Here is a great reminder about how to ride safely in a car during the nice weather months.
It is amazing to me sometimes when I hear some of the laws other states have on the books. Texas never seeks to amaze me.
In Texas, there is a law that states that basically if one is not the biological father of a child, that person still owes child support payments that accrue before a paternity test proves otherwise.
Sounds ridiculous that one would have to pay for a child not theirs. Makes you wonder what type of situation this might apply to. One man quickly learned. Turns out in 2003 the man's girlfriend gave birth to a child and swore the man was the child's father. She applied for child support and it accrued to $65,000 in back payments. The man learned of this once papers were finally served on him. He met the child, and after a DNA test realized the child is not his. The Texas court did not care though. Because this law is still on the books, the man is responsible for paying the back support since he did nothing to stop it. Of course if someone lists you as a father of a child and you are not made aware, how are you to stop something you know nothing about!
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Here is some great news for those suffering any type of memory issues or brain damage. New research has successfully restored memories in brain damaged mice. This could have great potential benefits for those injured in a car accident and sustaining a head injury. This is worth the read if you have time.
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It is becoming more popular in the home to have either an Amazon Echo, frequently called Alexa, or a Google Home. These devices tell us jokes, put things on our to-do lists, etc. Did you know that it can call the police?
In New Mexico, a man and woman were having a domestic dispute. The man had a firearm and threatened to kill the woman. He attacked her. At some point during the fight, the man asked "did you call the sheriffs?", which a smart device (the exact model unknown) heard the question and called 911. The sheriff's department received the call and took it seriously, sending a car to the home and basically saving the woman and a child in the home.
I know the Amazon Echo does not do this yet. Maybe it was the Google Home speaker in this particular home. Either way, I think this, like anything, is good and bad. I think it is a great idea for home in case there is a domestic dispute, like above, or even if there is an intruder. We frequently read about someone breaking into a home and assaulting someone in their bedroom. Imagine if you could yell, "Alexa, call 911" and the police just show up. No more trying to get to the phone to make a call, assuming you even have a home line anymore. Imagine being attacked, trying to find your cell phone, unlock it and dial 911. It just seems so much quicker and easier to be able to shout to the device to call for help. The intruder will hear the cry, hopefully run, and your life may be saved as well. Here is one for technology!
For any of you that watch Jane The Virgin, you will remember that Rose Solano aka Sin Rostro had a business happening at the hotel where criminal appearances were changed with the use of plastic surgery. Sounds far fetched of course. However, I'm sure deep down you thought this was a brilliant idea and if you ever became such a wanted criminal, this is what you would do.
Well, it actually does happen! Turns out about 30 years ago a Brazilian drug lord named Luiz Carlos da Rocha had the same idea. He was wanted for being one of the biggest cocaine kingpins in South America. He had an estimated $100 million in assets and decided to use some of that fortune to change his appearance to avoid being captured. Well, after 30 years running and hiding, likely in plain site, he was captured.
We are all familiar with the ongoing police killings that seem to be a recurring event. The news highlights the event, follows up with maybe an arrest or charge against the officer. And the boom; story is over. We rarely get to see what the outcome is for the family. Did the family sue? Did the family settle the lawsuit? Was there a trial? Recently, we were afforded the opportunity to see what happened in the end for two families.
In the case of Michael Brown, who was shot by the Ferguson police, the family recently settled for $1.5 million. That may seem like a lot, until you compare it to another family.
In a Maryland shooting, where the family was white, instead of black like Mr. Brown, the family received $1.26 million. At first, you may say it was because they were white. But before you do, you should know that the victim in the Maryland case was a dog. The officer was confronted by the dog in the homeowner's front yard as he was investigating a burglary in the neighborhood. The officer said he was attacked by the dog and as a result, shot the dog. Later in court, the officer admitted that the dog did not attack or injure him before he pulled out his weapon. That family received $1.26 million.
Yes these are two different states where the events occurred. Yes these states may have drastically different law concerning police shootings or wrongful death. But it still begs the question what is a life worth.
In case you have not been following or missed this story, the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Playboy model Katie May is quite interesting. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of the model's young daughter for the loss of her mother.
While attending a photo shoot, the model hurt her neck and complained about pain. As a lot of people in this situation do, she went for an adjustment at a chiropractor. However, based on her condition, the maneuver performed by the chiropractor seemed to have done more harm then good. The coroner's report claims that the chiropractor tore one of the arteries in the model's neck, which essentially cut off blood flow to her brain, causing death.
This story is interesting because a lot of people go to a chiropractor for neck or back pain thinking they will fix it. Like any doctor, they could make a mistake or not appreciate the full picture before performing a maneuver. Most times, a chiropractor does not do a neck or back xray before an adjustment. They feel the affected area and make a determination as to what is wrong. Sometimes we do not think about what could happen and assume the doctor always knows best.
In 2013, a woman was fired from working at Novartis Pharmaceutical Company. She claimed it was due to discrimination. She filed a lawsuit against the company claiming her commute to work caused back pain and as a result she could not travel to her assigned location site each day for work. She filed her discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The case proceeded through the court system and during discovery, the pharmaceutical company discovered that the woman had a side job doing consulting work for two potential competitors. I guess she forgot to tell them about that. Turned out the woman also lied on her job application about her previous supervisor and salary at her last position.
After review, the court penalized the woman for filing a fraudulent claim and wasting the court's time and resources. The woman was ordered to pay $2 million in sanctions and legal fees.
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When buying a new car, a lot of people do not consider paying for GAP insurance. Instead, they purchase the standard automobile insurance they would typically buy, drive the car home and never realize that if that car were totaled that night, they would end up owing money on the car. This is because the act of just simply driving the car off the lot diminishes its value as compared to the price you just agreed to pay. Consequently, new car buyers will often obtain GAP coverage, which stands for Guaranteed Auto Protection, to cover the difference between the loan on the car and what the car is worth.
However, sometimes when you buy your new car, you still owe money on the car you are trading in. In an effort to speed things along, the helpful car salesman and dealership will roll the amount you owe on the other loan into your new loan. That is great if you think about it in terms of having just one payment to deal with. However, GAP insurance does not cover what you owed on your old loan. Therefore, when you get into that accident and your new car is totaled, you could end up paying off the loan for the new car but still be left with a few thousand due depending on the size of your prior loan that was rolled over.
Kristy L. Bruce enjoys the satisfaction of helping change someones life for the better. She hopes you enjoy this blog.