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Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Traveling | 0 comments

I was recently visiting friends and family on the East Coast after my ex-husband moved away from the area. I have a restraining order against him, as suggested by a lawyer, and I was excited to visit my old friends and neighbors. I have to say, Southern Hospitality is as real as the stars y’all. I’m not saying that I am an exceptionally hospitable person, but I’m sure you know how a friendly wave or a quick “hello” can be expressed on the streets without stopping the show. It’s meant to be in passing and is a simple acknowledgment that the other person exists. Why not try to make things pleasant and just greet a stranger in a casual, positive manner?

Up there in the north, people look at you like you’re crazy if you so much as hold the door open for someone right behind you. It’s almost inconceivable to them how anyone could be in a good mood or wish a stranger a “good afternoon.” While I was riding the train into D.C., I was sitting in my chair as people walked down the aisle. I asked a mother and her two young boys, “How do you do?” and she gave me the nastiest look and grabbed her kids closer and scurried off to another car on the train. As my grandfather used to say, “It don’t make no nevermind to me.” But I just wanted to say: listen here lady, it doesn’t make a bit of difference to me whether you respond or smile, but don’t be so afraid of a simple hello. It’s absurd to me that such a greeting has become almost offensive to some of our fellow Americans, and believe me, she was not the only one that rejected the friendly hellos coming from our group of southern-blood tourists. That’s why I love the South; we have good natured folks that understand how to be friendly to a stranger. You can bury me under a peach tree because I’ll be here until the day I die.

It must be their amygdalas, that part of your brain that recognizes danger and sends signals throughout the body to react to fight or flight. I suppose it could be something in the water that is causing these Yankees to carry a disturbed perception of their fellow citizens. Eh, it’s probably not their fault. Everything’s better down here anyway. The food is tastier, the tea is sweeter, the weather is more beautiful, the people are friendlier, and it all shows in the community.

Up there if you get lost or want to ask a local a quick question, you might as well put a steering wheel on a mule—you’ll have better luck. I’m glad I got to see New York, and Philadelphia, and D.C. in that week-long trip because now I can say I’ve been and I never have to go back! It was an interesting trip because there is a lot of history up there, where the founding fathers first landed. I think that whatever their problem is up north, I’m glad to be in the South where people seem to get it. Do you know what I mean? The lemonade down here is made with my kinda lemons!

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Should I claim a personal injury lawsuit? A look into reality

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It’s exceptionally important for us all to understand the actual reality behind personal injury claims. The legal process can be nigh impenetrable; it’s almost impossible to get a firm grasp of it until you’re already committed to pursuing your case. A lot of experts blame Hollywood and modern-day American day-time drama for several popular misconceptions about civil law. In many shows boasting a wide public audience, civil law cases get settled quickly and with little fuss. However, the statistics surrounding personal injury law, along with the actual realities behind a legal case, prove that things may not be as simple as television leads us to believe.

The Law Dictionary has recently published a miniature expose of the personal injury case process. According to their sources, a vast majority of civil law cases are settled outside of a trial. Why is this significant? It means that the lawyers and the parties on both sides of the case come to an agreement about a settlement without ever involving a trial judge or a jury. There’s no courtroom, no litigation, and no formal trial proceedings. 95 percent of cases actually wind up being settled before they can come to trial. While settlement might seem like a quick solution to a problem, it can actually take an astonishing amount of time. In fact, where we might expect a swift conversation followed by a handshake deal from two attorneys, settlement negotiations can drag on for years. And there are actually compelling reasons for personal injury cases to take so long.

For one, law firms have to conduct a thorough investigation into the victim’s injury and the accident that caused the injury. Such civil cases are grounded in the notion that the victim was hurt by another party’s malicious actions or negligence and, therefore, that the victim deserves financial compensation from the responsible party. It’s up to the victim’s lawyer to piece together a compelling argument that they are due that monetary recompense. That often means working with private, contracted investigators to figure out exactly what happened, and that can take time. Additionally, it’s up to the lawyer to calculate the precise costs of the victim’s injuries. They have to look at medical reports, and some injuries might not even show up until quite some time after the accident. Thorough medical review can tack on months to the personal injury case timeline.

In putting together a case, lawyers also have to gather what’s called “discovery.” This involves gathering up and questioning relevant witnesses to the injury or accident. Lawyers might try to get testimony from a great variety of expert witnesses to talk about the nature of the accident, the extent of the injury, and other topics. Maybe they have to track down a handful of eyewitnesses to lend credibility to the case. Negotiations can also go back and forth and the parties struggle to get the upper hand.

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Defective Pharmaceutical Products still Find Their Way onto the Market

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs frequently become available for consumption before their risks are properly understood, resulting in an increased health hazard that threatens public safety. Despite the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) mandatory regulations of drugs before they even hit the market, the availability of dangerous drugs remains prevalent.

Even worse, sometimes even if there is reliable proof that these dangerous drugs lead to serious medical complications, drug manufacturers will still market the drug and stifle warnings of its adverse effects to consumers. These personal injury attorneys believe that deceiving consumers to make a profit is unconscionable. Thus, they fight to hold misleading drug manufacturers accountable and advocate on behalf of victims’ personal injury.”

All those engaged in the pharmaceutical industry are morally and legally obliged to make sure that every product they manufacture, including drugs intended to treat serious health conditions and medical devices meant to enhance, support or replace damaged or missing biological structures, are effective and totally safe. This is why every product will have to undergo clinical tests first to determine how these will actually affect patients, before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves them for public use.

There have been many instances, though, wherein certain prescription drugs and medical devices have caused adverse effects or have put patients in greater risk of developing a new severe illness, rather than provide the cure that they seek. Worse, use of some pharmaceutical products has even been linked to patient death.

With regard to prescription drugs, it is absolutely necessary that doctors know everything about a patient’s total health condition, which includes history of illnesses, allergies, and other medications taken, before actually making any prescriptions. This is because individuals have different levels of immunity, thus, a medicine that may work effectively to one may serve as poison to another.

Reports of adverse effects are forwarded to the FDA which, after proving the veracity of such reports and their link to the drug specified, will advise the manufacturer to include in the drug’s prescription label the risk/s associated to its use. There are also times when, due to the severity of harm caused by a drug, the FDA would issue a block box warning, the most serious warning given on drugs.

Though adverse effects may not be intended, the instance an individual suffers from it, the drug’s manufacturer can be held totally liable for whatever injury the victim will suffer. Since harm arising from the use of defective pharmaceutical products is considered as personal injury, which is injury resulting from the negligent or careless act of another, the manufacturer may also be legally obliged to compensate that victim for whatever financial consequences the harm will lead to.

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Can Insider Trading Affect Me?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Criminal Charges, Finances | 0 comments

Have you ever bet on a lottery ticket?

A lot of people have. The entire idea of a lottery is that there is an equal chance for every person who bought a ticket to win the cash money and it is all dependent on luck. There is neither prejudice nor influence as it is all about chance. Now, imagine if someone had inside information on what was going to win in the next lottery, they bet on it and then they won. Would that be fair?

That is, in its most basic form, what goes on with insider trading.

Of course, it is leagues more complicated than that due to the variables and factors that go into the how and whys of the situation at hand. In fact, it is so much more complex that before the case is actually, properly proposed to a court of law, the investigation within the company may have been going on for months already, according to the website of the lawyers with Kohler Hart Powell.

Can you be affected by an allegation of insider trading? In theory, yes you can be heavily affected by it. Even if you were not knowledgeable with the insider trading that may or may not be happening with the company you work for, it is still possible that you may be brought into the allegation due to the investigation that have spanned through a period of time within the company. It may just be the luck of the draw – the short end of the stick, you might say – and in the case that happens, you’ll want to act immediately in order to make informed decisions so as to what you should do next.

Insider trading is a serious criminal accusation and so it is important, should you be involved in the case, to have experienced representation on your side.

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Many Wealthy Russians are Looking to Leave Russia and Make Homes in America

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Immigration | 0 comments

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the United States government grants 10,000 visas every year through the EB-5 program to foreign nationals who are willing to invest $500,000 or $1 million in the U.S. for the creation of new commercial enterprises which, in turn, will preserve or create 10 full-time jobs for qualified American workers.

The EB-5 Program, also known as the employment fifth preference visa, was approved by the U.S. Congress in 1990. The purpose of its creation was to boost the growth of the nation’s economy through capital investment and job creation by foreign investors. Two years later, the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the Regional Center Program, was also formed.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is the easiest way for wealthy foreign nationals (and their families) to obtain a U.S. Green Card. The required amount of investment is $1 million for the creation of a new commercial enterprise and $500,000 if the investment is to be made in a Regional Center or a Target Employment Area (TEA).

In accordance with USCIS definitions, a commercial enterprise refers to any type of “for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business including, but not limited to:

  • A sole proprietorship;
  • Partnership (whether limited or general);
  • Holding company;
  • Joint venture;
  • Corporation;
  • Business trust or other entity, which may be publicly or privately owned; and,
  • A commercial enterprise consisting of a holding company and its wholly owned subsidiaries, provided that each such subsidiary is engaged in a for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of a lawful business.

An EB-5 Regional Center (RC), on the other hand, is a service agent organization which has been designated by the USCIS for the purpose helping EB-5 investors complete a project and meet the requirements mandated under the EB-5 Program. There are 1,203 EB-5 Regional Centers all across the U.S.; this includes the 851 regional centers approved by the USCIS this August 1, 2016.

Besides China, another country, from which the U.S. has welcomed a steady flow of immigrants, is Russia. Many wealthy Russians are looking to leave Russia and make homes in America due to uncertain future Russia has in store for them, especially after the re-election of Vladimir Putin. Wealthy Russians immigrating to the U.S. actually began to increase in the early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and after realizing that their country will not be able to provide a suitable investment environment where they can protect their wealth. The plummeting of the Russian stock market and the Russian ruble in March of 2014, however, has had unfavorable effects on those planning on investing in the U.S. as it made the $500,000 EB-5 investment now cost up to about 50% more in rubles than it did just a few years past. Fortunately, a lot of wealthy Russians who would qualify under the EB-5 program have dollar and/or Euro currency accounts outside of Russia.

There is no faster way for Russian foreigners, who can make the investment, to obtain a Green Card for themselves and their families than via the EB-5 program. An EB-5 will save applicants lengthy delays and wait times, as well as the possible rejection of their application as is the case in other employment-based visa programs due to many applicants’ failure to meet qualifications and requirements. However, due to the big amount involved in making the investment, it will be wise to seek assistance from an experienced legal team that will not only help applicants determine if the EB-5 program is really right for them, but also help applicants pursue and monitor their application.

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Broken Bones: Possible Complications and Types of Treatment

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Broken bone or bone fracture is a break or a crack in a bone, a result of a force, that is stronger than the bone can withstand, that is exerted against it. Bone fracture are most common on the hips, arms and legs; however, there are also instances when someone suffers a fracture on his/her skull or ribs.

Aside from causing pain, deformity and inability to use the affected limb, bruising and swelling, a bone fracture can also cause stunted growth of the bone, injuries to organs, tissues and other structures surrounding the injured bone, blood loss and other complications.

The most common causes of bone fracture include traumatic sporting accidents, vehicle accidents and falls. Osteoporosis and certain types of cancer, which cause the bones to fracture easily also present related risks, as these can make fall accident end up with serious results.

Among the different types of motor vehicle accidents, bone fracture is most common and usually most serious in motorcycle crashes. This is due to the lack of body protection, except the helmet,which will cushion a motorcyclist’s body from any force of impact.

The type of treatment a bone fracture will require depends on how serious it is. While some cases will require only a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods which that hold the bone pieces together, others are more severe and complicated that these will require surgery and surgical traction.

Broken bones may be reset and scarred tissues, corrected. However, these can still mean injuries that may cause long-term issues with mobility and chronic pain which will require continuous medical treatment.

The Milwaukee personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® know well enough how bone fractures and scars can permanently affect a person’s live. This is why it is important to determine if the accident that resulted to this painful and life-altering injury was due to someone else’s careless or negligent acts, as this may enable the victim to pursue compensation which will allow him/her to get the medical treatment that may help him/her recover.

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The Reason Behind Many Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Truck Accidents | 0 comments

That semi-trucks pose a serious risk to other vehicles on the road due to their enormous size is common knowledge. If a truck driver, therefore, does not possess the required skills that will enable him or her to safely operate a truck, or if he or she commits an error that results in an accident, then fatalities or people sustaining severe injuries are not remote possibilities.

There are more than two million semi-trucks or big rigs currently operating in the U.S. Half a million of these trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), get involved in accidents every year, accidents which cause more than 100,00 injuries and close to 4,000 deaths. In 2013, the Highway Loss Data Institute, a non-profit research organization, recorded 3,500 fatal large truck accidents. In these crashes, 570 truck drivers died, while the remaining count referred to fatalities which involved drivers of smaller vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Non-fatal injuries exceed more than a hundred thousand.

Majority of truck accidents, as proven in a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), are due to the fault of truck drivers themselves (the FMCSA is a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation that has the primary task of enforcing laws that would help reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles (CMV), such as large trucks and buses).

Some of the most common truck driver errors identified by the FMCSA are driver fatigue, driving too fast for road conditions, impairment due to use of prescription drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol, overspeeding, lack of experience in operating a semi-truck; lack of focus on the road; distracted driving; failure to check a truck’s “no-zone” areas or blind spots, and failure to make sure that truck brakes are in good working condition.

As pointed out by the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., though many truck drivers and trucking companies do everything they can to stay safe on the roadway, the sad reality is that not everyone exercises this level of caution, putting unsuspecting motorists in harm’s way. Many drivers exceed the set hours of service restrictions, there are those who abuse alcohol and/or amphetamines while behind the wheel, or those who fail to keep their trucks in good working order, exposing everyone on the road to serious risks.

All these acts of failure are due to negligence which can easily be avoided, thus, avoiding too the thousands of accidents it causes. While no one wants an accident to occur, not even the truck driver who may be at fault in the accident, the injuries or death of victims require that the erring truck drivers should only be made to face justice as well as compensate their victims for all damages resulting from (victims’) injuries.

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Memory and Alzheimer’s Care

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Alzheimers Care | 0 comments

Alzheimer’s, a progressive mental deterioration due to the degeneration of the brain, is the most common form of dementia, a general term referring to the loss of memory and other intellectual abilities. Alzheimer’s is a progressive type of disease; it has no known cure and though available treatments may temporarily slow dementia symptoms from worsening, these cannot stop Alzheimer’s from becoming worse.

In 2015, about 5.3 million Americans were said to have been suffering from Alzheimer’s. In its early stage, this sixth leading cause of death in the US causes mild loss of memory; as it worsens, however, those affected lose their ability in carrying a conversation and in responding to their environment.

While this disease usually affects people who are 65 and older, it can also affect those who are in their 40s or 50s. The average life span of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is eight years, starting from the time their symptoms become evident; some, however, depending on their age and health conditions have four to 20 years survival rate.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include memory loss, inability to plan or problem-solve, difficulty completing routine tasks, confusion or disorientation, difficulty understanding spatial relationships, difficulty in forming words (whether through speaking or writing), poor judgment, and mood shifts. The serious effects of these symptoms put those who are affected with the disease in great risk of various kinds of harm. It is because of this why Memory Care is very important on those affected.

Memory Care is a medical program that is particularly centered on the provision of on-site support, stability and supervision. Under this program, patients are transferred to a community, where they may live in a semi-private room, a private room, or in a private home. Besides being cared for by doctors, speech therapists, dietitians, counselors, nurses, and other trained professionals, patients are also provided with services, which include personal grooming, medication monitoring, laundry services, housekeeping, and meal plans among others.

Availing of memory care in specialized communities, however, requires expensive fees. While insurance coverage is always a good source of financial assistance, families of elders or those suffering from Alzheimer’s can turn to public sources of assistance, such as Medicaid, which provides seniors, children, and those of low incomes with long-term assistance (assistance may cover payment for most or all of the expenses incurred). Medicare is another source of assistance from the government, covering the needs of those 65 and older.

Long-term care is not just a concern of elders or those in need of it. It is the concern of all family members. It is, therefore, important that the whole family make plans for the future needs of parents and other senior members of the family.

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Why Prevent Blood Clots?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Personal Injury, Product Liability | 0 comments

Are blood clots even really that big of a deal? People often do warnings against them during long-haul flights in order to remind people to not remain stationary and stagnant for too long. Why? Because blood clots might happen – but have you ever actually wondered what it is that might be so bad about blood clots and why you should take serious measures in order to prevent them?

The answer is simple: it’s because blood clots can potentially be fatal.

Exaggerating? After all, there is so much blood in the human body, surely a little clot can be easily repaired easily, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Some people are more prone to blood clots due to their natural states. For example, people who have cancer or are diabetic or smoke are more prone to blood clots than the average person. Women who are pregnant (or are within the six-month post-natal mark) are almost more susceptible to blood clots. According to the website of the lawyers with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, people who have recently recovered from a traumatic injury or have a faulty IVC filter are also more at risk from blood clots.

How is it so dangerous? Well, blood clots are blockages that prevent blood flow. If an important part of your body – such as the brain or the lungs – were suddenly to stop receiving the necessary blood flow it needed, they would malfunction and the person would immediately die. These situations are no laughing matter and need to be taken very seriously.

There are some surgical procedures available in order to prevent such occurrences such as through IVC filters but there have been some complaints regarding particular ones such as Bard’s G2 IVC Filter wherein patients have gotten pulmonary embolism due to a malfunction in the device. Anticoagulants are also available as preventative measures for the people who are at higher risk or for people who have survived and are recovering from the severe consequences of blood clots.

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Worker Injuries due to Industrial Explosions

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Industrial explosions are one of the most dangerous and damaging types of fires and explosions that can occur. The deadliest industrial explosion in the United States occurred in the Texas City port in 1947, after a cargo ship exploded and killed more than 550 people and left 3,500 more injured. Even with the strict policies of workplace safety and worker protection, fires and explosions in the workplace are still are major and serious threat to workers and people around the area.

The state of Texas has seen its share of industrial explosions. In 2013, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas caught on fire that spread quickly to the extremely combustible stored ammonium nitrate. The resulting explosion reportedly reached 2.1 on the Richter scale and killed 15 people and injured about 200 more. The damage caused amounted to $100 million and the blast resulted to question and uncertainty on the vague safety regulation oversight on the materials being used in the factory. Victims of such accident may seem powerless to pursue huge companies in court and may think it a costly and fruitless endeavor. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® workers have the right to pursue compensation for damages caused by workplace accidents, and that the company has the responsibility of ensuring that the safety of their workers. If they were negligent or were found not following the safety regulations required by OSHA, they should be held liable for their failure.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher companies should adhere to the policies and regulations that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires them to. This is not only to protect the safety and health of their workers, but also to protect themselves for lawsuits that could greatly impact the financial state of the company. Because of the numbers of industrial explosions in the United States, OSHA has made several changes and developments in safety regulations that could hopefully protect workers effectively.

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