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The Dangers of Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

By on Jul 19, 2016 in Boating Laws | 0 comments

Roads and highways are not the only places where alcohol puts people in danger. Accidents occurring on waters, though with much lesser results of injuries and deaths, are also major concerns for authorities, specifically to the U.S. Coast Guard. Water accidents involve not only big ships and cruise liners which meet tragic accidents in international seas; many more occur near shores, in rivers or inside territorial waters and these involve yachts, motor boats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, and other water vessels, including those used for sporting activities, like jet skis. Alcohol, sad to say, is the leading cause of fatal boating accidents. Boating while impaired or boating under the influence (BUI), according to the Boating Safety Resource Center, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division’s official website, is just as deadly as drunk-driving. Drinking, as a matter of fact, will impair a boat operator even faster than a car driver and that 1/3 of all recreational boating accidents are due to alcohol impairment. Because of the dangers brought about by BUI, those who violate US laws regarding this will suffer jail terms, huge fines and revocation of operator privileges. The federal BUI law enforced by the United States Coast Guard applies to all types of boats, including the largest ships, rowboats and canoes; it also includes foreign vessels sailing through US territories and US ships on the high seas. The threatening effects of alcohol when it is consumed while on sea include: Deterioration of judgment and cognitive abilities, rendering wise assessment of situations, processing of information and making good choices, much harder; Impairment in physical control, resulting in failure to make timely reaction to dangers, lack of coordination and problem in balance; Decrease in peripheral or night vision and depth perception, difficulty in identifying colors, especially green and red; and, Failure to pull self out of the cold water, causing hypothermia and death. Drinking alcohol or liquor, while on sea, can affect a boat operator’s balance, coordination, vision and judgment, much faster than when alcohol is consumed on land. This is due to the overall marine environment, where the boat’s operator and passengers experience the sun, wind, sea water mist or spray, engine noise, vibration and motion. Thus, due to...

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Nursing Home Care: Criteria for Medicare Benefits

By on Mar 10, 2016 in Elder Care | 0 comments

Based on a study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, majority of US senior citizens aged 65 and above will require some type of long-term care services, while more than 40 percent of those aged at least 55 will require some period of care in a nursing home facility. Moving an older family member into a nursing home facility becomes necessary when a person reaches a certain age or following hospitalization, since the family members are hindered by work or other concerns from giving their loved one all the care and attention that he or she needs. In a nursing home, also known as a skilled nursing home care facility, people who need full time care (especially medical care) and assistance will be provided with significant support in all daily activities (including eating, bathing, dressing and toileting) and round-the-clock nursing care. To provide these needs, besides trained staff, nursing homes also have nurses on 24-hour duty, a licensed physician and other medical professionals, like a physical therapist. A nursing home is designed to provide older adults the highest level of custodial care outside of a hospital. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of February of 2015, about 1.4 million older adults received this type of care in 15,700 various nursing homes all across the US. The national median cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home facility is about $222 per day, while the median rate for a private room is approximately $248 per day (geographic location is one of the factors that greatly affect nursing home cost). If the length of care required by the adult is only on a short-term basis (100 days or less), then he or she may qualify for Medicare benefits, so long as he or she: Is at least 65 years old or has been diagnosed with renal failure Is currently receiving Medicare Part A benefits (Hospital insurance) Has been hospitalized for three or more consecutive days within the past 30 days Has been determined by a physician as needing skilled care and/or rehabilitation (in a Medicare-certified facility). Qualified seniors can enjoy 100% coverage from Medicare for the first 20 days of stay; from the...

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Hazardous Road Conditions

By on Oct 30, 2015 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Car accidents are unfortunately a standard event across the USA. As found from the Census Bureau, about 10.8 million auto injuries were noted in the year 2009 alone. In most of the cases, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out, around three-fourths are due to traffic violations and driver’s mistakes. Another frequent factor adding to these amounts are hazardous road conditions due to highway problems and poorly-preserved streets. Other dangerous highway conditions and highway defects can place drivers in plenty of risky scenarios which could lead to severe mishaps. In such accidents, the driver could also face the possibility of severe harm that will certainly cause disastrous effects on their individual lives. According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, common freeway defects include potholes, uneven pavements, lack of important traffic signs, and deficiency of guardrails along the border of the road. Additional frequent highway hazards include shoulder drop-offs, water pooling. Such freeway problems and hazards can simply be avoided with proper street maintenance. The local government is kept held accountable for such responsibilities and is accountable for making sure that the roads fulfill with safety methods. In instances of accidents caused by street conditions that are hazardous, the government is typically clear of any liability so long as they follow building strategies that are approved. Therefore, they could be exempt from paying victims their compensation that is earned. Casualty victims have the legal choice to seek reparation for harms caused by injuries from freeway accidents out. As victims point out, serious effects can be really left by injuries from vehicle accidents on an individual’s life. If you are in an accident brought on by dangerous road conditions and also other highway hazards, you might be able to hold your local government responsible for the...

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The Connection between Morcellators and Endometrial Cancer

By on Jun 16, 2015 in Injury | 0 comments

Morcellators are known in the medical field as a new, innovative surgical instrument used in laparoscopic procedures. A morcellator is a small, cylindrical tube that is inserted to the body, through a small incision, and using the attached sharp claw, latches on to noncancerous growths and takes it out through suction. It is small enough that it can reach and get out every last bit of the growth within the affected part of the body and the attached camera allows for the surgeon to get a closer look at the specimen. People are more likely to be charmed by the prospect of a laparoscopic surgical procedure, morcellation devices included. After all, there is minimal scarring and discomfort that follows such a procedure and it allows for a faster recovery time, which means less time at the hospital. Overall, if it’s an option, it seems the most ideal. However, there are some risks associated with certain procedures and devices – morcellators are not exempt from this rule. In 2014, for example, Johnson & Johnson issued the recall of their three morcellators (namely Gynecare X-Tract, Morcellex Sigma, and Gynecare Morcellex) after there was sufficient evidence coming from claims that use of these morcellation devices has caused for women to develop endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer is a cancer that develops from the endometrium – otherwise known as the inner lining of the womb. Morcellators were popularly used on women and hysterectomy procedures, where a woman’s womb is removed from her body due to health complications. There are cases being handled by morcellator attorneys everywhere, handling claims of women having their chances of this kind of aggressively malignant cancer as significantly higher due to the use of the aforementioned morcellation devices. Remember to always ask for the full risks of a procedure before consenting to allow it and if you or someone you know has been affected by a morcellator in this way, it is recommended that legal help and representation is sought immediately in order to get the best help and resources...

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