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.