A case of personal injury can be difficult to prove alone – especially if one is not exactly the most knowledgeable with legal terminologies and such.
For example, according to the website of The Seegmiller Law Firm, the definition of personal injury can be phrased to mean an injury that has been dealt upon a person due to the negligent actions of another party. A definition like this accounts for many variables and these different factors are then separated into subsets in order to be dealt with accordingly through systematic, just means.
For example, say you were walking past a garden where a few kids were playing baseball and they manage to hit you in the face by accident. It causes a bruise for you. Technically, this can be a case of personal injury due to the definition of the phrase. However, is it really worth pursuing to file legal action against a few kids for a bruise that will probably fade in a few days? The deal is entirely different if you were, for example, at a baseball game and say a part of the stadium collapsed on you and caused severe, permanent injury.
The injury begets medical treatment and even compensation for the loss of wages that are certain to be had due to the temporary or permanent inability to go to work. Not to mention the emotional trauma that something so devastating can cause on you and your loved ones. Personal injury was not created as a means to glorify being made the victim but in order to allow for those who have survived horrible accidents such as this, the means to demand justice and compensation for the wrong that was done onto them.
Madison is more than just its scenic views and breathtaking waterways. Wisconsin’s capital city is also pulsating with a diverse culture and a rich academic tradition. Visitors who want to experience the lifeblood of Madison can explore the many universities and colleges that make up the city that is often considered as one of the best places in the United States for education.
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wisconsin – Madison is a world-class institution, responsible for helming over 42,000 students ever year. It has a campus comprising of 933 acres and is just about a mile from the Wisconsin Capitol building in the heart of downtown Madison. The sprawling campus is accentuated by state of the art facilities and architecturally innovative buildings. Visitors should make it a point to stop by the Chazen Museum of Art and the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Those who want to enjoy the scenery and stroll through the campus can drop by the Allen Centennial Gardens and Wisconsin Memorial Union.
This Dominican run Catholic college is just off the shore of Lake Wingra. Edgewood College is the only independent liberal arts institution in Madison, with about 1,800 students in its campus. The highlights of the quaint and intimate campus area are the DeRicci Gallery and the Regina Theater. The first is a place where visitors can view exhibits by students and local artists. Meanwhile, the theater is the usual venue for choral and band concerts, as well as some theatrical productions.
Madison College is a place for individuals looking to obtain associate degrees and professional certificate programs through technical training. As a community college, the institution is said to be responsible for the education of about 50,000 students every year. Visitors can drop by the Mitby Theater to witness student-run productions, as well as a number of choral and instrumental performances.
Xarelto, or rivaroxaban, is used as a blood thinner to prevent blood clots from forming that was approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration in 2011. It is a popular medication after hip or knee replacement surgery or when an individual has irregular heartbeats to prevent strokes. The anticoagulant works by preventing blood clotting proteins from forming. The most common type of blood clot treated with Xarelto is called deep vein thrombosis which can cause pulmonary embolisms.
The side effects of Xarelto range from bruising to immobility or death. The most common side effects of Xarelto include:
- Unusual or continuous bleeding
- Headache or dizziness
- Red or pink urine
- Loss of movement in any part of the body
According Xarelto attorneys, Xarelto was recently prohibited from treating acute coronary syndrome due to the associated side effects of the drug. There have also been cases of allergic reactions to Xarelto. Reported cases of this include symptoms of hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of facial features.
Xarelto is dosed in 10 mg strength tablets. The tablet is generally prescribed to be taken orally once a day with or without food and water. When hemostasis occurs after surgery, the first dose of Xarelto is encouraged within a 6 to 10 hour time frame. The drug differs from most other blood thinners since it does not require blood testing. Coumadin, an older and substantial competitor to Xarelto, also requires dietary restrictions along with routine blood work. The convenience of the medication also came with an increased sticker price that was more than ten times the cost of annual cost of similar drugs.
Bayer and Johnson & Johnson benefit enormously from the drug, receiving about $1 billion from sales worldwide. The successful drug, however, is recently involved in several cases of severe bleeding that have resulted in death. Xarelto manufacturers and the drug itself are now under fire for the unlisted side effects that present a danger to their prescribed patients.
Choosing a self-storage facility that you can trust with the safety of your belongings is important to keep peace of mind. There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself and your belongings when it comes to picking and maintaining a self-storage unit. When choosing a facility to store your belongings, consider the security measures, amenities, access schedule, size of units offered, and maintenance of the area.
There are storage units of all sizes and amenities to choose from. Many storage units will include a stable temperature control to keep belongings from becoming too hot or cold when the seasons change. Other storage facilities are more basic, offering shelter and little else. However, it is still important for all types of storage spaces to offer security, quality customer service, and a cleanly and pest-free environment.
After choosing the storage facility, there are packing tips that will elongate the life of the stored items. Here is a list of tips to packaging possessions:
- Box all stored items in sturdy boxes that are completely filled
- Do not store wet items in storage units
- Avoid plastic bags or containers, humidity can build and cause mildew
- Package clothes and breakable objects in containers specifically designed for that item
- Spray wood furniture with furniture spray to protect it
- Do not store photographs in storage units that do not have a climate controlled setting
The website of Mopac Self Storage also advises against using newspaper to pack belongings because the ink can attach itself to the wrapped items. There are other packing papers that will not cause this problem. Bubble wrap is another option for more fragile belongings that require extra protection.
Renting a storage unit should be an easy solution to your space problem. If you are in need of a safe area to store your belongings, find several self-storage facilities in your area that provide the kinds of services you are looking. Only after visiting the units, make an informed decision about where to place your valuable belongings.
Construction is one of the most hazardous industries to work in. There are four major ways that a worker or the public can be at risk. These are accidents involving electrocution, caught-in, falls, and falling objects. Many cases of construction accidents are a result of the construction company failing to provide the appropriate safety gear or training for worker protection, which can sometimes spill over to non-worker injuries as well.
According to the website of law firm Hach & Rose, falling objects is one of the more common hazards that can strike workers and members of the public, especially in high-rise projects where even the smallest objects can gain enough momentum to do serious damage to anyone or anything in its downward path. It is not necessarily a hammer or wrench; a nail falling from a hundred stories up attain the force of a high-speed bullet at those heights.
This is the reason why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urge construction companies and workers to observe safety regulations. Any work done more than 6 feet up should include the use of debris mats and other falling object prevention measures. Workers are directed not to stay under a crane in operation and to wear safety hats at all time while at the worksite.
Tools used in construction need to be secured whether in use or not, and all construction materials such as wood, nails, steel bars, and the like need to be likewise secured to prevent being inadvertently dislodged and falling on workers on a lower level or on pedestrians and vehicles that may be passing on the ground below.
When construction accidents happen that involves falling objects, the contractor or construction company is liable for any injury or property that may occur if it is proven that they failed to follow safety regulations. If you have been seriously injured because of negligence at a construction site, you may be eligible to get compensation. Consult with a construction accident lawyer at the earliest possible time.
Reasonable people are expected to take reasonable steps to prevent harm to themselves and to others against hazards that are out in the open and obvious even to an untrained perception. This is basically the definition of the open-and-obvious doctrine that is typically used as a defense in premises liability cases, and in general results in a summary judgment (dismissal) when the hazard proves to be open and obvious. In other words, it hinges upon the personal responsibility and common sense of people to make sure they don’t hurt themselves. However, like in anything legal, this is not as simple as it seems.
In Kentucky, recent Supreme Court rulings on two unrelated premises liability cases qualified the open-and-obvious doctrine which could significantly impact how premises liability cases, specifically slip-and-falls, are conducted in the future. The ruling basically says that a premises owner is guilty of a breach of duty to its invitees if there is a failure to do more to obviate the dangers posed by a hazardous situation, regardless of whether the hazard itself was open and obvious i.e. wires for medical equipment in a hospital room, and which failure resulted in an injury to the plaintiff.
According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, property owners in Kentucky owe a duty to invitees to eliminate potential risks for harm. As such, they share some responsibility for any harm that does occur to invitees even when the danger is open and obvious. Based on this, the Supreme Court states that the open-and-obvious doctrine was incompatible with the pure comparative fault system in place in Kentucky. Pure comparative fault allows a plaintiff to recover damages in tort cases even if the plaintiff is 99% at fault. That 1% fault of the defendant is enough to make the case viable, although whatever award is given is reduced by the plaintiff’s share of the fault. In essence, what these rulings denote is that the result is most likely to go against the defendant in a slip-and-fall lawsuit.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Kentucky, you have a very good chance of getting compensation. Consult with a skilled premises liability lawyer in your area as soon as possible.
An 8-year-old case that began in Pennsylvania has finally come to a conclusion as the Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of the plaintiff, setting a precedent that could have a significant impact on how drug makers and sellers will fare in the state’s civil courts.
The case Lance v. Wyeth involved popular weight loss drugs manufactured and marketed by the drug company in the 1990s and which were later withdrawn from the market when it turned out that using them increased the risk of developing valvular heart disease. The lawsuit was filed 2006, and was summarily dismissed because it did not fulfill the requirements for strict liability.
Strict liability for drug companies was based then on two standards: design defect and failure to warn. In the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, however, a 4-2 decision released on January 21, 2014 established that drug companies can be held liable for drugs that turn out later to be too dangerous to be marketed even if they have received approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The legal concepts discussed in the Supreme Court’s decision are complex, but it boils down to a simple concept: drug companies have a duty of care that includes ensuring that safety of the public by exhaustive testing of a product before it is marketed, and immediate withdrawal of a product that carry unjustifiable risks.
Law experts predict that this would have a ripple effect in personal injury lawsuits in the state and elsewhere, and can seriously impact distributors and makers of new drugs such as Xarelto (rivaroxaban) which Williams Kherkher states on its law firm’s website can cause serious injury or death. In fact, the first personal injury lawsuit against Xarelto manufacturer Bayer AG and US distributor Johnson & Johnson via subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical was filed shortly after the decision was published and alleged that Xarelto was just too dangerous to be sold.
If you have been seriously harmed from using Xarelto, you may be able to get compensation based on this ruling. Contact a Xarelto lawyer in your area to find out more about it.
Since the 1990s technology and research surrounding robot assisted surgeries has been advancing. In 1999 the first robotically assisted heart bypass surgery in the United States was performed at Ohio State University. Robot surgical procedures present healthcare outlets with opportunities to decrease the margin for human error while increasing precision and accuracy. This can include surgeries done to address defects in babies who are still developing, helping to set shattered bones from car accidents and other traumatic events, and surgeries dealing with some of the most delicate parts of the body, like the brain. According to the New York Times, “robotic surgery has grown dramatically, increasing more than 400 percent in the United States between 2007 and 2011.”
Despite the promising prospect of robotic surgeries, recent findings are showing that hospitals have not been diligent about reporting patient injuries incurred during robotic surgeries to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Due to the lack reporting when robotic surgeries occur it’s difficult to know exactly how effective robot assisted surgery is. Likewise, it is difficult to gauge how much of a risk robot assisted surgeries pose. The underwhelming efforts of hospitals in reporting calls attention to a system in which oversight, enforcement, and consequences are needed when holding hospitals accountable.
In order to keep up with competition many hospitals have invested in robotic technology. Using robotic technology requires specific and extensive training. According to Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, errors from robotic assisted surgeries might occur because of improper training, unknowledgeable staff, or inexperience with the new technology.
Nobody should have to suffer because of robotic technology. If you or your loved one has been injured in a robotic surgery, contact a personal injury attorney today. An attorney will be able to guide you through your case and defend you to the best of their capabilities.
Dogs are full of energy, and not having any outlet for that energy can cause destructive behavior and psychological issues. Just like young children, dogs need exercise in order to stay healthy, happy, and away from trouble. The benefits of having a routine exercise for dogs range from social skills to physical abilities.
Dogs are more active than humans, therefore you need to know a variety of ways you can help exercise your dogs. You should understand that these exercises depend on the dog’s breed, age, physical health, size, and individual traits. Different dog breeds have different levels of energy, thus you need to have the veterinarian check and recommend the right exercise for your dog.
The most recommended forms of dog exercise are walking, swimming, and jogging. These not only help physically maintain the health of the dog, but also expose them to natural stimuli that make them comfortable with other dogs and situations that will develop their confidence and trust. Another dog exercise, especially when going outside is not possible, is focusing on the brain. Dog puzzles and toys, along with indoor games and obstacles, can help your dog’s focus and make them mentally alert. If you are the competitive type, there are many dog sports that measure dog’s agility, focus, obedience, tracking, and other traits. These exercises, though, need longer and more training than regular dog exercises.
Exercising your dog is not only helping your pet, but it also helps keep you in shape. Personally taking care of your dog and going out with them for exercise builds trust and establishes stronger bonds between you and your pet. You can also help keep yourself in shape, thus making it a win-win solution.
Discriminatory acts, based on religious and/or ethnicity, include performance or utterance of derogatory and humiliating actions/words towards and against people due to their culture, language, ancestry or birthplace. Laws in the United States give equal opportunity to everyone, to both locals and migrants alike. This simply means that no one in the US (so long as the individual’s identity and qualifications have been recognized and acknowledged by the government) can be deprived of equal opportunity simply because he/she: comes from a foreign country; participates in practices or activities linked to a certain ethnic group; possesses an accent or name that can be identified with a national origin group; or, is married to someone or is associating with people who belong to a particular ethnicity.
Different federal and state laws prohibit all discriminatory practices related to employment. These practices include hiring, salary and compensation, fringe benefits, type of work, promotion, training, layoff or firing, and all other factors related to employment. Besides discrimination, harassment of people due to their ethnic or religious identity is also an unlawful act. Those who may be guilty of acts of harassment and/or discrimination include any company supervisor, the victim’s co-worker, a customer or a client.
Besides prohibiting offensive verbal remarks or physical acts, the law also mandates employers ensure that their company’s policies or practices, which all employees are required to observe, do not have any content that may create a negative effect on people with certain religious or ethnic affiliation, especially if these contents have nothing to do with business operations.
No employer may also base any employment-related decision (such as hiring, firing, promotion, etc.) on an employee’s accent, unless the accent is critical or highly-important in the performance of the job (in BPO companies, for instance, or a telephone operator job).
Those who feel that they have been harassed or discriminated should think of hiring legal counsel. Laws involving employment discrimination are complex and filing a complaint involves a long process that is subject to a statute of limitations. Having a knowledgeable labor lawyer at your side will help ensure that you accomplish everything correctly.