Beautiful Smiles 101

Posted by on Mar 10, 2019 in Dentistry | 0 comments

Last week, my daughter was talking to me about how she wanted to get her teeth whitened over the summer. She has school pictures every fall and she wants a glowing smile. I don’t blame her. Every kid wants to look their best on picture day. But I did start to wonder if there was anything I could do as a parent to help prevent teeth staining in the first place. My wife and I cook dinner for the kids just about every night. Could what we’re feeding them have anything to do with the color of their teeth? I started looking online and found some great information from the website of Babylon Dental Care. The folks at Babylon Dental Care have tons of experience with teeth whitening and maintaining healthy looking teeth.

It turns out, there are plenty of different foods that can stain your teeth. I didn’t know diet could have such a large impact on teeth health. I was always told that brushing and flossing twice a day would take care of most teeth problems, but it’s more complicated than that.

One of the biggest foods that I need to be aware of as a person is highly acidic foods. Foods with high acidity like tomatoes, lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits can wear away at the enamel in your teeth. When your enamel is worn down, it creates an environment where stains can form more easily. Plus, a dull yellowish color is what lies under your enamel. These foods cause teeth to look dull in color and can cause stains to form.

Dark fruits like blueberries and blackberries aren’t great for teeth either. These fruits stain our fingers if we pick them up, and they stain teeth in the same way very easily. These fruits are super healthy for us. They are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, so I’m not going to keep my kids away from them, I’m just going to have them drink water while they’re eating them so they can wash the juice out.

Just like dark fruits, dark wines can also stain teeth. This isn’t relevant for my kids, but it’s definitely something to think about for my wife and I. The acidity present in red and white wines alike doesn’t do our enamel any favors. The biggest drink that I need to be concerned with as a parent is soda. Soda is chock full of sugar. This sugar feeds the bacteria in our mouth and thus increasing the rate at which our enamel breaks down. Dark sodas can also contribute to stains. Too much soda can eventually lead to cavities forming.

My kids are still a bit young to be drinking coffee, but they might start enjoying some in the next couple of years. I’ll make sure to let my daughter know that coffee is one of the biggest teeth stainers out there. The dark color in coffee can seep into teeth. It’s hard to avoid it especially because we tend to drink coffee immediately after we’ve brushed our teeth in the morning.

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How Can A Brokerage Firm Trick You?

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Financial brokerage | 0 comments

Anyone who works alongside a financial advisor knows that there are inherent risks to investing. I always figured that people agreed to take on all of the associated risks when they put their money into the hands of an advisor, but it turns out that you can hold brokerage firms accountable for your losses if they are negligent in advising you properly or disclosing information to you.

Financial advisors make it seem like they have your best interests at heart. They operate on the premise that they win when you win. But the financial sector is a very complex field. There may be situations where your broker could be motivated to mishandle your money in order to make other clients profit. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you should hire claims against brokerage firms attorneys.

Stockbrokers have a responsibility to do the research and know inherent risks with every investment option they advise towards. If a stockbroker is going to advise that someone invest in the technology sector, or in recreational marijuana companies, they must know the factors at play affecting those markets. They must inform customers of all the risk factors associated with the investments in each market. Failure to do so is considered to be a general breach of fiduciary duty. It is a form of negligence on part of the stockbroker.

Sometimes brokers will partake in the practice known as churning. Churning is unethical and illegal. It occurs when a broker begins to buy and sell securities excessively with another customer’s money in order to create commissions that benefit the broker. Broker’s must have control over a customer’s account in order to partake in churning. This can be spotted when a broker starts to make frequent purchases and sales that do not match the investment goals that you agreed upon.

When a broker invests in securities that have more value than the assets in the customer’s account, this is known as trading on margin. Trading on margin puts investors at a significant risk due to the volatility of stocks and index funds. Customers can end up losing huge portions of their assets by trading on margin. The process itself is legal, but brokers must always make customers fully aware of the practice and its risk before partaking in it. If the broker does not inform customers before they trade on margins, they can be held liable for any losses they incur.

Brokers can also be sued for advising towards investments that do not match what the client has expressed a desire for. Some investors are looking to invest in high risk options, hoping to gain returns that are above average. On the other hand, some investors are looking for safe investments that generate low returns over the course of a long period of time. Stockbrokers have a duty to discuss what a customer is looking for in terms of investment. They also have a responsibility to take this into consideration and advise customers towards the investments that match these needs. A failure to do so is known as improper broker recommendations. This violates the stockbroker fiduciary duties.

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Tucson Needs to Know What Medication Errors Look Like

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Medical Issues | 0 comments

I love Tucson. It’s a vibrant city that has an incredible mix of people. There’s a wonderful college vibe to the downtown because of the university, and then there’s the more laidback, retirement vibe further north where the golf courses take over. The city has the best weather, the best food, and the right kind of attitude for any group.

But it also has a medication error problem. With a lot of young people who are inexperienced in the world mixing with a lot of more elderly people who are perhaps not as able to focus as in their younger days, there’s a lot of potential for the wrong medication to be prescribed without the person taking it realizing the problem. That’s why we all need to do a better job watching out for that event.

So, how do we do that? Well, Russo, Russo, & Slania P.C. Attorneys at Law have very helpfully laid out what major medication errors look like. They list three key signs that the medication someone is taking is the wrong one: an inability to concentrate when they were previously able to do so, a gradual decline in health that isn’t explained by other factors, a diagnosis of unexpected ailments that has no particular connection to their health otherwise.

If you are seeing those symptoms in someone taking medication, whether they’re at the University of Arizona on anti-depressants or they’re in a nursing home in Oro Valley, you need to take the proper steps to help that person return to a better medication and to better help.

How do you do that? By contacting medical professionals and perhaps a medical lawyer like those found at Russo, Russo, & Slania. This is a serious issue that requires at very least a serious medical response, and perhaps a serious legal response as well.

These steps have to be taken immediately because the results of taking the wrong medication can be dire, including everything from organ failure to seizures, and from allergic reactions to death. With such huge risks, it’s obvious why doctors and potentially lawyers have to be involved in this situation when it occurs.

I firmly believe that Tucson is the best city in America, but it is uniquely at risk for medication error problems. With so many snowbirds and college students, with such a large number of very young and very old residents, it’s easy for these problems to be missed.

All of us have to work harder to watch out for the signs listed above and to take the steps mentioned here.

We want everyone in Tucson to enjoy the city to their fullest extent. That means helping them make sure that they are taking the medication that is right for their conditions and that keeps them at their optimum health levels. Whether the mistake was accidental or intentional, we have to help make sure it is corrected before permanent damage is done.

Let’s commit to keeping Tucson a health city as well as a fun and relaxing city.

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A warning about vehicle defects

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Automotive Dangers | 0 comments

When you’re out riding in the car you just bought, you’re probably thinking all kinds of romantic thoughts: about road trips and date nights and rolling the windows down and letting the wind flow through your hair.

You probably aren’t thinking about the danger of potential automotive defects. However, along with all those wonderful, happy romantic thoughts, you probably should be.

There have been a number of highly publicized and terrifying instances of automotive defects in the news in the last few years.

In 2009, Toyota cars were found to begin accelerating on their own, which led to several deaths. In the end, the company had to recall 9 million cars. That wasn’t even the first time such a problem had occurred with a major automotive brand. A similar incident occurred with Audi in the 1980s.

Ford vehicles had a long-running problem—for six years—with fires being started by turning the ignition. Ford also had problems with its cruise control starting fires. And then, Firestone tires on the Ford Explorer at one point had a tendency to explode.

This problem can’t be avoided by avoiding Ford, nor avoiding Firestone tires, Audi, or Toyota. The truth is, all vehicles have potential issues, and it is crucial that you be aware of this and do everything in your power to check and recheck every part of your car for potential defects.

Be sure to check (or have someone else check) your airbags, seat belts, tires, and engine, since defects in these areas can often lead to injuries.

Also, be sure to check regularly for news about your vehicle. Google your make, model, and year regularly to see if anything new pops up. Additionally, be sure not to throw away any mail related to your vehicle. Read everything you get carefully. That goes for emails as well.

If you do hear about a problem, be sure to immediately take your vehicle in to get checked by a certified mechanic. If they have not heard about the defect, demand they research it or else take your vehicle to another place.

Remember, this is not just about old cars or used cars or rental cars. Many problems can occur in cars that are brand new off the lot. Just because your vehicle has 5 miles on the odometer and you’ve just pulled out of the car lot doesn’t mean there are not potential problems lurking in the engine, the tires, or the seats that could lead to injury, or even, in some cases, death.

If you already feel you’ve been a victim of a vehicle defect, make sure you get your vehicle checked immediately, and then, contact a lawyer. You may be able to sue the car company or join a class action suit.

Everyone deserves to feel safe in their vehicles, and their concerns should be about driving safely and reaching their destinations without incident with other drivers. Unfortunately, that isn’t the world we live in, and we need to be aware that the car we drive may be the biggest danger on the road.

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Construction Accidents and the New York Labor Law Statutes

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Construction Accidents | 0 comments

One of the greatest challenges that construction firms need to face today is keeping up with the demands of progress, specifically, how to accomplish so much in shorter time periods. With the designs of buildings becoming bigger, taller and more intricate, requiring workers to render longer work periods, however, often ends in situations that post threats to worker health and safety.

According to the Hach and Rose law firm, construction is a necessary but also inherently dangerous industry that can leave workers exposed to a wide variety of construction site accidents and injuries. Any failure on the part of a general contractor, property owner, or machinery manufacturer to make sure that construction sites and construction equipment are safe may result in a devastating accident that causes innocent workers undue injury. In most states in the U.S., construction workers who suffer an injury on the job may not have any legal options available to them outside of pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. However, the state of New York provides further protection for construction workers through certain New York Labor Law statutes, allowing them to pursue compensation from liable property owners or general contractors.

A regular sight in construction areas are heavy machineries, like cranes, concrete mixers, forklifts, bulldozers, loaders, caterpillars, excavators, crawlers and  road rollers. These machineries, undoubtedly, make construction tasks easier and faster to accomplish; however, due to their huge size, wrong operation or requiring an untrained or careless worker to operate any of these can result to a disabling or even fatal injury.

Milwaukee personal injury attorneys know that injuries from construction sites are usually the most serious injury cases. Every year there are thousands of construction accidents that cause serious injury and death. Legally, construction companies are required to provide safety programs and formally inspect work sites with a safety engineer, but, unfortunately, accidents still occur resulting from the inadequacy of these provisions.

The site owners, architects, insurance companies and manufacturers of equipment can all be held responsible for inadequate safety provisions when a construction site accident occurs. In addition, the general contractor and all subcontractors are also required to provide a reasonably safe site, to warn of hazards, to hire careful employees, to coordinate job safety and to supervise safety compliance.

Due to risks of accidents and injuries that construction workers are exposed to every day, the U.S. Congress passed into law (in 1970) the Occupational Safety and Health Act (or OSH Act). The Act aims to:

  • Ensure all working men and women of safe and healthful working conditions;
  • Assist and encourage the States in their efforts in ensuring safe and healthful working conditions;
  • Provide for information, education, research and training in the area of occupational safety and health; and,
  • Authorize enforcement of the standards developed under the Act. Enforcement of these standards has been delegated by OSH Act to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which was created in 1971.

Despite OSHA’s untiring efforts in enforcing health and safety standards in the workplace, however, the U.S. Department of Labor continues to receive reports of injuries and, sometimes, deaths due to accidents. Based on results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for instance, in 2013, fatal work-related accidents totaled to 4,585; in 2014 the number of deaths went up 2%, registering 4,679.

Fatal accidents in construction sites include workers being struck and killed by a forklift or other heavy machineries, being struck by falling objects, electrocution, and falls, which frequently occur while workers are on ladders or scaffoldings.

Work-related accidents resulting to injuries or death entitle workers or their families (in case of worker’s death) to file a claim with their state’s Worker’s Compensation Insurance office. Financial benefits, however, are often too small or delayed, that is if the application for claim is not rejected. Besides these, the Worker’s Comp also restricts injured workers from further pursuing legal action against their employer. Under certain circumstances, however, this Worker’s Comp’s provision may be ruled against by a court, especially in cases where the injury is too severe or is fatal.


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