What Does a Self Storage Facility Do?

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Technology | 0 comments

The business for self-storage facilities has been booming in urban populaces due to the fact that more and more people are finding themselves cramped and near suffocating in homes that are filled with too much stuff. Some of these things are valuable items that they simply cannot give away. Some items, such as vehicles along the likes of boats or RVs, just do not fit in the driveway or the garage. That is what self-storage facilities are for.

These facilities have units that are specially designed to hold a finite amount of goods for a certain period of time. Think of them as like mini warehouses for individuals. Say that you used to live in a big house somewhere in Missouri and are moving to a smaller apartment in New York but don’t want to give everything away. Units like this then come in handy in times like this and in places like this. Small businesses can also benefit from the use of self-storage facilities in order to not lose valuable items such as decorations or promotional knick knacks. The possibilities are endless.

There are quite a few benefits with putting some of your valuables into a self-storage facility too. Most of these places are manned by state of the art CCTV cameras as well as 24/7 security personnel that make sure that your worldly possessions are kept safe. Units with climate controlled self storage 78727 even allow for your items to not be susceptible to the elements such as natural calamities or even fluctuating weather conditions. Whether the area is over a hundred degrees or cooler than the ninth circle, you can be assured that your items are stocked in an area where they will not be damaged by uncontrollable circumstances.

It is an investment that allows for you to care for and protect your investments, making it quite a wise decision for the future.

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The Perils of Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Accidents on the road can affect a lot of people – sometimes entire cities at a time. An accident can cause hours and hours of unanticipated traffic to those who are otherwise not affected. It is infinitely more damaging for those who were actually involved in the accident.

Car accidents can be difficult to deal with enough as it is – but truck accidents are a different ball game entirely. They are similar in many ways but the consequences of one are far, far more catastrophic than the other. A regular vehicle can weigh around 4,000 pounds whereas an eighteen wheeler truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Comparing the havoc they can wreak is like trying to decide who could make more of a mess: Howard the Duck or The Hulk. There is so much more risk involved in a truck accident – making negligence on the guilty party just that much more appalling.

Though, again, these two types of accidents are quite similar and their causes are usually pretty similar. It is just their effects that are markedly different from each other. Drunk driving is a reckless, irresponsible, and criminal act – regardless of whatever it is being driven. According to the website of Williams Kherkher’s 18-wheeler accident lawyers, if a truck driver were to be found under the influence of alcohol that is above the allowable percentage, they can be held liable in not only criminal law but also civil law. There are several federal laws that cater specifically to truck accidents due to the severity of damage that such a large vehicle can cause.

A truck driver is held under enormous pressure – quite literally – for his or her load usually carries important, irreplaceable cargo. Sometimes, the truck carries highly flammable material and could cause further injury should an accident occurs. If a driver is proven to have been under the influence of alcohol or under sleep-suppressants such as methamphetamine, ergo causing an accident to occur on the road, there are some serious consequences on everyone involved.

If a drunk driver has caused a truck accident that has greatly and directly affected you, legal action is advised.

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Great Apps for the Budget Conscious

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Technology | 0 comments

There are millions of apps out there designed to keep you cut off from the rest of the human race. But there are apps that are extremely useful, and some even help you save money. Below are some of the apps that are tried and tested.


This is an app that extreme couponers should have. It replaces the need to clip and save printed coupons; simply download the available coupons for a particular item for instant redemption upon check out. You can use these coupons for in-store and online purchases. You will never miss a deal again with this app, which works in both iOS and Android platforms.

Happy Hours

If you like to unwind after work, you will want to know what establishments offer great deals on drinks during happy hour. Some will even offer discounts on bar food, and some restaurants cater to families by offering discount for coming in before the rush hour. The Happy Hours app will search for local deals in your area so you won’t have to.


It’s hard to find a reliable auto repair shop, and it’s also a hassle to get estimates for any major repairs. RepairPal provides you with a list of auto repair shops in your area with some recommendations on which have the best feedback. You can also get online estimates, so that’s less work for you as well.


With gas prices being so prohibitive these days, any savings you can get is welcome. The GasBuddy app maintains a list of gas stations in the area with their prices so you can choose the one with lowest at any particular time. You can also get assistance if your run into a problem with your car. GasBuddy users can help in the effort by posting prices in their area and ears points at the same time.

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Citalopram (Celexa) side effects

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Antidepressant Side Effects | 1 comment

Celexa is the brand name for the antidepressant medication citalopram hydrobromide, which was originally developed by H. Lundbeck A/S  based in Denmark and marketed there under the brand name Cipramil in 1989. Celexa is marketed by drug marketer and seller Forest Laboratories in the US under an agreement with Lundbeck with approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) given in July 1998.

Citalopram is one of a class of drugs known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which acts on neurotransmitters to reduce the uptake of serotonin (necessary to terminate its effects), allowing more serotonin to remain longer in the body and control the balance of neurotransmitters to reduce depression. Citalopram is considered to be a better option in terms of SSRIs because it is well-tolerated, has fewer withdrawal symptoms and drug interactions as well as fewer side-effects. However, citalopram is still associated with many of the side effects that plague those who are on SSRIs.

One of the most common Celexa side effects is sexual dysfunction. This includes loss of libido, difficulty in achieving orgasm (anorgasmia) or ejaculation, and decreased reaction to sexual stimuli (genital anesthesia). In some subjects, the effect is permanent following cessation of taking the drug (post SSRI sexual dysfunction). There is evidence that citalopram may also increase suicidal tendencies in younger patients, and need to be closely monitored for any undesirable changes in behavior.

Other common citalopram side effects include dry mouth, weight gain, nausea, excessive yawning, drowsiness, increased sweating, trembling, nightmares, insomnia, diarrhea or constipation, frequent urination, and fatigue. Some people also develop a habit of teeth grinding (bruxism), cardiac arrhythmia, anxiety, blood pressure changes, mood swings, headache, dilated pupils, and dizziness. Still others but quite rarely experience hallucinations, convulsions, and photosensitivity.

Citalopram-induced side effects manifest in about 20% of patients, and withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, tingling sensations and dizziness may also be experienced. Patients who experience extreme levels of any side effect should consult with a physician at once.

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Affirmative Action and Sex-based Discrimination

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Employment Discrimination | 1 comment

Recent cases have addressed the issue of affirmative action in employment, which is essentially reverse discrimination based on sex or gender, race, or ethnicity. Affirmative action was an attempt by the government to right a wrong that had been in practice up to the late 1960s, when African Americans and women were not given equal opportunities in employment as everybody else.

Affirmative action was first used in the 1930s as a way to prevent discrimination against the hiring of unionized workers, and had nothing to do with gender or race. It was under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA), specifically Title VII, that the term “affirmative action” was used to mean as it is currently understood today, that is ensuring that minorities and women are given every leeway to get benefits, positions and wages that have been denied them prior to this law.

Early critics of the law alleged that the government was attempting to control how companies did business by imposing a quota in their hiring, and for government contractors this is partly true. But private companies are not required under the law to hire people based on anything save ability and capability.  That is primarily the purpose of Title the CRA, and all related laws including the Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and most recently the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.

However, when affirmative action is carried too far, it can result in discrimination against non-minorities. In sex-based discrimination, this could take the form of the promotion of a woman over a more competent man for a position because of his gender. This may be considered a form of sex-based discrimination, and the basis for a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and compensation.  Consult with a sex-based discrimination lawyer to find out if your particular case merits legal action.

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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Nursing Homes | 1 comment

As of 2008 (the most recent report), there are 3.2 million of the elderly in the US who are in long-term care, or nursing homes. In general, nursing homes who receive Medicare or Medicaid payments are subject to strict rules and regulations designed to ensure the safety of their residents. However, it is estimated that one-third of all nursing homes have incidents of nursing home abuse.

There are various signs of incipient nursing home abuse, ranging from active sexual, physical, emotional, or financial abuse to passive neglect that equally have a significant impact on the well-being of the resident. As pointed out in the website of law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., there are a lot of ways in which the elderly can be victimized. The warning signs differ for each type of abuse.

For physical abuse, it is often signaled by weight loss, evident malnutrition, bruises, restraint marks, broken bones or fall injuries, and overmedication.  Neglect may also be manifested through these symptoms, and in addition the resident may develop bed sores and presents a generally disheveled or dirty appearance. For abuse of a sexual nature, it could be apparent from bruising or bleeding in the genital area, torn undergarments, or even contraction of diseases that are sexually transmitted.

A resident may be being abused emotionally if they display fear or anxiety around a specific person, such as a staff member or another resident. They may be depressed or angry, or exhibit symptoms of false dementia such as mumbling, thumb sucking, or rocking. Financial abuse will yield documentary evidence such as unexplained bank withdrawals at frequent intervals, loss of jewelry and other personal property with intrinsic value, the appearance of new loans or revisions to trust funds and wills.

If you are a friend or a family member and suspect some form of abuse, you may be required by state law to report it to the proper authorities. You may also be eligible to sue the nursing home for abuse. Consult with a personal injury lawyer with knowledge of applicable laws and experience in handling such cases.

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Defining Child Neglect

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Childcare | 1 comment

Children and the elderly often have special protection under the law because they are in most instances helpless and incapable of protecting themselves. They are also often the victims of abuse, and even if it is not active malevolence, they suffer neglect, which is also a form of abuse. Children who are neglected deserve the same protection under the law as the elderly, but it is often very difficult to detect.

Adults who may have a personal or professional interest in a particular case may suspect child neglect, but there must be proof to support any allegation made. The burden of proof differs from state to state. In North Carolina, for example, a “neglected juvenile” is any person under the age of 18 who is not given the appropriate supervision, discipline and care by the primary custodian such as a parent or guardian. According to the website of law firm Marshall & Taylor, P.C. in Raleigh, if the child is found to be living in an unhealthy environment, the child may be taken away until improvements can be made in the situation.

But because of each individual’s civil rights, it is hard to get any substantive proof of neglect unless the juvenile shows obvious signs of neglect, a relative or friend witnessed the neglect first hand, or the juvenile asks for help. While it is the right and responsible thing to report suspected neglect of a child to the proper authorities, one should also be careful about making such accusations as it can ruin a person’s reputation.

If you have been unjustly accused of child neglect, you will not only have your reputation ruined, but will most likely have your child/children removed from your care. If you are unable to respond properly to the charges, you can permanently lose custody of and parental rights over your child/children. You will need the help of a competent lawyer with extensive experience in handling family law cases to avoid this and get your children back.

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Liability for Above Ground Pool Dangers

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Childcare, Pools | 1 comment

It is often difficult to come up with ways to keep very young children occupied, especially when it is a nice day with the sun shining, the birds singing, and the neighbor’s pool shimmering invitingly. You may not think twice about letting your child play with the other kids in water, unaware of the above ground pool dangers that may be lurking, especially for the very young. But the fact is, pools are probably one of the most dangerous areas for a child, and above ground pools are particularly risky.

Every day, approximately 10 people die somewhere in the US from unintentional drowning, and 2 of these are children under the age of 14. Unintentional drowning is one of the leading causes of death second only to birth defects for children between the ages of 1 and 4, and most of these drowning occur in residential swimming pools.

Above ground swimming pools are particularly dangerous to small children because it is difficult for them to climb out if they fall in by accident, especially when they are unsupervised. Owners have to make sure that their pools are secured against the unauthorized use by children because even if the children were trespassing, they are still liable in most states for any harm that befalls children if they are 10 years old and younger.  Above ground pools should have their ladders removed, the water drained, and the pool itself covered when not in use.

An article on the website of Ritter & Associates, a San Diego law firm, states that above ground pools are also more likely to result in a fall, which can lead to broken bones, head and neck injuries, and lacerations. Owners should be aware of their responsibilities in ensuring the safety of the people they invite to use their pools.

If you or a family member was harmed from the unsafe conditions of an above ground pool, you may be able to get compensation for our injury. Consult with a competent Greenfield personal injury lawyer steeped in premises liability law in the state and get an assessment of your case.

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Causes of Injuries in Rollover Automobile Accidents

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Car Accidents | 1 comment

Rollovers are considered more likely to result in serious injuries and fatalities than other types of automobile accidents.  There is approximate 1 fatality out of 27 rollover accidents, and in SUVs (which tend to rollover more than any other type of vehicle) and light trucks, about 50% of occupants die as a result, and the number is even higher for heavy trucks (60%).

According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, the actual causes of injuries (and fatalities) in a rollover accident in a passenger vehicle for non-ejected (still in the vehicle at the end of the roll) passengers is not yet known, but it is widely believed that it is due to the impact while the vehicle is rolling over rather than due to crushing forces. Belted passengers who are near to the leading edge of the roll is more likely to be injured than those on the far end, but unbelted passengers are likely to be injured irrespective of position at the time of the rollover. The extent of injuries and likelihood of a fatality increases with the number of times the vehicle rolls. Vehicles that are more likely to roll are oftentimes more expensive to insure.

Those who are ejected from the vehicle suffer the same injuries as a motorcycle rider with no helmet who parts ways with the motorcycle as a result of an accident because these are mostly due to forcible contact with a solid object such as the road, wall, or another vehicle.  According to the website of the personal injury lawyers of the Mokaram Law Firm in Houston, motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable when inadvertently involved in the rollover accident of another vehicle. The most common injuries for non-ejected and ejected riders for both passenger automobiles and motorcycles are to the head and neck.

Rollover accidents are as devastating as they are spectacular, and they can happen without warning in vehicles that may be prone to what is called an untripped rollover. This is a design problem, and can occur even without an external cause. Vehicles with this defect should not be on the road, and the automaker may be held liable for any injuries or deaths that result from the defect.

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Getting Compensation for the BP Oil Spill

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Oil Spill Victims | 0 comments

It can be very hard to fight against a big corporation, and they don’t get much bigger than British Petroleum (BP). They have the power and the capacity to meet any legal challenge that may come their way. For a while, it seemed that BP would do the right thing for the victims of the BP oil spill caused by the malfunction of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig on April 20, 2010 by pledging billions in a settlement fund specifically aimed to compensate for individual and business economic losses.

Initially, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility handled claims, but predictably, BP complained about how it was being managed, and it was replaced by a court-supervised Economic and Property Damage Class Action Settlement Agreement that took effect on 18 April 2012, nearly two years after the disaster. The delays from the legal wrangling have only made a bad situation worse for victims of the oil spill, who can only wait and hope that they will eventually get compensation. But according to the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, it takes a concerted effort to get any claim past the BP approval and appeals process. Claimants who are clueless about how to file a claim are most likely to be denied.

Criminal charges have already been filed against former BP executive David Rainey, engineer Kurt Mix as well as site supervisors Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza, indicating the culpability of BP as well as partners Transocean which actually owned the oil rig and Haliburton, the US contractor that ran the rig operations. But even then, more than 75% of individuals and business owners who make a claim for economic losses over a certain amount are initially denied, and the claims process has very strict guidelines. It is only with the help of competent and experienced lawyers that have successfully handled such cases before that there is any real chance of getting compensation.

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