What is Online Social Etiquette?

What is Online Social Etiquette?

Jul 12

As popular as social media is today, it is important to know how to best represent yourself online. Unlike face-to-face social interactions, there are no body language cues for others to use while interpreting your words, and there is no way for them to immediately respond. It’s a term we hear more and more frequently, but what really is socially acceptable online behavior? Here are some things to avoid:

Sarcasm

Humor is appropriate in online communication, but it can be very difficult to tell when someone is being genuine or sarcastic. Emojis can help clarify the way you intended to use your words, but they are not appropriate in a professional setting. Remember that public forums can be viewed by anyone, and the things you post to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram may influence your professional reputation.

Using Improper Grammar and Spelling

Sending text messages between friends is a lot different than posting information on a public platform. If you want people to cringe every time they think of your name, then go ahead aNd G3t cr8iV m8. However, if you value your online presence and want to adhere to some semblance of etiquette, do your best to use the proper grammar and spelling.

Airing Dirty Laundry

It is never acceptable to call someone out in public for your personal grievances against them, like money problems or relationship quarrels. Those issues are private matters, and they do not belong online where everyone can see. If you feel strongly about addressing the situation online, wait an hour before doing so. Hopefully your emotions will calm down and you will realize what a mistake it would have been to post your initial thoughts.

Plagiarizing and Reposting as Your Own

You may think you’re being sneaky, clever, or witty, but popular services, such as Google’s Reverse Image Search can easily prove that you are not the original creator of a certain meme. Simply posting lyrics to a song without quotation marks or using another person’s quote without acknowledging that the words aren’t yours is considered to be in poor taste. It’s okay to share things that you like, but don’t try to come off as someone you aren’t by stealing someone else’s work. That is a good way to draw a lot of negative attention to yourself from all corners of the internet.

Sharing Too Much Personal Insight

Sometimes we find ourselves feeling philosophical and deep in the stream of consciousness, but save that for your diary and not social media. Posting too much information about a fragile moment in your thoughts can have lasting consequences, even if it is something you truly believe in. How are people supposed to respond? These types of posts usually inspire more questions than answers, and they are best shared in a personal discussion. Instead of sharing these thoughts with everyone online, try to keep your posts lighthearted and fun by saving the deep stuff for an intimate coffee shop discussion with your closest friends.

My Green Card

My Green Card

Oct 04

I may have a problem with the validity of my green card. I received the green card through my marriage to a United States citizen, and now we are going to get divorced. I’ve been told that I can get a two- year conditional green card now. However, the USCIS will have to review my case to be sure that the marriage was entered ‘in good faith.’ Well, we were very happy but she just met somebody else, and she wanted a divorce. I didn’t contest the divorce because I don’t want to live with anyone that isn’t happy anymore in the marriage. Now the USCIS is going to scrutinize my marriage to her to find out if the marriage was entered with good intentions or if I just wanted a green card to live in the United States. Well, I was perfectly happy living where I was out of the country. I gave up my job and my friends to come to the US to be with my wife. It was a genuine marriage and we were happy, even though she spent a lot of my money. Now I am upset that I’m getting divorced and being scrutinized by the USCIS for getting my green card through my wife, a US citizen. The upside of this is that I have a great job in the US and I do want to stay and work in the United States.

So, I need to wait two years with this two-year conditional green card. Further, after two years of this probationary period of a green card, it will be determined if my marriage was a valid marriage at all. I don’t want to have to be scrutinized for trying to circumvent immigration laws or for potentially fraudulently obtaining a green card. However, it looks like there is no way around this.

Maybe I’ll get some legal help or consult with an attorney about this. This is so frustrating especially since I didn’t do anything illegal. I need to provide the USCIS a lot of evidence that the marriage was the real thing and that it was entered without the intention to mislead anyone. I basically need to provide ample evidence that the marriage was valid. Well, it was valid – it just fell apart and now she is in another relationship! Plus, my wife is a permanent resident, and she doesn’t have any burden of proof on her status as a US citizen. The burden of proof is all on me because I am the conditional resident!

I think I need to speak with an immigration attorney about this issue. I was legally married but now we are getting a divorce. I’ve got a great job now and I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize my job here in the United States. How can I convince the USCIS that my marriage was valid and that I was not just trying to get a free pass into the United States?

Accidents and Conditions that can Result to Broken Bones and Scarring

Accidents and Conditions that can Result to Broken Bones and Scarring

Apr 20

Accidents and Conditions that can Result to Broken Bones and Scarring

Broken bone, or bone fracture, which is a break or a crack in a bone, is another common consequence of motor vehicle accidents besides laceration and whiplash. The ones most prone to sustaining this type of injury are motorcycle riders due to the absence or lack of protection that will cushion their body at the moment of collision.

Broken bone is sustained when a force that is much stronger than what a bone can hold up to is exerted against it. Though bone fractures usually occur on the hips, arms or legs, there are instances when damage can be to the skull or ribs, turning a fracture to a life-threatening injury. Thus, while bone fracture to the arm or leg may only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods to hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures, like fracture to the hips, usually require surgery and/or surgical traction; in the case of a broken hip joint, doctors also recommend hip replacement surgery.

Falls and sporting accidents, besides motor vehicle accidents, are additional causes of broken bones. Sometimes, even minor accidents, like trip and fall, can result to a bone fracture, though – this can be the case if the bones have weakened due to an illness, such as Osteoporosis and some types of cancer, which cause the bones to fracture more easily. Osteoporosis, is a medical condition in which the bones become weak, brittle and very fragile (usually due to hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D). In certain cases, coughing or sneezing hard, or even a minor bump can result to bone injury.

As explained by the firm Spiros Law, P.C, “Broken bones are a common result of traumatic injuries that can make it difficult to return to your former job. Scarring occurs to any part of the body that is damaged as part of the healing process, but it can create painful consequences of its own.

A serious broken bone or heavy scarring can have a wide range of serious effects on your life. Broken bones can lead to permanent loss of function or disability, reducing your mobility and making day-to-day tasks much more difficult. Broken bones can also be disfiguring, depending on the part of the body affected.

Our bodies create scar tissue to patch the damage caused by an injury, but heavy scarring can be disfiguring. Large amounts of scar tissue can be uncomfortable, and may create other complications such as limited mobility.

Whatever the nature of your injuries may be, you should not have to suffer because of another person’s negligent or malicious actions. By taking legal action against the people responsible, you can finally find closure.”

The Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

The Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Feb 03

Traumatic Brain Injuries are some of the most serious injuries possible. Not only can the physical effects be life changing, but the mental consequences of a traumatic brain injury can be extreme and far reaching.

Effects of a TBI vary depending on the seriousness of the injury. According to the Benton Law Office, many brain injuries are minor and do not require hospitalization. Despite this fact, all suspected brain injury victims should be taken to the hospital.

All TBIs can be placed in two categories: mild and severe. A brain injury is classified as mild if loss of consciousness and confusion/disorientation occurs for shorter than thirty minutes. Because of the short term nature of the symptoms, these injuries tend to be taken lightly. Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries are frequent in contact sports such as football, and the lack of understanding of these injuries is explored in the movie Concussion, starring Will Smith. A severe brain injury is associated with loss of consciousness for more than thirty minutes and memory loss longer than twenty four hours. Survivors of these injuries face a wide range of potential long term effects. Paralysis is common, as is abnormal speech and emotional difficulty.

The top three causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries are car accidents, firearms, and falls. Wounds to the head caused by firearms prove to be fatal for nine out of every ten victims, highlighting the exceedingly dangerous nature of TBIs. The number of victims is far greater than most Americans expect. There are around a million and a half people per year who suffer from TBIs in the U.S., and that is not including the thousands that go unreported. The highest risk groups for these incidents are young adults and the elderly.

Tips For Choosing The Best Hairstyle For Your Wedding

Tips For Choosing The Best Hairstyle For Your Wedding

Nov 30

Every woman wants to have the perfect wedding. From the gown, reception, ceremony, and even the hair, the bride wants to make sure that their wedding will truly be a day to remember. After choosing the dress, finding the right hairstyle will be the next job on your agenda. Houston bridal hair stylists at Therapy Hair Studio will tell you that bridal hair and makeup should be beautiful, memorable, and flawless. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect hairstyle for your wedding.

Try different looks

At first, try experimenting with different styles. You can go online and get some ideas that you will tell your hairdresser. Give yourself ample time to do this and not just in the last week or few days before your wedding.

Match with your gown

Your hair should match your gown and not compete with it. Your outfit should impact the way you would style your hair. Consider your neckline when choosing a hairstyle.

Consider the venue

Aside from your gown, your hair should also complement the venue. If you are having a destination wedding, the heat may come into play. The important thing is to make sure that your hairstyle will work with the venue.

Think about the hair accessories

If you are using accessories such as tiaras, you also need to think about how your hair will fit with your chosen accessory. You do not want to end up having your hair styled twice just because the first did not complement your accessory. Make sure that the style you chooses complements both having an accessory and not having one.

The hair is considered as one’s crowning glory. For your wedding, it definitely will be. You do not want to be talked about for the wrong reason but for making your wedding day one that is worth remembering.

The Risk of Being Under the Care of a Negligent Medical Professional

The Risk of Being Under the Care of a Negligent Medical Professional

Nov 03

Providing patients with timely and correct diagnosis and prescribing to them the correct and effective medication is the kind of quality service doctors and other health care providers owe their patients. The list of patients include pregnant women and their unborn child who are under the care of an OB/GYN (Obstetrician/Gynecologist), whose duty is to provide mothers-to-be with the medical care that they and their baby need. While some doctors do commit mistakes during treatment of their patient/s, so long as these mistakes are minor and cause no harm to patients, then these may be tolerated; mistakes that cause harm, however, are different since these may be causes of medical malpractice lawsuits where a doctor or any other medical personnel who committed the mistake may be named as defendant.

Medical malpractice is a real and growing concern in many US states. One basis of lawsuits if the sub-par medical treatment provided to patients – below standard quality care, due to negligence or carelessness that often result to patient harm.

Errors in the medical filed (which lead to medical malpractice) not only result to the worsening of the original health complaint, but also to additional injuries and, sometimes, even to untimely death. Due to these errors, the patient and his/her family are often left with greater sufferings, physically and financially-wise.

One of the worst effects of medical errors is injury to a new born. A severely painful reality to every family, a birth injury can instantly turn a couple’s life from joy-filled to severely painful. Birth injuries include newborn infections, brain and spinal damage, brachial plexus or erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, facial paralysis (any part of the face, maybe temporary or permanent), subconjunctival hemorrhage (rupture of small blood vessels in the eyes), cephalohematoma (hemorrhage between the bone and its covering which usually occurs in the head) and caput succedaneum (where the head’s soft tissue swells during delivery).

While it is true that these birth injuries can pose permanent damage and make a child and his/her family’s life miserable, it is also true that these injuries can be prevented; all it requires is enough care on the part of the doctor during the concerned woman’s pregnancy and delivery. This is because birth injuries are, most likely than not, results of negligence.

As explained by the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, doctors should take their responsibility seriously at all times in order to ensure that no unnecessary errors are made that could place the health or safety of patients at risk. When medical professionals fail to live up to these standards, patients can suffer serious consequences. Due to this, the law allows for victims of medical errors to take action against those responsible for their unnecessary suffering through a medical malpractice claim.

An Overview of Drug Conspiracy Explained

An Overview of Drug Conspiracy Explained

Aug 24

Given the strict laws surrounding the selling and manufacture of illegal drugs, it would take more than one individual to become successful with committing a drug crime. Drug conspiracy is the agreement between two or more people to commit a drug crime. Possession, distribution, and trafficking of controlled substances is a Federal crime. It involves large amounts of drugs and not just simple possession. The charge for drug conspiracy is harsh and may include a mandatory minimum of 10 years.

Aside from being a Federal crime, the suspects can also be prosecuted at the state level. According to the website of the Nashville criminal lawyers at Horst Law, law enforcement authorities only need to prove that there was conspiracy between two or more parties to commit a drug crime. Proving drug conspiracy is based upon the Pinkerton vs US rule. The ruling states that a conspirator can be held liable for any and all acts committed by co-conspirators. The government prosecutor will only need to convict one of the conspirators for the other parties to be charged as well.

Due to the broad reach of drug conspiracy laws, it is possible to convict persons who do not know each other. Prosecutors can charge several people with the same crime. In some instances, the accused parties can even be charged twice for similar offense with the double jeopardy protection. Even if they simply discussed committing a drug crime, they can still be charged even if they did not take part in the action.

Federal penalties for drug conspiracy are stiff but just like white collar conspiracy offenses. Section 371 of the United States Code places the penalty for conspiracy crimes at $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for organizations. Aside from the penalty, the conspirators could serve a prison term of up to five years. The penalty can increase in connection with other4 crimes aside from drug offenses. Federal drug crimes can also result to seizure and forfeiture of property even if there was no conviction of a crime.

Whiplash: The Most Common Injury in Rear-end Crashes

Whiplash: The Most Common Injury in Rear-end Crashes

May 18

Drivers and all other vehicle occupants are vulnerable to many kinds of injuries during vehicular accidents. But while some injuries are no more serious than bruises or small cuts, some others, like broken bones, internal injuries, and injury to the spinal cord, head, face, or neck, are severe enough to require emergency medical treatment and long rehabilitation period.

Of the many different types of injuries that motor vehicle accidents result to, the one most commonly suffered by drivers and passengers, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), is whiplash. Whiplash is damage to the ligaments, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues in the neck area. It is caused by a sudden, forceful blow which causes the head to jolt back and forth or sideways. This jolting of the head causes the neck to move beyond its normal range of movement, resulting to overstretched and damaged soft tissues. While being rear-ended by a speeding vehicle can definitely result to a serious whiplash injury, most whiplash injuries are actually caused by vehicles running only at 5 to 10 miles per hour.

Tailgating and inattentive or distracted driving are the top causes of rear-end crashes. These kinds of driving error cause majority of the 120,000 whiplash injuries recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) every year.

Usually, the symptoms of whiplash become manifest shortly after an accident. There are cases, however, when symptoms are delayed, becoming manifest several days after the crash. Thus, while a neck X-ray may be advisable, there is no guarantee that this will help detect possible sustained injuries, especially if the injury is a torn ligament. It is, therefore, important that the victim in an accident be very observant of the symptoms associated with whiplash. These symptoms include swelling at the neck area, nausea, dizziness, pain on the shoulder and arms, back pain, blurred vision, lack of energy, difficulty swallowing, and headache that radiates from the base of the skull to the forehead.

In its website, Houston Taxotere lawsuit lawyers points out that though motor vehicle accidents are the major causes of whiplash injuries, the number one contributing factor to these accidents is still recklessness or negligence, the basis of a tort (or civil) lawsuit wherein a victim is allowed to seek compensation for whatever damages and losses he or she has been made suffer.

Understanding Car Insurance Deductibles

Understanding Car Insurance Deductibles

Dec 01

If getting an insurance policy seems hard enough, you may get more bewildered when specialized terms begin to come in. One of them being thrown around is the phrase “deductible”. It’s one of the items which should be considered when selecting the suitable or correct automobile insurance for you. In deciding which insurance best accommodates to your demands knowing what is a deductible can make you well informed.

In accordance with the website of Greenfield, WI car accident lawyers, a deductible is an insurance term is your personal responsibility for covering the damage, as compared to the responsibility of your insurance company to cover the damage. By way of example, the entire quantity of repair bill is $1,000 including your deductible is $600, then the automobile insurance company will pay for the remaining $400.

Most individuals would rather possess higher deductibles because it permits them to get lower premiums (meaning they pay less insurance) and can save them some money. Even though it seems to be an appealing alternative, it is nevertheless important to select the right deductible as it can affect your insurance rate. Your fiscal remain can also change on specific kinds of promises.

One of the more important factors you should consider when determining your deductible is as in comparison to the quantity you’ll be liable individually the amount of money you are able to save each year on your policy. Think about how much you’re prepared to pay without straining your budget or yourself. Take into account your revenue, savings that are personal funding, as well as your available credit to make sure simply how much you might be capable of ensuring harms. Additionally, frequent accidents in your town may necessitate deductibles that are lower to save from financial problems.

Having a better comprehension of how they could profit you in the end and deductibles work could possibly be crucial in obtaining the vehicle insurance coverage that is proper at the best price.

Will a Hysterectomy Affect My Life?

Will a Hysterectomy Affect My Life?

Aug 17

A hysterectomy can most certainly affect your life in more ways than one. After all, it is the surgical removal of a woman’s womb – it is bound to have effects in the long run. Several women with varying opinions can provide some personal insights as to how the procedure can affect you, should you choose to get the procedure done.

For example, it goes without saying that a woman without a womb can no longer conceive and give birth to children. Women who consider hysterectomies must take this into consideration and must have no further plans of having children through natural means. This, however, does not necessarily mean that a woman will automatically be menopausal after the procedure is done. This may have been true some years ago but current methods allow for just the necessary noncancerous growths to be removed without damaging or needing to take out anything else. In fact, there is such a thing as partial hysterectomies these days.

However, some caution needs to be taken when considering this procedure as there are dangers that lurk in its shadows. There are some cases stated by women who have gone through this procedure as they then claim, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, that hysterectomy with the use of a morcellator by Johnson and Johnson have then caused for them to get endometrial cancer.

If you are considering getting a hysterectomy, it is recommended that you consult with your most trusted physician in order to know if this procedure is the right thing for you. After all, there are several sources that claim that less than 2% of the women who have gotten procedures of this nature done have not, necessarily, needed a hysterectomy in the first place. Usually, it was done in order to remove a painful but otherwise benign growth from the body, like uterine fibroids. But the procedure to remove just the fibroids and not the uterus itself is called a myomectomy and that is another conversation entirely.