Amputation is the removal of a limb. It can be a necessary process in traumatic accidents, dangerous health conditions, and surgeries, to prevent further complications and the like. Even though it may be necessary, it does not change the fact that you will have dramatic changes in your life because of it, especially if the amputated area is a significant part of the body, such as an arm and a leg.
There are also instances where amputation occurs because of the fault of someone else, and that is just unacceptable. According to the website of the Amerio Law Firm, victims of amputations and other serious injuries have legal options to pursue against negligent parties who have caused them.
Common Accidents That Cause Amputations
Traffic Accidents: Accidents on the road, whether you are a driver, motorcyclists, or pedestrian, may have enough force to end up in amputation. For example, if a part of the victim’s body has been pinned in a vehicle, that part of the body may be required to be amputated to save the victim. There are times where body parts are also damaged enough to require the same procedure.
Workplace Accidents: This is especially true for work spaces with dangerous conditions, such as construction sites and factories. The lack of safety equipment, disregard for safety procedures, and defective tools, equipment, and heavy machines, are some of the most common causes of amputations in the workplace.
Explosions: Firearms, fireworks, and other catalysts of fire and explosions are also known to cause amputations, particularly in the hand and foot areas of the victims. The most vulnerable people are those from the military, police force, and construction industries.
Crushing Accidents: Accidents that may cause crushing injuries can also end up in amputations. Examples include falling objects, especially those from considerable heights, building collapses, and defective doors and windows.
The close of the nineteenth century saw how courts awarded custody of a child to fathers after divorce. This was due to the Property Law and inheritance issues in effect and observed during those times. The way how courts perceived who was more capable of providing children’s needs, however, changed at the start of the twentieth century, resulting to the transfer of custodial right to mothers, naturally the better caretakers of young children. This position of the courts became the basis of “The Tender Years Doctrine,” which was observed up to the 1970s. Today, though some courts automatically award custody to mothers, many others no longer see father or mother as having the sole right for custodianship. If the court finds both spouses fit to care for their child, then the court will never deny the child the love and care of both parents. This is because courts know and believe that the care and love that can be provided by both parents are essential in the growth and development of their child. Thus, many courts now decide on joint legal and physical custody, giving both parents equal time and rights over the care and concern of their child. Under the joint custody ruling, a child may also decide to reside with one parent or may move from one parent’s residence to another.
Joint custody is usually the decision unless it can be proven that one parent is unfit or is not responsible enough to care for his/her child. Being an unfit parent can be due to a variety of different reasons, like: a medical condition that would render a parent incapable of providing the amount of care and attention the child/children need/s; abusive parental behavior (physical and/or verbal abuse); a parent being an alcohol and/or drug dependent; a parent exposing his/her child to pornographic elements and/or illegal activities; abandonment of the child; or, use of excessive, unnecessary forms of discipline.
If any of the above is found in both parents, then the court can choose to award child custody to a grandparent or a court-appointed caretaker. If only one parent is considered unfit, then the court may choose to decide on sole custody, awarding custodianship to the parent who has the capability to provide the child’s needs.
Some states consider different factors when resolving the issue of child custody. One underlying factor, however, which remains the same no matter in which state one resides is “the best interest of the child.” States include the following as falling within the scope of “in the best interest of the child”:
- The child’s gender and age;
- The amount of involvement each parent has in activities participated in by the child;
- The parents’ level of relationship with the child;
- The health risks and safety of the environment where each parent lives; and,
- The lifestyle, stability, and health of each parent as these can affect a child’s academic performance.
As mentioned in the website of law firm Kirker Davis, LLP, in the state of Texas, for example, courts determine custodianship or conservatorship of a child using the following standards: (i) assurance that the child will have frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child; (ii) provision of a safe, stable, and non-violent environment for the child; and, (iii) encouragement of parents to share in the rights and duties of raising their child even after they have separated or dissolved their marriage.
Starting a business requires so much planning and legal concerns. These are always complicated and, with the many different types of business entities one can venture into, it means different sets of laws (for each type of business) and contracts that one also needs to understand.
Outlining a plan that will help you decide exactly what type of firm you would like to start can be accomplished with greater accuracy and clarity when you are assisted by business attorneys who are experts when it concerns business formation, contracts and all other legal matters, such as ownership, operation and company debts, taxes and liabilities.
Whether it is a privately-owned firm that you would want to put up, a partnership with limited liability, a C-corporation or an S-corporation, a business attorney is your best guide in understanding all the complicated business concerns
One of the basic essentials when venturing into business is the contract, a document which outlines the agreement entered into by business partners, vendors and purchasers, employer and employee and others; it also speaks about the various aspects of business operation, like shareholding options, mergers and acquisition, licensing and distribution agreements, trademark or copyright and trade secrets. The contract also speaks about the extent and limitation of the relationship between contracting parties, stating in detail the rights and duties of each party, and the possible consequences and resolutions to be adopted in the event of failure to abide by any of its contents.
To ensure the success of your business it is, therefore, important that the right contract is drafted; one that will easily settle any form of dispute between contracting parties. Since drafting a contract is not a simple task, it is best that you get the services of business attorneys, whose knowledge on business law is extensive and can be relied upon.
According to Houston business attorneys, business contracts are just about as fundamental to the way goods and services are exchanged, but when disputes between contractual partners occur, this can have the potential to significantly affect the future of either involved party. As such, you will need to do everything you can to protect your interests during the coming legal process.
Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug manufactured by French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Aventis. It was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1992. Although mostly used for treating breast cancer patients, the drug can also be used for neck, head, or prostate cancer. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women since it may harm the fetus. Recently, however, Saanofi has been the subject of several lawsuits for its non-disclosure of a severe side effect – permanent alopecia.
While hair loss is commonly one of the side effects of chemotherapy, this is only temporary and the hair may grow back. The website of Williams Kherkher revealed that most of the women who used taxotere have reported no hair growth even up to a period of ten years. Worst is that the loss can affect even the eyelashes, eyebrows, scalp and body. Most of the patients consider this is a disfigurement that can have an impact on the quality of their lives.
The sad fact is that it was only in December 2015 that the FDA issued a warning about the risks of permanent alopecia on the users of taxotere. By this time, most of the patients have already suffered much from the negligence of its manufacturer. The good news is that patients can make the responsible parties liable for the injuries they have incurred. They may be able to recover damages and get the following compensation:
- Psychological Damage
- Emotional Injuries
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
To be able to get compensated, you need to file a dangerous drug case in the soonest time possible. Your case might be consolidated with other lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation. This may entitle you to receive a settlement of the case and awarded damages based on the agreement between the court and the manufacturer.
Recruitment and selection is an important process that every business should undertake. Traditionally, the job applicant will undergo a series of tests, get interviewed, and if lucky, hired by the recruiter. Unfortunately, there is no assurance that the newly hired was indeed the right candidate to fill up the vacant position. There is proof that the traditional method of hiring a prospective employee lacks credibility. The fact that the interviewer relies on their gut feel already puts their decision in doubt.
This is where an assessment center can come in handy. Whereas the traditional interviewer does not have formal training on conducting interviews, assessment centers specialize on recruitment and selection. At the same time, they bring objectivity to the selection process. In addition, these methods of hiring prospective employees deliver reliability when it comes to assessing the qualification of a candidate.
Assessment centers utilize a wide range of techniques in order to judge the fitness of a candidate in the job they are applying for. Some of the techniques may include functional employment testing, competency-based interviewing, psychometrics, situational judgment tests, and others. Interviews alone can be as low as 15% accurate while using multiple tests in selecting the right candidate increases accuracy by more than 60%.
A major benefit of assessment centers is that more than one person assesses the job applicant. This makes the decision making process more open and objective. Aside from that, it allows management to gauge both current and future job performance. It also provides the recruiter with an opportunity to differentiate one candidate from another and determine the fit applicant for the position. With assessment centers, organizations can save on recruitment and selection costs.
While there are some pitfalls associated with assessment centers, the benefits far outweigh the liabilities. So it is high time to evaluate your recruitment and selection process and let the experts do the choosing for you.
As the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that 12 workers are killed and over 9,000 workers are sustaining injuries in their workplace everyday, it is important for workers to practice extreme safety precaution in doing their income generating jobs regardless of work environment.
Workers and their families are often struck with great financial loss after being involved in a workplace accident. In the 2,953,500 non-fatal workplace injuries recorded by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2014, there were 916,400 injured workers required to stay at home for an average of nine days. Though employers are required to promote safety and protection to their workers, workers themselves should follow regulations for them to avoid accidents that can cause injuries to themselves or to fellow workers. Regardless of the work environment, workers everyday are at high risk of sustaining slip, fall, and trip injuries.
In the office, employees should make sure that there are no cables or office supplies on the floor that can trip employees. Employees who are required to seat for a long period of time may possibly avoid back or spine injuries if they use ergonomically designed office chairs and if they are given short breaks from time to time during shifts. On the other hand people whose work demand strenuous physical activity like in construction sites or industrial facilities are advised to be more careful in doing their jobs. Machinery malfunctions for example can be prevented through regular maintenance and qualified operators handling such machinery. However, if a worker suffered amputation or broken bone injuries from an accident caused by a machinery malfunction, he or she may file for a claim to possibly recover income loss, a lawyer of the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm said. Other work safety practices like maintaining the work area clean, wearing protection gears and following safety precautions in the workplace are some of the ways workers may do to prevent income loss that can be caused by workplace accidents.
WebMD recently released its list of top ten worst cities for asthma. They are Chicago, New Orleans, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Augusta, Oklahoma, Detroit, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Tennessee. If you are living in one of these cities, you are more likely to develop an asthma attack. But more than city where you live, there are other factors that could increase your risk of asthma. Here are some of them.
Poor air quality
Pollution coming from cars, factories, and other sources is among the primary asthma triggers in the country. Manufacturers have the moral obligation to keep their emissions level within legal standards. However, some companies choose to be part of the problem instead. This can be true for German automaker Volkswagen. According to the website of the Volkswagen emissions lawsuit attorneys of the Driscoll Firm, the auto maker deliberately manufactured cars equipped with software that could defeat emissions testing, making them compliant even though they really aren’t.
Allergies to pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and mold can trigger asthma attack. Is your asthma attack more frequent during pollen season? Are you having asthma attacks when air is humid? Does having a pet around trigger your asthma? List all the possible causes of your asthma to know which allergens to avoid.
Strenuous physical activities
Asthma attacks can also be triggered by too much physical activity. Learn to pace yourself during your exercise. Also, warming up slowly may prevent exercise-induced asthma attacks.
Smoking cigarettes and being exposed to second hand smoke are among the most common asthma triggers in the country. If you have asthma and can’t quit smoking, speak with your doctor about safe ways on how to cut down your habit.
Other possible triggers
Some asthma attacks develop because of acid reflux, while some are caused by influenza virus. Breathing in certain types of fumes, being in a cold, dry air, and sinus infection may also contribute to an attack. Consult with your doctor to know what triggers your asthma and the ways on how you may prevent them.
Asbestos was once recognized for its fire resistant properties and thus widely used in a number of building and other materials. Its growing popularity was ended as asbestos exposure was linked to the development of asbestosis and even more serious mesothelioma cancer. After regulation took place, it was exposed that some professions were more at risk of asbestos exposure than others.
Military veterans are often noted as the most at risk for asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma. For a number of years, asbestos was used across all branches of the military. For Navy veterans, the risk lies in the building materials for the ships, submarines, and aircraft carriers that often included asbestos. These risks were also associated with Air Force Veterans and Marine Corp veterans exposed to hazardous aircrafts and ships. Even general Army Veterans are at risk of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma development.
Commercial and industrial workers were also at an increased risk for asbestos exposure, according to the website of Williams Kherkher. The job sites where this was common include construction sites, oil refineries, power plants, steel mills, and chemical plants. These sites all had the risk of fire leading to the early use of asbestos to be common.
However, it is not just workers who are at risk for exposure to asbestos. With the increase of individuals taking on do-it-yourself renovations on older homes, the risk of asbestos exposure increases as well. Before the regulation of asbestos, it was widely used in the building of homes in insulation, flooring, roofing, and more. This means that when an individual cuts into or saws through these materials, asbestos dust and fibers are released into the air. Many of those who take on renovations do not take the proper safety precautions to avoid asbestos fibers and are at increased risk of inhaling them and developing mesothelioma.
It has even been found that asbestos exposure can occur second hand. When workers come home with asbestos fibers on their clothes or hair, other individuals can inhale them and experience the same risks as those directly in contact with asbestos. This exposure can lead to the fatal cancer Mesothelioma as well as other health problems.
With environmentalists pushing for stronger conservation efforts in the wake of global warming, plenty of Americans have begun opting to ride bicycles instead of driving their cars. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of people riding their bikes to work increased from 488,000 to around 786,000 for 2000 to 2012, suggesting a notable 61 percent increase.
Now that a significant portion of the population is taking their bikes on the road, it should also be noted that the number of accidents involving cyclists have similarly increased. There is always some risk to being out on the road with other vehicles. However, the risk for cyclists increase for crashes involving vehicles that are much larger than the flimsy frames of bikes. The NHTSA notes that bicycle accidents account for 2 percent of all 33,561 traffic fatalities that occurred in 2012. This data only proves how important bicycle safety is. Thankfully, cyclists can protect themselves from unwanted accidents and injuries by following safety precautions.
One of the most important precautions cyclists should take is making sure they are perfectly visible to the vehicles around them. This is especially crucial when larger vehicles are sharing the same roadway because of the danger of blind spots. As a cyclist, you should always use hand signals and look over their shoulder when changing lanes or making a turn. Wearing bright and reflective clothing is equally important, as well as equipping your bicycle with lights and reflectors.
Another important tip is to make sure you’re riding with the flow of the traffic and not in the opposite direction. Again, it’s important to keep yourself visible to the vehicles sharing the round. Drivers will not expect someone else riding towards them and won’t be able to predict your intention to turn or change lanes. Similarly, you should always be ready to stop at driveways and intersections. Your bicycle might be small, but it’s extremely dangerous to try to run a stop.
Cyclists should also be wary of the roadway they’re riding. Always be on the lookout for cracks in the pavement, potholes, grates, and puddles that could cause you to lose control of your bike. It’s also important to stick to the paths and trails designated for bicycles.
Finally, it’s very crucial that you’re wearing proper safety gear and equipment. A properly fitted helmet can do a lot to save you from traumatic brain injuries. It’s also important to point out that you should avoid cycling while you’re distracted or impaired by alcohol. The NHTSA notes that 24 percent of cyclists involved in fatal accidents had a Blood Alcohol Concentration level of 0.08 percent or higher.
Still, the responsibility for preventing bicycle accidents does not rest solely on cyclists. Drivers sharing the road also have an equal share in ensuring everyone is kept safe from accidents that could lead to severe injuries. If you are a victim of a similar scenario, you will know firsthand how devastating a bicycle accident can be. Seeking compensation through legal channels can be your best recourse. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area to learn more. Residents of Florida can consult with West Palm Beach car accident attorneys.
You are finally out of school for the semester. You have a hotel room in Costa Rica waiting for you, as well as attractive people tanning poolside. The only thing in your way from paradise is that dreaded plane ride. Airplanes are definitely low on the list of people’s favorite places to be, and certain kinds of people make the experience even worse.
Babies are unbearable. At first, they seem harmless, possibly even adorable if you are not one of those people with a fear of babies. But soon enough, they will cry, and they will do it for a long time. Their poor parents will get glares from every direction, but if you must give an annoyed look to anyone, make sure it is that living, breathing alarm clock that cannot tell time yet.
At least babies have the excuse of not knowing any better. People who snore do not. Most people who snore are well aware of the fact that they do, so why do some of them think it is a good idea to fall asleep in a small, enclosed space? At the very least they could buy nasal strips in attempt to quiet their noisy sleeping habits.
Hopefully most people will never have to experience an irresponsible pilot, because as far as the worst people to be on an airplane with goes, this person takes the cake. According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, airplanes require constant attention and focus in order to function properly. A bad pilot is more than an annoyance; They are a safety hazard and a serious liability for the airline.
Thankfully, plane rides are usually followed up by a pleasant vacation, a productive business meeting, or the comfort of sleeping in your own bed. Remember that when you are on your next flight.