What Is A No-Zone Area? – Be Informed And Stay Safe

What Is A No-Zone Area? – Be Informed And Stay Safe

May 19

Compared to other vehicles, the sheer size of 18-wheelers as well as semi trucks makes any accident involving them devastating. One of the most commonly reported truck accidents involves no zone or blind spot accidents. When another vehicle is in these no-zone areas, the truck driver cannot see them which makes any collision or accident tragic if the driver suddenly makes a driving manuever. For this reason,. Truck drivers should pay attention to these no-zone areas.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, not all truck drivers fulfill this important responsibility, which could lead to serious truck accidents. Figures from the United States Department of Transportation revealed that more than 413,000 automobile accidents are due to truck no-zone accidents. From that number, almost 160,000 fatalities occurred. Knowledge of these blind spots or no-zone areas can help prevent a fatal accident. Depending on the truck, the size and actual location of its no-zone may vary. Usually, trucks with long trailers may have bigger blind spots at the back of the vehicle. For commercial trucks, the no-zone area can be any of the following:

  • An area which is a length of a car from the rear of the trailer
  • A small area directly in front of the driver, where a tractor can block the view of the driver
  • A small area on the driver’s side that extends from the side view mirror of the tractor to the front of the trailer
  • A large portion on the passenger’s side starting from the side view mirrors to the length of the trailer, with marginal visibility near the rear of the trailer

Although knowledge of a truck’s blind spots can help prevent colliding with a truck, the driver is still responsible for checking any vehicle that would leave or enter its no-zone area before changing speed or direction. For your own safety, avoid staying or overtaking too close from these trucks.

The Dangers of Listeriosis

The Dangers of Listeriosis

Dec 01

Unsafe food products are among the primary causes of emergency visits and hospital stays across the country. A single food item prepared, packed, or served in an unsanitary way can result in adverse health reactions. While cases of food poisoning almost always go away without life-long complications, they can be particularly dangerous for those who are vulnerable, like pregnant women and those who are suffering from chronic illnesses.

Listeriosis, or listeria disease, is one of the most commonly reported types of food poisoning in the U.S. According to the website of Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., food manufacturers have the responsibility of ensuring that food packages released in the market were manufactured, packed, and delivered in a way that is safe from listeria contamination; and failure to do so could put consumer’s health and safety in great jeopardy.

Healthy individuals suffering from listeriosis may experience muscle ache, fatigue, and gastrointestinal disorders, such as diarrhea and vomiting. While these symptoms often go away with standard treatment, individuals with immunocompromising illnesses (such as HIV) may experience more serious health diseases, such as septicaemia (infection of the bloodstream) and meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain). Furthermore, pregnant women exposed to listeria are more prone to miscarriage, preterm labor, and still birth.

Because some of listeria’s complications are fatal, it is important to seek medical attention if you experience listeriosis symptoms and if you suspect that you have been exposed to contaminated food product. Furthermore, you should be extra careful in preparing your meal so as to keep contamination at bay. The Food and Drug Administration recommends these four steps in preventing listeria contamination:

  1. When eating raw produce, always rinse the items with running water.
  2. Scrub food items to get rid of listeria-carrying dirt.
  3. After washing and scrubbing raw produce, dry it using clean paper cloth.
  4. When preparing meal, avoid cross-contamination by separating uncooked meat from ready-to-eat or cooked products.

Is Personal Injury That Big of A Deal?

Is Personal Injury That Big of A Deal?

Sep 02

The idea that just one person could be hurt and the whole scenario can be blown up to huge media coverage and attention – it’s worth asking: what’s the big deal if one person gets hurt?

Well, the big deal is that these injuries can happen to one person – but that one person can be absolutely anyone.

Accidents don’t pick and choose specific people; the universe isn’t quite so as specific to choose which life to make suffer as all that, no matter how much it may feel like that. That is why it is the responsibility of people to take care of each other and look out for each other – that is a standard of care that is thrust upon the shoulders on every person who has ever been alive.

Even the slightest bit of negligence from one person could mean everything wrong to another – and to that other’s family and friends, and perhaps even generations of that victim’s descendants long after either of you are gone.

According to the website of the The Seegmiller Attorneys, personal injuries can range a variety of cases. Situations like birth defects to electrocution to premises liability can fall under the responsibility of personal injury. And that is because the legal definition for personal injury is that it is any injury that is dealt onto a person due the negligence (whether it is ignorantly or willfully done) of another person or party. There are so many different factors and permutations of those factors to consider that the idea of what constitutes as a personal injury alone can be mindboggling in itself.

So why do people make such a big deal out of it?

Because people want justice and people want to live in a world where they can be safe – and that can’t happen if even just one person gets away with being careless at the expense of someone else’s entire life.

Places to be in Milwaukee: Miller Park

Places to be in Milwaukee: Miller Park

May 11

One of its kind in the entirety of North America – Miller Park is definitely one of the more famed hotspots in this great city, and for good reason. Its unique fan shape, in a purely aesthetic fashion, is attractive and is cause for intrigue but it is also highly functional. Never will a game be deterred by inclement weather as the ceiling can close in just ten minutes and allow for everything to simply go along as it would have.

The park broke ground in 1996 and finished construction in 2001. Since that time, it has been the home of the famed local baseball team of Milwaukee: the Milwaukee Brewers.

However, it isn’t just baseball that this place is known for as, thanks to the spacious grounds as well as the grand seating capacity, many concerts have also been held in this park as well! Paul McCartney holds the record for having had filled up the park the most with his concert in 2013, having filled the park with over 44,000 people. One Direction is even scheduled to perform in Miller Park this coming August 2015.

Whether or not you’re a baseball fan or not, you are guaranteed a good time in these grounds as the shared energy and adrenaline is enough to perk just about anyone up. It has been noted that it has the best dollar value, thanks to the facilities as well as the food offered. Vendors are plentiful in this park and the quality of it isn’t just your run of the mill park food as this, too, is something that Miller Park particularly prides itself on.

Are you going to find yourself in Milwaukee any time soon? Why not catch a game or performance or two? Miller Park is definitely worth your while!

What Are Storage Units ?

What Are Storage Units ?

Mar 01

The United States is the leading market for the self-storage industry (also called mini storage or self-service storage), with about 46,000 storage facilities located all around the country and still growing. It is such a huge industry that there is even a show on television called “Storage wars.” According to a report from 2007, the US market for self storage and leasing was at $6.6 billion, and has since possibly increased.

Storage units are usually rented on a short-term basis, although arrangements for long-term use can be made. Units can be leased to both individuals and businesses. However, just about every jurisdiction does not permit using a storage units as a residence. The renters, or tenants, are given their own lock and key for their own security, and generally all the items stored are covered by the storage facility’s insurance. The main difference between a storage facility and warehouses is the accessibility of employees to the facility; this, therefore, creates more security and privacy for the tenant, as it is less open to theft and break-ins.

Many storage facilities offer additional services and packaging supplies, such as boxes, locks, and even truck rentals for transporting the items to and from the storage facility. Other tenants are specifically looking for storage facilities that offer climate control. These types of storage units in 78729 at Pond Springs Mini Storage can help in maintaining important and sometimes fragile items that need to be kept in a certain temperature to avoid damages. Climate controlled storage units can help preserve important artifacts or documents that can be damaged by weather or changes in temperature. Because many of the items stored in storage facilities are saved for future use, and even for sale, it is vital to keep them in the best possible condition. Finding the right storage facility, therefore, is important to keep them safe and in the best state. Investing in storage now could lead to a higher return in the future.

Benicar and Sprue-like Enteropathy

Benicar and Sprue-like Enteropathy

Sep 18

Benicar (olmesartan) is one of a family of angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB), also known as sartans which are used as treatment for hypertension. Diarrhea has always been known to be a side-effect of ARBs including olmesartan, so there is no surprise there. However, as mentioned in the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, an alarming number of cases has been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as observed by researchers which strongly indicate that there a link between Benicar and a condition called sprue-like enteropathy. It is believed that drugs containing olmesartan alone among the ARBs are the only ones with this effect.

The condition is called sprue-like enteropathy because it mimics the symptoms of Celiac sprue, more commonly known as celiac disease which is a chronic medical condition resulting from an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein present in wheat, rye, barley and related grains that when ingested by a celiac disease patient causes an immunological response, damaging the intestinal mucosa and villi, flattening it. This is called villous atrophy of the intestine, and results in the non-absorption of nutrients, diarrhea and weight loss. To test for celiac disease, the patient is tested for the presence of an antibody assay called the immunoglobulin A anti-tissue transglutaminase antibody or IgA-tTG. A patient with sprue-like enteropathy will exhibit the same symptoms but the IgA-tTG test will be negative.

Because the condition inhibits the absorption of food nutrients, a patient suffering from sprue-like enteropathy over a period of time is at risk of developing massive and irreversible intestinal damage that will affect other organs in the body. When celiac disease is ruled out, it is likely that the symptoms are being caused by Benicar, and should be discontinued under the doctor’s supervision.

If you have acquired sprue-like enteropathy because of Benicar, you may have already suffered from significant harm that would require costly medical intervention and care. Consult with a dangerous drugs lawyer in your area to go about getting compensation for your condition.

How Anticoagulants Work

How Anticoagulants Work

Sep 04

There has been a lot of attention focused on anticoagulants (blood thinners), mostly because of their serious and sometimes fatal side effects, but few really understand why anticoagulants are even prescribed when there is a risk of harm.

Anticoagulants are central to the prevention of strokes for the at-risk patient. This means people who have a high tendency to develop blood clots that could dislodge and cause a stroke, such as those with atrial fibrillation, are prime candidates for an anticoagulant prescription such as warfarin, which has been the standard medication since the 1950s, or the newer drugs, the injectable Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) or the oral Xarelto (rivaroxaban).

Anticoagulants do not break up existing clots; rather, they prevent its formation in the first place by inhibiting (blocking) one part or another of the coagulation cascade. It is like placing a finger in one section of a domino show; when the toppling tiles get to that point where the finger is, the show stops. Various drugs target different components of the coagulation process, but it all prevents the production of thrombin, a proteolytic enzyme that triggers the formation of fibrin from fibrinogen. It all sounds complicated and it is, but suffice it to say that anticoagulants keep the blood fluid by keeping clotting factors at bay. Anticoagulants can be dangerous if administered improperly, and should only be taken under a physician’s supervision.

A common problem of anticoagulant use is bleeding. Blood clots act as stoppers to a ruptured vein or other blood vessel to keep the blood in and facilitate repair of the damaged parts. An anticoagulant in the system will keep the blood from forming these clots. The risk of harm is high, but for some patients, the benefits outweigh the risks. However, there are some anticoagulants that appear to pose a higher risk than is acceptable. According to Xarelto lawyers, the newer anticoagulants lack an effective reversal agent to counteract uncontrollable bleeding, which can lead to fatal consequences.

If you have been seriously injured from using Xarelto despite faithfully following the doctor’s instructions, it may be because the drug is just too dangerous. Consult with Xarelto lawyers in your area for a more thorough understanding of your rights and the drug companies’ liabilities.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Jan 03

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is an option where you are given the chance to keep your properties, but in return you have to reorganize your debts in order to draft a payment scheme that you will adhere for a certain amount of time, say three to five years. This form of bankruptcy is not for everyone, as it requires you to use your own income to repay parts of your debt, thus it is important for you to prove in the court that you have the ability (and income) to keep up with your payment responsibilities.

Repayment plan is the most important aspect of Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This will plan out how much you will pay for each debt, as well as the way you will pay them. It will be up to you and the courts to determine your repayment plan, and this will also depend on you income and the debts you have. If have stumbled upon an issue where you are unable to pay for your debts, you will be given an option to modify your plan or ask the court to have some of your debts discharged, otherwise you might convert to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

After completion of your repayment for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you will have to provide evidence that you are up-to-date with your alimony or child support obligations and have attended and completed a budget counseling course (form an approved US Trustee) in order to receive a bankruptcy discharge.

Employee’s Rights vs the Various Forms of Wrongful Termination

Employee’s Rights vs the Various Forms of Wrongful Termination

Oct 16

Wrongful termination/discharge/dismissal is one situation wherein the termination of an employee from work violates any of the provisions in the employment law or any of the terms stipulated in the contract of employment. All employees in the US have protective employee rights against wrongful termination. These Employee Rights are based on:

  • Statutory Rights: these are mandated by the state or federal government and require an advance notice of the closure of or a facility or sizeable lay-offs (due to retrenchment), provision of unemployment insurance and protection through anti-retaliation and anti-discrimination laws;
  • Company Policy: states the provision of severance payment in case of company lay-offs; and,
  • Contract Rights: an employee’s individual contract with his/her employers which may be sheltered by a union/collective bargaining agreement.

If, despite these rights, an employee sees foul play in losing his or her job, then the Wrongful Termination Law can be used to determine whether the termination was proper or not. This law also provides possible remedies in cases of wrongful removal from work.

The usual reported causes of wrongful termination include discrimination, retaliation, refusal of employee to perform an illegal act (at the command of the employer), failure of employer to abide by the company’s policies on termination procedures and whistle blowing or complaining.

Besides wrongful termination, there are two other means used by employers to terminate an employee:

  • Constructive dismissal –a voluntary decision (by the employee) to quit from work arrived at due to the unbearable working conditions at the doings of the employer. These conditions may take the form of unconstructive changes in work and/or pay, harassment and/or discrimination.

This voluntary resignation may be legally compared to wrongful discharge; the employee only needs to prove that he/she has quit work due to a breach of contract by the employer. The Employment Rights Act of 1996 states that any employee, who ends his/her employment contract due to the employer’s conduct, may be considered as illegally dismissed.

According to the United States Department of Labor, constructive discharge happens “when a worker’s resignation or retirement may be found not to be voluntary because the employer has created a hostile or intolerable work environment or has applied other forms of pressure or coercion which forced the employee to quit or resign. This often arises when an employer makes significant and severe changes in the terms and conditions of a worker’s employment.”

  • The “Employment at Will” Doctrine – simply means that any employee may be dismissed (even without notice) or can resign from work any time even without valid reason/s. There are circumstances, though, which will render this doctrine not applicable, such as (if the employee is covered by) a contract of employment, a company policy that provides termination procedure and a collective bargaining agreement.

An employee should understand that if ever he/she has been terminated from work and he/she strongly feels and believes that this termination is in violation of his/her rights, then seeking legal assistance is essential. Not only are employment laws complex, but there is also a statute of limitation in filing for a wrongful termination lawsuit plus the need to forward a claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) prior to filing a lawsuit.

Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Without a Lawyer

Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Without a Lawyer

Oct 04

Choosing to file for bankruptcy can be a difficult decision, particularly since it can affect your records for a certain period of time; however it may be the best option because it gives you the chance to organize your finances and clear up your debt, enabling you to start over.

One of the many options is Chapter 7 bankruptcy, as it helps in discharging almost all of the debts. Another benefit of Chapter 7 bankruptcy is that it helps keep the creditors from taking over the properties, such as have homes foreclosed, and avoid any harassment from them. With the limited amount of money available, a lot of people who choose to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy choose to file them themselves. Here are pointers on how to do exactly that.

After confirming that you are eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the next action is to have at least three (3) copies of your credit report, since most of the credit bureaus do not have a copy of them and there is a possibility that one report may be different from the other. Ensure that your credit report have the addresses of every creditors since you need them in your forms.

Make sure to complete your mandatory credit counseling course (you’ll be given a certification after completing it), and the course typically costs about $30. Get this counseling course from a credited company. Then find out which Federal Court jurisdiction you belong, and then complete your necessary bankruptcy paperwork. With your completed paperwork and certificate of completion from the counseling course, file your petition to the bankruptcy clerk, making sure you have the date for the “meeting of creditors”.

While waiting for the meeting with the creditors, make sure you respond to all the letters sent to you (either from the trustee or the court). Bring together things such as past two months pay stubs and bank statements, last year’s tax forms, and any real estate paperwork that may be asked by the bankruptcy trustee. Make sure you attend the meeting of creditors and answer their questions honestly.

Within 45 days after the creditors meeting, you should complete the post-filing of personal financial management instruction course (which cost $30) otherwise you might run the risk of having your case dismissed if you have failed to complete it. After receiving your certification of completion of this course, submit the certificate as you have been instructed in your letters, then wait until you receive the final correspondence stating that your debts have been discharged.

This may seem easy to follow, however it is always strongly advised to get a lawyer to help with these process. Many things can go awry, and you might not be able to defend your case properly. Having legal representation present to guide and advise you on the next step will guarantee that your case will end in a positive result.