Posted by Wendy on May 9, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments
It had been a trend some time ago for writers to just pack articles in with keyword after keyword in order to increase visibility. Did it matter if the content was engaging or offered the reader anything new? No. But back in the day, that was what was considered effective – and for a time, it was. The thing about ever-evolving technology and trends in this digital age is that algorithms can get smarter – and so can people.
Audiences are more hypercritical about the content that they consume thanks to the availability of information on the internet. All it takes to bring a hypothetical claim down is a good Google search by someone who knows what they’re doing. A lot of websites want to rank up in terms of visibility – they want to be among the very first pages during a Google search, as that tends to increase sales and reputability. However, the algorithm has changed that what is being followed now is not how many times the keywords are used.
The most trustworthy and reputable websites that show up on searches are the ones that get the most relevant traffic. Anyone can buy clicks by the thousand but, as according to the website of Kinetic Word, it takes relevant content in order to hook in loyal clientele.
Content writers are then especially practiced with analyzing whatever the current trend is in terms of content and making it work for the given client. The trend must suit the actual business of the company and, while websites and stylistic choices can be duplicated and cloned to perfection, it takes a certain amount of skill, practice, and talent in order to do what writers do: which is speak to the reader in an intimate level that inspires trust and loyalty. Syntax, accuracy, and readability are important aspects to content creation and this is not something that can be generated by an algorithm.
A computer will never be able to replicate the human capability to enter compassion and empathy into the way certain sentences are created – and that is why writers will always be necessary in every industry. The algorithm can keep changing but audiences cannot be fooled so easily.
Posted by Wendy on Mar 10, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments
When it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991, the drug Zofran – also known by its generic name, Ondansetron Hydrochloride – was originally intended to treat nausea and vomiting caused by other medications. It was mostly prescribed to help cancer patients who are dealing with side effects from chemotherapy and other cancer medications. It was also used to treat surgical patients who experience nausea after their procedures. The drug was a breakthrough and became extremely beneficial.
Years later, the use of Zofran became more widespread. Today, the drug is used as a general treatment to alleviate nausea and vomiting. Aside from cancer treatment and postoperative care, Zofran is currently prescribed to treat symptoms from cyclic vomiting syndrome, gastroenteritis, and pregnancy. The World Health Organization has included it in their list of essential medicines, and considers it an important component to an effective health care system.
Despite these benefits, Zofran – like most drugs – is not without some notable side effects. In general, taking Zofran might cause headaches or lightheadedness, drowsiness and fatigue, as well as constipation. Other possible side effects include muscle spasms, changes in vision, and stomach pain. However, according to Zofran lawyers, these side effects can be a lot more serious when the drug is taken during pregnancy. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that taking Zofran may put pregnant women and their unborn child at great risk. There have been reported cases that it might be the cause of long-term health problems in infants. Specifically, concerns are rampant that the drug might lead to congenital heart defects and deformity like cleft lip and palate.
In 2013, the FDA released a statement identifying potential safety issues with Zofran. They emphasize that the statement isn’t a categorical warning against the use of Zofran, but they do note that they are currently working to gather more information to characterize and determine the risks involved with the drug. In the same year, a study funded by the Danish Medical Research Council found that taking Zofran during pregnancy did not lead to any significant risks.
Due to lack of information that’s available today, the FDA has noted that patients currently taking Zofran should communicate with their health care providers in order to mitigate any possible issues. If you suspect that the drug is causing issues to your pregnancy, consult your doctor to find an alternative treatment.
The latest casualty in the pursuit of sports glory is a 17-year-old La Jolla high school student who sustained traumatic brain injury presumably during a football game three months previously. During the game, the teenager got hit on the head and informed the assistant coach, but continued to play. The boy vomited on the sidelines, a symptom of brain injury.
Since then, the teenager has suffered persistent headaches after reading a few lines of text, and exhibited intolerance of bright lights. He has been unable to return for a full day of school since the incident despite receiving treatment. The assistant coach had been suspended; he denies having been told that the player had been hurt.
A poll of sports-related concussions reported in San Diego County between August 2013 and October 2014 shows that football is the main cause of concussion in San Diego at 80, with soccer being a far second (25), volleyball in third (14), and basketball in fourth place (11). While the concussions may have been accidental, sending them back in without receiving proper medical attention is negligence as discussed in http://www.ritterpersonalinjury.com/.
Who is to blame for sports injuries? Some may say that injuries are part and parcel of the game, and they would be right. But when a player is injured, it is the duty of the coaches or team leader to pull them out of the game until the extent and nature of the injury can be determined and if sending the player back in is safe. Failing to do this puts the welfare of the players, especially teenagers, at serious risk.
If your child has been injured while playing sports and the coach neglected to take the proper steps to ensure the player’s physical well-being, you may be able to sue for personal injury. Consult with a San Diego personal injury lawyer and have your case assessed.
Posted by Wendy on Oct 15, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments
Personal injury law covers generally all areas as well as type of injuries that an individual can suffer from. Among the most common areas of personal injuries are car and motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, and premises liability, among many others. If a person was determined by a court to be negligent or reckless in their actions leading to another person’s injury, that the injured person is entitled to receive compensation. The main point is a personal injury claim or lawsuit is proving fault of the other party. In states that follow the comparative fault rule, even if the injured person has contributed to the accident, they may still be awarded compensation.
In the state of Oklahoma, any injured person who files for a personal injury claim can be awarded compensation even if he or she has contributed to the accident, provided that the victim is less than 50 percent at-fault for the accident. Failing to practice reasonable care is usually the basis for many vehicular accident lawsuits. As explained on the website of the Abel Law Firm, it is common to have the proof of fault be challenged leading to the claim to be investigated.
Personal injury claims are often filed to the insurance company of the person at-fault. They will be the one who will provide or offer you a settlement amount that would cover medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. If you have accepted the settlement offer, you will receive compensation and the claim process is complete. If you and the other party does not agree on the settlement, you can then file for a lawsuit, and your Oklahoma personal injury lawyer will be the one to represent you in court and prove the other person’s negligence and resulting injury. It is always better to consult with a lawyer first before accepting any settlement from the other person’s insurance company because it may not be enough to cover for the damages you have suffered. Proper evaluation should be done first before reaching to an agreement.
Posted by Wendy on Feb 5, 2014 in Travel | 0 comments
The Woodlands, Texas is a planned community located about 32 miles from Houston, Texas. It was first established in 1974 and was dedicated to George P. Mitchell, an oil businessman who planned to create a community where city-dwellers would experience the quality of sub-urban life. What started as a sub-urban development with a bedroom community grew to be a large urbanized area that headlines corporations and corporate campuses.
As compared to Texas standards, The Woodlands would be a fairly small area but it boasts of various activities and places that can entertain and interest you. Whether it is outdoors or indoors, you can find a number of endeavors that you can do to make you feel the beauty and warmth of The Woodlands.
One of the main attractions in The Woodlands are the golf courses and clubs, which has a number of outstanding championship and signature courses that any golfer – professional or not – would surely enjoy. Two golf courses are available; first is The Woodlands Country Club, having an Arnold Palmer signature course, 18-hole Gary Player signature course, and an 18-hole course perfect for tournaments. Meanwhile, another option would be The Carlton Woods Club that provides their golfers with a world-class and top of the line Jack Nicklaus signature course with a Tom Fazio championship course. They also offer spa facilities, tennis facilities, and dining.
One more option is the Canongate at The Woodlands. This club has a more reasonable price, providing members with admission to other trail course in other golf clubs surrounding the area. It also gives its members access to other Canongate Private Clubs all around the United States.
Golfing is just one of the many outdoor activities that you can do and enjoy at The Woodlands. Surrounded with lush greenery and populated with friendly people, it’s not a surprise that it is one of the country’s finest master-planned communities.
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common ways that people are injured, and account for about 8 million emergency room visits each year. Many of these accidents turn into court cases if a third party was actually responsible for the environment that caused the accident.
Slip and fall injuries often occur inside restaurants, convenience stores, and grocery stores as a result of debris or water on the floor. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Leaving spills on the floor
- Poor lighting
- Failure to fix damaged flooring
- Failure to replace or repair stair railings
- Poorly maintained public areas (sidewalks, roadways)
Slip and fall accidents can seem minor, but they can often lead to more serious injuries such as head and spinal injuries, internal damage, and broken bones.
If you suffered a slip and fall injury due to a third party and want to take legal action, then your case falls under the premises liability category. However, the premises owner is only liable for your injuries if they knew about a dangerous surface but did nothing about it, caused the surface to become dangerous, or if a “reasonable” person would have discovered the dangerous surface and repaired it.
In the event that you might have to take your case to court, there are certain things you should do if you slip and fall. For example, you should always document the details of the incident. This includes taking photos of the hazard that caused your accident, gathering witnesses and their contact information, and seeking medical attention if you experience any discomfort. You should not have to suffer because of the negligence of someone else, and there is legal action you can take in order to receive compensation for your injury.
Each year, about 52,000 deaths occur due to traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries disrupt normal functioning of the brain, and can be either traumatic or acquired. The severity of brain damage depends on the type of injury, and may not always be permanent. No matter the permanence, brain injuries can be both debilitating and life-changing.
Traumatic brain injury is caused by an external force such as:
- Falls (35%)
- Motor vehicle accidents (17%)
- Physical violence
- Sports injuries
- Blows to the head
An acquired injury occurs at the cellular level when the brain is starved of oxygen. These causes may include:
- Stroke or heart attack
- Tumor or aneurysm
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Drug abuse
- Strangulation or choking
- Neurological diseases
Whether the injury is traumatic or acquired, it can have cognitive, perceptual, physical, or behavioral symptoms. On the less severe end, a brain injury can cause headaches, confusion, or nausea, and are only temporary. This is common with concussions that are caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Severe injuries can cause permanent brain damage, resulting in a coma or unresponsive state, loss of memory, or extreme mental disability. In the event of a brain injury, it is crucial to be examined by medical experts who can verify, document, and quantify the effects of brain trauma, especially if the injury was due to the negligence of a third party.
Since many traumatic brain injuries can occur due to the fault of someone else, such as car accidents, sports injuries, and physical violence, it may be wise to contact an attorney to discuss the details of your case. If you are injured due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An Orange County lawyer could help you through the long process of holding the person who injured you accountable for the injuries you’ve had to suffer through.
Automobile accidents are extremely common, with 10.8 million occurring in 2009. Whether they occur due to driver error, inclement weather, or poor road conditions, there are certain things that you should do in the event of an accident in order to protect yourself.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of auto accidents, accounting for about 25% of crashes. With the increased use of cell phones and texting, distracted driving has become a serious issue on the road. However, many drivers forget that common activities such as eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, and rubbernecking also fall into the category of distracted behaviors. Other major causes of accidents include speeding, driver fatigue, driving under the influence, and aggressive driving.
Even though accidents are common, many people don’t know how they should handle an accident. There are certain things you should and shouldn’t do in the event of a car accident.
- Take pictures of all damage and injuries
- Call the police
- Get the information of the other driver and witnesses
- Observe the other driver’s actions and behavior (see if they appear to be intoxicated)
- Get immediate medical attention
- Contact your insurance company
- Seek an attorney’s advice
- Make any statement about your own fault or responsibility for the accident
- Downplay injuries
- Move vehicles or leave the scene before police arrive
- Sign documents allowing other insurance company to access your employment or medical records
- Take money for your injuries before you have finished treatment for them
You shouldn’t have to suffer or be stuck with medical bills because of the fault of another driver. There is legal action you can take in order to receive compensation for your accident. One of the best ways to find out what you may be able to recover is to contact a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer who can review your case. A lawyer will walk you through the process of filing an injury suit and examine whether your injury has a good chance of qualifying for compensation.
Large truck drivers have to drive with extra care since the large size of their vehicle and heavy load can be extremely dangerous on the road. There are rules and regulations that have been put in place in order to protect driver and public safety from the danger of commercial trucks. However, despite regulations, about one in eight traffic fatalities involve a truck. Knowing the common causes of these accidents can help to prevent you from becoming a victim of one.
The major causes of commercial trucking accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless or distracted driving
- Not properly securing cargo
- Faulty truck parts
Driving hours can be extremely lengthy and tedious for drivers, so it is easy to become fatigued. Look out for sloppy lane changing, swerving, or slow reactions to road conditions, because it could mean that a driver is dangerously fatigued. Do your best to avoid the truck and report the driver’s behavior in order to protect both your safety and the safety of others. Driving while fatigued or under the influence is negligent behavior that increases the chances of being involved in an accident.
You are entitled to bring a lawsuit against the employer or driver of a commercial vehicle even if it was not a commercial truck that injured you. This includes drivers of any company vehicle, or someone who was driving a personal vehicle while performing their job at the time of the accident. For example, if you are injured by a driver engaged in a pizza delivery, it is possible that you can bring a lawsuit against the pizza company. If you or someone you loved have been involved in a commercial truck accident, it’s important to contact an attorney who can fight for compensation for your injuries.
There are about 200,000 people in the Unites States currently living with spinal cord injuries. This number is expected to increase by 12,000-20,000 each year. Some of these cases are due to disease, such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis, but an overwhelming number are due to traumatic injuries. Since the long-term complications of spinal cord injuries can be life-altering, it’s important to learn how you can reduce your risk of traumatic injury.
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) can be extremely expensive, averaging an annual medical cost of at least $15,000. The effects of SCI vary in severity and permanence. Depending on where the injury occurred, it can result in the loss of movement, loss of respiratory, urinary, or musculoskeletal control, or loss of sensation. Common causes of traumatic spinal cord injury include:
- Motor vehicle accidents (46%)
- Falls (22%)
- Sports injury
- Violence (such as bullet or stab wound)
The most common spinal injury in a motor vehicle accident is “whiplash,” which involves forced extension and flexion of the neck. According to the website of the Ausband & Dumont, if you believe that someone has suffered a spinal injury, it is important that you do not move them unless it is absolutely necessary. Keep the injured personal still and call for emergency medical help. The emergency responders will be trained in the safest way to move a person with a spinal cord injury without making the situation worse. This is important because any mistakes can exacerbate the effects of the injury.
There are ways that you can lower your risk of spinal cord injury, such as:
- Wearing a seat belt (can reduce your chances by 60%)
- Do not dive into bodies of water if you cannot determine its depth
- Do not drink and drive
- Taking precautions during sports (wearing a helmet, don’t tackle using your head)
Alcohol has been found to play a factor in about 25% of spine injuries, so you can greatly reduce your chances of injury simply by choosing an alternate way to get where you need to be rather than drinking and driving. Since spinal cord injuries can be both life-changing and costly, no one should ever have to suffer due to the fault of another person. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, there is legal action you can take in order to receive compensation for your medical bills, pain, lost wages, and other expenses.