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What are the dangers associated with smoke inhalation?

When many individuals think about fires, they think about visible injuries, including scarring. They don't often think about the internal harm that a blaze can cause. Smoke inhalation can be just as deadly to you as an external burn injury can be, however.

Smoke is a mixture of gases with various liquid particles and airborne solids. House fires cause hundreds of toxic chemicals to release into the air. Factors that impact this release's intensity include the fire's temperature, the abundance of oxygen in the air and the burning materials present.

There's a lot to fear when sharing the road with teen drivers

If you were to ask most adult drivers when they experienced their first automobile accident, many would tell you it was back when they were teenagers. If you asked those same motorists what types of drivers they feared most on the road, teens would likely rank pretty high up on their list. They'd probably join the ranks of drunk or distracted vehicle operators. There are many valid reasons why adult motorists fear sharing the roads with teen drivers.

Data published by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Research Institute's Teen Driver Source captures how the crash fatality rate among 16 to 19-year-olds is three times higher than for motorists 20 or older. Those same statistics show that motorists ages 16 and 17 have the highest fatal accident death rate.

Blunt trauma from a car accident can cause serious injuries

Scenes involving twisted limbs and copious amounts of blood are often what first come to mind when people think of serious injuries. However, some serious injuries may not show any outward signs of trauma, at least not immediately. It is important to keep in mind that just because a person is not bleeding, it does not mean that he or she has not suffered serious injuries.

You may have recently begun to understand this type of scenario after a recent car accident. You suffered blunt trauma in the incident that caused serious injuries but not in the ways you may have expected after a severe crash.

Why patients sue their dentists

When patients think about medical procedures that have poor outcomes, they often think about surgical ones that happen in a hospital. The truth is that things can just as quickly go wrong in your dentist's chair as well.

A 2015 U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics report showed that 15% of the 16,397 cases that came before judges in the U.S. in 2005 were medical malpractice ones. An estimated 5% of those involved dentists.

What business partners should discuss if one is facing a divorce

Divorces can shake up a lot of things in your life. Perhaps most notable of these is your family structure. What about your company, though? The end of your marriage may adversely impact your relationship with your business partner and cause your partnership to crumble.

Unless you signed a prenup before marriage (or a postnup after) that protects your business, you'll need to prepare your business partner for what's to come as your divorce unfolds if you didn't sign a prenup before getting married. You'll want to start by pulling your partnership agreement to see exactly what the agreement may say about your ownership rights. If you received reliable counsel when setting up your partnership, you might have a contingency agreement. This type of contract generally spells out what happens with your interests in the business if a life-changing event happened to either one of you.

Fire dangers that exist at apartment complexes

Many benefits come from living in a multi-family dwelling. Shared living situations come with some downsides though as well. Residents have little control over what goes on in the unit next to them. There may be sound, cleanliness and fire issues. The latter, in particular, is a real concern for apartment dwellers.

It's a property owner's obligation to keep the premises as safe as possible for their residents. Most jurisdictions have specific guidelines owners must follow for them to deem a multi-family dwelling as habitable. They generally must equip their buildings with fire alarms and sprinkler systems to alert residents about a potential fire if one were to get underway.

Is it possible to negotiate the terms of your commercial lease?

Georgia business owners may find it challenging to locate commercial real estate that suits the unique needs of their companies. Upon finding an appropriate space, there may be a sense of urgency to move forward with the lease as fast as possible. This is especially true in a competitive market, but it is not always the most prudent course of action for a small business. 

Before signing a lease, you will want to make sure you are not exposing yourself to any unnecessary risks. Negotiating the terms of a commercial lease instead of signing a generic contract will lessen the chance of unexpected expenses and complications that could cost you time and money. There is no one-size-fits-all contract that is detailed and fair.

Why should you attend the final walk-through before your closing?

If you're in the market to buy a home, you've likely heard of walk-throughs and home inspections. What you may not realize is that they're not the same. The purpose of a final walk-through is to allow you to confirm that the property is in the same condition now as when you last saw it. It also serves as an opportunity for you to request that the sellers make small repairs or modifications before the closing.

The buyer and their real estate agent are the ones who typically attend the final walk-through. The seller and their realtor generally aren't there. This type of arrangement allows the buyer to inspect the home without any undue pressures from the seller. If the house is new construction, then the builder or contractor can attend this final walk-through.

Why bicyclists get hurt in crashes

The joy and freedom of riding any bike can be a liberating experience. Unfortunately, bicyclists do not use the roadways alone. Vehicles of various sizes with all types of drivers share the road with them.

Accidents can happen at any time. This is one reason it's essential always wear a safety helmet when riding your bike among the cars on the road. Cars can pull out suddenly from anywhere. They may be coming from a side street, parking lot or driveway. The last thing they may see before they hit you is your bike. It's essential to use extreme caution when approaching areas that might be potential blind spots for motorists.

How to decide whether to refinance again

-Today, mortgage rates are at all-time lows. Thus, it's refinancing time for many borrowers once again. There are many benefits that homeowners can reap from refinancing their mortgages. Borrowers can lower their interest rates and save money in the long-term. Homeowners may reduce their monthly payments by doing this. Borrowers may no longer have to worry about balloon and fluctuating monthly payments if they switch to fixed-rate mortgages.

There may also be a possibility of combining the first mortgage with a home equity loan, and even getting some cash-out.

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