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Dock Risks

Most of the concern over accidents, injuries, and illness on a cruise all relate to the cruise itself. The most famous examples of incidents involving cruises are those that involve food poisoning or the cruise ship crashing into something. It is likely that being attacked by pirates would rank as a higher suspected risk for cruise-goers than one of the much more common incident-causers: the dock.

The truth is, the dock is one of the places people injure themselves most when part of a cruise. According to Louis A. Vucci, P.A., these accidents can be quite serious. Common injuries include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and knee injuries.

A few important points should be made here. First, as Louis A. Vucci, P.A. states on its page, if these accidents have already occurred to you or someone you know, you should contact a lawyer about them, since you may be entitled to compensation. It is likely the injury was not entirely your fault (or the fault of the injured person you know), and there is no reason you should be required to pay those medical bills.

A second point is that these injuries often disproportionately affect the elderly. This makes sense, after all, the elderly are among the largest client base for cruises, so it might be expected for them to injure themselves more often. At the same time, with muscles, bones, and reflexes weakened by age, the elderly are more likely to fall and when they fall, they are more likely to injure themselves seriously.

Finally, the best possible solution for these issues is simply to be careful in the first place. Be more aware of the risks on a dock, and it is far more likely no injury will occur. Docks can be slippery and uneven, which makes them a serious risk (no matter your age) for falling or slipping. Some docks are also unsteady, furthering the risk.

To avoid any accidents, follow these pieces of advice to protect yourself and others when getting on or off a cruise:

Always use a handrail when on a dock. This may seem ridiculous, but having a grip on something can help avoid falling and help minimize injuries when falls occur.

Wear shoes that have a strong grip. It can be comfortable to go barefoot or wear flip flops but stick with tennis shoes.

Walk instead of running. Keep this in mind for children, who are sure to be excited and not paying attention.

And watch out for wet spots.

Following these simple rules will help you avoid getting injured on a dock and will ensure your vacation is as relaxing and carefree as you had been hoping it would be. Remember that the best part of your trip is on the ship, and if you want to enjoy it fully, all you have to do is get over that risky dock. Be careful, and you’re sure to arrive safely onboard and ready for fun.

Stop Boarding Your Pets

Almost every pet owner has run across the tough dilemma of what to do when you have to go away. Most of us have at some point or another had to go out of town. Maybe it was for a vacation, maybe a business trip, maybe to visit family. No matter the case, in all likelihood, the pets have to remain behind. So, what are we supposed to do?

The easiest answer is to have friends or family pet sit. Ideally, it would be people who have spent some time with the pets and who already have a relationship with the pets. This can remove some of the stress of pets being left alone without their owners.

However, sometimes that option isn’t available, and unfortunately, the next choice for many people is to board their pets.

This, on the surface, makes sense. Boarders are professionals, and if they have been around for a while and have a good reputation, very likely, they know how to take care of your pet. However, there are a lot of negatives to consider.

First and foremost, it’s hard on your pets. Think about it from their perspective: their masters have gone away. They don’t know why or where they are and they don’t know how long their masters will be gone. If this is your first time going away, they may be unsure if you will ever return. Imagine how hard that is on them.

Then, imagine the added stress of being taken away themselves, being put in an unfamiliar location, with unfamiliar people, surrounded by other pets they’ve never known, in a place that is loud and smells completely different. Their food is different. Their relationship with other people is different. If there’s another pet in the home, they may not see them, adding even more stress.

It’s not just this psychological worry that makes it better to avoid boarding, according to Walk ATX Pet Care, boarding is more emotionally stressful and harmful to a pet’s health than staying home.

So, what is the best option if boarding is out and friends and family are unavailable? Well, use a service that comes to the home to visit the pets. These services are as professional and knowledgeable as boarders, with the added bonus of letting pets stay in the home and stay together.

Obviously, there are no perfect options when leaving a pet. It’s often the worst part of any trip saying goodbye for the day, week, or month. It’s clear the pets sense something is wrong, and yet, you can’t explain that you’ll be back soon.

It’s heartbreaking to go, but we still have to do it, whether it’s for work, family, or just a chance to relax. The best we can do is make life as easy as possible for our furry friends. That means keeping them in the environment they know and around other pets they know. The more you can keep familiar with them, the easier their time will be.

The Hidden Risks of Cosmetic Surgery

There is no one among us who has looked in a mirror and been completely happy about our appearance every single time. Since we are so familiar with our own bodies, we notice flaws that others might never notice, but in a world where beautiful celebrities are the center of attention, it can be easy to focus on what is wrong. Cosmetic surgery can be a wonderful option for those that have noticeable scars left over from previous surgeries or for those that suffer from depression due to their looks. However, if you are considering breast augmentation, you should be aware of all the risks, including a rare form of cancer.

 According to Women’s Health Magazine, breast implants may be the cause of a rare form cancer that starts in the immune system. The FDA has reportedly already known about the link between the implants and cancer since 2011, and as of 2017 they have received over 300 reports of cancer caused by implants. The cancer is called anaplastic large-cell lymphoma and forms as a result of the scar tissue that collects around the implant. In most cases, removing the implant is an adequate treatment, but some people may need chemotherapy or radiation treatment. However, this cancer should not be taken lightly, as it has already claimed the lives of nine women. Researchers have found no correlation between the type of material the implant is made from and how often the cancer appears, but they have noticed that textured implants account for 90% of the cases reported. However, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that 400,000 women get breast implants every year, and only a fraction of a percent of these end up getting the rare cancer. They claim that the risk of infection, while still incredibly low, is much higher than the risk of cancer developing. Doctors say that the initial symptoms of the cancer are pain and swelling, but this could be indicative of a number of other things.

 Any invasive surgical procedure is going to come with a number of risks, and there is always the chance for something to go wrong, even when everything is done right. When scar tissue forms or cells start dividing more in order to repair damage from surgery, it makes sense that cancer risk would increase with each new dividing cell. I think that the benefits of cosmetic or reconstructive surgery far outweigh the risk of cancer and there plenty of cosmetic surgery professionals out there that will thoroughly explain all of the risks before performing a procedure. In addition, cosmetic surgery techniques keep getting better and better, and soon there may be an implant that doesn’t cause cancer at all.

 Making the decision to seek out cosmetic surgery can seem daunting due to the stress it puts on your body and your wallet, but nothing can match the confidence boost you’ll feel afterward. The risk of cancer might seem scary, but in exchange for a little risk, there can be a great reward.

Hair Trends among the Astros

As workplaces relax their strict regulations regarding hair color, crazier and crazier colors and styles have been coming into mainstream media. Some people get “unicorn” hair that shimmers in a rainbow of colors, and others use a razor to etch zigzags and other designs onto the sides of their heads. Some still choose to rock “vintage” styles like mohawks. And these trends are not just being embraced by women, but men as well. The Houston Astros, darling to the entire city of Houston, even have their own barber to cater to the players’ style preferences.

According to Express News, unique hairstyles are a point of pride for even the Houston Astros. Lance McCullers, the number 2 starting pitcher, follows a strict ritual to pump himself up for the game. One of these is that he must always get a fresh haircut before a game that he starts. During the game, the player’s sweaty locks are all covered by caps, but this does not deter McCullers. Knowing that he looks his best helps him play his best. According to descriptions in the article, his swooping, asymmetrical hairstyle seems to be inspired by a cockatoo, with the softness of a horsetail. McCullers has had many hairstyles over the years, including a moppy look with side swept bangs back in 2010 that resembled Justin Bieber’s signature style. After entering his professional baseball career, he had a “fauxhawk” that lasted two years, and in 2014 he discovered the undercut, a trend that has taken the hairstyling world by storm. The Astros now have an unofficial team barber, Danny Quiles, who is entrusted with McCullers’s famous hair. He has been a stylist in Katy since 2013, and word spread quickly about his talents.

Houston and the surrounding suburbs are home to over six million people, with many different cultures and just as many ways to express yourself through hair styles. Even when no one can see the new doo you rock, it still brings loads of confidence to help you be a superstar at work or school. A day at the salon or barber can be a ritual in it’s own right. Many salons, like Therapy Hair Studio in Houston, advertise a relaxing spa-like experience in addition to the perfect new hair cut. Creating a bond of trust with your barber or stylist can even turn them into a de-facto therapist.

The increasing popularity of new hair styles indicated a rise in individualism that for decades has been so characteristic of the United States. With the rise of the internet, now everyone can share their unique style instead of just relying on celebrities for the latest trends. It is generally accepted that finding a way to express yourself is excellent for the maintenance of your mental well being, and getting a unique cut can also help with self esteem issues. It’s no wonder that even athletes are turning to this form of expression in order to up their game.

“Absolute” Liability under the Scaffold Law

Critics of New York Labor Law § 240, also known as the Scaffold Law, claim that it is driving up construction costs because of rocketing insurance premiums from the few insurers that still provide construction coverage. This is the same argument used by medical practitioners that are lobbying for medical malpractice law reforms, but the numbers show that insurance is not the problem. The problem is when the duty of care is breached and preventable accidents happen.

The construction industry is undoubtedly a hazardous occupation, and accidents will happen. The Scaffold Law is still in place more than 100 years since it was first enacted because it is an effective deterrent to construction companies and contractors to breach their duty of care towards their workers. This is exactly the purpose for which the Scaffold Law was designed, and despite numerous attempts to dislodge it is still there.

It would be exaggerating to say that the Scaffold Law guarantees an injured worker a win in a personal injury case. The law mandates that if it is proven that the injury from a fall from height accident was due to equipment failure i.e. defective or inadequate ladder, insufficient training i.e. poorly assembled scaffold, or lack of required safety measures i.e. guardrails, then the construction company is liable. If there are no safety violations on the work site, there will be no case.

Unfortunately, most construction sites do have evidence of safety problems which is why when a falling accident happens it is highly probable that the company will be found liable. Changing the law will not change that; if the worksite is unsafe, people will get hurt. The Scaffold Law serves merely as a silent threat to cost-cutting construction managers and companies in New York that is more effective than citations from building inspectors.

If you have been seriously injured in a falling accident, the Scaffold Law may apply to you. Present your case to experienced New York construction accident attorneys to find out if it does.