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Anyone Buy a Bad Part from a Bike Shop?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017

Has anyone else heard recently about issues involving a local business selling defective motorcycle parts?

Annoyingly, I can’t really get into specifics because there’s a potential lawsuit over the issue coming up. Selling defective motorcycle parts is, of course, pretty illegal, and there may be a big issue made of this going forward. When you see an article about it in the paper, you’ll be able to connect the dots yourself.

For now, though, anybody who already knows what I’m talking about should message me and give me your stories.

How I got involved was through a friend. My bike had an issue, and I went and got it serviced at this place. Again, sorry for being vague, I don’t want to give any specifics that could lead back to the actual store. The very next time I got on my bike, the engine gave out on the highway and I nearly got into a crash. When I took the bike back to where I bought the parts, they accused me of installing them wrong (not at all likely) and then said it was probably some other unrelated issue and tried to sell me more parts. Finally, only after a very long hour I spent complaining, and after several customers had been chased out by the argument did the guy finally offer me a refund. It was a partial refund, by the way, not even the full price.

My friend then told me that there’s a reputation about this place and several other bikers had had similar experiences. One had even ended up in the hospital. After thanking him for telling me all this too late, I got in contact with a few other bikers who had had this problem, and we’ve decided to look into potential lawsuits.

After talking to a  lawyer, we were told to gather as much evidence as possible. You know, proof that we purchased the parts there, evidence it was those particular parts that caused the problem. That second point is an issue because we need an unbiased mechanic to prove that. Since most bikers I know do their own repairs, this can be a problem. My bike got serviced because I contacted the lawyer in time, but other bikers already fixed their bikes ages ago.

So we need more people to come forward who might have taken their bikes to mechanics who can say that the recently purchased parts were the issue. Anyone who has had these problems, please come forward. I don’t want to wave money in front of you, but there could be compensation at the end of this. More importantly, other bikers will keep going to this place, and the next one might not be as lucky as the rest of us have been. This is a pretty serious issue, so please, come forward so we can bust this guy and make sure bikers are getting safe parts from now on.

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The Future of Freights

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017

Many of us are familiar with the new ridesharing sensation that is Uber. This has lead to many similar services for other things, like grocery shopping and even dining out. The world is practically begging for expansion in this industry, where services can be obtained through the literal push of a button, and taxi and delivery drivers are feeling the sting. According to an article in The Atlantic, Uber is adding one more market to the list as they take on the trucking industry before self-driving trucks can take those jobs first. The development of this new app, called “Uber Freight” is meant to connect truck drivers to those seeking them. 

Freight factoring has been around for quite some time now, but Uber seems like the next logical company to take on the task. This is a business to business prospect, unlike Uber’s ridesharing model, so many people are speculating how well Uber will pick up the new dynamics. Many truckers are self-employed or are members of small companies, and the industry already has a status quo, so to speak. Unlike in ridesharing, Uber will not be able to bring more drivers into the market, and it’s unlikely that the dynamics will change with their presence. 

Uber’s attempt to join this industry is a thinly-veiled attempt to make up for their financially detrimental year. Drivers and riders alike have joined voices to express their distaste with the company’s culture, which is both sexist and often dangerous, which led to a decrease in patrons. There were investigations against the company that cost them serious amounts of money. Uber is now trying to make up for this and make a more positive splash in the trucking industry. They plan to start in Texas, where the industry is extremely active, and they hope to work with self-driving trucks. The “Golden Triangle” of Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio could present them with an excellent opportunity, where they say they’ll create openings for diverse businesses. The company hopes to take at least 10% of the country’s freight business and increase satisfaction with freight factoring from all angles by streamlining and improving the payment process.

Uber continues to face the backlash from amidst their ridesharing community, and they hope to rebrand using the trucking industry. However, it does seem to be of great importance to them that they keep their name and give it a more positive environment instead of starting from scratch. These careful considerations before launch have proven their dedication to this rebranding attempt, but the industry is extremely close-knit, and it will be difficult for the company to break through. Their chances would perhaps be better if they simply focused on improving their current product. They have a long road ahead of them, and it’ll be something to watch—wheather they can stick it out in the trucking industry or they need to go back to ridesharing.

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Sleep Apnead Therapy

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017

Although sleep apnea more regularly affects overweight, adult males over 40, anyone can suffer from it. The symptoms include

  • Loud and disruptive snoring
  • Inability to sleep through the night
  • Waking gasping for air
  • Fatigue during the day

The two types of sleep apnea are Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which occurs when a blockage is caught in the airway and prevents the passage of air, and Central Sleep Apnea, which occurs when the brain fails to signal the body to keep breathing while asleep. The former is more common of the two; doctors trace it back to obesity and smaller airways than normal restricting proper airflow. A malfunction in the brain causes the latter; this type is far more difficult to treat.

Sleep apnea treatment is available, and since the problems it can cause are far more dangerous than small disturbances in sleep, the victim of the illness should seek the treatment immediately, not only for themselves, but for their loved ones that hate to see them suffer as well.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to depression and death in worst cases. Not getting regular sleep will likely lead to the victim dreading the mornings and then plague their days with fatigue. Their regular wakes during the night from lack of oxygen will also likely lead to inadvertently waking their partner from their sleep because of the coughing and rough movement. In some cases, the victim can die from suffocation because they could not wake up in time to catch their breath.

Sleep apnea is a deadly illness that affects all parties involved. Do not hesitate to ask for help.

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Outsourcing Opens New Opportunities for Filipinos

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017

When you say outsourcing, India is one of the first things that come to mind. But recently, India is experiencing a rapid growth in salaries, and companies are responding by looking at other countries for outsourcing.

So they discover the Philippines, a country that has a huge English speaking work force that is familiar with the Western lifestyle. In its history, the Philippines has been under Spanish and American rule, and the cultures of its former rulers are still deeply embedded to Philippine society until today. This makes the country very qualified for outsourcing.

But the best thing that makes the country a perfect candidate for outsourcing is the cheap labor costs. The minimum wage in the country is about $8, which is roughly a fraction compared to other countries. Even employees with college degrees can be employed for about $300 dollars a month, and that can be a dream come true for companies looking for outsourcing.

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This cheap labor cost doesn’t translate to an advantageous and parasitic situation. In fact, the business process outsourcing sector has matured enough in the Philippines that it has become a big driving force in the economy.

Since the country has a population of over 100 million, competition for jobs is becoming more serious. Outsourcing gives additional job opportunities for the people of the Philippines.

Look at how BPO companies across the country help the people not only in the financial sense, but also in the sense of fulfillment that they are doing something that matter. The Philippines offshore workers at the Pinoy Partners Outsourcing Center provide web and IT services, business support, and creative services across the globe.

The country has a generally weak economy and a relatively big population, so these web and IT professionals, business support experts, and creative minds could end up not utilizing their skills because of tight job competitions. But thanks to outsourcing, these talents will have more options to maximize their potential.

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Waxing is the Better Choice

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017

There are many reasons why we remove hair. Maybe the hair is unsightly. Maybe it is uncomfortable. Maybe hairless and flawless skin boosts our confidence. So we shave, wax, or undergo a laser hair removal procedure to get rid of all those unwanted hairs in different areas of our bodies.

There are two important things you need to determine in choosing a hair removal procedure. First is how simple the procedure is and how safe your body can be from risks such as cuts and skin irritations. Second is how the procedure can be sustainable, affordable, and longer lasting.

Shaving can be a hassle because it takes a lot of time, not to mention that it can lead to unwanted cuts. Not everyone can afford a laser hair removal procedure. So, this leaves us in the middle ground and the better choice in the array of medical spa services – waxing.

Waxing is simplest

Some may argue that shaving is the simplest of all hair removal procedures, but it is never simple to use a piece of metal that can harm you. You have to know the proper angles in using the razor, and the proper shaving motion to prevent unnecessary damages in your skin. In waxing, you just apply the wax and remove it with a cloth or paper strip. It is not pain-free, but at least the pain goes away faster than a cut.

Waxing is long-lasting without the hassle

In the waxing procedure, the hair is ruthlessly uprooted. This damages the hair follicles in the waxed area. By continuously doing this, the roots can get permanent damage and stop growing hair entirely. This saves you from permanent hair reduction procedures such as laser hair removal, which has the tendency to be painful and expensive.

Waxing is also obviously longer lasting compared to shaving. Shaving just chips the hair from the surface of the skin, so the hair grows faster.

Waxing as the Middle Ground

When looking at mere results alone, maybe waxing is not the best choice. After all, a laser hair removal procedure promises a longer lasting form of hair reduction. But in comparing pain, financial costs, and chances of success, it is understandable if waxing is preferred. This puts waxing in the middle ground. It is not complicated, and it delivers long-lasting results that are almost comparable to permanent solutions such as laser hair removal procedures.

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Morcellators and PCBs as Dangerous Products

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017

When a manufacturer or seller uses a product on a consumer or places a product into the hand of a consumer, it can be held accountable if the product ends up putting the consumer in danger. This is called product liability.

In the United States, dangerous products are causing thousands of injuries every year. They may be because of defects, unavoidably unsafe products, and recent studies that may deem the products unsafe.

One such example is the use of morcellators in hysterectomy or myomectomy to remove fibroids or other noncancerous growths. A study has claimed that there is a correlation between the use of morcellators and cancer growth, prompting Johnson & Johnson to pull out morcellators in hospitals.

According to an article in the website of the morcellator mass tort lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher, there are active lawsuits regarding this issue, proving that the misuse of morcellators can be a serious threat.

Another serious threat is PCB, a kind of toxic chemical usually found in construction materials and electrical components. The production of PCB has been banned in the late 1970’s, after it has been determined that exposure to the chemical can be dangerous.

Since these compounds don’t easily degrade, there is a big chance that they remain and assimilate to the environment and become carcinogens for both animals and humans. Because of this reason, you may be surrounded by materials right now that have PCBs.

These materials are not just in the natural environment like soil and water, because they can also be found inside electrical transformers, mixed with paint and adhesive in doors and windows, and industrial sites. Exposure to these cancer-causing products easily warrants getting a PCB lawsuit lawyer.

Morcellators and PCBs are just some examples on how dangerous products can affect your life. What makes them even worse is the fact that another party can be responsible for something as serious as cancer.

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Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017

Nursing homes are there to provide care for those who need it in a continuous basis. They should be safe havens for the elderly and the disabled, especially if those patients are your beloved family members.

Deciding to put a family member in a nursing home can be difficult. You have a lot of things in your mind already, like how putting a loved one in a nursing home can be a form of separation and how this separation can have a physical and emotional toll on you. You don’t want to stress yourself from other factors, but the reality is, those factors exist, and they make the decision even more difficult.

It is a given that a nursing home should have the manpower with medical skills and the facilities in order to practice those skills. But there is a factor that is far deeper than that. What if your loved one is susceptible to physical abuse inside the nursing home?

According to the website of Orangeburg County nursing home abuse attorneys of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, nursing home negligence can take many forms, like malnutrition, bed sores, theft and fraud, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and of course, physical abuse.

Physical abuse can result into injuries and mental trauma, and those are the last things you want for your loved ones when you put them in a nursing home. The site states that physical abuse can take on many forms as well. These include excessive force, overuse of restraints, battery, withholding of prescribed medication, and administration of prohibited medication.

Most of these practices are done by the nursing home employees to make it easier to subdue your loved ones. Taking care of an elderly or a disabled person can be a hard task, but it does not mean that the employees have the right to use abusive behavior.

Frankly, it is shameful that the possibility of physical abuse can be a big factor in your decision of whether you should put your beloved family member in a nursing home or not.

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Negligence in Traffic Accidents

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017

Moving in traffic can be very dangerous. Because of the movement of fast vehicles, especially in freeways, it only takes one second of a mistake for an accident to occur.

According to the website of Houston injury attorneys of Williams Kherkher, more than 2 million auto accidents happen in the United States every year. Many are left injured, dead, and with extremely high medical bills. Some of the incidents involve driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driver fatigue, driver distraction, recklessness, and other dangerous driving conditions. Thus, it is fair to say that negligence can be a big factor in traffic accidents as well.

A New York Post article from December 4, 2016 can be seen as an example. The article said that an SUV crashed into a wall in Queens, resulting into the death of its driver and injury of its passenger. It was determined that the vehicle had been speeding.
Aside from negligence, auto defects can also be factors in a traffic accident. According to the website of Fort Smith personal injury lawyers, auto defects include but are not limited to tire blowouts, defective airbags, brake defects, seat belt defects, and defective child car seats.

A news article from the website The Eagle said that a woman had been killed on October 28, 2016 after a tire blowout. The woman was traveling northbound in a pickup truck on Texas 6 when the back left tire of the pickup suddenly blew, causing the truck to veer into the southbound lane and collide with an oncoming vehicle. The woman and her dog ended up dead, while the occupant of the other vehicle was transported to a hospital because of unspecified injuries.

When you look at it, auto defects can also be a form of negligence, on the part of the manufacturers, retailers, and installers, who failed to ensure that their products are safe. In the case of tire blowouts, it may be caused by dangerous tire designs, lack of repairs, ineffective repairs, poor manufacturing, and incorrect installations.

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Personal Injury in Construction Sites

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

Personal injury is a legal term that refers to the damages done to the body, mind, and emotions of a party. Many personal injury cases involve the negligence of another party, such as in traffic accidents and animal or pet attacks.

Personal injury cases are at their worst when the economy is already involved, because in one way or another the incidents affect us all. Some examples include product liability, medical malpractice, and construction site accidents.

Construction is an important part of the economy because it employs a lot of people. But we cannot deny the risks of working on construction sites. Just as the website of New York City personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP said, the diligence of managers, employees, and anyone who provides equipment for the project is a must, because it only takes one negligent incident from one of these people for a personal injury to occur.

Aside from the damages to the body, mind, and emotions, the victim will also be struggling from costly medical bills and other losses.

According to an informative article on the website of Ravid & Associates, P.C., construction site accidents involve but are not limited to equipment malfunction, owner negligence, slip and fall, exposure to toxic substances, head and brain injuries, and wrongful death. The negligent party can be held liable for the damages.

Those who are involved in the construction itself are not just the ones who are in danger. Even the innocent people in the vicinity of a site can be injured or killed. According to a February 5, 2016 article from the New York Times, a man walking in Lower Manhattan was killed by a falling crane.

This raises another problem. If the personal injury victim is a worker in the construction, he may have claims for workers’ compensation, but if the victim is not a worker he will be looking for other avenues where he can get compensation from the negligent party.

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