Smart Home Repair and Improvement

Oct 29

The home is where the heart is, and a significant portion of the typical American household’s income is spent on making the home beautiful, comfortable and safe. But there are many ways to get this done, and the smart way is to have a professional do it for you.

Do-it-yourselfers may not agree, and there is no denying that professional home repair services can be expensive. However, unless the DIYer already has the skills to do the work on their own, home repairs can often end up costing more than if the professional had been hired to do it in the first place.

Take the roof, for example. Roofs need regular maintenance and repair because it is the first bastion against the elements, especially in Texas where the sun and wind can do a lot of damage. A professional roofing repair company will not only patch up that noticeable hole in the roof or replace old, worn, or missing shingles. They will be able to trace the source of that persistent leak and seal it up once and for all as well as detect areas that may cause potential problems. In the course of a professional roof inspection, you can prevent bigger problems that will cost you more in the end.

The same goes for home improvement. Water is an important part of a household, from drinking water to water that flows into the water heater. A properly maintained and installed water filtration system will prevent health problems and keep your pipes corrosion- and clog-free. Whole house filtration systems can make water use efficient and safe from any tap in the house.

When thinking about home repair and improvement, there are certain situations where it is better to fork out the cash for a professional consultation rather than trying to wing it. In the long-run, it is just the smart way to do it.

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It is Safer to Stay Onboard: The Dangers of Shore Excursions

Oct 26

Going on a cruise is perhaps one of the more exciting things on anyone’s bucket list that doesn’t entail taking out a mortgage on your home, although a moderately luxurious cruise isn’t dirt cheap either. Aside from the lure of the sea and the heady feeling of being cut off from everyday cares, cruises are often made more attractive by the prospect of going onshore to do a little sight-seeing and shopping as well as to sample local pastimes such as parasailing or going on a catamaran ride. You also have the option to go on an organized shore excursion for an additional fee, something that cruise ship liners aggressively market to their passengers because they earn a substantial amount from these bookings.

However, it may be better to simply enjoy the amenities onboard than to venture on a shore excursion mainly because too many things can happen. As mentioned on the website of the Vucci Law Group, P.A., even getting off and on a tender (small boat to carry passengers from ship to shore and back) can be dangerous. There have been a number of shore excursion accidents that are currently being litigated right now for causing serious and often irreparable harm to excursionists. Some examples include the diving accident in Cabo San Lucas that left the victim quadriplegic or the shooting death in Coki Beach in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

But if a shore excursion is something you don’t really want to pass up, you should check if the excursion operator has proven reliability and insured and if the cruise liner urging you to book will be liable for any resulting injuries or deaths. These details are contained in the cruise ticket.

Even if the cruise liner or excursion operator disclaims liability, there are legal theories that may still apply such as failure to warn, negligent selection of operator, or third party beneficiary. Under any or all of these theories a passenger or family members can sue for compensation. Consult with a cruise ship accident lawyer to understand what these theories mean and what applies to your situation.

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Signs to Look for in Nursing Homes

Oct 25

In any institution you walk into, you look at certain things to indicate the level of professionalism. In a restaurant, you note if the napkins are stained or dirty; in a hotel you check the carpet to see if it is cleaned regularly; in a preschool you check out the ratio of adults to children. In a nursing home, you need to be just as vigilant as this is for long-term care. Here are a few things that should send up red flags in your head when assessing a facility.

The staff appears aloof. In a nursing home, it is important that the staff is on good terms with the residents because this signals a level of personal commitment needed for long-term care. If a staff member doesn’t even call the residents by name, or use a condescending tone or language when addressing them this could mean imminent neglect or even abuse down the road.

Residents look cranky. This could merely be a sign of some mental illness, but in many cases residents are just old or unable to care for themselves physically, and should be able to interact socially. If the facility unreasonably restricts residents, such as preventing them from hanging pictures or adding any personal touches to their rooms, it is more likely to manifest as bad temper.

There is an unusual number of new staff. It is easy to spot someone who is new to a place; they don’t know where anything goes or seem a little confused when navigating the facility. This could mean high staff turnover, and that’s not a good sign. According to the website of Wisconsin law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® poorly trained staff is a common cause of neglect.

The facility where you see these signs in most cases has been cited for several violations if you do a search. Even if it hasn’t, you should give a facility a miss if you don’t feel comfortable about leaving a family member there. It does happen, though, that there aren’t a lot of options available, so the best you can do is be vigilant for any sign of abuse, neglect, or other types of maltreatment.

If you suspect that a nursing home has breached its duty to a family member, it is your duty to report it to the proper authorities. You may also be eligible to sue the facility for nursing home abuse. Contact a nursing home abuse lawyer in your area to find out if you are.

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