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A nice romantic story

So I was driving through and stopped in Denton the other day, and I saw the strangest, greatest thing, which I thought I’d share.

I was on my way back from a big meeting, and I stopped for lunch downtown at a little place I like, and across the way, I saw a couple in their forties getting wedding photos. I’m a curious person by nature, maybe even a busybody, and I found it rather strange these people were getting their photo taken outside, of all places, the office of a divorce attorney.

Now, Denton can be a pretty town, and I’ve seen plenty of people get photos taken outside the courthouse and around some of the historic buildings downtown. But a divorce attorney? I had to look into it.

So, I finished my sandwich and went across the street, and I asked whether the couple realized they were getting their photos taken in such an ironic location. I was polite and all, but I was worried they’d take it all the wrong way, especially with me ruining their big moment with a little bad luck mentioning something like a divorce.

To my surprise, though, they were both eager to discuss it. It turns out, these two had been married before. They were married for a few years about a decade ago, and then got divorced right in that office. They went their own ways, traveled and moved and all that, and ran into each other on two random visits that coincided back in Denton.

Well, they fell back in love, rediscovered the old passion, and decided to give it another try. It turns out, neither one had found anyone else in the meantime and both regretted getting divorced out of “youthful frustration,” as they called it.

Isn’t that a lovely story? I wanted to share it because I think it helps inspire all of us to remember that life is long, mistakes can be corrected, and sometimes going back is the best thing for you.

I’ve personally never even thought of divorce from my wife, but I reckon the situation would be much the same for me. For some people, there’s just one other person out there for them. That doesn’t mean the relationship is easy, or that you won’t fight, or that you won’t end up losing that person, that last one is possible, and the first two points are certainties.

What it means, though, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, there’s just no one else out there better for you.

I congratulated the couple after I heard the story, and was walking back to my car when the groom called me over one last time and told me one last great little fact: they were inviting their divorce attorney to the wedding. Bet that lawyer doesn’t get that kind of treatment every day!

Misdemeanor and Felony DWI

Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law. This offense can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor is a lighter type of offense, which can result into fines and other penalties. A felony is a more serious type, and it can lead to significantly higher fines, jail times, and other consequences.

But how can it be determined if a DWI offense is a misdemeanor or a felony? The guidelines may differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but most of the time, the offense is elevated into a felony if an injury or death is involved or if the drunk driver has a child passenger. There are other factors to consider, such as:

  • The level of the blood alcohol content
  • The number of times the offense has been committed
  • The condition of the driver’s license

Blood Alcohol Content

The legal blood alcohol content limit is 0.08%. If a driver has a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, he can be charged with a driving under the influence case. If his determined blood alcohol content is not too far off the limit, the charge may be a misdemeanor, but if it is way above the limit, like 0.16% for example, the charge can be elevated into a felony.

Number of Offenses

If the determined drunk driver has the same record, meaning that he has committed the offense of drunk driving before, the DWI charge can be elevated into a felony. There is a certain number of consecutive offenses in a specified set of years for this to happen. For example, if the driver has been recorded to commit the same offense three times in five years, the current charge can be considered a felony.

License Condition

A driver’s license gives you the privilege of driving. Without the proper licenses, you have no business on the road, especially if you are on the road while you are drunk. Driving while intoxicated and with a suspended or inexistent license is one of the worst combinations you can do on the road, and the drunk driving charge against you can be a felony.

According to the website of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., DWI charges can be defended. This can be considered good news, because at least you can defend yourself from the possible consequences of DWI, especially if the charge is a felony.

Because Children are Most Vulnerable to Harm, Child Injury Cases Require Immediate Action

In one licensed childcare facility in Chicago, a crib collapsed and strangled to death 16 months old Daniel “Danny” Keysar as it trapped the baby boy’s neck in its V shape folded rails. This tragic event occurred in May of 1998, five years after this same brand and type of crib caused the death of three other children plus another in 1995. But just when everyone might have thought that the number of babies who died was already high enough, the crib killed another after only three months after Danny’s death.

The lives of the last two children could definitely have been spared had news of the crib’s recall in 1993 reached the children’s parents and the childcare facility where the nursery product continued to be used. If ever there was news about the crib’s recall, it obviously was not extensive enough to reach all those who purchased it.

Every year, some 69,000 children are rushed to emergency rooms due to defective nursery products. In 2014 alone about 17 million units of children’s products were recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recalls included portable cribs, full-size and non-full-size cribs, infant carriers, toddler beds, booster, high and hook-on chairs, stationary activity centers, play yards, swings, walkers, strollers, infant slings, infant bathtubs, and so forth.

Shortly after Danny’s death, his parents founded Kids in Danger (KID), a non-profit organization devoted to the protection of children by trying to keep potentially dangerous items from ever reaching store shelves.
KID calls for a reform and implementation of stricter standards of safety that manufacturers, distributors and importers of children’s products, especially play yards, will have to comply with. The details of these standards are specified in what is now called “Danny’s Law” (in honor of Daniel Keysar), a bill drafted by the U.S. Congress and made part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

As explained by the Mazin & Associates, PC law firm, ‘For parents, guardians, and responsible citizens, any injury sustained by a child is a cause for concern. Unfortunately, children’s impressionability and defenselessness make them particularly vulnerable to injury and abuse. Because children are in an ongoing state of physical and emotional growth, child injuries can have a long-term impact that persists longer than adult injuries. Whether the injury was caused by abuse, negligent supervision, medical malpractice, or product defect, any degree of harm sustained by a minor could result in immediate or future symptoms that have the potential to hinder development. In order to keep a child’s best interest in mind, child injury cases often require immediate action.

Instances of child injury can be very frightening for all parties involved. It is a parent’s deepest wish that their child has the opportunity to grow up happy and healthy. Sadly, preventable injuries are inflicted onto minors all too often.

Due to this, child injury lawyers believe in the protection of those most vulnerable to harm. Thus, they fight for families who have been hurt by the negligent actions of a careless party and work to minimize childhood trauma, while not subjecting injured children to undue burden.

Product Designers and Manufacturers Whose Products Cause Harm to Users Face the Possibility of a Product Liability Lawsuit

In June of 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert that warned about serious heart problems with high doses, abuse and misuse, of the anti-diarrheal medicine loperamide (Imodium). The Safety Announcement’s exact message said, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription diarrhea medicine loperamide (Imodium), including through abuse or misuse of the product, can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death. The risk of these serious heart problems, including abnormal heart rhythms, may also be increased when high doses of loperamide are taken with several kinds of medicines that interact with loperamide.” (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm504617.htm)

It was in 1976 when loperamide was first approved. From then up until 2015, the FDA has received reports of 48 cases of serious heart problems associated with its use. Of these 48 cases, 31 patients were hospitalized, while 10 died. Most of these cases involved patients who took doses that were much higher than recommended.

Making sure that every medicinal that they produce are safe and effective is a legal duty of pharmaceutical companies. At least these are parts of the requirements for FDA approval. Drugs will have to be tested and all test results showing a drug’s safety, effectiveness and, especially, negative effects, will have to be reported to the FDA.

Pharmaceutical companies also have the obligation to include in their drug’s prescription label the risk/s associated with using their drug. It could be an act of negligence (which can be unintentional or intentional) if a company fails in its duty to inform consumers about the risks associated with using its medicinal product.

It is stated in the website of the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® that product designers and manufacturers whose products cause harm to users face the possibility of a product liability lawsuit for purposes of answering before the law due to their failure to uphold their essential responsibility (of ensuring product safety) and to answer for all the damages suffered by those they harm through the use of their product.

An Overview of Maritime Accidents Compensation

An Overview of Maritime Accidents Compensation

People who work in maritime vessels do not have access to workers compensation claims like employees who work offshore. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, injured seafarers do not have access to emergency medical care until they are rescued or their vessel is able to return to shore. Fortunately, they can rely on the Jones Act to recover damages due to the negligence of the ship owner, their captain, and other crew who caused their injury.

Under the Jones Act, employers have the following responsibility to their crew:

  • Provide a reasonably safe place to work
  • Use ordinary care under the circumstances to keep the vessel a safe place to work in

The Jones Act

The Jones Act makes the employer liable for any unsafe condition on the vessel which includes grease or oil on the deck, breakage of equipment, improperly maintained equipment, failure to provide crew members with the proper equipment for doing their work, and others. Unlike standard negligence cases, the plaintiff only needs to prove that the defendant was partially responsible for their injury. So even if the owner is only 1% responsible, they can still recover damages.

In addition, maritime law requires employers to provide their vessel crew free medical care and maintenance until maximum medical cure has been provided. Maintenance includes pain medications, prostheses, and disability aids. It also includes basic living expenses while convalescing.

Available Damages

Under the Jones Act, an injured seaman, sailor, or ship worker shall be entitled to the following damages:

Maintenance and Cure

Maintenance is given as a daily stipend or allotment to cover room and board while on recovery. This includes the time the voyage has ended until “maximum cure” has been given. The latter is determined by medical professionals.

Medical cure, on the other hand, includes payments for medical expenses such as medication, treatment, prosthesis, and other medical necessities until “maximum improvement” is reached.

Unearned Wages

Unearned wages refers to the amount of money that would have been earned if the injury had not occurred. It may be until the end of the voyage, the contract, or the end of the normal pay period.

Additional Benefits

The Jones Act allows the granting of additional benefits if it can be proven that there was negligence on the part of the ship owner or another crew member was at fault.

Statutes of Limitations

Under the Jones Act, a lawsuit must be filed within three years from the date of injury.

Retirement Homes, or Senior Apartments: Most Ideal for Healthy Seniors Who Want to Live a Relaxed, Independently Life Again

People work to live and, while alive, they must keep on working. People, however, can never be compared to any mechanical thing, which one can simply switch “on” and “off” to make it work and make it stop working every day, with nothing really changing in it the next day it is made to work again. But if machines or any other thing suffer wear and tear, what more people. It is a good thing that there is what is called “retirement age” for workers – a time to tell them that they have contributed more than enough, that it is time to let younger people become the experts in the job, just like they did when they were younger, and that it is time that they get to spend the rest of the years for themselves.

Some of the ideal ways to spend days after retiring from a job are to go on a vacation, spend quality time with family and then settle down where they can enjoy peaceful and relaxing days, where they can live independently again and manage their own affairs without worry or the need to do anything in a hurry – this is the very experience one can have in a retirement home.

Retirement homes, also called assisted living facilities or senior apartments, are apartment complexes or a set of apartment buildings designed to exclusively house older adults or senior residents who wish to continue living their lifestyles while simultaneously being provided on-site care and support. To allow residents easy navigation and movement, these apartment units have been built, usually, with no stairs and are equipped with safety features, such as a seated shower, grab bars and an emergency call system; every room in each unit is also carpeted, to eliminate risks of slip and fall accidents. A washing machine and dryer are also offered in most units for maximum convenience.

For interaction with other senior residents, retirement homes feature facilities for common use, like social areas and dining quarters; some even have beauty salons built inside. For added safety, medical care (at a level lower than what is offered in nursing homes, though) is also provided to residents.

A website called SeniorAdvice.com shares information about the various types of Retirement Homes that seniors and their families may choose from. According the website, some types of retirement homes include:

Subsidized Senior Housing. These are subsidized senior retirement facilities (apartments or townhomes) that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sanctions and provides for elderly individuals who, due to their low incomes, experience much difficulty in finding a place where they can live.

Retirement Communities. These communities are master-planned, privately-funded facilities, which feature stand-alone structures, private apartments, condos or townhouses. While retirement communities allow individuals to live privately, these also promote a more active social environment. Restrictions in age and income, however, are observed, so that only a certain age group and income group (due to the high monthly fees) are usually accepted.

Congregate Care. These are environments where seniors can live in independent apartment settings, but where they can also enjoy social interaction with the other residents in activity areas, the dining room, or in the central lobby. While there are programs that provide elders with housing assistance in these types of environments, those who can afford the monthly payment rather pay.

Choosing the type of retirement home where a family would allow their senior loved one to stay would be easy but only if they have prepared for this, especially financially-wise. The monthly fee that needs to be paid by a resident depends on which state and style of dwelling a senior and his/her family choose; prices, however, usually range between $499.00 and $3,250.

Making sure that your loved one will be comfortable living independently in his/her own apartment, free from useless concerns or from worry of having an accident, and will be able to enjoy the years still ahead of him/her can be a truly precious gift. To make this, possible, however, families should either have a valid reason to qualify for subsidy or make financial preparations as early as they can.

Am I at Risk for Blood Clots?

Risk for blood clots is often alerted during long haul flights on airplanes – long haul flights being ones that are over four hours long in duration. People in a standard position without physical stimulation have a high chance of developing one of the most dangerous kinds of blood clots: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

There are veins that run throughout the body in order to carry out oxygen and blood, thereby sustaining the body with what it needs. However, some veins – like the deep veins in the legs – need to move every few hours in order to stimulate the blood flow. If the blood flow is somehow clogged or disrupted, there is a chance for a blood clot to occur.

When a blood clot occurs in the deep vein, there is the chance that the vein may sever in turn causing internal bleeding. If not treated properly and immediately, this could turn into pulmonary embolism, according to the website of the lawyers with Habush Rottier.

You are more at risk for blood clots if you are obese, pregnant (or post-partum for at least 6 months), or have cancer. Blood clotting is no joke as it can even lead to the amputation of affected areas. There are protective measures in place in order to prevent this from happening such as filters surgically implanted into the inferior vena cava (called the IVC filter) that is designed to catch clots before they get to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal (if the clot that reaches the lungs is large enough to sever the blood flow that supports the organ).

It is then of the utmost importance that these protective measures are built, inspected, and implanted with only the greatest care possible. If anything were to go wrong, this must be brought to the attention of professionals immediately.

What Should I Do if I Get Injured at Work?

If you have been injured at your place at work – whether it is your fault, the fault of your employer or due to unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances (such as the aftermath of inclement weather or natural disasters) – you are entitled to workers’ compensation. This does not, however, include intentional injuries or self-inflicted injuries while on the job. If you are employed, your employer is legally obligated to provide you with the benefits that come with workers’ compensation.

That is why the very first thing that needs to come to mind if you have been injured at work is to file for workers’ compensation benefits. An injury that sustains significant and lasting damage requires immediate attention in order for the injured personnel to acquire the help necessary in order for him or her to recuperate properly. Documentation of the event is one of the most important things to note for a case of this nature, however. Some employers might do everything they can in order to find a loophole so that they needn’t pay out the fees necessary for benefits. It can be intimidating to go against your employer but when it is your right to benefits in question, it is both advised and highly encouraged to defend and fight for it.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher Law, workers’ compensation can branch out into several different kinds of cases. For example, some injuries sustained at work could leave a person either temporarily or permanently disabled. These are matters that then need to be handled with sensitivity and care as the future of the victim of the injury is on the line.

It is then recommended that, when dealing with cases of this nature, an experienced professional is called into the scene in order to give you advice about the given circumstances, should something like this unfortunately fall upon you.

What Should I Do if Someone Injured Me?

First of all, try not to panic. Panic and anxiety are usually caused by troubles or worries about things that haven’t happened yet but you think are going to result into catastrophic, practically world-ending scenarios. It is the best course of action to try and keep yourself thinking logically and rationally.

The best thing to do if someone has injured you is to assess the situation. Is the injury one that can be easily brushed off and forgotten by the morrow’s end or is it something that can completely hinder you from pursuing your profession? If the former, it is probably not worth trying to pursue legal action for. If it is the latter, legal action is a possible course of action due to the expenses that are necessary in order for you to recover from the injury.

According to the website of the Boston personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLC, it is important to make sure that your recovery is prioritized instead of allowing worries of the future to make you more anxious than you need to be; getting help that has more experience than you with these matters will make procedures much smoother and less stressful than they have to be, rather than figuring everything out on your own.

Injury that has been caused to the victim’s person – be it a physical, emotional, or mental injury (or even a combination or two or more of these kinds of traumas) – due to accidental or intentional negligence is subject for scrutiny under the justice system through the pursuit of a personal injury case. These kinds of cases can become complicated due to the many factors and variables to consider.

Given the rather vague definition of personal injury, it branches out into several different subsets in which some attorneys have more experience with than others. For example, a Memphis personal injury attorney will know more about how personal injury is handled in Tennessee than, say, an attorney from Long Island, New York. These are the kinds of things that you need to consider if pursuing legal action is something that you need to do, following an injury.

Should I File for a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A lot of people are becoming more and more aware of their rights and privileges as free citizens of the United States of America. This is a good thing for it allows for citizens to act appropriately and stand up for themselves in cases of abuse or any such other malignant behavior from another person. The matter of personal injury is one that makes itself known a lot and this is where it gets complicated as the answer to the aforementioned question is not one that is easily answered.

Filing for a personal injury lawsuit is no walk in the park. After all, coming from the website of the lawyers with Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, the subject of personal injury is quite vague at a very base level as personal injury simply does mean any injury (physical, emotional, and/or mental) caused upon a victim due to the accidental or intentional negligence of another person can be made to answer to justice through a court of law. However, there is the question as to whether or not it’s worth it to pursue such a lengthy case.

Say, for example, that an old woman accidentally made your nose bleed after hitting you in the nose with the back of her hand, simply because she was gesturing too animatedly. Technically, you could try to press charges against this woman in order to gain favor or compensation. But it doesn’t really work like that as compensation accounts for the trauma and losses sustained by the victim such as, citing the website of the Law Offices of Williams Kherkher, medical expenses as well as lost wages for not being able to go to work following the injury that had been suffered.

Not to mention that pursuing legal action may cause you more stress than necessary, with regard to cases like this. There is no universal law that covers this law and so every state is governed by a specific set of laws regarding personal injury. Houston personal injury attorneys of Ali Mokaram are often capable of understanding these differences better than the average person would.

Many attorneys offer free consultation services before an attorney-client relationship is established, so you may know what exactly you’re getting into.

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