Posts by Alexis

Drunk Driving Campaigns

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve been anywhere on planet earth where there’s traffic, you’ve almost certainly seen a drunk driving campaign. Each one has its own way; some try and make you feel bad for the innocent people involved, others try and make you horrified at the results, some just try and be cheeky and fun about passing the keys off to your sober friend. Even our Corpus Christi Personal Injury Attorneys push these campaigns on their websites. We’ve seen so many of these things and seen so many drunk drivers anyway; it’s a tough issue to tackle.

All of us tolerate alcohol a little differently and feel it in different ways. Some of us proudly proclaim that they’re very able drunk drivers, while others know they’re not up to par after a drink and quickly pass off driving duties. The issue isn’t really with the second group of people, it’s with the first. Sure, some people can totally get behind the wheel after drinking some and drive just fine and actually be quite safe too, but it’s those same people who think they can still do it after drinking a little too much one night, and then it goes haywire. My good buddy was exactly one of those people.

After a party one night, I got to lay off designated driver duties because my friend was the one who got blasted the night before and I drove us home. Tonight was his turn, and he was a hefty dude who could have a single drink and some water at the beginning of the party and drive safely at the end. That night, however, he decided to have one at the beginning, then another one at the beginning and then a couple in the middle and then who knows how many more after that. At the end of the party, he was still very much in control of his behavior, but he was very uncoordinated. I – being quite drunk myself – couldn’t particularly tell the difference, especially not enough to insist he not be the one to drive. His drunkenness was unknown to me until it was too late.

My buddy was driving fine, with only one little mistake near the beginning of the ride home. He was reacting fine to everything, saw all the road signs, stopped at the lights and everything. Once we’d gotten on the highway, it was pretty much a line drive to get home. He was cruising in the left lane without much traffic around us, until someone starting passing him up from the right side. He got startled and veered off to the left, completely slamming the car into the divider and putting the whole car out of commission.

Luckily, the ending of this story isn’t as dark as a lot of the drunk driving ads we see. We both made it out alive, each had a couple broken ribs, and his left arm was broken, and nobody else was injured. The angle to this story is only slightly different from what we normally see. More often than not, drunk driving isn’t someone who’s swerving all over the road and barely able to see straight, it’s someone whose senses have all been dumbed down just enough to still be in control, but miss one thing and cause a huge mess for everyone. If you think you have a high tolerance for alcohol, you need to check yourself twice as hard as others and be well aware there are others out there who think the same thing and pose just as much of a threat to you as you do to them.

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Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are meant to be a place of trusted care for elderly loved ones. These organizations aim to provide elderly individuals help with medical needs and daily tasks that other family members often cannot manage on their own. However, these environments are also associated with a history of abuse and neglect, due to the power imbalance between caretakers and residents. Elderly individuals are one of the groups most at risk for abuse because they are often unable to care for themselves. Unfortunately, much of the time, these abuses are not reported until after they have been occurring for an extended period of time. This was the case in a residential care facility near Vinita, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma new source, News On 6, reported on the closure of the Branding Brook Independent Living center, in January 2017. The center’s owner, Robyn McKinney opted to close the facility, after she was charged with over 15 different counts, most for caretaker abuse and one for assault and battery. McKinney owned and operated this facility for physically and mentally impaired elderly and was allowed to continue her abusive behavior for a significant amount of time. None of the residents or their family members had reported the previous abuses, but the incidents were finally brought to light after she attacked and bit a resident. These physical marks of abuse were unavoidably obvious, and another individual called police officers to make a report. All residents of this facility have been placed with other assisted living centers, and their personal and medical records are no longer in McKinney’s possession. Additionally, McKinney is facing felony charges for her repeated abuse of these residents.

Abuse of any kind is absolutely unacceptable, but the abuse of the elderly feels even more despicable. These individuals require the assistance of others after they have lived good and long lives. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, yet some people view this as an opportunity to exploit weakness. Over the last decade, the U.S. has become more aware of the many cases of nursing home abuse, but it is a difficult problem to end. Many of these cases are not reported, and even when they are, they are often not taken seriously, or the consequences of these actions are lenient at best and nonexistent at worst. Thankfully, Robyn McKinney is facing justice for her actions, but there are many other abusive caretakers who do not face the same treatment.

The families affected by McKinney’s despicable actions are likely feeling frustrated and angry at this situation, but they have the right to fight back. With the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, these families can file a lawsuit and receive compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial losses caused by this nursing facility. Anyone who has faced nursing home abuse needs to understand their rights, and how they can end their own abuse and abuses across the country.

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Sedation Dentistry: For Patients Who Cannot Bear the Thought of Being in a Dentist’s Chair

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So many individuals choose to skip their dental appointment for two major reasons: pain and discomfort. Thus, despite all efforts to increase patient comfort, dental treatment is one necessary health care that many rather avoid.

Well, there is great news for all those who need to undergo dental treatment but are quite afraid to do so: Painless Dentistry through the Sedation.

An absolutely safe procedure, sedation dentistry is a kind of dental treatment where a patient is calmed through the use of mild forms of sedation before performing a dental procedure.  To help relieve patient anxiety, the area that needs to be treated it numbed so that the patient will not feel the dental treatment. The procedure would have been completed by the time the sedation wears off. There are three types of sedation:

  • Oral Sedation – typically given orally to be swallowed or can be dissolved underneath the tongue. Medication can be taken before the procedure and patient will still be able to communicate with our dental team during the treatment.
  • Inhalation Conscious Sedation – nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, that is inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose and can be used alone or with an anti-anxiety medication that is taken orally. You will not fall asleep after being sedated, but will be relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
  • IV Conscious Sedation – sedative is delivered directly into the bloodstream intravenously (through the vein). The level of sedation can be controlled and adjusted more quickly and easily.

Of the three, oral sedation is the most popular. However, IV sedation has the most immediate effect on the body.

Sedation dentistry has actually been practiced by dentists for many years; new techniques, however, has expanded its application, allowing it to be used even for simple treatments, like teeth cleaning. The calming and numbing effects of sedation have also proven an effective antidote even for people who cannot bear the thought of being in a dentist’s chair.

 

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Sexual Harassment: A Problem in the Workplace

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sexual Harassment: A Problem in the Workplace

The workplace can be a dangerous place, and sometimes, the danger is not always about workplace accidents, but about hostile work environments. A workplace can be considered hostile if an employee is abused or discriminated. Most of the time, the abuse and discrimination involve age, gender, and even race.
But one factor is often overlooked – sex. Sexual harassment may come in many forms, such as the following:

  • Asking questions that are both too personal and sexual
  • Commenting sexually on a person’s body or clothing
  • Excessive touching
  • Making sexual gestures, such as whistling
  • Sharing materials that are sexual in nature, such as nude photos and pornographic videos
  • Talking to another person with sexual intentions and suggestions

One or two instances of the above actions may be unintentional, but multiple instances may make the environment hostile and may have effects on employees.

Effects on Employees

The most affected employees are the sexually harassed. Their productivity may suffer because they start being conscious of their body, and they may think about past, present, and future harassments too much that they will not be able to work. If the situation is bad enough, they may even intentionally avoid work, and this usually comes in the form of calling in sick.
According to the website of Cary Kane, LLP, those who have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace may have legal options. This is justifiable, because after all, their employment and financial standing may be at risk here, not to mention their physical and mental health.
Sexual harassment can have an emotional and psychological toll on victims, such as anger, anxiety, depression, fear, feeling of vulnerability, and loss of self-worth. These problems may result into behaviors that may be detrimental to physical health, such as over or under eating, sleeping, or working, and on the worst cases, even suicide.

Responsibility of Employers

Essentially, employers have employees so they can operate their business, but this doesn’t mean that their employees are just pawns. They are people with rights, and one of these rights is to have a work environment that is not just safe, but also conducive for productivity. Employers should enforce rules and regulations to ensure that their employees are not compromised in any way.

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Why Speeding is Dangerous

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Car accidents are such serious issues that they are being talked about not only by medical professionals, but also by legal professionals. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, one of the causes of such accidents is speeding.

Speeding is not just about driving over the speed limit, as it can also be about driving too fast when the road and weather conditions are considered. Below are the reasons why speeding is dangerous and recklessness, causing numerous accidents year by year.

Greater collision impact
Common sense tells us that when a vehicle is traveling faster, the force if it crashes to another object also becomes greater. This is the most obvious consequence of speeding, yet there are drivers out there who speed and risk themselves to traumatic injury just because of the adrenaline rush of speeding. It is also important to note that safety equipment, such as airbags and seatbelts, do not function in their best when the speed of the vehicle is too great.

Less vehicle control
If a vehicle is speeding, its driver has less control of it, particularly in curves and turns. This puts the driver and his passengers at greater risk of crashing or colliding with another vehicle. This is also applicable not just on curves and turns, because even traveling straight ahead can be problematic, as simple lane changes become harder and the driver becomes more vulnerable to losing control, veering off the road, or overturning.

Less reaction time
There are a lot of factors that affect reaction time, such as the driver’s perception and ability to react, and the vehicle’s braking capability. The driver’s perception and ability to react can be very limited when a vehicle is traveling at excessive speeds. The vehicle’s braking capability is also compromised, because stopping a fast vehicle takes a longer time compared to a slow vehicle.
To sum everything up, speeding makes the driver more vulnerable not just to a simple car accident, but to a devastating one. The situation becomes more tragic if an innocent motorist is involved, like a passenger or a driver of another car.

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