According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car accidents accounted for a total of 32,675 deaths in the U.S. during the year 2014. Comparing this to data gathered from previous years, it’s clear that the number of fatal motor accidents have been decreasing. This, of course, doesn’t automatically mean that our roads are becoming less dangerous. While trends show that car accident victims are now more likely to survive after a crash, they are sure to walk away with some form of injury.
Take whiplash, for example. Also referred to as a neck sprain or whiplash-associated disorder, this type of injury is common among vehicle passengers involved in rear-end collisions or rear-end accidents. Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that is caused by the sudden back-and-forth movement of the head and upper back. This movement can cause the stretching and tearing of neck tendons and muscles, which then leads to stiffness, pain, and loss of range of motion.
Initial symptoms of whiplash include headaches that begin around the base of the skull, tenderness in the upper back and arms, as well as dizziness and fatigue. However, as Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC points out, most people don’t experience these symptoms immediately after the collision that caused the injury. In some cases, due to the adrenaline that fires up in high-stress situations, whiplash symptoms can take time to appear. This doesn’t mean that it won’t get worse without proper medical attention. If ignored, symptoms of whiplash can become worse and more bothersome, causing lapses in memory, irritability, insomnia, and even depression.
The most alarming thing about getting a whiplash injury is how long it could take to treat. Recovering from whiplash involves managing pain through medication, as well as exercise and physical therapy. Without proper treatment, whiplash can turn into a persistent, chronic problem, which can then affect a person’s lifestyle and ability to earn an income.
If you had been involved in a rear-end collision recently, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. You don’t know what impact these types of injuries can leave in your life. After receiving a diagnosis, it’s best to seek out legal counsel to learn more about your options for just compensation.Read More
They say that dogs are a man’s best friend. They will protect you, give you companionship, and be a loyal friend. But their bite can lead to a variety of problems. It can cause minor or severe injury, depending on the degree of bite. According to the 2013 – 2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey Statistics : Pet Ownership & Annual Expenses, there are approximately 83.3 million dogs in the United States and they are kept by 56.7 million households.
Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that there are over 4.7 million dog-bite incidents yearly. From that number, 800,000 will require medical attention and 386,000 will need emergency medical treatment. When not treated right away, dog bites can cause significant damage to underlying tissues in the skin, bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, or nerves. Infections include tetanus and rabies.
There are several reasons why a dog will bite. They are either scared or threatened, protecting themselves, their puppies, or their owners. So make sure to keep these in mind when near a dog. Be alert to prevent a potential bite situation. But nevertheless, if what you are afraid of happens, here are some simple first aid remedies you can do for treating dog bites:
Clean the wound immediately. Run it under warm water for a few minutes to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned. Use antibacterial soap in combination with the water.
If the bite is not bleeding, encourage it by squeezing the wound. This will help prevent bacteria from entering the wound.
Provide pain relief by taking over-the-counter painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
If there is a risk of infection, it is recommended that you seek medical advice. According to the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, once the bite gets infected, it can lead to blood poisoning (sepsis), infection of the endocarditis and meningitis.
Big bites may require stitches so it is best to see a doctor
Get updated on your tetanus shot. Doctors recommend a booster after a dog bite if your last immunization was more than five years ago.
Be alert for any signs of infection. If you think that the bite is getting infected, see the doctor right away. Here are the symptoms of an infected dog bite:
Redness or warmth around the bite
Dogs can be adorable to have as pets. However, they can also be deadly. Follow these treatment methods for dog bites.Read More
When illness or injury occurs, we put our trust in a healthcare provider. We innately believe that they have been well-trained and we can rest assured that we are in good hands. Unfortunately, medical errors do happen. These errors result in the worsening of injury, a lifetime of a life-altering disability, or even sudden and unexpected death. This frightful reality is known as medical malpractice.
According to the Hankey Law Office, “when a patient dies because of the negligent action or inaction of a medical professional, this is considered to be wrongful death.” Unforeseen death causes an emotional upheaval for a victim’s family, friends, and community. A medical malpractice attorney can help an a victim’s loved ones find solace in a settlement for their emotional suffering.
Medical malpractice is an especially important case to pursue. By reporting a medical professional’s mistake, you can prevent further threat of error under the treatment of the same physician. Pohl & Berk, LLP point out on its website that this is important in order to hold the medical professional at fault should be “held legally and financially accountable for the repercussions of their actions.” Do not let the negligence of a medical professional go without legal consequence – you could end up saving some one’s health or life.
Whether you were misdiagnosed with disease or illness, prescribed the wrong type or amount of prescription, or suffered after misuse of medical equipment, you deserve justice for the mistakes of your medical physician. Medical malpractice lawyers are ready to fight for the financial compensation and justice that you deserve as a victim of medical negligence. We seek medical attention in hopes to improve our health. If the medical attention you receive leads to worsened health, hold your medical physician liable.Read More
Penalties for drug crimes seem to be getting worse and worse as the years go on. People who are convicted of drug crimes can not only face hefty fines, but years in jail. According to the website of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, even for minor drug crimes, people have found themselves facing severe penalties. Punishments can often be applied to one of the four types of drug charges.
The first and most well-known drug charge is possession. The punishment for this can vary from state to state based on amount and type of drug. These drugs can include pharmaceuticals, but most commonly apply to marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and methamphetamine. The charges for possession can include fines and jail time, ranging from days to years. These penalties are increased if a person is found to be in possession of an illegal substance with the intent to sell, another type of drug charge. This is also commonly known as drug dealing. The charge of possession changes to intent to sell based on the amount an individual is found with. This crime faces serious charges such as 180 days to 99 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000. There are other kind of drug charges besides these, however, Often, possessing drug paraphernalia such as pipes and syringes, can land a person in jail or with large fines. Manufacturing and trafficking/delivering drugs are also serious drug crimes. Although these crimes differ in severity, all can carry thousands of dollars in fines, years in jail, and probation.
Although a person may deal with direct penalties from the law, drug crimes can make it almost impossible for a person to find a job or even buy a house, no matter how minor the charge. As law enforcement become stricter on drugs, it is important for individuals to understand that even the most minor drug charge can carry serious punishments. No matter the kind of drug charge, a conviction can change a person’s life forever.Read More
When a family member becomes too elderly to properly take care of themselves, most of us take comfort in the fact that nursing homes exist in which trained professionals can ensure the well being of a loved one. Unfortunately, the terrifying truth is that nursing home abuse is a serious and all too present problem. While an individual has every right to assume that their loved one is in safe hands at a nursing home, victims are facing physical abuse, sexual abuse, malnutrition, and a number of other problems, according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. It can be difficult to even know if these problems are even happening as your loved one may not possess the ability to tell you. However, there are some warning signs you can look for.
One of the most obvious way to spot nursing home abuse and neglect is to look for changes in your loved one’s physical appearance. This can include bed sores, unusual wounds, and unexplained loss of weight. You can also look for signs of poor hygiene. Another way to check is to inspect the bedding and clothing of the elderly. If you notice that their clothing is torn or stained as well as their bedding, these could be signs of abuse. There are also some nonphysical signs to watch out for as well. These include unresponsiveness, emotional withdrawal, and other strange behaviors.
Putting a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision faced by many. It is reasonable for an individual to assume that their family member is safe and well-taken care of in a nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home and neglect is a serious problem leaving victims to not only face serious physical trauma, but emotional pain as well, according to the website of Ritter and Associates. When victims are not able to speak for themselves, it is important that we look our for our loved ones to prevent the ever present problem of nursing home abuse from becoming worse.Read More