Posts made in September, 2013

How-To Remove Cigarette Odor from Carpet

»Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Home Improvement | 0 comments

Keeping your carpet clean is not the easiest task. You have to clean surface spots, dirt, and spills, as well as remove unwanted odors that may have attached themselves to your carpet. Some odors are easier to remove than others, such as those from pets or food. However, cigarette smoke tends to sink deeper into carpets, making for an unpleasant odor. Of course, cigarette smoke odor can be bypassed by not smoking in your home, but there are techniques that can help remove the lingering smell.

To begin removing cigarette odors, you are going to need baking soda, and a lot of it. Baking soda is often used in refrigerators or sports bags, and is beneficial because of its natural odor absorbing abilities. Start by spreading an ample layer of baking soda over the areas of carpet you wish to remove odor from, paying very close attention to the areas where the smell is coming from. Once that layer is applied, use a bristled, stiff brush to spread the baking soda equally and allow it to sink deep into the carpet. Let the baking soda sit for awhile, perhaps overnight, and the following day you just need to vacuum until the baking soda is removed. As the baking soda disappears, so should the cigarette odor.

If you smoke inside of your house, this task should be performed fairly often so that the cigarette odor does not set too deeply and linger in your home. You may not mind the smell, especially if you’re a regular smoker, but visitors may feel differently. It may not always be possible to fully remove odors from your carpet, so if you want to avoid the trouble or have a backup plan, then contacting an Austin carpet cleaner can be beneficial.

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Compensation for Workplace Injuries is Real and Obtainable

»Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Workplace Accidents | 1 comment

Workplace accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. At best, the accident may result in minor discomfort and time off work. At worst, a workplace accident can cause debilitating injuries or death, leaving the worker and relatives without a source of income to support them and a host of medical bills.

Workers who suffer accidental injuries or occupational illnesses are eligible to receive workers’ compensation from their employer. Such compensation pays for medical bills and supports the workers if their ability to work has been hampered by the injury.

A significant number of workplace accidents result in injuries like slips, trips, and falls. A report from the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index showed that slips, trips, and falls were the second leading cause of workplace injury in 2005. Slips and falls, which can cause serious injuries ranging from broken bones and lacerations to brain injuries, account for nearly $6 billion in direct costs for employers and workers annually, according to the website of The Williams Kherkher Law Firm.

Surprisingly, a majority of fall-related injuries occur when workers fall from same-level surfaces. The risk of falling is greatly increased when employers do not take proper care of their facilities and fail to take sufficient safety precautions to protect their workers. The Occupational Safety & Health Organization publishes regulations that require workplaces to be orderly and organized and have safe, non-slip surfaces.

According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, slips, trips, and falls, along with other workplace accidents, can be prevented with the proper materials and supervision. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you should seek immediate medical attention, then determine if you are eligible for workers’ compensation to defray the cost of your injury. If you are not eligible for workers’ comp, then a lawsuit might be your best bet of recuperating your losses.

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The Costs of Hurricane Damage

»Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Bankruptcy, Hurricane Damage | 0 comments

Hurricanes are some of the most devastating storm systems in existence, leaving a wide swath of rubble and debris in their wake whenever they make landfall. Because of their vast size, high wind speeds, and potential to cause flooding, hurricanes can cause billions of dollars in damage and permanently displace residents of coastal areas.

In the past few decades, several large hurricanes have caused untold damage when they struck the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Hurricane Andrew, which hit in 1992, had wind speeds of over 175 miles per hour, and caused approximately $45 billion in damage. Hurricane Katrina resulted in even greater losses, flooding large parts of New Orleans and costing the city and surrounding residents more than $105 billion in repairs. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, a third major storm, Hurricane Sandy, crashed into the Northeast coast in 2012, battering thirteen states with floods and power outages.

The destructive power of hurricanes stems from their powerful wind speeds, which are at minimum 74 miles per hour, although higher wind speeds are common. These winds can send debris flying, a danger for residents in the area. If the wind is strong enough, it can break windows and even dismantle entire homes.

The high economic cost of a hurricane like Sandy can be difficult to recover from, especially for families and individuals who were already in financial trouble. Unfortunately, damaging hurricanes can even force some individuals to file for bankruptcy, if they don’t receive the compensation they need from their insurance companies. Flooding can make these situations particularly difficult, since it causes long-lasting damage to homes and property which may not be assessed by an insurance adjuster. The best solution is for individuals to record all damage and file a claim as soon as possible to ensure fair compensation from their insurance company.

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