Wedding Rehearsal Dinner on a Yacht? – That Sounds Like Fun!

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner on a Yacht? – That Sounds Like Fun!

Jun 21

In January 2017, Lexus (yes, the luxury car company), revealed plans to produce a premium yacht for the worldwide market. The yacht, known as the Lexus Sports Yacht, is planned to hit United States markets in late-2019. This is the first time Lexus has dipped its toes into the water (pun intended) of maritime production. Apparently, the pre-sale model is doing well, as it recently won an award for “Boat of the Year” at the Japan International Boat Show. The Lexus Sports Yacht is the product of a lot of creative thinking and careful planning. Nothing says luxury like a Lexus yacht!

It is estimated that the Lexus Sports Yacht will be 65-feet long. Below deck, the yacht will sport an entertaining space to hold up to 15 people. The yacht is expected to have three separate decks, so it will be a great location for luxury parties and other events.

Unfortunately, I do not expect that I will be purchasing a Lexus Sports Yacht in 2019. The concept is interesting, and while I believe that this yacht release will have a huge effect on Lexus as a luxury brand, getting one of these yachts is simply not feasible for me. However, after I saw this concept, I couldn’t stop looking up yacht-related content. I thought to myself, “what would be a fun activity to do on a yacht?” During my research, I came across an article that explained the concept of hosting a wedding rehearsal dinner on a yacht. I had to read more!

As you probably know, wedding rehearsal dinners are ceremonies held the night before the wedding. The idea behind rehearsal dinners is to get the families and friends of the bride and groom together in some space to meet each other and have a good time. Rehearsal dinners allow for a lot of creativity and an individualized touch that, hopefully, the guests will remember forever.

The article I mentioned earlier started by explaining how unique and individualized an experience would be to have a wedding rehearsal dinner on a yacht. Not only would a yacht be unique, but it would also be relaxing. This sort of environment would ensure that all parties attending, from both sides of the family, are having a good, relaxing time preparing for the wedding. Also, having a wedding rehearsal dinner on a yacht means that the guests will get to enjoy some excellent views of the city!

The article opened my eyes to an experience that sounds like it would be a lot of fun. If I attended a wedding rehearsal dinner on a yacht, I know I would never forget it. If I hosted a wedding rehearsal dinner on a yacht, (still looking for that special someone), I know my guests would never forget it. Though I don’t see myself being an owner of a Lexus Sports Yacht down the road, I would love to be a part of a wedding rehearsal dinner on a yacht!

Qualifying and planning for your disability benefits

Qualifying and planning for your disability benefits

Sep 11

When it comes to planning for disability benefits, it is important to first consider whether or not you qualify for benefits according to the Social Security Administration. The SSA makes this determination based on their internal guidelines, which, based on their site, include:

  • The inability to perform work that you once were able to perform
  • You cannot perform other work because of your current medical condition or conditions AND
  • Your disability will last at least a year or may result in death

The SSA has a very strict definition and the rules assume that people who are in families that work will have other financial support during shorter term disabilities like worker’s compensation or savings or health insurance coverage.

In addition, you must have worked for a certain period of time to qualify for Social Security benefits. You earn “credits” based on how long you worked or how long you were self-employed, and you can earn up to four of these credits per year. In addition, the number of credits you earn determines if you qualify for benefits, which is also matched up with the age you are when you become disabled.

An attorney can help explain the SSA rules and regulations and can help you determine if you qualify for benefits. In addition, the attorney can help you fill out the application for benefits and make sure it matches what the SSA is looking for. Many people make mistakes on their application or fail to fill it out completely, which typically causes an immediate rejection by the SSA. In order to avoid this, make sure your attorney helps you with the paperwork and reviews it for you before you submit it to the Social Security Administration.

You also will want to take a look at the SSA’s list of “disabling conditions” which outlines the types of disabilities that they consider for total disability. They have put in place a few initiatives including Compassionate Allowances and Quick Disability Determinations to help speed up the application process for people who really need the benefits and need them quickly. A review of the SSA website is recommended so that you know what they are looking for and how the determination is made. If you have a disabling condition, if you cannot do the work you once did before, and if you are unable to perform other work, you may find your application will be accepted and you will be able to receive disability benefits, as well as possible supplemental income and/or Medicaid. Consult with your attorney and read the SSA website to learn more about your options and make sure that your application is completely filled out! By eliminating errors like this, you can make sure that your application is reviewed and is not thrown out before it can be considered.

Medical Malpractice and Surgical Errors

Medical Malpractice and Surgical Errors

May 26

Medical professionals have licenses to prove their competence and to ensure their patients that they are in the right hands. But sometimes, even the most competent medical professional commits mistakes. These mistakes can be legitimate errors because the medical industry is inherently complicated. But they can also be preventable errors that only happened because of recklessness, negligence, or outright incompetence.

Medical Malpractice

According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, those who have been hurt because of medical malpractice may have legal options, such as making the medical professional involved accountable. But when does medical malpractice occur?
Medical malpractice occurs when there is a direct professional-patient relationship, the professional has the duty of care for the said patient, the duty of care has been breached because of action or inaction, and the breach has resulted into the harm of the said patient.

Surgical Error

Medical malpractice may happen in any aspect of the medical industry, but arguably the most dangerous aspect of all is surgery. This is because surgery errors may result into permanent injuries, complications, and even deaths. Below are the most common errors in surgery.

  • Anesthesia Error – Too much anesthesia may result into asphyxiation and brain damage, while too little anesthesia may result into compromised effectiveness and unimaginable pain during surgery.
  • Foreign Objects – Leaving foreign objects in the body can lead to infections and severe pain. The most common objects left in the body are surgical tools, even though this can be easily prevented by properly checking materials before and after surgery.
  • Nerve or Organ Damage – Nerves and even entire organs are particularly vulnerable during surgery, as even a slight misuse of a scalpel can cause cuts and punctures. On the worst instances, these errors result into permanent disabilities and deaths.
  • Wrong-site Operation – Operating on the wrong body part is so incompetent that it is laughable, but it’s not so laughable when you realize that they do happen, resulting into wrongly amputated legs and wrongly extracted kidneys.
When Does DUI Become A Felony Crime?

When Does DUI Become A Felony Crime?

May 01

In most instances, driving under the influence (DUI) is considered a misdemeanor charge. However, there are certain cases when DUI can become a felony charge. When the charge is raised, it usually carries stiffer penalties and sanctions. According to the website of Kohler Hart Powell, SC, DUI charges can have serious and long lasting consequences.

In order for DUI to become a felony, there are certain factors that should be met. It is worth noting that the rules for what does and what does not constitute felony varies from one state to another. Thus, you should be aware of the laws and procedures for more information. Here now are some of the instances when DUI becomes a felony.

Elevated Blood Alcohol Concentration

The current BAC limit for every state is 0.08 percent so if you exceed that limit, you will be charged with DUI for violation of the law. If your blood alcohol content exceeds the elevated level set by law which is usually .16 percent, then your DUI becomes a felony.

Bodily Harm

In some states, DUI becomes felony if the driver causes bodily harm to another person. In other states, the prosecutors can decide whether DUI that causes bodily harm can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Still, there are other states where the plaintiff must prove that the defendant caused the injury. If another driver runs into the defendant while at a stop sign and gets injured, the intoxicated driver did not cause the bodily harm so DUI remains a misdemeanor.

Previous Convictions

If the defendant has been convicted several times for DUI within a certain period of time, then he will be charged with felony DUI. The number of previous offenses and the time period will vary from one state to another.

Children in the Vehicle

In some states, there is a law that elevates DUI to felony when there are children on the vehicle. The law was enacted after 11-year old Leandra died when her friend’s mother crashed her car while driving under the influence. Known as Leandra Law, the rule applies when a child less than 15 years old is involved in the accident.

Driving with a Restricted, Suspended, or Revoked License

In some states, DUI is elevated into felony if the offense is committed while the defendant has a restricted, suspended, or revoked license.

The Impact of Technology on Prosthetic Development

The Impact of Technology on Prosthetic Development

Feb 21

Gone are the days of clunky prosthetics constructed from basic materials like wood and metal. Yet, this was the norm several hundred years ago. Individuals strapped bulky devices onto their limbs, but they served little to no function. The material often prevented adequate mobility, ultimately rendering them useless. Fortunately, modern prosthetics allow not just for functionality but comfortability.

Advancements in technology ensure that newer prosthetic are lighter and more responsive thereby allowing the performance of basic tasks such as gripping, walking, and eating. Unlike the ancient counterparts, modern-day prosthetics are made of advanced plastic and carbon fibers. Thus, they appear realistic in nature with life-like details like freckles and fingerprints.

The brain communicates with muscles via electrical signals. The brain sends these signals down the spinal cord through peripheral nerves to the muscles. Neural prosthetics depend on this brain activity to control the prosthetic. Electrodes placed on residual limbs transmit electrical signals from muscles to the brain permitting motion of the prosthetics. Brain Computer Interface permits this phenomenon. Mathematical algorithms decode brain cell activity thus ensuring that the prosthetics performs the appropriate movements.

In accordance to the statements of personal injury lawyers at Mazin & Associates, PC, those suffering from certain disorders like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, spinal injuries or loss of limbs often live drastically altered lives with some depending on the support of other individual’s for everyday tasks. Neural prosthesis relies on the ability for the brain to continue operating and translating external stimuli into actions despite debilitating illnesses or accidents. These prosthetics, then, offer autonomy for those who otherwise would not have it. The future of prosthetic research involves the introduction of sensory feedback between the prosthetic device and brain thereby restoring sensation and enabling the individual to feel the artificial limb.

Some Facts about Spinal Cord Injuries

Some Facts about Spinal Cord Injuries

Oct 16

In 2005, the estimated new cases of spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the U.S. was 11,000. Records from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center show, however, that, in 2015, the number went up to 12,500 new cases and still climbed to 17,000 in 2016. There are about 282,000 children and adults already suffering from spinal cord injury and, every year, more continue to be added to their number.

2016 record show that about 80% of new SCI cases involved males, while the average age at injury is 42 years (in the 1970s, the spinal cord injury average age was 29). Major causes of new SCI cases, on the other hand, included vehicle crashes (this has been the leading cause of the injury since 2010), falls, acts of violence (mainly gunshot wounds), sports/recreation activities, and medical/surgical error.

The spinal cord, which forms the central nervous system with the brain, is a bundle of nerve tissues and support cells; it is also one of the human body’s most delicate and sensitive parts. While the brain acts as the body’s command center, the spinal cord serves as the pathway for all messages from the brain to the different parts of the body and vice versa.

A spinal cord injury can damage the ligaments or spinal column disks, the vertebrae (which is a series of small bones that form the backbone), or the spinal cord itself. A spinal cord injury may be traumatic or non-traumatic. Traumatic SCI usually results from a sudden and forceful blow to the spine that fractures, crushes, dislocates, or compresses one or more areas of the vertebrae; it could also be due to a knife or gunshot would that pierces and cuts the spinal cord. Non-traumatic spinal cord injury, though, is usually due to disk degeneration of the spine, cancer, arthritis, infections, inflammation, or loss of blood supply to the cord (age is a major factor to developing non-traumatic SCI. This is because risk to the causes of NTSCI increases with age).

An injury to the spinal cord can be devastating as this can result to either partial or total paralysis, depending on how severe the damage is and the area/s affected by the injury. Partial paralysis, referred to as Paraplegia, is loss of control and function on one side of the body. There is a possibility that a partially paralyzed person would still have sensation despite having lost control in the paralyzed area.

According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., total paralysis, called Quadriplegia, means total loss of functions and control of body parts that are affected. Total paralysis starts from the injured area of the spinal cord down to the rest of the body; this means that the higher the injury, the greater the extent of paralysis.

Negligence is, most often, a factor in accidents resulting to spinal cord injuries. While the person at-fault in an accident may never have intended causing any injury, the fact that he/she was negligent and has actually injured someone are enough reasons to make him/her answer before the law and be made to compensate whoever he/she has harmed. A highly-competent personal injury lawyer may be able to assist a victim either in the legal pursuit or in an out-of-court settlement which will enable (the victim) to seek and claim the just amount of compensation that he/she is legally entitled to receive.

Is Your Kitchen Safe?

Is Your Kitchen Safe?

Feb 19

Although it may seem like the heart of home and health, it is still an accident-prone area. There are many things the kitchen that can lead to serious injuries or every death, so it is necessary to understand and know the ways that you can secure your safety when in and out of the kitchen. For some who wants to ensure the security of their kitchen, here are some dangers that are often overlooked even by safety-vigilant people.

Fire extinguishers – many people often take fire extinguishers lightly until there is actually a fire in your house. Although kitchen alternatives such as baking soda can put out grease fire, those that are quick to get of out control need immediate and more effective way to be extinguished. A small or portable fire extinguisher can go a long way in protecting your kitchen, and you house in general, from fires. Also, make sure that the fire extinguishers are passed inspection and that you know how to use them.

Extension and appliance cords – because the kitchen has a great number of appliances, they are often cramped in a small space and cause clutter. Although using an electric cord can make the use of appliances easier, it can lead to electric shocks or electrocution, especially when they get wet. They are also tripping hazards and a potential cause of fire. Make sure to unplug and stow away the appliance after you use them.

Water – not many people may know it, but water in the kitchen can also be dangerous. Aside from water causing electric shocks, wet hands can make it difficult to grasp glassware which can lead to cuts. On the other hand not washing your hands when cooking can lead to the spread of bacteria, causing sickness.

Older adults are more at risk of accidents in kitchen. This is among the reasons why many older adult consider assisted living or living in health care facilities. These options not only present them with assistance in their daily activities, they also ensure that the elders are kept healthy and safe from any danger. Because of health complication and declines due to getting older, certain restrictions can cause elders to put themselves in danger of accidents or health complications, so having someone help them through everyday activities without restricting their independence is a great way to for them to live out their lives to the fullest.

Hit & Run: Still an Unresolved Threat to the American Public

Hit & Run: Still an Unresolved Threat to the American Public

Oct 05

Under common definition, hit-and-run, or hit and skip, refers to a person’s act of leaving or fleeing from the scene of an accident in order to escape responsibility for injury. On a wider context though, hit-and-run can also be referred to the act of speeding away from a situation that damages properties, whether personal or public, or collides with an animal, injuring or killing it as a result (some states include this within the scope of hit-and-run accidents).

Based on the two definitions above, a hit-and-run accident, therefore, can involve not just a pedestrian or another vehicle (wherein its driver, usually the one who may be identified as the victim, is injured and rendered unconscious), but fixed objects and animals as well. While all state laws require that it occurs on public roads and highways, some states include collisions occurring in parking lots as well.

It is the legal obligation of drivers who are involved in accidents to stop, provide whatever kind of assistance may be needed by anyone who gets injured or loses consciousness, contact traffic enforcers and wait for them to arrive at the scene – this is regardless of who was at fault in the accident. Even if nothing more than damage to property is the issue, both drivers are still legally required to exchange information regarding their identification, insurance provider and contact details. In parking lots where the owner of a vehicle that is damaged is nowhere in sight, then the driver who is at fault should leave a written notice with his/her identification and contact details.

State laws differ when leaving the scene of an accident is the issue. While some states would charge the driver (who is guilty of hit-and-run) a misdemeanor offense, others consider the act a felony, a much more serious offense. Whatever the charge is, though, the following are certain: time behind bars; punitive and compensatory damages; cancellation of insurance policy (upon identification of the hit-and-run driver); and, revocation or suspension of driver’s license (some states are authorized to permanently cancel the offender’s driver’s license).

To mention specific charges and punishment imposed by some states:

  • In Texas, after September 1, 2013, the charge was raised from a third degree felony to a second degree felony. This means up to 20 years in prison, instead of just up to 10
  • In Florida, seriously injuring someone will mean a seven-year sentence, and 10 years if there are fatalities
  • In Arizona, once a hit-and-run driver is identified, he/she will have his/her license suspended for five years (if the case involves serious injuries); fatal accidents will mean 10 years automatic suspension of license. These do not include time in jail yet
  • In Colorado, a law was passed in 2012, which made hit-and-run accidents (with serious bodily injury) a Class 4 felony.

A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that majority of hit-and-run victims are pedestrians and, with regard to the cause of the accidents, the major factor is alcohol impairment.

In another study, it is said that drivers tend to run due to varying reasons, including: driving without a license; high blood-alcohol content; or, they’re very young to be charged with a major offense. As the number of drivers fleeing from the scene of an accident continuous to rise, so too does the difficulty of catching them since many have resorted to means that will help them avoid identification, like having their vehicle immediately repainted or have the part damaged by the impact quickly repaired.

Often, victims of hit-and-run have nowhere to turn to, especially for financial support. They will have to understand that they have the law as their ally and a personal injury lawyer, in whatever state they live, as their defender.

Lawyers can never guarantee that a personal injury case, or any case for that matter, will be decided in favor of the plaintiff or complainant; however, filing a civil lawsuit and arguing with the defendant in court without being represented by a truly skilled personal injury lawyer would be similar to getting severely injured the second time, only this time, he/she is face-to-face with the driver at fault.

There are also times, though, when a case is filed against an insurance provider that keeps denying a claim filed by a hit-and-run victim or which employs tactics that will allow it to pay a claimant lesser amount of benefit or make delayed payments.

Assault and Battery Charges in California

Assault and Battery Charges in California

Jul 02

Assault and battery charges can cover a wide range of acts. Some of these acts can be considered relatively minor and result in a misdemeanor. There are also acts that are found to be extremely severe, meriting harsher penalties and a felony charge. For example, incidents that involve minor physical altercation that arise from an argument are typically considered a misdemeanor. On the other hand, the act of making threats with a handgun is commonly understood as something more serious and could constitute to a felony charge.

Under California law, assault is defined as an intentional attempt to physically injure another individual. Threats that make a person feel like they are in danger fall within this definition. On the other hand, battery is seen as the intentional and unlawful use of violence against another person. This includes the use of any type of force that involves physical contact. The law also delineates different ways to classify assault and battery crimes. There are 5 different assault and battery charges in California: domestic violence, sexual assault or battery, aggravated assault or battery, simple assault or battery, and motor vehicle assault.

As implied in the earlier examples, particular details will determine whether a given crime will be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. There are also cases when a crime will be considered a “wobbler.” A crime charged as a wobbler leaves room for the prosecutor to use his or her discretion when pursuing the case. A person convicted with simple assault could face up to six months in jail, additional six months of probation, and a $1000 fine. Meanwhile, a simple battery conviction could lead to about six months in county jail, up to six months of probation, and as $2000 fine. Penalties for more serious crimes like sexual assault or battery are much steeper, especially if the crime led to serious bodily harm. In such cases, a convicted individual could face up to 4 years in state prison, as well as formal probation.

Wrongful Death: Information about Taking Legal Action

Wrongful Death: Information about Taking Legal Action

Jun 29

As the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP eloquently puts it, there are very few things in life as tragic and devastating as dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one. There’s no way around the emotional turmoil that such an experience is sure to bring. What’s worse is when this grief becomes compounded due to the knowledge that death could have been avoided if not for the negligent behavior of another party. This leaves the surviving family to deal with consequences that will only increase the burden they are already carrying and make it hard to find the closure they need.

Fortunately, the law provides avenues of relief and comfort for grieving families in these situations. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, individuals seeking out answers can find closure through pursuing a wrongful death claim against the party or individual responsible for their loss. Wrongful death claims encompass all manner of accidents and scenarios that have been made possible due to negligent action committed by another person or entity. This includes fatalities caused by vehicular accidents, workplace explosions, and medical malpractice. A successful claim entitles the family to compensation covering financial expenses caused by the incident like medical expenses and income loss, as well as additional damages for the bereavement and suffering they have had to endure.

A wrongful death claim may be pursued by those that the law recognizes as the “real parties in interest”. While the definition varies from state to state, this usually includes the victim’s immediate family members, spouses and life partners, as well as financial dependents and other persons who stand to suffer financially due to the accident that occurred. These individuals will be allowed to pursue their claim within a specific period of time called the statute of limitations. Again, this differs depending on state laws. Usually, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is at 2 years. If you are looking to pursue a claim in the wake of an unexpected loss, it would be best to consult a legal professional as soon as possible.