Using The Bucket Test To Determine Leaks In Your Swimming Pool

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Swimming Pool Leaks | 0 comments

With the amount of water in your swimming pool, finding leaks can be extremely difficult. Fixing the leak can be extremely challenging for you so letting the professional do it is the best option. But before doing so, you need to be sure that there is really a leak. One of the tried and tested ways for finding leaks in a swimming pool is the bucket test.

According to the website of American Leak Detection of Dallas, if your pool needs constant refilling then there could be a hidden leak. In using the Bucket Test, there are few things that you need to bear in mind:

  • It must be performed within 24 hours to be accurate
  • Swimming in the pool or using the spa will make the test null and void
  • Conduct the test before activating your system in the morning
  • Switch off auto fill when conducting the bucket test
  • Make sure there are no leaks in the equipment as it will completely void the test

To get started with the bucket test, do the following:

  • Fill your pool to the normal level
  • Mark the water level in the pool inside the skimmer or on the waterline tile. Use a #2 pencil or a permanent marker.
  • Place a bucket of water on the first or second step of the pool or spa while leaving a few inches exposed to catch any rain water
  • When the water in the bucket is completely still, mark the water level in the bucket in a similar way you did in the pool
  • Run the pool pump to run its normal cycle
  • After 24 hours, compare the water level in the pool with that of the bucket

If the water level in the pool has lost more than the water in the bucket, this means that there is a leak. This is the time to call a professional to fix the leak.

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Fears On Assisted Living

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

The thought of being away from the family and living on a place that is not your home can be a frightening thing, which is why SeniorAdvice.com states that finding the right assisted living community is the only way to ensure that the experience wont cause such a culture shock. Many people believe that senior care is only for those who have no family or for those who have no one to take care of the, but this is very far from the truth. The majority of fear regarding senior care and assisted is inaccurate and nowadays it have become one of the growing options for elders to spend their retirement years.

One of the most worrying thing that elders believe about senior care is that they would be forgotten by their loved ones and that their health will deteriorate. This is so far from the truth, as assisted living is aimed to help ensure the health and well being on the residents are looked after. Many of these health problems stems from loneliness, and the reason why seniors fear going into a facility, but with assisted living you only get to appreciate these bonds and learn to establish more with other residents and staff in the community. You will not be bored because there are various activities as well as amenities that assisted living offers so as to help keep you engaged and living in the present.

Another concern is the concept of strangers not being able to give proper care, but this is not true. Caregivers are encouraged to provide contact contact with the family and that health professionals are always present to attend to any needs or emergencies that can happen. Assisted living will not also be a hindrance to your independence, since it provides services that helps you make the best of your life. Although there is constant fear of elder abuse, it can easily be avoided by finding a legitimate and properly licensed assisted living community.

Lastly, many people fear that assisted living can lead to financial drain. It may seem daunting, but assisted living actually cost less than any other option since it not only provides living for your senior loved one but also the much needed health care. If you are concerned about assisted living, make sure to financially plan ahead and consider options such as converting long-term care insurance.

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Pursuing Justice through a Wrongful Death Claim

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

Many different kinds of major accidents, which have claimed thousands of lives, have happened in the past, leaving many families grieving over the loss of their loved ones besides causing them other kinds of hardships, such as emotional and financial burdens.

Acting and behaving in ways that will never put another person at risk of injury or serious harm should be everyone’s conscious thought; this manner of acting and behaving need not be commanded by law, but since many rather choose to act negligently or recklessly, laws need to be passed and strictly enforced to keep law-abiding persons from the harmful behavior of non-caring individuals.

Negligence is the basis of most personal injury cases or lawsuits, which are filed by injured victims for the purpose of seeking compensation from the liable party for the harm that his or her wrongful conduct has caused. It can be committed by anyone and anywhere, with actions most often resulting to different kinds of injury-causing accidents, such as slip and fall, job-related accidents, cruise ship accident, plane accident, dental or medical malpractice, exposure to hazardous substances or conditions in the workplace, and motor vehicles accidents (wherein those involved may include cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles or pedestrians).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents, in particular, number to more than five million in the US every year. These accidents, which result from drunk-driving or driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, overspeeding, distracted driving, road and highway defects, and defectively designed car or car parts, injure more than two million and kill more than 30,000 people. While disability, as one of car accidents’ results, is already a very serious case, wrongful death is still their worst consequence.

An Indianapolis car accident attorney might define wrongful death as the loss of a person’s life due to another individual’s negligence or willful misconduct. Due to this loss, the surviving family members and/or dependents (known legally as “real parties in interest”) of the deceased victim can file a special kind of personal injury lawsuit, called a wrongful death claim, for the purpose of pursuing justice, usually through compensation for all the pecuniary or financial damages they will be made to undergo due to the victim’s death.

A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by the family’s/dependent’s representative, while the damages that may be considered compensable may include loss of financial support due to the victim’s death, medical and funeral expenses, lost prospect of inheritance, financial worth of all the goods and services that the deceased victim would have provided his/her family, loss of consortium and the family’s pains, suffering, and mental anguish.

There are important things that the family members and dependents of the deceased should know regarding all legal matters related to filing a lawsuit, such as their state’s specific laws on wrongful death claims, damages covered, the statutory (time) limit for the filing of the lawsuit, and the requirements for one to be recognized as “real party in interest.” These are matters that the surviving family may want to entrust to a highly-qualified personal injury lawyer, who may just be able to provide the necessary legal assistance that the family actually needs.

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Repetitive Motion Injuries

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Workplace Injuries | 0 comments

Construction workers have some of the most physically demanding jobs on the market. These jobs often involve repeating certain motions over and over again, for hours and hours a day. These repetitive actions can lead to serious injuries that develop over time and may leave a person unable to work. People may not take action to alleviate their injury, as the symptoms may only occur during work at the beginning. However, as time goes on, the pain can become excruciating at all points of a person’s day, even when they aren’t working. Not only is this uncomfortable, but can cause a person to be unable to work, according to the website of Crowe Mulvey. However, there are some signs to watch out for when it comes to repetitive motion injuries.

Some of the first signs a person may notice is pain, aching, and tenderness in the affected area. For example, if you use your elbow in daily work activities and start noticing pain when you bend your elbow, it may be a sign of a repetitive motion injury. As the injury gets worse, an individual may experience throbbing, tingling, or stiffness at the site of the injury. They may also be able to see visible swelling at the site. If these symptoms are ignored, the injury may become so bad that a person can not properly perform their job, leading to physical and financial stress. Some common results of this are bursitis, tendinitis, and carpel tunnel syndrome which can last for years of a person’s life. Due to this, it is important to recognize the symptoms early on.

Even though repetitive motions may be a part of an individual’s job, injuries from this cannot be ignored. Medical problems caused by these motions can last for years and need to be treated as soon as possible.

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Causes of Car accidents in Lake Charles

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Automotible Accidents | 0 comments

Lake Charles is the 6th largest city in Louisiana, which means more car accidents. About 33,000 people in the US die every year from vehicular accidents, or one every 15 minutes. It is the leading cause of death for younger Americans. However, that is not the end of the story. There are approximately 2.3 million injuries resulting from a car-related accident, or about 43 every minute. Many are minor, but way too many are serious injuries with long-term consequences.

Some of these may be due to slippery roads or mechanical failure, but in many cases (98%) the accident is caused by the negligent or irresponsible behavior of one driver. The most common of these behaviors include:

  • Looking at something other than the road (rubbernecking)
  • Using a cell phone
  • Fiddling with a GPS or radio tuner
  • Sightseeing
  • Being distracted by passengers
  • Fatigue
  • Driving too fast in poor (road, weather, etc.) conditions
  • Drunk or intoxicated driving

It only takes a few seconds of distraction or a slight impairment for an accident to occur. While the driver does not usually intend to harm others, they are still liable for any injuries or death that occurs. Any Lake Charles car accident lawyer would point out that but for that reckless or careless act, the accident would not have happened.

This is the reason why drivers in the US are required to have liability insurance. A motor vehicle is like a loaded gun, and in the hands of an irresponsible driver, it can cause devastating harm. It takes only a single human error to end a life. In a recent accident in Lake Charles, a drunk driver failed to negotiate a turn and crashed the car into a tree. An unrestrained female passenger flew from the vehicle in the crash and died on the scene.

If you have been seriously injured in a negligent car accident, you are probably in need of financial assistance. You have every right to sue the negligent driver, the insurer, or both for damages in Lake Charles. Speak with a Houston, Texas personal injury lawyer for more information.

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Updates on Tranvaginal Mesh Litigation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Dangerous Medical Products | 0 comments

Transvaginal mesh litigation is considered one of the most prolific of product litigation lawsuits in US tort law history. There are more than 60,000 claims already filed with the courts, and another 50,000 plaintiffs are expected to file suit. This prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to level up the product from moderate to high risk classification for the treatment of women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or urinary incontinence.

Transvaginal mesh multi-district litigation (MDL) is currently pending in the Southern District of West Virginia naming seven defendants including C.R. Bard Inc, American Medical Systems, Inc. (a subsidiary of Endo International Plc.), Ethicon Inc. (a division of Johnson & Johnson), and Boston Scientific, all manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products.

The claims against these defendants include defective design and manufacture of the product which resulted in serious injury or harm to those who were implanted. Furthermore, plaintiffs claimed that they were not given adequate warning about the dangers associated with using the product which included mesh erosion, infection, and organ damage. Many of the plaintiffs had to undergo revision surgery to remove the mesh and repair the damage done, and in some cases the mesh was beyond recovery or the damage was too severe to be repaired.

Twenty thousand lawsuits had been filed against American Medical Systems, a major mesh manufacturer. The company was quick to announce that it would settle many of the claims from a $1.2 billion fund provided by Endo for that purpose, but has not admitted to any liability. Ethicon, on the other hand, is not giving way to the 30,000 claims made against them and both sides are preparing for the third bellwether trial set for early December 2014, despite its defeat in September when the jury awarded $3.27 million in damages to plaintiff Jo Huskey for injuries sustained with using the TVT-O pelvic mesh sling device. The verdict is currently being appealed.

Avaulta transvaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard chose to settle some of the lawsuits against them, agreeing to pay about $43,000 for each of 500 cases when the federal court directed them to prepare for trial in those 500 cases. But there are more out there; in excess of 9,000 cases have so far been filed against the mesh manufacturer. Boston Scientific was ordered by a Texas state court to pay $73 million in damages (reduced to $43 million in compliance with Texas law) to Martha Salazar for her injuries caused by the Obtryx sling. More than 14,000 plaintiffs are asking for compensation from Boston Scientific.

If you sustained serious injuries from using a transvaginal mesh product, you are definitely not alone, nor should you sustain the financial consequences on your own. Contact a personal injury in your area for legal advice.

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Birth Injury: What to do Next?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Birth Injury | 0 comments

A lot of couples look forward to making their own family and eagerly attempt at having children. What with the delicate nature of this procedure, extra care must be practiced. However, sometimes people make mistakes born of carelessness or negligence and the consequences of these acts are often irreversibly catastrophic for the victims.

There have been a few unfortunate cases when it is even both the mother and the child who suffers horrifically. That is why the practice demands only the utmost care but also has strict legal consequences should these demands not be met.

The first legal action you need to make after going through what is, no doubt, a traumatic experience, is to contact the right Birth Injury lawyer in order to make sure that your case is handled as properly as possible. According to the website of the Ausband & Dumont Law Firm, it is understandable for you to still be coping and still trying to recover from the whole ordeal. The attorneys that you then need to look in to are ones who are knowledgeable in this field of law, as well as confident in their sufficient knowledge of medical jargon and the medical specifics of your case. This is necessary so that your legal team can represent you properly and you can concentrate on getting back on your feet.

Birth injury can call for legal action if the circumstances fit within the criteria for the case to be filed as a subset of medical malpractice.

If the injury at hand was born of negligence, incompetence, or carelessness – then it is within your rights to demand for due compensation. This compensation can be for the medical bills that are now required or, if the injury is severe and now demands medication for a lifetime, then the offending party is also liable to accomplish that. Among other costs, there are also the punitive charges and the loss of income to account for. Though the compensation will never be enough to make up for the loss and hurt that only a birth injury situation can give, it can provide some semblance of comfort and care throughout it all.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of birth injury, it is advisable that legal advice be sought immediately.

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What is an Arrest Warrant?

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

We often hear that there is a warrant out for a person’s arrest, which means that the individual names in the warrant is not yet in the custody of the police. But what is an arrest warrant and can one be out for you without your knowledge?

An arrest warrant is a document prepared by law enforcement that authorizes the apprehension of the named person. It has to be signed by a magistrate or judge, who will only do so if they are convinced in good faith that there is cause to believe that a crime has been committed by the subject of the warrant. In the warrant, certain specifications may be imposed, such as the crime, when and where the subject may be arrested, other restrictions, and bail (or in the case of a no-bail warrant, that no bail will be allowed, typically the case for “bench” warrants).

The document, which is actually a sworn affidavit, includes all the facts of a case that establishes the probable cause for the commitment of a crime by a specific individual. The affidavit cannot be couched in terms so vague that it could apply to more than one person. An example would be an application for a warrant that describes a middle-aged Caucasian male present at a liquor store at the time that a robbery took place that could refer to John Smith as well as Freddie Johnson. If the warrant is for John Smith, it doesn’t definitely identify John Smith as the only person who fits the description, unless the application further states that John Smith was identified by name by witnesses as the person who did the robbery. The judge or magistrate will sign the warrant if he or she is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to justify the arrest the subject of the warrant.

An arrest warrant can be issued against you without your knowledge, and you will best serve your interests if you consult with a lawyer as soon as you are served with it and taken into custody. However, if you already believe that an arrest is imminent, it will not do to panic. As pointed out on the Flaherty Defense Firm website, the best thing you can do is to consult with a criminal defense lawyer to make your arrest as painless and stress-free as possible. An experienced lawyer will know how to work the system so that you will spend as little time in jail as possible such as by arranging for your bail with a bonds agent.

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Why You Need a Pet

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Pets | 0 comments

People seem to be so busy making a living that they are missing out on having a life. Although they do say that time is money, it does not necessarily mean that all we have to do is work. Going home and relaxing are just as important as having a job, but what really makes life most enjoyable, especially for single people, is having a pet. Of course, a pet is a big responsibility, but there are many benefits that a pet can provide that work can’t provide. Read on as to why having a pet can actually make you happier, energized, and focused in life.

Pets, whether they are cats, dogs, or rare and exotic ones like iguanas, can help prevent mental and psychological issues. Pets help prevent depression and can even help in lowering blood pressure. Research shows that people with pets have higher rates of survival from heart attacks than those who have no pets. Pets help reduce stress and tension, and could calm and relax their owners. They don’t have to be dogs or cats, any pet can provide these benefits. The most basic fulfillment of humans’ need to touch can be provided by pets, as they ease loneliness and could be a great stimulus for health exercises.

Additionally, having a pet makes you more responsible. It can have a positive effect on your lifestyle. Having a pet can provide you a routine, and cause a reduced sensory relief. Pets also help you meet new people, making you more sociable and they are great companions in life. Older people share a sense of fulfillment, even in their advance age, while taking care of a pet. Exposure to pets during infancy also can help reduce chances of developing allergies.

In order to reap the full benefits of having a pet, it help to know what type of pet would suit you and your lifestyle. As said earlier, pets are a responsibility, and would require love and care from their owner. Select the best pet that is compatible with you and your way of living, and you will have the benefits of having a full and enjoyable life.

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Sertraline (Zoloft) Side Effects

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Dangerous Medical Products | 0 comments

Sertraline, most commonly known under the brand name Zoloft marketed by Pfizer Inc. is an antidepressant drug of a class called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It was first introduced in 1991 and mainly given as treatment for major depression in adults, and for any patient with obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, or social anxiety disorder. Next to citalopram (brand name Celexa) and beating out fluoxetine (brand name Prozac), more than 37 million prescriptions for Zoloft were handed out in 2011.

Zoloft is considered to be equally if not more effective than other SSRIs for treating different types of depression. Studies indicate that it is efficacious in treating panic disorder but should be used in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy to make a dent in obsessive-compulsive disorder cases. Although approved for it, sertraline does not distinguish itself in treating posttraumatic stress disorder and social phobia. Overall, sertraline has fewer side effects that other medications in its class as well as older formulations, and the effects are generally milder.

As with other SSRIs, Zoloft also causes diarrhea, dry mouth, dizziness, persistent tinnitus, insomnia, nausea and sexual dysfunctions (difficulty in achieving sexual arousal, orgasm, or ejaculation) in some patients with similar profiles, although sertraline causes comparatively milder cognitive impairment, less somnolence and insignificant weight gain. However, suicidality is still a serious side effect of sertraline, with the at-risk population among the young (less than 25 years of age) and the elderly (past 65 years old).

Rather unique to sertraline is the risk of developing microscopic colitis (inflammation of the colon) which seems to be associated with the drug, though why this should be is unknown. Sixteen percent of cases in a clinical study yielded reports of short-term akathisia (inner restlessness and tension) which appeared at initial dosage and at dosage increase but which disappeared after a few days.

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