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Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Trucks are very Accident Prone and, when a Truck Accident Occurs, it is almost always Devastating for Everyone Involved

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), fatal truck accidents happen almost 11 times a day, resulting to more than 4,000 deaths and more than 100,000 injuries each year. Compared to car accidents, truck accidents may be fewer, however, their results are always more destructive and tragic due to their huge size.

That semi-trucks pose a serious risk to other vehicles on the road due to their enormous size is common knowledge. Thus, if a person driving a does not possess the required skills that will enable him/her to safely operate his/her vehicle, or if he/she commits an error that results in an accident, then fatalities or people sustaining severe injuries are not remote possibilities.

There are more than two million semi-trucks or big rigs operating in the U.S. and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), half a million of these trucks get involved in accidents every year.

Studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) show that majority of truck accidents are the fault of truck drivers. Some of the most common truck driver errors identified by the FMCSA are driver fatigue, driving too fast for road conditions, impairment due to use of prescription drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol, overspeeding, lack of experience in operating a semi-truck; lack of focus on the road; distracted driving; failure to check a truck’s “no-zone” areas or blind spots, and failure to make sure that truck brakes are in good working condition.

As explained by Toronto truck accident lawyers of the law firm Mazin & Associates, PC, “Heavy haul trucks are by far some of the most difficult vehicles to operate. Their large size and mass lead to numerous safety hazards, including bad brakes and large blind spots. These safety hazards only worsen when the bitter Canadian winter comes and the already limited traction of the road decreases even further. Trucks are very accident prone and when a truck accident occurs it is almost always devastating for everyone involved.”

Though many truck drivers and trucking companies do everything they can to stay safe on the road, the sad reality is that not everyone exercises caution, putting unsuspecting motorists in harm’s way. Many drivers exceed the set hours of service restrictions, there are those who abuse alcohol and/or amphetamines while behind the wheel, or those who fail to keep their trucks in good working order, exposing everyone on the road to serious risks.

All these acts of failure are due to negligence which can easily be avoided, thus, avoiding too the thousands of accidents involving trucks. While no one wants an accident to occur, the injuries or death of victims require that erring truck drivers, may be even the trucking company they work for, be made to face justice as well as compensate victims for all damages resulting from their injuries.

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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 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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Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Ride Your Bike Safely Even on Busy Streets

For some individuals, riding a bike for a morning exercise, to run an errand or head down to work, is simply more fun than taking a public transport. But when riding a bike, one should blend into the flow of the traffic; bikers should never zigzag along roads, go from street to sidewalk or weave between parked cars. In short, bikers should never make their own road rules, otherwise, in the event of an accident, they may lose their right from receiving compensation as the accident would be due to their own acts of negligence and irresponsibility.

Some expert bikers have shared useful information on how those riding a bike can avoid accidents and stay safe wherever they are headed. Consider the following points from expert opinion:

  • It might be a surprise, but many experts say that the safest way to ride a bike is by being part of the traffic and not by riding on the right edge of the road, very close to the gravel shoulder, as this may be covered with sand or other debris that can cause you to fall;
  • Ride on the right side of the street, at least three to four feet from the gravel shoulder. Along this path, other drivers, even pedestrians, will easily see you. Traffic is also slower at the right side of the road, so this will be a safer path, than at the left, where vehicles run faster;
  • Ride, at least, three feet away from cars parked at the side of the street. This is will keep you safe from car doors suddenly being opened or from cars starting and trying to merge back into the flow of traffic;
  • When riding downhill and your bike begins to run as fast as cars, ride in line with them. Pull a bit to the right, when you begin to fall behind. When passing a car, however, make sure that you pass on its left side; a driver normally expects to be passed on its left side; and,
  • At a red light or at stop signs, stop behind the car that is already stopped awaiting the green light. Never stop at its right side (especially if it’s a truck instead of a car) as it may crush you if it makes a right turn.

There are many other precautions that bikers need to observe when riding, especially at night. But there is no safer and smoother way ever to ride than by observing traffic safety rules and riding with the flow of the traffic. Riding this way is also a guarantee that, if ever an accident occurs, your personal injury lawyer will be able to fight for your rights and earn for you the maximum compensation that the law allows, since you will clearly be without fault in the accident that occurred.

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Medical Malpractice is a Serious Issue

Medical malpractice is one of the causes of many personal injury claims. The rising number of deaths due to medical malpractice and negligence has made it the third leading cause of death in the United States, following heart disease and cancer. Doctors who are negligently practicing medicine should be brought to justice in order for the overall protection of society. A person can file for personal injury against a medical practitioner if their negligence was the cause of the injury that they have endured.

About 15 percent of personal injury lawsuits are caused by medical malpractice. There are many types of medical malpractice that can lead to personal injury. Here are just some of the most common ones:

  • Childbirth – a medical professional can cause fetal injuries before, during or after the birth of the child. Some common injuries include brain injuries, bone fractures, and Erb’s palsy. Because the child may end up suffering from the injuries, the website of the Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, suggests taking the case to court in order to get compensation for the possible lifetime treatment, rehabilitation and medication of the child. It may not only be the child who is in danger of childbirth injures, but the mother’s health is also in danger.
  • Surgical – mistakes in the operating table often lead to personal injuries. Punctured internal organs, operating on the wrong body part, leaving medical instruments in the body, or failure to administer proper post-operation care that lead to infection could be a basis for personal injury or medical malpractice claims.
  • Medication – it may not be as popular, but medication errors cause serious injuries to about 1.5 million people in the US alone. It may be due to wrong administration of the drug, or giving out the wrong prescription or dosage to the patient.
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis – this could lead to the patient developing further complications from their sickness because it is not properly or timely addressed. Also, taking the wrong medication or treatment can cause more stress and aggravation to their bodies and drain their emotional and mental health.

Patients should know that although they may feel like the doctors or other medical professionals treating them have performed lower than the needed standard of care require from them, it is not a strong basis for a personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuit. It is necessary to prove that the negligence is the direct cause of the injury that has caused significant harm and damages to the patient. Because medical malpractice has highly regulated body of rules that vary from state to state, asking help from a legal representative would aid in understanding if you have a strong case and how much compensation you are entitled to.

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