Many people find the idea of vacationing on a cruise ship as the most ideal way to travel. Going on a cruise promises luxurious accommodations and state of the art facilities while being transported from one amazing destination to the next. Who wouldn’t dream of such a convenient and relaxing way to travel? Many cruise lines also offer their passengers the option to take part in various activities once they reach their intended destinations. These cruise ship excursions allow passengers to immerse themselves in the locales in their itinerary through activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding, as well as walking and eco-cultural tours. Other popular in-land activities also include ATV riding and dog sledding.
While enjoyable, many of these activities pose a certain amount of risk if the cruise line isn’t careful with their facilitation and operation. According to this website , accidents during cruise ship excursions are a common cause for concern. Many of these potential dangers can cause serious injuries, eclipsing the fact that passengers should be enjoying their time while on their dream vacation.
Dock accidents are among the most common accidents that passengers should be aware of. These incidents take place when a cruise ship fails to properly dock at the assigned port, causing sudden lurching movements and instability that can lead to passengers accidentally falling or slipping. Dock accidents can lead to physical injuries such as broken bones, knee injuries, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma.
Another type of accident common to cruise ship excursions are tender accidents. When passengers are transported from the ship to the shore, they will have to ride smaller vessels called tenders. Tenders can easily become unstable, especially if the vessel is being operated by a negligent operator. There’s also the danger of an accident during boarding and disembarkation.
Cruise ship passengers can also suffer from vehicular accidents as they are being transported from one venue to another while completing their in-land itinerary. Accidents are also sure to occur if there are defects in the equipment used by passengers during the excursion activities offered by the cruise line.Read More
While Nashville, Tennessee is known for being a notable center for the music industry, its culinary landscape is also starting to get international renown. As a matter of fact, Nashville has a number of food events and experiences lined up throughout the entire year. Enthusiasts can take part in various gastronomic adventures regardless of the time of year they come visit the Tennessee capital. The following are just some of the most notable Nashville food events that should be crossed off from every foodie’s list.
Nashville Street Food Month
Throughout the entire month of May, the Nashville Food Truck Association will feature a series of events that highlight the growing number of food trucks in the city. The entire celebration is often kick started by several food trucks serving lunch to attendees while parked in a notable area in downtown Nashville.
Taste of Music City
Perhaps the largest food and drink event in Nashville, Taste of Music City is held annually in June and features some of the best restaurants and beverage makers in the area. The event is also enhanced by live music.
Music City Cook Off
Music City Cook Off sees a number of cooks, chefs, and other culinary professionals facing off with each other in several competitions. The event is categorized into three contests: Seafood, Cheese, and Dessert. The 2015 competition will be held in September at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
Taste of Nashville
Taste of Nashville is another food and beverage event that visitors can’t miss. It is an annual event hosted by the Phoenix Club of Nashville that showcases a huge variety of local restaurants, dessert makers, brewers, and distillers.Read More
Storage units are a great, safe way to keep excess belongings from cluttering your home. However, even when anticipating the best, it is also smart to prepare for the worst. Storage space insurance is a responsible choice to make when renting and using a self-storage unit. Whether the belongings contained in the space are valuable antiques or priceless keepsakes, your possessions should be financially protected from any potential damage. According to the website of Mopac Self Storage, if your belongings are worth storing, they are probably worth insuring.
Some homeowners and renters insurance offer partial coverage for stored items. When this is not the case, it is possible to add on to an existing policy or go directly through the self-storage unit to purchase insurance. In most situations, self-storage insurance is a cheap fee that can be added to the monthly rental fee for one easy payment. This protection is necessary if an accident such as water damage, fire, or theft were to occur.
Once all of the items are stored, appraise the items before signing an insurance policy. Have your stored belongings listed on the insurance policy to maintain an accurate account of what items are stored and how much they are worth. Know what your belongings are worth in order to obtain the appropriate coverage and guarantee that you are covered if the worst were to occur. Insurance companies also advise a monthly visit to the insured storage unit to check on the possessions housed there.
Make note of other benefits that insurance policies may offer. If you are often moving your items in and out of storage units, look for a policy that incudes in-transit coverage to protect your items. Still inquire about storage unit insurance even when business or home owners insurance already partially covers your stored belongings for supplemental coverage.Read More
It may seem a stretch, but a New Jersey court found that a person who texts someone who is driving may be held liable for personal injury or property damage if doing so leads to an accident.
Vehicular accidents can be simple and straightforward to complex and convoluted. It depends on many factors, and any criminal defense lawyer will confirm this emphatically. It seems simple enough to find fault with a driver who acts recklessly and irresponsibly by texting while driving when it results in an accident, but not many people would lay blame on a person who is not even on the scene. Technically, however, it does make sense.
In the case of third-party texting liability, there are two things to consider in determining if it has merit: the driver was distracted by a text at the time of the accident, and the third-party texter knew or had reason to believe that the receiver would be driving when he or she receives a text.
According to the Public Health Law Research, engaging in any mobile-related activities while driving increases anyone’s risk of having a car accident by 28%. But the logic is, if you don’t receive calls or texts while driving, you won’t get distracted. If a third party continues to text a driver even while knowing that the receiver is currently operating a vehicle, this constitutes negligent behavior. Read more about this on an attorney’s website if you need to.
The legal ramifications of such liability are still unclear, but with the increasing number of incidents of mobile-related traffic accidents, it is the logical next step in accident prevention. Currently, most states penalize drivers who are observed using their hand-held device while driving, although it is not yet considered a criminal act. If you are involved in an accident result in injury to a third party, you and your text mate may be held criminally and civilly liable and may be sued, depending on the circumstances.Read More
One of the most dangerous types of cancer that an individual can develop is Mesothelioma due to the fact that it remains undetectable until it has developed to a certain stage wherein any form of treatment will no longer work. Mesothelioma forms in the mesothelium, which is a kind of coating that protects the different major internal organs of the body. Its symptoms usually appear 15-50 years after a person’s exposure to Asbestos, a “miracle” mineral, which is this chronic cancer’s major cause.
Asbestos is one of the most widely used chemicals around the world due to its remarkable efficacy, elasticity, sound absorption, tensile strength, resistance to chemical and electrical damage, resistance to heat and fire, abundance and availability, and affordability. Its use extends from the most common household items and appliances, such as fabrics, irons, toasters, dishwashers, refrigerators, and deep-fryers, to commercial and industrial equipment, like brakes and clutches, generators, steam pipes, turbines, hot water piping, insulators, boilers, cement, floor coverings, roofing, acoustic insulation, and so forth.
Inhalation of asbestos fibers (either regularly or in great quantity) is what poses the risk of developing mesothelioma. Individuals who are most prone to having this malignant lung cancer are workers in processing plants, shipyards, mines, auto manufacturing plants, construction sites, as well as plumbers, electricians, firefighters, etc.
The height of the use of asbestos happened in the mid 1900s, but it was only during the 1990s, when an alarming increase in the number of mesothelioma cases began to be reported around the world, that its manufacture and trade began to be banned in some parts of the world.
Some of the symptoms of Mesothelioma include shortness of breath, unexplainable weight loss, fatigue, frequent coughing and reduced respiratory function; these symptoms, however, can also be seen in many other types of (less serious) illnesses, thus, making it still harder to detect and identify the person’s real health condition. However, awareness of having been exposed to asbestos, even in the distant past, and then showing these symptoms would give some hint on the possibility of the presence of the cancer. Seeking the help of a Houston personal injury attorney can help the victim of asbestos and mesothelioma decide the best legal options available for the compensation that the law may entitle him/her to receive.Read More
Did you know that municipally-treated water can still be harmful to your health and home?
According to American Water, the chlorine used to disinfect water for residential use can cause damage to plastic components in faucets and appliances and leading to that annoying drip, drip, drip in the middle of the night. Chlorine is also a caustic agent, so when there is too much chlorine in the water it can cause the colors of fabric to fade and dry out skin and hair. In areas with a dry climate such as Texas, you don’t want to use chlorinated water doing more damage to your skin than the sun and wind.
You will know if municipally-treated water contains excessive amounts of chlorine because it irritates the eyes, much like swimming in a pool with a poor filtration system. But more importantly, recent studies suggest that drinking chlorinated water increases the incidence of certain diseases, including but not limited to cancer, childhood asthma, and liver problems.
The reason water is treated with chlorine because it kills off harmful pathogens that may be lurking in the water. However, the benefits of chlorine are significantly offset by its adverse effects, and most people wonder what can be done to minimize these effects.
One solution would be to install a whole house water filter system that would remove much of the chlorine in the water as well as soften the water. In Texas where the water hardness is rated at more than 1,000 ppm (parts per million) which is extremely hard, this is a definite need. With a whole house water filter, all the taps, faucets and showerheads will be efficiently spewing out clean, filtered water. While the initial investment may be considerable, savings from preserving the integrity of your water pipes and fixtures as well as less energy used by water heaters will pay off it off in the long term.Read More
Employees in the U.S. who sustain work-related injuries or develop an illness due to exposure to dangerous chemicals at work, are entitled to immediate financial assistance that will cover tier medical treatment and which will cushion them from the effect of a possible financial crises due to loss of capacity to earn and the inability to immediately go back to work.
Such right is stipulated in the Workers’ Compensation benefit, a law that was passed in 1908 for the very intention of providing the much financial assistance needed by injured workers. Before the passing of this law, workers needed to sue their employers just to avail of the needed compensation. Besides damaging employee and employer relationship, the lawsuits were often won by employers, who always resorted to any of the following arguments:
If ever there were instances wherein the employee won the case, the compensation he/she was awarded with was either delayed or much less than what he/she actually expected and deserved.
Between 1911 and 1920, majority of the states implemented the workers’ compensation benefits law with certain changes to align it to the laws in their own states. Filing for injury benefits through workers’ compensation ensured employees of financial assistance as this insurance benefit was not dependent on the financial capability of any employer. One item the benefit stated, however, is the employer’s freedom from any and further financial and/or legal obligations once the benefit has been awarded.Read More
Nurses are the lifeblood in any healthcare facility, although doctors get most of the public’s attention. Without nurses, patients would not get the constant monitoring and care they need in hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term home care.
As such, nurses wield a lot of power over their patients, and this is not always a good thing. Health agencies are aware of this, which is why the conduct of nurses are closely monitored and their licensing requirements constantly updated. This is the best way to ensure that only qualified, competent and conscientious nurses are allowed around the most vulnerable members of the population, meaning the sick, the elderly, and the very young.
However, all systems have flaws, and sometimes unjust or unfounded charges may be brought against a nurse that may cause the suspension or loss of the license. Whenever a nursing license defense becomes necessary, it is always best to consult with a lawyer with extensive experience and a good track record in the relevant jurisdiction. According to the Leichter Law Firm website, there are complex processes involved in nursing license defense and only a duly trained lawyer would know how to work it. One should not trust one’s future and career on the advice of well-meaning friends, family members or colleagues unless they have the legal training for it.
But the worst thing a nurse brought on charges can do is to depend on the Internet. While it is always a good starting point, the Internet is not wholly reliable when it comes to correct information; it takes a lot of discernment to separate the chaff from the wheat. Any tip or advice that comes from sites like nurses’ forums and chat rooms should be taken with a grain of salt; taking it for gospel truth could be the fastest way to get booted out of the nursing profession without a shot fired.
When in need of nursing license defense, check the Internet for law firms specializing in the field as well as ask around for referrals. Most reputable law firms will provide an initial consultation for free. Narrow it down to the one that seems to be the most competent; the expense may be well worth it.Read More
The stress of everyday life has made the choice of hair salon more than a matter of grooming; people who feel frazzled can find sanctuary in the relaxed and pampering atmosphere of a good hair salon. But not all hair salons are made equal. Most people, especially women, find time to evaluate and assess the hair salons to find just the right one to give them what they need, especially for special occasions such as weddings.
Most men have no concept of the importance of finding just the right establishment when it comes to hair care and treatment. To them, a haircut is a necessary evil and they take as little time and consideration over it as possible.
For women, the conditioning and care of hair is a time-consuming task, and must be given as much attention as any part of the body. This is especially true in the humid heat of Houston which invites frizz and dryness to take up residence. But finding the best salon in Houston means not only finding the best hair care facilities and the most experienced people in various disciplines; you want the extras as well. Aside from proper hair care, many women want the total salon experience to wash away their cares.
Hair salon services in the best places go far beyond hair and makeup, although an excellent cut is always the most important aspect when it comes to hair. But the best hair salons need to provide more than good grooming facilities; patrons need to feel relaxed and rejuvenated when they emerge, so perks such as available massage facilities or a good cup of cappuccino can go a long way towards customer satisfaction.
When looking for the best salon in Houston, keep an eye out for these little touches. While secondary to experienced professionals and excellent facilities and products, it is what often makes a good experience great.Read More
There are a lot of things that pregnant women are cautioned against: stress, alcohol, rich food, cigarettes, emotional upheavals, and certain drugs. This is because the medical dangers that would otherwise not affect an individual may have unfortunate results on the growing fetus.
This can be a problem for women who are on necessary medication for a confirmed medical condition. One of these conditions that pose a conundrum for both physicians and patients is that of depression and/or anxiety. Pregnancy often triggers wild emotional swings in women who are not normally depressed or anxious because of the hormonal changes endemic to childbearing. In women diagnosed with mental disorders are often prescribed with drugs such as Zoloft to control the symptoms and the discontinuation can often lead to disaster.
Zoloft side effects are common to most of the drugs in its class, namely the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), but Zoloft (generic sertraline hydrochloride) was considered somewhat safer than other SSRIs with milder side effects. Manufacturer Pfizer had actively marketed it as safe for pregnant women if taken in small doses, even those with no prior mental disorders. Many physicians thus counseled women having difficulty coping with the emotional swings of pregnancy that controlling symptoms of depression and anxiety would be beneficial to the baby.
What Pfizer failed to warn these physicians was that prescribing Zoloft in the first trimester of the pregnancy significantly (2.8 times) increased the risk of birth defects, including but not limited to heart defects. It was a medical mistake that would affect hundreds of children born to mothers prescribed with Zoloft and multidistrict litigation.
If you or a family member has been affected by Zoloft side effects or other forms of medical mistake that could have been prevented if provided with the right information and resulting from the negligence of others, it may be advisable to consult with a personal injury lawyer regarding your rights. These medical dangers often have long-lasting and costly consequences, and the parties responsible for inflicting them should be made to pay compensation to ease at least the financial burden.Read More