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The Dangers of Oil Rigs

Working on an oil rig is often listed among the most dangerous jobs in America, and there are good reasons for it. For anyone who didn’t watch the movie Deepwater Horizon, the potential for disaster is great, and when it does come, there’s little help to be found.

There are obvious reasons why working on an oil rig is so full of potential danger. First of all, people are working with volatile chemicals and using massive, complex machinery. That alone would make it as dangerous as the construction industry, which is always one of the most deadly in the country. There is a myriad of ways someone could potentially injure themselves on an oil rig, from simply slipping and falling to misuse of chemicals, to mechanical breakdown, to objects falling on someone.

Add to this already dangerous recipe the fact that, by definition, oil rigs are miles away from anyone. They sit in the middle of the ocean, far from towns and cities, far even from the coast guard. Should anyone need advanced medical attention in a short period, help is unlikely to arrive in time.

Then, there is the fact that these isolated people often work grueling shifts of around 12 hours and spend anywhere from a week to two weeks out on the rig at a time. Such strenuous work over such long hours encourages accidents.
Keep in mind, these are only the human risks for work on an oil rig, there are other equally (or perhaps greater) risks to the environment. As seen in recent years, even the most efficient clean up after an oil spill is still devastating to ocean life. That ecological cost can also be passed on to humans through devastating to the fishing industry, toxic elements washing up on shore, and contaminated water.

It is no wonder, though, that oil rigs have very strict safety procedures. The risks on all sides are great and the potential for catastrophe is great. With all that in mind, it is perhaps more amazing not that horrible events happen on oil rigs, but that they don’t happen more often. In fact, catastrophic events are extremely rare, even if more minor issues do occur with some regularity.

In 2009, for instance, there were 39 fires or explosions reported on oil rigs.

Even though most of those did not result in death, the glaring number and the potential (even if rare) for catastrophic events call into question the ongoing expansion of off-shore drilling. As the natural gas and renewable energy markets boom throughout the country, and older dirtier sources (especially coal, but including oil) continue to decline, a more forward-looking strategy should be called for, with the government putting resources towards those fields that are safer, cleaner, and cheaper for the country.

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Corporate Thievery

As gaps between the rich and the poor of the world continue to grow it is important to pay close attention to occurrences such as investment fraud. These cases typically show what happens when greed begins to consume, already rich, men and women who just have to have more. The people who commit these financial crimes are dishonest and inauthentic members of society. They have no problem lying to the faces of their investors and will deny everything if revealed for what they really are, a crook. Thieves at the highest level, these offenders simply can not be trusted with monetary responsibility.

Dishonesty in the corporate minded world of today is extremely common. Businessmen are known for their vicious schemes and questionable methods. When they cross the line into areas of illegal activity by stealing investor’s hard earned money, typically life savings that take an entire career to generate, they must be dealt with appropriately. According to previous incidents, most investors will not know that the broker they are working with is dishonest until it is too late. According to statistics released by U.S. Department of Justice last year, there were 300 individuals charged with financial crimes. Of the 300 individuals only 201 were given convictions. These cases resulted in the collection of $1.51 billion in the form of corporate U.S. criminal fines, penalties, and forfeiture. Additionally, there was over $7.8 billion recovered by U.S. and international authorities.

When confronted with this staggering data I am perplexed by the sheer scale of these crimes. It seems obviously foolish and nearly impossible to launder billions of dollars all for the satisfaction of one’s personal greed, yet many dirty brokers attempt to cheat people out of their hard earned life savings. Stealing money from those who are less fortunate is an obvious ethical violation, but in most cases, it is proven that these brokers have no respect for ethical codes of conduct as their actions speak volumes about their character. Greed for money is the pinnacle of misery. Worldly attachment to monetary gain can cripple an individual’s judgment so severely that they become mad for power in any form. In cases where an investor has been taken advantage of, lied to, and in most cases is left penniless they should seek competent guidance in order to pursue their savings. Greed and dishonesty go hand in hand. It is the duty of legal representation to recover all that they are able to for the client’s best interest.

In summary, investment fraud is a serious issue plaguing many innocent investors. In most cases, brokers will escape with large amounts of money that typically equate to the entire life savings of the investor. A dishonest way of being is toxic to a person’s well being. Whether or not the reader believes in some form of karma it can be agreed that dirty, rotten brokers can definitely expect some sort of payback.

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General and Limited Partnership

A partnership occurs when two or more people own the business. According to the website of Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, business owners looking to establish a partnership have a number of options available to them regarding what type of partnership they would like to form.

There are generally two kinds of partnership, known as general partnership and limited partnership – either has its own advantages over the other.

General Partnership

In a general partnership, all the owners have equal powers on the business. All of them have equal gravity of responsibility in managing the business, controlling operations, and having a say in executive decisions. This also means that they can equally enjoy the profits of the business, as well as suffer from the liabilities, such as debts and losses.

Limited Partnership

In a limited partnership, there are both general partners and limited partners, wherein the general partners enjoy the things said earlier. Unlike general partners, limited partners have no management control, but in return, at least they don’t have to fully suffer from the liabilities.

Comparisons

On paper, general partnership seems to be the better choice when it comes to forming a partnership, primarily because of how equal everything is. Owners rise together and fall together. But this can also have its problems.

The most significant problem here is regarding liability, because it is joint and several. So, if one of the general owners cannot pay his due debts, the creditor can go to the other general owners to get what it is due, even if these general owners have already paid their fair share.

Limited partnership, on the other hand, can be seen as mere “investors” in the business, in the sense that they may be considered partners in the business, but they have very limited control and at the same time very limited liability. The worst that could happen is for them to lose their “investments,” and nothing more.

Depending on what you want to achieve, either type of partnership can give you tremendous upside compared to the other.

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Common Construction Site Accidents

You can get involved in an accident and sustain an injury in any workplace. But it is fair to say that some workplaces are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries compared to others. For example, a construction site can easily be said to be a more dangerous workplace compared to an office.
According to the website of the Rhode Island construction accidents lawyers of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., construction workers who have been injured in construction accidents may have legal options. This is a good thing, considering that they really are vulnerable to workplace accidents compared to those who sit in cubicles.

Electrocution

Electrocution is one of the most common and most fatal construction site accidents. This is understandable, because construction sites often have unfinished electrical systems and exposed wires. Even if workers survive electrocution, they may still suffer from significant injuries, particularly burning.

Explosion

Combustible and explosive materials are often present in construction sites. They may come in many forms, such as chemicals, gases, and even TNTs. Whatever form they may take, it doesn’t change the fact that workers are at risk of explosions, fires, and the possible injuries associated with them, such as burns and eye and lung problems.

Fall

Construction workers may be required to reach or work in elevated spaces, so they rely on equipment to do this effectively. Equipment may be cranes, ladders, and scaffoldings – all put workers at risk of falling, breaking their bones, and sustaining traumatic injuries.

Falling Object

Hard hats and other gears may help against falling objects, such as debris and unattended tools, but they may not help much if the falling object is an entire machine. This may involve enough force to kill, and those who survive often suffer from head and brain injuries.

Machine Accident

Machine accidents can happen in many ways. Maybe the machines are defective. Maybe they have no instructions and safety warnings. Maybe the construction worker cannot operate them properly. Whatever the case is, the construction worker is at risk of the most dangerous accidents, including amputations and entrapments.

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Premises Liability

Property owners have the responsibility to ensure that their properties are safe. According to the personal injury website of Ali Mokaram, a negligent party may be held liable if it has caused an injury to an innocent party. In the case of properties, the negligent party may be the property owners, and the innocent party may be visitors or the like.

Finding fault

Though property owners need to ensure the safety of everybody on the premises, there are some states that limit the property owners’ responsibility to invitees and licensees. Invitees are those who have implied permission to be on the property, such as family members, friends, and neighbors. Licensees are those who have implied permission to be on the property for their own purposes.

Trespassers are usually not included in the property owners’ responsibility, but they could be in some cases, especially if they are children. This means that property owners should act to avoid foreseeable risks of their properties to children, whether the children are invitees, licensees, or trespassers.

Common premises liability cases

There are different kinds of premises liability cases. They may happen indoors, such as office spaces and construction sites. They may happen outdoors, like in parking lots, sidewalks, and other walkways. They may happen on private properties, such as houses. They may happen on public properties, like swimming pool resorts and malls.

Premises liability cases may come in many forms, but the following are the most common factors associated with them:

  • Animal attacks such as dog bites
  • Collapsing balconies, porches, and other building parts
  • Defective equipment, such as escalators, elevators, and stairs
  • Inadequate lighting that triggers accidents and injuries
  • Poorly maintained equipment
  • Negligent security services resulting to injury or assault
  • Slippery substances on floors
  • Common injuries

Injuries may vary depending on the kind of premises liability case that has occurred. But since many cases involving tripping, slipping, and falling, some of the most common injuries include:

  • Brain injury
  • Fractures, particularly in the arm, hip, and leg areas
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sprain
  • Whiplash

But other forms of premises liability cases may make victims more vulnerable to non-traumatic injuries, such as lung complications from inhaling hazardous materials in factories, food poisoning from restaurant negligence, and skin problems because of dangerous swimming pool disinfectants.

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Long Term Effects of Car Accidents

Getting involved in a car accident can be one of the most traumatic events one can experience. It may not kill them, but it can have long-lasting effects that may even span a lifetime. Below are some of the long-term effects of getting involved in a traffic accident.

Lifelong Injuries
One of the most obvious consequences of traffic accidents is injury. At worst, the injury can be long-lasting or even lifelong, especially if it involves the brain and the spinal cord. Brain injuries can lead to reading, writing, and speaking problems, not to mention the issues the victim can experience in his or her sensory functions, such as the sense of touch and temperature.

Spinal cord injuries, at their worst, can result into paralysis. If the victim’s body parts are not disabled, they have limited functions, such as difficulty in walking and grasping objects.
Car accidents can also result into amputations, face deformations, and fractures that can still be painful even after being healed.

Psychological Problems
Even minor accidents are proven to cause anxiety of traveling or getting inside a vehicle, phobia on cars and roads, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Victims are also known to have nightmares about the traumatic event, sleeping and eating irregularities, and depression.

These conditions may last a year or even a lifetime. In these instances, it is important to acknowledge that there is a problem so the victim can get psychological help. Treatment ranges from simple breathing exercises to sleeping medications.

Lifestyle Changes
If a person has been involved in an auto accident, he may have some changes in his lifestyle, for better or worse. For the better, he may start driving safely and being mindful of the other motorists on the road. For the worse, he may have persistent psychological issues that can affect his employment opportunities, family and peer relationships, reputation, and overall enjoyment of life.

If the victim has also sustained a lifelong injury, he has no choice but to adjust his lifestyle to accommodate his bodily limitations.

Car accidents are such serious issues that not only medical professionals talk about them, but also legal professionals, such as those who choose to focus on long-term disability cases. But at the end of the day, nobody wants medical bills, attorney and court fees, lifelong injuries, long-lasting psychological problems, and unwarranted lifestyle changes. The best thing to do is to be diligent on the road to avoid accidents altogether.

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The Common Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing homes or convalescent homes are places for people who do not need to be in a hospital, but cannot be cared for at home. Nursing homes should have a registered nurse, a licensed nurse and trained nursing aides who are expected to attain and maintain the highest possible level of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of all residents.

In February 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded about 15,700 nursing home facilities in the U.S. and an estimated 1.4 million residents. Residents include: elders, usually 65 years old or older; individuals who, because of an illness (such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s), require extra care and assistance; and, those needing rehabilitation therapies.

Despite promises and guarantee of provision of quality care and medical attention to residents, lack of workers and qualified nurses, as well as putting on duty untrained aides or aides who do not know how to properly attend and respond to the needs of the residents, an actual problem in about 90% of all nursing home facilities, result instead to stressed and overworked personnel, the major reason why the needs of thousands of residents are neglected.

Nursing home negligence or elder neglect is failure on the part of personnel to provide a resident proper medical, physical, or emotional attention. This failure can end up in a dangerous situation, especially if the resident has a serious health condition or is not able to care for himself/herself.

Some of the most common signs of neglect in nursing homes, as listed in the website of the law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, include:

  • Bedsores and pressure ulcers
  • Injuries from nursing home slip and falls
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Emotional withdrawal by the elder
  • Unusual changes in behavior
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Changes in personal hygiene
  • Lack of friendly interaction with nursing home staff or residents

Much nursing home neglect, according to said law firm, goes unreported because of residents’ fears of retaliation from staff. Left unaddressed, nursing home neglect carries an increased risk of illness, death, injury, and trauma for elders.

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Understanding The Common Reasons Why Dogs Bite

Dogs are man’s best friend. They give you companionship and protection. They can be your walking buddy. You can cuddle them and they can be the sweetest pet you can have. However, dogs can also be your worst enemy. When provoked, they can bite you and the result can be devastating. According to Indianapolis personal injury attorneys at the Hankey Law Office, approximately 5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. From that number, 1 in 6 will require medical attention.

There are many reasons why dogs will bite humans. They do so as a reaction to something. For instance, they bite because they feel stressed out or they are defending themselves or their territory. Another reason dogs bite is because they are not feeling well. Aside from that, dogs bite because they feel threatened. These times are not the best times to approach them or else you could find yourself in deep trouble.

The good news is that there are warning signs you need to be aware of before the dog bites. They may be tolerant at one time and then suddenly bites you. These are some warning signs that the dog is about to bite you:

  • The dog gets up and moves away from the child
  • The canine turns his head away from the human
  • The dog looks at you in a pleading manner
  • The “whites” of the dog’s eyes turns in a half moon shape
  • The dog suddenly starts scratching, biting, or kicking himself

Dogs also have the tendency to nip and bite when playing. These activities may make them overly excited which may cause them to nip or bite. It is best to avoid wrestling or playing tug of war with your dog.

Teaching the dog socialization skills is a good way to keep the dog from biting. By doing so, you are helping the dog become at ease in different situations. You can start this while the dog is still a puppy so they become comfortable in different situations when they get older.

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Grounds and Requirements When Filing for Divorce in Austin, Texas

On the issue of divorce, Texas is known as a “fault” divorce state. This means that a spouse petitioning for divorce should be able to cite valid ground (or grounds) upon which the petition for divorce is based (it is necessary that the spouse petitioning the divorce and citing the fault or ground be able to prove the truthfulness of the ground/s that he or she cited). Under basic Texas Divorce Laws, acceptable grounds for divorce include:

  • Irreconcilable differences or irretrievable breakdown of the marriage due to cruelty by one spouse;
  • Adultery;
  • Conviction of felony. A spouse’s petition for divorce may be granted by the court if, during marriage, his/her spouse has been convicted of a felony and has been imprisoned for at least one year in a Federal penitentiary, in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, or in another State penitentiary and has not been pardoned; however, if the felony conviction was due to the testimony of the petitioning spouse, then the court will not accept the conviction as acceptable ground;
  • Abandonment for at least one year;
  • Both spouses having lived apart for at least three years without cohabitation; and,
  • Confinement in mental hospital. It is stipulated under Texas Code – Family Code – Chapters: 6.001-6.007 that the court has the authority to grant a divorce in favor of one spouse if, at the time the petition is filed, the other spouse has been in confinement in a state mental hospital or in any private mental hospital in Texas or in any other state for at least three years and that the mental disorder is of such a degree and nature that adjustment is unlikely or, if adjustment occurs, a relapse is likely to occur.

Besides these grounds, a spouse petitioning for divorce must also observe the Texas basic Divorce Law requirement on residency. If these requirements are not met, which may only mean that the court (where the petition has been filed) does not have jurisdictional rights to hear the case, then the petition will either be rejected or eventually be dismissed.

Residency requirements stipulate that:

  • Either spouse has been a resident of the state of Texas for at least six months prior to the filing of divorce and must have been a resident of the county, where the Petition was filed, for the prior 90 days;
  • For the court to have personal jurisdiction over a non-resident Respondent, it is necessary that the last marital residence of the couple must have been in Texas and that the petition is filed within two years after this marital residence ceases to be the couple’s marital residence;
  • If one of the spouses has resided in Texas for the past six months, while the other lives (or has moved) in a different state or country, this spouse living outside of Texas may file for divorce in the Texas county in which his/her former partner lives; and,
  • For Texas residents actively serving in the armed forces and are stationed outside of Texas or the U.S., they are still considered residents of
  • Texas and, thus, may file a divorce petition in the county where they reside. In the case of military personnel who have not lived in Texas, but who have been stationed at one or more military installations in Texas for the past six months or more, and at a military installation in a Texas county for the past 90 days, they are considered Texas residents as well as residents of that county – this stipulation serves the purposes of filing for divorce.

After a petition for divorce has been filed with the Texas county’s District Court, the petitioner must send his/her former spouse (the Respondent) legal notice of the petition. The Respondent is given 21 days within which he/she can file an Answer; if no Answer is filed, then the case is default. This would allow the judge to decide on the divorce case even without the Respondent.

Usually, there is a 60-day waiting period (starting on the date the petition was filed) before a judge grants a final divorce decree. The waiting period can be waived, however, if the court discovers: that the Respondent has been found guilty of domestic violence against the Petitioner or against any member of the Petitioner’s household; or, that the Petitioner has an active magistrate’s order or an active protection order for emergency protection against the Respondent due to domestic violence committed during the marriage.

Furthermore, basic Texas Divorce Laws says that former spouses may not marry before the 31st day after the divorce has been decreed, except if they are to marry each other again, or if good cause is shown to the court.

According to divorce lawyers from the Kirker Davis, LLP, law firm, one of the most successful measures of trial advocacy is in an attorney’s ability to settle a divorce case and resolve it amicably between spouses. They also believe that, if necessary, an attorney must be prepared to zealously advocate their client’s position in a courtroom. Based on this, it is obvious that many divorce lawyers, especially in high-profile divorce cases, represent clients, some even employ tactics that will prolong the case, for bigger earnings – at the expense of their clients. This is why it is of utmost importance that you choose you divorce attorney well. Any divorce lawyer can represent you; however, not everyone will you be able to work well with or, maybe even trust.

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Truck Accidents Can Have Deadly Consequences

A car-log truck collision that happened on Georgia State Road 85 in Ellerslie, Georgia on Nov. 5, 2015 resulted in the death of 56-year-old Santa Rosa Beach, Florida resident Sheree Williams. Preliminary investigations showed that she was headed south past the Green Acres Subdivision when her vehcile collided with a log truck that was headed north.

Trucking is a very life-threatening profession, not only for the truckers themselves but also for the motorists these truckers encounter on the road. They estimate that around 600 truckers die every year as a result of truck accidents in the United States, whether these accidents are the result of their own negligence or due to other factors that may have come into play, like road defects, weather disturbances, or the fault of other drivers. These accidents can leave people who are involved seriously hurt or even permanently disabled.

It is important to take note that it is very easy for a truck to become involved in an accident, mainly because of their size, and because of the lack of flexibility that smaller vehicles are afforded. For instance, a truck can go over in a curve even if the truck driver wasn’t going too fast, if the truck’s rear tires manages to hit something – like a curb – the moment that said truck driver is cornering.

A truck can also roll over when the driver took a rut in soft ground or caught a pavement separation. A way to avoid having an accident when you put a wheel off a pavement is to straighten the truck and immediately brake. Stop at that position and then re-start the vehicle again, instead of trying to go back to the road at the rate of speed you were already using to travel; if you do the latter, there is a big chance that the truck will fall on its side.

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