Where there are motorized vehicles, then one thing is most likely to happen: accident.

Way back in the early 1900s, people already saw that cars were bound to crash; this is why carrying auto insurance was made a mandate. Motorcycle, car and truck accidents are not the only causes of accidents, however, ships and boats, have, for so long, even longer than any motor vehicle on land, been causes of injuries and death to so many men, even during ancient times.

Today, the U.S. Coast Guard, as one of its many functions, makes a compilation of all reported recreational boating accidents in the U.S. In 2015, for instance, it counted 4,158 accidents that resulted to 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries. This 626 deaths is much higher than the 2013 and 2014 records, which were at 560 and 610, respectively.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the top five leading contributing factors to accidents are operator inexperience, operator inattention, improper lookout, excessive speed and alcohol. Operator inexperience, specifically, has been the leading cause of boating accidents all across the U.S. for almost two decades now. Boating is a totally fun and adventure-filled activity; however,operating a boat without having proper knowledge about its safe operation and proper attitude while on water can be dangerous even to experienced operators.

Boat operators have a lot to learn, including boating laws and regulations, rules on navigation, what to do in a weather-related emergencies, and knot tying among others. The U.S. Coast Guard advises operators to take a boating education class where they will learn all the basics, and the dos and don’ts of boating. While taking this education class is not really required for operating a watercraft in some states, having the knowledge on how to have a safe and enjoyable time on the water may reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident.

The Clawson & Staubes law firm mentions and explains in its website some of the laws boat operators will need to observe while on waters. It also explains what legal action a person can pursue in the event an accident does occur due to the carelessness or negligence of someone else.


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Hospice is not a situation anyone wants to find themselves in. This form of senior care is usually reserved for those with chronic illness and is intended to soothe the patient as they enter the final stages of their life. Assuring the patient is comfortable is the number one goal of hospice care.

When a patient enters hospice care, they usually only have six months to a year to live. Common chronic illnesses that place a patient in hospice care include cancer, dementia, heart disease, lung disease, and more. This a difficult time of transition the patient enters the final stages of their life. Hospice seeks to ease this stress and allows you to focus on spending time with your loved one. Allow hospice care to not only bring comfort to loved one, but you as well.

If the patient has uncontrolled and sudden symptoms, inpatient care can assure that a trained hospice staff is constantly with them. This gives you the peace of mind that if a medical emergency were to occur, your loved one would be in good hands. If your loved one prefers to stay in their home and they have symptoms controlled by medication, routine home care could prove to be a good option as it promotes the feeling of normalcy.

Hospice allows for a family to focus on creating positive final memories with their loved one instead of having to focus solely on giving them the medical attention the need in their final stage of life. This allows for easier days for the whole family. Hospice care provides an unmatched sense of peace at a time when things are usually uncertain and scary.

Between 1.5 million and 1.6 million individuals are currently receiving some form of hospice treatment, showing the importance of understanding and being aware of this form of care as an option for your loved one when everything else seems uncertain.


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If there is one type of vehicle which can be the most dangerous to drive, that could be motorcycles. According to the website of Houston personal injury lawyers, bicycle accidents account for many road-related injuries and deaths in the country. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration even revealed that when you are riding a motorcycle, you are 35 times more prone to fatal accidents than those riding in cars.

To protect yourself from debilitating and fatal injuries brought about by a motorcycle-related accident, always keep in mind these simple tips:

Check before you go

Just like any other vehicles, you should check the condition of your motorcycle before hitting the road. You can do a front-to-end inspection of your bike, starting from the headlight to its brake light.

Invest in good bicycle components

You may consider investing in anti-lock braking system (ABS), which works pretty much the same as that of cars. ABS prevents your wheels from locking up during a hard brake, preventing you from skidding and losing control of your bike. Good tires and quality head and tail lights are also needed for a safe ride.

Protect your head, always

Buying a good helmet is one thing; wearing it is another. You might be tempted not to wear a helmet, especially when you are just driving three to four blocks to get your groceries. However, because accidents are never expected, you should be on guard at all times.

Remember that you are a vehicle

Your motorcycle is a motorized vehicle, which means you should adapt a driver common sense and act in accordance with the traffic rules and regulations. However, you should also remember that you are more vulnerable than four-wheeled cars around you, so you have to be extra cautious and more defensive when driving.

Learn more about driving

Joining in a motorcycle club near your area can help you learn more about motorcycle safety tips. Some organizations offer free riding course, which gives you an opportunity to further hone your skills.


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A car chase, car racing on busy roads or highways and driving on the opposite lane to avoid any pursuers, especially cops, are very exciting scenes in movies; these scenes, sometimes, could even make one wish that he/she were in the lead car’s driving seat instead of the actor (or the stuntman).

One has keep in mind, however, that all such scenes are coordinated and that all the actors and stuntmen involved are protected with the proper gear against any untoward incident. Do any of those scenes in real life and you can very well expect that an accident will occur; even professional car racers during tournaments are prone to the most dangerous accidents – and these are perfectly trained where driving is the concern.

It is obvious, though, that many drivers are either just too courageous or irresponsible whenever they hit the road (such courage, however, is very much out of place). Due to these unwanted road behaviors, millions of accidents happen every year, severely injuring more than a million and taking the lives of as many as 35,000 innocent victims.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and all traffic safety enforcers in all 50 states work untiringly to try to keep roads and highways free from accidents, or at least significantly reduce its number. Despite some degrees of success, authorities know that there are plenty of things that still need to be accomplished.

Some moves by the government have been to make the penalties of traffic violation harsher, put up check points where sobriety tests may be conducted, pass and enforce new laws, and so forth. There are times, however, when enforcers become overzealous in their job, making charges where one is never necessary.

The different traffic violations a driver can be charged with include, speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving and, the one which many drivers try hard to keep free from, driving under the influence or DUI.

Drinking and driving. Everyone knows that these two things will never be an acceptable pair. The only surprising thing is that even the kindest people, persons respected in their career and community, or those who are known as conscientious and responsible, have been and can be guilty of driving while under the influence – just like anybody else.

One can only be sure that these people mean no harm and are confident that, with due care, they will get home safely, without causing anyone trouble. Thus, they drive as safely as they can, sometimes, even as slowly as possible. The only big problem is, driving slow is one of the signs of drunk-driving, according to traffic enforcers.

According to the webpage for Nashville DUI lawyer Brent Horst, Attorney at Law, a DUI charge is a serious matter. To defend yourself, you will almost certainly need the help of an attorney. Not all lawyers, however, have the same depth of knowledge about their area of practice. The extent of experience can also be an advantage in such serious matters.


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A good doctor and a medicine that works! What else can be better for someone complaining of a serious health condition? Through technological advancement, pharmaceutical companies are able to develop many different products, like medicines or drugs, medical devices and surgical supplies that can effectively remedy general and specific health issues. But, before being allowed for public use, these products will first have to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and one FDA requirement prior to approval is proof, through actual tests of the drug and device, that these are safe and effective rather than possible causes of unexpected harm or injury to patients.

Every year, millions of new pharmaceutical products are presented to the FDA for approval, keeping the hands of this federal branch of the US government always full. This may probably be the reason why some medical products, despite their manufacturers’ claim that these are safe and effective, end up causing adverse effects instead, some even resulting to severe illnesses, while others are linked to patient death.

It is often challenging to pinpoint who the real liable party is whenever a medical product ends up causing injury rather than providing remedy. It can be the pharmaceutical company, which funded and conducted the tests on their own products, but failed to accurately report the products’ possible negative effects, or the doctor who failed to either accurately diagnose the patient’s condition or find out what other health issues the patient has and the medications that he/she is taking which may interact negatively with the drug or product that he/she intends to prescribe; these, however, are just two of the numerous factors that make medical products, which are expected to remedy illnesses, become dangerous medications instead.

A list of some pharmaceutical products that have been (and which are being) linked to serious side-effects is found in the website of Williams Kherkher. Included in this list are the prescription drugs Zofran and Depakote, and Transvaginal mesh, which is a surgical patch.

Zofran, generically named Ondansetron, is an antiemetic agent manufactured by the London-based GlaxoSmithKline. It belongs to the 5-HT3 receptor antagonist drug group, which is known to effectively block serotonin, a natural substance inside the body that can cause vomiting.

Zofran was approved by the FDA to treat vomiting and nausea caused by surgery, radiation therapy and cancer chemotherapy. It definitely must have been effective, otherwise, its manufacturer would not have recommended it for non-label use (for uses not approved by the FDA). This move served as a cue to doctors, who started prescribing the drug to pregnant women to alleviate in them any feeling of discomfort due to severe morning sickness.

The drug, however, was never tested on pregnant women, thus, the absence of notes or proofs of its safety for their use. And, soon enough, the results started to show: babies born to mothers, who took Zofran during their pregnancy, suffered birth defects, such as cleft palate, cleft lip, mouth deformities, musculoskeletal anomalies and heart ailment.

Depakote is another drug that is said to cause severe birth defects if taken by women during their pregnancy. This anticonvulsant drug earned the approval of the FDA three times for three different purposes: for the prevention of severe epileptic seizures (approved in 1983); to treat manic episodes due to bipolar disorder (in 1995); and, prevent migraine attacks (in 1996). It was not approved, however, to be used by pregnant women.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, Depakote has been linked to the following birth defects, the most serious health conditions caused by this drug:

  • Spina bifida ( a condition wherein the spinal column does not close totally) and other spinal defects
  • Facial dysmorphism or malformation of face or skull
  • Malformation of cardiovascular system
  • Brain defect, which is often fatal.

Besides these, there are other reported side-effects that Depakote has been connected to, such as liver toxicity, pancreatitis, unusual bruising or bleeding, joint weakness, confusion, difficulty swallowing and/or breathing, and so forth.

The most serious health conditions caused by Depakote, though, can be those found in babies, whose mothers were prescribed with the drug during their pregnancy. Women, who took the drug, were in a great chance of delivering dead babies or babies with birth defects, like facial dysmorphism (deformity in a child’s facial structure), spina bifida (a condition wherein the spinal column of an unborn child does not close totally), deformity of the cardiovascular system, and brain defect, which can be fatal.

Prescription drugs are not the only modern threats to patient safety, however; the website of Williams Kherkher also mentions Transvaginal mesh, a surgical patch, as another cause of severe harm.

Through the surgical procedure called Transvaginal/ Vaginal mesh implant, a patch is attached to a vaginal wall to strengthen it due to its insufficient thickness. This is meant to prevent the occurrence of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) which cause women great pain and discomfort.

In 2011 the US FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health stated that transvaginal placement of mesh is dangerous for, besides causing complications, such as mesh erosion, mesh exposure, mesh contraction and mesh migration, it may no longer be possible to remove it once put in place, which means that it may be impossible for the patient, in whom it was implanted, to recover from its side-effects.

Anyone injured by any kind of product, most especially pharmaceutical products, have the right to file a lawsuit against all possible liable parties for the compensation that they are legally allowed to seek and receive. Seeking the help of a seasoned lawyer, however, should be the first step in order to be successful in this legal pursuit.


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