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Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Lawsuits | 0 comments

Vegas Police Department Settles Lawsuit with Street Performers

A pair of Las Vegas street performers have received a $105,000 settlement from the Las Vegas police as a result of a lawsuit they filed. The department issued the settlement believing that the cost of litigation would exceed the cost of settling outside of court and was a vital measure to take in order to avoid tarnishing the department’s reputation.

street performer settlementThe two performers were doing their act in a public area outside of the Venetian Hotel in January of 2010 when they were illegally detained. Police officers handcuffed them, demanded identification, and searched their belongings without a warrant.

A public defender from the Nevada ACLU represented the performers in their case. He stated that the settlement is not so much about the money involved, but serves as a reminder that public spaces are open to expressions that are protected by the first amendment.

The police department hopes that this case will improve the way they interact with and approach street performers throughout the city.


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Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Industry | 0 comments

Advances in Cosmetic Surgery

Many of us use the terms glibly, but the plastic in “plastic surgery” has no connection to the moldable, man-made organic solids that is widely used today. However, the term “plastic” was first used in 1632 to refer to neither; it was an adjective based on the Greek word plastikos which it turn came from the word plassein which means “to mold.” Between the two, the term “plastic surgery” was coined first in 1818 by Karl Ferdinand von Graefe in his book Rhinoplastik. The term “plastic” in reference to the pioneers of your Tupperware was first used in 1905.

It should also be noted that plastic surgery is a specialty in medicine the encompass not only cosmetic surgery, which is by far the most well-known form of it, but also reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, burn treatment and hand surgery. However, they all have one thing in common: the purpose is to correct.

Modern techniques in plastic surgery developed in leaps and bounds when anesthesia and antibiotics became established, making the procedures less painful and safer. During World War I and II, plastic surgery alleviated the plight of many soldiers who suffered horrific facial injuries and severe burns. The most common procedure is skin grafting, in which healthy tissue from one part of the patient’s body is transferred to another part for various reasons. While these procedures were necessary for normal functioning, in most cases today the procedures carried out are considered “elective” and aim to enhance the appearance of the person.

Not all of us were born with the perfect cheekbones, or just the right chest size. And while it may seem an expensive luxury, it is undeniable that the chances of success in life and career are significantly improved when one is physically attractive. For people in specific careers such as modeling, some cosmetic surgery is necessary to maintain their employability.

One must be careful about choosing where to have plastic surgery done, however. The Internet is awash with horror stories of botched nose jobs and leaky breast implants. Consult with a plastic surgeon who has a good reputation in your area to make sure you get the beautiful results that you want.

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The Numbers behind Oklahoma Car Accidents

You hear about car crashes all the time, but you never think it will happen to you. In Oklahoma, there were 68,967 crashes reported in 2011, or about 189 crashes every day. Of these, 609 were fatal, where a total of 696 people died. There were 24,174 crashes where 36,294 people were injured.

Of the 696 people who died in 2011, more than 80% of them may have survived if they had been wearing their seat belts. Of the 95 motorcyclists who died in a car crash, 64 of them didn’t bother to wear a helmet. It is a sobering thought.

Among the crashes where people died or were injured, 9.2% (3,400) was alcohol-related, 19.8% (7,323) was due to failure to yield, and 16.5% (6,107) was due to speeding, This is a total of 16,830 people who were killed or injured in a car crash that was totally preventable and due to negligence. This comes out to about 46 people each day in the state of Oklahoma who climbed into the car thinking nothing more serious than what kind of dessert they would get with their meal. And yet in a single second their lives would be changed forever.

It is easy to become a car cash statistic in Oklahoma or any other place for that matter. In all the hurry, hustle and bustle, and distractions left and right, it’s no wonder that so many accidents happen. If you get seriously injured in a car crash because someone was driving recklessly, it could mean the end of your life as you know it. The fact that such accidents are preventable makes it even worse.

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Workers Compensation | 0 comments

Planning a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Serious, debilitating, and/or long-term illness or injury sustained in the workplace can significantly affect your way of life. Not only will you be forced to stop working and lose income, you will also most likely need special medical treatment or equipment. The financial burden of such a disability can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are both private and public benefits you may be able to secure to help you and your family make ends meet.

Workers’ Comp

Workers’ compensation insurance is primarily undertaken by private insurance companies, and the terms and conditions are laid out in the policy in case of a claim. Typically, a workers’ compensation claim can be settled in the form of a lump sum (the amount determined by the type and extent of injury as laid out in the policy) or spread out indefinitely depending on what the doctor says or until you decide to settle the claim. Deciding on one or the other will depend on the nature of the illness or injury. If the doctor says that you are in for the long-haul, you might not want to settle as you will need continued support throughout the duration of your illness or disability.

Social Security Disability Insurance

This is another option that you may want to think about if you anticipate long-term disability of more than 12 months. To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you will have to be unable to do any type of work at all. Combined, your workers’ comp and SSDI should not exceed 80% of your average current earnings; if your workers’ compensation claim exceeds that (lump sum pro-rated over the period of disability) you will not be eligible for SSDI benefits at all. This is a problem if the costs of your injury or illness exceed that of the money you received from workers’ comp, and you are disqualified from SSDI.

A workers’ compensation claim should take into account many factors, including other sources of financial support, the nature and length of your injury or illness, and your future ability to secure gainful employment.

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The Dangers of Commercial Vehicles

Commercial vehicle drivers are subject to much stricter regulations than ordinary drivers. This is because commercial vehicles (busses, trucks) are considerably bigger and often carry heavier loads which make them more dangerous, especially at higher speeds such as on highways. There are regulations for special licenses, work hours and safety protocols exclusive to commercial vehicle drivers.

In the event of something like an 18-wheeler accident with a passenger car, odds are that any damages, injuries and/or fatalities will accrue to the passenger vehicle and the people in them rather than the big rig and its driver. It is also most probable that when negligence is an issue, the driver will have very little wriggle room because they are so strictly regulated. Moreover, trucking companies and carriers are likely to be held liable for an accident together with the driver, so there is a stronger incentive to prioritize road safety and driver training. What then are the typical causes of a commercial vehicle accident?

There are two general types: driver-related and non-driver related. Driver-related causes include but are not limited to:

  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Fatigue
  • Distraction
  • Speeding
  • Misjudgment of distances
  • Sudden stops
  • Overloading
  • Unsecured loads
  • Sudden turns at high speeds
  • Aggressive driving
  • Tailgating

Non-driver related causes include but are not limited to:

  • Mechanical failure
  • Poor road or weather conditions
  • Tire blowout
  • Oil spills on the road
  • Other vehicle in the no zone areas, swerving or overtaking incorrectly
  • Stalled vehicle on the road

If the accident is due to negligence, it may be possible to prove that another party was responsible for your injuries. Commercial vehicles and their drivers typically carry generous insurance because they can cause considerable damage in the event of an accident, so you may be able to secure the financial compensation you need from the party responsible for your accident if you have been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle.

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