New Job, Same Old Lawn

Posted by on Apr 12, 2019 in Lawn Services | 0 comments

I normally pride myself on being pretty self-sufficient. I like to cook my own food that I bought from the grocery store, not use one of those subscription box services delivered to my house. I like to walk my dog instead of using one of those apps where strangers will do it for you. I like to look around my house and know that things get done because of my hard work.

Things changed, however, after getting my promotion. The transition period has been particularly difficult. I am working longer hours at the office, with more responsibilities and increased importance in the work I produce. The paycheck is nice, but it’s been difficult for me to reconcile not being able to accomplish everything I used to do around the house.

I am still able to cook for myself, thankfully. But some things have fallen through the cracks. I noticed that I have not been able to cut my lawn with the same frequency I normally prefer. So I looked at lawn care companies in my area and found that Midwest Lawn Co was by far the most recommended and well-reviewed.

Apparently, lawn businesses have a reputation for cutting corners or not delivering the services you pay for. Midwest Lawn Co, however, has been operating in the Chesterfield area and West County suburbs for more than a decade. Not only are they are super talented, but they are also able to cut lawns for professional and residential properties!

Obviously, I am more concerned about my lawn in front of my house getting cut as often as I was able to before my new job. But it’s good to know that if my employer ever needs a recommendation for a good lawn care company, I’ll be able to tell them about Midwest Lawn Co.

Something that I thought was also interesting from clicking around on their website was that they offer landscaping services. Softscapes refer to things that are fluid or will evolve with time (such as plant or grass features) whereas hardscapes refer to features that are more permanent such as rocks designed in a certain way or fountains. Apparently, the ideal balance is a mixture of both features. And Midwest Lawn Co can do that, too!

With my promotion, maybe I’ll save up for some landscaping work as a present to myself! It would certainly look better than the sunflowers I planted years ago that have now begun to wither due to my amateur experience with landscaping. Seems like this company knows what they are doing.

It is refreshing to see a company that operates with integrity. And the results have been fantastic so far! They’ve cut my lawn a few times over the past couple of months and my lawn looks tidier and more professional than it has ever looked in the past decade I’ve been living in my home. Needless to say, I am very satisfied with my new lawn service.

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Office Hazard: Fires

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Injuries at Work, Personal Injury | 0 comments

At work, you already have a lot in your mind, so the last thing you want are accidents. First, accidents disrupt the productivity in the workplace. Second, they may cause injury and its associated financial burdens. It’s a lose-lose situation for both employer and employee.

It can be said too that employers have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the workplace. For example, according to the website of the Abel Law Firm, those who have been hurt in fire accidents caused by negligent parties, such as employers, may have legal options.

Fire is a particularly dangerous risk in the workplace, because the workplace has various elements that can cause fires, such as the following:

  • Appliances, especially those that involve fire and heat, such as coffeemakers and microwaves
  • Combustible materials, such as piles of papers and folders, especially when near fire and heat sources
  • Equipment, such as desktops, laptops, and printers, especially when overused or overheating
  • Wiring systems, such as extension cords and outlets, especially when overloaded

Property damage at least has relatively easier solutions, mostly of the monetary kind. But what about injuries? They are not always solved by money alone. There are instances where the injuries are severe enough to seriously affect the victims’ lives, either temporarily or permanently. Below are just some of the problems victims may encounter:

  • Burn injuries, not just affecting the skin, but also the inner tissues, nerves, and bones. The worst burn injuries may even require amputation.
  • Brain and lung problems caused by asphyxiation, smoke inhalation, and the like. The worst brain and lung problems involve compromised cognitive abilities and partial loss of motor and sensory functions.
  • Negative psychological effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Victims may reexperience the traumatic event of the office fire, particularly in the form of flashbacks and nightmares.

It is a good thing that, according to the website of the Houston personal injury attorneys at Williams Kherkher, those who have been injured because of negligent parties may have legal options. So, it is not just about fires, but accidents caused by negligence as a whole.

However, it can also be said that both the employer and the employee should make the effort in maintaining workplace safety. It is just that the employer should take the bigger responsibility.

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Truck Drivers’ and Operators’ Fault

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Big rigs or 18-wheelers measure 70 feet long and weigh 80,000 lbs. or 40 tons. This size makes it difficult for these vehicles to maneuver, while their weight (not including yet the weight of their cargo) makes their stopping distance longer than cars; these also require tires that will provide great traction and a breaking system that will effectively enable deceleration.

Due also to a truck’s size, smaller vehicles become unnoticeable to a truck driver, especially if these smaller vehicles drive behind a truck or along its right side – these areas are known as a truck’s “no zone” areas or “truckers’ blind spots” where drivers either have limited visibility or no visibility at all.

The features of truck (mentioned above) plus truck drivers driving for eleven hours with very short rest periods make it very important that they are always watchful and more considerate to drivers of smaller vehicles. These are just a few of the many reasons why the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 strictly require that truck drivers go through a special type of training, which will develop and further improve their skills in operating a truck, and pass a test set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) before they can be given a commercial vehicle license.

Unfortunately, despite the laws and drivers’ training program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to receive reports of 500,000 accidents, close to 4,000 deaths and more than 100,000 injuries every year, all involving trucks.

While drivers of passenger vehicles blame truck accidents on truck drivers, saying that truck drivers are careless on the road, always seem to believe that they have the right of way, and often failing to consider the presence of smaller vehicles, truck drivers, on their part, say that many car drivers fail to use or do not use turn signals, make unsafe lane changes, cross the center line and drive into their path, tailgate, overspeed, or immediately slow down after cutting in front of their vehicle.

There are various causes of trucks accidents due to truck driver fault. Some of these are drivers losing control of their truck due to tire blowout or brake problem, not changing worn-out tires, defective brakes or other truck parts, driver fatigue, driving too fast for road conditions, cargo not properly distributed inside the truck, and intoxication due to alcohol, illegal drug or prescription drug.

Operators or owners of trucking firms are also directly at fault many times, however. This is true when they hire unqualified drivers during peak season, force their drivers to work beyond the maximum hours of service HOS, fail to conduct regular inspection, repair and maintenance of their trucks (and keep records of these maintenance jobs ready for government inspection), and/or allow drivers with recent traffic violations to still go out on the road.

An article in the website, says, “Sometimes a truck driver has a lapse in judgment or is simply not paying enough attention to the conditions on the road. Though these situations seem similar to typical vehicular accidents when a driver loses concentration, they are on a much larger scale and have variable parties that may be held liable.”

At other times, though, trucking companies choose not to comply with the federal regulations they are “required to follow in order to keep their workers and other people on the road safe. Forcing drivers to work past a certain number of hours or overfilling trucks are both against the law and dangerous. If it can be determined the trucking company associated with your accident was negligent in such a way, you may be able to hold them accountable for the injuries you’ve endured and the resulting medical bills you’ve accrued.”

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When is Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Committed?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Sex Crimes | 0 comments

Sex crimes, especially those committed against children, are very serious offenses. The most commonly reported sex-related crimes involving children include: child molestation or indecency with a child, solicitation, sexual assault of a child, aggravated sexual assault, possession and distribution of child pornography, Internet sex crime, sexual exploitation of a minor, and statutory rape, which refers to an adult engaging in sex with a minor who is under the age of consent. A person proven guilty of any these crimes can face very harsh punishments besides being possibly required to register as a sex offender.

Sexual exploitation of a minor, particularly, is committed by whoever knowingly records, films, photographs, develops, duplicates, distributes, transports, exhibits, receives, sells, purchases, electronically transmits, possesses or exchanges any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct.

In 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Criminal Victimization Survey registered 346,830 cases of sex crimes committed against persons aged 12 or older. It is believed that many children, who are victims of sex crimes, do not immediately report the crime committed against them due to fear of negative reactions from their parents, or due to threats made by their abuser, most of whom are known to them, like a neighbor, a child care provider, a babysitter or a family friend; in the case of male victims, offenses are usually never reported.

Many laws have been passed for the protection of children, such as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, and the Sexual Offender (Jacob Wetterling) Act of 1994, which is the federal version of the Megan’s Law (the Megan’s Law, which was enacted by the United States Congress in 1996, is a federal mandate that requires law enforcement agencies to make available for public referencing any relevant information about sex offenders. Information, which may be published in newspapers and pamphlets or posted in free public websites, can include an offender’s photo, name, residential address, work, communities visited, nature of crime and incarceration date. The passing of this law is to avoid sexual crimes from being committed, such as the one committed against a seven-year-old girl, who was raped and killed by her neighbor in 1994).

Under the law, sexual offenders are also required to inform local law enforcement authorities of any changes in their address and employment after their release from custody. This mandate usually lasts up to 10 years, however, it may be made a permanent requirement. In many states, offenders can be charged with felony if they fail to comply with this mandate.

As explained in the Horst Law website, a person can be convicted of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor multiple times and could conceivably be punished with consecutive sentences. However, not all those convicted are actually guilty of the crime they have been charged with. Often, the battle is fought between a charged offender and a child (victim) who, of course, is supported by authorities, the police, and probably even by the trial judge and jury in proving the guilt of the accused. A person charged will definitely need representation from an experienced, tough criminal defense lawyer who may be able to save him/her from conviction.

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Understanding The Difference Between Wrongful Death and Murder

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

Wrongful death and murder can both lead to the sudden death of a person. But while they can lead to the same result, wrongful death and murder have huge differences. When their loved one has been murdered, can the family sue the individual responsible? When someone has been charged with murder, can they also be sued for wrongful death? Let us take a look at the difference of the two terms.

The first difference between wrongful death and murder is the type of case. Wrongful death is a civil case. According to the website of Spiros Law Firm, it is the family of the deceased that files the case. Being a civil case, it carries a different burden of proof than a criminal case. In such cases, proof by 51% or more is already acceptable. A wrongful death case is tried in a civil court.

On the other hand, murder is a criminal case and is filed by the state as the act is considered a crime. The trial is heard in a criminal court and if the defendant is found guilty, the punishment is often incarceration. In a wrongful death case, punishment is usually by payment of damages to the surviving members of the family.

Another difference between wrongful death and murder is the level of intent. In wrongful death, the defendant may just have been negligent with their actions. On the other hand, murder always involves criminal intent which is beyond civil negligence.

As mentioned, a wrongful death lawsuit has a different burden of proof than murder. With the former, it must be proven that the defendant was indeed responsible for the death of the plaintiff. The latter, on the other hand, requires proof of guilt “beyond reasonable doubt.”

Actions that amount to murder can also form the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit. However, this is not always the case with liability for wrongful death not leading to criminal punishment for murder.

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Typical signs that a person might have pleural mesothelioma

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Mesothelioma | 0 comments

One of the common type of illnesses linked to asbestos exposure is pleural mesothelioma. It is a kind of infectious cancer that affects the lungs’ pleura or protective lining. Pleural mesothelioma symptoms may vary depending on how progressive the cancer cells in the lungs.

A lawyer of the Williams Kherkher said that cancer cells tend to rapidly buildup in the lining of the lungs’ pleura when tiny asbestos dust is inhaled. Majority of mesothelioma cases were related to pleural mesothelioma as the hazardous mineral often enter the body through inhalation. As pleural mesothelioma greatly affect older people, the illness often does not have symptoms in the early stage. As cancer cells in the pleura become malignant, a person might experience common respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pains. An individual who had breathed asbestos dust may experience breathing difficulties as too much fluid may buildup in the lungs’ pleura.

Serious symptoms often manifest in the later stages of pleural mesothelioma as it worsen. The tumor in the affected part of the person’s lung can cause symptoms like coughing up blood, painful breathing, swallowing difficulties, lumps beneath the chest skin, and persistent coughing that is usually dry or raspy. Detecting pleural mesothelioma is often difficult as its symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses like pneumonia or flu. Doctors often critically examine tissue and cell samples from the lungs to possibly find out if it is a pleural mesothelioma or lung cancer. Some persons who have been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma may have their life expectancy dramatically reduced.

A person with pleural mesothelioma often is required to undergo a surgery procedure to extract the tumor and the damaged pleura. Another surgery option called “extrapleural pneumonectomy” is a serious procedure done if the cancer is detected in the early stage. Aside from undergoing surgery, mesothelioma patients are also required to have several follow-up treatments to possibly lengthen their life span.

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Injuries from a Car Accident

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

There was a recent story in the news about a guy who had to be cut out of his automobile after the vehicle flipped. Fortunately, nobody was severely hurt – the guy was taken as a precautionary measure to the hospital fully alert, and no one else was involved in the incident.

Even minor car accidents where nobody is severely hurt, like this one, might be traumatizing. The financial, physical, and psychological injuries may render those included naive and confused about the best way to proceed. According to the website of the Indianapolis car accident attorneys with the Hankey Law Office website, some injuries might demand costly treatment from doctors, psychologists, and also the dentist in the instance of mouth injury that many sufferers merely can not manage.

There are certain measures individuals involved in accidents can take to make the recovery (even from a mild injury) as smooth as you possibly can. After pulling over and finding somewhere safe to stop following a collision, it is important to assess everyone for injury. When there’s a doubt about whether to seek medical aid, specialists advocate phoning 911 immediately.

After everyone’s security was validated, it is recommended that people picture any harm and write down the insurance information of everyone else involved. This precautionary measure may help file an insurance claim later.

In addition, there are frequent mistakes to avoid. Many individuals in car accidents may agree to “just ignore it,” and some victims actually tell one other individual involved that it’s their fault. This is immensely unadvisable for purposes that are legal.

If you or a loved one were injured in a vehicle wreck and believe another party could be at fault, it can be wise to seek legal representation.

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