The National Safety Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental public service organization that promotes health and safety in the U.S. by helping minimize the alarmingly high number of preventable injuries and deaths in working environments, homes and communities, records about 70, 000 pedestrians accidents in every year. Of these, about 4, 500 are fatal or end in the victim’s death a few days following the accident.

Crash analysis show that fatal pedestrian accidents occur more frequently in rural areas where there is lighter traffic, where pathways are poorly illuminated at night, and where there are usually no sidewalks where pedestrians can walk safely. In urban areas or cities, where pedestrian activities and the volume of cars are always high, pedestrian accidents are usually non-fatal.

Ensuring the safety of pedestrians is a major traffic concern for the simple reason that all Americans become pedestrians at certain times of the day. This is because the term “pedestrian” refers not only to a person walking, but to anyone who is on foot, including someone running or jogging, or a person standing at a street corner. If a car driver can sustain severe injuries in an accident, more so will a pedestrian who has nothing, whatsoever, to protect his/her body from the impact caused by an approaching vehicle. Thus, an accident can easily result to severe injuries or, worse, untimely death.

Drivers play a major role in significantly reducing incidences of pedestrian accidents. To help drivers accomplish this effectively, some car manufacturers have taken the initiative of designing their new car models with the latest safety devices that will enable a car to detect the presence of pedestrians (and cyclists) meters ahead and make it to stop (or slow down) even without driver input – this is in the hope of lessening the force of impact or totally eliminating the possibility of crashing into anyone or anything. One example of these safety devices is the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake.

According to Ontario car accident lawyers of Mazin & Associates, PC, “If drivers exercised the bare minimum of caution, numerous pedestrian injuries would be prevented. Most causes of pedestrian accidents are deemed the fault of the driver for the simple reason that pedestrians always have the right of way. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Disobeying traffic signs and signals
  • Failure to signal while turning

Holding the appropriate party accountable for your pedestrian accident is complex because of a legal theory called “contributory negligence,” in which the defense may argue that your own actions contributed to your injury. This defense prevents you from receiving the full amount of restitution that you deserve, however, with help from a seasoned car accident lawyer, you may just get the compensation that you legally deserve.”

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The use of polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs has long been banned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This ban came in the late 1970s, when the controversy about PCBs manufacturer Monsanto came to a full boil. According to discussions that circulated around the time, the production of toxic Monsanto PCBs was found to have caused considerable devastation to the environment. The government also raised concerns about health risks caused by the toxic chemical substance, which were then widely used as coolants for a variety of commercial and industrial applications.

One major health risk posed by PCBs is damage to the immune system, which plays a vital role in fighting infections and diseases in both human and animals. The fact that PCB exposure can leave animals or people vulnerable to aggressive medical conditions like inflammatory diseases and cancer is particularly alarming. According to a fact sheet by the Environmental Protection Agency, a study conducted on Rhesus monkeys—a species that share around 93 percent of their DNA sequence with humans—shows that PCB exposure can cause the thymus gland to significantly shrink in size. Scientific tests on other animals also show that PCBs can slow down the production of important antibodies and other essential immune system elements, causing a decreased resistance to viruses and other infections.

The EPA fact sheet also points to a recent study conducted on humans that showed how increased PCB exposure can increase health risks for individuals infected with Epstein-Barr virus. The study concluded that those exposed to PCB and was infected with the virus saw increased chances of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Immune system suppression caused by PCB exposure can also increase the risk of cancer.

Immune system suppression isn’t the only health risk caused by PCBs. Prolonged PCB exposure can also effect the reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems. PCBs have also been found to cause liver damage, high blood pressure, among other serious medical conditions.

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Landlords have a lot of responsibility when it comes to maintaining the safety of their rented property. Among the newest environmental danger that is causing significant concern to tenants or renters is molds and “toxic molds”, with a number of tenants filing for lawsuits amidst the growing health concerns. Many people don’t really understand the technical and complicated scientific definitions of mold, giving way to a number of misconceptions about toxic molds and its real dangers. Not all molds are a danger to the health, and knowing which ones are is vital in knowing whether your health is in danger and if you have the legal basis for a personal injury claim. Molds are a type of fungus that grows in warm, damp, and humid setting. It can grow inside or outside and they are considered a health risk if there is high concentrations in an area. Any type of molds, regardless of whether toxic or not, if they are in high concentrations can be detrimental to the health. Among the most common “toxic molds” are the Strachybotrys chartarum (S. chartarum) also called the black mold, and the Aspergillis. Having molds in the home does not mean immediate health dangers, but when a mold infestation is determined to be dangerous, the property owner has the responsibility of removing the mold infestation before it becomes a danger to the wellbeing of the tenants. Mold remediation (the removal and clean-up of the mold infestation) is necessary even if the molds are not toxic. Many property owners tend to disregard mold infestations because their clean-up and removal are often expensive and laborious; the area should be thoroughly cleaned to avoid mold spores from being released, otherwise they might simply grow back. If these safety responsibilities are disregarded by the property owner and you as a tenant suffered damages (health or otherwise) due to mold infestation, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the property owner to recover compensation.

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Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage is usually implemented in the states that follow the no-fault insurance policy. If you have personal injury protection coverage, your insurance provider would be the one who will provide the compensation after an accident regardless of who caused the accident and resulting damages. These would help cover for the medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses that happened because of the accident. The payment will cover for some or all of the lost earnings, all depending on the limits that the state you are in requires.

As explained on the website of Williams Kherkher, PIP claims need to be done in cooperation with your insurer. Providing a recorded statement is essential in PIP claims, along with the requirement to have a physician selected by the PIP insurer to conduct a medical examination may be required by the state in order to determine the extent of the injuries and how much compensation is necessary. Failing to cooperate with the PIP insurer may cause you to be unqualified for any PIP benefits.

PIP claims are those that are filed to your own insurance company for payment of the medical bills and lost salaries. It will be the insurer’s responsibility to pay for the medical expenses as well as compensate for the salaries that you weren’t able to get because of the accident. When your medical bill is over the states’s no-fault limit, you will be the one responsible for paying for them. Additionally, states that follow the no-fault law when it comes to car accidents often does not permit victims to file for a personal injury claim against the offending driver, except in cases where the expenses have reached a certain amount of when the injury is deemed as adequately serious. The only legal right you have as a victim of the car accident is compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. And non-tangible damages such as pain and suffering is not provided.

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Personal injuries can make your life miserable, but even if it’s not a serious injury, compensation may still be appropriate. There are a lot of things to go over when trying to get a personal injury case settled that you might not know about. The tips have been put into one article so you have one place to look for answers.

When hiring a personal injury lawyer, it is important to find a practitioner with vast experience working on behalf of plaintiffs. By researching the lawyer’s background and experience, you will be sure that you are engaging the services of someone able to work diligently to secure the compensation you and your family deserve.

If you are contacted by an insurance company that claims it needs to take a statement for their investigations, refuse to say anything to them. The best thing to do in this situation is to give them the name of your attorney and tell them to call him if they have any questions or concerns.

A very common type of personal injury lawsuit can be brought against a property owner when a customer slips or falls on their property. For example, attorneys in South Carolina suggest, if you fall and are hurt because of unsafe conditions, the property owner can be held liable for your medical costs. Make sure you keep detailed records of the situation. Start taking notes as soon after the accident happens and continue making notes of all your extra expenses because of the injury. This can help you show the court or the defense the cause of and extent of your injuries.

Look for an experienced lawyer. While there are a lot of personal injury lawyers, not all of them are experienced. Personal injury law is extremely complicated, and an inexperienced lawyer may not be able to get you the outcome that you deserve. Look into past cases that they have handled to see if they were able to secure a substantial monetary settlement.

You should use these tips during the legal procedures you will have to go through for your personal injury case. In addition to picking the best attorney for you, some basic research can help you to make the most in your settlement. You need to be fully aware of what is going on if you are serious about getting a fair compensation.

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Nobody likes to think that health professionals may make a medical mistake now and then, but the reality is they do, and more often and in more ways than most people think. It is a daunting thought, and should be kept in mind every time one is tempted to trust blindly in doctors and other health professionals.

However, not all potential medical dangers can be laid at the doors of those who actually administer health care, such as physicians, nurses, orderlies, emergency medical technicians, hospital administrators, and so on. Sometimes, medical negligence can be attributed to those who do not deal directly with patients.

One example is the da Vinci Surgical Robot system designed, developed, and manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Many hospitals have invested millions to have the privilege of adding this high-tech service to its menu of offerings to patients. While it is mostly used for gynecological and urological procedures, having the space age technology available increases the prestige of the institutions that have them. However, because it is a departure from the traditional surgical techniques, the technology requires that the human operators (surgeons) are trained and have acquired a familiarity with its use.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer has neglected to provide with enough training and clinical experience to the surgeons it certifies. Ideally, a trained surgeon should be supervised when performing robotic surgery for at least 15 cases to achieve clinical proficiency. Many surgeons are trained for two days and then forced to operate unsupervised after only two supervised cases.

As a result, there have been many complaints alleging medical negligence against Intuitive for failing to provide adequate training, resulting in serious injury to patients. Some also allege that the design of the da Vinci’s surgical arms is defective causing tissue burns, while still others accuse Intuitive of making false marketing claims regarding the efficacy of the system over other methods.

Whatever the form of the medical error, health professionals, medical device manufacturers, and drug companies have a duty of care towards their patients. Failure to uphold this duty is actionable under tort law. If you or a close family member has suffered injury from medical negligence, consult with a personal injury lawyer specializing in these types of cases to find out your legal options.

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