PERSONAL INJURY

Breed Hysteria in Media Compromises Public Knowledge of Dog Bite Hazards

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 19th, 2012

 

The current media and government frenzy over pit bulls can be observed all over the Internet, television and in other news sources. Legislative measures have resulted from the popular perception that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. In Maricopa County Arizona 750 pit bulls were scheduled to be put to death in May. Breed hysteria has struck before. In the 1970s, Doberman pincers were regarded as the most dangerous dog. In the 1980s, it was German shepherds. In the 1990s, it was Rottweilers. The fact remains that, without the proper training and discipline, any dog can be dangerous. Avoiding dog bites is oftentimes something that requires you to take a look at the owner more than the breed of dog.

Bad Owners

Advocates for pit bulls and other breeds emphasize that properly training dogs and properly caring for them is the best way to avoid situations where the dog ends up biting someone. Sometimes, you can tell a lot more about a dog by taking a look at how its owner treats it than by looking at the breed. In fact, if you're getting your information from the media about breeds of dogs, you probably have a lot of misconceptions. For example, pit bulls do not have the highest bite strength of any dog, German shepherds do.

New Treatment May Aid Those with Debilitating Migraines

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 19th, 2012

 

A new treatment that stimulates the occipital nerve may bring relief to some migraine sufferers. According to a press release, the treatment may provide relief when other types of treatments fail.

The Treatment

The treatment involves implanting a device in the body that delivers a small electrical current to the occipital nerves. The device is rather like a pacemaker, according to the press release. In fact, it is implanted in the chest, though the device actually stimulates nerves in the skull. They can be programmed by the doctor.

What Not To Do In A Car Wreck

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 9th, 2011

 

When you get into a car wreck, there are plenty of things that can go wrong after the wreck is over. Even if everyone is physically okay and there is no threat of being out on the road in a destroyed vehicle, there are ways that these situations can go from bad to worse. To make sure that you don't end up making things much worse than they have to be, you can remember to avoid a few common mistakes.

Keeping Your Senses About Senseless Drivers

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 29th, 2011
Each year, there are plenty of cases where a driver is injured because somebody sharing the road with them wasn't paying attention. In these cases, the victims are oftentimes severely injured, suffer significant property loss or are even killed because of the negligence of the other driver. There are some things you can do to help yourself avoid ending up in these situations. While the signs of a distracted driver are pretty similar to the signs of a drunk driver, you should know some of the other ones so that you don't end up getting run into by somebody who simply has no interest in what's happening on the road in front of them.
 
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Some people don't have the good sense to pull over and talk to their children when their children are causing a problem on the road. You will see these parents turned around in their seat talking to their children, sometimes yelling at their children, and otherwise paying attention to everything their children are doing and to nothing about what's happening on the road. Be sure you back off of these drivers and give them plenty of room. You never know when they're going to suddenly pull over or just stop in the middle of the road.
 
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Spring Weather and Slip and Fall Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 31st, 2011

Slip and fall injuries become significant hazards during the springtime. In some areas, a mix of mud, water and sometimes sleet and snow create a very dangerous situation on certain types of flooring. Some of the most dangerous floors, in this regard, are found in restaurants and retail establishments. The owners of these establishments have a responsibility to make sure that their floors are reasonably safe for their customers.

If you happen to be injured because you take a spill on the floor at a retail establishment, know that you do have the option of hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you in court. These attorneys will take every case. In fact, many of them will offer you a free consultation where you can sit down with them and discuss your case and determine whether or not it's worth pushing forward with a lawsuit. If the attorney does determine that it was the fault of the store owner and that there was negligence involved, they may want to take your case. There are ways that you can have them take your case without having to pay any upfront legal fees.

In some cases, an attorney may offer to represent you on a contingency agreement. This means that they’re staking their pay on their ability to win your case. If they don't win your case, the attorney doesn't get paid and you walk away without owing them anything. If they do win your case, however, their legal fees will come out of the jury award or settlement.

Fighting Back Against Work Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 21st, 2010

Work injures, depending upon your occupation, can be devastating, and sometimes deadly. While some jobs are dangerous by their very nature, your employer still has an obligation to provide you with adequate training and personal protective equipment when they expect you to do a dangerous job. If they didn’t come through on this obligation, it may be time for you to consider calling a personal injury attorney.

One of the things to watch out for at workplaces is inadequate training. OSHA regulations require specific types of training for some jobs. For instance, you can’t just jump on a forklift at a warehouse and start driving it; not legally, anyway. More importantly, an employer cannot require you to perform such a task if you’re not trained. If they do, they may be in violation of federal regulations and other standards.

A personal injury lawyer can help you fight back against such employers. While most employers are good to their employees and want to have a constructive and productive relationship with them, others treat employees as if they’re disposable. If your employer put their profits before their people and you were hurt as a result of it, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages. This is sometimes a very long-term and complex process, but it doesn’t have to be expensive upfront.

Work Injuries and Regulations

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 9th, 2010

There are regulations designed to keep workplaces and the people who work in them safe. These are mostly administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There are also specialty branches of this regulatory agency, such as the branch that works with mine safety. State regulations come into play at most worksites, as well. Employers have to follow these rules and regulations to keep their employees safe and, when they don’t comply, injuries sometimes result. In some cases, people are killed.

Suing for a Work Injury

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 8th, 2010

There are a host of federal regulations and laws that try to ensure safe workplaces. An employer has an obligation to their employees to provide as safe as possible a workplace. There are some jobs, of course, that are very dangerous but, even in these cases, there are regulations that apply. When safety equipment cannot be used, there should be fallbacks for workers for dangerous jobs. Training is one of the most important examples of these fallback measures. If you were hurt on the job, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney if you weren’t given training or safety equipment.

In dangerous jobs, there are sometimes accommodations made for the nature of the work where regulations are concerned. For example, the workers who do repairs on radio towers aren’t required to tie off at every rung on the ladders because of the time involved. These workers, however, are very highly-trained and understand the risks they take when they ascend. Problems arise when employers try to save money by skimping on training and by failing to provide safety equipment for workers. They also have to provide information about every hazardous chemical used on the job site, which is provided on what is called a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Suing for Slip and Fall Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2010

Slip and fall injuries can be devastating. It’s quite possible to be killed falling from your own height. Sprains, strains, broken bones and concussions can easily result from a bad fall. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you pursue a case if you’ve been injured because of someone’s negligence. There are some very common ways that these injuries occur and, in some cases, people have filed successful lawsuits that have gotten them enough money to cover their medical expenses, as well as their pain and suffering due to the fall.

A personal injury law firm will need to know the exact circumstances under which the injury took place. This is part of establishing that the party you’re suing caused your injuries through negligence, action or inaction. For example, if you visited a store on an icy day and the doorway wasn’t cleared of ice that caused you to slip and hurt yourself, you may have a case against the property owner. This is not at all frivolous. There is no reason you should suspect that a property you’re invited into is dangerous in any regard and, if it is, you may have a suit.

Building a Work Injury Claim

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 5th, 2010

There are some cases when workers are injured but when they don’t want to rock the boat. This is understandable. Unfortunately, most people do live paycheck to paycheck. The idea of losing your job can be terrifying. If you’ve been put into a situation by your employer that resulted in your being injured, however, you may want to contact a personal injury law firm. They can help you to find out if you have a case against your employer that could result in financial compensation from a jury trial or from a settlement. The first step is identifying a bad situation.

There is no reason that an employer should put you in a dangerous situation that you weren’t trained for. There are cases, of course, where people simply have dangerous jobs. Workers who labor on oil rigs, for example, generally know the risks of their jobs and undertake them willingly. There are cases, however, where a personal injury lawyer may be able to establish that an employer didn’t provide adequate protection for their employees, even if they happened to be working a very dangerous job at the time. These incidents oftentimes result in lawsuits being filed.

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