I Hit my Head

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Construction Accidents | 0 comments

I hit my head yesterday. I know, that’s typical for me. Just another clumsy accident from yours truly. But this time, I didn’t walk into a door or anything, something hit me. Or, okay, I walked into it, but it wasn’t my fault.

I’ll lay it out for you, and you decide. I was going for a run around downtown yesterday. Okay, so maybe someone as clumsy as me shouldn’t get into running, but I’ve had a goal to lose weight this year, and I’ve tried my best to keep up with these sorts of things, so far without accident (except, of course, for the story I’m telling you now). Usually, I just run around the neighborhood or down the sidewalks to the town and back. But on this particular, ill-fated day, I decided to double my normal run because I wouldn’t be able to work out for a few days (family vacation time, which meant lots of calories and not a lot of activity).

I went down to town without a problem, but then I decided to take a run around the main downtown blocks, and I got myself in trouble. The trouble was a big piece of lumber sticking out right at my height. This lumber was literally just sticking out into the sidewalk. Someone had hoisted it up and lent it against something in the construction yard. It wasn’t tagged or anything, no signs or warnings, just wood sticking out into the world, waiting for a head to run into it.

Which my head obligingly did. I hit it so hard, I actually did a comedic pratfall backward and landed on my butt.

The good people of downtown were kind enough not to laugh and to ask if I was alright, which I thought I was at the time. One nice lady actually gave her name and number in case I needed a witness later, which, it seems likely, I will now need.

Because I felt pretty okay after I hit my head, but later, I developed a massive headache and ended up vomiting half the night away. My doctor said I likely had a concussion.

Now, I’m not sure if I want to consider a lawsuit or not. Does this count as a construction accident when I’m not one of the workers?

I suppose the decision will all depend on whether this concussion issue goes away without costing me more or if I need something else like brain surgery or brain replacement, you know something fancy and futuristic that costs a bundle.

Hopefully, I just feel better in the next day or so and I can move on with my life. Otherwise…what a pain I’m in for.

At least, though, for once, I am not at fault for my own clumsy head injuries. Perhaps this is an opportunity to get my head properly examined, all on the construction company’s dime. What do you think?

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Landscaping Issues

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Consider the traditional concept of the American Dream: what comes to mind? Many might picture a cozy three or four bedroom home in a nice suburb with a white picket fence and a lush, green lawn attractively decorated with flower beds and lawn ornaments. Maintaining a large yard is almost exclusive to the United States since our population is spread out enough, even in larger cities, to allow for larger living spaces. It is no surprise then that many people hire professional landscapers to ensure their lawn is the most attractive in the neighborhood, but something this can come at great cost, as it has in Idaho.

A popular and attractive species of yew plant has been the cause of over 100 wildlife deaths in Idaho, but the Idaho State Department of Agriculture failed to ban the noxious bush from being used in landscaping projects. This particular species of yew is not even native to the Idaho area and is only used in landscaping projects for homes or public spaces. Elk and other species of deer were hit hard, as they flooded into residential areas in search of food over the winter. The Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association was against the banning of the bush, instead advocating for more education to be available to the public so that they themselves may choose whether to host these plants in their yards. Ultimately, the proposition was struck down over concerns about how to enforce the new law, since homeowners themselves are responsible for finding and managing any “noxious weed” that appears on their property. Any attempts at enforcement would likely be costly. In addition, the yew shrub is very unlike a weed, and very unlike any other species of plant on the list, prompting a long argument over the semantics of the statute.

In certain areas, there are homeowner’s associations that have strict rules on what you can and cannot have growing in your yard, and one way to prevent further wildlife deaths is to ensure that these associations follow strict guidelines handed down from the local government. If there is a push for education, then local landscaping companies could appeal to the environmentally conscious by not installing these plants, and potentially advertising the fact. The northwest and midwest have plenty of landscaping companies that you can choose from, like Ware Landscaping in Chicago, that will be more than happy to create your perfect lawn. Choosing a landscaping company that refuses to carry wildlife threatening plants are the ones that should be getting your business.

But what about those who do not care about the local wildlife? As more people flock to cities, more residential areas are popping up, and more trees are being cut down. Natural wildlife is being pressed to move into residential areas, and if we want to keep building, we need to be mindful that these animals were here first.  Legislation may be necessary to protect these beautiful animals so that we may enjoy their beauty for years to come.

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Untying the Knot: Divorce in Phoenix

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Family | 0 comments

It is generally much easier to tie the marriage knot than it is to untie it, and that is true for divorce in Phoenix. Arizona is a no-fault divorce state but it is also a covenant marriage state (one of three in the US which also includes Louisiana and Arkansas), which means that you don’t need grounds to file for the dissolution of a non-covenant marriage, but you do need one such as adultery or abandonment to dissolve a covenant marriage. A covenant marriage is a special kind of legal tie that a couple can choose when getting married. Less than 1% of Arizona marriages are covenant marriages.

Divorce law requires that one spouse is a resident of Arizona for at least 90 days before the petition can be filed. If there are no hindrances to the petition, it will still take 60 days before the court can hand down a divorce decree.

A divorce in Phoenix means that the property acquired by the spouses during the marriage will be divided equally between them because Arizona is a community property state. Assets and properties acquired before marriage and after the divorce are considered separate. Community property includes personal and real estate property, income, debts, and other financial obligations. Marital misconduct i.e. adultery has no impact on property division.

Alimony is not automatic; when petitioned, the court may grant spousal support if the petitioner can prove a lack of self-sufficiency, the needs of a child make employment impracticable, the petitioner supported the spouse’s education, or the marriage lasted 10 or more years. The amount will be determined by the court based on the circumstances.

Child support and custody is perhaps the most emotional and personal aspect of divorce in any state. In Arizona, the court will decide if one parent will have sole physical custody or if both parents will have joint physical custody. One parent will typically be required to pay child support (which the court may order to be garnished from the parent’s wages) until the child turns 18 if there is no significant physical or mental disability, but the court will take into account a number of factors before a decision is made.

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Ear-Pinning Surgery for Kids and Teens

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Cosmetic Surgery, Family | 0 comments

Many adults prefer to teach their children that their individuality is something to be celebrated. While this is often true, the truth is that glaring physical deformities such as protruding ears can cause children to be the target of vicious bullying.

Some experts estimate that by the time a child is five or six years old, if his or her ears are still clearly large, the child will probably never “grow into” them. Therefore, it’s not surprising that about 60 percent of all ostoplasty procedures—or ear surgeries—are performed on patients aged 13 to 19.

These surgeries can fix many aesthetic ear problems, including asymmetrical, big, or oddly shaped ears. The surgeries usually only take about 2 hours, with 4-6 weeks healing time and about 2-3 months before the final, permanent results become apparent.

Ostoplasty can often have life-changing benefits for children and teens. The surgery can reduce bullying, allowing the child a completely different experience at school. Some effects of ostoplasty for kids and teens include:

  • Heightened self esteem, and a willingness to make new friends
  • Better grades; this may stem from the child’s belief that they are more accepted at school
  • More regular school attendance due to reduced bullying

For a child that is being regularly bulled for his or her “bat ears” at school, an ostoplasty may be the difference between becoming a successful social butterfly or spiraling into seclusion and depression. If your child hates his or her ears, a simple ear-pinning surgery may be the perfect solution.

Before committing to one surgeon, it may be wise to research many different board-certified doctors before deciding on one to perform an ostoplasty on your child.

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Bankruptcy: Joint Filing vs. Separate Filing

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

When a couple gets married they bring many facets of their lives together, including finances. Couples will often share bank and credit card accounts. Unfortunately amongst other things, debt is commonly a financial situation that develops over the course of a marriage. Sometimes couples facing financial hardship are forced by looming property foreclosure to make the difficult decision to file for bankruptcy.

Couples can file for joint bankruptcy or separate bankruptcy. The definitive decision typically depends on which option allows the couple to discharge the most debts while retaining the largest amount possible of their personal property. To explain it in different terms, couples want to maximize the debts paid off while simultaneously minimizing the assets lost.

According to the website of the Bradford Law Offices, PLLC some benefits of filing for joint bankruptcy include a more efficient application process, cheaper application fees than filing two separate cases, and additional protection from telephone debt collectors. Despite the advantage of frugality and efficiency, filing for joint bankruptcy has some disadvantages. A couple is ineligible for joint bankruptcy when one spouse has previously filed for bankruptcy. Additionally joint bankruptcy is not an option if one spouse has a large secured debt that exceeds the accepted limits.

If couples decide to file separately, it will cost people more money in lawyers’ fees, application costs, and court fees. However, since joint filing compromises the credit of both spouses, separate filing can protect one spouse from the negative effects of bankruptcy. To understand which type of bankruptcy will be the most advantageous, it is extremely useful for couples to consult a lawyer.

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Paternity and Divorce

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Family | 3 comments

Paternity is often comes into question during a divorce proceeding. Even a loving father can end up questioning the legibility of their child while the divorce happens. It may seem an unfair and unexplainable situation, but it happens and dealing with it is the only way to get through it.

DNA testing is the best way to prove paternity. There are several reasons why establishing paternity is necessary during a divorce. Fatherhood entails a lot of responsibilities, especially for minor children. For one, they are the ones who need to support the child or children until they come of age. Child support, visitation rights and establishing a strong and long-lasting relationship between father and child/children are just some of the benefits that can be acquired through a proven paternity test.

When the issue of paternity is raised during a divorce proceeding, it is always done through legal methods in order to protect the wellbeing and the rights of the child. A father refusing to get a paternity test shall be issued a court order to do so, and it should be given early in the divorce to help the process go a smooth as possible and prevent it from complicating other things.

Once the issue of child support surfaces during the process of divorce, a court ordered paternity test is a given. It can be requested by either parent, the child support office, or it may be the court’s initiative itself.

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Marijuana Possession: A Violation of US Federal Law

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Crimes | 1 comment

A drug-related crime is among the list of serious offenses a person can commit. Thus, the US federal law inflicts higher fines and harsher punishments to people who voluntarily commit it. There are different ways by which a drug crime can be committed; these include manufacturing, selling, distribution and / or delivering of drugs, drug paraphernalia possession and use, and possession of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine or marijuana. The punishment for drug crimes may vary per state.

Among the many types of illegal drugs in the US, marijuana is reported to be the most widely used. Also referred to as herb, grass, kif, pot, Mary Jane, boom, weed, chronic, reefer, ganja, skunk or gangster, this mixture of shredded, dried leaves, seeds, flowers and stem of the plant cannabis sativa contains a chemical known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Although marijuana contains a lot more other chemicals, about 400 in number, it is THC that is the main psychoactive ingredient.       

Marijuana can be smoked or mixed in food, like cookies or brownies. Its effect, which is immediate when smoked, lasts up to three hours; when eaten, the effect can last longer, but will also take more time before it is felt.

Marijuana possession may be classified as either Class C felony or Class A misdemeanor. A misdemeanor, which is a criminal offense that is less serious, has three classes, A, B and C. Class A misdemeanor is considered the most serious of the three, with a penalty of not more than $4,000, a jail term of up to one year or both. A felony, on the other hand, is a serious offense; Class C felony, though, is the least serious of its types. The standard punishment for this type of felony is jail term for at least one year and a day to a maximum of 10 years; the court may otherwise include a fine of up to $10,000 if the offender already has a previous record of Marijuana, Second Degree under his or her name. A felony conviction will also take away your right to vote, get certain state occupational licenses and own a gun.

If a person has been accused of a drug crime, it is important they seek skilled legal representation to defend their case. However, after being found guilty, an expunction lawyer may be more effective.

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