Praise for energy workers

»Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Workplace Injury | 0 comments

America needs to recognize the great work its citizens do in the oil and gas business. For so long, there has been a constant stream of complaints against these industries, with a similar disdain only just left unspoken for the people who make such industries work.

At the appointment of Rex Tillerson to the position of Secretary of State, many scoffed due to the business in which he made his name: oil.

And yet, America could not function without gas and oil (and to a lesser but still important extent, coal). America needs its fossil fuels to function, and it should begin to show some respect for that point.

It’s all well and good to mock an executive like Tillerson. It may even be worth pointing out a general need to move away from fossil fuels and into renewable energies. There is a strong argument to be made for a clear policy to eventually move America in that direction.

After all, there are foreign entanglements to consider, and the environment, though the exact nature of the problem is unclear, is certainly harmed by so much use of fossil fuels.

All that being said, however, that does not change the fact that at this present moment America makes its living and ensures its quality of life all thanks to gas and oil.

Barring a small number of people in this county, most Americans drive to work using oil, heat their homes and charge their appliances with gas, oil, or coal, and generally have some form of electronics on their person (phones, notebooks, tablets) that has been charged by similar means.

Essentially, nothing about the American way of life would be possible without these industries. And still, it is a rare day indeed when some small amount of praise is offered to those who make it possible.

Here, it is fair to forget the contentious figures like Tillerson. Instead, focus on the individual hardworking Americans who go to work every day to keep the lights turned on for millions.

The work done by these people in all its various forms and parts of the process is not always glamorous. In fact, it is often dangerous. There are accidents at plants and refineries every day. Such a statistic is incredible, especially for how little any of it is reported.

This dangerous work deserves to be rewarded with praise similar to what other professions receive. If teachers prepare children for the future, energy workers get them to the school today. Police keep the streets safe, and firefighters fight destruction, but neither would be possible without the workers in the energy industry.

So, take a moment today and thank those who work hard in relatively dangerous work to make sure everyone has heat in their homes, gas in their car, and charged phones in their pockets.

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Why Selling Mineral Rights is Less Risky Than Leasing

»Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Mineral Rights | 0 comments

For a lot of mineral rights owners, selling mineral rights is the more financially viable option when compared to leasing. Of course, they are not just blindly looking at the advantages of selling over leasing. They have looked at both advantages and disadvantages of either and have determined that selling is better.

But is it true? There is no right answer to that question. Leasing can also be more viable on the right conditions. Choosing between selling and leasing will depend on your financial situation and goal. However, it can be argued that selling is less risky than leasing, so maybe that is the reason why many mineral rights owners choose it.

Disconnection

The good thing about selling is that you are disconnecting yourself from the responsibility over the minerals, because you are completely selling them to a third party. It is like selling any other object – it is not your business anymore after the transaction. This means that you are no longer a player in the mineral game, which gives you the inherent advantage of not being vulnerable to the possible risks of being in the game.

Time Equals Risk

On the contrary, leasing puts you in the middle of the mineral game. Depending on the contracts, you may be in it for years, and maybe even decades. The span of time alone may put you in numerous financial risks. First, the passage of time may make the value of your minerals decrease, resulting into less royalties. This is not farfetched either, considering that the rise of renewable resources has already begun. Second, the passage of time may make your property less productive. This means that the company will extract less minerals and you will get less royalties.

Leasing may give you more cash in the long run compared to selling, but you have to take note of these two risks because leasing may also give you less cash if they happen. That is the beauty of selling. You get to get paid in a lump sum and get done with it, without thinking about these risks.

Not Without Risk

However, selling mineral rights is not without risk. According to the website of The Mineral Auction, some of the problems you can encounter in selling are low ballers who will try to buy in an incredibly low price and flippers who will try to buy below market value so they can sell it to someone else.

In other words, both selling and leasing have their own risks. It is just a matter of preference of which risks are you willing to tolerate. If done right, selling and leasing can make you a fortune.

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How Drivers Can Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

»Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Drivers and pedestrians should both make the effort of preventing pedestrian collisions, but it can be argued that drivers should be the ones who are exerting more effort. After all, they are the ones operating the machines that can potentially hurt unsuspecting pedestrians.
Also, according to the website of the Toronto personal injury lawyers of Mazin & Associates, PC, those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents may have legal options, such as getting compensation from the responsible parties, which are usually vehicle drivers.

Follow traffic rules

Traffic rules exist to ensure the safe flow of vehicles and pedestrians in our roads. Following them is the most basic thing you can do to avoid pedestrian accidents. Be particularly mindful of traffic light changes and instructions and warning signs, particularly those that directly involve pedestrians, such as school zone signs and slow down instructions.

Avoid reckless behaviors

It is obvious that you have to avoid blatantly reckless behaviors such as speeding and drunk driving to avoid pedestrian accidents. But there are some reckless behaviors out there that are not as blatant and are often overlooked, such as distracted driving and failing to use turn signals, especially on places where pedestrians may be crossing, like intersections.

Be alert

Be cautious on areas where pedestrians may be particularly vulnerable, such as parking lot entrances and exits, school zones, residential areas, and recreational areas such as parks and shopping malls. Be cautious on areas where pedestrians may also be limitedly visible, like poorly lit parts of the city and roads that have several parked cars where pedestrians may suddenly come out and cross the road.

Always yield

There are times where you have the right of way but a pedestrian still crosses the street. In these instances, it is better to lower your pride and let the pedestrian pass. That clearly becomes a more attractive option when you consider the possible effects of a pedestrian accident if you don’t give in. Yield to pedestrians by braking or slowing down, because swerving into another lane may present its own problems.

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Premises Liability Lawsuit: Who can Raise a Claim?

»Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Property Law | 0 comments

An invitee, a licensee and a trespasser are the classifications of people who may be found entering the property of another person’s. Besides suggesting the rights of a person, this classification also tells of the level of care a property owner owes his/her guests.

  • An invitee may be a friend, a relative or a neighbor, who has a landowner’s expressed or implied
    permission to enter his/her property;
  • A licensee includes party guests, family friends, people who enter stores to ask about something or to retrieve something that they own. These people have a landowner’s expressed or implied permission to enter the property, but who goes there for his/her own amusement or purpose, rather than for business purposes.
  • A trespasser is a person who has no authority, whatsoever, to be on someone else’s property; thus he/she is on the property illegally and, unless he/she is a child, the owner owes him/her no responsibility if ever he/she gets injured inside such property.

Property owners, especially places that are accessible to the public, like malls, hospitals, government offices, supermarkets, parking lots, playgrounds, swimming pools, restaurants, food courts, churches, etc. (where the people are called licensees), have the responsibility of keeping their premises free from risks of accident at all times, or they can face legal complaints, more specifically, a premises liability lawsuit, from whoever gets injured while within their premise.

One very common accident which can injure anyone is slip and fall. This accident, which may occur in any public or private place (including private residences) can cause injuries ranging from minor bruises to serious ones, like a fractured wrist or elbow or spinal column injury.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 8 million slip and fall accidents occur in the U.S. every year. Some of their most common causes are wet, oily, icy or slippery floors or surfaces, defective staircases, uneven, loose or broken floors, steps, sidewalks or stairs, unsecured rugs or carpets,and, hidden or tangled extension wires.

Premises liability refers to a landowner’s accountability for certain injuries suffered by persons on his/her property, where a defective or unsafe condition exists. More than just sustaining an injury due to slipping, tripping or falling, premises liability also includes in its scope injuries that are caused by falling objects, open excavations, electrocution, broken benches or chairs, and so forth.

Immediately consulting with a highly-competent personal injury lawyer is important in the event of a slip and fall accident. It can be to the victim’s advantage is he/she understands his/her legal rights , especially with regard to seeking compensation for the damages he/she has been made to suffer.

According to the Mokaram & Associates, P.C. Law Firm, “A property owner’s legal duty to maintain their residence applies to commercial property owners as much as homeowners. Any place where the public convenes to shop or conduct business must especially be in safe condition for those on the premises. This legal duty is all the more important if children are on the property. However, to raise a slip and fall claim that occurred in a private residence, a person must have been invited on the property. Property owners do not have a legal duty to trespassers, so those who have no business on the property cannot raise a claim.”

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What Factors Affect The Cost of Salon Services?

»Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Hair Therapy | 0 comments

When having a haircut, rebonding, and other salon services, the first thing that you will look at is the price. You might say that the price of a haircut is too expensive or the cost of hot oil is too much. But what determines the cost of a salon service? Houston makeup artists will tell you that the prices will vary and is on a sliding scale. There are different factors that can affect the cost of salon services and they are the following:

Time And Product

One of the factors that can affect the cost of a service is the time it will take to render it. For example, the cost of a haircut will depend on the time it will take for a barber or stylist to finish a haircut. Once they are done with one customer, they will need to have a break first.

Another factor that will affect the cost of a salon service is the product. You will need to buy different salon products to be able to provide different services to different customers. Again, this will be added to the cost of the service.

Experience

The experience of the stylist will also come into play when pricing services. The experience of the stylist will have an impact on the quality of work they will render.

Competition

The cost of the competition can also affect the pricing of salon services. Of course, the salon will need to make themselves as the more appealing choice than their competition in order to attract more customers. You do not want the price to be too low or too expensive as well.

Promotions

Promotions in the salon can be a great way to attract new customers. Again this will affect the pricing of the service you will put into promotion. You may offer a haircut at half the price or a discounted spa.

These are just some of the factors that can affect the cost of a salon service.

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Types of Accidents Involving Motorcycles

»Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Auto Accident | 0 comments

In 2012, the number of motorcycle accidents, as reported to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was 112,000. The number of accidents that caused injuries was 93,000, while fatal accidents totaled to 4,957. Over the coming years, the possibility of motorcycle accidents increasing is more likely as the number of Americans acquiring and riding motorcycles also continues to multiply.

Analysis of motorcycle crash data show that those who usually get involved in motorcycle accidents are riders who never received formal riding education. These are people who believed that learning from friends or kin how to ride, rather than enrolling in a riding school, was enough. Thus, they never realize that motorcycling is not just learning how to maneuver a motorbike through traffic, it is rather learning how to ride safely.

Motorcycle accidents are classified under two categories: single vehicle motorcycle accidents and multiple-vehicle accidents. Single vehicle motorcycle accidents are more common motorcycle crashes than multiple-vehicle accidents. Its causes include riding with a high blood alcohol level, riding too fast even during poor weather conditions, and failure to brake and maneuver properly, especially when approaching a bend. A rider committing any of these mistakes often result to him/her losing his/her balance and crashing into road fixtures or getting thrown off from his/her bike.

Though less common, multiple-vehicle crashes are, however, causes of more serious injuries. This type of accident involves another vehicle. One example of multiple-vehicle crash, which also happens to be the most dangerous and the most injurious, is head-on collision, which often occurs in undivided rural highways or when one vehicle, either the motorbike or the other vehicle, travels on the wrong side of the road.

Majority of multiple-vehicle crashes occur due to drivers failing to notice approaching motorcyclists or drivers denying motorcyclists their right of way (in these situations drivers are the ones at fault during accidents, though fault is not too easy to prove). Often, rather than accepting fault, most drivers rather blame on motorcycle riders, saying that riders careen in and out of traffic, putting their own and other lives at risk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that motorcycle riders, especially in multiple-vehicle crashes, are more susceptible to injuries or death due to the absence of whatever may protect them from the force of impact created during collision.

Wausau personal injury lawyers, likewise, says that motorcycle accidents account for a significant number of serious or fatal automotive accidents in the United States each year. Because motorcyclists are not able to rely on the types of protections that other motorists enjoy, even a relatively minor accident can have devastating consequences for the victims, potentially resulting in costly medical treatment and lost income that victims and their families may not be able to afford. As such, a victim of a motorcycle accident that is due to someone else’s reckless or irresponsible behavior may require significant compensation in order to deal with the challenges ahead. Fortunately, it is often possible for an injury victim to file a motorcycle accident claim to pursue this compensation.

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Independent Car Insurance Company Responsibility

»Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Insurance | 0 comments

The kind of driving history you have will affect greatly your compliance with the Financial Responsibility law, the law that requires you to prove your capability to pay for damages due to accidents wherein you are at fault. Proving this capability may be done by showing that you are covered, that is, you have auto liability insurance, or by meeting any state-approved alternative to the mandated auto insurance coverage. While a clean driving record may save you from paying too costly car insurance premiums, a record that is marred with traffic violations, such as a DUI and/or, reckless driving, or worse, an accident wherein you are at fault, can very likely result to more expensive policies because insurance providers will see and tag you as a “high-risk” driver.

Getting identified as a “high-risk” driver, however, is not only based on past traffic violations. A car insurance provider can also identify you as such if you are below 25 years old (more so if you are below 20 since records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association consistently show that teenagers are the ones most prone to accidents), driving a high-powered sports car or any type of car that is more prone to accidents, have high annual mileage, or have been required by the court to file an SR-22.

Except in the state of New Hampshire, where drivers are not mandated to carry car insurance coverage, or in Virginia, where drivers can have their vehicle registered as uninsured by paying the required uninsured motor vehicle fee to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), all other 48 states require drivers to carry auto liability insurance. Possible consequences of non-compliance with this requirement are suspension of your driving privileges, fines, higher cost of insurance premiums and a court order that will require you to file an SR-22. If you do cause an accident, then you may also face a civil lawsuit wherein you would be legally required to compensate your victim for all the economic and non-economic damages he or she will suffer from.

To help you and all other drivers and car owners find the best and cheapest car insurance coverage that will include all your insurance needs are independent car insurance companies which offer free online quotes from different providers. According to the website of Hankey Law Office, P.C., some will provide as many as a dozen quotes to help compare actual prices of policies and the types of coverages included in each policy. Besides car insurance, you can also ask for SR-22 quotes plus require them to make the filing and purchase on your behalf.

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The Aftermath of Dog Attacks

»Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

As said on the website of Habush Habush & Rottier SC, dog-bite cases are increasing in the United States. Every year, a large number of people are sent to the ER with severe injuries after being attacked by a stranger’s canine. A number of these individuals are left with awful injuries that could possess a life-long impact on their quality of life, and way too many sufferers are kids.

Monetary Approximations for Dog Bite

The monetary expense of dog bites in America is tremendous. Nevertheless, that might not even be close to the real medical costs for insurance agencies, because according to the American Medical Association, State Farm paid compensation on 11,000 dog bite cases for an overall total of 2 million in 1995. In line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dog bites account for about 164.9 million in direct medical costs every year. Commonly the dog-bite settlement is paid for from the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance. Cost may be considerably lower the less serious the injury is. For personal victims of dog attacks, the average complete cost in doctor’s bills is around $26,166.

For victims of dog attacks, the toll could be more than monetary. When they suffer severe dog bites a lot of people must undergo rehabilitation and surgery. The mental cost of these trying encounters is often the hardest aspect of a dog-bite injury, and victims ought to have the right to compensation not just for their medical bills, but also for the additional pain and suffering due to their injuries.

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What’s So Different about SR22 Insurance?

»Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Insurance | 0 comments

Say that you’ve gotten yourself into a car wreck and now need SR22 insurance. Perhaps you’re thinking – I’m already insured, I don’t need another insurance plan! Or maybe you’re thinking that other people don’t have it then it isn’t all that necessary, is it?

Here’s some more information about the subject.

SR22 insurance, in the strictest definitions of the term, isn’t actually a kind of insurance anyway. It is more of a certification that the vehicle and driver in question is insured. It is a legal requirement, after all, for a car to be insured lest there be consequences if you so happen to find yourself in the wrong side of those laws. If you’ve never heard of it then odds are in your favor – that means you’ve never had to have it. However, there are many ways in which a person might be required to get SR22 insurance.

If you have been charged or were involved with driving under the influence of alcohol, then in all likelihood – SR22 insurance will be necessary. Sometimes, all it takes are a few infractions and violations that have built up and then you be required to get the SR22 insurance anyway.

This kind of insurance ensures that you are covered and is, essentially, something that tells the board that you will strive to obey traffic rules and regulations. The time period that this kind of documentation is necessary can go anywhere from around 2-5 years, depending on the offense that occurred and the insurance plan that you have covering you. Any such kind of infraction that occurs while your license is already attached to SR22 insurance could mean further disciplinary actions.

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When is a Landlord Responsible for Maintenance?

»Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Although there are certain exceptions, the safety and maintenance of a property is shouldered by the landlord or property owner. They have the responsibility to adhere to rules and regulations put on building codes, city or state ordinances and statutes. If you ask a Tennessee personal injury lawyer, you will likely hear that generally, the landowner has the power and authority over their property, and thus can be held liable to any damages or injuries that may occur within their property.

There are certain states or cities that do not have definitive laws regarding mold infestation, but this does not necessarily rule out their responsibility of repairing and maintaining the safety of the property. All the states in the US (except Arkansas) require landlords to be responsible in keeping up a fit and livable housing and fixing any issues on their rental property. These responsibilities include (but are not limited to) repairing broken or leaking pipes, roofs, windows, known causes of molds. If you can prove in court and to the judge (or jury) that the mold infestation was significant enough to have caused health problems, you may be able to hold the property owner or landlord liable, especially if he did not take any action to fix the leaks which lead to the growth of the molds.

One of the ways that the landlord is free from any responsibility is when the mold growth results from your own behavior – if you failed in keeping your own apartment or area clean and created an environment conducive for the growth and spread of molds, then the landlord will not be held liable. A personal injury claim will only be accepted if the injury or damage was a direct cause of another person’s negligence or carelessness.

When trying to rent a property, make sure that clauses in the agreement will not remove their liability from mold infestations. In fact, one court in Tennessee has already banned this type of clause, stating that doing so would be a violation of public policy. The only way to avoid any damages and injury claims on bases of mold infestation is by having shared responsibility with your landlord: he or she has to ensure that the property is properly maintained, and you have to make sure you prevent any factor that can contribute to mold growth as well as to report any infestation or property issues in order for the landlord to take action.

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