Understanding Healthcare Law and its Growing Role in Our Society


Understanding Healthcare Law and its Growing Role in Our Society

So many recent changes have occurred in the healthcare system that most consumers are at least somewhat confused about their options. The open enrollment period for the Affordable Healthcare Act has residents in every state scrambling for more information. Along with changes to the healthcare provisions and prices, there are also new requirements for small businesses, families, and individuals. In order to avoid penalties associated with not following the letter of the law, everyone must be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the new law.

Employer Responsibilities
One of the major impacts of the new healthcare law implementations is the mandate for small business owners. Because many new and existing business leaders are required to provide healthcare benefits to their employees, owners and partners must be educated in the various facets of employer benefits. As additional changes and healthcare reform efforts are made, penalties and sanctions against employers may increase. Employers have a responsibility to comply with all federal and local guidelines. The growing concern over new regulations has prompted several new resources to be used by corporations and small business.

Legal Support for Employers
One of the largest trends in preparatory law schools today is healthcare law. Employment compensation lawyers work for individuals and employers, and the next phase of those interactions is healthcare law. Businesses need professionals who can accurately assess their current situation and determine the most appropriate course of action. Motivated students are able to earn a master’s of science in law to leverage their knowledge and be in a better position to support their business or industry. Students can also get an online masters of science in law which would allow them to continue to work at least part-time and support a family if needed. The overall concept is a mutually beneficial reward for students and the businesses they support.

Although some of the cost of healthcare has to be passed on to employees based on the new legislation, the net effect of the new law has been a positive one for both employees and employers. When everyone has access to affordable quality healthcare, employees are able to proactively manage their health concerns and conditions. Employers also benefit from having healthy and satisfied employees on staff. There is still much to be accomplished with the new healthcare laws and requirements until every business and industry can claim full compliance. The growth process is sometimes slow, but the end result is worth the investment.

This article is from Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her three-year-old husky Snowball.

Advanced Technology Wins Personal Injury Cases


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Technology has changed the law profession. If you watched any part of the O.J. Simpson trial back in the mid-nineties, you might remember hearing, “Put that up on the ELMO, please.” The ELMO was the type of projector used in the case as the main way of presenting evidence in the trial, reports Presentation Solutions. With the advent of new technology, attorneys for both sides are better able to prepare and present their cases for their clients—and win.

What types of advanced technology are attorneys using these days? Read on:

iPads

The iPad is possibly the most used wireless device in the court room. Attorneys use the mobile device for research, composing and managing depositions and organizing exhibits. Linking an iPad with courtroom presentation technology allows lawyers to show exhibits and illustrations in detail.

Keeping and maintaining records, which can end up being tens of thousands of documents, is made much simpler with a tablet device. The benefit of carrying a slim iPad case and having access to the fully organized case before and during a personal injury trial can’t be over emphasized. Being able to track and access all documents in one place with the touch of a finger is invaluable to an attorney.

Attorneys are beginning to let clients use iPads to help their cases. The Phoenix-based law firm Fennemore Craig keeps iPads for clients to use while their case is active. Clients are able to provide needed information, sign forms, or keep in touch with their lawyers 24/7 by using email, apps and Skype. They will have all information about the case instantaneously available to them via the iPad at any time.

Look for judges and jurors to use iPads in the not-so-distant future.

Google Glass

Google Glass can be of immense assistance to personal injury attorneys in a number of ways. For instance, attorneys want to use Glass to show the jurors how much their clients suffer in their everyday life to support a claim, but Google considers it a possible breach of privacy, reports a University of Richmond study. The courts will be examining the issue more closely in the future.

Google Glass has precise video and audio capabilities that work quicker than smart phones or cameras, which can be extraordinarily helpful to either side of a personal injury case. If a witness is on hand at an accident or a sexual assault, for example, he can begin recording the incident almost immediately; jurors will then be able to see the accident first-hand.

Attorneys are continuing to explore ingenious ways to use Glass; future full-time implementation is only a matter of time, depending on when the legal issues can be resolved, of course.

Other Law Tech

There are other ways to use technology for a personal injury claim. A defense attorney might hire an investigator to check out a plaintiff’s social media profiles; photos of a plaintiff doing the limbo posted on Facebook could severely damage a case if the person is suing for damages due to the back injury.

Black boxes for cars are now being used, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently pushing for mandatory installation. Black boxes can record data, such as how fast the driver was going, when or if she braked, or if she was wearing a seat belt.

The cloud is another area that is great for both lawyers and clients. All information regarding the case can be stored securely, and can be accessed at any time with the proper credentials, notes Slootsky Law.

Court rooms are just beginning to embrace advanced technology. When they begin to use it full-force, attorneys will rejoice. And win.

This article is from Lori Cline, an accomplished award-winning writer who specializes in tech and gadgets, as well as beauty and women’s wellness. She lives with her daughter in the western United States.

Learn the Proper Way to Use Child Safety Seats


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The State of Texas wants you to be certain you are using child safety seats properly, and has set up a site to help you. Please check it out.

Safety Tip – Garage Door Openers


Here’s a quick safety tip in time for Christmas.  If you park your car outside, rather than in your attached garage, you’re taking more than one chance.

First of course, your car is susceptible to burglary if you have left any valuables (including Christmas gifts) inside.

Second, if you have a garage door opener in your car, it’s easy for someone to break a car window, open your garage door, and enter your house. To minimize the chance of this happening you can do two things.

If your garage door opener is removable, take it into the house with you. And always lock the door from your garage to your house. This will not stop a burglar, but will at least slow him down and possibly discourage him from entering your home.

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How to Deal with the Grief of a Fatal Car Accident


How to Deal with the Grief of a Fatal Car Accident

Nearly 31,000 people were killed in car accidents in the United States in the most recent year for which a complete set of statistics are available. The annual number of people killed in automobile accidents in the United States over the course of the past 20 years ranges from 29,000 annually on the low end to over 39,000 at the other extreme. Behind each fatal automobile accident are loved ones mourning the loss of someone that they care a great deal about.

In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, loved ones need to find a way to manage their understandable grief. There are a number of strategies that a person in this position should consider taking.

Reach Out to a Trusted Confidant

Although this may sound like very basic step to take in the aftermath of the loss of a loved one to a car accident, a loved one is well served reaching out to a trusted confidant. Despite seeming like a logical (and even natural) course, a surprising number of people who have lost a loved one in a car accident never takes this step. In simple terms, they keep their emotions locked in and “suffer in silence.”

The reality is that people typically have friends and family members who are more than willing to be supportive in this time of need. Moreover, odds are that a person who has lost a loved one in an automobile accident will have at least one other person in his or her life who has been through the same experience.

Seek Professional Assistance for Emotional Needs

In some cases, the emotions associated with the loss of a loved one in a car collision become overwhelming. In this type of situation, a person is advised to seek out the help of a professional to assist in working through these emotions and issues. A psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor or therapist may provide precisely the type of support and assistance a person needs in this type of situation.

Seek Professional Assistance for Legal Needs

Finally, if a person killed in a car accident is a close family member (like a spouse, parent, child or sibling) a person may be in the position to file what is called a wrongful death lawsuit. According to Gittens & Associates, in the aftermath of a car accident that takes the life of a loved one, a person is wise to consider consulting with a skilled personal injury lawyer to help lessen the stress of the legal process. A personal injury attorney typically will schedule an initial consultation at no cost and no obligation to the prospective client.

This article is from Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her three-year-old husky Snowball.

One Step at a Time: A Step by Step Guide for Filing a Claim after Your First Car Accident


On Step at a Time A Step by Step Guide for Filing a Claim after Your First Car Accident

Statistically, even the most careful drivers will eventually have a car accident. However, by being prepared to file a claim with your insurance company, you can help make the aftermath as painless as possible. Many people who have never been in a real accident figure that the police and insurance company will just take care of everything, but the truth is that much of the responsibility falls upon the drivers. If you aren’t sure what to do following a car accident, read on for a quick step-by-step guide that will teach you how to file your first claim, and put the incident behind you.

Gather As Much Information as Possible

It’s best to do this at the scene of the accident (provided there are no serious injuries) to avoid having to go back and gather information after the fact. You’ll need to provide your auto insurance company, your full name and policy number; the full names, addresses, and phone numbers of any other drivers involved as well as any witnesses; the driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance policy information for all other drivers; and full details about the incident. Record the weather and visibility conditions at the time of the crash as well as any other pertinent information. You may also want to take photos if there is damage to the vehicles—significant or small.

Learn What Kind of Claim You Need to File

A first party claim is filed with your own insurance company, while a third party claim is filed with the insurance company of another driver involved in the crash. What type of claim you need to file largely depends on who is at fault in the accident. However, it’s still important to contact your insurance company right away. They will gather the necessary information–including a police report–to find out whether they will pay your claim or whether they will pursue a third party claim. If it’s the latter, most insurance companies will handle that for you directly.

Work with the Insurance Company

While your insurance and/or the other party’s insurance investigates the crash, they will be in contact with you to provide pertinent information. Be prepared with photos, data, and accident reports so that they are able to expedite your claim. Make detailed notes about who you talk to at each company, and be prepared to follow up regularly. The insurance company will also send a representative to examine the damage to your car and make a determination about coverage based on this examination.

Know Your Rights

If your claim is denied, you have the right to an appeals process. If you feel that you have not been given a fair value for your needed repairs and medical bills, you may consider contacting an attorney. Once again, providing detailed information to the insurance company will help you in getting a fair and timely claim. The more information they have, the less investigating they will have to do and the sooner the matter can be handled.

No one wants to be involved in a car accident, but everyone should be prepared for it. After a crash occurs you’ll be flustered and overwhelmed, so make sure you have all of the necessary information organized. Once you’ve recovered from the initial shock of the crash, be sure to coordinate with your insurance company—you’ll be responsible for submitting information and following up to see that things are being taken care of. Although it might be a messy process, with the right information and a proactive attitude, you’ll be able to successfully file your first claim.

This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, women’s interests, and family issues. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. Dixie got advice for this piece from the professionals at Yearwood & Company who specialize in ICBC claims in Surrey.

The View from a Locomotive Inspires Caution


Our law firm has handled several auto-train cases in which we discovered our client (or the deceased person whose family we were representing) had tried to “beat” the train by driving around the railroad crossing arms. Aside from the disappointment of having a now-worthless claim, these cases always make us wonder what the heck the auto driver was thinking. Were those several minutes for the train to pass so important that you were willing to risk your life to avoid the delay?

Most of us have seen photos or even video of trains hitting cars, trucks, and other objects. Have you noticed the train always wins? Don’t take the risk.

A recent column in the Dallas Morning News made this point very well. Here are excerpts:

The officer on board Wednesday was Alex Shelton of the Saginaw Police Department. Saginaw sits on the north side of Fort Worth and is bisected by busy railroad tracks.

Though he sees lots of violations, Shelton said he has written only one ticket for a particularly blatant case of ignoring the railroad warning signals. Now he may write more.

He stood behind the engineer during our ride through Saginaw and on up to the Alliance Airport rail yard. “When you are in here, you get a whole different perspective on what the dangers are,” Shelton said.

What becomes even more glaringly obvious from inside the hulking beast is that trains and cars are no match at all. One apt comparison is that a train hitting your car is like your car hitting an aluminum can.

Crunch.

Yet cars race trains to the crossing day after day. Clanton, the conductor, remembers one driver who cut it so close that he actually lost sight of the car beneath the nose of the train. “I jumped up just in time to see two little heads in the back seat,” he said.

The sight still haunts him. The train missed the car by inches.

“You just can’t stop,” he said. Get this: If an engineer throws the emergency brake on a loaded freight train moving at the 70-mph speed limit, it will take a mile and a half to stop.

So while I enjoyed the powerful feeling of being inside the locomotive, there was also an unexpected sense of vulnerability. Cars and trucks constantly crossed our path, and there was a realization that nothing could be done to avoid a crash if one came too close.

Prather, the engineer, said he feels it, too — that odd sense of vulnerability. “We don’t have a steering wheel. We can’t swerve,” he said. “If it goes bad, you’re just stuck.”

NHTSA Unveils VIN-Lookup Tool for Searching Recalls


In ongoing coverage of NHTSA’s new online search tool for drivers to look up automotive recalls by VIN, the Peninsula (WA) Daily News reports that NHTSA’s “program comes as manufacturers are recalling millions more vehicles than at any other time in U.S. history, about 46 million vehicles so far this year,” or about “1 of every 5 cars in the U.S.” Plus, consumers can check their recalls on NHTSA’s smartphone app Safercar. As acting NHTSA Administrator David Friedman said, recalled vehicles “can sometimes be sold or rented to someone who is completely unaware of that recall…In many cases that can put an owner’s life at risk, and risk the safety of others on America’s roads.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Featured Link — AddictionLibrary


Sadly, many people suffer from addiction to legal or illegal substances. If you, a family member, or a friend is in this situation, the Addiction Library site is a good source of helpful information.

Here is a description of the organization:

AddictionLibrary.org is part of the Florida Non-Profit, USA Addiction Treatment Partnership.

About our Founder:

Dan Callahan, LMSW is a licensed social worker in the State of New York. Dan has been a human service professional since 1983 and specializes in addiction treatment and recovery.

Dan studied social sciences and received a Bachelors of Science at the University of Stony Brook and completed a Masters in Social Work program at Fordham University School of Social Welfare, New York City in 1997.

Dan is the author of two addiction recovery works: A book of recovery essays, titled, “Recovery Thinking, 90-Days to Change Your Lie” and a recovery workbook “Freedom Recovery, 90-Days to Recover” that is utilized as an out-patient recovery guide and an inpatient addiction treatment workbook.

Dan is the co-developer of the earth shattering “Break Free Plan” TM a successful recovery program that incorporates individualized addiction treatment beginning with the “end in mind” and that incorporates community, vocational, & family reintegration with recovery support whereas a skilled sober companion escorts the recovering individual home from their treatment experience.

Since 1988 Dan has been assisting individuals and families overcome addiction by locating appropriate treatment options including: mutual support, therapy, detox services, case management, inpatient and outpatient treatment, and other ancillary addiction recovery services.

Starting Law School: What You Need to Expect the First Semester


Starting Law School What You Need to Expect the First Semester

Congratulations on the next big stage of your life! You are beginning law school and hoping to make all the difference in the world. You are a go-getter and can’t wait to start the long road ahead of you filled with sleepless nights and long hours of testing. But don’t fret too much. You can get through it all and these tips will show you how.

Come Prepared
One of the first things you should do in order to be successful is to come prepared. It might seem like something quite ordinary, but with law school, getting a jump start on reading materials will go a long way. You should not only have all your materials with you on the first day of school, but you should read through them before you arrive to class. That way you show the teacher you are serious, and you can feel more prepared.

Get the Grades
Another very important element to expect in your first semester of law school is the fact that your grades will solely be based on your final exams. You may not be able to write an essay like in English class and get a good grade. No, in law school, you have to take your knowledge of the laws and critically analyze each ambiguous situation and figure out how you will solve it within the law. Unfortunately, if you are not good dealing with test stress or get test anxiety, this will be quite a struggle, so find a good compromise for yourself now.

Find Activities
The last tip that you should be aware of for your first semester is it is all about the academics. You will be competing fiercely with your own classmates. This makes for a difficult social life, but you won’t have much time for that because of the hundreds of pages you will need to read daily. Try to join just one extra-curricular activity so you have some friends in a more social setting rather than just a study group.

So, you will be having a lot of competition and your social life may suffer for a little while. Receiving your masters of law will be a great boost to you personally and professionally. Once you get through the hard stuff, you will begin to thoroughly enjoy your career. Being a lawyer can be very rewarding, but lots of hard work. If you are one of those types of people, then you have picked a challenging career that will keep you on your toes. Work hard and then you get to play hard!

This article is from Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Please Donate for Giving Tuesday


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In recognition of Giving Tuesday, Kraft & Associates is making donations to Metrocare Services and to the Arthritis Foundation.

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If you have the means to do so, please make a contribution to the charity or cause of your choice.

Physicians May Perform C-Sections to Avoid Lawsuits Even When Vaginal Birth Is Possible


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The Deseret (UT) News writes a recent NIH report indicates malpractice lawsuit concerns have compelled some physicians to perform more repeat cesarean sections when vaginal delivery may also have been an option. “Obstetricians face more lawsuits and have higher insurance premiums than nearly any other medical specialty, except for neurosurgeons, according to” the report, and may not give expectant mothers the option of a vaginal birth for that reason. The New York Post also asserts withholding that option infringes on the mother’s rights and may put her at risk.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

How to Deal With an Insurance Adjuster on Your Own


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So you have been in a car accident that wasn’t your fault and have been left with a damaged vehicle and physical injury. Your work is suffering, so is your income, and your family is anxious. You’re not sure how long you will be recovering either.

On top of all this direct damage suffered by you, there are other hassles — primarily those of the legal kind.

If you were adequately covered, your insurer will likely sort you out financially during this time.

But it may not be as straightforward recovering compensation from the insurer of the person who injured you.

What’s an Adjuster?

The insurance company sends over a representative, also known as a claims adjuster, after a claim has been made by someone against their insured.

The purpose of this is to take your version of the event, ask you a number of questions, determine if you are legible for an offer, and perhaps make you an offer.

Always remember that the adjuster is on the side of the person who hit you. They are not interested in establishing the truth, only in gleaning information that can make their client look less culpable or more innocent, and bring down the final settlement price by as much as they can.

If you haven’t got a clue on how to deal with this person, and are automatically wary of anyone who claims to represent an insurance company, this write-up may prove to be helpful.

Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when you are dealing with an adjuster on your own.

Don’t be intimidated

If you are convinced of your innocence, or the strength of your case, don’t get intimidated by the adjuster’s experience, brilliant negotiation tactics, or just the whole idea of dealing with such a professional.

You know your case best. For the adjuster yours is just another claim that he is investigating; it’s very likely he is not well-versed with the details.

You should not be dealing with an adjuster on your own if you doubt you’d be able to stand your ground with confidence.

Don’t be taken in by their friendly manner

An adjuster will be good to you and try to establish a warm rapport with you to make the conversation less tense and slightly easier for both of you.

But don’t read too much into their friendly manner. They are trying to make you open up so that you accidentally slip in something you really shouldn’t.

With friendliness comes the danger of ending up saying more than you want. Therefore, respond to their friendly banter politely, but don’t get carried away and at no point make the mistake of thinking the adjuster has your good in his heart.

Watch what you say – only answer what you must

The nature of their job demands them to be good with words, sometimes even in a sly manner. I wouldn’t hold an adjuster’s slipperiness around words against him – it is his job, after all, to look for loopholes in your account so that the company can use that against you and hold on to as many dollars as it can.

If the above means not saying much, it’s fine. It’s absolutely fine to be repetitive with your answers too.

Don’t lose your temper

There is no point in going to any extreme with an adjuster, because he is just the messenger, albeit a powerful one. Neither losing your temper nor breaking down emotionally is going to help. He is not responsible for your woes, his company’s policies, or even his client’s actions towards you.

If you don’t want to end up hurting yourself even more, refrain from lashing out at the adjuster or pleading with him to do something about it. That is neither his role, nor does he have the authority for it.

Remember, you want to create a good impression on the adjuster. The adjuster’s notes will have tremendous bearing on how the insurance company and its lawyers deal with you, and may even influence the final verdict.

Don’t settle if you’re under treatment

If you are still undergoing medical treatment, you might want to wait until you’ve heard your doctor’s final verdict and how your injury will recover over time. In cases of permanent injury, do not settle with the adjuster. You will have to understand the full extent of the physical and emotional injuries suffered by you, including a potential loss of earnings, before you agree to any terms.
It’s best to get legal representation.

Because of the force of their arguments, dealing with an accomplished adjuster can sometimes be akin to walking on eggshells for a layman. You just don’t know when you’ll slip, and since you expect to slip, you are further anxious, thus reinforcing a vicious circle.

With legal representation you can rest assured your best interests are being put forward. There is no harm in speaking to a personal injury lawyer for legal counsel to learn where you stand and how best to proceed. Do it for your peace of mind if nothing else.

Conclusion

Speaking to an expert negotiator requires you to know your case well (which you must do) and not get swayed by words. You want to play this smartly. Take emotions out of the equation, and be firm and polite in your responses. Nothing wrong with friendliness either, as long as you stay firmly in control of yourself.

Author Bio:
Michael Georgiou M.A. of Business Communications, Marketing/Advertising University of North Carolina at Pembroke Michael Georgiou is a dynamic business and marketing professional in the marketing division of Wilson Law, PA based in Raleigh, NC. He is an entrepreneurial guru with a proven success record in creative strategy, online branding, project management, and communication projects in both public and private sectors.

Image courtesy of Naypong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Happy Thanksgiving!


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Make the most of this great holiday by reaching out to family members who can’t be with you.

A Closer Look at Pedestrian Detection Technology: Does it Really Work?


A Closer Look at Pedestrian Detection Technology - Does it Really Work

Over the last few years there has been an increase in the demand of pedestrian detection systems in the automobile industry, manufacturers, and consumers. Providing such technology to the consumer became critical with the rise in injuries and fatalities surrounding higher-leveled vehicles such as SUVs. As with all new technologies that are designed to meet the needs of the consumer, there are pros and cons to its usage and capabilities.

Development

Mobileye, a distributor in the pedestrian detection technology industry, is constantly testing and quantifying multiple variables that must be considered when improving the quality of this technology. Originally, pedestrian detection sensor cameras were developed to allow motorist to have clearer vision of the proximity of objects that were either near or approaching the rear of the vehicle, paired with a warning audible alarm. The sensors in the camera lens were usually located around the rear license plate or centered outer trunk area of the vehicle. The sensor and cameras would activate as soon as the car was placed in the reverse gear, with the motorist being able to view behind them as they were backing up.

Advancements

As of 2010, the auto braking system feature was added to the pedestrian detection sensor systems to assist with the response time of the driver to lessen the probability of impact. Car makers such as Volvo, Ford, and Honda have taken the pedestrian camera system a step further by adding a radar system that detects objects moving around the vehicle while the car is still in motion. The radar is interfaced with the pedestrian technology sensors with additional camera sensors being added to the rearview mirrors and car grille. This feature is intended to assist drivers with pedestrians that may suddenly walk or run in front of the car. Honda is also launching an additional feature that causes the steering column to auto-swerve to avoid pedestrian collisions.

Pros and Cons

With all of the new safety advancements making driving safer for pedestrians and motorist, it is important to note that there are limitations. These limitations include the lens sensor’s articulation of the actual object and/or person, the size and height of the person, time of day, weather conditions, and rapid response based upon the individual’s speed of movement. These are problems that create barriers for those developing self-driving cars. A human can detect when there is something in the road and slam on their brakes—but new technology can’t always pick up on these objects. On the other hand, humans can’t always stop quickly enough when something comes into the road. If pedestrian technology can be fine-tuned in order to avoid items and people in the road, it will bring the best of both worlds together—human judgment, and fast-acting technology.

Due to the constant variations of uncontrollable conditions, pedestrian detection technology must continue to be accompanied with cautionary and safe practices of the driver to minimize collisions. The information for this article was provided by the Bachus & Shanker auto lawyers.

This article is from Ms. Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves writing for business, finance, women’s interests, and technology. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.

The Essential Guide to Treating Injuries Like an Athlete


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How is it that professional athletes can recover from injury like they’re being cared for by a magical wizard? Baseball players can miss less than a season after tearing major ligaments, football players bounce back from torn muscles, and Kobe Bryant even recovered from a ruptured Achilles—an injury that would end a normal man’s career—in just a few months.

The Washington Post details the extraordinary level of care athletes get when they’re injured; they are waited on hand and foot by teams of trainers, doctors and specialists, and have access to the world’s best medical technology. When Kobe Bryant injured his Achilles, he was able to use a treadmill that simulates low gravity for less impact while running. Another group of people who use these treadmills? Astronauts from NASA.

This doesn’t mean all hope is lost for mere mortals. So many non-professional athletes are their own worst enemies regarding injury recovery, ignoring the most basic treatment and prolonging the process. Don’t skip these steps to fix your own injury fast and get back on your feet.

1. See a doctor

Unless you went to medical school or at the very least have a bachelors degree in physiology or exercise science, you are in no position for self-diagnosis. If you have an injury that feels serious then it’s crucial to seek professional advice. Don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion. An emergency room or urgent care doctor may not spot or notice injuries the same way a specialist can.

2. Keep training

Just because you’re injured doesn’t mean you should sit on your couch for months until you feel better. This will seriously set the rest of your body back and leave it vulnerable to more injuries in the future. For example, if you have a sprained ankle, you should still complete your upper body workouts and even continue training the legs in a low-impact environment like a pool (swimming or even high knee raises in the pool to get the heart pumping). As counterintuitive as it sounds, continuing to train in a smart matter is what helps injuries heal faster.

3. Don’t rely on pill popping

Pain killers and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen treat the symptoms of the injury but not the injury itself. They are also hard on the kidneys and, over time, hard on the body as well. Some use is acceptable and even recommended, but don’t use them as a crutch.

4. Do as the Romans do

You might not have an anti-gravity treadmill, but you can still go through the same motions athletes do to treat injuries. Don’t skip out on icing muscles and joints, and even take short ice baths if you have a tub in your house. Rotate ice with a soak in a hot tub, either in your home or at the gym. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or a professional, there’s no substitute for heat and ice. Read more about how to use a hot tub for recuperation and recovery on HotTubWorks.com.

5. Don’t let it happen again

Now that you’re healed, stay that way. Kelly Starrett’s “Becoming a Supple Leopard” is a great guide to building and maintaining mobility so that your body performs well and stays healthy. Starrett is an expert on exercise science and mobility.

 

 

The Details Behind the Immigration Announcement


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For anyone who might be confused by the president’s recent immigration announcement, or for those who just want to learn more details, an excellent explanation is available at the USCIS site.