Understanding your risks of carpal tunnel syndrome

Understanding your risks of carpal tunnel syndrome

Feb 18

The median nerve, which can be found in the upper limb, is responsible in supplying nervous energy in the forearms and hands. When median nerve is damaged, muscles located in these areas might not get the nervous energy that they need. This results to a variety of different complications, such as numbness and poor muscle control.

There are a variety of ways how a median nerve could be damaged. This nerve, for instance, passes through the carpal tunnel – the cavity enclosed by carpal bones, tendons, and the transverse carpal ligament (bundle of ligaments under your wrists). When carpal tunnel is pressed, pinched, or damaged in any way, the median nerve might be affected, resulting in a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome.

Your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome depends on many different factors. According to the website of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., poorly-designed workplaces and insufficient breaks between work hours could result in different muscle conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. People who are at highest risk of this disease include those who work in production lines where movements are oftentimes repetitive and forceful. In some instances, clerical job workers, such as typists and writers, can also be vulnerable to this condition.

According to the website of the Champaign workers’ compensation lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C., it is difficult for a person suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome to get back to work. Symptoms commonly associated with this condition are weakness and numbness of the affected arm, making it almost impossible for them to perform their tasks.

Apart from occupation, there are other risk factors that may come at play in determining your risk of this condition. Women, for instance, have smaller carpal tunnel, which means they are at highest risk than men. Finally, health conditions, such as obesity, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes, can weaken your nerves, including the median nerve.

What causes tread separation?

What causes tread separation?

Feb 17

In a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA), fatalities resulting from car-related accidents went as high as 32,675 last year, or 89 deaths per day. Unfortunately, some of these accidents have been associated with DUI and distracted driving, and could have been prevented with vigilance and defensiveness.

But according to the website of Spiros Law, P.C., not all car accidents were a result of driver negligence. In some circumstances, a defective tire component can trigger injurious, sometimes even fatal car accidents. In these situations where drivers cannot do anything to prevent an accident, the manufacturer could be held liable for all the damages a victim may accrue.

If you will ask a Louisville personal injury lawyer about possible car defects that may result in accidents, one of the first things that will come to his/her mind is tread separation. The tread is the area of the tire that comes in direct contact with the road. When the tread is severed from the tire, the vehicle may go out of control, making your car more prone to accidents.

There are many possible causes of tread separation. An over-inflated tire, for instance, has an excessive pressure that may generate too much heat especially when dealing with rough roads, making your tire more prone to separation. Also, too much pressure inside the tire could make it more difficult for the tire to manage road shocks caused by bumps and potholes, making it more prone to blowout.

Wear out can also trigger tread separation. As such, it is important to rotate your tires regularly to avoid tire abuse. Also, tires with worn out threads and shallow grooves should be replaced immediately with new ones. Finally, only mount tires that have been manufactured within quality standards and have been force-tested to endure different road conditions.

Standard of care breaches: the case in nursing homes

Standard of care breaches: the case in nursing homes

Feb 17

Every year, thousands of dollars are being spent on litigation involving breach in standard of care. According to the website of Leichter Law Firm PC., a majority of these cases involve nursing homes, wherein nurses are accused of either negligence or lack of informed consent. Negligence happen when a nurse unnecessarily placed the patient in danger due to his/her recklessness or lack of training. For lack of informed consent, a nurse can be accused if s/he fails to inform the patient about the risks associated with the procedure s/he will be performing.

Nursing malpractice is one of the most common nursing home violation the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has constantly been citing for several years now. But apart from negligence and lack of informed consent, some nursing homes have been accused of breaching standard of care by employing nurses or aides that have previously been convicted with abuse. Employing staff guilty of sexual assault, violence, or theft could mean violating the regulations set by the CMS for nursing homes.

A nursing home could also be in violation of the regulation if inspectors found that the owner of the facility has been negligent in eliminating hazards that could trigger injurious, even deadly accidents, or if regulators received reports of accidents caused by unsafe environment. Failure to establish an effective infection control program is also an adequate ground for citation. Also, the facility’s failure to meet professional standards for services could also mean violating standard of care.

Nursing home violations are not only limited to the facility itself, its staff, and its services. During annual inspection or when a complaint against a facility is filed, inspectors probe for other possible violations. For instance, failure to store, prepare, and distribute food in a sanitary way could be a violation, as well as failure to ensure that regimen drugs are free from any unnecessary and dangerous substances.

Proving your copyright for a song

Proving your copyright for a song

Feb 16

In a bold and interesting move, international singing sensation Taylor Swift has recently applied to trademark certain phrases from her songs in her 1989 album to avoid them from being used on merchandises without authorization. Among these lines were “This sick beat,” “Cause we never go out of style,” Nice to meet you, where you been?,” “Party like it’s 1989,” and “Could show you incredible things.” In this day and age where piracy is pretty much common and people can just use someone else’s lyrics without permission to make their apparels marketable, Swift’s action in protecting her intellectual property seems timely and clever.

According to the website of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., there are a lot of ways on how you can secure copyright of your original composition. One old school way is to seal your composition in an envelope and send it to yourself via mail. A sealed, unopened envelope with a date in it could prove that you have written your song before the date indicated in the package. Due to its practicality (sending yourself a package doesn’t cost much money and effort), many people have been doing this to establish copyright. But although this method of protecting your intellectual property could be effective, there have been some cases wherein the evidence falls short in court.

Another easy way to establish ownership of a lyric or a song is to have some good witnesses that are willing to testify that you own the composition. It can be your friend, your colleague, a family member, pretty much anyone that have actually heard you sing or play your lyrics and are willing to stand as a witness in an event of a copyright hearing.

Finally, you can protect your work by registering your song in any of the copyright offices in your respective country or jurisdiction. In the U.S., for instance, the United States Copyright Office accepts copyright applications, but for certain fees.

Are divorce and death really comparable?

Are divorce and death really comparable?

Feb 15

In an interesting blog published in the Huffington Post, D.A. Wolf explored the possibility of comparing divorce and death: how similar (and dissimilar) they are with each other, how one thing could be more impactful than the other. Although we might have different takes on which one is worse, one thing is crystal-clear: both divorce and death are life-changing. Unless you don’t prepare yourself and your family for these uninviting possibilities, chances are you will definitely be caught off-guard.

According to the website of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, it can be difficult for a divorcing couple to end a marriage. Divorce is not just an emotionally-charged experience for adult couples; this process can be difficult for the children, too. A joint physical and legal custody, for instance, could be hard for children who will need to be shuffled between two parents in certain times of the week. Deciding who will pay who and how much is another legal struggle that can definitely be arduous for the couple. And so, having the best professionals on your side to help you decide on matters surrounding your divorce can be a great help in somehow alleviating these challenges.

Although both death and divorce cause despair and uncertainty, death in the family generally is worse than losing a marriage. But just like a divorce, legal disputes arising from a family member’s death can make things even worse. According to the website of Arenson Law Group, PC, failing to plan for your estate makes your family more vulnerable to estate disputes and conflicts.

No matter how unappealing divorce and death are, they are possible. And when they hit, they could hit tremendously hard. In times of emotionally-charged challenges such as these, it is important to maintain a mindset that’s positive and forward-looking. You should also be open to seek help and support from friends, family, and professionals if you need to.