The Issue of Work Accidents

The Issue of Work Accidents

Jun 12

If you’ve had any type of dangerous or risky job, chances are your boss made you go through intense training to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. People in the food industry, an industry that is thought of as relatively safe, need to have a Food Handler’s certificate before they can prepare food and sell it to the public.

Doctors go through years of medical school and then residency before they have patients’ lives put in their hands. Before construction workers are allowed to go to the job site, they undergo rigorous meetings and training sessions to keep themselves out of harm’s way.

On top of this, there is a system of checks and balances that are in place so that these workers have somewhere to turn if they get hurt on the job.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is a subset of the Department of Labor. OSHA was designed to help create and maintain safe working conditions for people in the labor force. They provide training and inspections that make sure that these conditions are of good enough quality for people to keep working.

Some guidelines that construction sites have to meet before it is deemed safe to work on including no exposed wires and workers must wear hard hats. As long as the workers follow the rules set forth for them, they should expect to be fairly safe during the workday.

This being said, the workers can only take so many precautions themselves. While wearing proper protective gear and finishing training is a must for these people, sometimes it’s not enough.

Construction sites are often under tight deadlines, and if even one person fails to complete their assigned tasks, construction will grind to a halt.

Failing to meet those deadlines looks bad for the company, and it may be harder for them to get jobs in the future. Because of this, supervisors sometimes put the job ahead of their workers.

Negligent supervisors can ignore the breaks that workers are required by law to have, and can threaten to fire employees if they don’t stay late to finish the job. They can even neglect the worksite and let it become a dangerous place to work if they are in big enough of a hurry.

When these bosses act in this manner, the employees are the ones who suffer. In addition to feeling overworked and underpaid, the employees face an increased risk of danger. Working with heavy machinery such as cranes and forklifts can be even riskier than normal if the worksite is unsafe, resulting in catastrophic injury.

If you find yourself injured on the job because of a negligent foreman, contact Greenville injury lawyers. They will fight to get you a settlement that helps cover your medical expenses and lost wages while you recover.

An unsafe work environment is one that can cost you your life. Don’t let your employers get away with their greed; a bad review on a company website will never be more important than your well-being.

How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer

How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Feb 08

Hiring the right lawyer is crucial for anyone that’s been accused of a crime. Simply going through the trial process is enough to have your reputation tarnished. The court of public opinion often operates on a guilty-until-proven-innocent standard. It’s a shame, but getting convicted can limit you for the rest of your life. That’s why it’s always important to look for a lawyer that has tons of experience but is also adaptable, and looks at the unique circumstances behind your case.

When you hire a lawyer to represent you in a criminal case, that lawyer is going to plead in front of a jury or judge as to why you are innocent, or why you should receive a lenient sentence if you are guilty. Lawyers that have lots of experience are great, because they know the best arguments for different types of cases. They know the dispositions of judges in the area. They also have expertise in picking out jury members that will sympathize with your situation. The hard part is that just because a lawyer has tons of experience doesn’t mean that they’re good at what they do. Some lawyers look at criminal cases in a formulaic way. This means they argue every case in cookie-cutter fashion, bringing up the same exact points that don’t really resonate with the court.

To find a great lawyer, you want tons of experience and a great track record. A great track record shows me that the lawyer doesn’t look at criminal cases in that cookie-cutter sort of way. They’re going to review the evidence, ask hard questions during depositions, and bring in expert witnesses to get the facts. I was surfing the web for an example and I found the website for Horst Law. The attorneys at Horst Law have both of the things I’ve mentioned: experience and a great track record. They’ve been in the criminal defense business for more than 25 years. On top of that, they’ve won cases on a wide array of different charges.

One area they focus on is drug crimes at the state and federal level. An average lawyer might look at all drug charges as essentially the same and try to get the client a reduced sentenced based on the situation, but Horst Law recognizes lots of different distinctions within the drug crimes. They have experience defending people charged of simple possession, drug manufacturing, drug conspiracy, drug trafficking, and possession with intent to sell.

They also deal heavily in sex offenses. They notice the circumstances around each case to create their argument. For sex offenses, the relationship between the people involved, the age of the people involved, and whether violence was also a factor are all important things to take into consideration. Horst makes sure to take all of these sorts of things into account when fighting for a client.

I’m too busy to get myself into trouble, so I probably won’t have to go looking for a criminal defense lawyer anytime soon. I also don’t live in the Nashville area, so I won’t have reason to refer Horst myself. However, if a friend of mine found himself in hot water I would give him the same advice that I’m giving right now. Look for a lawyer that has years of experience and doesn’t do cookie-cutter arguments.

What You Need to Know About Alimony in California

What You Need to Know About Alimony in California

Jun 24

When determining alimony, the state of California takes into consideration a couple’s lifestyle during the time they were married. The spouse who earns the most money may have to accommodate the other after the divorce, and the court does not take gender into consideration. If the judge decides one spouse must give money to the other in order for the former spouse to continue living in a similar manner, then this is referred to as spousal support or alimony.

Types of Spousal Support

There are three types of alimony that the judge may deem appropriate for your situation. Temporary support is a brief form of alimony that may last until the divorce proceedings are over, but it could last longer. Spousal support is a continuous form of alimony that could last several years after the divorce. As circumstances change, the court is willing to renegotiate the terms of the alimony agreement. The judge may also decide that a one-time payment of alimony in the form of a lump-sum is the most appropriate way for the former spouse to receive support.

How to Determine the Duration of Alimony

The court takes into consideration how long a couple has been married. If the former spouses were together less than ten years, then it’s likely that the alimony order will be for less than five years. For couples that were together longer than ten years, it becomes more difficult to determine with certainty. If the former spouse cannot work full-time or they sacrificed career opportunities to raise a family, the judge may be more inclined to award more support. However, the paying spouse may be able to demand that the receiving spouse support themselves after a certain amount of time. Either way, the attorneys on both sides of the argument will have their hands full trying to prove their point.

Calculation Alimony Payments

The court uses a complicated formula to determine how much alimony should be awarded to a former spouse, and it is based roughly on 50 percent of the income of the lower earning spouse compared to 40 percent of the higher earning spouse’s income. As the final amount is determined, adjustments will be made to compensate for things like taxes and child support.

Making Adjustments

Unless both couples signed an agreement that prohibits any adjustments to the final agreement, the alimony contract can be changed. Either spouse has the right to request the agreement be modified or terminated, depending on new developments regarding the former spouse’s financial situation. If either spouse dies, then the alimony agreement will automatically be terminated. Should the receiving spouse decide to cohabit a dwelling with another romantic partner, then alimony payments may not be necessary anymore. The same is true if the receiving spouse remarries because the state of California presumes that there is less financial need than before. Alimony arrangements are complicated and complex. For more information, the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield site has a lot of information about alimony in California.

Toys R Us is facing bankruptcy…can anyone save this company?

Toys R Us is facing bankruptcy…can anyone save this company?

Sep 10

When I was a kid, I used to love to go shopping at Toys R Us, but I rarely find myself in Toys R Us anymore since I don’t have children yet. I’m looking forward to the day, however, when I can take my kids to a Toys R Us and see their faces light up at all the options they have!  That is if there is even a Toys R Us around by the time I have children. With Amazon and online shopping, Toys R Us is struggling to get back on its feet and is looking at bankruptcy contingency plans.

Forbes writes that Toys R Us is looking for investors to help them look at financing programs. The store has been struggling to increase its balance sheet for about twelve years now. They had a $6.6 billion buyout by investor groups: KKR, Bain Capital, and Vornado Realty Trust. Since their filing, Toys R us has not had a lot of consumers purchasing there. This could also be responsible for online shopping trends. Amazon Inc. carries the same toys and products that Toys R Us sells for a significantly better price. Toys R Us, over $5 million in debt, is trying to refinance and bounce back. This year, Toys’ R Us is continuing to decline. The company’s debt will be increased by $2.6 billion by 2019. The company has hired advisors to help them figure out a plan of action. This could include closing some stores that are not doing well or finding better management and marketing sales. These investors are responsible for acknowledging some international options. They plan to join a conversation that could help them secure deals with potential investors, which could take out $400 million in debt if they are successful. This could help 2018 debts they can anticipate which fall under debtor-in-possession classes. These loans help sponsor and soften the bankruptcy process. Because of the debt loads, the chance to acquire more capital would need to be secured by assets. However, because the company already has many debt agreements, this limits the company’s ability to secure new debt. One entity, the Taj entity, holds 3.6 times the leverage and could offer liens on the international assets. This could make them useful for liability management. Stakeholders of the company own about 12% of the company’s secured notes, which was devised last year from previous engagements that hope this new debt will provide a solution with international assets.

The company has hired advisors to help them figure out a plan of action. This could include closing some stores that are not doing well or finding better management and marketing sales. These investors are responsible for acknowledging some international options. They plan to join a conversation that could help them secure deals with potential investors, which could take out $400 million in debt if they are successful. This could help 2018 debts they can anticipate which fall under debtor-in-possession classes. These loans help sponsor and soften the bankruptcy process. Because of the debt loads, the chance to acquire more capital would need to be secured by assets. However, because the company already has many debt agreements, this limits the company’s ability to secure new debt. One entity holds 3.6 times the leverage and could offer liens on the international assets. This could make them useful for liability management. Stakeholders of the company own about 12% of the company’s secured notes, which was devised last year from previous engagements that hope this new debt will provide a solution with international assets.

Toys R Us is still fighting to be in the toy industry and compete with others such as Amazon and Walmart. I don’t think Toys R Us will be around by 2030 at this rate, if not sooner. The trend has shifted toward online shopping and iPhones, and iPhone apps/games are replacing the toys that Millenials loved and enjoyed. I would like to learn more about the investor’s plans into Toys R Us and their belief in the store’s vision and industry in the future, but I am unsure if they will last much longer at this pace. It just goes to show that in tough times, individuals and companies alike must consider bankruptcy, and corporate bankruptcy tends to be far different than personal bankruptcy, based on some of the research I did look up local bankruptcy lawyers near me. I did find a few great websites like this one here, and I learned quite a bit about the bankruptcy process!

A Brand New Bright Smile through Painless Dentistry

A Brand New Bright Smile through Painless Dentistry

Jun 10

Pain and discomfort are the two major factors that have kept so many individuals from visiting or keeping their appointment with dentists. Thus, despite all efforts to increase patient comfort, dental treatment is one necessary health care, but which many often avoid.

Well, there is great news for all those who need or want to undergo dental treatment nowadays: Painless Dentistry!

An absolutely safe procedure, painless dentistry, also called sedation dentistry, is a kind of dental treatment where a patient is calmed (through the use of mild forms of sedation) before performing a dental procedure.  To help relieve patient anxiety, the area that needs to be treated it numbed so that the patient will not feel the work of the dentist and hygienists. The procedure would have been completed by the time the sedation wears off.  There are varying levels of sedation in painless dentistry:

  • Minimal Sedation. Though the patient is awake, he/she will feel calm.
  • Moderate Sedation. The patient may be awake, but not fully aware.
  • Deep Sedation. The patient is slightly conscious.
  • General Anesthesia. The patient is completely unconscious

Sedation dentistry has actually been practiced by dentists for many years; new techniques, however, has expanded its application, allowing it to be used even for simple treatments, like teeth cleaning. The calming and numbing effects of sedation have also proven an effective antidote even for people who cannot bear the thought of being in the dentist’s chair.

Administering sedation may be done through the following means:

  • Inhaled – this is done through the use of a breathing mask.
  • Oral – a pill that comes in a variety of strengths is given to a patient. This will make a patient feel groggy so that he/she would be asleep during the procedure.
  • IV – IV sedation is administered through an IV drip and it takes effect almost immediately. The dentist can continually monitor and adjust the dosage if necessary.

Sedation is typically used with a topical anesthetic, to numb the area that needs to be treated. When these two are used, dentistry can become totally painless.

According to Babylon Dental Care, in sedating a patient, Nitrous oxide (also referred to as “sweet air”) may be used. The American Association of Moderate Sedation Nurses (AAMSN), however, makes the reminder that though sedation is extremely safe, it should only be administered by qualified providers, like Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), anesthesiologists, other physicians, dentists, and oral surgeons; trained Registered Nurses may also assist in the administration of (conscious) sedation.

Sedation dentistry is for patients who are very fearful or anxious of getting dental work completed. Conscious sedation allows them to fall asleep during treatment the dentist performs the treatment(s). A board certified anesthesiologist is available to administer IV sedation. When they wake up, they can enjoy a brand new smile!