Custom, Luxury Yachts! Oh My!

Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, purchasing a custom fishing yacht can be a whirlwind experience. Many desk jockeys yearn to get out of the dreary round of everyday life and into the open sea, even for just a little while. But just like being in the Land of Oz, there are pitfalls on this path to self-discovery.

For one thing, custom luxury yachts are often cost-prohibitive; it is often considered the plaything of the rich and the super-rich. Depending on the type, a new luxury wind- or engine-powered yacht for the first-time buyer can cost anywhere from $24,000 (19 feet) to $400,000 (37 feet).

But there is no need for despair if your budget does not run into the well-known brands. It is quite common to have one custom-built and the price will really depend on what the buyer wants. A yacht is after all just a fancy name for any boat or ship used for recreation, such as fishing. In that sense, a rowboat would be considered a yacht.

Taking it from there, a customized luxury fishing yacht can be a large sail boat with a built-in fishing chair, compartments for the tackle box and other fishing paraphernalia, and a cooler. It can also be a gas-powered boat with a cabin. In fact, as long as it serves its recreational purpose as a watercraft, it may be rightly considered as a custom, luxury yacht.

Anyone can literally contract a boat builder to make a customized fishing boat based on the owner’s specifications and preferred budget. There are no rules that require a recreational boat to be a certain length or accoutrements as long as it is seaworthy. However, it would be best to do your research and consult with an experienced boat builder to help in designing a yacht that will meet your needs.

In general, recreational and leisure boats should be registered. Registration requirements for both sailing and motorized boats depend on the state where it will be registered. In general, a reputable boat builder will be able to provide advice on what needs to be done to comply with the applicable laws, including import documents of the engine, if any.

The Need for Effective Criminal Defense for a DWI

Driving while impaired or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a term used by some states for the more common term driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or DUI. In Illinois, the term used is DUI instead of DWI. But whatever term is used, the effects of a conviction can be grave enough to be a serious problem for many people.

Public pressure to crack down on drunk driving can make law enforcement in Illinois and other states over zealous. The most common punishment for a DUI conviction is the suspension of the driver’s license. This is bad enough for the average driver, but when one’s livelihood depends on the ability to drive a vehicle, such as truck or bus driver, this sanction can lead to financial hardship. And since the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders is typically lower than for other types of drivers, a DUI charge can happen very easily.

Another major consequence of a DUI conviction is the restrictions on a US passport holder. While a misdemeanor or felony DUI conviction will not bar the typical citizen from obtaining a US passport, many countries such as Canada, Brazil, and Thailand will deny entry to any person convicted of a DUI charge. So while one may have the passport, there are very few places one can go. This can be a problem for certain individuals whose work requires traveling to other countries.

Other consequences of a DUI conviction may include fines, jail time, loss of employment, and the loss of the right to bear arms. The penalties will depend on the state where the conviction is obtained.

Considering these consequences individually or together, the need for an effective criminal defense to avoid a conviction for DUI charges seems clear. When facing DUI charges, do not hesitate to consult with the most experienced DUI lawyer in the area to ensure the best possible criminal defense.

The Effects and Costs of Car Accidents

Car accidents occur so frequently that the subject has become somewhat passé; that is, until it happens to you or someone close to you. The effects and costs of car accidents can be so severe that it can be profoundly life changing.

6.5 million car accidents occur every year. The most obvious effects of a car accident are physical. If you are very lucky, it merely means property damage and inconvenience. In many cases, however, the physical injury is to the driver and passengers, and when in a serious car accident, the chances of being killed is about 1 in 67. The chances of being seriously injured as a passenger or driver in a car crash are approximately 6%.

Other effects of a car accident are not so obvious. Many car accident survivors develop mental and emotional disorders as they more fully assimilate the experience after the initial shock wears off. Some who witnessed the death of a loved one become severely depressed, while others show symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Still others undergo a personality change as the radical shift in their life becomes more apparent. Some eventually recover; others do not.

The effects of these physical, emotional and mental changes have corresponding costs, the most obvious of which is financial. Medical bills, rehabilitation, psychiatric treatment, and other health issues can be high enough to ruin even a fairly affluent person. Include that fact that these health conditions can effectively bar the victim from engaging in income-generating activities, and that is a financial situation that can easily lead to bankruptcy.

And if that was not bad enough, the stress of the incident can erode family solidarity, professional relationships, and social networks. The pain and suffering associated with car crash injury and fatality can be truly devastating.

It is no wonder that negligent car crash victims and their survivors often sue for, and get, punitive damages far in excess of the actual costs associated with the injuries and/or wrongful death. In reality, there is no real way of compensating for such a horrendous experience.

Cruise Ship Injuries during Excursions

Going on shore excursions is frequently the highlight of any cruise vacation, especially if the port is in a foreign city. Most passengers sign up for at least one shore excursion when booking their passage, and in general it all goes according to plan. The passengers come home hale, hearty, and full of interesting stories to tell.

There are times, however, when misfortune will strike and the passenger sustains an injury during a shore excursion. Accidents happen at any time and any place, and it does not have to be anybody’s fault; this is why it is good to have comprehensive travel insurance when taking a trip. But when the accident is due to the breach of care of a third party, such as the tour operator or the local tender boat company, then it is a different matter. The victim has every right to sue for compensation. The question is who is liable?

It may be suggested that since a shore excursion is off the cruise ship, the cruise liner is not responsible for any injuries. This is not necessarily true. If the cruise ship owns and operates the shore excursion tour more fails to include a disclaimer in the ticket, the cruise liner remains liable for any injuries while on a shore excursion. If the injury happens in or getting on or off a tender boat (which transports passengers from an offshore ship to the port and back), the liability may still be the cruise liner’s because they are responsible for the safe transport of their passengers.

There are many ramifications in determining liability for injuries arising from cruise accidents, not the least of which because cruise lines are often foreign-owned and registered. This means a complicated tussle on a myriad of local and international laws. When injured on a cruise whether on board or during a shore excursion, consult immediately with an experienced cruise ship injury lawyer.

Laser Hair Removal as Medical Malpractice

Permanent hair reduction specifically using laser hair removal has become a very popular procedure when it became widely available in the 1990s. Laser hair removal involves the use of laser light using specific wavelengths for selective photothermolysis. This means that the laser can destroy hair follicles without damaging the surrounding areas. It is a less painful and faster process than the traditional hair removal treatment through electrolysis, although laser epilation will not remove all the hair in the target area.

In the U.S., laser hair removal is widely accepted in dermatological circles as a safe procedure, but it is not a regulated one. As a result, many laser hair removal clinics have been established where the procedure is performed by non-medical personnel or non-physician operators (NPOs). This can be a problem for patients because the side-effects of laser hair removal, mainly burning, can be serious enough to cause permanent damage. NPOs that have no medical training can and do easily make mistakes in detecting potential problems and performing the procedure.

Some states require laser hair removal to be done by a physician or under the supervision of a physician although these regulations do not specify that the physician has to be a dermatologist. In other words, any doctor can do or supervise laser hair removal. So even in states such as Michigan and South Carolina where the procedure has to be physician-supervised, there is a high risk of injury to the patient.

As a result, there has been an increase in medical malpractice suits filed involving injuries sustained from laser hair removal in the US. Third-degree burns and scarring are the most common injuries cited in these lawsuits. In states where a physician is required, the liability is that of the supervising physician even if the NPO was responsible for the injury. As pointed out in an article on the website of this Houston shoulder replacement lawsuit attorney, physicians have a legal duty of care to its patients that NPOs do not.

If you sustained serious injuries from laser hair removal, contact a medical malpractice lawyer in your area to assess the case. You may be able to get compensation for the damage done. However, you must act within the time limit for filing a suit, which differs depending on the type of case, but is often two years.

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