The Ethics of Football

The Ethics of Football

Aug 29

As the undeniable link between football and brain injury grows, many people are asking the same question: am I contributing to the problem by actively participating in the continuation of this sport through my support? According to one mother, interviewed in an article written for The Des Moines Register, her doctor likened playing football to doing cocaine as “the brain damage he saw in football players’ brains mirrored that of cocaine addicts.” She and many parents have chosen not to let their children play the sport when their doctors shared the same experiences. So, this begs the question, is it morally corrupt to not let your own family members participate in the sport while still actively watching those that already do play?

In the same article, a study was cited wherein over 100 ex-NFL players’ brains were studied, and nearly every one (110 out of 111, was the final count) suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is described as a degenerative brain disease that’s caused by repetitive brain trauma. Since this kind of injury is so indicative of football—you just can’t have the sport without the contact—and not other types of games, there’s a question about supporting a game where regardless of intent, players may be actively getting themselves killed. There are many programs in place that are meant to offset those with obvious brain degeneration in sports, but they have been sued in the past for failing to protect people with brain injuries who play football. Then, there is the final question of choice. If a player is actively putting themself on the field, why in the world would supporting the sport be unethical? Unfortunately, there is a lot that is contrary to that notion. For one, many of these studies noting the detriment of football on the player are relatively new. People who had gone into the sports years ago and are just now hearing about these issues, may not want to leave or cannot. If these programs in place to help injured players keep on getting sued with the help of Des Moines personal injury attorneys, then isn’t something wrong?

I’m of the opinion that watching these sports is directly contributing to the problem via the funds that come in through support. If something is this lucrative, then why would anyone stop doing it. The author of the article agrees, but something is nagging: what can one viewer do against the millions that consume the sport? It’s true. Widespread access to these studies often fails to draw any sort of support in favor of abandoning the sport to try to save people. So what is there to do?

When it comes to consuming football, is it really ethical to be doing so? I’ve discussed many different sides to this story, including the personal morals behind the decision, whether or not players’ choice plays a role and the presence of programs that (fail) to help these players. Unfortunately, it seems there is no clear answer to this problem.

Harsh Punishments: Effective Solution against Reckless Driving?

Harsh Punishments: Effective Solution against Reckless Driving?

Jun 13

In order to acquire a driver’s license applicant drivers are required to take a driver’s education course or read a driver’s manual, take a written test, a driving lesson to familiarize themselves with US roads and then a road test to determine how they would behave behind the wheel and on the road. Though states may vary in some requirements before finally granting you your license, each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which issues the license, intends to ensure that you know all traffic rules and that you will follow all these whenever you go for a drive.

Not all drivers religiously observe and follow all traffic rules, though – probably not those that would inconvenience them or delay their travel time, especially if they need to be on time for an appointment. This can be the reason why, despite continuous ads and reminders about safe driving, the incidents of road accidents and car wrecks continue to increase every year. Though many road accidents are due to factors beyond the control of the driver, such as road defects or defective car parts, much more accidents can still be attributed to driver error, over-speeding and reckless driving – road behaviors that always put the lives of other motorists and pedestrians in danger.

By driving recklessly, you simply show that you prioritize your convenience over the safety of someone else. According to the website of car accident lawyers from The Williams Kherkher Law Firm, many reckless drivers are guilty of one or more of the following:

  • Tailgating
  • Not slowing down or stopping on stop sings and red lights
  • Choosing not to use signal lights
  • Speeding
  • Allowing themselves to be distracted while driving
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Weaving between lanes

If the thought of moral obligation will not make you observe and obey traffic rules, then probably time behind bars, revocation of your license or big fines will make you do it. Causing road accidents and injuring someone else in the process can be a civil or criminal offense; it will also require you to compensate the victim for whatever financial suffering he or she will undergo due to your recklessness.

Terms Used in Car Wreck Negligence Cases

Terms Used in Car Wreck Negligence Cases

Jun 12

It’s a terrifying prospect: you’re driving your car on an ordinary day when disaster strikes. Another driver does something greedy or reckless, unfairly pulling you into his dangerous lifestyle. You’re the one who is hurt, while he walks away without a scratch. This is far from fair. You should not be punished because another driver was incapable of driving safely. So, what happens after you’re released from the hospital and have to get back to your normal life? Who pays all those medical bills?

We all know in general that when someone gets injured or dies in a car wreck as a result of negligence, the other driver will have to pay damages as compensation for the expenses incurred as well as pain and suffering. But what do the terms used in negligence cases actually mean?

Duty of Care

This phrase is used a lot when it comes to personal injury or wrongful death cases, but it doesn’t always mean the same thing for every circumstance. For example, the duty of care of a reasonable driver is to ensure that the operation of a vehicle will not result in harm to another person or persons. In medical malpractice, a reasonable physician’s duty of care is to provide effective medical attention in an appropriate and timely manner. A duty of care is therefore established when some sort of relationship between the plaintiff and defendant can be identified. And because of that relationship, the defendant is required to act in a certain manner.

Cause in Fact

In a negligence case, the plaintiff must prove that the actions of the defendant were the cause in fact, or the “but-for.” For example, but for the distracted driving of the defendant, the plaintiff would not have been injured in the car wreck.

Breach of Duty

When in individual is being sued for negligence, this means that person had failed to act in the prescribed manner and had thus broken or “breached” the duty of care. The main goals of personal or wrongful death lawyers are to prove or disprove to a jury that a breach of duty occurred. The people of the jury will consider the evidence and arguments presented to see if the defendant acted in a reasonable manner or not. If the defendant was shown to have breached the duty of care to the plaintiff, negligence is present.

Proximate Cause

To be found guilty of negligence, the plaintiff has to show that the defendant must or should have foreseen that his or her actions could lead to harm to others. This scope of responsibility will determine the extent of a plaintiff’s claim. For example, the defendant could have foreseen that texting while driving could cause a car wreck.


In order for a plaintiff to claim compensation, there must have been clear and actual damages to a person or property due to the negligence of the defendant. Even if the plaintiff had clearly been negligent by texting while driving, unless the plaintiff was personally and directly harmed, the court will not award any compensation to the plaintiff.

Personal injury or wrongful death cases can be highly complex. To ensure that all the aspects of your case are adequately addressed, consult with a lawyer in your area immediately after a car wreck due to negligence.

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Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

Jun 04

Forty years ago, the administration or owners was not held liable for nursing home abuse by the courts because they had no obligation to protect the residents against harm which they could not reasonably foresee. Today, however, the failure to act appropriately following a complaint of nursing home abuse by a staff member, other resident or a visitor, or failure to act in spite of evidence of nursing home abuse can render the nursing home liable for a personal injury claim.

Sexual and other forms of abuse are reprehensible; they are doubly so when it happens to nursing home residents. The most common victims for this kind of abuse are the most vulnerable of people: the old and frail, the physically helpless, and the cognitively impaired. These victims are literally unable to tell anyone about the abuse, or are afraid of the repercussions of doing so. Abusers are quick to take advantage and often repeat the offense over and over again, even carrying on the abuse to other victims.

According to the website of Crowe and Mulvey, the physical and psychological effects of nursing home abuse, especially sexual abuse, are profound. Physical evidence takes the form of injuries to the genitals and rectum resulting in bleeding, scarring and infections. It may also manifest as bruises and cuts all over the victim’s body. An abused resident may also have tears in their undergarments and other clothing. Many victims manifest these effects in agitated behavior, sleep disturbance, avoidance of certain members of the staff or residents, emotional distress, restlessness, and feelings of humiliation and embarrassment.

The liability of nursing homes that fail to carry out the current duty of care for their patients will depend on the availability of evidence and the skill of the nursing home abuse lawyer in preparing the case. If you or someone you know suspect or know about ongoing nursing home abuse, consult with a competent lawyer at once so that the abuse can be stopped sooner rather than later.