Ensuring Gun Safety at Home

In this day and age of innovations, a lot of gun and gun equipment makers are finding different ways on how to improve ammo quality. Gun equipment, such as scopes and sights, are becoming more and more sophisticated. Suppressors are becoming more and more efficient in silencing guns. In fact, several gun makers, including Suppressed Weapon Systems, have been successful in integrating suppressors with barrels for quieter shots and lesser recoil. Ear plugs and muffs are also becoming better when it comes to ear protection.

But along with this range of developments, gun owners should also improve on how to ensure gun safety at home. In the U.S., more than one third of the household owns a gun, making it a real and constant threat especially among children. Here are some simple reminders that can help you keep your house gun-safe.

Talk to them about gun safety

Keeping a gun at home is normal for some families, even when there are kids around. However, not talking to your kids about how dangerous guns are is not. Take time to talk to your kids about how deadly guns are, and how they should act whenever they see a gun that is unattended.

Do not forget the basics

Although keeping your gun out of reach of kids is a must, there are a couple of more things you can do to ensure gun safety at home. For instance, you should take the ammunition out of the gun when storing it to make your home gun-safe. Gun equipment and cleaners should also be locked up to avoid accidents. Leaving the gun unattended when cleaning or in use also pose a threat to your kids, so be sure not to leave it alone.

Invest in gun safes

Storing your gun beneath stacks of shirts in one of your closets is not safe-keeping. Store your gun in safes or cases equipped with combination or key lock. There are even some safes that need your palm scan or fingerprint to open, but could be costlier to buy.

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Protecting Your Legal Rights during a Divorce

Even the most amicable divorce can be stressful situation. As such, it’s easy to picture how much harder it is to handle an antagonistic and highly contested divorce. Aside from dealing with the emotional and psychological blow of such a situation, spouses in these tense minefields will also have to worry about protecting themselves and their children. If you are in the same boat, the following are ways you can find legal, financial, and—should the situation warrant it—physical protection through an extremely difficult divorce.

To protect your legal right as a parent, it’s important that both you and your spouse are able to spend equal amounts of time with your children as you go through the divorce proceedings. This might mean that you’ll have to stay in the family home even as you go through the process of divorce. Of course, this might not be ideal for couples that are struggling with extremely antagonistic relationships. To avoid any fights from breaking out and escalating, a better solution would be to “timeshare” your family home until all issues are settled.

In terms of finances, it’s important to safeguard your personal property and keep it separate from the assets that you share with your spouse. Secure your personal financial records and valuable personal items in a place that your spouse will not be able to access. It will also be best if you and your spouse cancel any joint credit cards or bank accounts you may have. To keep the keep everything clear cut, it is also advisable that you make a record of all the properties and assets you shared during your marriage. Generally, it is in your best interest to avoid signing any preliminary papers or agreements without having consulted your own lawyer. According to the website of Arenson Law Group, PC divorce lawyers, having a qualified family lawyer assist you during the entire process can be enormously valuable and helpful in the long run. Not having one can cause many headaches.

There are also times when a difficult divorce can become so antagonistic that one spouse will resort to hurting or threatening the other spouse or even their children. In cases of domestic violence, it’s extremely important to contact the police immediately and file a report against an abusive spouse.

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Factors that Affect Car Accident Settlements

When you have been involved in a car accident, settling your case can be a better and easier option than going to court. The option of settling out of court can produce a fair and openly-agreed amount of compensation from both parties, and can make the process shorter. If you are choosing to settle your car accident claim outside of court, there are variables that your should first consider which could affect the outcome of the settlement. You should be particularly aware of these four factors when trying to settle your car accident claims.

First, the consistency of your explanations will have a big effect on your settlement. During the course of the case, there will be numerous explanations of how the accident occurred, depending on who is going to provide the information. It may be a given to have several variations of how the accident happened, but it is important to remain as consistent and honest as possible. Even if not all explanations are the same, extremely varying stories about the accident can make the car accident claim unstable and could make it vulnerable to insurance adjuster or defense attorney which could lower the value of the settlement.

Second, make sure that your doctor’s opinions support your claims. If your claims are not at par with the medical records and reports from your doctor, you may run the risk of being accused of exaggeration and malingering of complains. Likewise, the third factor is to ensure that your post-accident complaints conform to your post-accident actions. Your lifestyle should reflect the injuries that you have claimed to suffer from after the accident, and any inconsistencies can only result to a lower settlement claim and even accusations of fraud.

Last but most importantly, you have to make sure to show solid evidence of the defendant’s negligence that lead to the injuries. Personal injury cases such as those of car accident claims are dependent on the presenting negligence. Having strong evidence of the defendant’s negligent action that was the main reason for the accident and resulting injuries could make the settlement more valuable and could push the insurance adjuster or defending attorney to offer settlement outside of court to avoid trial and further loss.

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Child Injury: On the Safety of the Premises

It is one of the most rewarding things in the world, to have a child. However, there are certain risks that need to be taken – why, even going outside is a risk! It is still a risk that people need to take every day; which is why there is an imposed responsibility upon people, especially those of us who know better, to keep our surroundings safe, not just for us but also for the people around us. Added precaution needs to be taken into consideration when children are involved. There are many dangerous places that are easily accessible these days and venturing into any one of these places can merit serious danger if it isn’t properly maintained or structured. It is the responsibility of the owner of any premises to make sure that the given space is safe and sound. However, there are some places that can be declared as ‘attractive nuisances’. This simply means that though it might not be dangerous to most adults, it can be hazardous when children are involved.

That is why there is a need for there to be protective implementations in order to avoid these accidents from happening. If any place is declared an ‘attractive nuisance’ and causes the injury, or worse – the wrongful death, of a child, there is cause for immediate legal action as there are then at least two lawsuits that fruit from such an incident. There are some unfortunate circumstances caused by negligence that could leave a child injured and traumatized, or worst of all – dead. If any premises is declared unsafe and has caused harm to a child, the property’s owner is to be held legally responsible for the costs. This involves medical bills or, if the child in question is employed, loss of income. Cases like these can often be complicated as there are many subtle complexities that can further prolong the matter.

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Warning Not Enough to Avoid Liability?

Pharmaceutical companies have frequently been harangued in the past for their “failure to warn” about the risks involved in using their products even if they knew or should have known that the risk was there. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have required these companies to modify their warning labels to reflect these risks, which have provided a “cut off” for patients who may have suffered personal injury for using the product. After all, they’ve been warned.

That may no longer be enough for these drug companies to avoid liability.

A recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for dangerous drug products effectively elevated the liability threshold for drug companies regarding products that carry too high a risk of harm to be ever marketed in the first place. In other words, if a drug is deemed too dangerous, the drug company is liable for any harm that happens to its users even if the company clearly warned patients and doctors about the associated risks.

A Xarelto lawsuit is often associated with serious and uncontrollable bleeding that poses a risk to the health and life of the patient. Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is an anticoagulant of the class direct factor Xa (10-a) inhibitors or xabans, and like all blood thinners pose a risk of bleeding for its users. However, because Xarelto has no known reversal agent, its introduction into the market despite this lack may be interpreted by the courts as negligence based on the recent Pennsylvania ruling.

That is probably what Kentucky resident Virginia Stuntebeck was counting on when she filed a Xarelto lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court, naming Xarelto US distributor Janssen Ortho LLC and manufacturer Bayer Corp among others as defendants. Janssen had been served first, and the company succeeded in petitioning for a transfer of the case to federal court. However, the federal court promptly returned the case to Pennsylvania state court because Bayer is based in that state.

When and if the case finally makes it to trial, it is probable that there will be many more that had been filed in the meantime, which may mean that Janssen and Bayer may be in the bag for their dangerous drug. The payouts and settlements will probably be for hefty sums, but considering that Janssen has posted more than $800 million in sales in the US alone for 2013, they can probably afford it.

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