The Consequences of Dog Bites

For majority of the American population, dogs have become a beloved companion. More than any other pet, dogs are well-loved for their lovely dispositions and the sense of safety they foster among their owners. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true for most people. It’s been well-noted that attacks made by aggressive dogs can result in serious injury. As noted in the website, thousands of people suffer from injuries caused by dog bites every year in the United States.

Dogs can become dangerous once it turns to aggression. This usually happens whenever the dog feels scared or threatened. Such attacks can also occur with dogs that lack proper behavioral training. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are certain breeds that are more predisposed to aggressive behavior. Some of the most dangerous dog breeds include Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and Chow Chows. These particular breeds can be especially powerful, causing injuries like lacerations, fractures, hemorrhaging, contusions, and nerve damage. Dog bites can also lead to bacterial and viral infections.

The devastating consequences of dog bites should be a cause for concern. The injuries that typically result from such an accident can leave a victim in serious pain. In some cases, dog bites victims can be left temporarily disabled, experiencing significant limitations in their mobility. The gravity of these consequences shows that preventing dog bites is of crucial importance.

There are several localities that have started to implement policies that can help on this regard. A specific policy involves requiring that dogs must be leashed whenever out in public areas. Such a regulation emphasizes the role of pet owners in ensuring that their dogs are properly trained and safely constrained to prevent any unwanted incident. It goes to show that the accountability for accidents involving dog attacks rest on the people who are meant to be responsible for the animal’s care.

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Swimming Pool Injury Liability

Each year, almost 300 children under the age of 5 years old are victims of drowning. Almost 3,000 more children suffer from non-fatal injuries due to swimming pools. While swimming pools are often places of fun and tranquility, they can present serious threats to the safety of young people. Often these embellished risks are due to the owner of the pool rather than complete fault of the injured individual. Determining swimming pool injury liability may allow the injured party to receive financial compensation to aid with retained medical expenses.

There are a number of non-fatal injuries that any person may acquire around the vicinity of a pool. Brain damage might occur if an individual slips and falls, colliding with hard pool surfaces. It is not uncommon for slips to occur because of slippery surfaces around the swimming pool. The owner of the pool may be accountable for not taking due care in protecting invited guests from the dangerous area.

Less common means in which an injury might occur around a pool include electrical defects, ladders and stairs, defective pool toys, slides, and diving boards. The misuse or careless interaction with any of these objects can result in serious or life-threatening injury.

While premises liability rules generally do not apply to trespassers on a property, the attractive nuisance doctrine that governs most states protects children that endure injuries on the property of another. In these cases, the property owner is legally responsible for barring children from the pool area in order to protect them from harm. According to the website of John Michael Bailey, a personal injury lawyer, the failure of property owners to maintain their land raises the risk of injury to their guests.

Swimming pool injuries can be serious and require expensive medical treatment and cause emotional turmoil. If you or a loved one was injured in a swimming pool accident, consult a personal injury lawyer in your state to discuss your options in establishing premise liability in order to gain financial compensation.

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An Overview of Special Needs Planning

An integral part of estate planning and administration is special needs planning. In most cases, this is to provide for the future special needs of an elderly relative, or it may be to address the present as well as future needs of a child with special needs. In either case, special needs planning has to be included in the mix in order to protect whatever private and public benefits that should accrue to the disabled family member.

One scenario is that of a disabled individual with limited means who qualifies or is receiving public benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may lose these benefits if that individual receives an inheritance that is not sufficient to replace these benefits but which can nevertheless disqualify him or her from receiving them. If the inheritance is placed in a special needs trust, for example, the disabled beneficiary can still maintain their public benefits which is then supplemented by funds held in trust designed to pay for other expenses to improve the beneficiary’s quality of life that is otherwise not covered by government benefits.

In a way, special-needs planning is a way to ensure that a disabled individual is able to sustain life even if their primary caregiver dies. As pointed out on the website of Peck Ritchey, it is designed to help families with special needs to maximize available resources and to enhance their loved ones’ quality of life.

However, special needs planning requires a certain level of specialized knowledge for it to be effective. A special needs trust, for example, has to meet certain criteria to avoid being disqualified as a supplement to public benefits. It is important to consult with a special needs planning lawyer in your state to make sure that the provisions you make for future and current needs of your disabled child or other family member meet legal requirements.

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What are Personal Injury Suits Really About?

A personal injury lawsuit like the ones filed by Ritter & Associates are not always about negligent accidents such as drunk driving, falls from height, or adverse side effects from dangerous drugs. By definition, a negligent accident is not intentional; the responsible party did not purposely set out to cause injury or damage to anyone, although this does not absolve them of civil and perhaps even criminal liability. However, there are wrongful acts (torts) that cause injury or harm that was done with the aim of doing just that, and these are called intentional torts.

In most cases, the doers of intentional torts face civil and criminal sanctions unless no charges or lawsuits are brought against them. Some types are fairly common occurrences, but most people only consider the criminal aspects of the act and leave it at that. The most common ones include but are not limited to:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Conversion (Theft)
  • Defamation (slander or libel)
  • False imprisonment
  • Fraud
  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Trespass

It is important to know that these acts may qualify for civil action. For example, when a person is left seriously injured from being beaten severely, imprisonment of the responsible party will not result in any monetary awards to cover medical and other related expenses, such as disability. The injured victim will have to file a separate lawsuit to get awarded damages, and for that you need a private personal injury lawyer to gather evidence, prepare the case, and present it to a judge or jury. The same criteria apply in proving liability for negligent accidents and intentional torts.

If you have been seriously injured as result of the deliberate and intentional act of a third party, you may be able to get awarded economic as well as non-economic, and maybe even punitive damages. However, before that can happen, you need to consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area to help you out.

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Holiday DWIs

The holidays are causes for celebrations, especially around the end of the year starting with Halloween (technically not a day of celebration, but whatever) all the way to New Year’s Day. This is a chance for people to get together, and in many cases get inebriated together. There’s nothing wrong with that in Texas if they are adults or supervised by adults. That is, unless they get behind the wheel while they are still under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, accidents caused by driving while intoxicated (DWI) are an all too-frequent happening during the holidays, often turning celebration into tragedy.

Austin law enforcement knows this better than anyone, which is why they are in full force for each holiday to try to take intoxicated drivers from behind the wheel. In 2014, Halloween is on a Friday, the same weekend of the Formula One and Austin Fan Fest. With all the merrymaking and excitement going on, Austin authorities are preparing for the worst. In 2013, there were a total of 148 DWI arrests for Halloween and the Formula One weekend.

With being so much keyed up over these expectations, normally stringent law enforcers are more liable to arrest first and ask questions later during holidays. This can make all sorts of trouble for someone coming from a party where alcohol was being sprayed like confetti but who didn’t actually drink, for example. While the smell of alcohol may present probable cause for a stop and field tests to be administered, it would be reasonable to assume and for Austin criminal defense attorneys to expect that if a breathalyzer test comes back 0.0, that person would be free to go. That doesn’t always happen, as evidenced by the 2013 case where a man who proved he was not intoxicated still spent the night in jail.

If you are arrested for DWI in Texas, do not assume anything. The law can be a slippery snake, so it would be best to keep your options. Submit to field sobriety tests but consult with a criminal defense lawyer before anything else if you are charged with DWI.

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What Made Xarelto so Popular

People with medical conditions that made them susceptible to the abnormal or excessive formation of blood clots are typically prescribed with a blood thinner or anticoagulant. This is because these blood clots could travel up the blood stream and cause a stroke or some type of embolism, which can have devastating and permanent, if not immediately fatal, effects on a patient.

Back in 1950, researchers discovered that warfarin which was initially introduced into the market as a primary component in rat poison was also effective as an anticoagulant in humans. However, because warfarin had adverse interactions with certain food that contained vitamin K, its effect on the body had to be constantly monitored and the dose adjusted. This made it a chore to use although it was quite effective.

The newer anticoagulants like Xarelto (direct factor Xa (10-a) inhibitors or xabans) were much easier to use. They were taken once a day and there was no need for constant monitoring. However, they were so efficient that they thinned the blood too much and the patients began to bleed uncontrollably. Unfortunately, unlike warfarin which effects can be neutralized with a dose of Vitamin K, xabans like Xarelto had no known reversal agent, something that can be potentially disastrous.

In fact, quite a few patients have already died from serious Xarelto side effects, some have become permanently injured, all contributing to ongoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigations into the properties and risks associated with Xarelto. Studies indicate that among all the xabans, Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is the most difficult to reverse in cases of severe bleeding. This is the basis for the first Xarelto lawsuit which was filed in Pennsylvania state court against Janssen Ortho LLC (a division of Johnson & Johnson) which handled the distribution of the drug in the US under license from Bayer Corp., which is to be named next in the lawsuit. More are expected to be filed as attention on the dangers of using the drug increase.

If you have sustained serious injury or an immediate family member died from the effects of Xarelto, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case against Janssen and Bayer, among others. Consult with a dangerous drug lawyer to know more about this.

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Power Morcellators and the Threat of Cancer

Hysterectomy, according to the National Institutes of Health, is one surgery that many American women will have to undergo, due to uterus-related diseases that develop in them. And with 600,000 hysterectomies being performed every year, the procedure is recognized as the second most common surgery undergone by women in the US, the first being Caesarean section.

Hysterectomy is the surgical procedure for removing the uterus or the womb – a necessary treatment for chronic pelvic pain, cervical or ovarian cancer, cancer of the uterus, certain types of infections, vaginal bleeding, uterine fibroids (benign tumors that grow in the uterus), and so forth. Traditional hysterectomy procedures, such as abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies, necessitated long incisions (about five to seven inches in abdominal hysterectomy). With the introduction of the power morcellator, however, a device that can cut or divide (morcellate) large tissues into pieces small enough to allow these to be removed through the minimal incision sites, minimally invasive hysterectomies have become possible, rendering the procedure much safer and faster to perform, less painful, safer from infections, and the tiny incisions, faster to heal.

A power morcellator is specifically used in laparoscopic surgeries. [In a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, about four 0.5-1cm incisions are made. The different devices needed in the procedure, such as the morcellator and a laparoscope, or small camera, are inserted through these incisions].

The many benefits of the power morcellator made many doctors readily recommend its use in laparoscopic surgeries, specifically in hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroid) – until reports that the power device can cause the rapid spread of a cancerous tissue, called uterine sarcoma. The most common type of cancer that has been identified in women, who have received morcellation treatment, is leiomyosarcoma.

Following the reports was a safety alert from the US Food and Drug Administration, which discouraged further use of the power morcellator, due to the risk of cancer development in patients. Ethicon, the power morcellator manufacturing unit of Johnson & Johnson, was among the first to respond to the April 2014 safety alert from FDA. Besides suspending distribution and the worldwide sale of its morcellators, Ethicon also decided to voluntarily withdraw from the market its three famous devices: the Morcellex Sigma, the Gynecare X-Tract and the Gynecare Morcellex.

Power morcellator lawsuits are slowly growing in number and, Johnson & Johnson specifically, despite Ethicon’s decision, feels that the recall of the devices maybe a bit late as these may have already harmed a number of patients.

Women, who know that they have been treated with a power morcellator and are suffering from cancer, need all the help and legal assistance that they can get. But there are probably no other legal counsels more concerned about the plight of the women harmed by the said device or more qualified and prepared to handle and effectively address the issue at hand than the morcellator lawsuit lawyers at the National Injury Law Center. If those who have been harmed truly care about themselves and more so, about their family, then there is no reason why they should delay in contacting these highly-qualified lawyers to look into their case.


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Bop! Bop! Rockabilly Bop!

rockRockabilly is a style of music that was popular in the middle of the 20th century. It is attributed with playing an important role in the development of what we now call classic rock.

Rockabilly itself is a mixture of old American folk musics. At first, many people had difficulty classifying these kinds of songs. Even some of Elvis’s early work was doomed to this confusion. One of his first recordings didn’t receive any play on the radio because at the time many stations were segregated. The song in question sounded too country to be played on the black stations and too much like R&B to be played on the white stations. Of course this is old-fashioned fear. The day one DJ was brave enough to give the record a spin, it became wildly popular and helped set the stage for the desegregation of what gets played on the radio.

Rockabilly really became popular in the mid 1950s, and mostly died off shortly after. It’s had a handful of revivals and its influence can still be felt in many modern rock ‘n roll acts.


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Is Fractional Resurfacing Safe?

Lasers are being used with increasing frequency as non-invasive alternatives to traditional plastic surgery. While the results are not normally as dramatic, laser treatments are infinitely safer and have fewer side effects. One of the methods that use lasers for esthetic treatments is fractional resurfacing, also known as fractional laser treatment. It is often used to treat facial wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone due to sun exposure. It is also thought to be effective in reducing stretch marks.

Briefly, fractional resurfacing uses a laser which is split into a multitude of microscopic beams (hence fractional) destroying very thin layers of the damaged skin. New skin is produced to replace the damaged skin. For younger-looking skin, it is possible to use the method using lasers that merely tighten but not destroy the skin.

The safety of fractional resurfacing has been a subject of discussion in many forums, and the reviews have been mixed. Old methods of laser resurfacing, namely ablative laser resurfacing, has been associated with adverse side effects such as excessive scarring, skin irritation and redness, infection, and abnormal pigmentation is some cases. Fractional resurfacing using the new methods results in much less bleeding and scarring, and fewer and less severe side effects.

Overall, fractional resurfacing is safe and precise when administered by a qualified medical professional. Results vary for each patient, but in most cases, the improvement is appreciable. It is believed that the effects of fractional resurfacing last up to 8 years with two to three applications, depending on the case. Patients are often advised to have realistic expectations and required to follow post-treatment care to maximize the benefits of the treatment.

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Concerns for Professional Truckers

Just about everyone understands the importance of professional truckers and their jobs: they are the ones who transport the goods and services that’s need from one place to another. It takes a lot to be a commercial truck driver, and not only are truck drivers concerned about driving their vehicles but also driving around other trucks and motorists that share the road with them.

Generally everyone is familiar with commercial trucks, but there are actually different sizes of trucks. Safety driving can depend on the type and size of the commercial vehicle the trucker is driving. Among the most dangerous accidents that can occur for commercial trucks are rollover accidents. These accidents involve trucks tipping on their side or their roofs during the crash or collision. Although rare, when truck rollover accidents do occur, they can cause serious damage and even fatality to the drivers or other motorists or pedestrians.

A lot of these rollover accidents are due to the truck driver losing control of the vehicle. There are many reasons that can contribute to this cause, such as distraction, drowsiness, mechanical failure, bad weather, and other factors. The risks of rollover accidents can be easily prevented because most factors can be controlled. Proper training and driving on the part of the driver can greatly prevent rollover accidents, and correct load distribution can avoid vehicle imbalance. Additionally, it is just as important to have proper vehicle maintenance because poor maintenance can lead to tire blowout, overheating, brake failure, and other accidents.

It also saves trucking companies money when they perform proper vehicle maintenance, because truck accidents are costly. Trucking companies also take into consideration fuel costs that seem to increase every year, therefore a truck accident may not only stall business, but can even cost them money. Fuel costs, vehicle maintenance, and safety driving training are just some concerns that trucking companies and professional drivers should worry about. However, they should also worry about their insurance premiums, as being involved in accidents too frequently can cause them to go up. The website of IOTS Services says that under certain circumstances, a person could be required to get a special certificate in lieu of insurance. The circumstances surrounding that type of insurance are very specific and are kind of a way to penalize unsafe drivers.

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