BULLYING- IT’S HAPPENING IN OUR TOWN

Hunter explains what to do if you are being bullied.

In recent years, there has been a surge of awareness related to bullying and the serious repercussions associated with it.  Even with all this talk, bullying is still a large problem in our schools.  It isn’t something that we just see in far off cities, but it is happening in our hometown every day.  Our office has recently been made aware of several stories of children in our own area who have been bullied, some taking their own life as a result.  Even with all of the organizations and the awareness that is being raised, there is still a lot of work to do.  We would like to take this time to discuss the warning signs of bullying from both sides of the coin.

The following is a list of signs that your child is being bullied:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches and stomachaches
  • Feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits (skipping meals or binge eating).  Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feeling of helplessness or decreased self- esteem
  • Self destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide.

Signs that a child is bullying others:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Whether you know a child that is being bullied or you know one that is bullying, please get them the proper help so that we can stop this vicious cycle.

Here are some bullying resources:

Hunter explains what to do if you are being bullied.

Stopbullying.gov – for warning signs, info and prevention

Pacerteensagainstbullying.org – for teens about bullying prevention

Advertisements

MLG Cases of Interest

MLG_LOGO_final_01
47 YEAR OLD MAN WALKING ALONG ROAD HIT BY DRUNK DRIVER

Our client was walking 10-15 feet off the road with a friend when he was struck by a drunk driver.  The intoxicated individual had been drinking at a local bar just before his truck struck our client, causing him to be thrown approximately 50 ft. and to suffer serious brain damage

VEHICLE T-BONED BY WOMAN RUNNING STOP SIGN

Our client was traveling on Route 57 when the truck he was traveling in was t-boned by a woman that failed to stop at a stop sign.  Our client’s injuries include severe head injuries, including having his head de-gloved (yes, that means he was scalped) as a result of his head being drug against the pavement, injuries to his jaw and mouth area, deep cuts to left arm, left ear detachment, temporary hearing loss, continued vertigo, and extensive wound care including surgery 6 months later to undergo more debris and glass removal from his scalp.

INCAPACITATED YOUNG MAN SUFFERS 2ND DEGREE BURNS DUE TO BEING LEFT IN SCALDING WATER

Our client with severe cerebral palsy (non-verbal, without the ability to use his arms or legs) was being taken care of by an in-home caregiver.  He was being assisted with a shower and severely burned when he was not able to summon for help due to his disability.  Our client was transported to West Penn Burn Center for skin debridement and grafting.

FAQ: Medical Malpractice

Q: Do most medical malpractice cases result in a verdict in favor of the patient?

A: No.  Statistics indicate that only about 30% of medical malpractice trials result in a verdict for the patient.  Medical malpractice cases are difficult because patients are required to prove that the doctor or provider was negligent, violated a recognized standard of care and caused damage.

Whiplash Not Just From Motor Vehicle Wrecks

Most people have heard the term “whiplash” and almost automatically associate it with a neck injury suffered in a vehicle wreck, which makes sense given that whiplash-type injuries often occur in rear-end collisions.  The sudden impact causes a victim’s necks to extend and flex in an unnatural whipping motion causing damage to the muscles and other connective tissues in the cervical area.

But what many people don’t know is that whiplash is often caused by much less extreme impacts, and can include:

  • Winter-related accidents such as slipping on ice or falling while skiing or snowboarding.
  • Injuries in contact sports such as basketball, football or hockey.
  • Any assault that involves head trauma.
  • Child abuse, including shaken baby syndrome.
  • Repetitive stress injuries resulting from a poorly designed non-ergonomic work area.
  • Accidents in stores or restaurants that result from unattended spills on the floor or other unsafe conditions.

Whiplash is a serious injury and can result in long term medical implications if it is not diagnosed and properly treated.  If you believe that you have whiplash, the key is to promptly seek medical treatment.  Be aware of the symptoms of whiplash, which can include:

  • Neck, shoulder and upper back pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness and/or blurred vision
  • Tingling in your extremities, particularly arms and hands
  • Unexplained fatigue or difficulties concentrating

If you have a whiplash injury and you believe it is due to another person’s negligent actions, please contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your potential claim.

FAQ: If the Other Party Does Not Receive a Ticket, Can I Still Receive Compensation For My Injuries?

IF I’M INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT BUT THE POLICE OFFICER DOESN’T ISSUE A TICKET TO THE OTHER DIVER, CAN I STILL BE COMPENSATED FOR MY INJURIES?

                   Yes, you can.  A police officer does not have to issue a ticket in order for you to be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the other driver.  The key to recovering compensation is showing that the other driver was at fault for the accident, and most police officers assign fault for a collision even if they don’t write a ticket.

Dog Bites and Children .

While dog bites are a serious problem in this country for people of all ages, it is estimated that more than 4.7 million people are bitten each year – children, still being the most vulnerable among us.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest for children between the ages of 5 and 9.

If you are looking into getting a dog, the CDC recommends that you:

  • Consult with a professional such as a veterinarian or responsible breeder to learn about breeds of dogs that might be a good fit for your family.
  • Avoid dogs with histories of aggression if you have children.
  • Hold off acquiring a dig is you sense that a child is fearful or apprehensive about it.
  • Try to spend time with a dog before buying or adopting one and use caution when bringing a dog into the home of an infant or toddler.  Nearly every dog should be spayed or neutered which can help reduce aggressive tendencies.
  • Never leave infants or young children alone with any dog.
  • Avoid playing aggressive, rough games with your dog.
  • Properly socialize and train any dog entering the household.  Teach the dog submissive behaviors (e.g. rolling over to expose abdomen and relinquishing food without growling).
  • Immediately seek professional advice from a veterinarian or animal behaviorist if the dog becomes aggressive.

The bottom line is that a little planning and preparation can help reduce the chances of a child being bitten.

FAQ: How Do Personal Injury Lawyers Charge For Their Services?

Most personal injury law firms work on a contingent fee basis, which means that they charge a percentage of the recovery, typically between 25 and 40 percent, but only if you win your case or get your case settled.  If there is no recovery, you owe the law firm nothing, which makes it possible for anyone, regardless of their financial status, to hire a skilled attorney to represent them in an injury claim.  This helps to level the playing field in places like West Virginia where it is difficult for the average person to pursue an insurance company or other corporation.