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What Are the Top Five Mental Health Disorders That Are Misdiagnosed?

Many people might find it difficult to go seek help for a mental disorder that they may have. Obtaining a diagnosis is the first step in receiving treatment. Going to a physician’s office may be the first step, but not the last. Sometimes, mental disorders will be misdiagnosed for other similar conditions. Misdiagnosis occurs in almost every medical setting. There are no specific statistics about the number of mental disorders that go undiagnosed, but it happens.

Misdiagnosing a medical condition can make a person suffer a great harm. A mental disorder is something that needs to be taken care of immediately. Some mental disorders can create a person certain thoughts that may even lead to their death. The medical malpractice litigators know the disastrous effects that a misdiagnosis can have on a patient and are here to serve those in Orlando who suffered an injury as a result.

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Important Witnesses That May Be Needed in Personal Injury Cases

Important Witnesses That May Be Needed in Personal Injury Cases

Most people who seek a personal injury claim do not know the aspects that are going to be associated with their case. There are a variety of things that need to be performed and gathered to be able to help a victim’s case in proving negligence in a wrongful death or personal injury.

The success of a claim can depend on these following elements:

  • Proof: that the victim has shown how they sustained their injuries from the specific accident
  • Damages: that the victim endured as a result of their injuries
  • Evidence: that the victim has gathered for their case
  • Liability: who was to blame for the accident?
  • Witnesses: Was there anyone present during the time of the accident that can backup the plaintiffs claim? This is a crucial element because it can serve as a means of supporting the victims claim with their testimonies.

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Steps to Take If You’ve Been Convicted of a DUI

After a Happy Hour that turned into a couple of hours, you grabbed your keys, said goodbye to your co-workers, and walked to your car. Feeling “buzzed” you decided to take the route home you know well. Halfway home you saw flashing lights behind you and were pulled over by a cop. He said you didn’t make a full stop at the stop sign; you have no recollection.

He asked you if you have been drinking, you tell the truth, “a few,” and he asked you to get out of the car. You passed the Field Sobriety Test but failed the Breathalyzer. You are now facing a DUI conviction.

No one plans on getting a DUI, but it can even happen to the people who just “have a few” after work with some friends. Without a doubt, drinking and driving is a serious offense that can lead to accidents and put lives at risk; it can also be life-changing for those who are convicted.

It’s important to remember that a DUI conviction varies and depends on the circumstances and the state in which you live. Here are some general steps to take if you’ve been convicted of a DUI:

Legal Advice

Whether it’s your first DUI or a subsequent offense, seeking legal advice is always a good idea. Unless you have a strong legal background and thoroughly understand your state’s laws concerning DUIs, find an attorney you like and can trust. If you’re on the fence about hiring one, most attorneys offer a free consultation.

If you do decide to hire an attorney, he or she will help you understand all the details of your case and explain all possible consequences. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty, but it depends if you go to court and how you plea.

Go to Court

If you have a court hearing, don’t skip out. Some people, facing a conviction, miss their court date and face more trouble later on. It’s not worth the extra legal issues. Whether you’re pleading guilty or not, go to court.

Consider Alternate Punishments

If you have clearly violated your state’s drunk driving laws and have been convicted of a DUI, your best option is to face the consequences. An attorney will help you determine whether or not you truly violated the law. As a first time offender, you are likely to be given a hefty fine, a suspension of your license, and maybe even jail time.

Depending on the details of your conviction, your judge may offer, recommend, or enforce alternativepunishments for your DUI conviction. In some cases, he or she may offer these as a substitute or “credit” towards jail time or fines.

Be Cooperative

We’ve all seen the courtroom dramas where the defendant acts out and is charged with “contempt of court.” It makes for good tv, but it will never be in your favor if you fail to cooperate. Believe it or not, a bad attitude won’t help you out when you’re facing a DUI conviction.

The best step to take, once you’ve been convicted of a DUI, is to never put yourself in the situation to get a subsequent DUI.

 

 


Dangerous Truck Driving Contributors

Whether you’re driving to work, taking the kids to school, or running a few errands; chances are you’re commuting on a busy highway to reach your destination. Motorists put themselves behind the wheel each day and must watch out for any potential risks. As motorists, we strive to put safe driving habits into practice to ensure that we’re doing our part. Keeping the volume at a safe level, avoiding texting and driving, and following the speed limits are great practices; however how much can be done when you experience and accident with an 18-wheeler truck.

Big rigs carrying thousands of pounds of freight increases the chances of a dangerous accident. When considering the significant weight, load being carried by these vehicles that can exceed 80,000 pounds versus the weight of a standard car, you can easily understand why an accident can be far more fatal than that of one with two standard sized cars.

When dealing with big rigs, there is always a reason as to why there was an accident. Look at a few options as to what those factors might be:

Speed

Although we strive to watch our speed as a safety precaution, it’s important to realize that these commercial freight trucks are often rushing against the clock. The transportation industry has become a dangerous one as drivers are pressured to have freight transported, docked, and unloaded in a timely manner. Although this is important, the stress of ensuring that they’re transporting the equipment by the deadline can deadly.

To accommodate for their time, truck drivers may pick up the speed to reach their destination by the deadline. Although unforeseen traffic is an obstacle, they’re instructed to meet their goals and deadlines. One late shipment can throw off the entire delivery date. Speed is a major contribution in highway trucking accidents.

Reckless Driving

Another significant factor in trucking accidents is reckless driving. Due to the high stress and demanding pressure, truck drivers are forced to make quick decisions in order to get the cargo to its destination. In striving to meet their goals of a delivery being on time, they may not make the best decision, putting others at risk.

Reckless acts while operating a truck, full of cargo, can be a recipe for disaster. If you’re on the road and experiencing reckless behavior by any driver, especially ones pulling thousands of pounds of cargo, be sure to call in to report the driver. This could save your life and the lives of others.

Fatigue

Another strain on drivers is their fatigue. Due to the high demand of the business, many drivers are forced to be away from their homes for extended periods of time and with long hauls comes reduced time from behind the wheel.

When the pressure is on and the amount of sleep is low, there is significant increase of risk factors that fall into place. As the driver spends more time behind the wheel they become a high-level risk to themselves and other drivers. This can be in the form of drowsiness and careless decision making.

Equipment

When operating big rigs, there is a required level of maintenance that should take place. The transportation industry is required by law to meet regulations by ensuring that equipment is performing and maintenance is kept.

Whether is an air leak in the tires, brakes, lights, or engine; these vehicles are required to have the issue fixed and a major way to ensure safety is routine maintenance. Faulty equipment can be a deadly mix on a major highway.

There are many contributors to highways accidents; however, when sharing the road with big rigs, these are major factors that can be prevented. If you notice any of these major contributors, have someone in your vehicle call it in, or remember the company name to have it reported. Doing your part can save lives and prevent a major trucking accident.

 

 


Do You Have a Case?

Picture yourself walking into work one morning just like any other start to your day. As you enter the premises of the building you slip and fall in a wet puddle and hit your head on the hard ground, resulting in a brain injury and other physical damage to your body. As you are laying on the cold, hard ground, you notice other slick spots on the floor. You also notice there are no mats or signs to alert employees that there is a hazard.

Although accidents are inevitable and happen every day due to unintentional efforts, it doesn’t dismiss neglect on behalf of someone that becomes injured. For this reason, workers should consider to take the appropriate steps to be compensated for their injuries. To begin, consider the following:

What is Workers’ Compensation

Before you can distinguish whether you have a case, you must be able to clearly define your workplace accident injury. If you were injured while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation benefits. The reason for these benefits would be to assist with hospital and medical bills, the loss of wages while you were in recovery, and any additional needs that you might require after your injury.

Some of the most dangerous jobs unfortunately lack workers’ compensation since employers may wrongly classify their employees as independent contractors. A few to mention would be: farmers, construction workers, drivers, roofers, loggers, steel workers, electrical workers, etc. To seek if your employer is covered, consider conducting your research and doing a quick search here: knowledgeinitiative.org/are-you-covered.

Seek a Medical Professional

No matter what the situation might be, consider the scope of what happened and make sure to take note. Whether you’ve fallen on the job, overextended your body, had been struck or injured by equipment; it is important to report the incident and see a doctor promptly. The sooner you consult a medical professional, the better. Also, make sure that you obtain all medical records that were obtained in this process as evidence to support your case.

Seek a Legal Professional

Now that you’ve done your part and sought out medical attention for your injury, it would be in your best interest to consult a legal professional. While it’s never too early to have an attorney in mind for all your legal matters, now would certainly be a time in which you should get serious about considering assistance.

Despite that the incident was a simple one and the result what your injury, the process for receiving workers’ compensation can be a difficult one. A lawyer will be able to help you distinguish how to determine the cause of your injury and how it can be applied to your best interest. Having adequate legal representation will assist your claim and ensure that you’re getting the most for your case.

Accidents happen to us every day; however, whether they happened due to neglect or unintended efforts can still affect our lives greatly. Don’t hesitate to consult medical and legal help. Also, do your part and know your coverage and lack thereof.

 


Jessica Wilson is the 2015-2016 Law Offices of David Michael Cantor Scholarship winner!

lawyer1The Law Offices of David Michael Cantor 2015-2016 scholarship contest ended on November 30, 2016. The essays subject title was “The necessity and value of the presumption of innocence and reasonable doubt in the criminal justice system”. The minimum length requirement was 750 words (about a page and a half, single spaced). There were two individual occurrences which made this year’s contest so remarkable. First, the content of Jessica Wilson’s essay is highly unusual. She focuses on her own mother being tried and convicted for the murder of her father. The second occurrence which made this year’s contest so remarkable was the fact that only seven (7) people bothered to enter the contest in order to vie for the $2,500 scholarship.

The Law Offices of David Michael Cantor has a companion firm (Cantor Crane) that emphasizes only personal injury and civil litigation. A concurrent scholarship contest was run by Cantor Crane during this last year which only required that participants check a box avowing they would not consuming alcohol or drugs and drive; that they would use an Uber if they had consumed alcohol or drugs; and that they would never text and drive. In the Cantor Crane scholarship contest the award amount was $1,000. A whopping 2,997 people entered that scholarship contest, yet only seven (7) entered our contest which paid 2 ½ times more money (but required 750 words of written effort). Both scholarship contests were publicized on the same 30 college websites. As a practicing lawyer for the last 28 years, I am becoming worried that this new generation of lawyers might better be labeled as “Generation A” with the A standing for “Apathy”. Future lawyers, I am calling on you to put in a little more thought and effort than what can be accomplished by merely checking a box or entering 140 characters in Twitter. (more…)


Father Winter Warning

As the seasons begin to change again, we experience a decrease in temperature and an increase in safety hazards. Although winter can be a great time to experience the holidays and snowy weather, it can be a playground of accidents.

This winter be sure to keep your guard up when facing the risks associated with winter weather. Take into consideration these preparation tips to avoid any chance of injury:

Cold Morning Start

As you being your typical morning routine, prepping your car might not be the first thing on your mind. Although many of us are going for that first cup of coffee, it might be a wise time to check out the weather conditions for your daily commute to work.

If you’re in a climate that is prone to frost, ice, or snow; take steps the night before by laying down salt in your driveway. This can help keep you from a slick situation before your day gets started. Another way to combat the freezing temperature is to start your car ahead of time. If your car is in the garage, make sure the garage door is open to let out the exhaust fumes. Having your driveway and car prepared can put you a big step ahead of the game.

Black Ice

Although black ice is something that is out of your control, it would be wise to keep an eye out. Black ice can affect drivers as well as those who might have to commute by foot. Ensure that you’re taking notice of the sidewalk. A simple slip and fall could result in serious harm and a possible brain injury.

Motorists can be sure that when they experience black ice from behind the wheel to avoid slamming on their breaks. This will make matters worse. Instead try to steer the vehicle in a way to where you can somewhat glide back to your path on the road. Many trucks and oversized vehicles will take extra precaution by applying chains to their wheels to avoid any slippery situations resulting in a vehicle accident.

Emergency Contacts

Another great way to cope with the effects of winter is to keep an emergency contact readily available. These contacts are useful for situations such as school closings due to winter weather. Your emergency contact should have the ability to ensure that your children get home safely.

Another benefit of an emergency contact to provide assistance in need of any vehicle issues or accidents. Winter weather poses a threat to all commuters and having someone to aid will be required at some point in time.

Although there are many hacks and tips that can assist you with the harsh conditions of winter, these options are sure to provide you with some useful insight to take the next step to safety. Be sure that you’re taking the necessary precaution this winter to avoid any chance of an accident.


6 Reasons You Should Map Out Your Trip Before Traveling this Fall

The fall season means the holidays are just around the corner and the weather is getting crisper by the day. The holidays can often mean that more vehicles will be on the roads at once. Heavier traffic and frustrated drivers can lead to danger on the roads. Along with the increase in holiday traffic, those warm summer days have likely come to an end. The rainier season approaches, and in some areas this can even mean snow and ice.

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