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Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Injuries, Workplace | 0 comments

How You Can Prevent Work-Related Back Pain

For most employees, a work day involves having to sit in a desk and use a computer for a huge chunk of their 8-hour schedule. While such a job doesn’t seem physically taxing, research shows that people with desk jobs are one of the most leading causes of back pain in America. In fact, a study conducted by Cornell University and the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health point out that four out five cases of debilitating back pain is caused by sitting at desks and hunching over computers for long periods of time. Thankfully, you can take some active steps and preventive measures to keep comfortable and perform your tasks without a hitch.

The best way to prevent back pain caused by too much computer use is by practicing good posture. While you’re sitting down, make sure you keep your back straight, with your head and neck aligned with your shoulders. It’s also important that you keep your feet flat and relaxed on the floor. Another important thing to remember is making sure you’re not too close or too far away from the computer monitor. Ideally, your chair should be positioned to make sure that you’re about an arm’s length away from the screen. You can also re-arrange your mouse and move it near your keyboard to avoid having to strain too much when you have to move from typing to using the mouse. On top of these tips, it’s also crucial that you take periodic breaks away from your desk. Step up and do some stretching exercise to relieve any tension that might have built up in your muscles from sitting down and using the computer for too long.

In the same way, employers can also contribute in making sure that desk jobs don’t cause too much discomfort and pain for their employees. Providing employees with ergonomic seating can help reduce the occurrence of work-related back pain. WorkSTEPs also suggest that employers can implement functional capacity testing for candidates they are looking to hire or employees returning for work after an injury. This way, they can be sure that everyone on the job can meet the physical demands of their tasks and accomplish their work comfortably.

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Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Injuries | 0 comments

Protecting Children from Unsafe Toys and Products

Ideally, as the website of Crowe & Mulvey LLP indicates, toys and products intended for children are designed and manufactured with care and consideration to avoid any health risk and other potential danger. However, certain situations and reported cases show that such an ideal scenario isn’t always true in real life. Just this past year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled around 17 million products for marketed towards the use of children. These items include toys, clothing, cribs, car seats, and play sets. All of them had defects or issues that failed to meet the safety standards and regulations mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act resulted from the valiant efforts of the parents of a boy named Daniel Keysar. In 1998, a 16 month old Daniel died in a tragic accident caused by a defective crib collapsing on him. He was strangled and was suffocated by the Playskool Tavel-Lite crib he had been using. Upon learning that the product had been recalled by the CPSC five years prior to their baby’s death, Daniel’s parents rallied for stringent implementation of stricter safety policies. Their hard work paid off after about a decade since their son’s death. In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that imposed better regulations regarding product safety.

Despite better regulations, there are still times when certain issues slip through the cracks. When this happens, defective or unsafe products find themselves in the market. Faulty products can cause serious problems and injuries for children. For example, a child can have lead poisoning from a toy that made use of paint that fails to meet product safety standards. Without proper labels, a young child can also choke on a toy that was given to him or her by adults unknowingly. Another danger is the possibility of burns or electrical shock caused by electronic toys that are defective.

While parents can take extra care by checking product labels and fine print, it’s up to government regulators to ensure that all children’s products that are sold in the market are safe for use. In the same way, manufacturers also have the responsibility to adhere to policies imposed on them by law. If your child has suffered from an injury caused by a defective toy or product, don’t hesitate to seek out legal counsel in your area. Residents in Wisconsin, for example, can speak to a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer for more information.

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Medical Injury | 0 comments

The Potential Dangers of Medical Devices and Surgical Tools

Surgery is often a risky medical procedure. Thankfully, advancements in the field of medicine over the last couple of decades have helped keep patients safe from the more perilous outcomes that could happen during surgery. In fact, technology today has enabled doctors to perform basic procedures using techniques that are minimally invasive. With the help of laparoscopic medical devices and surgical tools, the risk of patients getting infected post-surgery has significantly gone down.

Power morcellators and the Da Vinci Robot are among these surgical tools widely used by doctors for minimally invasive procedures. Morcellators are used to remove fibroids, which are non-cancerous tumors that grow inside a woman’s uterus. On the other hand, the Da Vinci Robot is a multi-armed machine operated that allows surgeons to perform several routine abdominal procedures without having to cut open the patient’s stomach. While both tools have been incredibly useful in dozens upon dozens of operating rooms across the world, they also pose dangerous risks that most people are unaware of.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, morcellators prove to be highly effective in cutting down and removing benign growths in the uterus through its fast-spinning blades. However, they also note that the use of morcellators can be greatly dangerous for women who have undiagnosed uterine cancer. If a doctor is unaware that some of the growths they are cutting down in the uterus are actually malignant, they can inadvertently cause the cancer to spread more easily. In fact, because of such concerns, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about power morcellators, informing the public that they could be extremely harmful for women with uterine cancer that have not yet been noticed. What’s even more alarming is the fact that this type of cancer is difficult to catch, and is often only detected once a patient has undergone surgery.

While medical devices and surgical tools are meant to help improve a patient’s recovery and treatment, these machines are still susceptible to human error. Such errors can be committed by the manufacturers who create these machines or the doctors that make us of them. Either way, it’s best that patients and their families are aware some of the potential risks and dangers that are involved.

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Real Estate | 0 comments

What You Need to Know About Wrongful Foreclosures

Due to the instability of today’s market, many individuals face financial issues that are becoming harder and harder to overcome. At present, millions of Americans are currently in debt. One of the most common problems that these individuals face is the threat of losing their home due to their inability to pay their mortgage. More and more people experience foreclosures in the U.S. Because they are unable to meet pay off their debts, creditors or lenders attempt to recover their balance by forcing assets, particularly their homes, on sale.

According to the Office of the Controller of the Currency (OCC), around a third of all individuals who faced foreclosures had lost their homes and other assets due to errors made by banks and mortgage companies. These instances are known as wrongful foreclosures. For individuals already struggling to resolve their financial burden, losing their home can be an extremely stressful situation. The idea that they have to go through such an ordeal because of someone else’s error is particularly maddening. When creditors and money lenders pursue foreclosures through dodgy and even downright illegal practices, it’s important that the individuals facing the threat of losing their valued home and properties are protected by the law.

The website of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. points out the following scenarios as common practices that indicate wrongful foreclosures. Homeowners can pursue appropriate legal action if their situation is applicable to the following:

  • Lender has failed to provide the homeowner with sufficient and appropriate notices regarding their late payments
  • Lender overcharging the homeowner with fees for late payment
  • Lender bad faith and predatory practices

There are other specific scenarios that might be considered as an act of wrongful foreclosure. If you feel like you have been subject to such illegal practices, your best recourse is to consult with an experience real estate litigators for more information.

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Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Marriage | 0 comments

Options for Dealing with Marriage Problems

We’ve all been told that relationships are hard work. In real life, marriage isn’t as easy as they portray it in fairy tales. This is especially true during times when a couple is faced with difficult conflicts and problems. Sometimes, such issues can become so grave that they can weigh down even the strongest relationship. If you are in a similar situation, there are several options that can help you properly deal with the issues affecting your marriage.

Married couples facing problems in their relationship can consider working with a counselor to help resolve their conflict. Through couple therapy, each party can air their concerns and address issues with the aid of a mediator who is especially equipped to handle such situations. As pointed out by Marriage Like New: Therapy for Couples website, sitting down with your partner to learn better ways to communicate your point of view can do a lot to resolve conflicts and rebuild trust. Snyder typically helps her clients through teaching couples how to manage their stress responses and avoid the common ‘fight or flight’ reaction, then coaching them with new communication techniques. She emphasizes, however, that these methods are only effective when both parties are willing to work on rebuilding their relationship. If one partner is ambivalent or is closed-off about the whole process, there’s little chance of any progress.

Snyder also emphasizes that certain marital issues can’t be solved through couple therapy. Again, it will depend on how much you and your partner are willing to find a resolution for the problems that you are facing. She also points out that issues involving violence or abuse are best brought to the attention of authorities and are dealt with through anger management and other similar individual counseling.

If you and your partner come to a realization that staying together and maintaining your relationship is no longer a realistic or desirable option, it may be time to decide on several legal options. Pursuing divorce, nullity, or legal separation can help distraught couples move on with their lives. Going through any of these proceedings can definitely be tense and stressful, so it’s best to have a support network that can help you through the process. Likewise, it would also be advisable to have a qualified and experience family law attorney to guide you through whatever complicated legalities you may encounter.

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