The Chaotic and Cool Electric Scooters

Apr 26, 2019 by

If you live in a city or near a college campus, you’ve seen them. They appear suddenly. They are energized at night. They wreak havoc. They cause chaos. They are connected to many, many injuries. Some deaths.

That’s right, I’m talking about electric scooters. The biggest electric scooter brands are Bird and Lime. But other brands, like Uber’s Jump or Spin, are also jumping into the fold. These scooters, most popular with millennials and urbanites, are just other services in a new economy prioritizing convenience and express delivery.

People can make money — mostly as a side gig but for some, as a full-time job — charging the electric scooters at night and returning them to populous areas before sunrise. This has established a system of self-sustainability wherein “chargers” refuel the electric batteries while contracted, amateur mechanics repair scooters with functional issues.

Unfortunately, these mechanics operate with no professional credentials or certification. In some cases, the people who are charged with repairing or fixing electric scooters have absolutely no experience solving mechanical issues. The issue, of course, is that human error will cause a scooter to malfunction and potentially endanger the rider and nearby pedestrians. These errors will only become more common with the increasing explosion of electric scooter brands.

However, the role of mechanics is just one of the many safety issues that these new devices represent. With very little oversight, these companies flood the markets and cities literally overnight. City councils and municipal boards have had to issue bans not because the devices are without merit, but because they need time to adjust parking ordinances as well as learn enforcement mechanisms for scooters driving on sidewalks, for example.

Another danger is car-scooter collisions. The dangerous phenomenon is especially prevalent in urban communities, swamped with electric scooters, with little to no bicycle infrastructure. A lack of bike lanes, narrow lanes, or confusing road configurations can and will lead to more car-scooter accidents wherein a negligent scooter rider or an inattentive driver will collide.

Many scooter accident injuries are particularly dangerous because of the inherent vulnerability of so many riders; helmets are not required nor are individual state laws necessitating them always enforced. In most collisions, a rider is thrown from their scooter. Being thrown to the ground at a high speed is obviously dangerous and even sometimes, fatal.

Other injuries include spinal cord injuries, bruised or broken bones, lacerations, cuts, sprained ankles, and broken wrists.

I did some research on liability for scooter accidents. The website for The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee argues that in most cases, scooter accident victims are pressured to assume responsibility in the accident, even if the facts of the case demonstrate that the car or truck drivers are to blame. They advise you to talk with a lawyer before you accept an offer for a settlement or compensation from an insurance company. Apparently, insurance companies have a history of short-changing — or trying to pay you as little as they can get away with — instead of focusing on paying you the money you deserve and need to recover from your accident.

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Signs of Concussion

Jan 30, 2017 by

A mild traumatic brain injury, more commonly known as a concussion, occurs when the brain has sustained some damage after an impact to the head. This mostly occurs because of a direct force to the head, such as in traffic accidents, sports like basketball and football, and slip and fall accidents. In fact, concussion is such a serious issue in these incidents that there are legal professionals who specialize on them, such as the NFL concussion lawsuit attorneys at Mokaram Law Firm.

The symptoms of a concussion may come immediately after impact, but there are instances where the symptoms only surface after a few days, or even weeks. The most common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Difficulty in remembering the traumatic event
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Slow reaction time
  • Vision problems

There are also more serious symptoms that need medical attention right away. These include:

  • Abnormal eye movement
  • Body coordination problems, such as clumsiness
  • Difficulty in balancing and walking
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mood changes such as irritability
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Worsening of other symptoms

Most concussion patients completely recover, but the recovery period may even take a few months. There are also situations where surgery is required, depending on the gravity of the traumatic brain injury.

Prevention is always better than cure. To prevent concussions, make sure to wear your seatbelt while on the road, to prevent your head from crashing to the steering wheel, windshield, or any hard surfaces. Wear protective gear such as helmets while doing sports activities. Be wary of slippery substances, defective escalators, elevators, and floors, and other objects and obstructions that may can a slip and fall accident.

This is especially true to those who have already sustained a concussion. Though it is rarely fatal, repeated concussions can seriously damage the brain.

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Injured at an Amusement Park, Can I Do Something About It?

Aug 24, 2015 by

Everything always comes with a risk and, going into an amusement park, there is a certain element of risk that is always going to be there, isn’t it? After all, you don’t go there just to have a lie down and look at things – you go there for the experience, for the thrill, for the heart-stopping adrenaline that the rides and attractions have to offer!

The risk that amusement parks have should have been thought of on your behalf by the park’s management and administration. If anything were to have been neglected or poorly judged then the fault is on them – not on you and you should not have to pay for the mistakes of another party.

According to the website of the Williams Kherkher personal injury lawyers, a lot of accidents and situations of this nature fit into the category of personal injury. Some of the more common reasons for accidents within amusement parks include faults in the design, operator, or management – and these are all mistakes that are due to another party. By definition, personal injury is the legal terminology used to describe any injury caused to any person due to negligence of another party, intentional or not.

Injuries of this nature don’t mean just the little things like a bruise on your arm or something, no. The smallest bit of negligence could mean horribly debilitating injuries like broken bones, traumatic spine or brain injury, or even severe burns in the event of a fire or explosion (which can happen in places like this as some thrills can be fire hazards if improperly maintained or manned). The only things you should worry about in places like this are the queues that it takes to get to the next ride, not these potentially disabling or even lethal situations.

If this ever does happen to you, however – know that there is legal action that you can seek, with the proper aid, in order to achieve justice for the wrong that has been done onto you.

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It is a Means, Not an End

Apr 19, 2015 by

Personal injury lawsuits are quite common in the US. In many cases involving accidents and injuries, news of civil suits filed against the negligent party or parties follows not long after. It is easy to sit in judgment when you are not directly affected. You may even give a knowing grin, thinking that it is a good way to get easy money. The fact is, nothing is easy about being seriously injured because someone acted irresponsibly or carelessly. When people decide to sue for personal injury, in most cases it is because they have no choice.

Victims of negligent accidents have to deal with high medical bills. One of the requirements for a personal injury case is that the injury is serious. Aside from immediate medical treatment, the victim may also suffer from temporary or permanent partial or total disability. This will also have a cost to the victim. Even if full recovery is possible, the victim cannot generate income. The financial problems just mount up. Most often, the only recourse is to sue. However, it is no walk in the park.

A personal injury lawsuit is a long and tedious process. Even if Louisville KY personal injury lawyers take on cases on a contingent fee basis, it can still make great inroads on the plaintiff’s time and attention. It can take years for a case to be resolved.

In many cases, the plaintiff faces false accusations or baseless allegations in an attempt to bring their credibility into question and weaken the case. This can put more emotional and psychological burden on the victim. A skillful personal injury lawyer can shield the plaintiff from many of these tactics.

There is no good reason for a plaintiff to file a civil lawsuit that has no merit, and most personal injury lawyers will not take on frivolous cases because it is a waste of their time and a blight on their profession. When a case gains enough traction to make it to court, it is a good indication that there are solid legal grounds for it.

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Xarelto Target Population is more at Risk

Sep 4, 2014 by

More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (A-fib) with a projected doubling to 10 million by 2050. However, this does not include people who are not aware that they have A-fib. Many A-fib positives experience no symptoms at all, and only find out in the course of a physical examination. It is a chilling thought, because it is akin to having a ticking time-bomb in the heart, just waiting to get out and wreak havoc, and not even knowing about it.

A-fib is a medical condition where the two upper chambers of the heart, called the atria, beats out of sync with the two lower chambers, called the ventricles. Because the pumping is not coordinated, blood flow is poor and blood pools in the heart chambers. The pooled blood can lead to clot formation, and this clot can be expelled from the heart and lodge in the blood stream, blocking off blood flow to the brain or the lungs, for example.

A-fib typically develops with age, although there are instances where children are born with the condition. In general, A-fib patients are over 60 with co-morbid conditions such as compromised renal or liver functions. This can be a problem because the latest drug proposed to prevent blood clots in A-fib patients is Xarelto (rivaroxaban), the use of which can lead to complications for older subjects with compromised health.

This may be the central problem for drugs such as Xarelto. It is designed to address medical conditions that commonly occur in older patients, and yet the risk of injury is greater for this population. Clinical studies in younger, healthier patients are bound to yield misleading results, which in turn can lead to preventable injuries and deaths. As stated in an article on the website of lawyers Williams Kherkher, some of the side effects of Xarelto are just too dangerous. This is the main contention of the first Xarelto lawsuit, relying on a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expanding the strict liability rules of drug companies to include drugs where the risk of harm is too high to be justifiable.

If you have been seriously harmed from using Xarelto, you may be able to bring the drug companies responsible for making and manufacturing the drug to book. Consult with a Xarelto lawyer as soon as possible to get compensation for the preventable injury you were forced to endure.

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Personal Injury Claims and Lawsuits

Apr 29, 2014 by

Personal injury claims are a constant type of litigation inside the United States courts. Humans are imperfect after all, therefore negligence and recklessness often result to personal injury and lawsuits that are ever piling up on court dockets. There different types of personal injury claims, some not as heavy as the others. Among the most common are car accidents and work-related injuries, but among the more serious types is assault and battery.

Compared to accident-caused personal injuries, assault and battery are lawsuits that are intentional. Intentional tort claims are made in order for the victim to seek compensation for the injuries along with other damages the resulted from the attack and it is only processed in a civil court. Because assault and battery are considered a criminal act that can also be filed in a criminal court for punitive damages, it would be best to consult a lawyer before going to court with this type of personal injury claim.

Going to court for a personal injury claim is a difficult and complicated decision. On it’s website, a Wyoming personal injury law firm says that while going to court can result in more money for the victim, it is also incredibly costly. Many personal injury cases are settled outside of court, saving much time and money. However, this requires both sides to agree to the terms of the settlement, which by design will be less favorable to the injured party. This is because the party responsible for the injury is more likely to benefit from not having to go to court.

When a person has been a victim of assault or battery, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. advises that the first thing to do when a person is injured is to seek immediate medical help. This would aid in faster recovery time and lesser complications. Seeking immediate medical assistance would also help in documenting the incident, and the medical records and receipts will be used as evidence of the incident and as basis for the compensation that will be awarded. It is after getting medical treatment that legal assistance should be considered. Consulting a legal advisor could assist in understanding your rights and how you can protect them, along with computing the total compensation for all the damages done by the attack.

It is very important to talk with a lawyer regarding assault and battery cases because civil cases such as these have a wide spectrum of severity. There are cases that are not always worth the trouble, while there are those that even call for criminal charges to be pursued. Although definitions of assault and battery differ from state to state, anything that pertains to physical acts of violence done by one person to another can be defined as assault and battery. This intentional tort can be put in both civil and criminal courts punishable by fines, jail time, or even both.

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