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Reckless Driving Behaviors

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Vehicle Accidents | 0 comments

Reckless Driving Behaviors

It only takes a single mistake for a traffic accident to happen, but for some reason, there are drivers out there who are being careless and negligent as if they are immune to such accidents. According to the Chicago car accident lawyers of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, auto accidents that have resulted from the recklessness and negligence may be taken to court.
Though it is good to know that the law is at your side, preventing reckless driving behaviors outright is still the best option. Below is a list of the most common reckless driving behaviors so you can know how to avoid them.

Driving Aggressively

Aggressive driving behaviors include too much honking, speeding, tailgating, weaving between lanes, and other gestures that may aggravate or intimidate other motorists and pedestrians.
Too much honking can annoy other drivers and distract them from operating their vehicles safely. Speeding puts not only you but also the others around you at risk of collisions because of the limited reaction time available when a vehicle is going too fast. Tailgating is unsafe because of the limited room available to break safely. Weaving between lanes increases the risk of accidents because the others around you will have a hard time determining your current and future position.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and anything that can cause impairment is very dangerous. The physical effects, such as comprehension problems, coordination issues, and vision issues, can potentially result into a traffic accident.
Comprehension is important on the road so you can make proper judgment, particularly on road signs, vehicle speeds and positions, and turns. Coordination is important because the interaction between the hands, feet, and eyes, comprises almost the entire driving experience. Having perfect vision is also important because of obvious reasons.

Maneuvering Poorly

There is a reason why your vehicle has turn signals and brake lights. They are not a design flaw. They are there to let the others around you know what you are about to do or doing in your vehicle, which is particularly important in terms of positioning. If you do not use your turn signals, you are giving the motorists and pedestrians around you limited reaction time. Having defective brake lights pose a similar threat.
Poor maneuvering is not just about lights. You should also take into consideration the proper and safe manner of turning itself, the use of side and rear view mirrors, and blindspots.
You don’t deserve to get injured because of a reckless driver. Prevention is still the better option. So if you see drivers doing these reckless behaviors, be wary, and if possible, completely avoid them.

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The Rise of Alternative Prosthetics

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

According to Mazin & Associates, PC, an amputation injury is an injury that involves the loss of one or several body parts. A myriad of factors can contribute to the loss of limbs. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, these include but are not limited to cancer, diabetes, tragic accidents, and birth defects. Prosthesis or an instrument that replaces the missing appendage offers the amputee the ability to perform daily tasks like walking or eating. Improvements in technology have inspired an abundant amount of research concentrated on the creation of lifelike limbs that mirror, and in some cases, restore the functionality of their natural equivalents. Still, a prosthetic need not appear realistic in form.

The Alternative Limb Project, a project created by prosthetic designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata, celebrates the notion of artificiality. Her custom designs prove there are virtually no limits when it comes to artificial limbs. A bionic arm and leg straight from a sci-fi game and a lifelike arm with equally realistic snakes wrapped tightly around the forearm are among a few of her unique designs. The possibilities are endless; still, imagination has its limits. An impressive, creative design must not come at the expense of functionality. Why are these constructions important? Rather than merely imitating the appearance of skin, these creative artificial limbs empower through customization. Formerly powerless to the factors that removed his or her appendage, the individual can regain autonomy through these incredible creations. The prosthetic is now an extension that mirrors personality. He or she can bare their arms, proudly. This does not undermine the pride of those who genuinely wish for and possess realistic appearing limbs. Still, most insurance companies only cover the expense of realistic prosthetics. Fortunately, individuals like Sophie raise awareness and ultimately advocate for customizable prosthetic in hopes that more insurance companies will cover such a cost.

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Determining Medical Malpractice Liability For Hospital Acquired Infection

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

The spread of infection in the hospital is common but it can be easily treated and may not pose any danger to the patients. However, if the infection was acquired due to the negligence of the medical personnel that is a different story. According to the website of The Abel Law Firm, medical professionals have a duty of care especially when performing surgical procedures.

Hospital acquired infection (HAI) is an infection that occurs in a hospital patient not associated with the patient’s admitted diagnosis or health issue. It the infection happens in 48 hours after being admitted, it is likely HAI. Such infections can be acquired in three ways and they are called risk factors:

Patient Risk Factors

Patient risk factors include the duration of the patient’s stay in a clinical setting, the severity of illness or injury for which the patient was admitted, and the function and capacity of the immune system during their visit.

Organizational Risk Factors

These factors include hospital cleanliness and treatment setting in general, which includes the filtration of the HVAC system, concentration of patient beds, cleanliness of water systems, cleanliness of building surfaces, and sterility of medical devices.

Iatrogenic Risk Factors

These factors include performance of care by doctors, hospital staff, nurses, and other care providers. This includes the frequency of hand washing, antibiotic use, and care during invasive procedures.

So who can be held liable for hospital acquired infection? Determining liability in hospital acquired infection can prove to be challenging in the legal perspective. An investigation on the specific circumstances, the reason for improper treatment, and possible preventive measures need to be administered. When a hospital is involved in a case, determining liability can be a challenge. If the doctor who performed the procedure is an independent contractor, then the hospital may not be deemed liable for the hospital acquired infection.

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What Your Employment Contract Should Contain?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Business Litigation | 0 comments

After successfully passing the job interview and getting hired, the next step in getting employed is the contract signing. The contract serves as a binding agreement between you and your future employer. This document is crucial in establishing future and continuing relationship between the employee and the employer. According to the website of Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, the contract lays down clear responsibilities as well as liabilities for everyone.

As an employee, it is important that you have an understanding of the terms of your contract. BY doing so, this will help prevent any disputes and conflicts between the signing parties. Generally, contracts have express and implied terms. The former refers to elements of your contract that have been mentioned or agreed upon orally by both the employer and the employee. These include the amount you will be paid, working hours, holiday and sick pay, and notice period for ending the contract.

Implied terms, on the other hand, can be implied into most employee contracts. For instance, that you would not steal from your company or divulge confidential information. Implied terms also include the provision on safe working environment. The terms may also be implied through custom and practice.

Aside from the terms, your contract should generally include your employment status. This is different from your working pattern which could either be part-time, fulltime, casual, zero hours, temporary, or seasonal. During the contract signing, it is important that you carefully read the terms and conditions of your contract before signing. If there is something that you do not agree with or believe is unfair, you can always discuss it with your employer.

As mentioned, the contract is legal and binding and any party who breaks what is stipulated can be held liable. Any contract disputes should first be sorted out by the parties concerned. Employee litigation can be costly for both employee and employer so the issue should first be resolved by the parties themselves.

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Risperdal : Uses and Side Effects

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Defective Products | 0 comments

Risperdal, known by its generic name Risperidone, is used for the treatment of certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autistic disorder). Risperidone belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. Its effectiveness lies on restoring balance on certain natural substances in the brain. It can also be combined with other medication for treating depression.

Risperdal can be taken orally with or without food as prescribed by your doctor once or twice a day. In liquid form, it comes with a special measuring device for carefully measuring dosage. A household spoon is not advisable as you may not get the right amount of dosage. It can be mixed with small amounts of other liquids such as water, coffee, orange, juice, or low-fat milk.

Dosage is based on age, medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications being taken. Make sure to tell the doctor or pharmacist regarding other products you are using. You may be instructed to start at a low dosage and slowly increasing it. The important thing is to follow the instructions of your doctor.

Risperdal is known for various side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, drooling, weight gain, or tiredness. Inform your doctor if any of these effects persist.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has advertised it for unapproved uses which could result to serious side effects. The US Food & Drug Administration has issued several warnings related to the drug. Although approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability in people with autism, it was also wrongly advertised for unapproved use which resulted to side effects.

Gynecomastia is one serious side effect, a condition characterized by breast enlargement in boys. For this reason, the victims can suffer from severe psychological trauma. In women, Risperdal reportedly increases prolactin levels. Prolactin stimulates breast development in women and so boys with increased prolactin levels may develop male breasts.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, for the failure to inform patients about such side effects, the manufacturer of Risperdal Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen unit is now facing at least 130 lawsuits related to Risperdal use. One of the plaintiffs is a boy who allegedly used the drug between 9 to 14 years old. He required surgery to remove the breast tissues.

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