What’s With Motorcyclists Today?

Nov 2, 2017 by

Motorcyclists need to stop looking for the chance to sue people. This seems to be a pattern right now in the motorcycling community. I don’t know where they are getting this whiny, demanding attitude, but it needs to stop. Right now.

For the second time in six months, I’ve had a motorcyclist threaten to sue me. This, all because they are running into my car.

The first time it happened because I stopped, not that suddenly, but with a little bit of force because the light turned red. I can’t change how quickly lights change in this town, and I was following the rules of the road. This motorcyclist ended up kissing my bumper. Really, it was more of a peck. All that happened was he touched the bumper and sort of fell forward, putting his hands on my trunk. I pulled off to the side of the road like I was supposed to, and this guy starts railing against me as a dangerous driver. Of course he was some young kid who thought he knew the world. I calmly explained that I had done nothing wrong. He didn’t want to hear it. Finally, I had to pay him a couple hundred dollars because he said I ruined his front tire. It looked fine to me, but whatever. I paid and moved on.

The second time, the motorcyclist again basically ran into me. I changed lanes on the highway while he was speeding up. This time, though, we did somewhat collide. He fell off his bike, which was scary, even though it was his fault. I pulled over again, and this driver absolutely insisted we call the cops and report the accident. He said he would contact a motorcycle lawyer over the incident.

This took an hour out of my life, and now apparently, he is going forward with his legal threat. I’ve got a ticket from the police and a stern talking to from them already, and now this lawsuit business.

I just don’t understand what these motorcyclists are up to these days. I never had a problem with them before, is there some change in the culture I don’t know about? Was there a big article in Motorcycle Weekly or something about marking out guys with nice cars for a good payday?

Whatever it is, it needs to stop. Motorcyclists need to learn the rules of the road and learn to drive more defensively. It’s on them to keep themselves safe. That’s not my responsibility.

In a way, I can’t wait for this issue to go forward. I can’t wait to see that motorcyclist’s silly face when he finds out just how wrong he has been. I hope he has to pay all his lawyer fees. Maybe he’ll have to sell his bike. Then he can buy a proper vehicle next time he’s got money, which won’t be for a good long while, I bet.

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Are Value Products Revolutionizing Hair Care?

Sep 1, 2017 by

Our hair is one of the first physical features that people notice about us. How our hair looks, the length we decide to keep it, and which hairstyle we choose on any given day says a lot about our personalities. People spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per year on hair care products to keep their lock looking fabulous. Unfortunately, not everyone can indulge at such an extravagant price point. Most products are drugstore quality, running under five dollars or so, or they break the bank. Verb, an Austin-based brand, is seeking to change that.

According to Racked, Verb was the brainchild of Jayson Rapaport, Michael Portman, and Claire Moses. In 2006, Rapaport and Portman founded Birds Barbershop because they didn’t like any of the options for a quality cut at a reasonable price in Austin. They charge based on hair length and style instead of gender, which leads to more equitable pricing for guys with long hair, ladies with buzzcuts, and everyone in between. Moses came in when Rapaport and Portman decided they wanted a hair care brand to accompany their shop. Paying up to twice as much for a shampoo as you were paying for a haircut wasn’t a great business model, so they wanted a product with a reasonable price tag.  

The result was Verb, which charges $16 for every product. Everything about the product attempts to avoid the gendered presentation of other brands. Verb’s packaging, scents, and products are unisex and appeal to everyone. Moses also noted that the brand uses about 30% less fragrance than their competitors because “people don’t want to smell like their shampoo.” Currently, the products are sold at Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Birds, and online. Since Birds has expanded to over 10 locations across Austin and Houston, their brand is reaching further as well. With everything from hairspray to styling creams to basic shampoos and conditioners, Verb is an interesting brand with a wide appeal.

Verb is attempting to build a bridge in a fragmented market, and we admire that they are providing a product that is accessible and affordable. However, sometimes what your hair needs extends beyond the typical shampoo and conditioner, and brands like Verb may not scratch that itch the way higher level products can.

According to Therapy Hair Studio, hair care—professional hair care, at that—should be a relaxing and fun experience. With brands like Verb making it onto the market, people will soon be able to take the stress out of looking for their perfect new shampoo. Since it’s non-gendered, families, roommates, and even spouses can enjoy using the same, high-quality shampoo without breaking the bank—if they want to share it in the first place, that is! Even though your hair is unique, you shouldn’t have to painstakingly find a shampoo. Verb is high-quality, with low-maintenance.

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The Essentials of Freight Factoring

Aug 19, 2017 by

Managing your own business is often a very difficult task. There is a multitude of different elements that you have to manage, and money is one of the most important. Whether you are an independent trucker or you are the manager of a small trucking business, cash flow is one of the primary financial elements that you will need to address. However, this is not an easy topic to understand or to properly handle, and it can often lead to frustration and significant stress. Fortunately, there are a number of freight factoring companies that can help you manage your monthly cash flow. A recent article by The Trucker’s Report created a guide to help you enter into smart freight factoring agreements.

The basic definition of freight factoring is a system in which you receive a payment for an unpaid freight bill, from an outside company. Although you will be receiving less money overall, this allows you get your money more quickly so that you can afford the daily costs of your business. While this may be a good option for many truckers, it is important to understand some of the pros and cons of choosing this route, such as:

  • The fee associated with all freight factoring companies, which could be between 1.5% and 5% of your total revenue. However, you will be able to receive between 50% and 90% of your payment immediately, and you will receive the balance when your customer pays their bill
  • Some companies provide only recourse-based service, which means if your customer fails to pay, you must pay back the factoring company the amount they lent. Non-recourse-based services protect you from this possible outcome
  • Some companies allow you to use their factoring services on a load-by-load basis, to help you when money is tight, but others require you to use their service with all future loads for a customer

These are just a few of the differences to look for when choosing a freight factoring company. It is important to look into the company you are choosing, in order to find a deal that is right for you.

Deciding to pursue freight factoring can be a business saving choice for many truckers, and it may help you get through particularly hard times. While this article gives a brief overview of what you need to know about freight factoring, you should always look at your own financial information and do additional research to determine the best course of action for your business.

Although there are many freight factoring companies to choose from, they are not all created equal. On top of their standard practices, some companies also offer additional services to help your business. One such company, TBS Factoring, offers services such as advanced rates, fuel discounts, and discounted overnight billing. Choosing a company that offers high-quality service and other additional perks is a great way to ensure you get the most out of freight factoring.  

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How to Spot an Investment Scam

Jun 17, 2017 by

Losing money in an investment because of fluctuating market values is understandable, but losing money because of the investment’s fraudulent nature is just unacceptable. You don’t deserve to lose your money just because some company or individual has deceived you, but things like this happen all the time.

The best way to avoid investment scams is knowing how to spot one. Here are some of the traits most common among fraudulent investments.

Company is not registered

Don’t be shy to ask the company of its necessary documents to prove its legitimacy, such as registrations and licenses. A legitimate company will have nothing to hide, especially if it is trying to persuade you to invest, so if a company is often making excuses not to show you documents, stay away.

Salesperson is not licensed

You should investigate the legitimacy of not just the company, but also the person who is trying to get you to invest in that company. This person should be properly registered and officially licensed to sell the commodity. Be particularly wary of salespersons who desperately try to illustrate their success, because they are usually using this as a mask to their illegitimacy.

But not because the salesperson is licensed you are already safe. The website of Erez Law has mentioned several examples on how registered brokers can be malicious and negligent.

Salesperson is being too vague or too technical

Aside from the legitimacy of both company and salesperson, you should also know the nature of the investment and how you can get returns. If you don’t know these things, you can be an easy target for investment scams. Be wary if a salesperson is not giving you access to important information, either by being too vague or being too technical.

Returns are promised to be high and risks low

When it comes to investing, there is no such thing as easy money. If you want high returns, you need to go through equally high risks. If the investment pitch is too good to be true, like if it is making promises of high returns despite the minimal risks, you should be cautious. It is probably just trying to lure you in with false hopes.

 

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Nursing Home Negligence, a Serious Problem in the United States that Needs to be Stopped

Mar 22, 2017 by

Contrary to the provision of quality care that is required under the law and which nursing home residents are made to expect, so many of them are rather made to experience abuses and neglect or lack of care. These acts of abuse and neglect result to malnutrition or dehydration, failure to accommodate medical needs, lack of proper hygiene or sanitation, bedsores, and even wrongful death. In fact, thousands of abuses and neglect get reported every year; yet, despite this high number, many authorities and experts believe that so many more remain unreported, especially the more sensitive and humiliating cases, like sexual abuses.

About 15,600 nursing home facilities located all across U.S. provide shelter to more than 1.3 million residents (statistics for 2014). Nursing facility residents include elders (65 years old or older), individuals who are chronically ill or disabled and in need of rehabilitative therapy, and those who are physically or mentally incapacitated. All of these facilities promise the same thing: monitoring of medication, 24-hour emergency care, social and recreational activities and personal care, which includes dressing, bathing, and toilet assistance: in a nutshell, high quality of life in a well-maintained setting.

To protect residents, as well as to make sure that their needs are always attended to, the U.S. Congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Act into law in 1987. This Act mandates that nursing homes participating in Medicare and Medicaid or which receive Medicare and Medicaid funds, should “provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care.” (http://www.nursinghomealert.com/federal-nursing-home-regulations-and-state-laws)

As defined under federal nursing home regulations, neglect, is failure to provide the necessary care and service which will ensure freedom from pain or harm, or failure to assist a resident during potentially dangerous situations which can possibly result to harm or anxiety; it can be intentional or non-intentional. Abuse, on the other hand, can be any form of act that: causes injury; deprives care or service; causes intimidation; results in unreasonable confinement or punishment that causes physical harm and/or mental anguish.

According to the Sampson Law Firm, “Nursing home negligence is a serious problem in the United States. The sad reality is that far too many elderly individuals, whose families have placed an enormous degree of trust in the capability of the staff and ownership of the nursing home, are exposed to serious risks to their health and well-being every year as a result of neglect.”

Negligence, however, can “be an extremely difficult problem to recognize. Many elderly individuals have difficulty communicating with their loved ones, and this can make it hard to understand that there is a problem. However, a few common warning signs may indicate that an elderly individual has been the victim of nursing home negligence. These signs may include:

  • Sudden changes in emotional state
  • Withdrawal from friends and relatives
  • Unexplained physical injuries
  • Abrupt weight loss
  • Bed sores

By knowing some of the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse, a family might be able to put a quick end to this mistreatment, not to mention know when they need to file a personal injury claim on the behalf of their loved one

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Medical Malpractice: Emergency Room Errors

Jan 6, 2017 by

Health and medicine is a serious occupational path. They are very complicated, and even a single mistake in practice can cause injury or death. Because of the complexity of health and medicine, errors are not that uncommon, especially in emergency rooms where everything is urgent.

According to the Toronto personal injury lawyers of Mazin & Associates, PC, emergency room errors can be seen as a medical malpractice, and the medical professionals involved may be held liable.

Most common emergency room errors

Emergency rooms can be stressful places, but it doesn’t mean that medical professionals have room for errors. Below are the most common emergency room errors that result into injury or death.

  • Patient dumping – releasing a patient because of his inability to pay or other financial reasons
  • Misdiagnosis – failing to properly diagnose complications, particularly those that are life-threatening
  • Medication mistakes – Issuing the wrong medication, dosage, or not giving medication at all
  • Improper discharge – releasing a patient too early or without the necessary supplementary instructions
  • Improper management – having issues with the overall medical operations, like lack of staffing and delays in treatment
  • Improper procedure – incorrectly performing procedures that may cause harm to the patient

Causes of emergency room errors

Most emergency room errors are a result of recklessness and negligence. These things have no place in emergency rooms, especially because lives ar at risk. Also, they are easily prevented through competence, diligence, and loyalty to safety procedures.

Emergency room errors occur because of the following:

  • Inexperience of staff
  • Lack of medical equipment and facilities
  • Fatigued or stressed staff
  • Not following standard protocol

Effects of emergency room errors to patients

A visit to the emergency room is bad enough, but everything becomes worse if you become a victim of an emergency room error. The most common effects of such errors to patients include:

  • Additional medical bills because of corrective treatment
  • Loss of time at work or school
  • Unnecessary inability to enjoy life
  • Unnecessary pain and suffering

Experiencing these things because of another person’s fault is unjustifiable, especially if that person is the one who is supposed to take care of you in emergency situations. But by reading more about emergency room errors, you are one step farther from being a victim.

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Texas Divorce Laws the Need to be Complied With

Oct 26, 2016 by

In the past, majority of U.S. states granted divorce but only for specific reasons and on specific ground/s. In Texas, particularly, the Texas Family Code clearly specifies that the acceptable and valid reasons for divorce are adultery, bigamy, abuse, impotence, insanity, desertion, drug addiction or alcoholism, conviction in a felony case, and fraud.

As divorce became more common and acceptable, however, states, including Texas, began allowing the filing of divorce on “no fault” grounds, meaning, the spouse filing a petition for divorce need not cite any ground other than irreconcilable differences or insupportability which, according to Kirker Davis LLP, means discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marital relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.

Like in any other state, however, there are more basic laws that will determine the legitimacy of a petition for divorce, such as the issue of jurisdiction or residency requirements. If a court finds out that it has no jurisdictional rights to decide on a petition for divorce, then it will not recognize such petition, resulting to dismissal of what has been filed even before it starts.

In Texas, residency requirements require that:

– The petitioner or the respondent has been a resident in the state of Texas for at least six-months prior to the filing of the petition;
– The petitioner or the respondent has been a resident of the county (where the petition is filed) for at least 90 days prior to the filing of the petition; and,
– If the spouse, who will file the petition for divorce has moved to another U.S. state or another country, then he/she will have to file the petition in the Texan county where his/her spouse has resided for at least six months.

Many individuals in Texas opt to file a “fault” divorce due to the possibility of them receiving a bigger share in the division of property and assets. Some others, however, rather file under “no fault” grounds, reasoning out that a “fault” divorce may take a long time settle (from six months to more than a year). They will have to face too costly court and other legal fees if this will be the case.

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Causes of Birth Injuries

Jul 27, 2016 by

One of the happiest and most awaited events in the life of a parent is the coming of their baby. After several months of preparation, the time has come for the infant to see the light. The parents together with the pediatrician will do everything to ensure that the baby goes out healthy and normal. But somewhere along the way things can go wrong causing the baby to get injured.

According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, birth injuries is associated with substantial costs especially if it requires treatment. They can have devastating effects on the life not only of the baby but also of the parents. There are various factors that can cause birth injuries and we shall discuss them in detail.

Delayed Birth

A labor that lasted 18 hours is already considered long. At this point in time, the compression in the brain becomes too much for the baby to handle. By this time, the baby will already show signs of fetal distress and their brain will start reacting in emergency mode resulting to elevated blood pressure.

Lack of Oxygen

All brain-related birth injuries are associated with oxygen deprivation. They can either be mild or severe and the injury could last for a few days up to a lifetime. Oxygen deprivation may be due to both external (kinked or prolapsed umbilical cord) and internal forces like low birth weight or underdeveloped lungs.

Medical Malpractice

Sometimes birth injuries arise from the negligence or inexperience of the medical personnel who delivered the baby. When the person handling the delivery has limited knowledge about prenatal, natal, and postnatal care, this is where things can go wrong and the baby could end up getting injured.

From the onset until the delivery, it is important for proper care to be given to the baby. More importantly, the one who should be tasked with the delivery is one who should be properly trained and experienced. This way, the possibility of the baby getting injured can be prevented.

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Surgical Errors

Mar 17, 2016 by

Seventy-one-year-old retired secretary LaVerne Stiles underwent a spinal fusion operation at Citrus Memorial Hospital in central Florida in February 2012, as she had been involved in a minor car accident a few weeks earlier and had sustained broken bones in her neck.

Spinal fusion is done tens of thousands of times annually at the hospital, and they are usually performed without a hitch. Stiles can take her pick from three of the hospital’s well-trained surgeons, who mastered their craft at the hospital rated to be one of the top 100 in the nation when it comes to spinal fusion operations.

However, the doctor that performed the procedure on her, Constantine Toumbis, had one of the highest rates of mishaps when it comes to spinal procedures in the United States. The other two doctors at the hospital’s disposal possessed among the lowest rates for postoperative problems like infection and internal bleeding.

According to statistics analyzed by New York City-based independent non-profit newsroom ProPublica based on Medicare data, the differences that Stiles encountered at Citrus Memorial are indicative of the activities in many hospitals across America – they do not track the complication rates of many surgeons and utilize such information so as to enforce improvements. The government also has no say in this.

Using five years of Medicare records for eight common elective procedures including knee and hip replacements, prostate removals, and spinal fusions, ProPublica found out that hundreds of surgeons across the nation had rates of complications approaching double and triple the national average, surgeons with the highest complication rates are still being allowed to perform surgeries nationwide, and that subpar surgeons are working at academic medical centers which are considered the best in the country.

Attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, & Overbeck, P.A. say that patient safety has been at the core of American health care since 1999 when the Institute of Medicine published “To Err is Human”, a report that revealed the frequency with which surgical operations result in errors.

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