Dealing with Domestic Violence through the Legal System

If you’re dealing with an abusive relationship, you may understandably feel lost. The most important thing to realize is that you are not alone, no matter how you may feel. There are a ton of different resources for you to go to during your healing process.

Sometimes, unfortunately, leaving an abusive is simply not enough to bring peace back into your life. In some situations, the most appropriate action is contacting an attorney or firm like Alexander & Associates, who can help you with restraining orders and other processes.

I hope that absolutely none of you ever find yourselves in an abusive relationship, but I wanted to provide some resources in case you or your loved ones find yourself struggling with one. Read over the information I’ve gathered — I hope you or the ones you love find it useful in the future.

How Can An Attorney Help?

When we think of how survivors of domestic violence get help through the legal system, we most commonly think of the criminal justice system. We think of domestic abusers being sentenced to jail time for their actions.

Some survivors of domestic violence, however, don’t want their abuser to go to jail and would rather deal with their situation in another manner such as with a restraining order or through the custody of your children if you raised children with your abuser. If you are still legally married to your abuser, your attorney can also help you begin the process of filing for a divorce so that you are legally separated from your partner.

Of course, domestic violence is not a one size fits all situation. Domestic violence can take many forms, and no survivor’s experience is the exact same as another. No matter your situation, an attorney can help you and protect you legally from your abuser

Attorneys can help survivors with the following types of domestic abuse:

  • Spousal Abuse

What we commonly think of when we discuss domestic violence. This type of abuse involves physical violence perpetrated by one spouse against another spouse.

  • Child Abuse

This involves physical violence against a child under the age of 18, perpetuated by a spouse.

  • Domestic Sexual Assault

Rape that happens within the confines of a relationship is still rape. If you’re a victim of domestic sexual assault, consider reaching out to an attorney.

What is a Restraining Order?

A restraining order, which may also be referred to as a protective order in some cases, is used by the court to keep an alleged perpetrator away from their victim. Under the conditions of a restraining order, the alleged perpetrator must stay a certain distance away from the victim, their home, workplace, or school.

Victims may also request that the court order the perpetrator cease all contact with the victim through any means of communication. If the alleged perpetrator violates these conditions, they can be subject to legal action.

Again, if you are dealing with an abusive relationship, you have options. You are not alone, and you have resources to help you get your life back on track.

The Deal with Scooter Accidents

If you live in a major city (or if you just watch the news), chances are high that you have heard about or seen these new electric scooters popping up around the country. They can travel up to twenty miles per hour, they offer little protection, and there are very few laws or regulations concerning how to ride them safely. What could go wrong?

It is safe to say, the new electric scooters are a nuisance in the eyes of many local governments. Many electric scooter companies, like the two most famous, BIRD and Lime Bikes, will suddenly show up to a town with truckloads of the scooters. Then they will simply drop the scooters off at popular parts of the city without warning or discussions with local officials.

This business model combined with the very design of the scooters themselves are prone to disaster. In this article, I will describe in greater detail the safety risks associated with electric scooters. I will also discuss electric scooter accident injuries:

How are electric scooter accidents caused?

As with all traffic safety questions, the exact reason that electric scooter accidents take place is usually ambiguous; a combination of weather or driving conditions and human mistakes. However, there are some common factors that usually result in an electric scooter accident.

Speeding on an electric scooter is bound to end in tragedy. They are simply not meant to keep up with traffic or other types of vehicles; the handling on the scooters becomes terrible at higher speeds! Additionally, the scooters are likely to malfunction (either the brakes, accelerator, or the ‘board’ used to stand on) at higher speeds. Riding the electric scooters in inclement weather or on wet roads is also a bad idea.

Other factors, of course, include drivers of cars or trucks driving with distractions such as texting or messing with directions.

What injuries come from electric scooter accidents?

According to the Jurewitz Law Group, some of the most prominent injuries from electric scooter accidents are related to head trauma or spinal cord injury. This makes sense, because of the exposed vulnerabilities present from the electric scooter accidents; helmets are not required and if you crash, it is likely that your spine or head are going to come into rough contact with the concrete below.

Other injuries also include severe cuts or lacerations from the road, bone dislocations, and bone breaks.

What do I do after an electric scooter accident?

The first step, as anyone can tell you, is to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Even for smaller or minor injuries, it is important to document the effects of the accident on your health in case you want to pursue legal action later. Simply saying, “I hurt my shoulder” will NOT be sufficient if you want to pursue action against a truck driver, for example, that injured you.

After going to the hospital and describing your injuries, it is in your best interest to think about hiring a lawyer. Even if you do not go to court for the accident, it is beneficial to have a lawyer to discuss the claims process with insurance or to more generally walk you through the legal process after an electric scooter accident.

Why medical malpractice is hard to spot

At my job as a customer service representative, I am encouraged by my supervisors to come clean when I have made a mistake. My supervisors understand that mistakes happen. When I am upfront about errors, the team has an opportunity to correct them and move forward. I love working in a healthy and supportive environment such as that. I know it sounds naive, but I figured that sort of environment existed in most fields. I was shocked to find out that medical field functions in a much, much different way. I was reading about medical malpractice on the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC website and I found out that medical professionals are often quiet about their mistakes in order to avoid a lawsuit.

With the culture of silence around medical malpractice, it is often difficult to tell what constitutes malpractice in the first place. Just because a bad outcome occurs, this doesn’t mean that a doctor committed malpractice. Sometimes doctors do everything that is expected of them, and unfortunate outcomes still occur. Malpractice happens when medical professionals do not meet a minimum standard of care. This is usually described as being negligent towards their patients.

A common form of negligence occurs when doctors misdiagnose patients or fail to diagnose them completely. If you go into a doctor’s office with health concerns and doctors are unable to pick up on signs of a stroke, heart attack or cancer, they are likely being negligent towards you. These conditions are serious and life-threatening. It is a doctor’s job to pay attention to your condition and pinpoint these afflictions.

Another form of negligence happens when you are inadvertently injured during a surgery. If doctors are not careful, they may damage blood vessels, organs or nerves while you are under the knife. This can result in more hospital trips, time away from work, or even greater health complications. Of course, your doctor should be held responsible when their mistakes cost you time and money.

A last form of negligence can happen when doctors prescribe drugs. If doctors prescribe you a dose of medication that causes you to overdose or winds up injured, they are considered negligent. Every doctor has a responsibility to check on the possibility of two drugs interacting in an unexpected way. It’s your doctor’s job to give you the medication to treat health conditions, not make them worse.


The Financial Troubles of Mark Twain: Bankruptcy for the Author of the “Great American Novel”

Everyone has heard of or has read some literature authored by Mark Twain. His most famous works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It is no surprise that given the success of his literature, Mark Twain saw a substantial amount of financial success. However, what many people fail to realize is that Twain was not very investment-savvy.

For example, Twain invested $8 million (fixed for inflation) in a typesetting machine. Despite the grandness of this technological wonder, the machine was particularly vulnerable to mechanical failure. Eventually, the machine broke, and before it could be fixed, it was made obsolete by a newer, more efficient machine. Needless to say, Twain lost a ton of money on this investment.

Twain’s other big investment failure occurred when he invested all his money in forming a new publishing house because he was not satisfied with his current publisher.  Like the typesetting machine, this investment failed. Twain had too much debt, and he was forced to file for bankruptcy. Not many people know of the difficult financial situations Twain was forced to endure throughout his life.

Because of my interest in great American novelist, to further understand Mark Twain and his struggles, I decided to do a little research on consumer bankruptcy. I knew that bankruptcy law had been around for a very long time, so I figured that there could not have been that many changes from Twain’s time to the current situation. Also, even if there were changes, I concluded that the stresses and difficulties with consumer bankruptcy remained the same from Twain’s time to today.

During my research, I came across a thorough article by Greenway Bankruptcy Law, LLC that explained consumer bankruptcy. Specifically, the article’s main point was to describe a type of stressor that is often associated with consumer bankruptcy: consumer harassment.

According to the article, consumer harassment occurs when pesky creditors go after a person in debt to try to collect money. Sometimes, the harassing creditors will resort to unethical, rude, and illegal acts. One of the main points of the article was that debt itself can be very stressful, and when harassing creditors get involved, the stress gets overwhelming. The debtors are victims, and it is difficult to imagine that they are treated so poorly by unethical creditors.

The article opened my eyes to the pressures Mark Twain must have been facing. It is strange that not many people are aware that he had serious financial problems to the point that he had to file for bankruptcy. In fact, I would not be surprised if Twain had to endure some type of creditor harassment. The man lived a very troubled life and having creditors hound him for money certainly could have added to his troubles. However, when you make multiple bad business moves, you only have yourself to blame when the creditors come looking for you.

Individual killed in single-vehicle crash in Louisville

A single individual was reported deceased following a single-car accident on Westport Road Saturday, in the Lyndon area. LMPD officials report that officers responded to the call at 5:29 p.m., of a serious injury crash in the 8700 block of Westport Road. Officers discovered once they were on the scene that the eastbound car was traveling well above the speed limit when the driver drifted into the center lane and then over into the right lane before they lost control of the vehicle. The car spun out of control and hit a nearby road sign before crashing into a light pole.

Unfortunately, authorities report that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and at this time it was believed that he was partially ejected from the car. The driver was transported to the local hospital, University Hospital, where he was ultimately pronounced dead from his injuries. The story, reported by Wave 3 News, is still being investigated and if the cause of the accident is discovered, we will return to this story as well.

While the true cause of the accident has still not been determined, we are hoping to learn more. In many cases, driver error may be to blame, especially if the driver was speeding like authorities suggest in this case. In other cases, the driver may have been distracted behind the wheel, may have been tired, or may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In other cases, a vehicle defect may be to blame for the crash, which can only be determined by investigators at a later date.

Whenever there is a fatal accident, it is essential for police to thoroughly investigate the cause of the crash. If an individual loses his or her life, there are many legal questions that arise following the accident. Who was to blame? Was it the driver’s fault, or some other issue? The family of the driver deserves to have answers, and if their loved one was killed in an accident caused by a vehicle defect or negligence on the part of another party, they may be eligible to pursue legal action.

I researched personal injury lawsuits and found a Louisville personal injury lawyer’s website here. On the site, it describes the types of compensation a family may pursue if their loved one was killed in a car crash that was caused by negligence on the part of another individual or party. The family may be eligible for compensation for funeral costs, loss of the individual’s earnings, and may be able to pursue compensation for the loss of the person’s companionship.

At a devastating time like this, no one wants to have to think about legal issues, however. It is a tragic time whenever anyone loses their life and is especially difficult if the person loses their life in an accident that could have been avoided, like a car accident.



Ways to Contain Airborne Dust and Contaminants are Now Available

One effective way to improve air quality in manufacturing facilities is by controlling airborne contaminants and dust. Although all manufacturers may be aware that eliminating airborne contaminants and dusts in the workplace is their major responsibility, many are not in the know that doing so will not only keep workers safe from the dangers these harmful impurities can cause, but can also help increase worker productivity. In fact, studies on the impact of indoor air pollution on worker productivity showed a 4.2% increase in productivity when air pollution was reduced by 10 parts per billion (ppb). Poor indoor air quality, on the other hand, showed as many as six lost workdays per year for every ten employees.

Unlike in the past, plant owners can now choose from a variety of ways to contain airborne dust and contaminants. The type of manufacturing process a facility is involved in is not even an issue. Whether its manufacturing process involves chemicals, wood, paper, pharmaceutical products, food or metals, there is a dust collecting system that will fit its needs regardless of the available space it has, its layout and the amount of dust and contaminants generated.

The industrial ventilation systems of RoboVent are among the different types of dust and fume collection systems available that are designed to help a facility maintain good air quality. These ventilation systems are actually designed to address a wide variety of needs, such as abrasive blasting dust collection, aluminum dust collection, blast room dust collection, carbon black dust collection, cast iron grinding dust collection, chemical dust collection and filtration, fertilizer dust collection, fine grinding fiberglass dust collection and filtration, food processing dust collection, fumed silica dust collection, glass-making dust collection, and graphite dust collection.

The welding fume collector is one particular type of system that helps keep smoke out of welders’ breathing zone. In reality, though, this fume collector protects not only welders but all workers in the entire facility.

Warning Signs That You Need a Divorce

Warning Signs That You Need a Divorce

Divorce is not just an emotional experience. It can also be a hassle because of the legal complications associated with it. According to the website of the San Antonio divorce lawyers of Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, you will even have to make decisions regarding your finances, estates, assets, and relationship with your children.
In other words, divorce is a life-altering experience, so you better be sure that you want to end the marital relationship with your partner. Here are some of the warning signs you may want to consider.

Everything you have done to save the marriage has failed

First, have even tried salvaging the relationship? If no, you can start by communicating with your spouse and understanding his perspective. This way, you will have a bigger and better picture of the problems and you will be more willing to make a compromise, even if it means lowering your pride. If yes, and everything you have tried has failed, consider getting a divorce.

The relationship is exhausting you out physically and mentally

Filing for a divorce because of a single mistake from your spouse is unreasonable, unless the mistake is severe. Emotional exhaustion does not happen instantly, as it is the stress that has accumulated inside of you after a series of mistakes and problems. Sometimes, this exhaustion can be treated by having a vacation, but there also times where enough is enough and divorce is the only treatment.

You are only staying for other reasons

The spark of the relationship has faded, but the responsibilities will never fade away, such as managing the family business you have established with your partner, taking care of the kids, and paying debt. It is admirable to stay in a relationship because of these reasons, but it is important to note that there are legal options you can pursue to take care of these reasons, not to mention that staying in a toxic relationship can exhaust you.

Reasons Why Entering into a Postnuptial Agreement can be Beneficial

Since marital union makes a husband and wife only a single person, a post-nuptial agreement, which is a legal contract that involves two or more persons expressing mutual consent to the contents of an agreement being entered into, can never be considered legally valid since it would be impossible, if not absurd, to enter into a contract with oneself. This notion was maintained until the early part of the 1970s (for husbands and wives who tried to execute a post-nuptial contract) even after U.S. courts dismissed the concept of a man and a woman being only one person after entering into marital union, in order to discourage any possibility of divorce.

The increase of divorce cases after the 1970s, as well as the recognition of “no fault” divorces, however, caused a stir in the legal stand, leading to the acceptance of postnuptial agreements in American jurisprudence.

Postnuptial agreement, also known as marriage agreement, post marriage agreement, post-marital agreement or postnup, is a written contract voluntarily executed by a couple after marriage or civil union. Some couples enter into this agreement to prevent conflict and promote harmony in their relationship, while others choose to execute it to: remove causes of disagreements over finances, assets, and other issues that may arise in the event of divorce or separation; control unacceptable behaviors, like over-spending or adultery; or set parameters over asset and property division (after divorce) due to changes in financial status brought about by changes in investment income, receipt of an inheritance, sale of a business or changes in one’s career.

Though the validity of postnuptial agreements differs from one state to another, judges use the same criteria in determining its legitimacy. These criteria include: its reasonableness to both parties; the mutual consent of both spouses on the contents of the contract; and, the full disclosure of each other’s assets.

Furthermore, it states that a postnuptial agreement will eliminate any possible conflicts and save the couple from heartache and significant time and money because it will clearly point out the terms of marriage.

Past and Present FDA Warning Concerning Use of Teething Tablets from Hyland’s

On October 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a consumer warning about homeopathic teething gels and pills. In the warning, the FDA recommends that consumers stop using homeopathic teething gels and pills and dispose of any that are still in their possession.

Based on this FDA warning, as well as the and the potential side effects of the products, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ has also cautioned parents to keep away from belladonna-containing teething tablets and gels with benzocaine.

Six years prior to this advisory, the FDA also released a similar warning on Oct. 23, 2010, wherein it said: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. The FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. The manufacturer is issuing a recall of this product.

Hyland’s Teething Tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis, however, has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. In addition, the FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps.”

Hyland’s Inc.’s teething tablets are intended to provide in children temporary relief from teething symptoms. These tablets contain Belladonna, a plant that is said to be highly poisonous but with medicinal properties. Though Belladonna is used as an ingredient in a number of medications and is said to effectively provide the treatment and relief drug manufacturers say it would, various clinical studies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the FDA all maintain that no homeopathic product, including Belladonna, has ever shown to be effective for any type of condition.

According to Hyland’s teething tablet lawsuit lawyers with Williams Kherkher, these teething tablets have been implicated in the deaths of at least 10 babies in the past six years and hundreds of children are said to have also suffered serious adverse side effects that may be attributed to belladonna, an ingredient in Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets.

Despite the reports of deaths and adverse effects, and FDA’s past and recent warnings, Hyland’s Inc. remains confident in stating that its teething tablets are safe to use.

No doubt thousands of parents are confused while many children, maybe or maybe not due to Belladonna contained in Hyland’s teething tablet, continue to be harmed. Common Belladonna poisoning symptoms include seizures, vomiting, excessive sleepiness, difficulty breathing, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, muscle weakness, lethargy, confusion and blurred vision. Noticing any of these symptoms is more than enough sign that you should immediately consult with a lawyer, who may be able to help you find out the real cause of your child’s sufferings and decide on the best course of legal action to take.

SR-22: Things You Should Know

If you have been caught driving without auto liability insurance, cited for driving under the influence (DUI) or reckless driving, involved in an accident without auto insurance, cited for three moving violations in just one year, or issued a license suspension or revocation, then you would probably be required by a court to carry an SR-22 filing.

An SR-22, also referred to as a certificate of insurance or a financial responsibility filing, is a actually form which your car liability insurance provider will send to your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to inform them that you already have the required insurance coverage. If your license has been suspended or revoked, then only an SR-22 can immediately lift the suspension or revocation, restoring your driving privileges in the process.

For drivers who have been caught driving without insurance or who have been determined to be at-fault in an accident while driving without insurance, the first thing they will need to do if they have been required to carry an SR-22 filing is purchase a car insurance policy; those who already have insurance, on the other hand, but whose license has been suspended or revoked will just need to add the SR-22 filing in their policy.

Besides having to pay an SR-22 filing fee (filing fee varies by state, though the cost usually falls between $15 and $25), being required to file it means you are, according to insurance companies, a “high risk” driver and being tagged as such, the cost of your insurance policy will be higher than “non-high risk” drivers. This SR-22 needs to be carried for three years, unless a judge decides to extend it to five years (this is typically the case for those charged with DUI). In the event of a lapse in insurance payment or if you decide to cancel your insurance coverage while you carry an SR-22 filing, then your car insurance provider will have to perform its legal obligation of notifying your state’s DMV about the cancellation of your insurance coverage; this will result to the cancellation of your license again.

To avoid getting required to carry an SR-22 filing and so save yourself from paying a filing fee and higher premiums for three (or five) years, there are three things you should do:

  • Never drink and drive;
  • Always drive safely; and,
  • Make sure you are insured or can show proof of financial responsibility

If you fail in any of these three “avoidance strategies,” and find yourself getting to file an SR-22, then probably the best way in filing it is through the help of an independent car insurance company.

According to Abel Law Firm, some independent car insurance companies provide clients with free online insurance quotes which will help them compare insurance/SR-22 deals and prices. Besides being fast and easy, client can do these comfortably in their home. They can even purchase an insurance policy or file an SR-22 online, allowing them to be insured or SR-2 certified on the spot.