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The Truth of Burn Injuries

There has been a saying that’s gone on around for a long time. It says: “if you can’t stand the heat then get out of the kitchen.” Sometimes, though, no matter how far away you stay from the kitchen – the heat comes to you, whether you like it or not.

Burn injuries are a horrible experience that then deals life-altering changes to all those it inflicts its flames upon. Aside from material loss as property is consumed and reduced to ash, there is also the physical and psychological damage sustained after such an incident. If the substance were hot enough, the skin could melt clean off and render damage that is permanent and irreparable. Heal as best as it might, nothing will ever be the same again.

Medical expenses can even escalate to over $200,000 – and that’s the initial cost alone. Most burn injuries that people sustain have bills and medical costs that go well beyond that, and that’s for the physical damages alone. Psychological scarring can also be evident due to the disfigurement that so often comes after a burn. Burns can result to things so absolutely devastating like gas explosions and the like or from secluded events such as scalds or exposure to dangerous substances. What is more appalling is that most burn injuries are absolutely preventable – if only it weren’t for an offending party’s negligence.

Whatever the cause of the burn incident, according to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, the victim is liable to receive financial compensation, whether it be for the medical expense as well as the lost wages and, possibly, diminished capability to work. If there is evidence of foul play, the offending party could even be fined with punitive charges.

Dealing with a burn injury, especially one that is severely life altering, will take a significant amount of time that could have been otherwise spent in this short human lifespan. The least you can do, if you or someone you love has suffered such atrocity, is to pursue justice.

What is a Fuel Advance?

There will be times for many start-up trucking companies and independent truckers when they are hard-put to find the cash to pay for the fuel they need to pick up a load. A freight contract usually comes with money upfront, but not always and because most freight factoring companies require an invoice (indicating that the job had been done) before they will pay anything, this can be a major problem. How can they produce an invoice when they can’t get the truck to where it needs to be to do the job? Fortunately, some freight factoring companies such as TBS Factoring understand how it is and offer to these truckers what is called a fuel advance program.

Essentially, the factoring company agrees to pay the trucker a portion of the cash advance (up to 50% in some cases) for a load that they are factoring before the job is done. Typically, the fuel advance is loaded to the fuel card the factoring company subscribes to, or as a direct deposit to the trucker’s bank account if it is a weekday. Cash loaded to the fuel card can be accessed as such for expenses other than fuel or used to pay for fuel at gas stations that accept the fuel card; note that there may be transaction fees for each cash advance, payment or withdrawal.

It should be noted that it is an accommodation that is not offered by all freight factoring companies, and not all clients will qualify for it. A fuel advance program is a great option for the severely cash-strapped trucker to keep the business going provided the client passes the credit check or is a pre-approved for the fuel advance option. The fuel advance amount is part of the total due to the trucker and which in addition to any applicable fees will be deducted when the invoice is presented to the factoring company.

Limousine Amenities

A limousine is more than a means of transportation; it is a fashion statement. It’s like that expensive pair of shoes or custom suit; you use them to make an impression, and a limousine’s amenities can do the same thing.

The standard limousine is longer than the average sedan so it has plenty of leg room, comfortable seats, and has a partition separating the driver from the passengers for privacy. As pointed out in the website of Capital City Limousine, it epitomizes luxury and wealth even without the added amenities, and is generally considered the most expensive form of private land transport. But there are other limousine amenities that can and have been made available to delight its passengers.

Most limousines sport a bar, and some are stocked well enough to satisfy the needs of a rowdy bachelor party. Some go the stylish route with cut-glass decanters and crystal glasses, perfect for celebrating an anniversary or promotion, and then you have those with neon light-edged counters and even sinks. Party limousines even sport a disco ball! Some limousine models go for more quiet elegance with wood paneling and expensive veneers.

One of the most sought-after limousine amenities is high-end communication and sound systems. Nothing makes a trip goes faster than listening to your favorite music, indulging in surfing the social networks, or getting work done during a long commute. At the very least, getting to play with all these gadgets while on rolling iron is an experience not to be missed.

Of course, all these amenities come at a price. If you’re rich enough to have your own private limousine, the novelty will probably wear off after a while and taken as a matter of course. But if you are just hiring a limousine, there is no reason to go for one with as many amenities as the service offers that you can afford. After all, how often do you get to ride in a limousine?

Alcohol Combined with Marijuana: A Driver’s Fastest Way to the Afterlife

A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that drunk-driving or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is among the four major causes of vehicular accidents on US roads (over-speeding, driver error and reckless driving are the other three). More than 40, 000 lives are lost every year due to these accidents.

DWI is a crime in all 50 states and the law says that any driver who will be caught driving while having a 0.08% of blood alcohol content (BAC) in his/her blood would be charged of the crime. With regard to DWI or DUI – driving under the influence, drivers need to understand two essential things:

  • The crime is not based on soberness. Some people definitely have greater tolerance to alcohol than others. This enables them to consume more bottles of beer without being impaired by the alcohol – a different case when it concerns casual drinkers
  • Possession of marijuana or worse, use of marijuana in combination with alcohol will only increase the driver’s impairment, risk to accident, criminal offense and fines and punishment.

Despite the recently approved Washington Initiative 502 or marijuana reform policies, wherein licensed possession, selling, manufacture, distribution and use of the drug by people aged 21 and over is already allowed, no one is still permitted to drive if the level of alcohol and/or marijuana in the blood is over the limit set by federal law. The federal law limit is 0.08% BAC for alcohol and 5 nanograms of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient) for marijuana.

Drunk-driving, marijuana possession (in great quantity) and use still become more dangerous when committed by a motorcycle rider. Besides the much higher risk of accident, the injuries a motorcycle rider may sustain are more severe and can even be fatal. This is because riders have very minimal bodily protection that would protect them during impact in the event of a motorcycle accident.

Having a good time with friends may involve a few drinks, but always make sure that you have a safe way to get home. No matter how good a driver you may be; if you drink and/or use marijuana more than what is allowed for drivers, there is a great possibility that you’ll end up in jail or in a hospital bed (hopefully not in a casket). It’s small decisions like this that can save you, your family and friends a lot of money, time and grief.

Spanking and Behavioral Problems

We often hear about the correlation between spanking and child behavioral problems. News sources cite studies that support this idea. Unfortunately, though, this information may be misleading. Several articles are often written from the same, small piece of research.

Having said that, there are several large studies that all say spanking causes behavioral problems.

A 1997 study by three psychiatrists surveyed 807 families over the course of two years to examine the effect of spanking on antisocial behavior specifically (such as fighting, stealing, bullying, or generally mistreating others). This longitudinal research found that the frequency of spanking had a strong positive correlation with antisocial behavior (ASB) two years later. Basically, the more often the kid was spanked, the more antisocial they were a few years down the road.

A 1998 study which also focused on ASB studied 933 mothers and children, and found that there was a strong correlation between corporal punishment and increased antisocial behavior. Corporal punishment was defined as a slapping on the rear or the back of the hand of the child in this study.

Conversely, some scholars believe this data is simply unreliable because they do not compare spanking with other punishment methods. A 2010 replication of a 1988 study which found a correlation between spanking and aggression found that, once adjusted for biases and confounding factors, the correlation was reduced to becoming statistically insignificant.

We can determine from this that although there is no solid proof that spanking will turn a kid into a heathen, the fact remains that larger studies either find a significant positive correlation between antisocial behavior and aggression or a slight (meaning statistically insignificant) correlation.

Protection from Domestic Violence

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed in 1994. This act and the provisions added in 1996 acknowledge domestic violence as a legitimate national crime and offers protection to victims under the federal government, in addition to state and local governments. In order for domestic violence to qualify as a federal crime, and thus be eligible for federal court or federal protection, it must meet certain standards.

Traditionally pop culture represents domestic abusers as an obsessively controlling husbands or boyfriends. Despite this common and prevailing depiction, abusers can take many forms. Plenty of abusers have been spouses, domestic partners, parents, ex-spouses, boyfriends, and girlfriends.

Being the victim of domestic abuse can be disorienting and frightening. It is important for people who become the victim of domestic violence to seek outside help in order to improve their situation. Legal help can be instrumental in enforcing restraining order and carrying out legal action against domestic aggressors.

In addition to providing immediate help for domestic violence, a family lawyer can help spouses who seek a divorce. Not only can lawyers mediate the legal proceedings surrounding separation but they can expedite the whole process. Most couples that seek a divorce typically have children. So when a divorce is necessary, the business of separating finances, estates, and family can be dicey.

In the majority of divorce cases, people need a legal assistance and expertise when determining child custody agreements, child visitation rights, and child support financial plans. The presence of an experienced attorney can help the process move along much faster as well as provide both parties with more options than they knew they had at their disposal.

Various Laws Enacted for the Protection of Employees

In order to protect and uphold the rights of employees and job applicants against abusive co-workers and employers, federal and state laws have been passed and enforced all across the United States. These laws are also intended to help create order and balance in the workplace and violation of any of the stipulations contained in them would lead to charges and possible compensation to do justice to the affected employee.

Various workplace discrimination laws are enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of 1964. The EEOC is a self-governing body approved by the US Congress on July 2 of 1964; its creation was for the implementation of the Civil Rights Act, which was passed in 1964 and aimed at safeguarding individuals from the many forms of employment discrimination existing in the workplace. The usual bases of these discriminatory acts are race, origin, color, sex and religion.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against, contact a discrimination lawyer today to discuss your options.

The other laws that have been created and which are enforced by EEOC include:

  • The Equal Pay Act (EPA): this law, which was approved in 1963, orders that employees who perform the same work ( in the same office), regardless of gender, ought to receive the same pay; “same work” implies similar responsibilities, skills and efforts
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964: this law illegalizes any form of discrimination, regardless of basis; it also prohibits retaliatory acts against employees who simply complain or file employment discrimination cases and who participate in investigations or lawsuits involving discriminatory practices
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): beginning in 1967 those who applied for jobs and were aged 40 or above received protection from this law
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): this 1990 law provides protection to people who are discriminated due to their disability (despite their competence and capability to perform the work like anybody else)
  • Sections 102 and 103 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991: these laws are actually improvements of the Civil Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities Act. The law allows the granting of compensation to victims of intentional employment discrimination
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA): its approval on November 21, 2009, gave protection to individuals with issues of genetic information. It also illegalizes leaking of information regarding an employee’s family’s medical condition,  genetic tests, as well as issues of medical disorders
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: this law is one of the amendments made on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; it makes discrimination against women due to pregnancy or childbirth (as well as any medical situation akin to pregnancy and childbirth) illegal.

There is a statute of limitation, though, for the filing of employment discrimination cases; these cases will also need to be forwarded to the EEOC first. Having a good lawyer to assist you will ensure that you go through the whole process correctly and within the specified time limit.

Get that ‘Salon-gorgeous Hair” that You’ve Always Wanted

The continuous growth of the professional beauty industry has driven industry and (hair) salon operators all across the US to give only their best efforts in providing services aligned with the growing and ever changing consumer needs. Thus, over the past few years, besides haircutting, which is the most basic service rendered by hair salons and which customers also see as the most necessary, many other services have been introduced and continuously improved to ensure customer approval and satisfaction.

Besides the traditional haircutting service, hair salons today also render trims, hair length reduction and layering – services that apply to all genders from any age groups. In addition, there are also the hair-coloring or tinting, keratin/smoothing, cutting and styling, blow-drying and shampooing services. Occasionally, some male customers ask for mustache and beard-trimming – services that are usually rendered by barbers. But due to the many other services needed by customers, hair salons have opted to include in their list of services, hair modification treatments, such as straightening and perms, facials and deluxe nail (fingers and toes) care services.

Among all the services rendered in hair salons, haircutting is still the most demanded, raking up the highest revenue year after year. And though hair salons specifically designed for male customers enjoyed an increase in profit, earnings prove to be higher in salons that offer services to both male and female. Profit, however, is evident not only in hair salon establishments. Sale of hair care products has also seen an increase due to many options these products provided customers with, and the convenience of not having to go to the salon for the needed service, besides its being less costly.

Hair salon treatments may sometimes prove to be quite expensive; but this so because of the real difference it will create in you each time you visit. Even hair-care products point to this fact as evidenced in their label where it says, “salon-gorgeous hair.” Thus, a hair stylist would only be too happy to provide you with the specific hair treatment that you need. Is it to protect your hair from further damage, nourish, enhance, repair or strengthen it? If you want your hair to return to its most beautiful and healthiest state, then leave its care to the experts.

Medical and Non-medical Negligent Acts the Lead to the Development of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a brain disorder that may be caused by medical or non-medical negligent or reckless acts. This brain disorder is widespread in babies and children aged eight or below. The known major cause of cerebral palsy is medical error/malpractice. Misdiagnosis, surgical error, delayed diagnosis and anesthesia error are the most common forms of this malpractice.

Obviously, such errors are easily avoidable through proper care of the pregnant mother and her child during and right after her child’s birth. Thus, no doctor or medical personnel under whose care the pregnant mother and her newly born child are can ever make the excuse that the injury inflicted on the child was accidental.

The non-medical causes of cerebral palsy in children usually trigger a severe or prolonged loss of oxygen to the brain, resulting to the development of the disease. A child who is constantly abused, who may have had a near drowning experience, suffered a forceful blow to the head or who may have suffered a head injury due to a car accident are examples of the non-medical causes of cerebral palsy.

Asphyxia, that is, oxygen deprivation during birth which leads to brain damage is another cause of cerebral palsy. During the first six months after birth, though, the infant may suffer from any of the following medical conditions which can lead to the development of cerebral palsy:

  • Intracranial hemorrhage, this is brain hemorrhage suffered the baby; this is usually caused by stroke.
  • Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) are factors that may be the result of a pregnant mother’s abusive acts or subjection to health problems. Use of illegal drugs during pregnancy accounts for the abusive act; suffering from infections and/or extremely low blood pressure are counted under health problem issues.
  • Abnormal development of the brain may be caused by changes in the genes that affect the infant’s brain development, viruses, infections or , disturbance to the head while yet in the mother’s womb.

Cerebral palsy affects a child’s movement, balance, and body posture. This condition causes great concern and inconvenience to child and parent, as well as financial burden to the family for the required costly medical treatment needed by the child. This is one ailment that legally deserves and requires compensation from whoever might have committed the act of negligence or carelessness that resulted to its development.

The Necessity of Having a Lawyer in a Legal Case

Living in a sturdy house and being able to drive or walk on any US road totally safe from any harm all the rest of your life are what ought to be. But, better face it; this is not what reality is. The moment a person walks out of his door, he subjects himself/herself to all kinds of danger and injury; to some, their very own residence is even the possible source of danger.

A house collapsing on its residents, a motor vehicle accident, an animal bite or attack, being injured due to a fall, wrong diagnosis, workplace injury, medical error, injury caused by harmful chemicals, wrong medication, sub-standard vehicar parts and road defects – all these are just some of the civil liabilities a person may be faced with; and then, there are also criminal charges a person may be accused of.

In the event of any of those mentioned above, it would be an ideal move to seek legal assistance as each will need to be settled legally (sometimes settlement is made outside the court, saving both victim and liable party from the lengthy lawsuit). Now, the laws under which civil liabilities fall, which are tort laws, are long and complex. But besides the laws’ intricacies, another important reason why victims ought to have a lawyer is to have someone represent them and fight for their rights and interests.

Falling under the tort law, injured victims are entitled to receive compensation from the liable party/entity, which may be an individual, a firm or even a government agency. This is because the law holds that the accident, which has caused injury to the victim, is due to the liable party’s negligence, carelessness or recklessness.

The right to receive compensation is given even to victims of sea tragedies/effects of sea tragedies, such as the oil spill that occurred in April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. If you live along the shores of the states affected by the spill, then you definitely would have suffered due to the effects the spill has caused. Many valid claims are being rejected, so filing a BP claim appeal is with the assistance of determined and knowledgeable legal counsel who could fight for your right to compensation is necessary.

Veterans may also apply for a Social Security benefit for disability compensation, due to the service-related injury they have sustained that now impairs them from being able to work, typically as a result of being hurt in combat. The government has special rules and money set aside for military veterans who were harmed in the line of duty.

Though a lawyer’s job is to defend the interests of their clients, not all lawyers have equal capabilities, determination, and courtroom experience. Some are definitely more knowledgeable, determined and experienced than others, making them the best people to take your case.