The Unexplored Limits of Athletic Enhancements

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Sports Enhancement | 0 comments

There are very strict limits on what a professional athlete can put in their bodies. While vitamins are fine, all sorts of chemical compounds are regulated. This is okay, this one is not. This chemical is okay when recovering from an injury but not when healthy. The rules over sports medicine don’t end at the word “steroid.” There are vast regulations for all sorts of substances, and the list is constantly evolving. Some athletes, like tennis player Maria Sharapova, can get caught out using a substance that had once been accepted but later was not.

All this means that athletes are somewhat limited in what they can do to get ahead. While that is on the one hand good for sportsmanship, it would be naive to assume athletes don’t still look for advantages.

Like Sharapova, many athletes are almost certainly looking at the next new drug that falls in the gray area of sports enhancement, and which has yet to be regulated. Other athletes try zany new diets or experimental workout regimens. While these are not the “sure thing” boost that steroids are, they are still looking for the same extra bit of speed, strength or agility that comes from tricking the body in just the right way to perform that little bit better.

One area that has not been explored enough is sports enhancement hypnosis. Hypnosis has had incredible results in many areas of medicine. It can limit or remove pain during surgeries and help with all manner of mental issues, from phobias to sleep disorders. But what about sports?

We may be close to a new sports revolution in which athletes use hypnosis to convince their bodies to work harder and to limit the amount of pain they feel while they play. Imagine a boxer who has been hypnotized so he doesn’t feel the pain of each punch. Imagine a quarterback who can be hypnotized to realign his throw so it has perfect accuracy.

This really is an unexplored and potentially powerful avenue for sports medicine to take, though it leads to many of the same old uncomfortable questions.

If an athlete performs better when hypnotized, does that mean it is an “enhancement” even though no substance has been used? Should hypnotism be regulated by sports federations? And how could they even test for it?

While these are questions for the future, there is still room for athletes to take advantage of sports medicine and sports regulations falling behind in this area. The next great athletic breakthrough—whether it’s a faster 100 meters, a new heavyweight boxing champion, or a new record breaker in the pool—could come thanks to hypnotism. There’s an opportunity to be the first to break through the mental barriers the conscious mind puts up. It just takes an athlete willing to take the chance.

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Can a Criminal Offense Influence the Divorce Process?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Criminal Charges, Family | 0 comments

Divorce is already a complicated process, and it becomes even more complicated when there are other legal factors involved, such as a criminal offense. To answer the question simply, yes, a criminal offense can influence the divorce process, but the answer is much more complicated than that.

How the criminal offense can influence the divorce will depend on a variety of factors, such as the severity of the offense, the victim of the offense, the time when the offense has happened, and the number of offenses the spouse has in his or her name.

  • Severity of the offense – A serious crime, such as murder and rape, may affect divorce more than a less serious crime, such as driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Victim of the offense – If the offense involves a victim, especially if the victim is a family member, like a spouse or a child, it can affect divorce. One of the most common offenses in this factor is domestic violence.
  • When the offense has been committed – If the offense has been committed recently, like somewhere within the last five years, it may have a bigger effect on the divorce compared to an offense that has been committed a long time ago.
  • Number of offenses – How many offenses the spouse has under his or her name is also considered, and this number includes both major and minor offenses.

This just shows that criminal offenses go beyond the fines and jail times, as they can influence the life of a person after those penalties have been paid for. According to the website of James Powderly, charges can be defended. This way, those who have been charged will receive less penalties and less consequences in the lives, such as how the convictions can influence their divorces.

But how can these records affect divorces exactly? They are mainly considered in the possible dispute areas in divorces. The website of BB Law Group PLLC lists common dispute areas in divorces, such as alimony, child support, and child custody and visitation. These are just some of the dispute areas that criminal offenses can influence.

  • Alimony – Spousal support can be adjusted, especially if the spouse has sacrificed too much because of his or her spouse’s offense. For example, the spouse has been a victim of domestic violence and has been unable to work because of it. His or her value in the job market may have slipped, so additional spousal support may be warranted.
  • Child custody and support – The offense shows the spouse’s mental maturity, and to an extent, also his or her financial standing, because of how the offense can influence his or her job marketability. Those who have less mental maturity and have unwarranted dips in financial standing may have less favorable judgments from family courts.
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Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Pedestrian Accidents | 0 comments

Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents

It can be argued that the drivers should be the ones making the effort to avoid hitting pedestrians. It can also be argued that the pedestrians should be the ones making the effort to avoid getting hit by vehicles. But it shouldn’t be an argument, because both parties should make the effort of avoiding collisions.

Pedestrian accidents do not just result into injuries and medical bills. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents may take legal action, especially if the accidents have been caused by recklessness or negligence.

Safety Tips for Drivers

Drivers are the ones responsible for operating big chunks of metal that can hit people, so it is just right that they make the effort of trying to avoid collisions. This can be successfully done by considering the following safety tips:

  • Always drive in a speed where you can fully control your vehicle and react on time in case something unexpected happens, like when a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street
  • Always give way to crossing pedestrians, even though you have the right-of-way, because giving in is always better than causing an accident
  • Be particularly alert on parking lots, school zones, residential areas, and other places where pedestrians are extremely vulnerable
  • Be wary of cars parked at the edge of the roads, as there may be pedestrians behind them that may suddenly cross the street
  • Make it a habit to use signal lights before turning, especially in intersections, so crossing pedestrians will know what you are about to do and try to avoid you

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Always follow right-of-way, because you are at the disadvantage when an accident occurs
  • Always look left, right, and left again before crossing, even though the road is a one-way street
  • Avoid crossing the street near obstructions, such as parked cars
  • Cross only on spots with the proper cross markings
  • Stay in the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk, walk in the opposite direction of traffic flow, so you can see the possible dangers
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$5 million: The Maximum Compensation Possible for Injured NFL Players

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in NFL Injury | 0 comments

Sporting events always comes with risk of injury. Risk of injury, however, is always highest in the sports football, this being a high-impact sport. To many athletes, sports commentators and legal professionals,football and injuries go hand-in-hand. Due to all the tackling, blocking and other physical interactions between players, game recaps would always include casualties and injuries, like contusions, musculoskeletal injuries and concussions.

Most of the injuries sustained by football players are musculoskeletal injuries, without doubt. However, there are two others are more much more serious than these simply because they affect the brain: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Concussion.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that can lead to memory loss, dementia and depression. Concussion, meanwhile, is “a change in a player’s mental state due to a traumatic impact. Not all those who suffer concussion lose consciousness; others rather suffer headaches, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, numbness/tingling, loss of balance, difficulty concentrating, and blurry vision.

The law firm Ali Mokaram, in its website, talks about the head injuries suffered by Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman during the 1993 NFC Championship Game. He received a knee to the head that eventually landed him in the hospital that same evening. In 1994, it was Chicago Bears’ fullback Merrill Hodge who suffered a blow to the head. The injury did not only leave him unable to recognize his close family members, including his wife; it also made him retired from football completely.

The firm also says, “In the opinion of an increasing number of scientists, NFL players are paying the cost of such entertainment with their health and long-term well-being. Once their playing careers have ended, many NFL players find that the physical toll that playing professional football has taken on their bodies makes them unable to live a productive, healthy life. Some of these injuries include physical pain from broken bones and joint injuries, but increasing evidence shows that many professional athletes also have suffered degenerative brain disease from repeated concussions as a result of playing in the league.”

Though the NFL denied for so long any possible link between the sport and brain injuries or CTE, it reversed course in 2014 and settled a lawsuit filed by former NFL players amounting to more than $765 million. These players attribute their neurological problems to their time in the league.

Football is and will remain to be a dangerous and violent game. It involves very strong and heavy players running into each other at full speed. The sad thing is, the more violent it is, the more fans, owners and camera crew get awestruck since they do not fully understand how these violent collisions can result to chronic brain damage and/or irrecoverable body impairment.

Repeated concussions due to this event can lead to:

  • Reduced life span
  • High medical costs
  • Brain damage
  • Chronic headaches
  • Impaired concentration and memory
  • Reduced balance

Those filing NFL concussion lawsuits, may be able to avail of the settlement fund the NFL has approved and reserved for injured players. However, applying for compensation may lead to better results if done through and with the help of a seasoned lawyer, who may be able to help an injured player receive the maximum compensation possible, which is $5 million.

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Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable motorists on the road. Unlike car drivers, motorcyclists are not enwrapped in a metal casing that can absorb the force of collision. They are more likely to receive a substantial amount of the force, get ejected, and get injured or killed.

For that reason alone, motorcyclists should be very diligent on the road, as a single mistake can lead to an accident that put not just them at risk, but also the others that will be directly or indirectly involved. Below are common motorcycle scenarios that can cause collisions and how you can avoid them.

Colliding with vehicles that are turning or changing lanes

You are diligently riding on the road when a car suddenly makes a left turn into an intersection in front of you. Most of the time, this is the car driver’s fault, because of his failure to consider blind spots and the speeds of the vehicles in his left side. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A., motorcycle accidents that have occurred because of a negligent party may be subject to personal injury lawsuits.

But whoever is at fault, the damage has been done. The motorcyclist has crashed into the side of the car and has ended up injured.

The same thing happens with car drivers who change lanes without consideration to the others around them. The maneuvers can cause motorcyclists to get hit, lose control, and crash.

The best way to avoid this is by being mindful of the vehicles around you and their speeds. Remember that you are more vulnerable than car drivers. So even if they are the ones who make the mistake, there is a possibility that you will sustain the more serious damage.

Negotiating curves

A common cause of motorcycle crashes is the failure to negotiate bends and curves in the road. Motorcyclists can be complacent because of the steering capabilities of their motorcycles, but sometimes this complacency can lead to misjudging the shape and sharpness of curves. It even becomes worse if the motorcyclist is going at a high rate of speed.
Failure to negotiate curves may force motorcyclists to hit the brakes, which can eject and injure them. It may also lead to motorcycles veering off roads, crashing into obstructions like trees, or going down embankments.

The key to avoid such accidents is to know your surroundings and not going above safe speeds, so you can react safely on unexpected circumstances.

Dealing with road hazards and other obstructions

You just successfully negotiated a curve, only to find out that there is a big rock directly into the path of your motorcycle wheels and you have no time to react. Such obstructions on the road, like patches of sand, animal dung, and other foreign objects, can put unnecessary strain in your front tire, causing you to slip and crash.

You should also watch out for potholes, dangling tree branches, and other obstacles that may also make you lose control of your motorcycle.

The best way to avoid this is by not traveling too fast, so you can react swiftly to unexpected hazards or avoid them outright.

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Employees Susceptible to Developing RSI

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Personal Injury, Workplace Injury | 0 comments

As offices began replacing their typewriters with computers during the 1980s, it did not take very long before a number of employees started feeling crippling pain and weakness in their hand, wrist and elbow, due to repetitive keyboard work. This feeling of pain and weakness required many to wear an arm splint, while missing work at the same time; others, however, who suffered worse conditions, necessitated surgery. This injury, which is due to repetition of the same motions for hours everyday, is called repetitive stress injury (RSI).

RSI was first reported in the U.S. in 1912, being called “telegraphists’ cramp” back then. As the name suggests, the injury was suffered by telegraph operators who developed the mysterious ailment due to doing repetitive taps on telegraph keys. During World War I, the injury was given the name, “glass arm,” which affected Morse Code operators. Many other types of workers were later diagnosed with repetitive motion injuries including, assembly line workers, construction workers, meat packers, seamstresses and manufacturing workers. From the 1980s and onwards, though, when computers started becoming regular equipment in offices, the bulk of reported repetitive stress injuries shifted to computer operators.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, RSI, also called repetitive motion injury (RMI), cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) or musculoskeletal disorder (MSDs), is now one of the most common workplace injuries. Its new victims, besides computer operators, include grocery bar code scanners/checkers, phone operators, who usually support a telephone receiver between his/her neck and shoulder, and workers in static posturing for long periods, like airline mechanics, who crawl and have to work while in a twisted position.

Repetitive motion injury attorneys, like those from the law firm Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, encourages those who suspect that they may have developed a repetitive motion injury to seek medical attention immediately as failure to do so can worsen their condition. It is also advisable that they file a Workers’ Compensation claim that could allow them the freedom to adequately recover from their injury.

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Bicycle Accidents

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Bicycle Accidents, Injury | 0 comments

A car-bicycle accident in St. Augustine, Florida that occurred on Wednesday, February 17 resulted in one teenager getting hurt. The victim was identified as 17-year-old Shawn McCook.

McCook said that fortunately, he didn’t suffer from major injuries in the accident and “didn’t break or fracture anything luckily, but [his] foot is still swollen” and that he is finding it difficult to perform some motor functions.

According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System, five people had been killed in bicycle accidents in 2015.

Attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, & Overbeck, P.A. say that nowadays, if you are a bicyclist, following the laws like putting on a helmet while you ride your bicycle or keeping strictly to bike lanes when you are traversing national highways will not be enough to spare you the hurts of getting involved in an accident, especially since you are sharing the road with other motorists who might not be as law-abiding as you.

For instance, the law tells bicyclists to ride as far right as they can; however, this will not help your visibility to other motorists who are pulling out of driveways when someone exiting a parked car opened their door right in front of you, or motorists coming from behind you followed you too closely because you did not afford them the opportunity to change lanes.

The most common way for a bicyclist by a vehicle is when the vehicle is pulling out of a side street, a driveway on the right, or a parking lot, either when the bicyclist is in front of the vehicle and the vehicle hits him, or the vehicle is directly in front of the bicyclist and the bicyclist is forced into a situation wherein he has no choice but to slam into the vehicle directly ahead of him.

Lone way for other vehicles to notice you while you’re riding a bicycle is for you to ride with lights on – on your helmet, your bike parts, or even your clothing (via neon-colored clothes). When you ride at night, it is essential that you get a front headlight for your bicycle. Even during the day, a blinking white light can help make you more visible to motorists who otherwise might have made the mistake of right crossing you.

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Misdiagnosing the Signs of Stroke, a Most Probable Cause of Disability or Wrongful Death

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Medical Dangers | 0 comments

The results of a study that was conducted in 2009, which monitored diagnosis of stroke cases in young adults, showed incidences of misdiagnosis by emergency department medical teams. Of the 57 stroke patients, aged 16 to 50, rushed to emergency rooms, eight were incorrectly diagnosed with a range of conditions that included migraine headache, inner ear disorder, vertigo, seizure, and even alcohol intoxication. Of course they were a few hours later correctly diagnosed with a stroke, but only after having been sent home and later rushed back to the hospital, but with their condition only having gotten worse.

According to the American Stroke Association, the annual number of stroke cases in the US is around half a million; about 200,000 of these attacks have disabling effects, while one third is fatal. Stroke is ranked as the third cause of death and the number one cause of disability in the US. Its typical victims are aged 55 or older; thus, those under 45 years old who are rushed to hospitals seldom get the correct diagnosis despite its revealing symptoms, which include sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arms or legs, loss of balance or coordination, dizziness, difficulty speaking, difficulty seeing either from one or both eyes, and severe headache.

A stroke, also called Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), is a result of the cessation of blood flow to areas of the brain. One of its known causes is blood clot in the blood vessels due to cholesterol plaque. Some patients experience a warning or mini stroke, known as Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), before having a
major or large one; TIA usually lasts for 20 minutes since the flow of blood resumes after an attack.

Immediately recognizing the signs of stroke can prevent the onset of its effects, which include nerve damage, permanent brain damage or, worst, patient death. Thus far, the only government-approved drug treatment for this debilitating or deadly attack is the tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, which is a clot-busting drug; however, it should be taken by the patient within three hours after symptoms start.

A stroke can permanently alter a person’s (and his/her family’s) life; this is why it’s getting diagnosed early is very critical. Sadly, however, so many individuals are never saved from its disabling or fatal effect due to a doctor’s or healthcare provider’s failure to correctly interpret its symptoms, turning a supposedly preventable attack into a painful experience that can result to disability or wrongful death.

There are various reasons given, explaining why doctors, sometimes, fail to make the correct diagnosis, like failing to pay attention to a patient while describing his/her medical condition, not spending enough time with one patient (to understand more his/her health complaints) due to the large number of other patients needing consultation, failure to require a patient to undergo necessary tests, ignoring warning signs or revealing symptoms, and a simple error in judgment.

A medical malpractice lawyer will likely explain that incorrect diagnosis or misdiagnosis resulting to stroke which, in turn, leads to a patient’s disability or untimely/wrongful death is just one of the many medical errors committed by doctors and other healthcare providers. Any lawyer would also agree that doctors who fail to provide their patients with the standard quality of care expected of them do not only violate their oath to preserve and care for human life but also violate the trust that patients give them. Thus, under the law, patients who suffer preventable harm or injuries due to doctors’ mistakes have the legal right to pursue legal action in order to bring erring doctors to justice as well as to seek compensation for whatever damages they are, and will be, made to suffer.

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The Tragedy of Hit and Run Accidents

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Injury | 0 comments

A disturbing problem that occurs too frequently in roads across America is the growing persistence of hit and run accidents. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, the occurrence of car accidents where the driver at fault flees the scene of the crash has been on the rise in recent years. In particular, the NHTSA points out that there were 1,449 hit and run fatalities in the year 2011. This is a 4.02 percent increase from the 1,393 fatalities recorded in 2010. In the same light, the non-profit AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that around 1,500 individuals die in hit and run accidents annually.

These alarming numbers show that hit and run accidents is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Even when victims are fortunate enough to survive their devastating situations, they are still left to handle the many long-term consequences associated with most car accidents. Aside from the possibility of severe and debilitating injuries, these victims will also have to suffer through the emotional trauma brought about by their accident. On top of that, they will also have to deal with financial concerns brought about by medical and therapy expenses, as well as lost income opportunities.

Personal injury lawyers in Chicago are well aware that anyone involved in a car accident is left susceptible to many devastating outcomes. However, victims of hit and run accidents are particularly vulnerable because they are left to face the aftermath of the crash alone. Without any witnesses to the crash, it might take a while for hit and run victims to receive the medical attention they need. This may mean the difference between life and death in major accidents. It is also much harder to hold hit and run offenders accountable for their actions. Without any identifying details, it might take some time before the police can make formal criminal charges. In turn, the victims and their families will also have to wait before they can pursue justice against the driver at fault.

Victims of hit and run accidents should be able to receive the closure they deserve after enduring such a tragic incident.

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How PCBs Devastated the Environment

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Contamination, Injury, Water | 0 comments

Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs were widely used for a variety of industrial and commercial applications during the 1920s until the late 1970s. These chemical compounds solely manufactured by Monsanto were primarily used as coolants and insulators for electrical equipment. They were also used as ingredients in several commercial products and construction materials. PCBs were believed to be highly beneficial until reports of safety concerns and environmental issues came to light. In 1979, the United States federal government imposed a ban on PCBs to ensure that the destruction it caused to the environment can be properly mitigated.

PCBs were solely manufactured in the U.S. by Monsanto. The chemical industry giant produced PCBs in a factory in Anniston, Alabama and used its water sources as a dumping ground for chemical waste. While it was largely believed that PCBs were safe and had little impact on the environment, there were several documents that showed that Monsanto was long aware of the negative effects caused by their product. Despite research results from independent studies commissioned by the company, Monsanto continued their operations until public pressure caused to cease PCB production two years before the government’s ban. According to The Washington Post, one study from 1966 examined how fish reacted to the contaminated waters of Snow Creek. The researchers found that “all 25 fish lost equilibrium and turned on their sides in 10 seconds and all were dead in 3 1/2 minutes” and concluded that creek has been made “extremely toxic” by the wasted dumped there by Monsanto.

The scientific community continued its examination of the devastating environmental effects of PCBs after the federal ban. The results are all conclusive, showing that the widely used chemical substance is highly toxic and dangerous. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry summarizes these findings by saying that PCBs are particularly harmful due to the fact that it doesn’t break down easily and can continue to exist in the environment for a long time. It can also easily spread by affecting the wildlife living in affected areas. Smaller animals contaminated with PCB risk contaminating the predators that hunt them for food. As a result, PCBs tend to spread through the food chain and accumulate at very high levels.

For more information about PCBs and the pollution in the Anniston area, visit the following link:

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