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Does Old McDonald Have a Lawyer?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Farming Accidents | 0 comments

You have almost certainly heard the old nursery rhyme, “Old McDonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o.” The rhyme, meant to teach small children about farm animals and the sounds that the farm animals typically make, is a fun activity. But do you know what is not fun? Receiving injuries from an accident involving those very same farm animals or livestock.

You heard it right: livestock accidents are a very real problem that every year, many Americans experience and must handle. Animals are supposed to be reasonably restrained and prevented from escaping onto roads in which they can be hit. Running into livestock is not only dangerous for the animals, but also for your vehicle and its inhabitants as the large bodies of the livestock can do serious damage.

The premise of this problem is funny enough, but the scope of injuries and the litigation surrounding the issue is no laughing matter. In this post, I will cover some of the common causes of livestock accidents and detail more information about an issue that millions of Americans face.

The Prevalence of Animal-Vehicle Collisions

Obvious to anecdotal evidence and instincts on the nature of driving, millions of Americans collide their vehicles with animals on the road. However, many of these animals are smaller animals like squirrels or, sadly, dogs and cats. Beneficial to our efforts, though, is the 2008 Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Reduction Study: Report To Congress from the Federal Highway Administration. This report proves that millions of Americans experience collisions with large animals specifically, every year.

Most accidents take place on two-lane roads, though this does not inherently mean it is an issue unique to rural areas of the United States. Additional shocking, saddening information about this phenomenon is the degree to which these accidents occur with endangered or decreasing animal species.

The Cause of These Collisions

Weather conditions, road conditions, driver error, tire tread, and so many other factors can certainly impact or influence the likelihood of these collisions. Thankfully, no serious scholar of this issue blames animals or finds this party in the interaction as the party responsible for changing in order to reduce the prevalence of these collisions.

Surprisingly, as the website for the law firm Hare Wynn discusses, one of the common causes specific to livestock accidents is improper enclosure practices from ranchers or farmers. Issues with fencing (such as broken fencing, leaving gate(s) open, or not regularly checking in with stock quantities) are closely related to livestock accidents.

Unfortunately, the burden to prove that a person did not manage their property properly or follow through with their responsibilities as a caretaker of livestock will fall on the shoulders of the person that is injured in a collision and wanting to make a claim about negligence. However, this is not impossible with the right legal counsel that is experienced in this admittedly niche issue.

Cows or other animals on the road pose a risk to drivers. Either through distracted driving, poor conditions, or perhaps just animals walking on the road and becoming an impossible-to-maneuver-around obstacle, livestock collisions with vehicles are common. The key is preventing them as best as possible and if they occur, holding the person responsible for their role in the accident.

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All the Ways Personal Injury Attorneys Help Our Society

Posted by on Oct 26, 2018 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

I hear sometimes that people don’t like personal injury attorneys. I don’t actually see this in real life, but it’s a joke that gets told, and as much as I enjoy a good joke, this one isn’t really all that good.

The truth is, personal injury attorneys do a great deal to protect us against the bad things that happen to us. They make sure there are consequences for bad behavior, even when law enforcement and prosecutors aren’t able to hold the right people accountable. They also ensure the victims in most situations are given the financial compensation they need to get on with their lives after an accident.

When put that way, it’s clear that personal injury attorneys are actually pretty noble and pretty important to our society.

Just consider some of the ways they help. Here are the ways Evans Moore, a personal injury attorney, can help his clients:

  • Auto accidents, so that those injured get the compensation for their injuries and to repair their vehicles.
  • Trucking accidents, so that those harmed by big rigs get help after they suffer what are likely very serious injuries.
  • Wrongful death, so that the surviving family isn’t left in financial ruin when others cause the death of their father, mother, or other loved one.
  • Workers’ compensation, so that anyone injured at work gets the legally required assistance they need without their employer withholding help.
  • Jail misconduct, so that those who take advantage of prisoners are held accountable for the suffering they cause.
  • Dram shop liability, so that establishments that recklessly serve those who are already drunk are held accountable when a drunk driving accident occurs.
  • Nursing home abuse, so that those who are weak and elderly can’t be taken advantage of with no consequences.
  • Hospital negligence, so that those in need of serious medical help aren’t left to get worse by the negligence of our country’s healers.
  • Product liability, so that those who produce and sell dangerous products aren’t able to profit off of the harm they’ve caused others.

Look over that list. That’s a list of very necessary services. Those are services that we need someone in the legal world to handle, but which are often not handled by criminal defense attorneys or prosecutors, police, or others in that field. When someone is harmed by others in our society, particularly in situations where they should be able to expect to be safe, we need a way to hold the right people accountable and to help those who were the victims in those situations.

With personal injury attorneys, we get the representation to  do just that. We get legal experience on our side against those who were negligent, even when they represent big companies or vast interests. That seems like a pretty important job to me, and so, I really don’t think those jokes are very funny.

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Why Yachts are Good Social Event Venues

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Social Events | 0 comments

Yachts are not just for the private endeavors of rich people. They are versatile vessels. According to the website of Anita Dee Yacht Charters, yachts can be customized, so they can be effective venues for social events, ranging from formal ones like product launches and proms to informal like birthday parties. As a financially average person, you can experience these things through renting.

But why should you consider a yacht for your social event? Isn’t it enough to make client meetings in office function rooms, proms in school gyms, and birthday parties in backyards? Yacht has a lot of advantages over these settings.

Moving Venue

If you want to make a memorable event, one of the first things you consider is, where do you hold the event in the first place? A yacht is an exotic choice, because it is not a stationary venue. It is not very common for a social event to be held in the water. These facts alone are enough to make your social event standout, and therefore memorable.

Scenic View

Your social event venue is not just a moving vessel, it is also surrounded by a scenic view, as it traverses the water. You should not underestimate the power of sunrises, sunsets, lights from the moon and stars, and the lights from the urban jungle you are escaping. There are even charter packages where you can get fireworks, adding to the scenic view, not to mention that the display can be a minor event inside your social event.

Luxurious Feel

It is not everyday that your guests experience a social event in a water vessel. Technically, it may just be as costly as renting a ballroom or function hall, but a yacht offers a different kind of luxury, mainly focusing on the fact that it is an expensive vessel moving in water, while you and your guests attend the social event. Because it is out-of-the-box, the luxurious feel is magnified.

Limited Liability

If you personally host your social event in your own property, like your house or backyard, you are fully liable to any accidents and injuries that may happen, not to mention that it is likely that you are also firsthand in arranging the needs of the event. In a yacht, you may still be liable, but at least you are transferring some liability to the yacht owner or business owner as well. This means that both you and the renter will do its best to make sure that nothing goes wrong, and this is the very thing that may save your social event from complete disaster.

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Keeping Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace Clean and Breathable

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Clean Air Solutions | 0 comments

One effective way to improve air quality in manufacturing facilities is by controlling airborne contaminants and dust. Manufacturers and plant owners are aware that keeping indoor air quality in their major responsibility; they must also be able to keep up with changing air quality regulations.

Regulations on air quality standards in U.S. workplaces are set by the following government agencies and organization:

  1. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – an agency of the U.S. federal government, the main task of which is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
  2. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) – another agency of the federal government of the United States which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment.
  3. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) – a 501(c)(3) charitable scientific organization that advances occupational and environmental health. The ACGIH is made up of industry professionals who maintain their own list of air quality standards. These standards are based on rigorous science and industry expertise, and are actually more stringent than the air quality standards required by OSHA. Thus, despite having no legal authority to impose its standards on other manufacturers, it, nonetheless, is highly recognized by OSHA. In fact, OSHA often follows the ACGIH’s scientific findings.

Unlike in the past, plant owners can now choose from a variety of ways to contain airborne dust and contaminants. The type of manufacturing process a facility is involved in is not even an issue. Whether its manufacturing process involves chemicals, wood, paper, pharmaceutical products, food or metals, there is a dust collecting system that will fit its needs regardless of the available space it has, its layout and the amount of dust and contaminants generated.

A website with the address shares vital information on the most modern types of dust and fume collection systems that can effectively and efficiently keep indoor air clean and breathable. Besides ensuring a work environment where workers can stay safe, these modern types of dust and fume collection systems will also enable manufacturers to comply with government regulations on air quality standards.



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Use of Cell Phone while Driving: Still the Highest Cause of Preventable Accidents

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Distracted Driving | 0 comments

Texting while driving accounts for the highest number of car crashes among the many types of driver error or distracted driving. Due to the danger it puts a driver, other motorists and pedestrians on the road, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) passed a law that illegalizes this irresponsible behavior behind the wheel. Though different from being intoxicated due to liquor or drugs, texting and using handheld phones, likewise, impair a driver, as these also take away a driver’s concentration and lessen his/her capability to make timely reactions in the event of an emergency.

A study conducted by the National Safety Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental group devoted to protecting the life and health of the American people, revealed that car accidents, due to cell phone use, is highest among young drivers, but so are drunk-driving and reckless driving. The same study also showed that while majority of young drivers say that no driver should text while operating a vehicle, they, themselves, are guilty of committing this very irresponsible act. What is more alarming, however, is their belief that they are texting only when it was safe, like at stop lights, and that they have full control of the vehicle, anyway.

Using a handheld phone to text, make or answer a call, makes a driver take his/her hand off the wheel and his/her eyes off the road. In driving, there is no “too short a time” when attention is diverted to something else, for even a couple of ticks on the watch can already be too long, long enough to cause an accident which, in turn can result to severe injuries or even death.

The government does not ban texting and using handheld phones altogether, but if a driver really needs to text or call someone, then he/she is advised to drive and stop his/her vehicle at a safe spot first and then he/she can text or make a call. In this event, accidents can be prevented and everyone guaranteed safe. Accidents are unexpected events, of course, but these are mainly due to recklessness and/or negligence; thus, these can easily be prevented if only drivers will decide to follow the traffic rules which they were asked to learn by heart when they were still trying to learn how to drive.

According to the Benton Law Firm, “While the majority of car accidents result in minor to no injuries, there are still far too many accidents that claim lives and cause serious injuries to thousands of victims each year. A car accident lawyer understands the devastating effects of car accidents. Though no amount of compensation can truly eliminate the physical and emotional pain caused by a car accident, it can help relieve a large amount of stress during your recovery.”

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Workplace Accidents Resulting in Amputations

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Workers Compensation | 0 comments

Accidents at work sites range from minor to life-altering. Some of the most significant bodily traumas are those that result in amputations. Medical professionals may sometimes be forced to amputate a damaged limb if it is required to save a person’s life or the limb is beyond repair. Additionally, a full accidental amputation can occur at a work site if a sharp object or excessive force separates tissues and bones in a limb. The types of accidents resulting in amputations are varied, but most involve heavy machinery. Amputations can occur due to malfunctioning machinery or tools, conveyor belt accidents, motor vehicle accidents, collapsing equipment, or falling.

Adjusting to life after an amputation can be distressing and overwhelming. Changes in lifestyle, mobility, and relationships can take an emotional toll. Further, an injured worker who underwent an amputation may never be able to return to work in the same job. Because the loss of a limb is so devastating, federal and state governments have put regulations into place determining the compensation amputees are entitled to. In North Carolina, the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act offers amputees 66.66 percent of their weekly wages for a certain number of weeks, depending on the injury:

  • Loss of a thumb: 75 weeks
  • Loss of a hand: 200 weeks
  • Loss of a foot: 144 weeks
  • Loss of an arm: 240 weeks
  • Loss of a leg: 200 weeks

Workers’ compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, decreased earning capacity, prosthetics, and physical and emotional rehabilitation. If someone other than the employer is at fault for the accident—such as the manufacturer of defective equipment—the injured worker can file a third-party claim for additional compensation. Depending on the state, loss of eyes or hearing can also fall under the category of amputations.

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What Are Some Benefits of Medical Spa Services?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Beauty | 0 comments

The commonly perceived ideal of what constitutes as beautiful is often constructed through the means of different platforms of media. There is no universal ideal for beauty as it changes from culture to culture, from generation to generation.

In this day and age, however, it has become more encouraged for people everywhere to find joy in themselves and to be able to express themselves through the canvas of their body—this can be done through fashion or makeup or, as is an available option now these days, through the means of science and technology like medical spa services such as waxing, chemical peels, sclerotherapy, etc.

Many people are unfairly judged for their appearances and, for some, they suffer daily verbal abuse or bullying because of something that they don’t know they can control. The power to do something about it, after all, is within the person themselves and whether they want to change anything or let things be as they are is entirely within their own prerogative. It is important to know that there are options in order to not feel trapped and hopeless.

According to the website of the professionals with Des Moines med spa, there are benefits into choosing these options for yourself if they make you feel better. After all, self-esteem as well as personal comfort can impact the emotional and mental balance of a person and, if done well, the effect could be to better how they view themselves. Studies have shown that more and more people of this day and age, especially the young, are depressed and anxious. With these illnesses can come overwhelming thoughts of self-loathing and this could be potentially harmful as it might lead to suicidal thoughts. It is recommended that you seek help immediately from a professional, if you are experiencing these symptoms.


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Can I Do Anything Against Racial Discrimination?

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Racial Discrimination | 0 comments

It is very nearly 2016 and yet, racism is still highly present in civilized society today. It is unfortunate that this is the truth but, fortunately enough, there are laws in place in order to protect workers of every race and color from this kind of discrimination. This, at the very least, is some form of progress.

Racial discrimination in the workplace can be difficult to stomach but there might be some workers who might not want to pursue the matter due to fear of losing their jobs or positions. It is difficult to speak up for yourself, after all, in a world that is so hell bent on silencing so many voices. We still have a long way to go before we can achieve proper equality in modern civilization. And if you are being discriminated against, it is vital for the progress of society that you speak up against something that you know is wrong.

What, exactly, constitutes as racial discrimination?

Well, that can be difficult to precisely place as some forms of racism are so inherently accepted as common in modern society that people think it acceptable just because a lot of other people still do it. Such is the case of using racial slurs as well as belittling and stereotyping certain ethnicities. This can not only affect the morale of the workers but it can also reflect badly on the brand of the business itself if it allows this kind of treatment of its workers or potential workers.

According to a New York City race discrimination lawyer, states have varying anti-discrimination laws so, if you suspect racial discrimination occurring in your workplace in Brooklyn, then it would be recommended that you contact the aid of a lawyer in your state in order to be properly advised on what steps to take next. It can be a complicated, stressful matter – legal processes of this nature – but it is always worth pursuing.

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Can I Immigrate Through Marriage?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Immigration | 0 comments

It’s always so much simpler in the stories. Two people fall in love and suddenly, everything is fixed and okay. All you need to do is watch the credits roll on your happily ever after. Unfortunately, the world isn’t actually that small and adding to your family, as according to the website of the lawyers with Arenson Law Group, PC, is still a legal matter.

Take, for example, your fiancé/fiancée is not a native of the country where you two want to spend the rest of your lives. The matter of immigration is then brought to the table. Is it then, possible, to immigrate to the United States on the grounds of marriage? The answer, of course, is yes—but it may not be as straightforward as all that.

Marriage is actually one of the most popular methods of immigration into the country but marriage for the sole purpose of immigration is considered a fraud and might result into incarceration and having to pay a hefty fine. And the process, of course, isn’t easy. According to the website of the immigration lawyers with the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, the U.S. permanent resident between the two must show documentation that they can fully support their spouse for up to ten years.

The non-U.S. spouse’s legal record also comes into play as previous criminal or medical records might also influence the process and so preparing the documentation for that is also advisable. There must also be sufficient proof that you and your spouse have been in a genuine relationship for a period of time. There is a lot of paperwork involved and not everything can be solved with a simple “I do.”

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Is A Personal Injury Claim Worth Fighting For?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

When you have suffered through an ordeal so traumatic, it can be difficult to reclaim the life you had before it—some might call it impossible. Maybe you have suffered an injury so severe that it has taken away your ability to ever perform your profession ever again. Maybe you experienced so much duress that it caused debilitating trauma that you find it next to impossible to leave the sanctity of your room.

With all of that stress and uncertainty that follows such a horrible situation, you might be asking if pursuing legal action might be worth all the pressure and strain that comes with it. The answer, of course, is up to you.

According to the legal team website of Ali Mokaram, personal injury cases are ones involving an accident having caused an injury towards a person due to the negligence of someone else. Whether the negligence was intentional or truly accidental is inconsequential—the wrongful party is still accountable for the consequences of the action. The injury suffered also need not be physical as personal injury covers mental and emotional injury – such as psychological disorders developed through traumatic situations such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety – as well.

What pursuing legal action can do for you is that it is meant to hold the person responsible for the accident as accountable for consequences that resulted from it. Through legal action, survivors and victims can be awarded with sufficient compensation that could allow for them to transition back into normality following the accident. According to the website, not one personal injury case is the same and the compensation awarded to each one is no different.

People, after all, may have different new needs, depending on the severity of that the accident left behind.

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