Stand up for gun rights

Now more than ever, we have to stand up for our rights. People are coming after the Second Amendment, and I for one am not going to take it.

Here in Wisconsin, they’ve already infringed more than they should. It’s illegal to carry a weapon in public, period. It doesn’t matter if it’s concealed carry or open carry, in this state, if you want to use your rights to protect yourself, you’re out of luck. The law clearly states just possessing a firearm in public is enough to get you locked up.

What we need to do is organize. We need to march. We need to stand up for what we believe in. There’s a reason the Framers put this right at number 2 in the Bill of Rights. We intend to defend ourselves against any tyranny, and that includes the tyranny of Wisconsin’s laws.

So, we march, we organize, we demonstrate. We could have open carry sit-ins, for instance. We need to be a presence in the state’s politics so they know they can’t just ignore us and take away our rights.

I’m speaking to every gun-loving American in this state right now. If you want to make sure you still have your gun in six months, you’ve got to be a part of this movement. Most Americans support the 2nd Amendment, but most of them won’t do anything to save it. That’s up to us.

And I won’t lie to you, this could lead to some legal trouble for some people. Now, I’m not endorsing anyone doing anything to get anyone hurt. In fact, that will work against us. If the people who hate guns think they can prove we’re violent and a threat, they’ll do it, and then we may really be faced with a dire situation.

No, what I’m talking about is people who get arrested just for using their rights. You may find yourself in a jail cell just for having your gun with you in your car when you’re driving to work. You may find, especially, that you’re a target once you’re aligned with our movement, and some may want to look for any opportunity to say you’re breaking some law or another. And if we’ve got to demonstrate by showing our guns in public, well, a lot of us will be in for some long nights.

But we’re in this together, and we’ll take care of each other. There are lawyers out there that I think are on our side, who can help not just beat these cases but make a point out of them that can help our movement. If we can get a case seen by the Supreme Court, that could change everything. The Court is friendly to our cause, and we could make great progress there, but we’ll need people brave enough to stand up and be counted first.

No more grumbling gentlemen, it’s time to do what our Forefathers did and fight for our rights.

Reckless Drivers: A Hassle for Innocent Drivers

If you get involved in a traffic accident because of a simple driving mistake and have sustained an injury, it may be understandable, because it might have been an innocent error or an unavoidable scenario. But if you get involved in an accident because of a reckless driver, well that is a different story.

Damages

According to the website of the Milwaukee car accident attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been hurt in car accidents because of negligent reckless drivers may have legal options. When you think about it, this is just morally correct. After all, you just got involved in an accident and sustained an injury because of the fault of someone else’s avoidable mistake.

Also, the accident and injury will be financial burdens. There is the costs for vehicle repairs, hospital bills, medication bills, not to mention the lost wages because of lost time at work due to injury. It is just right that you get compensated for all the hassle that you do not deserve to have.

Prevention

There are a lot of reckless driving behaviors out there, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, driving while fatigued, and speeding. There are respective laws for them as well, like how these behaviors can result into fines, license suspensions, and even jail times. Though it is the responsibility of the local government to strictly enforce the law to prevent people from doing these reckless acts, you should also make the effort to avoid accidents.

The least you can do is to avoid the reckless behaviors yourself. You should also stay away from vehicles who show signs of recklessness. For example, if a vehicle is weaving through traffic, consider changing lanes and stay as far away from this vehicle as possible, so if it somehow triggers an accident, you minimize the chance of getting involved.

There are also instances where you just can’t avoid these reckless drivers. So, just to be safe, always have your protective measures, like airbags and seatbelts, in optimal condition. Also, make sure that you actually use them.

The key to avoiding reckless drivers is to just be aware of your surroundings and stay alert, so if something unexpected happens, you have the proper mental capability to judge the situation and act accordingly and promptly.

Why Go to Court when You can Settle Your Divorce Case Faster and Peacefully?

One contested divorce case took five years to settle, involved four different judges and six different divorce attorneys, and cost the husband about $400,000.00 in court fees, experts’ fees, lawyer’s fees (it was the husband who paid for everything, including the lawyer’s fee of his former wife). All these may sound horrifying; however, if compared to how hostile the court atmosphere turned, especially when the issue of spousal support came up, the above may even be considered the mild effects of this particular contested divorce case (it was actually the issue of spousal support which took the longest to settle since the wife’s lawyer kept urging her to decline her ex-spouse’s offer, which included $5,400 monthly payment until his retirement, half of everything in their million-dollar home and $50,000 cash).

Another divorce case, though, took only a few months to settle (this includes settlement of all divorce-related issues, including child custody, child support, visitation rights, alimony or spousal support, and division of properties, assets and debts). Though the spouses argued about certain things, this was brief and everything ended peacefully; this divorce procedure also was much less cheaper than the divorce case mentioned above.

In this divorce case, by the way, the only problems and difficulties the wife experienced came after the divorce case. These included changing her name in her passport, bank account and some other legal documents, and getting her ex-husband’s name removed from official papers (which required the sending of letters in triplicate to all agencies concerned).

The first case mentioned above is one example of contested divorce, which is the traditional way of ending a marital union. Contested divorce is settled in a family court, which is open to the public. Anyone can witness how spouses destroy and discredit one another through their respective lawyers, in order to win the favor of the judge who will decide on all divorce-related issues. Contested divorce can drag on for months, even for years and, there longer it takes to settle, the more expensive it becomes.

The second divorce case mentioned is an example of collaborative divorce, which is an alternative dispute resolution for divorcing couples. In this procedure, divorcing couples hire their own lawyers, whose job is to assist their own clients resolve conflicts through the use of cooperative techniques instead of adversarial strategies and litigation; the spouses may also seek the help of a mediator or other neutral experts, like an accountant and/or a child custody expert who can help settle a particular issue.

At the start of the collaborative process, the spouses and their lawyers make a commitment to achieve a negotiated outcome and enter into what is called a “Participation Agreement.” If no settlement is reached, based on the agreement entered into by all those involved, each of the spouses’ lawyers will have to withdraw from the process to allow the spouses to hire new lawyers who will represent them in court (for the adversarial contested divorce process).

According to Kirker Davis, LLP, collaborative divorce is a divorce process wherein both parties try to work together to expedite the process. This works best when both individuals are willing to negotiate to avoid taking the matter to court, where the process would become more costly and time-consuming.

Besides enabling spouses reach an amicable agreement, other benefits of collaborative divorce include:

  • Making decision on how to handle post-settlement disputes;
  • Expediency of the divorce case;
  • More control over the outcome;
  • Less stress and anxiety;
  • Lesser costs compared to the traditional divorce process.

Contested Divorce

Divorce can be classified as contested and uncontested. Contested divorce occurs when the parties involved cannot agree on the divorce itself or its terms, such as child custody, child support, spousal support, division of assets and liabilities, and other legal matters.

Uncontested divorce is much easier. It means that the parties involved agree on the divorce and its terms without the need for legal professionals to distribute these assets and liabilities.

According to the website of the divorce lawyers of Kirker Davis LLP, contested divorces are often lengthy and expensive. This is because the disagreements between the parties need proper reconciliation, which often warrants legal help. It is better to be represented by a lawyer on contested divorce because of all its complexities, unlike uncontested divorce where a person may represent himself or herself and still be successful in the divorce process.

Common disagreements on contested divorce

  • Child custody: One of the most common issues involving divorce is child custody. It is a misconception that mothers always get custody of children. Courts don’t have biases against fathers. In fact, gender is not an issue in determining child custody. The main factor in the decision is the best interest of the child.
  • Child support: Divorces involving minor children have the legal issue of child support, to give sustenance to the child in terms of education, health, and other aspects relating to the child’s well-being. Like child custody, child support has the best interest of the child in mind.
  • Spousal support: A divorce can have a negative effect on the economic status of either party, especially if one of the parties is a non-earner or a low-earner. This is especially true if he or she has sacrificed a career for familial duties. For this reason, this party may be eligible to receive financial support from the other party, may it be short-term, long-term, or permanent.
  • Division of assets and liabilities: The family’s money, properties, debts, and other liabilities are divided upon divorce. These assets may include houses, retirement and pension plans, and even entire businesses. It is common sense that the parties will fight to get everything they possibly can.

The Painful Consequences of Shoulder Arthritis

There are three bones that make up the shoulder:

  • the shoulder blade or scapula;
  • the upper arm bone or the humerus; and,
  • the collarbone or the clavicle

A capsule, called the rotator cuff, which connects the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade, keeps the humeral head (also called the ball) on the glenoid (or the socket) and makes it possible for the arm to be raised and rotated. This humeral head and glenoid are what make up the shoulder joint.

Covering the ends of bones (where joints are formed) is a smooth and rubbery white tissue, called the Articular cartilage. Besides cushioning the bones of joints, this cartilage also enables the joints to move with ease and reduces the friction when bones glide over each other. Though tough and flexible, the Articular cartilage can break down or get damaged quite easily. When this happens, the result is shoulder arthritis. The symptoms of shoulder arthritis include inflammation, shoulder stiffness and decreased motion, abnormal bone formation, and pain.

In its website, the law firm Williams Kherkher explains that shoulder replacement surgery is a popular corrective solution for those suffering from extreme joint pain or a limited range of shoulder motion. This surgery involves the removal of damaged parts of the shoulder, replacing them with an artificial device, known as prosthesis. Though artificial, this implant is designed to offer relief by reducing or removing pain and restoring shoulder strength, function and motion. These are the expected results of a shoulder replacement surgery unless something else than what should be happens, like implanting in patients a faulty replacement device. The result of this would be increased pain, additional costly medical expenses and probably the necessity for a corrective surgery plus the removal of the implanted device.

Surgical failure due to the use of faulty replacement devices is the latest issue in the area of extremities and biologics industry. After only a year in their merger, Wright Medical Technology, Inc. and Tornier, Inc. are already being accused of manufacturing a defective shoulder replacement device that causes additional injuries in patients, including significant bone loss, instability, weakness, one and tissue damage, metal poisoning and unexplained pain. Due to these different kinds of harm patients have been made to suffer, they may see the necessity of fighting for damages from the manufacturers.