Claiming for wrongful termination in the US is not a simple matter. All states except for Montana operate on a presumption of at-will employment, unless specified otherwise. At-will employment means that an employer does not have to provide “just cause” to fire an employee. This is based on the reasoning that since employees have the freedom to quit at will, employers should have the same option.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. One is a written contract between employer and employee or any document stating that the employee can only be fired for “just cause” which nullifies the presumption of at-will employment. Termination for reasons that constitute a violation of any state or federal statute is also considered illegal, and thus opens up the employer to a wrongful termination lawsuit. These include discrimination based on race, age, religious affiliation, gender, and disability. Termination as retaliation for filing a complaint against your employer such as to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is also illegal under federal law.
Outside of these broad strokes, however, each state has its own exceptions. Some states subscribe to the “implied employment contract” where the intention of the employer to provide continued employment is indicated without actually being put in writing, such as periodic promotions, positive employee reviews, or verbal promises of continued employment at hiring or afterwards. New York, however, is among those states which do not subscribe to this exception.
Filing a wrongful termination lawsuit can be a slippery slope for the uninitiated and unprepared. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, try to determine if you have a basis for filing a case with the EEOC or the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) first before starting on a private lawsuit. These agencies can make it easier to get compensation if the termination is a violation of the protected rights under their jurisdiction. In either case, you need to consult with a labor lawyer in your area to give you advice on your legal options and help you prepare.
“Crime does not pay!” This is a mild phrase, considering the devastating effects of even being accused of a crime. Criminal defense lawyers know full well the psychological burden those charged with a crime undergo; how a criminal charge can ruin your relationship (even with the members of your family), societal standing and professional credibility. Simply put, a criminal charge can ruin your future.
Aside from theft, robbery, DUI and possession and/or distribution of illegal drugs, another very serious crime you can be accused with is homicide or murder. These two words (homicide and murder) are often used interchangeably. The scope of the word ‘homicide,’ however, is broader than murder. While murder refers only to criminal homicide, the term homicide applies to both criminal and non-criminal acts. Non-criminal homicides are those viewed as excusable or justified, such as accidentally killing a person (who is threatening your life) in an act of self-defense or in defense of another.
An interactive database posted in the website of The Wall Street Journal says that between the year 2000 and 2010 about 165,068 murder cases were reported in 50 US states (excluding Florida). This means more than 150,000 people needed the best defense that would earn for them an acquittal in a criminal lawsuit.
Those charged with murder ought to understand that every case has its own circumstances and evidence (some are obvious, but a lot more are not) and that not all criminal lawyers have the same level of competence. Some are just more experienced and more knowledgeable than others, rendering them more able and prepared to counter arguments, besides being more familiar with court tactics from the opponent.
Although every lawyer will make sure that you get a fair trial and that your rights are defended, one who knows more will be a better counsel when the situation becomes really tight. Know that your chosen lawyer’s time is not only spent in the courtroom with you (during actual proceedings). Days before your case actually begins, your lawyer will have to be busy searching for more evidences and preparing a defense that help win your case.
Nursing homes are facilities that are intended to take care of the elderly. When family members spend their time and money to invest in a home for their older relatives, they expect the highest quality of care. Frustratingly, some nursing homes fail to provide this type of care for their residents and neglect the needs of potentially vulnerable individuals.
If you suspect that your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home environment, there are things you can do to help investigate and take action against this abuse.
Elderly individuals are often be more at risk of injury from simple slip and falls than others because their bones may be more frail and their bodies less capable of a quick recovery. When a nursing home attendant does not properly monitor residents or creates a dangerous environment by failing to keep facilities clean and safe, residents may be at risk of devastating injuries. Some of the most common injuries linked to falls include:
Injuries for the elderly can mean long, challenging recoveries and considerable discomfort. It is the responsibility of nursing homes to keep their residents safe and their facilities up to par. Any negligence in these areas can lead to devastating consequences and may put the nursing home at risk of being sued by victims or their concerned family members.
Victims of nursing home abuse have the right to discuss their concerns with a trusted lawyer in order to decide if they would like to pursue financial compensation. Many times, the responsible party is liable for the costs of recovery and emotional distress associated with an injury. Contact a nursing home abuse attorney today for more information about lawsuit opportunities.
An 18-year-old Georgia man is on trial for pulling the trigger on a 13-month-old in a stroller, killing him and wounding the mother during the commission of a robbery.
De’Marquise Elkins is not likely to be accused of nobility any time soon. Elkins already stands accused of shooting a pastor in Brunswick a week and a half before the killing of Antonio Santiago, the toddler son of Sherry West and Louis Santiago. Ms. West was with her son walking home from the Brunswick post office at the time of the incident.
The trial was moved to Atlanta due to the outrage it generated in the local population after the story hit the newsstands.
At trial, Ms. West alleged that Elkins and another teen, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, stopped her on the street and demanded money. When Ms. West resisted, Elkins threatened to shoot the baby, and did so when she continued to deny having any money. Elkins also wounded Ms. West on the leg during the shooting. A gun was recovered from a pond based on information received from Elkin’s mother and sister, who are both being charged with tampering with evidence.
Elkins’ defense lawyer Kevin Gough’s strategy is to introduce reasonable doubt about the credibility of Ms. West by stressing her marital, psychological and emotional problems which may be influencing her testimony. In particular, Gough is suggesting that Ms. West may be mistaken in her identification of Elkins and accomplice Lang, who will be brought to trial at a later date.
Elkins may be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. Georgia law prohibits the death sentence for a 17-year-old, which is how old Elkins was at the time of incident. He may also be sued for the wrongful death of Antonio Santiago.
While the tendency is to focus on guns when discussing illegal weapons, there are also certain kinds of knives that are illegal to possess. Depending on where you live, some kinds of knives may be classified as illegal weapons or will require a permit to lawfully carry.
The most widely-prohibited knives are switchblades. Switchblades are knives that fold in and can be opened by a mechanism such as a button or lever. These weapons can be opened with one hand and spring into a usable blade in the blink of an eye. The blade swings into a locked position when opened.
Similarly, knives that are opened via centrifugal force are widely illegal as well. Known as gravity knives, these blades can easily be opened using one hand as well. Bladed throwing weapons are also commonly illegal, as are pointed blades that serve no purpose other than stabbing.
There are a lot of regulations in place concerning which kinds of knives are legal and illegal. The federal Switchblade Knife Act describes which weapons are illegal on a nationwide level, with further restrictions imposed on a state-to-state basis. Familiarize yourself with your state laws in order to prevent inadvertently being charged with possession of a deadly weapon.
Domestic abuse can take on many forms, all of them designed to belittle and control the victim. Abuse victims often feel trapped and unable to do anything to break the cycle. In some cases, they are not entirely aware they are being abused, because they are not being physically hurt. However, abuse can be both physical and psychological.
Generally, a person should not be afraid to be around their partner or loved one, but when someone is a victim of an abuser, they may generally feel tense and fearful of doing something to set him or her off. Domestic abusers try to control their partners in every aspect, from who their friends are, to where they are allowed to go, to how much money they are allowed to spend.
Physical abuse is rather self explanatory. If your partner is physically causing you harm or threatening to do so on a regular basis, there is something destructive about the way he or she views the relationship. Psychological abuse is a little more subtle, but definitely not impossible to notice. In addition to being controlling, psychological abusers make threats against your well-being, the well-being of loved ones, or even their own. Intimidation and name calling are their main weapons and they will not hesitate to use them to shape your behavior.
If a person is exhibiting a pattern of abuse, do not expect them to change. As a matter of fact, once a partner starts behaving abusively, he or she is more likely to continue down that path until something stops them.
Remember, domestic abuse does not have to follow the presumptions of gender. While it’s most common for men in relationships to be abusers, it is entirely possible for women to be abusive as well. To learn more about domestic abuse and what to do if you are a victim, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Kidney dialysis is an essential process in which the blood is cleansed of toxins and waste material and returned to the bloodstream in order to recirculate through the body. This process mirrors the normal behavior of the kidneys, and is utilized in situations where kidney dysfunction or failure has rendered the body incapable of properly protecting itself from the dangerous effects of high toxin levels in the blood, effectively bypassing the kidneys and reducing the strain on the body by outsourcing the strain of blood screening.
One of the many products use in association with kidney dialysis is GranuFlo, a dry acid concentrate which is part of the dialysis process developed by Fresenius Medical Care. While there are clear and demonstrable health benefits to the use of the product, recent studies have indicated that there are major associated risks of cardiovascular diseases and events due to a dramatically increased level of bicarbonates in the bloodstream of the patient. The result is an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, and high blood pressure, which ultimately led the Food and Drug Administration to issue a Class 1 recall for GranuFlo, the most severe action the agency can take to limit the distribution of a product.
There are still thousands of individuals who have suffered harm due to the use of GranuFlo, and are facing enormous medical expenses an life challenges as a result. In you or a loved one has been injured, it is possible that a GranuFlo lawsuit can help you to recover compensation for your losses from the responsible party. Fresenius’s negligence in manufacturing and distributing a clearly dangerous product has led to sanctions and should not be tolerated.
It has become a running joke in literature, children’s books, television, and cinema that dogs and postal workers have and will never get along. Unfortunately, this is much more than just a joke. In fact, there have been a number of reports of dogs attacking and biting all across the United States on an annual basis. If you are a postal worker and have suffered an injury from a dog bite while on your postal route you may be facing a number of injuries that could leave you seriously disabled.
Not only can you suffer physical or mental injuries following a dog attack, but you can also suffer financial damage, especially if you need extensive medical care or have to miss work to recover. With an estimated 5,500 United States Postal Service workers attacked by dogs in 2011, dog attacks for postal workers is as real of threat as ever.
Dangers of Dog Bites
There were close to 30,000 reconstructive surgeries performed on dog bite victims in 2011 alone. Dog bites can cause a number of injuries ranging from broken bones to lacerations or even serious infections. If you are a postal worker and were attacked by a dog on your route, you may be able to take legal action against the owners and recover compensation for the following damages:
* Medical bills
* Reconstructive or plastic surgery
* Physical therapy during your recovery
* Prescription medication costs
* Emotional trauma
* Lost wages
Postal workers, especially those who travel on foot, encounter strange and sometimes protective dogs all day long. If these dogs are not properly restrained and attack, you may be able to take legal action and recover financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options, contact a dog bite attorney and discus the details of your case.
Seeing police lights in your rearview mirror after leaving a party, restaurant, or bar can be one of the most unsettling sights, especially if youve had a few drinks and are unsure of your sobriety. When an officer pulls you over, he or she may ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol concentration.
If you are asked to take a breathalyzer test, it is important to remember that you legally have the right to refuse the breathalyzer test, but it could result in other consequences. However, if you believe you are intoxicated or have had a prior DUI conviction, you should consider refusing the breathalyzer test.
Understanding the Bright Line Rules
Knowing the bright line rules can help you decide whether not you should or should not submit to the breathalyzer test. Breathalyzer tests are not always accurate and could make it appear that you are more intoxicated. Unless you know with absolute certainty that you can pass the breathalyzer test than you should use the bright line rules to help you decide on how to act. You should refuse a breathalyzer test if you meet the bright line rules. These include:
* You have been charged and convicted with a DUI within the past five years
* You were in a car accident that injured or killed someone
* Your occupation places a high importance on reputation. This includes teachers or public officials.
It is important to remember that you are no free of some repercussions by refusing a breathalyzer test. You may still face charges but it will be very difficult to prove you were driving intoxicated without the evidence of your BAC.
If you are facing DUI charges, do not face them alone. Learn more about your legal rights and options by speaking with a Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer.
While there are many types of personal injury cases like medical malpractice or premises liability where one party is clearly 100 percent at fault for the accident and consequences, many cases do not always have a clear defendant who is completely at fault or a plaintiff who wasnt responsible for at least some of the accident. When both parties are at least partially at fault, state laws determine who can take legal action and pursue financial compensation.
If you have been injured in an accident and were partially at fault, it is important to know that you can still take legal action and file a civil lawsuit. Therefore, make sure you know what your states laws concerning comparative negligence and how it may apply to your situation.
Different Types of Comparative Negligence
The legal principle of comparative negligence is where a judge assigns a percentage of blame to an individual depending on the individuals level of involvement. Once blame has been assigned, the parties can then take action to sue for that portion of damages. The different distinctions of comparative negligence include the following:
* Pure comparative negligence Thirteen states currently follow this system. After a judge assigns a level of fault, he or she then apportions the damages according to the level of fault. This means one can still recover damages even if he or she was 99 percent at fault.
* Modified comparative negligence (50 percent rule) An individual can only recover damages if he or she was less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Found in 12 states across the nation.
* Modified comparative negligence (51 percent rule) The system for 21 states where a plaintiff can only sue and recover damages if he or she is less than 51 percent at fault.
The state of Wisconsin falls under the 51 percent rule, meaning one can be half liable for the accident and still pursue financial compensation. To learn more about your case and how comparative negligence applies, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer.
Construction sites are dangerous places for many different reasons, but one of the most significant risks to worker health and safety at these locations involves the potential for equipment malfunction. There is a wide range of different ways in which equipment malfunction can occur on a construction site, with potential consequences for construction workers ranging from relatively minor to life-altering.
The injuries caused by equipment malfunction are often extremely severe, and may even threaten the lives of construction workers. Other potential consequences include amputation of limbs, temporary or permanent paralysis, and traumatic brain injury. Because of the devastating impact that any of these types of injuries may have on a construction workers life, compensation may be available for those who have been the victim of injuries caused by equipment malfunction on a construction site.
Forms of Equipment Malfunction
There are a number of different ways in which construction equipment may malfunction, leading to workers suffering injuries. Some of the most common forms of construction equipment malfunction include the following:
* Safety equipment malfunction
* Motor vehicle malfunction
* Heavy machinery malfunction
* Construction tool malfunction
Any of these types of equipment malfunction can easily cause serious injuries to any construction worker who may be affected by the incident, potentially resulting in costly medical bills, loss of income and future earnings potential, and other consequences. No construction worker should have to pay for the costs that these consequences may have on their life on their own. Fortunately, financial compensation may be available for those who have been the victim of this type of tragic circumstance through a construction injury lawsuit. Contact a New York construction accident attorney today to discuss the details of your case with a qualified legal professional and learn more about your rights and options under the law in this situation.
In todays world, the majority of families see both parents working, rather than one staying at home to solely care for the children. Whether this is a lifestyle choice, career choice, or financial necessity, when both parents are employed, they typically have to figure out a way to obtain regular care for their children, especially younger ones. As many families cannot afford nannies, a large percentage turn to daycares to get the care and supervision they need for their children. While most of these daycares provide at least adequate and safe care for the children under their purview, not all do. Unfortunately, when a daycare fails to properly adhere to all safety policies or provide a safe, caring environment for children, the children themselves may suffer.
Examples of Negligence in Daycares
Negligent daycare staff members can fail to provide appropriate or adequate care to the children in their care in a number of ways, such as:
* Not providing age-appropriate toys
* Ignoring food and other allergies
* Isolating children unduly or for unreasonably long periods of time
* Taunting the children or allowing bullying to occur
Unfortunately, when daycare providers act negligently in these and other ways, they could cause an innocent child to suffer a number of serious problems as a result, including:
* Digression in learning and mental growth
* Decreased self-esteem
* Physical issues, such as choking
* Stunted social growth
No child should have to be negatively affected in such ways by people who they should be able to trust and look to for quality care.
When daycare staff members and caregivers are negligent in providing safe environments and proper care to children, they may be held financially liable through a civil lawsuit. If you believe your child has been harmed due to the negligent actions of a daycare, call a personal injury lawyer to discuss the possible legal options available to you.
Personal injury cases arent always as clear cut or as black and white as many people believe. In fact, there are many instances where one defendant isnt 100 percent at fault for the accident and injuries sustained by those involved in the accident. Fortunately, under comparative negligence, a person can still recover financial compensation even if he or she was partially at fault for the accident. This is very common in car accident cases where both parties may have acted negligently.
Fortunately, the state of North Carolina follows the modified comparative negligence policy, giving injured victims the chance at recovering financial compensation even if they were partially liable. You should consider speaking with a knowledgeable legal representative today to learn more about how you may be able to recover financial compensation to pay for expenses such as medical bills and lost wages.
Partial Fault in North Carolina
In North Carolina, injured victims of personal injury accidents may be able to take legal action against another party as long as they are less than 51 percent at fault for the accident. This means a plaintiff can be responsible for half the accident and still be eligible for financial compensation that can be used to pay for medical bills and other damages.
After an individuals fault is determined, he or she can receive financial compensation that is proportionate to his or her fault. For example, if you are involved in a car accident but you werent wearing your seatbelt or acted in a way after the accident to worsen the damages, you may be found 40 percent at fault. This means you can only recover 60 percent of damages awarded to you.
For More Information
It is important that you take legal action as soon as possible so you can recover the compensation you need. Contact a personal injury lawyer today to get started on your case.
Product liability lawsuits involve goods and products in the United States that a consumer purchased and found to be dangerous after using. Millions of products and goods are purchased and consumed every single day in the country, and so many industries have the potential to be involved in a product liability lawsuit. Manufacturers, designers, and packagers all have a responsibility to consumers to ensure that their products are not only safe to purchase, but that they won’t cause harm to any consumer after the purchase has been made.
Product liability lawsuits stem from some sort of negligence or carelessness on behalf of those in charge of producing and creating various products. Because every product might be dangerous if not designed or constructed properly, all industries in the U.S. might be involved in product liability lawsuits. However, there are certain industries that are more often implicated in product liability cases.
4 Industries Commonly Affected
There are hundreds of different industries that produce goods and products for American consumers, but four of them are seen most often in product liability lawsuits. These industries include:
Childcare Products and Child Toys
Containers / Food Packaging
Due to the nature of these products, the sheer number of consumers, and the importance of some of these products, these industries more commonly see product liability lawsuits than others. Regardless of what product caused you or a loved one harm however, if a defect in the product caused the harm, it might be the right time to file a product liability lawsuit.
If you or someone that you love has been injured by a dangerous product, you could actually be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney today to discuss your legal options.
Yasmin is one of many forms of birth control prescribed to consumers who want to prevent pregnancy. While all birth control methods have some risk of physical injury, Yasmin has been recently linked to extremely dangerous, and sometimes deadly, side effects. Hundreds of people have reported serious side effects of this drug, such as heart attack, stroke, blood clotting, cerebral hemorrhage, and liver tumors, just to name a few. These side effects are extremely serious and may cause a person’s life to change forever, both physically and financially. In order to combat these effects, a person may be owed financial compensation that can cover a number of costs.
People sometimes think that they cannot take legal action against an irresponsible drug company, but this is not the case. Consumers have the right to expect that the products that they use are safe and effective, so if a product, such as Yasmin, has endangered a consumer, that person might have legal grounds for getting help from an attorney.
An attorney may be able to help a person suffering from the side effects of Yasmin in a number of ways. Some of the benefits of legal assistance include:
Effective research on previous Yasmin cases
Collection of evidence and data for a person’s individual case
Gathering of documents pertaining to side effects one is suffering
Experience in a court room, arguing for compensation
Legal enforcement of any compensation that might be awarded
Those suffering from the dangerous side effects of Yasmin might need legal assistance but not know where to turn. However, a qualified and knowledgeable attorney who has experience with these types of cases can likely evaluate your situation and possibly help you file a Yasmin lawsuit. Through this lawsuit, you may be able to obtain financial restitution for the undue suffering youve had to experience.
Amusement parks are places where people can go for excitement with what seems like very little risk. The illusion of danger that rides produce is one of the main draws, but this illusion can also become all too real when the amusement park or ride manufacturers are not careful. Negligence on the part of ride manufacturers and amusement park management is a factor in almost all cases of amusement park injuries. In 2006, around 8,800 people were injured and taken to emergency rooms due to injuries they sustained while riding what they assumed were safe rides. While some injuries are minor, many of them have the potential to be life-threatening. In the years between 1987 and 2000, 51 people died because of amusement park rides that were poorly made or operated.
Types of Amusement Park Ride Injuries
There are a number of different injuries one can sustain while riding an amusement park ride. These include, but are not limited to:
The causes of these injuries are numerous. Some rides are inherently dangerous due to their design, which may mean the manufacturer is liable for injuries. Others are poorly constructed, which can also be the fault of the manufacturer. In many cases, it is the negligence or poor training of ride operators that lead to unnecessary accidents. When someone is injured due to any of these reasons, it is within the rights of the injured to seek financial compensation. With the help of a skilled personal injury attorney, you can potentially obtain the compensation needed for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Sadly, thousands of pedestrians are severely injured or killed each year when they are struck by motor vehicles. While in an ideal situation motorists and pedestrians should be able to share the road in a safe manner, many accidents still occur. These accidents are frequently the result of a drivers error, such as when they do not follow traffic safety laws and fail to yield. Even what may be a minor mistake for the driver could cause severe, even deadly, harm to a pedestrian as they are wholly unprotected from the force of a collision.
When pedestrians are involved in an accident with a vehicle, they will most likely suffer severe physical trauma and be faced with costly medical bills. If the accident was caused by a negligent driver, it may be possible to hold them accountable through a civil lawsuit seeking financial compensation.
When to Yield
Wisconsin has strict and straightforward traffic safety laws regarding pedestrians and the right-of-way. Vehicles are a very real and constant threat to pedestrians lives, and so in many cases must yield to them. Drivers are required to yield in the following circumstances, when:
* Pedestrians begin to cross an intersection with a walk signal or a green light
* Pedestrians cross an alley or driveway
* Pedestrians make use of a crosswalk, whether they are marked or unmarked
* A vehicle ahead has stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the street at a crosswalk or intersection
Just as drivers must yield to pedestrians in these, as well as other, circumstances, pedestrians are required to yield to drivers when a crosswalk or other traffic signal is not present.
If you or someone close to you has been hurt in an accident while traveling on foot, you may wish to contact a Green Bay car accident attorney who can help you determine if you have a viable case for pursuing legal action.
When a surgery is performed correctly, the surgical team will complete the operation and apply sutures to the patient after removing all foreign objects that were used to aid in the surgery. Regrettably, many people suffer health complications each year due to surgical errors in which the surgeon left objects inside the body after the procedure. According to the website of the Law Offices of Paul Levin, such mistakes greatly increase the risk that the patient will suffer from post-surgical complications and could even put their life at risk. While it may seem like a simple mistake to avoid, it happens all too often, causing numerous patients devastating harm.
There are many reasons why objects left in the body could have adverse health effects, some of which have to do with the variety of tools and materials used by the surgeon. Most of them, such as scalpels and sponges, will not safely dissolve in the body and could result in significant health complications, such as the following:
Patients who are already undergoing a surgical procedure due to an injury or illness may suffer additional harm from a foreign object left inside of them. The additional surgeries necessary to remove it, as well as treatments for any ill effects they suffered in the meantime, could result in significant emotional trauma and expense. If you suffered such a surgical error, you may want to speak with a medical malpractice attorney to determine if you may be able to pursue compensation for your losses.
Social Security Disability Insurance, commonly abbreviated as SSDI, is a program that was created by the Social Security Administration as a form of financial assistance for those who need monetary aid throughout the duration of a physical or mental disability. Sometimes people apply for SSDI because they are a certain age and need financial assistance, and sometimes they have suffered an injury or developed a disability that prevents them from retaining a normal job and earning a paycheck. The financial benefits of SSDI can help individuals support themselves and their loved ones even if they cannot hold a regular occupation, which can be especially comforting in the event of a disability.
Not everyone is eligible to receive SSDI benefits, and understanding the eligibility requirements is an important part of getting compensation. Many individuals mistakenly believe that they are eligible to receive benefits, but are surprised with a rejected application. To learn more about the eligibility requirements for SSDI and to discuss your own eligibility, contact an experienced Philadelphia Social Security attorney today.
Who is Eligible?
Every case of SSDI is evaluated independently, but there are general requirements that a person must meet in order to be eligible to receive SSDI benefits. The following requirements must be met:
If a person meets these requirements, he or she could be a successful applicant for SSDI benefits, but the best way to know is to consult with an attorney who is familiar with the SSDI application process.
If you or someone you know is considering applying for SSDI, contact a qualified Social Security attorney today to discuss your exact circumstances. An attorney may be able to increase the chances of you getting an immediate approval for benefits.
Business formation is a complex process that necessitates a lot of legal documentation and lengthy negotiations. Many people think that they want to form a business, but know little about the complicated process of doing so and, as such, would greatly benefit from the advice and assistance of an experienced attorney who is familiar with employment law and the process of forming a business.
Often, picturing the perfect business is all-too-easy, but putting your plan into action is where things quickly become difficult. Trying to navigate the jargon-heavy world of business formation can be both daunting and, ultimately, overwhelming for many budding business owners, but having a compassionate and qualified attorney can make this process a little easier to manage.
Choosing the type of business you want to form is as essential as any other aspect of business formation, since every kind of business has its own requirements. Deciding what your business is and following all of the legal business formation regulations is the most important aspect of business formation. Some options include:
Depending on both your personal working style and the demands of your business, one of these options will likely suit your business best, but sometimes it’s hard to know which one to choose. However, understanding the differences between each of these business types and both the disadvantages and advantages to each can help you make a more informed decision.
If you or someone you know is thinking about forming a business, it’s critical that you get legal consultation about this process before venturing out on your own. Contact an experienced business lawyer in Louisiana today to discuss the basics of forming a business and to find out about how he or she can help you achieve your dreams.
If you have suffered from an occupational injury or illness, you may be facing a number of new challenges in every part of your life. Fortunately, you can likely recover financial benefits to help pay for medical bills and other expenses during this trying time with workers compensation benefits. By knowing a few common workers compensation terms or phrases, you can significantly increase your chances of filing a successful claim and receiving benefits in a timely manner.
You dont have to handle your workers compensation case on your own. An experienced and dedicated Pennsylvania workers compensation attorney can help you file for benefits correctly the first time so you may be able to get the financial resources needed to recover from your injury and get back to work.
Important Workers Compensation Terms
By understanding a few common workers compensation terms, you can make your experience go as smoothly as possible. Some common terms you need to be familiar with include the following:
Lost work days The days an injured worker misses due to his or her injury or illness (excluding the day of the injury)
First report of injury Injured employees are required to file one of these reports with the workers compensation agency after the accident
Permanent disability Complete or partial loss of use of part of the body, the body part itself, or the body as a whole
Indemnity or income benefits Financial benefits given to the injured worker to compensate him or her for lost time at work. This also may include payments to family members of a deceased worker who died from an occupational injury or illness.
While these are extremely helpful terms to know, they do not encompass everything there is to workers compensation law.
In order to better understand workers compensation, contact a Pennsylvania workers compensation lawyer, who can give you a more in-depth explanation and possibly help you file your workers compensation claim or denial appeal today.
Maintaining your health is imperative if you want to lead a rich, rewarding life. However, there is so much information on this broad subject that it can be hard to know what to study. That is why this article is a comprehensive compilation of facts and tips designed to help you to lead a healthy lifestyle.
When thinking about getting health insurance coverage, not many people think of test driving their prospective plan. This is called a free trial basis – you get your money back if you aren’t happy – as long as it is canceled within a set amount of time. Check to see if this is offered in your area
Make a list of your priorities when it comes to health insurance. If you like a certain doctor you may want to look for providers that will include him or her. Maybe you don’t care who you see, and just want lower premiums. Everyone has different needs, so figure out exactly what you require before you contact any of the companies.
Ask if your insurance company offers a “money back guarantee”. Many companies are trying this route out in order to stay competitive. They will allow you to take a policy out and if you aren’t satisfied in a set period of time (usually about thirty days), you get a full refund.
When purchasing a health insurance policy, you may want to consider using an insurance broker. An insurance broker will do all of the leg work for you and ensure that you get the best possible health insurance. A reputable insurance broker will also shop around for you and find the best priced health insurance that suits your needs.
Avoid cigarette smoke, excessive drinking, and being overweight These factors affect the amount you will pay for coverage. When it comes to health insurance and spending too much on premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, the most obvious and easiest way to save money is to stay healthy.
When and if you get a follow up call from the insurance company keep your answers simple and to the point. Don’t give any additional information unless asked. You aren’t protected by privacy rights with the follow up call and your call may be recorded, so think before you speak.
You should look into using a broker. You may feel that you might save yourself some money if you do all the research yourself and just purchase an insurance on your own, however, a broker can be a great deal of help to you and save you money too. Since brokers are more familiar with all the plans out there, they have an easier time finding a plan that is geared toward your needs.
You shouldn’t let your health insurance lapse if you are laid off, or it may be more difficult to get coverage later. You can keep your group coverage for a while with COBRA, but it can be expensive, as you’ll be paying the entire premium. You may be able to get a less expensive plan from an independent agent.
Bundle many types of insurance to save more money. Often when you are looking for good prices on your health insurance, you can make a couple of calls that will speed up your search. If you have life insurance, auto insurance, or homeowner’s insurance, ask them if they have bundle deals.
Check out your state’s laws on private medical insurance. Some insurance companies like to take advantage of what consumers are unaware of, such as charging you extra for coverage the state mandates be free. Research these laws yourself, so that when a company tries to pull one over on you, you can kick them to the curb.
Use online calculators to calculate the final cost of health care insurance prior to signing up for the policy. It will factor in the co-pays and deductibles that you are going to be responsible. Just because you are going to save money in premiums does not mean that it is going to be cheaper for your family.
Read several unbiased articles online about how to find the best health insurance at the greatest rates. You will be able to find a wealth of great information and this will help ensure that you are not paying more than you should be for the protection that you need for your health.
Health insurance is incredibly important these days, because medical bills have gotten so expensive. It’s important to find one which is responsive; there are many insurance companies that try to reduce their costs by refusing to pay bills submitted to them by providers and as a result the provider may ding your credit.
When shopping for health insurance, try one of the many websites that offer rates from several providers at the same time. Enter your information for the type of policy you want and find the rates for different companies offering the coverage you want. This can save not only time, but money too.
If you are the sole proprietor and only employee of your business, you may be able to negotiate group health insurance rates in some states. In this case, you would be considered a “business-of-one”. If you are self-employed, in need of health insurance and just cannot afford private insurance rates, be sure to ask your insurance agent if your state offers this option.
When having to choose between an HMO or a non-HMO plan, think about whether or not you want someone else deciding when you want to see a specialist. If you have a doctor you trust completely, you should be fine with waiting for a referral to see a specialist. If, however, you like being more in control, you might want to consider a non-HMO insurance option.
Now you know some of the things that you can do to remain healthy and live a long and fruitful life. Take some time to share your newly found knowledge with family and friends, so that all of your loved ones can pursue a healthy lifestyle and enjoy the longevity that follows.