Maintaining Chicago Backyards

Oct 13

In terms of your backyard, if you should be lucky enough to have a backyard that is bigger than the standard 8×12 backyard of the overpopulated American suburbia these days, it should not be that hard to maintain the smallest yards in the world.  These lawns are so small that I hesitate to even use the word ‘yard.’  Perhaps, layers of sod with a wooden fence surrounding it would be more accurate.

Either way, mowing these yards should not take that long.  Maybe, because of your lawn’s proximity to your neighbor’s fence, you might have to invest in a weed wacker in order to get those patches of grass that are really super close to the fence, too close for a regular-sized mower to reach. Otherwise, plants—especially potted plants that can be easily moved around the yard and almost always look nice—and other things can be put in the backyard to cover up areas that you would normally mow over.

It is important to keep in mind that you are maintaining this backyard for two-and-half reasons.  Firstly, it will look nice, not just to you, but to any guests that you bring over and may want to impress with your landscaping skills.  Lastly, every neighborhood has at least one nosey one.  And, with your luck, they might live right next to you.  This neighbor will undoubtedly, at first, ask you nicely to clean your law.  You will either abide by this request, ignore them, or tell them to mind their own business.  Either way, this individual will persist until either you do something about your backyard or your neighbor will bring your HOA, or Landowner’s Association, into this.  This could result in either you having to pay a fine and mow your backyard.  Or, if you refuse to comply with this absurd neighborhood governing board, you could be asked to move, or somehow forced to leave the neighborhood.  Then, it will just get uglier from there with lawyers and everyone in the neighborhood will spite you. Instead of paying an arm or a leg later, hire a Chicago Landscaper today.

You could even make it easier on yourself and get an above ground pool and/or a hot tub to put in your backyard.  These things may not be as aesthetically pleasing as a well-groomed yard, and it may make your neighbors be jealous and try to obnoxiously become your friend until you let them use these half-baked swimming pools.  Why do this?  Not because it will help you make friends, but because the presence of this super heavy duty above ground structure will kill whatever semblance of grass you have still living in your backyard.  

The little bit of grass that is either still alive or not covered up by a hot tub and/or above ground pool, you can either choose to mow these spaces, or plant plants in these places or potted plants over these areas, which will both look aesthetically nice and allow you not have to do nearly any yard work, which is really just a win-win for everyone.  

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The Ultimate Regret

Aug 18

While murder trends for the U.S. have been steadily decreasing over time, there is still much to be done in the efforts to minimize events of homicide to as infrequent as possible. Murder can be defined as the unlawful killing of another human being. This vicious act against the natural order of life is a serious offense, and our criminal justice system has many protocols in place for when these offenses occur. The United States Department of Justice published a series of data, in which they gave a detailed analysis of homicidal events. Through careful examination and lack of bias, judges are able to come to a conviction decision that will alter the life of the defendant entirely. In a perfect world humans would not murder each other, but in this existence, we are faced with the responsibility of creating an environment where we honor life rather than take it.

Violent outbreaks that lead to the murder of an individual occur every day. Typically murder cases are categorized by the intentions of the murderer and whether or not their actions were premeditated. A murder charge is without a doubt crippling to the reputation and usual life of the defendant. The DoJ released statistics that claim, “in 2013, the estimated number of murders in the nation was 14,196”. Thankfully, due to the rigorous efforts of organizations and government agencies, murder rates have fallen over the years. As of 2016, the United States murder rate was at its lowest in decades. Interestingly though at the beginning of 2017, the U.S. began to experience a rise in murder cases per capita. In the event that an individual finds themselves as a suspect in a homicidal case, they would be well advised to seek a Milwaukee Homicide Defense attorney in order to greatly raise their chances of surviving the court systems rigorous trial. Murder is an ominous subject for many. It is difficult for most people to even comprehend the actions it must take to take another person’s life. A murderer is usually someone who suffers from the trauma of their own, and due to a various pool of possibilities has been triggered to the point that they become capable of dark actions that result in the taking of life. By murdering someone else they usually murder their own freedom, surrendering to the law and its authorities.

In conclusion, murder is an extremely heavy topic that must be examined from every viewpoint in order to justly process each case so that the victim and their family can experience justice. As with any subject, murder is alike in that there are multiple factors that give insight into motivation and technique. Thankfully with the decline in murder cases overall, one can envision a future that is free of the sorrows of killing fellow species members. This glimmer of hope could suggest that in the coming future murder could be handled appropriately. With the rise of new generations that are now raised on resolving issues through open communication and empathy perhaps the hope for a murder free future is no longer considered science fiction.

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Dangers in Products: Asbestos and Morcellators

Jul 19

It takes years of research and big funding before a pharmaceutical company finally comes up with a particular drug or product that will serve as a safe and effective treatment to a certain health condition. And before such drug or product becomes available in the market the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will need convincing results, proven through a series of tests funded by the pharmaceutical company itself, that it will provide safe and effective treatment.

Though it is highly important that medical products are efficient, their safety is of greater priority. This is why pharmaceutical companies can be held legally liable and mandated by courts to compensate those harmed by any medicine and/or pharmaceutical items that they produce which will be proven unsafe and the cause of severe medical conditions or death in some patients, instead of providing cure.

Over the past years a number of health products from giant pharmaceuticals have been linked to the development of either severe or life-threatening complications in patients. One example product is the morcellator, a medical device which, according to the law firm Williams Kherkher, is used to remove fibroids or other noncancerous growths during a hysterectomy or a myomectomy. Morcellators, however, are no longer uniformly recognized as safe and effective medical devices to perform these procedures.

Recently, the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson recalled three of its power morcellators—the Morcellex Sigma, the Gynecare Morcellex, and the Gynecare X-Tract—following study results that demonstrated a significant correlation between the use of the devices and cancer growth. Due to this, morcellator lawsuits attorneys  are now investigating claims regarding the use of morcellators and cancer growth.

An equally dangerous cancer-causing product is asbestos, a highly elastic substance that is electricity, chemical, fire and heat resistant. It had earned the name “miracle substance” due to its superb characteristics, abundance, usefulness and cheapness. This special substance became widely used during the mid of the 20th century, usually mixed with other substances to make cement, generators, turbines, boilers, steam pipes, brakes and clutches, insulators, gaskets, hot water piping, furniture, appliances, construction materials and many other different things.

Asbestos’ remarkable usefulness made it a substance used in many parts of the globe. Many different types of workers have also been regularly exposed to it, including construction workers, electricians, firefighters, plumbers, processing plant workers, miners, shipyard workers, auto workers, machinists and many others.

The dangers presented by asbestos, especially lung damage, have been discovered as early as 1964; however, it was not until after the 1990s that its use was banned, but only in some countries. By 2002, as many as 730,000 asbestos lawsuits had been filed and about 8,400 companies sued by former employees whose works had direct and regular exposure to asbestos.



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Property Owners and Dog Biting Accidents

Jul 19

You are casually walking in a sidewalk in your neighborhood when a dog from one of the houses escapes his leash and attacks you. The accident results into injury and you undeservedly miss some time at work. This scenario definitely falls under premises liability.

According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, property owners who have failed to make their premises safe may be held liable if accidents and injuries have occurred. The legal concept of premises liability focuses on the recklessness, negligence, and incompetence of property owners, and this includes owners who have dogs in their premises.

A dog attack can result into various damages, such as the medical costs of treating the injury sustained, the lost wages from missing time at work due to injury, the possibility of sustaining permanent damage such as scarring, the emotional and psychological implications of being involved in a traumatic event such as an animal attack, and on certain instances, death.

These damages have their respective financial equivalents, and when you think about it, the victims don’t really deserve to experience them, just because a negligent property owner has failed to properly leash his dog. A premises liability case aims to make the property owner financially accountable for the damages.

But what can a property owner do to prevent dog bites? There are many safety measures he can enforce on his property, as explained in the website of Spiros Law, P.C.:

·       Having an enclosure – The dog should be enclosed in an area where it cannot reach others

·       Informing guests – Visitors should be informed that there is a dog in the property, as an extra precaution

·       Encouraging good behavior – The dog should be grown or trained knowing good behavior, especially toward people

·       Restraining – The dog should be restrained in a leash and properly tethered whenever necessary

However, it is also important to point out that the property owners are not just the ones who should be responsible. They just take the bigger responsibility, but visitors and passersby also have the responsibility of staying away from dogs and not provoking them.

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How to Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

Mar 28

How to Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

If you get hit by a car as a pedestrian, you will fully absorb the collision force because you are not wearing any protective gears like helmets, jackets, elbow pads, and knee pads. Worse, you may even land violently, hitting your head on the pavement or the fire hydrant, or breaking your arm as it hits on the curb.

The point is, pedestrians are likely to get the short end of the stick when a vehicle versus pedestrian collision occurs. According to the website, those who have been injured in pedestrian accidents may have legal options, but do you really want to go to hospitals and courts? No amount of money can give back the pain and suffering of traumatic head injuries, paralysis, amputations, and fractures.

Address visibility issues

Many pedestrian accidents have occurred just because the drivers could not see the pedestrians. To prevent this from happening, you should address visibility issues by making sure that there are no obstructions that are preventing others from seeing you before crossing the road. Such obstructions include parked cars, buses, and trees.

During nighttime, only cross on highly illuminated areas. It is also advisable to bring your own flashlight and wear reflective clothing.

Avoid being reckless

Avoid extremely reckless behaviors, such as walking around while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, crossing freeways, and crossing even though you do not have the right-of-way. There are other less risky behaviors, such as constantly being on your phone, using earphones and earplugs, and not staying on the sidewalk, but these behaviors are still dangerous in their own ways.

Look left, right, and left again

Remember that you are a piece of meat that can get plowed by a large piece of metal that is moving at a high rate of speed. Even if you have the right-of-way, always look around before even stepping into the road. There may be speeding drivers who will fail to brake on time or vehicles that will abruptly turn into the adjacent road.

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DUI in South Carolina

Jan 21

DUI in South Carolina

Driving under the influence refers to the operation of a vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. For those who have a commercial driver license, the percentage starts at 0.04. It is even stricter for those who are 21 years old below, where the percentage starts at 0.02. It is also important to note that you can still be arrested for drunk driving even if your blood alcohol concentration is within the allowed limit if the circumstances of your offense warrants so.

Criminal Penalties

Criminal penalties for DUI depend on how high your blood alcohol concentration is and how many times you have committed the offense. For first offenses, you can pay a fine of up to $1,000 and go to jail for up to 90 days. For second offenses, the fine goes up to $6,500 and jail time of up to 3 years. For third offenses, the fine can reach up to $10,000 and jail time up to 5 years. The fourth and consecutive offenses have fines of up to $25,000 and jail time of up to 7 years.

Administrative Penalties

Aside from criminal penalties, you are also subject to administrative penalties, such as driver’s license suspension or revocation. The penalties are also based on your blood alcohol concentration and how many times you have committed the offense. For first to third offenses, suspension can go from 6 months up 4 years, especially if your offenses are within 5 years of each other. For fourth offenses, you can have your license revoked permanently, with the chance for reinstatement only after 7 years.

Ignition Interlock

An ignition interlock device is a device installed in the ignition system that monitors blood alcohol concentration. It prevents drivers from starting a vehicle while being under the influence. This device is required to be installed in your vehicle after a second offense. Installing, maintaining, and all operational costs will be shouldered by the person charged with DUI.

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Some Facts about Car Accidents

Oct 18

A number of individuals, who have always been inclined to question all accepted opinions (skeptics as they are called), doubt the veracity of the story which says that in 1895 there were only two cars in the state of Ohio . . . and these collided into each other.

This story appears in two separate posts: in the November 24, 1967 issue of the Life Magazine, and in a website called AF&G All Fun and Games (where over 1,900 useless, though fun and true, facts on almost about anything in the United States are either mentioned or discussed).

Other than the story above, here are additional facts relating to car accidents that are worth mentioning:

  • The first traffic fatality occurred in 1899. It involved a man in NYC who was killed by a car;
  • In 1902, Baker Torpedo, the first electric car that enclosed both the driver and the platform in its aerodynamic body was taken for a speed test. It went as fast as 80 mph before crashing and
  • killing two spectators;
  • In Sweden, on September 3, 1967, a legislation that was passed in 1963, which ordered a switch to right-hand traffic, took effect. Contrary to what so many said that the switch is murderous, highway fatalities, surprisingly dropped over 50%. How? Everyone drove carefully – both hands were kept on the wheel, both eyes were focused on the road and nobody wanted to fight for the way;
  • In the U.S., analysis of fatal car crashes show almost consistently that the more cars there are on the road, the more accidents and fatalities there are too; and,
  • A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on car crashes show that at least 90% of the millions of accidents occurring every year are due to driver error or driver fault which include drunk-driving (which is the leading cause of car accidents), reckless driving, overspeeding and distracted driving.

Law firms all across the U.S. that handle personal injury or car accident cases, the Hankey Law Office is one example, know for a fact that, to a victim, a car accident can mean trauma, painful injuries, damaged property, costly medical treatment and, probably, lost wages (if the victim is employed) due to the required period for recovery or rehabilitation.

The unexpected financial concerns due to the injury and the need to make the liable driver realize the importance of observing road safety rules make it necessary for a car accident victim to pursue a legal action to be able to claim compensation and to remind the at fault driver of his/her legal duty on the road.

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