The Skinny on Body Contouring

It seems as if everyone these days is trying to shed a few pounds. Nothing feels better than working for the body of your dreams. Even for those who are successful, excess skin can lag behind, preventing your weight loss efforts from truly shining through. Fortunately for those struggling with excess skin after weight loss, body contouring may offer a solution.

I had always heard about body contouring, but never really knew much about it. I decided to research about the procedure and finally learn more for myself.

What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring is a surgical procedure that shapes the support tissue while getting rid of any excess fat and skin left behind after massive weight loss. The procedure helps to transform the shape of your body and in turn your body confidence.

Types of Body Contouring

There are many different varieties of body contouring offered by plastic surgery offices around the country. These varieties include tummy tucks, fat transfers, or liposuction.

Tummy Tucks

Those who keep up a rigorous exercise regimen may still find themselves dealing with stubborn stomach fat for many reasons, including age, genetics, or previous pregnancy. A tummy tuck aims to circumvent these factors and create a more toned abdomen.

A tummy tuck is known in the medical community as an abdominoplasty. During a tummy tuck, the plastic surgery will get rid of excess belly fat and work on restoring muscles to create a more flat stomach. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss, and those who are planning to lose a significant amount of weight should do so before they elect to get a tummy tuck done.


You’ve probably heard liposuction referred to as “lipo” before. Liposuction sucks out any undesired fat deposits from the body, making the body much slimmer. The surgery can be performed on many parts of the body, ranging from the thighs to the upper arms. It is ideal for patients who wish to remove fat from a variety of areas.

Fat Transfer

A fat transfer is another way to give the appearance of a more sculpted body. The procedure takes liposuction one step further. After removing the fat from one area of your body, the fat can be injected into another more desired location on the body, such as the breasts or the butt, creating a curvier body shape. Many consider this a “natural” form of plastic surgery because you are not inserting silicon or other foreign substances into the body.

Where to Go for Body Contouring

Most plastic surgery offices, like Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, offer body contouring surgeries, including tummy tucks, liposuction, and fat transfers. It is important to meet with a certified, reputable plastic surgery to find out which body contouring procedure is best for you and your needs.

I hope this post helped you learn more about body contouring and the different surgery options available and cleared up any confusion you have about plastic surgery overall.

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Slip-and-Fall Accidents

If you’ve ever been in a grocery store, restaurant, or any other public place, chances are that you have spent some time around a “caution when wet” sign. The yellow warning sign does more than alerting customers of a potentially wet floor; it can also reduce liability on behalf of the business.

Slip-and-fall accidents are a common form of injury. A wet floor, a slippery rug, or worn-out carpet can all increase the chances of someone injuring themselves during a fall. Pregnant women, toddlers, and the elderly face a higher risk of injury if they fall, as well as being more likely to fall. Even though the majority of slip-and-falls are accidents, there are a few cases in which the business can be held liable for the injuries.

If the owner of a business or an employee caused a spill, torn or worn spot, or placed an instruction in the way of foot traffic, they can likely be held liable, even if it was an accident. Employees have to be reasonably responsible to ensure public safety, and oftentimes this means cleaning up spills or moving objects that could cause a person to trip.

Another way a business can be held liable is through their lack of action. If the owner or an employee knew about a spill or other danger and did nothing to clean it up or warn the public, it’s probable that they will shoulder the blame for the fall.

Finally, any reasonable employee or owner of the premises should know about the spill or obstruction. It is their responsibility to maintain a safe environment, and by not doing so, they are to be held accountable for any injuries that occur as a result of their negligence. Common sense should be used by any person working in the place where the incident occurred, and this is the basis for negligence claims.

Comparative negligence is often used in cases regarding a slip-and-fall accident. Could the person who fell just have been totally unaware of their surroundings? If so, it is possible that reasonable precautions would not have benefitted them. In order to make a claim against a business, the victim must prove that the business was comparatively more responsible for the fall than they were. If the victim was in a location they were not supposed to be, or if a reasonable person could have avoided the dangerous area, there is an argument that the victim is likely at fault. Going back to the yellow “caution when wet” sign, reasonable measures that alert the public to any dangerous can absolve the business of liability when it comes to someone getting injured. If the company is at fault but refuses to accept responsibility, firms like Hammack Law Firm can represent the victims and go after the business, ensuring that the medical expenses of the victim are covered by the business or restaurant who caused the fall.

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What is freight factoring, and what are the benefits?

Let’s face it, as a business, you want to be paid as quickly as possible for the work you do. For many trucking companies, invoice factoring can be crucial to maintaining positive cash flow, especially if you have to wait a month or longer to collect on larger invoices.

Your business could often benefit from collecting the money sooner to pay for countless expenses like fuel, insurance, bills, payroll, payments on vehicles or equipment, and more. While researching options for getting paid faster, I found this factoring company, TBS Freight Factoring, that provides SAME DAY cash for invoices.

Seems like this would be a great option for trucking companies since they can:

  • Maximize cash flow – businesses that depend on clients to pay invoices often have to wait for payment to come through. Even if your invoices are net 30 or net 60 days, that’s still 30 to 60 days that you are waiting for your client to pay the invoice. With factoring, you could get the payment immediately and won’t have to wait to get the funds into your account.
  • Simplify the process – Hand-in-hand with the point above, waiting to get paid is never convenient for anyone. Trying to track down invoices, remind clients to pay, and waiting to get it processed is time-consuming. Why not let the invoice factoring company handle it, while you move on to what you do best…delivering for your clients.
  • Credit checks done for you – You never want to do business with a client who can’t pay their bill. Companies will often perform credit checks on your clients beforehand to determine whether or not you should consider loading them.

In an industry that relies on prompt payment, invoice factoring could be a lifesaver for businesses that need to maintain a steady cash flow. There’s nothing worse than waiting on an unpaid invoice, so why not take that stress and strain out of the picture and get paid right away?

When researching this topic for my trucking-company readers, I was surprised that more industries don’t offer this. It seems that any industry that has purchase orders and large invoices could benefit from collecting the money earlier and leaving an invoice factoring company to collect the payment from the client.

Fortunately for carriers, this service exists and could be the financial solution that helps keep the company flush with cash for the inevitable business expenses that every company faces.

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Do Violent Video Games Affect Our Children Later in Life?

I grew up playing video games, and I got my first Super Nintendo when I was five years old for Christmas. That was the best Christmas ever, and I spent the next few months playing as much Mario as my parents would allow. I remember the intense feeling of nervous excitement racing through my entire body after I got through each dungeon and faced the boss. The objective in Mario is pretty simple: just jump on things and avoid being hit until you reach the end. However, each boss changes their attacks and I would spend hours trying to move on to the next level.

I was so proud of myself when I finally beat that game. It inspired a childhood passion for video games. My best friends and I would spend the night at each other’s houses to play the newest game all night and see how far we could get through the story. It wasn’t long after that, I got a GameBoy to play games on-the-go, and finally, I upgraded my Super Nintendo to a Nintendo 64. I was blown away by the graphics at the time, and I remember playing a multiplayer game called GoldenEye 007. It was a first-person shooter that will forever remain a legend in my memory. Four of us would each grab a controller, set up the match, and run around the map trying to eliminate every other player. It was a lot of fun until my mom walked in and saw all of my friends shooting each other in the video game.

Needless to say, she was deeply concerned about the potential influence that a violent video game would have on my perspective in life. I don’t blame her for wanting to raise me to certain standards, but looking back, those concerns were completely unfounded. Violent video games don’t encourage people to act violently anymore than watching football or playing paintball. She thought that I stopped playing the game after she took it away from me, but I would just wait to play it at my friends’ houses. Now that I’m an adult, we both look back and laugh about how upset she was. In her defense, no generation before us had ever experienced violent video games, and no one knew how it would affect kids over time.

Nintendo 64 graphics are nothing compared to today’s video games, and I can understand why parents might still be concerned for their child’s interest in violence, especially now that it’s so realistic. With gun laws changing, it is essential to teach kids about morality. As long as parents take the time to explain the difference between right and wrong, video games won’t encourage mass shootings. It’s similar to situations where kids go outside to have water gun fights or play the classic game of cops and robbers. Even though children are playing these games outside, most parents aren’t concerned that their child is going to grow up to shoot people or become a criminal.

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Motorcyclist Accidents

For some odd reason, people who drive cars don’t really like motorcyclists. Maybe because the motorcycle is so much cheaper and does the same thing? Or because it’s cool and attracts more attention? Maybe because it’s easier to navigate? I don’t really know. I love my motorcycle, I wouldn’t trade it in for most cars. I have it because I want it, not because I can’t get a car. Although it’s more dangerous, the feeling of driving a motorcycle is something I couldn’t give up easily at all.

This Corpus Christi Personal Injury Attorney suggests that, in reality, most people on the road aren’t really mentally prepared to deal with motorcycles in specific. They’re ready to drive, but not ready to face all the different aspects of driving. When cyclists are nearby, you have to behave differently and check your blindspots differently and much more frequently. Most drivers barely even check their blind spots at all, which is a huge mess, to begin with. But when a motorcycle is right in your blind spot and you switch lanes and hit them by accident, it sends us flying. The damages are usually great, especially since it’s an odd way to get hit and next to impossible to avoid.

I’m speaking on this from a personal perspective; I was a victim of this sort of thing myself. I was on the road one day heading to my band’s studio when someone switched lanes on me, hit my front tire suddenly and quickly, which sent me flying. I broke my leg, arm and a bunch of ribs. I was lucky there wasn’t any damage to my back or spine at all. The cherry on top was that the driver either knew and kept going or was totally oblivious and kept going. The accident put me out of commission for a couple months. I’m a small business owner, so after I was able to be even somewhat mobile, I was back on the job and doing what I had to do because I couldn’t afford not to. At this point, I’m completely healed and functioning just fine. I lost a lot of weight after the accident and I’ve managed to keep those pounds shed for the most part even now after I’ve healed. If there’s any silver lining, it’s most definitely this, this is the best my body has looked in years.

What prompted this now rather than in the immediate aftermath, was that this recently happened to a friend. Now after I’ve healed, I have had time to reflect on it and really put together a cohesive opinion on what happened from my point of view. When I saw it happen to a friend, his story really resonated with what happened with me, and I managed to be of great emotional support. His accident is very similar to mine, he broke a leg, a few ribs and has a badly bruised arm and injured wrist in an accident that happened in a situation that seemed to mirror my own. Luckily for him, the driver who hit him was aware of the bump and didn’t take off. He’s managed to settle for the damages incurred and he should be okay going forward. In light of this, I thought it was important to reach out to all drivers to pay attention to one another and avoid causing real pain to motorcyclists everywhere.

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Local Government Should Crack Down on Negligence Cases

All of us will eventually experience the pain and grief that comes with losing a loved one, and the grieving process is never easy. The last thing that anyone needs during this period is the additional feelings of anger that the death of their loved one could have been easily prevented, but wasn’t due to negligence on the part of a hospital or other institution that was supposed to ensure their safety. One family in Oceanside suffered this pain firsthand when their son died while locked in jail because health officials could not be bothered to provide adequate care.

According to this Newsday article from way back in 2015, a man named John Gleeson died while he was in Nassau County Jail awaiting trial on a burglary charge. The man suffered from a rare condition known as angioedema, a condition that causes severe swelling that can inhibit the victim’s ability to breathe. The family claims that the health officials at the jail knew about his conditioned and treated him for it, but all they did was give him medication and send him back to his cell without keeping an eye on him. The family claims the jail let him die, but police officers say they found no criminality when they investigated his death. Apparently, John Gleeson was already on his way to the hospital when he died after the jail called an ambulance for him, finding that he had collapsed. However, there are concerns about the Miami-based company that was contracted to provide medical care for the jail. A year after the contract began, the Commission of Correction found that this company was guilty of providing “grossly negligent health care” relating to the case of an inmate who had suffered a heart attack. Due to these claims, the family is looking to sue the county jail.

It is difficult for some people to feel empathetic in cases like these because the man who died was in jail and supposedly a criminal. Even so, they are United States citizens, and foremost a human being who deserves proper care, especially since his right to seek care for himself had been taken away. Even if it is determined that the jail tried their best to save John Gleeson, further investigation of the private companies governing the health care of this vulnerable population will make sure they maintain high standards of care.

Since this incident occurred back in 2015, hopefully the family has received closure concerning the death of their son. But the fact that the company was still allowed to provide health services even after they were found to be providing substandard care is worrying. Local governments need to crack down on these companies stop cutting corners in order to reduce costs.

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The Lone Wolf’s Descendants

For centuries man has respected the canine species and incorporated them into our social culture in many different facets. Our canine companions have been assisting humans in areas of hunting, protection, and most of all companionship. Human intervention has played a crucial role in the prevalence of so many different pedigrees.  Clearly, dogs will be around human culture for a long time, but with threats of violence towards humans we must take precautions to ensure that our species’ can coexist in harmony. Through organizational efforts and community outreach, I believe a future with dogs and humans enjoying each other, without the threat of violent outbreaks, is a reality for the future of this world.

Dogs can be found across the United States. The diversity amongst dog owners is truly fascinating because there is only one requirement in being a true dog owner, that is being human. Dogs are common amongst every demographic regardless of race, nationality, socioeconomic status, age, or gender. They are the perfect companion for our species. Many studies have shown that owning a dog can be therapeutic and extremely beneficial for one’s health. Whenever we are spending time and making a physical connection, in the form of petting and grooming, reactions in the brain cause feelings of happiness. This interaction is one of the fascinating examples of the complexity of biological interaction experienced in the natural world. Similarly fascinating is the interaction between the two species when the canine turns violent in an attack against the human. Because of the range in dog breeds from size to obvious level of aggressiveness, it is easy to forget that every dog descends from the mighty wolf. The core of every dog’s DNA descends from the pure predatory blood. In 2016 there were 31 dog related fatalities within the United States. In most cases, the victim was either a child, female, or both. In the event that anyone should experience a brutal dog bite that causes tremendous stress financially and physically, it would be wise to seek an attorney like those with the Able Law Firm. Skilled, attentive help can greatly reduce long term stress and improve morale for a focused recovery.  

To conclude, dogs are a highly intelligent species that coexist with humans on the earth. They have been introduced to the social structures of humans since ancient times, and because of human interaction they have forcibly evolved into countless different pedigrees we see today. In certain cases they can become violent with humans to the point that the person suffers from severe injuries or dies. Through combined efforts that include further educating the population on the dangers of animal abuse and how it alters the dog’s psychology and similar prevention campaigns I am certain dog bite fatalities could become a thing of the past.

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Risks of Leasing Mineral Rights

Should you lease or sell mineral rights? Before you decide, you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of leasing and selling, compare them, and determine what advantages you want to have and what disadvantages you may have room to tolerate.

For many, leasing mineral rights have been the option, because they like the idea of getting constant cash flow from royalties and whatnots more than the idea of getting a lump sum from selling mineral rights. It should also not be overlooked that leasing, in the long run, can translate to bigger overall money compared to the lump sum that can be acquired through selling.

But as said earlier, mineral rights owners like yourself should not just focus on the advantages. They should look into the disadvantages as well, so they can determine whether they can tolerate them. The main disadvantage of leasing is that it is open to risk, because owners are still greatly involved, as opposed to sellers, who are completely out of the picture once they sold the rights. Below are just some of the risks.

The price of the resource may decrease

The good thing about selling mineral rights is that you can valuate the minerals underneath your property at current pricing, so you can get the equivalent money in return. But you cannot say the same thing about leasing.

The price of the minerals may decrease over time, and this is not a big if, as it is actually very possible. The rise of renewable resources and alternatives will decrease the demand for your minerals, and therefore will cause price reductions and decreased royalties on your part. In this sense, you can make less money in leasing than selling, and worse, you will get this money incrementally and not immediately.

The resource may not be as abundant as expected

Your property will be studied, to determine the possible amount of minerals underneath it and give a proper value to them. Only then can a negotiation between you and a possible buyer can gain traction. But there are instances where the amount of minerals that have been determined in the study is not accurate, resulting into misestimated values and less royalties.

Again, if this happens, you may get less money in leasing than selling, just because your property has not been as productive as expected.

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How to Ensure the Safety of the Workplace

How to Ensure the Safety of the Workplace

Employers can be taken to court if their negligence has resulted into an accident and injury. This not just damages their reputation, as it can also lead to financial compensation to the troubled party, mainly in the form of coverage for treatment costs, lost wages, and the pain and suffering of getting injured at work.

Use proper gears

Dangerous work environments like construction sites require protective gears, such as helmets, gloves, and boots. These may not entirely prevent accidents, but they can help minimize damage when an accident does occur.

Enforce safety programs

Safety procedures should also be strictly implemented to prevent unnecessary actions or inactions that may result into accident and injury. Such programs may include the strict requirement of using protective gears, installation of warning signs on areas or equipment that can pose a threat, and the utilization of timely breaks to avoid overexertion.

Organize the work area

According to the website of Scudder Seguin, a cluttered workplace can be very dangerous, and this is true for both hazardous and non-hazardous work environments. Unattended holes in construction sites may cause falls. Opened cabinets and loose cables in offices may trip employees. By ensuring the organization of the work area, employers are greatly reducing the risks of accidents.

Maintain the work area and its equipment

The lack of maintenance may result into defects and malfunctions. For dangerous work environments, the things most prone to these issues are tools, equipment, machines, and vehicles. For safer work environments, the things include elevators, escalators, desktops, coffeemakers, air conditioners, and even floors.

Beware of hazards

No matter how diligent employers are in enforcing safety programs, organizing the workplace, and maintaining the workplace’s equipment, there may be inherent hazards in the work area. One of the most overlooked issues is fire. Be wary of fire hazards in the workplace, such as malfunctioning equipment, faulty electrical systems, and combustible materials near sources of fire.

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Common Overtime Pay Violations Experienced by Nurses

Thanks to the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees working in America are able to receive protection from any unfair labor practices. Among the many things that the FLSA assures employees is their right to receive proper wages for work rendered outside their regular 40-hour weekly schedule. Overtime pay should be no less than 1.5 times more than an employee’s regular rate of pay. For employees earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, overtime pay should mean getting an additional $3.63. This should mean that minimum wage employees should be paid $10.88 for every hour worked over their typical schedule.

While the FLSA identifies certain professions as exempted from overtime pay, a lot of employers insist on short-changing even those employees that do qualify for the additional 1.5 hourly rate. Among the many workers that experience overtime pay violations are nurses and other healthcare employees in nursing homes and assisted living centers. Common violations experienced by these individuals include being required to work off the clock and having time deducted from their meal period. It’s also common for these employees to have to start preparing for work before the official start of their shift and continue working long after their shift ends. Sometimes, nurses are also required to go to meetings, seminars, and training programs without being properly paid for their time. According to Leichter Law, many nurses are misclassified by their employers, identifying them as exempt employees simply because they are salaried employees. This is especially true for LVNs and LPNs. They do not qualify as exempt professionals and are entitled to the same overtime pay regulations charted in the FLSA.

Aside from nurses, many other individuals experience overtime pay violations and aren’t able to receive proper compensation for all their hard work. Whether you are a salaried employee, independent contractor, or hourly employee, unless your profession is explicitly exempted by the FLSA, you are entitled to receive overtime wages at the government-mandated rate.

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