November 22, 2010

Respecting –and Protecting—our Elders

Respecting –and Protecting—our Elders Young or old, the safety of your family members is likely one of your greatest concerns – especially for those who are the most defenseless. Like children, the elderly are also vulnerable mistreatment and abused due to their frailty – especially those who require nursing facilities or hospice care. Unfortunately, elder abuse often goes undetected because mental or physical ailments might prevent a patient from telling a loved one what’s really going on. Even so, more than half a million reports of elder abuse are reported yearly. So to ensure the safety of your loved ones, […]
November 9, 2010

Status Update… loses court case?

Status Update… loses court case? If you’re thinking that your Facebook and Myspace information are all in the safe hands of your privacy settings; think again – especially if you’re involved in a personal injury lawsuit. A recent suit between a woman and Steelcase, an office furniture company, blamed the woman’s serious injuries on a defected chair. The only flaw in the argument was that the woman’s Facebook and Myspace accounts showed a much different side of her life than the severely-injured and confined-to-bed image she offered the court. In fact, the defense claimed that her social media photos showed […]
October 25, 2010

4th and Sprain

4th and Sprain If your definition of personal injury is limited to car accidents and construction site mishaps, you might be missing the proverbial boat. And while summer activities seem the most likely to trigger an accident or two, autumn can be just as risky – especially if you or one of your loved ones enjoys that great American pastime we call football. While life might be pretty cushy for an NFL quarterback –aside from a few dog-fighting debacles—it’s not so cushy on their bodies. And that goes for any football player – even the pint-sized city-league or the ambitious […]
October 19, 2010

Crashology

Crashology While you might think that contemplating the complexity of a car crash is a bit like considering the complexity of Paris Hilton (a short and loathsome process), there’s actually a long list of events that contribute to a collision – last of all being the driver’s awareness that there’s even been an accident. In fact, Lone Gunman provides a timeline down to the millisecond describing the chronology of crashes, starting with an external object touching the car. That event may seem to end the ball game, but in actuality it’s just the beginning. Within 2.5 milliseconds, the car’s pressure […]
October 12, 2010

Drive Alive!

Drive Alive! Though it might be impossible to believe if you’ve spent anytime on the 5 freeway at rush hour, but statistically America’s drivers are getting better. In fact, in 2008, the US logged the lowest number of automobile-accident fatalities ever. That said, the rate of auto accidents on American roads continues to be quite staggering – nearly 6 million per year. So maybe we could all use a bit of a brush-up on safety. So we’ve found a few tips to get you from here to there and have you driving (and not resting) in peace. First things first: […]
September 29, 2010

Big Rigs, Big Risk

Big Rigs, Big Risk Heavy trucks, or big rigs as we often refer to them, are under tremendous pressure to meet deadlines for deliveries and keep a clean safety record, all at the same time. We can’t be too sure if a driver is sleep deprived or trying to keep up with a busy schedule. Personal injury attorneys who are skilled in truck driver accidents work hard to make sure drivers are held accountable when they are responsible for accidents. Here are some surprising statistics: When a heavy truck collides with a passenger car there is a 98% chance that […]
September 27, 2010

Poison Control

Poison Control There are over 10,000 chemical substances found in cosmetic products alone, just imagine what is in your cleaning products or chemical agents! So how can you keep your children safe from toxic poisoning? Well, here are a couple great tips from the Environmental Protection Agency: 10 Tips to Protect Children from Pesticide and Lead Poison Store pesticides and other household chemicals out of children’s reach Read Directions –don’t use too much or too little Remove children and their toys before applying chemicals Properly seal the container when you’re done Never transfer chemicals to containers children may mistake for […]
September 17, 2010

Now What?

Now What? Accidents can leave people bruised and shaken up both physically and emotionally. Here is a great checklist of what to do immediately following an accident. Safely exit your vehicle. Get medical attention if you are injured. Follow your medical provider’s treatment plan. Call the police at the scene of the accident. Get names/ addresses of all witnesses. Take pictures. Don’t make statements to other witnesses. Call an attorney. Notify your insurance company. Following these steps can help protect you and your loved ones, if the unfortunate accident occurred.
September 17, 2010

Curb Your Anger

Curb Your Anger What is it about driving in a car that turns people into frustrated, rage-filled versions of themselves? Road rage, including verbal insults, rude gestures, and unsafe and aggressive driving, can lead to anger fueled accidents- and worse, injury or death. In the US, there are approximately 300 vehicle deaths per year caused by road rage. What can we do when we feel that anger rising when someone cuts you off? Here are some characteristics of good drivers that we can all learn from: Good drivers are conscientiousness – with this attitude there’ll be no reason for a person […]
September 8, 2010

Suited Up

Suited Up Because we fear that celebrities sometimes aren’t treated ridiculously enough, we needed to do a bit of research on their legal histories. Well, that pulled up more dirt than is under Tommy Lee’s fingernails. Star Muscle helped with the quest, and highlighted some of the following harrowing tales of sex, drugs and lawsuits. I guess you don’t mess with Sharon Osbourne. Or so a Rock of Love: Charm School contestant learned when she experienced “punching, scratching, and hair-grabbing” from Ozzy’s life-love. The charm school contestant (and no doubt outstanding graduate) is now suing. And oh, Tom Cruise – […]