Table of Contents
What is bullying?
Who is at risk of being bullied?
Who is at risk of becoming a bully?
What are the effects of bullying?
How can I stop a bully?
Can a lawyer help if your child is being bullied?
An unfortunate condition in our society is that bullying happens. It happens every day, and the target of the bully are often people who would have never guessed they’d be bullied. The bullies are everywhere; they are children and adults, men, and women. It’s a pervasive aspect of the world in which we live.
Bullying takes many forms, the types of bullying range from physical bullying to mental abuse to online bullying. Often it’s challenging to pinpoint bullying behavior. Sometimes it is visible, and other times it’s much more subtle.
Bullying happens in many places, including school, church, sport teams, on the internet, the workplace, and in public. Generally, wherever people gather, there’s an opportunity for someone to be bullied.
But what are the effects of bullying? Can it be stopped? What rights does someone who is being bullied have? And, can a lawyer help if you or your child is being bullied?
What is bullying?
There are quite a few definitions of the term. Still, the generally accepted meaning of bullying was created in 2014 by the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control and Department of Education. This definition is federally uniform and was drafted for research and surveillance. In the description, it is cited that bullying includes unwanted aggressive behavior, observed or perceived imbalance of power, and repetition of the behavior or high likelihood of recurrence.
In our common and current language, the definition describes two “modes” of bullying, direct and indirect bullying.
Direct implies that the acts of a bully occur in the presence of a targeted individual. This could be physical and in-person or directly targeted through online channels.
Indirect suggests that the bully is not directly communicating with the targeted individual. A clear example of this is when a bully spreads rumors about a targeted person or child.
Along with the two modes in the definition, there are also four types of bullying, these are categorized as verbal, physical, relational (when an effort is made to cause harm to the relationships or reputation of an individual), and damage to property.
An addition method of aggressive intimidation is called cyberbullying; this occurs when the bully attempts to cause physical, mental, or emotional harm to someone through the use of electronic methods. These attempts of aggression are usually either verbal, threatening through instant messenger, for example, or relational, like spreading rumors through social media. Cyberbullying can also cause damage to property if the outcome of the bullying modifies, deletes, or destroys a targeted individual’s private data that is stored in some electronic method. For example, if someone were to gain access to online image storage and deface or delete the target’s pictures, this would be considered damage to property.
With so many variations and interpretations of the definition, it’s easy to see why many people might be unsure of what is happening to them, or their child is considered bullying. The only sure way to find out would be to speak to someone knowledgeable in the legal implications of the threatening or intimidating acts.
Who is at risk of being bullied?
While people of all ages are bullied, we often hear about children who are bullied in school, sports, church, online, or in some social environment.
When it comes to children and their risk of being bullied, there are some characteristics that we find to be common. Now, as you read this, understand that just because a child might possess one or more of these characteristics, it does not mean that they will be bullied or that they have been bullied. It merely means that there is an increased likelihood that they could be the target of a bully.
Further, many of these characteristics can apply to adults who are maliciously targeted by a bully.
When cases of reported bullying are examined, some of the traits associated with the targets of bullies are:
- Someone who is considered unique or different from their typical peer group. This could be someone who thinks or acts differently or someone who displays physical differences such as being overweight or underweight, wears clothes that are considered “uncool,” wears glasses, or is a standout in some way, like the new kid at school.
- Children and adults who are considered weak or diminutive in some way. These are usually kids who are seen as unable to defend themselves.
- Children with low self-esteem, who are depressed, have mental health issues or display some form of anxiety.
- Children who do not have many or any friends. These are the “loners” in the school population.
- Often children who do not get along with others, have poor social skills, or are seen as irritating are the target of bullying.
While these guidelines suggest who is likely to be a target of a bully, it’s worth noting that there are cases where the subject to aggressive behavior has none of the above characteristics. They might be a popular kid in school who has a lot of friends and high self-esteem, and they are still the target of a bully.
Ultimately, we need guidelines to study a topic, and bullying is no different. But like many different areas of study, so much exists in the gray area that we need to be conscious and aware of the signs of bullying. We might encounter a targeted child who no one thought would be bullied. It’s essential to recognize all victims of bullying.
Now, there are two sides to the concept of bullying. We’ve covered those who are at risk of being bullied. To get a complete picture, we need to consider the risk factors that contribute to someone becoming a bully? Just who among us is more likely to bully others?
Who is at risk of becoming a bully?
Under no circumstances is it right or justified to be a bully. It is crucial, though, for those of us who work hard to stop the bullying to understand what traits are more likely to contribute to someone becoming a bully. By knowing, we have a decided advantage when we work to prevent bullying.
We will also mention here that while we are talking about children who could be bullies, these characteristics could also apply to adults.
We can generally classify children into two distinct groups when we examine the likelihood of them becoming a bully.
The first group is those who are isolated from their peers. Like the bullied, these children are anxious, depressed, have low self-esteem, are less involved in school and social activities, are subject to peer pressure, and cannot quickly identify or empathize with the feelings and emotions of others.
The second group of children is nearly the opposite. They are fashionable and have a large group of friends. They seem to span multiple groups of peers from the more athletic to the academic to the more socially connected. These children are increasingly concerned about their social stance or popularity and like it when they are in control of others, even those in their peer groups.
Some of the factors that indicate a child is more likely to be a bully include:
- They are aggressive among their peers and toward others, including those they might not know very well or others who are outside of their peer group.
- These children are easily frustrated and have a difficult time coping when things do now go exactly their way.
- They have domestic issues or problems at home, including limited or no parental involvement.
- They openly think negatively of others and express those feelings either through thoughts, verbalizations, or actions.
- These children view violence as a positive tactic in dealing with situations.
- They have difficulty following rules or often believe that rules do not apply to them.
It truly is worth repeating that just because a child displays one or more of these behaviors does not mean that they are a bully. No one would ever want to classify a child as a bully when they are, in fact, not one.
What are the effects of bullying?
Sadly, the effects of bullying extend well beyond the individual who is targeted with aggressive behavior. Bullying affects three groups of children and adults. It affects the bullied or the target individual, it affects the bully themselves, and it affects the bystanders, including family, friends, and acquaintances who might have witnessed the abusive acts.
The child being bullied has an increased risk of depression, anxiety, anti-social behavior, and loneliness. They are more likely to lose interest in activities outside of the home and might isolate themselves from their family and friends. In some cases, thoughts or indicators of suicide might exist.
Children being bullied might also experience physical health problems as a result of the stress of the bullying. Further, they may suffer from decreased academic performance.
The child who is bullying also suffers. These children are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in promiscuous sexual activity, drop out of school, get in trouble with the law, and isolate themselves from their peers.
Moreover, the bully will often carry their behaviors into adulthood and become bullies in the workplace and at home. They are more likely to engage in abusive relationships with a significant other and their children.
The family, friends, and bystanders who witness the direct or indirect acts or see the after-effects are impacted as well. Children who witness bullying might experience feelings of guilt or regret if they did nothing to stop the aggressive actions. These children are more likely to miss school because they are looking to avoid being bullied or witnessing the bully’s acts again.
How can I stop a bully?
To stop the behavior of bullying, everyone involved needs to take an active role. This includes parents or custodial adults, teachers, school administrators, executives in the workplace, bystanders, and the bullied.
As is the case with so many issues, education and awareness are critical components of preventing and stopping bullying. Everyone involved should be aware of the indicators that someone is at risk of being targeted by a bully or at risk of becoming a bully. Through education, early intervention can happen, and many instances of bullying can be prevented.
Another tactic that can be very effective in preventing bullying is opening the lines of communication between parents, guardians, teachers, school administrators, and children. When people feel comfortable talking about a complicated topic, it eases the difficulty when it is most important to do so. By creating clear channels of accessible communication, instances of bullying that might typically go unreported can be handled quickly and effectively.
Despite these effective tactics, there may still be times when these methods do not stop bullying. It’s during these times that involving a legal professional who focuses on bullying should be a consideration.
Can a lawyer help if your child is being bullied?
When traditional tactics of reporting bullying and communications with school administration and teachers are ineffective in stopping a bully, speaking with an attorney who focuses on bullying is, undoubtedly, an option.
Attorneys who focus on cases that involve bullying are trained to help the bullied children and their families pursue legal action against the schools, churches, organizations, or other parents who are not making attempts to prevent the aggressive acts from happening.
If you believe your child’s school, church, or organization is not actively working to prevent another child from bullying; please contact us to learn what legal options you have.
Updated: March 2020
You’ve been in an automobile accident. Many emotions can run through your head during such a difficult moment. Shock, anxiety, even rage can occur following the sudden jarring impact of a vehicular collision. But your actions immediately following an accident can have a huge effect on what comes next, from a legal standpoint.
So, what are the Top 10 actions you should take following an automobile accident?
- 1. Do Not Leave: Leaving the scene of an accident before it is appropriate can have a huge impact on both the case and your life. If you flee the scene, you could be charged as a hit-and-run driver, which carries serious criminal penalties. Remember to always stay at the scene until reports have been filed.
- Health Check: Before determining property damage, be sure to check on everyone involved in the accident. If someone has sustained an injury, be sure to call for medical help first and foremost. This will ensure that the injured party receives care as fast as possible. If anyone is complaining of back or neck pain or appears to be unconscious, do not move them until medical professionals arrive on the scene.
- Alert the Police: The police need to be involved in any accident in which significant property damage, injury, or death has occurred. Once they arrive, you should request a police report be filed. Take careful note of who the responding officers are. Write down their names and badge numbers.
- Get Information: Make sure you gather information from all drivers involved in the accident. Names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, license plate numbers and insurance policy info are all important. Make sure you know the names and phone numbers of any passengers involved as well. When speaking with another driver involved in the accident it is important to maintain a level head. Always stay cooperative.
- Speak with Witnesses: Talk to anyone who witnessed the accident. Get their names, phone numbers, and addresses. There are many free-to-use smartphone apps for voice recording. Record statements from witnesses on the scene. This can be useful evidence later on.
- Take Photos: Make sure you take photos at the scene to showcase the damage. Another best practice tip would be to take photos of your car now so that in the event of an accident you have a before and after image.
- Be Honest with Your Insurance Company: Make sure you report the accident to your insurance provider right away and be truthful with them. If the insurer finds out that you’ve lied about something, they could deny your coverage.
- Keep Track of Medical Treatment: Make sure that you keep a running log of any doctors and specialists you see in regard to injuries sustained in your accident. Keep a record of all medications, procedures, and bills accrued through treatment of these injuries. Keep a record of how your injuries have impacted your daily life to prove Pain and Suffering in a future court case.
- Watch What You Say: Immediately following the accident, while emotions are high, never apologize or admit to any fault. Such statements could be considered an admission of legal liability. In the following weeks, it is best not to discuss the accident with anyone outside of the authorities, your insurance company, and your attorney. If the other party’s insurance company tries to contact you, do not speak with them. Politely direct them to your attorney to arrange an interview.
- Hire an Attorney: This is perhaps the single most important action you can take following an accident. An experienced personal injury attorney is vital to maximizing your recovery efforts if you’ve been injured, or to defend you if you are at fault. The counsel and efforts of a personal injury lawyer will save you time and money as the case proceeds.
The personal injury lawyers of The Orlando Law Group specialize in personal injury cases. Seeking legal representation before medical treatment advances is essential to the process. If you’ve been in an accident, call The Orlando Law Group today at 407.512.4394 and book a consultation with a personal injury attorney.
If you have been in an auto accident recently, there are some important decisions you have to make. It’s crucial to make these decisions instantly and not delay. Individuals injured in car accidents will have only 14 days to seek initial treatment.
Summit Chiropractic exists to serve the health care needs of our patients with the highest level of care and concern. Using the leading edge of technology, we are focused on bringing you the most advanced “non-surgical” treatment for neck and back problems available.
How Chiropractic Relieves whiplash symptoms:
Chiropractic adjustments are a very effective form of treatment to relieve whiplash. A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle form of a motion to individual segments of the spine which effect the tissue in three ways.
- Relieves nerve pressure affecting neck and shoulders.
- Relieve muscle reflex pain and spasms.
- Reduces disc pressure which is also a contributing factor in neck and shoulders pain.
What you can expect with chiropractic adjustments is decreased pain, decreased muscle spasms and increased mobility
Therapy to Relieve Whiplash Symptoms
Myofascial release is utilized to decrease the muscle spasms and pressure on the cervical nerves. Deep massage therapy is an alternate form of muscle work to effect the muscles related to the pain of whiplash injuries.
In addition, our treatment may also include therapy which delivers a form of cryotherapy into the muscle tissue. The physiologic effects of cryotherapy include immediate vasoconstriction with reflexive vasodilation, decreased local metabolism and enzymatic activity, and decreased oxygen demand. Cryotherapy decreases muscle activity and decreases spasticity and muscle guarding. It is commonly used to alleviate the pain, decrease muscle soreness, and aids in the relief of whiplash injuries.
Intersegmental traction is another means of inducing passive motion into your spine for the purpose of increasing mobility and stretching spinal joints. The discs of your spine have a poor blood supply. Misalignment of the spine prevents this exchange from occurring. Intersegmental traction helps restore proper motion. Patients lie supine on a table which has vibrating roller-type cams beneath its surface. These massaging rollers travel slowly up and down the spine. Most patients find this form of traction to be very relaxing and therapeutic.
Signs of Whiplash
Whether from an auto accident, sports injury or a slip and fall where there are a rapid flexion and extension of the head.
Several muscles around the neck and shoulders, ligaments and spinal discs get injured during the rapid motion.
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Jaw Pain
- Cervical Vertigo with dizziness or nausea
- Arm and Leg numbness and tingling
- Neck and Low Back Pain
- Thoracic Outlet Syndromes
- Shoulder and Arm Pain
Our entire staff is dedicated to helping you along your journey of discovering the path to the summit of your health and wellness through natural, non-surgical, drugless alternatives. If you are experiencing difficulty with your back or neck, please call us at (407) 203-6745 to schedule a no cost consultation with Dr. Jamee Fike and Dr. Warner and find out if this treatment option can help you live a normal life free from pain.
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With our chiropractic procedures, we have helped 100’s of accident injury patients, bringing pain relief and helping them feel as good (and many times, better) than they did before their accident.
Importance of Immediate Care
What a lot of people don’t realize is that it can take multiple days, sometimes weeks before any whiplash symptoms occur.
The reason it can take a few days to feel the symptoms is because it can take time for the inflammation from the tears in the injured ligaments and muscles to build up and further aggravate you. When the delicate ligaments that support your neck are wounded, the muscles react by tightening to guard the injured area. This protects the damaged area from further injury.
A few weeks following this injury, the distressed tissue releases chemicals that attach little cells to the wounded area, called Fibroblasts and creating a scar-like material called fibrin. Fibrin then helps mend and rebuild the injury.
During these few weeks of repair, it is extremely important to maintain normal ranges of motion, as well as spinal alignment. If this is not done properly, the scar tissue will end up limiting the future mobility of the injured area and lead to spinal degeneration.
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None of us wants to admit that we’ll take part in those statistics; but assuming that you will be in an accident at some point, do you know what to do? Let’s break it down into two categories: what you should do at the scene and what to do after the accident.
At the Scene
- Stop. According to the Florida DMV, you must stop. And if anyone is hurt, you are required to get help. In addition, you should give your name, address, and vehicle registration number to others involved in the accident. If you leave the scene of an accident that involves injuries without providing your information your license may be revoked.
- Don’t Block Traffic. If traffic is being blocked by your car you must move it. If you can’t move it yourself, you are required to get help or call a tow truck. Your car should never block traffic in any situation. Before you move the vehicles, you might want to use your phone to take photos, including the surrounding area, traffic signs, lane markings and the damage to vehicles involved. If there is any dispute about the accident, photos can provide a wealth of information and assistance in handling any claims following the suit.
- Report it. According to Florida law, any car accident that involves injuries or property damage over $500 must be reported. In these situations, you should call the local police department, sheriff, or the Florida Highway Patrol. Some experts advise that you should call the police in any accident – even if the other person wants to keep it off the books or you think the damage is minor. Because you don’t know how things will actually turn out, a police report will provide an official record of the accident.
After the Accident
- Call your insurance agent. People in the insurance industry say you should call your carrier regardless of the accident’s severity. If any payments have to be made to you or anyone else involved in the accident, the sooner your insurance company knows of the situation, the better.
- Do not admit fault. Be honest with police about the facts but let them determine your level of liability. Most car accidents happen because one of the drivers was legally negligent. Negligence is when someone has a duty to act with reasonable care and fails to do so, causing harm to another person. A negligent person is required by law pay for the harm he causes to another person in proportion to his or her liability for the other person’s losses. If indeed you are the one charged in a traffic accident you will have the opportunity to explain what happened in court. At that point, the traffic court will decide what the penalty is.
- Consider an attorney. If it is not a straightforward matter, an attorney might be helpful in getting to the bottom of the claim. Particularly if you are injured in the auto accident or the damage to your vehicle was extensive or if there is some question about fault. Of course, if you think you will need the help of a lawyer, make sure you document any medical expenses or other interactions that occur as a result of the accident.
Being in an accident is never convenient or easy. But, if you follow these simple procedures, the aftermath of your accident will be less frustrating and complicated.
If someone is hurt in a store or a person’s house. they may be able to recover compensation for their injuries from the property owner. Some common types of premises liability cases include the following situations:
- Slip and falls
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Dog bites
- Assault on property
- Malfunctioning elevators
- Inadequate security
No matter what type of accident you have been involved in on another person’s property, it will be necessary to identify whether the property owner caused or contributed to the accident in the first place. An attorney can help you explore your options for legal action.
If a person is injured on another person’s property, a court will impose liability on the property owner or possessor under premises liability law if the property owner owed the injured person a duty of care and the property owner breached that duty of care. Whether the property owner or possessor owed the injured person a duty of care, as well as the extent of care owed, depends on the relationship between the person owning or holding the property and the injured person.
Premises liability law refers to the legal principles that hold landowners and tenants responsible when someone enters onto their property and gets hurt due to a dangerous condition. Usually, premises liability claims are based on negligence, although the doctrine may be applied differently than it is in other personal injury situations. The primary source of premises liability law is state case precedents.
Slip and falls are the most common type of accident resulting in premises liability. Causes include wet floors, snow and ice, unmarked obstacles, faulty stairs, and other such dangers. Lawsuits can also result from injuries caused by vicious animals, open swimming pools, broken elevators, or violent customers or guests. To obtain compensation, plaintiffs may be able to file suit against owners, landlords, business owners, easement holders, residential tenants, maintenance companies, and other entities that control or possess the property where the accident happened.
The degree of care a property owner is obligated to provide in Florida depends on the relationship of the injured person to the property. For example, a property owner may be liable if a customer is injured in his or her store, whereas a homeowner will not have the same responsibility to a trespasser who is injured on the premises.
- Invitees – Property owners who run a business are strictly liable for maintaining a safe environment for potential customers and visitors. Businesses must actively prevent or repair dangerous conditions in a timely manner or give clear warnings in order to protect against accidents.
- Social Licensees – Social guests and visitors who have permission to enter a public property, but who are not there for business purposes can still hold the property owner responsible for accidents that occur due to unsafe conditions.
- Trespassers – Property owners do not have a responsibility to fix dangerous conditions or provide warnings for the sake of potential trespassers. Unless the property owner has reason to believe that other people might enter the property without permission, he or she may not be liable for accident injuries that occur to trespassers.
When another person is responsible for such damages, it is crucial that you take legal action to not only hold the liable party accountable, but to also obtain rightful compensation. Do not forfeit your right to receive financial support. With a dedicated attorney on your side, you will be able to focus on your recovery as your legal representative works on your behalf and handles the complex and often frustrating legal process.
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