Show Your Best Side With the Help of Your Lawn

The way a man’s lawn looks says a lot about him, especially his character.  Whether or not you live in an apartment or in a nice house in the suburbs, you should maintain your lawn, especially in this day and age where appearance is everything.  Whether or not, you can afford to pay some people to trim your lawn for you or have to sacrifice some of your weekends, it is important to properly and with loving care, trim your hedges.  

These do not have to be hugely complicated ways of maintaining your yard, but merely mowing your yard.  Mowing the yard is essentially for appearance’s sake, but also to make sure that your dogs or other animals get lost in the tall grass and get bitten by a snake or other creepy animals that like to live in tall grass.  Mowing the yard is not even hard to do.  All you have to do is literally fill a mower with gas and push said mower.  If you’re really rich or let’s be honest and say lazy, get a riding mower, where all you have to do is fill with gas, sit, and steer the mower.  

Other ways of maintaining one’s yard is to make sure that your grass is properly watered.  Nobody should have brown grass.  It’s ugly, and it makes people sad to look at.  However, grass should not be too green and watered too often because there is a water shortage in some areas of the country.  Maybe, leaving out buckets and trash cans while it’s raining can substitute for using water from the hose.  Then, no water that has to be paid for nor water that is not already in the world needs to be used to water an area that will probably be brown again in a few days anyway.

Plants, they look good, and they smell nice.  Plants have the unique ability to brighten anyone’s mood.  The best plants are the fake plants that go inside the house and do not require any maintenance or care.  However, we’re talking about landscapes.  Having some plants doesn’t have to be a lot of plants, will open up your front and/or backyard with color and vibrant energy.  The downside to having plants is that, if you live really far out in the suburbs, a population of deer may make your plants their daily meals.  These deer may look nice and sweet, with their various ages and sizes and genders of deer, and they may remind you of Bambi, but they’re not.  They’re evil.  And, no matter how many allegedly deer resistant plants or possible poisonous substances you leave around the plants, deer will still somehow/someway eat your plants.  

However, despite all of the hassle and all of the money that can come with maintaining a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing yard and/or apartment deck plant area, your neighbors will surely thank you for it, appreciate how nice your yard looks, want to become your friends, and model their yard after yours, which will increase everyone’s property values.  

A Second Shot

Drunk driving continues to plague our roads and highways throughout the country. It is an issue that gives insight into the nature of rebellion and misery of drunkenness. The number of drivers that take to the roads while under the influence of alcohol is too dangerous for their fellow, sober drivers. Drunk drivers who end up being charged and processed with DUI charges can experience an embarrassing and tough confrontation with law forces. Statistics for DUI cases show that usually drunk drivers show little social responsibility and lack basic remorse for their actions until it is too late.

The possibility for dangerous accidents involving drunk drivers is a constant threat on today’s roads. Drunk drivers, individuals who are unable to realize the implications of their careless actions, are one of the greatest threats to our national roads. An alarmingly high statistic of one in three people will experience being involved in a drunk driving collision during their lifetime. One-third of the entire population is undoubtedly too many people to experience such a traumatic event, assuming they survive. Typically, in this event, the drunk driver would be wise to seek counsel from lawyers like those at Kohler Hart Powell SC. Knowledgeable sources can point out weaknesses, assuming there are any, in the prosecution’s claims in order to defend the rights of the driver. In cases where there is no fatality, the driver stands a much greater chance of dismissing charges or facing minimal punishment. For the select few this may be possible; however, another study showed that on average drivers who have been convicted in DUI cases have driven under the influence up to eighty times beforehand. Of course, as in any situation, there are multiple factors that can affect the likelihood of an individual driving under the influence. Typically drunk drivers tend to be more male, younger in the ages between 18 and 25, and drove a motorcycle or small car. Thankfully there has been a large increase in organizations that speak against drunk driving and go a step further by providing educational resources to prevent future drunk driving. These organizations work with various institutions and law agencies in order to provide accurate studies that give insight to the larger problem at hand.

Upon reviewing the information provided it is clear that DUI’s are a complex result of multiple factors. Individuals who choose to endanger the lives of others, and at the same time endanger their own life, need serious help. This assistance can come in multiple forms such as rehabilitation, probation or community service, or imprisonment. The end goal should not be to cripple their life, throwing them into a cell with no ability to rehabilitate and evolve, but it should be to remedy the pain within them that causes such poor choices.

To summarize, drinking and driving can not continue to endanger the lives of millions of people on the road each year. Through better rehabilitation and additional educational opportunities that outline the dangers of behaviors related to drunk driving, I believe we can effectively heal the pains of this continuing epidemic.

Bridal Hair and Makeup: Making Sure You Look at Your Best

You may have dreamt about your wedding day while you were very young . . . the kind of dress you would be wear wearing, the place where you will like to be wedded, how beautiful you will look, and how perfect your husband will be.

Come that day, more than on your husband to be, all eyes will rather be on you – some appreciating how lovely you look, while others scrutinizing three important things: your dress, your hair and your make up.

Some brides want to think of themselves as knowledgeable in makeup application and hair styling, thus, they do most of these things on their own or with the help of a friend or kin. One thing you should know, however, is to never make this mistake.

Your Wedding Day is probably the most important day of your life. But, however you would want to look, with a touch of glamor or simplicity, the best way is to leave it to the experts – people who have been trained in bridal hair and makeup.

As explained in the website of Therapy Hair Studio, there are moments in life when your hair and makeup must be absolutely perfect. Bridal hair and makeup, particularly, should be beautiful, memorable and flawless, and should also endure Houston weather. If you want your Houston wedding to be an outdoor extravaganza, make sure every aspect of your hair and makeup is the stuff wedding dreams are made of.

While some salons will leave you at the hands of any of its hairdressers and makeup artists who, like a general surgeon, is able to treat a wide range of illnesses and would claim being knowledgeable in all kinds of hair styles or makeup artistry, respectively, well-established and trusted salons, on the contrary, have trained and certified experts who handle certain types of hair styles or makeup. This is to make sure that you look your absolute best on this extremely special occasion.

Therefore, rather than have your hair lose its style during the so many hugs and kisses after the ceremony (long before the dancing part) or suffer the embarrassment of your face slipping off because the primer, setting powder, foundation, blush, mascara, and eye shadow used were not budge-proof, why not go to the experts. Your wedding may last only for a few hours, but the pictures which will capture just how beautiful or “not so beautiful” you are will last forever.


Immunity of Government Agencies from Lawsuits is not Absolute

Immunity of Government Agencies from Lawsuits is not Absolute

There are times when a car crashes due to reasons that are purely unexpected and, thus, totally out of man’s control, such as a natural calamity or a sudden-medical-emergency, like a heart attack or a syncopal episode, a condition wherein a person experiences a sudden drop in blood pressure, causing him/her to pass out.

Since natural disasters or sudden-medical-emergencies cannot be foreseen or prevented, courts usually do not hold a driver accountable for whatever accident that may result; thus, courts can dismiss resulting civil lawsuits that may be filed by an injured victim. Those injured can, instead, recover damages from their respective insurance providers, regardless of the cause of the accident or who was at-fault in such accident.

The case is totally different, though, if an accident was a result of an act of negligence. An act of negligence, which is a major contributory factor to road accidents, can be committed by a driver, a car manufacturer or by state, municipality or city officials, who are entrusted with the construction, repair and maintenance of roads, highways and bridges. Driver-controlled errors, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), include drunk-driving, speeding, distracted driving, and reckless driving, among others. Errors by car manufacturers can include production of defectively designed cars or use of defectively manufactured car parts (the only problem with this is defects are only usually discovered after these have already caused an accident).

While drivers and manufacturers can easily be held accountable for accidents resulting from their negligence, holding a government agency liable, due to road defects or poorly constructed or maintained roads, can be very challenging due to the so-called “government immunity” or “sovereign immunity,” which renders government agencies immune from any form of liability, despite injuries during an accident.

According to Champaign car accident attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., “when city and state governments fail to ensure that roads are free of hazards, they put the safety of drivers and passengers at risk. Uneven pavement, lack of signs, and negligent construction are among the many ways that a negligent municipality can jeopardize the well-being of anyone who uses the road.

There are numerous types of road defect that can make highway driving dangerous. In addition, failure to post signs and safety notices can put drivers’ lives at risk. Regardless of what type of defect led to your injuries, you can take legal action against the city or construction company to defend your rights.”

Immunity of government agencies from lawsuits is not absolute. If it can be proven that there is gross negligence in maintaining a roadway then holding a government agency liable and claiming compensation from it are not impossible, especially if an accident victim is represented by a determined and experienced car accident attorney.

Uncertain Diagnoses and Your Mental Health

If you’ve ever been through the trials of trying to find a diagnosis for an unknown ailment, you understand just how frustrating and draining the process can be. Numerous doctor visits, hospitals, appointments, and specialists may be required to properly diagnose an unknown medical condition. Meanwhile, while you are waiting for an accurate diagnosis, the ailment continues to cause the symptoms that prompted the numerous doctor visits in the first place, and helpful treatment is delayed until the issue can be fully named and assessed.

Unfortunately, this back and forth process, this uncertainty, and the symptomatic pain always present with an undefined condition can contribute to other concerning mental health issues as well. Doubt can be a damaging feeling, as you may begin to doubt the validity of your pain, symptoms, and ailment. This doubt causes considerable feeling of unrest and fear, and can contribute to the development of other mental health issues such as panic, anxiety, and depression. It is therefore imperative to take particular care of your mental health when undergoing the process of diagnosing a difficult condition, and to be aware of how the process effects you, mentally and emotionally.

Additionally, if you are not making diagnostic progress with a specific doctor, you may consider trying different physicians. If another physician can readily diagnose you where a previous could not, this may be the fault of the physician and not the fault of the complexity of your symptoms or condition. In such cases, as the Tucson medical malpractice attorneys of Russo, Russo, & Slania, P.C. note, these experiences may leave you with considerable emotional and financial trauma in addition to the already existing physical harm. The trauma of misdiagnoses is similar to that of a long awaited or uncertain diagnoses, making attention to mental health a top priority in all cases. Inattention to mental matters in lieu of emphasis on the physical ailment may leave you in an even sicker state, so stay equally attentive to your mental as well as physical health and symptoms as you pursue a diagnosis and treatment.

Thousands of BP Claims to be Investigated and Prosecuted if Proven Fraudulent

In December 2013 British Petroleum (BP) sued Mikal Watts, a San Antonio attorney for filing more than 40,000 false claims against BP. Two years after, U.S. prosecutors in Mississippi unsealed an indictment of Watts and six others (one of them was his brother) on 95 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, and identity theft all related to the more than 40,000 false claims.

One of the phony claims filed by Watts, which amounts to $45,930.00, was in behalf of a certain Lucy Lu, who Watts identified as a deckhand on a commercial seafood vessel. It was found out, however, that Lucy Lu was not a person, but a dog. Four other claims totaling to $183,720 was discovered to be named after four people who died before the 2010 oil spill.

Within a year after the April 2010 British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (considered the the worst oil spill in U.S. history), and after the British oil giant assured those affected of a settlement agreement which, basically, had no causation requirement for claims, people started coming forward talking of injuries and losses, especially those who owned businesses along and near the coast; many even said they had to close down the business due to bankruptcy. To pay all settlement claims, BP first made estimates amounting to more than $2 billion. A couple of years after, the estimated amount went up to more than $7 billion.

This last quarter of 2016, after already having paid $19 billion and with billions more to settle, BP is echoing its call of fraud on thousands of claims filed. In connection to this, a Wisconsin white collar crime lawyer says that investigation and prosecution of all meritorious reports of fraud (which includes fraudulent claims, identity theft, insurance fraud, charity fraud, and procurement and government-benefit fraud) has become high priority for the Department of Justice. Working together to handle fraudulent cases are the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Offices, and federal criminal investigative agencies, with assistance from the National Center for Disaster Fraud.

Some claimants, who have been contacted by investigators, have already been charged with fraud. Whether investigators are yet to contact you of have already charged you of fraud, it may be best that you take a number of precautions to protect yourself, regardless of the actual legitimacy of your claim.

Some Types of Disabling Conditions the Social Security Administration Considers Eligible for Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA), through its two large programs, provides financial benefits to America’s working group (whose jobs are covered by Social Security) and to certain individuals determined eligible by the SSA.

These financial benefits may take the form of any of the following:

  • Disability benefits – paid to employees who sustain total permanent disability, whether the injury or illness, which caused this disability, was work-related;
  • Retirement benefits – paid to employees who have retired from work (65 years old and above);
  • Benefits for spouses and/or other survivors of a family member who has passed – paid to widows and widowers (or divorced widows and widowers) and unmarried children under 18 years old (or up to 19 if child is attending full time an elementary or secondary school; and,
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The first three are paid to Social Security members through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Social Security members refer to employees who have earned SSA’s required number of credits via their monthly payment of SS taxes. Payment to these taxes are automatically deducted in employees’ monthly take home pay; this is entered in their payslip under the heading “FICA,” which stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

The fourth (in the list above) is paid through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The recipients of SSI cash benefits include:

  • Disabled adults and disabled children (below 18 years old) who have limited income and resources; and,
  • People 65 years old or older who do not have any disability, but who meet the financial limits set under the federal benefit rate (FBR).

Employees or non-employees who wish to apply for cash benefits due to disability should understand that SSA approves only applications of those who have total permanent disability. Under SSA definition, a total permanent disability is a severe condition that:

  • Has lasted for about a year or is expected to last for at least a year;
  • Has resulted in the inability to perform any substantial gainful activity (in the case of disabled adults) or has resulted in severe functional limitations (in the case of children); and,
  • Can be expected to result in the disabled person’s death.

The SSA has prepared a list of disabilities which would make a person eligible for cash benefits if his/her condition would be found in the list. According to the Hankey Law Office, some types of disabling conditions that are found eligible for cash benefits under either the SSDI or SSI, include:

  • Cardiovascular system disorders
  • Digestive system disorders
  • Endocrine system disorders
  • Genitourinary impairments
  • Hematological disorders
  • Immune system disorders
  • Impairments that affect multiple body systems
  • Malignant neoplastic disease
  • Mental disorders
  • Musculoskeletal system disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Special senses and speech disorders

People suffering from short-term disability will not be eligible to receive disability benefits from SS. However, for those whose disability is included in list above or in the list prepared by the SSA, or even those suffering from multiple health problems which render them incapable of performing any substantial gainful activity, it may be to their benefit if they would immediately seek the assistance of a highly-competent Social Security disability lawyer in their SS disability benefits application.

Nursing Home Abuse

Reposting nursing home abuse is very important not only to protect the victim and their family, but also to prevent the incident from ever happening again. As the “baby boomer” generation ages, the increase in nursing home has also lead to an increase in elder abuse. According to the United States Census Bureau, about 60 million of the country’s population will be over the age of 65, and with so many types of elder abuse that can occur it is important that such abuses are identified and reported when a nursing home resident in being abused.

Crowe & Mulvey, LLP reports that the most common and obvious form of elder abuse is physical. However, there are other types of elder abuse, such as emotional, sexual, and financial exploitation, as well as many forms of neglect and maltreatment. The problem is so widespread that reports from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) around 44 percent of nursing home residents have been victims of abuse, and that 95 percent of those who participated in the survey further stated being a witness or a victim of neglect. Other studies have estimated that abuse reports are rarely done, with only 1 in every 24 abuse incidents are reported.

When you suspect a nursing home abuse and it’s an emergency, the best way to help is to call 911, otherwise, law enforcement agencies or the office of the District Attorney should be given a report. Other places to report a nursing home abuse are the APS (Adult Protective services) that offers various services and additional resources to help, as well as the National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence that provides various hotline numbers to report elder abuse in every state.

Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with additional government and personal companies have consistently indicated why automobile accidents are preventable events and clarified. Carelessness, which leads to inattentiveness and/or recklessness, is consistently the number one reason why millions of motorists, motorbike, and bike riders, and people continue to be badly hurt or killed on U.S. streets; but negligence may easily be avoided.

This really crucial disappointment to make sure that nothing is wrong may lead: to an automobile manufacturer selling a defective vehicle or substandard vehicular parts; local government bureaus or federal government channels in ensuring that US roads and bridges are nicely built, maintained and repaired if with defects; and, drivers violating traffic security guidelines by drinking while under the effect of booze, over-speeding, driving recklessly, employing a hand-held telephone while driving and enabling distractions to get the better of him/her while supporting the wheel.

There may just be where there are signs stating these, have produced hazardous, incorrect overtakes, never used signal fires and/or tailgated another automobile, a minor variety of drivers that have pushed via a red light, never slowed down or stopped. But undoubtedly, just about all drivers, whatever kind of car they handle, have now been distracted while on your way.

According to Williams Kherkher‘s website, distracted driving is seen as a the deflection of a driver’s attention in the road due to some other activity. Some of these actions can be:

  • Texting
  • Eating
  • Speaking with a passenger
  • Grooming
  • Reading a map for directions
  • Viewing a video
  • Adjusting any portable electronic device, cd-player, or the radio

Driving distractions are really so ordinary a driver, usually than perhaps not, will never even understand that he/she is already being distracted. While driving, one’s attention must be concentrated simply on the road – a principle which several simply carry on to understand, although that each driver understands. Any distraction can risk the driver, his/her traveler/peoples and other drivers traveling. There are 400,000 injuries yearly thanks to distracted driving, as stated by CDC and the NHTSA, over 3,000 deaths.

Casualties have the lawful right to sue those responsible for the mishap, for the compensation that they deserve on account of the damage they are made to endure.

If a car accident calls for a sufferer, who might take the duration of performing his or her occupation, then such victim can benefit substantially from the qualified guidance of workers’ compensation attorneys, whose expertise and commitment in fighting for workers’ right to settlement is unable to be questioned.

Well, placing aside the matter of settlement, those who continue to to behave negligently on the highway (or occasionally in an operating environment) should recognize when they injure or kill someone because of their negligence, the life of the victim, and of his or her family, may be changed forever – an alteration that no quantity of money may compensate. Nonperformance is the absence of attention, leading to injuries which are undoubtedly not unpreventable. It wouldn’t hurt if one should begin caring for the others.

SR-22 Insurance: What is it? Who needs it?

It comes as no surprise when data from the United States Census Bureau shows that car accidents are a frequent occurrence in roads and highways all over the nation. For the year 2009 alone, the federal government agency noted that a total 10.8 million vehicular crashes had been reported. While the numbers of such accidents have steadily declined in recent years, the U.S. still sees a fair amount of fatalities caused by traffic collisions. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 32,719 people have died in car accidents last 2013.

Both of these aforementioned facts are troubling. Roads and highways still aren’t as safe as they can be, and drivers should take heed of the things they can do to ensure such accidents occur less in the coming years. One of the most important points that come up in this regard is the necessity of SR-22 Insurance.

SR-22 Insurance is among the many different safety nets mandated by different state laws to ensure that the safety of motorists and pedestrians are prioritized in roads and highways. It is a type of insurance policy that is required of certain drivers before they can regain their privilege to operate their vehicles once again. In some states, SR-22 is required from drivers that have been convicted of traffic offenses or have committed a certain number of violations over a specific period of time. SR-22 is particularly necessary for individuals who were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) and those that have incurred 3 or more traffic violations within a span of a year or so. Causing a car accident without providing proper insurance information can also cause a driver to be required to have SR-22 before having their suspension lifted.

To get SR-22 insurance, you will need to speak with a reputable insurance company and pay a minimum premium in order to get the required amount for your policy. From there, you can fill out the SR-22 form proving that attained the coverage policy required of you and then have it forwarded to the Department of Motor Vehicles or DMV. There are insurance companies will take care of this entire process, ensuring clients that they won’t have to worry about going through the lengthy and complicated process. If you want the same convenience, do your research and shop for a company that can offer the best services for the most reasonable price.