Dog Bites Man is Not a Joke

It may be the oldest joke in the world: man does something foolish and a dog bites the man for it. That joke, in its million different forms, has gotten laughs for thousands of years.

The joke may be comedy gold, but the reality isn’t nearly so funny. Dog bites are actually quite serious. They can lead to all sorts of injuries and infections.

Consider a few of these potential injuries that I found on the Goings Law Firm, LLC dog bite page:
Lacerations: Cuts from the teeth that can lead to bleeding, and as mentioned above, infection.

Puncture wounds: Literally, holes in the flesh from the bite.

Broken bones: Bites aren’t always skin deep, they can be hard enough to break bones. This is especially common when dogs bite children.

Scarring/disfigurement: An attack by a dog can lead to scars that last a lifetime. Imagine those who are bitten on the face or in other very visible areas. The results can be traumatic.

Nerve Damage: Deep bites can tear up nerves that may never grow back. Losing the ability to feel on part of the leg, arm, or hand could seriously affect someone’s quality of life going forward.

Psychological and emotional trauma: As mentioned above with scarring, many of these injuries can come with a psychological price. In fact, the attack doesn’t have to even be as severe as any of these other injuries to create a permanent phobia of dogs. Imagine a child attacked by a dog. Even if the worst that happens in a bruise, that child may grow into an adult who will never be able to enjoy the company of a dog.

Wrongful Death: Worst of all, a very severe dog attack can lead to the death of the person. Dogs are strong, powerful animals and some (like guard dogs) are trained to attack and cause damage to those they encounter that they don’t know. While the idea that a burglar might die from a dog attack might not elicit sympathy from some, keep in mind that many dog bite victims are innocent and were simply in the wrong place.

With that list, it’s clear that there is a major responsibility for all dog owners to keep their dogs in a place where they can’t harm others. Even dogs that are seemingly docile may turn aggressive in the right circumstances. Dogs should also be trained to know basic commands so that they can be more easily controlled if a potential attack situation develops.

Dogs are man’s best friend, that won’t ever change, but that friendship comes with some responsibilities, to the dog, to the owner, and to others around. Dogs can be very friendly, but they are still animals. Everything possible should be done to make sure they remain friendly and docile and in situations where no one—not the dog, not the owner, and not others—are ever hurt. Because the results when an attack does happen, clearly, can be pretty awful.

How to Deal with Dead Branches and Boughs on a Tree

As a homeowner, the trees in your yard are your pride and joy. They are literally the first thing anyone sees when visiting your home. Have a dead or dying branch hanging down can make your yard look decrepit and spooky. Beyond the aesthetics alone, a dying branch is a ticking time bomb to when it finally falls. Anyone standing under it or anything built beneath it is subject to potentially hundreds of pounds of wood crashing down. It’s vital to isolate and remove any dead or dying limbs on a tree.

Damaged, diseased, or dead branches or boughs should be removed as soon as possible from the tree. Boughs are just the large, main branches of a tree. The method of removing unsightly branches is called pruning. Pruning is a large part of the regular maintenance and upkeep of beautiful trees. The Spruce says that some of the most apparent signs of a dying tree that call for pruning include:

  • When certain branches are leafless while others are green
  • When there is fungus growing along the trunk of the tree
  • When the bark has peeled off to reveal the smooth wood underneath
  • Any dead leaves that are hanging on to bare branches in the winter months

This can help you quickly identify apparent dying trees. A homeowner should be able to prune their own trees if the dying branch is easily accessible, self-contained to one or two branches, and thin enough to cut safely with a pole saw. However, if an entire bough of the tree is dying one might want to call an arborist. The Central Texas tree care experts at Hamlin Tree Care say that regular pruning can make sure no dead branches fall and potentially injure anyone. However, just removing the dying section of a tree may not fully fix the problem. There might be a larger problem brewing beneath the bark. Diseases and pests could be killing the tree from the inside out. Which could mean the problem might spread across your yard affecting all of your trees. As a homeowner your trees are your art, it’s important that they stay healthy and beautiful.

Having a dead branch or bough could be a sign of an unhealthy tree or it could just mean that the tree outgrew part of its reach. Unfortunately, when a tree sheds its past layers and branches, it can be dangerous to people below. Recognizing and promptly removing any dead sections of one’s trees is the most proactive move a homeowner can do. If there are a few isolated dead branches a dedicated homeowner should be able to cut them down easily.

Since dying branches can either be a potential physical hazard or underlying tree health issue, it’s vital to have an arborist inspect each tree. Unless you’re running a haunted house, having an array of dead branches in your yard might not win “the best yard in the neighborhood” award, so it is a good idea to remove dead branches for the health of your trees!

PCB Exposure: Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out For

Before the United States Congress imposed its ban in 1979, Monsanto PCBs were used in a wide variety of industrial applications and commercial products. The chemical industry giant Monsanto produced up to 1.5 billion tons of polychlorinated biphenyls to help manufacturers create anything from flameproof Christmas trees to paint and other building materials. However, as incidents of toxic exposure and pollution were slowly exposed to the public, government agencies worked to crack down against the continued use of chemical substances found to have severe and dangerous effects on human health and the environment.

While the ban has been able to stop the spread of dangers associated with PCBs, the risk of exposure has yet to be fully mitigated. Even after more than 30 years has passed since PCBs were banned under the Toxic Substances Control Act, plenty of areas that became Monsanto toxic waste dumping grounds are still contaminated by the chemicals and pose health hazards to the public. Among such areas is the San Diego Bay in California. The City of San Diego even filed a lawsuit against Monsanto claiming that PCB pollution has detrimental effects on the wildlife in the area. People in San Diego Bay and other contaminated areas continue to face the risk of PCB exposure, considering that the substance can easily enter the body through inhalation and skin contact. Individuals can also be exposed to PCBs and its dangerous effects through ingesting fish, meat, or poultry contaminated with the toxic substance.

The Environmental Protection Agency classifies PCBs as a probable human carcinogen. They also point out that PCB exposure can lead to issues with the reproductive, nervous, immune, and endocrine systems. PCBs can also cause other medical conditions such as liver damage, high blood pressure, and increased serum serum triglyceride and cholesterol levels. However, these effects are known to develop over a long period of continued exposure.

According to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, immediate symptoms only arise when the exposure to PCBs is of significant amount. This usually happens when a person ingests something contaminated with the substance. In these cases, the exposed individual will experience vomiting, nausea, respiratory issues, and skin irritation, and require urgent medical attention.

On the other hand, low-level, long-term PCB exposure becomes evident through the development of acne-like skin irritation called chloracne. An individual exposed to PCB might also observe their skin and nails darkening over time. Prolonged PCB exposure can also cause an individual’s liver to enlarge, pointing to signs of a more serious medical condition.

Fight the Habit, or Fight the Charges of Cocaine Possession

Cocaine possession is illegal anywhere in the US. In Texas, it is at least a state felony and jail time is a given for even having a small amount of the drug in your possession. As discussed on the website of Mark Lassiter, this ranges from a minimum of 3 months all the way up to 99 years imprisonment plus fines, depending on the amount of cocaine.

These severe penalties do not faze people who are already addicted to the drug. They are willing to do anything, risk any consequence to feed their habit. For them, the important question in not how it will affect their future but when they can get their next hit. However, there may be hope in the horizon for the millions of people who have gotten hooked on cocaine.

The biggest hurdle in treating drug addiction is the body’s often violent reaction to its withdrawal. Cocaine users experience some of the longest and strongest physical craving for the drug, which often leads to recidivism.

Scientists believe they have hit on a method to help cocaine addicts kick the habit. In a report submitted to the American Chemical Society journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, the authors described a novel approach to modifying a bacterial protein called flagellin that has been incorporated in vaccines that when tested on mice and showed much better success in dulling the psychotrophic effects of cocaine than previous versions.

Vaccines are typically used to combat infections but can also be modified to activate an immune response to specific substances such as cocaine. This means that if human trials are successful, addicts will no longer experience the same high when taking the drug, which can help their body adjust to its absence much easier and quicker. The implications for application other types of addictions are promising.

However, if you are already facing charges for cocaine possession, it is important that you get competent legal representation to have a chance at trying an effective cure. Retain the services of a competent criminal defense lawyer in your state to get the best possible result in your case.

How To Protect Yourself During A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Most attorneys are aware that it is daunting to  face filing a personal injury lawsuit. You need the right knowledge to help you win your personal injury case, so keep reading. The following article will give you the right tools to get you through the experience with the best possible outcome.

Call the police as soon as there has been an accident. This should be done even if the other party tries to convince you that it is not necessary. Getting law enforcement involved will help you a lot when it is time to prove that an accident has actually occurred. The police will make a record of your call, which you could later present as evidence.

Get a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases. The law covers a vast area, so most lawyers choose to focus on a specific legal area. A real estate or divorce lawyer will be ill-equipped to handle a personal injury case effectively. If you already have a reliable lawyer who specializes in a different field, ask them for a referral to a trusted colleague who does work in personal injury.

Remember that when you’re choosing a personal injury lawyer, you’re entering into a relationship. The lawyer you choose should be someone that you can easily get along with. Likeability should not be the only factor in your decision, but it is a very important factor to consider. Not liking your lawyer and their staff can hamper your case by putting a strain on vital communication.

Brash, arrogant advertising is a poor determinant of a lawyer’s experience and expertise. You should never rely on advertisements when finding a lawyer. A much more reliable avenue when looking for a lawyer is to ask your friends and family. Make sure that they recommend a lawyer that specializes in personal injury and has a winning track record for the person recommending them. Don’t rely on their recommendation alone. Always arrange a face-to-face meeting before making a concrete choice.

You should now have an idea of how to create a case for your personal injury. Find a lawyer as soon as possible. Start now with the steps presented here and get to where you need to be later.

BUI – Illegal under State and Federal Laws

Boating is surely so much more fun compared to driving any type of vehicle. It can also offer a type and level of relaxation that no car can provide. There is one area wherein both car and boat are equal, though, an area where a driver and a boat operator can be on the same level and be subjected to the same consequences – driving/operating their respective motor vehicle with more than 0.08% BAC level.

Boating under the influence is equally dangerous as drunk-driving, thus all states impose the 0.08% limit on boat operators. In fact, studies even show that operators and passengers of vessels who consume alcohol while on sea can be impaired much faster than a car driver. This is due to the type of environment vessel passengers are exposed to, like the boat’s motion and vibration, sea water spray or mist on their face and body, the wind, sun and engine noise. All these and alcohol (as well as drugs) can negatively affect a boater’s vision, judgment, coordination and balance.

Due to the dangers that may result from boating under the influence or BUI, states and the US Coast Guard strictly implement the BUI law, warning potential violators of the harsh penalties they will face in the event that they infringe the mandate. States render it illegal to operate any type of boat when under the influence of alcohol or drugs; in addition, the BUI law enforced by the United States Coast Guard is a federal law, so that it applies to all US ships and other types of boats (including canoes and rowboats), as well as to all foreign vessels sailing on U.S. territorial waters.

Operating a boat, which even a boat owner does not do often, requires many skills which can easily be impaired when alcohol and/or drug is consumed. These skills include: peripheral or night vision, focus, reaction time, especially in dangerous situations, cognitive abilities and the ability to correctly identify colors. Violators of the BUI law can suffer suspension or revocation of operator privileges, large fines and time in jail.

Forming a General Partnership

business people doing businessStarting your own business is a new and exciting opportunity to chase your dreams. But going into business is rife with legal risks, which is why business formation attorneys are so invaluable. When considering forming a general partnership, you should know what you’re getting into, and what the possible pitfalls may be.

What is a General Partnership?

A general partnership consists of two or more people who go into business together for profit. It is a step up from a sole proprietorship in that all the members of the partnership divide the liabilities of the business amongst themselves instead of just one person. You don’t actually have to go through any formal process to establish a partnership; the entity is created by the act of engaging with one or more other persons in a business enterprise.

Rules of a General Partnership

Under the Uniform Partnership Act, the rules of partnership include but not limited to the following:

  1. Joint property ownership or tenancy does not establish a partnership.
  2. Income or profit from property held jointly does not constitute a partnership.
  3. Profit sharing from a business constitutes a partnership except when the share was received as payment for rent, debt or wages.
  4. If a person allows the use of his or her name to benefit the business in any way, that person is considered a partner, and may be held equally liable as the formal members of a partnership.
  5. Profits are reported as personal income and taxed accordingly.  This is called a pass-through. The portion of the income that are reported under each partner is based on the profit-sharing terms of the partnership agreement.
  6. Each partner is personally liable for the partnership’s obligations. This may take the form or joint or several liability. Even if only one partner is found guilty of any wrongdoing concerning the business, all partners are jointly and/or severally liable. In some instances, the same would apply for liabilities of the partnership’s employees.
  7. Each partner has equal voting rights unless otherwise stipulated.

Because a partnership is subject to a lot of issues and disputes, including complicated taxation laws, it is advisable to have a written agreement drawn up prior to the commencement of any business endeavor. Contacting business formation attorneys to draw up a partnership agreement ensures that each partner’s rights and concerns are addressed legally and fairly.

NASA Technology to Aid in Disaster Relief

NASA has developed radar technology that helps first-responders find victims in disaster situations. The new technology is called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER). It’s capable of detecting individuals buried under or trapped behind varying meters and densities of debris. In open space it can locate people as far as 30 meters away. FINDER would give responders a greater margin of time for finding injured or trapped people and effectively treating them.

FINDER works by reading the patterns that bounce back from debris using radar microwave signals. There are some complications when it comes to analyzing wreckage. In situations where storms have produced shattered wreckage, signals can get crossed by the overstimulation of surfaces. However, algorithms help to weed out the oversaturation of signals and isolate human movement like the rise and fall of a victim’s chest.

The FINDER detection is tailored specifically to human signals so that it doesn’t inadvertently pick up signals coming from animals or other moving factors, like trees or debris. There have been many instruments developed to help disaster relief, from clean-up resources to transportation vehicles, but FINDER is the most precise prototype built to target and locate trapped disaster victims.

What Women Should Know About NuvaRing

Though a highly popular contraceptive device for millions of women across the US, NuvaRing is not without serious side effects, which have already caused thousands of women considerable pain and suffering and which may be irreversible. Some of the mild to serious complications this product has are:

  • headaches
  • weight gain
  • nausea
  • vaginal infection
  • clotting in the eye’s blood vessels (which can result in vision problems)
  • blood clots in the legs (which, if it goes to the lungs, will result to severe risk)
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke / heart attack
  • breast cancer
  • gallbladder disease

About a thousand lawsuits have already been filed by women who have been affected by the side effects NuvaRing has. Though the sad reality is that there may be no solution that can restore these women’s good health, the amount of financial compensation they may be able to receive can at least be of help to see to their continuous medication and to cover for whatever financial losses they may have been, and will still be, faced with.

The effects of NuvaRing are serious. Despite this, its manufacturer continues to endorse and sell it as a safe birth control product. You can help stop other women from being harmed by this supposedly safe birth control device by filing a NuvaRing lawsuit. Lawyers tasked to handle this particular lawsuit know and understand the sensitivity of the matter behind this case. You can be assured of their professionalism and dedication in representing you and in fighting for your best interests and rights.  

NuvaRing: Its Design and Use  

After it was made available in the US market in 2001, NuvaRing quickly gained popularity among millions of women. This small flexible ring was originally manufactured by the Netherlands company Organon Pharmaceuticals. Organon was absorbed by Schering Plough in 2007. Tthen, in 2009, a merger between Merck and Schering took place, putting NuvaRing under Merck’s products list.

NuvaRing is designed to release into the user’s bloodstream controlled quantities of the estrogen Ethinyl Estradiol and the progestin Etonogestrel. Ethinyl Estradiol, or simply EE, is an artificial form of estrogen (the female’s main sex hormone) that is typically combined with a progestin; it is used mainly in different hormonal birth control products. Etonogestrel, on the other hand, is one type of a third-generation progestin, called Desogestrel. Higher chances of strokes, heart attacks, blood clots and other complications have actually been seen in contraceptives containing Desogestrel. In 2007 a move was made by Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, requesting the US FDA to forbid the sale and use of Desogestrel-enhanced oral birth control pills.


Why Nursing Home Abuse is Under-Reported

nursing home abuseThe abuse of elderly individuals while they are under the care of nursing homes or other caregivers is an astonishingly common occurrence. Simply assuming that because someone is being paid to care for your loved one, they will do a good job of it, is unfortunately a mistake made by thousands of people every year.

A congressional report released in 2001 showed that as many as one in every three nursing homes were cited for abuse violations within a two year span. Abuse of individuals in nursing homes often goes unreported. Oftentimes, the victims are afraid to speak up against inappropriate actions for fear of further abuse.

However, an increasingly common reason for the lack of reported instances of nursing home abuse is the victim’s mental state. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects as many as 5.2 million Americans and causes forgetfulness and confusion. As a result, abuse victims may not understand what is going on around them.

It’s important to stay close to your aging loved ones when the decision to put them in an elder care facility has been made. This can help you ensure that they are being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve in their twilight years.