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Post-surgery tips for facilitating a healthy recovery

When people are preparing for a surgical procedure in Washington, they often take into consideration the suggestions of their health care provider for behaviors they can implement to prepare for a successful surgery. However, this kind of attention should also be given to post-op recovery. When people are vigilant in making sure they are following their doctor's orders, they can be more confident in their ability to facilitate their recovery in a safe and healthy way. 

According to, one thing that people can do is to understand how to regulate their pain and manage it in order to stay comfortable. Their awareness of the level of pain they should be feeling and what they are feeling may help them to identify situations where suspicious symptoms may require a follow-up visit with their doctor. Additionally, people should have a clear understanding of their doctor's recommendations for activity throughout recovery. It is imperative that they slowly reintroduce activity to prevent unnecessary injuries or setbacks from happening. 

Roadside DUI Tests

DUI cases often start as a normal traffic stop for speeding or some other traffic violation. When these stops occur it is important to understand your rights and the consequences of performing or refusing roadside DUI tests. More often than not in Washington State these roadside tests will consist of a test of one's eyes, two agility/balance tests and possibly a roadside breath test.

Breaking up with an angry, abusive spouse

Divorce may be necessary in a number of circumstances, such as someone who is in an abusive marriage. Some people are married to a spouse who is very aggressive and always angry, and this may result in abusive behavior that even threatens the safety of their spouse. Even though some people do not want to move ahead with the divorce process or deal with various divorce-related stressors, doing so may be in their best interests. If you have children, it is especially important to address any instances of domestic violence or a harmful environment that may threaten the well-being of your kids.

Unfortunately, many people have been subjected to physical, sexual, verbal and even financial abuse at the hands of their marital partner. Some people may be afraid to end their marriage because they feel that their spouse will retaliate once they discover that their partner wants out of the marriage. However, nobody should feel trapped in a marriage due to intimidation and it is crucial for people to protect themselves and stand up for their rights.

What Are DUI Mandatory Minimums?

All adult DUI convictions, including non-felony misdemeanor convictions, in Washington State carry mandatory minimum penalties. These mandatory minimums come from the legislature and generally can be found in the Revised Code of Washington 46.61.5055. When the legislature amends these penalties, the Washington State Court system drafts a quick reference sheet.

Your traumatic brain injury can be life-changing

If you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), your life could radically change in ways you never thought were possible. Much, of course, depends on the extent and severity of the TBI. But even minor concussions can have quite an adverse impact on your life.

This is why it's important that, after you are hurt, you don't attempt to shrug off what at first might seem like only a small annoyance and not a true injury. Read on for other information about traumatic brain injuries.

Dealing with divorce as an entrepreneur

The divorce process can be extremely difficult for some people, such as those who are dealing with other stressful matters in their personal and professional lives. For example, entrepreneurs who have recently started a business or plan to launch their business soon may have an especially tough time working through the process of divorce. There are many issues for entrepreneurs to consider, not only from a financial point of view but with regard to custody matters if they have kids and various ways in which life can change due to divorce.

Sometimes, the stress and financial demands associated with launching a business may lead to the breakdown of a marital relationship. Some entrepreneurs may be in the middle of a divorce because their spouse did not agree with their vision or their decision to start a business. Or, their spouse may have been upset that they were not devoting enough time to the relationship because they were too busy pursuing their business goals.

Pushing the Limits: Alcohol and Marijuana DUI's

Washington State DUI laws have a legal limit for alcohol .08. Over the last 100 years there has been a lot of research linking alcohol consumption to physical and mental impairment. Did you know a few years ago Washington State DUI laws added a legal limit for marijuana intoxication? That limit is 5 ng of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the chemical responsible for most of the impairing effects of marijuana. Compared to alcohol there is significantly less research on the quantity of THC in one's blood that is necessary to impair physical and/or mental functions.

Detailing exceptions to at-will employment

Most working professionals in Spokane likely feel secure that as long as they fulfill the basic expectations of their employment, their employers cannot fire them. Yet that assumption may seem contrary to the philosophy of at-will employment (which the state of Washington subscribes to). Basically, if one is an at-will employee, their employer can discharge them without needing to have a legitimate reason. While this might seem to empower employers to fire workers indiscriminately, there are exceptions to the assumption of at-will employment

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, chief among these is violations of public policy. Essentially, an employer cannot fire an employee if doing see might be seen as being a violation of public interest. Examples of this may include: 

  • Firing an employee for refusing to do something that is in violation of state laws
  • Firing an employee for reporting a violation of state laws
  • Firing an employee for exercising their statutory rights 

How will the custody of my kids be determined?

As a parent who is going through divorce, a couple of your biggest concerns may be who your child will live with and how often you will be able to see your child. In many states a child custody award will determine where a child lives. However, in Washington, a parenting plan is used to govern how your child will spend his or her time.

Typically, parents work together to create a parenting plan that they can both agree to and then submit that plan to a judge for approval. When parents cannot agree on a plan, each parent may submit his or her own plan for consideration, and a judge will decide what parenting plan will be used.

What should you know about living with a spinal cord injury?

Due to motor vehicle accidents, sports or recreation injuries, or any other number of factors, the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal may be damaged, resulting in spinal cord injuries. Like others in Washington who have suffered spinal cord injuries, you may be uncertain about the prognosis and unsure of your future. Therefore, it may be helpful to understand how your life may be affected by a spinal cord injury.

Depending on the location of your injury along and its severity, you may experience a range of symptoms as a result of a spinal cord injury. This includes loss of movement, spasms, exaggerated reflexes, pain or a stinging sensation, loss of feeling or altered sensations, and difficulty breathing or coughing.

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