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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....

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...

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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,...

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...

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...

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