John J. Wright

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Determining if a Driver was under the Influence of Marijuana while Driving still a Big Challenge to Authorities

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014

In the fall of 2012, besides choosing who should be President of the United States, Americans in some states were also asked to cast another vote on whether to legalize possession and/or recreational use of pot or marijuana. Their “yes” vote, though, entailed another decision: that drivers who would prove positive of having at least five nanograms (one thousand-millionth of a gram) of THC per milliliter of blood would be judged as being under the influence (much like the 0.08% blood alcohol content for DUI/DWI). Five nanograms, studies show, increases the risk of accident as this level causes driver impairment.

Thus, despite greater freedom in possessing and using the drug, if you get charged with Marijuana DUI, you will still end up in big trouble. Driving under the influence of marijuana is held illegal in all 50 states and whoever is caught is bound to suffer penalties.

Marijuana, also called Mary Jane, cannabis, pot, dope, grass, ganja, weed, and bud, contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, its chief psychoactive ingredient, which can impair the driver and which can remain in the driver’s system for hours or even months, depending on his/her tolerance to the drug, the concentration of THC and the amount of the drug he/she has used.

Though the above factors can definitely determine if the driver has used marijuana or not, there is no device yet that can manifest the level of THC in his/her blood or when exactly he/she used the drug. Tests using chemicals are, likewise, limited to determining if dope was used, not when it was consumed. These, therefore, will make it hard to prove whether or not the driver was under the drug’s influence while he/she was driving.

On-the-spot determination (after being pulled over) by a traffic enforcer if the driver is under the influence of dope, includes the driver’s performance on Field Sobriety Tests or FSTs, the driver’s physical appearance, the driving pattern or how the vehicle was driven, and the presence of marijuana in the blood as revealed by a chemical test.

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How to Avoid an Insurance Claim Denial

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013

Insurance companies have a formula for handling claims: delay, deny, and defend. Insurers have a whole set of strategies that will prolong the date of payout as long as possible. This is because every day that a payout is delayed means money in their pocket in terms of interest and the like. According to the website of law firm of the insurance lawyers of Smith Kendall, PLLC, delays in a payout can have serious consequences for the insured if time is of the essence.

If it is at all possible, the company will issue an insurance claim denial on the flimsiest of pretexts such as an improperly filled out claim form, errors in the insurance form, and so on. A claimant can always dispute the denial, of course, but that also means more delay.

Typically, the insurer also has the upper hand when it comes to defending a payout or denial because they have the advantage of knowing exactly what a policy says and means. All this means a lot of frustration and loss for the insured, which should be avoided.

The best way to avoid an insurance claim denial is to know exactly what the coverage of the insurance policy is. If there are certain terms and conditions in the contact that are not clear, have the company explain it in detail.

It is also a good policy to always be prompt in paying premiums. Insurance companies are quick to pounce on any chink in the a claimant’s armor that could be used to justify a delay in paying a claim, a reduced payout, or an outright denial of coverage.

Consult with an insurance lawyer as soon as it becomes apparent that the insurance company is going to be difficult to deal with regarding a claim. It not only sends a message to the insurer that the claimant is no pushover; it also brings up the specter of an expensive lawsuit if the claim is valid.

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The Best Pool Designers and Builders in the US

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013

A pool without defects or flaws and one that will allow you to have a great time with your family, relax after a tiring day or entertain your colleagues or friends in a weekend backyard party; this is the kind of pool that Pool Builders Austin design and construct – a pool project that will transform your backyard into a perfect place for relaxation and fun any day for a long, long time.

These master pool designers and builders observe 10 steps to come up with pools that display great artistic workmanship, are very easy to maintain, ensure energy-efficient construction and of the highest quality in design, material and built. These 10 steps will help ensure that your pool is designed and built according to the highest industry standards, making it structurally sound to make sure that it retains its efficiency and beauty for many years.

A customer would consider a pool as perfectly done only if he or she is completely satisfied with the end result; and a really good pool designer and builder will always keep the customer informed and involved in the pool’s design and building process for a backyard that is nothing short of a paradise.

The 10 steps observed by these expert pool builders are:

  1. Pool design;
  2. Layout;
  3. Excavation;
  4. Forming and steel;
  5. Plumbing and electric work;
  6. Gunite;
  7. Tile and coping;
  8. Decking and masonry work;
  9. Plaster; and,
  10. Start up and pool instruction

It is surprising that the language these pool designers and builders speak is not one that is filled with sales talk for their team is composed, rather, of some of the best pool craftsmen and designers in the field whose work, rather than their words, will convey what they want to say which is exactly you want to have. From the outset to the completion of your pool they will encourage you to get involved; to share your thoughts for a perfectly satisfactory outcome.

Thus, if you need to transform your backyard into a space that you will really be proud of, make sure that you contact those who design and build structurally sound pools, the quality of which would easily surpass even international standards.  

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Fungal Meningitis – Modern Sword of Damocles

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013

It is difficult to wrap one’s head around the fact that the medication wrapped in those impressive-looking sterile wrappers may be as dangerous as swallowing a handful of razors. Most people take it for granted that the companies responsible for manufacturing and packaging drugs and medications do so with strict adherence to cleanliness. But the fact is not all companies are so conscientious, especially if no one is keeping an eye on them.

This is the case of New England Compounding Center (NECC) based in Framingham, Massachusetts which was responsible for the public health crisis of 2012 that has kept fungal meningitis lawyers busy. NECC manufactured batches of epidural steroid injections slated for alleviating chronic back and joint pain that were tainted with fungus. Upon investigation, the reprehensible state of NECC facilities explained how such contamination could have happened. As of December 2012, 400 cases have been filed by fungal meningitis lawyers against NECC, which has also declared bankruptcy in light of these events.

Strictly speaking, NECC is not a drug manufacturing company which normally produces bulk medications for distribution. NECC is a compounding pharmacy which is licensed to make up drugs based on the specifications stated in a prescription to meet the needs of an individual patient. As such, the NECC is not subjected to the rules and regulations imposed on drug manufacturing companies, such as site inspections. This regulatory loophole allowed NECC to operate as they wished, which has led to the deaths of 51 patients and serious illness of 730 people in the 23 states including New York where the tainted batches were distributed, and the numbers continue to rise.

The worst aspect of the outbreak is the delay in presenting. Patients given the tainted shots did not exhibit symptoms until several months after, and when it did, doctors could not figure out what was wrong. When the truth finally dawned, it hardly helped matters because there was no protocol in place for such an unlikely happening. As a result, victims did not get the treatment they needed in a timely manner, and most of those who survived the initial infection and who have already been given a clean bill of health continue to develop abscesses and related medical conditions that keep them popping in and out of the hospital like a Jack-in-the-box. For many victims, the costs of treatment, loss of income, and pain and suffering has become very high.

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Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

Posted by on May 28, 2013

Disabled individuals in the United States may be entitled to receive financial assistance in the form of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). There are two main programs which administer this financial support: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The eligibility criteria for these two programs varies substantially, so it’s important to know what is necessary in order to understand which program to apply to.

The SSDI program is intended to provide financial assistance to workers who have become injured and cannot continue to support themselves. The amount of benefits to which those who are qualified to receive SSDI benefits are entitled is directly related to their earnings before the injury. Therefore, the state you work in can play a substantial role in the amount of benefits you can receive – an individual who works in South Carolina is likely to receive less than one who worked in New York.

Qualifying for SSDI Benefits

In order to be eligible to receive SSDI benefits, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a disabling condition
  • Have worked a minimum amount of time
  • Have worked in a job covered under the SSDI program

If these conditions are met, the individual is generally able to receive SSDI benefits, which can play a substantial role in helping to allay some of the worst costs and consequences of developing a serious disability. Additionally, there are certain circumstances in which the individual may be able to continue to receive SSDI benefits even if they do return to work.

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