A Beginner’s Guide to Cigars, Part 1

By: Matthew Weisberg

Cigars, like any indulgence, vary in quality and taste. To get the most out of your cigar experience, follow these tips.

1. Choosing an Appropriate Cigar
If you are new to cigars, milder flavors will prove more palatable. Avoid stronger cigars as they tend to taste dreadful to those who are unaccustomed to the taste. Additionally, mild cigars are significantly less expensive than stronger ones, so you do not have to worry about feeling as if your money was wasted. As you grow used to the taste and texture of your cigars, ask smoking partners to recommend you a stronger brand and flavor.

2. Inspecting Cigars
Pick up the cigar you are contemplating and give it a gentle squeeze. Do you notice any soft or hard spots? Such texture indicates a bad draw, meaning the right amount of air will not move through the lit cigar. If your cigar should happen to be plugged, or packed too tightly to burn, return it to the vendor, explain your situation, and ask for a refund or exchange.

3. Protecting Cigars
Cigars retain their flavor and texture inside their cellophane wrapping. If you plan to smoke occasionally, buy just a few cigars at a time and keep them in their wrapping until you are ready to consume them. Uncovered cigars dry out quickly, so if you do unwrap a cigar and find yourself unable to smoke it, place it in a sealable bag or container. Consider investing in a humidor, a box that is specially designed to store and preserve cigars under optimum conditions.

A Beginner’s Guide to Cigars, Part 2

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Weisberg Law, P.C.: Assisting Client Settlements in Cases of Workplace Injuries

At Pennsylvania-based Weisberg Law, P.C., we assist clients pursuing litigation in cases of workplace and employment discrimination, injuries, and professional liability. One common case type we pursue is workplace injuries involving defective equipment or safety and health standards violations. This problem is serious, with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimating that some 6 million U.S. workplace injuries occur each year, with 6,000 workers dying from those wounds.

Many people mistakenly believe that worker’s compensation may be the only remedy in cases of workplace injury where the employer is at fault. On the contrary, employees can often pursue private litigation in conjunction with filing worker’s compensation claims. The reasons for taking legal action are clear: worker’s compensation only entitles claimants to a certain percentage of lost wages, and claims of pain and suffering are not compensated under existing laws. Weisberg Law, P.C. attorneys help clients pursue settlements against third parties, such as the manufacturer of unsafe equipment involved in an accident, or the nonemployer owner of the premises where the injury occurred.

For example, if a delivery vehicle has a malfunctioning backup warning system and hits an employee as a result, the victim has a justifiable cause for filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the broken equipment. The company whose employee caused the accident may be liable as well; for example, if a properly functioning forklift hits a fellow company employee, the injured person may only be able to recover worker’s compensation benefits. However, if the forklift is driven by another company’s employee, the injured party can often pursue damages from the driver and his employer. Our well-qualified Pennsylvania attorneys understand the intricacies of state and federal regulations governing work injuries caused by defective equipment. Contact Weisberg Law, P.C. online at weisberglawoffices.com.

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