The world of workplace injuries

You may not know it, but workplace injuries are common. Not only are they common, but they can encompass a large number of possible injuries.

What do you think of when you read “workplace injury”? I bet it’s an image of something extreme, like a massive stack of newspapers falling on someone, with them lying on the ground moaning. That is, of course, one form of workplace injury, but it’s by no means the only one, nor is it necessarily the most common.

And sure, serious injuries like broken bones and even things like limb amputation do happen, particularly in some more dangerous industries, but far more common, and far more overlooked are the less dramatic types of injuries that we either shrug off or don’t see coming.

Did you know spraining your ankle can be a workplace injury? If you sprained it while fulfilling your duties at work, it could count. Let’s say you were required to lift a new printer and install it for your offer, and you pulled your back a bit, that’s also a workplace injury.

Other smaller injuries still worth of being called workplace injuries include bruises and cuts. Again, if you were required to install that printer and you cut yourself with the box cutter, that’s a workplace injury. A bruise when you dropped the old printer on your foot while taking it to the trash: that’s also a workplace injury.

Slow and long-term injuries like carpal tunnel are also workplace injuries, particularly if they were sustained mostly from the activities you did at work.

It’s important that we begin to recognize such accidents as deserving to be called workplace injuries because every day many people shrug off such incidents and don’t get the compensation or rest they are entitled to. If you’ve bruised your foot badly after dropping that printer, you are entitled to getting it looked at and taking the time off your doctor says is necessary. Don’t just shrug off such incidents. Don’t return to work and blame yourself. The law is set up to protect you, even if the accident is relatively minor.

A great deal of pain is struggled through by those who don’t realize their rights. A burn when walking past the deep fryer deserves to be looked at by a doctor and treated properly. If you ignore it, you may suffer from pain and end up with a scar. Don’t just laugh this off and assume no one will help ease your suffering.

Once you recognize your rights, you’ll be able to not only watch out for yourself better, but watch out for your fellow employees who may also suffer similar problems.

There are a few important notes to add at the end here: there has to be some negligence on the employers’ part to entitle compensation (not necessarily time off or a doctor’s visit, but further compensation). Also, don’t go looking for injuries to earn time off, the results can often be more devastating than you intended.

What Makes a Social Event Awesome?

When it comes to social events, all you want is a great time, preferably one you can remember. Whether it is a wedding, an after-graduation celebration, or just a party with your friends and colleagues, this is true.

But what makes a social event awesome? Well, that may depend on what kind of event it is, but all social events have some general factors in common that influence success.

Cool venue and theme

We’ve seen them all – house parties, garden weddings, and product launches in hotel function rooms. There is nothing wrong about these venues, as there are many factors at play here, such as convenience, preference, and client’s wishes. But for a truly memorable experience, you can consider opting for unique venues and themes.

For example, according to the website of the Anita Dee Yacht Charters, yachts are already being used as unique venues for events like the ones mentioned earlier. Being in a moving vessel in water, even just as an idea, is already cool in itself. There are many other awesome locations out there, ranging from the adventurous private islands to the rebellious abandoned subway stations.

Smooth flow

Momentum is an important factor in a social event. Once you get things rolling, there is no turning back, because even minor bumps along the way can result into awkward pauses, guests not knowing what to do, and guests losing interest and engagement.

You should ensure that the events run smoothly, even on the transitions. You should also ensure the smoothness of everything in between, like the consistency of the DJ, the flow of food and drinks, and the engagement to arriving guests.

Free of accidents and injuries

An accident or injury in the social event is not awesome. In fact, the occurrence of such can break the mood of the social event, warrant an early dismissal, and make the event memorable in the wrong ways.

As a host, you are partially responsible for the safety of your guests. Make sure to take away possible hazards even before the event starts. Regulate alcohol consumption to avoid fights, accidents from poor body control, and automobile collisions that may occur from drunk driving.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

According to the Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, “If you are facing overwhelming financial difficulties and don’t know where to turn for help, you may need the assistance of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney. Chapter 7 is one of the most commonly sought forms of bankruptcy because it provides individuals with a way to discharge, or completely eliminate, many of their existing debts. If you are suffering under the weight of unmanageable debt, Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be able to provide you with much-needed relief. However, pursuing this debt relief option can be complicated, so it is important that you secure professional assistance if you think that Chapter 7 may be right for you.”

Bankruptcy is one legal solution available to individuals and businesses with overwhelming debts. Besides helping them regain control of their finances, the bankruptcy law also ensures the immediate cessation of whatever form of harassment law firms and debt collectors use to force debtors to make payments – this starts as soon as a declaration of bankruptcy is filed in court. (Forms of harassment employed by law firms and debt collectors include e-mails, phone calls, letters, text messages, lawsuits and others).

Specifically, Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidation bankruptcy method that is best for people who have properties, but whose salary or income does not go above the limit stipulated by the chapter. As the definition suggests, this law will require the liquidation of a few of your properties (you can choose specific properties that should not be sold, though). The selling or the liquidation of your properties is to be done by a court-appointed trustee who will also distribute the amount earned to your creditors. Debts to be paid are only those categorized as non-dischargeable, such as court fines, alimony and student loans. Medical bills, business and personal loans, and debts due to use of credit cards are called dischargeable debts, meaning, the court may free you from the obligation of still paying these.

To determine eligibility under Chapter 7, an applicant will have to take and pass the means test. This test is a way to determine if your income is low enough to qualify you to seek protection under this chapter.

Long Term Effects of DUI Convictions

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has the obvious consequence of fines and jail times. But there are other consequences that are not as obvious, and some of them can even linger for years or even a lifetime.

License Revocations
Getting convicted of DUI can get your license revoked for up to 10 years, depending on the gravity of the offense and the consecutive times you have committed it. Having no license greatly affects your mobility and quality of life. If you have no license, you will have a harder time going to work or school, accomplishing errands such as getting groceries, and other tasks that may be more convenient if you have the privilege of driving.

This is not just an issue about convenience. It can also be an issue of responsibility. Without a license, you won’t be able to take the kids to school, and you won’t be very reliable on emergency situations. These may result into significant compromising and arguing within the family.

Employment Issues
If you have a job, your schedule may be compromised because of wasted times in court, jail times, and community service hours. You are at risk of losing your job because of your inability to show up at work and deliver your service. Some companies also fire those who have convictions. This is especially true if you are working on a company that involves driving, such as trucking and delivering companies.

If you do not have a job, you may have a hard time finding one because of the inherent bias against those with convictions.
Because of employment issues that can result from DUI convictions, you may have financial problems. They will affect the quality of your life and may even warrant significant lifestyle changes.

It is important to note that not because you have been arrested for DUI it already means that you are convicted. You can defend yourself, and there are lawyers out there who specialize on DUI defense, such as those from Truslow & Truslow.

But at the end of the day, prevention is always better than defense. Avoid driving under the influence by controlling yourself and knowing your limits.

Serious Water Accidents due to Reckless Operation of Water Vessels

After a 14-year-old Thai boy, who was declared world jet ski championship in 2015, fell into the water while training in a lake in Muang district in Thailand, another jet ski that was operated by a 9-year-old boy hit him on the head, causing in him a deep cut to the left side of his face. This head injury killed the jet ski champion: he was pronounced dead in the hospital where he was rushed.

Three years earlier (here in the U.S.), sometime in August or September of 2012, a fatal brain injury took the life of a 16-year old female after a vacationing 20-year old Australian male tourist rammed into the former’s jet ski.

Thousands of dreadful jet ski accidents occur in the U.S. every year. Records from the United States Coast Guard say that at least four thousand jet ski accidents occur each year. These accidents result to about 600 deaths and more than 2,600 injuries.

A jet ski has the power of a real boat, despite its small size, and can now run up to 70 miles per hour. Designed to run at high speeds with its drivers and passengers not wearing any form of protection, no wonder they are vulnerable to many different kinds of serious and life-threatening injuries.

States vary with regard to rules and requirements for operating a jet ski. The most basic ones say though, that one needs to: prove that he or she is at least 16 years old (some states have 12 for base age limit); hear a safety lesson, which takes only some minutes; and pay $95 per hour rent fee.

The law firm Ritter & Associates says that accidents on the open water can cause not only significant damage to your vessel, but these can also cause devastating and possibly life-altering injuries, even death, simply because someone has acted in a negligent or reckless manner. The laws governing accidents that take place on water, however, are different from the laws that govern accidents occurring on roads and highways, making seeking compensation more difficult as a result. Accidents involving jet skis or other types of recreational boats, therefore, can be better handled by legal professionals whose expertise include maritime law. It will definitely be in the best interest of a victim if he/she would consult with a maritime lawyer immediately after an accident occurs.

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