Sleep Apnea Should Be Bigger Business

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Sleep Apnea | 0 comments

According to sleeapnea.org, 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and 80% of those cases have been undiagnosed.

Think about the size of that untapped market for a minute.That’s 17.6 million potential clients who don’t even know they could use some service to make their lives better. Sleep apnea is a massive potential marketplace if only someone could figure out how to tap into it.

That’s not to say some are not trying. There are plenty of places that work with those who suffer from sleep apnea. Here’s one in New York called Silent Night Therapy that does a fine job explaining the causes, effects, and treatments for sleep apnea. You would think that would be enough to bring everyone in and get treatment, but for some reason, people hold back? What is keeping those 80% from getting treatment?

The first and most important cause—and the one that must be addressed—is that most people don’t know what sleep apnea is, and so they don’t know that they’re suffering from it.

How many people do you know who snore? At least a handful, I’m sure, and yet, how many would think it’s a serious enough problem to do something about it? Snoring is often considered anything from amusing to annoying, but a serious medical problem? Only for those who have to sleep in the same room with snorers.

The truth is, few people realize that snoring may actually be connected to a serious medical issue. Those same few most likely don’t realize there are cures for snoring, and that they are continually becoming less invasive and complicated.

The goal here, then, should be simply to spread the word more so that snoring is connected to a health issue and more people are aware of treatment options.

A further, more complicated issue, is the hesitancy most people feel when it comes to testing their medical coverage under their insurance. Many worry that something that isn’t a mainstream concern will not be covered. They don’t investigate further, they simply dismiss the problem out of hand.

More should be done to reassure such hesitant potential customers that sleep studies and treatment for sleep apnea are usually covered by most insurance companies and that they should feel secure coming in to get tested.

If these two steps are taken, there’s far more chance that those who specialize in treating sleep apnea will see a massive increase as that 80% of their market is tapped into. In order to take on these challenges, more should be done by those specialists to band their resources together. That way, commercials can be taken out, ads can be published, and more eyes will see the truth about snoring and sleep apnea.

Four-fifths of the entire market doesn’t know it needs our services. We need to do a better job getting the word out, for their good, and for ours.

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Why can’t Texans stick together?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Family Law | 0 comments

Texans just can’t seem to stick together. That’s what the divorce statistics suggest at least. Of the about 800,000 divorces that happen in the US every year, about 125,000 take place in Texas. That’s more than 15 percent of all divorces in the country. As a means of comparison, Texas has about 27 million residents or a little under 10 percent of the overall population. So, with less than 10 percent of the people, we make up 15 percent of the divorces.

What makes people divorce so often in Texas?

The simple answer is Texans just like getting married more than other folks. The marriage rate is also higher here than elsewhere, which of course leaves room for more disagreements that lead to more breakups.

A deeper and more controversial answer may lie in the deep religious values of the Lone Star State. Though the connection is hard to draw directly, the fact many Texans are against premarital sex may mean they marry earlier. Earlier marriages mean there is greater pressure on the couple. Both parties probably have less income. Their job status may be more up in the air. They may not have reached the same education level as those who are older. They may, of course, also not know exactly what they want yet.

All of these added pressures are not necessarily going to doom any particular couple, but they make it more likely a marriage might fail.

Add to that the fact that those who have been divorced are more likely to remarry and divorce again, and Texas’ high divorce rate begins to make sense.

To combat this issue, Texas may need a change in culture as much as anything else. If more emphasis were put on a few points, the numbers might go down over time.

For instance, more emphasis being put on marrying later may make sure marriages are started on sturdy ground. That does not mean Texans need to give up on their religious values regarding premarital sex; it just means more effort needs to be put into encouraging larger courtships that remain chaste.

A greater amount of disapproval for divorce might also discourage those who are quick to jump out of marriages to try and stick with them longer. Right now, divorce is seen as so commonplace; there’s little taboo about it anymore. That is surprising considering the past controversy of that choice. Though we do not want to return to a period when people are incapable of getting out of bad relationships, encouraging more effort to be put into saving marriages can only be a positive for those involved.

It is worth remembering, as well, that divorce doesn’t only affect the two people in the partnership. Children can be seriously psychologically harmed by messy divorces. Broken homes are just that, broken.

We want to see less of that in Texas, and although it would be nice if it could all be solved by law, it’s much more likely the change will have to come from each of us.

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Child support: What does it really mean?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Family Law | 0 comments

Child support, what does it mean? For some of us, we may never have to encounter this situation or may not have friends who are in need of child support. We may even have preconceived notions about what child support looks like? Is it a rigid definition? What are the parameters of child support? Is it all necessarily negative? According to ChicoER, there are six common misconceptions that people have about child support.

Overall, the phrase “child support” most likely is not a positive idea in the minds of most. However, Butte County’s child support services department has some ideas about how they would like to move forward. It became clear to the department that people have a lot of misconceptions on what child support really looks like.. Davis, child support specialist, breaks down the six misconceptions with child support. The first misconception is that parents don’t have to pay for child support if they are unemployed. This is not true. Caseworkers will work with parents to see how much they need to pay based on how much they make or what their work experience is like. This may be minimum wage.The second misconception is that people go to jail for not paying for child support. This is possible but it is very unlikely. Davis says this isn’t happening anymore. There is now less emphasis and

Caseworkers will work with parents to see how much they need to pay based on how much they make or what their work experience is like. This may be minimum wage.The second misconception is that people go to jail for not paying for child support. This is possible but it is very unlikely. Davis says this isn’t happening anymore.

There is now less emphasis and restrictions because the department has now been removed from the DA’s radar. Though it can happen, Davis says it is very not common. The third misconception is that caseworkers get more money when people pay child support. This is not true. There are no exceptions to this rule. The fourth misconception is they cannot determine who is the father if it was not determined when the mother gave birth. This is also not true because it can happen — the county just needs to arrange the testing on their end.

The fifth misconception is that only want child support payment and don’t care about the family dynamic. This isn’t true. Most people don’t work in social work for the salary. They just want to help others and provide services to the whole family. The county wants to introduce a concept called “Family-centered services.” This means that employees can connect them to other services such as financial assistance or career services.

The last misconception is that the courts decide how much child support is to be paid. Caseworkers can’t help. This is a yes and no case. If a parent becomes unemployed, caseworkers can step in by helping parents complete paperwork to adjust their payments. Caseworkers can connect parents to a family law attorney if needed as well.

Reviewing these notes enlightens communities that it is all not about money. These services are to help all parties of the family unit. Child support may be complicated but there are jaded perceptions that surround child support that don’t leave it all to a negative connotation or experience.

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Car drivers, not motorcyclists, need safety training about motorcycles

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Of the many different forms of transportation used across the nation, motorcycles are particularly popular, with nearly 8.5 million individuals licensed to drive a motorcycle across the U.S. These vehicles offer an appealing alternative to other vehicles due to their compact size and increased gas mileage, but they also offer less protection from other drivers on the road. Many cars do not watch carefully for motorcyclists or misjudged the distance between themselves and these smaller vehicles. This can result in dangerous accidents, with life threatening results.

Across Indiana many people choose motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation, and the Indiana motorcycle safety program aims to increase the public awareness of motorcycles on the road. Despite this however, numerous accidents involving motorcycles still occur and in 2015 alone, there were 108 fatal motorcycle crashes in Indiana. Fox 59 has reported on several of the recent motorcycle accidents in Indianapolis. In April of 2017, a motorcyclist was severely injured in a crash early in the morning near Rockville Road. The motorcyclist was driving along the road when a truck turned left into his path. The rider was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, but his injuries are not life threatening. Another accident, that Fox 59 reported on, occurred in June of 2017, near Georgetown road. The vehicle attempted to pull out into the roadway and the motorcyclist stopped abruptly to avoid a crash. This motion sent him over the handlebars or his bike, and he hit his head on the pavement. Although the cyclist was rushed to the hospital, his injuries were severe and he later died. In both of these cases, the drivers of the other vehicles remained at the scene, and they are under investigation from the Indianapolis police.

Both of these incidents indicate a serious lack of awareness that many drivers have about motorcyclists on the road. This led them to take actions which put the bikers in serious danger, and they could not avoid an accident. Although the drivers of the vehicle made the correct decision to remain on the scene, they must still face the consequences of injuring and killing another driver. Drivers of all vehicles must take extreme care to ensure that they are aware of all other people and drivers on the road. While it can be difficult for drivers to recognize a vehicle as small as a motorcycle on the road, with increased caution and preparation, they may be more capable of preventing motorcycle accidents.

The families and loved ones of these drivers are almost certainly facing significant emotional pain as a result of these accidents. Not only must they manage their grief, but they must also face the financial consequences of this loss of life and loss of income. Fortunately, Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are prepared to help families receive compensation in situations such as this. Although financial assistance will not end the pain of this loss, it can help maintain financial stability during this difficult time.

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Difference between Insurance Adjusters and Public Appraisers

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Insurance Appraisers | 0 comments

In the wake of a disaster, such as hail, wind, tornado, earthquake, fire, water leaks, or flood, homeowners should be able to expect that their insurer providers will be there to uphold their end of the bargain. Sadly, many insurance companies fail to adequately assess the damages that are caused by a disaster, thereby, failing to fairly compensate policyholders when they need it most.

It is important to keep in mind that insurance companies are businesses; thus, they will do everything to pay as little as possible on claims filed by policyholders. That means your insurance provider will send out their own claims adjuster to determine the extent of damages on your property, and there is a good chance they will not be as thorough as you would hope. If your damages need assessment, you should consider working with a licensed public insurance claim appraiser who can help you make sure you are treated fairly.

In the website of United Policyholders, it is said that if your home has been damaged or destroyed, you are likely to feel overwhelmed by the loss and by the repair, replace and recovery process that lies ahead. If your property was insured, that insurance policy is the best vehicle to get you back home. If this is your first experience with a large insurance claim, recognize that it’s basically a business negotiation.

Insurance adjusters and public insurance claim appraisers are both insurance claim professionals, however, during an insurance claim process, there is one key difference in their roles. Insurance adjusters act on behalf of the insurance company that employed them, while appraisers are persons appointed by interested parties to ascertain and state the true value of goods or real estate.

Thus, in the event of disagreement between an insurer and an insured with regard to the value or the amount of insurance claim loss, appraisal could be an alternative to a lawsuit, whether the issue is:

  • Repair or replacement of damaged properties;
  • A settlement offer on your property damage insurance claim that you believe is underpaid;
  • You believe that damage to your property warrants full replacement, but your insurance company just wants to repair;
  • You have damage to your property but your insurance company disagrees;
  • Your claim has stalled out; or
  • Your claim been denied.

For property owners in Texas, providing Texas insurance claim help are public appraisers or public insurance claim adjusters who, in the event of a disaster, do not just focus on the visible, surface-level damage a disaster may have caused, but look for structural and other hidden damages that your home may have sustained. Only after they have fully assessed the total damage will they determine whether what you will need is repair or replace what can and should be replaced.

 

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What You Can Get from Unpaid Overtime Claims

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Employment Law | 0 comments

In considering federal and state laws, it can be said that most employees who work more than 40 hours a week are eligible for 150% of their rate as overtime pay. The most important word there is “most,” because there are certain employees who are exempted from these laws, such as those who are in administrative, executive, and professional positions paid on a salary basis.

However, according to the website of the Texas employment law attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm, those who are eligible for overtime pay but have not received due compensation from their employers may take their cases to court. If they win their unpaid overtime claims, they may receive the things listed below.

Unpaid overtime compensation

Since the claim is about unpaid overtime, of course the claimant who wins the case gets the overtime pay he claims the employer has denied to him. But how can an employer deny overtime pay anyway? It can be because of legitimate errors, such as misclassifying an employee as ineligible for overtime pay or miscalculating work hours and hourly rates. It can also be because of malicious agendas, such as intentionally denying an eligible employee just to save costs and maximize productivity.

Interest

The claimant can get more than just overtime pay. He can get a lump sum called “liquidated damages,” or a specific amount of money noted by federal laws. The overtime pay he can receive can also increase because of an interest rate set by state laws.

Penalty

If it has been proven that the reason behind the unpaid overtime is a malicious agenda, like when the employer has intentionally denied an employee of overtime pay just so it can save money, the employer may be accountable for additional money owed to the employee. This additional sum usually comes in the form of “liquidated damages.”

Legal fee

Legal representatives and courts are not free. The claimant has likely gambled his own money just to have an opportunity to fight for what he believes is rightfully his. If the claimant’s case proves to be legitimate and is won, the employer may be required to pay for all the legal fees, because they are financial burdens that could have been prevented by the employer anyway if it has paid the employee’s proper wages.

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Outdoor Slip and Fall

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Slip and Fall | 0 comments

You are having a relaxing stroll on the sidewalks of your city and you suddenly slipped and fell because of a slippery substance on the road. The accident has caused you injury, resulting into pain and suffering and loss time at work. Getting injured because of the negligence of another party is one of the most tragic things that can happen to you. This is especially true for slip and fall accidents, because property owners are legally obligated to ensure the safety of their premises to avoid accidents and injuries. Failure to do so may result into premises liability claims.

Common causes of outdoor slip and fall
Slip and fall accidents can happen indoors or outdoors. For indoors, the most common causes are defective railings, stairs, escalators, elevators, and slippery substances. For outdoors, slippery substances and objects that may trip you are also common.

Snow and Ice: Snow and ice can be slippery, especially if the person walking on the area is not mindful of them. It is best to maintain and clean the surroundings to avoid slip and fall accidents caused by snow and ice.

Water: One of the most obvious causes of slip and fall accidents outside is water, as it makes the area slippery. There are also instances where the use of inadequate footwear can result into limited traction and slip and fall accidents.

Trash and debris: Pieces of trash, such as the comical banana peel, can also result into a slip and fall. Debris in the area, such as piles of leaves, may also be a danger to unsuspecting pedestrians. Cleaning the area and removing possible obstructions is a good way to prevent these things from triggering accidents.

Uneven surfaces: The design, maintenance, and materials used in constructing the area may also be factors in slip and fall accidents. Uneven surfaces, such as potholes and cracks, may trip those who are walking in the premises.

Poor lighting: Sometimes, obstructions and slippery substances are easy to avoid, but pedestrians may still find it hard to even detect them if the lighting in the area is inadequate. They may not see the obstructions and trip on them. They may not be aware of the presence of slippery substances and carelessly walk through the area, resulting into slip and fall accidents, and worse, injuries.

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Riding a Motorcycle: A Dangerous Activity due to Driver Negligence

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Motorcycle Accidents | 0 comments

For motorcycle riders, the likelihood of sustaining severe injuries or getting killed in an accident is always higher (compared to car drivers) due to their lack of protective gears other than the helmet. This lack of protection, in fact, makes riders 20 times more likely to die in a crash compared to drivers of passenger vehicles.

Accidents involving motorcycles are either single-bike crashes or multiple-vehicle accidents. A single-bike accident, which is the more common of the two, involves no person or vehicle other the rider and his/her bike. It includes accidents, such as a rider crashing his/her bike to a concrete barrier, a lamp post or any other road fixture, or a rider crashing on asphalt after running on a patch of gravel, sand or leaves, or any slippery object or surface. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points to alcohol use and speeding as the two major causes of single-bike accidents; both factors greatly reduce a riders’ capability to react to emergency road situations on time, as well as make a rider lose control of his/her bike easily.

A multiple-vehicle accident, on the other hand, which may be rarer, but definitely deadlier, involves another vehicle, like a car, an SUV or a truck. This type of motorcycle accident is usually due to driver distraction, impairment due to alcohol or illegal drug, failure to notice an approaching motorcycle or a driver’s simple refusal to acknowledge and respect a motorcyclist’s right of way.

Head-on collision, rear-end collision and side impact are the deadliest types of multiple-vehicle motorcycle accidents as these can easily severely injure, disable or kill a rider. Based on NHTSA records, about 4,500 motorcycle riders die every year, while another 90,000 suffer injuries.

it can be hard for riders to prove that they are the victims in the event of an accident and that it was the motor vehicle driver’s carelessness or recklessness that caused the accident. With the help of a highly-skilled personal injury lawyer, who is well familiar with conducting investigations that can lead to proofs supporting a prosecutor’s claim, however, injured riders may just be a to prove their innocence and receive compensation for their pain and suffering.

The amount of compensation that a personal injury lawyer recovers for his/her clients varies for each case. No two cases are the same, despite how similar their circumstances may be. Compensation or commonly referred to as damages, according to the Ali Mokaram law firm, can be divided into two categories, punitive or compensatory damages. Punitive damages are penalties that a judge will award to the plaintiff that is specifically designed to punish the defendant for their heinous acts. These damages are typically reserved for cases involving tort law and are often used to deter the defendant from doing the act again. On the contrary, compensatory damages are designed to help the plaintiff to pay for the costs of recovering after the injury. These damages often include things such as lost wages, property damages, and lawyer fees.

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Domestic Violence: A Crime Wherein Both Women and Men are Victims

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, affects millions of American households each year. Though majority of victims are women (about 1.3 million women are abused by their partner every year), a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 40% of the total number of victims of severe, physical domestic violence are actually men. These men, however, are not those who are too weak to fight back, rather, they are those who do not wish fight back; those who would rather be hurt than hurt their partner.

Anyway, whether the victim is a man or a woman, the fact that domestic violence or domestic abuse causes pain and destroy lives cannot be contested. No uniform definition of domestic violence exists in all U.S. states; some definitions say that domestic violence is an abusive, or a pattern of abusive, act/behavior committed against a person (the victim) with whom the perpetrator of the act has an intimate or sexual relationship with, such as a spouse, a dating partner or a sexual partner. Some definitions, on the other hand, include all persons in a domestic relationship; thus, besides a spouse, this will include children and other relatives living with the aggressor (some other states even include in their list of persons protected by domestic violence laws, a former spouse, a former sexual or dating partner, an in-law, a step-parent, and a step-child.

Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, or economic in nature. It can also be threats of action that can influence another person; these threats include actions intended frighten, hurt, injure, intimidate, terrorize, humiliate, or manipulate another. Specific actions that are considered as abuse include punching, hitting, kicking, shoving, pushing, sexual assault, intimidation, stalking, withholding money, constant or repeated name-calling, isolating a partner from others, wielding a weapon against someone, and so forth.

Criminal prosecution of domestic violence charges fall under assault and battery laws, menacing, harassment, or false imprisonment (a tort and a common-law felony due to the act of restraining a person in a restricted area without justification or consent).

According to a Nashville domestic violence defense attorney, when police officers respond to an incident of alleged domestic violence, state law mandates that the preferred response of officers is to arrest the primary aggressor. Though this law is intended to protect victims of domestic violence, it may also force the hand of the police to make arrests that they may not have to do otherwise. Regardless of the events that led to an arrest, the severity of a domestic violence accusation, whether it is true or baseless, will require an accused to hire a highly-competent domestic violence defense attorney for the best possible defense that may save him/her from conviction, as well as for him/her to clear his/her record of the charges made against him/her – for the protection of his/her rights and future.

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Understanding The Dangers of Depakote

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Products | 0 comments

Depakote is the proprietary name give to the drug divalproex sodium in the United States. Developed by Abbott Laboratories in 1983, it is designed for treating seizures as well as manic episodes for people with bipolar disorder. It is also prescribed for treating and preventing migraines. While Depakote is not a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), the drug is sometimes prescribed in relation with SSRIs.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, Depakote also has serious side effects that can have lasting health prtoblems. Recently, there has been several studies that have re-examined the potential connection between Depakote and birth defects in children exposed to the popular anticonvulsant drug during pregnancy. Research shows that pregnant women who take Depakote may experience a significant risk of giving birth to babies with devastating birth defects such as spina bifida, heart defects, cleft palate, to name just a few.

In 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that pregnant women should avoid Depakote and other valproate drugs as they were associated with lower IQs especially in children. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that pregnant women who take valproic acid during early pregnancy are 12 times more prone to giving birth to a child with spina bifida. Aside from that, the FDA also advised patients not to take antiepileptic drugs as they can increase risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior. The FDA also required drug companies to include warnings about this risk on their prescription labels.

Unfortunately, these warnings came too late for many women who took Depakote. Drug manufacturers have the responsibility of testing their drugs and warning the public about its risks. Unfortunately, Abbott Laboratories failed to inform consumers about such risks. In 2012, the company pleaded guilty for misbranding Depakote. It agreed for a settlement worth $1.5 billion. Abbott is also facing product liability and wrongful death suits.

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