GM Asking Customers To Have Faulty Ignition Switches Replaced


In continuing coverage of GM’s faulty ignition switch defect which has been responsible for at least 24 deaths, ABC News reports that the company is “urging [owners of recalled vehicles] to get the switches replaced.” ABC reports that the company is making phone calls and has sent Facebook messages to owners attempting to get them to bring their car in. ABC notes that “CEO Mary Barra says in some cases GM has gone to owners’ homes to get the vehicle, providing a loaner car while the fix is made.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

Take it to Court: How to Win Your Personal Injury Case


Take it to Court, How to Win Your Personal Injury Case

A personal injury case can begin the moment after you are injured. Preparing for eventual legal action requires you to become aware of every detail. What you say and what you do in the minutes, hours and days following an injury can have a profound impact on your ability to prevail in any potential legal action.

Do Your Research

The first step is to become educated and informed. There are many resources available. Among them is Nolo Press, based in Berkeley, California. Nolo publishes self-help legal information booklets on a variety of subjects from real estate to business law. One of their most popular is How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim by Joseph Matthews. The information in this book is geared for those who view legal action as a last resort, but who want to be prepared for any eventuality. You can even check the Nolo website for condensed legal information.

Bar Associations

Secondly, and likely as valuable as Nolo’s books, is your local bar association. Not only can the bar association provide an attorney referral, but they can be a source of detailed and precise advice on what steps to take to make sure your rights are protected. Many bar associations devote considerable resources to community outreach. These initiatives include pro-bono (free) legal work, but they also include general legal advice applicable to many different kinds of cases and recommendations for injured parties who ultimately may not need the services of an attorney.

Consider Pushing for a Settlement

Third, it should be well understood that insurance companies, potential defendants and the legal system all prefer cases be settled before they get to court. In the long run, litigation is far more expensive than reasoned and equitable settlement of a claim. Obtaining compensation is more important than being able to say you “won” a case. However, in some cases, litigation is necessary. Whether you need a truck accident lawyer in Denver or a medical malpractice case in California, be sure to weigh the costs of litigation versus the settlement amount on the table.

Consultation Opportunities

When hiring an attorney, take advantage of their free consultations. Make sure the attorney is engaged in your case and make doubly sure they are asking pertinent questions. The fastest road to a dismissal or judgment for the defendant is a disinterested plaintiff’s attorney. Once retained, even on a contingency basis, an attorney has a legal obligation to be a “zealous” advocate for their client. Make sure your attorney takes the necessary steps to qualify for that description.

Your most important task is to recognize you need assistance and to do what is necessary to obtain it as quickly as possible. Every day that goes by without progress can negatively affect your case. Be sure you don’t abandon your rights with inaction.

Information Source: ColoradoLaw.Net

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica Oaks loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Friday Fun


I can’t say this map is fun, but it sure is fascinating. The changing map of Europe — from the year 1000 until today.

 

How to Recognize Whiplash After Being in an Accident


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Whiplash is an injury to the neck that sometimes happens after a passenger or driver in a car is rear-ended by another vehicle. The head snaps backward then snaps forward with such violence that the ligaments and muscles in the neck are strained. Nerves and the discs in the cervical vertebrae can also be adversely involved.

Initial Pain

People who’ve been in an accident might suspect they’re suffering from whiplash if they feel a pain and stiffness in the back of the neck, either right after the accident or up to 24 hours afterwards. The person might also experience dizziness and headache and his or her vision might be blurred. He or she might be more fatigued than normal.

In some cases of whiplash, there might also be nausea and vomiting and cognitive problems like loss of memory. The person might experience ringing in his or her ears and insomnia or other sleep disorders. He or she might find it difficult to concentrate and become irritable.

If You Even Suspect a Problem, Get it Checked

If the person starts experiencing pain, tingling, weakness or numbness in the arms, shoulders or face, he or she should call a doctor right away. A doctor should also be called if it’s too painful for the person to move his or her head. Often individuals who are involved in a fender-bender are not getting treated or even checked because they don’t want to deal with the hassle. If left alone these problems will not just go away but can, in fact, get exponentially worse. The doctor might use tests like X-rays, CT scans and MRIs to diagnose whiplash and rule out other disorders like a neck fracture or dislocation or arthritis.

After Diagnosis – Potential Treatment

If the doctor diagnoses whiplash, he or she might instruct the patient to apply ice packs to the neck for about 10 to 20 minutes each hour during the first 24 hours. After that, heat can be added to the ice pack. The heat can come in the form of warm compresses, heat lamps or warm showers. The doctor might also recommend that the patient sleep without a pillow for a while or sleep with his or her head supported by a rolled up towel. In severe cases, the doctor might have the patient fitted with a Thomas collar. This is a collar of padded fabric that stabilizes the neck. Other therapies can include ultrasound and therapies like myofascial release. This is a deep tissue massage that stimulates increased blood flow to the injured area.

If over-the-counter pain meds like ibuprofen or aspirin don’t help, the doctor might prescribe stronger pain medications. He or she might also give the patient drugs that relax muscle spasms or inject the area with anesthetics like lidocaine.

Being involved in an accident, no matter how small, can really take a toll on your body. Don’t hesitate to seek help where available after being involved in an accident.

Information Credit: Cantini Law Group Accident and Disability Lawyers

This article is from Meghan Belnap, blogger, researcher, and freelance writer.

Warning Labels, Patent Loss Have Greatly Reduced Lawsuits Over Antidepressants


The number of lawsuits over violent acts committed under the influence of antidepressants, which “caused such angst for companies such as Eli Lilly and Co.,” have “pretty much subsided,” reports the Indianapolis Star. While use of the drugs “is as widespread as ever,” the number of suits has fallen off because of the FDA’s decision 10 years ago to require a “black box” warning about the link between antidepressants and suicidal behavior. Another reasons for the decline, reports the Star, is that the most popular antidepressants have lost patent protection. Lilly was “once the focus” of this type of litigation, but is “largely removed from it” now that Prozac and Cymbalta have gone off-patent and have “faded in significance for the company.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Do You Know What Your Dashboard Icons Mean?


I didn’t know all these international symbols, and really wondered when a couple of them popped up on my dashboard.

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Law on Your Side: What You Need to Know About a Career in Justice


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Choosing a career in justice or law can be one of the most rewarding jobs any person can have. Helping others, bringing those who commit crimes to justice, and making their communities safer are just some of the positive results from these jobs. However, for those who plan to work in this type of career, there are also many aspects to consider before beginning work on a law Master’s degree, or Criminal Justice degree.

Potential for Physical Harm
While working in criminal justice sounds very exciting, the reality of the job is that the possibility exists for physical harm, or even death. Before embarking on this career, make sure you and your family are able to deal with this possibility on a daily basis. Many police officers have spouses who eventually cannot deal with the pressure, giving the profession one of the highest divorce rates of any career field. So before starting on this career path, make sure everyone is on board with your decision.

Long Hours and High Stress
Whether working in law enforcement or as a lawyer, be prepared for very long workdays that always contain high levels of stress. Lawyers often find themselves in court arguing cases during the day, then doing research or meeting with clients well up into the evening, or on weekends. Police officers often work 12-hour shifts and deal with everything from jaywalkers to murderers on their shifts. While many say the variety is what keeps the job interesting, others have difficulty dealing with the stress, and may turn to other ways to relieve the pressure.

The Good Guys Don’t Always Win
Both in courtrooms and on the streets, the good guys don’t always win. Every day, people who commit crimes are able to beat the system and walk away with their freedom intact. Police officers often find themselves arresting the same people over and over for drug crimes or other offenses, only to see them get bailed out of jail and be back on the street a few hours later. Lawyers may prepare an excellent defense for their clients and argue the case masterfully, only to have a jury find their client guilty. These instances can be very discouraging, often leading those involved to question if the hard work they put in is worth it. However, for most lawyers and other criminal justice professionals, it is the many other cases that go in their favor that make the job worth doing each day.

While careers in justice and law contain much stress, long hours, the threat of physical harm and sometimes low pay, those who do these jobs have other reasons for wanting to protect and serve their communities. Standing up for people’s rights, helping bring resolution to difficult situations, and saving the lives of others are just a few of many reasons they sacrifice so much of themselves to pursue these careers. Not only do they perform a vital service to others, but also help restore people’s faith in their fellow man.

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.

Voting Season: What You Should Know Before You Register


Voting Season What You Should Know Before You Register

Texans, the deadline for voting in the November 4 election is October 6, 2014. If you haven’t registered, go now to VoteTexas.gov and get the registration information.

Voting Season is fast approaching, and before you register to vote there are certain things you must know, especially regarding accessibility to voting and information for U.S. voters living overseas and those in the military. Take a look at how registration works before you even research your candidates, especially if you’re a first time voter this year.

Eligibility To Vote
Voter eligibility varies from state to state. In most states, the legal age to vote is 18. However, in some states 17-year olds have the right to vote. Residency requirements may also vary from one state to another. If you have questions about voter requirements in your state, you should contact your state election office. You must be a U.S. citizen, or a naturalized citizen to vote.

How Registration Works
The National Mail Voter Registration Form is used for United States citizens to register to vote. The form is also used update your voter registration information, change your name or address, or to register with one of the political parties. The instructions are very detailed and are state specific, so you must follow the instructions for your state. However, a few states don’t accept the form. They include North Dakota and Wyoming. New Hampshire only uses the form as a request for an absentee ballot. The form isn’t acceptable in Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. In some places, you may be able to register in person.

State Registration Deadlines
The deadline to register is different in each state. The deadline may be anywhere between one or two, to thirty days before the election. If you don’t know what the deadline is in the state or territory you live in, you should contact your local or state election office.

Students and U.S. Citizens Overseas
Students may register to vote where they’re attending college. If you receive your mail at the post office, you may sign an affidavit, or get a letter from your school stating that you’re a student. U.S citizens who live abroad or are in the armed forces must abide by different rules. The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides more information.

Your Civil Rights and Voting
According to Druyon Law, there are communities in the United States where voter suppression, and racial and ethnic discrimination still exist. An organization of lawyers known as the Voting Right Project advocates voting rights reforms and works to ensure the enforcement of voting laws. Be aware of your rights as a voter. If you feel you’re the victim of voter discrimination, you should contact a lawyer to find out what your rights are.

The time to vote is growing closer. As the dates to register approach, make sure you know what to expect, and most of all your rights as a voter. Do your research beforehand, and make sure you have filled out the proper paperwork.

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.

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Here are 14 signs you need a vacation.

Easy to Avoid Driving Dangers


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When railroad employees need to get to another station without delay, they often don’t take the train, they take a van. Companies who transport those employees are under rigorously strict safety standards overseen by both the railroads and the federal government.

Three of the rules for railroad transport vendors help prevent accidents that may arise from distracted driving. But they aren’t for professional drivers only — they can help you avoid accidents too. Consider the reasoning behind these three primary regulations:

No drinking or eating while driving

Have you ever seen a driver wobbling down the highway, steering with his knees while trying to wolf down a cheeseburger? Have you ever been that driver? How about coffee and soft drink spills: does a sudden splash of hot coffee in your lap affect your driving?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than one in ten drivers reports “always or almost always eating and drinking while driving.” It is tough enough to eat and walk. Eating and driving is a sure way to lose focus on the road and that is why these railroad transport professionals don’t do it.

No passengers in the front seat

Railroad crew members are directed to the rear passenger area. None are allowed to sit up front next to the driver. Moreover, all conversation between the driver and the crew is limited to necessary instructions. Why would that matter?

More teenagers die in automobile accidents each year than from any other cause and the likelihood of a crash increases almost 400 percent when other teenage passengers are in the car, notes the Centers for Disease Control. Adults may be more experienced than teens, but they are still affected by the presence of other passengers. If the driver is talking to a passenger, his or her attention to the demands of driving is diminished.

You may not choose to force every passenger in your car to take the back seat, but being aware of the danger may help keep your eyes on the road. Always remember this when driving: Stay alert to the road, not to your passengers.

Pull over to call or text

This is the one we hear about most often. From train wrecks caused by texting to data indicating up to a quarter of all traffic accidents involve a cell phone, technology meant to help us can sometimes get in the way of common sense, notes TextingandDriving.com. Those same statistics say a driver is drawn away from focusing on the road for at least five seconds when texting behind the wheel. At 60 mph, that means traveling almost a quarter of a mile with the vehicle virtually piloting itself.

By now, every driver has been warned (some by legislation) not to drive while texting or talking on a cell phone. Over a million phone-related crashes each year is plenty of reason to pay attention to the warning.

How to save money and stay alive

In 2012, more than 3,300 people were killed and 421,000 injured because of distracted driving. While the three rules set down for professional drivers point in the direction of the problem, they are not all-inclusive. Anything that takes your focus away from the responsibility of driving is a distraction. It could be a pet in the car, a garage sale sign, wandering thoughts — the list could go on indefinitely.

Before drivers can be licensed to transport railroad workers, they are required to take a course in driver safety. That is an excellent idea for every driver, whether beginning or veteran. Begin with a refresher course in basic rules. The New Jersey permit practice test, for instance, is a free online course. Then check with your automobile insurance provider. Chances are high they will not only direct you to a certified driving safety course, but will provide a discount on your insurance bill for taking it.

When you take steps to defeat distracted driving, you can save money and help prevent an accident that could cost you or someone dear to you something even more valuable: Life.

This article is from Don Richardson, an auto mechanic, safety blogger and father of three. 

Law Schools Cutting Tuition See Enrollment Gains


The Wall Street Journal reports that law schools that have reduced tuition have seen increased fall enrollment. Three schools reduced tuition, while a fourth instituted a grant program to effectively reduce tuition. These schools saw enrollment increase by 22 percent to 52 percent for the fall. The schools reducing tuition were the University of Iowa College of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law, and the University of La Verne College of Law in California. The school with a grant for in-state students was Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

Major Ways to Know if You Need an Accident Lawyer


Major Ways to Know if You Need an Accident Lawyer

Every year, almost four million people are involved in accidents that require hospitalization. While some accidents are not the fault of anyone, many accidents are caused by the negligence of another person. In these situations, suing for damages is often good recourse for victims. Here are a few of the major ways you can know if you should call a lawyer.

Intoxication, Poor Maintenance and Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents injure thousands of people every year in the United States. In most cases, a two-vehicle accident is caused by the negligent actions of a single driver. Many different factors can contribute to negligence.

Intoxication is one of the easiest ways to assign blame in the event of a car accident. If a driver was intoxicated when he or she crashed into your car, responsibility for the crash will usually fall on that driver.

Intoxicants include alcohol, marijuana, opiates, sedatives and much more. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), there are at least 4,393 substances, both legal and illegal, that can impact an individual’s judgment, cognition and motor skills.

The use of some legally-prescribed medications can also contribute to a car accident. Medications like Xanax, Vicodin, Ambien, Lunesta and many others can leave an individual dizzy and unaware of his or her surroundings. Drivers under the influence of these substances who cause accidents are liable for damages and injuries they cause.

Buildings and Negligence

Injuries that take place on private or public property may be the result of negligence. If an injury takes place on public property, it may be the fault of the local, state or federal government. For example, imagine that a subway entrance has several stairs that are at different heights. If an individual breaks his or her ankle while climbing these stairs, the city government may be legally liable for injuries.

Likewise, injuries that take place on private property can also expose the property owner to legal liability. If a retail store is negligent in the way it maintains its public areas, an individual who is injured in these areas may be entitled to a claim under the law. You will need a competent lawyer, from offices such as Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP in Edmonton, or others in your area, in order to recoup your losses due to injury.

However, there are some limitations to this law. If an accident is considered to be an act of God, no individual will bear responsibility for the accident. In these situations, an individual will not be able to make a claim.

Since navigating the world of accident liability can be very difficult for most people, it’s important to contact a law office for help. If you are injured, a lawyer can help you get the funds you deserve.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica Oaks loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Victim Of Medical Malpractice? What You Should Do Next


Victim Of Medical Malpractice What You Should Do Next
While it’s not generally like most healthcare providers to provide anything less than the optimal standard to their patients, things can still take a turn for the worst at any time. If you or someone you love is a victim of medical malpractice, it’s important to take a very specific number of first steps to recover from the error and be compensated for it.

Seek Medical Attention

If the physician’s error has left you injured or susceptible to illness or injury, contact a different healthcare professional right away. After seeking medical attention, report the negligence or error to your doctor. Depending on the type of injury or illness sustained from the malpractice, it might be beneficial to contact a specialist.

Study Your Case

There are many different types of medical malpractice classifications. Knowing what type of malpractice classification you’re dealing with can easily help you determine whether or not filing a claim is worth the effort. For example, a “Doctor Mistake, No Injury to Patient” case would represent something along the lines of a doctor prescribing a medication with an incorrect dosage. The dosage amount might cause a temporary side effect or reaction in the patient, but if the error is observed and caught before any injuries or serious illnesses are suffered, medical malpractice has not taken place.

File a Report

Filing a report is an important step because it will immediately trigger a state level investigation of the physician in question. You can file the complaint about your physician guilty of the malpractice with the state’s medical board.

Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

Lastly, hire a personal injury lawyer to help you navigate the complex process of winning a medical malpractice claim. It is simply not possible in most cases to study up on medical malpractice in time for your hearing. In almost all situations, a personal injury lawyer is needed by the victim’s side to help them understand what has been done wrong and how to challenge it.

Completing these steps and acting as quickly as possible is the key to dramatically improving your chances of winning a medical malpractice case. Remember, the longer you wait to act on a medical error, the less likely your chances will be for compensation or recovery.

Informational credit to Kitchen Simeson Belliveau Llp.

This article is courtesy of Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer from Denver who often writes about home, family, law and business. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.

 

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Have you ever heard a song dedicated to colorectal surgeons? No, I didn’t think so. Here’s one:

Ways You Can Qualify For A Personal Injury Claim


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Whenever you make an accusation that someone has hurt you, you are going to need to have proof that your personal injury claim is legit. If not, you won’t be able to receive any compensation for what you’re saying happened. Sometimes this is a simple process, while other times it can be a long, drawn out battle. To ensure that you win your case, it is important that your situation truly does qualify for a personal injury claim.

Defendant Fails to Uphold Duty

For starters, in order for a plaintiff to qualify for a personal injury claim, there has to be some type of duty that the other party failed to obey. For instance, if there was a car accident, the duty would be along the lines of driving safely. Then, if it was later found that the defendant ran a red light, this would mean the duty was breached, which would make for a successful personal injury claim.

Other Party Partakes in Negligent Behavior

Any time when an individual doesn’t uphold to their civic duty like they should, this allows the plaintiff to put the blame solely on the other party. There was some type of negligent behavior on the part of the defendant that caused the plaintiff to get hurt, which once again qualifies the plaintiff for a personal injury claim.

Plaintiff Sustains an Injury

If an individual gets hurt because another individual is being careless, that qualifies for a personal injury claim. According to Cantini Law Group Accident and Disability Lawyers, one of the most well-known personal injury law firms in Halifax, the plaintiff has to then prove that the physical or emotional injury sustained occurred thanks to that incident. It is not the responsibility of the defendant to provide this proof. However, unlike a criminal case where there has to be evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, here the plaintiff just needs to hand over some type of proof that shows that more than likely the individual being accused was behind the plaintiff’s injuries. This type of proof can be everything from eyewitness statements to photographs of the incident.

The Accused’s Negligence Caused the Injury

Lastly, to qualify for a personal injury claim, it must be apparent that the other party’s breach of duty is exactly what subsequently caused the injury to happen. In other words, the defendant’s direct actions were what resulted in the plaintiff’s injury. If that’s the case, the plaintiff definitely has a personal injury claim on their hands.

Even though personal injury claims sound simple enough, there is a lot that goes into winning one of these cases. The individual must find out exactly how to qualify for these situations before taking action, so that they can save themselves time and money in the long run.

This article is from Savannah Coulsen, a freelance writer. She lives in Long Beach. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

Cancer Group Urges FDA to Bolster Tanning Bed Oversight


The Hill “Healthwatch” blog reports that the “American Cancer Society (ACS) is urging federal officials to ‘impose greater control’ over the manufacture and distribution of tanning beds, citing an elevated risk of cancer from their use.” In a letter sent to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the ACS alleges that for the past two years, HHS has been “ignoring the advice of an advisory panel that recommended action against tanning beds.” They are “not safe and not appropriately regulated,” ACS Deputy Chief Medical Officer Len Lichtenfeld, MD, wrote in the letter. He also noted that sunlamps “used for tanning are currently regulated by FDA as Class I medical devices” and urged the agency to “reclassify tanning beds to reflect what scientists see as a link between the devices and skin cancer.” American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network President Christopher Hansen also signed the letter.

From the American Association for Justice news release.

Medical Research Renews Hope for Promising Mesothelioma Treatments


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The prognosis for people who are diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer known as mesothelioma is often perceived to be poor, but new medical research is showing some more positive signs that certain drugs may well improve the treatment of this disease.

New approaches to treat mesothelioma are currently being subjected to clinical trials and they consist of a combination of traditional treatments together with some new ideas and innovations.

The promise of a better outcome

There are a number of ongoing clinical trials and some of the treatments being used include Endostatin.

Scientific researchers have noted that Endostatin has the capacity to destroy a tumor’s ability to grow blood vessels when combined with Angiostatin. This outcome has been achieved without harming normal cells and is a positive step in combating the effects of mesothelioma.

L-NDDP is designed to overcome the toxicity and drug resistance issues which currently limit the usefulness of platinum drugs such as Cisplatin. Intrapleural administration of this platinum product has been shown to tackle this problem and a recent trial actually produced remission in two cancer patients.

Other ideas being subjected to ongoing testing include the use of Lovastatin. This cholesterol drug has shown in recent studies that it has the potential to inhibit the growth of mesothelioma cancer cells.

Other notable studies include the use of photodynamic therapy to kill cancer cells using the energy of light and further studies to elaborate on the initial findings of a study that showed the ability of interferon interlukin to prevent the growth of mesothelioma cells in mice.

Clinical trials

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma you will want to consider all your treatment options and you may be offered the opportunity to partake in clinical trials.

The decision to participate in a clinical trial is a deeply personal one and dependent on your attitude and what you feel is the right thing to do in your circumstances. The benefits of taking an active part in a clinical trial include access to health care provided by leading physicians in the field of cancer research.

You will also probably get the opportunity to gain access to new drugs before they become commercially available and you will also get the chance to make a worthwhile contribution to cancer research as well as taking proactive role in your own health care route.

You have to weigh up the risk associated with volunteering for clinical trials. These can include possible side effects from the drugs unknown to the doctors. There is the possibility that the new drugs being used turn out to be ineffective or simply don’t work for you.

If there is a positive aspect to being diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is that you can find access to plenty of the support that you need.

You can also take some small comfort from the fact that expenditure levels on finding successful treatments for this disease are at their highest ever level.

This article is from Katie Johnson , who has a diverse background in PR, journalism and digital marketing. She is focused on creating a unique community for family, friends or those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease.

Workplace Injury: What Your Business Should Cover


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Workplace injuries are common in today’s world. Whether injuries in the workplace occur because of accidents, employee mistakes, or mistakes at the hand of the organization, businesses should know how to handle workplace injuries in order to keep their businesses safe.

Insurance Policies

Many insurance policies can be taken out to protect businesses from civil lawsuits from employees after workplace injuries have occurred. Insurance policies can also provide medical support to injured employees, money in the even of wage loss from time off work, and permanent disability insurance. Many of these insurance policies are beneficial to the employee and the employer: they provide financial assistance to injured employees and help employers avoid lawsuits.

Industrial Accidents in Remote Areas

Some businesses carry more risk than other businesses. Businesses involved in mining, forestry, oil and gas construction might need to implement extra workplace safety codes due to the high level of risk and danger involved in the jobs. 911 Industrial Response Inc., an industrial safety services company in Peace River specializing in remote workplace safety, provides trained emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics in remote areas where immediate medical care because of a workplace accident can be hard to get. These individuals are specifically trained in pre-hospital care and have extensive experience in life-saving techniques when hospitals or medical treatment might be far away. Businesses who specialize in doing work in remote areas should be aware of the services available to them should workplace injuries arise.

Safety Training to Prevent Workplace Injuries

Often, workplace injuries can be avoided by educating workers about workplace conditions. Safety training can prevent workplace injuries in the first place and are also more cost-effective than the medical expenses, time off of work, and potential lawsuits involved in dealing with a workplace injury after it has happened. Safety trainings educate workers about how to keep themselves safe and what to do in an emergency in order to limit as much damage as possible.

Experts in the Field

All businesses should have insurance programs in place for their workers; however, businesses that are in remote areas and do dangerous work need more coverage. Relying on businesses that specialize in workplace injuries in remote areas will help keep your business safe. Industrial accidents in remote places can be dangerous because of the time it takes to get to a hospital. Because of this, businesses should have a plan in place for what to do if a serious workplace injury arises. Safety trainings can help reduce the likelihood of a workplace injury, but accidents will still happen. Knowing who to contact and having trusted experts in the field will save lives during these times.

This article is from Savannah Coulsen, a freelance writer. She lives in Long Beach. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

How to Recognize Danger in the Workplace and at Schools


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Improved Prevention is a Group Effort, Says
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Shocking acts of public violence continue to dominate the news: Shootings at Fort Hood and the Washington Navy Yard – considered workplace incidents, a stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school.

About 2 million employees are affected by workplace violence every year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“This is not simply a case of the 24-hour news cycle maintaining a captive audience with fear mongering,” says retired physician Mohinder Goomar. “In addition to the reported cases of workplace violence, who knows how many go unreported? A prevalent common denominator is untreated mental illness,” says Goomar, author of “It’s Just My Opinion,” (http://tinyurl.com/koshnfd), which discusses his experience with dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. 

“Because diagnosis and treatment of mental illness hasn’t progressed much in recent decades, we need to encourage lay people to be vigilant toward those expressing tendencies that indicate the potential for violence due to mental illness.”

Goomar, who has personally suffered the destabilizing affects of dissociative identity disorder (DID), reviews indicators of mental illness, which may lead to violence.

•  Marginalized or bullied students/coworkers. Students interviewed at the Murrysville, Pa., high school, where 16-year-old Alex Hribal is accused of stabbing 21 people, have said Hribal is a shy person without violent tendencies. The FBI, however, has found evidence that he was bullied online. Human beings are social creatures which almost always require companionship for mental well-being, especially for the development of a juvenile. Be sensitive to those who are socially challenged; pressure from bullying can have catastrophic consequences.

•  A consistent and emphatic victimization position. After pulling out a pistol and yelling what can be translated in English as “God is great!” Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan pulled out a pistol and killed 13 unarmed people in Fort Hood. Later in court, when Hasan was representing himself, he justified his actions by saying he was defending a group of Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, including a man named Mullah Omar. Those who perpetrate terrible violence often do so citing justice from a victimized position.

•  Readily apparent indicators of paranoia and a history of violent reactions. Aaron Alexis, the former Navy man who was discharged from the service for a violent altercation, was nonetheless allowed to work in the Washington Navy Yard as a contractor. He eventually shot and killed 12 people, and critically injured three. The FBI later said that he was under “the delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves,” or ELF. These are clear red flags of mental illness that were ignored.

•  An aggressively litigious nature. The Guinness Book of World Records named Jonathan Lee Richards the most litigious man, having had court filings against Martha Stewart and New England Patriots football coach Bill Belichick, among many others. Having heard of his new title, he filed a suit against the record-holding institution. Richards also is a former federal prisoner. Outrageous legal action is another form of confrontation from those who constantly perceive grievances.

About Mohinder Goomar

Mohinder Goomar is a former medical doctor who, after emigrating from India, became board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and became an American citizen. He was chairman of the surgery department at Saratoga Hospital, in New York, had a private practice for head and neck surgery. After experiencing mood swings and a distortion of judgment, Goomar was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID). He was rehabilitated at a facility and lost his medical license for two years – to be followed by reinstatement of the license. Due to his DID experience, he did not have his license reinstated. His book, “It’s Just My Opinion,” (http://tinyurl.com/koshnfd) details his experience.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is September 27


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The Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, scheduled for September 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

On that day you can take medications to various locations for safe disposal. This is much better than throwing pills in the trash or flushing them down the toilet.

Please visit this page to find a location near you.