit card debt, mortgages, and other loans, there is no logical reason it should be impossible to discharge student loans as well. America just needs to change its laws.
The nervous system of our bodies is a fragile circuit. The smallest injuries can lead to life-threatening conditions and permanent damage. These injuries can lead to your inability to live your life the way you are used to, let alone work and provide for your family. Because of the serious nature of these traumatic injuries, fighting for the compensation you deserve is necessary for keeping you and your family afloat during this hard time.
In today’s age, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are more common than we think. Especially in the field of sports. There is a huge debate going through the community of football on if there should be a continuation of tackle football at the highschool level. With the students’ brains still in developmental stages of their lives, the debate is in full swing on if the sport should remain for adults.
I am aware that “Friday Night Lights” is a fictional TV Show, but this show sheds light on a very common issue and a very common reaction to the issue. Starting quarterback, Jason Street, was at the top of his game, in the process of getting recruited, so much life left to live when he went to make a tackle, but unfortunately, not with proper form. Players are taught to never lead a tackle with their head first, but Street, a quarterback who should never do much tackling, did not receive the best practice of tackling. So when Street went to tackle his opponent, he leads with his head and breaks the C7 vertebrae in his neck, leaving him paralyzed.
Street’s family decided to take legal action against his coach, Coach Eric Taylor, for not teaching their son the proper way to make a tackle. While this lawsuit caused a riff throughout the city of Dillon, the family had to make this decision to help cover their immense medical bills, and not to mention the copious amounts of pain and suffering. The lawyers at Williams Kherkher describe an injury to the nervous system (brain and spinal cord), “as a “catastrophic accident” due to the lasting and often debilitating effect they can have on a person’s life.” Jason Street was athletic, smart, young, and driven, and now he has to spend the rest of his (albeit fictional) life in a wheelchair.
While this example of serious injury may be from the world of television, it is nevertheless a perfect example of the fragile nature of these injuries, how they have the power to ruin your career, and the need to take legal action. Hiring a lawyer to deal with the legal side of your injury can let you focus on your recovery, while the financial burden is being taken care of. Recovery is not an easy process, it is long, tiresome, and draining, so you should not have to deal with monetary setbacks on top of that.
Construction work is a necessity across the country, in order to keep buildings safe and to accommodate growing populations in many states. However, this job comes with many inherent risks, due to the use of heavy machinery and work that often occurs at great heights. When all employees and employers work together to create a safe environment, many of these dangers can be avoided. Nonetheless, negligent or careless behavior occurs frequently on job sites and can have devastating results. The Boston Globe recently reported on one such accident, which led to the death of a construction worker in Woburn, Massachusetts.
In July of 2017, a construction worker was found dead on the worksite that is renovating the Woburn public library. The worker was an employee of the Schnabel Foundation Company that had been hired as a subcontractor to work on the library’s renovation. The worker, Mark Camire, had been working on the foundation of the building when he was struck with rock. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, he was pronounced dead. The Schabel Company is working to investigate the specifics of the accident. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), as well as the Woburn Police, are a part of this investigation. Additionally, the city officials and construction leaders have met to discuss the safety of the renovation project as well as future work on the building. The excavating corporation working on the library, W.L. French, expressed deep sadness for the loss of this long-time worker and for his family and friends, who are deeply affected by his loss.
Incidents such as this are unfortunately common across the country. Thousands of workers are injured, and hundreds are killed each year on construction worksites, often due to preventable accidents. Although the specific cause of the Camire’s death in Woburn is unknown, the subsequent investigation will help bring light to this information. It is possible that there was no way to stop this rock from harming Camire, but is also equally as likely that another worker could have helped Camire or could have stopped this event from occurring at all. This type of loss is devastating to all who knew Mark Camire, but his family especially will face the consequences of his death. Not only must they deal with the emotional pain of the loss of a loved one, but they must also manage the financial impact that the loss of income will cause.
For many families, a lost income may mean significant debt, inability to pay loans or mortgages, or even a struggle to provide basic necessities, such as food and clothing. Fortunately, in cases such as these, Camire’s loved ones may receive compensation for their losses, specifically in the event that the investigation determines negligence or recklessness as the cause of his accident. Construction accident attorneys, such as Crowe & Mulvey LLP, can help individuals and families that are the victims of these accidents understand their rights and take the appropriate action. Although financial compensation won’t bring back a lost loved one, it can help prevent additional hardship during this difficult time.
Americans are vulnerable to an alarming number of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, hailstorms, and bushfires. But one kind of natural disaster is not getting as much attention – tornadoes.
Tornadoes, just like other natural disasters, can pose a threat not just to American lives, but also to American properties, like homes.
Below are some of the most commonly damaged parts of the house during a tornado.
We have all seen it in disaster movies – roofs of houses getting blown away by monstrous tornadoes. This is a stereotype because it does happen. Also, contrary to popular belief, this happens not just because of the sheer force of the tornado, but also because of how strong the roof is attached to the foundation of the house.
In the event of a tornado, there will be flying debris and projectiles that can crash into the glasses in your house and break them. Typically, the glasses in your house can be found in windows and doors. But it is important to note that these flying objects are not just the ones that can break glass, the pure force inflicted by the tornado can break glass just as effectively, if not more.
In extreme cases, tornadoes may have enough power to hurl big objects, such as vehicles and trees, and slam them onto your walls. At worst, this can result into wall collapse, but wall cracking and paint chipping should not be overlooked. But even during tornadoes that are not so powerful, flying debris can be unavoidable, so your walls can still sustain damage.
According to the website of these Houston public adjusters, there are instances where insurance companies don’t give you what you deserve, like when they improperly appraise the value and assess the damage in your property.
Aside from the general damages mentioned above, there may be more damages that are unique to your case, like how your garage door may be broken, or how an uprooted tree has destroyed another part of your house. So, you should be very extensive in assessing damage.
Common Dangers in Swimming Pools
When it comes to accidents, swimming pools are not the first things that come into your mind. But did you know that swimming pools can be dangerous enough to cause injuries, and on the worst cases, even death?
Those who are in swimming pools and those who are near them are vulnerable not just to drowning and its associated complications, but also to broken bones, lung diseases, and skin damages. The accidents that may cause these conditions are even worse if they are the result of the negligence of the swimming pool owners or similar parties.
According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been injured in swimming and diving accidents may have legal options, such as getting compensation from the responsible parties. But what are the common dangers in and around swimming pools that put you at risk?
- Absence of fences around the swimming pool, making it too accessible for persons who should not be in the water, such as unsupervised children and mentally challenged individuals
- Absence of instructions and warnings, particularly those that involve safety, such as food disallowance instructions and water depth warnings
- Absence of safety services, such as lifeguards who can look after those who are in the pool and security guards who can look after those who are around the pool, or the incompetence or negligence of available safety service units
- Defective pool equipment and facilities, such as overly powerful drains that may cause entrapment and ill-maintained diving boards and stairs that may cause slipping and falling accidents
- Slippery objects, especially those that are near swimming pools, such as molds at the edge of the pool that may make unsuspecting passers slip
- Overuse of chemicals such as chlorine in the swimming pool, making them too harmful for those who are in the pool
But as persons who want to have good times in swimming pools, we should also not rely on property owners to be safe. We should do our own measures to stay away from danger.
Despite the So-Called “Government Immunity” or “Sovereign Immunity,” States, Municipalities and Cities can be Held Liable for Road Crashes
When a car crashes due to reasons that are purely unexpected or totally out of man’s control, such as an earthquake, an erupting volcano, a tornado, hail, lightning, hurricane, windstorm or any other naturally-occurring catastrophe, or it can be a sudden-medical-emergency, like a heart attack or a syncopal episode, a condition wherein a person experiences a sudden drop in blood pressure, causing him/her to pass out, then blame is placed on act of nature, more commonly known as “act of God.”
Since natural disasters or sudden-medical-emergencies cannot be foreseen or prevented, courts usually do not hold a driver accountable for resulting accidents; civil lawsuits that would allow injured victims to claim compensatory damages are, therefore, dismissed. Those injured can, instead, recover damages from their respective insurance provider, regardless of the cause or who was at-fault in the accident.
The case is totally different if an accident were a result of an act of negligence. An act of negligence, which is a major contributory factor to errors that result to accidents may be committed by drivers themselves, by or by state, municipality or city officials entrusted with the construction, repair and maintenance of roads, highways and bridges. Driver-controlled errors, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), include drunk-driving, speeding, distracted driving, and reckless driving, among others. Errors by car manufacturers can include production of defectively designed cars or use of defectively manufactured car parts (the only problem with this is defects are only usually discovered after these have already caused an accident).
While drivers and manufacturers can easily be held accountable for accidents resulting from their negligence, holding a government agency liable, due to road defects or poorly constructed or maintained roads, can be very challenging due to the so-called “government immunity” or “sovereign immunity,” which renders states, immune from any form of liability, despite injuries during an accident.
Defective roads are characterized by missing or poorly constructed guardrails, poorly lighted streets, traffic signs blocked by trees or other fixtures, wrong or missing road signs, lack of railroad crossing lights, roadway debris, uneven pavement, water pooling on roads, potholes, and so forth. Drivers, who fail to notice potholes or other road hazards can easily lose control of their vehicle and suffer an accident.
In their website, Milwaukee car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ®, says that, “Due to the high rate of speed that drivers reach while on a highway, motorists can be seriously injured when a defect with the roadway causes a car accident. Typically, road maintenance is the responsibility of government agencies. However, these agencies may not be as responsible or proactive as they are supposed to be, potentially leading to catastrophic auto accidents.”
Immunity of government agencies from lawsuits is not absolute. If it can be proven that there is gross negligence in maintaining a roadway then holding a government agency liable and claiming compensation from it are not impossible, especially if an accident victim is represented by a determined and experienced personal injury lawyer.
Belladonna is one form of homeopathic medicine that is sold over-the-counter. It is derived from the Belladonna plant, a poisonous plant, that is also known as deadly nightshade or devil’s cherry, but with medicinal properties.
Besides its use as a sedative, Belladonna is also used in treating illnesses which manifest the same symptoms triggered by belladonna poisoning; these symptoms include seizures, vomiting, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, and confusion.
The Belladonna homeopathic supplement, like any other herbal supplements, is never tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety or effectiveness. Thus, despite claims that Belladonna is effective, both the FDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) do not substantiate this claim, but rather says that large doses of medications that contain this homeopathic medicine can even result to poisoning.
This homeopathic medicine is used as an active ingredient in a number of medications, including Hyland’s Teething tablet, which is intended to provide babies with temporary relief from teething discomfort and from the symptoms of restlessness and wakeful irritability due to cutting teeth.
On October 13, 2016, the FDA said that it is looking into the truthfulness of reports concerning 10 infant deaths and more than 400 reports of seizures, fever, and vomiting which may have been the result of the use of Hyland’s Teething tablet. Just a month ago, the agency issued a warning, wherein it tells parents not to use homeopathic teething gels and tablets and to dispose of any teething treatments that they may still have in their possession. This warning contains almost the same message that it made 2010, where it said “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. The FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. The manufacturer is issuing a recall of this product.
Hyland’s Teething Tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis, however, has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. In addition, the FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps.”
Teething tablet lawyers know that there is nothing more painful than for a mother to see her baby suffer due to the use of a product which she thought would offer her baby comfort and relief from pain. Pursuing a legal action against the manufacturer of this harmful product, which can even cause fatal injuries, should be the wisest thing to do if only to make sure that no other baby would be severely harmed by injurious products.
Surgical error is one example of medical malpractice, an act of negligence by a professional health care provider that results to provision of treatment which falls below the standard of practice that is accepted in the medical community; medical malpractice is the cause of thousands of injuries and patient death.
Surgery is usually the last remedy recommended by doctors to patients after all attempts to treat health complaints have failed. Despite being a sensitive and risky procedure, patients choose to trust their doctors, believing that these doctors have been trained and have the capability to perform whatever is necessary to make them better; thus, they are in good hands. However, mistakes happen, and even the best doctors are prone to committing mistakes.
Surgical errors are serious medical mistakes. A list from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that the most common surgical mistakes are incorrect surgical procedure; wrong-site surgery; accidental puncture or laceration; wrong-person surgery; removal of the wrong organ; foreign bodies left inside a patient’s body; complication in anesthesia dosage; post-operative hemorrhage or hematoma; respiratory failure, or pulmonary embolism; physiologic and metabolic derangement; wound dehiscence (a surgical complication wherein a wound ruptures along a surgical suture. This can be due to age, obesity, diabetes, poor knotting, or post-surgery trauma due to the wound); wrongful death due to complications from negligent surgery: and, improper suturing.
A suture, particularly, is required for the proper healing of the treated skin, organ, nerve or tissue. If suturing is done improperly, though, it can cause an incision site to reopen or be infected, causing a patient severe harm and great pain. The more serious effects of improper suturing, though, include disfigurement, organ damage, paralysis, coma, and the need for corrective surgery which means additional medical cost for the patient.
Despite serious harm to patient or patient death, there are instances when proving medical malpractice due to surgical error is not easy (unless the effects of the mistake are obvious). Due to this difficulty in delving deeper into the cause of harm, it may benefit the injured patient if he or she would seek the services of a highly-qualified personal injury and nursing home abuse lawyers like those of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg.
Being active is essential to one’ s health. Without it, the potential for weight gain, sickness, depression, and low energy is rather high, so it is important to maintain an exercise schedule. However, as people age, their bodies betray them by limiting their ability to perform vigorous activities. Despite becoming physically unfit, many seniors simply do not have the energy or care for working out. Therefore, those who are able should make an effort to exercise, as to strengthen their bodies and improve their health as they age.
The minimum recommended time for a work out is 15-30 minutes of an activity per day, and committing to this schedule can lead to promising results for seniors. Firstly, exercise controls how much weight one gains or loses, which can certainly help those elders who spend a large portion of their time being sedentary. Strokes and other cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by being active on a regular basis, due to physical exertion increasing production of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), which is what promotes healthy and smooth blood circulation. Not to mention, working out causes an improvement in both mood and energy, as it stimulates endorphins and confidence, so chances of becoming depressed are slimmer.
Because maintaining an active lifestyle is universally understood to be crucial in order to uphold a healthy body and mind, there are options of less vigorous workouts for senior citizens who may not possess the same energy as younger people. Senior living communities usually offer various forms of physical activity that are compatible with the care plan of elders residing there. Even if an elder doesn’t have the ability to perform at a high-intensity for long, any exercise can still be highly beneficial if consistent. A sense of independence can even be restored when an elder regains control over their body.
Conclusively, it should be encouraged that exercise is just as necessary for the elderly as it is for younger individuals. Seniors can easily access the opportunity to get in great shape as they age through programs offered by their communities, not to mention feel youthful in challenging their bodies.