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Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Storage | 0 comments

A Storage Unit is the Epitome of the American Dream

A dream for many Americans is to have a nuclear family including a spouse, maybe two kids a dog and a white picket fence. However, recent trends have shown that home owning is on the downturn as more and more people are turning to apartment and duplex style living. The main driving factor behind this change is the cheaper short term cost of renting an apartment as opposed to the major investment that comes with buying or even renting a house. Although, with lower costs inevitably comes smaller living spaces. With more and more Americans living in smaller dwellings where else do we have to put our excess belongings but the storage unit?

A recent article in the LA Times found that on average, Americans own around 300,000 things. With living spaces turning to the apartment and becoming more compact, people need a place to store their sentimental armoire, three generations old grandfather clock, or new kayak. In an article by the New York Times, they found that 1 out of every 10 American households rents a storage unit monthly. This is also the fourth straight decade that this particular slice of the real estate market has been widening. With the advent of micro-homes and apartment living it is plain to see that people want to keep their stuff but don’t necessarily want to live with it daily or want to keep planned holiday decorations until it’s their time of year. In every growing industry, however, there are concerns that will inevitably come up. Over the course of four hours in one night 62 storage units were burglarized in New Albany, Indiana. For this reason, Your Austin Storage highly recommends purchasing storage unit insurance whenever renting. Renter’s insurance is a great way to ensure that nobody can come between you and your belongings and that everything you put will stay there months down the line.

If modern technology has proven anything it’s that people don’t like to be limited on space. There’s a reason the next iPhone or android always makes sure to emphasis their storage capabilities on the first or second line. People like knowing that they have a space they can call their own and can fill with themselves. Storage units have become so ingrained in our lifestyle that the hit show, Storage Wars, was able to afford two spin-off series: Storage Wars: Texas and Storage Wars: New York. The idea is tantalizing that a 5 foot by 5-foot room can hold so much of someone’s life to be enjoyed at a later date. That a home can extend across the city to a memory vault full of past and future adventures.

It has never been a better time to be an American. Not even space can limit your dreams and aspirations. Weekend warriors and family heirloom holders can both rejoice in knowing that you don’t have to sacrifice parts of your life to the simple problem of clutter.  

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

All About Car Accidents

Car accidents are some of the most documented stories in the news. There are good reasons for that. First, those who are involved in the accidents may suffer from serious injuries, property damages, and other personal and financial burdens. Second, those who are not involved in the accidents may also be indirectly affected, like when the accidents are causing heavy traffic or debris from the accidents are becoming a risk for new accidents to arise.

Common Causes

Many car accidents occur because of driver errors, like when a driver suddenly loses control of his vehicle during a turn. But a big portion of car accidents occur because of outright negligence or recklessness, such as the following cases:

  • Driving under the influence of impairments, including alcohol, illicit drugs, and medications
  • Driving while manually, mentally, or visually distracted
  • Driving while sleepy or tired
  • Speeding
  • Street racing
  • Tailgating
  • Weaving


The most apparent damage that can be sustained from car accidents is injury. Those who are lucky do not sustain much injury, and if they do, they are minimal, such as bruises and cuts. But those who are not as lucky may get brain traumas, whiplashes, spinal cord injuries, rib fractures, and broken arms and legs. These can result into significant financial burdens, such as the medical costs of healing these injuries and the lost time in the office because of these physical limitations.
Property damage is another aspect that should not be overlooked, because it can also be a financial burden and can give you a bad reputation in your insurance.

Legal Matters

The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® has mentioned that those who have been involved in car accidents may have legal options. This is especially true on instances where there is a negligent or reckless party.
This party does not necessarily mean the driver, because the negligence or recklessness of car designers and manufacturers, maintenance providers, and road construction companies, can also cause car accidents, usually in the form of mechanical defects and hazardous road conditions.

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Road Defects | 0 comments

The Dangers of Road Defects

Traffic accidents are some of the leading causes of traumatic injuries. Those who are not lucky end up sustaining brain trauma, neck fractures, and spinal cord injuries. But sometimes, the severity of the injuries does not matter, as even the lightest injury can result into medical bills, lost time at work, and other financial damages.

Car accidents occur mainly because of driver errors, but there are times where third party factors come into play, such as road defects. According to the website, those who have been hurt in accidents caused by road defects may take legal action and get compensation for the damages.

It is good to know that the law is on the side of the victims, but it doesn’t change the fact that there are negligent parties that result into road defects.

Negligent road designers
Sometimes, the very design of the road is the road defect, putting motorists at risk of traffic accidents. Some of the most common design defects include:

  • Absent or inadequate barriers, such as guardrails
  • Absent or inadequate shoulders
  • Absent or inadequate traffic lights and signs
  • Defective water drainage system
  • Improper grading of curves
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Overly narrow roads and lanes

Negligent maintenance providers
Even if there are no problems with the road design, there may still be defects caused by the lack of maintenance. These defects can be on the road itself or around the road.

  • Defects on the road
    • Dangerous debris, such as rocks
    • Faded yellow and white lines
    • Uncorrected road damages, like potholes
  • Defects around the road
    • Malfunctioning traffic lights
    • Lack of warnings, such as for construction sites ahead
    • Overgrown trees and plants
    • Traffic signs with low visibility

No matter how diligent motorists drive, they may be involved in traffic accidents because of these defects, and there is nobody to blame but the parties who are involved in the construction, design, and maintenance of the road.

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Social Security Disability | 0 comments

Qualifying Disabilities (for Adults and Children) for Social Security Benefits

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Blue Book or impairment listing manual, which is officially entitled “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security,” contains a list of physical and mental disabling medical conditions (called impairments) for both adults and children. Individuals suffering from any of the impairments included in the Blue Book will automatically qualify them for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It is important to note that meeting the criteria specified in the Blue Book is not a guarantee that a claimant will be awarded the benefits that he/she seeks; it simply establishes the fact that he/she has suffered from a disabling condition long enough to be considered eligible for consideration by the SSA.

The Blue Book contains a list of impairments for both adults and children. This list, which appears in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), is just one of the means through which the SSA decides if someone is totally disabled. For adult claimants, besides the claimed impairment, the SSA also considers their age, education, work skills. severity of medical condition, and past work experience/s.

For 2015, the listing of impairments for adults (individuals 18 years old and above and children under age 18 where criteria are appropriate) include:

  • Musculoskeletal system disorder;
  • Special senses and speech disorder;
  • Respiratory disorders;
  • Cardiovascular Impairments;
  • Disorder of the digestive system;
  • Genitourinary disorder (this results from chronic kidney disease or CKD);
  • Hematological disorder;
  • Skin disorder;
  • Endocrine disorder;
  • Congenital disorder that affects multiple body systems;
  • Neurological disorder;
  • Mental Disorder;
  • Cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases); and,
  • Immune system disorder

The 2015 listing of impairments for children (under age 18) include:

  • Low Birth Weight and failure to thrive;
  • Musculoskeletal system disorder;
  • Special senses and speech disorder;
  • Respiratory disorder;
  • Cardiovascular Impairment;
  • Digestive system disorder;
  • Genitourinary disorder (this results from chronic kidney disease or CKD);
  • Hematological disorder;
  • Skin disorder;
  • Endocrine Disorder;
  • Congenital disorder that affects multiple body systems;
  • Neurological disorder;
  • Mental Disorder;
  • Cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases); and,
  • Immune system disorder

A person can also be awarded disability benefits even if his/her health condition does not meet or equal the requirements of a disability listing found in the Blue Book, so long as his/her condition limits his/her functioning so much that he/she cannot work (to be considered able to work, one must be able to work full-time, attend work regularly, not need to take frequent rest breaks and be productive).

According to the Hankey Law Office, P.C., SSA does not pay benefits to individuals suffering only from partial or temporary disabilities, though these can also render them unable to work for some time (but definitely much shorter than the year or more required by the SSA). This, plus the technical nature of the requirements for each listing in the Blue Book, can easily confound prospected claimants into thinking that their condition can be considered as total disability or in assuming that they have all the records necessary in supporting their claim that they are totally disabled. To avoid these mistakes, as well as to be able to understand the technical nature of the requirements specified in the Blue Book, it would be good to have a qualified Social Security lawyer assisting them.

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Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Pursuing An Improper Treatment Claim

Patients look up to doctors as persons of authority who will provide them with the best and most updated treatment. Medical professionals have completed years of education and training and even studied abroad to hone their expertise. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, serious health conditions get misdiagnosed and patients end up undergoing treatments they do not actually need. These could have adverse effects on the health of the patient and they end up with an injury or even die.

Improper treatment is a form of medical malpractice that is different from delayed or wrong diagnosis. This means that although the doctor has properly and promptly diagnosed patients, they may administer the wrong treatment. There are different ways that a doctor can be charged with improper treatment and they may include:

  • Using outdated medical procedures
  • Using unorthodox medical procedures
  • Administration of treatment that poses unnecessary risk
  • Utilization of dangerous pharmaceutical treatments
  • Dangerous pharmaceutical treatments

It is worth noting that not all improper treatment can be considered malpractice. Here are some examples:

A study revealed that many patients were told that they were HIV negative because the doctor ordered the wrong test. Two different HIV viruses have the same name and this causes the improper treatment of a patient.

Mental disorders are quite difficult to diagnose because they have similar symptoms with other mental disorders and psychiatrists miss the unique symptoms. Take the case of schizophrenia which can be improperly treated as depression. If the doctor gives the wrong medicine and therapy, it can lead to even more serious problems.

Improper treatment often results from misdiagnosis. This was the most common problem among outpatient facilities, according to the National Institute of Medicine.

Not all improper treatment can be medical malpractice. Some diseases are difficult to diagnose due to their rare nature or their symptoms resemble other diseases. Likewise, the medical field is limited by its resources. Aside from that, medical errors are the result of flaws in the system, doctor’s judgment, or simple human error. If this is the case, patients can hold the medical personnel liable for medical malpractice.

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