Raves About Ireland

I found this great collection of reasons why Americans love Ireland – just wanted to share.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/i-love-ireland-because-americans-explain-why-ireland-is-magic-132372238-237763841.html

Ireland

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Ireland: It has Castles

Ireland is a beautiful place. Rolling green hills, shamrock fields, and castles?! Yes, Ireland is home to tons of gorgeous castles.

Nestled into the Irish countryside, many castles were once strongholds for royalty and other high ranking families in the feudal days. Even today, castles continue to be structural marvels, amazing tourists and locals alike with their towers and high walls. Their construction was toilsome and complicated, but absolutely worth the effort. Observe:

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Debt Negotiation

Money is serious business, and having a lot of debt can also mean being in a very serious predicament. However, there is one truth in the business world: everything is negotiable. When it comes to settling debts, bankruptcy may seem like a good option, but it is not always the best. Debt negotiation can help in ironing out the creases of money issues without having to have your credit records suffer from a bad rep.

Debt negotiation is the process where either you or another party tries to have the creditors accept a lower amount of debt in order to settle your debt obligations. There are companies that offer debt negotiation at a certain fee. Through debt negotiation, late fees, interest as well as over-limit fees can be waived and a good percent of your outstanding balance can be reduced. A lot of people having debt issues find debt negotiation very beneficial.

One reason why debt negotiation is popular is you are given the freedom to decide the terms of the settlement, giving you the option of how much you can pay in every month and the time you want the end the debt. With its flexible payment options, you have smaller repayment terms, allowing you financial independence in a shorter time. It also encourages you to modify payments in cases of sudden unemployment or salary increase.

Agreeing to have debt negotiation can free you from harassment from your creditors. You have the peace of mind that you are paying for your debt and are not hassled with dealing with the creditors directly. Also, you have to make one payment, rather than to multiple ones. You can also have the option of choosing which account to close and which ones to keep open.

Choosing the right debt negotiator is vital in settling debts: there are many companies that do not keep up with their promises. Although there are many controversies that surround debt negotiation, it is still a reasonable option in settling debts.

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Ways to Take Fosamax

Fosamax is a brand name for alendronate, a group of bisphosphonates used to help in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Fosamax, being a bisphosphonates, works by preventing the breakage of bones while increasing bone density. It is doctor-prescribed, and should be taken as directed by the doctor to lower the chances of developing side effects or complications.

There are certain procedures or instructions that should be followed when taking Fosamax. First, Fosamax should be taken as directed by your doctor; your doctor can prescribed Fosamax to be taken either daily or once a week, thus it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions. If the instructions are to take it once a week, make sure to take it on the same days of the week, and it should always be taken first thing in the morning.

Because Fosamax can interact with foods and other medications and alter its effectiveness, doctors usually advise patients to take it after they have woken up, and to keep upright (whether walking, standing or sitting up) for at least 30 minutes to avoid damaging the stomach or esophagus. Fosamax can be a strong medication that can cause ulcers or irritation in these areas.

Patients should swallow the pill whole, with full glass of plain water: it should never be sucked, crushed, or chewed. After your Fosamax intake, be sure to not eat or drink anything (although plain water is permitted) and wait at least 30 minutes or preferably 1-2 hours to eat foods or drink any other medications. In order to ensure that Fosamax is completely absorbed by the body and avoid dangerous drug interactions, try taking other medications on other times of the day, or talk with your doctor about doses.

Most doctors advise their patient to stop taking Fosamax after 5 years, as continuing bisphosphonate intake can have adverse effects on the health, especially if they are prescribed to treat osteoporosis. Because of the many complications connected with Fosamax and other bisphosphonates, it is highly urged to have a yearly check-up of bone density to make sure that they are in good shape and far from any other dangers.

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Measles Outbreak

A measles outbreak at Eagle Mountain International Church in Texas has infected 21 people. The church previously urged members to “first seek the wisdom of God [and then] appropriate medical attention from a professional,” but is now running vaccination clinics since the outbreak began on August 14th. The church pastor is encouraging members who have not been vaccinated yet to do so now. The outbreak occurred after a visitor traveled to Indonesia and spread the infection to unvaccinated members of the church. Reports say that 11 of the 16 infected people in the county where the church is located were not vaccinated, and none of the five people infected in a nearby county had been vaccinated.

Measles is highly contagious, and choosing not to be vaccinated can pose a serious risk of infection. Before a vaccine was available, there were about 3-4 million measles cases within the United States, and 500-1000 deaths. The symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, blotchy rash, conjunctivitis, runny nose, and possibly bluish-white spots inside the mouth. A typical case starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and a sore throat, and then progresses to include the white spots inside the mouth, and finally the rash.

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OSHA’s Required Scaffolding Safety Standards

Workers on construction sites are probably the ones most prone to job-related accidents due to the heavy and huge construction tools and equipment around them, as well as the great heights that they need to ascend. In fact, studies show that falls are among the four top causes of injuries in construction sites, the other three being electrocution, caught-in-between equipment and a solid object, and struck by construction equipment or vehicles.

The rapid increase in the number of high-rise constructions all across the US and the need to restore the aesthetic look of many old buildings has also given rise to the number of workers required to work around the exterior of these edifices from great heights, requiring them to work on scaffolds, sometimes daily. In fact an estimated 2.3 million individuals are said to be working on scaffolds every day, bringing danger to many lives.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is in charge of regulating and enforcing safety in the work place, set the standard on scaffold requirements back in 1971. For added safety, there are certain types of scaffolds that OSHA recognizes, which can be used depending on certain factors, like load, materials, and weather condition. These types include pole and specialty, ladder jack, mobile, suspended, tube and coupler, pump jack, and frame.

The types mentioned, however, are still exposed to collapse, especially if they have been incompetently assembled. Improper assembly is actually the most common cause of scaffolding-collapse and accident. It is, therefore, imperative that scaffolds be double-checked for proper assembly and strength before being used.

The scaffolds’ susceptibility to collapse, if coupled with disregard of OSHA’s stipulated safety standards can lead to much greater risks. The additional measures for ensured worker’s safety include scaffold safety training and incorporation of guardrails to which workers can hold onto in cases of slips.

An accidental fall may result to serious injuries that would require long-term rehabilitation and costly medical treatment. To make sure that you get the justice that is due you in case of a fall, make sure that you get represented by a highly skilled and determined lawyer who understands your situation and is determined to fight for your rights.

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Preventing Strokes through Timely and Proper Treatment

One truly inspiring story on stroke concerns a three-day old child who had a sudden seizure while at a pediatrician’s office during a routine check-up. The seizure caused the baby’s knees to jerk up towards her chest, her head to turn sharply to her right, her small eyes to roll back and her skin to turn to blue. CPR was performed on her and, as soon as she began to breathe again, she was treated with an intravenous line before the ambulance team that rushed her to a hospital’s emergency room arrived.

The baby suffered two more seizures that same day and though she made it through the ordeal, the seizures were more than enough to damage parts of her brain, causing her holistic development to be affected. The cause of the seizures, which were identified as ischemic stroke (a stroke caused by an obstruction within the blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain) was later determined to be a clot in the blood vessel. What followed was months of anti-seizure medication, appointments with doctors and treatment by therapists. Today, 6 years after the seizures nearly claimed her life in 2007, the child has become an embodiment of strength, determination, kindness, beauty and, most of all, happiness, despite struggling everyday in performance of even the simplest activities, like climbing the stairs.

A stroke, or brain attack, which is the fourth leading cause of death in the US (after heart attack and cancer), is a very serious medical condition; it deprives the brain of the oxygen it needs, causing the brain cells to die. If not given proper and timely treatment, it can end in disability, permanent brain damage or death.

The sooner the stroke is diagnosed and the patient given proper, timely treatment, the patient can be saved from life-long disabilities. Many doctors and emergency room staff often fail to diagnose strokes, though, as their symptoms are interpreted as signs of other illnesses.

A really informative article from the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, a law firm in Massachusetts, states that some of the common symptoms of stroke include headache, neck pain, weakness, vision changes and the most obvious, the transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or mini-strokes. More accurately, these “sudden” symptoms are numbness in the face, arm or leg, speech trouble, loss of balance or coordination and dizziness, unexplained severe headache.

The US Food and Drug Administration, the American Heart Association, and the American Stroke Association state that to effectively treat stroke patients and enable them to fully recover, they ought to be treated with the clot busting drug, the tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), within three hours of the start of stroke symptoms.

Any failure by any emergency room staff or doctor to recognize a stroke and give appropriate treatment is nothing less than medical malpractice. Families of medical malpractice victims ought to contact a medical malpractice lawyer immediately to know what the victim’s rights are and to obtain for him/her whatever compensation that he or she legally deserves.

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Car Accident Liability Even if You Don’t Drive

It will not matter if a bar or tavern owner does not drive; he or she could still have car accident liability for injuries to a third party in a drunk-driving accident in Iowa. This is due to Iowa Code 123.92 Civil Liability for Dispensing or Sale and Service of Beer, Wine, Or Intoxicating Liquor (Dramshop Act) –Liability Insurance –Underage Persons.

Dram shop liability laws are not exclusive to Iowa by any means, although states with dram shop laws have different takes on various aspects of the law, including how a bar owner assesses the level of inebriation of a customer. According to the website of Des Moines law firm LaMarca Law Group, P.C., the law simply states that the bar owner or similar is liable if he or she “knew or should have known the person was intoxicated, or who sold to and served the person to a point where the licensee or permittee knew or should have known the person would become intoxicated.” In other states such as Texas, the bar owner only becomes liable when the patron is literally falling-down drunk and is still being served alcohol.

This subjectivity renders the bar owner more liable, but at the same time also opens up reasonable doubt. It can go either way depending on how the case is presented. When the dram shop statute is cited, it is important that the plaintiff or the legal representative complies with the limitation of action (Iowa Code 123.93). This is to avoid missing the window of opportunity to make those who supply drunk drivers with alcohol accountable for the consequences.

If you are planning of bringing charges against the dram shop owner for injuries you or someone close to you sustained in a drunk-driving accident, employ the services of an experienced car accident liability attorney. The lawyer will know exactly what steps to take and how to properly present the facts to convince a jury of the defendant’s car accident liability.

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Causes of Crane Accidents

Crane accidents usually involve fatalities because it is usually heavy and works at height, a deadly combination. Cranes are normally used to lift heavy loads, so the forces that act on it are exacerbated by the sheer weight involved. The use of cranes presents serious safety issues for those working in construction and related industries. A recent accident with a crane in New Jersey resulted in one fatality, an employee of the refrigeration company tasked to move a refrigeration unit from a hospital’s roof. The unit was not properly secured to the crane and fell on the unsuspecting employee.

Those who work with or around cranes know that the risks of an accident are high but when it happens, it can still be horrendously traumatic. This is even truer for those who are innocent victims, such as the man killed in his condo in Bellevue, WA when a crane toppled into it in November 2006. The crane was not even being operated at that time.

Crane accidents are often due to structural or mechanical failures, although the most famous case involving “Big Blue” in 1999 was attributed to high winds. In cases that does not involve acts of nature, the liability for injuries and fatalities are not always clear-cut. Depending on the circumstances and the results of the investigations, a case could go through an entire range of personal injury claims. Since the burden of proof usually lies with the plaintiffs in any personal injury lawsuit, establishing negligence to the satisfaction of the civil courts can be highly complex and frustrating for the uninitiated.

Finding someone to blame is the natural reaction to preventable crane accidents, but what is more important is to make the ones responsible pay for their recklessness or negligence. To do this with any degree of success, one needs to consult with a law firm experienced in pursuing personal injury or wrongful death claims in crane accidents. These law firms will have the right contacts and resources which will make it easier to establish fault.

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Essential Factors when Appealing for a Long Term Disability Claim

Long term disability due either to illness or injury can have a devastating effect on the financial life of a struggling family. Quite too often the disability benefit applied for by many individuals are turned down by insurance providers. The usual reason for such denial, as stated on the website of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., is strictly technical, though, and not because of ineligibility; that is, improper filing of application or missing a signature or skipping a box when filling out an application paper – these errors sometimes happen because disability insurance policies are long and complex documents that can confuse applicants.

However, there are also reported instances when applicants are judged not qualified or, if approved, are awarded small payments. If long term benefits are meant to compensate for salary losses, then being awarded a small amount would never suffice for medical treatment alone, let alone the family’s daily expenses.

Many insurance providers resort to finding faults in applications aggressively and then deny claims or award small benefits to ensure increase in their profit. Besides using the guise of technical or paperwork issues, these providers also resort to other tactics to make denials appear legitimate, tactics like, misclassification of injuries, undue termination of the policy and delay in the approval and/or release of benefit.

Legal experts call denials of benefit as “insurance bad faith,” which is a breach of the contract that providers, themselves, made and which they signed with the policy holder. If an insurance company, though, denies any long term disability benefits claim, then the applicant must be allowed to a full and fair examination of the denied claim, as well as to appeal the decision.

An appeal is a formal petition that asks for a re-assessment of an unfavorable decision (like a denial, termination or reduction of benefits) made by an insurer. To avoid losing an appeal, some important factors that claimants ought to consider are:

  1. Preparation of relevant documents like medical record, medical expert opinion, letters from employer, medical abstract and photographs
  2. Awareness and readiness to argue against an insurer’s inadequate in-house medical review, misrepresentation or misuse of evidence
  3. Filing the appeal before the set deadline

Equally important as those above is having a highly-skilled and determined legal counsel who will represent you and fight for your rights throughout the appeals process. A less qualified lawyer may cost applicants the long term disability appeals they have worked hard to prepare for.

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