About Workers’ Comp

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Workers Compensation | 4 comments

Accidents do happen, no matter how careful a person can be. And when they do, almost every employee worry about how they can cover for the cost of medications and loss of salary due to rehabilitation after the accident. Don’t worry, because the law states that each employee are covered by the workers compensation.

What is Workers Compensation?

Workers compensation, also called workers comp, is a type of insurance system set up by the state to protect the employees in cases of workplace injuries. It is required by law that employees are to participate in workers compensation, and when they do, the employees forfeit their option to sue their employee for workplace injuries.

Once a company has failed to carry the workers comp benefits, or otherwise follow a regulation of the state regarding these benefits, the company can be vulnerable to paying these compensations from their own pockets, or they can be subject to penalties imposed by the state.

What Are Important Things You Need to Know?

It is vital to file a claim for workers compensation immediately after you have been injured, regardless of whether it is a temporary or permanent injury. It is typically 30 days after the injury or illness began that the claim can be viewed as valid.

If you have questions about your compensation or benefits, or just any inquiries that you would like to clear up, you can contact the Workers’ Compensation Board of your state, or the Department of Labor or the Social Security Administration. They can also help you in filing a claim.

Try asking what your company’s insurance coverage can provide, and compute the benefits you will receive if you get injured in your job. If you think that what you will receive will not be enough to maintain your lifestyle, consider purchasing a personal disability insurance or a supplemental coverage. Don’t wait until you get injured on the job.

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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Cosmetic Surgery | 0 comments

When people say it is always better to age gracefully, many people believe that it involves maintaining a youthful appearance. Not everyone is comfortable when they see the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, crow’s feet, and other common issues. For this reason, Botox has become an increasingly popular cosmetic option for many people.

Botox is just one of the many names given to the neurotoxin botulinum toxin, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used in both cosmetic and non-cosmetic medical procedures. For cosmetic procedures, they are mainly applied for wrinkles, lazy eye, glabellar lines (or severe brow furrows), and other facial creases. For non-cosmetic purposes, they are used to treat chronic pain, excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis), neuropathy, and other health problems.

The way Botox works is by relaxing the contraction of the muscles through the blocking of nerve impulses. They also work by weakening or paralyzing particular muscles. When the muscles no longer contract, they can relax and soften. Once administered, the effects can last from three to six months. For cosmetic procedures, they are very easy to administer – the neurotoxin is injected using a very fine needle to avoid any discomfort, and they only take a few minutes. To minimize bruising, patients are advised to stop taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks prior to the procedure, and to not use alcohol at least a week before the treatment.

There are also documented side effects from Botox, and these include headaches, symptoms of flu, nausea, blepharoptosis (drooping of eyelids), indigestion, and the usual temporary bruising. Doctors also found that men need higher doses of Botox as compared to women. Because of the temporary results of this procedure, many people have developed a dependence and addiction to it. It is best, therefore, to have experienced medical supervision when undergoing this procedure.

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Dangers of Riding in the Rain

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Motorcycle Accident | 1 comment

As more and more people are getting into the enjoyment of riding a motorcycle, the risks of being a rider has become more and more apparent because of the many accidents that occur. Motorcycle riding certainly has their risks and dangers, but it’s the same as driving any type of vehicle. Knowing how to prevent a motorcycle accident is the best way to protect yourself.

One the most dangerous factor that can put a rider in danger of an accident while on the road is the weather, specifically rainy weather. You can’t really avoid riding in the rain while you are on the road, but this experience does not have to be a negative one.

First thing to keep in mind when riding in the rain is the rain gear. Riders should always have it with them, just in case the weather turns sour. Wearing just jeans and t-shirt does not protect you from rainy weather – so invest in good rain gear. Find something that has water protection properties. According to the Mokaram Law Firm, there are rain gears that are integrated in regular armored riding gears; some shops even have jackets and suits that are waterproof and heated liners that are removable.

Find boots that can withstand long and heavy rains while keeping your feet dry. While leather boots can do the job, water can still seep through after long hours of riding in the rain. Find boots that can last at least 12 hours of rain, but also find something comfortable for you. And lastly, the problem of fogging and rain build up in the visor. For this problem there are products that you can apply on the visor of the helmet that can coat it in order to prevent it from fogging up. These products can last a whole day and are very easy to apply, plus they don’t damage the visor!

Being prepared for any type of weather is every rider’s responsibility. By having the right riding gears for the weather you can greatly increase your enjoyment while riding, as well as preventing you from being cold and uncomfortable. Being in the wrong mindset while riding the motorcycle can only put you at risk of getting into a motorcycle accident.

Here are some recommendations for protective motorcycle gear:

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The Real Experts in Custom Pool Design and Construction

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Beautiful | 0 comments

The Real Experts in Custom Pool Design and Construction

If you cannot have the time to go to an exotic island paradise for a wonderful vacation and great fun with your family or friends, then why not have an identical landscape of that paradise built right in your own backyard and get the chance to enjoy as much as you want anytime you like? With today’s designers and builders of custom pools the chance of having your dream pool and a really beautiful landscape within your property is very much within your reach.

Whether you need a new pool built or an old pool and your backyard renovated, you will surely love the outcome of the pool project these expert builders will do for you. You can also rest assured that every project they accept, they accomplish with guaranteed workmanship and a high level of efficiency that will save property owners, like you, time and money. The projects are also well constructed that whatever is built, whether a perfectly beautiful pool, a magnificent landscape or outdoor fixtures like fire pits / fireplaces, pergolas, outdoor kitchens or gazebos, would require low-maintenance and would undoubtedly be the envy of your neighbors and friends.

Expert custom pool designers and builders know just how essential relaxation is for hard workers like you; they likewise understand how important having quality time with your family or being able to spend great time with your peers is. Thus, the pool that will be built or renovated, as well as all other fixtures, will be according to your specifications and chosen design.

However, just to make sure that you never end up contacting just any pool builder, make sure that the one you contact has a workforce that is highly-skilled and stable, offers an “owner supervised construction” and has a certified engineer for a designer to make sure that your pool, besides providing real comfort and beauty, would function perfectly and be without flaws that can cause swimming pool injuries. Injuries incurred from poorly designed swimming pools may be someone else’s fault. In this case, it is important to hold the responsible party accountable and pursue financial compensation for your injuries.

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A Trick of the Light! Improving Your Photographs through Better Lighting

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Lighting, Pictures | 2 comments

Good photography is complex and intricate. Photographers make a great deal of considerations that go completely unnoticed by the untrained eye. Decisions about which type of lens to use and how to compose or frame the shot can make a huge difference in whether the photo turns out flattering or not. Another aspect of photography that can have a major impact on how the finished product turns out is its lighting.

Lighting is incredibly important for a photographer. After all, the word “photography” itself comes from the Greek words for “light” and “drawing.” This should give you a picture of how crucial it is for a photographer to master lighting.

how lighting can improve a photograph

One of the first concepts of lighting to examine is the role the light’s distance plays in how it falls on the photograph’s subject. The closer a light source is to the subject, the more broad the lighting will be. Broader lighting scatters across the subject more, reducing the appearance of shadows. Having the light further away makes it more narrow. Narrow lighting doesn’t scatter across the subject as well, leaving darkness in the picture that can be used to create contrast.

There are a lot of ways to manipulate lighting to create the exact contrast between it and shadows you want. Experiment with diffusing it through a transparent medium or reflecting it off of mirrors to create different effects. Bettering your understanding of lighting can lead to obvious improvements in your photographs.

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How Do Lenses Work?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Lenses | 0 comments

adjustable focus lensHaving the right tools is an important aspect of getting a job done correctly. As a sculptor cannot be expected chisel a masterpiece with dull implements, so too does a photographer need to have the correct lens for the occasion. The difficult part is understanding the wide variety of lenses available and how they each fit into the photographer’s toolkit.

Lenses are set apart by what is called their “focal length.” This is a rather complicated concept that centers on how a lens reflects the light that goes into it towards a focal point. A longer distance between the lens and the focal point means a greater focal length.

A lens’s focal length makes a huge difference in how a camera will photograph. Taking a picture of a stationary object with a stationary camera can illustrate the difference that focal length can have on a photograph. Essentially, the subject of the photograph remains the same while the differences in lenses distort objects around it. Lower focal lengths create wider angles, while higher focal lengths zoom in, creating smaller viewing angles.

Focal length is one of the main deliminators between different kinds of lenses. Many lenses are adjustable between a range of focal lengths, so tinkering with this concept is usually pretty easy and entertaining. Understanding the effects of focal lengths on your photographs can go a long way towards helping you become a great photographer.

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Understanding the Rule of Thirds

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Framing | 0 comments

When you begin learning about photography (and visual composition in general), one of the first lessons is the “rule of thirds.” While it is more of a guideline rather than a hard rule that needs to be followed unwaveringly, the rule of thirds is incredibly important to master for anyone who hopes to take professional-grade photographs.

The rule of thirds is rather simple. When framing a shot, imagine the image having a “tic-tac-toe” grid over it. That is, two vertical lines equally distant from the edge as well as two similar horizontal lines. These lines and where they intersect are important guides and experimenting with where your photograph’s subject lies upon them can improve your photography skills dramatically.

The idea is to have important aspects of a photograph lie upon these lines, especially at their intersections. This is because the human eye has a natural tendency to be drawn to those parts of an image. For example, it is almost always a good idea to put a photograph’s horizon exactly on one of the horizontal lines. For images focusing on the sky, such as a picture of a sunset, the horizon should go along the bottom horizontal line to emphasize that the sky is the main area of the photograph.

One strong effect can be putting a person’s  body along a vertical line, with their face at one of the upper intersections. Take a look at this article to see the effects that good and poor use of the rule of thirds can have on your photographs and then experiment on your own to see what works best for you!

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