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Seafood Will Not Have Labels for Mercury

Protecting Consumers from Mercury in Seafood
Imagine shopping for seafood at a fish counter and seeing a display on the mercury levels contained within the varieties of fish sold.  In an ideal world, that disclosure would be transparent for pregnant women and for all consumers, so they could eat the recommended two to three servings of fish a week and avoid consuming excess levels of the neurotoxin. But that will not happen. 
 Stopping just short of that, the Food and Drug Administration plans to update its general guidance on the amount of the metal in varieties of seafood. This comes after pressure from consumer groups who complained the FDA was not acting fast enough to educate the public on the dangers of mercury in seafood.

The agency is caught in a bind – it wants to up its recommendation for fish consumption while at the same time not offend the food industry. It is suggested most people benefit from eating seafood because it contains omega-3 which is good for brains and hearts.…
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What to Do if You're a Victim of Medical Malpractice?

Over the course of a lifetime, most people will need to have some kind of surgery at least once. In fact, according to the CDC, in 2010 Americans underwent 51.4 million inpatient hospital procedures.

 Most of these types of operations go as intended, but what happens if you’re one of the few who’ve suffered an adverse outcome?
While not all complications of medical treatment are the result of medical malpractice, they can mean you’ve been the victim of negligence. What you do in the face of such an unfortunate event can seriously impact your ability to hold your physician accountable. 
Whether or not medical malpractice has occurred is determined by whether or not your treatment met the accepted standard of medical care and if it caused harm to you. That can include both things the doctor did, whether taking an unreasonable action or administering care incompetently, and things the doctor failed to do.
How to prove a Medical Malpractice?
However, proving that your treatment was both neglig…

What to Do When an Insurance Company Doesn’t Honor Your Policy

Most people carry several different forms of insurance to protect themselves in case of injury, accident, or other calamity.
You expect your car insurance, health insurance, and homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to be there when you need it. So what do you do if your insurance company rejects a claim?
Your insurance company may be acting in bad faith if it refuses to honor your policy, and it’s essential for you to be informed in order to ensure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
A denial of your claim may not necessarily indicate bad faith; to prove that bad faith occurred, you must be able to show that the insurance company improperly denied your claim and knew that they had no basis for the denial. 
How to sue an Insurance Company?
However, some common warning signs may be a red flag that your insurance company is acting in bad faith: dragging their feet in dealing with your claim, offering to settle the claim for an unreasonable amount, failing to adequately expla…

Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Medical malpractice lawsuits typically take time to resolve and are more likely to go to trial. This is because healthcare providers have sophisticated and well-developed legal teams to help protect their interests. It takes an experienced lawyer to understand how to navigate these types of cases.Here are a few helpful points to consider when filing a medical negligence claim.Statute of LimitationsIf you believe you were injured as a result of doctor or hospital negligence, there is a time limit during which you are able to seek damages.Under Virginia law, the deadline to file a medical malpractice lawsuit is within two years from the date the injury occurred. This is known in the legal realm as the statute of limitations. There are certain exceptions to this, though they apply in special circumstances, such as when a patient could not reasonably detect an injury. When a medical malpractice case to go to trial, the plaintiff must provide proof in four areas.…

Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

Medical Malpractice Heart Attack

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. However, many are preventable with timely diagnosis and treatment. Sadly, thousands of heart attacks are missed by medical professionals or improperly diagnosed. Not all heart attacks are survivable. However, the failure to diagnose a heart attack or a delay is a factor in about 10,000 cases a year.Contrary to common belief, the symptoms of a heart attack are not obvious each time. Rather than extreme chest pain, the patient suffers diverse symptoms that can be confused with something else. Medical Malpractice Lawyer in VirginiaHeart attacks are often missed for the following reasons: Incorrect Diagnosis
Minor heart attack symptoms often mimic other health conditions like heartburn, acid reflux, or even anxiety attacks. A medical professional may not realize you are having a heart attack.Few Symptoms
Heart attacks can also have minimal symptoms such as nausea, fatigue or shakiness.Normal E…

How to sue a trucking company for not paying you?

How to Sue a Trucking Company?

Your Right to CompensationFiling a claim is a way to seek justice for the injuries you have sustained as a result of a trucking accident. A successful judgment can result in compensation that can help pay for:
Medical expenses, including emergency room visits and post-accident care

Property damage

Wages you lost because you were unable to work

Pain and suffering

This may alleviate financial stress as you fully recover from your injuries. Truck and Claim PreparationStep 1: Note all relevant contact information from the driver of the other vehicle or vehicles involved in the accident, including truck company and insurance information. Take photos of the accident and damage to your vehicle.
Step 2: Request the police report and keep all medical records, as well as receipts of any expenses associated with your injuries.
Step 3: Contact a truck accident attorney to help guide you through the process. Our law firm’s investigative team will retrieve the proper document…

Hurricane Property Damage Law Firm

The Insurance Company Delays or Doesn’t Pay after a hurricaneIf an insurance company delays or fails to pay out on your claim, you may be entitled to additional compensation.Follow-up action on a claim typically requires the assistance of a lawyer. A typical state code for hurricane claims might involve the following requirements and consequences for insurance companies in their adjustment of home damage claims:Insurance companies have 30 days to address your damages following a catastrophic hurricane
They then have 30 days to pay once they determine you are due money for your damages
If they don’t pay within this deadline, they can be liable for up to 50% of the amount of your damages, as well as standard attorney fees
If the insurance company fails to pay within 60 days, they may be liable for up to two times the amount of your damages, plus attorney feeshurricane laura insurance claims
Many people might not be aware of their rights when it comes to hurricane damage insurance claims. To…

Hurricane Laura Damaged Your Property?

Hurricane Laura AttorneyThere are many ways you can prepare for the insurance claims process and increase your chances of obtaining a favorable payout amount. These include:Documenting your property extensively: Be sure to take plenty of photos and videos of any hurricane property damage. Before you throw anything away, make sure the damage is well-documented so you have proof to show the adjuster. Make a list of every single item and area affected.Mitigating potential additional damages: As mentioned, insurance companies and adjusters might look for ways to put the blame on you for the damage. They may try to claim you caused additional damages to lower your overall claim. If there is anything you can do to reduce (mitigate) additional property damage after the hurricane, such as boarding up windows or covering rubble with tarp, you should do so.Checking the adjuster’s background and credentials: Insurance adjusters are paid to examine property damage and help the insured person with…

Common Truck Maintenance Issues That Can Cause Accidents

You’ve seen the stickers while driving down the highway. Affixed to the back door of a tractor-trailer truck, a reflective diamond reads in large print: “How’s My Driving?” It’s a nice thought that professional truck drivers and their management companies would offer other motorists the chance to give feedback on their performance behind the wheel. 
But the fact is that even a truck driver who manages his rig in perfect compliance with the law may be in imminent danger of causing harm to himself and to other drivers. That’s because driving isn’t the only factor that causes truck accidents. 
And while fatigue is often cited as a prevalent cause of truck-related highway accidents, statistics show that less than 2% of accidents are due to a driver falling asleep at the wheel. In fact, a highly prevalent cause of truck accidents is one of the most overlooked: truck maintenance. 
Common Causes of Truck Maintenance Accidents The following maintenance issues are two of the most often found a…

Head Trauma after an Auto Accident

Head Injuries From Car Accidents
Head trauma and brain injuries unfortunately happen often as a result of auto accidents on busy roads and highways. Often a result of a reckless driver, these devastating injuries can cause permanent damage that affects victims’ quality of life, their ability to earn a living, and even their ability to function in normal daily activities.
Head trauma and brain injuries can be mild, serious, or even fatal depending on the severity of the accident. And, these can include concussions, internal bleeding, swelling, and other serious complications. The long term effects often involve cognitive, physical, and psychological impairment. Car Accident Concussions If you’ve had a concussion, rest is the most appropriate way to allow your brain to recover from a concussion. Your doctor will recommend that you physically and mentally rest to recover from a concussion. This means avoiding general physical exertion, including sports or any vigorous activities, until you…

Hospital Negligence: What You Need to Know

Hospital Negligence Lawsuit
With the recent super bug infections at some of the nation’s leading hospitals, the issue of hospital negligence is garnering more attention than ever. 
Medical mistakes and adverse events during hospital stays, such as hospital-contracted infections, contribute to the death of more than 180,000 hospital patients in the United States just last year.
Hospital negligence can take a wide variety of forms including:BedsoresBirth injuriesHospital-contracted infections, including drug-resistant super bugs such as MRSA and carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE)Medication errorsMisdiagnosis or failure to diagnoseSurgical errorsHow Common Are Cases of Hospital Negligence?In a study published by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, research showed that medical errors were found in one in three hospital admissions. While every hospital thrives to provide quality care for their patients, there are often circumstances that contribute to hospital negligence.  Irvi…

Class Action Lawsuit over Faulty Airbags | Honda

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Honda Motor Co. and Takata Corp., a Japanese auto parts supplier, due to faulty airbags installed in millions of cars in the United States.The claim was filed in a Los Angeles federal court and accused Takata of deceitfully cutting corners to manufacture cheaper air bags, and that Honda knowingly purchased the faulty air bags to cut expenses. This action by both companies directly contradicts the intended purpose of airbags, which is to save people from harm in survivable accidents, not hurt or kill them.
The suit affects millions of automobiles sold in the United States between 2000-2008, made by Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and BMW, with Hondas being the most likely to contain the faulty airbags. Automakers have already issued recalls for suspected car models, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued two alerts, using strong language, urging owners of 7.8 million affected vehicl…