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According to expert bikers, chances of avoiding accidents and staying safe is higher if bicyclists observe the following road rules on how to ride a bicycle properly.

  • Be part of the traffic and never ride on the right edge of the road, very close to the gravel shoulder, as this may be covered with sand or other debris that can make your bike’s wheel to to skid and cause you to fall;
  • Ride on the right side of the street, at least three to four feet from the gravel shoulder. Along this path, other drivers, even pedestrians, will easily see you. Traffic is also slower at the right side of the road, so this will be a safer path, than at the left, where vehicles run faster;
  • Ride, at least, three feet away from cars parked at the side of streets. This is will keep you safe from car doors suddenly being opened or from cars starting and trying to merge back into the flow of traffic;
  • When riding downhill and your bike begins to run as fast as cars, ride in line with them. Pull a bit to the right, when you begin to fall behind. When passing a car, however, make sure that you pass on its left side; a driver normally expects to be passed on its left side; and,
  • At a red light or at stop signs, stop behind the car that is already stopped awaiting the green light. Never stop at the right side of a vehicle, especially a truck as it may crush you if it makes a right turn.

There are many other precautions that bikers need to observe when riding, especially at night. But there is no safer and smoother way ever to ride than by observing traffic safety rules and riding with the flow of the traffic. Riding this way is also a guarantee that, if ever an accident occurs, your personal injury lawyer will be able to fight for your rights and earn for you the maximum compensation that the law allows, since you will clearly be without fault in the accident that occurred.

In 2009, about 51,000 were injured and as many as 600 were killed in bicycle accidents. These numbers continue to increase, showing the great danger bikers are exposed to. In fact, in 2013, fatal bicycle accidents increased to 900, while about 494,000 were rushed to emergency departments due to injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common causes of collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles include:

  • motor vehicle drivers directly and abruptly turning in front of bikers;
  • drivers, from parking areas or driveways, driving into traffic and cutting a biker’s right of way
  • drivers failing to slow down at intersections
  • drivers running a stop sign or traffic light
  • drivers not taking time to double-check for incoming bikers
  • reckless driving due to negligence or alcohol influence

The (NHTSA) continuously reminds all motorists of their duty to respect the rights of bicyclists on the road, as this is one of the best ways to make transportation smooth and safe for all. Legally, bicycles have the same rights on the road as any other type of motor vehicle. Unfortunately, though, many bicycle riders get involved in accidents because many drivers refuse bikers the space they need on the road. These accidents often result to severe injuries or death.

In its website, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier says, “bicycles are a fun form of exercise and recreation. For others, they serve as an alternative form of transportation with significant economic and environmental benefits. Whether they are riding for transportation or purely for fun, cyclists face significant risk of injury if they are involved in an accident with a car, truck, or other vehicle.”

Sad to say, but “even cyclists who are extremely diligent about their safety run the risk of being involved in an accident and sustain injuries, such as cuts and bruises, sprains and broken bones, internal organ damage or spinal injuries. Bicyclists who sustain these and other injuries due to another person’s irresponsible actions shouldn’t have to deal with the consequences by themselves. Contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident may help an injured bicyclist understand his/her legal rights and the possible legal actions he/she can pursue against the liable motorist.

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Buying A Possibly Mold-Infested House


Posted By on Oct 18, 2016

It is important to recognize potential mold issues before buying a house. When house-hunting, make it your responsibility as well to check for presence of molds and potential mold infestation, but the seller also has the responsibility of disclosing information mold problems and to discuss an agreement around the mold problems that is discovered during the flow of the sale. There are many ways that you can detect molds in your potential house.

Aside from doing your own inspection of the house, you can ask for a home inspector to do it for you and give you their professional assessment of the possible danger and risks of mold growth inside the house. They can include their assessment in the inspection report and cite anything that can lead to mold growth. According to the Hach & Rose, LLP personal injury lawyer team, states require sellers and agents/appraisers to disclose information regarding possible presence of molds in the house, as well as circumstances tor situations that can lead to mold growth, otherwise they might be held responsible for withholding information that can endanger you and your family’s health.

If the homeowner or the seller/agent did not disclose any information of a mold infestation in the house that eventually lead to health complications to the new residents who brought the house, the owner or seller can be held liable for negligence and failure to disclose information. It can be difficult to point out who can be held legally responsible for the damage the mold infestation has caused, therefore finding a personal injury attorney should be top priority. They know how the process works and can advice you the best option whether to sue or settle with those responsible. Furthermore, personal injury lawyers understand the state laws can know how each factor in the case can affect the outcome, making a strong case against the owner/seller and ensuring that all damages can be properly compensated.

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One U.S. once praised the great American worker for his or her continuous endeavor in making the U.S. a strong and prosperous nation; a fitting acknowledgement to workers’ untiring contribution to the continuously growing industry, which is the manufacturing business.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Department of Labor, said that, in 2010, almost 12 million individuals were employed in manufacturing firms all across America; their number still continue to rise every year.

As manufacturing firms continue to grow and increase, however, the number of injuries and deaths of workers likewise increase. A manufacturing business, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is work involved in the transformation of components, substances or materials into new products. The equipment and tools, the materials used, the processes of manufacturing, the working environment, and the daily exposure and proximity of workers to dangerous tools and substances, are all part of the work which, without doubt, always put workers’ safety and lives in danger.

The top causes of injuries in manufacturing firms include:

  • Exposure to harmful environments and toxic substances. This includes working in environments where there is danger of radiation, electrocution and/or inhalation of toxic fumes. Though this is the least common cause of injury in this list, its effects are always severe;
  • Repetitive motion. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the number one injury sustained by workers due to repetitive motion.
  • Falls. This can be falling to a lower level or same level falls. Losing ones’ balance or tripping over an objects along walkways, falling off ladders, scaffolds, loading docks and stairs, are some examples of falls that lead to serious injuries;
  • Overexertion. This is due to excessive physical motion while lifting, pushing, pulling, throwing or carrying a heavy object. Overexertion is the second leading cause of injuries in the manufacturing industry; and,
  • Contact with objects. This occurs when a worker runs into stationary objects or the reverse, which is moving objects striking a worker. Being caught in or rubbing against machineries (in operation) is one of the major causes of accidents in manufacturing sites.

According to the law firm Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, though wages and benefits of workers in manufacturing firms are now generally more appealing and substantial compared to other jobs. However, the physical labor demanded by the job, as well as the danger workers are always exposed to, put workers’ lives in constant danger. This exposure to great risk not only necessitates workers to know their right in claiming benefits from Workers’ Compensation in the event of an accident, but also reminds them of their right to demand from their employer a safe and healthy working environment.

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Many women in the United States have undergone a hysterectomy or a myomectomy during which a device known as a power morcellators was used to remove noncancerous tissue or fibroids.  Once believed to be a minimally invasive way to remove these tissues, it was soon found that these devices could spread undetected cancerous tissue during these procedures.  According to Williams Kherkher, among the cancers that could be caused are uterine cancer, uterine sarcoma, and endometrial stromal sarcoma, and metastatic leiomyosarcoma. Unfortunately, these cancers can sometimes go undetected following a procedure using a power morcellator if an individual is unable to recognize the symptoms.

Uterine cancer carries a number of symptoms, ranging in severity. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, one of the most common early signs of uterine cancer in women is bleeding in between menstrual periods.  The amount of bleeding can range from moderate to light.  This may also include a watery discharge from the vagina that may or may not include a streak of blood.  A woman may also experience pain in her pelvic area, particularly during sexual intercourse.  If a woman has already gone through menopause, a symptom of uterine cancer may include vaginal bleeding again.  If you underwent surgery with a power morcellator and have experienced any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with your doctor as soon as possible to determine if you are suffering from uterine cancer.  Uterine cancer can become aggressive quickly if not diagnosed early.

Despite numerous FDA warnings and a recall, power morcellators have still not been officially banned even following a recall from makers Johnson & Johnson.

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The brain and the spinal cord form the nervous system, which controls various functions and activities of the human body. The brain is protected by hard bone (the skull or cranium), the meninges (membranes), and the Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which causes the brain to float inside the skull and provides a cushioning protection for this very delicate, yet, complex organ- especially during sudden head movements.

Despite the layers of protection, there are certain instances where a blow to the head is too forceful and violent, rendering these layers incapable of providing the actual needed cushion. These violent blows can cause the brain to collide with the skull’s internal wall, resulting to bruising of the brain, bleeding or torn nerve fibers which, in turn, can lead to intracranial injury, more commonly known as traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A traumatic brain injury is a very serious injury; it can damage one or more areas of the brain, resulting in temporary/permanent functional disability or psycho-social impairment, which can affect one’s reasoning, memory, abstract thinking, judgment, processing of information, cognition, problem-solving ability and language. It can also make a person more vulnerable to serious illnesses, like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and other illnesses that can affect the circulatory, respiratory or digestive system.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI can result from any of the following accidents which can cause a violent blow or a sudden jolt to the head:

  • Accidents involving non-motorized pedal cycles, like bicycles;
  • Violence, assaults or gunshot wounds on the head;
  • Falls (which are very common among senior citizens and children 4 years old or below);
  • Sports-related accidents;
  • Blast or explosion; and,
  • Motor vehicle accidents

The website of the Cazayoux Ewing Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers mention the intensive emergency and prolonged medical care needed in treating TBI – a situation that can exhaust a family’s financial resources. Serious deliberation needs to take place in order to deal with this unfortunate situation in the best and most acceptable way possible.

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What is the Texas Prompt Pay Act?


Posted By on May 4, 2015

Medical professionals play crucial roles in their respective communities. Thanks to the hard work of doctors, nurses, and other health care providers, communities are able to receive proper medical attention and treatment. Unfortunately, there are scenarios when this hard work isn’t properly compensated by insurance companies that delay or deny medical care payments.

In Texas, medical professionals are protected from such antagonistic practices through the Texas Prompt Pay Act of 2003. Based on the terms mandated by the Texas Prompt Pay statute, medical personnel who are not properly paid by health insurance companies within a specific space of time may pursue their owed compensation through a legal claim.

It’s important to note that note all health insurance programs can be covered by the Prompt Pay Act. The law only applies to health maintenance organizations (HMO) and preferred provider organizations (PPO). Any other insurance plan under the following programs is exempted from the mandated terms:

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Federal employee plans
  • Self-funded plans for ERISA, and University of Texas and Texas A&M University employees
  • Texas Association of School Board coverage
  • Health Select and Health Select Plus
  • TriCare
  • CHIP
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid

Medical professionals looking for coverage outside the aforementioned programs will need to submit their claims within 95 days of the services they rendered. Their submission must also include data that is, as stated by the law, “complete, legible, and accurate.” These claims will also have to undergo strict review and should follow other eligibility requirements mandated in the Texas Prompt Act. Because this process can quickly become complicated so often, doctors and other health care personnel should feel free to consult with an experienced lawyer to learn more about all the legal options available to them.

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What is a Dry Socket?


Posted By on May 3, 2015

A tooth extraction can be an unpleasant experience for anyone. However, this feeling of discomfort can become a lot worst when certain complications arise. While it may be uncommon, a significant number of dentistry patients end up developing a dry socket. Still, for that small part of the population, the occurrence of a dry socket can be extremely painful.

An extraction leaves behind an empty socket that should clot to protect the area underneath the tooth that has been pulled. A dry socket develops when a blood clot is dislodged or fails to properly form, leaving the nerves and bone exposed to anything that enters the mouth. Unless properly treated, a dry socket can cause excruciating pain and eventually lead to an infection. Symptoms include throbbing pain that continues to intensify in the days following the extraction and a foul odor and taste coming from the empty socket.

According to a study published by The Open Dentistry Journal, there are several factors that increase a patient’s risk to develop a dry socket. The occurrence of dry sockets is more common for smokers. Surgical tooth extraction, which is required in cases involving an impacted wisdom tooth, also increases the risk of dry sockets. Patients can also impede the formation of a blood clot by constantly rinsing their mouths after an extraction. Drinking through a straw can also complicate natural recovery.

The only way to treat a dry socket is to ensure that the affected area is properly healing. Dentists will clean the affected socket to remove any debris that could cause infection and then fill the hole with a specialized dressing. They will typically prescribe certain medications to prevent infection. They might also suggest nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to help ease any discomfort caused by pain.

Dry sockets are easily preventable with the help of an experienced dentist. The website of Dr. Sid Steadman D.D.S. says it’s important for dentists to dialogue with their patients and provide an individual and specialized course of action.

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It’s hard to bounce back from a criminal conviction. Having a criminal record can cause serious consequences and cost a person important opportunities. In Texas, for example, a person is constantly screened for past crimes when applying for a job or looking for a new place of residence.

According to the website of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, particular circumstances can allow a person some leeway in this regard. The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure allows certain individuals to file for expunction—a legal process that can have criminal records sealed away or cleared. In some cases, the court can also grant an eligible individual to say that they have never been arrested nor convicted of a crime if asked during interviews and other similar procedures.

Expunction provides opportunities for those looking to start over after a criminal conviction. However, not everyone can be eligible to undergo this legal process. As stated by Texas law, the option for expunction is only open for those applicable to the following circumstances:

  • Wrongful convictions
  • Pardoned convictions
  • Arrests without conviction
  • Acquittals
  • Juvenile offenses

Anyone looking to file for expunction must also have to wait until a specific amount of time has passed. The length of time required for expunction will depend on the nature of the criminal conviction. In Texas, Class C misdemeanors require 180 days from the date of the arrest. Both Class A misdemeanors and Class B misdemeanors require a 1 full year. Meanwhile, felony charges require a wait time of 3 years.

Other specific factors might also come into consideration before being granted expunction by the court. The court might also need to take into account the nature and details of the crime being called into question. Individuals considering expunction will have to consult with a qualified defense attorney to learn more about the process.

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