Nov 7, 2018

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What you should know about motorcycle accidents

I’ve been ridden a bike for more than twenty years now. There’s nothing I love more than the open road. I’ve been on several cross-country trips, and when you’re on the road that much the thought of getting into a car wreck pops into your head from time to time. I know full well how dangerous a motorcycle can be. That’s why I always drive respectfully and never at excessive speed. I figured that if I ever got into a wreck, the damages on my body would be pretty serious. Almost all motorcycle accidents end up with the motorcyclist injured in some way. Because of that, I figured that a motorcycle accident claim would be somewhat simple in court. If my injuries are plain to see, of course, a jury would rule that I deserve compensation for them. I recently received some great insight from the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC about my situation as a motorcyclist.

For every safe biker, there’s a biker that drives like he’s the center of the universe. We’ve all seen it. Someone who’s swerving through traffic, speeding, being really inconsiderate of the other cars on the road. These riders, in general, give us all a bad reputation. In the court of law, some of jury members may assume that any injuries I sustained were because of my own negligence. I understand that well enough. That’s why it’s important to hire a lawyer if you find yourself injured in a motorcycle accident.

When you hire a lawyer, they have the knowledge to explain all the technical stuff about driving a motorcycle. I know all the stuff that they do, it’s just hard for me to explain it to a jury. The attorneys can explain to everyone what it means to drive safely and considerately on a motorcycle. They can also clearly illustrate to everyone how the other driver failed to be responsible and is the one at fault for the wreck.

This is super important for motorcyclists to be aware that they have legal options if they’re hurt in a crash. It’s especially important because motorcycle crashes often cause more expensive and intense injuries than wrecks between two cars. If a motorcyclist collides with another moving car, the motorcyclist is basically guaranteed to be sent flying off the motorcycle. There’s just no way to avoid it. If they’re lucky, they’ll be pushed to the ground where they will likely incur some nasty road burns. If the worst situations, they can be sent flying high into the air. This basically guarantees a life-altering injury. Sometimes motorcyclists can be crushed under their own motorcycle. This can result in amputations and prosthetics. If you find yourself in a situation like this, the medical expenses aren’t going to be cheap. They’ll likely cost about as much as house. This is why hiring a lawyer in this situation is so crucial.

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May 24, 2018

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An Overview of the Cancer Awareness Months

We all know someone in our lives who has been affected by cancer in some way.  The disease is simply awful, but technological advancements are making cancer more treatable.  Part of the reason technological development has been so successful is because of the increased awareness of cancer.  One of the main reason cancer awareness has increased is because of social media. Through the use of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, society has been able to get the word out about cancer and how it affects so members of our population on a daily basis.

The following is a breakdown of the Calendar of Cancer Awareness Months that have been made public via social media:

  • January: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • February: Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month
  • March: Colorectal, Kidney, and Multiple Myeloma Cancer Awareness Month
  • April: Testicular, Esophageal, and Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month
  • May: Brain, Bladder, and Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month
  • June: National Cancer Survivors Day (first Sunday in June)
  • July: Sarcoma Awareness Week
  • August: N/A
  • September: Prostate, Ovarian, Gynecologic, Thyroid, and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Also, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Leukemia, and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • October: Breast and Liver Cancer Awareness Month
  • November: Lung, Carcinoid, Pancreatic, and Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • December: N/A

Each form of cancer is associated with a ribbon color for that month.  For instance, we all know that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is symbolized by a pink ribbon.

During my research, the month of March stood out to me, particularly Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  I was very interested in this specific type of cancer awareness because I came across a thorough article by GastroCare.

The article explained how colorectal cancer is the second deadliest type of cancer.  Each year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with this type of cancer, and of the 140,000, about 50,000 die each year because of the disease.  Even though this type of cancer is especially harmful, the article emphasized that colorectal cancer is treatable if discovered early.  It expressed that 9 out of 10 people who identify colorectal cancer in its early stages are still alive five years later. An excellent way to detect the disease early on is through a colorectal screening.

Before stumbling across this article, I did not know how deadly colorectal cancer could be.  Of course, I knew that cancer, in general, was deadly, but I never thought to consider this specific type of cancer.

Along the same lines, I did not know that such a deadly disease could be so effectively treated if discovered early.   After this, I thought to myself: “What is a good way to spot colorectal cancer early?”  The article suggested getting screened, which is indeed an effective strategy, but people first must be aware of this type of cancer before they seek screening.  A great way to encourage awareness is through the subject of this blog: having a cancer awareness month.  Thanks to my research, I will never forget that march is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

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Sep 28, 2017

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NFL and TBIs

Football has been America’s most beloved sports for decades. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar organization (62.9 billion to be exact, with most teams being worth around 2 billion). A few NCAA football teams are similarly valuable. Throughout the south, high school football is big enough to almost be a religion in itself. No matter where you go, in any city in America, you’ll find people wearing their favorite athlete’s jerseys, arguing about their team in bars, and eagerly looking forward to the next game. Recently, the game has come under scrutiny as more and more research shows the damage it does to player’s bodies and brains. And the most recent game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears has only added to the conversation.

Davante Adams, a wide receiver for the Packers, was going to catch a pass. He had the ball in his hands and was being brought down in a tackle by one of the Bears’ defenders. But even though he was going down, another man charged in. Danny Trevathan struck Adams’ helmet with his own, knocking out the receiver’s mouthpiece and sending him to the ground. Adams lay motionless for several seconds before showing signs of moving but still had to be carried off of the field on a stretcher. The Packers’ offense argued with the defense for several minutes, almost resulting in a fight, before being separated by the refs and resuming play. Adams’ status is still in the air. But a big hit like this is always a cause for concern.

Brain injuries are a serious problem in the US. According to The Benton Law Firm’s website, around 1.7 million Americas suffer from a TBI every year. And the consequences of the can be devastating. A serious brain injury will have lifelong consequences, affecting everything from coordination to memory to language skills. Repeated TBIs, like those that might be suffered by an athlete in a sport such as football, can lead to even more serious consequences- mood swings, permanently impaired memory, drastic personality changes, and much more. And as a result, public perception of football has been slowly shifting.

So far, there hasn’t been much of an effect on viewership of the sport. But the NFL is still in trouble. Investigations over the past few years revealed that the organization had been conspiring to hide evidence of the damage the sport did to players. And despite taking some steps to try to limit the damage done to players, there’s still much controversy about if they’ve done enough. Take the injury to Adams. Despite what many people are calling a flagrant intentional hit by Trevathan, they have not taken any disciplinary action against them. Many people feel that if the NFL is serious about protecting its players, they need to impose harsher penalties on those responsible for serious injuries. What happens next is unclear. But no matter what, it seems like big changes are in store for the organization.

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Jun 3, 2016

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How To Reinstate A Driver’s License

There are many reasons why your driver’s license can be suspended or your driving privileges revoked. One of the reasons for the suspension of your license is that you have accumulated too many traffic violations or speeding tickets. Another reason is that you have accumulated too many driving record points. In addition, your license can also be suspended for being apprehended for DUI/DWI.

Once your license has been suspended, your state may likely require you to stop driving for a certain period of time. Another option will be to make you enroll in a defensive driving course or traffic school. But don’t you worry because you can still have your license reinstated. You will need to get an SR-22 as it is a requirement for reinstatement of your license.

Reinstating Your License

If your license has been suspended, you can check a copy of your Official Driver Record or ODR to download and print a certified copy of the said document. It will include a letter of recommendation from the Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV). The ODR may also include other reinstatement requirements that needs to be satisfied first before your license is reinstated.

If a court ordered the indefinite suspension of your license, then you must get in touch with that court so you will know who will approve the requirements. The BMV will only accept documentation from the court ordering the lifting of the suspension of your license. If the license suspension is administrative in nature then you should revuew it to determine the procedure on how to meet reinstatement requirements.

It is worth noting that only your insurance provider is authorized to submit proof of financial responsibility to the BMV. Showing a law enforcer your insurance cards is not enough to meet the reinstatement requirement set forth by the BMV. Only your provider can show proof of insurance for you. Make sure that all the necessary reinstatement fees have been paid in full. The cost of the reinstatement is likewise listed on your ODR. To settle the fees, you must log into your myBMV.com account. Payment by phone is also allowed using the access code that is indicated in your notice.

Unless expired, revoked, or invalidated, your license will be reinstated after satisfying all the requirements listed on the ODR. To check the status of your licesne, you can occassional visit myBMV.com. If your license was taken by a law enforcer, you need to visit the nearest BMV branch or apply for a replacement license through your BMV account. For additional help, contact your local Franklin, WI car accident lawyer.

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Jan 25, 2016

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Grief and Loss Therapy

Unfortunately, losing a loved one is an inevitable part of most individual’s lives. When this happens, it is normal to grieve for some amount of time. However, when dealing with such a loss, many can feel overwhelmed and unable to deal with the intense emotions that come with such an event. When an individual becomes unable to cope with their loss on their own, seeking help from a grief counselor can provide immense benefits.

Losing someone close to us is expected to be painful and riddled with grief. Many will go through different emotions depending on their relationship to the deceased and how they have been taught to cope with difficult situations. Many can, however, turn to unhealthy coping techniques such as heavy drinking and become angry or depressed. This can lead to behavior such as social isolation, irritability, anxiety, and have a negative impact on your relationships.

According to the website of The Solace Center, after a loss, people can find healing and self-awareness in therapy leading to healthier ways of coping with such a loss. Dealing with such immense grief is an individual experience that is different for everyone, meaning that “tried and true” ways of dealing with a death might not be the best solution for you. By going to therapy and discussing the grief you feel, you can find personalized ways to reach acceptance of such a loss. While the pain of losing a loved one never goes away entirely, with proper counseling, you can cope with your grief in a healthy way.

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