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Craft Beer in Vermont


Posted By on Aug 2, 2017

Craft beer has been a growing trend across the United States. Most bars pride themselves on having a selection of beers that are from local breweries and offer a different drinking experience. Although the craft brewing industry has been growing, on the whole, it is still difficult for these independent companies to break into the beer market. Not only is there a significantly high financial investment that goes into producing your own beers, but it is also difficult to compete with nationwide companies that dominate the market. Craft Brewing Business, an online resource that provides information to craft brewers, has taken a look at this phenomenon in a recent article about one state that has managed to break this standard.

According to the article, the “mega brewers” across the U.S. still have the upper hand in the national beer market. In 2016, Anheuser-Busch claimed 45% of the beer market and the top three brands include Bud Light, Budweiser, and Coors Light. Not only are these beers all produced on a mass scale, but they are able to provide their products to almost every grocery store and gas station in the nation. Craft brewers cannot seem to compete with these numbers, as the entire craft industry only made up 12% of the beer market in 2016. However, these numbers did not remain the same in the state of Vermont, who has a clear dedication to craft beer. All of Vermont’s top selling beers were craft beers, including brands such as Switchback Ale, the Alchemist’s Focal Banger, and the Alchemist’s Heady Topper. Each of these brands is produced by small, local breweries that have gained popularity across the state. This small state has been able to make a big difference in the craft brewing scene, and with any luck, other states will begin to follow suit.  

Although craft beer may not be the most popular in every state, these small brews have begun to permanently change the beer market. These beers are given a high level of care during production and provide unique flavor combinations that national beers simply cannot manage. Craft breweries fit the American ideal of successful independent companies, and they are clearly here to stay. True beer fanatics swear by their favorite craft beers and will tell anyone who will listen that these are the real beers of America. Even though they cannot always compete with the national companies, craft breweries are still an important part of the beer industry.

For many people, one of the downsides of craft beers is their lack of wide-spread availability. However, companies like Growler Chill are helping to end this problem. Their product allows you to keep growlers of craft beer cold and fresh in your home for an extended period of time. They also provide an on-tap experience, from the comforts of your home, that will help you enjoy your beer exactly the way to want to. With companies like this, hopefully, the craft beer industry will continue to grow and enjoy widespread success.   

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Common Causes of Drowning


Posted By on Jun 16, 2017

Drowning is probably one of the worst accidents that can happen to you while in the water. The lack of oxygen and the inhalation of foreign particles from the water can result into various complications, including acute respiratory distress syndrome, aspiration pneumonia, and even permanent brain damage and death.

But how can a person drown? Below are some of the most common causes of drowning accidents.

Boating Accidents

Boating accidents may happen because of many reasons, such as boat operator recklessness or negligence, collision with foreign objects like corals, and natural events such as large waves and storms. Drowning from boating accidents usually happen because the boat has capsized or a boat passenger has been ejected into the water.

The accidents become worse if the boat operators do not provide safety gears, such as lifejackets.

Lifeguard Negligence

Some drowning events can be prevented if the area has enough competent lifeguards. But sadly, there are instances where there are not enough lifeguards on duty or the lifeguards on duty are acting in a way that make them fail to do their jobs properly.

According to the website of the Indianapolis personal injury attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, P.C., nearly 20% of drowning deaths involving children occur in swimming pools where one or more certified lifeguards are on duty.

Premises Liability

Speaking of swimming pools, owners should also be responsible to ensure their premises’ safety. Swimming pools should have fences to prevent accidental slipping and drowning. They should also be maintained to avoid defects in facilities and mold buildup. If the owners have failed to do these things and someone has been injured, they may be held accountable, because of the legal concept premises liability.

Swimmer Negligence or Recklessness

Boat operators, lifeguards, and swimming pool owners are not just the ones solely responsible for the safety of swimmers. Swimmers can get injured in an accident because of their own faults. The least they can do is to avoid reckless behaviors, such as swimming while intoxicated or speeding in a jet ski, and negligent behaviors, such as failing to supervise their children and disregarding warning signs.

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There are physical and mental skills needed so you can drive efficiently and safely. Physically, you must have the proper body coordination between your eyes, hands, and feet. Mentally, you must be sharp enough to understand traffic signs and lights, judge the positioning of other motorists, and have a fast reaction time.
These physical and mental capabilities are compromised if you are under the influence of alcohol. This puts you at risk of traffic accidents, and worse, you may be putting the others around you in danger as well.

Damages from Drunk Driving
The most common injuries associated with traffic accidents include brain trauma, neck strain, spinal cord injury, and even death. Injuries also result into financial damages, in the form of medical costs, lost time at work, and loss of earning capability for a temporary or permanent time.

They may also result into pain and suffering, such as in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder, where victims will have flashbacks, nightmares, and hallucinations about the drunk driving accident, greatly affecting their enjoyment of life.

Possible Penalties
These damages can be devastating enough to greatly alter the life of victims. It is even worse if the victims are unsuspecting drivers and pedestrians who got involved because of your recklessness. In those instances, they may even file a personal injury case against you or you may be charged with DUI.

Consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol may vary depending on the state and jurisdiction. But they have the same idea. They may come in the form of fines, license suspensions, ignition interlocks, and even jail times. These penalties can reach thousands of dollars and may last for years.

According to the website of Truslow & Truslow, Attorneys at Law, DUI charges can be defended. But at the end of the day, you would not want to deal with courts and attorneys. It is better to just avoid drinking and driving. Avoidance does not just prevent legal matters, as it also prevents injuries, medical costs, and other damages that drunk driving can bring to you and to others.

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There are three bones that make up the shoulder: the humerus, or the upper arm bone; the scapula, or the shoulder blade; and, the clavicle, which is the collarbone. The articular cartilage, a smooth substance that protects and enables the bones to move easily, covers the surfaces of these bones and, to eliminate any friction in the shoulder, the synovial membrane, which is a thin, smooth tissue, produces a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage. All these, with the tendons and muscles surrounding the shoulder and providing stability and support, enable the shoulder to rotate and move in a great range of motion – greater than any other joint (or ball-and-socket) joint in the body.

Despite all the protection and support that provide stability, certain conditions and diseases cause shoulder bone fracture, destruction of the joint cartilage or destruction of the shoulder joint, resulting to inflammation, extreme joint pain or a limited range of shoulder motion. Some of the causes resulting to these shoulder injuries include:

  • Avascular necrosis. This painful condition, which can lead to arthritis, occurs due to the disruption of blood supply to the bone;
  • Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease). This “wear and tear” type of arthritis is age-related;
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is a chronic inflammation that can damage the cartilage, eventually causing cartilage loss, stiffness and pain;
  • Post-traumatic Arthritis. Besides causing shoulder pain, this type or arthritis, which usually follows a serious shoulder injury, also limits shoulder function;
  • Severe fracture of the shoulder, which shatters the head of the upper arm bone;

These causes, including Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy and failed previous shoulder replacement surgery or failed revision surgery, are some of the major reasons why people necessitate shoulder replacement surgery.

Doctors recommended shoulder replacement surgery to their patients only if the more conservative methods no longer work. This surgery is intended to replace damaged parts of the shoulder with artificial components (called prosthesis). Some surgeries are aimed at replacing only the ball or the head of the humerus bone, or replacing the glenoid, or the ball and the socket.
Whichever part is replaced, this surgery guarantees relief from pain, and restoration of shoulder strength, motion and function.

While there are various manufacturers of shoulder replacement devices, the ones specifically designed by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. and Tornier, Inc. have become the focus of attention due to allegations that their devices are faulty, resulting to additional injuries in patients, significant bone loss, instability, weakness, unexplained pain, rising medical expenses, plus the need for corrective surgery.

Currently, patients who experience increased shoulder pain or limited mobility following the implantation of a Wright or Tornier shoulder replacement device have filed shoulder replacement lawsuits to fight for damages from the manufacturer. Needing to undergo a revision surgery, additional treatment, as well as removing the implant altogether due to badly designed implants is simply inexcusable.

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What Happens in Injury Cases


Posted By on May 25, 2016

Being in an accident can put anyone in a very delicate position. There are many things that can be affected after an accident, mainly physical, mental, and financial. The only recourse for victims to have relief that they can have is to file a personal injury claim against the party liable for the accident. Fortunately, civil law protects injury victims and allows them to seek compensation for all the damages that they have suffered. Regardless of whether the action was due to plain negligence or intentional disregard to the safety of others, they should be held accountable for all the damages that their actions has caused. The LaMarca Law Group, P.C. states online that an injury claim would legally entitle you to compensation and would likewise prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

According to numerous cases outlined on the website of the The Benton Law Firm, the great majority of personal injury claims lead to out of curt settlements. The negotiation will just be between the plaintiff and the defendant and would not require the help of a judge or jury. However, when it comes to determining the amount of compensation or settlement for the injury claim, both parties often consider how much the jury would grant to the plaintiff. The settlement would then depend on how much both parties would be able to compromise according to how much they believe the jury would reward if the case went to court.

The laws may vary depending on the jurisdiction in which your personal injury claim is being tried. There may be rules on apportioning liability among those involved in the accident, or they might follow other joint liability concepts that the state may impose. Likewise, state also have jurisdictional caps on the amount of compensation for the damages. The law firm of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC may tell you that personal injury claims that involve medical malpractice may have a higher cap (or limit) for compensation or settlement compared to a simple “slip and fall” accident.

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Regardless of the size of your business, being online and having your own website is essential in order to expose and market your products or services to everyone. In todays’ fast paced and modern society, everything can e found online, therefore having a strong presence and good content on your website is the key in having a successful business. According to Kinetic Word, an efficient website that contains the information that clients are looking for and is easy to use can make or break a business in this technology-based world.

The first thing to know when creating an dynamic website is to understand what you want your visitors to experience on your website. There are many ways that a website can specialize in a number of things, and these can be helpful in boosting your company or business’ presence online. Know your goals for your website, and what you want your clients to see and get from it. Next, know who your target audience is. If you are aiming for a much younger audience, then using too many technical terms in you articles can make them lose interest in your website. Likewise, if your market audience are professionals, then make sure that your website and the information you are providing are legitimate and easy to understand. Furthermore, if oyur website is too difficult to use, then your audience might lose interest and move to another website that can provide them with the needed information at an easier pace.

Another factor that can greatly help your clients or target audience is to have helpful chat support that could provided them assistance should they really need it. The website of Lasso Live Chat suggests having 24-hour chat support because this means your audience is attended to and helped at any time of the day. Convenience is very important for today’s people, therefore having a website that they can easily access and can help them any time they need is a website that they will come back to.

In today’s changing world, a website is always a work in progress, and should always evolve with the times. With so many advances and updates in the modern world, your website should also be adaptive to them to ensure that you will not be left out and that the information, services, or business you provide stays fresh and relevant.

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PCB Exposure Carries Silent Risks


Posted By on May 22, 2016

The effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) can differ from person to person, but it is still undeniable that they pose a serious threat to people’s health. The adverse effects of PCBs has resulted to it being banned from being produced in 1979 as ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency, yet these dangerous cancer-causing chemicals can still presently be found in our surroundings, food, and even our bodies. The range of health effects of PCBs exposure can range from simple skin conditions to serious, life-threatening cancers.

About 50 studies has been conducted since 1976 has confirmed that long-term exposure to PCBs in the workplace has caused increased mortality from cancers of the liver, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs. The airborne exposure of PCBs in workplaces has also affected tissues that are associated with the production of blood (such as the bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and tonsils) and can also boost the growth and spread of malignant melanoma. One study has even discovered a strong link between PCBs and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a type of cancer of the lymphamic system.

Aside from cancer risks, websites of law firms such as Williams Kherkher point out that PCB exposure can lead to complications in the immune system for both children and adults. A compromised immune system can lead to a host of health issues that can lead to long-term care or medication. The people most at risk of PCB exposure, though, are workers who use them. When the workplace is the cause of a worker’s exposure to PCBs, then they have the right to file for a lawsuit for the damages that the exposure has caused. Because the serious effects of PCB exposure can be long-term or permanent, the victim should file an injury report to make the employer liable for their negligence and provide compensation or settlement to ensure the treatment and medication of their worker.

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The state of Texas has I fair share of industrial fires, and this has lead to a number of serious injuries and fatalities not only to the workers but also to other people within the vicinity. Aside from the grief and physical damages that the explosion may have caused, it would be very difficult to deal with the financial troubles that come with medication and treatment. Contacting a lawyer after being involved in an explosion may seem like an odd move to do, but talking with a lawyer can help you with understanding what your next legal course of action will be.

Victims or families of the victims of industrial explosions can seek compensation following their injuries or death. According to the Texas explosion lawyers at Williams Kherkher, legal guidance can be vital in pursuing a lawsuit against those who were negligent and caused the explosion. What makes them liable, though? And what makes industrial explosions dangerous?

According to the Department of Transportation and the Occupational Safety & Health Adminstration (OSHA), ammonium nitrate is listed as a hazardous material and is classified as “explosives and blasting agents”. Despite being known and labeled as such, it is still widely used in coal mining companies and in many other industries. Since ammonium nitrate is a sensitive compound, it is highly susceptible to accidental combustions. Although the EPA and other government agencies are doing their best to legally control the production, use, and storage of ammonium nitrate, accidents can still happen due to malevolent intents and incorrect management.

Aside from regulating ammonium nitrate and enforcing the various laws and acts that protect and ensure the safety of everyone regarding the dangers of ammonium nitrate, alternatve prevention measures are already being looked into to prevent disasterous explosions. Scientists have already made safer ammonium nitrate fertilizers that are less prone to detonation, making them safer to use. Other alternatives are being consdiered so as to lessen the dependency on ammonium nitrate.

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Morcellators are medical devices that are generally used for the removal of sizable portions of tissue by cutting them to little pieces for easier and faster removal. They are commonly used in laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy, allowing surgeons to have minimal incisions that would lead to faster recoveries, lesser post-operative pain, and minor wound complications. Although used and approved, power morcellators have recently been deemed dangerous by the FDA. This is mainly due to their tendency to spread cancerous cells that threaten both men and women.

As of 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deterred the use of power morcellators. As late as November 2014, a black box warning has been issued and even major company Johnson & Johnson has pulled their power morcellators off the market. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, women who chose have morcellator procedures have 4 times the risk of dying from sarcoma compared to those who did not have any morcellator procedures. The use of morcellators can compromise the outcomes of treatments for exceptionally malignant tumors.

Although usually benign, fibroids can still carry cancer cells. It is always best to talk with your gynecologists first regarding the possibility of the tumor being cancerous, and to have tests and examinations to ensure whether they are or are not. Because the risks of having cancer cells spread to other parts of your body is high following a hysterectomy through power morcellators, make sure to prepare yourself and your doctor by asking questions and researching information essential to your wellbeing. Understand and know more about the products and procedures that will e used on your body. Unfortunately, many people who have used power morcellators on the surgeries have developed cancer. When this happens, the victim may be eligible for a settlement and can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the power morcellator. It s everybody’s responsibility to ensure that everyone is protectted from the risks that come with power morcellator devices.

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Safety is one of the most important aspects of any business, and simply instructing your workers to practice workplace safety is not enough to ensure safety. Various studies have shown that that an investment of $1 for workplace safety can save companies $3-$10 in savings, either in direct or indirect costs. Companies are aware that their insurance premium is directly related to their safety record or their “experience modification”; a bad year in the workplace can affect the company for three years.

According to the website of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, newly hired workers are the ones with the highest risk of injuries on the job compared to experienced workers. It is estimated that about 2 million workers are injured every year with serious enough injuries that prevent to return to work and would require continuous medical care. There are many ways that companies can avoid such preventable accident and expenses. One of the first things to do is to have a good hiring process that guarantees the employment of able-bodied and safety-minded workers who carry a good track record.

Among the most important things that employers should be aware of when hiring new people is to get people who know how to do the job. Employees should not easily assume that new hires are already aware of safety procedures, therefore providing task-specific trainings to help them understand why they have to take the necessary precautions in order for them to effectively comply with the company’s safety rules and regulations. If you want to learn more about effective and specific employment testing and hiring process, click here.

The heart of an effective and safe workplace is a competent accident prevention program coupled with a working and efficient company safety rules and regulations. Employers should always follow OSHA rules to ensure their workers are properly protected when in the workplace to avoid accidents and possibly lessen risks of serious injuries.

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