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June 2014 Archives

Malpractice: Phoning It In

During the cold and flu season, many doctors are so busy that they diagnose illnesses and give advice to patients over the phone. However, a doctor who gives medical advice without seeing the patient may be liable for malpractice if he or she guesses wrong.

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Common symptoms of lead poisoning in children are decreased appetite, stomach aches, sleeplessness, learning problems, constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, lowered IQ, and anemia.

Protect Your Plastic

As new technologies change the way we pay for things, criminals are managing to keep pace as they devise ways to separate you from your money. Doing what you can to protect yourself is one part of understanding the technology, as are at least equal portions of vigilance and common sense. Still, we can all benefit from some reminders.

Beware of Lead Poisoning

Lead is a highly toxic metal that can be found in many products and materials in our homes and businesses. The primary source of lead in the human environment is lead-based paint, but lead can also be found in the dust and soil where lead-based paints have peeled off or have been disturbed, as well as in some types of plumbing materials. Although Congress passed laws prohibiting the manufacture and use of lead-based paint in 1978, many buildings and homes built before this ban still contain significant amounts of lead-based paint.

Big Trucks Threaten Highway Safety

We all know the feeling: that uncomfortable tightening of the chest we get when we look into our rear view mirror and see an 80,000-pound 18-wheeler truck barreling down on our back bumper. This feeling is not entirely irrational. According to federal statistics, such trucks cause thousands of collisions each year. Given a truck's size and weight, common sense tells us that a collision between a big rig and a car--or even an SUV--is likely to turn out badly for the car or SUV.

Buying Renter's Insurance

For many reasons, the rental market has been hot in recent years. The market for renter's insurance, however, is still ice cold. Despite the fact that some 96% of homeowners have insurance, as compared with only about a third of renters, renters are half again as likely to be burglarized as are homeowners.

New Hours Of Service Rules For Truckers Are Dangerous

For many years, the government has regulated the number of hours that truckers are allowed to drive, in an effort to keep tired truckers from being behind the wheel of large trucks. Recently, these rules were changed to let truckers drive up to 11 hours straight, without a rest, and up to a maximum of 80 hours per week.