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The Sad Truth About Auto Accidents

Posted By on Jun 28, 2015

This is a day and age where automobiles are near everywhere that it has become practically a necessity for everyday life. These machines, complicated to manufacture and weighing thousands of pounds per vehicle, have made faraway places more accessible and has made travel far, far more efficient within the last few decades alone than they have in thousands of years. However, there are some sad truths about auto accidents that people need to be aware of in order to keep themselves safe and vigilant – both for their own sakes as well as for the people around them. Automobile-related accidents happen on a daily basis. In fact, accidents of this nature are one of the leading causes of death in the United States of America. One of the worst things about accidents like this, however, is that you can take every precaution and preventative measure known and still end up in an automobile accident due to the negligence of someone else. It is never an easy scenario to deal with and it can be life-altering for some people. For example, if you end up in an accident of this nature – your spine might get injured and leave you permanently disabled as a quadriplegic for the rest of your life. This can be an incredibly trying time but something to know about these kinds of accidents is that you don’t just have to take them lying down. There are actions that you can take, with regard to these unfortunate circumstances, where you are gifted benefits and compensation for the trauma that has been done unto you. Auto accidents are a subset of personal injury cases, otherwise known as the legal action you can file for if you have sustained physical, emotional, or mental injury that was caused by the negligence (either willful or intentional) of someone else.

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John Eddie Williams and his wife, Sheridan, strive to help those in their community. Through their involvement with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Chronicle’s Goodfellows program, the two extend their hands to those in need.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center sets an impressive goal for itself to eradicate cancer from Texas and the world. They intend to do this through innovative research that pushes the bounds of science. Their integrated patient care strategies offer a unique and valued experience for the cancer victims that they treat. They have an ongoing mission of continued education for their trainees, professionals, and the public.

The core values of the MD Anderson Cancer Center directly align with values upheld by John Eddie Williams. MD Anderson is dedicated to creating a caring environment that benefits their staff and patients. They value the integrity of their employees, trusting their competent and impressive colleagues. Finally, the organization values discovery through research and creative strategies to cure cancer.

In the same vein of giving back to the community, John Eddie Williams is an involved member of Goodfellows Club of Houston, a Better Business Bureau Charity. The goal of the organization is to deliver toys to underprivileged children in the Houston area. The charity gives over 130,000 toys annually to around 60,000 children in need. As the largest donator to the Goodfellows Club of Houston, John Eddie Williams helps to grow and spread good will throughout the community.

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Auto Accidents: Whiplash

Posted By on Feb 18, 2015

The severity of the injury a car driver can sustain in a car accident depends on certain circumstances, like the speed of both cars before impact, whether or not the injured victim is wearing a seatbelt, the part of the car that is hit and how effective the other car safety devices (like the air bag) are. Car accident injuries range from slight bruises severe physical harm, like injury to the neck and spinal cord, bone fracture, lacerations, internal injuries, and whiplash, which is an abrupt and violent blow to the head, making it to jolt back and forth. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) believes that whiplash is the most common injury that car crash victims sustain.

The dangers associated with whiplash include injury to tendons, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues in the area of the neck. One problem this whiplash injury, however, is that it is not easily determinable. Often, the symptoms associated with this injury (which includes dizziness, the sense of pins and needles in the arms, swelling of the neck, nausea, back pain, blurred vision, headache, sudden lack of energy, muscle spasms and difficulty in swallowing) become evident only hours after the accident. Contrary to perceptions that a whiplash is possible only if the vehicle that rear-ends the victim is speeding, studies have shown (and actual cases prove) that being rear-ended even by vehicles running at much slower speed can cause the injury. While there is no certain way of keeping this injury from happening to anyone during rear-end collisions, traffic enforcers can only advise drivers to always make sure that they are secured by a seatbelt to, at least, lessen the effect of an impact.

Besides car accidents, whiplash can also be caused by assault, a sports-related injury or a fall. Individuals, who sustain the injury because of the negligent act of someone else, are allowed by the law to file a civil or tort lawsuit against the liable party. Since any type of injury can cause financial losses on the part of the victim, as well as cast the victim in situations that require him/her to undergo costly medical treatment, it is, therefore, possible to seek compensation for all present and future damages the injury will result to. Understanding your rights as a victim, though, would definitely be better through the assistance of highly-capable personal injury lawyers.

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You are probably aware that the mouth is one of the “dirtiest” parts of the body, mostly because it plays host to millions of different kinds of bacteria. Most of these are harmless, and some are actually beneficial because it helps in the breakdown of the food that we eat. However, there are some bacteria that can cause harm when we have poor dental hygiene, generally manifesting in bad breath and tooth decay, and on occasion it carries more serious consequences.

A study by New York University researchers suggested in 2010 that gum inflammation may be implicated in Alzheimer’s disease to a certain degree. They concluded this after reviewing 20 years of data culled from 152 Danish subjects that participated in the Glostrop Aging Study, most of whom began the study in their 50s. The study ended in 1984 when all the subjects were 70 years old and above.

According to the researchers, the data indicated that in people over 70 there was a strong link between low cognitive function and gum disease. Those who had inflammation of the gums at the time of a digital symbol test were more likely to score lower than those without periodontal problems, even when the results were adjusted for factors such as smoking habits, tooth loss with no periodontal implications, and obesity.

University of Central Lancashire researchers followed up on these conclusions in 2013 by examining brain samples of 10 people who had Alzheimer’s disease and comparing them with brain samples of those without the condition. They found that there was a bacterium normally associated with chronic periodontal disease (Porphyromonas gingivalis) present in the brain samples of those with Alzheimer’s disease but not in those without. A further study in 2014 using mice found that two of the more common bacteria that caused gum disease were motile, meaning that they are capable of travelling, and were to be consistently found in the brain.

While these studies do not definitively show that gum disease-causing bacteria that travel to the brain may be causing Alzheimer’s disease, the results are certainly suggestive. At any rate, it does no harm to ensure good gum and oral health by having good dental hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.

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Scaffold Law Under Fire

Posted By on Oct 20, 2014

The 1885 law enacted in New York when the first skyscrapers began being built which protect workers from fall-from-height accidents is still in force today, and not a lot of people are happy about it.

Labor Law § 240, more commonly known as the Scaffold Law, essentially places all the liability for construction site injuries of workers on the contractor or construction company no matter if the worker was partly or entirely at fault. Others characterize it as “absolute” liability which critics say is unfair to conscientious and law-abiding contractors that ensure the safety of their workers to the best of their ability. There have been numerous attempts to modify the law, understandably mostly by construction companies and their insurers, but so far it remains essentially the same.

The main contention of these would-be reformers is that the law is hurting the industry by driving up costs. But as stated in the website of Hach & Rose, the fact is that some contractors and construction companies cut corners when it comes to the safety of their workers, making a construction site even more dangerous than it has to be. This is one of the main reasons that the Scaffold Law came into being in the first place.

Construction workers are constantly in danger of serious injury because of the nature of the work, but it would be incredible to suggest that they would risk life and limb simply to collect damages under the Scaffold Law. It is undeniable that there are accidents that are due to the worker’s own negligence, but this is by far the minority.

While modifying the Scaffold Law to put liability on a comparative fault basis may be a good idea, there is little impetus to push this beyond the proposal stage at this point. Construction workers in New York are still under the current terms of the Scaffold Law.

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