What Does Workplace Discrimination Look Like?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Workplace Discrimination | 0 comments

Workplace discrimination is an unfortunate and common problem throughout America. Too often, those in power (or even those at the bottom of the totem pole) judge people and use those prejudices against their colleagues and employees in the office, the store, or other work location.

We can all read over the above statement and agree, but the problem is, many of us don’t actually know what workplace discrimination looks like, so we don’t know what to do when we see it.

We would probably all know very overt discrimination if we saw it. If someone was clearly denied access to a business lunch because of some quality he or she possessed, we’d know that was discrimination. If our boss refused to hire someone for a particular quality he or she possessed, we’d know that was discrimination. Unfortunately, those who discriminate are rarely so upfront about it. The best thing we can do is educate ourselves on who can be discriminated against and what that discrimination can look like so we can be better prepared to call it out (or take more serious steps) when we see it.

Who can be discriminated against? According to The Melton Law Firm, discrimination can be based on age, race, national origin, gender, and disability.

 

So, if someone in the office shows a clear unwillingness to work with older members of the company, that would be discrimination. Equally, if someone constantly disparaged women, that would be discrimination. If an office refused to make accommodations for a person with a disability who was qualified for the job, that would be discrimination.

These issues often trickle down into crucial business decisions. There could be a conscious effort not to hire those who were not born in America, for instance, regardless of citizenship status. Or, women may find themselves constantly passed up for promotions despite being the most qualified candidates. Pay may be disproportionately given out. An employer may hold a firmer line on some employee benefits with some employees and not with others.

All of these are clear examples of discrimination.

Unfortunately, much discrimination falls through the cracks and is not so overt. There can be a general sense of discrimination in a workplace culture without there being obvious actions that can be picked out. Awkward silences when those who represent a particular group walk into the room, an unwillingness to make certain people comfortable at work, a general hostility towards one group or another communicated through allusions and subtle jokes.

These actions can make a workplace toxic for individuals and whole groups without ever quite reaching the level that a lawsuit could address.

More needs to be done to avoid obvious acts of discrimination, as well as the subtle, inhospitable acts as well.

Everyone has the right to go to work and be treated fairly. We all must do more to make that a reality for everyone.

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Hypnotism deserves a better reputation

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Hypnosis | 0 comments

Hypnotism has an interesting history. For a long time, it has bounced between being an accepted form of real medicine and a kind of hocus-pocus. Even today, with the practice widely used, many people don’t believe in the effects of hypnotism. For many people, there is no difference between the magicians who pretend to put people into hypnotic trances in an instant and professionals who use hypnosis for real medical purposes.

It’s important for us to try to fight the blurring of this line because hypnosis has so many positives and so few negatives.

For instance, consider the opioid epidemic. For many people, when they go in for surgery, they have an anesthesiologist in there with them, pumping them full of opioids. They continue on a course of opioids after the surgery until the pain is gone. Or, unfortunately, they continue to seek out opioids long after the pain vanishes because they are already addicted to these powerful drugs.

Hypnosis can play a part in lowering the amount of opioids people need during and after surgery. Hypnosis can actually trick the body into not recognizing the pain signals from the nervous system. Even if a person is already addicted to these opioids, hypnotism can help them fight and defeat the addictive urge.

Imagine how many fewer addicts the country would have if more people knew that hypnosis had this sort of real power. This isn’t fairy tale information; this is hard tested medical fact.

And that is only the beginning of what hypnosis can do. Professional hypnotists can help people lose weight. They can help people with anxiety and other psychological issues. They can help people overcome traumas of all sorts.

Again, this is only scratching the surface. Are you a smoker who wants to quit? Look into hypnosis. Do you walk, talk, or snore in your sleep? Look into hypnosis. Are you experiencing issues like impotence or sexual anxiety? Once again, please look into hypnosis.

Hypnosis has a vast array of abilities because it is all about accessing what is going on in the mind. This of it like a brain hack. Once the hypnotist has hacked your system, all sorts of potential can be unleashed. You can overcome issues you’ve had for your whole life, and all it takes is hacking the code and making a small change in there.

All of that power, and there is absolutely no downside. Hypnotism only works on those who are willing to do it. The idea that hypnotists can make people do things they don’t want is fiction. Hypnotism simply allows people to reach levels they were unable to reach other own.

And with that, there is no physical or mental downside. There is no risk of addiction. There’s no chance of withdrawal. There are no physical injuries and no psychological traumas. Hypnotism can make your life better with zero negative side effects.

If only more people were aware of this potential and not so dismissive of the practice. We’d have far fewer problems in the world.

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Caring For Your Personal Injury

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

Personal injuries are more common than you think. With malfunctioning equipment, safety regulations, natural disasters, and more, injuries can happen at any time. When there is an injury on someone’s privately owned property, there is always legal action that can be taken. Injuries can be career-ending, and more often than not, these injuries can inhibit you from providing for yourself, your family, and maintaining your standard of living, so getting legal help can assist you in staying afloat.

In Chicago in 2015, during a storm, certain parts of the infrastructure collapsed, seriously injuring Tierney Darden, a dancer in the O’Hare International Airport. The bus shelter she was under during this storm of 2015, collapsed, and left the passionate dancer paralyzed from the waist down. Knowing they were at fault, the city of Chicago offered Darden a $22 million settlement. However, she declined the offer, taking the case to court.

 The young 26-year-old dancer suffered in pain, medical bills, and the inability to do what she loves most, dancing. Insulted by the $22 million, she asked for $175 million in court. The final verdict awarded Darden with $148 million which is almost seven times as much as they originally offered her. This $148 million stands as the biggest monetary award given to a personal injury case against the city of Chicago.

Even when the company, or city in this case, offers you a settlement, there are lawyers out there that can get you even more than the settlement. Accepting and declining settlements can be a gamble, so getting a good lawyer who knows when it’s a good idea to take a risk can point you in the right direction on what to do when offered a settlement.

There is more compensation you can get from personal injury cases. Pain and suffering is a vague, subjective term, and with legal help, you can milk that term as much as you can to keep you and your family in a stable financial standing for as long as possible. After an accident, you need to focus on the recovery of yourself or your loved one, and dealing with legal jargon can often feel like a daunting task, so hiring a lawyer can take some of that weight off your shoulders. Defeating those massive corporations, or as Williams Kherkher calls them, “the big guys,” can seem like a David and Goliath tale, but with a strong case and equipped legal team, it is not impossible.

Personal injury cases are not person-to-person. They are person-to-corporation, and there tends to be much more money coming from larger corporations, or even cities. You do not have to handle the legal side of the case on your own, with help from good lawyers you can hopefully get the compensation you deserve to keep your family afloat. Recovery is enough to be thinking about in a time after an accident, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take legal action, it just means you should get proper assistance.

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Is Your Workplace Dangerous? It’s More Likely Than You’d Think.

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

Most people like to think that their workplace is a safe place. In reality, the workplace can cause harm or damage to employees, and companies don’t always act in their employees’ best interests. If you’ve been injured at work, going to the doctor immediately can increase your chances of compensation.

When determining if you have a viable work injury case on your hands, it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney. Some people believe a work-related injury should be compensated when in reality, the injury was caused by in some way by the injured employee. But if the injury was caused by mismanagement, overly relaxed safety regulations, poorly regulated or faulty equipment, or a dangerous environment, you could be able to earn repayment concerning the injury.

For example, common work-related injury cases involve chemicals in the work environment that damage human health such as asbestos. But cases can also include injuries obtained from work-related outings and events or exposure to hazards in the workplace. Assaults and workplace violence can also occur, as well as OSHA violations, falls, and crime. In fact, according to OSHA, every year there are more than 45000 work-related deaths. OSHA is an organization that attempts to place safety and health standards for workplace environments, so a failure of businesses to abide by these regulations may be to blame for your work-related injury. And the National Center for Biotechnology Information tells us that 30% of chemically-induced burns occurred in the workplace. Chemicals can also incur long term effects on the health and well-being of employees, so it’s especially important to discuss the specifics of your work related injury with an attorney.

For the best chance at winning compensation in a work related injury case, there are several things to avoid. First, if you wait too long to make a claim concerning your injury, your case might become null. Every state has different worker’s compensation laws, which includes a time frame for reporting injuries and making claims. Therefore, make your claim in a timely matter.

Second, if you don’t disclose all of the symptoms and problems arising from the injury, you might miss out on deserved compensation. For example, work related injuries can cause physical harm, mental harm, and monetary and property damages. Be sure to discuss all of the ways the injury has impacted your life.

Lastly, choosing not to have legal representation is often a big mistake that can lead to the loss of compensation. It takes a skilled team of professional attorneys to navigate the ins-and-outs of such cases, as finding loopholes and legal footholds are often difficult for an inexperienced person. It usually doesn’t hurt to consult an attorney to determine whether your case is viable and you might be eligible for compensation. From there, you can decide on the best route of action.

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Damages from Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

When it comes to personal injury damages, there are many types that a victim is entitled to. Depending on the case and situation where injury was made, the precise amount for damage in a personal injury can vary, and it will often be determined by a jury (should it go to court) of settlement can be agreed upon between both parties.

Generally, awards for damages in a personal injury fall into two categories: the compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are usually the most widely-given compensation for personal injury. This compensation aims to make the victim “whole” again as much as possible, seeking to restore the victim physically, mentally, and financially. Compensation pays for both monetary and non-monetary losses.

On the other hand, punitive damages are rarely given on a personal injury case.  Punitive damages are given when the conduct of the defendant (or the one who caused the accident) has been particularly extreme and outrageous. This is to deter the defendant from doing the acts again.

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Medical Malpractice Statistics

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Medical malpractice is one of the many reasons people file personal injury lawsuits. According to the Medical Protection Society (MPS), medical malpractice is defined as the negligence of a medical professional to uphold the “standard of care” required of them, causing direct harm to the patient. Any health professionals, even the hospitals themselves, can be held legally liable for any injuries or harm that their patients endure as a result of negligent care.

Medical malpractice (also called medical negligence) is a very prevalent problem in the United States: it causes about 160,000 deaths every year across the country. It is estimated that 1 in every 3 patients will suffer from some form of medical malpractice, and these errors can be anywhere from misdiagnosis to wrong medication/prescriptions to surgical errors to many other acts of negligence.

Annually, there are approximately between 15,000 to 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits filed against doctors or other medical professionals. In fact, the majority of doctors around the United States have a high probability of facing a medical malpractice lawsuit during their professional careers. However, the possibility of a patient receiving a payout is low.

Upon acknowledging that you have fallen victim to medical malpractice, the best option is to find and hire a personal injury lawyer, preferably someone who is proficient in medical malpractice lawsuits. There are rules and statues that should be followed in order to improve the lawsuit’s chance of success. It is important to gather evidence and have a solid presentation should the case go to court.

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Domestic Violence in Texas

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Domestic Violence, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Domestic violence is not as uncommon as most people would like to believe. In Texas, about 35% of adults have experienced domestic violence in one form or another, and it affects women most particularly. In 2012, 114 women died as a result of domestic violence in Texas as compared to 2011, when 102 cases were reported. In 2011, there were 177,983 reports of domestic violence, of which about 26,000 are against children. However, it is suspected that far more incidents of abuse happen behind closed doors, and victims are often too frightened of or dependent on their abuser to speak out.

Texas takes the crime of domestic violence quite seriously. There is a pending bill at the Texas senate that will require habitual offenders to register with a state database, making it easier to track and guard against them. According to the website of BB Law Group PLLC, domestic violence can take many forms, and each incident is enough to legally prevent the abuser from threatening the safety of the family if it is reported. A conviction of domestic violence is also grounds for a fault-based divorce. In the event of a divorce, the spouse convicted of domestic violence will be given limited or no custodial or visitation rights to their children but at the same time may be required to provide spousal support as well as child support.

Domestic violence may also be the basis for a restraining order or order of protection. While most victims of domestic violence are often reluctant to report the abuse for fear of breaking up the family, it is important that they understand that the physical, psychological, and emotional damage of violence at home can be far-reaching and devastating, especially for young children. In order to protect the vulnerable from an abusive family member, domestic violence should be reported at once, and a domestic violence lawyer can provide advice on legal options for the protection of family members in the future.

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SR-22 requirements

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Car Insurance | 0 comments

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®SR-22 is often mistaken as an insurance policy. This is not true. It is a document that the state requires as proof that you have liability insurance in case accidents happen, meaning it can be used as evidence that you do have an existing policy. Different states have their own laws regarding the requirements for and SR-22, and there are even ones that do not require SR-22 at all.

SR-22 (SR means safety responsibility) is provided by the insurance company and filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Despite the differences from law and processes between states, they all share the same goal of monitoring insurance coverage in order to administer mandatory insurance requirements. The monitoring is mostly done by the insurance company who is providing the SR-22 bond; failing to keep up with the insurance coverage gives the insurance company permission to notify the state, which then has the authority to make the necessary actions against the person with SR-22.

Regardless of the reasons for the SR-22, once a person is required to have it he or she should honor the amount of time that the state requires for it. The length of time a person needs to carry SR-22 depends on the state where it has been filed. Most cases call for a 3-year fulfillment after the driver’s license has been reinstated, particularly because of DUI or DWI. If there have been no incidents or accidents (as defined by the state) during the whole 3 years, then the SR-22 requirement can be revoked.

Most states have SR-22 requirements, but there are those that do not have them. These states are Delaware, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Moving from a state that requires SR-22 to somewhere without such requirement does not make the requirement unnecessary: your previous state may still require you to file SR-22. This can be appealed depending on the new state you live in. Fulfilling your SR-22 requirements is still necessary. Since an SR-22 is a high risk bond, people who have SR-22 often pay higher insurance premiums. It also ensures the state that you have minimum liability insurance.

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Important Facts about Trucking Industry Service Hour Regulations

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Personal Injury, Truck Accidents | 0 comments

With the increase of truck and car accidents on American roads today, car and truck companies need more than just protect people during a crash. Keeping people out of accidents can soon be possible as well. With 10.8 million motor vehicle accidents happening every year in the United States (500,000 for truck accidents, with 5,000 of these accidents resulting in fatalities), it may be time to look into accident prevention measures as well.

Even with defensive driving techniques, a motorist can still be seriously injured because of other people’s negligence and careless driving; as stated in an article from Williams Kherkher, most common causes of car accident injuries are because of drunk driving, reckless driving, car defects and malfunctions, etc. This is the main reason why car companies have tried improving features such as forward-collision warning as well as automatic braking systems. These features help alert the drivers about possible crashes, thereby avoiding accidents.

Meanwhile, truck accidents (especially those commercial trucks) occur because of fatigue and drowsiness due to their long hours of driving and time-pressure to deliver their cargoes. Fatigued drivers are more prone to accidents, posing increased risks not only to the driver but everyone on the road. Based on the website of Spiros Law, P.C., results of any truck accident can be catastrophic; therefore for preventive measures the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has passed new rules regarding truck drivers. These new rules include things such as limiting the average work week to 70 hours, requiring truck drivers to have 30-minute breaks before starting an eight-hour shift, and limits of an 11-hour daily driving limit with a 14-hour workday.

Because of the serious injuries and damages that a vehicle accident can cause, it is always better to have preventive measure in order to protect one’s self. With latest technologies and safety practices, these devastating accidents may be lessened and roads may soon be safer.

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Asbestos Exposure: A Silent Killer

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Asbestos Exposure, Personal Injury | 0 comments

In the past, asbestos has been a widely used mineral in construction, automotive, and many other industries. Because asbestos is resistant to fire, heat, and chemicals and it does not conduct electricity, it was considered as the “wonder building block” after World War II, causing it to be mined in large quantities from deep underground. However, there have been issues with asbestos, as it has been found out that it is highly toxic: it has been proven to cause a wide range of lung diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, mesotheliomia, and many others.

Exposure to asbestos often occurs in the workplace, although they can also happen at home or in the community. Most victims of asbestos poisoning are workers who are directly in contact with the mineral, while their families are also at high risk of developing asbestos-related problems because of second-hand transfers. Although there are different types of asbestos, these differences can only cause different types of health risks. Because it may take years for these risks to develop, workers are often unaware that they are sick until it’s too late.

As Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, has indicated, serious personal injuries can come in a number of ways, and developing life-long health complications because of long-term exposure to asbestos can be grounds for a personal injury claim. After determining that the asbestos and being exposed to it for long periods of time is the cause of your lung problems, then a worker can recover a significant amount of financial compensation. Even when most asbestos companies have shut down, courts have required them to set aside huge amount of sums for compensation to future victims.

Because of the huge number of people who have worked with and were affected with asbestos, class action claims have become popular and are more effective in getting back to the company or insurance company that represents them. The efficiency of class action claims enables everyone on to have equal share of the amount awarded if the case is won, and if they don’t then the lawsuit is dismissed and prevents the individuals filing individual lawsuits.

Wausau personal injury attorneys can help people better understand class action lawsuits and guide victims through the legal hurdles necessary to join such a suit. Class action claims are not for every personal injury lawsuit; they are only applicable when a good number of people have the same injury because of one defendant, product, or behavior. Those who have the join together with the same cause often have successful results.

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