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The Happiest Place on Earth?

Posted by on May 1, 2019 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Amusement parks are supposed to be the happiest places on the planet. Everything from the pavement to the paint is designed to spark joy in the hearts and minds of children. A great amusement park will at least entertain parents and adults, too.

The real world almost ceases to exist when you are in the boundaries of an amusement park. Time and perception are affected by a couple of days consisting of tasty food and visiting characters from your favorite movies and TV shows. However, for some families, the perfect trip can come to a horrific conclusion.

I did some research on amusement park injuries and fatalities recently. I found a reputable website for the law firm Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP and discovered many people tragically suffer from pain and suffering caused by an injury incurred at an amusement park.

Amusement parks are potentially hazardous for a lot of reasons. The majority of the time in an amusement park, there is a disproportionate amount of small children around. That in of itself poses a risk because small children are clumsy and make decisions without minding any potential dangers.

While parents can keep a close eye on children, with such a chaotic environment and so many potential missteps, it is hard to guarantee any modicum of safety at an amusement park for small children. And that is ignoring the risks of kidnapping or other dangers involving intentionally malicious actions from other people.

Meanwhile, there are a plethora of other risks. We have all read or seen stories of people dying on amusement park rides. That is not to say that roller coasters or park rides are inherently dangerous. Overwhelmingly, most people on rides enjoy the experience and are safe.

But accidents happen. And when accidents happen on amusement park rides, they can be particularly gruesome. I will spare you the worst details, but it is safe to say that there are countless stories of people incurring head injuries, losing limbs, and even dying from a faultily-maintained coaster. In other cases, the injured was responsible for not adhering to safety guidelines.

There are other instances, of course, of amusement park injuries. But broadly speaking, most injuries take place due to complications while on a park ride or from something like a slip and fall — an environmental hazard not unique to amusement parks.

If a restaurant inside a park doesn’t take care of a spill in a reasonable time, it can lead to terrible accidents. Don’t be fooled by the big powerful names of an amusement park, these cases can be litigated like a regular personal injury case!

Everyone deserves happy and restful vacations. Just because yours was interrupted by an accident or injury doesn’t mean your life is over. There are options for you to litigate and hold the amusement park responsible for your pain. If you live in Lexington and have been injured, you should probably speak with reputable attorneys like the ones from Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP. They can look at your injury from an amusement park accident and make sure you get the justice you deserve.

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Hair Care Is Becoming Hair Comfort

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Hair Therapy | 0 comments

For some people, getting a haircut can seem like a real pain. There’s the sitting around, the nervousness the barber or stylist won’t get the cut right, and a general sense of discomfort in the process. Some clever stylists around the country are starting to realize that the feeling that getting a cut is an uncomfortable process is keeping many people away and cutting down on business. That’s why there’s been a remarkable move among stylists to start making the haircut experience more than just a chance to get a good ‘do: it’s a chance to relax and pamper yourself.

These stylists make a point of providing more than just a couple chairs and a TV where people can wait for their appointment to get a trim. They provide a sense of comfort and fun that makes it a joy to walk in the door.

Take, for example, Therapy Hair Studio in Houston. They provide a relaxing location and expert stylists, but they go beyond these basics. They also serve their customers champagne, wine, hot tea, and cappuccinos, making it desirable to have a little extra time waiting to get to the actual haircut.

This focus is sure to inspire more people to take the time to actually get a good haircut. But, of course, the comfort has to be paired with good results. People can get coffee anywhere. They need to also be able to get a haircut they like to make the trip worthwhile to a salon like Therapy. (Therapy, by the way, does that as well, with some of the most acclaimed stylists in Houston.)

When a salon gets this balance right, though, this combination of pleasure and styling opens the doors for other kinds of business as well. For instance, it makes it possible to service whole bridal parties. Brides and bridesmaids want to get their hair perfect for the big event, and when you can combine the styling with champagne, you’re sure to get far more parties interested in booking appointments.

This brings up an interesting question about the future of hair salons and barbershops – namely, can the traditional, no-frills locations survive long if these trends continue to take off? Why would you settle for a plain haircut when you can get an expert look and a glass of wine to boot next door?

The more places like Therapy flourish, the more others will have to follow along and adapt, or else, watch their business slowly disappear.

There’s a lot of charm in a classic salon, but it’s hard to beat the offer of a better stylist, a more comfortable location, and the chance to sit back, enjoy a couple drinks, and generally enjoy yourself more.

It’s likely, then, that places like Therapy won’t just attract the haircut reticent or the big bridal parties. It’s likely they’ll start attracting all the haircut business over time. That puts other salons in a difficult position: either find a way to provide more comfort, or look for a new business.

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Why do we care so much about hair?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in Hair Therapy | 0 comments

Almost everyone needs a haircut now and again. Other than the few absolutely hair free individuals out there, people have to get a trim. That simple fact of life doesn’t end there, of course, because our modern society is obsessed with what we do with that trimming. The plethora of styles out there speaks to this obsession. Your hair says so much about who you are, whether you’re a punk, straight-laced, business focused, or nostalgic for another era. But why is that?

The history of the hair salon goes back, as the term should suggest, to Paris. The first hair dresser’s name was, of all things, Champagne. In the 1600s, he moved to Paris and began dressing the hair of wealthy men in the city. With him, the industry was born.

Since then, hair styling had continued to evolve, spreading from those early days when only the richest of men had their hair done to just about every person in America and most Western countries.

Salons diversified and specialized, so that some dealt with women, some, like barbers, only with men. Some became focused on certain kinds of hair, like those for African Americans. Others specialize in certain types of cuts, like sports barbers.

Beyond that, there are even more modern developments. Some hair salons are trying to turn their business into a hybrid with luxury spas by doing things like serving their patron’s namesake, champagne, and offering other relaxing perks to attract higher prices and better clientele.

All of this is a great deal of effort and expense just to keep hair out of your eyes. Why are people willing to go to such lengths to make their hair look nice?

It seems that obsession goes all the way back to the beginning of society. Though modern hair salons started in France, hair grooming (with its important significance) appears to go back much further. Homer, the first writer in the so-called Western Canon, wrote about hairstyles way back almost three thousand years ago.

More famously, and even earlier, Egyptian pharaohs became obsessed with being completely clean-shaven head to toe, and wore wigs instead of their own hair.

Greece and Rome also had wig makers and enjoyed dying hair. Some of the ancient Greek statues, it is believed, had wildly colorful hair when depicting the gods. A look at temples in India shows this wasn’t an exclusively Western idea.

In short, we are obsessed with our hair today because humanity was always obsessed. The only that has changed now is that it isn’t only the elite who are able to make their hair stand out. The average 18-year-old has as much ability to dye their hair as a wealthy Roman did, and the salon is no longer for the richest amongst us. We can all afford to enjoy champagne’s invention every now and again.

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A Brand New Financial Start through Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Law

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Bankruptcy Laws | 0 comments

Searching for legal means to pay overwhelming debts may be a hopeless endeavor for those who are not totally aware of the existence of the bankruptcy law – the law that allows legal declaration of inability to further pay individual or business debts that have risen to an unmanageable amount. Bankruptcy is one of the best and legal solutions individuals and businesses have as the law will not only help them gain control over their finances again, it will also immediately stop any form of harassment employed by creditors or law firms (such as e-mails, phone calls, letters, text messages and lawsuits) to force debtors to pay.

Many individuals who find themselves in crushing debts make the wise decision of seeking legal counsel (business firms usually have their own lawyers to guide them through this concern). Your lawyer will first asses your financial situation and then will go on to explain to you the legal options you have to enable you to have a brand new financial start. But make sure you choose a really good bankruptcy lawyer as not all lawyers have equal expertise and exposure to bankruptcy laws and proceedings.

If you own a business, your lawyer may advise you to file for business bankruptcy that is either supported by Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy law. Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in particular, is a liquidation bankruptcy process. This is applicable to those who own properties, but whose income or salary falls with the chapter’s stipulated limit. This type of bankruptcy will require the liquidation of some of your properties, thus its definition. Your properties will be sold by a trustee, who is appointed by the court, and the amount earned will be distributed by this same trustee to your creditors in payment of your debts (debtor have the option to choose which among his/her properties would be exempt from being liquidated).

Debts are classified as either dischargeable or non-dischargeable. Dischargeable debts, which include personal or business loans, medical bills and debts resulting from credit card use, are those that the court may release you from (you need not pay); non-dischargeable debts are usually related to governmental bodies, like alimony, court fines and student loans (home mortgages may sometimes be included).

To be able to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, applicants will have to go through a means test. This test will determine, through your income, if you can seek protection from your debts using this bankruptcy law. Business firms, on the other hand, that choose to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy will be required to stop business operations, unless allowed by the appointed trustee to continue. This is because the company’s assets will need to be sold to pay (in this particular hierarchy) investors, unsecured creditors and secured creditors (a system of hierarchical payment called “absolute priority”).

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Arguments Concerning the DePuy ASR Hip System

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Personal Injury, Product Liability | 0 comments

In 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a holding company of Johnson & Johnson, recalled the widely used DePuy ASR hip implant. The recall was issued after numerous reports and lawsuits were filed against Johnson & Johnson for defective product design. Many of the recipients of a DePuy ASR hip were badly injured by the implant.

The DePuy ASR ball-and-socket technology was made of cobalt and chromium alloy. The acetabulum shell (socket) and femoral head (ball) were separated by a flimsy polyethylene liner. In many cases, this liner wore down causing the cobalt and chromium to grind against one another. Not only did the grinding pain mimic the arthritic pre-operation condition, but it also put patients at risk for blood toxicity and damaged tissue.

Lawyers representing the victims of a defective DePuy ASR Hip System have mentioned that the scraping action of the metal-on-metal implant can cause damage to the tissue surrounding the joint. This damage can become so extensive that it eventually causes the surrounding tissue to die. Additionally, the scraping of the metal can raise the amount of metal ions in the bloodstream. This alteration to blood levels can affect a patient’s ability to fight infection as well as increase the risk for blood clotting complications.

In addition to physical complications to patients, many lawyers have argued that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the defective qualities of the DePuy hip implant before releasing it for market use. Johnson & Johnson has been accused of inadequate testing, the hiding of failure complaints, and the discarding of redesign efforts. The first federal trial over the DePuy Hip System began in September of 2013. Johnson & Johnson stands to lose around $3 billion dollars if they are held liable for the full extent of the damages.

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