The Safety Issues With Children’s Toys

What is this world coming to when we cannot even rely on the safety of innocent toys for our kids? Things aren’t so innocent anymore; we read in the news more and more about toys being yanked off the shelves for causing serious harm or death.Think about it – lead paint on toys, poor design that causes a toy to malfunction and cause injuries, and magnets that could be swallowed. What a terrible litany of disasters. Imagine how a parent feels when they discover that a toy they thought was safe may cause a great deal of harm. What’s a parent to do when faced with a situation like this?If a toy you have given to your child turns out to be dangerous and causes harm, waste no time in speaking with a personal injury attorney. Attorneys who litigate in this area of the law know how frightening this kind of situation is for parents, and make it a point to explain what they are doing. In fact, many personal injury attorneys have children themselves and are able to empathize with their client’s fears.Aside from suing a manufacturer for a defective product (toy) the real question becomes what are some of these people thinking making products like this? For instance, the news is filled with stories about Mattel recalling millions of their toys because of product defects, poor design, and lead paint. Interestingly enough, although over 60% of their toys are made in China, Mattel said some of the flaws were their own responsibility.So what is going on that their factories are producing toys with serious design flaws? Things didn’t used to be that way. If you think back to when you were a kid, the toys were well made and durable. Today, the same thing can’t be said and it’s interesting on Christmas morning to see how long a toy will last.The most serious problem over the last few years hasn’t been design flaws so much as it has been excessive levels of lead found in hundreds of thousands of items. This seems to be just the tip of the iceberg, too. For instance, Fisher-Price pulled roughly one million Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street products for unsafe/toxic lead levels. Mattel and Disney have experienced similar recalls.Mattel seems to have had it the worst though as they were forced to recall over 345,000 action figures due to unsafe magnets that could be swallowed. If a child swallowed two, they’d stick together and require surgical removal.Hasbro had its day in the limelight when they recalled over one million Easy-Bake Ovens because kids were getting their fingers stuck in the oven’s opening. And the list goes on. If you think you have a toy that has been recalled, check to see if the product number is listed in the recall notice. When push comes to shove and you are not sure, toss it – better safe than sorry.If your child may have been exposed to high levels of lead, get them tested immediately. Take the time to speak to a personal injury attorney about the possibility of filing a defective product lawsuit as well. It may be time well spent.

Dental Malpractice Suits Usually Rare

It’s not often you think of suing your dentist, but it does happen. In fact, dental malpractice is just as serious as medical malpractice (medmal). This is why most dentists carry malpractice insurance.Dental malpractice suits generally have smaller damage awards than for medmal. When they happen, they’re generally the result of the dentist not having detected or diagnosed certain conditions.Injuries may include death related to anesthetic use, injuries relating to dental surgery, failure to notice oral cancer or other diseases of the mouth, nerve damage and injuries to the tongue, jaw or lips.At the root of these cases is the reasonable expectation that the patient has to receive a professional, accurate diagnosis and the correct treatment for it. The same observation may be made when you visit your family physician. This doesn’t apply to every thing a dentist does, buy may apply to cases where injuries are severe and/or permanent.The worst-case scenario would be the death of a dental patient due to the improper use of anesthesia. Infections occurring in the jaw or tooth sockets may also be quite devastating. Losing sensation or taste, having trouble talking, eating or swallowing also rank right up there as injuries that may merit a dental malpractice suit.Even seemingly routine procedures may cause problems, such as a tooth extraction, particularly if the wrong tooth is removed, or if the patient is taking Fosamax (or any other bone metabolism regulator). The Fosamax may cause a condition called Dead Jaw.If the dentist doesn’t spot periodontal disease or oral cancer, or does something you didn’t authorize or give consent for, they may also face a dental malpractice lawsuit.If you’re not sure that you have a dental malpractice suit on your hands, then take the time to talk to a qualified attorney who will look at the situation. S/he will be able to tell you if you have enough cause to file a dental malpractice lawsuit.

When What You Eat Makes You Sick

These days it seems that you have to really watch what you are eating and where you are eating. Kind of takes the fun out of the experience, doesn’t it? The fact of the matter is that eating out has become a little like a round of Russian roulette, you never know when you might wind up with food poisoning.In the US alone,the Center for Disease Control indicates that spoiled food is the reason for 76 million illnesses; 5,000 deaths; and over 325,000 stays in hospital yearly. Those statistics are quite scary. It puts a whole new light on staying at home and enjoying your own cooking, so long as you follow safe food preparation procedures.Here are a few more statistics that will get your attention. There are about 250 kinds of diseases that can infect people via the food they eat. Let’s break this down into something a little easier to follow. One method of food poisoning is through infectious agents such as parasites, bacteria and viruses. Another one is via a toxic agent like mushrooms and foods not cleaned properly that may contain pesticides, etc.The only sure-fire way of preventing food poisoning is to practice rigorous hygiene and sanitation. This is no small task, but is critical to the well-being of people who eat at your establishment, or your home for that matter. No one really wants to wind up in the hospital with vomiting, a nasty headache, nausea, serious stomach cramping, a fever, bloody diarrhea, blurred vision, and possible kidney failure leading to death. Blood tests are the usual standard for detecting food poisoning, but a urine test might also be called for to confirm the diagnosis.How to avoid food poisoning is a bit of a dicey proposition, but being careful with your choices will help in the long run. For instance, don’t buy torn packages of food; buy meats or frozen items just prior to leaving the store; don’t directly handle raw foods; and keep all working surfaces and hands clean. This cannot be emphasized enough, wash your hands until you get totally sick of it, and then wash them some more.Take time to read the proper cooking temperature for certain foods, more specifically meats; don’t leave meat or other hot foods standing on the counter for long periods of time; and cover them when putting them away in the fridge.Food poisoning from home cooked meals is one thing. If you contract food poisoning after eating out, that is another matter. In circumstances like that, immediately contact a personal injury attorney and discuss your case. You may be able to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your pain and suffering.Never assume that speaking to a lawyer is going to cost you serious money, as most lawyers are willing to give their first consultation free. They will be able to advise you if you have a good case or not.

Wrongful Death Cases Are Civil Lawsuits

A wrongful death by definition is a death that happens due to the negligence, recklessness or inaction of an organization or a person. The leading cause of wrongful death is medical malpractice, with accidents on the job, car crashes and defective products vying for second place.No matter what caused the death, a family is grieving the loss of a loved one and wondering how to carry on with their lives and handle the sudden cessation of that person’s wages, etc. In the U.S., immediate family members are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In most instances, that means parents, spouses, children, or a child’s guardian acting on the child’s behalf.These types of lawsuits are seeking compensation from the courts for medical and funeral expenses, emotional distress of the loss of the loved one, lost income or inheritance, and loss of companionship (among other things). Depending on what state you are filing in, you will find the laws to be different. This is the reason you will need a wrongful death attorney to apprise you of your rights and how to file in your state.Each state also has a statute of limitations that often varies as to when the time expires for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Your attorney will tell you when you need to file your suit. Generally speaking, it is within one to three years from the time of the loved one’s death.However, just because there is some time running to file a suit, don’t wait. A wrongful death lawyer must act quickly to get the evidence to prove that the defendant’s actions (or inaction) were the cause of death. It is also up to the attorney to show that family members are suffering and ask for adequate compensation on their behalf.

A Disrespectful Attitude is What Makes People Angry

Whether we know it or not, the feeling of being disrespected can easily enrage us, and make us lose control. Seriously, no one can tolerate getting insulted. In case anyone subjects himself/herself to any disrespectful people, then the results will be poor self-esteem and bottled-up anger. In case of some serious physiological or emotional damage, you can always turn to a personal injury attorney or personal injury lawyer. However, there is a need to understand the difference between an actual disrespectful attitude, and an act that is perceived to be disrespectful.Whatever the case might be, it is not wise to jump to conclusions that you are being disrespected when you are not. This irrational attitude of yours can create great problems for you. The question is what exactly does it mean to be disrespected? Different people have different opinions in this respect, so a consensus is not so easy to obtain. It is simply a feeling that gives you sufficient amount of frenzy. This goes on to show that it depends on a person’s thinking that makes them feel disrespected.If you sit back and think why you are getting these feelings, then the realization would be really odd. Many a times, people feel disrespected when there is no true reason. For instance, a parent whose child does not obey them feels disrespected. By looking at the situation from the child’s point of view, it becomes evident that he/she does not have any intention to disrespect his/her parent. He/she simply wishes to do what he/she feels like doing, but the parent thinks it to be disrespectful behavior.Another example can be that of a person who cut-off in traffic is. It does not take much time to enrage such a person. This feeling usually leads to road rage when your anger is not in control. However, there is a fair chance that you were not cut-off on purpose. But at that moment it is hard to realize this since your mind is over shadowed by anger generated as a result of your perceived disrespect. Perhaps the person was not able to see you because of a blind spot in their mirror.There can be so many other explanations for behavior that is perceived as disrespectful, but the point is to understand the ideas or thinking behind these behaviors. For instance, many people show disrespect because they are trying to cover up their insecurities. They don’t want their fears to be exposed so they look tough. Such people are angry in general, so there is no need to feel disrespected from them.In case you are thinking that you are being disrespected when a person does not behave the way you expect them to, then you may be jumping to conclusions too soon. It is quite natural to feel angry when you are sure that you are being disrespected, however, it is wise to consider other reasons for people’s behavior who act in this way. You will not find too many people who show disrespect on purpose.

Tips For Having a Safe Summer

Summer is one of the best times of the year. The weather is great, people can get outside, and there is plenty of time to be active and enjoy friends because kids are out of school. Teens often enjoy this sense of freedom more than anyone else, and they relish their relaxed curfews and lack of homework. Most people look back fondly on the summers they celebrated during their adolescence. Unfortunately, a lot of this fun comes with increased risk of accident. Young children will be running and playing outdoors in shorts and tank tops, increasing their risk of busted up knees and bloodied elbows. Older kids have a tendency to feel invincible, especially during the long hot days of summer that feel as if they are going to live forever. Teens tend to have occasional lapses of using good judgment and therefore have careless behavior and make poor decisions. If things get serious and your teen experiences as serious accident, contact a personal injury attorney or personal injury lawyer. A summer mistake should not last a lifetime, even if someone is injured. Hopefully, there will only be minor accidents and summer will still be a great time. A great way to avoid putting a damper on your summer is to plan ahead.Sun exposure may not seem like a serious problem, but too much sun can keep you out of commission for several days or more during the summer. If you are spending your days at the beach or lake, you may not even realize how your skin is being exposed to the sun. Splashing in the water will keep you cool, and before you know it, you have seriously burned your skin. If you will be out in the sun for any period of time at all, be sure to lather on the sun lotion. If you are participating in outdoor activities, you should choose a lotion with a high SPF rating. The longer you are exposed to the sun, the more important it is for you to keep the sun’s harmful rays from penetrating the lotion you choose. It is also important to reapply the lotion during your time outdoors, every few hours. This keeps the protection fresh and effective. The effort will be well worth it when you avoid painful sunburn which will make having summer fun miserable.Another thing that makes you accident prone is lack of sleep. Teens have a tendency to stay up all night and enjoy the time with their friends, but this can make them sleepy and careless during the daylight hours. There is no problem with having a different schedule during the summer, and a lot of kids love to sleep in all morning and stay up late. This can be safe, but having to get up early in the morning to work or drive can make it tough to keep late hours. If you have taken a summer job, you may want to limit your late nights. Imagine how dangerous it would be for a camp counselor to stay up until dawn and then have to supervise little kids swimming or playing at camp. Plan ahead and be safe during your summer break.

Any Injury Necessitates Some Expert Advice On Compensation

We have all probably been the victim of some minor road accident which has left us a little bruised or battered. However, when someone has more serious problems associated with this accident, it may be that they can claim some kind of compensation for this damage. In any event, even if the damages are not very apparent, they do have a tendency to persist for some time which could result in work being missed or a disruption to the normal routing. If this is the case, people should certainly get the services of a personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer will know what is to be expected when the case goes to court.Indeed, what most people forget is that some of these cases can take an inordinate amount of time to sort out. Car accidents in particular leave people damaged to such an extent that it may take years to ascertain the full extent of any damage done. Often, the damage caused on that particular day will worsen over time and this is why the experts have to wait before putting the case before court.For example, one of the most common damage claims from car accidents is whiplash injury. Since the head is thrown forward and back on that very narrow structure, all the systems within the spine are thrown out. Pain can radiate down the arms and legs and people are often left with a permanent disability.If the case went to court in the first few months, none of the ensuing damage would be apparent at this time. In fact, one such case found the victim losing use of an arm a full two years after the accident which meant that they had to give up work. Although the treatment alleviated some of the problems, the victim was left with a weakness in that arm and an inability to sit looking down for any length of time. Considering that their employment was undertaking a lot of desk work, this meant that they were no longer productive for that particular company and their job was lost.This case took a full seven years to end up in the court but the victim got awarded with a reasonable amount of money to compensate for the pain and disruption to their life. It doesn’t pay for the loss of career, obviously, but life had to go on in any case.There are people who think that by claiming all kinds of compensation that they will now be living on easy street. However, the opposing side in the court will find it necessary to discount all their claims and throw around some rather disturbing accusations about conning, over exaggerating and such like. This now is where the expert is needed to refute the opposing testimony and show the judge that his client is not putting on the agony.Naturally, these cases are never easy but by having expert help, the victim should come out the other end with some compensation.

Tips to Get Expert Advice When Personal Injury Happens

For those of us unlucky enough to be hurt in the course of their daily work routine, or for anyone who is just damaged by the negligence of others, it is vitally important to get some expert help when claiming for the damages caused. A personal injury attorney will certainly know how to go about this task and will advise accordingly. When a personal injury lawyer starts this kind of case, they will have all the tools at their fingertips to make sure that the damaged person gets what they are supposed to.What many people forget when they have some kind of small damage, is that they do not know how this will affect them in the future. For example, a slight neck jolt may not sound like much at the time but later on down the line when the arms start having problems, or headaches get so bad that the person cannot carry on their every day life, what is this person supposed to do for income? Indeed, neck problems from accidents are probably the most underestimated damage of modern times.Since most of the functions of the body emanate from the brain area, and then most of the electrical messages are sent down the spine, it is clear to see that any damage in the neck area is bound to cause some severe problems in the future. Unfortunately, many of these problems will never go away and will just get worse over time as the person ages. The effect on the spine is that it ages much faster than it would have prior to the damage and this then is why compensation is sought.Whenever anyone is damaged at the work place, there are insurance plans in operation to make sure that the victim is able to get all the treatment that he needs. However, what some unscrupulous employers do is try to blame the employee for the accident so that the premiums are not raised. They often do not care that it may have been one hundred per cent their fault. All they care about is the bottom line and anything that will save on costs will be done, like it or not.What the expert does is to defend the damaged person so that his rights are not trampled on in the name of saving cash! The expert will certainly have seen almost all the scenarios surrounding this kind of case and he will know how to mitigate any losses for the damaged person.However, that being said, there are also those employees who see an accident as a great way to get a free ride on the backs of the employers or the insurance company and this is just as bad. What the expert will do is try to make sure that the case is conducted properly with both sides being able to put their case to the court so that a judgment can be made with regard to compensation, blame and any other detail that he sees fit.

The Top Recommendations For the Best Places to Eat in Urban Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia is a wonderful city that has a lot of great attributes for people living there as well as the many tourists that visit there annually. With the Summer Olympics having been held in Atlanta a little over a decade ago, more attention was made to improve many various elements about the city and the surrounding areas too. One thing that people can count on getting in southern cities like Atlanta, is delicious food says a prominent personal injury lawyer and personal injury attorney. Not all of the food found in Atlanta, however are cooked southern style. There are many great restaurants located in the city and this article will offer some of those recommendations for some of the best there.The top rated restaurant in Atlanta is the Ritz Carlton Dining Room located in the fine hotel. It is a five star restaurant that is a fusion of Asian, French and Mediterranean dishes making it a delicious and unique blend of choices which features a setting that is luxurious which is fitting for a five star dining experience and the average entrée on the menu is quite pricey at $110. The wine list is as exotic as the food choices with selections being offered from all around the world. The Ritz-Carlton hotel is located in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta and if you want a fancy dining experience and are willing to pay for it, then the dining room there is the place for you.Another top rated restaurant in Atlanta is named Nam and it specializes in Asian and Vietnamese cuisine and is located in Midtown Atlanta. The setting is actually quite romantic with candles, fresh flowers and beautiful artwork giving it a sensual feel. Nam is a family owned and run establishment that has a loyal clientele who love the fresh ingredients used in the exotic Asian dishes. The staff is excellent and understands that many Americans may not be familiar with the items on the menu and are quite helpful in describing the different choices. Some of the things you may order there are lotus root salad and a steamed sea bass in a banana parcel as well as shaking Kobe beef. The restaurant also offers a patio for outdoor seating too.The third restaurant recommendation is Aria which has an American type of food that is prepared and done in creative ways by Chef Gerry Klaskala. This restaurant opened up in the Buckhead neighborhood in 2000 and has been a favorite of the area ever since with it’s sleek décor and style inside the restaurant and what is referred to as slow food in the area. Some of the favorite selections on the menu are Georgia mountain trout with crab smashed potatoes and green beans or the zinfandel braised beef short ribs with celery whipped potatoes and sugar snap peas. The desserts made by the pastry chef are also infamous in their taste and presentation.These were the three top rated eateries in Atlanta. There are obviously many more great restaurants to be found there.

3 Important Tips To Consider Before Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer

Atlanta, like any other modern city in the US, is fast paced and therefore fraught with danger from the most ordinary or “unexpected” sources: speeding cars, reckless taxi cabs, bus accidents, drunken drivers, careless construction workers, product defects all these and many more situations can be potentially lethal sources of severe injury to the unsuspecting and unprepared individual. People living and working in Atlanta are exposed to hundreds of potential dangers each day simply by commuting to and from work. Few people ever think of themselves as being the next victim of an accident, or ever needing the services of a personal injury attorney. But accidents do happen each and every day, and when disaster strikes and people find themselves in the hospital emergency room with injuries, it is advisable to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to claim compensation, not only for medical bills, but also for pain and suffering caused.There are many personal injury law firms out there. For the accident victim it can be an absolute minefield to distinguish reputable law firms from the untrustworthy firms who simply pass on clients accident claims to their hordes of semi-qualified paralegals. Paralegals are often swamped with thousands of accident lawsuits. The result, clients end up never even consulting with a qualified attorney and simply do not get the best legal advice or serious attention that their case deserves.What types of injuries justify taking a personal injury case to court?Just about any type of personal injury caused through the negligence of another party qualifies. For example, injuries from fractured bones to more serious injuries such as spinal or neck damage, ruptured organs, loss of any bodily functions whatsoever, brain injuries etc. In fact, any impairment or suffering caused is reason enough for legal action and rightful compensation.So how does the personal injury victim make sure they are hiring a law firm that has their best interests at heart and will do everything necessary to give them the best possible legal advice?Here are some vital tips to consider when hiring a personal injury attorney:1. Choose a law firm that only takes on a few cases at any one time, rather than a firm that will take on hundreds. Attorneys who do not immediately accept a case but rather carefully screen clients on a case by case basis before actually accepting the brief are a good indication that they are serious about proving the client and their case with every attention it deserves. This in turn maximizes the chances of recovery and settlement.2. Anyone choosing a law firm to represent them should also first do some research and make sure that the firm in question specializes in personal accident cases to ensure that they are hiring an attorney with the necessary skill and experience to represent them.3. It is also important to hire a law firm that is prepared to handle accident lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. That means that the injury victim will not need to pay expensive legal fees upfront – the attorneys will only be paid if and when the victim receives a settlement.