3 Tips to Hide Outdoor Yard Objects with Plants

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Investing in your landscape is a big deal and when it is time to design your dream landscape with beautiful trees, plants, shrubbery, and an outdoor entertainment area, you do not want your outdoor bulky objects to bring down your landscape. Air conditioners, plumbing and electrical equipment, and poor filters can stick out like a sore thumb compared to your beautiful landscape. If you have a beautiful landscape or outdoor entertainment center, you do not want your bulking outdoor objects to be the first thing people notice. Actually, it is better if they don’t see them at all. We have included several unique ways to hide and conceal your outdoor objects so that your guests can focus on your beautiful landscape. You can conceal your outdoor objects by utilizing the following:

  1. Hedges– Adding hedges to surround an air conditioning unit may seem like an obvious option, but with proper design and strategizing, hedges can truly make your property jaw-dropping. Hedges come in a wide variety and for residential purposes, hedges like the Arborvitae hedge can be great privacy. For commercial properties, hedges can hide electrical outlets on the outside of your building.
  2. Spruce– Spruce trees are beautiful trees that are slender and can grow up to 100 feet tall. Spruces are should be used for bigger and taller outdoor equipment. There are a wide variety of spruce trees and depending upon if you are commercial or residential will determine which spruce is best for you situation. However, it is important to note that if your spruce grows too tall and interferes with electrical lines, this could be very dangerous. Therefore, it is important to consult a professional landscaper to determine the best place to plant your spruce.
  3. Bold Flowers and Plants– Adding bold flowers and plants can really give your property the ‘wow’ factor to impress your visitors. Bushes such as the butterfly bush have a stunning variety of colors to take attention away from any bulky objects near your home. This is a great option if you are considering covering up any unwanted objects that are right next to your house.

At Ware Landscaping, we work to make sure that your dream landscape is actually your dream and this includes concealing unwanted bulky outdoor objects. Our landscapers can help you determine the best design to conceal your outdoor objects while making them seamlessly fit in with your landscape. If you are looking to hide outdoor objects such as air conditioners, plumbing, and electrical equipment, or poor filters, call us today for to discuss your landscape or request a free quote online today!

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Reducing Distracted Driving

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

A technology push is necessary in order to overcome the increasing amount of distracted driving taking place on the road.

With the increased prevalence of technology, with its ever-present hold on our attention, driving, already dangerous for a myriad of reasons, has become a significantly riskier activity. For instance, according to the personal injury attorneys of Brunkenhoefer, P.C., last year there was a 3.59 percent increase over 2015 for deaths related to distracted driving. That amounts to one death every two hours and 20 minutes.

In Texas, there were 14,202 serious crashes with over 17,000 injuries.

These statistics prove that driving isn’t just dangerous, it’s becoming more dangerous every day.

The solution may not be obvious, however, and should be highlighted here.

The first part of the solution is a greater push for cheap, easily available technology that will encourage people to put their phones down.

While hands-free technology exists, it is not that prevalent at this time. Most car drivers do not use the technology. A greater push for this would help reduce crashes. For instance, free handsfree sets could be given out at local DMV/BMV locations when regular activities like renewing licenses took place.

Another change could be more focus on handsfree software within the phone. While Siri has her charms, as the program becomes more intuitive and responsive, more people will take advantage while driving. A program that effective reads and writes texts and emails, for example, would be a great assistance and might encourage more drivers to switch from playing with their phones to speaking to them.

The second part of the solution also involves technology to some extent. There needs to be stricter enforcement of distracted driving laws. If someone is caught with a phone out, all fines and punishments should be automatically doubled. One way to catch people would be to use the phones themselves. A program should be automatically installed on all phones that can be accessed by police to prove if the driver was using the phone at a particular moment within, say, the last 48 hours.

Such a program would allow police to definitively prove whether a person was focused on driving or not, and once that was possible, drivers would be far less willing to risk losing focus.

The third and final part of the solution is simply to increase driver education about distracted driving. While many lose focus over finding the right song or reading an important text, most aren’t doing so thinking they are being unsafe. They simply aren’t thinking at all. A series of commercials or mail-out pamphlets might help educate the general driving populace about the very real danger of driving with a phone in their hands.

The smartphone has done a great deal to improve modern life. It is almost unthinkable to go about life without one now. But as smartphones become so prominent, more responsibility needs to be taken for their misuse. That means we should be focused on teaching people how dangerous using their phones can be when driving and punishing those who do it anyway.

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Not out of the Woods Yet for Tiger’s DUI Charge

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

There is probably no celebrity out there who fell from grace so fast and hard than 41-year-old golfer Tiger Woods. Once championed as one of the greatest golfers every, it all went downhill in 2009 with the career-crippling infidelity scandal. This lead to billions in losses from shareholders and advertisers pulling out of the Woods brand and a divorce from his wife Erin in August of 2010. America thought that we had seen the last of Tiger, but he is back in the news again for a DUI charge he accumulated in May of 2017. 

At around 3 AM Woods was arrested just outside of Jupiter, Florida for driving while under the influence. Police say he was asleep at the wheel when they had found him and was stopping an entire lane of traffic. Besides the sex scandal of 2009 Woods criminal record is clean. Well, besides the blemish in late 2009 when he crashed his Cadillac into a tree and fire hydrant at his residence. Tiger defended his reckless driving this past May by saying that he had an “unexpected reaction” to some prescribed medication he was taking. An arraignment was scheduled on August 9th, but Woods skipped it. His attorney released a not guilty plea, and Tiger has agreed to enroll into a DUI offender first-time program before appearing before a second arraignment on October 25th. If the golfer had pleaded guilty during the first arraignment, he would have had to pay a fine of $250, perform 50 hours of community service and attend numerous classes on DUI prevention. He would also be subject to spontaneous drug and alcohol tests during a short probation-like period, but instead, Woods chose to fight his charges. In an interview with ESPN Tiger said that he hopes to continue golfing again after this situation is resolved. However, he doesn’t know what the future holds for him. He’s been out of the game for a while and recently underwent back surgery so a DUI charge might just be the least of his worries.

It is understandable to feel like one shouldn’t be charged with a DUI if other factors were at play. In Tiger’s case, the effects of his prescription medicine should have been stressed throughout his proceedings more. The DUI attorneys of Flaherty Defense Firm state that the normal punishment for a first-time DUI defense is up to six months in jail. This sentence is a little harsh and of course can be appropriately combated with the right legal help as Tiger is doing.

Whenever a celebrity messes up, they have the unfortunate reality of having even their most minute faults broadcasted of everyone to see. While some of these missteps are serious crimes requiring punishments more often than not a celebrity slips up like every other person. Everyone deserves proper legal representation before the law or else we would all slip through the cracks.

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Truck Accidents in Memphis

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Due to the sheer size of the United States, with its sprawling cities and the vast rural expanses between them, one of the most direct ways to transport goods across this huge country is via 18-wheeler. These behemoths are huge; they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds! Regular car accidents are bad enough, but a crash involving a semi truck can affect thousands of people. Entire highways can be shut down for hours, causing traffic to back up for miles. Other vehicles can also get caught in the crash, resulting in more injuries or fatalities. Buses are even more of an issue since the cargo they carry is much more precious. Many believe self-driving trucks and buses will solve all of our problems, and it may certainly be a step in the right direction, but the number of large truck accidents is already declining.

According to Tennessee crash statistics from 2006 – 2008, Shelby county, which encompasses the majority of the city of Memphis, experienced the highest number of medium to large truck crashes per year than any other county in the state, and it beats them by a long shot. In 2006, there 2190 crashes in Shelby county, nearly double the number of crashes in Knox county, which takes the second place slot. Thankfully, the number of large truck crashes in the Memphis area has been steadily decreasing. In 2007, there were 1876 crashes, and in 2008 there were 1584. There are many possible reasons for the decline in crashes. Recently, awareness has spread about the dangers of texting and driving, and drunk driving is punished more harshly in many areas.

Even though large truck crashes have been declining, the number of bus commercial bus crashes has remained steady during the same period. In 2006, there were 268 crashes. That number dipped to 250 in 2007, but then rose back to 266 in 2008. Why has the number of truck crashes been decreasing, but the number of bus crashes has remained steady? Many truck drivers travel with companions, so it could be that sleeping in shifts and having another driver available makes it easier to stay focused and alert. Perhaps trucking companies have actively been trying to reduce accidents, and commercial bus companies have not felt the need? With so many things that could go wrong, it is important that the transportation company in charge of these vehicles focus on consistently trying to prevent accidents. In fact, there are personal injury lawyers that deal specifically with large, truck related accidents, and can fine companies that are not making sure their equipment is properly serviced to avoid a crash.

Even then technology progresses to the point where we can have self driving trucks and buses, not all of our problems will be solved. Other people on the road can still accidents, and huge trucks can cause a lot of collateral damage. These vehicles will still need to be maintained, and companies will need to continue to make a conscious effort towards ensuring every driver’s safety.

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Avoiding Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

In deciding whether to put your loved one in a nursing home or not, you consider the medical and personal factors. In the medical factors, you determine whether the decision will be good for the health of your loved one. In the personal factors, you determine whether the decision will be good for the family and your loved one’s wellbeing. But your decision-making should incorporate another idea – the possibility that your loved one being abused or neglected in a nursing home.

Abuse

There are different forms of abuse, but the main ones are physical, sexual, and emotional. Physical abuse happens when your loved one receives unwarranted force, resulting into undeserved bruises, cuts, and wounds. Sexual abuse happens when your loved one receives unwanted sexual advances, resulting into sexually transmitted diseases, soreness in the reproductive and anal areas, and injuries in the pelvic regions. Emotional abuse happens when your loved one receives treatments that are aimed at lowering self-worth, like bullying and insulting.

According to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, those who have been victimized by nursing home abuse may have legal options, as they deserve to receive justice and compensation.

Neglect

Like abuse, neglect can manifest in a variety of ways. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® has enumerated its common manifestations, such as dehydration, malnutrition, failure to accommodate specific medical needs, and poor hygiene. These can lead into the rise of new medical problems or the worsening of existing ones.

Most negligent behaviors can be traced back to nursing home management. For example, its hiring of incompetent nursing home staff may be the reason why some residents are being dehydrated or malnourished. Its constant taking of new residents without hiring new staff members may be the reason why some residents are not getting their adequate medical and hygienic needs.

Avoidance

Even though you can file a lawsuit to get justice and compensation, avoidance of abuse and neglect is still better. You don’t want your loved one to experience degradation. To avoid such things from happening, you should acknowledge that they do happen, so you can be assertive enough.

Before putting your loved one in a nursing home, you should investigate the conditions in it, including the staff-resident ratio, competence of the management and staff, existence of adequate facilities, and the cleanliness of the premises, as these are the major factors that may influence the rise of abuse and neglect in a nursing home.

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Lewd and Lascivious Conduct

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

The crime of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child involves more than the simple exposure of one’s genitalia; it tends to fall short of full sexual assault of a child. Prior to the passing of lewd and lascivious conduct statutes, perpetrators of this crime were charged with attempted sexual assault. Thus, to protect minors, more and more states, over the years, started passing laws that prohibit any form of sexual contact between adults and children. In Florida, Idaho and some other states, lewd and lascivious conduct is also used to refer to sexual contact charges. In other states this same offense is used interchangeably with indecency with a child or indecent contact with a child.

For a person to be charged with lewd conduct with a child, the following elements should be present:

  • The victim is a minor. State statutes differ with regard to who may be considered a minor and who is no longer considered as a minor. In some states, like Idaho, for one, a minor or a child is any person under the age of 16; in other states, like Texas, a minor is person who is under the age of 17.
  • There is sexual contact. Again, states differ when it comes to defining what sexual contact is, besides some type of touching, which may be done through the use of instruments (like sex toys), genital-to-genital contact, or mere rubbing of genitals with a victim’s hand. Most state laws also do not differentiate between sexual contact over the clothing and under the clothing – this is to thwart any attempt down play the sexual contact component of the crime.
  • Intent of the contact. Lewd and lascivious conduct is said to be committed for the purpose of arousing or gratifying one’s sexual desires (or the sexual desires of a third party). This intent definitely rules out any likelihood of accidental contact, especially contact over clothing.

According to the Flaherty Defense Firm, “When it comes to sex crimes, most people tend to think you are guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around. Just being accused of such a terrible crime is enough to ruin your reputation, your career, and your family. And that is only the beginning. If you are convicted of a sex crime in Destin or anywhere in Florida, you will likely go to prison for a very long time and be forced to register as a sexual offender for the rest of your life.

One problem is, when faced with such a terrifying ordeal, it would be easy to decide that there is no hope. That there is no way to get around the fact that your life is over and you are going to prison.

Do NOT make this mistake. Just because you have been accused does not mean it is a sure thing that you will get convicted. What is necessary, rather, is that you answer with the right response, which is to fight back and do everything you can to save yourself. Hiring an experienced sex crime defense lawyer on your side may be a good start.

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There is always a Way for You to Give Back to Your Community

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Giving back is where you give, and then nothing happens. No benefits for you, no recognition, nothing tangible gets sent your way. Your biggest and sole reward is the realization that you’ve made a significant change in someone’s life. And if not ‘significant’ then a positive change nevertheless.”

Giving back to one’s community does so much to help those in need, besides contributing to the common good. One can give back in different ways, like through donating money or sharing one’s time.

Ali Mokaram, a personal injury lawyer, says that “focusing on people is what matters most, and there is no better way to do so than supporting the community at large.” Different ways of giving back to one’s community include:

Promoting Local Businesses: Buying locally made products will definitely help small businesses in your area, as well as setting aside an area of your website to link to and to promote your favorite local companies.

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The Different Chapters of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

The 1.53 million Americans who filed personal bankruptcies in 2010 is a clear indication of the bad economic situation suffered by many individuals and families in the US. Besides loss of job, a direct effect of poor economy, an accident or illness requiring medical treatment, which has also become too costly, divorce, and other events have contributed to diverting all funds to basic needs rather than to paying monthly bills, mortgage or debts. The downside of this, of course, is the accumulation of debts that eventually become quite impossible to settle.

To protect their interests, creditors usually refer bad debts (debts that have not been paid for at least three consecutive months) to collection firms which, in turn, employ harassing tactics to force the debtors to pay.

Suffering from overwhelming debts, however, is never a total ruin to an individual’s or a business’ financial future. As explained in the website of the Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, individuals and businesses in the United States actually have a number of different available options for returning to financial freedom, including bankruptcy. Many people only associate bankruptcy with negative consequences. However, in reality, it provides debtors with an invaluable tool for restoring order to their finances.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Code contains chapters designed to save debtors from debts that have become quite impossible to manage. Each chapter is meant to address debtors’ specific financial situation, and basically aimed at eradicating all forms of debts for the individual’s or business’ fresh financial start. The Bankruptcy Code offers:

  • Chapter 7 bankruptcy – a liquidation bankruptcy wherein a court-appointed trustee sells some of the “non-exempt” assets and properties surrendered by the debtor (there are exempt properties, like the home, which the debtor can keep and protect). The proceeds from the sale are distributed to the creditors and the remaining amount (if there is any) will be returned to the owner.
    • The debts to be paid in this chapter are the non-dischargeable debts (usually government-related debts). Debts from which the court can decide to free the debtor can include credit card bills, medical bills, past utility bills, personal loans, and so forth.
  • Chapter 11 or business bankruptcy – allows the business firm to either restructure its finances (repayment plan) for more affordable payments, or liquidate some of its properties to be able to pay creditors. Unlike in chapter 7, wherein a business will have to cease operations, chapter 11 allows a firm to stay in business.
  • Chapter 12 – is designed for family farmers and family fishermen which should have a regular annual income to be considered eligible under this law. which own and operate the fishing or farming business; which own at least 50% of the farming/fishing business; and, which earns a regular annual income.
  • Chapter 13 – which is reorganization or restructuring bankruptcy, requires debtors to design a debt payment scheme spanning to three years (can be five years if the court so allows). Under this chapter, all of the debtor’s properties are saved or never sold.

A realistic and objective assessment of a debtor’s financial condition is required regardless of the chapter of bankruptcy the debtor wishes to file. Making sure, therefore, that the lawyer, who will be hired to defend the rights and interests of debtors, is very significant.

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Understanding The Basics of Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Dangerous Medical Products | 0 comments

The shoulder has an important role in facilitating the movement of the arm. For this reason, any damage in this part of the body can restrict the performance of basic tasks. You might find sleeping difficult or disrupted as a result of the damage to the bone, cartilage, and other parts of the shoulder. When there is serious pain or damage in the shoulder, your doctor may advise replacement surgery.

Shoulder replacement surgery is designed to increase body function and minimize pain. It is usually recommended when there is loss of cartilage or other damage that results to pain every time the shoulder joint is used or moved. Replacement surgery is often recommended when the traditional procedures are no longer applicable. Designed to be used as a corrective procedure, there has been reports of defective replacement devices causing additional injuries and pain to patients.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, faulty shoulder replacement devices carry additional complications. The defective shoulder replacement device manufactured by a medical company reportedly falls off after being implanted. Just like other surgical procedures, shoulder replacement also poses some risks to patients. However, if the injury was due to some faulty device, it is possible to recover some damages from the manufacturer for the injuries caused by the defective device.

Some common complications of shoulder replacement surgery include blood clots in a leg vein. This can be extremely dangerous if the blood clot restricts blood flow from the leg back to the heart or move to the lungs. In order to correct the damage of a defective shoulder replacement device, the patient may have to undergo revision surgery which is more risky and may also carry major side effects.

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Is Shoulder Replacement Surgery Right for You?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Dangerous Medical Products | 0 comments

Shoulder joint damage can be caused by a number of different conditions. The most common reason behind this is arthritis. At its most severe, shoulder joint damage can cause extreme pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving. Typically, these symptoms are addressed with medication and physical therapy. However, if non-invasive treatments fail to alleviate these symptoms, surgery is usually the next best option.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, more than a million people go through joint replacement surgery in the United States every year. Aside from hip and knee replacements, shoulder replacement surgery is another common procedure undergone by arthritis patients. This procedure entails having the damaged joint replaced by a prosthesis or implant that can be made out of plastic, metal, or a combination of both materials.

Joint replacement surgery has many advantages. While, like most surgical procedures, it involves some amount of risk, it still provides patients with a significant amount of time free from debilitating pain, as well as medication and their side effects. Unfortunately, the risks of a shoulder replacement procedure can become exacerbated by implants that are defective or poorly designed. With defective metal-on-metal implants, there have been many recorded instances of joint replacement surgeries leading to serious side effects like high metal toxicity levels in the body and bone and tissue damage.

If you’re considering shoulder replacement surgery as an answer to your arthritis symptoms, have an honest conversation with your physician regarding use of implants that have been proven safe and effective. Likewise, if you have gotten a shoulder replacement surgery recently, take note of your post-operative symptoms and take note of your recovery timeline. According to Williams Kherkher, symptoms that continue to worsen over time could point to complications caused by a defective shoulder joint implant. Consult with your doctor immediately and seek out the advice of a lawyer to learn more about your options.

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