Posts made in March, 2017


Benefits of Ridesharing


Posted By on Mar 11, 2017

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are slowly dominating the transportation market, eating up the precious shares of taxis and other modes of transportation. This may be bad news for taxi drivers and the like, but it may be good news for everybody else.

Ridesharing has several benefits for drivers, passengers, and even other motorists on the road. It is fair to say that the losing of taxi drivers is worth it when we look at society in a broader perspective.

More accessible mode of transport
For other transportation services, you may need to go to proper stations just so you can utilize them. You may need to stand outside while hailing or waiting for a ride. You cannot say the same for ridesharing. This kind of service is accessible through the commuter’s mobile phone, so he can just designate a pickup point and just wait for his driver to arrive.

This accessibility is particularly beneficial for those with physical limitations, like those who are under the influence of alcohol. It prevents them from forcing themselves to go to transportation service stations or drive.

Convenience of travel
Ridesharing companies do background checks on driver applicants, and require relatively new vehicles and good insurance plans. This ensures the convenience, safety, and security of potential passengers. Even those who have their own vehicles may want to try Uber and Lyft. They can arrive at work, school, or anywhere else they are going feeling more calm and relaxed by not being forced to drive and fight through traffic.

Less vehicles on the road
Since many car owners are starting to realize the convenient and economical nature of ridesharing, more and more are using the services and leaving their vehicles at home. In effect, there are less vehicles on the road, leading to less vehicular traffic, cleaner air, and better view of the surroundings.

These benefits may also translate to fewer traffic accidents, fewer health conditions related to dirty surroundings, and a better enjoyment of life.

Potential Problems
Even though ridesharing has its benefits, it is far from perfect. Having background checks on drivers will not completely filter out negligent and reckless behaviors. Requiring relatively new cars will not completely prevent defects, especially if the defects are associated with the driver’s lack of maintenance.

Requiring good insurance can also become a problem if an accident and injury has occurred. According to the website of the Mokaram Law Firm, many insurance companies will do whatever possible to pay the least amount of damages to accident victims.

Despite these potential problems, many people are still using the available ridesharing services. It seems that they are ready to face the potential problems, in exchange to the surefire benefits to drivers, passengers, and everybody else.

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Temporary and Permanent Disability in Worker’s Compensation

Getting injured in the job does not only affect your general health, but also your overall capacity to earn a living for yourself and your family. There are compensation benefits to help injured employees with these financial burdens, and these benefits can be classified into two – temporary disability and permanent disability.

Temporary Disability

Temporary disability refers to injuries or illnesses that are not permanent. To be covered by temporary disability claims, the employee should not have been able to work or have been hospitalized for more than three consecutive days. These claims are further broken down into two categories – temporary partial disability and temporary total disability.
In temporary partial disability, the worker has partially lost his ability to work and only temporarily. In other words, he will not be able to fully perform all his duties and so the employer cannot give him proper work compensation. A temporary partial disability claim will allow the worker to receive supplementary income equal to 2/3 of his actual compensation and benefits that have been lost because of injury or illness.
In temporary total disability, the worker has completely lost his ability to work and only temporarily. This means that the worker will totally not be able to perform his duties at work. Those who have temporary total disability claims will typically enjoy a bi-monthly check equivalent to 2/3 of their actual wage until they can go back to work.

Permanent Disability

Permanent disability claims involve those who have sustained injuries and illnesses that will last a lifetime. Like temporary disability, permanent disability is further broken down into permanent parial disability and permanent total disability.
In permanent partial disability, a part of the worker’s capacity has been permanently lost. Benefits for this kind of claim can be either schedule loss of use (SLU) or non-schedule. SLU benefits last for a certain number of weeks, depending on the affected body part. The body parts are usually involve the upper and lower extremity, eyesight, and hearing. In the case of non-schedule, benefits are calculated based on the worker’s permanent loss of earning capacity, and this usually involves body parts not covered in SLU, such as the heart and brain.
In permanent total disability, a person’s wage-earning capacity has been completely lost, and he may receive a bi-montly check equivalent to 2/3 of his income for the rest of his life.
It is sad enough that you have been injured in the job. But things could get worse. Insurance companies and others have the tendency to deny workers of the compensation they deserve, but it is a good thing that we have compensation lawyers, such as those from Spiros Law, PC. A workplace injury or illness can be a challenging part of your life, but legal help can at least aid you to overcome the financial side of it.

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Motorcycle Crashes


Posted By on Mar 9, 2017

Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcyclists are very vulnerable motorists. They are some of the smallest vehicles on the road, so a collision with larger vehicles can be devastating, not to mention that they are not wrapped with metal that can absorb impact unlike car and truck drivers.

Motorcycles are also more economical compared to other vehicles, so more and more people are using them as alternatives. This also means that more and more people are at risk of the already vulnerable motorcycles.

It is good to know that the motorcyclists are at least protected by legal professionals, like those who specialize in motorcycle accident injuries such as the Abel Law Firm and Hach & Rose. But do you really want to injure yourself and go to court? Preventing motorcycle accidents altogether is obviously a better choice. Below is a list of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents for your knowledge and safety.

Dangerous Maneuvers

Since motorcycles are smaller compared to the other vehicles on the road, they are generally easier to stir. Also because of this, motorcyclists become too complacent and reckless when it comes to negotiating curves, turns, changing lanes, weaving, and overtaking. All these things are dangerous because they can potentially cause the motorcyclist to hit curbs, crash into obstructions such as trees, or collide with other vehicles on the road. If you are maneuvering dangerously, you are also making your position unpredictable to the other motorists around you.

Speeding

Riding motorcycles can give you adrenaline rush, particularly because of the roller coaster-like sensation that can result from speed and air. This is only one of the reasons why motorcyclists tend to travel at a high speed, putting them at risk of losing control of their motorcycles. They are also giving themselves and the others around them very little reaction time or wiggle room to react to unexpected scenarios. This can easily cause a traffic accident.

External Factors

Sometimes, motorcycle accidents are not directly caused by motorcyclists, but by the elements around them, like weather conditions, defective roads, obstructions, and other reckless motorists. Weather conditions can affect road visibility and road effectiveness. Road defects, such as potholes and traffic light malfunctions, and obstructions like rocks and tree branches, are liabilities and can result into misunderstandings and unexpected stimuli. According to a motorcycle accident article on the website of the Houston personal injury lawyers of Williams Kherkher, mechanical failures and faulty motorcycle designs are also common causes of motorcycle accidents.

The best way to avoid motorcycle accidents is by driving safely. Operate your motorcycle according to your skills and be cautious of foreign objects such as other vehicles and road obstructions. Also maintain your motorcycle to ensure that it is in top condition, to avoid problems such as mechanical failures.

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The Dangers of Bard G2 IVC Filter

An IVC filter, or an interior vena cava filter, is a spider-shaped medical device that is surgically put inside a patient who is at risk of blood clots and pulmonary embolism, often because of traumatic injuries sustained in car accidents or other medical issues.

One such filter is known as the Bard G2 IVC Filter, which has been known to cause injuries and complications to unsuspecting patients. It is a good thing that the law as well as the Bard G2 IVC Filter lawsuit attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are on your side on these kinds of injuries and complications.
But what exactly are the dangers of a Bard G2 IVC Filter? The dangers generally involve the device moving to another area, particularly areas where it becomes hard or impossible to extract, the device having detached components like how its spider-like legs can be fractured and travel to another part of the body, and the device piercing organs.
These issues can cause the following injuries and complications:

  • Blood vessel, tissue, and organ perforation
  • Death
  • Internal bleeding
  • More blood clots
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Punctured vena cava
  • Severe pain

It is also important to note these injuries and complications not just occur when the filter is already in place. Sometimes, there can be issues on the insertion and removal procedure.
When inserting the filter, the patient may suffer from access site bleeding, bruising, and puncturing, incorrect placement of the device, incorrect positioning of the device, and defective filters. When retrieving the Bard G2 IVC Filter, the patient may suffer from perforations, long surgery times because of difficulty of retrieving the device, and other factors that may prevent retrieval like obstructions such as large clots and scars.
It is unfortunate that a device that should protect you and a procedure that should ensure your safety are the very things that put you in harm’s way. Again, it is a good thing to know that the law and its representatives are there to defend you in product liability and medical malpractice.

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