Toxic Mold Infestation

Apr 16, 2015 by

Toxic mold is one of the rising health hazards that people in America is facing today. With the number of diseases or illnesses that it mold spore inhalation can lead to, those who have fallen victim to mold infestation are looking for someone who should be held liable for failing to ensure the safety of the property. In determining the possibility of a lawsuit, the first thing you should look into is to see who is liable for the for the mold infestation. Liability may depend on whether the mold infestation occurs in a property that you own, rent, or is a public area.

If the infestation occurred in a place that you own, you have a number of parties that can be held liable. If your homeowner’s insurance does not cover for mold infestation, you can check whether the builder or contractor was negligent in ensuring the safety of the building or property. The engineer or architect can also be responsible if their design was flawed and gave way to the infestation. Other parties that can be liable are the construction supplier, property inspector, realtor, prior property owner, or the condominium association. You and your Tennessee personal injury lawyer should be able to prove in court that these parties was negligent in keeping the property safe from mold infestation.

If your place of work is the one who gave you health complications due to mold infestation, you have the right to file for worker’s compensation. Depending on your specific case, your worker’s compensation will help cover for your damages or prevent you from filing for a personal injury claim against your employer. If the liable party is a public agency, you may have to first enter an administrative claim in order to go to court. Getting the help and guidance of a lawyer could be highly beneficial, especially if you are not sure of the size and severity of your claim. There are states in the US that have their own laws regarding mold infestations. Because the classifications and explanations of the risks of mold infestations can differ, it is extremely important to research about the laws of your state.

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“Whore Contest” or Beauty Pageant?

Feb 16, 2014 by

The triumph of Megan Young as the first Filipina to win the Miss World crown almost came to naught when Islamic hardliners animadverted bitterly on the show of flesh as “pornography.”

Originally slated to be held in part at the 10,000-seat Sentul International Convention Center (SICC) in Sentul just outside Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, it was determined that it was safer to hold the entire Miss World event in southern Bali at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), which could accommodate only 2,000.

Among the protesters was the Indonesian Ulema Council, which claimed that the contest was not in line with Islamic teachings. The Islam Defenders Front as well as the Islamic People’s Forum were also not shy about their disapproval of the pageant, and demanded that it be cancelled. To appease the protesters, Miss World organizers took out the traditional swimsuit portion of event, but it was not enough. So instead of having the finals at the much bigger SICC, the coronation was held at the BNDCC.

Vania Larissa, the representative of Indonesia in the Miss World Pageant, won as Miss World Talent 2013 and was one of the top 10 finalists. The representatives of Cape Verde, Suriname and Uruguay did not attend the event.

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Yasmin Side Effects

Feb 3, 2014 by

There is nothing more joyful, or more terrifying, than having a child. A child born of loving, stable and responsible partners can only enhance an already great relationship. But when there are difficulties in the way, such as financial straits, a career, or emotional instability, the right thing to do is to exercise birth control. In many cases, it is the women who bear most of the responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancies, perhaps because they will also have to carry the child to term. The most popular, because it is the easiest, is with the use of birth control pills, and one of the most popular of these pills when it was introduced in 2001 is Yasmin.

It is not the ideal solution, because even the most advanced (fourth generation) birth control pills still have side effects. In general, these side effects include breast tenderness, mood swings, weight gain, and spotting. On the other hand, birth control pills have been known to be efficacious in controlling moderate outbreaks of acne.

Birth control pills typically include progestin and estrogen which interrupts or prevents ovulation. Fourth generation birth control pills such as Yasmin include drospirenone, a manmade version of a naturally-occurring steroid hormone called progesterone. When it first came out, birth control formulations containing drospirenone was touted as the safer alternative to other oral contraceptives because the severity of the side effects were reduced and the human body could tolerate it better.

It was not long, however, when a bigger danger than a little weight gain emerged with the use of Yasmin. Reports began to come in that Yasmin was apparently causing blood clots to form suddenly in its users, about six times more than other oral contraceptives. This can lead to serious, potentially fatal, conditions such strokes, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, or deep vein thrombosis.

If you or an immediate family member has used Yasmin and suffered serious injury, consult with an experience product liability lawyer. You could be eligible to file a Yasmin lawsuit against manufacturer Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals.

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Trends in Hair Coloring

Jan 28, 2014 by

About three-fourths of women in America have hair coloring treatment done at one time or another. It has become so prevalent that in 1968 the U.S. government ceased to require passport holders to put down their hair color.  For some it is a way to conceal gray hair or discoloration from other hair treatments; for others it is a fashion statement. Whatever the reason, it has been a practice that has its roots in ancient times.

Evidence of the practice of hair coloring using henna (a plant-based dye) by Egyptians to darken the hair was found by archeologists as far back as 1500 BC. Hair color has always been considered an important status in history. Red was considered to be both socially and culturally significant, while in other eras, blonde was considered de rigueur, although the color also had far from flattering implications. There is supposedly and actual study conducted with a $51,000 grant that attempted to prove whether blondes were actually dumb; results were not available. Today, the trends are far more eclectic, the choice depending more on how well it goes with the skin color than what is the most popular.

Hair color trends today still tend to be highly influenced by celebrities, however. Aside from the usual brunette, red and, blonde (platinum and “bronde” or brown blonde) that look fabulous on popular actors, two-toned coloring styles and highlights are also taking center stage. Ombré (gradients from dark to light or light to dark), dip-dyes (only the tips are colored), and balayage (naturalistic highlights) are hankered after by the typical fashionista, while bright, Kool-aid type colors in streaks and washes are sought after by the younger set.

There was a time when hair coloring agents were so strong they damaged the hair, but modern formulations are much gentler, many derived from natural ingredients. At the hands of a professional colorist, the results are trendy, healthy, and beautiful.

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