Damages from Car Accidents

By on 2-14-2017 in Traffic Accidents

Car accidents can be triggered by a lot of things, such as driver errors, auto defects, road hazards, and dangerous weather conditions. The most tragic car accidents and injuries are those that involve an innocent motorist. According to the website of personal injury attorney Ali Mokaram, a negligent party who has caused injury to an innocent party may be held liable.

But what exactly are the damages sustained in a car accident? They are written below to prove the point that car accidents are more damaging than you think.

Medical costs

The most obvious effect of traffic accidents is injury. If the motorists involved are lucky, they may sustain only minor ones, such as bruises, cuts, and road rashes. Those who are not so lucky may have traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries that may lead to paralysis, disfigurements, and amputations. The medical costs of these complications may not be easily covered, especially by families who are financially limited.

Pain and suffering

Of course, injuries are very painful. But it is important to note that physical pain is not just the kind of stressful feeling victims experience. They may also be emotionally and psychologically affected, influencing their general enjoyment of life. The most common problems include anxiety, depression, flashbacks and nightmares about the traumatic event, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Loss of wages

Getting injured does not just inflict pain and suffering and have medical costs, as it may also result into the loss of your earning capacity. If you are injured, your physical limitation can prevent you from going to work. Your therapy sessions will take your time away. Your injury may also be serious enough to warrant lifelong limitations to your ability to work and earn money.

As said earlier, these damages are more tragic when they happen on the innocent party, while the negligent party that has caused the traumatic event suffers from relatively less damages. To avoid these things, it is best to always drive safely and be aware of your surroundings.

How to Deal with Post Traumatic Stress after a Motor Vehicle Accident

By on 2-11-2017 in Injuries

A host of things can happen after you are hurt in an accident. You may be treated by paramedics on the scene in minor cases,  taken to a hospital and treated for physical injuries, taken to see a specialist, or even rushed to surgery. However, after being hurt in an accident, you may need to be treated for more than just physical injuries. Car accidents can be extremely traumatic experiences, and often the mental injuries incurred in an accident are just as severe as the physical ones. Unfortunately, despite the potential lasting effects of these mental injuries, they are often not regarded with the same care as their physical counterparts and go unnoticed most of the time until they present increasingly dire symptoms.

One of the most common mental repercussions after an accident is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notes,  motor vehicle accidents are the most frequently experienced traumatic event in men and the second most frequent in women.  Despite how common the condition is, most people aren’t aware of its basic symptoms and proper courses of treatment. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, PTSD symptoms can include angry outbursts, flashbacks, and nightmares, among a multitude of other cognition and mood symptoms that began after an accident. If you were hurt in an accident and have experienced similar symptoms, you may have Post Traumatic Stress or a similar anxiety disorder and should seek outside help immediately. A psychiatrist needs to diagnose the condition first and can then proceed to begin treatment methods, which may include medication, psychotherapy, and group counseling, all of which will aim to help you manage and reduce your symptoms. As noted by Russo, Russo, and Slania, P.C., such injuries can leave you with many “physical and emotional challenges” that are “difficult to overcome.” However, with proper attention to your mental health by certified health care professionals, such accidents and their resulting trauma can in fact be overcome and conquered.

Signs That You Are A Makeup Addict

By on 12-01-2016 in Makeup Addiction

Women are always conscious of their looks when going in public. They want to look and feel good about themselves in the eyes of other people. Cosmetic products can help achieve this goal. For this reason, they spend time in buying the latest beauty products. Sometimes they wear makeup all the time and cannot let the day pass without having makeup. If you are this kind of woman, it could be a sign that you are becoming a makeup addict.

But while cosmetic products can boost the confidence and look of a woman, addiction to makeup can also have its negative effects. Addiction Makeup reveals that cosmetic products contain parabens, which are preservatives found in personal care products. When exposed to these substances, exposure to parabens can have a negative effect on the skin. Here now are the signs that you are addicted to cosmetics:

1. Hoarding Makeup
Makeup addiction forces you to hoard makeup for yourself. Even if you already have plenty of makeup in your collection, you keep on adding to your current stash.
2. You Just Can’t Stop Buying Makeup
When you have the tendency to buy makeup even if you can no longer afford it, it is a sign that you are addicted to makeup.
3. You Always Want To Wear Makeup
If you cannot get through the day without putting on makeup, you have a serious addiction to cosmetic products. Such addiction has reached a different level such that you will still put on makeup even if you are just going to the post office or go to the gym.
4. It Takes A Long Time For You To Get Ready
Because of their desire to look their best, makeup addicts spend several hours getting ready. They want everything to be perfect and this is wrong.

Wearing makeup has been part of a woman’s lifestyle. It is their way of making themselves pretty and confident. But too much of everything can be bad and that includes makeup addiction.

Brain and Head Injury Due to Falling Objects Near a Construction Site

By on 11-03-2016 in Construction Injury

Sometime in 2013, a 58-year-old independent contractor for a New York-based trucking company, who was delivering Gypsum National drywall in New Jersey, ended up as another innocent and unsuspecting victim of what may be said was a totally preventable fatal accident in a construction site.

After speaking with someone (who was in a pickup truck), the 58-year-old contractor was hit on the head by a 1-pound tape measure, which slipped from the hands of a worker (who was working on the 50th floor) while he tried to unfasten the tool from his belt. The tape measure bounced off a piece of construction metal that was about 10 – 15 feet from the ground before inflicting a fatal head injury.

Falling objects from heights, especially in construction sites, are a huge safety concern. In 2012, records from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics show 4,383 fatal work-related injuries in the United States. The cause of death of 233 who died was getting struck by objects
or equipment, which is the third leading cause of injuries and fatalities in construction site accidents. The 509 deaths, by the way, registered a seven percent increase from 2011 during which the number of deaths was 219.

The types of objects that very often fall from great heights include hand-held radios; nuts and bolts; hard hats; little bits of concrete; and small tools, like tape measures, pliers and wrenches. While this type of carelessness can definitely result to property damage below, lost productivity, and inconvenience to worker (who will have to go down to retrieve the tool), workers should never forget that this can also very well result to a life-altering injury or death, not just to his/her co-worker or anyone else inside or near the site, but to pedestrians too who may be feet away from the construction area since falling objects can bounce off any material and hit anything or anyone below.

Many are not aware of the dangers and the possible severe injuries which can result from falling construction tools and materials. Who would have thought that a 1-pound tape measure would kill a man, anyway? Getting hit by a falling object can easily result to severe injuries, such as brain and head injuries which, if this does not kill the victim, it may cause in him/her permanent disability.

As the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® explains in its website, over 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury every year, hospitalizing 275,000 and killing 52,000 others. These individuals may suffer cognitive, emotional, and other difficulties that require ongoing care and treatment, at great expense. If the accident resulting to brain injury was the fault of someone else, the victim is given all the rights to pursue legal action where the court may find him/her eligible to receive financial compensation for the damages he/she has been unjustly made to suffer.

Child Conservatorship in Texas

By on 9-05-2016 in Family Law

“The best interest of the child shall always be the primary consideration of the court in determining the issues of conservatorship and possession of and access to the child.” This stipulation is stated in Title 5 Sec. 153.002 of the Texas Family Code.

The best interest of the child is the primary consideration of all state courts when determining child custody, visitation rights and child support issues during a divorce process. The best interest of the child, however, does not necessarily mean what the child wants, but what the court deems would be best for him/her.

As mentioned in the website of law firm Kirker Davis, LLP, in the determining conservatorship or custodianship (of a child) the overarching standards for Austin and Texas courts are: (i) assurance that the child will have frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child; (ii) provide a safe, stable, and non-violent environment for the child; and, (iii) encourage parents to share in the rights and duties of raising their child after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage.

The issue of conservatorship, besides being legally complex, can be the most emotionally involved and contentious of all divorce-related issues that need to be settled. It is for this reason that the courts encourage divorcing spouses to work together, settle their differences and try to arrive at an amicable agreement regarding child custody, otherwise, determining conservatorship issue will be left to the family court judge who will make all legal and binding decisions (in open court) after hearing both spouses lash at each other; the decision may not be likable to one or to both parents, or even to the child himself/herself as it will be based on what the judge sees to be right, fit and fair.

A child, upon reaching the age of 12, can sign a “Choice of Managing Conservator,” a document that will tell the court of his/her wishes concerning primary living arrangements. This document can persuade the court to decide based on a child’s preference, however, this is not always the case.

As soon as you or your spouse considers filing for divorce, settling all issues amicably will make a lot of difference in the outcome of all issues that need to be settled. Although you can surely agree or argue with your spouse, doing it with the help and guidance of a highly-competent child custody lawyer may just result in a more reasonable and acceptable agreement, as well as keep your divorce case outside the court.

Truck Drivers Make Mistakes

By on 5-14-2016 in Injuries

Georgia State Patrol troopers responded to a truck accident at Interstate 75 Exit 37 near Old Quitman Road in Cook County, Georgia last Monday, March 21 and charged the 27-year-old truck driver Lewis Lopez with failure to maintain lane, a seat belt violation, and driving too fast for conditions.

According to preliminary investigations, the semi-truck that was headed north on I-75 tried to make a turn onto Exit 37 when it hit a guard rail on the driver’s side, jumped up an embankment, and finally came to a complete stop after striking another guardrail. Old Quitman Road had to be closed for renovations.

Attorneys at Ausband & Dumont say online that a semi-truck is different from a passenger in a number of ways, for instance, in ride height, driver field of vision, and stopping distance, thereby contributing to the frequency of accidents. Another factor contributing to the occurrence of truck accidents is the fact that commercial truck drivers are paid more if they cover more distance during their shift, thereby causing some of them to sometimes not prioritize the condition of other motorists on the road along with them.

Some of the most common instances when a truck driver can cause an accident on the road is when he doesn’t stop and rest at appropriate intervals or if he drives under the influence of sleep-suppressing substances like methamphetamine. The reason for this is because at some point, any tired driver, and more so a tired truck driver, is bound to commit a driving slip that can result in an accident, even if he seems to be powered up by an energizing drug.

Truck drivers can also cause accidents on the road by driving recklessly, making wide turns, merging lanes abruptly, carrying an unsafe amount of load, or driving above the speed limit.

Insurance Cost Determinants

By on 11-19-2015 in Insurance

In case you’ve been in a car wreck, whether you’re the one to blame or you’ve been a victim of somebody else’s carelessness, you understand that each and every mishap that happens has an effect on your auto insurance policy: while it’s speeding, DUI, car accident, or some traffic infraction. Regardless of the state where you live and drive in, your actual age, or variables including the variety of car you are driving, more weight is carried by your driving record on your car insurance policy.

Make sure to stay informed about your driving factors to assess: DMV could sometimes post wrong and is not perfect advice. This is critical especially if you are searching for a brand new provider on your auto insurance or if you’re planning to renew your coverage. Being given the incorrect points about driving can spell the difference when you get your insurance rates.

If your state permits points to be dropped after some years, it is possible to it wait out before trying to get new car insurance. Be sure that the points have dropped before using or even before getting an approximation to make sure you get the lowest possible rates that you want. Finally, in the event you believe you are offered a solution unjustly, you can hire a lawyer to spell it all out in court.

Some insurance can rest their charges on whether the driver is a low-risk customer or a high-risk one. With regards to the state, factors may or might not be assigned after you have broken a certain traffic principle. This point system was created as a way to monitor and punish reckless and dangerous driver, and through this point-system insurance providers can accurately predict drivers of getting into an injury, hence could give a greater premium.

Madison, WI car accident lawyers note that there are things you can do to help avoid paying high auto insurance costs. Driving factors are like golf scores – the lower the better. Preventing injuries and being a real defensive driver is just one thing you can do to greatly help get lower premiums. You can accomplish this by going to a defensive driving school. Request the DMV in your neighborhood about schools they approve to get your qualification, and maintain a clean driving record.