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Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Ways to Enhance Your Lawn

Your front lawn is often the first thing people notice when they encounter your property. A well-maintained lawn often makes the house itself looks better, and signals that you and your family carry yourself with pride and dignity.

Many families want to take their lawns far beyond simply being well-maintained, however. An easy way to do just that is by adding enhancements to your front or back lawn. I compiled a list of some ways to take your lawn up a notch — check them out below!

Add a Firepit

Fire pits are perfect for chilly nights outside or a spontaneous s’mores adventure with your family. Adding one to your backyard is a unique feature that no one will expect, but they’ll certainly love. Your home will quickly become the preferred hang out spot.

One Word: Steppingstones

Instead of opting for the traditional front porch steps, consider going with a path of stepping stones leading to your front door. This will be a nice, unexpected touch for your guests and will certainly make your home stand out from the rest on the block. To amp it up even further, add something fun at the end of the stepping stone path, like a small tree or a birdbath.

Switch it Up with a Front Patio

Most patios are located in the backyard, serving as a spot to entertain guests when the weather is nice outside. If you really want to stand out though, maybe move your patio to the front yard. This is especially ideal for homes with smaller front lawns because the stone landscaping will allow you to the efforts of maintaining a grass lawn and the high water costs associated with a grass lawn as well.

Stone Wall

These are for those of you looking for a more classic, formal look. With a stacked stone wall in your front lawn, you can make your home look even more refined and elegant. Again, this is more ideal for those of you with less lawn space to work with because a simple wall with a few shrubs is enough of a statement on its own — even if there isn’t a ton of lawn space behind it.

Add succulents!

Everyone loves succulents, so they would be a perfect addition to your front or back lawn. The best part is that they are easy to maintain, so you won’t have to worry about them too much. For an earthy look, consider putting the succulents in stone planters.

If you’re confident in your landscaping abilities, you may consider doing the job yourself. Of course, any landscaping mistakes you make could add additional repair costs. You could reach out to a company like Ware Landscaping with lawn care experts who are trained to help you create the lawn of your needs. It is likely more of an investment, but you could see a major return on that investment with the rising cost of your property value with your new and improved lawn.

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Posted by on May 26, 2019 in Drunk Driving | 0 comments

Dangers of Drunk Driving

One of the worst decisions you can make in life is to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you have consumed too much alcohol. And other substances, such as marijuana or prescription pills that affect your decision-making or coordination (or, that you have been warned to not drive while under the influence of) are not that much better than drinking and driving. However, I am a firm believer that merely telling someone to not do something will not result in the person following your advice, no matter the validity of the suggestion.

Instead, I think, it is best to explain the specific dangers of an issue if your goal is to prevent risky behavior. As such, I have written the following article about the dangers of drunk driving and what to do if you find yourself the victim of injuries related to a person breaking the law and causing a drunk driving accident:

Bad Driving

I will put it simply: if you are under the influence of alcohol, you are going to be a bad driver. The dangerous driving stems from a few things; when a person is drunk, they are more likely to take risks and drive aggressively. This is self-evidently dangerous behavior on the road, where there are numerous uncontrollable factors such as pedestrians crossing, cars merging, and other vehicles speeding or slowing down. But the true danger of drunk recklessness is that when a person is drunk, they are incredibly uncoordinated or clumsy.

For example, a race car driver takes risks and probably drives adventurously. However, training and dedication make their decision-making, reflexes, and skills refined to handle sudden changes. Drunk drivers simply cannot do the same. Drunk drivers experience blurred vision, loss of coordination, shaky or stirred hands and feet, and so many more other side effects of being drunk that make driving safely simply impossible.

Injuries from car accidents

The side effect of drunk drivers poorly handling cars is that drunk drivers fairly frequently crash into stationary objects or other people and cars. While car crashes can be expensive, and increased insurance rates are not fun for anybody, the true cost of drunk driving is human lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day almost 30 people die from accidents related to drunk driving. That is simply unacceptable.

Fortunately, many more are able to keep their lives when involved in a drunk driving accident. But for accidents that are caused by other people’s irresponsibility, it is deeply unfair that a person can receive truly terrible injuries from a car accident. According to the Jurewitz Law Group, some of the most severe drunk driving injuries include permanent memory loss and even paralysis.

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, make sure to get treated for your injuries as soon as possible, make sure to document every pain or sensation you feel, and hire a lawyer as soon as you can. You deserve justice after a reckless action by someone else.

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Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Injury claims, Insurance | 0 comments

Are Insurance Companies On Your Side?

Every day we see commercials from the big name insurance companies claiming to be “on your side” “here to help”, etc. It’s frustrating to see. Of course, insurance companies do pay out some claims, but they continue to exist for one the reason that every other private company does. That’s to make money. If we get in a car wreck or wind up in the hospital unexpectedly, insurance may help us out in a pinch. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes insurance companies are difficult to deal with on purpose. They will try everything they can to not pay out on settlements. I learned about some of this on the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC website. The lawyers at Seaton & Bates work on personal injury claims. That means they help people get insurance settlements after a car wreck, or if they were injured in a hospital, or at work. They know about the tricky tactics insurance companies will pull to get out of a settlement.

If you end up getting hurt in an accident that involved three or more cars, insurance companies will do their best to give you the runaround and be difficult so that you try to file a claim through another person’s insurance instead of theirs. Many insurance companies will peruse through your social media pages you to try and find any information that might give them a reason to deny your claim. This last one upsets me the most. Sometimes insurance companies will hire a private investigator to follow you around, videotape you in secret and take pictures of you that make it look like you’re not as hurt as you claim to be. If all of this doesn’t produce any good evidence, they might try to dissuade you from hiring a lawyer. If you decide not to hire a lawyer, the statistics are not in your favor. Typically, people without a lawyer end up receiving three times less than what they would otherwise. Insurance companies have resources to play hardball in court. They’ll bring in testimonies from expert witnesses to make a case that your injuries were not severe. This is deeply troubling to me. Insurance companies spend a great deal of money marketing themselves as a helpful resource but their true colors begin to show when they involve themselves in these shady tactics.

When these providers deny those in need of help, it could cause a series of events that leaves them in debt for years to come. When insurance companies begin these tactics, giving people the runaround and being difficult, it causes stress and makes it harder to recover from the injuries in the first place. It’s hard to return to a normal life when you’re in the hospital wondering how you’re going to pay for the medical expenses.

 

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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Theft and Burglary | 0 comments

Charles Ponzi and Modern-Day Embezzlement

Have you ever heard of a Ponzi scheme? A Ponzi scheme is essentially a fraudulent investment practice where the person in control of the scheme tries to get investment money by offering fabricated financial reports and data. The party in control of the scheme will often promise very high returns to potential investors. The point of a Ponzi scheme is to attract new investors and to use these new investments to pay off old investments.

What many people didn’t know is that Ponzi schemes are named after an Italian con artist named Charles Ponzi. In 1920, Ponzi started a company known as the Securities Exchange Company. Ponzi would get large investment sums from several investors, and then he would pay them off the following month. As his business grew, he hired a staff of agents that received a commission for the investments they received from the Company. The business became so large that in one month, the total amount of investment money, adjusted for inflation, rose from $62,000 in February 1920 to $309,000 March 1920. The investment numbers continued to grow at an alarmingly quick rate. In fact, By the end of July 1920, they were making $1 million per DAY.

Despite this, the Securities Exchange Company was grounded in a flawed business model. Though large sums of money from investors continued to funnel in, necessary payments to the old investors could not be paid out. Essentially, the Company was not generating a profit. However, this did not stop Ponzi from leading a luxurious lifestyle. Eventually, Ponzi’s business collapsed, and he surrendered to federal authorities. He eventually pled to a charge like modern-day embezzlement. Before Ponzi received his 5-year sentence, the sentencing judge stated, “Here was a man with all the duties of seeking large money. He concocted a scheme which, on his counsel’s admission, did defraud men and women. It will not do to have the world understand that such a scheme as that can be carried out … without receiving substantial punishment.”

Because of my interest in these types of famous cases, I decided to further my understanding of the case of Charles Ponzi by researching modern-day embezzlement. I came across an article by Bruno Law Offices that succinctly described the crime of embezzlement in this day in age. It explained that embezzlement occurs when an individual takes money that has been entrusted to them, and without the knowledge of the person who gave the money, the individual that received the money does not use it for its intended purpose. The key to the crime is that someone entrusts their money to someone else.

Charles Ponzi was certainly entrusted with the money of other individuals. He then used the money for unintended purposes. In fact, the reasons for which he used the money were so blatantly unintended that we now have a term to highlight this kind of behavior: the Ponzi scheme.

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Law | 0 comments

Injured on a cruise: does this lawsuit actually have merit?

I try not to pay attention to the news outlet, TMZ, since it seems that their stories usually involve an annoying celebrity doing something ridiculous in public. A story they published recently, however, caught my eye, and I had to do a little more research about it. The story involves a woman who was injured when she slipped and fell in the restroom on a Princess cruise, and now she is suing the cruise liner for negligence.

Now,  will be the first person to say that I love cruise ships and going on cruises is one of my favorite vacations to take. That said, I too have noticed that cruise ships often can be dangerous for the guests, whether from slippery decks, lack of signs alerting guests to hazards, and a general feeling that the crew is overwhelmed by the constant demands of the guests. This means that they often cannot keep up with the maintenance demands, and by day six of any cruise I’ve been on, there are definitely some hazardous areas that often go unnoticed by the cleaning staff.

In the TMZ story, the woman, Julienne Buchanan filed a lawsuit after she slipped and fell in one of the ship’s public restrooms. The suit claims that the toilets were overflowing with sewage, which led her to slip and fall, and caused her to strike her face on a nearby door sill. She also reported a cut to her face and pain in her neck and chest caused by the fall, which left her unconscious in the restroom, where she was later found and treated. Because she was laying in the wastewater, she was given a tetanus shot and was given antibiotics to ward off illness on top of the injuries she suffered in the fall.

While this story seems a bit extreme (I never saw overflowing sewage on any of the cruises I was on), I can easily see that happening. It makes me wonder what type of action I would take if I was hurt on a cruise. Would I sue? Would I be forced to take legal action, even if I didn’t truly want to, but I needed to pay for the medical expenses? I believe that I would take legal action if I were the woman in this story, because the crew should have done something to protect her from harm. Signage should have been posted, and the waste should have been cleaned up before she was allowed to enter the restroom. It makes sense for a cruise ship passenger to file a lawsuit, and I learned that passenger claims are not all that rare, according to this Florida attorney’s site that I found.

Ultimately, I believe I would take action if I were hurt on a cruise ship, especially if the crew could have or should have known about the danger. A slip and fall accident like the one this woman suffered did not have to happen, yet she was injured as a result. I don’t blame her for filing the lawsuit!

 

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