Too Many Trucks on the Road

There are so many big trucks on the road these days, it’s starting to feel like more than a hassle, it’s starting to feel like a threat. I often feel suffocated by the number of trucks around me. Although they’re supposed to stay in the far left lane, it’s now a common occurrence for me to find a truck to my left, a truck to my right, and a truck in front or behind me. It’s claustrophobic, and something needs to be done about it.

I’m sympathetic to the argument that we need trucks. We have to get things shipped somehow, and this is a country that decided to ship by truck instead of by train (which helps free up the roads in other countries). Perhaps we really can’t do anything about the number of trucks, but we should do something about how they drive.

Why is it, for instance, you never see the police pulling over trucks for clogging all the lanes? They pull over cars all the time for speeding or driving inappropriately. Why not trucks? A few extra tickets cutting into the income of truckers, and they may be more willing to stay where they are meant to stay on the road.

Another option might be more cameras on the road. If the police won’t ticket bad truck drivers, why can’t cameras do so automatically? If the cameras are hidden, all the better, then truckers won’t know which parts of the road to be safe on, and they’ll be forced to assume they always have to be on their best behavior.

A final possibility, and really, the most likely, is more automation in trucking. The future is driverless trucks that follow along almost like trains without drivers to get impatient and try to force their way over a lane or two just to go a mile or so faster. Once this technology comes in, we’ll all be much safer, but how long will we have to wait?

Apparently, you should react in this order: seek medical care, contact police, save your documents, don’t sign anything, and contact a lawyer.

I assume they have purposefully left off the real first steps, which are: curse loudly, scream at the driver who caused the wreck, take lots of photos and post them online, call your parents and cry for a while.

It would be nice if I didn’t have to think about all these issues now, but I just don’t see the roads getting any better in the near term. Though it would be a great help, the police aren’t going to start pulling truckers over, and no one is going to pay for those cameras. So, until the trucks drive themselves, we’ll have to all be prepared for the worst.

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Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance

The Social Security Administration is managing a federal insurance program that aims to aid those who cannot continue to work because of a disability, and this program is called the Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI.

To be eligible to this program, certain factors are considered, such as your number of years in employment, age in relation to your work credits, and medical condition. These factors may vary on a case to case basis. For example, those who have worked for a long time, have aged a lot, and have sustained a severe medical condition, are more likely to get approved by the Social Security Administration, compared to a less experienced worker who has sustained a disability in a relatively young age.

According to the website of Hankey Law Office, P.C., this program involves a variety of complicated legal processes, such as filing for coverage and appealing a coverage rejection. This warrants the rise of legal representatives who specialize in SSDI.

But why is the process so complicated? This is to prevent abuse of the system. SSDI is a financial support program. Of course, many people will find it appealing to apply. Here are just some of the advantages of having a Social Security Disability Insurance:

  • You can have money for your day-to-day expenses and treatment costs
  • The financial security will prevent emotional and psychological problems that may arise due to financial burdens
  • The lack of emotional and psychological problems will prevent relationship issues that may arise due to depression, irritability, social withdrawal, and other behaviors

In a way, SSDI is there to pay you back for all the contributions and taxes you have paid. It is a legal and moral protection for the productive individuals in society who have become unfortunate enough to sustain a disability.

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Medical Malpractice: Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy is typically considered one of the most common types of birth injuries in the United States. Based on the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, only 1 or 2 of every 1,000 babies born in America have this specific condition. Infants with Erb’s palsy have problems with weakness or paralysis in one-arm.

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves between the throat and arm. Nerves that go from your spinal-cord to the arm, hands, and fingertips form it. This network merges in a place on the right or left side of the throat. Erb’s palsy occurs when the brachial plexus is injured during child birth. The condition is common in newborn babies who’ve had hard or complex deliveries while various conditions add to the risk of this kind of injury. To be unique, Erb’s palsy usually occurs when the baby’s neck is extended during birth.

The variable causing the rise of the Erb palsy is negligent or careless errors made by medical staff throughout childbearing. Physicians or nurses can harm the delicate neural system of newborn babies by pulling at the head throughout delivery at the incorrect time when pulling the infant out of the birth canal and using extreme force on the shoulders.

Fortunately, newborn babies who develop Erb’s palsy can obtain feeling and motion in the affected arm with proper medical aid and treatment. That is why it is essential for parents to pay careful attention. Early detection will help prevent long term impacts that may cause long-term handicap and muscle atrophy. Individuals with Erb’s palsy may show signs of single-arm weakness and numbness in one arm. For more severe cases, individuals may discover that their baby’s arm is lax without the sign of movement.

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Whiplash: The Most Common Injury in Car Accidents

In car accidents, the severity of injuries are determined by different factors, such as the use of seatbelt, the effectivity of the car’s safety features, including the air bag, which part of the cars were hit (the most dangerous is head-on collision), and the speed of both vehicles before impact.

Injuries that can be sustained in car accidents range from minor bruises to serious physical harm. While lacerations, bone fracture, neck and spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries may result during serious accidents, one that registers the highest consequence, as shown in the records of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is whiplash, a neck injury that is caused by a sudden violent blow to the head, causing it to jolt back and forth.

Some of the effects of whiplash are injury to the soft tissues in the neck area, as well as damage to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Injuries resulting from whiplash, however, are often not immediately determinable, making it very important for the injured to be observant of the symptoms associated with it, like a sense of pins and needles in the arms area, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, swelling of the neck, back pain, difficulty swallowing, muscle spasm and sudden lack of energy.

Being hit by another car, practically from any direction, regardless of that car’s speed, can cause whiplash. Thus, to lessen the likelihood of anyone sustaining this type of injury or to reduce the gravity of the effect of collision, car safety experts advice drivers to always wear a seatbelt besides doing the following:

  • Make sure that their car’s seat is inclined to an angle that is less than 20 degrees as this will help keep them in their seat during a rear-end impact
  • Adjust their seat’s head restraint to a level not too high or too low from their head
  • Make sure that the seat’s head restraint is about 2 inches or 5 cm from the back of their head.

Vehicular accidents may be the top cause of whiplash; however, the injury can also be sustained due to a fall, in sports or because of assault. While there may be instances when an accident, which caused whiplash, can be blamed on the injured victim himself or herself, there are many more occasions when it is a result of another person’s negligence.

The website of The Law Offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLC, says that everyone’s shared responsibility in acting in ways that will never put anyone at risk of accident or injury is part of the law. Thus, a negligent act that causes harm to others holds the liable person or party legally answerable to the victim/s of his/her carelessness. One major legal implication of an injury-causing negligent act is compensation to the victim for whatever damages that victim may be faced with. But while cost of medical treatment and loss of wages (if the injured is employed and misses work due to the injury) may be computed easily, other sufferings that the accident can cause in the victim, like trauma, is not easily calculable. This is one of the reasons why being represented by a seasoned personal injury lawyer is necessary, whether in a lawsuit or in an out-of-court settlement.

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The Consequences of Child Injuries

A car accident that resulted in the death of a 3-year-old boy was reported in the Denver area, after an elderly driver hit a mother and her two children while they were crossing the street along the South University Boulevard of East Ohio Avenue. According to witnesses, the mother was holding both her children, the 3-year-old boy and his 7-year-old older sister, as they were crossing the busy street when the vehicle turned left and hit the family. The mother and older sister was treated and later released. Unfortunately, the boy was not able to recover from his injuries and died in the Children’s Hospital following the accident.

This is tragic news is just among the many car accidents that prove the severity of injuries that a child can suffer from a car accident. According to a recent study made by the Department of Transportation, children are ten times more susceptible to suffer from catastrophic injuries that can have life-changing effects on their life, especially in a rollover accident or a hit and run. The study further states that the most common child injuries in car accidents are head injuries, followed by chest and lung damage that could lead to developmental problems in their later years.

In cases where the victims are pedestrians, the protection against car accidents is next to zero, therefore the child injuries that would result in such accidents are often fatal or life-threatening. Even filing a personal injury claim after an accident can mean nothing if the child will suffer long-term or permanent disability after the accident. The difficulty of taking care of an ill or injured child can be devastating to any family. A personal injury claim can provide the child’s family financial relief for the damages caused and for future treatment and medications. And these are particularly important for long-term injuries to ensure that the child will have a normal life.

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Failure to Treat, but not Medical Malpractice

Professional and college sports generally encourage players to play aggressively and passionately, but not to the point that they risk permanent and irreversible harm to themselves. Sports managers and organizers make it a point to ensure the safety and health of the players.

A possible exception is the National Football League (NFL).

According to arguments presented in court by many a plaintiff’s lawyer, the NFL exhibited negligence of its players by encouraging the culture of ignoring serious injury to go on playing even if this will worsen the injury and result in complications. A good example is concussion, a brain injury that is common in contact sports, especially American football. Concussion is considered a treatable injury if the afflicted follows the proper treatment, which includes being pulled out of a game immediately after the incident and given medical treatment.

This is what allegedly happened to NFL player Paul Oliver, who committed suicide in 2013 because of his debilitating medical condition which upon his death was diagnosed as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. His wife Chelsea claimed that repeated concussive events during the decedent’s career as a player with the San Diego Chargers and then the New Orleans Saints was the proximate cause of his debilitation, which led to his taking his life. She filed a lawsuit in the California Superior Court against the NFL for failing in its duty of care to its players by counteracting the prevailing practice of sending out injured players back into the field. The lawsuit also names other defendants including Chargers Football Co. LLC, Easton-Bell Sports Inc., Fenway Partners LLC, New Orleans Louisiana Saints LLC, and Riddell Inc.

If you or a family member has suffered traumatic brain injury while playing college or professional that was untreated or treated improperly, you may be eligible to file a complaint in civil court against the responsible parties. Consult with a traumatic brain injury lawyer with experience in dealing with sports injuries to discuss your legal options.

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