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Personal Injuries cause Hardship in Many Different Ways

You, a family member or friend can unexpectedly suffer from personal injuries that cause permanent disability and financial hardship, or even death. If the injury or death is caused by the negligence of another person or entity, our legal system affords you the right to a trial of your case by a jury of your peers. In essence, it is your peers – not a corporation – who determines what, if any, compensation is fair and reasonable in light of the circumstances.car accident lawyers

Unfortunately, insurance companies and corporate interests have embarked on a well-funded campaign to weaken, if not eliminate, the jury trial system in our country. This is problematic because, for many, a jury trial may be the only way to obtain fair compensation from an opponent with unlimited resources. This is also why an experienced trial lawyer is critical to the future of anyone who has been seriously injured due to the negligence of another.

The only real incentive for an insurance company to pay fair value in settlement of a claim is if the injured party is represented by a capable and experienced trial attorney. Otherwise, the insurance company, guided by the profit motive, will attempt to pay as little as possible in exchange for a release that will forever bar personal injury attorneysany future claim — even if the injuries and damages become more severe than originally anticipated.

Insurance companies and corporations have legal departments designed to meet and defend their objectives. It is always in your best interest to have an attorney on your side who is willing and able to aggressively and effectively present your case to a jury if the other side refuses to enter into a reasonable settlement. Your future depends upon experienced representation. I trust that you will provide me with the honor and privilege of representing you, a member of your family or friend in protecting your best interest and preserving your future.

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Mysterious sea creatures washed up in 2018, from shaggy-haired ‘globster’ to ‘contracting’ blob

Beachgoers across the world discovered stunning sea creatures this year — as strong currents and storms pushed them to the surface.

In Texas, a fish that typically swims in waters as deep as 1,200 feet was found lifeless on the sand in Corpus Christi. New Zealand residents spotted a bright pink creature that turned out to be the largest species of jellyfish in the world during a family outing. And that’s just the beginning.

Photos and videos of various unique ocean finds were shared online, and (no surprise) quickly went viral. Some were considered local treasures, while others were studied and examined by marine experts to help them better understand rare species.

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Here’s a look at some of the most puzzling sea creatures that washed up in 2018.

“Globster” with shaggy hair
A giant hairy sea creature washed up in the Phillipines in May, causing locals to flock to the San Antonio beach to snap pictures of the mysterious “blob” many dubbed a “globster.”

The carcass of the animal measured about 20 feet long, according to The Sun. A video of the massive greyish white creature posted to YouTube showed two men with ropes working together to pull the monster out of the water.

Fishery Law Enforcement Officer Vox Krusada told the British newspaper that — based on the size and shape of the creature, and what marine experts observed — officials could confirm it was the body of a whale.

Thick-tailed batfish
An odd-looking fish that lives on the ocean floor shocked Texas park rangers when it washed up on Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi in June.

Photographer Edie Bresler was scanning the beach for hidden treasures when he spotted the big-eyed fish. With its bumpy skin and wide mouth, Bresler wasn’t exactly sure what he was looking at. So, he quickly took out his camera and started snapping.

“I have been beach combing all my life so to come across something strange like this was totally exciting,” Bresler explained in a Facebook post. “It got even better when I took the photographs to the park rangers and they were equally baffled.”Bresler sent his photos to officials at Padre Island National Seashore. After carefully studying the creature and comparing images of the fish to various science books, they determined it was a thick-tailed batfish.

“These fish come from 600-1200 feet (180-365 meters) deep, where ocean life gets WEIRD,” the park explained. “Batfish use their pectoral, or side-fins, as ‘legs’ to ‘crawl’ on the seafloor to feed on worms, and small crustaceans and fish. They live their lives in complete darkness, where large eyes probably come in handy to avoid lanternfish or other possible predators.”

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Man who sniffs dirty socks daily hospitalized with fungal infection in lungs, reports say

A man in China who reportedly sniffed his dirty socks each day learned the hard way that his habit is apparently a health danger.

The man, identified only as Peng by the Daily Mail, reportedly developed a habit of sniffing his socks each day after work. But this unusual custom allegedly landed him in the hospital after the Zhangzhou resident complained of chest pains, tightness in his chest and a cough, Science Alert reported.

Initially, doctors at Zhangzhou’s 909 Hospital suspected that Peng, 37, had pneumonia. But when his symptoms persisted, doctors re-questioned the man and he eventually admitted he was “addicted to smelling his socks that he had been wearing,” he said, according to the Daily Mail, which cited local Chinese media.

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Physicians would later discover the man had a serious fungal infection in his lungs, more formally known as pulmonary fungal disease. The infection was likely caused when the man inhaled the fungal spores found in the dirty socks, Science Alert reported.

Peng’s condition may have been worsened by his “lack of rest,” one of the man’s doctors, Mai Zhuanying, reportedly told Fujian Daily, according to the Daily Mail.

“The infection could also be attributed to the patient’s lack of rest at home as he had [been] looking after his child, leading to a weaker immune system,” Zhuanying said.

Pulmonary fungal disease, or Aspergillosis, is an infection caused by a certain kind of mold.

“The illnesses resulting from aspergillosis usually affect the respiratory system, but their signs and severity vary greatly,” the Mayo Clinic explains online.

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“The mold that triggers the illnesses, aspergillus, is everywhere — indoors and outdoors. Most strains of this mold are harmless, but a few can cause serious illnesses when people with weakened immune systems, underlying lung disease or asthma inhale their spores,” the Mayo Clinic continued, noting the infection can cause wheezing, shortness of breath, or cause the infected person to cough up blood, among other symptoms.