What are Dram Shop Laws?

We know that intoxicated drivers are the main person responsible for accidents that happen while under the influence of alcohol. But recently I’ve been thinking about how another party might be also responsible. I’m talking about bars. I know that bartenders are trained to cut people off if they’ve had too much to drink. They can also face penalties from state licensing agencies if they fail to cut off a person that is clearly intoxicated. Because of the regulation surrounding this, I began to wonder if you could actually sue a bar or bartender for serving someone too much alcohol.

While I was reading about this online, I found the website for Evans Moore, LLC. The attorneys at Evans Moore actually work to sue establishments that over-serve people who go on to cause motor vehicle accidents. It turns out that this is known as dram shop law. The law does consider people who over serve to be partially responsible for a resulting accident.

Evans Moore practices in South Carolina, but the state does not have any specific laws relating to dram shop liability. I researched further to find out how someone could sue a bar in a state where there are no laws specifically related to this issue. It turns out that the state Supreme Court listened to a case known as Jamison v. The Pantry, Inc. In this case, the Pantry store sold beer to an underage driver. Just one hour later, this underage driver was operating a vehicle while his blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit. He went on to cause an accident that resulted in the death of some and serious injuries to others. The Supreme Court allowed the injured people to file a claim against the Pantry. Since then, you have been able to sue establishments that served alcohol to an intoxicated driver who injured you.

This statute actually serves to protect accident victims a lot more than they were previously protected. When someone is seriously injured in a wreck, they may have hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. If they pursue charges against the driver, they may only be able to get about $25,000 because that is the minimum insurance coverage that a person can have to drive in the state. This minimum liability coverage is much higher for places of business though. Businesses that serve alcohol must have at least $1,000,000 in insurance to legally operate their business. This allows people who have been seriously injured to recover all of their monetary losses should the dram shop be found responsible.

The laws by state vary quite a bit. Some states have direct laws that make dram shops liable. These include New York, Texas, Massachusetts and a few others. Most states will allow dram shop cases to be heard but don’t have direct laws. This is the case with South Carolina. There are still a few states that do not allow liability to be filed against a business for over-serving. These include Louisiana, Virginia, Nevada, and a few others.

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Child Support Myths

There are often more questions than answers when it comes to paying child support. If you have any questions or concerns, it’s always wise to consult with an experienced child support lawyer who can help you better understand all of your rights. Child support is not about punishing a parent or supporting a former spouse. The court’s sole interest when awarding child support is protecting the children and ensuring their happy future. However, there are many popular myths about child support that you may have heard that are not true.

First Myth: The Father Automatically Pays The Child Support

Although it may be stereotypical for the father to always pay child support, after the divorce settlement, the mother may, in fact, be the one who pays. Polling data from 2015 concluded that 38% of married women in the United States earned more than their husbands, a factor that the courts consider when deciding which parent must pay child support. To determine who pays child support, the courts do not base the decision on gender roles, and the court does not prefer one parent over the other. Instead, they look at each spouse’s disposable income, ability to earn, and consider the custody agreement. Using this information, the court will decide how much child support should be paid and by whom.

Second Myth: The Only Way to Get Child Support is Through Divorce

There are several ways for single parents to qualify for child support, even without going through a divorce. Here are a few:

  •  Non-marital separation
  • Pending divorce settlements
  • Separate Maintenance actions

Again, the court awards child support based solely on the needs and the best interests of the child. The laws are designed to ensure that children have enough financial resources, no matter what their parents’ marital status happens to be at the time. Parents who are concerned about their child’s nutritional needs, educational experience, or medical requirements may be able to petition the court for financial support through a child support order. If the couple chooses to legally separate, a Separate Maintenance action may be deemed appropriate by the court.

Third Myth: Neither Parent Is Responsible For Child Support If There Is Joint Custody

Joint custody is a beautiful solution for families going through a divorce, but it doesn’t mean that child support is not necessary for the well-being of the children. When the couple can agree on joint custody, both parents can expect to spend similar amounts of time with the children, as well as equal parenting rights. Although it may seem like both parents should share equal financial responsibility, the Georgia courts will take the child’s needs into consideration first and foremost. Each parent’s financial situation will be evaluated and used to determine if and how much one spouse should pay in child support payments if there is a considerable financial discrepancy. Joint custody does not automatically mean there is no child support.

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Anesthesiologists are given a lot of responsibility in the workplace. As part of a hospital’s medical team, they are responsible for deciding which drugs will be used to sedate patients, and in what quantities. The role of the anesthesiologist is often taken for granted, but it’s a vital part of the surgery process- too little anesthesia and a patient could be conscious during surgery, too much and they could go into a coma or even die. Most anesthesiologists realize the gravity of their responsibilities and have years of experience making sure that they get their dosages just right. However, there are some of these doctors who are less responsible and make mistakes that have life-altering consequences for their victims.

A patient undergoing surgery has to be evaluated before the procedure and given an amount of anesthetic based on factors such as their weight and gender. After being put under, the anesthesiologist must monitor the patient’s vital signs to ensure that they are responding to the sedatives normally. This is necessary because of the very small margin of error that anesthetics have, and brain damage or a stroke could result from even a small error on the doctor’s part.

A small mistake that an anesthesiologist makes could change their patient’s life forever. If they don’t pay adequate attention to their patient, they could receive a dosage of drugs that could cause lasting damage to their brain. Overdosing on anesthetics has been known to cause lasting neurological damage. Since the brain is responsible for so many functions of the body, the damages caused by excessive sedation can be far-reaching and very serious. These damages could be as innocuous as an allergic reaction, or as serious as a stroke, blindness, or paralysis. If an anesthesiologist is especially negligent, they could even kill their patient. Anesthesiologists have immense power and responsibility, and those that cannot handle that responsibility should be held accountable so that they are stopped from affecting anyone else’s lives.

If you or a loved one has put your life in an anesthesiologist’s hands and sustained injuries because of their negligence, you’re eligible to receive compensation for any damage to your health.

An experienced legal team will be able to prosecute a medical malpractice anesthesia case with ease. With a clear medical record showing a disability maintained after surgery, and the testimony of other medical professionals advocating that that disability was caused by negligence on the part of the anesthesiologist, it will be straightforward to convince the hospital to reach a settlement or for the judge to rule in your favor. The money won, in this case, will help the victim of the negligence recover and adapt to their injuries, and the ruling will ensure that the negligent anesthesiologist will not be able to cause lasting damage to any other patients.

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Invisalign is a special orthodontic system that consists of a series of removable clear aligners that are customized to your specific treatment plan and needs. The aligners are made of a smooth clear plastic not only making this virtually invisible to the naked eye, but are also very comfortable.

Before the year 2000, braces were used to straightening a client’s set of teeth. Braces use metal brackets that were glued to the teeth, and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Today, however, there are braces that more closely match a client’s enamel color; a client can also choose a color that will allow him or her to make a fashion statement with his or her smile!

Like braces, Invisalign was also designed to straighten teeth while improving smile and oral health. Invisalign, though, is for the more self-conscious adult or teen, since it is virtually invisible and removable so you can eat, drink, brush and floss more naturally.

Invisalign teeth aligners are made of a smooth clear plastic. It offers a variety of benefits which include:

  • A healthier smile
  • No wires, therefore no irritation to teeth or gums
  • Can be easily removed to clean
  • There are no limitations to what you can eat or drink
  • Shorter treatment times and less visits to the orthodontic office

Unlike braces, which is worn every day for a period of two years, depending on patient needs, Invisalign is only worn 20-22 hours a day for two weeks before being disposed of and replaced by the next aligner in the treatment plan. While worn, the aligner will comfortably shift your teeth into their ideal place. The only time an aligner is removed is when you eat, drink, brush or floss. Invisalign treatment time typically takes about 9-15 months.


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Trucking Accidents and No-Zones

Trucking Accidents and No-Zones

Car accidents may inflict enough force to seriously injure someone, and on the worst cases, even kill someone. It is sad to say that trucks are even worse. Due to their sizes and weight, you really don’t want to get involved in an accident with these vehicles.

For this reason, both you and the truck driver should make the effort of avoiding truck accidents. Still, truck accidents happen in our roads, resulting into injuries, property damages, hospital bills, repair costs, and worst, funeral costs.

According to the website of the Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, trucking accidents may happen because of various reasons, such as when the truck driver has become reckless, the truck has malfunctioned, or the trucking company has not been doing safe trucking practices. Whatever the reason may be, somebody is clearly at fault.

As a driver, you have no direct correlation with these reasons, so there is nothing you can really do about them. But there is one reason where you can play a part in – no-zones. No-zones are the blind spots of trucks. To prevent accidents associated with no-zones, both you and the truck driver should coordinate in the road.

This can be accomplished by knowing the no-zone spots of trucks first:

  • Front no-zone – Most trucks have elevated compartments, so their drivers have the tendency to not see what is directly in front of them.
  • Rear no-zone – Many trucks don’t have rearview mirrors, and even if they do, their view may be blocked by their cargos or trailers, so there is a possibility that truck drivers do not see what is directly behind them
  • Side no-zone – Trucks are typically long and narrow, so their drivers may not have full view of their length, especially on the passenger side.

Knowing the existence of these no-zones is important, because if you do, you can intentionally avoid them and prevent accidents that can be triggered by blind spots.

To avoid front no-zones, do not stay directly in front of trucks. Increase your speed a little to form a gap between your vehicle’s rear and the truck’s front side.

To avoid rear no-zones, do not tailgate trucks. You may even go below the truck in case of a collision. Also, make it a habit to drive a little slower in front of trucks, so you have time to react to unexpected brakes and turns.

To avoid side no-zones, it is best to not stay near the sides of trucks. If you cannot see the face of the truck driver directly or on the mirror, it is likely that the driver doesn’t see you as well.

According to the website of these Milwaukee car accident attorneys, those who have been injured in car accidents may have legal options. But of course, this doesn’t mean that drivers can do everything they want. They need to be safe on the roads regardless of the legal consequences, and they can do this by having a considerable distance from trucks.

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