How Organic (or Eco-Friendly) Dog Food Saves the Planet

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Animals | 0 comments

There has been a recent insistence on going organic when it comes to food, and this is inextricably linked to promoting health. But the concept of “organic” does not exist in a vacuum. It is not merely a product that springs out of nowhere and has no history behind it. Going organic is essentially a process of going back to nature and promoting eco-friendly practices. This way of thinking applies seamlessly to organic dog food as it does to organic human food.

Dog on the waterDomestic dogs mimic the human diet inasmuch as there is a need for a prescribed mix of protein (preferably animal-sourced), fats and carbohydrates to keep healthy. So if you follow this thinking, dogs benefit from agricultural industries the same way as humans do. If organic food products are preferred, this encourages more industries to utilize organic methods of production. This in turn will lead to saving the planet from the effects of environmental hazards.

The rationale behind this reasoning is the nature of organic methods of doing anything. Absolutely no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and growth or prophylactic hormones are used in connection with any agricultural process. This ensures that the fruits, vegetables, grains and meat that are produced did not contribute to the inadvertent pollution of the soil, water and air, and that the products are likewise free of toxic residues.

When dog food is labeled “organic” in the US, it means that at least 95% of the ingredients used are organic. Check out the nutritional label and the recurrence of the word organic is sure to be prodigious. The use of the term “organic” is strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so consumers can be sure that it is what it says it is. And because organic dog food is made of organic ingredients, it is logically eco-friendly and helps save the planet.

It should be noted, however, that “all-natural” and “natural” is not the same as “organic.” The term “natural” is not regulated as the term “organic” is, so dog food manufacturers can use it with impunity with no fear of reprisals. Organic dog food is among the most expensive in the market, but it is well worth it. It is not only dog-healthy, it is earth-friendly.

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Hospital Negligence: Naming the Hospital as Defendant

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Hospital Lawsuits | 0 comments

“Respondeat superior,” a Latin phrase which means, “let the master or superior answer,” refers to the legal responsibility imputed on employers for the harmful or injurious mistakes committed by their employees while performing their job; it is otherwise called “vicarious liability.”

This legal terminology is often applied in medical malpractice lawsuits (especially one based on hospital negligence), wherein the hospital, instead of the doctor, a nurse, or a medical technician or staff, is named as defendant. This move is resorted to by many legal experts due to the amount of compensation sought by the victim; an amount which the medical personnel may not have, but which the hospital’s insurance carrier can surely afford. But more than just the compensation is the message that needs to be raised to the hospital’s owner/s and managers: ensure the provision of quality care to prevent other patients from suffering from injurious mistakes.

Medical malpractice resulting to hospital negligence is one of the most alarming realities in the US. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published a report titled, “To Err Is Human.” It basically laid down a comprehensive strategy that is hoped to significantly reduce preventable medical errors which, the report claimed, caused the death of as many as 98,000 people every year. Instead of declining, though, the number of deaths only almost doubled as the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services stated in 2010 that as many as 180,000 patients in Medicare alone die every year due to bad hospital care.

The most alarming news, however, came in 2013 after the Journal of Patient Safety published a study, which said that patient death due to medical errors number between 210,000 and 440,000 each year. This number makes totally preventable medical errors as 2013’s third-leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer – the same conclusion arrived at by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

A hospital can be accused of negligence through many different ways, including, but not limited to, its failure to:

  • Make sure that it hires educated, properly trained and licensed staff
  • Ascertain that its independent contractors or non-employees, such as an attending physician, possess proper credentials
  • Have enough nurses, technicians and other staff which will ensure provision of proper and timely care to patients
  • Keep patient records properly, resulting to mix up or loss of important records

All these negligent acts can very well result to: a nurse giving the patient the wrong medicine or incorrect dose of medicine; overworked and fatigued nurses and other medical staff due to working much longer than they are supposed to; a nurse or a medical personnel failing to follow treatment instructions; a doctor providing medical treatment that results to infection; a medical staff giving medication that causes severe allergic reactions; failure to treat wounds properly; performing surgery on the wrong patient; amputating, or operating on, the wrong body part, and so forth.

Injuries due to hospital negligence do not only cause in patients additional health damages but also additional costly medical treatment, prolonged disability, a longer period away from work which, in turn, results to loss of wages.

Nashville personal injury attorneys often understand that erroneous medical treatments can cause life-changing consequences in the lives of innocent patients and their families. Seeking justice, which includes receiving compensation that should cover all present and future damages resulting from the erroneous treatments, requires the help of a seasoned personal injury lawyer, who is capable of a thorough, objective and intelligent review of patients’ specific cases and the possible consequences of filing a civil lawsuit.

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Probate Litigation: Aftermath of Loss

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Law | 0 comments

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never an easy circumstance and more often than not, complications will arise. This is true especially if the deceased had left behind a hefty sum of belongings and estates that is to be distributed among his or her trustees in the event of their passing. However, there are some beneficiaries who may opt to have the will contested, therefore calling for a probate litigation. Some might opt to prove that the will had not be written or signed while the person was of sound mind while some might believe the will to be as legitimate as claimed to be.

According to the website from the law offices and Peck Ritchey, LLC, there are a variety of reasons as to why anyone would want to contest a will and file for a litigation; it is these minor subtleties that make every case of this nature so complex. Cases of this nature are hardly ever straightforward due to the circumstances and can be cause for more strain for yourself and for your family. Though the equation remains the same but the procedure is tedious and the variables required are incredibly difficult to acquire and prove.

If you were to acquire the help of professional attorneys who specialize in probate law, it could save you a lot of stress and effort that is certainly better aimed towards recovery from the grief. A legal team that already specializes in legal issues of a similar kind already know what to do and how to deal with it, allowing for you to rest well while knowing that your case is being represented by the best kind of people. The services you might want to acquire are those of professionals who will be with you every step of the way.

It is never easy to deal with a situation like this – but it can be made easier, so long as you know who to ask for help.

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Traffic Violations on Steroids

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Most people have had a traffic ticket issued to them at least once in their life, and in general they are minor offenses payable with a fine and perhaps costing you some points on your driving record which will drive your insurance premiums up or get your license suspended. Some examples of civil traffic violations include:

  • Driving on the sidewalk
  • Expired driver’s license less than six months
  • Expired registration
  • Ignoring traffic control signals
  • Running a red light
  • Simple speeding
  • Tailgating

Getting any of these violations sucks and can be expensive but for all that they are civil rather than criminal violations, so you will not need a criminal defense lawyer. Nevertheless, you can certainly challenge the ticket in court with the help of a lawyer if you believe it was unjustified, and you may even get your case dismissed. In some cases, you may be given the option to attend traffic school to avoid the fines and the points on your record.

However, there are certain traffic violations that are much more serious than going 5 miles over the speed limit, or which Florida statutes consider criminal, and for these you will need a lawyer. According to the website of the Flaherty Defense Firm, these criminal violations can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances. These include but not limited to:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Driving without a license or with a suspended or revoked license
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

Even having too many unresolved traffic tickets or being a habitual traffic violator can elevate your case to criminal court. For these types of offenses, fines or traffic school are not the only things you could be facing but prison time and license suspension as well. If you fail to show up for court, you will only make things worse for yourself. Retaining a criminal defense lawyer for these types of cases will relieve you not only of worry but the necessity of making court appearances and applying for the reinstatement of your driving privileges, even if only on a limited basis.

Traffic laws can be confusing, so even if you believe you know how to handle it, it would not be a good idea especially for serious traffic violations. Don’t take your chances; hire a competent lawyer to handle your case for the best possible results.

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Why Every Driver Needs Personal Injury Protection

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Law | 0 comments

There are a number of different things you need to know about personal injury law if you’re about to be going to court. It is important that you do many things from day one and that you have access to the right personal injury lawyer. Keep reading to learn more about all of this.

When choosing a personal injury lawyer, pay special attention to the size of their firm. Generally, larger firms mean that more than one lawyer may work on your case. These are usually Associate Attorneys who are trying to gain some legal experience, while having a senior attorney oversee and make the final decisions. Smaller firms can usually provide better management by having fewer people working on a case. Feel free to ask if other attorneys will be working on your case in any firm you’re interested in.

Many lawyers try to explain the basics of how a personal injury case is evaluated to their clients. According to the website of Tennessee attorneys Pohl & Berk, LLP , they are mainly evaluated on three principles: liability, damages, and collectability. Liability refers to how bad the action is, the evidence, and the facts of the case. Damages refers to the seriousness of the injuries and the opinions of witnesses and medical staff. Collectability refers to insurance coverage, policies, and assets and how much money the case may be able to bring in.

The faster you can get to trial, the better. While you’re injured, it is likely you are not bringing in as much income as you did before the accident, or even any at all. How can you pay your bills? The faster your trial is over, the sooner you’ll get your money. With a fast trial, your injuries would also be in evidence in court, meaning you can appeal to the judge and jury’s sympathy from a stronger position.

Hopefully you’re now better prepared to find the right personal injury lawyer and have everything ready when it’s your day in court. You need to remember everything you’ve read so that you can be able to win your case. Stay on your toes, and go ahead and get started now.

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DUI Charge: The Punishment and Chain of Limitations and Inconveniences it Results To

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a major offense in all 50 states. And the US Federal government, as well as local governments, has and continues to make it clear to all motorists that anyone caught violating the anti-drunk-driving law will be dealt with, with hefty fines and stricter punishment, which can include time in jail, suspension of driving privileges from one month to one year, and mandatory participation in an alcohol and drug education class (or DUI School).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk-driving is one of the major causes of motor vehicle accidents in the US. This means vehicles, regardless of size, such as motorcycles, cars, vans, SUVs and trucks (from light trucks to 18-wheelers).

Annually, millions of arrests, involving drunk drivers are recorded and with these are thousands of injuries plus, at least, 10,000 fatalities – more than enough reason for the government to conduct a stricter campaign to catch DUI offenders. This stricter campaign explains the increased visibility of traffic enforcers and the setting of check points for sobriety tests.

One of the disappointing facts about DUI is that many of those who are caught are first time offenders; individuals whose real fault may only probably be lapse in mental judgment. Meaning, people who just wanted to spend fun, relaxing time with friends, during weekends the holiday season or special occasions, and then decide to drive on the way home, becoming mindless of the DUI law.

The only problem is, such individuals also forget that driving while drunk make them threats to road safety, even without intending to be. Only after getting caught do they realize the great blunder that they have committed.

The present limit of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level in all states is 0.08% – that means about 4 bottles of beer consumed within an hour. In 2013, the NHTSA made a move to still lower BAC to 0.05%, to keep roads still safer against possible violators.

Offenders, first time offenders, especially, should know that being charged with a DUI crime, or any kind of crime, for that matter, leads not only to fines and punishments, but to a chain of limitations and inconveniences as well. Some of these include:

  • Higher car insurance premiums that can extend to three years
  • Negative effect on custody or visitation rights
  • International travel restrictions
  • Difficulty in maintaining commercial or professional driver’s license
  • Losing current job and difficulty in finding another
  • Difficulty in finding an apartment to live in
  • Difficulty in renting a car

Saving yourself from all the undesirable consequences of a criminal charge makes having a top caliber lawyer, to defend you, a necessity. Thus, make sure that you find a really good attorney, for not everyone is as good in defending client’s interests and rights as others.

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Race-based Discrimination

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Racial Issues | 0 comments

Workplace racial discrimination is the treatment of a person, whether an applicant or an employee, with prejudice or bias based on the certain race or characteristics associated with the race. It can also mean being discriminated according to the color of the skin or physical traits and features. Race discrimination is not only directed to a particular person, but they can also be directed to people who are married to or just even associated with a person of a particular race or color, a person who is connected to a raced-based association or group.

The practice of workplace discrimination based on race is deemed unlawful. Title VII of the Civil Act of 1964 defends people against any type of workplace discrimination, particularly based on race, color, sex, religion, and national origin. This act protects applicants and employee from discrimination from hiring, compensation, promotion, training, or other employment privileges.

According to the website of New York law firm Cary Kane, LLP, companies can be held liable for any discriminatory act in their company, and around the United States many companies have already paid millions of dollars in compensation for employees who were subject of workplace discrimination based on race. It is the company’s responsibility to prevent such discrimination in the office, and address any complaint filed by their employees. Employers and companies, in general, are encouraged to follow the “best practices” in order to reduce the chances of workplace discrimination as well as to address burdens so that employment opportunities are made available to everyone.

For employee who believes they have been discriminated or harassed in the workplace due to their race should first report their concerns to their respective supervisors, and then file a complaint to their human resources department. It is important to have proper documentation of the harassment or racial discrimination. If the company has refused to act on the complaint, then the employee may then file a claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where the documented complaint will then be reviewed and investigated. It is important to file a claim with the EEOP first before filing a lawsuit against the employer. Different states have their own laws regarding workplace discrimination, therefore it helps to consult a lawyer who knows about discrimination laws.

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Protecting Yourself with a Dash Cam

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Electronics | 0 comments

Truck accidents many not be as common as other road accidents, but they are the ones that cause the most devastating damage and serious injuries. These major damages are mainly due to a commercial truck’s weight and size. Being a commercial truck driver is one of the most hazardous occupations there is in the United States today, yet despite the advocacies and laws regarding road safety, the public seems to disregard the dangers of driving next to commercial trucks. Specifically, there are areas around trucks referred to as “no-zones” that drivers should avoid driving in. These are spots where the truck driver’s ability to see you is impaired. Many people take advantage of trucking laws and believe they can get big money from the truck company’s insurance. This general confidence comes from the belief that in cases of truck accidents, the fault always falls on the truck driver, although this is not true all the time.

According to the website of Pohl & Berk in Tennessee, trucking companies are spending money to try to dispel these assumptions. In order to guard the truck driver’s rights, many truck companies have invested in setting up dashboard cameras in front of their trucks. These dash cams (as they are most commonly called) help in protecting the drivers from false accusations or errors during an investigation of an accident. Many truck drivers have used these dash cams as defense in many road accidents that they were involved with.

Dash cams for commercial trucks are generally small with individual cameras that are mounted on the dashboards or windshields in front of the vehicles. These digital video recorders record everything that happens, and there are also variants that are installed in the back of the cab and record things that happen behind the vehicle. Some models are small and unobtrusive and others are bigger and more obvious to other motorists.

Many truck drivers feel like they are being unfairly targeted, especially in court during a commercial truck accident. These dash cams have become very handy for many truck drivers who have been involved in some kind of traffic offense and have been falsely accused of traffic violations or reckless driving. Many truck companies provide for dash cams in their commercial trucks, but truckers should also have their own personal dash cams, in cases where truck companies finds an offense against your driving.

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Liability in Pedestrian Accidents

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Car Accidents | 1 comment

When it comes to car accidents involving an automobile and a pedestrian, the general public immediately assumes that the fault lies on the driver of the vehicle. This may probably stem from the belief that the pedestrian always has the right of way, although in a legal standpoint this is not always correct. There are situations where a pedestrian can be the one at-fault in a car accident, whether wholly or partially.

A pedestrian can recover damages or compensation if the driver is the one clearly at fault for the accident. This compensation will be provided by the driver or his or her insurance company. However, a pedestrian will not be able to get any compensation if he or she carries the burden of fault in the accident, and the driver can even sue them for damages or injuries stemming from the pedestrian:

  • Disobeying traffic signals (crossing the street when the right traffic light is on)
  • Walking on areas where pedestrians are not allowed (such as causeways, bridges, and highways)
  • Coming into highways or streets while intoxicated,  and
  • Jaywalking

According to the website of the Dallas Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, when fault is shared between the driver and the pedestrian, different states have their own rules that they follow regarding shared fault in accidents, all based on two basic legal concepts. First is the comparative negligence, where the injured person also has an amount of fault in causing or contributing to the accident. Pure comparative negligence, an injured person will receive compensation, although deductions according to the percent equal to their share of fault will be awarded. A variation called modified comparative negligence gives the injured person the right to collect compensation provided that the injured person has less than 50 percent fault in the accident.

Another type of shared fault is contributory negligence, where any injured person involved in the accident can’t file a lawsuit against one another if they have any contribution to the accident. Basically, if anyone is partially at fault for the accident, both parties will be held accountable for their own injuries and can only file a claim from their own respective insurance company and not against each other.

Determining fault in an accident regarding a pedestrian and a vehicle requires more than witness reports. It also includes explanations from both parties, police findings from the investigations, and applicable laws relevant in the situation. Proving fault can sometimes be difficult, therefore hiring lawyers is required.

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The Difficulties in Proving Medical Malpractice

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Hospital Lawsuits | 0 comments

Medical malpractice lawsuits are among the hardest types of personal injury cases to win. Although there are many news about people winning their cases against negligent doctors or drug and product manufacturers, but these are not the common results in many medical malpractice lawsuits, generally losing the case is a familiar scene. From surgical errors, hospital negligence, medication mistakes, even to wrongful death, there are many factors that can affect the outcome of a medical malpractice case.

One of the hurdles in medical malpractice claims is proving the negligent behavior of the doctor or attending physician. Most evidences of negligent behavior can be found on doctor’s records, and they can be difficult to decode, and not many doctors accept that they have made as medical mistake that led to a personal injury. Just as breaking down doctor’s records, it can be just as hard to point out the doctor’s negligent actions is the cause of the injury. Most juries believe that medicine itself is a difficult profession, and with so many things to consider doctors often make mistakes or gambles to get a positive outcome.

Another obstacle is finding a qualified lawyers who are both proficient and understands medical malpractice laws. This is a type of personal injury that needs a specific type of lawyer, specializing in medical malpractice. According to the website of Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, one way to determine a good medical malpractice lawyer is to check if their workload has a significant percentage concentrating on these types of cases.

Before seeking a legal professional for your medical malpractice lawsuit, it’s best to ask  a personal injury attorney about their experience, not only in personal injury but more specifically in medical malpractice cases. The number of cases and the percent on which they handled and won are important things to consider when hiring a lawyer, and get one that you are most comfortable with handling your case. Medical malpractice cases are very difficult, therefore working with your lawyer together can help get better outcome.

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