SXSW: Gets Better and Better Every Year!

limo rides in austinIf a Civil War can barely touch Austin’s reputation as a party town – what could possibly hinder its growth into becoming one of the hottest, most awaited bashes of the year? The South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival only gets better and better every year – and it hasn’t disappointed yet!

SXSW is a festival that celebrates the industries of film, music, and technology. It celebrates collaborations of all sorts from all kinds of people from all over the world. Talk about representation and innovation as this festival is known for its numerous premieres and live performances, attended by stars and experts alike. There are meet ups aplenty for the respective fields so that people can have the chance to mingle with one another, sharing common interests and even insights as well as tips for each other.

There are hardly any events quite like this – ones that encourage discussion and discovery for and with each other. This year promises to be the biggest one yet with hundreds of live performances! There are so many things to see, people to meet, and an awful lot to take in that you might miss a few if you stress out about it too much.

Even in SXSW’s conception in 1987, Austin was not considered was one of the Top 20 major markets in the country; which, really, is a right old shame. But there is not quite any other opportunity to help such an up and coming metropolitan to flourish so that it may better serve events like this? Keep Austin weird and support a local Austin company in order to ensure that every business flourishes during the duration of the entire festival. After all, you deserve every luxury from an event that encourages fun and stress-free! There are many local services in Austin that can offer you just that.

Facts about Car Insurance

It is a given that all registered vehicles in the US have to have insurance or other proof of financial responsibility i.e. surety bond depending on a particular state’s requirements. But what is not always clear to most people is what the insurance policy covers in a car accident: the vehicle or the driver.

It depends on the type of insurance, the coverage, and the state. Typically, personal liability insurance will always follow the driver, no matter what vehicle the driver is operating. Liability insurance is designed to protect the driver from out-of-pocket expenses in case he or she causes injury to another party. The vehicle, on the other hand, may be excluded in the coverage if it is not listed in the insured’s policy or available for regular use. In such cases, the registered owner or insurer of that vehicle will have liability for any damage or injury caused. However, these are not hard and fast rules; it will depend on the policy.

Conversely, comprehensive or collision auto insurance follows the vehicle irrespective of who the operator was. The insurance will pay for damage to the insured vehicle for any reason although the policy may specify who the allowed operators (covered driver) can be for the policy to take effect. In general, family members of the policy owner are covered drivers, but not always. There are some insurers that will only cover the costs of repairing or replacing a damaged vehicle if it was being operated by the policy owner.

Insurance policies in general are difficult for most people to understand, so it may be a good idea to consult with a lawyer about the what, why, and wherefores of your coverage. You could get your agent to explain it to you, but unfortunately not all agents will dot the Is and cross the Ts for you unless you’re already making a claim, by which time it may be too late.

Slingshot Gallery

Shooting slingshots is fun. It’s almost like archery without the prohibitive cost barrier. Look at these fine slingshots. I’d be happy playing with any one of them!

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The Issue of Child Custody

One usual cause of disagreement between divorcing couples is child custody, as there are times when both parents do not want to be separated from their child. Gone are the days when child custody was awarded solely to the mother, due to the observance of a practice called maternal preference. This preference was based on the presumption that mother were better equipped with the love and concern necessary in raising children.

Many courts today consider awarding custody of the child to both parents, especially if this will be in the child’s best interest. And this is most probably the decision that a court would arrive at, unless one parent is deemed and proven unfit by the court. Being judged as an unfit parent can be due to many different reasons. A parent may be abusive to the child, a bad influence to the child (can be due to use and dependence to illegal drugs and/or alcohol), exposes the child or allows the child to be exposed to pornographic elements, uses excessive forms of disciplinary acts, is charged or convicted of a crime, and so forth – are reasons why a parent may be called unfit.

Two other important factors considered by the court when deciding who gets child custody are parent’s involvement in the child’s activities and the environment where the parent resides. Spending time with the child and being there when he/she needs the parent most, like in school plays, school meetings and other activities are greatly considered and appreciated by the court.

If the environment can put the child’s health at risk, though, or compromise his/her safety, maybe due to the regularity of crimes in the neighborhood or open use of illegal drugs, then these may affect the court’s decision.

The ill behavior of your (or your ex wife’s) new partner, which may have an unfavorable effect on the child can also keep the court from deciding in favor of the parent under such circumstance. Many other things are considered by the court, including the possible custodian’s health, age and financial opportunities. Some parents look for really good lawyers who can strongly defend their interests and fight for their right in court in order to have the advantage of winning custody of their child.

Medical Malpractice – Wrong Diagnosis

Wrong medical treatment, prescription error and surgical mistakes are just a few of the many types of medical malpractice. What is common about these three is that these are but just results of another error – wrong diagnosis.

A doctor’s failure to make an accurate diagnosis of a person’s illness can result to the worsening of his/her condition since no treatment has actually been made; besides this, there is also the risk of causing a new illness to develop, usually due to prescribed drugs which may cause side-effects. Diagnostic errors, though, are not just confined to misdiagnosis; these also include delayed diagnosis. Thus, due to these mistakes, a doctor may end up making an incorrect treatment, making a delayed treatment, or not making any treatment at all.

Probably one very important detail a patient needs to know about incorrect diagnosis is that not all misdiagnoses can warrant a medical malpractice lawsuit. This is especially true if the error is committed due to a patient’s concealment of critical health information from his/her doctor, defective or faulty medical equipment, a language barrier between the patient and the doctor, when the symptoms manifested by the ailment fail to match the general diagnosis, or human error, such as contamination or mix up of radiology films or laboratory test results, use of improper procedure by the technician or the technician missed something in a pathology slide or x-ray.

On the other hand, if the misdiagnosis is due a doctor’s lack of ability in delivering customary medical action, an obvious misconduct due to the doctor’s laziness, non-adherence to the doctor’s code of conduct or an obvious act of negligence that results to patient harm, then such misdiagnosis will certainly necessitate a medical malpractice lawsuit.

It is, sometimes, quite hard to pronounce a doctor liable due to misdiagnosis. However, in many instances, another medical personnel may actually be the cause of the mistake, thus, making the doctor commit an error as well.

Pilot Error – The Most Common Cause of Aviation Accidents

With over a hundred years of continuous improvement in the aviation industry, air travel is considered today the safest, besides being the fastest, means of overseas and long-distance transportation. It was the first aviation accident, which occurred on September 17, 1908, that triggered the indispensable need to find all the necessary means to make airplane passengers safe and comfortable as soon as they board the plane until they get off it.

The installation of advanced avionics, turbine engines, landing gears, evacuation slides and many other safety equipment are now standards, especially in heavy passenger aircrafts, such as Europe’s Airbus and US’ Boeing planes. Though the addition of these safety standards means extra huge costs to manufacturers and airline companies, it will be a good means to attract passengers, resulting to assured profit in the long run.

Despite the use of the most modern technological tools and safety equipment, however, if negligence and carelessness set in, resulting to failure to conduct regular checking and maintenance of the aircraft, then one can only expect danger to happen.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a self-governing investigative agency of the U.S. government that is responsible in determining the various causes of aviation accidents through rigid investigations and the piecing together of evidences, pinpoints airline owner and personnel negligence, mechanical malfunction, air traffic controller error, pilot intoxication and pilot error as some of the causes of accidents that occur either in the airspace or on the runway. And among these common causes, pilot error occupies the top list.

Pilot errors may be simple mistakes, lapses in judgment, oversights and mistake in operation – all of which can lead to a plane crash that results either in serious injury or death. There can be so many specific examples of these errors, but to state a few, these errors can be:

  • Heading into a storm’s path or flying in poor weather conditions
  • Navigational errors which could result to flying directly toward a path blocked by a mountain, a  building or other obstacles
  • Failure to read cockpit instrumentation correctly
  • Failure to regularly check the cockpit instruments
  • Failure to comply with the directions given from the air traffic control tower, either upon takeoff or when landing
  • Failure to use the plane’s de-icing system properly
  • Maneuvering mistakes that may cause engine failure or collision with another plane
  • Failure to extend flaps during takeoff
  • Failure to fly at the wrong altitude
  • Disconnecting the autopilot, whether accidentally or intentionally

Unlike in a car or a truck accident, determining liability in an aviation accident can take months or years. Thus, as mentioned in the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, the assistance of an exceptional aviation accident lawyer, who knows how hard the whole process can be, with all the preparations, documents and forms necessary, yet understands how important the case is and is ready to put forth the best defense for the sake of the victim and his/her family, is an absolute necessity.

Professional License Defense

Medical licensure in the US is a process that involves painstaking requirements, beginning with rigorous discipline required by the years of study, the postgraduate training that follows and then the necessity of passing the medical licensing examination at the national level. And once a license has been obtained, what comes next is even more demanding: the need to maintain a medical practice that is free of faults and errors, otherwise suffer the possibility of losing your license or having it suspended or revoked.

Granting of medical license is the task of each state’s medical licensing board. This board also has other duties, including acceptance, review and investigation of reports of unprofessional conduct and/or malpractice filed against physicians and other medical professionals. Those found guilty will need to be subjected by the board under disciplinary acts, even suspending or revoking the license issued to them, if necessary.

A medical license is assurance that a person has the competency, that is, the knowledge and skills, required (by the state) to medically diagnose and care for patients. But so many doctors seem to have lost touch with this competency as cases of medical errors committed by them continue to increase every year. Failure to provide quality care, wrong medical prescription, wrong diagnosis and many other serious mistakes committed in emergency departments and operating rooms are just a few of the cases filed against these supposed-to-be medical professionals.

Though many medical doctors may have been guilty of the accusations filed against them, it cannot be denied that many of the mistakes were due to circumstances that, even today still put doctors in a dilemma, such as needing to work extra hours despite a tiring day, the many different emergency cases (in emergency departments) that demand simultaneous treatment, the desire to treat as many patients as possible in  his/her clinic, thus limiting consultation time with each patient, and many others. Of course it also cannot be denied that there simply are bad doctors.

For honest to goodness doctors, however, being pronounced guilty of medical malpractice can mean revocation of his/her license – probably a fair judgment, yes, but a mistake due to an unfair circumstance. Thus, as a doctor, if you are arrested due to a serious medical mistake and need to defend your professional license, as well as yourself from getting a conviction, having a really good lawyer is an absolute requirement.

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