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What can I do if my child is injured by a toy?

A toy-related injury can be serious and traumatic for children and families which is why parents should be familiar with the legal protections available to them when their child has been harmed by dangerous or defective toy. Products liability legal protections provide remedies to help with the physical, financial and emotional injuries and harm suffered because of a dangerous or defective product.

Common causes of toy-related harm and injuries include riding toys, such a tricycles and nonpowered scooters, and toy-related deaths which can include chocking, drowning, suffocation and riding toy accidents. Children under the age of 3 are at the greatest risk of toy choking hazards and riding toys account for the majority of toy-related injuries to children under the age of 14. Approximately half of all toy-related injuries occur to the head and face of the child.

The role work history plays in Social Security Disability claims

Work history is an important component of the Social Security Disability application and qualifying process.

It is helpful for those seeking Social Security Disability benefits to understand how their work history will factor into the process and what work history credits they may need to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Time limits for personal injury claims are important

There are time limits associated with personal injury claims that are necessary for car accident victims and other injury victims to be familiar with. The time limits are found in statutes of limitations which are laws that require a personal injury claim for damages to be brought during a specified time period and if the claim is not brought during the time period, the victims will be unable to bring a claim for damages in the future.

Statutes of limitation are important because if they are not followed, the victim will be forever barred from bringing a claim. The length of time permitted to file a claim can varies by state and by type of claim the victim is bringing. Personal injury car accident claim timelines may differ, for instance, from the length of time permitted to bring a medical malpractice claim for damages. There are also legal technicalities and complexities that can be associated with when the period of time permitted to bring a claim begins so it is helpful for victims to have trained legal guidance to ensure they understand the amount of time they have to bring their claim for damages.

Heavy pickup trucks do more damage than SUVs and cars

Choosing the right vehicle is not as simple as just picking the most visually appealing one. You are a smart consumer, so you know that you need something that is safe and reliable. Unfortunately, most people in Alabama do not have the time to evaluate every confusing statistic or rating about a vehicle. Instead, they choose the best vehicle with the best information that they have on hand. That information might not have included just how dangerous a heavy pickup truck is compared to a car.

You may not have even thought about your car's weight when you bought it. This is because a car's weight might not seem that important compared to things like air bags or other features. However, if a heavy pickup truck hits your car, you are actually at a higher risk for danger.

Personal injury relief for victims of nursing home abuse

The consequences of nursing home abuse and neglect in Alabama can be both tragic and troubling for victims and their families. As a result, it is useful for victims and their families to be familiar with what nursing home abuse and neglect is and the personal injury legal protections that may be able to help them when they have been harmed.

There are close to 2 million Americans, including elderly Americans, living in nursing homes across the United States. Research shows that approximately 90 percent of nursing homes are understaffed. Understaffing in nursing homes can result in serious consequences for residents, including dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores and medication administration. Rules and regulations that govern nursing homes make it clear that residents should never suffer from bedsores.

Getting victims of soft tissue injuries help after a car accident

Unfortunately, there are a variety of different types of common injuries victims may suffer in car accidents that are referred to as soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries can cause great physical, financial and emotional harm and damages to victims.

The damages car accident victims suffer as a result of soft tissue injuries can be met with the legal protections of a personal injury claim for damages. Soft tissue injuries may cause injured victims medical expenses and time away from work. Soft tissue injuries refer to injuries to the soft areas of the body including the muscles, ligaments and tendons. These injuries can be especially challenging to treat and can cause victims serious harm and significant pain. Soft tissue injuries include strains, sprains and contusions victims may suffer in a car accident.

What should I know before my disability hearing?

Preparing for a disability hearing is important because a lot can be on the line but it is also helpful for the disabled applicant not to worry about it which is why it is useful to know what to anticipate. A disability hearing may be the first step in the application process or may follow a denied review of the disabled individual's application depending on the state they are in. Knowing how to handle the disability hearing is valuable information for the applicant for disability benefits to have.

To begin with, it is, of course, important for the disabled applicant to be truthful during the hearing and not exaggerate their symptoms. Because eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits is based on the disabled applicant's medical condition and their work history, as well as their inability to work because of their disabling medical condition, questions about both their work history and medical condition may be asked during the disability hearing. The disability hearing will be conducted by an administrative law judge.

What are texting while driving rules for truck drivers?

While texting and driving laws can vary by state, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has promulgated strict rules that prevent truck drivers, bus drivers and other drivers of commercial motor vehicles from texting while driving and also limiting their use of a cell phone and ability to hold a cell phone while driving, as well as participating in other distracted driving behaviors while driving.

It is important for victims who have suffered injuries and harm in truck accident to be familiar with these rules and what is considered truck driver negligence.

Protections for injured workers

Alabama workers who have been injured on the job may not know what to do to continue to provide for themselves and their families.

Injured workers who find themselves in this situation should know what workers' compensation benefits can help them with and when they can receive them.

Inspection uncovers troubling reports of VA nursing home abuse

Many people need to live in a nursing home at the ends of their lives. Though all seniors living in these facilities deserve the best care, it seems especially important for the the people who put their lives on the line in service to this country. Veterans of our military often require extensive medical care as they age, and one of the best places to receive it is a nursing home run by Veterans Affairs.

If you are a veteran or you care for someone who is, it may shock you to learn that some VA nursing homes do not practice the proper standards of care. In fact, an inspection conducted earlier this year that included facilities in Alabama found that VA nursing homes in half the country harmed residents in various ways.

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