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Workplace Injury—Don’t Trust Your Boss’ Doctor!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Personal Injury, Workplace Injury | 0 comments

If there’s one rule I’ve learned through my recent experience, it’s this: don’t ever trust a doctor your company sends you to.

A little backstory here: I work in a paper mill in Texas. Which one doesn’t matter. I don’t want all of this known since some issues are ongoing. Just, it’s a paper mill in Texas.

I’ve been there about three years. I like the job alright. The pay is pretty decent and compared to the stuff I was doing before, I enjoy it much more (or I did at least).

I worked a lot in the service industry before getting in the mill, and I’m just not much of a service guy. I’m not a people guy. I like who I like and I want to be left alone otherwise. The mill leaves me alone when I want it. The work’s repetitive, but I like that since I can focus on my own thoughts and just get through the day.

All of that has been good for three years. I got out of debt. I found a nice place to rent (I’d been staying with some distant relatives before that since my family lives out East). I got a girlfriend. Then lost her. Then got her again.

Everything was going great until three months ago when I picked up a nasty chemical burn while processing the wood chips. There’s a sulfur solution we use, and someone didn’t attach something right…it’s more complicated that I want to get into here…and I got some of the nasty concoction on my arm.

It hurt like I don’t know what. I can’t compare it to anything. The whole place came to a standstill because over all the machinery, everyone heard my screams. Apparently, I passed out after that. I woke up in my boss’ office, and he was calling for a doctor to come take care of me. At the time, I was grateful. I had a drink. They’d bandaged me up and put something on my arm to ease the pain. They may have given me an injection, although there wasn’t a doctor there yet, so I don’t know. Maybe it was shock.

Anyway, the doctor came, saw me, gave me a prescription and sent me home to heal. All of that seemed natural until my girlfriend pointed out this was a workplace injury, and there was surely protocol to follow.

So, I called up the boss and asked, and he said he’d take care of everything.

By “take care”, I found out, he meant he’d just ignore the whole thing. They gave me three days off, and then I got a call heavily hinting I should take the weekend and be back on Monday. When I called on Monday and said my arm still hurt, I was told directly I had to report to work on Tuesday or I’d be fired.

Well, I complained then. I said I was injured at work, and I was pretty sure I had rights. Well, turns out, the doctor cleared me to come back to work. He does stuff for that mill all the time. I heard this from a guy who works there.

So, I lost that job. I’m looking into suing now. But what do I know about that?

What a mess. All because I trusted their doctor.

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Killing Machines

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Travelling across distances large and small have been greatly improved by the invention of the automobile. Cars are able to traverse across great distances that only a century ago would have taken months or longer. Innovations in safety features and comfort features have made cars a very popular commodity in the developed world. Unfortunately, these machines of beautiful engineering can and are being used inappropriately so that they have taken on the face of dangerous killing machines. Drunk drivers who knowingly operate motor vehicles while impaired is irresponsible menaces to society. Efforts to end drunk driving need continued support so that one day millions of lives will be spared without the threat of a drunk driver.

Statistically, drunk driving is a fascinating phenomenon to study. Scientists and engineers collaborate with law enforcement and other traffic monitoring agencies in order to better understand the scenarios that typically end in disaster. The irresponsible actions of drunk drivers can have life altering effects on all parties involved in an accident. Most likely, the passengers in the car struck by the drunk driver will sustain heavy if not fatal injuries. This is mostly due to the fact that upon impact the drunk driver’s body is extremely relaxed and goes with the force of the crash. Unfortunately for the innocent passengers who were not drinking, their body will not react as smoothly to the crash. The fear and anticipation of crashing causes their body to tense up and thus creates more possibility for severe injury. The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention released figures that claim every single day there are at least twenty eight people killed by a driver heavily under the influence of alcohol. In order to remedy this growing epidemic, there must be even greater efforts to educate people on the reality of experiencing a DUI related accident. Many people assume that they can drive home while drunk and not come across any obstacles on the way there. There are many other misunderstandings of drunk driving including, but definitely not limited to, buzzed driving is actually as potentially dangerous as drunk driving, nobody will find out, and cops allow people off with a warning for a first offense. These preposterous myths are part of the overall problem at hand. Drivers are not empathetic for those around them.

To summarize, auto accidents claim the lives of millions of people every year across the globe. Specifically, crashes where alcohol was found in the system of the driver who caused the accident remain a constant burden to all of the society. Each time a driver gets behind the wheel they unknowingly enter into a binding contract with the terms being their own life. It is the duty of every driver to ensure that our roads become safe spaces where impaired judgment does not exist.

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Not Even Bankruptcy will save Companies from Compensating Mesothelioma Victims

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

From the first half of the 1900s until the 1970s thousands of American firms employed millions of workers whose job required exposure to asbestos. Shipyard workers alone, who were tasked to build World War II ships, were estimated at 4.3 million; they were also exposed to thousands of tons of asbestos, which was used to make steam engines, steam turbines, boilers, insulate piping and other ship-required equipment. (The US Navy, likewise, made a great number of its men and workers handle this element during the building of ships and ship equipment).

Asbestos was (and is still) considered a perfectly useful mineral. Its cheapness because of its abundance, its elasticity, which gave it strength, and its resistance to heat, fire, electrical and chemical damage, led to its use as component of so many different products, which included: fire, heat and acid resistant gaskets; fireplace cement; fire retardant coatings; fireproof drywall; drywall joint compound; lawn furniture; roofing and flooring materials; pipe cement, concrete and bricks.

Asbestos, however, contained and released sharp, tiny fibers which, when inhaled and never expelled (one way is through coughing), can be implanted in the lungs where these can cause damage which can lead to deadly results.

One of the deadly effects resulting from the inhalation of asbestos fibers is mesothelioma, a lethal type of cancer that damages the cells that protect the lungs, the heart and abdominal organs. One characteristic of mesothelioma that puts those diagnosed with it totally at the losing end is its extremely long latency period, which is 40 years or more (there are instances wherein the symptoms appear much faster, especially if the amount of asbestos exposed to and the amount of fibers inhaled are too great). Thus, by the time this deadly, chronic cancer becomes diagnosable, it would already have developed to a stage wherein no type of treatment is longer possible.

According to the website of the mesothelioma attorneys at the Williams Kherkher law firm, Many companies responsible in exposing their workers to asbestos have already ceased operations after filing for bankruptcy due to the large number of civil lawsuits these were faced with; some others, though, were bought by giant firms. The closure of such companies, however (or the merger of others with a wealthier firm), neither lessens the right of mesothelioma victims from pursuing these, nor lessens the victims’ chances of receiving the full amount of compensation they are legally entitled to receive.

Civil lawsuits can be complex processes for the victims and their families. Besides all the documents that need to be prepared, computation of damages resulting from the work-related illness will also have to be done accurately. There are many other legal details that need to be addressed and, in all these, only a specially trained lawyer will be able to provide the kind of assistance required.

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Can You Trust Your Doctor to be Accountable?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Medical Lawsuits, Personal Injury | 0 comments

More often than not, people put their absolute faith unto medical practitioners. After all, simply practicing in the field requires incredible knowledge and sacrifice as a lot of dedication is demanded from these professionals. However, they are but only human and can make mistakes. Due to the fact that they deal with something as precious and fragile as human life, the littlest mistake could result into the most devastating consequences.

Medical malpractice is a subset of personal injury law that holds medical practitioners accountable for any injury that their practice may have caused onto a patient, either intentionally or unintentionally. There are many intricacies that are laid within cases such as this. For example, if a doctor were to misdiagnose a patient due to outdated knowledge or careless, reckless behavior then that is grounds to charge legal action. According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, some physicians may possibly prescribe potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals with devastating side effects .

There are many possibilities and subtle changes that could shift the scale in anyone’s favor – and it isn’t just purely physicians who may be charged with medical malpractice. Healthcare providers as well as other professionals within a similar field (e.g. nurses, paramedics, etc.) are also to be held accountable for any injury that a patient might attain due to negligence. It is a risky profession and the cost of one mistake could be great and terrible for everyone involved.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of medical malpractice, it is highly recommended for you to seek legal aid that is knowledgeable about this specific branch of law in order to save everyone time, stress, and effort. An attorney for this case must not just have the wits for court but also the technical know-how of medical jargon and procedures in order to confidently and justly represent your case.

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Jackknife Truck Accidents Common with Semis

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents | 0 comments

Jackknife accidents are to trucks as rollover accidents are to SUVs. Because of their design, these vehicles are predisposed to these kinds of accidents, which is why according to the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, their operators are expected to use appropriate caution when driving them.

Tractor-trailers or “semis” are most especially prone to jackknifing because in many cases when the driver brakes too hard at high speeds or the road is wet or slippery, the trailer follows the laws of inertia and continues to travel, slewing around the stationary tractor. Unfortunately, because semis are typically huge vehicles, one that jackknifes almost inevitably involves vehicles, structures, and people in its immediate area usually causing major property damage and injury.

The same thing can happen when semis in Houston, for example, are involved in vehicular collisions, because it still means sudden deceleration. And to add insult to injury, these trucks usually carry cargo that can at the very least cause traffic to halt if it spills over or in some cases pose a threat of toxic or hazardous material exposure or fire. As a Houston personal injury lawyer may point out, these can have serious effects on property and individuals for an extended period of time.

When truck drivers make a mistake or act recklessly and cause a jackknife accident, they are considered liable. However, while in many cases jackknife truck accidents are due to driver error (either the truck operator or the other vehicle’s driver), in some instances a defective or malfunctioning part may be the culprit, so it may not be in the power of the driver to prevent the incident. In such cases, liability may lie elsewhere, such as the truck company that was aware of the problem but neglected to do anything i.e. needed brake repairs or the truck manufacturer or part manufacturer for defective design or part i.e. faulty tires.

In any case, if you have been seriously injured in a jackknife truck accident, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries. Consult with a truck accident lawyer in your area for more information.

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