The Vast Variety of Lawn Services

A few weeks ago, my neighbor asked me if I knew or recommended any good lawn care services. I told him that my landlord took care of my lawn care and that I actually didn’t even know the name of the people who came to cut my lawn every couple of weeks. But when my aunt asked me a similar question the next day, I realized that I needed to have a company I could recommend to people.

I did some online research into lawn care services for Chesterfield. Because there were quite a few results, I realized I needed a company that had a good reputation and results that I could see for myself. Surprisingly, there are a few lawn care providers that don’t even post examples of their landscaping or freshly-cut lawns! But this one company, Midwest Lawn Co, posts pictures of their work on the front page of their website so you can see the quality of their efforts.

Looking into testimonials and satisfied customers on their website, I became confident that Midwest Lawn Co was the exact match I was looking for, in my search for a company I could give to my friends.

Even greater was that Midwest Lawn Co offers commercial services! So now I have a recommendation for friends needing their lawns cut, but I also have a company to name if my business-owner friends need someone for landscaping or commercial lawn care. What I did not know until my research was that lawn care services like Midwest Lawn Co offer landscaping services. I always just assumed that those who cut normal lawns were separate from companies who undertake huge projects to put in fresh mulch, beautiful flowers, or transplanted grass.

However, Midwest Lawn Co does both. If you click on their website’s landscaping section, it lists out all of the features and services that they offer, including walking paths and outdoor kitchens. What a concept! I’ve never had something as awesome as an outdoor kitchen in my home. But if I did, I’m confident I’d cook in it more often than my actual kitchen! Especially if I had a beautiful lawn to look at as I cooked.

While my landlord takes care of my lawn at the moment, my lease is up soon. I plan to move to a bigger place and perhaps even buy my first home. Though it can be expensive to move from renting to owning a home, I think it may be worth it for different reasons. One factor definitely, though, is that I would get more control over who cuts my lawn. I will definitely use Midwest Lawn Co, just like my neighbor and aunt do now. It’s not as convenient as my landlord taking care of my lawn through a business I don’t even know, but will definitely be reassuring to actually know who is cutting my lawn. And it will be a greater benefit to know that I am getting the best lawn care service our area has to offer!

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Progress: Same-Sex Divorce Is Just as Messy as Heterosexual Divorces

When gay marriage became the law of the land in 2015, there was some concern among opponents about how it would influence the marriage process overall. The good news for all parties is that same-sex marriage has been going strong for three years now, and it looks like it’s going to be exactly the same as heterosexual marriage: which means it’s frequent, messy, and often leads to difficult divorces.

Same-sex divorce is, as you might assume, an increasingly common event across the country now. It’s lead to many lawyers focusing specifically on those divorces. Take, for instance, the Law Offices of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., which devote significant time and energy to the process and the needs of same-sex marriages that are approaching divorce.

In general, though, the concerns for those involved in a same-sex divorce are the same as those for heterosexual divorces. Namely, people are worried about how their stuff will be divided up, who will get the kids, and if either party needs to provide support to the other.

Scratch under the surface, and you’ll find that any marriage that breaks up really comes down to the same issues. In the same way, divorces of all sorts come down to who gets the house, who needs alimony or child support, and how the kids are going to spend their time between two households.

That doesn’t mean gay marriages have it exactly the same as heterosexual marriages. After all, children in same-sex marriages can only have one biological parent within that marriage, by definition, which makes custody a bit sloppier than it would be otherwise. Still, in general, the issues are overall the same.

In some ways, despite how upsetting divorce can be when witnessed up-close, there’s a lot to feel positive about with this information. After all, same-sex marriage has so quickly become so normalized that it is becoming just like any other kind of marriage in America. It’s prone to being entered into by people who haven’t put enough thought into it. It has the same kind of people who often have trouble getting along because of kids, expenses, and long-term disagreements. And it has the same kind of people who often break up and fight about the same issues. In other words, after just three years, it’s not really about same-sex marriage at all. It’s about marriage, period.

I think it’s fair to call that progress. As we normalize same-sex relationships in the culture, there is bound to be some merging of that distinct identity into the traditional paths families take in America, and that is a good thing.

Now, as for divorce in general, that’s a much more complex question, and I don’t know if we ought to do more to try to heal same-sex marriages, or heterosexual marriages, or both. Perhaps it’s best to let people go their own way, or perhaps not.

Regardless, this is increasingly becoming a question that can be debated as a general topic, not one that needs to divide everyone into groups.

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Young Drivers are the Ones most Guilty of Speeding and Aggressive Driving

One scary thing about driving is the irresponsibility of many drivers on the road. Car crashes continue to injure millions of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other road users every year. More than 30,000 also continue to lose their lives in fatal crashes which, if only drivers were more careful and concerned about safety, then road crashes would have been avoided.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one major cause of car crashes is speeding. With 33% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes being due to speeding (this translates to about 13,000 lives lost every year), it has now become the third leading cause of accidental death on the road.

Speeding , or driving at excessive speed, can either mean driving above the set speed limit or driving too fast for certain road conditions, like a wet and slippery road, a road covered in mist or fog, or when there is road construction going on. The ones most guilty of speeding, as shown through different crash analyses, are young drivers – those aged between 17 and 24 years old.

Another study reveals that many of those guilty of speeding do not suppose that driving at fast speed is dangerous; neither do they think that speeding is a serious traffic violation. And while other speedsters may be aware of the risk of accident speeding causes, the excuse they give for their bad road behavior is their being insured anyway so that, in the event of an accident, damages will be taken care of by their insurance providers.

Driving faster increases the possibility of a driver losing control of his/her vehicle. It also increases the force of impact in a crash, resulting to more serious injuries, probably even death.

Aggressive drivers often exceed the speed limit as they weave in traffic, cut others off, zoom up on other cars from behind, and tailgate. This type of driving is often accompanied by other types of rude and dangerous behavior, such as cursing, using obscene gestures, and failing to signal.

If you have been seriously hurt in a car crash or have lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for your injuries against the person who caused the accident, the company or government entity responsible for causing or failing to repair a hazardous road condition, or a manufacturer of a defective vehicle or one of its parts.

Some of the damages that may potentially be recovered include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost earnings and earning potential
  • Expenses for household services you can no longer perform
  • Cost of transportation and childcare for medical appointments
  • Cost of assistive devices
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Mental anguish
  • Psychological disturbance
  • Loss of affection, companionship, or marital consortium
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)

 

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Severity of Burn Injuries

A burn occurs when the skin is damaged, typically by hot materials. This kind of injury is often associated with fire, but fire is not always the cause of burns. The following are just as devastating:

  • Chemicals and other strong liquids
  • Electricity, such as those from wiring systems
  • Hot liquids like boiling water
  • Hot materials like heated metal and glass
  • Radiation
  • Sunlight
  • Ultraviolet light

Burns are probably one of the worst injuries a person can sustain. It becomes worse if the accident that has caused the injury has been triggered by another person. According to the website of the Benton Law Firm, those who have suffered from burn injuries may have legal options, such as trying to get compensation from the damages they have sustained.

For example, if a drunk driver suddenly swerved into oncoming traffic, crashed into your vehicle, and your vehicle caught fire, the drunk driver may be held liable for the burns you may sustain.
Burn injuries can be classified according to their severity.

  1. First-degree burns – These burns affect the outer layer of the skin, also known as the epidermis. This usually occurs in simple incidents, such as when you accidentally touch a curling iron and sunburn. The affected areas are typically red and dry.
  2. Second-degree burns – This kind of burn injury is sustained if the outer layer of the skin and part of the next layer, called the dermis, are affected. Liquids that are hot enough can inflict this kind of burn. The affected areas will have a red and blistered appearance.
  3. Third-degree burns – Third-degree burns occur if both the epidermis and dermis are affected, and the damage may be deep enough to reach the subcutaneous tissues. Severe burn injuries such as these can be sustained from direct fires. The affected areas can have a white or charred appearance.
  4. Fourth-degree burns – These are the worst kinds of burn injuries victims may sustain. They occur if even the bones and muscles are damaged. Large fires and high-voltage electricity are the main causes of fourth-degree burns. The affected areas are usually impaired and amputated.
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Common Causes of Medication Errors

An adverse drug event (ADE), which refers to harm a patient may experience due to use of medication, is the cause of close to 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. each year according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services . The AHRQ also says, “ADEs affect nearly 5% of hospitalized patients, making them one of the most common types of inpatient errors; ambulatory patients may experience ADEs at even higher rates.” (https://psnet.ahrq.gov/primers/primer/23/medication-errors)

The bigger concern that the government faces, especially the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, is the fact that these overdose problems are not caused by illegal drugs, like cocaine and heroin, but by medicinal pills that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and prescribed by doctors, sometimes even for off-label use (or for use not approved by the FDA).

The purpose of prescription drugs is to maintain health and sustain life. To serve their real purpose these will have to be taken in accordance with medical guidelines because if abused or used much longer or more often than instructed by doctors or used in ways other than medically directed, then these can very well cause not only harmful side effects, but even death.

Not all prescription drugs pose harm. The ones that do are those that people tend to use every day, like opiate-based pain relievers, anxiety medications, sedatives and stimulants, despite their addictive and very strong effects.

Problems concerning medication overdose is just one side of the coin. More serious than this is medication error which refers to “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer.”

“Medication errors, as discussed in the website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the United States. Medication mishaps can occur anywhere in the distribution system: prescribing, repackaging, dispensing, administering, or monitoring.

Common causes of such errors include: poor communication, ambiguities in product names, directions for use, medical abbreviations or writing, poor procedures or techniques, or patient misuse because of poor understanding of the directions for use of the product.

In addition, job stress, lack of product knowledge or training, or similar labeling or packaging of a product may be the cause of, or contribute to, an actual or potential error.” (http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/medicationerrors/)

In the website of the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ®, it is said that “Numerous studies have shown that as many as 10 percent of medical prescriptions are erroneously filled. Obviously, receiving the wrong medication can have serious medical effects, even including serious illness, organ failure, or death. Prescription medication errors fall into two main categories —wrong medication or wrong dosage. In other cases, pharmacists may also fail to consider known drug allergies or dangerous drug interactions with other medications the patient is also taking.

In pursuing damages for pharmacy errors, pharmacy error attorneys collect and interpret all of the needed medical records and consult with expert pharmacology professionals who can testify about the toxicity of the specific drug or dosage received. Pharmacy malpractice lawyers also confer with experts who can show that the pharmacist made an error from a clearly written prescription.”

If you think that you have been injured by a pharmacy error, it will be wise to get experienced legal help immediately.

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