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Workers’ Compensation, the Growing Trend in the NFL

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Workers Compensation | 0 comments

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the NFL – fall games in the evening, wings, or your favorite team? Workers’ compensation is probably not your first thought, but it is something that the NFL has been recently having to shell out money for. Now, it’s easy to forget that the football players we saw on the screen are really employees to a company. They’ve become more of an icon than what we would think of as the average American worker. However glamorous their job may be, they are perhaps more susceptible to injury at their work than most people.

For the past twenty years, the Chicago Bears have had to answer for 141 players filing 410 different claims for workers’ comp. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, this amounts to a whopping $12.5 million dollars that have gone to the players for their pain, suffering, and medical bills. Now it’s no secret that playing professional football puts an inherent risk on the body. According to CNN in the past five years, an average of 243 players have been diagnosed with concussions. These concussions have been known to develop into dementia, Alzheimer’s, and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. Other players have reported serious spinal injuries and broken bones. As one of the top teams in terms of a number of workers’ compensation claims filed against them, the Chicago Bears have pleaded with the state of Illinois to lower the compensation laws since they are among the most generous in the country. Chicago’s other sports teams: the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and Sox, have supported the bears in trying to change the laws surrounding compensation. The biggest settlement the Bears had to answer for was about $400,000 for a spinal injury sustained by wide receiver Johnny Knox. On average however, they normally settle claims for about $90,000. Which is to be expected since the treatment following these serious injuries is not cheap. Any kind of spinal or brain damage requires intense care.

The amount of workers’ compensation shouldn’t be lowered. If anything workers’ compensation should increase with inflation and rising healthcare costs. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates believe that if your place of work has a potential to cause injury, then the employer should have to pay for all of the medical bills. As a multi-billion dollar industry, the NFL can afford to take care of their players. After all, the players are the one who make the sport what it is; they should be taken care of when injured.

Like any other job playing a sport comes with its own unique set of risks. As a paid employee of the NFL, they should be taken care of whenever they are injured on the field. America watches them weekly and doesn’t want to see the people on their team suffer.

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Fatal Car Accident

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Car accidents occur at an alarming rate all across Canada. While some of these accidents happen due to unavoidable circumstances, many others are the result of another person’s reckless or negligent driving behaviors. Many drivers do not give all of their attention to driving because it is such a routine task. This leads people to talk on their phones, text, or become otherwise distracted at the wheel. However, these actions prevent drivers from being fully present on the road and cause serious accidents to occur. The Toronto Star reported on one such accident that occurred in Mississauga, in June of 2017.

The accident involved two cars traveling down Winston Churchill Blvd. just before 11 pm in mid-June. The driver of a Mazda was traveling south when it crossed the centerline and crashed into a northbound Mercedes. Although the Mazda only carried the driver, the Mercedes it hit had five total passengers. The accident was brutal and led to serious injuries as well as the death of three of the individuals involved. The Mazda’s driver was a 40-year-old man from Mississauga, who died on the scene. The two other individuals killed were a five-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy, who were passengers in the Mercedes. They passed away en route to the hospital. The other two passengers in the Mercedes were taken to the hospital in critical condition, and the Mercedes’ driver sustained minimal injuries. No information has been released and perhaps is not known, about what caused the Mazda’s driver to crash into the other vehicle.

The loss of any life is incredibly tragic, but it is perhaps even more so when it is the loss of such young children, who had their entire lives ahead of them. The families of both the boys killed in the accident must be feeling unimaginable pain at the loss of their children, and they are likely also frustrated and devastated that this loss was caused by another driver. Although we do not know the specifics of what caused the crash, it can be reasonably assumed that the driver at fault was not driving in a safe or careful manner. Whether he was on his phone, drunk driving, or fell asleep at the wheel ultimately does not matter, as whatever his actions were caused him to make such a dangerous move into oncoming traffic.

We will never be able to prevent all accidents that occur on the road, but as a country, we must work together to try to make care accidents less frequent. After an accident has occurred, there is very little we can do retrospectively to make the effects any better. However, families who have been the victim of reckless drivers do have the right to take action. Toronto car accident lawyers, such as Mazin & Associates P.C., can help individuals seek compensation for their physical, emotional, and financial losses after a crash and help them bring some justice to this tragic event. This financial gain cannot end the pain of what was lost, but it can help families maintain financial stability and begin to recover.

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Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Social Security Disability Benefits | 0 comments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) grants cash benefits to individuals suffering from total permanent disability. Permanent disability is a condition that is expected to exceed 12 months and, according to the Social Security Administration, it is a condition that:

  • Renders a person unable to perform the work that he/she did before being disabled;
  • Renders a person unable to perform any other type of work; and,
  • Either lasts for at least a year or results in death.

Causes of total permanent disability include health conditions, such as:

  • Cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases)
  • Digestive system disorders
  • Endocrine system disorders
  • Genitourinary impairments
  • Hematological disorders
  • Immune system disorders
  • Impairments that affect multiple body systems
  • Malignant neoplastic disease
  • Mental disorders
  • Musculoskeletal system disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Special senses and speech disorders

If the disability suffered by an individual is included in the list above or if he/she is suffering from multiple health problems which he/she feels should merit the consideration of SSA, it may be beneficial for him/her to immediately hire a Long Term Disability lawyer who can provide legal assistance that just may earn for him/her the approval for the disability claim that he/she needs.

According to the San Antonio Social Security Disability lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm, following severe accidents and illnesses, a person might develop a debilitating physical or mental condition that causes them to suffer from a disability. While there are many consequences of a long-term disability, one of the most difficult to deal with is the inability to work a regular job and earn a livable income. Unfortunately, many people facing this very situation and are uncertain what to do. However, many individuals who suffer long-term disabilities and other serious injures may actually be eligible to file a claim for SSD benefits.

Getting Social Security disability benefits can be difficult though, especially when people try to navigate this process on their own. Thus, if you will be applying for SSD benefits, it may be wise if you would let an experienced and knowledgeable attorney help you. He/She may be able to help you secure the financial support you need.

 

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Dehydration and Malnutrition as Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Nursing Home | 0 comments

Nursing home abuse can come in many aspects, like physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological. But there is one form of abuse that is not as obvious and animated as the others, and that is negligence. If all the other forms of abuse require action, negligence is mostly about inaction, like not giving the hygiene needs of patients and not giving the proper medication for those who require specific health attention, like those with diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

A common aspect of negligence is dehydration and malnutrition, which could have negative effects on nursing home patients.

Dehydration
Dehydration can happen because of many reasons. Maybe the elder is not able to communicate his or her dehydrated feeling because of physical limitations. Maybe the elder is not able to easily access hydrating fluids because he or she has trouble swallowing.

But the worst reason for dehydration is the utter neglect of the medical staff. They should have the medical background to know that elders need to be hydrated and they should track the hydration instances of their patients, especially those who are physically limited.

The most common signs of dehydration include the following:

  • Difficulty concentrating and moving
  • Disorientation
  • Dry mouth
  • Intense breathing and panting
  • Little to no sweating
  • Pale skin

Malnutrition
Incompetent nursing home staff can potentially lead to malnutrition among the patients. Malnutrition can result from poor rationing of food, inadequate nutrient distribution in meals, and outright neglect to the nutritional needs of the patients.

The most common signs of malnutrition include the following:

  • Canker sores
  • Flaccid muscles
  • Prolonged fatigue
  • Tooth decay
  • Vision problems
  • Weight loss
  • Yeast infection
  • Prevention

Nursing homes should have the proper medical facilities and the competent staff to ensure that the patients are receiving adequate nutrition. It is also important to hire well-trained individuals to avoid the other forms of abuse, where the patients may sustain unnecessary injuries, complications, and emotional and psychological problems. If you want to know more about nursing home abuse, the website of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, can provide you with more info.

You can also help prevent nursing home abuse. Before putting a loved one in a nursing home, inspect the facilities to know if they are adequate for the needs of your loved one and observe how the staff treats patients. If your loved one is already in a nursing home, look for the signs of abuse, such as unexplained wounds, sudden changes in behavior, unwarranted decrease of health condition, and unwarranted worsening of complications.

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Pursuing Compensatory Damages in the Event of a Motorcycle Accident

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Motorcycle Accident | 0 comments

A motorcycle is a cool form of transportation and a great alternative to a car or other types of motor vehicles. Despite the economical benefits it provides, though, is the unfortunate reality that people who ride a motorcycle face risks to their health and safety when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Car occupants have all the possible protections they will need in case of an accident: their car’s frame airbags, seat belts and other safety devices. A motorcycle rider, however, only has a helmet or maybe even a padded suit; but what good are these if the impact created during a collision is so forceful? .

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report says that there were 88,000 motorcyclists who got injured in 2015; a 4.3% decrease from the 92,000 injuries in 2014. The number of deaths, however, increased by 8.3 percent – from 4,594 in 2014 to 4,976 in 2015. More than half of these injuries and deaths were due to multiple-vehicle crashes, or crashes where another vehicle was involved.

Causes of multiple-vehicle crashes include: a motor vehicle hitting a motorcycle head-on after crossing the centerline; a distracted motor vehicle driver; an alcohol-impaired driver (alcohol-impairment is the cause of more than half of fatal motorcycle accidents); failure of drivers to detect motorcycles in traffic, especially when making a turn or changing lanes; overspeeding; and failure of drivers to respect a motorcyclist’s right of way. Multiple-vehicle crashes occur less frequently than single vehicle accidents, but their results are always more severe.

A single vehicle accident, meanwhile, involves no other vehicle. This is the cause of about a fourth of motorcycle accidents. Often, the cause of this type of accident is rider error, that is a rider who usually over brakes, does not slow down while running on a curve, or who rides recklessly and eventually collides with a fixed object, such as a lamp post.

Studies show that riders, who never received formal riding education, are the ones who often crash. Rather than learning how to properly ride a motorbike in a riding school, these riders learn instead from friends or relatives. Despite lack of formal riding education, many motorcycle accidents are caused by motor vehicle drivers who are reckless or negligent.

As pointed out in the website of the law firm Ali Mokaram, “Personal injury law, which is “a wide branch of tort law, encompasses civil cases brought against other citizens. These cases typically arise when the negligence of one person causes injury to innocent party. This negligence can be created through action or inaction either directly or indirectly. Frequently these cases result in compensatory damages to assist with the injuries incurred.

Compensation, or commonly referred to as damages, can be divided into two categories, punitive or compensatory damages. Punitive damages are penalties that a judge will award to the plaintiff that is specifically designed to punish the defendant for their heinous acts. These damages are typically reserved for cases involving tort law and are often used to deter the defendant from doing the act again. On the contrary, compensatory damages are designed to help the plaintiff to pay for the costs of recovering after the injury. These damages often include things such as lost wages, property damages, and lawyer fees.”

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