Animal Welfare Groups Launch “Cruelty Isn’t OK” Campaign

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Campaign calls for enforcement of laws against cockfighting and live-lure training, urges new state policy

The rule of law matters, and it’s important that all law enforcement agencies treat animal cruelty crimes with the seriousness they warrant.”

— Christine Dorchak, president of GREY2K USA

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, USA, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cruelty Isn't OK, a statewide campaign to end the abuse of captive big cats, illegal cockfighting, and live-lure greyhound training, was launched today by a coalition of key animal protection groups and advocates, including former Attorney General Drew Edmondson.

In recent months, these problems have come to light following detailed investigations by Animal Wellness Action (AWA), the Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) and GREY2K USA Worldwide.

“Oklahoma is a family-friendly state with a growing economy,” said Edmondson, co-chair of the National Law Enforcement Council of AWA and AWF. “We don’t want this good reputation tarred by the presence of persistent animal cruelty in our state.”

The organizations are calling for the creation of a statewide task force to examine improved enforcement of state and federal laws in Oklahoma and policies to fill gaps in the law, particularly when it comes to private ownership of big cats and other potentially dangerous exotic wild animals.

As part of its public awareness efforts, Cruelty Isn’t OK today launched an advertising campaign featuring full-page advertisements in Oklahoma newspapers. A copy of the first advertisement is available here.

Additionally today, supplementing its original investigation into illegal cockfighting, AWA and AWF released letters, signed by Edmondson, to the U.S. Attorneys for the Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, detailing yet more illegal animal trafficking for cockfighting based in the Sooner State.  In May, the groups wrote to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma to investigate allegations of ongoing trafficking of birds to Guam for cockfighting and for illegal animal fighting activities.  

Edmondson, on behalf of AWA and AWF, alleges that “Oklahoma is indisputably the cockfighting capital of the United States.” Edmondson previously wrote to the District Attorneys for Cherokee, Haskell and LeFlore counties to investigate the allegations as well and to bring charges as appropriate. Since the investigative results were handed over to law enforcement in May, there’s been no apparent action taken. 

The anti-greyhound racing group GREY2K USA this summer released a multi-state investigation, centered in Oklahoma, into live-lure training in greyhound racing. In live-lure training, dog trainers teach greyhounds to kill rabbits and other small animals to instill a bloodlust in the animals. Oklahoma bans live-lure training, and the greyhound racing industry has long denied that anyone in the industry uses live lures to prepare greyhounds for racing.

“Our investigation discovered a deputy sheriff involved in illegal animal cruelty,” noted Christine Dorchak, president of GREY2K USA.  “The rule of law matters, and it’s important that all law enforcement agencies treat animal cruelty crimes with the seriousness they warrant.”

More than a month ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended the exhibitor’s license of Jeff Lowe, who operates the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Garvin County.  Lowe took over for Joe “Joe Exotic” Maldonado, after he began serving a prison sentence for activities that included illegal killing of tigers. Big Cat Rescue, a Florida-based animal welfare group, takes control of the park later this week.

“Oklahoma is one of a handful of states without restrictions on private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats, and that’s precisely why Joe Maldonado and others have treated Oklahoma as a commercial playground and a stage for their menageries,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action. “Oklahoma was one of the last hold-outs on illegal cockfighting, and it’s one of the last hold-outs on exotic animal ownership.  Keeping 350-pound wild carnivores in backyards or basements is a prescription for mayhem.”

While cockfighting is illegal, it’s clear that state and federal laws are not being enforced. Through public records requests to the Guam Department of Agriculture, AWF and AWA obtained nearly 2,500 pages of avian shipping records dated November 2016 to September 2019. These records detail approximately 750 shipments of birds from more than a dozen states to Guam.

Oklahoma cockfighters were the top shippers to Guam in the nation. Since then, AWA and AWF have reviewed 13 on-line videos, released by a Philippines-based broadcaster called BNTV, featuring Oklahoma cockfighters. BNTV broadcasters visited the gamecock farms throughout the United States, on its “U.S. Gamefowl Breeder Tour,” with the cockfighters essentially marketing their fighting birds to the Philippines, which is the site of the World Slasher Derby and other cockfighting events that attract participants from across the globe.

During his time as Oklahoma Attorney General, Edmondson defended the state’s anti-cockfighting law from constitutional challenges brought by cockfighters. In Edmondson v. Pearce, the Oklahoma Supreme Court determined in a unanimous ruling that the anti-cockfighting law represents a proper exercise of authority and that cockfighting and related activities are forbidden in the state. Numerous federal courts have upheld the federal anti-animal fighting law as constitutional.

Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

GREY2K USA Worldwide is the largest greyhound protection organization in the United States with more than 250,000 supporters.  As a non-profit organization, the group promotes the adoption of ex-racers and works to pass laws to end the cruelty of dog racing around the world. For more information, visit GREY2KUSA.org.

 

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Fremont Mayoral Candidate Justin Sha critiques Lily Mei’s record on racial justice on grounds of transparency

On September 30, 2020, Kentucky’s attorney general was also criticized on transparency grounds.

When seeking election, Mayor Lily Mei promised to 'listen to citizen concerns' and 'amplify' the people’s voice, but the Mayor continues to turn her back on that promise—time and time again.”

— Justin Sha

FREMONT, CA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On September 30, 2020, Kentucky’s attorney general asked to delay the release of grand jury recordings and documents involved with proceedings that failed to indict any officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

“The lack of transparency demonstrated in the case of Breonna Taylor occurs across the country, including in the City of Fremont,” said Justin Sha, Fremont Mayoral Candidate. “It is not about the fact that the Mayor cited her faith as a reason not to kneel. Rather, what made me uncomfortable is the fact that the Mayor stated it in such a way that it came off as an excuse—a disingenuous afterthought, one intentionally designed to placate both ‘sides.’ Her fence straddling added fuel to the fire and ultimately has invigorated those in the community who are opposed to racial justice.”

Mayor Lily Mei has been criticized by community members for talking down to protesters and playing up stereotypes in several interviews that she has done. Her administration has also been criticized for holding postmortem town halls, where residents feel like they are being talked at by city officials rather than genuinely listened to. The Fremont Police Department has reported that demonstrations in Fremont have been peaceful.

In the past four years, overall crime has increased in Fremont. Whereas Fremont saw 2417, 2755, and 2997 thefts in 2014, 2015, and 2016, after the Mayor took office, theft has increased to 3545, 3284, and 3408 in 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. Commercial and residential burglaries have also increased, and car break-ins have spiked.

Justin Sha supports the creation of a task force to improve community relations with the Fremont Police Department. He also supports making Fremont a safer city for all residents by prioritizing quality of life impacts, such as the spikes that Fremont has seen in commercial & residential break-ins and carjackings. If elected, Justin Sha has stated that he will engage trained health professionals to answer homelessness and public health calls.

On Fremont Mayoral Candidate Justin Sha’s Facebook Page post, Justin Sha wrote —

When seeking election, Mayor Lily Mei promised to “listen to citizen concerns” and “amplify” the people’s voice, but the Mayor continues to turn her back on that promise—time and time again.

In 2019, the Mayor’s administration destroyed decades of Fremont Police Department records before a California transparency law would have made them accessible to public scrutiny. This included documents covering decades of internal affair investigations and citizen complaints. In a KQED investigative report, the Mayor’s actions and judgment were laid bare, and the Mayor has continued to directly undermine government accountability, public safety, and community trust.

Under the Mayor’s leadership, crime and racism have both increased. Commercial and residential burglaries have skyrocketed, and many in our community are the victims of profiling and racially targeted crime. While I have called on our Police Chief and Mayor to disaggregate victim data by factors like race/ethnicity for over two years, our city has yet to do so. Bottom line? We need to stop claiming that Fremont is a “safe city” until we can answer the necessary follow-up—safe for who?

We live in a country where Black kids are given “the talk” by their parents. We live in a country where immigrants and minorities are afraid to talk to the police. We live in a country where public servants act in ways to avoid the ire of local police associations, resulting in decreases to transparency and accountability in government.

We can no longer stand silent as bystanders to racial discrimination. George Floyd was murdered when a police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Yet, when the moment came, we missed it: Fremont missed the moment. On June 2, 2020, Fremont residents demonstrated for racial justice—for the simple premise that innocent people do not deserve to be murdered due to their skin color. When asked for a mere sign to show understanding of the seriousness of racial justice in America, the Mayor refused to kneel. She refused to kneel for even a moment, let alone for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

As Mayor, I will work to make Fremont a safer city. I will disaggregate victim data. I will have law enforcement officials partner with mental health specialists to address homelessness and mental health calls. And, unlike this Mayor, I will promote government accountability and transparency, and be an ally to our marginalized community at every chance I get. We will make sure that Fremont is a safer city for all our residents, both housed and unhoused. We need new vision and bold leadership to effect structural change and create a brighter future for the City of Fremont.

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About Justin Sha:

Justin Sha is running for Mayor of Fremont, CA. Sha is VP of Customer Success at Droisys, a global technology company headquartered in Fremont, and he teaches business law at Ohlone College. Sha is an involved community member, serving on local nonprofit boards. He is the Chairman of Asian American Millennials for American Advancement as well as a member of the Ohlone College Foundation Board. Sha received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.

To learn more, visit Justin Sha's campaign website: https://justin4fremont.org/

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Northshore Process Coronavirus Update

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We remain committed to providing the highest quality service levels to our clients and staying connected to the fullest extent possible.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, U.S.A., September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — We all find ourselves in a challenging, unprecedented and historical time locally and globally. As uncertain and unusual as this is, we each have a role to play in dealing with and combating the COVID-19 Disease. To ensure continued health, safety and well-being, we here at Northshore Process have implemented a mandatory work-from-home policy for the foreseeable future. We remain committed to providing the highest quality service levels to our clients and staying connected to the fullest extent possible.

Our approach is three-fold:

1. Prevent community spread.

2. Protect the health of our staff, clients and their families.

3. Maintain the level of responsiveness our clients have come to rely on.

We operate within a robust network of fiber-optic web connectivity. This allows our offices and remote personnel to stay fully connected across all time zones while being engaged from all locations with cloud access. During this unfolding crisis our systems will allow us to continue to provide you with outstanding client service despite the pandemic.

Our firm remains open for business 24/7/365 and we are committed to providing the same exceptional service to our clients. We strongly discourage face-to-face meetings for now and we are encouraging phone and online meetings. For meetings, we would be glad to host conference calls, Skype or “Go-to-Meeting” meetings.

We have also implemented the following precautions:

Keeping abreast of all guidelines from CDC, state, federal and world health officials.

Utilizing disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers where possible.

Instructing everyone NOT to shake hands.

Engaging in the highest quality of regular professional cleanings of office facilities to prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

Committing to NOT entering work spaces if exhibiting any symptoms. We ask the same from you.

Our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by the outbreak and the brave medical professionals who work hard to care for us all.

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Being the Pedestrian in a Hit and Run Accident

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The steps you should take if you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Hit-and-run accident cases are hard to navigate. Work with an attorney who will explain your options and help you determine the best course of action.”

— James C. Haggerty

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Car accidents don't happen to just those in vehicles; pedestrians walking nearby can fall victim too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in the US in 2017, and around 137,000 pedestrians were injured and treated in hospitals. Pedestrians in the older and younger age brackets tend to be at a higher risk of being hit by a car. However, even when you are following the rules of the road, there are times when a driver’s negligence is the cause of the accident.

All vehicle accidents are bad and usually result in some form of injury, but when the driver just hits a pedestrian walking by and runs away instead of helping the victim, it is inhumane.

Pennsylvania law stipulates that the driver who has caused the accident, intentionally or not, has to stop and wait for medical help to arrive in addition to sharing his or her contact details and other information with the police and the victim. In the case of a hit-and-run accident, you are left without this important information which means the chances of you getting a deserving claim is weakened.

The Steps You Should Take If You Are a Victim of a Hit-and-Run Accident
There are steps you can take to prevent such an accident from occurring. Whenever you are walking alongside a road, even if on the sidewalk, be careful and be alert of your surroundings. Always follow traffic rules and no matter how late you are, always be patient and wait for your turn. Only cross the street when the pedestrian signal is green, and be sure to look both ways before and while crossing.

If you’ve been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, the driver has left the scene without providing their contact information, so you are unable to file a case against him/her. However, this does not mean you have to let go of the case.

When you are first hit, try to gather as much information about the car and driver before he/she flees the scene. This can include the license plate number, the color, make, and model of the car, and any other identifying marks that would help the police catch them. If there are witnesses nearby, they may be able to help fill in the gaps of the accident. Use this information to create a report with the police at the scene. Their report and investigation will be crucial to your case. Most of the time, drivers in such accidents are apprehended.

File a claim with your insurance, and get medical treatment as soon as possible because your well-being is more important than anything else. Then, leave the rest to a trusted car accident lawyer with experience in hit-and-run accident cases. These cases tend to be more complex, and you need to understand all the legal options available.

In case of severe injuries, you will need high-quality medical treatment for a long period of time. The insurance claim may not always suffice, so you may have to research if other options are available. A personal injury lawyer has the expertise on such accidents and will help you to figure out the most viable path for your situation.

The trauma of being in a car accident can take a long time to heal: physically, mentally, and emotionally. If there are grievous injuries, then it could be difficult for you to collect evidence to help your case. An auto accident attorney has handled such cases before, and they will know what can be done to help you most in your situation. Let a personal injury attorney take care of your case while you recover.

If you have been a victim of a hit-and-run case, you already have a lot on your plate. Talk to our expert legal advisors and find out what’s best in your case. Give us a call at (267) 350-6600 or head to our website and receive a free case review.

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Whom Can I Sue For Medical Malpractice?

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When filing a medical malpractice claim, doctors are most commonly sued. However, pharmacists, nurses, and those that employ them can also be liable.

If your medical provider fails to act where others with comparable training would have, the provider may be liable for the resulting injuries and losses associated with it.”

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you visited a doctor and were harmed by the line of treatment, you can sue the doctor for medical negligence or malpractice. While doctors are the most commonly sued for medical malpractice, a lawsuit can also be filed against pharmacists, nurses, or other health specialists including the organizations that employ them.

The law permits you to sue for medical malpractice if your well being was in the hands of a medical professional but you were injured due to their negligence. While you may be understandably distressed and disappointed to file the case against the guilty party, you must also be aware of the general rules while suing for medical malpractice.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice
You may have heard of various incidences of medical negligence such as a doctor leaving an operating instrument or a sponge inside the patient's body during an operation. It could also be in the form of failure to inform the patient about the side effects associated with a prescription drug. Most medical malpractice suits fall within these two categories:

Failure to diagnose or prescribing improper treatment
If your doctor incorrectly diagnosed your illness and provided unsuitable treatment, you may sue your doctor for medical malpractice or negligence. You must, however, be able to prove the same in court.

Failure to warn about the risks involved
All doctors are responsible for warning patients of associated risks of medical procedures and/or prescription drugs. The doctor cannot force patients that choose not to be treated to undergo any risky procedure or consume risky medications. You may sue your doctor for medical negligence if the doctor fails to warn you of any known risks associated with the procedure or prescribed drug.

Special Requirements in Medical Malpractice Cases

Statute of limitations
Cases related to medical malpractice or negligence must be brought immediately after the patient discovers the problem. In Pennsylvania, the patient must file a claim within two years of the date in which the malpractice was discovered.

Medical malpractice review panels
You may be required to submit your claim to a malpractice panel for review. After hearing the arguments, the panel of experts would determine whether negligence or malpractice occurred. However, the panel cannot award penalties.

Expert testimony
A qualified expert often strengthens your case and is often a crucial aspect when suing a doctor for malpractice or negligence. Except in some cases, an expert affidavit or testimony is required during these proceedings.

Limits on damage awards
The state of Pennsylvania does not currently have a cap on medical malpractice damages, so an injured patient is free to recover all financial losses including compensation, pain and suffering, and any other losses caused by the malpractice or negligence. However, Pennsylvania does cap punitive damages, but these are rarely awarded in these types of cases.

Basic Requirements for a Claim
You must be able to prove the doctor-patient relationship while suing your doctor for medical negligence or malpractice. Additionally, you must meet the following requirements to prove that medical malpractice occurred:

Negligence of doctor
You can’t sue your doctor if you are unhappy with the treatment or results. In order to sue for malpractice, you must be able to prove your doctor’s negligence in diagnosing the disease or the treatment prescribed. You may be required to prove that the treatment caused you damage or harm. The care or treatment may not be the best, but it must be reasonably acceptable, careful, and skillful.

The majority of the states, including Pennsylvania, require the patient to present a medical expert who can discuss the suitable standard of care by medical representatives. The expert must also be able to prove the defendant’s negligence and deviation from such standard.

Proving the doctor's negligence caused the injury
While it is important to prove that the doctor’s negligence caused the patient injury or harm, it is also very difficult to prove. For instance, a patient dies after being treated for a stroke. In such a case, it might get difficult to prove that the patient died of the doctor's negligence, not of the stroke.

Specific damages
You can’t sue your doctor if you didn’t suffer any damage or harm. However, you may sue your medical provider for the following types of harm:
• Additional medical bills
• Mental distress
• Physical ache
• Lost work and/or earning capacity

Medical malpractice is a very common problem and suing for medical malpractice may be stressful and overwhelming. Contact one of our expert lawyers at (267) 350-6600 if you suspect negligence from your medical practitioner.

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Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Welcomes Florida Business & Real Estate Lawyer Drew B. Sherman in Strategic Alliance

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The affiliation and appointment of Attorney Sherman as Of Counsel serves a growing base of clients in the Florida market.

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, US, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Managing Principal Gary R. Pannone announced that prominent Florida business, corporate and real estate lawyer Drew B. Sherman has joined the firm as Of Counsel in a strategic alliance to serve the firm’s growing base of clients in the Florida market. Attorney Sherman is the founder of Drew B. Sherman, P.A., with a distinguished career that spans over 20 years helping hundreds of Florida businesses, families and individuals achieve their goals as a legal advisor and strategic business partner.

“We are excited to have Drew join PLDO as Of Counsel and to establish an affiliation of our law firms that strengthens our business practice in the Florida market,” said Attorney Pannone. “This alliance combines an extremely talented and highly respected team of lawyers with the resources and platform structured to serve our growing client base and position our firm for future expansion.”

“I am thrilled to be joining PLDO’s leading team of attorneys and look forward to adding value to the firm’s growing presence in the South Florida market,” said Attorney Sherman. “Our dynamic alliance enhances legal services and capabilities for current and new clients, while increasing opportunity for growth.”

Attorney Sherman’s vast experience includes helping clients manage all types of transactional matters such as business formations and governance issues, contract drafting and negotiation, compliance and regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, and structuring multimillion-dollar commercial real estate deals. As a leading Florida business lawyer, he has earned the respect of his peers and clients with his selection as an AV Preeminent attorney from Martindale Hubbell – the highest level of professional achievement based on both legal ability and ethics. Attorney Sherman routinely serves in the capacity as outside general counsel for small and large companies addressing and managing day-to-day business, operational and employment issues. In addition to his legal credentials, he is a certified commercial arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association, a licensed Florida Realtor and a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors for The Dan Marino Foundation, Inc., for which he currently serves as General Counsel helping the Foundation fulfill its mission to empower children and young adults with autism and special needs.

Attorney Sherman earned his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans. He is licensed to practice in Florida, the District of Columbia, and New York.

To reach Attorney Sherman in the firm’s Boca Raton, Florida office at 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 260, call 561-362-2022 or email dsherman@pldolaw.com. For information about PLDO, visit www.pldolaw.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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Alabama US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate is Inviting the Family of a Navy Veteran with Mesothelioma in Alabama-To Call Attorney Erik Karst of KVO-Get Better Compensation Results that Might Exceed $1,000,000

"Get serious about mesothelioma financial compensation and call attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste at 800-714-0303 for an explanation of how the financial claims process works.”

— Alabama US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate

MONTGOMERY , ALABAMA, USA, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Alabama US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate is inviting the family of a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Alabama to get serious about financial compensation and to call attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste-KVO for an explanation of how the financial claims process works. Financial compensation for a person with mesothelioma might exceed a million dollars. However, if the person with mesothelioma or their family do not hire a lawyer-law firm that knows what they are doing-the best possible compensation results might not happen. For direct access to attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste-KVO please call 800-714-0303 anytime.

According to the Advocate, "Because of the Coronavirus many people who have mesothelioma were initially diagnosed with COVID-19 or they put off seeing a doctor-because they did not want to expose themselves in a hospital ER. If you are a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Alabama or their family members—please call attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste-KVO at 800-714-0303. At a minimum he can honestly answer your questions about financial compensation for this rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. This is a free-no obligation consultation." www.karstvonoiste.com/

The US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate offers their free services to US Navy Veterans with mesothelioma in Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa or anywhere in Alabama. https://Alabama.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

For the best possible treatment options in Alabama the Alabama US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed Veteran, or their family get to the right physicians at these hospitals.

*The University of Alabama’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Birmingham. https://www.uab.edu/onealcancercenter/.

About one third of all US citizens diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are Veterans of the US Navy. Before a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma or their family retain the services of a lawyer or law firm, they are urged to call the US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate anytime at 800-714-0303. https://USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon.

However, based on the calls the US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma advocate receives a US Navy Veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma could live in any state including New York, Florida, California, Texas, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, or Alaska. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma.

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Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center Offers the Family of a Person with Confirmed Mesothelioma in Indiana Direct Access to Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste-Get Answers and a Plan for Better Compensation Results

"If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Indiana please call attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste at 800-714-0303-please get serious about your financial compensation.”

— Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, USA, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center is offering the wife or adult son-daughter direct access to attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste to ensure a person like this receives the best financial compensation results. Frequently mesothelioma compensation for a person with this rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure can exceed a million dollars-provided their lawyers know what they are doing. Erik Karst is one of the nation's most experienced mesothelioma attorneys, he and his colleagues at Karst von Oiste have been assisting people with mesothelioma in Indiana and nationwide for decades and they are responsible for over a billion dollars in compensation for people like this. For direct access to attorney Erik Karst please call 800-714-0303. www.karstvonoiste.com

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "Because of the Coronavirus we are concerned that people with mesothelioma in Indiana are not pursuing compensation or even medical treatments. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Indiana please call attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste at 800-714-0303. As we are certain Erik Karst will explain-it is vital to begin the mesothelioma compensation process as soon as possible." www.karstvonoiste.com

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center’s unsurpassed services for diagnosed people with mesothelioma in Indiana is a statewide initiative and available to a diagnosed person with mesothelioma in communities such as Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Hammond, or Bloomington. https://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. High- risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Indiana include US Navy Veterans, power plant workers, oil refinery workers, steel mill workers, manufacturing, or industrial workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, or construction workers. In most instances, the diagnosed person’s exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s. www.karstvonoiste.com

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Indiana the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital: Purdue University Center for Cancer Research West Lafayette, Indiana: https://www.purdue.edu/cancer-research/index.php.

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. Mesothelioma also happens in Indiana as the Center would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303. https://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma.

Michael Thomas
Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center
+1 800-714-0303
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Vermont US Navy Veterans Lung Cancer Advocate Appeals to the Family of a Navy Veteran with Lung Cancer in Vermont to Call the Lawyers at KVO if Their Loved One Had Asbestos Exposure-Compensation Might Exceed $100,000

"We are appealing to the immediate family of a Navy Veteran with lung cancer in Vermont to call the lawyers at the law firm of KVO at 800-714-0303 if their loved one also had exposure to asbestos.”

— Vermont US Navy Veterans Lung Cancer Advocate

BURLINGTON, VERMONT, USA, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Vermont US Navy Veterans Lung Cancer Advocate says, "We are appealing to the immediate family of a Navy Veteran with lung cancer in Vermont to please call the lawyers at the law firm of Karst von Oiste-KVO at 800-714-0303 if their loved one also had significant exposure to asbestos on a navy ship or submarine. Financial compensation might exceed $100,000 or a lot more-especially if the Veteran spent more than a decade in the navy. The financial claim does not involve suing the navy-but rather companies that supplied parts, equipment and material on a ship or submarine that contained asbestos. The person we are trying to identify is over 60 years old and his asbestos exposure in the navy occurred in the 1960s or 1970s.

"The reason we have endorsed the lawyers at the law firm of Karst von Oiste-KVO is because they have been assisting Navy Veterans and people with asbestos exposure lung cancer and mesothelioma for decades, and they are responsible for over a billion dollars in financial compensation for people like this. For direct access to the lawyers at the law firm of Karst von Oiste-KVO please call 800-714-0303. We think you will be glad you did." www.karstvonoiste.com/

The Vermont US Navy Veterans Lung Cancer Advocate’s free services are available to people with asbestos exposure lung cancer or mesothelioma in Burlington, South Burlington, Rutland, Barre, Montpelier or anywhere in Vermont. https://Vermont.USNavyLungCancer.Com

High risk occupations for asbestos exposure in Vermont include the US Navy, asbestos miners, power plant workers, public utility workers, paper mill workers, plumbers, electricians, welders, machinists, mechanics and construction workers. www.karstvonoiste.com/

According to the American Cancer Society for nonsmokers who have been exposed to asbestos in their workplace the risk of lung cancer is five times that of unexposed workers. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/statistics/index.htm.

The US Navy Veterans Lung Cancer Advocate says, “If your husband, dad, coworker or neighbor has just been diagnosed with lung cancer and you know they had significant exposure to asbestos in the navy, at a shipyard or while working at a factory, at power plant, public utility, or as a plumber, electrician welder, mechanic or any kind of skilled trades group in any state please have them call us anytime at 800-714-0303. Most people like this never get compensated-even though the asbestos trust funds were set up for them too. We are trying to change this sad fact.” https://USNavyLungCancer.Com

States with the highest incidence of lung cancer include Kentucky, West Virginia, Maine, Tennessee, Mississippi, Ohio, Indiana, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Alabama, and Delaware. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For more information about asbestos exposure please visit the NIH’s website on this topic: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/asbestos/asbestos-fact-sheet.

Michael Thomas
Vermont US Navy Veterans Lung Cancer Advocate
+1 800-714-0303
email us here


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Reliance on Risk Assessments Questioned as Suicide Awareness Month Ends

If proof is needed that suicide prevention programs and risk assessments do not work all you need to do is look at the increasing number of people taking their lives despite ever increasing mental health programs.

If proof is needed that suicide prevention programs and risk assessments do not work all you need to do is look at the increasing number of people taking their lives despite ever increasing mental health programs.

Each year an average of 44,965 people commit suicide in the United States making it the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

Each year an average of 44,965 people commit suicide in the United States making it the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

Nearly two-thirds of the newspaper stories linking the holidays and suicide over the 2016-17 holiday season supported a false connection between the two, the Annenberg Public Policy Center has found.

Nearly two-thirds of the newspaper stories linking the holidays and suicide over the 2016-17 holiday season supported a false connection between the two, the Annenberg Public Policy Center has found.

“If suicide prevention programs and risk assessments are the answer then why is the rate of children killing themselves skyrocketing?” asks Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

“If suicide prevention programs and risk assessments are the answer then why is the rate of children killing themselves skyrocketing?” asks Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

There are approximately 7.2 million children in the United States between the ages of 0 to 17 using prescription psychiatric drugs, and almost half of them are on drugs due to being labeled as ADHD.

There are approximately 7.2 million children in the United States between the ages of 0 to 17 using prescription psychiatric drugs, and almost half of them are on drugs due to being labeled as ADHD.

40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide.

Almost 10 years after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended that ‘assessment tools’ not be used Florida is calling for greater use of suicide risk assessments.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — September is nationally recognized as Suicide Awareness Month and the stated intention of this campaign is to “inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide”. [1]

Each year one solution offered up is the increased screening of individuals through the use of suicide risk assessment tools. This year is no different with the call possibly being louder due in large part to COVID-19 and mental health advocates predictions that “suicide is likely to become a more pressing concern as the pandemic spreads and has longer-term effects on the general population, the economy, and vulnerable groups”. [2]

However, this solution may be contributing to the increase in suicide rates. A study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide. [3,4]

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans with an average of 44,965 people committing suicide annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide deaths were more than double those due to homicides in 2015, which means that for every murder reported in the news, there were at least 2 other deaths that occurred due to suicide. [5,6,7]

Even more disturbing is that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in young people in the United states. Once again suicide risk assessment is often promoted as the solution but experts in the field have repeatedly concluded that there is not any one scale that can predict who will commit suicide to any useful degree. [8,9]

While risk assessments, screenings, school mental health programs and more funding are often presented as the solutions to suicides rates, the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog organization, believes these so-called solutions are contributing to the problem.

“If proof is needed that suicide prevention programs and risk assessments do not work all you need to do is look at the increasing number of people taking their lives despite ever increasing mental health programs,” asks Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida. [10]

CCHR’s recent analysis of available information from the Florida Department of Health, showed that the rate of youth suicides in Florida has continued to climb despite the time and money spent on programs to prevent suicide.

Could this be because suicide risk assessments don’t work and some assessments are even viewed as “junk science”?

Citing an article published in Scientific American which reported that a study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide, CCHR believes that the misguided reliance on screenings, assessments and psychiatric drugs is clouding the search for real answers. [11]

“Almost 10 years after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended that ‘assessment tools’ not be used Florida is calling for greater use of suicide risk assessments which makes no sense,” asked Diane Stein. [12]

Placing even more doubt on the legitimacy of mental health evaluations, a study published in February in the journal Psychology Science in the Public Interest by a group of lawyers and psychologists which found that many tests used in courtrooms are considered scientifically unreliable; in the headline, the journal dubbed them “junk science.” According to the study, a team of lawyers and psychologists reviewed 364 exams used in the legal system, finding a third of them don’t pass muster with forensic mental health experts. [13]

CCHR believes that normal responses to adversity are being labeled as mental illness and that instead of getting help people, including children, are being given dangerous drugs with side effects that include suicidal ideation and completed suicide.

This belief is not unfounded. Alison Escalante reported in an article this month titled “Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All”, how “in a compelling new paper, biological anthropologists call on the scientific community to rethink mental illness.” Escalante goes on to report that, “with a thorough review of the evidence, they show good reasons to think of depression or PTSD as responses to adversity rather than chemical imbalances. And ADHD could be a way of functioning that evolved in an ancestral environment, but doesn’t match the way we live today.” [14]

In addition to the risks when it comes to evaluating suicide through the use of unworkable assessments and screenings, CCHR is also alerting parents about the side effects of the drugs commonly prescribed when a child is labeled as mentally ill; side effects which include suicidal ideation. [15]

“There are almost 3.4 million children in this country taking psychiatric drugs for ADHD and almost 70,000 of these children are age 5 and under,” stated Stein. “It is known that children labeled with ADHD are at a greater risk for suicide yet the fact that the psychiatric drugs prescribed to ‘treat’ ADHD have suicidal ideation as a side effect is ignored.” [16]

“Parents need to not only know the risks associated with these drugs but also that they have the right in Florida to refuse psychological screening and drugging of their child,” said Stein. [17]

CCHR has challenged policy makers in Florida to start looking into the profession that has been charged with solving rising suicides, if they truly want to arrest the rate of suicides, especially youth suicides.

“Psychiatry has turned the labeling and marketing of normal human behavior as mental illness into an $80 billion psychotropic drug industry and they need to be held accountable for the lives lost,” said Stein.

To learn more about parental rights, suicide and psychiatric drug side effects please contact CCHR at 800-782-2878 or visit the center in downtown Clearwater at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information please visit www.cchrflorida.org.

Sources:
[1] https://www.thrivingmind.org/lets-talk-suicide-prevention/
[2] Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic "thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30171-1/fulltext"
[3] Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/suicide-risk-assessment-doesnt-work/
[4] Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Cohort Studies of Suicide Risk Assessment among Psychiatric Patients: Heterogeneity in Results and Lack of Improvement over Time http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0156322
[5] SUICIDE FACTS https://save.org/about-suicide/suicide-facts/
[6] Suicide Statistics https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/
[7] Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml
[8] Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml
[9] A review of suicide risk assessment instruments and approaches https://mhc.cpnp.org/doi/full/10.9740/mhc.2015.09.216
[10] http://www.flhealthcharts.com/
[11] Ibid.
[12] National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. https://www.nice.org.uk/donotdo/do-not-use-risk-assessment-tools-and-scales-to-predict-future-suicide-or-repetition-of-selfharm
[13] A New Study Challenges the Reliability of Court Psych Exams SARA HARRISON SCIENCE 03.02.2020 https://www.wired.com/story/a-new-study-challenges-the-reliability-of-court-psych-exams/
[14] Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All
Alison Escalante Aug 11, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisonescalante/2020/08/11/researchers-doubt-that-certain-mental-disorders-are-disorders-at-all/#4d0dc68e15a6
[15] Why You Should Pay Attention to Black Box Warnings on Medication
By Michael Bihari, MD Fact checked by Shereen Lehman, MS Updated on March 01, 2020 https://www.verywellhealth.com/black-box-warnings-1124107
[16] https://www.cchrint.org/psychdrugdangers/
[17] Ibid. Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work
[18] Parental Rights https://www.cchrflorida.org/parental-rights/

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