Check Your Canned Goods

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Product Liability | 0 comments

People have learned over the decades to trust their canned goods. Look at any depiction of a bomb shelter, and it will be littered with canned goods, since they are expected, by common assumption, to be able to outlast even a nuclear winter.

The canned good has done a lot of good for humanity. The food does last a very long time, and that means it can be used by soldiers and be sent out to give relief to those suffering from disasters.

But just because canned goods last a long time does not mean they last forever. This assumption that canned goods can’t go bad is a dangerous one for the simple reason that some people will eat bad food out of a can and simply ignore the signs it could pose a health risk because of where it came from.

While it has been found that botulism in canned goods has been nearly eliminated in America, cases do spring up every now and again, most likely due to that assumption that nothing bad could be in a can.

The fact is, no manufacturing process is perfect, and canning is just like everything else. Errors are certain to happen, even if they are extremely rare. By simply assuming nothing can be wrong, people leave themselves open for a potentially grave mistake.

It is important to keep in mind that there are large food recalls every year, and some of that food is found in cans. It is important to keep abreast of these recalls, whether they affect canned goods or not.

People also don’t realize that storing food in the cans after they are opened can lead to other bacteria getting into the food. While the can is closed airtight, it is usually very safe, but once it is open, that metal can bring in a lot of undesirable bacteria.

The best policy with canned goods is the same one taken with other food. If it is past its sell-by date, don’t eat it. If the container looks disfigured (either dented enough there may be a whole or especially if it is ballooning out), don’t eat it. If the food inside the container looks or smells strange, don’t eat it. If the food has been opened and left in the can for more than a few hours, don’t eat it.

These simple, common sense points will help to all but eliminate the risk of botulism contacted through cans.

Remember, while the risk is already rare, that doesn’t mean there is no risk. Eat smart, store smart, and never take a risk when it comes to food. It may seem almost unthinkable at the time, but eating something that has gone bad can have absolutely horrible consequences. It’s better to always play it safe.

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Car Accidents are not Just Statistical Data

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Reckless Driving | 0 comments

The United Nations proclaimed May 11, 2011, as the official start of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, a program that is intended to zero in on road safety for the purpose of effecting a significant reduction in the yearly number of car crashes worldwide. Every year, 1.3 million people die, while more than 50 million others get injured in car accidents occurring around the world. 

In the U.S., based on records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), annual death rate due to car accidents is more than 30,000, while rate of injuries is more than two million – the results of the more than five million yearly car crashes.

Other records from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which relate to car accidents show that:

  • From 1899 to 2012, fatal motor vehicle accidents totaled to 3,551,332;
  • In 2010, there were 5,419,000 crashes that resulted to 32,999 deaths and 2,239,000 injuries;
  • In 2011, 32,479 people died in motor vehicle accidents, the lowest number of fatal accident since 1949;
  • In 2012, fatal crashes due to distracted driving was 3,328;
  • In 2013, fatal crashes due to alcohol-impaired driving was 10,076(this is 30% of all traffic-related deaths in the US); and,
  • More than 90% of all road accidents in the US and around the world are due to bad driving behavior, like drunk-driving, speeding (especially while under the influence of alcohol), reckless driving, changing lanes without signaling, driving through a red light, and use of cellphone.

According to the International Organization for Road Accident Prevention, road danger is nothing more than a crisis made by man and, since this is so, it is, therefore, totally preventable. One very alarming fact which in consistently shown by records both in the U.S. and around the world, is that the most often offenders in road accidents, especially fatal ones, are young drivers, usually those between 16 and 34 (teens between 16 and 19, however, are three times more prone to be involved in a fatal car crashes than those 20 years old or above).

The Chicago injury lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, says that every driver must share the road. With that comes the responsibility to take reasonable care towards others when driving. Unfortunately, many citizens blatantly disregard other drivers on the road and use reckless driving as a means to decrease their travel time. A reckless driver’s actions are nearly impossible to predict and because of this unpredictability they are exponentially dangerous.

Reckless driving unnecessarily raises the risk of an accident and can also increase the severity of the accident. Thus, those who willfully choose to endanger others on the road should be held liable for their actions because car accidents are not just statistical data; these are rather causes of sufferings for those who get injured, disabled or die.

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Alabama Bankruptcy

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

The majority of the American workforce worries about money, and it is only natural. Money provides them with shelter, keeps their bellies full, ensures everyone in the family are protected from illnesses and accidents and allows them to care for their children so they can be more successful than themselves. Indeed, financial problems are also the number one reason that couples get divorced. The greatest fear for those who worry about money is the thought of going bankrupt and having all of their assets, everything they have worked so hard for, completely disappear. An individual having to go through bankruptcy is rough enough, but when an entire town does, it can be absolutely devastating,

What happens when an entire town is forced into bankruptcy? Not even lawyers know, according to this local CBS station in Alabama. The town of Courtland in Lawrence County has begun laying off city workers in order to save what little money they have left. The town is tiny, too. There are only two workers who man the town hall, and their hours have been cut such that they each only work four days a week. In addition, the town has only a single full-time police officer, and the city council even cut the hours of the chief of police himself from full-time to part-time. On a Wednesday, for most a typical weekday, the police office was completely closed. The town has nearly become a ghost town, with most shops in the town square remaining closed due to lack of business. The local golf course which employed five workers has also been shut down. The local residents claim that Courtland’s downfall began with the construction of a major highway that completely bypassed the bulk of the town. Commuters and travelers on their way to bigger cities are no longer funneling money into the town. In addition to the new highway, the locals also blame the city council for extravagant spending when funds were low. A third reason the town is on the verge of bankruptcy is the closure of a local paper company a few years ago that was the largest source of income for the entire county and employed the most workers.

The decline of small town America has been continuing for decades as more and more people move to cities for job opportunities. Bringing in new industries such as software development to dying towns is a viable solution for some, but this kind of change takes an extraordinary amount of time and resources. Many rural towns cannot even get a decent internet connection, and the initial investment for laying new cable is a large risk that telecommunications companies are hesitant to make.  

For the average man, bankruptcy is a terrifying proposition, but talented bankruptcy lawyers can help make the process more manageable. Unfortunately, when it’s an entire town that goes bankrupt, options are limited. It may be possible or even necessary that the state provide emergency funding to these towns solely to ensure that the residents of the town can keep working and making a living.

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Signs of Bad Faith in Long-term Disability Insurance

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

You can get long-term disability insurance through your employer, as part of a benefit plan, or through your own effort, like getting an individual policy. Either way, you are getting this kind of insurance just to make sure that when the need for it arises, you can get financial assistance.
But there is one important thing you should know – insurance is a business. For this reason, insurance companies may act in bad faith just to save money. Below are some of the most common acts that may be signs that your insurance company is acting in bad faith.

Denying legitimate claims

You are truly disabled under the terms and agreements between you and the insurance company. You have the proper medical records to validate your disability. You have submitted your claim in a timely manner. Yet after all these, your claim has been denied.
According to the website of Fields Disability, those who have had their claims denied may have other options, such as appealing to the insurance company to reconsider. Still, it cannot be denied that insurance companies reject valid claims, with the intention of saving money and discouraging claimants to pursue coverage.

Approving claims too swiftly

If your claim has been approved, you have a legitimate reason to celebrate. But if it has been approved too quickly, postpone that celebration for a while, because the quickness may be a sign of bad faith. This is a common tactic of insurance companies. They swiftly approve claims while giving minimal coverage, giving the illusion that the claimant has gotten what he deserves, when in fact, he has not, and the insurance company has just saved some cash.

Delaying the process

Insurance companies will do everything they can to discourage your from pursuing your claim, so they are going to make the process as hard as possible. They may delay parts of the process, including the acquisition of the proper documents needed, the studying of the said documents, and the approving and denying of the claim.

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The Monolithic Integral Suppressed Barrel: Quieter, Lighter, Stronger and Reduces Recoil better than any Other Rifle on the Market

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Guns | 0 comments

An enormous amount of force is necessary to propel a bullet. This force produces a very loud sound that even a short period of exposure can damage one’s hearing. Due to this, gun enthusiasts are always on the lookout, either for a good hearing protection or the most efficient gun suppressor. But is silencing a gun really possible?

The sound of a gun comes mainly from three different sources. The first one is when the gun’s hammer strikes the firing pin as the trigger is pulled; this creates a sharp, metallic sound. Although this is not as ear-crushing as the gunfire itself, it still contributes to the sound a gun makes during each shot.

As the firing pin strikes the back of a bullet, it hits a primer that triggers the powder propellant inside the bullet’s casing to quickly generate an enormous amount of hot gas. The hot gas creates immense pressure at the back of the bullet, usually at 3,000 pounds per square inch, which pushes the bullet down the barrel. As the gas expands, it creates a sound which can be as loud as 165 decibels, which may cause permanent ear damage.

The third sound is created when the bullet finally comes out of the barrel and whizzes past a target. It is called a bullet crack. A ballistic crack is so unique that it makes it possible for you to distinguish gunfire from booms created by fireworks, for instance.

As an answer to the question above, to silence a gun, gun owners use suppressors, also called sound suppressors, sound moderators, or silencers, A suppressor is a device attached to the barrel of a firearm or air gun (or to a part of a firearm) which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. A suppressor, however, is only able to silence the second sound (the sound created by hot gasses). Due to the longer and wider provided by a suppressor, the escaping propellant gas is slowed down plus the hot gas is given more room to dissipate; this decreases the sound created by the pressure.

As an answer to the question above, to silence a gun, gun owners use suppressors, also called sound suppressors, sound moderators, or silencers. Now, suppressors are available either as a separate piece of equipment that can be treaded onto a firearm, or as a combination of a suppressor and a barrel. As a separate piece of equipment a suppressor is attached to the barrel of a firearm or air gun (or to a part of a firearm). This is used to reduce the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. A suppressor, however, is only able to silence the second sound (the sound created by hot gasses). Due to the longer and wider provided by a suppressor, the escaping propellant gas is slowed down plus the hot gas is given more room to dissipate; these decrease the sound created by the pressure.

More efficient in silencing a gun, especially, a rifle, however, is combination of a suppressor and a barrel. Among the quietest and most accurate integral suppressed rifles on the market available today is the Monolithic Integral Suppressed Barrel (MISB).

In its website, Suppressed Weapon Systems explains that, by making the suppressor and rifle only a single piece (welding, threading, screwing or attaching is no longer necessary), its MISB is made quieter, lighter, stronger and reduces recoil better than any other rifle on the market; it can also be quickly disassembled for cleaning in the field without the use of any tools.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents, the Major Cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

One serious types of personal injury is that which is inflicted to the brain as this have very serious effects, like unconsciousness (which can become more frequent so long as the injury remains untreated), amnesia, comatose, disability, or death. Personal injury is harm committed against a person due to another individual’s negligent or careless behavior. Though it is usually physical, it nevertheless affects the victim mentally and emotionally. A personal injury may also be accidental or intentional in nature.

The causes of personal injury include simple accidents, like slip and fall, to severe motor vehicular accidents, which can occur on land, air or at sea. It can also result from medical errors, defective products or exposure to hazardous materials while at work. While some personal injuries can be severe, resulting to prolonged disability which, in turn, can result to financial loses due to costly medical treatment, others can lead to a victim’s untimely death. As explained by the Spiros Law Firm, under the law, victims of personal injury have the right to receive compensation from the liable party to cover present and future damages resulting from the injury

Brain injury, also known as intracranial or Traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a very serious personal injury caused by a strong jolt or very violent blow to one’s head. This injury is usually sustained in car accidents, falls, acts of violence, explosions or sports accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 million Americans are treated for brain injuries every year – about 50,000 of them die.

Car accident, specifically, is the major cause of this type of injury. Despite the safety features of a car and the careful observance of traffic rules by some drivers, the negligence of many other drivers can render futile all observance for safety and cause an accident that can severely injure or kill innocent victims. Pursuing legal action against reckless and negligent parties should be a duty to all innocent injured victims, not just for the purpose of seeking compensation, but for sending the message that acts of recklessness and negligence will never go unpunished.

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Workplace Wrongful Death Claims

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Workplace Safety | 0 comments

The term “wrongful death” is used when a person is killed due to another party’s negligence or misconduct. Workplace deaths often fall under the category of wrongful death. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, over 4,600 people are killed while performing their jobs each year. Losing a family member is devastating, and even more devastating if the deceased is the household’s breadwinner. When a death occurs in the workplace, the family members of the deceased are eligible to receive workers’ compensation and more. When the death was a result of negligence, the family may further be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

In the case of a workplace death, workers’ compensation covers financial losses such as funeral expenses, loss of future income, medical bills accumulated prior to death, and legal fees. However, these amounts are capped and likely will not cover the drastic financial impact of losing a family member in full. Compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit may go beyond the financial scope. According to Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, benefits may include compensation for the survivors’ emotional pain and suffering and loss of consortium.

A wrongful death lawsuit usually cannot be filed against an employer if the family received workers’ compensation. However, if a legal team can show that a third-party was negligent, significant compensation can usually be won. Examples of a third party could include the driver who caused the accident, property owners whose negligence contributed to the death, or manufacturers of the faulty equipment that killed the worker.

Receiving benefits after the workplace death of a loved one can be more complicated than expected. If family members win both workers’ compensation and a wrongful death lawsuit, however, they may be granted significant settlements. These settlements may include weekly survivor’s benefits or a lump sum settlement.

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Ways on how to prevent back pain at work

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Workplace Safety | 0 comments

According to the website of WorkSTEPS, many American workers suffer from back pain due to a variety of reasons. Poor workplace ergonomics, for instance, could be one of the top reasons for back aches. Limited breaks during work hours and poor work posture may also cause this musculoskeletal condition. Back pain can result in poor work performance and decreased productivity. In most cases, back pain results in a couple of days off work.

Back pain may harm you and your business’ bottom line. And so to keep this musculoskeletal condition at bay, remember these simple tips in preventing back pain:

Maintain good posture when working

According to the Huffington Post, sitting over a keyboard for hours can contribute to tightness in the hips and legs, in addition to neck, shoulder and back pain and discomfort. Working on a desk in front of a computer all day may cause you to slouch on your back, making you more prone to back pain. By moving your mouse and your keyboard closer to your chest, for instance, you are preventing yourself from overreaching items that may cause back pain. Also, remember to always align your head to your neck to avoid putting too much strain on your neck bones.

Choose ergonomically-designed office tool

A chair that allows you to comfortably put your weight on a lumbar support may help you prevent lower back pain. Also, choose a desk that’s not too high or too low to avoid straining your back muscles. Finally, using a laptop in the office may cause you to lean forward and squint more often just to hit the proper keys or read what’s on the screen, so you may refrain from using laptops and switch to PCs instead.

Have an occasional break

Taking a quick break to breathe, stretch, and relax your back muscles, arms and hands may help fight against back ache. You may talk to your supervisor to help you plot a good schedule that would allow you to have short in-between breaks without having to compromise your productivity.

 

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Many women are still discriminated at work

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Workplace Discrimination | 0 comments

In this day and age, we oftentimes want to believe that the boundaries between men and women are now obscured, especially in the workplace. We may want to believe that women, unlike before, are now enjoying everything that had been previously exclusive for men. We now see women welders, women plumbers, women doctors, women CEO’s. As we march forward, we are becoming more and more oblivious about a person’s gender, and we are becoming more and more focused on what a person can contribute through his/her skills.

While this is definitely a step forward, this can act as a double-edge sword for (and against) women in the workplace. According to www.carykanelegal.com/practice-areas/employment-discrimination-law/, many women of child-bearing age are more prone to discrimination at any point of employment, especially during recruitment, as compared to men. For some employers, hiring women in their workforce could mean added maternity benefits and loss productivity that could put a strain on their bottom line. That’s why for some women, it can especially be difficult to be hired as compared to male counterparts with the same skills and background.

Sex or gender discrimination in employment involves treating someone unfavorably because of the person’s sex, whether they are applying for a job or are a current employee. Gender discrimination at work doesn’t start and end during recruitment alone. Many women are being abused physically, sexually, emotionally, and verbally even when already employed. Some women are not spared from sexually suggestive and immodest remarks, especially if the workplace tolerates or breeds a culture of sexual prejudice.

Women who feel that they are being discriminated and abused in the workplace should never fear to stand up for their rights. The best way to start is by documenting every instances of discrimination. Also, you should not be afraid of reporting instances of discrimination to your immediate supervisor. If your supervisor tolerates or perpetrates such acts, report to the supervisor next to him. Finally, there are many government and non-government institutions that look into cases of gender discrimination and abuse in the workplace. These agencies can provide you advise as to what actions to take in ending discrimination at work.

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How an incomplete set of teeth may impact you

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Dentestry / Oral Health | 0 comments

If there is a part of your body that can provide you both functionality and aesthetics, those would be your teeth. A complete set of teeth makes it possible for you to chew food into tiniest morsels to make the process of digestion a lot more effective. And a smile is nothing without flashing that complete set of white teeth. But what if you’re missing one or more tooth? What could be its effect?

A dentist in Leander should know how important a complete set of teeth is for an individual. Here are the different ways on how an incomplete set of teeth may impact you:

Body image issues

When you are missing one or more teeth, you are reluctant to flash that smile or speak. You may shy away from small talks, and you may even avoid the crowd altogether. An incomplete set of teeth might be the one holding you back to realize your full social potential, and it may even prevent you from reaching your goals. Don’t let an incomplete set of teeth get in the way! Consult with a professional and ask them about the options to bring back that glorious smile.

Gum diseases

A missing tooth leaves gap that exposes your gums. When your gums are exposed, it may house germs that can later cause gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. In serious cases, gingivitis may even lead to other more serious gum diseases, such as periodontal disease, or the widening of the gap between the tooth and the gums, and osteonecrosis of the jaw, or the death of the jaw bone. The American Dental Association has launched the Mouth Healthy website to help educate consumers on dental issues.

Compromised nutrition

An incomplete set of teeth may prevent you from consuming healthier foods needed by your body for proper nutrition. A complete set of teeth, however, gives you the liberty to eat whatever it is that’s pleasurable, yet healthy.

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