Obesity and Social Security Disability Insurance

Although some fat is normal and required for a healthy human body, obesity can cause serious health issues.
Individuals with a BMI over 30—the marker for obesity—may experience heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure as a result of their weight. Most doctors agree that the more overweight someone is, the more likely they are to have serious health problems. People with a BMI of 40 (which marks morbid obesity) are twice as likely to die prematurely than someone at a healthy weight. Furthermore, those with an “apple” shape, meaning they carry the majority of their extra fat around their middle, may face even more medical issues than another obese person with a different body type.

Obesity may also cause existing issues to affect the obese person in a more extreme manner. For example, someone with arthritis who is also obese will experience more severe pain than someone with the same disease at a healthy weight.
Texas residents can attest to the difficulty of walking around in the summer heat. Obese Texans may have even more of a problem—excess fat can make walking harder, especially in muggy heat.

If you or a loved one are suffering from obesity, it may be possible to claim Social Security disability insurance. In order to file for SSDI successfully, an applicant must be able to prove that their obesity—either by itself, or combined with another illness—significantly limits their daily activities. For example, an obese person who is still able to cook their own meals and has no problem fulfilling their responsibilities may not be able to successfully claim benefits. Consider seeking legal consultation if you or a loved one is considering filing for Social Security Disability Insurance in Texas.

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Signs of Health Complications from an Oil Spill

Oil collection and storage is an important part of the U.S. economy, and much of this work happens just offshore. This can be an efficient use of space and resources, but when an oil spill happens, the threat can also be imminent for those living on or near the shore. Unfortunately, many people suffer the consequences of oil spills, including severe health consequences, because oil companies do not carefully regulate their operations. When a spill occurs, that oil can invade all surrounding water and land, and even animal life. If your life or livelihood is affected by a dangerous oil spill, the health consequences might be dire.

Symptoms of a Problem

There are many different health consequences that could result from an oil spill, some short-term, some long-term or permanent. These consequences might not immediately be noticeable to your or a loved one, but signs of a problem might arise. Some symptoms of a health problem associated with an oil spill might include:

  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme thirst / dehydration
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Sudden or extreme weight loss

Each of these conditions could be an indicator that you are ill, especially if an oil spill recently happened near where you live. But even people who live far away from oil spills can have their health affected, as the oil spill can leak into surrounding bodies of water and animal life, all of which might impact your home. However, those who suffer from the negligence of oil companies in an oil spill might have legal options for getting compensation.

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Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents

Even if you don’t think about it every day, everyone knows that motorcycle crashes can be dangerous. In fact, a motorcyclist is much likelier to be injured in an accident with a larger vehicle than the driver of the other vehicle. This is because a motorcyclist is fully exposed, whereas the other driver is protected with a kind of metal shield in the framing of the vehicle. Motorcycle accidents can result in terrible injuries to individual motorcyclists, ranging in severity from minor to life-threatening. Many of these accidents are caused by dangerous drivers who disregard the rights of motorcyclists.

Common Injuries

There are many different possible injuries that a motorcyclist might face in an accident with another vehicle. Some of these might be minor and easily treatable, while others are more debilitating and may require extensive medical attention. Such injuries can range from:

  • Lacerations
  • Bruising
  • Road rash
  • Burn injuries
  • Head / brain trauma
  • Spinal cord / back injury
  • Blood loss / loss of consciousness
  • Broken bones / fractures

All of these injuries could affect a motorcyclists who is hit by another driver, and depending on their severity, the motorcyclist could be facing a lot of medical bills and other costs. Many people cannot afford all of these costs, though the medical attention is necessary to fully recover. But sometimes the victims of a motorcycle crash who were not in the wrong can win financial compensation from the driver who caused their accident in the first place.

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Benefits of Buying Used

The decision to purchase a vehicle can be exciting and overwhelming, because there are so many options for potential buyers to consider. The age-old question for most is “Do I buy new or used?” The answer to this question will, of course, vary by person, but it can help to know more about each one. When buying a new car, you usually have a fairly upfront understanding of the bells and whistles, but not many people know as much about buying a used vehicle. Better understanding of the benefits of buying used might help make this decision easier for you when you ultimate decide to purchase.

Several Key Benefits

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, there are a lot of key benefits that can come with purchasing a used vehicle, as opposed to a new vehicle. Many people misunderstand the used car buying process and this steers them away from purchasing used; however, with more knowledge about how you can benefit from buying used, you might decide that this is the route for you. Some benefits might include:

  • Saving money. Used cars are almost always less expensive than new ones.
  • Getting exactly what you want. You can afford to be a little particular in getting the features that mean the most to you.
  • Variety. There are a lot more used cars for sale than new ones, so more to choose from.
  • History. You can (usually) access vehicle history for every used car.
  • In some places, such as Chicago, the cost of car insurance for a used car is less than the cost of insuring a new vehicle.

All of these benefits have led many to choose to buy a used car over a new car, and there are many more that buyers might also enjoy, with the perfect vehicle.

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Charges of Drug Possession

Being charged with a crime can be daunting, particularly when those charges involve drug crimes. Drug possession is one type of drug-related crime that people might face, and it can be generally understood to refer to having any amount of illegal narcotic or substance in one’s possession. This charge is different from other drug crimes like intent-to-distribute or drug manufacturing, but it can still come with hefty legal penalties if one is convicted. A conviction for drug possession might involve penalties like fines up to $25,000, or jail time up to 3 years. The penalties, of course, vary, depending on one’s circumstances, but not everyone is facing a certain conviction if they are charged with drug possession.

Penalty Distinctions

It’s very important to remember that penalties for certain drug possession charges will depend on several key things. These distinctions between crimes are critical for mounting a proper defense against the charges against a person. Penalties may vary based on:

  • The amount of the drug in possession
  • The previous offenses of a defendant (if any)
  • The type of drug in possession
  • Any potential damage that was done because of the possession

Based on the circumstances surrounding a person’s charges, he or she could be facing strikingly different penalties if convicted. But conviction is not a certainty when a person is charged with drug possession, because the burden of proof is on the court. It must prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that a defendant is guilty of drug possession. Even then, sometimes penalties might be lessened significantly through the right legal defense.

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The Effects of Erb’s Palsy

A baby’s birth can be clouded by dark events, especially when medical practitioners are not careful during delivery. Sometimes care is not attended to sufficiently, and dangerous birth injuries are the result. One common birth injury associated with medical error in the delivery room is Erb’s Palsy. This condition results when a baby’s brachial plexus is damaged, which affects the nerves located in the upper arm and shoulder.

Though most parents are not immediately aware that their baby has been hurt, there may be signs that Erb’s Palsy has resulted from negligence. These signs could include a lack of movement, lack of response, or general weakness in the arm or shoulder. Living with Erb’s Palsy can be hard for both a baby and his or her parents, not just physically but financially as well.

Effects of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s Palsy can affect a person with the condition in a number of ways, and a newborn has limited defenses with which to battle this condition. Some of the possible effects of this condition might include:

  • Numbness in the arm
  • Weakness in the arm
  • Partial paralysis
  • Total paralysis
  • Muscle atrophy

All of these effects might result from a baby getting Erb’s Palsy from an unsafe delivery. In many cases, such deliveries are the result of negligence or recklessness on behalf of the supervising medical staff. Whatever the cause of Erb’s Palsy, if a practitioner is implicated, then you and your family might have legal options available to you.

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Filing a Claim for Income Loss with BP Compensation Fund

Investigations on the impact of the April 20, 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that affected the lives and livelihood of thousands who lived on the coastlines of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana is far from over. It is estimated that it will take decades before the full extent of the damage will be realized and the costs calculated.

But for some workers and business owners, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

BP, the main defendant in thousands of lawsuits for business economic losses for the accident, has agreed to put up a compensation fund of $20 billion. It is intended for those who suffered income losses when charter boat, hotel, tourist attraction, shrimp, oyster, fishing, restaurants and rental property businesses failed or shut down in the wake of the ecological disaster. Much of the economic activity in the coastline areas of the Gulf of Mexico depend on the tourists who used to flock to these areas in droves. With the coastline ruined and the once-famous Gulf shrimps shunned, a huge chunk of the income disappeared with the pelicans that once roosted on Cat Island by the thousands.

When the claims started pouring in, BP relegated the handling of them to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, a third-party service provider that accepts and processes income loss as well as other claims. The types of damages that can be claimed include:

  • Damage to business or personal property
  • Diminished earnings and business profit losses
  • Wages and salaries of workers and employees of now defunct businesses
  • Personal injury and some health consequences on a case to case basis

If you have suffered income loss either as an employee or business owner, making a claim against this fund may be just what you need. It will be quicker than making a separate claim against BP directly. The wisdom of doing so, however, will depend on how much compensation you are seeking. If you are claiming less than $5,000 and that is the full sum of your income loss, then the compensation fund is the way to go. But if you have yet to determine the extent of the damage to your business or property, then it may not be a good idea. Accepting a lump-sum payment from this fund means you give up the right to sue BP later on for this particular accident, you see.

If you are in doubt if you should file a claim for income loss, consult with an oil spill lawyer in your area and give the facts of your situation. The experience of knowledge of an attorney who has handled and won cases like this before would be the best person to advise you on your best move at this point.

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The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injury

The freedom and economy of riding a motorcycle is certainly well-deserved; it is efficient, mobile, and cheap. It is also extremely dangerous even for defensive drivers because the most common motorcycle accident injury is to the head.

The lack of protection leaves drivers vulnerable to serious motorcycle accident injury even in relatively minor accidents. Motorcycles are built for speed, and a spill at even 30 mph can be devastating. A bump on the road can send a driver flying, and even with a helmet, there is a 63% chance of getting a head injury. When it comes to a collision between a car and a motorcycle, the outcome is seldom in favor of the motorcycle rider. Motorcycle riders are 30 times more likely to be injured than a motorist, and 98% of motorcycle accidents result in injury to the motorcyclist.

Head injuries result from a variety of causes, but a motorcycle accident can be particularly traumatic. Even if the helmet absorbs most of an impact, the brain can still be severely damaged due to the violent rocking of the head. The brain can literally slam against the front of the skull and then back. Bleeding can occur in various parts of the brain that can lead to an accumulation of fluid which in turn puts pressure on the brain. In mild cases of traumatic brain injury, a concussion may result. In more severe cases, the patient can slip into a coma. Head injuries can lead to temporary or permanent disability, either partial or total, and recovery can be a prolonged process.

Three-quarters of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. If you sustain a serious motorcycle accident injury because of the recklessness of another driver, you need to consult with a motorcycle accident injury lawyer conversant with the laws of your state. This will ensure that you get compensation for the costs of the accident.

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Avoid Getting Burnt in Private Used Car Sales

When buying a used car, you want to get the best possible deal you can. The Internet has made it easy for anyone to post ads for their cars for sale, and easy for anyone want to buy one. Unfortunately, private used car sales through online ads can be downright dangerous if you don’t take precautions.
There have been many reports about online ads offering used cars being a front for a scamming, or worse, operation. If you are lucky, you could just end up paying way too much for a used car. At worst, you could pay with your life. Before arranging for a meet-up to close a deal that seems too good to be true (and it probably is), take the trouble to do some research on the car.

Check online for the car’s or truck’s value

You can always check to see how much the particular model and year of vehicle you like is going for. Get a ballpark figure and work with that. As a side note, truck drivers should consider applying for a fuel card for better control of their fuel costs.

Get a Vehicle History Report

The fastest way to find out the facts about the car you are considering for purchase is to get a vehicle history report. If the seller doesn’t have one yet, ask for the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and send to service providers recommended by The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, from which you can also get title information. You can get important data about the car including accident reports and dealership service history, and others. Carfax and AutoCheck are private companies that can provide more detailed reports, but they cost upwards of $29.99 for one report. If the seller refuses to give up the VIN, just walk away.

Arrange to have the car checked by a mechanic

Unless you know a lot about cars, you may not be able to accurately assess the condition of a used car. Engage the services of a good mechanic to give it a thorough inspection and test drive, and get a go-signal before anything else. Never go alone to a meet-up, especially if you are carrying cash, and make sure you are in a public area in broad daylight. If you feel uncomfortable, leave at once.

Private used car sales can be perfectly aboveboard, but sometimes it’s just not worth the trouble. It is better to go to a reputable used car dealership in your area, which will not only provide you with all the bona fides you need, they also have good after-sales service.

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What to Do When Charged with Drunk Driving in Illinois

Driving under the influence (DUI) or drunk driving is a serious offense in the US. While the number of offenses will determine if it is a misdemeanor or a felony, even one DUI conviction leaves a bad mark on your record. It can prevent you from getting certain jobs, and may mean the suspension of your driving privileges as well as fines. If you are charged with drunk driving in Illinois, you can take certain steps to try and beat the charge.

Take note if you have been Mirandized

In Illinois, the law requires that the arresting officer read you your Miranda rights when charging you for drunk driving. Failure to do so will invalidate any tests that may have been performed to confirm your blood alcohol level, such as a field sobriety test or breathalyzer test. It is tantamount to a free pass, so make sure that you…

Tell your lawyer

As soon as you can, ask for a lawyer. It is one of your rights when you get charged with drunk driving (which hopefully the officer forgot to inform you), so get one who is experienced in handling DUI cases in your state. Another right that you have which you should take advantage of is the right to…

Remain silent

Anything you say can and will be used against you in court, so the best policy is to say nothing until your lawyer is there to advise you. It may be tempting to be a smart mouth or to make a show of bravado, especially if the arresting officer makes snide remarks, but resist it. It could save your goat. When your lawyer arrives…

Discuss possible lines of defense

Field sobriety tests are far from infallible and even breathalyzer tests can be successfully contested if you can prove that there is a physical, medical or other legitimate explanation that explains erratic driving behavior or why you tested positive for a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. Be sure to tell your lawyer anything that may be helpful.

These are the first things that you should do when you are charged with drunk driving in Illinois. The important thing is not to panic; stay calm and ask for a lawyer.

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