Just How Useful is a Self-storage Unit?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Self-storage Unit | 0 comments

Beginning in 2004, the average size of houses in America became bigger – from 1,660 square feet to 2,400 square feet, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Despite having become bigger, most of these newly designed structures lost one very useful area, where house owners can store their old valuable belongings – the attic or the basement (this is especially true in Sun Belt states, like, Florida, California and Texas, where houses, especially the newly-built ones, are designed without either an attic or a basement).

Now, with consumerism in America on the rise again, the number of people needing extra space has also risen. But since many houses no longer come with an extra storage room, many find that extra space elsewhere – in self-storage facilities.

There are more than 50,000 self-storage facilities in the U.S. and most of these are located in Sun Belt states. The purpose of a self-storage, or mini-storage, is to provide individuals, families or businesses the extra space they need practically for anything they need to store safely.

Though the idea of renting a self-storage may be a very remote idea to others, those who are currently leasing one know that having a self-storage space can really be beneficial, especially if you:

  • Want to enjoy the freedom of being able to rotate your furnishings regularly;
  • Intend to move to a new residence;
  • Need to reduce some of your furnishings for more excellent showing; and,
  • Lack space for old things that cannot be thrown away, such old toys or your parents’ favorites.

A self-storage can be leased on a month-to-month basis; lease can be renewed, though. Besides being affordable, payment can also be cash, with a personal check or through a credit card. Self-storage facilities also give assurance that your belongings will be safe and accessible to you 24/7.

Not all storage facilities, according to those managing Pond Springs mini storage facility, offer the same features. You may want to prefer a facility that not only has customer service that can answer your queries anytime and address your concerns efficiently, but also has a resident manager, who can guarantee order and safety and, most of all, one that features:

  • A drive up access;
  • A personal access codes
  • Security cameras;
  • A fully-fenced property;
  • Affordable rates on all storage units; and,
  • Climate-controlled and ground level units (keep your important items regulated and secure).

There are self-storage units, by the way, for those intending to store only boxed and other “not-so-big” items, and there are big units as well where one can keep furnishings from an entire home.

 

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The Dangers of DUI

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in DUI | 0 comments

The Dangers of DUI

Driving under the influence of alcohol, or more commonly known as DUI, is against the law. But there are drivers out there who still risk driving while intoxicated, maybe because they have no choice but to drive home by themselves, do not fear the consequences, or both. To prevent drunk driving, it is important to know its dangers first.

You can get arrested

Since DUI is illegal, you can get arrested and suffer the penalties for it, such as fines, license suspension, vehicle confiscation, installation of restrictive devices such as an ignition interlock, and even jail time. DUI convictions are worse than you think. The license suspensions, vehicle confiscations, and ignition interlocks will limit your mobility. Having DUI records also don’t sit well with businesses and employers.

According to the website of this Lee County DUI lawyer, it is possible to defend DUI charges. But if you ask me, prevention is still better than cure.

You can crash

There is a reason why drunk driving is considered an offense. Alcohol can affect your ability to drive. Physically, you may lose control of the vehicle because of your limited body coordination. Mentally, you may fail to comprehend traffic lights and road signs. This means that you are at risk of crashing your vehicle and injuring not just you, but also your passengers.

You can collide with other people on the road

Remember that you are not the only vehicle on the road. Your limited physical and mental abilities not just give you the risk of crashing, as it also gives you the risk of colliding with another vehicle or another person on the road.

Getting involved in an accident is one of the most tragic things that can happen to a person who is diligently driving his vehicle, safely riding his motorcycle or bicycle, and being careful in crossing the road. If that person has sustained an injury, he may even have enough grounds to take you to court.

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Medical Malpractice: Anesthesia Error

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Anesthesia is an important part of the surgery process. It helps the patient be in an unconscious or semi-conscious state during the operation, resulting into inability to feel pain and loss of general responsiveness. It also helps in managing the patient’s vital signs and oxygenation.

For these reasons, anesthesia can be very dangerous when an error has occurred. It can cause serious injury to the patient, or worse, even death. According to an informative article from the website of a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer, anesthesia errors are a form of medical malpractice, and those who are responsible may be held liable.

Common anesthesia errors

Medical malpractice can occur in many ways, but most of the time, it occurs because of the negligence of the medical party. Maybe they did not exercise reasonable care, did not have the level of skill that a reasonable professional should have, or did something that’s just totally wrong.

Below are the common errors involving anesthesia.

  • Administering anesthetics to a patient with allergies
  • Administering the wrong anesthesia
  • Failing to give proper instructions to the patient prior to the operation, such as eating and drinking restrictions
  • Failing to deliver anesthesia on time
  • Failing to monitor the patient’s oxygen level and vital signs
  • Giving too much or too little anesthesia
  • Improperly intubating the patient

Effects of anesthesia errors

Most of the time, patients and their families don’t really know the importance of anesthesiologists in surgery. They are just automatically putting their trusts in all of the medical professionals involved in the process. But they should at least be knowledgeable of the possible consequences of errors.

Here are the common complications and injuries that can result from an error involving anesthesia.

  • Allergic reactions
  • Anesthesia awareness
  • Brain damages due to lack of oxygen
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Coma and death
  • Confusion, dizziness, and nausea
  • Heart problems
  • Post-operation pain
  • Respiratory problems
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Tooth damage due to improper intubation

Aside from these physical injuries, anesthesia errors can also cause emotional and psychological damages like flashbacks, sleep disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, and phobia to doctors and medical facilities.

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Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois: A Cause for Alarm

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over a million individuals live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities all over America. A huge portion of this population includes elderly adults that are vulnerable to different types of abuse.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, around one in every three nursing homes has received citations for some sort of violation against set federal standards for long-term care facilities and other similar institutions. Even more alarmingly, reports show that almost one out of every ten nursing homes received their citations for violations that were found to have caused particular danger for its residents.

The situation for nursing home residents in Illinois is becoming even more alarming due to recent developments in legislature. As reported by U.S. News and The State Journal-Register, earlier this year, lawmakers have introduced House Bill 5601, which would ban anonymous complaints regarding abuse or neglect in Illinois nursing homes. The bill hopes to discourage individuals from making false reports, but it also has the potential to discourage actual elderly victims from speaking out due to shame and fear of retribution from their abusers.

In such a climate, raising awareness about the abuses that continue to take place in nursing homes proves to be especially important. The on-going cases of neglect, physical abuse, financial exploitation, among other devastating scenarios, can no longer be ignored. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg note the importance of pursuing these cases of abuse to help protect current and future victims alike.

Of course, protecting elderly residents from nursing home abuse will be an uphill battle. However, families who suspect that their loved ones are being hurt in the hands of their caregivers shouldn’t be afraid to speak out and pursue justice. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, do not hesitate to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal options.

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Why Pedestrian Accident Victims should Seek Compensation

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Why Pedestrian Accident Victims should Seek Compensation

The National Safety Council (NSC) says that there are about 70,000 pedestrians accidents in the US every year; 4, 500 of these accidents are either fatal or end in the victim’s death a few days after the accident (the NSC is a a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization that promotes health and safety in the US by helping minimize the alarmingly high number of preventable injuries and deaths in working environments, homes and communities).

Pedestrians accidents resulting to death are more frequent in rural areas where vehicles run faster, where there are usually no sidewalks where pedestrians can walk safely, and where most streets and intersections are poorly illuminated at night. One common factor in fatal pedestrians accidents, however, is intoxication; it could either be an intoxicated driver or a pedestrian who has drank more than his of her limit.

Pedestrians is, and shlould be, a major concern for everyone, for the simple reason that everyone is a pedestrians at certain times of the day. While drivers play a major role in significantly reducing incidences of pedestrian accidents, pedestrians themselves should never exercise lesser care when crossing any street.

According to the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. law firm, even minor accidents can result in serious injuries, and ongoing pain and suffering that would leav accident victims with serious emotional, psychological, and financial burdens. To make matters worse, those who have to contend with these serious side effects often did nothing to cause the accident.

Most non-fatal pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries, like broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or accidental amputation. Due to the serious condition a victim may end up in, filing a civil or tort lawsuit against the at-fault driver often becomes necessary, mainly for the purpose of seeking compensation for all present and future damages resulting from the injury.

Money will never undo the trauma and injuries suffered by the victim; it can, however, help him or her pay for the costly medical treatment which may help bring back the quality of his or her life.

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