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Society should take care of its weakest

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Assisted Living | 0 comments

It has often been said that a society can be judged by how it treats its weakest members. Unfortunately, by that score, our society is a poor one, since we treat our weakest members, our elderly, quite poorly.

While many cultures believe in an absolute respect for elders that goes beyond family limits and includes anyone above a certain age, ours has no such belief. Many cultures look to elders for wisdom, while ours looks only to young people and attractive people for their thoughts on what is happening in the world.

Even more condemning, in many cultures, the elderly fear for nothing because they know their children will take them in when the moment comes. In our culture, the elderly are constantly anxious about the future because they do not know where they will end up. It may be they do end up with children, at least for a time, but it is as least just as likely that they will be pushed off on nursing homes at some point, and if their children are in no mood (or don’t have the means) to pay for a decent home with decent standards of living, they may end in a truly shockingly bad place to finish their otherwise dignified lives.

This is not how we should be as a society. We should not push people to spend so much of their lives contemplating plans for their future elderly care because they can’t be sure anyone will be there to take care of them otherwise.

We could learn a great deal from other societies where the elderly are respected and cared for out of a sense of duty for all that they have done before. Remember, many of today’s elderly were parts of the greatest generation, the ones who fought in the Second World War and freed the world from tyranny.

Others, who may have humbler stories, were the ones to build up the great American economy to give us all that we have enjoyed ever since.

These are people who deserve to spend their final years in comfort, in homes they know, with the people they have raised and taken care of. They now deserve to be taken care of as well.

It is simply inexcusable that our society pushes off the obligations on nursing homes and retirement homes simply because the children of these dear people are too self-absorbed to take care of their parents.

It may not seem like it now, but our culture has lost something by making this devil’s bargain. Even if we convince every person to look into elderly care and to prepare for their eventual final years, we would still be lesser for having required that of others and ourselves. Our society is one of wealth and bounty. There’s no reason why poorer cultures can take care of their elderly and yet we seemingly cannot.

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Have you been injured in an automobile accident?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Have you been involved in a car accident? Were you injured? Do you have any reason to think that you may not little or no liability for the incident? Do you have rising legal, medical or automotive repair costs associated with your crash? If so, you should strongly consider contacting a lawyer to determine if you are eligible to be represented and possibly receive reparations for the accident. Legally recoverable damages are categorized by the Habush law firm as:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Past medical costs
  • Future medical costs
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost Wages

If you have experienced any of these damages due to an automobile accident, you should consider legal recourse, particularly if you think you might not be fully responsible for the accident. There are many reasons why you might not be held liable for an automobile accident injury. I will explore a few here, but please note that this list is by no means comprehensive. To be certain, you should perform your own research and contact a lawyer with any questions you may have.

Probably the most common type of accident occurs because of Driver Error or Reckless Driving. These categories involve behaviors like speeding, cutting other drivers off, driving aggressively, being distracted by cell phones or the radio, etc. If you were involved in a car accident, it is possible that one or more of the other drivers involved was driving recklessly or made an error. If this is the case, you should consider taking legal action. If, however, you made a driver error and/or were recklessly driving, there is still a possibility of receiving some sort of compensation, though it may be less. For example, if you were injured in an automobile accident but failed to buckle your seatbelt, you might only be eligible for reduced compensation or none at all. You should contact a lawyer to determine if there is a case to be made regarding your injury.

Unfortunately, many car injuries may not surface until hours or days following the car accident, especially if the injuries were internal. If you have recently been in a car accident and were not evaluated for any bodily harm immediately following the incident, you should consider seeking a medical evaluation to determine if the accident caused any physical damage. Alternatively, if you were evaluated after the accident and were found to have bodily damage, you might consider seeking legal help to offset any of the medicals costs associated with your treatment. To see if you qualify for legal representation, you should contact a lawyer with your questions and concerns.

Following an accident, a driver’s insurance company might request your medical records. Before taking any actions or revealing confidential information, it is important to know your privacy rights and whether or not you are obligated to comply with the insurance company’s requests. Make sure to contact a lawyer to discuss your options when dealing with insurance companies after an automobile accident.

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What is a Slip and Fall Accident?

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Personal Injury, Premises Liability | 0 comments

A slip and fall accident happens when a person slips because of an external factor and falls to the ground. If the fall involves enough force, the victim may sustain injuries. Below are some of the injuries that can be sustained in a slip and fall accident:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Brain trauma
  • Broken bone, particularly in the arm, leg, and hip
  • Neck damage
  • Spinal cord damage

Usually, these injuries are sustained during the fall, either by crashing into a hard surface or by getting hit by a hard object on the way down.

It is a good thing that, according to the website of Mazin & Associates, PC, those who have been injured in slip and fall accidents may take legal action. This is because property owners are legally obligated to make their places safe, especially if these places are accessed by other people. A slip and fall case can be more powerful if it has the following:

  • The external factor that has triggered the accident has been caused by the property owner
  • The property owner has been incompetent or negligent enough to fail to see or correct the external factor, even if a reasonable amount of time has already passed
  • The accident has injured an innocent party

But how can a property owner be incompetent or negligent? Typically, a slip and fall accident occurs because of the property owner’s failure to maintain the property. Below are some of the most common maintenance failures that result into slip and fall:

  • Broken stairs
  • Buildup of ice, rainwater, or snow in the pavement or roof
  • Buildup of debris and trash
  • Defective escalators and elevators
  • Unattended slippery substances on the floor, such as pipe leaks and spilled drinks
  • Uneven surfaces, like cracks on the floor and potholes
  • Unnecessary carpets and rugs

But slip and fall can also happen because of other reasons, like poor lighting in the area, and tripping hazards such as opened cabinets in offices and loose wires at home.

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So Many Former NFL Players Unable to Live a Productive, Healthy Life

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

So Many Former NFL Players Unable to Live a Productive, Healthy Life

Dave Duerson, Mike “Iron Mike” Webster, Ray Easterling, Terry Beasley, Troy Aikman, Merrill Hodge, Ken Stabler, Tyler Sash, Frank Gifford, Chris Henry, Justin Strzelczyk, Bubba Smith, Justin Strzelczyk, Kevin Turner, Andre Waters and Ralph Wenzel – are just a few of those in the list of former and deceased NFL players confirmed with CTE.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that can cause depression, aggression and loss of memory and motor skills. It is usually found in those with a history of repetitive brain trauma, in military veterans and in athletes, especially boxers. CTE requires proof of degeneration of brain tissue and deposits of tau proteins and other proteins in the brain; thus, it can only be seen or detected through study of the brain after death or through autopsy.

Mike Webster who, after retirement, suffered from dementia, amnesia, depression, and acute bone and muscle pain, was the first ex-NFL player diagnosed with CTE. Though NFL players are warned of the risks of musculoskeletal disorders/injuries (or MSDs, such as injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels), they are never told of head or brain injuries and the effects these will create long after they retire. Thus, for so long, the NFL denied any possible link between football and brain injuries or CTE. It was only in 2014 when it reversed course and after settling a lawsuit in 2013 filed by around 4,500 former NFL players.

While it may be true that any type of sports comes with risk of injury. Injury, however, is always highest and most harmful in football, this being a high-impact sport, where very strong and heavy players run into each other at full speed. At the end of each game, game recaps would always include casualties and injuries, like contusions, musculoskeletal injuries and concussions. The sad thing is, the more violent it is, the more fans, owners and camera crew get awestruck since they do not fully understand how these violent collisions can result to chronic brain damage and/or irrecoverable body impairment.

Football is and will remain to be a dangerous and violent game. According to the Mokaram Law Firm, “In the opinion of an increasing number of scientists, NFL players are paying the cost of such entertainment with their health and long-term well-being. Once their playing careers have ended, many NFL players find that the physical toll that playing professional football has taken on their bodies makes them unable to live a productive, healthy life. Some of these injuries include physical pain from broken bones and joint injuries, but increasing evidence shows that many professional athletes also have suffered degenerative brain disease from repeated concussions as a result of playing in the league.”

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What does the repealing of Obamacare mean for my small business?

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Affordable Care Act | 0 comments

The Affordable Care Act (also referred to as “Obamacare”) has drastically impacted the way we perceive and manage health insurance. Whether an individual or a business, health insurance has become an integral part of everyone’s life. Questions that came up when the ACA was passed in 2008 must be answered again. Questions of mandatory coverage, extent of coverage, and cost of coverage are all relevant to small business owners trying to survive in a competitive marketplace. According to Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, running a business is a complex undertaking which requires careful planning and management of human resources in order to create a desirable work environment that also protects the interests of the company from potential damage.

The next few months will reveal to the American people the scope of the changes coming to the Affordable Care Act. Many have suggested a “repeal and replace” strategy, electing to completely scrap the current legislation and replace it with new policies. The implications of this strategy are unclear, as there are many replacement possibilities. One such possibility is the end of the mandate that everyone in the US have health insurance. This affects businesses by, in theory, reducing their costs. As a small business owner you would no longer have to cover your employees, saving you money.

In addition to removing the mandate requiring businesses to cover their employees, insurance plans themselves may get cheaper as a result of the repealing of the ACA. Currently, businesses with low risk employees are grouped in with businesses with high risk employees, raising the cost for your small business. If you choose to insure your employees despite the removal of the mandate, you may see your insurance prices decrease as you are given a price more indicative of your employees’ risk level.

None of these changes are set in stone, and the transition away from the Affordable Care Act is likely to be a multi-year process. It is essential to stay informed on legislative proceedings to be prepared when the insurance market changes.

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