Premises Liability

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

I was out and about at the mall the other day, and I hopped in the elevator to go up a couple of floors to the store I was looking for. When I got in, it started shaking strangely and moved upward. I don’t think it had anything to do with weight capacity, seeing as I’m hopefully under 1,200lbs on my own. As it started upward, it shook again and stopped between two floors. I waited around a little in the elevator to see if anything would change before I hit the alarm button to get help. Nothing happened at first, so I considered hitting the fire marshall button, but I wanted to avoid doing that since it was midday and an employee or technician at the mall should have been able to help me before the fire department would. Or at least, they should.

I sat around beeping the alarm for what felt like 15 minutes. It wasn’t too hot, stuffy or crammed in the elevator at the very least, but I was starting to get really nervous after a little while. Eventually, someone came to the elevator because I’m sure someone heard the alarm and they told me to be patient and that they’d be getting me out as soon as possible. I was honestly just relieved that someone had even heard me, to begin with, it had begun to feel like I was going to be stuck in the elevator overnight. I sat around waiting for the elevator to move or for the door to open, but nothing really happened. They kept someone nearby to continually assure me they’re working on it and probably to keep me some form of company so I wouldn’t freak out. I strangely wasn’t too worried, as soon as I’d known someone was working on getting me out of there, I’d calmed down and lay off the little alarm button. The only thing that irked me is that I was supposed to be on my way to pick up a friend from the bus station, and at this rate, I was going to leave them waiting for as long as I am. The really annoying part was that I didn’t have any reception in the elevator to text him, or anyone else for that matter, about my situation. I couldn’t even stream music or keep myself entertained outside of what awful games I had on my phone. It took them quite a while to get the elevator back down to the original floor it was on, and then opened for me to get out.

Once I’d gotten out, the man waiting near the door with me apologized profusely, and what I assumed was the manager or property manager or something came and shook my hand and continually apologized, saying they had no clue there was anything wrong with the elevator and that they would have fixed it or turned it off had they known. He apologized for taking so long to which I said it’s fine although it wasn’t really. I looked up my legal options with the help of the Brunkenhoefer, P.C. website, later. I didn’t want to make a scene out of it, I just wanted to get out of the mall and over to pick up my friend and others who had blown up my phone in the meantime trying to find out where I am and why I wasn’t at the station. I quickly said that I have to go and took off to pick him up, calling everyone who had contacted me and telling them my great tale of entrapment.

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Mayflower Spoils

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Cruise Ship Accidents | 0 comments

Cruise ships have long been a favorite vacation for many people around the world. Experiencing the wide open seas with not a sliver of land in sight can be eye opening and mind expanding. Unfortunately, the cruises of today are not entirely safe in many regards. Cruise ships can be very dangerous in the way they hold the potential for serious sickness outbreaks due to foodborne illness and other potentially dangerous epidemics. There is a great need for innovation in the way food is prepared and stored onboard large passenger vessels. A large factor is that for each cruise ship there is usually only one food supply and one fresh water supply. This dangerous setup is extremely common for cruise ships. It is in the best interests of the world to collaborate in efforts to solve the issue of food related illnesses aboard cruise ships.

A food related illness can be extremely dangerous for an individual on a cruise due to lack of resources aboard the ship, travel time for emergency transportation to proper healthcare facilities, and potential spreading of the disease to other passengers. While cruise ships do keep doctors aboard in the event of an illness there is still much work to be done in efforts to end the common occurrence of these sickness’. The lack of proper, up to date food safety procedures and facilities plays a large role in the possibility of an outbreak. In many cases, it was found that employees were handling food without proper hand washing and facility sterilization. Additionally, factors like inadequate temperature control of food, contaminated raw ingredients, and cross contamination between food stored improperly and in close vicinities can cause foodborne illnesses. When a large population cohabitates aboard a ship this adds an additional concern of disease spreading to more victims. All of these factors equate to negligence in its purest form. If a passenger does succumb to a food related sickness they are able to seek out compensation with the help of a cruise ship injury attorney from cruise lines and operators. In these events, it is important that the victim take precise accounts of what they consumed and where on the ship it originated from as these diseases are easily contagious. Pathogens from one particular food can spread to other supplies, which then puts the entire ship’s manifest in danger.

In cases of food related illness caused by the negligence of the crew, it is imperative that victims seek medical attention on board as soon as possible. Doing this greatly reduces the chances of disease spread and can decrease recovery time while at sea. The threat of illness due to eating food prepared on the ship can not continue to plague thousands of cruise goers every year.

To conclude, new practices can be implemented in order to prevent further illnesses. These practices would utilize innovative technology that can determine if food is contaminated, reduce spreading of pathogens, and contain harmful bacteria or viruses. The next steps in the fight against foodborne illness will without a doubt coincide with current innovations happening in the food safety industry.

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Dental Treatments that can Keep Your Teeth from further Damage and Replace Your Missing Teeth

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Dental Care | 0 comments

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. It made from a tough substance, like porcelain. A crown can keep your tooth from further decay, damage, cracks and deterioration by capping it.

According to the American Dental Association that a dental crown may be needed in order to:

  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking;
  • Restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been worn down;
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling;
  • Keep a dental bridge in place;
  • Cover severely discolored teeth or a dental implant; or,
  • Make a cosmetic modification.

Materials for permanent dental crowns include stainless steel, metal (such as alloys that have a high content of platinum or gold, or base-metal alloys, like cobalt- chromium and nickel-chromium), ceramic, resin, porcelain or a mixture of any of these materials. Porcelain crowns, though less durable, are typically the most natural-looking option.

Dental bridges, on the other hand, are false teeth fused between a couple of porcelain crowns to fill in toothless areas. These are most beneficial to anyone with missing a tooth or several teeth. Dental bridges help lessen threats of gum disease and help improve speech.

A bridge, according to Great South Bay dentists of Babylon Dental Care, can be constructed from metal, all-porcelain, or a combination of metal and porcelain. You can either choose from a fixed bridge or a removable bridge. 

There are three types of Bridges, namely:

  1. Fixed Bridge. This is the most popular type of bridge. In this procedure, a filler tooth is attached to two crowns over existing teeth to hold it in place.
  2. “Maryland” Bridge. This type of bridge is meant to replace missing front teeth. A filler is attached to metal bands which are bonded to the abutment teeth; these metal bands match existing tooth color with a composite resin.
  3. Cantilever Bridge. This type of bridge is used when there are only teeth on one side of the span. A three-unit cantilever bridge has 2 crowns next to each other on the same side as the missing tooth. The filler tooth connects to the crowned teeth.
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Nursing Home Physical Abuse

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Elder Law | 0 comments

Putting a loved one in a nursing home may be one of the most emotional decisions you can experience in life. But it is a necessary decision that will benefit your loved one and your entire family. Nursing homes are there to make sure that your loved one will get the medical attention he or she deserves, and you should not worry about issues such as abuse. Still, abuse still happens in nursing homes, and this also affects your decision whether to put your loved one in a nursing home or not.

But once your loved one is already in a nursing home, you should be the one who is assertive enough to make sure that he or she is not experiencing some form of abuse. Written below are the signs you should look out for, to determine whether your loved one is experiencing abuse in the nursing home.

Physical Signs
Physical evidence is the easiest to see, because you cannot deny it and it is already in front of you. If your loved one has unexplained bruises, lacerations, wounds, or any kind of injuries, be cautious. Always ask your loved one or the medical staff where the injury has been sustained, and you can judge from there whether the explanation is legitimate or not.

Impatient and unprofessional medical personnel also have the tendency to use excessive force when restraining and trying to discipline elders, resulting into physical abuse. For this reason, you should also look out for abrasions that have resulted from forceful restraints, such as ropes and straps.

Behavioral Signs
Physical abuse can also have emotional and psychological effects to victims. If your loved one has sudden behavioral changes, like withdrawal from social interaction and unwarranted anxiety and fear, he or she may be experiencing physical abuse. If you see these behaviors, be assertive and talk to them about it. If they are not physically able to communicate, be mindful of his or her behavior when a nursing home staff is nearby, as it may be a sign that he or she is experiencing abuse from that person.

Nursing homes are supposed to be places for care and nourishment. Medical professionals know it, and that is why nursing homes have health personnel and medical facilities.

Even though other people are aware that nursing homes should be safe, you should still be the person who is making sure that your loved one is in a safe space. Be mindful of the signs of physical abuse, and don’t be afraid to step up and act once you see them.

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An Overview of Vehicular Assault

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Driving under the influence or DUI by itself already carries stiff penalties and serious punishments. When the drunk driver causes serious harm or injury to another driver, his charges could escalate to vehicular assault. The website of the Nashville criminal lawyers at Horst Law reveals that such offenses may carry a mandatory minimum sentence of two years or up to a maximum of 12 years. This will depend on the number of DUI charges the driver has on their record.

Depending on the state where the offense happened, vehicular assault may either be a felony or misdemeanor. If the accident caused bodily harm to the other driver, they would be charged with felony and may face several years prison sentence aside from paying stiff fines. For more severe consequences, the charge may be reduced to misdemeanor. Regardless of whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony, the defendant may be sentenced to jail time.

In some states, a DUI driver may be charged with first, second, or third degree vehicular assault. The first degree charge is considered as felony and second and third degree as misdemeanors. Everything will depend on the circumstances and seriousness of the injury incurred by the other driver. A driver who commits reckless driving or who has a BAC of more than 0.18 is guilty of first degree vehicular assault if someone was seriously injured.

If the charge is felony, the driver can be sentenced with probation or imprisonment of more than five years. For misdemeanor, the sentence ranges from probation or imprisonment or one to two years. The punishment will depend on current state laws and other circumstances such as seriousness of injuries, the number of people who got injured, the ages of the injured, and the criminal record of the defendant.

Lastly, a driver charged with vehicular assault is considered as a threat to the safety of other drivers, vehicular assault may also include temporary suspension of the driver’s license. In order to have their license reinstated, the driver may be required to take remedial classes or pay certain fines.

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