Dogs may be a man’s best friend, but without proper training they can become a liability or even a danger to themselves and those around them. From Schnauzers to Shiatzus, dogs can appear perfectly tame until the moment they attack. Victims and owners of canines that attack are both at serious risk. With the number of households containing dogs in the millions, 56.7 according to the National Pet Owners Survey, there has never been a more important time to understand the legal repercussions of a dog attack.
When we purchase a pooch to bring home with us, the last thing we expect is that our new friend will attack a human. Spending money on food and training is one thing, but did you know that dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year? Also, in 2015, 35 Americans were killed by dogs, down from 42 the prior year. If your dog attacks someone, there are several steps you should take to protect yourself.
First, locate your dog’s medical records. These can be important in proving you had no prior knowledge that your pet was dangerous. This is important to prove as, according to the Benton Law Firm, Texas abides by a “one bite rule,” which only holds the dog’s owner accountable for injuries their dog causes if the owner knew that the dog was likely to cause that type of injury.
Next, contact your insurance company. Many insurance plans include dog liability options. If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance it is likely, but not guaranteed, that your insurance will be able to assist you financially in the aftermath of the attack.
Finally, keep in mind that honesty is the best policy. These situations can be terrifying, especially for dog lovers fearing for the lives of their pets. Lying can lead to criminal charges and disrupt the investigation process.Read More
Car accidents happen all the time. We often hear about them in the news. These incidents can have various consequences ranging from serious injuries to even death. There are often misconceptions about car accidents which often become the reason for people not being able to get the compensation they deserve. According to the website of Hankey Law Office, the consequences of car accidents are mostly serious. Here are some common myths about car accidents:
1. If You Are Not Hurt Right Away, You Cannot Sue Later
Injuries such as whiplash can only develop within weeks or even months after the accident. Claims are covered by statute of limitations. Even if you are not hurt right, seeking medical attention is the safe thing to do.
2. The Other Driver and I Can Work It Out
Admitting fault is one of the major challenges of car accident claims. These types of collisions are a complicated process that may require legal assistance. It involves more than just exchange of insurance information and contact numbers.
3. The Police Will Determine The At-Fault Party
If there is significant damage or injury after the accident, you may need to call a police to write an accident report. But then again it is not the police who will determine who is at-fault. It is still up to the court to determine that. Still, the police report can be a valuable piece of evidence during the hearing.
4. I Don’t Need The Help Of An Attorney
If the accident is minor, an attorney may not be necessary. However, if there are disputes as to who is responsible for an accident, recovering damages, or enforcing payment, it will be good to have a lawyer by your side. Even if planning for an out-of-court settlement, an attorney will still come in handy.
5. My insurance rates will go up if I file a claim
Your insurance rates will not go up when filing a claim. In fact, state laws prohibit raising insurance rates if you are not at fault in the accident and filed a claim.Read More
Fentanyl, which is an extremely potent opioid painkiller that is up to 100 times greater in strength than morphine, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of late-stage breakthrough pain in adults cancer patients who are opioid tolerant or who have developed a tolerance for opioid medications.
Cancer patients would definitely be familiar with some fentanyl-containing medications, like: Duragesic, which is in the form of a skin patch; Actiq, which is in lozenge form; Abstral, a sublingual tablet or a tablet that goes under the tongue; Fentora, a tablet that is placed between the gum and the cheek; and, Subsys, a sublingual spray.
Subsys, a federally controlled substance (CII), is the first and only sublingual prescription pain medication that contains fentanyl; it is also the latest fentanyl-containing medication that is under legal spotlight due to allegations that Insys Therapeutics, Inc., its manufacturer, has illegally marketed this drug by promoting it for off-label use (promoting a drug for off-label use may be done by doctors but never by drug manufacturers).
Though acknowledged as effective, use of Subsys, like all other fentanyl-containing drugs, has been proven as posing great risk due to the possibility of its abuse, misuse, addiction and overdose. Besides its fatal effects in children, the drug can prove deadly too in used in patients who do are not opioid tolerant cancer patients.
The risks presented by Subsys has made its acquisition possible only by registering with the Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl (TIRF) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Access program, a restricted program of the FDA.
The risks, the more than 250 deaths linked to Subsys use (since its introduction in 2012), plus Insys Therapeutics’ illegal promotion or marketing of Subsys has landed this drug in the “drugs of concern” list held by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General.
Patients who have been inappropriately prescribed with this powerful opioid medication, Subsys, may find it necessary to seek legal assistance from a highly-skilled attorney, for help in filing a Fentanyl oral spray lawsuit,which may enable him/her pursue justice and the compensation from the liable party.Read More
According to one criminal defense lawyer, there are always reasons why people do what they do. These include protecting the rights of those accused of a serious crime, such as murder, sexual abuse, child molestation, robbery, a drug-related crime, and so forth.
Some may debate about it and disagree but, as clearly pointed out by the Nashville criminal lawyers at Horst Law Firm, “Protecting the rights of the guilty as well as the innocent is essential to maintaining liberty.”
Well, ask yourself, if you were the one charged with a serious crime, would you not need the a good and strong defense to protect your rights and interests, and prove your innocence?
Still according to the Horst Law firm, not all individuals who are charged with crimes by the government are guilty. Rarely does the “system” intentionally arrest and charge an innocent person but false allegations by vindictive spouses, business partners, angry family members, or others with a motive to make false allegations are sometimes made. Also, sometimes a person just finds himself/herself in the wrong circumstances which, at first appearance, make him/her look guilty of a crime, such as having that one glass of wine with dinner and, when stopped on the way home, the cop smells the odor of alcohol.
Being accused of a crime can result to serious damages to one’s professional and personal reputation. A conviction, however, will affect all other professional and personal concerns, despite having spent time behind bars and paying costly fines.
Those who have been convicted of a crime, even after they are released, seldom get the chance to live the kind of worry-free lives that they once enjoyed. For no matter how great the punishments they have undergone for the crimes that they have been convicted of, the accusation and conviction will be a mark that will: hinder employers from hiring them; prevent landlords from leasing to them a place to live in; never earn for them government permission to travel internationally; deny them child custody and probably even visitation rights; and, cause in them many other forms of limitations and inconveniences.
Criminal defense lawyers are fully aware of the psychological burden suffered by those convicted of a crime. They know how the accused person’s relationships in the workplace and in the community can suddenly change. Simply put, any criminal charge can ruin a person’s future.
Getting charged with a very serious crime necessitates only the most competitive and experienced criminal defense lawyer who would be ready with evidences (products of weeks of deeper investigation regarding the case) that will help prove the innocence of the accused, counter-arguments and an effective tactic that will depose witnesses from the opposing side. Not all lawyers have the same competitive leverage; thus, it is necessary that the accused finds only a defense lawyer who could provide him/her with the kind of representation that he/she needs.Read More
According to the Insurance Research Council, an independent, nonprofit research organization, more than 29 million drivers and car owners in the U.S. continue to drive without insurance. This translates to one in every eight drivers on U.S. roads and highways. Car liability insurance is a document that drivers need to show whenever they renew their driver’s license, re-register their car, get pulled over by a traffic officer or when they cause an accident. Failure to prove that they are covered can result to suspension of their driver’s license and driving privileges and may be required by the court to file an SR-22, a certification of their purchase of a car insurance policy which, this time, will cost more expensive (the SR-22, by the way, usually lasts for three years and require an additional fee on top of the insurance premiums that drivers need to pay).
Carrying car liability insurance is mandated in all U.S. states (except in the state of New Hampshire where drivers may instead deposit securities or money with the state treasurer). If being insured is truly a mandate, however, then how is it that millions of uninsured drivers are able to renew their license and car registration?
What many of these drivers usually do is purchase a policy, but only for the purpose of re-registering their car and license. After having done these, they stop paying the premium which they consider is too costly to maintain. Auto insurance firms, on their part, will, of course, neither hesitate nor delay in canceling the coverage due to non-payment.
Well, affirming that insurance policies are expensive is not deviating from the truth. Millions of drivers and car owners are paying premiums that are actually twice as much as they need to pay. Despite the unnecessarily expensive coverage, no one from the insurance firm will voluntarily tell drivers about the possible reductions in their premium unless they ask.
Drivers and car owners, however, do not have to pay for a costly car insurance coverage and still get all their insurance needs. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A., free online car insurance quotes allow drivers to compare as many as a dozen quotes all at once.Read More
While not every job requires its employees to use automobiles, many do. Unfortunately, this condition may raise the risk of an employee being associated with a car accident by a considerable amount. As the harms that often appear from car accidents might be quite serious and, therefore, expensive to treat, it is important that employees who have to use automobiles for their jobs are alert to the workers’ compensation benefits which they might qualify for if they take part in a car accident while performing job-related tasks.
According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, any company employing one or more workers, whether full or part-time, are expected to possess some types of workers compensation. This is mandatory so that workers who are hurt while carrying out their regular job responsibilities possess a way to obtain financial protection in the event that they can’t get back to work or incur costs that over-extend their financial abilities. With regards to the automobile injury, a worker can find themselves facing fiscal consequences and tremendously burdensome bodily harms. In cases such as this, workers’ compensation rewards may not be dispensable, as they frequently provide fiscal stability and security.
Injuries from Automobile Mishaps
Some are noticed more frequently than others, although the harms that may occur from vehicle accidents are widely varied. For example, one of the more commonly reported injuries in the USA that arise from work-related automobile accidents are:
- Broken bones / brain injuries
- Back / neck and fractures
- Brain injuries
- Spinal-cord injuries
Vehicle accidents might be hugely pricey and daunting, especially when they result in an individual to suffer from these or other injuries. Should you or a person you know be engaged in a car accident while on the job, contact a skilled injury lawyer today to discuss obtaining compensation for your friend or yourself. Vehicle accidents could be frightening and very expensive, particularly when they result in an individual enduring additional injuries.Read More
In his book entitled, “One for the Road,” which looks into the roots of drunk driving, Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, says that Americans’ love for drinking and driving are both embedded in the nation’s culture. This may probably be the reason why many Americans still drive while under the influence, despite the risk of a DUI or DWI charge that is accompanied by heavy fines and imprisonment.
Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious criminal charge, whether the charge is a misdemeanor (for first time offenders and without causing any property damage or physical injury) or a felony (imputed on repeat offenders, or first time offenders whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is way above the 0.08% limit or who injures/kills someone in an accident) .
Based on a blood alcohol concentration measurement chart released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following number of beer bottles would result to the following BAC levels:
- 2 bottles of beer = 0.02% BAC
- 3 bottles of beer = 0.05% BAC
- 4 bottles of beer = 0.08% BAC – the BAC limit in all US states
- 5 bottles of beer = 0.10% BAC
- 7 bottles of beer = 0.15% BAC
Based on CDC records, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs; the number of deaths due to alcohol- impairment was 10,322 in 2012 and 10,076 in 2013.
For many Americans, a few bottles of beer with friends or colleagues or a shot of 80-proof liquor (vodka, gin, whiskey, rum), especially during weekends, would definitely not hurt; rightly so, but only if they do not drive afterwards. Most of those who had been charged with DUI are first offenders who have never even supposed that the amount of alcohol they consumed would impair their driving and lead them into an accident that would injure someone and damage properties. Worse, there have even been cases wherein multiple deaths have resulted, simply because someone chose not to observe the anti-drunk driving law.
Injuries will definitely make victims and their families suffer physically, emotionally and financially. Due to this, courts allow them to receive compensation from the liable negligent party that caused the accident and the injury.
According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, receiving this kind of compensation can be a long, complicated process. The court will first have to be convinced that the person being blamed for the accident was truly at fault and behaved negligently.Read More
An unfortunate combination of factors led to the death of 47 passengers and two crewmembers of Comair Flight 5191 on August 27, 2006. A majority of the passengers were from Kentucky, including a newly married couple on their honeymoon. The only survivor was the first officer, which investigators identified as the one who was actually piloting the aircraft at the time of the accident. He sustained serious injuries in the crash and has no memory of what transpired. He is now a paraplegic.
Initial investigators placed the cause of the accident as pilot error. The air controller of the Blue Grass Airport assigned Runway 22 to the Comair aircraft for takeoff. However, the pilot mistakenly steered the aircraft to the secondary, unlit Runway 26, which is too short for a safe takeoff. The air controller had not noticed the error, having turned away from the controls after giving the pilot the green light. Comair Flight 5191 taxied down the wrong runway with the first officer at the wheel and crashed on a low brick wall and into a dense copse of trees.
This particular mistake of mixing up Runway 22 and 26 happened again in 2007. However, this time the air controller was able to cancel the takeoff before anything happened. This suggests that there is some confusion over identifying the runways.
The families of the passengers sued Comair, Delta Air Lines which wholly owned it, the pilots, and the Blue Grass Airport Authority, and the Federal Aviation Authority. Most of the plaintiffs settled out of court.
This accident is an example of how chance plays a big part in negligent accidents. The pilots violated Sterile Cockpit Rules by engaging in small talk during a takeoff, the air traffic controller was alone on that shift which is against the rules, and the airport was under construction at the time. However, the website of the Sampson Law Firm personal injury lawyers points out that chance would not have much of a foothold if each negligent party did their part in observing reasonable care in doing their jobs.
If you sustained serious injury in a negligent airplane accident, you should not take a chance either. Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your state to discuss your legal options.Read More
Storing a mattress is tricky, and can result in deformities if not done so correctly. Although they seem like they can be thrown any way into a storage unit, there are proper techniques on how to transport and place your mattress. Following these suggestions will helps sustain the mattress in the long run.
Primarily, using a climate-controlled storage unit for your mattress is key. If the temperature increases and moisture forms, the mattress can mildew. Having a climate controlled environment ensures that the material of the mattress is preserved.
Regarding the storage of the mattress, it should never be on its side. When a mattress is left on its side, the internal structure can remain permanently in that position. Then, once taken out of storage, the bed is shifted. Storing the mattress vertically might require a higher ceiling, however will yield an untampered bed.
Conditions of storing the mattress for a longer period of time are minimal. When the mattress is stored for more than several days, it should be wrapped. This prevents dust and other particles from settling into the cushions. It also provides a barrier for insects and water from getting to the mattress. Furthermore, nothing should sit on top of the mattress. This could lead to permanent indentions from the object.
This Ben White mini storage website features an all-encompassing list of packing and storing tools and tips. Following procedure can be difficult and time consuming, however saves effort in the long run. Mattresses can last up to fifteen years, and following these suggestions help a mattress reach its life expectancy.Read More
The Morcellex Sigma, the Gynecare X-Tract and the Gynecare Morcellex are power morcellators that are acknowledged to be among the best engineered morcellators in the market. Besides ensuring optimum performance and reliability, these medical devices from Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson’s power morcellator manufacturing unit, also guarantees faster performance and smoother and more efficient tissue morcellation (the cutting up of large masses of tissues into tiny pieces).
The US Food and Drug Administration began approving the use of morcellators in laparoscopic surgical procedures (such as hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus, and myomectomy, or the removal of uterine fibroids or myomas) in 1995. And, because the device allowed for the performance of a minimally invasive surgery, which meant very tiny incisions on the abdomen (four 0.5 – 1cm long incisions, actually), less pain and less blood, and wounds that would heal fast, surgeons began preferring to use it and perform laparoscopic surgeries, rather than the longer, more bloody and much more painful traditional procedures, which included vaginal hysterectomy and abdominal hysterectomy, which specifically required 5 to 7 inches abdominal incision.
About 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the US every year; more than 50,000 of these are laparoscopic surgeries. A hysterectomy is performed to treat the following conditions: pelvic inflammatory diseases; cervical cancer, ovarian cancer or uterine cancer; uncontrollable vaginal bleeding; chronic pelvic pain; uterine prolapse; adenomyosis; and, endometriosis.
According to the website of Williams Kherkher, despite the many benefits provided by a morcellator, the FDA found it necessary to discourage surgeons, through a safety notice that it released on April 17, 2014, from further using it in laparoscopic surgical procedures, especially in myomectomy. This notice is based on a medical literature report that linked the morcellator with the spread of cancerous tissues, namely uterine sarcoma, beyond the uterus. With no device capable of detecting these cancer-bearing tissues, surgeons are not able to determine whether or not a female patient, who will undergo myomectomy, is infected with it. Thus, during the process of mincing the uterine fibroids, the sarcoma tissues, if there are any, get minced as well. However, as all minced tissues (fibroids and sarcomas) are suctioned out of the uterus, the removal of everything is often not guaranteed. And it is these left behind tissues that cause the greatest harm, which is the development of leiomyosarcoma, a rare yet aggressive cancer.
About two weeks after FDA’s safety warning, Ethicon responded by voluntarily withdrawing from the market its three celebrated devices and suspending the devices’ distribution and the worldwide sale. Many, however, believe that harm may already have been inflicted by Ethicon’s morcellators, as well as by those from other manufacturers. Prior to April 2014, a number of lawsuits have already been filed by women already diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma; many lawsuits are still expected to be filed.Read More