Useful Advice For Choosing A Personal Injury Attorney

If you have had enough and you feel you deserve compensation for your personal injury, you’re right! There are many things you need to understand about choosing the right attorney and understanding the many legal processes involved. It is not an easy way to go, but by reading the following article, you can certainly stay on top of your case.

If you don’t want to splash out on lawyer’s fees, and you can easily prove the other person was at fault, see if you can work out an out-of-court settlement with them. Their insurance company will be happy to do this as they’re in no hurry to go to court, so you’ll end up on top.

Try considering only experienced attorneys that focus on personal injury law. Since this type of a law is a niche, it is important to find an attorney that concentrates on personal injury instead of one that is trying to be a jack-of-all trades. You also want someone with several years of experience in the niche, not one that has to study up on it for your case.

It is possible to locate a personal injury attorney online through their website (like Abel Law Firm’s personal injury lawyers http://www.abellawfirm.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/) but don’t forget to check with people that you know, either. You may be surprised at the number of people who have had to deal with a similar situation before. Ask for their recommendations or find out if they had a negative experience with anyone in your area.

There is a chance that it is not in your best interest to file a complaint just because you are dealing with some pain. Waiting a few days may see a resolution or an exacerbation of pain. If it’s been a couple days and you’re still struggling, you should call a lawyer.

It is imperative that you don’t let your personal injury troubles slide. No matter the seriousness of the injury, you do deserve to be acknowledged for your troubles. This article has provided an in depth look at the entire topic of personal injury. Use what you have learned today for optimal success in your case!

Is Low Testosterone Therapy Worthwhile?

When Low-T (low testosterone) supplements were first introduced into the market in 2001, it was to cater to the population of men who were experiencing a decrease in their sexual energy, physical drive, vitality, or stamina due to age or other underlying condition. It was very well received; Low-T clinics have sprung up like mushrooms and afflicted men clamored for the treatments as vigorously as they called for prescriptions of hair growth drugs and heart medication with an unexpected but desirable side effect.

But the safety of this wholesale dispensing of Low-T supplements is being questioned by leading medical professionals. Low-T clinics are not designed to diagnose and treat medical problems that manifest in lowered levels of testosterone, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea. These establishments often sell the products for cash, so it is difficult to track sales as well as the health effects on those who buy the supplements. Patients who have been denied testosterone supplements by their regular doctors can often get these products at these clinics.

However, clinic owners deny that the dispensing of the supplements is indiscriminate. They claim that patients are given a thorough physical examination and their testosterone levels tested. Those who do not fit the profile for low-T are turned away. Studies indicate that older men and those at high risk for cardiac disease may be most vulnerable for serious complications from Low-T supplement use, even death. Nevertheless, manufacturers of testosterone supplements are doing brisk business. According to an article located at www.williamskherkher.com/practice-areas/defective-pharmaceuticals/testosterone-lawsuits/, more than 5 million prescriptions are filled annually. It is expected the demand will continue to grow despite growing unease in regulatory bodies and the scientific communities about the health effects of the products.

Men respond positively to aggressive marketing campaigns for these products, and until more conclusive scientific evidence can be found, will continue to do so. But those who have experienced first-hand the effects of Low-T supplements are making their own statement: in civil court. If you believe you are one of these unfortunate victims, contact a personal injury lawyer in your area with a successful track record in handling cases against pharmaceutical companies to find out your legal options.

The Difficulties of Designing Technology to Detect Stoned Drivers

The possibility of widespread legalization of marijuana possession appears more likely each passing year, with two states currently conducting large-scale experiments in whether this approach can work acceptably. However, one big issue that supporters of legalization face is the issue of creating legal standards to prohibit individuals under the influence of the drug from operating a vehicle. This is a substantial problem, and one that resists an easy solution.

Some have argued for implementing a law prohibiting driving above a certain ratio of THC per milliliter of blood, with the usual standard being argued for at five nanograms. However, there are a number of problems with this approach. For one, heavy users, such as medical marijuana patients, may have this type of THC blood concentration at all times, even when they aren’t high. Furthermore, testing for it can be difficult: blood tests are problematic and highly invasive.

One innovation, a technology which may be able to detect THC in a user’s blood through testing the sweat in an individual’s fingerprint, is currently being developed in the UK, and may be available for sale in the U.S. by the end of 2013, though it will have to complete FDA approval before law enforcement agencies can use it.

If you have been charged with marijuana possession, make sure to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer today. An attorney will be able to guide you through your case to make sure that you are protected.

Status of Pradaxa Litigation

The lawsuits against the new anticoagulant drug Pradaxa from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. have been transferred to multidistrict litigation (MDL) to make the process easier and speedier. Many of the plaintiffs are elderly, which makes speed of the essence, and which is something that one cannot count on when filing a case against big corporations, especially pharmaceutical companies. However, even with the MDL in place, it will still take years before light becomes evident in the tunnel.

The US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided on the transfer on August 8, 2012, naming David R. Herndon as presiding judge and the Southern District of Illinois as the venue for the proceedings. Judge Hendron had presided previously over the MDL concerning Yaz and Yasmin. There are currently 1,617 cases with 1,690 plaintiffs which are now lumped together under MDL No. 2385 (In Re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation).

The initial conference was held on October 3, 2012, and bellwether cases are scheduled to be established by February 2015. Bellwether cases are representative of a certain number of other cases within the MDL with similar features, and focusing on these cases will avoid duplication of arguments and speed up the process. Nevertheless, plaintiffs can expect to wait a while before any compensation will be forthcoming. The last Status Conference was held on September 18, 2013, and the next one is scheduled for October 8, 2013.

It is still possible to bring a new case for consideration of inclusion into MDL 2385. If you or a family member has been injured or died due to Pradaxa, you may be liable for compensation for the losses, pain and suffering caused by this drug. Contact a products liability lawyer with experience in dealing with pharmaceutical companies and MDL and have your case assessed.

Hiring the Right Drivers for Trucks

Whenever an 18-wheeler is to be used in a cross-country drive to deliver whatever sort of cargo, there are two things that are considered obligatory: that employer and driver make sure that the truck is in good condition (that all its parts, such as the head, tail and signal lights, and brakes work properly); and, that the employer makes certain that his/her truck driver, who will drive the vehicle, is totally qualified, that is, that the driver has undergone proper training and has been issued a license to drive a truck.

Going on a cross-country drive, which covers thousands of road miles, even within just a day, is very common to many truck drivers and, with the size of their vehicle, an accident can mean disaster for whoever is involved. When drivers become sleepy and stop paying attention, the risk for an accident increases exponentially. Thus, it is mandated for drivers to always observe all traffic rules, be wary of other motorists on the road and never drive when drunk, fatigued or sleepy (thus, a sleeper berth is built behind the driver’s seat to allow the driver as long as a 10-hour sleep).

Road safety is a matter that is normally associated with driver factor. To make sure that companies end up hiring the best driver for the job, there are two ways to choose from: hire the services of a functional employment testing firm, which will conduct all the appropriate screenings and provide them with a list of the most qualified candidates; or, conduct the background checks themselves, which should provide them with all the information they need to know about their applicants.

The importance of conducting a background check is that it will give companies information about their applicants’ traffic violation history (if there are any) or if any of their applicants has been involved in road accidents, has a DUI case, a serious medical condition or issues of substance abuse. Though some previous employers may manifest reluctance in sharing information, acquiring vital info to enable them to separate the good apples from the bad will save them from accident claims in the future.

Romanian Teenager Designs Technology for Autonomous Cars

Learn more about our attorneysOne of the winners of this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair has designed a technology which could prove essential to the development of driverless cars as a viable technology for mass production. Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu, a 19 year old from Romania, developed a technology that replicates the positioning systems that autonomous cars use to detect nearby obstacles to avoid car accidents.

Budisteanu achieved results that are similar to what Google has been able to achieve with its own driverless car projects, using 3D radar and cameras mounted on several areas of the vehicle. The important of the discovery, however, is that, while Google must spend more than $70,000 to implement these systems in each of their vehicles, Budisteanu was able to do this on a relatively cheap budget of only $4000.

This development could have incredibly important implications for the future of driverless cars. While the technology in all of these vehicles is still not perfected to the point that it can be a reliable replacement for human drivers, it is clear from the trajectory of their development that driverless cars will eventually have all the technology necessary to be a safe replacement for human drivers. The biggest issue is pricing: they may be too expensive to become widely available. However, if this breakthrough is applicable to mass-produced vehicles, that could significantly change this equation, potentially saving thousands of lives on American roads in the future.

Facing Mountains of Debt

Individuals can find themselves in serious debt for any number of reasons. With today’s economy, the rate of unemployment, the housing market downturn, and any number of unavoidable accidents, such as natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, major accidents, and serious illnesses, people all over the United States are facing large amounts of debt, often not due to a lack of proper financial management.

When facing unmanageable levels of debt, many people begin to worry about what the consequences could be if they can’t continue making regular payments. One major concern many people find themselves facing is the loss of their home due to being unable to make mortgage payments. While there are, unfortunately, some situations in which a person cannot prevent foreclosure on their home, the truth is that there are a number of various options for people in this situation that can help them keep their home. Whatever the circumstances were that resulted in unmanageable debt, people who are facing foreclosure may be able to use one of these many options to keep their home.

Government Programs and Aid to Prevent Foreclosure

Because of the substantial hit the housing market took in recent years, many government programs have been made available in an effort to protect and aid struggling homeowners. While there are a variety of different programs available, each tailored to meet individuals in varying situations, some of the most beneficial and most used programs include the following:

  • HAMP – the Home Affordable Modification Program is designed to support those Americans who are employed, but are struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments. Through this program, eligible home owners may be able to have their mortgage payments lowered (modified) to be more affordable in the long-term. While this program existed previously, President Obama made the group of people eligible for this program wider in June of 2012 by allowing debtors whose income to debt ratio is 31% or less, those who defaulted on their trial period payments or on their modified payments, and those who are applying for non-primary residences that they rent out or intend to rent to be eligible for applying for a mortgage modification.
  • HARP – even those who are currently able to make their mortgage payments may find themselves struggling to do so or find these payments are becoming more burdensome. In such a situation, the government has provided the HARP, Home Affordable Refinance Program, which allows those who are current on payments, but their home’s value has decreased, to refinance their mortgage into one that is more affordable and stable.
  • UP – for those that meet eligibility requirements, which includes being unemployed and unable to meet mortgage payments, the Home Affordable Unemployment Program allows them to decrease their mortgage payments to 31% of their income or stop making payments for a year or longer.

If you are not eligible for these programs, there are several other programs under the Making Home Affordable government program that could help you prevent foreclosure on your home.

Other Alternatives to Prevent Foreclosure

In addition to using the Making Home Affordable programs, there are other alternatives for homeowners who do not want to lose their homes. These include the following options:

  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – by filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy with the support of a bankruptcy lawyer, a person not only receives an automatic stay, which stops creditors from seeking collection of debts including foreclosure proceedings until the bankruptcy filing is complete, but also allows a debtor to create a repayment plan for their debts that works better with their financial situation, making it easier for them to make monthly mortgage payments. Additionally, under certain circumstances, a second or third mortgage may be reclassified as unsecured debt, allowing it to be discharged at the end of the bankruptcy.
  • Truth in Lending Violation Claim – according to the Truth in Lending Act, lenders must disclose, or tell, borrowers certain information, such as the amount that will be financed, potential penalty charges, number of payments that need to be made, and other vital information. Should they fail to follow the requirements of this Act, the lender may be in violation, allowing the borrower to file a claim and stop foreclosure.
  • Bankruptcy Exemptions – Chapter 7 bankruptcy exemptions may help a debtor to protect their real property, such as a home. However, in some cases the value of a person’s mortgage may be greater than what these exemptions allow for, meaning that a person may not be able to use them to protect their home. Should the amount that is owed be less than the total amount of real property / home exemptions a debtor is allowed to claim, though, they may be able to prevent foreclosure.

Facing the prospect of foreclosure is frightening and stressful. Fortunately, you are not without options for protecting your family’s home. By exploring these and other options more thoroughly and with professional help, there is a good chance that you can take action to save your home.

 

 

Common Birth Injuries

While we live in an age where the process of childbearing and birthing is down to a science, many children suffer injuries prior to and during the course of the birthing process at the hands of negligent medical professionals and pharmaceutical corporations.

There are several pharmaceutical products that, if taken during pregnancy, have been shown to cause defects in unborn children. Such dangerous product defects should be tested for before drugs are released to the marketplace, but they often slip through the cracks, hurting innocent people. In response, many individuals choose to file defective pharmaceutical lawsuits in hopes of recuperating compensation for the damages they’ve sustained as a result of pharmaceutical negligence.

When handling newborn children, people are cautious to avoid injuring the child. It would follow that doctors who deal with newborns on a daily basis would carry this caution into the delivery room, but some forget that an unborn baby is still a baby and use excessive force during the birthing process.

There is a lot that can go wrong as a child is making its journey into the world and poor decisions from a physician can exacerbate these situations, potentially leaving the child with lifelong injuries, such as cerebral palsy, which can be the result of overly-forceful instrument use on a stuck baby. Sometimes, a newborn’s shoulder gets blocked in the birth canal and doctors try to pull them out. This can cause a serious shoulder injury that can last for months.

Of course, doctors don’t intentionally injure infants, but when their actions are the cause of impairment, they should be held accountable for their medical mistakes.

The Weight of the Matter in Cocaine Possession

The penalties for cocaine possession largely depend on the amount of the controlled substance found in your possession and the number of previous offenses, if any. However, it is considered possession with intent to sell or distribute if it is beyond a certain weight, and in such cases even first offenses can result in serious consequences. This is a much more serious case than simple cocaine possession

According to Part I, Title XV, Chapter 94C Section 32E(b) of the Massachusetts General Laws, a person found in possession of cocaine of more than 14 grams may be considered as a drug trafficker regardless of the actual intention of possession. This includes 14 grams or more of substances containing cocaine, so it doesn’t even have to be pure cocaine. Anyone convicted of cocaine possession in the amount of 14 grams or more will be required to serve a minimum of 3 years in prison with a maximum sentence of 15 years, the latter being imposed only when possession exceeds 200 grams. Fines of $2,500 to $50,000 may also be imposed. In general, a conviction will also result in the suspension of the defendant’s driver’s license.

Cocaine possession in Massachusetts, or possession of any Class A or Class B controlled substance for that matter, is a felony no matter what the amount. Cocaine is considered a Class B controlled substance. The mandatory minimum penalties for trafficking apply even for first offenders, so it is important to seek legal counsel immediately if you are charged with trafficking in cocaine. Life-changing penalties can result from a trafficking conviction, and every effort should be made to challenge the particulars of the case with the objective of a more favorable judgement

With the right cocaine possession attorney, you will have access to the resources you need to fully research the details of your case in order to have the charges dismissed or reduced, as well as negotiating with prosecutors.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries are very common among workers in a construction site. Regular drilling, digging, driving and many other activities can accumulate and cause havoc on your joints and nerves. Although most people associate worker’s compensation with devastating injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, slip and fall, and other life-threatening injuries, having repetitive motion injuries is also covered in worker’s compensation. Being injured on the job, as well as because of the job, is accountable for worker’s compensation.

There are many reasons why repetitive motion injuries occur, all of which are present in construction sites. Factors such as repetitive activities, trauma, and friction are all present when working on a construction site, making workers vulnerable to injuries. Although there is no need for a construction accident lawyer when asking for compensation for these injuries, it would still help to consult them for legal advice and guidance.

It may not seem serious, but repetitive motion injuries can have a huge impact in daily life. It can cause pain and suffering to the worker, taking away a number of their working days. Severe injuries can even prevent the worker from coming back to work, and the injury can become a hindrance in their daily activities. Getting the worker’s compensation for these types on injuries is important in order to pay for lost income along with amounting medical bills.

When it comes to asking for compensation for repetitive motion injuries, one thing to prove is that the injury is because of the constant exposure to the job, and medical records should be present. Medical examinations and doctor’s testimonies must be solid in pointing out that the work is the contributing factor in the injury. It is then up to the worker’s compensation judge to determine if the testimonies are enough to grant compensation to the injured party.

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