Learn More about Wrongful Death

A death caused by the negligent or unjust actions of another individual is referred to as a wrongful death. While all deaths are devastating to the family and friends of the deceased, wrongful deaths can be exceptionally traumatic due to the fact that they could have been prevented. A variety of accidents and intentional harms can lead to the wrongful death of others, including car accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, workplace negligence, and even acts of violence or murder. When the numbers are added up, it is clear to see how unfortunately common wrongful deaths can be.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 37,000 prescription drug-related fatalities occurred in 2009. The Department of Transportation reports that for the same year, 33,883 traffic accident fatalities occurred. Workplace accidents also contribute significantly, with over 4,500 accident-related fatalities reported in 2010 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that approximately 225,000 individuals die each year as a result of medical malpractice.When an individual suffers a wrongful death, a personal representative of the deceased’s estate is allowed under law to bring forth a civil case against the individual (or individuals) who were either partially or fully responsible for the death. In order to be successful, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant was either negligent, acted with intent to cause harm, or was strictly to blame regardless of any fault attached to their actions (or failure to take action).Each state has its own wrongful death statutes that define time limits within which a wrongful death suit can be filed, and which often place specific regulations on the damages that can be pursued for individual types of accidents. In the aftermath of an unexpected and tragic death, bereaved family and friends are distraught, angry, and often in shock at what has transpired to their loved one. The complexity and individualistic nature of wrongful death laws and lawsuits underscore the importance just how important it is for grieving families to secure the help of a qualified attorney. …

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Braking system for immune responses

For the first time, researchers have identified a receptor on human cells that specifically recognizes crystals. It is found on immune cells and binds uric acid crystals, which trigger gout but also control immune responses. The team, led by researchers from Technische Universitt Mnchen (TUM)’s Klinikum rechts der Isar hospital have published their findings in the Immunity journal.The surface of immune system cells is home to a number of receptors which are able to detect pathogens. As soon as these receptors are activated, inflammation occurs and the body’s defense mechanisms kick in. Immune cells also have receptors that regulate or even suppress immunological responses to prevent damage to individual cells.There are other immune receptors that recognize endogenous substances that are released when tissue damage or cell death occurs. As such, the organism can defend itself even in cases where the damage caused by the pathogen, but not the pathogen itself, is detected.With the discovery of the surface molecule Clec12a from the family of C-type lectin receptors, the team led by Prof. Jrgen Ruland of Klinikum rechts der Isar have found the first known immune receptor for uric acid crystals. Uric acid is a break-down product of nucleic acids like DNA in response to cell damage. Whenever a large number of cells die, for example when a tumor is being medically treated or during an infection, the uric acid becomes more concentrated and the molecules crystallize.Immune responses have to be regulatedUric acid crystals also form when tissue is damaged and they boost the immune response. However, Clec12a limits the immune response instead of increasing it. …

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Managing Your Finances (BMO Scavenger Hunt)

Managing Your Finances (BMO Scavenger Hunt) Emily Dickey posted this in UncategorizedThis post brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine.It’s the last week of the BMO Harris Bank Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes! Have you been entering each week and getting great new tips for your financial milestones? I have! Even if some of the previous weeks haven’t quite applied to where you are at this point in your life (buying a home or having a baby), this week is for everyone!Week 5 is all about managing your finances. After college when I entered the “real world,” I always said–why wasn’t there a mandatory class in college (or even high school) about finances?! Taxes, mortages, types of insurance…

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Future generations could inherit drug and alcohol use

Parents who use alcohol, marijuana, and drugs have higher frequencies of children who pick up their habits, according to a study from Sam Houston State University.The study, “Intergenerational Continuity of Substance Use,” found that when compared to parents who did not use substances, parents who used alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drugs were significantly more likely to have children who used those same drugs. Specifically, the odds of children’s alcohol use were five times higher if their parents used alcohol; the odds of children’s marijuana use were two times higher if their parents used marijuana; and the odds of children’s other drug use were two times higher if their parent used other drugs. Age and other demographic factors also were important predictors of substance use.”The study is rare in that it assesses the extent to which parent’s substance use predicts use by their children within age-equivalent and developmentally-specific stages of the life course,” said Dr. Kelly Knight of the College Criminal Justice’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. “If a parent uses drugs, will their children grow up and use drugs? When did the parent use and when did their children use? There appears to be an intergenerational relationship. The effect is not as strong as one might believe from popular discourse, but when you measure it by developmental stage, it can provide important information on its impact in adolescence and early adulthood, specifically.”The study examined the patterns of substance use by families over a 27-year period. It documents substance use over time, giving a more complete understanding of when substance use occurs, when it declines, and the influence of parents in the process.According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2011, about 22.6 million Americans age 12 years and older said they used illicit drugs in the last month. Other studies show that drug use is associated with reduced academic achievement, lower employment rates, poorer health, dependency on public assistance, neighborhood disorganization, and an increase in the likelihood of involvement in crime, criminal victimization and incarceration. …

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Seven-Year Compensation Battle for Man Injured by Bus

Home » No Win No Fee » Latest Personal Injury News » 2014 » 3 » Seven-Year Compensation Battle for Man Injured by BusSeven-Year Compensation Battle for Man Injured by BusCorey Wilson, a 21-year-old from the Croydon area, was seriously injured during a bus accident almost seven years ago and he and his family have since been fighting for appropriate compensation for the effects the event has had on his life.Bus AccidentMr Wilson was boarding a double-decker Arriva bus in May 2007 when it pulled away from the stop, resulting in his sleeve getting caught in the door and him being dragged underneath it, the Croydon Guardian reports.Passengers on the bus had to help lift the vehicle up to free Mr Wilson, who was immediately rushed to hospital, where he was required to spend two months, missing vital schooling.For the past seven years, Mr Wilson has suffered extensively, both physically and mentally.InjuriesWith regard to physical injuries, Mr Wilson broke his leg, fractured his ankle and suffered from a life-threatening brain trauma, which has resulted in him experiencing bouts of amnesia, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.During the ambulance journey to hospital following the accident, Mr Wilson’s heart stopped and he had to be resuscitated by paramedics. He still has problems sleeping and requires constant care. Barbara Malcolm, Mr Wilson’s mother, told the Croydon Guardian, “Before the accident he had ADHD, but nothing else. Now he has all these problems. It has been seven years and still we have nothing. I am here for Corey 24/7 because he is in so much pain and on so much medication.”The AftermathMr Wilson is now required to take seven different types of medication each day and his mother has had to leave her job organising after-school activities to look after him full-time.He is now unable to take part in sports, which he loved to do prior to the accident, and has found his wellbeing severely affected.Mr Wilson said, “I can’t stand up for long because I get light-headed. I used to do boxing, tennis and football but now I find it hard to run. I’m anti-social now. I don’t go out much anymore.”He added he has suffered from feelings of depression due to being practically house-bound and has been unable to follow his childhood ambition of becoming either an electrician or a construction worker.’Unreasonable’ Compensation OfferAfter fighting for suitable compensation over a six-year period, Arriva finally offered Mrs Malcolm and her son a settlement of £10,000.However, she says this is nowhere near enough for the damage inflicted on her son’s life, despite the family facing a constant daily struggle.She said, “Sometimes I feel like giving up.”Despite this, Mrs Malcolm is continuing to negotiate with Arriva over the injuries sustained by her son as she believes a lack of concentration by the driver of the bus caused Mr Wilson to almost die.Compensation Battle ContinuesSpeaking to the Croydon Guardian, a spokesman for Arriva said, “Communication between Corey Wilson’s lawyer and our representatives is ongoing and with the matter being a legal case we cannot comment any further.”Or Call freephone 0800 884 0321SHARE THIS

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Husband’s health, attitude loom large for happy long-term marriages

A husband’s agreeable personality and good health appear crucial to preventing conflict among older couples who have been together a long time, according to a study from University of Chicago researchers.The report found that such characteristics in wives play less of a role in limiting marital conflict, perhaps because of different expectations among women and men in durable relationships.”Wives report more conflict if their husband is in poor health,” said the study’s lead author, James Iveniuk, PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. “If the wife is in poor health, there doesn’t seem to be any difference in terms of the quality of the marriage for the husband.”The study, “Marital Conflict in Older Couples: Positivity, Personality, and Health,” reports results from a national survey with data analyzed from 953 heterosexual couples who were married or cohabitating. The study participants ranged in age from 63 to 90 years old and the average length of their relationships was 39 years.The survey of older adults participating in the National Social Life Health and Aging Project, funded by the National Institute on Aging, compared the characteristics of the husbands to the characteristics of their wives and vice versa based on interviews with each person in which they were asked to describe themselves.Iveniuk and co-authors found many gender differences when they examined personality traits including openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and anxiety. They added a new measure called “positivity,” an overarching characteristic described as a person’s overall desire to be seen in a positive light. “Wives whose husbands show higher levels of positivity reported less conflict. However, the wives’ positivity had no association with their husbands’ reports of conflict,” Iveniuk said.Co-author Linda J. Waite, Lucy Flower Professor of Urban Sociology and director of the Center on Aging at NORC, says the study’s measurement of marital conflict could be summarized as, “How much does your spouse bother you?” The clashes are not primarily about fighting or violence, but rather whether one spouse criticizes the other, makes too many demands, or generally gets on the other person’s nerves.Another finding is that men who describe themselves as neurotic or extraverts tend to have wives who complain more about the quality of the marriage. Men with self-described neurotic wives may consider worrying to be a more “gender-appropriate” role for women. Husbands reported more criticism and demands from their wives overall, but also higher levels of emotional support.”Several previous studies have been about the implications of marital status on health,” Waite says. “This research allows us to examine individual marriages and not ‘married people.’ We have the reports on the quality of the marriage from each person, about their own personality and their own health.”The researchers suggest that future studies might examine the question of whether low levels of conflict in marriages require not only the absence of frustrating factors, such as poor health and negative traits, but also a better balance of emotional responsibilities between husbands and wives. …

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Vitamin D increases breast cancer patient survival, study shows

Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels of this nutrient, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the March issue of Anticancer Research.In previous studies, Cedric F. Garland, DrPH, professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, showed that low vitamin D levels were linked to a high risk of premenopausal breast cancer. That finding, he said, prompted him to question the relationship between 25-hydroxyvitamin D — a metabolite produced by the body from the ingestion of vitamin D — and breast cancer survival rates.Garland and colleagues performed a statistical analysis of five studies of 25-hydroxyvitamin D obtained at the time of patient diagnosis and their follow-up for an average of nine years. Combined, the studies included 4,443 breast cancer patients.”Vitamin D metabolites increase communication between cells by switching on a protein that blocks aggressive cell division,” said Garland. “As long as vitamin D receptors are present tumor growth is prevented and kept from expanding its blood supply. Vitamin D receptors are not lost until a tumor is very advanced. This is the reason for better survival in patients whose vitamin D blood levels are high.”Women in the high serum group had an average level of 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in their blood. The low group averaged 17 ng/ml. The average level in patients with breast cancer in the United States is 17 ng/ml.”The study has implications for including vitamin D as an adjuvant to conventional breast cancer therapy,” said co-author Heather Hofflich, DO, UC San Diego associate professor in the Department of Medicine.Garland recommended randomized controlled clinical trials to confirm the findings but suggested physicians consider adding vitamin D into a breast cancer patient’s standard care now and then closely monitor the patient.”There is no compelling reason to wait for further studies to incorporate vitamin D supplements into standard care regimens since a safe dose of vitamin D needed to achieve high serum levels above 30 nanograms per milliliter has already been established,” said Garland.A 2011 meta-analysis by Garland and colleagues estimated that a serum level of 50 ng/ml is associated with 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer. While there are some variations in absorption, those who consume 4,000 International Units (IU) per day of vitamin D from food or a supplement normally would reach a serum level of 50 ng/ml. …

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Fires, floods, winds and snow – 4 seasons in 1

By being connected through social media we find out and éxperience’ where others live around the world without actually leaving home! That is what makes social media so fascinating – the fact that we can keep in touch thanks to modern technology, being connected to the internet and even seeing/sharing immediate pictures of our lives and day to day experiences. Fires have been near here the last few days, floods and strong winds in UK and heavy snow falls in USA and Canada.Valentine’s day yesterday was interesting as to how it is celebrated globally. What is extra special is seeing not just it being celebrated with couples in love, but also families counting their blessings having the love of children, friends and other ‘friends’ they have …

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Bloggers: get paid to work for great brands with #Markerly’s blogging network

Bloggers: get paid to work for great brands with #Markerly’s blogging network Emily Dickey posted this in Blogging~This post was written in a partnership with the blogging network Markerly. All opinions are my own.My blog started as a place to connect with friends and family when my husband and I lived out of state. It grew and turned into so much more. Now, my blog is my business and I make a very nice additional income for our family working from home. I love it!Part of how I make money is through blog networks that offer paid posts and sponsored content for influencer marketing. There are a lot of them out there so when you find one, sign up! You never know what opportunities might…

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HomeLogic: natural cleaning products (giveaway)

Product was received from Natural HomeLogic to facilitate this review of natural cleaning products. All opinions are my own.I think my husband and I have always been environmentally conscious—his civil engineering degree is with a specialty in environmental and one of my BS degrees is in environmental science—but never so much as when we had kids. It’s just something about being solely responsible for the well-being of a helpless, tiny human being! We made a lot of changes, but one that was a priority was making sure anything that went on their skin was safe and natural. This includes skincare products like soaps and shampoos and cleaning supplies (that are inhaled or end up on their skin as they move around the house—and then possibly …

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The Hunt for A Cure: W&C responds to WSJ article

The Wall Street Journal, which is in the business of putting asbestos trial lawyers out business, contacted me over a year ago. They wanted to run an article about my donations to medical research.As a journalist myself in college, it didn’t take long for me to figure out their angle. They wanted to show that somehow my practice of sponsoring medical research, as opposed to spending oodles on TV and Google ads, was “fishy” if not “rotten.”The result of that year long quest appeared today in the crusty WSJ under the byline of reporter Dionne Searcey. The title: “Mesothelioma Doctors, Lawyers Hunt for Valuable Asbestos Cases.”Right away you get a feel for the slant. We are “hunters.” Now, I’ve gotten to know Ms. …

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Two Important Steps That Will Help You to Cope With a Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma is undoubtedly one of the most devastating and harrowing experiences one can pass through in life, it is like receiving a certain death sentence. All patients will pass through the classical stages of grief, the initial shock followed by denial, then anger, then depression, and finally acceptance of the grim reality of the terminal disease.This mix of powerful emotions can overwhelm even those that claim to be very strong individuals. This disease often leaves its victims in a very fragile state of mind.Even the most compassionate and understanding people can be frustrated by the mortality of mesothelioma, and they can become worn out emotionally very quickly if they do not take steps to help them cope with the disease. Mesothelioma …

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Workers Compensation

Despite the best actions of employers and employees, accidents on the job do happen. Whether an employee works behind a desk, drives behind a wheel, or stands behind a counter, things can go wrong and injuries can occur. Regardless of their nature, injuries and illnesses have financial, emotional, and personal costs – including lost wages, lost earning potential, and physical pain and suffering.In the event of a job-related injury, laws are in place to protect workers’ rights. In every state but Texas, almost all employers are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance in order to cover medical expenses that result from work-related illnesses and injuries, and to partially replace workers’ lost wages.This mandate incurs a large cost for employers.A report from the National Academy of Social Insurance indicated that in 2007, 131 million U.S. workers were covered by workers’ compensation insurance at a cost of $85 billion dollars to employers. If those numbers seem extreme, consider these numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:Nearly three million cases of non-fatal illness and injury were documented in the private sector in 2011, equal to a rate of 3.5 cases per every 100 full-time workers. A key measure of the severity of injuries and illnesses is the median number of days away from work, which was eight days for 2011, and virtually unchanged from the three previous years. In 2010, nearly 4,700 workers died as a result of injuries sustained while at work – which translates to one worker dying every two hours from a job-related injury. Highway incidents remain the most common cause of fatal occupational injuries, followed by falls, workplace homicides, and being struck by objects. In 2010, the private construction industry experienced the highest number of fatal occupational injuries (774), while the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the highest fatal work injury rate (27.9 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers). …

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Mesothelioma Claim

Mesothelioma ClaimMesothelioma Claim – Things You Need to File Your ClaimYou have a right to file for a mesothelioma claim if you have been diagnosed with any asbestos-related injury. Mesothelioma is a debilitating illness and most of the people who have been inflicted with this illness find themselves bed-ridden and no longer able to work. This results in a drastic change in lifestyle and financial situation that is always too much for the patient and his family to carry on their own. Not to mention the pain and physical suffering that go with it. A successful processing of mesothelioma claim will help alleviate most of that.What is involved in the filing of this kind of a claim? The following are the steps you will have …

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Mesothelioma Treatments-What Are Your Options?

There are several options available for the treatment of mesothelioma. The most recommended forms of treatment are: a} Surgery b} Chemotherapy c} Radiotherapy. There are however other less popular, less commonly used forms of treatments, these include gene therapy, immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy and others. Some of these other forms of treatment are still in the stage of experimental and clinical trials usage.The cancer is usually treated by the use of combination therapies involving the use of more than one type of therapy. Most times, surgery is used to remove as much of the tumor as possible and this is followed with chemotherapy and or radiotherapy to kill the remaining cancer cells. This particular combination of surgery and chemotherapy with radiotherapy is one of the commonest forms …

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Seeking Legal Help, Part 2 of 2

On our blog last week, we looked at why mesothelioma victims sometimes turn to the legal system for help. But many mesothelioma victims are hesitant to take action, because they are unfamiliar with the legal process, and the prospect of dealing with a legal battle may seem insurmountable given their physical condition. In truth, the process is more simple than you may imagine.First, it is critical to select a lawyer carefully. Be sure that you understand who will actually be handling your case. Sometimes people hire a lawyer, not realizing that their case will be handed off to someone else. Finding this out after the contract is signed can be an unwelcome surprise at a difficult time.Be sure to inquire into the case history and …

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