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Summer is the Most Dangerous Time to Ride in Iowa

Posted by on 7:48 pm in Motorcycle Accidents | 0 comments

With the winter upon us and the bike set up for a long stay in the garage, it’s time once again to get our riding fix through stories, articles, and other vicarious methods.

To get over the post-bike season blues, I’ve been looking at statistics to see what they can tell me about motorcycling in Iowa, and see what I can do with that information.

Looking over the Iowa state government statistics for motorcycle crashes, one thing is immediately apparent: the summer is dangerous.

Although there’s some significant fluctuation between whether it’s early or late in the warm weather season, it’s clear that almost all crashes take place between April and September, with the bulk in the warmest summer months.

Of course, this is obvious on some levels. The season to get out on the bike is the season most likely to have the most crashes. There have been, as further proof of this, no accidents in December since at least 2009. The same goes for January. Anyone who’s spent a winter in Iowa understands that no matter how passionate you are about riding, nothing is going to get you out on those roads for the coldest months.

So, those initial facts line up very much with what would be expected, but what else can we learn from the statistics? First of all, the number of accidents per month is relatively low. Considering Iowa has one of the highest motorcycle loving populations in the country, it’s amazing that numbers remain in single digits most months. That, combined with the lack of accidents in winter, suggest Iowans are responsible motorcyclists above all else.

What else can we learn? Well, the accidents are rare, but when they happen, they are serious. In most months, the number of crashes and the number of fatalities are about even. That means, on average, for every motorcycle crash, there is one fatality.

The reason for this may be the rarity of helmets. Overwhelmingly, sometimes at 10 to 1 in some months, motorcyclists are refusing to wear helmets, and it is costing them. So, for all their safe riding overall, this refusal is leading to a high number of fatalities whenever a crash does happen.

What all this means is, first, we should pat ourselves on the back for being overall very good representatives of the biking world. We keep our accident count low, which shows we’re responsible riders as a state. However, second, there needs to be more of a push to wear helmets in this state. While we Iowans love our freedom, and I wouldn’t dream of recommending a change in the law, we need to put more responsibility on ourselves to stay safe. Those statistics are pretty clear on that.

Of course, it’s worth pointing out, as The Biker Lawyer’s website does, that there are plenty of reasons for accidents and not all of them are the biker’s fault. Nor are all injuries due to a lack of a helmet. However, the statistics don’t lie. There’s a problem on this issue, and since we have a long winter ahead of us, we have a lot of time to think up a solution.

My doctor is homicidal

Posted by on 6:48 pm in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

How long a delay in treatment does it take before it counts as illegal or something? I’ve had a pain in my stomach for three months now, and my doctor has put off tests multiple times. Every time I call up or go in for a visit, he gives me something about it not being a serious case and suggests dietary changes.

“Have you changed your diet yet, Andrew?”

“No, doctor, because I have cancer or something in my stomach and I need you to take it out.”

Then he just sighs a bit and shakes his head and tells me it’s nothing like that and just to eat better.

Look, I’ll admit I could eat better. I could handle a few more fruits and vegetables in my diet. I could probably do with one less trip to McDonald’s a week. And maybe a little less pizza. A little, though.

Yes, I’m overweight. Yes, I’ve had stomach trouble in the past. But that’s all the more reason for my doctor to take this seriously. I know what stomach trouble feels like and this feels different. But all he’ll do is rub around the area and then chuckle a bit and say it’s nothing.

“Try a few dietary changes. Here’s a pamphlet.”

The last time, he finally did something, but not anything serious. He gave me a prescription for pills to help control stomach acid. When I told him it was something else besides the acid and some lump, it was the same old chuckle again.

I am just at my wit’s end with this man. I’d like to see another doctor, but my insurance is so bad, I’m not sure how many other doctors are actually on it. Not a lot of reputable ones, I’d bet.

So what am I supposed to do? I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, whether I’m supposed to or not, I’m going to sue the man. I’m going to contact a lawyer and get them to sue him for trying to kill me off or something instead of just letting me get a few tests and find out what kind of alien or something is eating me alive inside.

I’ll tell you what, I think it’s personal. I think the man has it in for me and that’s why he keeps putting this off. No matter how many emergency appointments I book, he sees me, laughs at me, and sends me home.

Well, we’ll see about that. We’ll see how quickly he pulls out his CT Scanner and his X-Rays when he gets notice of a lawsuit. It’s beyond ridiculous at this point, and I am almost positive I have the man in a corner over this.

At very least, maybe I can get a free diagnosis from another doctor just to prove my current doctor is homicidal and should pay me for trying to send me to an early grave.

Benefits and myths of couples’ therapy

Posted by on 2:19 am in Family law, Therapy | 0 comments

What are your thoughts on couples therapy? What are the dating trends? How do we become better at relationships? There is a lot of maturity benefits and excitement that comes to dating and perhaps a long-term partner. However, we all share different perspectives and life may push and pull us apart over time. There are many ways to solve this, such as seeking marriage counseling and therapy. However, there are some stipulations and misconceptions to consider when seeking help in your relationship.

The Huffington Post published an article on some misconceptions that come with couples therapy and marriage counseling. There may be a lot of exciting benefits that come with seeking a counselor. It can help couples work out some with someone who will try to understand both sides in order to help the couple navigate through their personal issues. Marriage counseling gives an opportunity to learn simple techniques and tools to strengthen a marriage. It also can supply a safe space to go over topics they may not want to address. The therapist can also help negotiate a calm split if necessary. These are wonderful resources, but here are some myths. You might have guessed that the first myth is your marriage will be saved if you go to therapy. The truth is that most marriages end in divorce, over 50%. Most likely, the couple is going to therapy as a last-call effort or to try and fix an obstacle in their relationship. The two partners can overcome any obstacle as long as they share the same goal. Simply going does not mean the odds will increase of staying together. Hard work must be done. The second myth is that

You might have guessed that the first myth is your marriage will be saved if you go to therapy. The truth is that most marriages end in divorce, over 50%. Most likely, the couple is going to therapy as a last-call effort or to try and fix an obstacle in their relationship. The two partners can overcome any obstacle as long as they share the same goal. Simply going does not mean the odds will increase of staying together. Hard work must be done. The second myth is that

The second myth is that the therapist will blame your partner and claim that the partner is at fault for the downfall. A good therapist will help the partner see the other person’s perspective and help them communicate in a more productive manner toward fixing the relationship. They do not allow destructive rhetoric and they should feel the therapist is on both of their sides. The third myth is couples therapy can work the same way if one partner goes. While this can work, the member of the couple that is being forced who doesn’t wish to go may not be productive. If a person strongly does not want to go, you need to have a conversation. They may have their mind made up about how the marriage is already over. They may have certain perceptions of what they know about therapy. They could be still in an affair. You need to discuss why there is a resistance and if something can be met.

It is important for couples to understand that going to therapy will not always be successful. It is important to know that couples can overcome most things if they can agree and wish to fight for the same goal. It is also important to know that therapists can also help navigate the next steps for divorce if it is best for each person.

Mesothelioma, an Incurable Malignant Cancer

Posted by on 3:14 pm in Mesothelioma | 0 comments

The mesothelioma lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher say that a cancer diagnosis can be traumatic for both the victim and their family. Although there are some instances in which identifying the disease will allow the individual to effectively fight it, in some cases, by the time cancer is diagnosed, it has progressed to a point where it is no longer treatable. One of the most dangerous types of cancer is mesothelioma. This cancer develops slowly and unfortunately, does not show symptoms until it has taken root throughout the body.

Malignant mesothelioma is a highly lethal cancer caused by even brief or minimal asbestos exposure. Many Americans spent years of their lives working and living in close proximity to asbestos without even realizing the danger that they were being exposed to. There is no cure for mesothelioma, which may appear decades after the asbestos exposure.

In 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health announced 21 new cases of mesothelioma, raising the total number of workers (who have been under their observation since the latter part of the 1990s) now affected by this deadly type of cancer to 101. The previously found 80 workers diagnosed with mesothelioma plus these 21 new cases make up only a very small percentage of the 69,000 miners that the said department, with the University of Minnesota, has been observing, though.

Those at greatest risk of developing mesothelioma are those who have been exposed to asbestos. These include, but are not limited to: construction workers; contract workers; factory employees; military personnel and veterans; and, railroad workers.

Asbestos is a heat-resistant and highly elastic mineral that began to be widely used in the U.S. in the 1940s. Asbestos proved to be an excellent component in the production of so many types of products, like generators, hot water pipes, steam pipes, boilers, turbines, insulators, brakes and clutches, gaskets, cement, flooring products, roof shingles, textiles, and many others; thus, due to its remarkable usefulness, its presence has been spread even in homes and offices, exposing everyone to it, though not as dangerously as those in direct contact with its raw form.

Mesothelioma has a very long dormancy period, not manifesting itself (usually) until 40 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. This means that, like those diagnosed in Minnesota, new cases would involve workers who had been exposed to the mineral between 1940 and 1970 and, by the time mesothelioma becomes diagnosable, the cancer would have already developed to a stage wherein it can no longer be cured.

Identity Theft

Posted by on 5:19 pm in Fraud | 0 comments

Every year, around 10 million Americans become victims of a crime called identity theft – to thieves who wipe out their accounts through purchases of many different things. The end result is always damaged credit and a huge debt owed by the real person who owns the account. Identity theft has been committed for so long, but never before have identity thieves had the greatest ease in stealing personal information, than now, due to the Internet, which makes communication and the exchange of information so much faster. This means that your social media page and smartphone are never safe.

Identity theft, which is a major threat to many individuals and businesses, refers to the illegal acquisition and use of someone else’s personal information for economic gain. More than $50 billion in losses from as many as 10 million working Americans are recorded every year; almost the same sum spent by U.S. firms in thwarting attempts of identity thieves from gaining (unauthorized) access to their files and data banks.

Battling identity theft requires companies, especially those possessing information about personal and business accounts, to come up with a serious and solid program that will render them capable of easily and immediately detecting and stopping this crime. To step up the fight against this illegal activity, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) was enacted by the New Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce the conduction of an Identity Theft Prevention Course (ITPC) to business firms. The ITPC is designed to train employees assigned in handling consumer information in Red Flags Rule.

The Red Flags Rule is a warning sign intended to help businesses recognize, minimize and prevent damages caused by identity theft. It forms part of the FTC-required Identity Theft Prevention program, which is a set of printed guidelines that creditors (with covered accounts) and financial institutions ought to execute. Covered accounts, on the other hand, refer to consumer accounts that allow payments or transactions; examples of these accounts are checking accounts, savings accounts, credit card account, mortgage loan and automobile loan. Through this red flags rule, companies are expected to see through the patterns and tactics employed by identity thieves in the performance of their crime.

Being charged with identity theft, which is one type of white collar crime, is a serious offense and can result to damaging effects to the individual’s or business’ reputation and future. Thus, very strong representation is necessary to protect oneself from a conviction that can definitely damage his/her future personal, community and professional life.

Road Defects and Auto Accidents

Posted by on 10:34 pm in Road Defects | 0 comments

Road Defects and Auto Accidents

One of the most common causes of car accidents is driver error. This is understandable, because after all, drivers are the ones controlling the vehicles so they cannot blame anyone else. But there are instances where they do have grounds to blame someone else, like when there are defects on the road and they can make the jurisdictions responsible for its maintenance or the construction companies responsible for its construction accountable.

Car accidents caused by road defects can be complicated, because they are typically against government entities. But how can car accidents really occur because of road defects? Below are some of the most common defects.

Defects on the Road

Defects can either be on the road itself or around it. On the road itself, the defects typically involve faulty design and lack of maintenance, such as on the following cases:

  • Absence of crosswalks and other pedestrian-friendly features
  • Dangerously abrupt curves and turns, especially on elevated areas
  • Debris left on the road, such as rocks
  • Drainage problems, resulting into rainwater, snow, and ice buildup
  • Faded white and yellow lines
  • Lack or inadequate use of dividers
  • Potholes, cracks, and other uneven surfaces

Defects around the Road

Road safety is not just about the road itself, but also about the materials that complement road effectiveness. Defects around the road often lead to right-of-way issues and other similar problems. Below are some of the most common defects around the road:

  • Buildup of foliage and other materials that can affect visibility
  • Incomprehensible road signs and warnings
  • Lack or inadequate use of barriers such as guardrails
  • Lack or inadequate use of street lighting
  • Malfunctioning or totally broken traffic lights

What You Can Do

Not because you have legal grounds against responsible parties it already means that you can do everything you want, because the best way to avoid accidents, hospitals, and courts is still safe driving. Follow traffic rules, be wary of reckless drivers, and be alert of possible dangerous conditions such as those mentioned above.

Truck Accidents: Always a Potential Cause of Death

Posted by on 10:10 am in Truck Accidents | 0 comments

Truck Accidents: Always a Potential Cause of Death

On May 29, 2013, near Syracuse, New York, a truck’s trailer came loose and crashed into an approaching minivan; of the minivan’s eight passengers, seven were killed – four children, with ages ranging from 4 – 7, and three adults.

A week earlier, on May 24, somewhere in Washington state, a truck rammed into a bridge’s support beams, causing one area of the bridge to collapse and sending cars, with their drivers inside, into the cold waters of the Skagit River.

In the accidents mentioned above, the truck drivers were perfectly safe; the victims, however, were either dead or severely injured. This is a usual result of motor vehicle accidents were trucks are involved. Due to the size of trucks, as well as the much heavier materials these are made of, losses (whether lives and/or properties) are always on the side of much smaller, or slower, vehicles.

Every year, about 4,500 deaths in accidents that involve trucks are reported to the Department of Transportation. The U.S. DOT, with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and each state’s department of transportation, which has its own set of laws that govern the trucking industry, work together to lessen truck accidents and make U.S. roads and highways safe, especially for all motorists.

Besides laws that mandate trucking firms to ensure that trucks are always in good condition (requiring regular checking and maintenance of these huge vehicles), laws are also imposed regarding the hiring and training of truck drivers (including mandates to keep drivers, who lack the skills required in operating a truck safely, off the road). Laws also specify the maximum number of hours that drivers are allowed to drive continuously and the total number of hours of rest they should be given.

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for commercial drivers has also been set to 0.04%, while on January 3, 2012, a mandate on the total banning of cell phone use (which included reaching for, holding or dialing a cell phone) was passed. This was followed, a year after, by a law, which required the use of a Bluetooth headset, a safe way of taking and making calls without losing one’s focus on the road.

The laws were specifically intended to address the identified major factors that caused truck accidents – driver fatigue and sleepiness, drunk-driving and distraction due to cell phone use. There are many other laws and standards imposed by the government to make roads safer from trucks, as truck accidents almost always lead to catastrophic results. If involved in a truck accident, victims should seek the help of a personal injury lawyer.
According to the the Mokaram Law Firm, “personal injury can an unfortunate reality for millions of people. While many cases of injury are a result of accidents, a large portion are borne out of the negligence of a third party—whether it be a business, institution, government entity, or careless individual, there are societal expectations to act in such a way that is mindful of others’ safety. When this duty is ignored, the threat of severe injury is significantly increased. The ramifications of personal injury extend well beyond physical and emotional suffering; costly medical bills, missed time from work, lost wages, a prolonged recovery period, loss of enjoyment of life, and the potential need for physical and psychological therapy are factors that will likely have to be accounted for in the event of a personal injury.
The tort law, under which personal injury is classified, can be more than complicated to the victims and their families. Allowing a highly-qualified and competent lawyer to represent victims is, sometimes, the only means to enable victims to merit the compensation that they legally deserve.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Common Work-Related Injury

Posted by on 9:14 pm in Workplace Injury | 0 comments

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the many medical conditions known to be associated with repetitive movement. Common in many workplaces, carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is particularly caused due by the compression of the median nerve in the area where it passes over the carpal bones in front of the wrist. It’s characterized by symptoms affecting the hand and wrist, like pain, sensations of numbness, tingling, or burning, as well as a weakened grip.

Most people associate carpal tunnel syndrome with occupations that require a lot of computer usage, such as data-entry clerks and typists. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is also common for those working in assembly lines and other positions that require, as the Mayo Clinic puts it, prolonged and repetitive wrist flexing. Other workers at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome include tailors, seamstresses, meatpackers, and janitors.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed through a series of tests. Individuals experiencing CTS symptoms, particularly when performing even simple tasks like holding one’s home or gripping the stirring wheel of a vehicle, are advised to see a doctor right away. Diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome comes after a physical examination, x-ray, electromyogram, and a nerve conduction study. Both the last two tests involve using electrical impulses to see how specific muscles react.

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome might require surgical and nonsurgical options. Milder symptoms can be solved by wearing a wrist splint to minimize movement, along with taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. If this doesn’t work, a doctor might opt to inject corticosteroids into the affected area to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Meanwhile, more severe cases will have to be solved through surgery. Carpal tunnel surgery involves cutting the ligament pressing into the median nerve in order to relieve pressure.

Types of Automobile Defects

Posted by on 1:09 pm in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Car manufacturers are expected to implement the highest standards in ensuring the safety of their automobiles. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report revealed that 2014 saw the highest number of vehicle recalls in the last three decades. When buying a car, people have the assumption that the vehicle is safe when used. The website of LaMarca Law Group P.C. reveal that unsafe automobiles can cause serious injuries to drivers.

There is a wide variety of car defects that can cause serious injuries to drivers when not checked by the manufacturer. It is the job of manufacturers to recall their vehicles when it is deemed defective. Automotive defects can be incredibly serious and may cause fatal injuries to drivers and their passengers. Here are some of the most common defects reported in automobiles:

Defective Airbags

Airbags are designed to protect drivers from serious injuries or death during a crash. When this safety device fails to deploy, it would result to the driver getting injured or getting killed which defeats the purpose of what it was designed for.

Malfunctioning Door Latch Mechanisms

Recent automobile recalls have been due to doors not latching properly when locked. Defective latch mechanisms may cause the door to fly open unexpectedly. When this happens, passengers may be ejected from the vehicle and get seriously injured.

Rollover Accidents

Larger vehicles such as SUVs and vans are prone to prone to rollover accidents due to a higher center of gravity. According to the Insurance Information Institute, rollover accidents accounted for 35% of all driver fatalities in 2010. However, cars are also at risk of rollover accidents depending on road conditions, driver behavior, and other factors.

Roof Crush Accidents

Roof crush accidents are related to rollover because they should provide ample support for the full weight of the vehicle. Manufacturers should conduct extensive testing to ensure that the roof of a vehicle is structurally sound and can provide occupant survival space during a rollover accident.

Tire Belt Blowout

Tire belt blowouts are caused by a sudden and unexpected loss of air pressure in their tires. This causes the tire to flex beyond its elastic limit and separate it from the inner lining of the tire. This will cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle.

Cars can have Black Boxes too

Posted by on 4:33 pm in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Black boxes are synonymous with airplanes, but these electronic sensors are fast becoming useful in today’s motorists. This is because of the long-standing desire to drive vehicles that have electronically-controlled systems. Black boxes in cars serve important purposes, because they can provide vital information needed to investigate accidents.

There are many ways that block boxes in cars and other vehicles can help in preventing car accidents and protect the passengers inside. Those who have electronically-controlled systems can allow for smoother and more stable vehicle operations. These black boxes help in the deployment of air bags, and records incidents of deployment and non-deployment. Such safety features play a vital role in protecting passengers and even save them from serious injuries following a car accident.

Aside from air bag deployment, the car’s black box also has the ability to record informational data of the vehicle while on operation, namely the brake status, vehicle speed and engine condition, the throttle position, and whether the driver and passengers were wearing their seat belts. These are very important details when investigating a serious car accident because it can greatly affect the outcome of a personal injury or car accident claim.

Among the important things to consider when filing a personal injury claim is whether there is negligence that caused the injuries. There are states the follow certain rules that can refuse a personal injury claim if both parties contributed to the accident and injuries. this is the reason why it is important to first talk with your personal injury or car accident attorney to determine whether you have a strong claim or not. According to Williams Kherkher, personal injury claims, especially those that go to court, can be long, tedious, and expensive. If you believe you have a strong cause and the damages is significant enough to file a case to court, then consult with your attorney on how to legally proceed with your claim.