About East Delhi and Its Real Estate Market

East Delhi comprises of localities like Anand Vihar, Dilshad Colony, Indirapuram, Lakshmi Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Patparganj, Shahdara, Vivek Vihar and various others. It is bordered by Uttar Pradesh regions of Noida and Ghaziabad. There was a time when East Delhi was considered to be the most underdeveloped region of Delhi, inhabited only by members of the low-income group. But today, due to constant efforts of State government, the whole eastern region of Delhi has been transformed into a decent and developed area. The beliefs have changed and property market of East Delhi is now among the sought after destinations.

Just few years back, no one even considered buying property or investing in real estate market of East Delhi. It offered none of the basic facilities of quality education, healthcare facilities, entertainment zones, etc. making it the least preferred residential area. But gone are the days when it was known for its clumsy visage and overshadowed buildings. Rapid development of East Delhi has led to creation of better roads, well established residential and commercial spaces, shopping malls and temples.

It has seen immense development in last three years with number of multiplexes, malls, amusement parks, entertainment zones, township projects, etc coming up. East Delhi has now established its presence and is counted with regions like Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida. Akshardham, Sanjay Lake, Uttara Guruvayur Temple, Gandhi Nagar and Laxmi Nagar Markets are some of the main attractions in and around East Delhi. These places hold high importance as they help encourage tourism in the region. Such developments have uplifted the overall standard of living and will continue to do so in the coming years.

The property prices in East Delhi have doubled and even trebled in just a matter of few years as leading property developers are eyeing them. Real estate developers feel that this surge in East Delhi property was expected due to the rapid development of Tier-II cities across India. The increasing economic potential of this Trans Yamuna area is now acknowledged by corporates and property developers. With the aim of building social infrastructure and good living, large numbers of schools and hospitals, shopping malls, family entertainment centres, etc are being constructed. In fact, one of the largest malls in India, Shipra Mall is located in Indirapuram, developed by Shipra Group. Various houses, apartments, offices, shops, etc are also being opened up in both residential and commercial sectors.

One of the reasons for its increasing popularity and growth in real estate demand is its proximity to most of the important places and cultural centres, particularly in Central Delhi and New Delhi. With the new Metro route connecting eastern suburb of the capital to rest of the Delhi, property prices are all set to reach a higher magnitude.

Delhi’s Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit has inaugurated four new road projects barely a month ago. This project of Rs. 412 crores includes flyovers, a bridge and an underpass. Further plans aim at rehabilitating slum dwellers of at least 1700 slums by providing them with more than 4 lakh flats. In addition to this, the government plans to build second Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in East Delhi between Karawal Nagar and Shastri Nagar.

Moreover, projects like residential complex Antriksh Greens, the Akshardham temple complex, construction of the Commonwealth Games Village and the proposed cultural centre on the lines of the India Habitat Centre are surely going to take property prices to new heights. The demand for property in East Delhi has grown so high that there is a crunch and market is blocked. Real estate agents express concerns over no properties being available for sale, the only hope comes from renting needs. The constant flourishing of property demand suffices to exhibit the growing value of the new hotspot, East Delhi.

Your No Brainer Guide to Food

We are so lucky.

We are so lucky to be living in a time when food is so readily available.

No matter your financial standing, there is food to be had and a wide variety at that.

We may not like what is currently available to us, but I’ve complied a list of No-Brainer Foods that we all need to have in our diet.

This is more factual and biologically accurate than my tongue-in-cheek list from last time.

What you Need

1. Clean & Pure Water: Water is essential to the proper functioning of our bodies. We need it for food digestion, elimination, temperature control, energy production, movement and blood flow. We cannot live a high quality of life without clean and pure water.

2. Clean Air: No brainer, yes, but how many of us willingly breathe in dirty, contaminated air on a daily basis. Smog, cigarette smoke, car or bus exhaust all contribute to less clean air. You are the deciding factor as to your exposure.

3. An Appropriate Protein Source: Whatever your lifestyle choice, you need protein. Period. Choose from animal (red meat, chicken, pork, fish, etc) sources or vegetarian (tofu, some grains, Dairy products and Whey, nuts and seeds, etc). Protein forms the building blocks of our muscles. In order to move well, you’ll need to feed your body with it’s building blocks.

4. Adequate Vitamins & Minerals: Along with an appropriate protein source and water, adequate vitamins & minerals form another side to the proper functioning of the human body. Get these by eating fruits, vegetables, dairy products if appropriate for your body, sea vegetables (such as Nori, Kombu & Wakame), animal sources of protein, nuts and seeds.

5. Fiber: Hugely important for your proper digestion and elimination of foods from your body. Without proper digestion, your body will not be able to function optimally. Without proper elimination, your body can become septic and will further tax vital internal organs.

6. Carbohydrates or Other Sources of Sugar: I know that many people out there think that carbs are deadly in the fight against weight loss. The problem with carbs is that they offer the quickest and easiest energy supply for our bodies. Your job is to choose the most appropriate source, namely whole, intact grains. Check the label, “whole” grains should be ingredient #1.

7. Fat: We all need fat. Aim for unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats mostly, but understand that we cannot function optimally without having some source of fat in our diets. Diets severely low in fat can result in lower body temperature, decreased healing, loss of hair, dry skin, vitamin deficiencies among other issues.

What You Should Have

1. Fruits
2. Vegetables
3. Moderate levels of foods with Salt/Sodium, Iodine (to aid the functioning of the thyroid)
4. More Water
5. Adequate amounts of Rest & Sleep
6. More Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
7. More Variety in Your Diet

What You Rarely Need

1. A vitamin or supplement for every vitamin, mineral, micro-nutrient & macro-nutrient out in production.
2. The Newest fad diet
3. A list of what your favorite celebrity eats
4. A quick fix
5. Excessive amounts of Sweets, Sugar, Candy, Cookies
6. Excessive amounts of Salt and Sodium

What You Don’t Need At All

1. Excessive Alcohol or Drug Use
2. Excessive Coffee or Caffeine
3. Soda or Soft Drinks
4. Trans fats, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
5. Excessive amounts of Stress
6. High levels of Saturated Fats
7. High levels of Sugar and Sugar-laden products
8. Toxic foods, Toxic Environments, Toxic People & Toxic Relationships

Good luck! Happy Eating!

A Tourist Guide to Churchill – Polar Bear Capital of the World

Churchill, Manitoba, located 970 kilometers north of Winnipeg on the sub-arctic tundra, bills itself both as “the polar bear” and “beluga whale” capital of the world.

The province’s northern region, location of its initial inhabitants, had provided land for indigenous nomadic tribes who had hunted, fished seals and whales, and tracked the caribou herd migrations for thousands of years, using the interconnected waterways as their transportation means. Although the Europeans, such as Sir Thomas Button, had sailed to the mouth of the Churchill River as early as 1613 in search of the elusive Northwest Passage to China, it had been the secondary discovery, of fur-abundant animals, which had caused them to stay to satisfy the demand created by the cold-soaked European continent. In 1670, the Company of Adventures Trading into Hudson’s Bay had therefore been formed, the first such collaborative venture with the existing Aboriginals who, intimately familiar with their territory, had provided orientation and guidance, along with labor and sustenance. Animals were trapped and hided and their furs were transported over the rivers of the north by canoes and York boats to Hudson Bay, an extension of the Arctic Ocean, for transfer to trans-Atlantic, Europe-bound ships. Supplies, conversely, had been offloaded from arriving ships and were transported inland to the Hudson’s Bay Company’s (HBC) increasing number of outposts.

In 1912, the northern region became the last edition to the province of Manitoba.

Ore deposits, located below the forests, replaced fur trading as the modern-day resource, resulting in a multitude of mining camps, outgrowths of which were towns with swelling populations, while hydro-electric dams harnessed power in the region’s rivers.

Churchill itself, located just below the province line between Nunavut and Manitoba at the confluence of the Churchill River and Hudson Bay and boasting a population of little more than 1,000, only encompassed a few blocks, but attracted an increasing number of visitors in search of eco-tourism. The area itself had been inhabited for some 3,500 years, but the first permanent structure had been the Prince of Wales Fort constructed in 1732 across the river. In 1769, Britain’s Royal Society had observed the Venetian eclipse of the sun there, but it had not been until 1929, with completion of the Hudson Bay Railway, that the town site had been relocated to the current side and, in conjunction with the railroad, developed into a grain port. During World War II, the United States built a Strategic Air Command (SAC) base there and during the Cold War with the Soviet Union the Churchill Research Range, now the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, had been erected. The modern, 22,300-square-meter Churchill Town Centre Complex, the town’s latest construction project, contained an indoor playground, a daycare facility, a curling rink, an arena, a bowling alley, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a library, a pizza parlor, a 300-seat theater, and a school for grades kindergarten to 12, and overlooked the too-cold-for-use beach on Hudson Bay.

Travel to Churchill can be circuitous at best. There are no roads in or out. Star Alliance partner Air Canada offers- multiple non-stop flights from Toronto and Montreal to Winnipeg, from where VIA Rail Canada offers thrice-weekly rail service on its appropriately-named Hudson Bay, which takes some 36 hours to cover the 1,700 ground kilometers, traversing three distinct topographical zones: farmland, boreal forest, and the austerely beautiful tundra. In order to reduce costs, many drive to Thompson, where the paved road terminates, or Gillam, where the dirt road ends, and transfer to the train. Calm Air offers twice-daily turboprop Saab 340 service from Winnipeg, which reduces to once per day on weekends.

Of the half-dozen or so motels, inclusive of the Seaport Hotel, the Churchill Motel, the Aurora Inn, the Iceberg Inn, the Tundra Inn, and the Lazy Bear Lodge, all average about 25 rooms and vary in rating by a half to a full star, but the latter, hand-crafted from fire-killed logs in the fur trade era style, is the largest log building in all of Manitoba. Although all fare is available, indigenous northern cuisine, such as arctic char, muskox, and caribou steak, can be ordered in most of the restaurants belonging to the motels.

Sights depend upon season: aurora borealis (northern lights) from January to March, seals from April to August, bird watching from May to June, wild flowers from June to August,, beluga whale watching from July to August, and polar bears from October to November.

On my first day in Churchill, I elected to take a half-day tundra buggy adventure. Following the main, paved road from town, the van crossed over its dirt extension, driving past the former Strategic Air Command Base and the current Churchill Northern Studies Centre, and arrived at the Tundra Buggy Depot, comprised of two rows of five vehicles backed into an elevated wooden boarding platform. The buggy itself, converted in Churchill, had featured a truck-cannibalized aluminum chassis, four massive, tubeless tires, and a diesel 466 engine, and contained school bus-like padded, bench seats, a furnace and a toilet in the rear, and an outdoor observation platform for wildlife viewing.

Negotiating gravel, dirt, rock, mud, muskeg, and stream, and traversing barren, treeless tundra, tundra buggy 11 lurched past the military observation tower and purple, fireweed wild flowers and green, velvet-like moss to the banks of Hudson Bay, encountering tundra swans, woodland caribou, and snow geese along the way to a polar bear siting. Drinks and snacks had been served while a lone bear, fasting on the tundra until autumn’s temperatures would once again permit the formation of ice sheets and the continuation of his daily seal hunt, moved round the pond and investigated the very high tundra buggy, animatedly maneuvering on both two and four paws, sniffing, looking, and cautiously approaching until he had come within only feet of the observation platform.

Polar bear life cycles revolve round seasonality. The 1,300 polar bears on Hudson Bay, the world’s largest land carnivores and the only “marine” bears, spend most of their time stalking seals from frozen seas, seeking breathing holes or hunting from the edges of ice sheets. When the ice breaks up in spring, they are forced on to land, where they fast for several months. Adult males, varying in length from 240 to 260 cm, can weigh between 400 and 600 kg, while females, at half these lengths, weigh between 150 and 250 kg.

A morning excursion to the Prince of Wales Fort and the whale-watching area of the Churchill River had been planned for the second day. The fort itself, accessed by a zodiac crossing of the river, is a National Historic Site of Canada and had been built by the British at the mouth of the Churchill River, at Eskimo Point, during the 40-year period between 1732 and 1772 for three primary reasons:
1. To establish a trade center with the Aboriginals-namely, the Cree, the Dene, and the Inuit.
2. To create a war-time refuge for Hudson’s Bay Company’s ships.
3. To construct a base from which northern exploration could be conducted.

The star-shaped fort, featuring 12-meter-thick walls and an upper bastion supporting 40 surrounding cannons, had featured, upon entrance, the men’s dual-level quarters on the left and the shops and services, including the carpenter, the tailor, the blacksmith, and the bakery, on the right.

In 1782, when the French Navy had sailed into Hudson Bay, the Prince of Wales Fort, which would have proved a paltry match to its opponent with a small, beleaguered crew and insufficient ammunition, had been surrendered to French Admiral Jean-Francois Galaup, although a treaty later returned it to British control.

The morning’s excursion, continuing by zodiac across the Churchill River, approached a 3- to 5-meter deep area at a slow pace, moving within the circle of beluga whales, which periodically arced skyward, sometimes four abreast, in order to inhale air. So high had two surfaced that they dove nose-first back toward the water, their fins momentarily poised vertically until they had disappeared. Babies, identifiable by their white skins, swam with their mothers, which sported darker gray coverings. The warmer waters of the Churchill River, now no longer ice bound, had been the source of abundant sea life, and the whales, targeting prey, surrounded it, tightening their circumference until they had moved in for their attacks.

Beluga whales, whose brains are larger than those of humans with greater surface areas, think with their upper, oily lobe and use sound as their principle sense, which enters through their jaws. Because water provides a more effective medium than air, sound waves travel five times faster. Beluga whales are among the few types which can move their necks. Typical food pursuit entails holding the breath, using depth perception to dive as low as 1,000 meters, and attacking the fish before returning to the surface.

The afternoon had been spent poking into Churchill’s Visitor Center, museums, gift shops, and restaurants, and by the following morning, separated from the previous day’s dusk by only four hours of darkness, it had already been time for the all-too-soon return journey to Winnipeg. Conducted by air, had been completed in under two-and-a-half hours by turboprop aircraft.

Winnipeg, hardly comparable to my native Manhattan, had nevertheless been a skyscraper metropolis with a growing population and traffic congestion, but my thoughts quickly returned to the clear, crisp air of Churchill; the tiny town; the warm people who seemed to know everyone living there; its surrounding barren, but somehow beautiful sub-arctic tundra; and its abundant wildlife, which lived in harmony with nature’s laws, not man’s. I had somehow already missed it.

I may go back there some day…

A graduate of Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus with a summa-cum-laude BA Degree in Comparative Languages and Journalism, I have subsequently earned the Continuing Community Education Teaching Certificate from the Nassau Association for Continuing Community Education (NACCE) at Molloy College, the Travel Career Development Certificate from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents (ICTA) at LIU, and the AAS Degree in Aerospace Technology at the State University of New York – College of Technology at Farmingdale. Having amassed almost three decades in the airline industry, I managed the New York-JFK and Washington-Dulles stations at Austrian Airlines, created the North American Station Training Program, served as an Aviation Advisor to Farmingdale State University of New York, and devised and taught the Airline Management Certificate Program at the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center. A freelance author, I have written some 70 books of the short story, novel, nonfiction, essay, poetry, article, log, curriculum, training manual, and textbook genre in English, German, and Spanish, having principally focused on aviation and travel, and I have been published in book, magazine, newsletter, and electronic Web site form. I am a writer for Cole Palen’s Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York. I have made some 350 lifetime trips by air, sea, rail, and road.

Why Isfahan is Half the World – Exploring the Magic of Iran

Iran was once a popular travel destination for Westerners. Many people will be surprised to learn that the travellers who still visit the country, return safely having had a fantastic time.

Yes, there have been demonstrations and, at government level hostile words, but the average Iranian that you’ll meet in your travels is warm, open and very friendly. Iran is the birthplace of much of our culture and today still offers some amazing cultural and personal experiences.

Yes, you will need a visa but for most nationalities these can be obtained at the airport upon arrival. For those travelling on a UK or USA passport, the requirement is that you must be booked on a group tour or at least have your visa application made via one of the local tour companies. Independent travel by people from non UK/USA countries is possible for the brave.

Iran is well served with a bus network and both train and internal air travel is possible. Little English is spoken outside of Tehran and Isfahan, so hiring a guide makes a lot of sense. They are relatively inexpensive. Having said this, taking a group tour also has a lot to offer.

Iran is an Islamic country and has a strict dress code that visitors are required to follow. This is particularly difficult for females who are required to have headgear, arms and legs fully covered while in public. For men, long-sleeves and trousers, are required. Westerners are welcome in most cities but care should be exercised in the very conservative religious cities of Qom and Mashhad.

Tehran has little to offer except the Grand Bazaar and the amazing Jewellery Museum but this is made up for in the cities of Isfahan (also spelled Esfahan), Shiraz, and Yazd.

Shiraz, and Yazd are both worth a day or more and the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis, 70 kilometres from Shiraz is one of world’s most dramatic ruins. Shiraz has wonderful gardens and an interesting mosque tiled with mirrors. Yazd has its winding lanes, wind towers and mud-brick homes. This is the best place to explore the Zoroastrian culture. Check out the impressive three storey high Amir Chakhmaq Complex – with its rows of perfectly proportioned decorated alcoves. If you have the time, the Yazd Water Museum has a most interesting display of the underground water canals called quanats.

Isfahan is a relatively compact city with most of the main attractions within walking distance. It is indeed impressive and some say that it is the most beautiful city in the world. The main attractions: the Imam Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, the Sheikh Lotf Alah Mosque and the entrance to the Grand Bazaar, are clustered around the huge Imam (Naghsh-j Jahan) Square. Once a military parade ground, polo field and horse race track, the central area is now a water feature and dozens of shops surround the square.

Construction of the Palace started in 1611. It is a fine example of Islamic architecture at its peak. Its splendour comes from the seven-colour mosaic tiles that cover the dome and the beautiful calligraphic inscriptions in various locations. The front portal of the mosque is 27 meters high and it is flanked by two minarets 42 meters tall. Together with the 52 meter high dome, the late afternoon view of the mosque with its tiles glistening in the late afternoon sun, is a scene that you’ll long remember.

If you find the exterior impressive, the beauty of the interior will take your breath away. Amazing tiles, plasterwork and more calligraphy together with dramatic patterns adorns the ceiling. Standing under the centre of the dome you can experience the most amazing acoustic properties of the dome’s design.

On the left side of the square from the Imam Mosque is the majestic six storey Ali Qapu Palace. Built as a monumental gateway, it also served as the residence of the Shahs.

You’ll need a good guidebook to fully understand this building but undoubtedly the highlight is the elevated terrace with its 18 slender columns. The view across the square for the Shah and his guests must have been a wonderful sight. Shah Abbas I and II reigned at the height of Persian culture.

On the other side of the square is the smaller Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, sometimes referred to as the Ladies Mosque because it may have been built to serve as a place of worship for the Shah’s harem. Built between 1602 and 1619 during the reign of Shah Abbas I, it is marked different from the Imam Mosque with its pale tones and quiet harmony. The colours change during the day from cream to pink at sunset. The arabesque patterns and floral designs of the exterior panels are remarkable. The portal is an example of the fine stalactite work with a rich concentration of blue and golden motifs. This honey-comb-like plasterwork form little niches bracketed one above the other in geometric patterns, is very pleasing to the eye. Again the interior is superb and the unusual design of the mihab is the finest in Iran.

Flash photography is not allowed inside so bring a tripod for your camera.

Entrance fees apply to all of the above. A number of companies offer walking tours. Check these out as these may offer good value. Take water and have good walking shoes.

The Qeysarieh Portal gate leads off the square directly into the Grand Bazaar. These are best visited in the mornings while trade is the most brisk. The variety, smell, colour and sounds of the bazaar will astound you. The cheerful shop-keepers love to show off their wares. Bargaining is the go. Small items like the one-hair painted miniatures and the hand-printed tablecloths called qalamkar textiles are inexpensive and easy to carry however the shopkeepers will pack and ship larger items. If you use a credit card, check out the charges.

Take a little time out to try one of the rooftop tea houses. Sample the variety of teas while trying out a hubbly bubbly (smoking flavoured tobacco through a water pipe). Explore some of the shops and tea houses that are converted caravanserais. These are a throwback from the old Silk Road when trade was at its height.

Other Isfahan attractions include the impressive Jamah Mosque that dates back to 771, the Chehelsotun Palace and the Khaju and Si-o-Se-Pol bridges. Check the bridges out late afternoon or early evening when they are illuminated.

Money can be a problem in Iran. Very few ATMs take western cards. The local currency is the Rial but the term tomans is sometimes used. A toman is 10 rials. Always ask or carry USA dollars or Euros instead. The best way of getting local currency is to use the private money change offices (not the black market touts). A conversion chart or calculator helps if you are serious about your shopping.

Isfahan has a variety of tourist hotels varying from hostels to the up-market Abbasi Hotel. Shop around for the best prices. This hotel has a variety of different room types and rates. It has a wonderful courtyard setting and worth checking out.

So is Isfahan “half the word”? Well, you’ll have to go there for yourself before you can decide.

We thought that it was when we passed through on our grand trans-Central Asian journey written up in the book Following Marco Polo’s Silk Road.

What Is Tort Law Exactly?

Have you ever done something that was against the rules? Well, torts are something like that; but much more serious. Torts are civil wrong-doings; immoral behaviors and actions against civilians. The law identifies a tort as immoral, and approves it as grounds for a lawsuit. Most often, torts come with severe consequences, like serious injuries and death. These consequences establish a civilian’s right to file a personal injury claim against a wrongful party.

Torts that result in serious injury or death can be punishable by imprisonment; however, the objective of tort law is to acquire compensation for damages incurred by victims and families of victims. In addition, and equally important, intent is to prevent similar wrongdoings from occurring in the future. In fact, victims of tort can take legal action for an injunction in order to inhibit further torturous conduct of the opposing party.

Explaining Torts and Tort Law

Victims of tort can pursue fair compensation for damages incurred as a result of the offence. Exemplary damages include everything from pain and suffering to loss of companionship, and much more; such as lost wages, hospital bills, medical expenses, scarring or disfigurement, funeral expenses, prolonged rehabilitation, permanent disabilities, and much more. Injured victims can also pursue compensation for damages like diminished quality of life and loss of benefits from loved one’s death. Tort law is established to protect injured victims that were wrongfully hurt by a negligent party. Negligent parties can include people, companies, individuals, organizations, products, and much more.

Categories of Tort

There are several individual capacities of tort law that all depend on the type of injury or accident that harms a person. Types of tort include motor vehicle accidents, product liability, assault and battery, sexual harassment, drunk driving accidents, wrongful death, slip and falls, head or brain injuries, dog bites, nursing home neglect, motorcycle accidents, and several other types of deliberate inflictions of emotional or physical trauma.

Every type of tort can be grouped into three separate categories of tort law; these categories are Intentional Torts, Negligent Torts, and Strict Liability Torts. Intentional torts are deliberate, premeditated, and purposeful. Assault and battery, sexual misconducts, and nursing home neglect are some examples of intentional tort. Negligent tort occurs as a result of carelessness and disregard. Disobeying traffic signals and causing an accident that harms another person is an example of negligent tort. Other examples include pedestrian accidents, hit-and-run accidents, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and slip and fall accidents. Strict liability torts, on the other hand, occur when a particular action causes harm or damage to another person; such as liability for making and selling defective products that are hazardous.

If you are a victim of tort, or was recently injured in an accident caused by the negligence or misconduct of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact a licensed personal injury law firm for professional guidance and counsel. It is important to take immediate action following a serious injury before the State’s statutes of limitation runs out. An experienced tort lawyer will substantially increase your chances and likelihood of winning your personal injury claim recovering compensation for your damages.

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Common Benefits Received From Workers’ Compensation

It is common for people who are injured on the job to collect workers’ compensation benefits. The amount of compensation and degree of benefits received by injured workers largely depends on the extent of their injuries or damages. Damages can include but are not limited to pain, suffering, prolonged rehabilitation or illness, diminished quality of life, lost wages, medical expenses, hospital bills, mental trauma, PTSD, and much more.

It is wise to hire a personal injury attorney that specializes in workers’ compensation law to recover the full and fair recompense deserved. Continue reading to learn what type of benefits to expect, or that is possible, to receive after being injured while on the clock.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Not all workers’ compensation claims are for physical injuries. Although most involve some sort of bodily harm, mental anguish or trauma can be just as damaging. Sometimes, personal injury cases can involve sexual harassment, discrimination, assault or battery, contracting a work-related illness or disease, experiencing an armed robbery, and more. Either way, the common coverages and benefits received from workers’ compensation claims are as follows:

Paid Hospital Bills, Medical Expenses, Physical Therapy, Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation, Doctor Visits, Counseling, Prescriptions, Etc.

Paid Weekly Earnings for Time Off Work Longer than One Week (2/3 of Average Weekly Pay-400 Week Maximum)

Benefits for Dependents in the Case of a Wrongful Death at Work

Punitive Damages in Cases of Malicious Intent or Blatant Disregard

Compensation for Excessive Pain, Suffering, Loss of Companionship, Mental Anguish, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Diminished Quality of Life, Etc.

Travel Expenses (If Applicable)

There are several other types of benefits available to those injured on the job, however, they vary depending on the company’s policies, insurance coverage, the extent of injury, and much more. It is strongly encouraged to discuss your recent work injury with a licensed Indianapolis workers’ compensation lawyer for accurate case assessment and legal guidance. They retain the proper resources, experience, and knowledge to navigate your workers’ compensation claim.

In order to recover the full and fair remuneration deserved to an injured victim and their family, a personal injury lawyer is the path to take. Be sure your personal injury law firm employs attorneys with extensive trial and litigation experience in workers’ compensation cases. This will further ensure you are choosing a lawyer that can successfully navigate your claim and have a better chance of recovering for your damages and losses.

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Who’s Liable for Injuries Sustained in Public Transportation Accidents?

Public transportation is a wonderful asset for thousands of Americans all across the country. Buses, trains, subways, limousines, metros, taxi cabs, and more are just a few examples of the variety we have to choose from when it comes to public transport. As customers and clients, we generally trust that these choices are safe and reliable; but sometimes unexpected accidents happen.

If someone is injured while using public transportation, who is at-fault for their damages? There can be several outcomes when determining who is liable for accidents such as these. Continue reading to understand all the possible parties that might be liable, under law, for injuries sustained to public transient customers.

Public Transportation Traffic Accidents

When it comes to public transportation, buses are one of the most popular. Tickets are inexpensive, and some buses are complementary to individuals in the community. School buses are also widely used for public school transportation. With the rising popularity of public buses, more and more are on the roads every day. As a result, the number of bus accidents continue to increase each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 300 bus accidents happen every year, all of which resulting in fatalities.

Bus crashes, and other public transport cases, are complicated to litigate. Determining the at-fault party is a bus crash can be tricky because it may be more than one, or none at all. It requires the professional litigation skills and trial experience of a licensed car accident attorney to effectively pursue a bus accident injury lawsuit or claim. If you or someone you loved has recently been injured in a public transportation accident, like buses or taxis, contact a local personal injury lawyer to learn your rights.

Possible At-Fault Parties:

  • The Driver
  • Management Company
  • Other Negligent Vehicles
  • Government Entities (If Public)
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • City Traffic Management (If Defective Light or Sign)

Common Causes:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Defective Stop Light or Traffic Sign
  • Hazardous Weather Conditions
  • Reckless or Careless Driving
  • Poor Equipment Maintenance
  • Treacherous Roads
  • Defective Equipment
  • Obstruction of Views
  • Other Negligent Vehicles on the Road

Traffic accidents, public or not, can happen very suddenly, and usually result in serious injuries and damages to innocent bystanders and drivers. If a person is injured using public transportation as a result of another carelessness or negligence, they are entitled to legal compensation for their pain, suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. 

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A Myth Regarding Personal Injury Protection

I often get told by my clients that they “do not want to make any claims on their own insurance policy” because “it will raise their rates.” Like many things, this is an insurance tactic meant to scare people from claiming what is rightfully theirs. Let me elaborate further.

Under Texas law, every person in the State must carry Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) coverage on their auto insurance policy, unless you expressly sign a rejection or “opt-out” of this coverage. The State minimum requirement is $2,500, although many people carry $5,000 or $10,000 in coverage (or sometimes even more, depending on what their auto insurance carrier offers). Importantly, under the Texas Insurance Code, it is illegal for your insurance company to raise your insurance rates, drop your coverage, affect your credit, etc. for making these claims. Therefore, if you have this coverage, you always want to use it.

PIP coverage is meant to reimburse you for two things: (1) medical bills you have already incurred or (2) lost wages (although it will only cover 80% of your lost wages). Additionally, Texas allows “stacking” of insurance benefits. For example, let’s say you get into an accident and you are taken to the emergency room where you incur a $10,000.00 bill. Let’s also say that you have the standard $2,500 PIP policy through your insurance company. After you are finished treating, we send that same $10,000 bill to both the Defendant’s insurance company and to your own. We get you paid $10,000 from this insurance company plus $2,500 from your own PIP coverage for a total reimbursement of $12,500. That’s right, you get paid $12,500 for a bill that was originally $10,000.

I always tell my clients the same thing: If you pay for this coverage every month in your premium, and if your insurance company cannot raise your rates for using it, then why wouldn’t you use it? It is free money falling out of the sky. However, because it’s free money falling out of the sky, many insurance companies (and their agents) will deliberately try to convince you that you do not need it because “it cost more.” Again, this cannot be further from the truth. The cost of this coverage is literally pennies on the dollar for what you get in return should you need to use it. Further, the best part is that this coverage is no-fault, meaning you are entitled to these benefits whether you caused the accident or if someone else hit you.

For these reasons, it is a no-brainer not only to have this coverage, but also to use it once you need it.

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How to Complete a Self-Health Assessment Following a Car Accident

As soon as you are involved in a car accident, the first priority is to have your health and over-all condition assessed by a professional emergency medical technician on-site or at the hospital. For less serious car accidents, it is still important to assess your own health to be sure you are not suffering from a head, spine, or neck injury. The issue with these kinds of injuries is that they can become evident or worse as time passes. So you might seem fine after a car wreck, but can then start to develop symptoms later on that point toward neck and back injuries.

There are signs and symptoms to look for, as well as, tips to learn how to identify the difference between vague soreness and tenderness of muscles, and an actual serious injury. Continue reading for a post-accident health assessment guide and information about filing a car accident injury claim for injuries and damages sustained in a serious collision.

Checking On Your Health

Once you have been involved in a car accident, whether it was your own fault or not, is to seek immediate medical attention. As a car accidents happens, authorities are usually alerted almost immediately; either by someone involved in the wreck or a bystander. Police will ask if you or your passengers need to go to the hospital if it is not obvious or evident that someone is hurt. You can make this assessment yourself, or you can simply have an EMT check you out at the scene of the accident or at the hospital.

You can choose to ride in an ambulance for a faster commute to the hospital for emergencies, but for less serious and less evident injuries, you may choose to take yourself or have a loved one drive you. In other cases, you might feel like you are not injured enough for professional medical care, and pass up the opportunity to go to the hospital altogether. Once you are familiar with how to assess your own condition after an accident, you will be able to responsibly make the choice of seeking further medical assistance, or to care for yourself.

Here are some symptoms to look for immediately after, as well as, the days following a motor vehicle accident:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Soreness or Tenderness of Neck
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Mental Confusion
  • Pain or Tenderness in Lower Back
  • Pain in Neck or Spine
  • Difficulty Standing
  • Pain When in the Seated Position
  • Swelling of Neck, Back, or Head
  • Redness or Abrasions on Body
  • Nausea or Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Slurred Speech
  • Bleeding
  • Broken Bones
  • Immobility

Any of these symptoms could be a sign of a more serious injury or internal damage. If you are experiencing more than three of the above symptoms, it is strongly encouraged to go to the hospital or to request an EMT at the sight of an accident. Concussions are one of the most common and overlooked head injuries that results from car accidents. And the problem with this type of injury is that a person can seem fine at first, only to later suffer serious consequences and health decline as a result of a neglected head, brain, or spine injury.

Filing a Car Accident Injury Claim
Contact a licensed personal injury lawyer for information about filing a car accident injury claim against a negligent party that caused you or a loved one serious harm following a traffic accident or collision. You may be entitled to compensation.
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Personal Injury Should Be Well Taken Care Of

If there is ever a situation where a person is suffering terribly from an injury, disability or in worse case scenarios, even death, mostly due to a careless negligence of an individual, in such cases, the personal injury law covers these instances and extends its hand for help.

A severe injury can cost an individual to shell out a lot of money, sometimes an amount that the individual might not even be capable of paying, if you opt for a personal injury claim in such desperate moments then you are eligible to seek some compensation for the injury you have faced and the payment gets taken care of because of the claim.

Mostly this law covers all the kinds of injury that can possibly take place, these injuries can be of any type. It can either be something that can cause a lot of harm to your body or it can make you face some kind of emotional trauma as well. It can be anything and at anytime and having a claim especially for these kinds of injuries will help you in emergencies.

Be alert and be careful of every step you take.

Let us have a look at some of the tips that can help you get this claim:

• DO NOT DELAY TO GET SOME MEDICAL ATTENTION

The first and foremost step that you need to take when you get an injury is to seek out for medical help immediately and instantly. Do not under any circumstances delay that step because the more you delay it, the more serious it can get, therefore seek out for some medical help as soon as you find yourself in such a situation.

• BE CAREFUL OF THE STATEMENTS YOU MAKE

Be absolutely confident and clear in what you say in the accident scene. Do not say anything that might make the situation much more complicated than it already is or give rise to some kind of a conflict. Be clear in what you have to say and keep it straight when asked about it. This will help in dealing with the process much quickly.

• KEEP A CHECK ON ALL THE EXPENSES

This would include all the bills in the hospital. Be it expense bills; diagnose bills, medical bills or any other tests that you might have undergone. Have a record of all the expenses because it might be asked for when you go to claim for compensation. You can also keep a record of some lost wages that you might have faced due to missing work. Keep a track of everything.

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