What is a Climate Controlled Unit?

As people get older, they accumulate more stuff. Conservative estimates of 25% of all homeowners in the US park their vehicles outside because their garages are used for storage. From a practical standpoint, people should just get rid of stuff they don’t use, but it is seldom as simple as that. Most people would like to keep their belongings, mostly for sentimental reasons. The easy solution is to get a self-storage unit to free up the house and garage, and to safeguard the integrity of valuable antiques and heirlooms.

However, some areas are so humid or hot that items in self-storage units may become damaged from molds or wildly fluctuating temperatures. This is why some storage companies offer climate-controlled units as an option.

The biggest benefit of climate-controlled storage is that they are rainproof and placed above flood levels so water damage is not a problem. In some cases, the units are inside a building, except for those with drive-up access. This minimizes the amount of dust and dirt that may penetrate into the unit, as well as pests and rodents.

In general, a temperature of a climate controlled unit is maintained at just above freezing and no higher than 32°C using indirect temperature and humidity control systems. Ask your specific storage company how they define climate control before committing to paying the rent for a unit. The fees may be high, but definitely a worthwhile investment.

In some cases, storage units are used to keep antiques and family heirlooms safe. A climate-controlled unit minimizes the risk of damage that may occur as a result of regular storage conditions. This damage can significantly reduce the value of the item, so it is worth the extra expense to put them in a unit with climate control. At the very least, you will have peace of mind knowing that your valuables are safe and mold-free.

The Aftermath of a Lack of Mental Capacity and the Law

There is no simple way to deal with grief. There is no textbook manual that can help you get through it as well. Though the decease may be resting in peace, their loss might be causing you and your family heavy impact, following the loss.

This could be because the deceased was an integral part of the day-to-day activities within the household and keeping up with it, financially speaking. Most adults of a certain age have already settled a last will and testament in order to properly disseminate their worldly belongings amongst the appropriate beneficiaries. However, there can be some discrepancies in cases like this. According to the website of the probate lawyers of Peck Ritchey, a lack of mental capacity can be grounds to deem a will as invalid, thereby contesting it and calling for probate litigation.

Having to deal with the loss of a loved one is difficult enough as it is without the stress that such a complicated legal procedure will entail. And such a case will be stressful due to the fact that there are many factors that come into play, many subtle intricacies that could result into significant shifts in the playing field of the legal procedure. In order to deal with such a situation, the kind of help required is that of seasoned professionals who know their way around a legal case of this nature.

The only thing you need to worry about is then trying to get your life back together while the legal team whose services you have acquired can take care of all the rest.

Official decisions can be difficult to make in such an emotionally charged arena such as this and there are many several reasons as to why someone in your family, or why you even, would think it appropriate to contest the contents of a will. Claiming evidence of a lack of mental capacity is one of the grounds for this kind of action though it should be one made with an informed, intelligent specialist that knows the best path to take in this kind of situation.

Drunk Driving Accidents: Civil and Criminal

Aside from a possible criminal charge following a drunk driving accident, a civil lawsuit can also be filed by an injured person against the drunk driver. Filing a civil liability lawsuit against the at-fault driver may be the only way for victims to recover compensation for the damages caused by the accident.

Whereas criminal proceedings are aimed to protect the public from possible future harm by punishing the drunk drivers’ reckless actions and by being a deterrent to DUI or DWI, a civil personal injury lawsuit follows a more distinct and separate process. The victim (or in cases of death, the immediate family of the victim) will be the one who will file the personal injury lawsuit. Establishing fault in a personal injury lawsuit would help in awarding compensation to cover for medical treatments and bills, lost wages, property damage, and other economic damages caused by the incident. Likewise, if the accident resulted in serious injuries or high medical expenses, some states may even grant compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium.

States who follow “negligence” rules can make a civil lawsuit easier to win; the more important thing to prove is the negligence of the other party that resulted in the accident. Proving fault in a drunk driving accident would establishing your right for compensation, however it is still important to consult with a personal injury lawyer who understand he laws in that specific state in order to ensure that factors such as “comparative” and “contributory” negligence can play a factor on how your case will proceed.

In states that have “no fault” rules, you can still recover compensation from a civil lawsuit if you are able to prove that the drunk driving accident resulted in serious injuries or very expensive medical bills. These states require a certain threshold to be reached in order to qualify for damage awards. Laws may vary according to each state, but generally if the damages or injuries are minor, claims can be filed to your own insurance company under your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.

Determining if an Individual is Intoxicated

Despite the laws regarding marijuana becoming more casual in recent years, those who have been charged with a marijuana-related DUI can still suffer serious consequences. Driving under the influence of marijuana (or a combination of marijuana, alcohol, or any other drugs) is considered illegal and a criminal offense in all the 50 state of America. On its website, Mark Lassiter, Attorney at Law, a law firm in Dallas, Texas, states that there may be differences when it comes to how each state defines being “under the influence,” and the applicable punishments can also be distinct.

Being under the influence can be applied to a number of circumstances: (1) anyone who has been detected with ANY amount of marijuana in their system can be considered “under the influence” and charged with DUI in some states, (2) in some states, those who have above a specified blood or urine concentration levels could establish being under the influence, and (3) a person’s erratic or reckless actions or behavior (despite the amount of marijuana in the person’s system) could can be a basis for being “under the influence” is select states. Likewise, states also have varying definitions of “driving” where others define the vehicle moving and other states can include the vehicle being stationary.

The usual penalties for marijuana-relate DUI include monetary fines, imprisonment, or both, and may also involve suspension of driver’s license. On other states, there may penalties can also involve the use of an ignition interlock device that would prevent the person from starting the vehicle without a conducting a breathalyzer test first. Specific penalties can depend on each state, and may be a combination of penalties such as community service, license suspension, participation in drug and alcohol abuse programs or victim impact programs, probation, house arrest, fine, and jail time.

Teflon is only a Little Toxic

Those of us born in the late 1960s and 1970s will still remember how amazing the new non-stick cookware seemed; they were great! The first non-stick pan to be commercially available was actually Tefal, but it was made from material (not a chemical) manufactured by DuPont called Teflon, which is what most people (erroneously) call non-stick cookware. In industrial lingo, Teflon is known as polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE.

Teflon was originally used for military purposes, but by the 190s DuPont was using it in cookie and bread making, but not yet in cooking pans because it knew that at certain temperatures the material exudates induced flu-like symptoms in enclosed spaces. But they didn’t tell anyone that, and that’s where the eggs stick. There were numerous claims that overheated Teflon poses a health risk to consumers despite lack of any definitive studies supporting this claim, and that DuPont knew and failed to give warning about these dangers. DuPont chose to settle these claims out of court to avoid costly litigation.

But that’s not the end of the story.

Non-stick cookware is everywhere, and as we stated earlier studies show that the cookware themselves are not proven to be toxic when it is used properly. However, to produce Teflon and other fluoropolymers, it requires the use of a synthetic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA (aka C8). PFOA is not actually present in the cookware, but it has been detected in the water and environment with the heaviest concentrations in areas surrounding DuPont manufacturing plants such as the one in Old Hickory in Nashville. The company has been subject to litigation claiming toxic exposure through PFOA that has made its way to the groundwater.

PFOA is incredibly persistent in the body and environment, resistant to most methods of degradation so that it will likely be around for many years and even passed on to offspring. It is indicated that PFOA increases the risk of certain types of cancer in the industrial setting, but other health effects such as high incidence of birth defects, infertility and thyroid disease have yet to be substantiated.

If you suspect that your illness is due to PFOA or Teflon exposure, you should not wait for these studies to be concluded as they can take years. File a claim against DuPont or other responsible third parties for compensation with the help of a toxic exposure lawyer to at least put it on the record.

Non-Physical Effects of Negligent Injuries

Most people consider primarily the physical context of a negligent injury such as birth injuries like cerebral palsy or side effects from unapproved use of drugs like the atypical antipsychotic medication Risperdal. This is because the physical manifestations typically have corresponding medical and health costs.

For example, a child who acquires severe cerebral palsy from the improper use of birthing instruments will have difficulty controlling movement and may require lifetime care. The abnormal development of breasts on adolescent male patients (gynecomastia) with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from using Risperdal may be treated through surgery or medication.

However, it is the psychological and damage which is greater in such injuries, especially since they affect growing children. People acquire confidence and social skills as they are growing up, and having these conditions severely hampers the child’s normal psychological and emotional development. In many cases with gynecomastia, which is not a life-threatening or disabling condition, sufferers get beat up, bullied, or teased because of the social stigma of having “man-boobs.” In some cases, the breasts develop asymmetrically or even produce milk, and for a teenage boy this can be devastating.

Children with cerebral palsy can also be an object of pity or ridicule, equally devastating in different ways. They are generally unable to develop regular friendships and avoid social situations where their disabilities are highlighted. The impact of both these conditions on the lives of the victims is long-term and difficult to quantify. These non-physical effects are why most birth injury or dangerous drug lawsuits include large awards for pain and suffering.

You must take into account the diminution of the child’s quality of life throughout their projected life span when demanding non-economic compensation. A Risperdal lawsuit would additionally take into account the costs associated with long-term psychiatric treatment. These are not frivolous considerations. For many victims of these types of negligent injury, pain and suffering is very real.

If you or your child has suffered negligent injury, you must demand compensation from the responsible parties. Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your legal options.

Motorcycle Insurance in Iowa

Operators of all vehicles have a responsibility to acquire some type of financial coverage in cases of accidents. All drivers of motor vehicles are required by law to have a state-mandated minimum liability insurance policy for their vehicles to cover property damage or personal injury to a third party. Motorcycle operators, on the other hand, are not required to have insurance in all states, such as Iowa. However, it is required in Iowa that the motorcycle operator has some type of financial responsibility documentation. Failure to present this at the time of an accident can result in penalties such as license and/or registration suspension or revocation.

The reason that motorcycle insurance is not required in Iowa because in most cases motorcycle operators are the ones that suffer injury when in collision with another vehicle, even another motorcycle. However, it is the smart motorcycle operator who obtains some type of personal injury protection to cover their medical expenses if and when they get injured in motorcycle accidents.

It should be noted that insurers of motorcycles are not always falling all over themselves to make payouts when accidents do occur. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, Iowa has no helmet law, so this is a common disqualifier for insurance claims if the policyholder was injured while not wearing a helmet. Lack of a Class L endorsement or headlights may also result in a denial of an insurance claim. Whatever the circumstances, it is highly probable that the insurer will strive minimize or deny a payout.

This can be a big problem in cases of serious injury because even if the motorcycle operator is not at fault, it can take some time for the at-fault party or the insurance company to pay for medical expenses and/or property damage and other losses. If you are having difficulty making a motorcycle insurance claim in Iowa, be sure to consult with an experienced Iowa motorcycle accident lawyer to assist you.

Appealing an BP Oil Spill Claim Denial

British Petroleum Plc (BP) set up a settlement program to accommodate claims of economic and individual losses as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion which occurred in April 2010 about three months after.

This seemed like a sincere attempt by the oil company to compensate those who were affected by the incident. All they had to do was to join the program and give up the right to sue BP individually. It seemed like an easy and quick solution to a serious problem as a personal injury or business economic loss lawsuit would have dragged on for months, even years, and there was no guarantee of success.

However, it wasn’t long before claimants discovered that making a claim was not as easy as it first appeared. Based on the terms of the settlement program, BP reserved the right to challenge all claims over a certain amount, and the company exercised this right with extreme vigor. A BP claim appeal lawyer may point out that BP successfully denies three-quarters of all claims made to the settlement program.

The program does provide for an appeal for those whose claims against the settlement program had been denied, but it is structured in such a way that the typical appellant will have a difficult time abiding by the tight schedule. As a result, those who chose to trust in BP’s good faith and conform to the program’s guidelines without legal counsel found themselves denied any compensation and barred from filing a lawsuit against the company.

If your BP oil spill claim has been denied, it would be unwise to try to appeal it on your own unless you have the legal training to do it properly. Consult with an experienced BP oil spill claim appeal lawyer to get proper legal representation and assistance.

Determining your Risk for Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents can happen with any vehicle given the correct set of circumstances, but experts agree that certain types of vehicles are more prone to rollovers than others. Sedans are typically low with a wide wheelbase with a center of gravity (COG) close to the ground, so it is much harder for them to rollover. Sport utility vehicles, on the other hand, typically have a narrow wheelbase compared to its height, so the COG is also high, making it easy to tip over even when there is no triggering incident i.e. jumping a curb.

To illustrate, think of a sedan as a plate and an SUV as a tall, narrow juice glass. A glass can fall over if the wind is strong enough while a plate will stay put; this is because the COG of the glass is high. However, not all high vehicles are prone to rollovers. It all depends on the design.

So how will you determine if your vehicle carries a high risk of rollover accidents?

You can do the research for your particular vehicle model. Some insurance companies will price insurance on cars that have a high risk of rolling over higher than on those that don’t.

Injuries associated with rollover accidents are generally serious, and can have a significant effect on a person’s life, not to mention finances. If your injuries were caused by a design defect of a vehicle, you may be eligible to sue the vehicle or part manufacturer, perhaps even the distributor and seller for compensation. Consult with an experienced rollover accident lawyer in your area for more information.

Why You Would Need Dog Walking Services

If you have ever watched any episode of the TV show “Dog Whisperer,” then you will know that Cesar Millan emphasizes the importance of exercise. He states that “Many dogs grow up without rules or boundaries. They need exercise, discipline and affection in that order.” You need to exercise your dog from puppyhood so that they become calmer, more secure, and easier to control. However, exercising your dog requires time and discipline at your end; it has to be consistent or the dog will lapse into a nervous or anxious high-energy state.

The problem is in most cases dog owners simply don’t have the time to walk their dog on a regular basis. The typical dog-owner has a full-time job, perhaps even a second job, and by the time they get home they are tired, cranky, and in no shape to go for a long walk. Moreover, according to the website of Walk! ATX Pets in Austin, Texas, it is important that dogs, especially puppies, get used to a certain routine so that they can feel secure in the structure of their lives, so exercising the dog should ideally be done at the same time every day.

It is a common problem among dog owners, but there is an easy solution. Most communities have people who take on the role of dog walkers to handle the regular exercise needed by pets when the owners are not around to do it. They can be contracted on a weekly or monthly basis for the convenience of everybody, including the dog.

If possible, find a professional dog walker who has the enthusiasm and love of dogs that will make the exercise that much more enjoyable for your pet. Good dog walkers will make the effort to come up with activities for their charges so that they get the maximum benefit from the service. Ask around in your own community for recommendations or search online for a professional dog walker who will give you value for your money.