Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tribute to Veterans

One Man’s Thoughts on 9/11, War & Veterans
I stood crying, seeing the smoke fill up the blue New York sky twelve years ago, and I wept for the world that my children would grow up in.

I saw heroic role models, like firefighters, police, port authority officers and EMS running up when all others were running out. We watched our neighbors plunge 80 stories to their death rather than be burned alive.

America now stands as the only remaining Super Power in the world, but we are now standing more and more alone. This makes our brave men and women out there our last line of defense for those who wish to do us harm.

I have lived all my life under a “Blanket of Security” that I have not earned or really sacrificed for.

This “Blanket of Security” is sewn with the bloody patches of innumerable soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, emergency workers, police and firefighters.

Many did not return to their families expectantly waiting back home.

This Blanket of Security is stitched with the stained gauze covering the unknowable number of bloody wounds suffered. But many have come back with invisible wounds—like PTSD or without the ability to walk, or talk, or even think clearly. The ghosts of battle still haunt the nightmares of some of our finest. Too often, a soldier’s very youth itself lies dead on the battlefield as the same, but now much older-than-his-age soldier, limps home.

And on the home front, how many children prayed every night for God to keep their Daddies and Mommies safe from the wars? Those prayers were often answered in the negative.

This Blanket of Security is currently all that separates us from Iran, who told the world to imagine itself without the United States, and wishes to wipe Israel from the map. It is the strong shield that protects us from Islamic cowards who killed unarmed pilots, and flew our own planes filled with innocent civilians into buildings on 9/11.

This Blanket of Security is the only moat around the castle of our country that protects us from the likes of a North Korean dictator who keeps their people locked in an atheistic, intellectual closet, controls nuclear bombs and a million-man army. His people are starving and doing without, so he can try and command world respect form a world his people will never know anything of.

I have never contributed a patch to this blanket personally. I have never supplied a stitch to hold it together. I am therefore, most indebted to those that have.

We, as Americans, should never leave any doubt where we stand in support of our troops. Where they are, so should be our prayers, our support, our blessings and our pride. This is especially true as we have been recalling 9/11.

Thank you Veterans, First Responders and your families who make up our “Blanket,” from families and staff of PEEL LAW FIRM

May God Bless America, and May America again Bless God.

Car Accidents & Insurance

On average, you will have some type of car accident once per decade. As an injury lawyer, I see the most serious car accidents.
Many, if not most car accidents are minor. Most are so-called “fender benders.”  In these less serious accidents, such a bump in parking lot without any visible damage, it will be tempting to just let it go.  However, take photos and at least exchange information (name, address, phone, license plate, number driver's license number, insurance information and any witness contacts).
If it was just you, and you simply backed into a tree in your yard, or your own garage door, and the damage is close to your deductible amount, there is no need to report it to police or your insurance.
However, hitting another vehicle can lead to unforeseen consequences. Damage to cars are often may be much worse underneath than they look from eye level.  Many of my clients suffer soft-tissue injuries they themselves did not even think they had at the scene.
If you feel tight, sore or at all affected by the accident, allow the EMS ambulance to take you to Emergency Room. You are in no position to diagnose yourself. While the ER will only rule out the most obvious injuries, it documents your complaints. This can be important later if you injuries prove much more serious than you initially suspected.
Specialists are needed to evaluate back and neck problems, often relying on an MRI scan. Sometimes, inflammation can increase to such an extent that it impinges upon a nerve. This is often the case with someone noticing numbness and tingling in the hands, or down the legs into the feet. These symptoms should never be ignored.
Insurance companies try to get recorded phone statements from the injured parties very early on. If they succeed, only the initially noted injuries will be recorded. This makes it more difficult to tie in later appearing problems later. As such, giving a statement to the opposing insurance company should be viewed for what is. It is a chance for that opposing insurance company to minimize or even deny your claim.
The earlier the wise counsel you obtain, from doctors and an injury lawyer, the less regrets you may have.