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Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Cruise Ship Dangers: Malpractice and Negligence by the On-Board Medical Crew

Cruise ships are well known for the convenience and luxury that they offer to travelers. Compared to the other ways that people can reach far-off locations, a cruise vacation embodies the ideal balance between enjoying both the journey and the destination. As passengers are whisked off from one place to the next, they get to enjoy being in transit thanks to the many amenities and facilities offered by cruise lines. These ships closely resemble large hotel chains in the accommodations they provide passengers. Aside from pristine rooms, majority of cruise ships have attractions like restaurants, bars, cinemas, spas, casinos, and water parks on board.

These, however, aren’t the only accommodations promised by cruise ships. As required by the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act, cruise ships also offer passengers medical facilities that are meant to ensure that they remain safe should any illness or accident happen on board. These facilities are manned by a medical crew composed of qualified physicians and nurses. Like the other health care professionals working in traditional hospitals and institutions, these medical teams are supposed to do all that they can to keep passengers safe, prioritizing their health and well-being. Unfortunately, some medical professionals working on cruise ships fail to meet these expectations. Due to negligent mistakes or careless behavior, they leave passengers vulnerable to medical malpractice.

According to a cruise ship lawyer website, cases of medical crew negligence include failing to diagnose illnesses on time, providing the wrong diagnosis to patients, and practicing incorrect medical procedures. Other serious cases of medical malpractice that happen on board cruise ships include the lack of informed consent and failure to treat patients promptly and properly.

By committing these grave and negligent mistakes, medical crews in cruise ships can impose a lifetime of unwanted symptoms and consequences to passengers. As such, medical malpractice cases on cruise ships need to be addressed properly, following all the necessary legal procedures.

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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Music | 0 comments

Ryman Auditorium: The Seat of Country Music

In the heart of Nashville, Tennessee stands a remarkable structure that was originally built as a tabernacle that will help project the voice of evangelists looking to share the scripture and the word of the divine. This vision was Thomas G. Ryman’s objective and it soon came to reality in 1892 when the architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson accomplished the Union Gospel Tabernacle. Eventually, the structure became a popular venue for a variety of community events, performances, and even political rallies. However, it only became the biggest venue for country musicians when George D. Hay made it the site for the Grand Ole Opry in 1943.

The Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio program for American country music. From the 1940s until 1974, its weekly concerts were held in the Ryman Auditorium. This took some of the greatest musical acts to the Ryman stage. Legends like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and Roy Acuff have all performed in the 2,362-seat auditorium. Even after the Grand Ole Opry moved to a new venue in the 1970s, the Ryman Auditorium continued to host the best talents of country music.

Aside from its rich history and heritage rooted in country music, Ryman Auditorium is particularly special because of the way it was originally designed. As pointed out in the venue’s official website, the acoustics that was originally designed to help amplify sermons are still among the best in the world. As a result, Ryman Auditorium continues its long legacy as a looming presence in the music industry. Aside from country music acts, it also keeps its doors open to a variety of musicians working in different genres.

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

Workers Compensation: Living with Disfigurement

Everybody has skeletons in their closets – everyone harbors painful memories that they would soon rather forget. As they say: time heals all wounds. Not every wound, however, leaves without a mark and there is some heartache that chocolate can’t fix.

It can be difficult to live with your pain so decidedly tattooed upon you, allowing the general public to be aware of your vulnerabilities – and that is exactly what being disfigured does to the victim. A one-time accident causes a lifetime of pain due to the fact that the unfortunate party who bears the scars will have to carry the reminder of that traumatic experience on their shoulders, all the days of their lives. This can have serious repercussions on the mental and emotional stability on the person who must now bear the consequences of negligence that was not their own, as that is usually the origin of disfigurement cases from the work place.

Disfigurement is often one of the benefit claims that employees seek from their employers, according to the website of Hankey Law Office P.C., as can be consequences of accidents such as the ones that sometimes occur in construction sites, for example, but can occur anywhere else. The victim of the negligence-born circumstance is then eligible to receive due financial compensation and reimbursement for any medical procedures that are required from the incident that had occurred. In order for this to be claimed, however, the disfigurement must be blatantly visible and not so easily concealed by clothing – such as that of perhaps third degree burns, extreme lacerations, or even a debilitating limp. Scars that can be simply hidden, like maybe a cut on the abdomen or back, are not considered disfigurement cases.

There are many little subtleties that are in line with workers compensation claims that require medical attention. The legal procedures with which to go about the whole debacle can prove to be arduous and stressful work that is better suited to a practitioner of law who understands the language. After all, after having had suffered a disfigurement, you should only be thinking about recovering and getting better, allowing for yourself to be taken care of, following what can only be described as a horrible situation. Contact a lawyer in Indiana today in order to see if you are eligible for personal injury compensation.

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Distracted Drivers Will be the Death of Motorcyclists

The 1981 Hurt Report and 2009 MAIDS, large-scale studies into motorcycle safety, independently conclude that a majority of motorcycle accidents:

  • Have a passenger car as an accident partner
  • Occur at intersections in urban areas during the day
  • Passenger car drivers fail to see the motorcycle

While these findings don’t necessarily point the finger at the passenger car driver as at fault, it is a fact that more than 18% of fatal or injury motorcycle-passenger car collisions occurred every year because the passenger car driver was distracted. It is estimated that 69% of drivers in the US have admitted to using their mobile phone to text or call while driving, which is known to be risk-taking behavior because attention is drawn away from the road. Since motorcycle accidents occur most frequently because the other driver failed to observe the motorcycle even without being distracted, distracted driving can significantly increase the risks.

There has been a vigorous campaign against texting while driving, almost as intense as that mounted against intoxicated driving, but neither initiative have done much to improve the situation. In Iowa, like in all states in the US, driving while intoxicated is a crime even if no one gets hurt. On the other hand, texting or otherwise using a handheld device while driving is a traffic violation, and generally only becomes a crime when someone gets hurt. According to the website of the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, this is small consolation considering how much pain and trouble a victim of distracted driving will be put through.

In Iowa, the ban on texting while driving has also failed, and statistics show a steady increase in phone-related distracted driving crashes. Citing an offender is a secondary offense in Iowa, meaning that a law enforcer can only cite a driver for using a handheld device while driving if they had been pulled over for another violation i.e. speeding.

You may have an actionable case if you have been seriously injured while on a motorcycle in Iowa because the passenger car driver was distracted. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in Iowa who knows exactly what you are going through, and can assess your case to determine how much compensation you should get.

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