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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Tips on preventing toy-related injuries

Before buying toys, parents may want to do the following tips to make sure their children will enjoy their toys and possibly prevent injuries. Toy-related injuries, though preventable, have landed estimated 251,800 children in emergency departments in 2014, a report of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

It is important for parents or any person buying toys for gifts to determine if a particular toy is appropriate for the age of the recipient. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that parents should strictly follow the toy’s safety warning mostly if the toy is intended to be used by a younger child. Check if the toy had passed the American Society for Testing and Materials; note that toys that have been certified have “ASTM” inscribed in the toys packaging. Toys that are suited for children ages 10 and above may pose a risk when given to younger children. Children whose age is 1 to 3 years old should not be given toys with small parts that can be accidentally ingested. Parents may want to consult other parents or toy store personnel if the product they are considering to buy is safe for a child. Refrain from buying toys that have sharp edges, rods, or unsafe edges that can cause harm to children. For younger kids, make sure to only buy toys that do not have cords that can cause strangulation.

When buying stuffed toys for younger children, make sure it does not have a zipper where they can accidentally swallow its stuffings. There were some previous reports that suggested toy-related injuries continue to increase as a result of children riding “non-motorized scooters.” Parents who have considerations in buying “ride-on toys” may also want to buy safety gears like helmet, knee and elbow padding. Though such tips may help prevent toy-related injuries to children, the website of the Abel Law Firm says that severe injuries are inevitable when children when they play defective toys.

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Carpal tunnel syndrome, what it is and how to prevent it

Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, is a condition that occurs when the median nerve supplying the nervous energy needed by the forearm is pressed, or ‘pinched,’ while passing though the carpal tunnel, a cavity enclosed by ligaments and different bones in the wrist. When the median nerve that supplies nervous energy in the forearm is pinched, complications such as numbness, weakness and tingling sensation in one forearm may occur.

Because carpal tunnel syndrome can be a result of forceful, repetitive motions, a Providence workplace accidents attorney may tell you that this condition can be a result of a poorly-designed workplace. Lack of adequate break times to do some stretching and to rest the arms can also result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Assembly line and clerical workers are at highest risk of this disease, although workers who operate heavy vibratory equipment, such as jackhammers, may also be vulnerable.

Apart from occupation, there are other risks associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Women, for instance, are more prone to this condition because of smaller carpal tunnel. A dislocated wrist, or a musculoskeletal condition affecting the wrists and the hands, can also result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Pregnant or menopause women are also at higher risk of this disease because of fluid retention. Fluid retention that causes carpal tunnel syndrome can also be a result of thyroid diseases, obesity, and kidney damage. Finally, nerve-damaging illnesses such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis may also result in the weakening of the median nerve, making you more prone to carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you are experiencing numbness, tingling or weakness in one of your forearm and in your fingers, and if you are at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to see your doctor for a prompt treatment. Depending on the severity, your doctor may apply wrist splints and recommend medications to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. For more severe cases, surgery might be required.

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Wrong Diagnosis Continues to Threaten Patients’ Lives

In 1990, about 94,000 people (around the globe) died due to adverse effects of medical treatment; this number rose to 142,000 in 2013. In the US, the National Academy of Medicine, an American non-profit and non-governmental organization [called the Institute of Medicine (IOM) until June 30, 2015] says that, every year, medical error is to blame for the preventable death of 44,000 to 98,000 individuals, and the injuries sustained by 1,000,000 others.

Medical errors (or human errors) refer to adverse effects of care which are believed to be preventable; these errors can be the results of health-care providers’ wrongful execution of what actually are appropriate methods of care or the provision of inappropriate methods of care. The errors most frequently committed by doctors and hospitals include medication errors, surgery errors, anesthesia errors, childbirth injuries and misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis; these errors also happen to be the most common bases of medical malpractice lawsuits.

Misdiagnosis or wrong diagnosis, which claims a big percentage of medical malpractice complaints, has not only caused thousands of deaths in the past, but also continues to put so many lives in danger, especially the lives of those rushed in emergency departments.

Some of the actual cases of misdiagnosis committed in emergency departments include: a 9-year-old girl being diagnosed of simply experiencing stomach pains and then suffering from a ruptured appendix minutes after; a male teenager being sent home after having been given Tylenol for his fever and chills – he died shortly after, due to sepsis, a blood infection; and, a woman, aged 42, who complained of chest pains. Two hours after she was discharged, she suffered a heart attack.

Medical errors (particularly those that cause injury or death to patients) are usually results of medical malpractice, which may be defined as a health-care provider’s failure to provide patients with the accepted standard of treatment. The only probable reasons for this failure are incompetence or lack of skill and negligence.

A Georgetown medical malpractice attorney may tell you that, despite doctors’ high level of competence, many patients still become victims of wrong diagnosis and other types of medical malpractice.

The effects of wrong diagnosis, in particular, can lead to serious consequences for patients and their families. This is why all health-care providers must be able to accurately diagnose and treat patients’ health complaints. Failure to do so can lead to legal moves by the patients and/or their families, to seek compensation for all the damages they are made to suffer.

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Freight Factoring | 0 comments

Basics of Freight Factoring

If you have never done freight factoring before, you may be unsure of what to expect. Here are the basics of freight factoring.
There are essentially five elements in freight factoring:

  • Trucker
  • Factor
  • Invoice
  • Cash advanced
  • Fees

The trucker or trucking company in its day-to-day operations does a lot of things, but the most important one in terms of freight factoring is submitting the invoice to a client for services rendered. This is based on the agreement between the trucker and client upon the successful completion of the job. The “factor” or third-party company who will buy the invoice has no involvement in this phase of the freight factoring process.

The factor only becomes involved when the invoice is then sent to them for verification and approval. The freight factoring company which check if the service was indeed satisfactorily rendered and if it has been, the factor pays the trucking company the pre-agreed amount to be advanced (anywhere between 60 to 90% of the face value of the invoice). The percentage of the cash advanced will depend on the credit rating of the client. The funds advanced can be in the form of cash, check, or bank transfer between 24 to 48 hours after verification.

Depending on the agreement, the freight factoring company may or may not keep a reserve, which is that percentage of the money due to the trucker which is kept back by the factor until such time as the invoice is paid in full. At this point, the reserve amount is then released to the trucker. Some companies such as TBS Factoring do not require a reserve for non-recourse factoring.

It should be noted that not all clients will meet the requirements of a freight factoring company; a credit check is usually made on the client to determine if they are a bad risk or will provide truckers with a list of pre-approved clients. This is an advantage to truckers, who will then be able to weed out dead beat clients who will probably not be able to pay on time and in full, or at all.

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Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Injury Claims for Motorcycle Passengers after an Accident

Being an injured passenger in a motorcycle accident can make recovery of compensation easier to accomplish, whether it would be against the operator of the motorcycle or the other car involved, or even both. Besides being able to file for a personal injury claim against the person or persons who caused the accident, you can also file for a products liability lawsuit if a defect in the motorcycle was what caused the accident. Motorcycle passengers who become injured in an accident often have easier times of getting compensation for injury and damages of opposed to the drivers because the possibility of the passenger being the one who caused the accident is very rare.

For a single-vehicle accident, the injured passenger can file a lawsuit against the operator of the motorcycle. Just as with any negligence cases, the victim should be able to prove that (1) the liability of the person at-fault, and (2) the damages suffered (such as injuries and economic loss). When there are two or more vehicles involved in the accident, the injured passenger can file an injury lawsuit against the operators of all vehicles, except in the event that only one of the operator is clearly the one who caused the accident. In situations where the one who caused the accident flees the scene and was not apprehended, then the injured passenger can then file a hit and run accident under the other driver (and/or your) uninsured drivers insurance policy, but since there are differences in certain laws regarding these policies, it would be best to consult Iowa motorcycle accident lawyer to check which laws apply to your situation.

There are two main causes of motorcycle accidents – one, when the motorcycle carelessly crashes or hits something, or if a mechanical defect in the motorcycle caused the crash. States in the US follow different laws regarding insurance and vehicle accidents, therefore it would be best to have a lawyer guide and assist in filing either a products liability or personal injury claims. To learn more about how a motorcycle lawyer can help you after being hurt in an accident, visit Pete Leehey’s website.

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