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Why a Family Law Firm Can Make a Big Difference in Your Case

There are a lot of law firms out there that will all compete for your attention. This can make the choice of a lawyer feel very overwhelming. No matter the nature of your case, you probably realize that the lawyer you choose will make or break your case. They may affect how your property is allocated or who gets custody of your children after divorce. They may succeed in getting your criminal charges dropped, or they may fail to defend you properly and let you face harsh penalties for a crime. They may affect how much compensation you get for an injury, or if you get compensation at all.

Narrowing down your choices to the right lawyer or the right law firm can be tricky. Most of us know the basics:

  • Choose a law firm that comes highly recommended
  • Choose a law firm with experience in cases like yours
  • Choose a lawyer you feel comfortable with

Once you get past those basics, though, you may still have a lot of names on your list. So, let me recommend a novel way to cut down the names on your list: choose a family law firm. That’s a qualification that isn’t on a lot of lists, but it can be an important one, and let me tell you why.

A family law firm likely has certain qualities that put them above their competitors. First, they will understand how serious your case is not just for you but for your family. In a family law case, that is particularly important, but it’s almost as important in a personal injury case. You want your lawyer to care. While their experience and legal understanding are obviously important, when your lawyer cares, they put that extra effort in that can be crucial for your case.

That isn’t all, either. A family law firm may promote collaboration between members of the firm. One lawyer is good but two or more is better. Your case will always benefit from multiple perspectives. If the lawyers are family, they are more likely to work together on the tough cases, giving you extra legal assistance.

Those are some pretty compelling reasons. Not sure you buy all that? Just look at the success of family law firms in the Houston area, like Adams Law Firm. Two brothers work together and have had incredible success for their clients, and I don’t think that that’s a coincidence. I think it speaks not just to their individual talents but to the benefits of family members working together in the law for the benefit of clients.

So, if you are struggling between five or six names on a list for who to represent you in your case, see if any of the firms is a family law firm. In my opinion, you’re far more likely to get the kind of experience you are looking for in your lawyer and in the results of your case.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s time to talk about the best gift ideas out there for the men in your life.

Men aren’t always the easiest to buy for. If you ask directly what they want, they may well give you either the unreasonable—season tickets to their preferred NFL team, a Bugatti Chiron, a month off work—or simply say they don’t want anything at all.

There is plenty that will satisfy most men in your life that fits snuggly in the middle ground between outrageous expense (or impossible demand) and an empty stocking over the mantel. Try a few of these out.

  1. Get him a great watch

Watches may seem old-timey and out of style, but a really great watch will please just about every man. There’s something James Bond-ish about having a classy watch. Get him a watch he’d wear with a good suit, a watch he’ll only wear out to an expensive dinner, and he’ll be super happy to receive it.

Be careful, though, make sure it’s the style he likes, and make double sure it’s a quality watch. Getting him something cheap (or cheap looking) will make the watch a useless gift, or it might make him start wondering if you’re trying to send a message (“Is she saying I’m always late?”).

  1. Get him tickets to one game

You can’t give him season tickets, but if he’s asking, get him part of what he wants. Try to get tickets to one game instead of all 16. Even if you sit in the back row, he’ll be thrilled to be able to tailgate a bit and be there to take in the atmosphere.

Get him a jersey with his favorite player’s name to go with the tickets so he’s got the outfit all ready to go cheer the team on.

  1. Get him beer (or beer accessories)

Men like beer. Not all men, but it’s a good bet yours does. Play a little detective and find out what his favorite kind of beer is, then buy him a big case. Or, take him on a beer tasting tour at one of your local breweries.

Or, if you really want to put out the cash and impress him, get him something like the Growler Chill so he can always have fresh, cold beer whenever he wants it.

  1. Get him clothes that make him look really good

It’s a silly myth that women love clothes and men don’t care what they wear. There may be some truth to it in a day-to-day scenario, but men want to be able to dress up and look good too. If you know his size and what he looks good in, buy him clothes that make him feel handsome and sexy, then take him out for a great night out at a fancy restaurant. Go to a play, walk around town down the fanciest streets, and take a night in a nice hotel together.

Let him live up to the dream image he has of himself in his own mind. He’ll love you forever for it.

Risks of PCBs

Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are organic compounds that are used in the production of some coolant fluids. Those exposed to PCBs through the line of production, or from the product after its distribution, are at risk of experiencing health effects. Past studies have shown that people who have been exposed to PCBs can develop neurological problems, liver damage, skin diseases, and potentially cancer.

Of all the side effects, one of the most common is Chloracne; this is a skin condition theorized to be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, such as PCBs and Agent Orange. The ailment persists up to decades of years post-exposure, and can leave life-long scars. Employers producing products that contain PCBs are at the highest risk of developing Chloracne, as it is contracted through direct contact or inhalation of these certain chemicals. Depending on the severity of the individual symptoms, treatment can be through antibiotics or acutane. However, the best solution is to disengage from any sources of potential exposure to PCBs.

Furthermore, experimental studies on laboratory rats have demonstrated that the development of cancerous tumors is a result of their ingestion of PCBs. The results of this study are supported by citizens of Anniston, Alabama, and those involved in the Pacific Gas and Electric case. These independent groups vouched their belief in the correlation between PCBs and harmful affects, including cancer.

Familiar with the use of PCBs in their production is Monsanto, an agriculture company that now manufactures farming products. Monsanto PCBs exist in coolant fluid used in electrical transformers, capacitors, and electrical motors. Regardless of their knowledge acquired regarding the emittance of PCBs, production continued.

Exposure to PCBs poses health affects that will seriously damage the quality of a person’s life. Avoiding the chemical is the most affective way evade contraction of the affects, and companies should exercise a high degree of corporate responsibility by discontinuing the incorporation of PCBs in their manufacturing processes.

Warning: What to do if Injured on Dangerous Premises

Premises liability is one of the leading causes for many personal injury claims. A person or establishment can be held liable for any injuries that another person can suffer when the injuries occurred within the premises. Premises liability does not only mean slip and fall accidents; it also cover dog or animal bites, assaults, and many others. As long as the person who owns the property is the one responsible or in control of the property and those inside it, they can be held accountable for any injuries that a person may sustain inside the premises.

There are factors that need to be present in order to make the property owner accountable for the injuries following a personal injury claim. First, it should be established that the property was considered dangerous, second that the owner was or should have been aware of the condition of the property and third that the property owner had the opportunity to correct the condition or provide warnings, but did not, which caused injury to the unknowing victim. It is generally the responsibility of the owner to ensure the safety of the property that is under their control, or to warn people regarding the dangers within the property.

Premises liability may also depend on the status of the injured person during the time of injury. If the person is an “invitee”, or someone who the property owner invited into the property, then the owner has the responsibility to warn or remove the invitees from any dangers within the property. Likewise, a “licensee” is someone who has consent from the owner to be on the property. If you ask an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer, they will likely inform you that a landowner does not have the duty to any adult trespasser, although they are prohibited from intentionally or willfully injure an adult trespasser in their property.

Top Tips And Secrets For Finding The Perfect Lawyer

Many people are scared of hiring an attorney for the first time. They are worried that they will make a mistake and hire the wrong one or that they won’t find one at all. The following article takes the pain out of looking for a lawyer. Follow the tips below to find the legal help you need.

A great tip if you’re thinking about hiring a lawyer is to make sure the lawyer you select answers all of the questions that you have. You don’t want to pick a lawyer who can’t give you a straight answer because you’ll be left in the dark and won’t know what’s going on.

Never hesitate to ask your lawyer about any part of the fees you do not understand. There are many people that have issues with the fees they are charged by an attorney, but many of them do not say anything. There is a chance that you can do some of the work yourself and save a little, so make sure to ask about that.

If you believe that you might have a legal case it is a good idea to seek a legal consult before pursuing any action. Many law firms offer a free consultation so make sure that you take advantage of this. This allows you to try out a couple different law firms before deciding on a lawyer.

A general practitioner is not always your best option. You might have a good lawyer you trust, but do not hesitate to hire a specialized lawyer if you need help with an issue your lawyer has no experience with. Do not hesitate to ask your usual lawyer for a referral.

Now that you are finished reading this article, you can see just how possible finding the right lawyer is. All that it takes is know-how and some determination, and you now have both of those important things. Implement the great tips above to find the legal help you need today.

What is the da Vinci Surgical Robot?

Technological advances have reached the medical world, with the development of the “da Vinci Surgical System.” This device is an advanced platform made to help and enhance any surgeon’s capacities in performing major operations. This is a new system that allows minimal invasive option for many major surgeries. It is marketed by a California-based company called Intuitive Surgical Inc., made available to the public for since the last decade and has  been widely hailed as a breakthrough in non-invasive surgeries.

The da Vinci surgical system works by allowing surgeons to operate on their patients using small incisions made to insert the minimized wristed instruments, including hi-def 3D cameras which allows the surgeons to view a magnified image of the site where the surgery will be performed. The da Vinci surgical system is a device that performs solely based on the instructions and movements of the surgeon.

Nevertheless, despite the popularity of the da Vinci surgical system, there have been rising reports of injuries caused by using this surgical robot. Complications such as punctured organs, surgical burns, peritonitis (inflammations of the abdomen’s inner wall), and many others have been widely reported by victims. There have also been reports of death due to severe complications caused after surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot.

Most of these injuries are reportedly caused by the lack of training of the surgeons who use them. Because of the low training standards that are put on surgeons who operate the da Vinci surgical robots, many patients have been put in potentially high risks of serious and life-threatening complications. Based on reports from the Bloomberg News review, there have already been 70 deaths related to the use of da Vinci surgical robot, with 5,000 reported injuries. Despite these huge numbers, people are still unaware of the risks of the da Vinci surgical robot. Even with the many lawsuits that have been filed against the manufacturers and users of the da Vinci surgical robot, the demand to use the system is still on the rise, thanks to glossy marketing and people’s unawareness of the risks and dangers that come with using the system.

The Benefits of Limited Ingredient Diets

As the name implies, limited ingredient diets are formulations that make use of a restricted set of ingredients to supply daily nutritional requirements. While these may actually apply to humans, limited ingredient diets primarily refer to pet diets. There are different formulations appropriate for both dogs and cats. In most cases these types of diets are designed to address specific disorders, such as compromised kidney function, allergies, or intestinal problems.

rugged puppyIn general, limited ingredient diets are restricted to simple ingredients that are natural, easy to digest and high in nutrition. A key feature of these diets is uniqueness; there is no mixing of different types of proteins. Only one type of protein, the key ingredient, is included. The most common protein sources for pets with sensitive stomachs are bison, duck, lamb or venison. The carbohydrate components are limited to sweet potatoes or potatoes, and grains are often completely eliminated since these are known allergens.

It is highly recommended that owners of pets with specific dietary needs make their own dog food from fresh ingredients. That way, there is no way that an ingredient that may be causing problems for the dog will be present. However, if this is not possible, there are commercially available limited ingredient diet formulations from well-known dog food brands. Choose all natural or organic brands, and check out the nutritional label to make sure it contains the right combination of allowed ingredients.

The benefits of limited ingredient diets may not be immediately apparent. In most cases, you will know for sure if it is working for your dog or not within twelve weeks, so you will have to wait. It may happen that you will go through several limited ingredient diets before you identify the foods that your dog cannot tolerate. Once you identify those foods, eliminate them from your dog’s diet. The changes for the better can be highly gratifying and life-changing for both you and your pet.

The Carelessness Rule of Personal Injury Liability

profile of woman driving car with angry faceThere are generally two roles within an accident scenario: one party who was more careless, and one party who was less careless. According to the carelessness rule of personal injury liability, the party who was more careless should pay reparations to the party who was less careless in proportion to how much more careless they were. This applies to most situations, including when the injured party had also been careless, or partially contributed to the event of their injury.

Carelessness can be construed through many forms. If a property owner has not properly maintained his building or grounds, then he is liable for any injury that may befall guests. If a manufacturer or seller delivers a defective product, then they both may be liable for any injury caused by the defect. If an employer fails to prevent an employee from being careless and causing injury to someone else, then the employer can possibly also be held responsible.

If more than two parties are involved in an accident, then most states mandate that any party involved pay full reparations to an injured party. This is likely to require some negotiation between the parties and their insurance providers in order to figure out who should pay whom.

Careless parties may not be held responsible for injuries caused by dangerous property if the injured party had no business being there; e.g., trespassing or snooping.

“Loss of Chance” Doctrine Becoming National Trend in Malpractice Law

Minnesota Supreme Court recently deviated from its traditional rulings on malpractice claims to create a “loss of chance” doctrine, in which a patient is entitled to compensation if the negligence of a doctor can be proved to have decreased the patient’s chances of survival. Kayla and Joseph Dickhoff, the parents of a young girl with a rare form of muscle cancer, brought the case that inspired this decision. The Dickhoffs felt that Dr. Rachel Tolefsrud and her clinic had failed to diagnose their daughter’s suspicious lump, leading to her currently more difficult, painful, and expensive battle with the cancer.

The Court ruled that the defendants had been negligent and should be held liable for the girl’s lessened chances of recovery. Even though this case brought Minnesota to join the other 40 states with “loss of chance” doctrines, the ruling was split 3-2. The dissenting side argued that because a “loss of chance” did not deal with true causation of harm from specific actions, it should not be supported as a liability. Dissenting Judge Christopher Dietzen pointed out that even though the Dickhoffs’ child had worsened and was currently struggling to beat her cancer, who could say with total confidence that it was a result of negligence or just the natural progression of the disease?

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts was the first to rule for “loss of chance” in 2008. They saw the doctrine not as another pitfall for doctors, but as a reminder to provide quality medical services and heightened attention in order to avoid a medical mistake such as misdiagnosis. The Supreme Judicial Court had hoped the “loss of chance” doctrine would lend itself to overall reform in medicine.

Boot Camp Created for Aspiring Start-Ups

Creating a boot camp for eager entrepreneurs searching for the key to a successful start-up business organization sounds like the set up for a scam, but VentureCamp seems like the real deal. However, the camp is as much a start-up as the businesses it hopes to foster, partially inspired by the sprawling mansion which Chad Folkening found himself unable to live in or sell but still hearkened for a purpose.

The maiden voyage of VentureCamp began in June 2013, with twelve carefully selected businesspeople, just as many successful guest speakers, and one 26,000 square foot house nestled in the northeast side of Indianapolis, despite its neighbors’ opposition. The selected campers don’t pay a dime to attend the eight-week interactive seminar in which they’ll hear lectures, receive personal coaching, and eventually team up to develop genuine business plans to take back to the real world.

Naturally, the experience is being filmed reality television-style, following the participants around with cameras from the time they get up to the time they go to sleep. VentureCamp hopes to use the footage to advertise itself, privately or publicly. Participants don’t seem to mind, though. Constant surveillance is a small price to pay for the chance to take their start-up dreams and bring them to life.