I’m another one of your typical lazy, inactive, useless activists. I have been for years. I am always pleased to hear when there are marches in my town, but I never go out and join. When products get boycotted for good reason, I’m proud of those who join in, but I still go get my sandwiches from the same place regardless. I do vote…when I can…unless I have to work or I have other commitments…or just can’t be bothered to get off the couch.

The couch is really my worst enemy. It’s the couch that keeps me a silent cheerleader and not a participator.

I’ve spent about fifteen years doing this, since the time I was aware of politics until today. At first, I always had a good excuse. I was just a teenager and no one would listen to me anyway, or my parents would let me go. Then I was in college, and the protests where I lived weren’t about me because it wasn’t my home and my home was too far away. Then I was busy with work, trying to pay off bills, and I felt I just didn’t have time.

Recently, though, I feel like I’ve run out of excuses, and I find that there never really was one good enough. I was just lazy. While other people were trying to change the world, I was being lazy and playing video games. All my pride in other people’s work really meant nothing at all.

Well, I’m sick of it, and I want to start making changes. I’ve decided the best way to do that is to move into a new career. I want to start working in an industry that helps the environment. That’s an area I feel pretty passionately about. It’s something I think I can continue to care about no matter how much work I put into it. It’s also an area with a lot of jobs.

I’m not sure what I want to do exactly yet. I’ve looked at a few options. Some require a lot of investment in more college, which doesn’t encourage me. But there is stuff like this air quality expert training, which sounds promising. I love the idea of coming home every evening tired from making the air we breathe cleaner for everyone. Perhaps I could start with that and save up for more college.

Regardless, no matter what, I want to take that first step, and I want to take it soon. I’ve also decided that the very next event I hear about, whether it’s a parade or a march or a sit-in or a boycott, the very next one that I agree with, I’m participating in. It doesn’t matter what it’s about.

I mean, you only get to live once, and you have to make it count. So, goodbye couch. I hope I won’t see you for a long time. I’m getting involved. No more excuses.


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Columbia Truck Accidents

In spread out country such as the United States, one of the most cost-effective methods of transporting goods is by large semi-truck. Highways are always crammed full of them, and truck drivers drive at all hours of the day and night to get where they are going. Unfortunately, when a large truck gets into an accident, the results can be deadly and affect many other people on the road besides the truck driver himself. One prevalent cause of truck accidents is from truckers falling asleep at the wheel, but when you can be ticketed for pulling over and sleeping on the shoulder, some truckers have few options but to keep on driving.

 According to a post on the Road Worrier blog on news observer last year, truck driver Glen Hamblin fell asleep at the wheel just across from the South Carolina border while on his way to deliver a shipment of potatoes to Charlotte. He could feel himself beginning to doze and searched desperately for an exit with a rest stop, but he was not able to find one in time before he crashed into a concrete barrier, launching the engine from his truck and spilling potatoes all over the interstate. Thankfully Glen only suffered minor scrapes and bruises, but he could have just as easily not been so lucky, and if this had occurred during the day, other vehicles would have been involved in the crash. However, in many states, pulling off an exit ramp is illegal and can net you a $600 parking ticket. Besides, even if a trucker does manage to find a rest stop, there are so few of them that they are likely to all be full, especially at night. The state of North Carolina has made an effort to ticket more truck drivers who pull off of exit ramp, claiming that doing so causes fatal crashes, but the post suggests that the data used to make this decision is spotty at best.

Even if there is evidence that shows pulling off of an exit ramp causes accidents, it would be necessary to provide more rest stops along the highway so truckers can park their vehicle safely. A trucker should not have to make the decision between getting a parking ticket or potentially endangering his life and the lives of other drivers on the road. Truckers work incredibly long hours, and even a $600 parking ticket can severely hurt their finances. Luckily, there are truck accident lawyers in South Carolina who can help truckers who get into accidents by going after the trucking company if they don’t allow their drivers adequate rest. However, when it is the government that is preventing the drivers from exercising safe practices, something really needs to change. 

Truck drivers are a vital part of our economy, and it is necessary that society protects them, so the government of North Carolina either needs to pull back on its ticketing practices or provide more rest stops to keep them and the public safe.


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Can I Regrow My Adult Teeth?

While we lose our baby teeth very quickly in our life our adult teeth that come in are there to stay. Unfortunate accidents can occur that knock a tooth out of place or break it completely leading to expensive surgeries and costly cosmetics. Advances in 3D printing in the recent years has paved the first step for teeth replacements. A recent study underway at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine is looking to take this concept further and is exploring the possibility of regrowing human teeth from the root up.

The director of the division of molecular and craniofacial genetics and a professor of orthodontics, Pam Yelick, is researching and developing ways in which healthy adult teeth and bone can be grown in a lab from dental stem cells. This could revolutionize the way we look at the dental care and tooth replacement. Dr. Gary Bram’s Dental Expressions understands that dental implants are already an immensely helpful procedure when losing an adult tooth and is open to new technologies that arise. Living teeth implanted in the jaw also have the improved flexibility in regards to the chewing and chomping that comes with daily eating. Grown teeth would be a much better fit and feel to dentures and implants but the cost of the produce is up in the air on if it would be a feasible procedure for mass implementation. A 2015 study in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine that the medical potential for dental stem cells is astounding. Dental stem cells can be used anywhere from heart therapy, regenerating lost tissue in the brain, to the aforementioned bone regeneration which includes teeth structure. Scientists in the study were successful in recreating teeth in animal studies which were well received; human trials and studies are still in the planning stages going forward.

Though the research still requires years of clinical trials and standard regulations before it becomes market ready in any capacity; it is an exciting concept that has already yielded promising results. Stem cell research served as one of the pillars of medical research under President Obama and depending on the current political climate research will continue. If found to be a viable alternative to dental implants I think that lab grown teeth would become the next big thing in the field of dentistry. Huge leaps and bounds have been made in the field of organ transplants with organs, and logically bone and dental structure are next.

A future where human prosthetics will be lab grown to replicate human DNA and one can have a full set of teeth indefinitely used to be something of science fiction but is rapidly becoming fact. As exciting as this research is, it is still many years and many trials away from becoming a reality. Until that day arises, dental implants and dentures are still a fantastic solution to the problem of missing teeth.


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In 2013, fatal accidents involving trucks numbered to 3,964, while non-fatal accidents numbered to 95,000. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 73,000 of the 2 million registered semi-trucks or 18-wheeleres were involved in these accidents.

Though accountable for a high number of fatalities and injuries, the government is extra careful when it comes to imposing too many restrictions on truck operators mainly due to the major contribution these have in the U.S. economy. This means that too many laws can cripple the country’s ability to do business and develop economically.

Though the government cannot require operators to pay higher taxes or give drivers a higher pay, it does not shy away from creating and enforcing laws that would ensure the safe operation of trucks. Thus, it has passed laws that affect truck parts, like: compliance with DOT standards on brakes and tires; qualification of drivers in operating a truck, and the training and tests one has to take before earning a commercial driver’s license; the maximum hours of service to keep truck drivers from operating a truck while sleepy or fatigued; and, maintenance of a record of regular truck inspection.

One of the greatest challenges operators and drivers have faced since 2010 is how to accomplish all job orders and make timely deliveries despite the lack of qualified drivers which, according to the American Trucking Associations, is more than 40,000. This lack is partly due to many truck drivers moving to other fields of work even before spending a year in the job. Some of the most common reasons for moving to another job include a truck driver’s small pay, the required time (sometimes weeks) away from the family and the demands of the job. The truth is, what one can earn as a driver, he/she can also earn, with very little stress, in a local job which would also not require him/her to be away from his/her family.

The lack of drivers have led a number of operators or employers to resort to illegal means like hiring unqualified drivers and failing to train them further; requiring their drivers to drive longer than the allowed number of driving hours and then asking them to alter the number of hours that they have entered in their log book; failing to properly screen applicants for past records or driving violations; and, allowing drivers to continue making runs despite these drivers’ recent or successive safety violations. These illegalities also happen to be leading contributory factors to fatal truck accidents.

Driver error, according to Atlanta trucking accident lawyers, puts everyone on the road in danger, but so does trucking company negligence. Trucking companies have the legal responsibility of ensuring that safety standards in regards to employees and vehicles are strictly upheld, as this will greatly affect the well-being of everyone, including other motorists and everyone else on the road. If and when trucking companies fail to uphold these standards, then they can be held financially responsible for their negligence.

According to Puerto Rican investor attorneys, “In truck accident cases, the employer is often found to be the at-fault party. An employer is considered negligent if they fail to properly train a driver, fail to inspect a vehicle, or hire an inadequate employee. Employers are also considered negligent if they violate Hours of Service regulations and allow their employees to drive more than the number of legally permitted hours. An experienced truck accident attorney may be able to help you investigate whether employer negligence played a role in your truck accident.”

 


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Through its two largest programs, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the U.S. Federal government is able to provide financial assistance to people with disabilities. These programs fall under the management of the Social Security Administration (SSA); they address different disability needs and have different requirements for qualification.

The SSDI, which was introduced in 1956, pays benefits to qualified insured Social Security members who may be 65 years old or below and who are also totally disabled. Availing of the benefits requires that an applicant:

Has worked long enough (or recently enough) and has paid Social Security taxes or Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes while employed (these taxes are automatically deducted from a worker on a monthly basis);

Has earned the number of credits required by the SSA (workers earn four credits a year); and,

Is suffering from total disability.

Total disability, as considered by the SSA, is a condition that renders a person: (i) unable to perform his/her previous work, as well as any other work, due to his/her medical condition; (ii) the disability has either lasted for a year or is likely to last for a year or more; and, (iii) the disability can result in death.

Medical conditions that are considered by the SSA as total disability are listed in the SSA’s so called “red book.” Finding one’s health problem in this list would automatically include him/her in the roster of disabled insured SS members. Not finding one’s health condition in the list, however, will require an evaluation by Social Security in order to determine if the health condition is serious enough to be considered a form of total disability.

SSI, which was introduced in 1974, on the other hand, provides non-taxable financial assistance to Americans, who are, at least, 65 years old, blind, or disabled (the meaning assigned to “disability” is the same with SSDI), and whose income or resources fall within the federal benefit rate (FBR) determined by the government. Since funding for SSI comes from the U.S. Treasury general funds, SS credits or previous employment are not required for an applicant to qualify into the program.

The SSI program’s main intent is to help provide for the basic needs of its beneficiaries. These basic needs include food, shelter and clothing. In a number of states, SSI benefits application is also considered as application for food stamps, while other states allow the benefits to be supplemented by Medicaid to cover prescriptions, doctor’s fee and other medical care costs.

As explained in the website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm, “From the various programs to the many stages of applying for and obtaining benefits, navigating the Social Security disability process is often complicated and frustrating.” To help make sure that you get approved for either an SSDI or SSI benefit if and when you file an application, having an experienced Social Security Disability Insurance Lawyer helping you through the whole process may be an advantage.


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Humans are prone to make mistakes, as they say. But when it comes to driving, one simple mistake could make a difference between life and death for the driver. Most accidents on the road are attributed to driver error. This was confirmed by the International Organization for Road Accident Prevention which reveals that more than 90 percent of accidents are manmade. The website of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., most driver error related accidents were the result of carelessness, general negligence, and other reasons.

Most car accident claims center around negligence. Most driver error are relatively minor but unfortunately can have serious consequences. Here now are the most common causes of driver error in car accidents.

Disregard of Traffic Control Devices

Not following traffic rules and control devices is a recipe for disaster. Disregarding the other driver’s right of way or beating the red light is a bad behavior. As such, most accidents involves cars hitting each other in a perpendicular manner.

Failure T Yield

Again this has something to do with not respecting right of way or not stopping when the light goes red. It is important for a driver to take additional care so as to avoid getting involved in a car accident.

Use of Electronic Devices

The use of gadgets while driving or what we call distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents on the road. These actions cause you to lose focus on driving. You need to be aware of what s happening on the road in order to stay safe. Distracted driving does the opposite unfortunately. If you need to make a call or send a text message, pull over to the side of the road first.

Maintenance Issues

It is the job of the driver to ensure that their car is in tip top shape. Poor maintenance is a major contributor to car accidents. Always check your brakes before you go on the road.

While there are safety devices now available, no amount of technology can bring back a lost life resulting from a driver’s negligence. Be safety conscious and you can rest assured of making it to your destination unscathed.


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Every employer has different responsibilities to their employees and one of them is ensuring their safety as well as the working conditions. Unfortunately, this has not been happening as many Americans find themselves getting hurt in their workplace. According to the website of Bruner Law Firm, getting hurt on the job can subject employees to huge bills and may be out of work as well. For this reason, you may hold your employer liable for the injuries you incurred.

In a workplace injury accident, you have to prove that your employer was responsible for the workplace injury. The first step in the filing of the claim is the completion of the workplace accident report. The employer should also pp their own report as required by law. On your part, you should support your claims with documents such as photographs, eyewitness accounts, and others. Make sure to keep a record of any doctor that you visited and treatments received. Receipts for injury-related expenses will also come in handy.

Employers have a duty of care to employees and it is their responsibility to protect them from getting injured at their workplace or be held liable for negligence. There are different regulations that are in place to ensure that employees, contractors, and visitors are protected when they are in the workplace. With injuries coming from various sources, these regulations take into consideration the condition and safety of the workplace and covers a wide range of eventualities.

For example, manual handling can be one common source of injury and the employer has a responsibility to carry out a risk assessment and look for other options the employee can perform their task with zero or less risk of injury. If such is not carried out by the employer, the employee may have a case in filing a workplace injury claim.
It is worth noting that workplace injuries claims are covered by so-called statute of limitations. You need to file the case within the time limit or else your claim will become futile.


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More than 30,000 fatal car crashes are recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) every year. According to this same government agency, the top four causes of car crashes are drunk driving, reckless driving, overspeeding, driver error, which includes distracted driving, car defects and poorly constructed or defective roads.

One frustrating truth about majority of crashes is that these are nothing more than results of negligence or recklessness, making these preventable events. It appears, however, that negligence and recklessness are second nature to some drivers, an idea based on the fact that even before 1925, despite the very few cars on the road, collisions were already occurring. These accidents, which damaged properties and injured people, were actually the bases of the compulsory car insurance laws which were first enacted in 1925 in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Drivers, depending on the state where they reside, can carry either the full tort insurance coverage or the no-fault coverage, which is also known as personal injury protection or PIP. The full tort coverage, which is mandated in full tort states, allows the victim in a car accident to file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver (or against the driver who has greater fault) in order to seek compensation. This compensation, which will cover cost of medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, will be paid by the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. In no-fault states, however, compensation is to be paid by the drivers’ respective insurance providers (regardless of who is at fault in the accident, eliminating the need for the victim to file any lawsuit.

Besides carrying auto liability insurance, many states also require drivers to carry an Uninsured Motorist Coverage or Underinsured Motorist Coverage, or both. These two types of coverage are designed to help with the cost related to injuries sustained by a driver and his or her passengers if ever the at-fault driver turns out to be uninsured or whose policy limit is not enough to cover the full amount of compensation that needs to be paid.

With the high cost of premiums, which many insurance companies make even more expensive by factoring in driver’s age, driving experience, and past traffic violations, among others, many drivers rather cancel their policy but not after they have registered their car and renewed their driver’s license – a much more costly move, though, according to Ali Mokaram, an independent auto insurance company. If drivers would want to be covered (and comply with the requirements of the law at the same time) without being burdened by premium payments, the best way is to seek assistance from independent auto insurance companies, which offer quotes on the best insurance deals patterned on driver’s budget, needs and driving history.


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Brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that runs along the side of the neck and into the spinal cord. This network is composed of nerves that connect to the fingers, hands, and arms. Any injury to the brachial plexus may result in numbness and weakness of the affected upper extremity. There are many types of brachial plexus injuries, and one of them is Erb’s Palsy.

Erb’s Palsy happens when a baby is improperly pulled out of the birth canal during labor. When this happens, the neck is stretched away from the shoulder, which causes the brachial plexus to be stretched or ruptured. In severe cases, the brachial plexus is completely avulsed from the spinal cord, resulting in loss of functionality in the affected arm.

Lawyers from the Sampson Law Firm said Erb’s Palsy is usually a result of either negligent medical care or inexperienced hospital staff. In some cases, Erb’s Palsy can also be a result of difficult or prolonged labor. Breech and large babies are also more prone to this condition.

The primary symptom of Erb’s palsy is weakness and numbness in one arm. If you suspect that your baby has Erb’s Palsy, visit your pediatrician right away for accurate diagnosis. He may suggest imaging tests, such as ultrasound and X-rays, to check if your baby’s brachial plexus is damaged. Newborns diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy are sometimes required to undergo therapy to speed up recovery. In severe instances, invasive procedures, such as nerve graft or nerve transfer, might be required.

Although most cases of Erb’s Palsy heal without needing any medication, severe cases of this condition may cause your child to suffer from different complications. A ruptured or avulsed brachial plexus, for instance, may cause the affected area not to be supplied with the nerve energy they need, which may result in slow muscle and bone growth, sometimes even permanent paralysis. That’s why it is very important to visit a doctor right away if you suspect that your baby is suffering from this condition.


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Data gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS show that more than 13 million minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures have been performed in the United States for the year 2013. Among the most popular procedures performed in that year was Botulinum Toxin Type A. Known in common parlance as ‘Botox’, the ASPS noted that about 6.1 million of these procedures had been performed during the given year.

In actuality, the word Botox refers to the name of the drug used for the procedure known to give patients a more youthful glow and appearance. Botox is the brand name of a drug called onabotulinumtoxina, which is injected in specific areas of the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It is commonly used to smooth out frown lines between the forehead, crow’s feet or lines that appear around the eyes, and fine lines that are found along the chin and neck area. The ASPS reports that the procedure is typically done on patients between 30 to 54 years of age.

If you are considering getting Botox, there are a few considerations you have to make before undergoing the procedure. First, it’s important to know exactly how it works in helping create a youthful appearance. A Botox procedure involves getting the drug injected into the muscle of the area that you would like to improve. The drug blocks signals sent by nerves and prevents the muscle from contracting. This allows it to soften and relax, allowing the skin above it to look smoother. Patients will have to wait around 3 to 7 days before noticing the full effect of Botox. While the procedure is considered safe, there are some occasions when patients experience minor headaches and bruising.

Botox is not a permanent solution and will wear off after 4 to 6 months. In that time, the injected muscle will gradually regain its movement. This will make the look of wrinkles on the skin to reappear. If you follow up your first procedure with several other treatments, you will find that the look of wrinkles on your skin will eventually look less severe over time.

Considerations regarding Botox need to be discussed with a qualified physician. It would be best to bring up your concern to an experienced dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon to get the best answers.


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