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When cancelling her AT&T account, a woman noticed that the company charged her a $600 cancellation fee. She thought the fee was excessive, so she filed a class action suit in court, but she didn't realize she had signed a contract containing a forced arbitration clause. Her case was thrown out, and the woman was forced to pay the $600 dollar penalty – all because of a small clause that is causing legal problems all across the country. What Is Forced Arbitration? Many large corporations have been stung by class action suits and are looking for ways to stop these suits from happening. One tactic they have devised is a method called forced arbitration. This method forces consumers who have grievances with a company to enter into individual arbitration rather than filing a lawsuit. These companies hide the forced arbitration clause in consumer contracts, and are meant to prevent frivolous...
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Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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It is rare for garbage trucks that run on natural gas to explode. It is sometimes said that natural gas garbage trucks are actually safer than ones that run on diesel fuel, and there are thousands of natural gas garbage trucks on American roads. For any to suffer catastrophic failure leading to explosion is almost unheard of.

Welcome to Hamilton, New Jersey, where an exploding garbage truck spewed a massive fireball, damaging four homes and – fortunately – injuring no one.

Whether due to product defect or lack of maintenance, or any one of several possible explanations, an electrical fire sparked in the garbage truck's battery. The fire spread to a nearby gas tank, which, failing to vent as it should have to prevent an explosion, exploded.

David Biderman, the head of the Solid Waste Association of North America, responded to the incident with shock, pointing out that due to a lack of hoses to crack in natural gas systems, fires of this type as incredibly rare. He could only think of one other example – guess where.

Indianapolis Gas Truck Explodes Spectacularly

Just over one year ago, a natural gas garbage truck exploded in Indianapolis after a fire in the back of the vehicle spread to several carbon fiber fuel tanks. The resulting inferno shot the fuel tanks a quarter of a mile into the air, damaging five nearby businesses. Usually, in the event of a fire, the truck driver is supposed to dump the trash load to prevent spreading, but nearby power lines prevented him from doing so.

As the blaze raged for over an hour, firefighters dodged exploding gas tanks trying to quell the fire. One firefighter was injured when a flying tank struck him in the helmet, knocking him into the bushes, but his injuries were only minor.

It just goes to show – no matter how safe something is purported to be, care must always be taken around hazardous materials.

Our Indiana motor vehicle accident lawyers are ready to fight against insurance companies to ensure your full and fair recovery.

The post Natural Gas Trash Trucks Are Incredibly Safe – Until They Explode appeared first on Doehrman Buba - Indianapolis Injury Attorneys With Decades of Success.

Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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Initiation deficit is a common symptom in victims of traumatic brain injury. The simple explanation of initiation deficit is that it is hard to get started doing something. Sometimes, initiation deficit may be mistaken as laziness, and this is unfair to the victim. It can look similar to laziness – the victim may have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, or sit around all day passively. He or she may be quieter than you remember, or have trouble following through with tasks that he or she promised to do.

It is important to recognize that this is a common symptom of traumatic brain injury, and there are ways in which you can help the injured cope with the problem.

Support Strategies for TBI Victims Who Have Trouble Initiating Routine is one of the best ways to help TBI victims recover. Getting into a consistent routine eliminates some of the stress of things like schoolwork, homework and even things as simple as picking out clothes for the day. Having the routine visually represented can help, as well – through photos, drawings or even just a written outline. Creating what are called “initiation cues” can help promote the initiation of activities. You want these cues to be strong, but not annoying. Something as simple as setting an alarm near a set of instructions can be a major help; repeatedly telling the person to do something, though, might not. Not every strategy works for every TBI victim, so the process of helping the person initiate may take some experimentation. You should consider seeking aid from a cognitive rehabilitation specialist to develop several strategies moving forward.

Victims of traumatic brain injury can benefit from the services of a dedicated Indiana TBI attorney.

The post Explaining Initiation Deficit, a Symptom of TBI appeared first on Doehrman Buba - Indianapolis Injury Attorneys With Decades of Success.

Wed, Feb 10, 2016
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain

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When cancelling her AT&T account, a woman noticed that the company charged her a $600 cancellation fee. She thought the fee was excessive, so she filed a class action suit in court, but she didn't realize she had signed a contract containing a forced arbitration clause. Her case was thrown out, and the woman was forced to pay the $600 dollar penalty – all because of a small clause that is causing legal problems all across the country. What Is Forced Arbitration? Many large corporations have been stung by class action suits and are looking for ways to stop these ...Read More

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Source: Colson Hicks Eidson