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Slip and Fall Accidents and Damages

What damages could someone recover if they are hurt in a slip and fall accident? I went online and did a little research into the reality of the situation. It turns out that as a young adult without kids, I’ve had the privilege of not worrying about serious injuries from a slip and fall. I work in an office environment and I’m in my early thirties. I’m not really at risk for getting injured from most slip and falls, but there are plenty of people that could be seriously hurt by them. According to the attorneys at Glover Law Firm, businesses have a responsibility to make sure that patrons are safe from a slip and fall accident while on their property.

I realized that older people and small children are at risk of being harmed from a standard slip and fall. People that work in a warehouse or factory environment also stand the risk of injury on a day to day basis. Some people need walkers to get around, and they rely on handrails to balance while picking out items at a store. If these handrails are faulty, they could collapse under the weight of a person and cause them to fall. If they are elderly, they could break a hip, or several other bones and end up needing thousands of dollars of medical treatment. I think it’s good that there are lawyers to make sure that people in these situations are able to pursue the money they lose in damages.

Children can’t get seriously hurt by a slip and fall as well. Children tend to be, well, children. They don’t always take care to protect themselves and be aware of their surroundings. If a store employee left a large water spill unmarked in a store aisle, it wouldn’t shock me if a kid was running around and slip in the water while running at full speed. This could cause the child to hit his head and receive a serious brain injury. It’s easy for businesses to train employees well, and make sure to do these little things right so that patrons are safe while on their premises. As customers, we are doing a service to these businesses by choosing to shop at their locations. It is a business owner’s legal responsibility to foster a safe environment for everyone. It also is a sign of respect towards the people that shop there.

Someday I hope to move into management at my job and eventually I would like to own a business of my own. Part of owning a business is implementing safety mechanisms for employees and customers alike. Attorneys  are in the business of keeping business owners accountable and making sure that no one faces financial ruin because of another person’s negligence. I would never want to go into law myself, but these people certainly play an important role in our society.


El Salvador and its Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

As of March 9, 2018, El Salvador’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation was removed. For those of you who do not know what TPS is, here is an excellent article that explains it. The article, by the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, explains that TPS is a type of immigration relief for individuals from select countries. Countries that are given TPS maintain that status until further review, which occurs every 18 months. Designating a country with TPS usually means some serious incident occurred in that country, like an environmental disaster or a war crisis. TPS allows individuals from the country with the status to remain in the United States and obtain lawful employment. At the most basic level, TPS status enables individual people to register for TPS status so they can work.

As stated, the new executive administration has implemented changes to TPS status of certain countries. Specifically, as I stated early, El Salvador is no longer qualified as TPS. What this means is that on September 9, 2019, El Salvador’s TPS status will officially be terminated. This change is a microcosm of all the immigration modifications that are going on today. Other immigration law changes are succinctly explained in the same helpful article, which serves as an excellent resource.

There are an estimated 200,000 people from El Salvador living in the United States. Part of the deal with the TPS program is that those people from El Salvador working in the United States send a portion of their earnings to their home country as what is known as a remittance. Remittances are generally used to help their family members in El Salvador.

One concern is that with the eventual cessation of remittances in September 2019, poverty in El Salvador could get worse. In fact, it is estimated that about 80 percent of the El Salvadorians living in the United States are sending remittances back to their homeland. Specifically, it is estimated that each working El Salvadorian in the United States sends back about $4,300 per year. These payments have decreased poverty levels and have enhanced the economy of El Salvador.

Many people in El Salvador rely on these payments. Picture a situation where an El Salvadorian lives and works in the United States. A portion of his earnings goes back to his family in El Salvador. He works under the assumption that his work in the States will help his loved ones back home. That will all be a distant memory come September 2019.

El Salvador was initially granted TPS because of earthquakes that plagued the Central American country. However, the new administration has determined that the country has bounced back from the turmoil caused by the earthquake damage. It is important to stay informed on TPS matters, particularly El Salvador. It will be interesting, and potentially saddening, to see the other side effects of this administrative decision.

Top 6 Celebrity Motorcycle Crashes

Despite the cool leather jacket and the iconic images of him on a bike, James Dean didn’t die in a motorcycle accident. Instead, he was in his Porsche 550 Spyder.

Even if Dean’s dangerous, reckless, cool persona didn’t add to the mythos of the motorcycle, the bike has still managed to take on those qualities all on its own. Or rather, with the help of a few other reckless stars.

Here are the top six biggest celebrity motorcycle accidents of all time.

  1. E. Lawrence – Better known as Lawrence of Arabia, T.E. Lawrence was cool because cool was even a term. After returning home to England after helping start a revolution against the Ottoman Empire during World War I (in, you guessed it, the Arabic part of the world), Lawrence swerved his Brough Superior SS100 out of the way of two boys in the road. He died as a result, a hero to the end.
  1. Half the Allman Brothers (Duanne Allman and Berry Oakley) – Guitarist Duanne Allman and bassist Berry Oakley died just over a year apart and only a few blocks from each other. Duanne died because he ran his bike into a truck that stopped suddenly and Berry ran into a bus. The similarities were eerie and tragic for one of the great bands of Southern Rock.
  1. Gary Busey – Gary Busey is probably better known for being crazy than for being an actor, but maybe there’s a reason for that. In 1988, the notoriously anti-helmet actor/crazy man was in an accident so bad, the police officer attending to him had to hold his head together until the ambulance arrived. There was a real fear of permanent brain damage. Busey turned out to be okay, but he’s still a little…off all the same.
  1. Bob Dylan – As mysterious as the great poet-songwriter himself, Dylan’s accident was never reported and some have speculated, never happened. In 1966, he was out on his Harley 45 and apparently had an accident bad enough that he took a break for months. But again, no report, so perhaps he just wanted a vacation? We’ll never know unless he writes a song about it.
  1. Keanu Reeves – Reeves has had a few accidents in his time and always gets back on the bike. His biggest one came before his rise to fame, though, in 1988, when he was worried enough that he thought he was going to die. In the end, he just lost his spleen.
  1. Ben Roethlisberger – The Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback has taken a few hits in his time, but his 2006 bike accident was bad enough to break his nose and cost him a couple teeth. Life’s a little tougher when you don’t have linemen blocking the cars for you.

That’s our top six celebrity motorcycle accidents. If we’ve learned anything, it’s not to ride a bike if you’re a celebrity. Or, maybe, just be careful and avoid stupid mistakes like reckless driving, mechanical malfunction, or riding drunk, as these errors in judgment are all contributors to motorcycle accidents.

How to Maximize Employee Productivity

There are so many advantages of maximizing the productivity of your employees. First, the more productive they are the more likely that they are making more money for the company. Second, you are getting optimal productivity for the operation costs you put out, including employee salaries. Third, significant productivity often translates to employee satisfaction, which may reduce turnover rates. Below are just some of the things you can do to make your employees more productive, and the best part about these things is that they are simple.

Using Employment Tests

You can already affect employee productivity even before they are hired, and this can be done through a good hiring process.

Employment tests are good ways to measure the competence of applicants. Testing for employment has numerous benefits. It can easily pinpoint the strengths of the applicants, so you can put them in positions where they can exploit these strengths, and therefore maximize productivity.

Avoiding Workplace Hostility

A hostile work environment can reduce the productivity level of employees. But how can a workplace be considered hostile? A workplace can be considered hostile if there is discrimination or harassment.

Discrimination happens when an employee is receiving unfair treatment just because of his inherent traits, such as his age, preferred gender, race, and sex. Harassment happens when an employee is receiving incidental harm from others. This usually comes in the form of bullying, sexual harassment, and outright violence.

According to the website of Cary Kane LLP, those who are experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace may have legal options. The law is a convincing factor for employers to act against workplace hostility.

Ensuring Workplace Cleanliness and Safety

Usually, an absent or unhealthy employee translates into less productivity. But why is an employee absent or unhealthy? It can be because the workplace is not clean, putting him at risk of biological contaminants and pollutants, such as bacteria, dusts, and molds. It can be because the workplace is not safe, putting him at risk of injuries and illnesses.

Workplace safety is not just for those who work in hazardous areas, like construction sites and manufacturing plants. Even the safest workplaces, such as office buildings, can pose their own dangers, such as defective elevators, overheated equipment, and overloaded wiring systems.

Selling Real Estate-Better Safe than Sorry

Selling real estate is a complicated and potentially expensive process. Clear understanding of contracts, successful navigation of regulatory procedure, and careful resolution of real estate disputes are all easier when you have real estate lawyers on your side.

There are a number of legal problems that may occur when selling real estate. Even something as innocuous as a standard sale form instead of a specialized form, or improper filing times, can ruin a deal and potentially cost you thousands of dollars. Another small but important detail is the condition of the property being sold. A lawyer can recommend the proper precautions to take to ensure you are not caught off guard by any faulty infrastructure or damaged property. In the case of selling your home, if an agreement falls through you could be responsible for paying a brokerage fee in addition to the hassle of finding a new buyer.

Selling real estate also has wide ranging tax implications. You may know that, if you sell your home, you may exclude up to $250,000 of your capital gain from tax. This amount doubles for married couples filing together. This and other tax facts are available publicly, but may be difficult to find and understand if you are managing the sale yourself. If selling your home in Austin, Austin real estate lawyers can point out the network of tax savings and opportunities available to you. State taxes and depreciation must also be taken into consideration, as both can affect your tax filing and the profits from the sale of your property.

If you are ready to become involved in the sale of real estate, do not leave anything to chance. Contact a real estate lawyer to ensure you get all the money you deserve for your property.

DWI Still a Major Traffic Problem in the U.S.

Drunk driving remains to be a major traffic problem in the U.S. In 2013, those arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the U.S., including in the District of Columbia, totaled to 1,171,935. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) records showed that the number of arrests due to drunk driving went as high as 1.4 million. With these unbelievable figures, many authorities feel relieved that the yearly number of fatal accidents do not go over 10,500. Authorities consider this bit of success (in maintaining the number of fatal accidents to just a little above 10,000) to the zeal of traffic enforcers in enforcing these laws, to the efforts of private, non-profit groups, like the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) which, since 1980, has helped in the passing of new DUI laws, like the Zero Tolerance, which prohibits individuals below the age of 21 from having in their blood system any measurable amount of alcohol, and to the passing of additional laws, such as the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) law, which authorizes arresting officers to confiscate the license of drivers who refuse to take or fail a breath test.

The current blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for car drivers is 0.08%. This BAC limit is still considered high based on the fact that a person’s driving ability and response time to emergency situations are already affected even at 0.05% BAC level. Application of the law, however, simply allows for traffic enforcers to consider and, therefore, arrest an individual due to alcohol-impairment if he/she has a BAC level of 0.08% or higher. To further reduce risks of accidents due to drunk-driving, some states also authorize traffic enforcers to consider a driver as already alcohol-impaired if they see that his/her abilities are been affected by alcohol even if such driver’s BAC level is below 0.08%.

A DWI conviction can ruin one’s professional and personal future. A lot of attention has been drawn to drunk driving over the past couple of decades, all directed to punishing offenders and proving guilty or convicting those who are caught. This makes it important, even necessary, for people who are charged to seek representation from a highly-skilled defense lawyer, who may be able to save him/her from possible conviction.

Wrongful Death: What Families Can Do to Take Action

Grieving the death of a loved one is a difficult and challenging experience. This is especially true if the death happened suddenly and because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful act. Knowing that the death of a loved one is both senseless and easily preventable can make the grieving process all the more challenging.

While taking legal action might not do much to help the unbearable hurt that comes with news of a wrongful death, there is still some benefit to finding accountability and a sense of justice. A wrongful death claim can be helpful tool to help grieving families find the closure they need, allowing them to receive appropriate compensation for the damages they’ve incurred through their difficult experience.

According to Evans Moore, LLC, a wrongful death refers to any case that resulted from dangerous circumstances caused by another party’s reckless or negligent behavior. The most common cases of wrongful death include car and truck accidents, medical malpractice, product and premises liability, hospital negligence, and nursing home negligence. Filing a wrongful death claim for these circumstances entitle the family to receive compensation that can help cover the cost of medical care, funeral services, lost wages, as well as expenses for the victim’s beneficiaries.

Wrongful death claims are to be pursued by immediate family members that the law recognizes as the “parties at interest.” Filing a claim needs to be done within a specific time period. While the statute of limitations differs between states, most require that wrongful death claims be filed within a two-year period. Depending on the outcome of the lawsuit, a victim’s family member will receive compensation for financial and emotional damages, among others.

If your loved one was a victim of a wrongful death incident, do not hesitate to consult with a lawyer and take legal action. It might not do much, but a wrongful death claim can help you achieve a sense of justice that might be necessary for you and your family to achieve closure.

Tips For Finding The Best Plumber For Your Home

Repairing leaks in homes can be a real challenge for the inexperienced. Fortunately, you can get help from an expert plumber to do the job for you. But finding the right plumber for your repair needs is not easy as you think it is. Making the task more difficult is the fact that there are bogus companies who are only after your money. In this article, we will look at some tips on finding the right man for your plumbing requirements.

Does the plumber have the necessary license?

The best way to separate a competent plumber from a bogus one is the license. Hiring a licensed plumber is recommended for a variety of reasons. Licensed plumbers have the experience and professional background to perform plumbing jobs. They are knowledgeable about local building codes to reduce the risk of paying penalties and fines.

Check Their Experience

The length of stay of a company in the industry is a good gauge of the competence of the plumbing firm. It shows the financial stability of the company and that they have survived the test of time and has been through economic ups and downs.

Ask for proof of insurance

While performing their jobs, the workers of the plumbing company may become injured. For this reason, you need to make sure that the plumbing company has a proof of insurance in case of injuries to their workers. You do not want to end up paying for the insurance of the worker.

Request for estimates

When you ask the plumbing company for an estimate of their service, they should be ready to give you one. If they do not want to give you the possible costing, then look for another company.

A competent plumbing company has the skill and knowledge in identifying plumbing-related problems such as leaks. Choosing the right company for your plumbing needs can be easy with these tips.

Car Defects: The Silent Killer on US Roads and Highways

In September of 2014, more than 850,000  vehicles were recalled by one giant automotive manufacturing firm due to defective airbags and seat belts; in October of that same year, another large firm discovered that the same defects existed in 184,215 of its SUVs that have been distributed around the world, thus, prompting that company to make the necessary recalls. In May of 2015, a manufacturing defect that can cause excessive brake heat and thus cause fires was discovered by yet another car manufacturer. This defect, which compromises the safety of car occupants, is a clear failure to comply with the “Light Vehicle Brake Systems” requirement, which is imposed under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Systems (FMVSS) No. 135. The biggest recall in the history of the car industry, however, involves exploding driver-side airbags, which has already caused seven deaths and more than 100 injuries. More 53 million vehicles worldwide have already been recalled by various car manufacturers; it is estimated that 34 million of these vehicles are in the US.

Hundreds of millions of vehicles have been recalled in the past, either voluntarily by manufacturers or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through a court order. Vehicle recalls are made after complaints sent by vehicle owners to the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) have been investigated and proven. These recalls are based on:

The risk posed by the defective vehicle or vehicle part to the safety of the vehicle occupants or anyone else on the road (other motorists, motorcycle or bicycle riders and pedestrians).

Failure to comply with the minimum performance requirement set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). This minimum performance requirement is aimed at helping ensure the safe operation of a vehicle and the safety of all vehicle occupants from injury or death. The FMVSS has set standards for all vehicle parts, including brakes, tires, lighting, steering wheels, safety belts, air bags, child restraints.

The problem with a defective car or a defective car part is that a car owner usually finds out about the defect only after the part has actually malfunctioned and causes an accident. And though today’s cars are the safest ever, thanks to advanced safety technologies (as affirmed by the NHTSA), still, accidents reach almost five million every year, claiming more than 30,000 lives and injuring about two million others.

Defects in cars can be due to a faulty design, when a worker accidentally skips a manufacturing procedure, or when a worker does an extra thing that is not part of the manufacturing process. According to the Sampson Law Firm, every car manufacturer is legally obliged to make sure that very car unit that leaves the manufacturing plant will never put any life at risk of injury or death.

SR-22 Insurance Plans

Folks who need to get SR-22 support in Chicago, generally have sought out for SR-22 Insurance in Chicago. They are prone to come across many websites that feature “inexpensive” SR-22 insurance. That is absolutely true, because, according to the website of Milwaukee, Wisconsin car accident attorneys, the fee for obtaining the SR-22 is approximately $30 with a tad of variation in either case according to the state and it’s also more-or-less the same for many insurance companies operating in the exact same area. However that doesn’t contain the expense of the related insurance policy you will need to get in the issuing firm, and so the same rules apply in choosing the right SR-22 insurance in Chicago as when you’re looking around for any other insurance.

It needs to be noted that not all insurance agencies are accredited to issuing SR-22 certificates, nor are all insurers willing to do so as a result of the larger risk associated with SR-22 candidates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you will just be issued an SR-22 when you yourself have proven to have safety and financial responsibility, without having problems for example drunk driving (DUI) or driving without the minimum car insurance plan. If you have any of these problems, you might not have as many choices when it comes to choosing insurance plans. Nevertheless, you can still select the type that is capable and prepared to protect you and possess the operating instructions you need to drive lawfully.

When looking through the offerings of insurance organizations marketing “SR-22 insurance” online, it constantly states exact and full information when asking to get an estimate in order for the insurance provider to give you accurate amounts. Most reputable insurance firms will understand just what you need and help in almost any way they are able to in order to make sure that you get through the method as quickly and painlessly as possible.