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If Handled Improperly, a DUI Charge can Turn a Lapse in Judgment or an Error in Law-enforcement into a Life-altering Conviction

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in DUI Defense | 0 comments

Drunk-driving, reckless driving, over-speeding and driver error are listed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as the top causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Car accidents in the U.S. have always numbered to more than five million annually, injuring more than two million and killing no less than 30,000 every year. Majority of these accidents are caused by drunk drivers, though, and more than half of the offenders are adolescents; those aged between 17 and 24.

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit set by the U.S. government is 0.08% (the limit is lower for commercial truck drivers and individuals below the age of 21). Offenders caught with a 0.08% or higher BAC level will be charged with drinking under the influence (DUI) or with the more serious offense, drinking while impaired/intoxicated (DWI) (some states, however, use DUI and DWI interchangeably).

DUI or DWI is a serious crime. Penalties for the offense vary, depending on the severity of the offense and the number of times it has been committed. Under the law, the basic sentences for offenders include:

  • 1 to 30 days imprisonment;
  • $200 fine;
  • revocation or suspension of driver’s license; and,
  • installation of an Interlock Ignition Device (IID) in the vehicle of the offender, as specified in the website of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). An IID is a device like the breath analyzer. It measures the level of BAC in the driver. If the BAC level detected by the IID is higher than its programmed limit (usually as low as 0.02%), it will automatically render the vehicle incapable of starting.

Getting arrested for drunk driving can be a serious and frightening matter. A DUI conviction can impact your job, your finances, and your family. It is imperative that your charge is resolved favorably, efficiently, and effectively to protect your livelihood. If handled improperly, a DUI charge can turn a lapse in judgment or an error in law-enforcement into a life-altering conviction. Thus, if you have been charged with a DUI, it is important that you act quickly to protect your freedom.

 

 

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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spinal cord injuries are very devastating because they affect motor and sensory functions. The partial or total loss of these functions depend on the severity of the damage to the spinal cord and on what part of the spinal cord has sustained the damage.

The higher the injury in the spinal cord, the more devastating its effects. Therefore, injury in the highest point of the spinal cord may pose the most significant danger. It may result to quadriplegia, or the paralysis of all four limbs and torso.

Other forms of paralysis limit the motor and sensory functions of the limbs and the torso, such as paraplegia, where the patient suffers these limitations on the lower limbs and some parts of the torso. Even though these forms are less severe, they can still completely change the lives of their victims.

According to the website www.thebentonlawfirm.com/brownsville/, those who have sustained spinal cord injuries may get compensation. This is especially true if a careless or negligent party has been the cause of the accident that has led to the injury.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Whether you are in a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot, you may sustain spinal cord injuries from traffic accidents. The force involved in traffic accidents can be devastating enough to affect the spinal cord. What makes the injury worse is the fact that the accident is often unexpected, so the back is in a relaxed state and is very vulnerable to damage.

Falling Accidents

When a person falls, he will most likely land on his head, back, or hips. This makes fall victims vulnerable to brain traumas, spinal cord injuries, and hip fractures. The vulnerability is even higher if the person falls in an elevated space, but it is not that uncommon for injuries to occur from simple slipping, tripping, and falling.

Violence

Violent acts such as hitting a person with a baseball bat or shooting him with a gun can also result into spinal cord injuries. This may not be as common as motor vehicle accidents and falls, because many violent incidents target the face and chest area. But they still do happen, especially if the victim is unaware of the assaulter’s intent and has been hit from the back.

Sports and Other Recreational Activities

Since sports involve a lot of physical force, they may also be dangerous to spinal cords. This is particularly true for sports that involve significant contact, like basketball, football, and soccer. Accidents in recreational activities, such as diving on shallow water, are also known to pose the same risks.

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Common Errors in Medical Malpractice

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

When a person feels something wrong in their body, they will not hesitate to consult a doctor for treatment. Doctors are given high regard for their professionalism and ethical standards. But when a doctor falls short of the standards, patients are subjected to a high risk of getting injured or even die. When a patient is injured or harmed during treatment, they can file a medical malpractice case against them.

Medical malpractice arises from the negligence or carelessness of those in the medical profession. According to the website of Clawson and Staubes, LLC, injuries due to medical malpractice can come in different forms and can happen in any hospital scenario such as in the emergency room, operating room, and others. Here we will look at the common types of medical malpractice that can happen to anyone:

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

A misdiagnosis by a doctor can mean lost treatment opportunities for the patient. The misdiagnosed treatment could have made a huge difference in preventing serious harm or even death. To prove misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, a patient needs to compare the manner of treatment by the doctor compared to other doctors who would have handled the case in a reasonable manner.

Medication Errors

A 2006 study revealed that medication errors can cause harm to approximately 1.5 million people in the United States on a yearly basis. Medication errors can happen in various ways. It could take place in the initial prescription or in the administration of the drug. The most common medication error is in the dosage. A patient may get too much or too little of a drug.

Anesthesia Errors

Errors in the administration of anesthesia can be fatal. Even a slight mistake by the anesthesiologist could result to permanent injury, brain damage, or worse death. Examples of medical malpractice in giving anesthesia includes giving too much anesthesia, not monitoring vital signs of the patient, and using defective equipment.

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Symptoms and Treatment of Neck and Back Injuries

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The neck and back are important organs in the body. The two are connected to each other by the spinal cord and most neck and back injuries are associated with disorders in the spine. The back takes too much pressure in our daily activities and hence can be subjected to too much pain. Eight out of ten people are prone to back or neck injuries.

Back and neck injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents can be serious and debilitating. According to the website of Spiro Champaign Law Firm, these types of injuries are accompanied by extensive medical and rehabilitative care. The individual suffering from neck and back injuries may experience localized pain, tenderness, and stiffness. It may result to muscle spasm on either side of the spinal column after the injury or 24 hours later.

If the back or neck injuries may causes numbness, tingling, or paralysis of the extremities, it could indicate a more serious injury. Injuries that penetrate to the neck may need immediate treatment. Do not touch the object until the medical personnel can remove it. The good news is that most back and neck pains will heal in time. Half of the patients will feel relief in a couple of weeks and 90% within 90 days, regardless of the treatment.

Treatment of back and neck injuries requires limitation of your activities and taking over-the-counter medicines. For acute back pains, it will go away by itself within a few days. Here are some advice on treating back and neck pains:

  1. Slow down
    If you think you are suffering from back or neck pain, the best way to ease the pain is to ease the pressure you are putting on your back. For some, the pain may be unbearable that they will drop to their knees or stay in a bent-over position. While others can still function normally, it is accompanied by uncomfortable pain. So relax for a few days and take medicines.
  2. Apply cold and hot compress
    The general rule is “Ice first for 48 hours and then heat.” This formula can help alleviate pain from muscle and ligament strain. With ice, swelling and inflammation slows down and acts like a local anesthesia. This only takes effect for 48 hours. By applying heat, you increase blood flow to the deep tissues and relax muscle spasms.
  3. Massage
    Massage may provide some relief by stretching tight muscles and ligaments.

These are just some of the ways to treat back and neck pains.

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Factors that Make Insurance Policies Expensive

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Insurance | 0 comments

Millions of drivers pay more for insurance premiums than the amount they get back in claims. If this weren’t so, then no insurance firm will stay in the business. In spite of this, many millions more know that driving without insurance can be much more costly, besides being a violation of state laws.

Car insurance is required in 48 states in the US whether you are driving a car, a motorcycle, a truck, or any other type of vehicle. New Hampshire is the only state that does not require drivers to carry auto insurance; however, the state still gives drivers the option to either have it or just post a bond or deposit cash with the state. Drivers in the state of Virginia, on the other hand, have the option to pay the Uninsured Motor Vehicle fee to their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if they do not wish to purchase an auto liability insurance policy.

Millions of drivers, however, consider paying costly insurance premiums financially burdensome. With all the add-ons or types of coverage that drivers need to purchase, plus all the other elements that insurance firms factor in when determining cost of policy, carrying car liability insurance becomes quite expensive indeed.

With regard to the types of coverage required of drivers, these vary by state. Typically, however, the following are the ones that are required: Bodily Injury (BI); Physical Damage (PD) Uninsured Motorist (UM); Underinsured Motorist (UIM). Uninsured Motorist coverage is actually added protection for victims of accidents where the at-fault driver is uninsured, if the vehicle involved in the accident were stolen, or if the accident were a case of hit & run; Underinsured Motorist coverage, on the other hand, is intended to supplement any inadequacy in the at-fault driver’s policy limit.

Some of those that are considered by insurance firms to determine cost of policy (well, to make policies more expensive, actually), are the following: driver’s age and driving experience; type of car driven, driving history, and need to carry an SR-22 filing. If the person intending to purchase an insurance policy were young, has only a few years of driving experience, is driving a car that is more prone to accidents (such as a high-powered sports car), has been involved in a car accident recently or has a DUI record, or has been required by the court to carry an SR-22 filing, the he or she will be considered a high-risk driver and may either suffer very costly premiums or be denied coverage by an insurance company altogether.

Despite all the factors and types of coverage, the website of Milwaukee, WI car accident lawyers says that drivers need not worry about firms refusing them coverage or the effects of all the add-ons on their policy.

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