Neck and Back Injuries

Neck and back injuries are very common injuries involved in road accidents, and they are also the most prevailing reasons for doctor’s visits. The human neck and back are made of delicately complex structure of muscles, bones, tissues and nerves that can easily be injured during an automobile accident. Often, the injuries include neurologic symptoms which can then radiate to other parts connected to that particular part of the nerve. Furthermore, any injury that affects any part of the spine can cause spasms (or reflex tightening) of the paraspinal muscles that can be very painful and debilitating.

It is estimated that eight out of ten people will suffer from neck or back pain at one point of their lives. There are those who would experience acute neck and back pain can feel abrupt and intense pain that can fortunately subside after a few days of weeks, but there are some types of neck and back injuries that are long-term and even result to chronic pain. According to the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm website, those who have suffered from serious neck and back injuries due to the fault of another has the right for compensation and may be able to legally file a personal injury claim.

Whiplash is one of the many injuries that should be checked following an automobile accident. This injury is not immediately seen or felt by the victim, but can show itself hours or days after. Although many victims believe whiplash to be a minor injury, various research have proven that it can be a significantly long-term injury. Victims of automobile accidents should also consider low-impact injuries because soft-tissue injuries are often overlooked.

Many of these injuries require lasting medical treatment and can put a strain on your finances state. This is the main reason why people file for injury claims; awarding compensation is not only to deter motorists from doing similar acts, but also to help cover for medical expenses and other damages that the victim experience. Both economic and non-economic expenses can be covered by the compensation, making medical treatments faster and easier.

How Parents Can Protect Their Children from Dog Bites

Dogs are an integral part of many American homes. With their playful attitudes and pleasant dispositions, it’s no surprise that thousands of people in the U.S. consider their beloved pets as part of the family. Dogs make for great companions. However, despite their lovely attitudes, there are moments when dogs become scared or provoked and easily turn aggressive. When this happens, a family’s beloved mutt can be a threat to the health and safety of their neighbors.

About a year back, news of how a young boy from Bakersfield, California was attacked by their neighbor’s dog became widely spread. Footage showing the incident became viral because the family’s cat was able to successfully drive away the aggressive dog and save the 4-year-old from more serious injuries. Unfortunately, not all children are saved from dog bites in the same way. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of dog bite victims are children. Because children are often unable to understand a dog’s body language and reactions, they do not become mindful of when it’s time to stay clear of an already aggressive or threatened dog.

Parents can protect their children from attacks by making sure they are properly supervised when playing outdoors, or when they are around or interacting with dogs. It’s also important that parents teach their kids some safety precautions that can help them avoid injury. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offer several suggestions that can help keep children safe from dog bites. One of the most important tips they offer is to make sure your kid understands the potential danger of petting or approaching a stray, a dog that’s off its leash, or stranger’s dog without permission.

Despite these precautions, the accountability for a dog’s aggressive behavior ultimately rests on its owner. All pet owners should make sure that their dogs are properly trained. They also have to make sure their dogs are properly contained within their own property, and that visitors to their homes are free from harm. As pointed out by the website of McCutchen Buckley – The Law Firm, dog bites caused within a person’s home or property can be considered a premises liability case and could merit the victim compensation through proper legal channels.

Dealing with A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Dealing with a personal injury lawsuit can be one of the most stressful things that could happen to any one person. This is not even to mention the turmoil and grief that this places upon the sufferer’s family members as well. Healing from the personal injuries alone can demand medical procedures that can cause financial strains that would be difficult to come up from. There is also the suffered emotional and psychological trauma from having had to go through such a horrific event. The consequences of a single negligent action could have profound effects on any personal injury victim.

That is one thing that victims of a situation like this have in common – their injuries are profound and touch more than just skin deep. However, the circumstances with how they received these ghastly injuries can determined how and which way the claiming of compensation can go. Pursuing legal action is a dreadfully tedious enough of a task to do for any other reason but when recovering from an injury, having to think about the technical stuff is really the last thing on anyone’s mind.

Personal injury, after all, can be dissected into various different subsets from medical malpractice, defective pharmaceuticals, automobile accidents, child injuries, or even wrongful death, according to the website of lawyers with Crowe & Mulvey, LLP. These medical terminologies and procedures then require expert help in both the hospital and whilst in trial. Lawyers that specialize in personal injury are more known to be resourceful due to the fact that their experience with these kinds of lawsuits have exposed them to experts in the medical field as well, thereby allowing them knowledge of what is the best path for you to take while having to deal with the aftermath of an accident that has caused personal injury.

Hiring a legal team to take your case to court can save a lot of time and heartache in the long run, as well as compensation for all the medical expenses as well as some form of retribution for the trauma sustained.

Acne Treatment with IPL

There are many methods for the treatment of acne vulgaris a.k.a. pimples with varying degrees of success depending on the severity of the condition and other factors such as skin type and health regimen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is the most widespread disease of the skin in the US, which makes it a profitable area of research. One of the more advanced therapeutic methods to treat the condition makes use of intense pulsed light (IPL).

In mild cases, over-the-counter topical medications can be efficacious in clearing up acne vulgaris when it flares up, but even then there are no permanent solutions. As long as the patient produces excess oil and continues to have difficulty in shedding dead skin where the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria thrive, the condition is likely to recur.

The same can be said with acne treatment using IPL. The main reason IPL may be considered is when topical treatment modalities have been unsuccessful in managing an acne attack, usually moderate to severe cases. IPL uses pulses of broad spectrum light to kill the bacteria that cause acne, and in some cases restrict the production of facial oil by reducing the size of sebaceous (oil-producing) glands in the face.

IPL treatment for acne has been found to be generally safe in studies, resulting in significant reduction in acne flare ups and improving skin tone in certain cases. Complaints about the adverse effects of IPL for acne treatment may have been because it was administered by an untrained or unqualified operator or it should not have been administered at all. It is not suitable in all cases; a qualified medical professional will evaluate each patient to determine if IPL is a suitable treatment modality.

It is also important to note that IPL is not a miracle cure. Significant improvement may only be apparent after several treatments, and some cases may need to use antibiotics in conjunction with the IPL for best results. When administered properly, IPL can provide relief from acne for at least 6 months with good skin regimen.

Controlling Stress before it Controls You

Instant! Everyone wants everything in an instant. This is what modernization provides life today, not to make life more comfortable, though, but to enable everyone to keep pace with the fast trends. And if you lag behind, the result is often STRESS!

Whether people accept it or not, it is a fact that everyone has made stress a part of life. Deadlines, bills to pay, schedules to keep, and so many others . . . ah, of course, the traffic.  Psychologists say that moderated stress cannot be that bad, though. In fact it can even be turned to some form of motivation which will develop in us the ability to control our mental and emotional disposition, to enable us to perform any task well even when under the pressure. However, if stress has become your very way of life, then you can be headed to an unhealthy lifestyle.

A “fight or flight” kind of life will definitely take its toll soon enough; it will make your mind, body and emotions pay, all to your regret.  Constant, unchecked pressure can make you hypertensive, cause infertility, increase the risks of stroke and heart attack, suppress your immune system, and affect your work productivity, mood, relationships, and quality of life.

“Fight-or-flight” is actually the body’s defense mechanism to threatening situations; it is what experts otherwise call the stress response. This defense mechanism makes the body more alert and the mind, more focused. It can also enable you to control the situation, to be able to work well – but all these are only within a certain point, for beyond that point, stress will cease being useful and will start doing damage instead.

Some of the very common mental and physical effects of a stressful life, include irritability, inability to relax, isolation, seeing only the negative, constipation or diarrhea, loss of sex drive, loss of appetite or excessive eating, neglect of responsibilities, turning to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes to relax, nail biting, and pacing back and forth.

To be able to control stress, before it controls you, it is important to know your strengths and your limits. Know what things make you stressful and be very, very conscious of your tolerance level. You’ll be surprised to see what awareness will enable you to do or not do for your good and everyone else’s.

Bankruptcy Overview

When debtors face difficult decisions, bankruptcy can be a useful option on the path to re-establishing financial stability. Bankruptcy might be a necessary option if a business or homeowner cannot pay their debts. Many people choose to file for bankruptcy when they are facing foreclosure or bank repossession. The term “bankruptcy” is commonly associated with failure or financial ruin, however bankruptcy is actually more commonly a resource in relieving debt and rerouting the debtor toward a more healthy financial path.

According to the website of the Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, filing for bankruptcy can provide the debtor with valuable benefits such as the discharging of debts. Additionally filing can stop the repossession of the debtor’s home and give them more time to catch up on missed payments. Debt collectors will cease incessant attempts to contact the debtor once they have taken action to file for bankruptcy and, in some cases, repossessed materials will be returned to the debtor.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is one of the most commonly filed for chapters in the United States. Both individuals and businesses can file for chapter 7. In order to qualify for chapter 7 bankruptcy debtors must take a “means test” to evaluate how much financial assistance they are able to receive. In addition to taking this test, debtors must take a counseling course in order to prevent them from needing to re-file for bankruptcy in the future. The credit counseling course is also a protective measure against people trying to abuse the benefits gained through bankruptcy, (also known as bankruptcy fraud). The United States government classifies bankruptcy fraud as a federal crime. Fraudulent action on the debtors’ behalf might include the concealment of assets, false claims, withholding important documents, conflicts of interest, etc.

Must-Dos in Spain

Spain is a beautiful place full of adventure. There are so many wonderful things to do and see. Below is a list of some things I consider to be must-dos when visiting in Spain:

  • The Alhambra: The Alhambra is a gorgeous Moor-influenced palace in the city of Granada, Spain. It has beautiful gardens and spectacular architecture.
  • Eat Tapas: Tapas can best be compared to American appetizers in size. However, rather than ordering tapas and then a meal, it is common to jump from place to place ordering only tapas and a drink at each place. It’s typical to go to 3-5 different tapas bars a night.
  • The Sagrada Familia: This cathedral, located in Barcelona, Spain, is one of Antoni Gaudí’s many architectural phenomenons. Not only is it an incredible piece of work architecturally, it also bestows an overwhelming feeling of peace to all that enter.
  • A Flamenco Show: These dances are heavily engrained into the Spanish culture and tell a story with every move. It makes for a perfect evening to go to a show, order some tapas and drinks, and sit back and take it all in.
  • Eat Paella: This typical Spanish dish is comprised of either chicken or seafood (or both), rice, and vegetables.

Automobile Accidents and Drunk Driving

Automobile accidents will always be a threat and an inconvenience to drivers. The website of attorneys Habush, Habush, and Rottier S.C. ® mentions that the most common causes for car accidents are driver error, reckless driving, speeding, mechanical malfunction, and highway defects. All of these potential causes become even more liable to happen when the driver has been drinking.

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), thus far in 2013, 40% of all traffic deaths in Texas are related to drunk driving. Additionally in 2013, Texas has spent $5.7 billion so far on drunk driving accidents. Drunken driving accidents are extremely expensive for those involved. People sustaining injuries could face hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills as well as complicated with their insurance policies.

With the intention of curbing the amount of drunken driving incidents, the country-wide initiative of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” was launched. The program works to monitor the roads especially heavily during times and holiday seasons when people are known to drink more than usual. According to the MADD website, one of the most effective strategies for catching drunk drivers is sobriety checkpoints. Sobriety checkpoints serve as an effective preventative measure since they remove drunk drivers from the roadways before they can cause any damage.

In the recent past, devices called Ignition Interlocks were approved for use. Ignition Interlocks are often distributed to people with DUI’s. In order for a past offender they must blow into the Interlock device before their car will start. The device measures sobriety and keeps drivers off of the road if their blood alcohol level is unacceptable. In addition to the Ignition Interlock technology, two new technologies are being studied and developed in cars. One technology would be able to detect blood alcohol through the driver touching a sensor while the other would be able to isolate the air exhaled by only the driver. Both of these new technologies are exciting developments in improving roadway safety for drivers and passengers.