Security in Storage Facilities

When choosing a storage facility, considering the security measures of the compound is necessary in order to determine where your belongings will be safest. All facilities have their own systems, however some implement a higher degree of security than others. Depending on the site, variations of measures include automatic gates with access codes, resident managers, and remote cameras.

Gates with access codes are beneficial to both the owner and the consumer. The owners have a round-the-clock monitor in the sense that not just anyone can enter the grounds. This keeps out unwanted persons who could pose a threat to the items inside the storage units. Furthermore, the unit renters feel safer because their belongings are constantly “guarded.” They know their things are not easily accessible, and therefore can place more confidence in the facility. In addition to the gate itself, each person has their unique access code. If anything suspicious happens on the access code keypad, the manager can be alerted and the situation investigated.

Another security measure that can be taken is the use of a resident manager. These men or women live on site, and know the dynamics of the compound. Not only do they know the physical place, but they also know who’s familiar, who shouldn’t be there, how the facility operates, etc. They are present through all hours of the day and night, which is a reassuring security blanket for many.
Lastly, every storage unit should have eyes on it at all times through video surveillance. This means that most facilities will need to have more than one camera around their compound. A self storage unit 78704 may be amply safeguarded. This high level of insurance enables the cause of damage to be determined if something happens.

For a facility owner, taking security measures is a necessary step. They have mutual benefits, and overall increase the legitimacy of the compound through protecting its items.

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Power Morcellators and their Threat to Women’s Lives

Reports of power morcellators causing the spread of cancerous tissues, called uterine sarcoma, caused a stir in the medical field during the first quarter of 2014. This was followed by a safety communication notice issued by the US Food and Drug Administration on April 17, 2014, which discouraged doctors from further using a morcellator in laparoscopic (or minimally invasive) surgeries, such as hysterectomy (the medical procedure for the removal of the uterus and/or fibroids) and myomectomy (the procedure for removing uterine fibroids or myomas). Not long after, individual lawsuits started to be filed by women who have been diagnosed with the rare, but aggressive cancer leiomyosarcoma after having received a morcellation treatment.

A power morcellator is a medical device that is designed to mince large masses of tissues into tiny pieces. It is used in the minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery. After its introduction in the early 1990’s it immediately became very popular due to the many benefits it provided, such as short recovery period for the patient, lesser blood loss, reduced chances of infection, and the very tiny incisions it required (about 0.5 – 1cm cuts on the abdomen, compared to the 5-7 inch incisions needed to perform the traditional abdominal hysterectomy).

Three of the most recognized power morcellator were the Gynecare Morcellex, the Gynecare X-Tract and the Morcellex Sigma, all from Ethicon, a unit of Johnson & Johnson and the world’s largest manufacturer of power morcellators. Despite its superbly designed and manufactured morcellators, though, Ethicon found it wiser to suspend all sales, promotion and distribution of the devices rather than find itself in another claims lawsuit.

The cause of the cancer women have been diagnosed with is uterine sarcoma, a cancerous tissue that is almost impossible to detect. The spread of this cancerous tissue happens during the removal of uterine fibroids; as the fibroids are minced, so are the cancerous tissues, making these spread easily outside of the uterus.

It will be wise for women, who may be suffering from cancer due to morcellation treatment, to immediately contact a morcellator lawyer who can help them understand the law and the best legal actions that will help them receive compensation from the manufacturer of the device they had been treated with.

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Motorcycles Riders: Threatened not Threats

Motorcyclists getting involved in motorcycle accidents are exposed to greater and more serious injuries due to lack of protective covering that can shield and protect their bodies in the event of collision. According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, the number of motorcycle accidents in the United States reaches about 100,000 annually and about half of this amount is caused by drunk riders who either have no license or whose licenses have been revoked.

More than riders bumping or colliding with still objects, like a concrete support structure or a telephone pole (a case of single vehicle accident), most accidents involving motorcycles are multiple-vehicle accidents, that is, accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle which could be a car, a van or a truck. In such types of road crashes, it is the driver of the other vehicle who is found to be at fault due to his or her failure to consider the riders’ right of way or due to his or her careless act of making sudden turns or abrupt lane changes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impinging on the motorcyclist’s right of way accounts to more than 60% of the crashes, which usually occur at intersections. And the severity of the injury is always affected by the following factors: size of the motorcycle, collision speed, amount of alcohol consumed and absence of gears for protection; such that as the speed increases, the injury becomes worse. Also, studies show that majority of the accidents happened during intended short trips, like to a friend’s house, a shopping mall, place of recreation or entertainment or other forms of errands, very shortly after the rider has left his or her site of origin.

Studies also reveal that:

  • Riding in rural areas or on dirt roads is more accident-free, even if you travel fast, compared to a ride in the city
  • Those who easily and usually get involved in accidents are those who were just taught to ride by friends or family or who tried to learn personally
  • Drinking and riding are never a good combination
  • Wearing a headlamp at night or bright-colored shirts, for high visibility, during the day lessened the chances of accidents
  • Those who received formal rider training were much less involved in accidents, while those who got involved had lesser or less serious injuries

A multiple-vehicle motorcycle accident is always dangerous regardless of the vehicle that hits you. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible. He or she will be able to effectively guide you through this difficult and stressful time. In such a situation, you will be more concerned with the physical and emotional damage caused. The legalities of compensation shouldn’t be your main concern.

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The Necessity of having a Personal Injury Lawyer in the Event of a Motorcycle Accident

Going for a leisure ride around town on your bike can be a relaxing experience after a stressful day or week on the job. Riding your bike to work or to wherever you intend to go can also be less stressful since it will be quicker to go around traffic.

Motorcycles continue to grow famous in the US and the rest of the world, especially to adolescents and young adults. It is the fastest, yet cheapest, way to work, to the grocery or convenient store or any other place. Motorbikes are easy to maneuver, light and easy to drive and (some) can even run as fast as cars. You also get the advantage of “cool factor” while riding your bike. Other bikers will respect you and want you to join them to hang out.

Such advantages of motorbikes, however, can also very well serve as disadvantages since their capability to drive past even through congested traffic easily puts them in danger of getting hit by heavier vehicles whose drivers may fail to notice their approach. And, worse, since riders have almost no bodily protection other than the helmet, the injury they can sustain, in the event of an accident, are almost always serious.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that there are about 3, 500 motorcycle accidents in the US every year. Half of the number of the accidents involves riders who are drunk and the accident is usually collision with immobile objects, such as a telephone pole or a concrete structure. In the case of multiple-vehicle accidents collision may be between a motorcycle and a van, truck or (most commonly) car. Records reveal that liability in multiple-vehicle accidents is more often than not blamed on the other vehicle’s driver who may have failed to consider the biker’s right of way or who may have made a sudden, careless turn or abrupt lane change without checking first for a possible approaching vehicle.

Motorcycle accidents have not only caused severe injuries; these have also claimed the lives of so many riders. Sometimes too it is hard to determine who really caused the accident right after it occurs, or that even if the one at fault is obviously the other driver, the amount of compensation he/she would offer is much lower than what you legally ought to receive. Having a Massachusetts personal injury attorney there to defend your rights and fight for your interests would be a great boon at this time. A lawyer’s skills can help motorcycle accident victims build a case that is compelling and has a chance of receiving compensation from the party responsible for the injury.

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Topamax and its various Severe and Common Side-effects

Topamax, more widely known as Topiramate, is an anticonvulsant generic medicine or drug for people suffering from migraine attacks and epileptic seizures. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and made available in 1996, it came as a very timely medication that relieved the excruciating pains brought about by migraine, as well as attacks due to epilepsy. It reduced the pain and held back seizures by controlling nerve signals and, based on the effects it had then, Topamax showed to be much more effective than any other brand.

Its efficacy made it the top choice of both doctors and patients, including pregnant women. Not long after, though, stories about the drug’s severe side effects, most serious on unborn children, began to be recorded. The website of Williams Kherkher explains that the three widespread side-effects identified with Topamax are cleft palate, cleft lip, and hypospadias, a flaw that puts the urethra at the underside of the male organ; the urethra is the passageway of the urine from the bladder.

The effect on unborn children was due to women who took the drug during their pregnancy. Due to the greater harm Topamax caused, the United States Food and Drug Administration began advising doctors to issue the strictest caution to patients when prescribing the drug. A statement telling of the great risks Topamax exposed pregnant women and their unborn children to, was also released by the USFDA in March of 2011.

Besides the severe harm to unborn children, Topamax was also found to cause other, more ordinary, side effects, including nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, speech problems, coordination problems, vision and sensory distortion, difficulty with concentration and memory retention, which causes some people to experience memory recall issues, changes in taste (food and carbonated drinks), numbness and tingling, which is more commonly known as paresthesia, a numbness in the arms and /or legs which many describe as “pins and needles,” and others.

Once affected by Topamax, any deformity in the unborn child could be irreversible. Upon birth, however, surgical procedures may be performed to correct whatever the defect is. Surgery and other required treatments, though, are expensive. This is where the moral and legal obligation of the manufacturer of Topamax ought to be taken into account. Legally speaking, its manufacturers may be required to compensate those who can prove their child’s deformities were directly caused by Topamax.

Despite being effective, there are many recorded Topamax side effects and some of these are definitely serious. If you want to know what your legal rights are as a victim, going to a highly competent Topamax lawsuit attorney would be a commendable move.

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