I don’t understand Canada

Medical malpractice makes sense in America. Here, everything costs money. Your insurance costs money, your doctor’s visit costs money, the trip to the hospital costs money, the tests cost money, and of course, your surgery costs money. The fact that a mistake made by a doctor which led to injury or death costs money here makes complete sense.

But I was surprised to find out that medical malpractice also exists in Canada, and I can’t quite wrap my head around it.

The Canadian system—love it or not—is not all about money, or at least, not all about a client paying money to a business. Yes, doctors get paid well in Canada, and money circulates through the healthcare system through taxes. But that lack of direct transaction makes it harder to believe there would be a need for medical malpractice suits.

I’m not suggesting Canadian doctors don’t make mistakes, perhaps just as many as (or more than) American doctors, but it seems that the punishment for such mistakes would more naturally be criminal charges or a loss of a license. The fact that money can be taken out of a public system just seems strange to me.

And yet, it seems that is just how things work up north. They also have punitive damages for the mistakes doctors make. I suspect they also have big payouts in the millions, just as we do here.

Again, though, I would think they probably get a lot of help from their generous social programs, so the need for big payouts is less necessary. For us, for instance, we don’t have a lot of compensation if a doctor maims someone and makes it impossible for them to work again. With such meager social programs, we need big payouts from insurance to make sure life can go on at all.

But in a country with more money coming in those social programs, do they need to get so much from their doctors?

Perhaps the amount is lower.

Honestly, I just find the whole thing confusing. Perhaps some of you well-versed Canadians reading this could explain the system better to me. It may be I’m missing some crucial detail that makes the whole thing make sense. Or maybe I’ll just never understand it.

What has me thinking about this so much, and why I am still dwelling on it, is that I find it interesting how different and yet how similar our two countries are. While America is more about personal responsibility and individualism, and Canada is far more about being a collective, cohesive and of course very pleasant and polite society, both countries seem to enjoy having the right to sue their doctors for every possible mistake. Maybe, despite everything we aren’t so different after all.

Trucking Kills

With the growing number of cars on the road, it would seem fitting that the number of fatal accidents would also continue to grow. Thanks to the growing innovations in safety technologies and educational efforts the number of auto fatalities has actually decreased. This is a positive shift in the way we can transport ourselves, loved ones, strangers, and belongings or goods. People from the past would dream about the safety features that have become common base model parts. Sadly, even with the assistance of such features, tragedy can still strike.

There are always situations where someone is not in control. The actions of one driver can not only the flow of traffic, but also the lives of any driver behind the wheel. In a specific incident, two children sustained fatal injuries in a crash between a van and a semi-truck. An entire family will have a much different life than they would have before their crash. This wrongful death scenario is what technological innovations are trying to prevent. Although there has been a decrease in the amount of vehicular deaths, there are still, “nearly 1.3 million people [dying] in road crashes each year”, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. Such a high figure raises the question of whether or not our roads are safe enough. Inconsistent size ratios in automobiles, trailers, and road lanes are all contributing factors to crashes. In a specific accident in Clay County, Indiana, a mother and child were fatally injured. This unfortunate event adds more to the long list of cases just like it. In the same page, the ASIRT also stated that “over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year”. The youth of America deserve to be safe on our nation’s roads. In the tragedy that took place in Indiana, a larger truck was responsible for causing the minivan and its passengers to experience fatal injury and heavy trauma.

The need for innovation in the design of new automobiles, large semi-trucks, and our road systems is obvious. We must push for higher standards in safety features within the automobile and for creative engineering that delivers safe roads for our society. In order to avoid additional damages such as the fact that, “Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person”. Such massive amounts of damage in the form of fines, repair costs, and salaries to government first responders can not continue to burden the wallets of American drivers. These instances can be dealt with through the form of legislation calling for safer roads and more thorough driving education.

In full, we can see that the roads of this nation are not safe, statistically speaking. It is our duty to each other that we, as a nation, insist on safe forms of transportation. In an ideal world, this could also translate as an environmentally safe way of travel. Surely the future would appreciate safety and respect for our planet.

Workers’ Compensation: Designed for the Benefit of Workers Who Suffer Job-related Injuries

In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) received reports of fatal work-related accidents numbering to 4,585 and 4,679, respectively. Though the  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has worked hard to significantly reduce the number of workplace injuries and deaths since its establishment in 1971 (from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014), fatal accidents in work environments continue top happen.

Every workplace has its own type of dangers; however, of all types of workplaces, construction sites remain to be among the most dangerous due to all the possible sources of injuries workers are exposed to every day, like falling objects, the presence of heavy machinery, risk of electrocution, and risk of falls, especially among those working on roofs and scaffolds and those who always use ladders. Aside from these, many workers in construction sites are also regularly exposed to chemicals which can cause deadly and chronic illnesses.

The effects of accidents can never be undone; however, there are ways to prevent these (through strict observance of OSHA safety rules) and ways to make sure that workers who get injured on the job are never left to carry by themselves the financial burden resulting from the injury. This is because injuries will definitely render a worker unable to work, which will mean no pay during the whole duration of treatment and recuperation – just at the time when the financial needs of an injured increases, it is this same time when his or her means of earning is cut.

To remedy this dilemma suffered by injured workers, the government passed into law the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program, a state- mandated and administered program designed to provide immediate financial help to workers who sustain injuries while performing their job or who develop an illness due to exposure to toxic chemicals at work. Workers’ Compensation or Workers’ Comp, as explained in the website of the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® law firm,  covers lost wages, cost of medical treatment, disability, rehabilitation, retraining, and death (this may include payment of benefits to survivors of workers killed on the job).

According to LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in the event of a severe workplace accident, you may be unable to fulfill your normal job requirements for a period of time, or even permanently. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits extend to people who are temporarily or permanently unable to work.

Workers’ Comp pays benefits to injured workers regardless of who was at fault in the accident (there is no need for an injured worker to file a case in court just to avail of the benefits); however, if the injury was self-inflicted, was sustained because the worker was drunk, or was a result of actions in violation of OSHA law or company safety policy, then a worker’s application for a claim will be denied.



The Recklessness of Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is illegal almost anywhere you go. It has respective penalties, including fines, license suspensions, probation, and worst of all, jail times. This is because jurisdictions are clearly aware of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
A drunk driving case is not just the legal matter you have to deal with. According to the website of this Toronto car accident lawyer, drunk drivers can also be legally obligated to give monetary compensation to victims he may have involved.

It puts you at risk of accidents

Alcohol has various effects on the body. Whatever effect you experience, it doesn’t change the fact that you are putting yourself at risk of road accidents, because these effects can compromise your ability to drive safely. Below are some of the most common effects of alcohol.

  • Fatigue or sleepiness, so the driver can close his eyes from time to time or fall asleep entirely
  • Poor comprehension of traffic lights and warning signs
  • Problems with body coordination, especially on body parts that are needed for driving
  • Slow reaction time, which is particularly dangerous during high speeds
  • Tendency to be emotional, and this can put away the focus in driving
  • Tendency to do other reckless driving behaviors, such as speeding

It puts others around you at risk as well

You’re not the only one in the road. If you trigger an accident, it is likely that you are taking someone with you. Let us use the effects above to create scenarios that may involve innocent motorists.

  • Fatigue or sleepiness – You can accidentally fall asleep, veer into the opposite lane, and crash head-on to an oncoming vehicle
  • Poor comprehension – You can fail to understand a traffic light change, blow a red light, and crash into a car in the adjacent road
  • Poor body coordination – You can lose control of your car and hit another vehicle in the process
  • Slow reaction time – You can fail to react on time to turning vehicles or crossing pedestrians, resulting into a collision
  • Emotional tendency – You may be too teary eyed that it becomes a visual problem, so you hit another vehicle that you didn’t properly see
  • Reckless tendency – You feel you are invincible so you speed on the freeway, only to lose control and crash into another car

Laws that Dog Owners Need to Comply With

Laws that Dog Owners Need to Comply With

In 2013, there were 32 dog attacks that resulted in death: 18 of the victims were children, the other 14 were adults. The number of fatal dog attacks jumped to 42 in 2014, with 19 children as victims, 1 was a teen, while the remaining 22 were adults.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an average of 368,000 victims are rushed to hospital emergency departments every year. In 2012 specifically, more than 27,000 individuals bitten by dogs required reconstructive surgery.

Dog owners naturally believe that their pet dog is the greatest and friendliest dog; however, to assume that pet dogs are totally harmless or that other dogs are as friendly as their pet is definitely a wrong assumption.

Dog owners are fully responsible in caring and keeping their pet/s healthy and safe. This includes making sure that their dogs get their daily dose of exercise, besides giving these the right food on timely intervals. Dog exercise, according to dog experts, should be a part of a dog’s regular activities. Being energetic animals, a dog’s unspent energy can be directed to damaging or injurious behavior, like destructive chewing, constant scratching on the wall, door or floor, knocking of furniture over, jumping up on people, play biting, rough play, whining or constant digging. Though a sad fact, but many owners are late to realize that unused energy can make their pets injurious, especially, to children and senior citizens.

It is no doubt that dogs are fun and loving animals, but these too can turn against anyone if threatened. To keep people from being bitten or attacked by dogs, especially in public places, such as parks and woods trails, many U.S. states have enacted laws which will keep dogs restrained and kept from injuring anyone.

The states of Michigan and Pennsylvania, for instance, have passed the leash law, which mandates that dogs should be on a leash, especially in places like schools, parks, beaches, and protected natural areas. Other states simply outlaw loose dogs or dogs at large. Denver and, Colorado have even gone to the point of banning a specific breed of dog, specifically, the pit bull, due to the devastating cases of attacks reported of this breed. Other cities have adopted laws similar to that of Colorado’s, mandating strict regulation on the ownership of pit bulls.

Many dog owners still definitely need to know how to take proper care of their dogs and how to keep these from being a threat to anyone, despite their claims that their pets are very friendly. Likewise, there are a number of important things that dog bite and dog attack victims need to know, such as their legal right and options and the right to be compensated by the owner of the dog which attacked or bit them.

According to the Mokaram Law Firm, “Personal injuries are often very overwhelming and can quickly turn traumatic if financial burden hinders recovery.” This is why it is necessary for those who get injured due to the negligent acts of others to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer immediately to be able to seek the compensation they are legally allowed to pursue.

Is A Brazilian Blowout Right For Your Hair?

For most people, the hair serves as their crowning glory. Having great hair makes them look and feel great as well. We all want to get the perfect hair and this is where salons can come in handy. There are many establishments that offer different hair services. But depending on your hair type, the stylist will recommend the right service that will deliver the hair style that you desire.

There are many popular kinds of services that salons offer for those who want to have a great hair. Houston hair experts at Therapy Hair Studio will recommend Brazilian Blowout. There are many benefits that this type of service will offer to your hair. As a cumulative treatment, the Brazilian Blowout will make your hair healthier and longer lasting. It works best on chemically treated hair. Aside from that, it also enhances hair condition by strengthening each strand with essential amino acids.

Unlike a Brazilian keratin treatment, you do not have to wait for 72 hours to wash your hair. A Brazilian blowout allows you to freely style, tie up, or wash your hair the moment you leave the salon. It allows you to manage your hair as soon as the treatment is done. Aside from that, Brazilian Blowout can help repair hair, reduce frizz, smoothen texture, and tame curls.

To prepare for Brazilian Blowout, the stylist will first wash and then dry your hair. They will add a special keratin solution that helps in the repair of broken and damaged hair. It greatly helps in filling gaps, cracks, and holes on strands. As a result, you can look forward to a smoother surface on locks and block excess moisture absorption which promotes frizziness.

However, while the benefits of Brazilian Blowouts cannot be denied, there are also certain conditions that you need to keep in mind first. Exposure to the treatment can cause irritation in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

Bone Fracture

Broken bone, also called bone fracture, is one of the most common consequences of motor vehicle accidents (after laceration and whiplash). The ones most prone to sustaining this type of injury are motorcycle riders who lack body protection, except the helmet (this helmet, however, should comply with government standards to make sure it provides enough cushion to the head).

Broken bone, which refers to a break or a crack in a bone, is sustained when a force that is much stronger than the bone can hold up to is exerted against it. Though bone fractures usually occur on the hips, arms or legs, there are instances when the damage can be to the skull or ribs, making the fracture a life-threatening injury. Thus, while bone fracture to the arm or leg may only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods, which will hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures, like fracture to the hips, usually require surgery and/or surgical traction; in the case of a broken hip joint, doctors also recommend hip replacement surgery.

Aside from motor vehicle accident, some other causes of broken bones are falls and sporting accidents. Increasing the risk of sustaining a bone fracture injury are illnesses, such as Osteoporosis and some types of cancer, which cause the bones to fracture more easily. Osteoporosis is actually a bone disease; it is the result when the body either loses too much or makes too little bone. Due to either condition, the bones become weak, brittle and very fragile, making trip and fall accidents very dangerous; in certain cases, coughing or sneezing hard, or even a minor bump can result to bone injury.

Besides pointing out the fact that suffering a broken bone can be very painful, expensive, and can even cause a long-term disability, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® also emphasizes that a person should not suffer financially, especially if he/she sustained the injury due to the negligent actions of another party. With assistance from a seasoned personal injury lawyer, the injured innocent victim may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit for the purpose of obtaining financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, or other damages as appropriate to the specific details of his/her case.

Why Settlement Is Best For Your Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit?

Entrusting your elderly loved one to the care of a nursing home facility can be a difficult decision. When you do decide to send them over to a facility, there is always an assumption that they will be in good hands and well taken cared of. When a facility fails on this aspect, you have all the right to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit.

After trusting the staff of a nursing home facility with the care of your elderly loved one, the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC reveals that you have every right to be furious and file the necessary case. Like any other lawsuits, a nursing home abuse case can either be dismissed, summarily judged, or with a loss for the plaintiff. But such lawsuits can be expensive and time consuming for both parties. A typical trial will take around 1 to 3 years before getting a verdict. For this reason, the lawyers of both parties opt for the lesser alternative which is settlement.

For both defendant and plaintiff, settling the case out of court offers a wide range of benefits. By opting to settle, they can free themselves from the huge expenses associated with trials in the court. Consider the costs that both parties will pay when the case goes to trial. The plaintiff will make a contingency fee arrangement with their attorney which could be 33% of any pre-trial settlement or 40% of any amount received after the trial commences.

On the other hand, the defendant will hire a lawyer and pay them on an hourly basis. Not only that they will also pay the witnesses, court fees, and lost time from their jobs. In addition, the plaintiff will also have to pay their lawyers pre-litigation expenses. If the liability of the defendant and the damages that will be received by the plaintiff are clearly laid down, both parties can benefit from early settlement.

Aside from the expenses involved, trials can be stressful for both parties. They will be examined, cross examined, and their character will be questioned. Aside from that, shuttling to the court when there is trial can be tiring for both parties. By settling, the two sides agree with the defendant paying the damages and the lawsuit not going to trial.