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Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

For many of us who go to work, we’re usually looking to put in our time as best as we can to do a great job and advance ourselves, and go home to relax and recuperate for the next day. For the vast majority of working Americans, we work the whole shift sitting down. For those of us who aren’t working sitting down, we’re often at risk of some sort of danger. This danger can range from people who work in coal mines, to people who work unloading trucks and pallets, or anyone on a construction site. You can find out more about the ways people are injured at work by clicking here.

For all of us, however, it’s very important that our workplaces keep it safe for us to work. Otherwise, we very well may not be able to come back the next day as planned. I recently had a run-in with this issue. I work in construction, and I often have to climb the scaffolding to do my work. When we put the scaffolding up, we obviously pay great attention that it’s sturdy and put together properly because we don’t want it to fall apart on us while we’re working. Falling from the heights that we work at would cause debilitating injuries, and sometimes even death, so it’s very important that scaffolding is done properly.

One day on the job, I was climbing the scaffolding and I was somewhere in between the second and third story on the building when parts of the scaffolding started to give way from under me. I’m not particularly heavy, but something was clearly wrong with the parts because nothing was loose. I tried to get one last push so I could move up to a higher bar to hold on, but it was too late, it gave out completely and I came falling down after crashing into a bar on my way down. It was a miserable fall, one of my fingers got stuck where I was trying to hold on so I wouldn’t fall and it got dislocated, and I had maybe 4 broken ribs and two broken ankles. Now I’ve recovered and can walk fine, but I almost constantly need ankle supports or high top shoes/boots to keep me feeling comfortable walking around. My ability to do my work has been mostly crippled, and I’m left doing work on the ground now, which is probably for the best anyway.

What had happened was that the parts given to us to put together the scaffolding were old and worn out, and so one of the essential parts of the scaffolding was beginning to bend and break off despite it being placed properly. Eventually, on my unlucky turn, it gave out and I came tumbling down despite my best efforts. Somewhere along the chain, someone decided it wasn’t necessary to keep the people in a risky position as safe as possible and thought the old, worn-out scaffolding would suffice for us. Surprise surprise—it didn’t.

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Cruise Ship Injuries

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Cruise Ship Injuries | 0 comments

Cruise ships are a great getaway vacation that many Americans board every year. Inevitably, there are accidents and you might find yourself injured aboard a cruise ship. In this article, we will explore some cruise ship injuries that might occur and what legal options might be available to seek compensation for all associated costs.

  • Types of Cruise Ship Injuries:
  • Slips/Falls
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Contaminated Food
  • Falling Overboard
  • Onshore Claims

Slips/Falls

Cruise ships can go far into the ocean and are constantly subjected to ocean sprays and water from storms, not including water sprayed by cleaning crews. All of this water can make for a very slippery experience. Cruise ships have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for all of its passengers by providing high-quality traction, handrails, and notices in cases of significant slipperiness. If you slipped and sustained an injury while aboard a cruise, you might not be fully responsible. To be certain, contact attorneys like those at Vucci Law Group to determine if you have any legal recourse or potential for financial compensation to assist with medical costs.

Swimming Pool Accidents

Many cruise ships have swimming pools onboard. These can be dangerous places, prone to slips, falls and even more serious events like drowning. Cruise ships must follow laws to ensure passenger safety in swimming pools. If a cruise ship failed to maintain proper safety measures, they may hold some or all liability for your accident.

Contaminated Food

Since cruise ships can be at sea for many days and weeks at a time, they must store adequate amounts of food to feed their passengers. Improper storage of food can lead to serious cases of rotten, spoiled or even contaminated food. While at sea, a cruise ship might be tempted to make irresponsible decisions regarding their food supplies to prevent the costs of returning to shore. If a cruise ship knowingly serves unhealthy food or fails to maintain reasonable measures to prevent spoiling of food served to its patrons, the company could be liable for any illnesses associated with that food. If you have become sick due to eating food on a cruise ship, you might be eligible for legal recourse.

Falling Overboard

Oceans are dangerous places and cruise ships must design their experiences appropriately and conscientiously so that no passengers are subjected to horrifying experiences like falling overboard. If you have fallen overboard and there is any reason to believe that the fall could’ve been prevented by a reasonable mechanism like handrails, you might have a case.

Onshore Claims

Even if you aren’t on the cruise ship at the time of your injury, you could have a case. Malfunctions of equipment of cruise company vehicles while onshore can have catastrophic effects and lead to significant physical or emotional distress. If you have been injured in any way by a cruise company’s vehicles or during a cruise tour, the cruise company could potentially be liable for all your injury costs. Please note that this list is not comprehensive – there are many other instances for which you might be relieved of liability.

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Alimony: A Court-Mandated Monetary Payment

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Alimony | 0 comments

According to the Marshall & Taylor PLLC, law firm, after a married couple divorces or separates, it is not uncommon for one partner to experience a substantial decline in their standard of living. Issues such as staying at home to take care of children or sacrificing professional opportunities for another spouse’s career can place a person at a significant disadvantage following a divorce. For this reason, many divorce settlements include spousal support in the form of alimony payments.

Alimony or spousal support is one spouse’s lawful obligation to give monetary support to his or her former partner after separation or divorce. Formerly, spousal support consisted in the husband paying his former spouse. Life’s circumstances, however, have greatly changed. Today, more men than women are without work, making them contribute more time to child-care and in the performance of household chores, while more and more workplaces are being populated by single women and mothers. Thus, modern day practice has given way to gender parity, so that the support is now supposed to be provided by whoever has financial strength and stability.

Alimony is a court-mandated monetary payment that one spouse should make to his/her former partner; it is also known under the names spousal support or spousal maintenance. When making decisions on the issue of alimony, courts usually consider the following factors:

  • earning capability of both spouses;
  • age and health of the spouses;
  • earned and potential income, and assets of both spouses; and,
  • length of marriage.

There are different types of alimony or forms of payment recognized in the United States:

  • Temporary alimony or alimony pendente lite: this type of alimony is awarded to one spouses even while the divorce case is still pending;
  • Rehabilitative: this type of alimony serves as a re-education or re-training support that will help one spouse find a good-paying job and, so, become self-sufficient;
  • Permanent: this court-ordered regular payment (usually monthly) is to enable the recipient spouse to continue to enjoy the standard of living that he/she enjoyed before the divorce. This ends, however, when the recipient spouse remarries or dies, or if the court modifies its order.
  • Lump sum: if the spouse supposed to provide spousal support has been deemed as totally irresponsible in ensuring the monthly payment to his/her former partner, then the court may order this single lump sum alimony payment instead.

Failure to pay spousal support can merit the contempt of court. The punishment accompanying this failure can include fines, imprisonment, wage garnishment, liens on property and seizure of earnings, such as earnings from tax refund.

As explained in the website of the law firm Marshall & Taylor PLLC, “When it comes to alimony, there are a number of different legal issues that often need to be addressed. For these and other concerns relating to alimony arrangements, it is often best to have an experienced legal representative on your side, ensuring your interests and needs are represented and heard.

 

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The Dangers of Working Too Much

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Workplace Injuries | 0 comments

Working too much may be impressive for your boss, but it may not be for your health. What makes it worse is that some jobs and positions don’t even have overtime pay, so there is no direct benefit for you outside the work environment. There are even instances where unpaid overtime pay becomes an issue. In those instances, you may want to file an unpaid overtime claim.

But when everything is said and done, you are still left with health problems with working too much. Sometimes, even the extra money is not enough to make up for those problems.

Stress and Its Effects
The most obvious consequence of working too much is stress. If you are stressed, you may experience other bodily problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Psychological disorders and behavior changes may also be observed, such as increased irritability, poor decision making, lack of creativity, and other traits that may affect the quality of work and social aspect of the workplace.

Lack of Sleep
Average adults need seven to nine hours of sleep to function in their most optimal form. But when they work too much, they are sacrificing the amount of sleep they could get, resulting into cognitive issues such as memory problems and inability to concentrate. Lack of sleep can also be a factor in developing other medical problems, such as cardiovascular issues and weight gain.

Too Much Sitting and Lack of Movement
Too much sitting is known to cause several health problems, such as diabetes and obesity. If you sit too much, you most likely lack movement as well. People who don’t take time to exercise and would rather be still all day are at greater risk of the same health problems. These vulnerabilities can be particularly dangerous for those who have office jobs.

Ergonomics Issues
Ergonomics deal with the comfort and functionality of products. It can be an issue in the workstation, especially if you are in it for excessively long periods. If your workstation is not properly designed for your comfort, you may experience physical problems, particularly in the neck, back, wrists, and legs.

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The Different Types of Divorce Explained

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Divorce | 0 comments

While the ultimate goal of married couples is to make their marriage last for as long as possible, couples still end up deciding to end their marriage and file for divorce. For those who really want to call it quits when it comes to their marriage, there are different kinds of divorce that they can choose from. Raleigh divorce lawyers will tell you that regardless of the type of divorce you want to pursue, it will be a complicated legal matter.

All types of divorce are governed by no-fault laws. It will all boil down to your willingness and of your spouse to work together during the entire process. Here now are the different types of divorce:

1. No-Fault Divorce

Gone are the days when one spouse had to be at fault in order for them to leave a marriage. There were various grounds that need to be proven such as adultery, physical or mental cruelty and desertion. Long ago, state decisions on divorce were dictated by the fault philosophy. In a n-fault divorce, no one is at fault for the failed marriage.

2. Uncontested Divorce

In uncontested divorce, both spouses have mutually agreed to end their marriage. They have come up with an agreement as to who gets the property, any financial issues, and the children. While it is quick and simple, it may cause one of the spouse to give up their rights.

3. Simplified Divorce

A simplified divorce combines the elements of an uncontested and a no-fault divorce where none of the spouses are at-fault. Simplified divorce is usually done by people who have only been married for a short period of time and have no children or marital assets to fight about.

4. Limited Divorce

Limited divorce is like legal separation and is prohibited in some states. It is chosen by couples who want to arrange their finances and settle some issues in order to give themselves some time. In limited divorce, the couples are required to live separately.

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