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Volkswagen Is Facing Attacks From Every Side

Volkswagen Is Facing Attacks From Every SideVW had to know that it was in for some stormy months or even years following the EPA’s accusation that it was using defeat devices to fool pollution regulators. The company at least had the sense to admit what they had done right away and to air out all their dirty laundry so that the scandal wouldn’t drag on any longer than necessary, but at the same time Dieselgate isn’t like an ordinary recall scandal where a company decides to keep quiet after discovering and fixing a defect.

While most car defects are caused by mistakes or oversights, VW’s defeat devices were very much an intentional part of their cars’ designs, and it’s because of this that the company is now facing pressure from just about every angle possible.

Government Regulators

In the United States, both the EPA and the Department of Justice have filed civil lawsuits against Volkswagen to the tune of $46 million for violating the Clean Air Act and for cheating on its emissions tests. This is in addition to the fines and other penalties which... ...read full post

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What’s The Difference Between Ride Sharing And Taxis?

What’s The Difference Between Ride Sharing And Taxis?The answer to that particular question can depend a lot on whom you ask. According to ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, ride sharing is a service that takes advantage of modern technology to provide a more casual approach to getting a ride. Drivers are simply guys (or gals) with their own cars who work their own hours and can take as many or as few passengers as they want.

That said, these companies are also quick to point out that their drivers adhere to strict standards of professionalism while on the job and both drivers and passengers are able to rate and review each other for future reference.

However, a representative from a taxi company would be more likely to tell you that ride sharing is a taxi service that uses a new format in order to cut corners and avoid regulations which keep taxi drivers and passengers safe and able to deliver a minimum standard of quality. A five-star rating system might not be able to give you a complete picture of what... ...read full post

Handle Insurance Claims With Care

Handle Insurance Claims With CareInsurance policies are a bit like gambling: you’re betting that something bad will happen to you at some point while you hold the policy, and the insurance company is betting that nothing will happen. Insurance companies spend a lot of money on actuarial tables to figure out the odds that something will happen to a certain demographic, and it sets its premiums carefully so that it will always make a profit.

However, insurance companies don’t limit themselves to simply playing the odds. An insurance company’s biggest expense is (or at least should be) paying out claims, and as such fewer, smaller claims translate directly into more profit for the company. That’s why claims adjusters are constantly encouraged to reduce claim amounts by as much as they legally can. As such, you need to be very careful regarding what you say and do when you submit and wait for a claim.

Keep All Your Records

If you’ve been injured, either take pictures of your injuries or else seek medical attention right away. If your car or other property has been... ...read full post

Volkswagen Isn’t Alone In Earning Government Fines

Volkswagen Isn’t Alone In Earning Government FinesAs far as automotive news goes, Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal has been hogging all the headlines. However, VW’s intentional attempt to fool regulators has been overshadowing those regulators’ attempts to step up and start penalizing car manufacturers for failing to issue recalls as quickly and as frequently as they ought to.

The GM Debacle

The thing about General Motors’ faulty ignition switches, which tended to shut off the car engine (and the air bags) while in motion, is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other regulators had opportunities to catch the problem early, but they failed to do so. GM’s bankruptcy and reorganization during the Great Recession go a long way towards explaining why even a major problem like the ignition switches would fall through the cracks, but even so evidence and fatal examples were piling up without anyone reading or acting on GM’s internal reports.

It took until 2014, around a decade after the problem first showed up on GM’s internal tests, before a new CEO and a barrage of personal injury and wrongful death suits forced... ...read full post

Lead Poisoning And The Flint Water Crisis

Lead Poisoning And The Flint Water CrisisThe Flint water crisis is an ongoing drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. In an effort to save money, the City of Flint switched its water supply from the City of Detroit to the Flint River, a river that is notorious for being filthy. After the change in water source, the city’s drinking water has had a series of issues including the culminated of lead within the water. In fact, the lead levels in the drinking water have caused the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to legally call it “toxic waste”.

Sadly, the toxic lead in the water had not been noticed until 18 months after the switch in water source. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a local physician, began doing her own independent research with the help of Marc Edwards, an expert in water quality at Virginia Tech, after she noticed an increase in sick children suffering from rashes and hair loss.

Lead Poisoning

In order to fully understand the situation, there is a few things you should know about lead poisoning. Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in... ...read full post

What You Should Know About Drowsy Driving

What You Should Know About Drowsy DrivingSleepiness and driving is quite a dangerous combination. Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, but don’t realize that drowsy driving can be just as fatal. Much like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment, and greatly increases your risk of crashing.

According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adult drivers, about 168 million people, say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year and 37 percent have even admitted to falling asleep at the wheel. If that wasn’t scary enough, 13 percent said they have done so at least once a month. 4 percent, around 11 million drivers, also admitted to having an accident or near-accident because they had dozed off or were too tired to drive properly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police reported car accidents are a direct result of driver drowsiness each year. This results in about 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. However, due to how challenging it is to attribute... ...read full post

Getting Disability For PTSD

Getting Disability For PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, happens after witnessing or going through a traumatic event involving injury or death. Though most of us think of soldiers when talking about PTSD, the majority of PTSD sufferers are actually victims or witnesses of car accidents. PTSD causes recurrent flashback episodes and nightmares that can disrupt every day activities. Some forms of PTSD including hyper-vigilance, extreme fear of the event recurring, a tendency to be easily startled, and anger or irritability.

Unlike simple shock or stress, the body and brain chemistry can be altered with post-traumatic stress disorder. Those with this disorder will show high levels of catecholamine and a low level of cortisol in their urine and a decrease in the volume of the hippocampus, a part of the frontal lobe of the brain. Due to these changes in the brain and body, PSTD is a serious condition that can greatly effect an individual’s ability to function.

There is no cure to post-traumatic stress disorder and cases can vary greatly in severity, symptoms, and possible triggers. However, there are several treatments and medications used to make... ...read full post

Workers' Compensation: Carpal Tunnel

Workers' Compensation: Carpal TunnelRepetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel are becoming increasingly common as more and more workers are stuck at their desks performing their job over a keyboard and mouse, although several other types of jobs can lead to the same injury. While the work is likely to be the cause of this injury, you most likely can’t sue your employer over carpal tunnel syndrome. The majority of workers are barred from pursuing a lawsuit for workplace injuries due to workers compensation laws.

However, if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome caused by your work, it is crucial that you understand your state’s workers’ compensation insurance system since this may be your only way to receive the financial compensation you need for your work-related injury.

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve and the tendons that flex your fingers as they travel through the “carpal tunnel” within your wrist. This tunnel is especially small which makes even the tiniest amount of swelling enough to compress the nerve and tendons. This compression may cause... ...read full post

Top 7 Myths About House Fires

Top 7 Myths About House FiresFrom the romantic appeal of a candlelit dinner to the cozy warmth of a fireplace, we sure love the appeal of fires within our home. However, this appeal doesn’t change just how dangerous these can be when we aren’t being careful. With household fires increasing every year, it is important to know the myths from the facts in order to keep you and your family safe.

MYTH 1: Pets Can Sense Danger And Will Usually Escape

False! You may have seen or read stories about pets that saved all of their humans and other pets from a terrible house fire. While these are certainly heart-warming stories, this is often not the case. In fact, household pets tend to be extremely vulnerable in fires. Though some pets will know to immediately escape and even to rescue others along the way, others will hide out of fear or may be stuck in a room unable to leave. Even if you consider your dog or cat to be too brave to do so, you cannot know for sure that your pet will react that way.... ...read full post

Top 6 Reasons You Should Have A Personal Injury Lawyer

Top 6 Reasons You Should Have A Personal Injury LawyerAccidents happen and when they do, it may be you that pays the price. Not only are these injuries physically painful, but they can also lead to emotional and financial hardships as well. From the medical bills to the emotional stress placed on your family, an accident can end up costing you a lot and may even put you in debt.

1) Experienced With Similar Claims

We have a lot more experience dealing with the law and handling these kinds of cases. This will save you a lot of time and research trying to understand how these types of claims work. Not only that, but we will know exactly what kind of evidence and paperwork will work in your favor and which ones will end up hurting you in a claim.
2) Saves You Time And Energy

Do you the extra time to request your own medical records? Go over police and medical records? Talk with your insurance adjuster? Most likely, you do not have the time and energy to get everything you need and speak... ...read full post

Wrongful Death: Defective Product

Wrongful Death: Defective ProductThe death of a loved one is heartbreaking and painful. This is an event in our lives that we had always hoped would never happen. When that death wasn’t due to natural causes, but rather a defective product, it can be especially unfortunate.

Some products are naturally dangerous such as a kitchen knife. However, consumers don’t expect to suffer injuries while using a product that is made to keep us safe or has promised us to be safe to use. Unfortunately, some still end up paying the price for home appliances, automobiles, medical devices, and several other products that fail or became more dangerous than it was supposed to be.

Product manufacturers need to ensure that their products are safe from defects that may cause injury or death. When companies fail in this duty, it is their customers that end up paying the price. However, the survivors of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to the financial compensation needed to recover.

A wrongful death due to a defective product can happen because of any of the following:

Defective auto parts... ...read full post

8 Most Common Types Of Broken Bones

8 Most Common Types Of Broken BonesWhen you’re a child, a broken bone wasn’t so much of a big deal for most. You would be out playing football or basketball or maybe climbing up trees and then before you know it you had everyone signing your cast. As you get older however, it isn’t so easy to recover from broken bones and then are more likely to happen from a scary event like a car accident rather than a fun one.

In any case, here is a list of the most common types of broken bones. Chances are you have probable broken one of these yourself.

1) Arm

An arm fracture is so common it accounts for almost half of all adults’ broken bones and forearm fractures are the second most broken bone for children. The arm is commonly broken due to direct trauma or falls. Direct trauma is caused when foreign objects are the cause like with a car accident. However, the arm is just as likely to break in an attempt to protect yourself from a fall. Though having a broken arm isn’t much fun,... ...read full post

What You Should Know About Workers’ Compensation Benefits

What You Should Know About Workers’ Compensation BenefitsOften called “workers’ comp”, workers’ compensation is a state mandated program consisting of payments required by law to be made to an employee who is injured or disabled in connection with work. The federal government does offer its own workers’ compensation insurance for all federal employees, but individual states follow their own workers’ compensation insurance program. In the majority of situations, injured employees receive workers’ compensation no matter who is at fault.

What Kinds Of Incidents Are And Are Not Covered By Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation is designed to cover any injuries that are a result of an employer’s or another employee’s carelessness. The range of injuries and situations it covers is quite broad, but there are some limits too. For example, a few state impose a drug and alcohol testing on injured employees and can deny benefits to those who were under the influence during the time of the injury. Compensation can also be denied if the injuries were self-inflicted or where the employee was violating a law or company rule at the time of... ...read full post

Understanding Dislocated And Separated Shoulders

Understanding Dislocated And Separated ShouldersUnless you one of the lucky few, you have probably had an injury or two. From cuts to broken bones, injuries can come in several shapes and forms. A few of the injuries that is least talked about are dislocated and separated shoulders. Believe it or not, a dislocated shoulder and a separated shoulder are two distinct injuries that do have a few similarities here and there.

Dislocated Shoulder

This is an injury that is caused by a fall or a blow to the top of your arm bone that causes it to pop out of the shoulder socket. Unlike several other joints in your body, the shoulder is incredibly mobile. You can twist and more your upper arm in any direction, but this also makes the joint inherently unstable and prone to slipping out of place. In severe cases, the tissue and nerves around the shoulder joint get damaged.

Separated Shoulder

Despite its name, this injury does not directly affect the shoulder joint. This instead happens when a fall or blow tears one of the ligaments that connects the collarbone to the shoulder... ...read full post

6 Tips For Driving In Wet Weather

6 Tips For Driving In Wet WeatherDriving can be hazardous even on a beautiful crystal clear day with perfect road conditions. However, when you add wet weather into the mix, it can be downright dangerous. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can protect yourself and others while on the road in wet weather.

1. Give Yourself Extra Time

If your commute takes you a specific set of time on a normal day, you should get ready for it to take twice as long when the weather is bad. Not only will you need to drive more slowly in order to stay safe, but traffic may also be much heavier than what is normal. There are various factors such as accidents and flash flooding on the road that tends to really slow down the flow of traffic and you may encounter a backup with little notice. Instead of fretting about being late and making rash decisions, you should plan in advance and give yourself plenty of time to get there. If you do end up there early, you can always just kill some time... ...read full post

St Patrick's Day And Drunk Driving

St Patrick's Day And Drunk DrivingYou do not need to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Each year, the green beer and drinks are being shared all around. In fact, you can see green items and alcohol as far as the eye can see during this time of the year. However, this makes it an increasingly dangerous time to be on the road and driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 276 people died in drunken driving crashes over St. Patrick’s Day weekend from 2009 to 2013.

In the year 2013, two out of five crash fatalities occurred during St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunken driving. It was between midnight and 6 a.m. during St. Patrick’s Day weekend that resulted in the most crash fatalities. 55 percent of those nightly crashes involved drunken driving. Furthermore, from 2009 to 2013, three out of four drunken driving fatalities has occurred with drivers who had a blood-alcohol levels at more than double the legal limit.

Before you go partying this St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few things you should remember:

1) Do not wait until you... ...read full post

6 Common Myths About PTSD

6 Common Myths About PTSDDespite all the increased amounts of research concerning Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, there is still an abundance of myths floating around and it is crucial that they be addressed.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder also known as PTSD, is a serious mental health issue that is often accompanied by a great deal of stigma. Along with that stigma is a large amount of myths and misunderstandings about the disorder which can lead to negative implications such as prejudice and maltreatment. Here are just a few of the myths we will be clearing up today.

MYTH 1: PTSD IS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS

This is unfortunately a very common myth. Developing PTSD is not a sign of weakness in the slightest. It is an understandable human response to uncommon experiences.

Though PTSD is thought of as only a military disorder, it is actually more common among those who have been in a car accident or had an abusive relationship. No matter what the cause, this disorder comes from an intense traumatic experience that left them unable to feel safe and has caused physical damage to the way their... ...read full post