The case for government-run disability insurance

There’s a lot of debate in this country about health insurance. On the one side, there are those who think it should be a complete choice for each individual, on the other, there are those who think it should be a government-run program that covers everyone. The compromise in the middle, Obamacare, seems to make no one happy, which is why there’s so much tension about the law even up to today, almost a decade after it passed.

Health insurance is not the only kind of insurance where the country should be debating this issue. Another kind is long-term disability.

Why long-term disability as opposed to, say, dental insurance or home or renter’s insurance?

The answer is two-fold.

First, long-term disability insurance is extremely expensive due to the nature of it. Payouts are very high when they do occur, and so the rates are prohibitive to many businesses, particularly those where accidents are more likely to occur.

The second point relates to the first. Because payouts are high, the insurance companies work very hard to avoid paying out as often as they can. That can mean a company pays its expensive insurance, but when an employee is injured the insurance company still works to deny the claim, even when everything is in order.

This problem can proceed into a ridiculous process, in which the injured person must hire a lawyer to plead their case in order to get the insurance company to simply pay out what they have guaranteed they would pay, and for which they have received insurance payments, perhaps for a number of years.

Because of this reticence to pay, paperwork must be handled with absolute care, and everything must be documented up to and including the minutest details. This is a strain on employers and employees, injured and not, and is sure to slow down business efficiency.

The obvious answer to this is to remove the profit-motive from long-term disability insurance. If it were run by the government, cases could be decided based solely on merits and not on which cases are likely to cost the most for the company.

In order to pay for this, the government could institute any number of small taxes or fines. These might follow along with the lines of the Obamacare taxes and fines, in which those who do not buy into the system are fined. That way, all businesses pay in something and therefore fund the insurance.

There are sure to be problems with this admittedly rudimentary scheme, but the proposal itself is solid. With government-run long-term insurance, the burden of accidents would fall much less on those who have been injured and on the employers. More certainty could be established that claims would be looked at fairly and with fewer negative motives. Finally, the cost of new taxes and fees may even be lower, and so less of a burden, than the cost of the insurance at the present moment, thus creating cost savings for businesses.

If Your Brain Injury was Caused by Someone Else’s Mistake or Negligence, You may be Entitled to Compensation

Accidents can result not only result to property damages, but also to physical injuries which are much worse and which can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious ones, like broken bones, amputated limbs, spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The brain, which forms the nervous system with the spinal cord and the neurons (the basic unit of nervous tissues, which are the ones responsible in sensing stimuli and communicating signals to and from the different parts of the body), controls the whole body, making it one of the human body’s very important organs. Due to this, any forceful impact which can affect the way it functions or, worse, damage it, will also affect the way the whole body works.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2006 – 2010, the leading cause of traumatic brain injury was falls; these were followed by unintentional blunt trauma, the result of being hit by an object, motor vehicle accidents, and assault or violence, explosions, sport and recreation-related accidents, and other types of accidents which can cause a forceful blow or jolt to one’s head.

Brain injuries, as explained in an article posted at zavodnicklaw.com, can be devastating for both victims and their loved ones. Not only can you lose functionality of basic motor skills, but suffering brain trauma threatens loss of core personality traits, memories, mental faculties, and independence. Because of the complexity of these injuries, they often require a higher standard of care than other physical injuries.

The road to recovery is also not a simple one, since it may necessitate physical therapy, rehabilitative care, speech therapy, or specialized treatment. In children, symptoms of brain injury differ slightly, often culminating in changes in behavior, loss of new skills, irritability, and trouble balancing. Children can acquire a brain injury through many of the same ways that adults can, with caregiver abuse as an additional cause. Thus, if one’s brain injury was caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence, a victims and his/her family may be entitled to compensation.

 

Avoiding Drunk Driving Accidents

Reckless driving is an unacceptable cause of car accidents, and one of the most common reckless behaviors is drunk driving. In fact, it is so reckless that most local governments recognize it, so it is illegal almost anywhere you go.
Still, drunks drive and cause traffic accidents, and sometimes, even innocent parties are involved undeservingly. But according to the website www.kff-law.com, those who have been injured in car accidents because of someone else’s fault, like a drunk driver’s, may have legal options, which is a good thing.
But avoiding drunk driving accidents is still the better option. Below are some of the things you can do to avoid drunk driving yourself:

  • Avoid drinking too much – It is called drunk driving, so you just have to avoid either being drunk or driving. You can avoid being drunk by avoiding alcohol altogether. Learn how to say no sometimes to your friends.
  • Leave your car – Again, you can avoid either being drunk or driving. To avoid driving, the best thing to do is to leave your car at home. This way, you will not be forced to drive home when you are already under the influence of alcohol.
  • Use other transportation options – Since you are leaving your car behind, you are passing the burden of driving to somebody else. You can surely count on train operators, bus drivers, and even Uber and Lyft drivers to get you to your destination safely.
  • Get a driver – Sometimes, the drinking session is spontaneous so you still have your car with you. In those instances, it is better to get a driver that can drive for you when you are already too impaired to do it yourself. This person should not consume any impairing products.
  • Stay put – If you already have your car with you and you do not have a designated driver, one thing to consider is to stay put until you become sober. This is a good option if you are already in a private place, like a friend’s apartment.

Benzene, a Colorless, Flammable and Toxic Sweet-smelling Liquid

Work-related injuries can happen in any type of work environment, an office setting or outdoor, while an employee is on a n errand. Accidents, however, occur more frequently in construction, industrial and agricultural sites, and pharmaceutical and chemical companies where exposure to dangerous substances is part of the daily risk workers face.

Work-relatd Injuries have always registered a high rate of claims lawsuit in the U.S. and, due to the high cost of medical treatment plus lost wages due to days of absence from work, compensation need not just be sure, but fast too.

One of the most common causes of injuries is hazardous or toxic substances. Exposure to harmful chemicals will always inflict harm on anyon, especially those who are properly suited in protective gears. One of the worst things about exposure to chemicals is that their harmful effects are not immediately obvious; there have been many occasions in the past when the harmful effects of substances became manifes only after months or years have already passed.

There are different ways through which toxic substances can inflict harm. One is through inhalation of its fumes, which can cause skin rashes, disease in the lung, kidney, or liver, and poisoning. Substances that can cause these dangers include disinfectants, solvents, acids, caustic substances, petroleum products, pesticides, glue and heavy metals (such as aluminum, cadmium, mercury and lead).

Benzene, a colorless, flammable liquid that has a sweet odor that is widely-used in the manufacture of synthetic fibers, plastics, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides; in the past, it was also widely used as a a gasoline additive and as an industrial solvent (to dissolve or extract other substances). The ones most exposed and harmed by benzene are those working in shipyards, refineries, chemical plants and construction industries.

The health hazards that may be suffered by those exposed to benzene, include acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), aplastic anemia, myelodysplasia, non-hodgkins lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

“Though people who work in more hazardous jobs, such as industrial factories and construction, experience elevated levels of exposure to dangerous toxins and chemicals, the reality is that anyone can suffer from toxic exposure if other people, such as a landlord or company, are negligent. Sadly, toxic exposure can have traumatic effects on a person, from debilitating injuries to permanent disabilities, causing them to suffer physical, emotional, and financial harm. And, in the most tragic of circumstances, toxic exposure can even lead to an innocent person’s untimely death, leaving their loved ones grieving.

The law firm Ronald J. Resmini LTD., believes that anyone who has suffered harm as a result of toxic exposure should not have to endure the consequences on his/her own. With the help of a legal representative, he/she may be able to hold the party who exposed him/her to dangerous toxins or substances responsible for his/her losses, which can provide much-needed financial compensation.”

Distracted Driving: The Dangers of Texting While Driving

The fact that car accidents are among the leading causes of injuries in the United States is undeniable. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of all the over 6 million crashes reported in 2014, over 1.6 million led to injuries that required emergency medical attention.

A common cause for all these accidents is distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 8 people are killed and 1,161 people are injured in crashes that are reported to have been caused by a distracted driver. Many of these drivers were found to have been preoccupied with texting or using their mobile phones while operating their vehicles.

In general, distracted driving accidents refer to crashes involving drivers that were doing something else on top of keeping their attention on operating their vehicles. With the advancement of technology, this typically means people who are using their phones or adjusting their vehicle’s GPS while driving. Whatever the case, distracted driving is considered particularly dangerous because it causes drivers to divide their attention when they should be focusing on the road. Texting or using one’s mobile phone is considered especially dangerous because it takes so much of a person’s attention. Aside from having to take their eyes off the road and shifting their attention to read a text, it also causes drivers to take their hands off the stirring wheel. This leaves them unable to react quickly should there be any reason to make a quick turn or to swerve out of the way.

Victims that were involved in a car crash caused by a distracted driver have every right to pursue legal action against those responsible for their suffering. If you are among the many people who find themselves in this situation, you shouldn’t hesitate to consult with a personal injury lawyer working in your state. Those hurt in a car accident in Madison may contact a Wisconsin attorney for more information.

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