Personal Injury – Don’t Get Injured

There is absolutely nothing worse than being on long-term disability. I’ve been out of commission for three months now, and let me tell you, it is awful.

You’d think, on the surface of it, that you might enjoy the time off, but you’d be wrong. Whether you like your job or not, not working at all is not what it’s cracked up to be.

First of all, it’s boring. The first week or two, when you might actually have enjoyed it, you’re in pain, and you’re stressed. You’ve got medical bills, and your insurance company is being hesitant about paying, and you’ve had to contact a personal injury lawyer, which you worry you’ll have to pay even if they’re nice and say they take it out of money from the insurance.

The first weeks are awful. Then, by the time all that is taken care of, by the time you’re healed enough to not be in such pain, and the insurance company has paid, and the lawyer nicely has not taken all of your money, you’re bored. Just stone cold bored. You want to get up, and you can’t. You want to go out, but you can’t. You want to hang out with people, but you can’t because they’re at work.

At that point, you just start sitting around, watching way too much TV until you get to the point you are bored even with TV.

It’s just awful. I don’t have the best job in the world. I work at a warehouse out on the west side. The hours are tough, and the work is boring. I’m out there all night during the week and then I have a day shift on the weekend, which throws off my sleep. Working nights means I never see anybody else. If you’d told me six months ago I could dislocate something and take a few months off, I’d have asked how to do it and done it right there, but now I just can’t wait to get back to my crummy job.

Basically, the point of this post is that you should never get injured. It’s not like when you were a kid and you got the chickenpox so you stayed home for a week, carefree except for a little itching.

You’re bored. And you feel bad, especially if you have a tired spouse coming home every night, who has to do all the cooking and cleaning after doing all the working. It’s just not a very pleasant experience all around.

The good news, for me at least, is that the doctor says I’m healing up well enough to go back in about two more months. I told him I’d do as much physical therapy as he could give me to get back. Unfortunately, that’s as fast as he can make everything work again.

Here’s hoping he’s done his calculations wrong, though, and I can beat it by a few weeks. I’m going crazy laying on this couch.


Hit the Brake Before You Hit ‘Send’

As technology continues to evolve in order to meet the demands of humans it is imperative that it evolves alongside ethical guidelines that ensure it will be used to assist humans rather than injure them. Distracted driving is a huge cause for accidents around the world every single day. Due to highly active schedules and lack of self-control these devices are currently doing more to harm our species than they are to provide efficient computing and communication services. If cell phones are going to continue to be an extension of our physical bodies then it is the responsibility of manufacturers, on both sides, to collaborate with the intention of providing safe utilizations of phone technology in cars.

Many cars now come with fancy gadgets and glowing displays of different technological functions. The auto industry is doing everything it can to make sure that their new models are compatible with the most popular devices available to consumers. Certain companies have gone as far as to work directly with tech giants like Apple with the vision of creating a car entertainment system that acts an extension for the iPhone. According to the National Safety Council, there is a newfound concern in the way we gather crash data for accidents involving cell phone use. Their findings suggest that we do not have an accurate pool of data for cell phone related crashes because authorities and drivers are not reporting when a cell phone was used and caused the accident. This means we can not accurately make conclusions involving these cases. Without accurate crash data, there is no hope of prevention for the future. Typically auto accidents that are classified as being caused by distracted driving are followed up by possible legal action. Victims who suffered from serious injury and were left with a surplus of medical expenses or other inconveniences usually have the right to seek proper compensation for their ailments. Cell phone use will continue to be a menace to society unless it is dealt with properly in a manner that is sensical for all sides.

Whatever the causes may be in a distracted driving accident it is imperative that the victim always follow procedures with law enforcement and have a documented visit to the hospital to decrease the likelihood of lasting injury. In cases where the victim did not go to a doctor, there were increased chances of severe internal injuries and lack of credibility in a court case due to the absence of a medical professional’s opinion that would stand in court against the defense.

In summary, driving on the roads of the world can be a dangerous bargain with one’s own life or the lives of others on the road at the same time. In the event that you experience the trauma of a severe auto accident, it is greatly advised that you seek proper medical attention to prevent the onset of hidden injury. Together, as a global community, we must work together to accurately record crash data involving cell phones so that we can leave a safer future for coming generations


Offshore Accidents

In mid March of this year, Trump opened “all available” areas in the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling. Following Trump’s public statement, The Department of the Interior explained that it plans to lease all unused federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling. In fact, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the Department’s five-year leasing plan includes 73 million acres off the coast of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

This plan, intended to “make the United States energy independent,” marks a vast departure from the nation’s energy strategy under the Obama administration. During both of Obama’s terms, the U.S. government refrained from leasing most of the Arctic Ocean and all of the Atlantic Ocean. Though the Obama administration heavily considered offshore drilling in those areas, it ultimately folded to pressure exerted by various environmental activists.

In a recent statement, Secretary Ryan Zinke asserted that “the Gulf is a vital part of [the government’s] strategy to spur economic opportunities for industry, states, and local communities, to create jobs and home-grown energy and to reduce [the nation’s] dependence on foreign oil.” Indeed, the Gulf of Mexico has heavily contributed to the nation’s economy in the past: Exxon alone has invested over $20 billion in Gulf Coast states to boost its petrochemical refining operations since it first entered the region in 2013. At present, Exxon’s investments sustain more than 45,000 construction and manufacturing jobs with salaries ranging from $75,000-$125,000. However, as the offshore accident attorneys at Williams Kherkher point out, these jobs are often high liability in nature since they require long hours and the handling of heavy machinery.


The Physical and Psychological Effects of Rape on Victims

When you think about the most heinous crimes, one of the first things that come to your mind is rape. It is also a very controversial offense, because it is sexual in nature and often involves force. But do you know that rape is not just the only sexual offense? The website has enumerated the other kinds of sexual offenses, and they are all equally devastating.
But no matter the sexual offense you have experienced, it will have physical and psychological effects on you, including the following.


It is important to note that not all rape cases involve force. Sometimes, victims just give in to the sexual demands of their suspects because of intimidation or manipulation. But when force is involved, the victim may suffer the following physical effects:

  • Bruising, particularly in body parts that are often restrained, like the wrists and ankles
  • Fractures, such as in the head, arms, legs, and hips
  • There are other physical effects, and the rape instance doesn’t necessarily have to involve force for them to arise:
  • Bleeding or soreness, especially in the vaginal or anal areas
  • Difficult and painful walking, sitting, and standing
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Urinary tract infections


One of the most common psychological responses to rape is post-traumatic stress disorder. This occurs when a rape victim is re-experiencing the traumatic event in the form of anxiety attacks whenever they encounter something relating to the traumatic event, flashbacks, and nightmares.
Another common response is depression, which may arise from the following symptoms:

  • Disinterest in social activities
  • Intense embarrassment
  • Isolation
  • Lack of self-worth
  • Suicidal tendency
  • Over or undereating, sleeping, and working

It is even worse if the victim is underage. He or she is still in development years, and the traumatic experience of rape may influence development. Below are some of the effects:

  • Distrust of others
  • Going back to outgrown habits, like bedwetting
  • Increased irritability
  • Poor academic performance
  • Poor social skills

The Liability of Manufacturers of Unsafe or Harmful Drugs

Different state and federal groups and agencies help and assist each other in the task of ensuring the safety and well-being of all American citizens in the area of health care. These groups and agencies include:

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which sees to the safety and effectivity of drugs before approving their use in treating patients;
  • The Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA), which is a branch of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and which is tasked to appraise reports on errors involving generic, over-the-counter, prescription and other types of drugs
  • The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) which help ensure safety against medication errors, as well as minimize the risk of these; and,
  • State medical boards, which ensure that doctors and all those concerned with medical care meet the minimum standards required to be considered competent enough in treating patients;

In spite of these organizations’ efforts and the standard of safety that pharmaceutical companies are required to observe, so many types of drugs still continue to cause adverse effects which cause more serious harm in patients instead of the cure they need and seek.

It could be due to the lack of proper tests that ought to extensively and fully determine the effectivity of a certain drug, as well as its safety to whoever it may be prescribed to. Many drugs in the past have been issued a black box warning by the FDA (this is the most serious warning the FDA can issue) or have been recalled by their respective manufacturer due to the serious harm or death that these have been linked to. And, following these serious harm to patients are the thousands of lawsuits, which have cost many pharmaceutical firms millions of dollars in settlement claims.

McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm believes that failure to ensure the total safety of a drug is a serious negligent act that can result to severe personal injuries. Under the law, victims of personal injuries have the legal right to receive from liable parties, or companies, compensation to whatever present and future damages they will suffer due to injuries caused by unsafe or harmful drugs.