My Granddaughter Wants to be a Trucker

By on 7-02-2015 in Personal Injury

My granddaughter wants to be a trucker. I find this to be at once cute and also worrying.

She is, after all, only twelve, and she may still be young enough to have silly dreams with unrealistic ideas about different jobs. What did I want to be at twelve? I wish I could remember. Perhaps I still held out hope of being a superhero or a pirate. I don’t want to crush such dreams because, after all, she’s still a kid.

But is she? It’s been so long since I was twelve. And, unfortunately, I wasn’t particularly “there” when my son was at that age. I’ve been trying to make up for those mistakes by helping with my granddaughter, but one of the problems is that I lack that first go-round experience that might have made these situations easier to know how to respond.

My worry is that she is old enough to be thinking more clearly about her future life choices and that either this shows she’s falling behind in maturity compared to her peers or else, she actually wants to be a trucker.

I want to be clear that I don’t think there’s anything wrong with truckers, at least in theory. Stuff has to get transported, and as far as I can tell, they do a fairly good job moving that stuff around the country. The pay doesn’t seem to be too bad, and families can be raised on the income trucking provides. I don’t think a trucker is necessarily a worse person than anyone else in the world. Truckers are just people like everyone else. If I meet one in line at a store or at a bar, I don’t think worse of him.

But I don’t want my granddaughter to be one. Having searched my heart, I think I have three reasons for this, primarily at least. First, I want something better for her. She’s clever and charming, and I think she could go far in any career she chooses. She could be a doctor or a lawyer or run a corporation. She’s that smart. That may be the grandpa blinders I’ve got on, but I think it’s honestly true.

Second, she’s a girl, and while I’m all for a woman taking on any job a man does, I worry that the life of a trucker would be more dangerous for her. She’d be out all night, sleeping in rest stops, spending time perhaps around disreputable people.

Third, trucking is dangerous. There are lots of trucking accidents, and she’s more likely to get hurt doing that than working in an office in some fancy skyscraper.

Am I overthinking this? I just don’t know. Again, I didn’t get this part right the first time around. My son isn’t worried. He’s bought her some model trucks and even wants to take her to ride along with a trucker friend he has sometime over the next month.

But I’m still worried. I want her to have such a good life, and I just don’t know how to help her right now.

How to Appeal a Denied Long-term Disability Claim

By on 7-02-2015 in Personal Injury

If your long-term disability claim has been denied, you should not just mope and give up. You should stand up and fight for the financial assistance you deserve, because after all, you can make an appeal for the insurance company to reconsider your claim. Below are the following things you can do to effectively make an appeal.

Study the denial letter

Before anything else, read and thoroughly understand the letter of denial, because it contains the reason why your claim is denied. It is important to know the reason so you know what aspect of the claim you can improve. For example, if the denial letter says that your claim has been denied due to the lack of medical evidence to prove your disability, you may want to get more medical records and opinions from your physician.

Check the deadlines

The denial letter contains not just the reason behind the denial, but also the deadlines to make and file an appeal. It is important to take note of these deadlines, because there is nothing more tragic than a legitimate claim being denied just because the deadline has not been reached.

Get the right records

Insurance companies and mediators may fail to get all the proper records that can effectively prove your disability, so it is your duty to make sure that all records, such as X-rays, MRIs, surgery reports, and emergency room records, are included in your appeal to improve your claim. The lack of proper records is often the reason behind the denial, so having more of them always gives you better chances.

Ask for testimonies

Testimonies may not be as powerful as official medical records, but they can help in improving your case. Ask family members and friends to write their observations and opinions on how you are physically limited because of your medical condition.
It is even better if these testimonies come from the right authorities, like physicians and vocational experts.

Get legal help

According to the website of Fields Disability, there are long-term disability attorneys – attorneys that know how the system works and can help your application to be accurate, complete, and submitted on time. Sometimes, having professionals who know how to navigate these legal matters is your best bet in getting your claim approved and your appeal reconsidered.

Are Blood Clots Dangerous?

By on 7-02-2015 in Personal Injury

It can happen anywhere. Long haul flights, busy traffic jams that can last for hours and hours, or even just lose track of time while you’re sat on your office chair – blood clots can happen to you. But are they dangerous?

In order to understand the danger and threat that anything poses, you must first understand what it is.

What, exactly, is a blood clot? Well, you know that there are involuntary movements in your body that keep it going for the entirety of its duration, right? Blood flow is one of those things. Blood constantly runs through your body – and will continue to do so for all the rest of your life because it must. Blood flows through your many, many veins in order to support your body. Now, naturally occurring blood clots happen when a vein – such as the deep vein – breaks or is unable to continue the blood flow. The cells then coagulate within the vein and create a clot, making it impossible for the blood to flow through the body. If the flow is disrupted, it could severely damage the affected area.

This is especially true for cases regarding Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). The deep vein must be regularly moved for blood flow to be stimulated. If the body is still for too long, the blood in the vein could coagulate and clot. According to the website of the lawyers with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, if the clot is large enough then it might cause pulmonary embolism, a situation wherein a blood clot disrupts the blood flow to the lungs, thereby damaging the organ. If unable to be quickly acted upon, the results could be fatal.

This can be serious and since the damage is internal, it can be difficult to immediately spot the signs and therefore action must be taken immediately. Other instances of blood clotting can occur due to external trauma or the malfunction of preventative surgical devices such as IVC filters for people who have higher risk for blood clotting, such as pregnant women or diabetics.

Common Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries

By on 7-02-2015 in Personal Injury

For a lot of people, vacationing on a cruise ship is quite an ideal scenario. After all, cruise ships offer tourists the very best of a variety of travelling experiences. Cruise ships allow passengers to tour one destination after another while enjoying luxurious accommodations. Aside from being able to experience exotic locales through excursion activities, cruise ship passengers also experience a variety of activities while travelling out on the open sea.

Still, despite the convenience and luxury that cruise ships offer, passengers will have to keep in mind that there are certain risks involved in this method of travel. The risk of accidents is significant during shore excursions. In these events, passengers typically take part in activities like scuba diving, jet skiing, and bungee jumping. Without proper maintenance, there’s a huge possibility that the equipment used in these activities could be defective. There’s also the risk of facing accidents as passengers are transported from the ship to the shore through small boats called tenders, and as they are being transported from one venue to the next through motor vehicles.

The website of the Louis A. Vucci also points to the possible dangers that passengers can face while on board the cruise ship itself. These dangers are associated with the typical risks involved with traveling at sea, such as large waves, sea storms, and icebergs. Defects on the facilities and equipment on board can also cause fires and electrocutions. Another common accident occurs when a cruise ship fails to dock properly at the port, causing sudden lurching and other unexpected movements that can lead to passengers slipping and falling. Incidents like this can result in broken bones, head trauma, and spinal cord injuries.

Cruise ship passengers should be able to enjoy their dream vacation without worrying about disastrous incidents that may come their way. Unfortunately, reality points to the fact that these passengers should be made aware of the dangers they could face while enjoying their trip. Hopefully, these precautions can serve as a way to help vacationers be more discerning with the cruise line they want to patronize.