For the longest time, I never considered how dangerous and harmful slips, trips, or falls could be.
Recently I’ve been thinking about it a lot more as my mother is getting older. She needs a walker to get around most places, and her balance isn’t great when she’s standing up on her own. As someone who is relatively young, I don’t imagine I would be harmed too much if I fell in a grocery store. However, my mom could get seriously hurt if a grocery store forgot to put out a wet floor sign and she tried to walk through a puddle.
I don’t own my own business, so I’ve never considered how much a business has to do to protect customers on their property. But, I read more about the subject on the website for the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC. The lawyers at that firm have represented a lot of people in Tennessee after they were injured because of a company’s negligence. They had a lot of helpful information about what types of things could make a company liable for a slip and fall lawsuit.
Most of us tend to think that we go to the store of our own will, apart from anyone else’s. But the law has made some important distinction about the role of an open business. The law states that any store which is open for business is actually inviting people onto their property. This is important because when people invite you onto their property, they have a legal obligation to make sure that you stay safe.
That means when my mom goes to the grocery store, the grocery store has a legal obligation to make sure that she is not injured while shopping. This means that they have to be diligent about marking wet or slippery floors. They must take care to clean up any spilled produce quickly. They have to make sure that welcome mats are properly secure and that people will not trip on them. Grocery stores must also repair any broken pavement in the parking lot. Handrails must also be regularly inspected to make sure that they are working properly. If my mother leaned on a faulty handrail, she could get seriously injured.
I haven’t had to consider all these things before now, but I’m glad I was able to get a grasp on a business’s responsibility to its customers in case anything ever does happen.
This doesn’t apply just stores either. The same sort of rules applies to landlords and property owners. If someone sustains an injury in an apartment complex, the law says that the landlord may be responsible for damages if they were unreasonably unaware of the conditions that caused injury. The same can be said if a landlord fails to repair something brought to their attention that causes injury. For example, if you ask a landlord to repair broken pavement, and then you are later injured because they did not repair it, you may have an opportunity to file a lawsuit for all of the damages received.
Often, a landowner will have an ownership interest in the minerals and other resources that lie beneath the surface of their land. As the owner of these rights, the landowner can sell or lease these rights to another party for money. The amount the owner receives for the sale of the minerals can vary widely depending on the market forces that affect the mineral industry. Over the last few years, the oil and gas industries have had various fluctuations caused by external factors like foreign relations or an increased demand for oil or gas. Whatever market force drives the change, the mineral selling price will correspondingly change.
In this way, owning mineral rights is much like owning stock. Maybe you want to hold on to your mineral rights and sell them later. Perhaps you have done a little research, and you expect that the oil and gas markets are going to inevitably boom in the future. Regardless, mineral ownership can be a quick, easy way to make some cash.
As someone who is interested in the trends in various markets, I decided to do some research concerning the massive mineral markets. Mainly, I wanted to see what tactics mineral owners could employ to sell their rights quickly and get some cash, much like a shareholder could promptly sell their stock. During my research, I came across an article authored by The Mineral Auction. The article succinctly explained liquidation, which is the process of selling mineral rights.
Liquidation is a fancy word used to describe the sale of your minerals. The article explained that people decide to liquidate their mineral rights for several reasons, including the following: quick cash, diversification of an investment portfolio, collecting retirement money, and tax reasons. Whatever the reason, the article stressed, as I highlighted earlier, that market changes are swift and frequent, so liquidation is a process that requires smart timing.
Of course, this timing requires careful market study and vast knowledge of the mineral trends. The liquidation process might also involve a little bit of luck. For instance, you may own land that contains a mineral field that was not previously discovered. After discovery, the value of your property, in general, will skyrocket, but this huge surprise should not mean that you sell for less than the market value of your minerals.
In summary, if you are looking for some quick cash, liquidation of your minerals could be a very smart option. Mineral rights are unique. Owners feel a connection with their land. Along with this connection, the owner’s interest in the minerals is much like a shareholder’s interest in their stock. A quick stock sale could be the best financial decision a shareholder ever makes. Similarly, liquidation of minerals may put a mineral rights owner in a promising financial situation.
When you think of high school sports, there are probably a few different things that spring to mind. Most schools offer a wide variety of activities for their students to choose, from the more traditional activities such as football and basketball to sports like wrestling, cross-country, and swimming. But there’s one that most people never think of — high school rodeo.
Handled by the National High School Rodeo Association (also known as the NHSRA), high school rodeo is a small but thriving activity. It can be found in 42 different states, parts of Canada, and even in Australia. Members of the NHSRA will participate in a large number of rodeo-related activities, such as bull riding, steer wrestling, goat tying, team roping, and much more. Competitors gradually work their way up to the finals, where they will face each other for a chance to win their championship buckles.
Like all sports, rodeo is a great way for teenagers to build confidence, social skills, and find a source of motivation. Of course, it isn’t without its drawbacks. The entire thrill of rodeo comes from the danger of working with dangerous, unpredictable animals such as bulls and horses. While there are of course safety measures in place, injuries are inevitable. One such accident happened recently in Fort Worth. While attempting a steer undressing competition, the bull knocked against her horse. The horse spooked, as horses tend to do, and fell with her on it. The impact knocked her unconscious. Since then, she’s been kept in the hospital in critical condition. Medical imaging showed possible head trauma. At the time of the accident, she did not have a helmet on.
According to the personal injury lawyers at the Benton Law Firm, accidents such as this can completely change the course of a teenagers life. Serious head, neck, and spine injuries are not something that can be taken likely. People shouldn’t have to refrain from activities they enjoy because of the risk of injuries. But if they are going to participate in them, they should be aware of the risks, and do what they can to mitigate them. No matter how fun something it is, it isn’t worth the lifelong debilitation that can come from a serious injury.
So how do you balance fun and safety? The best way to do it is to develop good risk assessment skills. Whenever you’re engaging in an activity that may bring a risk of injury, you should ask yourself two things: What is the likelihood of injuries occurring from this, and how serious are they likely to be? If both are low, that’s fine. If one or both is high-risk, you should look into what you can do to mitigate them. Something as simple as buckling a seatbelt, wearing a helmet, putting in a mouthguard, or checking areas for potential dangers can be very easy and very beneficial. So if you’re out bull-riding or horse-wrangling this year, be sure to make sure you’re staying safe.
That reckless drivers are good drivers may very well be true. It requires great driving skills, anyway, to be able to weave through traffic, more so, to counter its flow. Besides the possible great driving skills, reckless drivers also possess a couple of other things that many other motorists do not (and hopefully will never) have: the willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and properties.
Reckless driving is nothing more than sheer lack of respect for others and the law. They know very well that behaving recklessly on the road is very dangerous, yet they do it. And while anyone can choose to be reckless while behind the wheel, records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the ones most prone to this irresponsible behavior are drivers aged between 16 and 19. Every year, as many as 292,000 teen drivers are given emergency treatment in hospitals due to injuries, while about 2,650 others never get to see a new day again.
One example of this deadly behavior is the fatal accident that occurred on April 22, 2015, wherein a Toyota Prius that was driven by a female teen, collided with a truck that had three foreign senior citizen passengers. The accident occurred before 2:30 a.m. along Highway 50 near Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento. The accident claimed all four lives – the three men, as well as that of the female teen driver who was driving drunk and on the wrong side of the highway.
Accidents and injuries due to reckless driving are totally preventable since people know and can control what they are doing. Often, victims and their families, as well as traffic enforcers can only wonder why some individuals drive recklessly.
According to the law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, people who willfully operate their vehicles with such complete disregard for the safety of others cause some of the most dangerous accidents imaginable. That being said, reckless drivers may be held financially liable for all the pain and suffering they cause.
In the event of an accident, however, a Houston injury attorney tells victims to keep in mind that insurance companies will find ways to pay as little as possible for your injuries. They are not in business to be fair to you; thus, make sure that you do not accept the settlement that they offer.
Still afraid to go to a dentist? Well, fear no more because with sedation dentistry, you’ll be able to get any kind of treatment without even feeling what the dentist is doing to your tooth/teeth so that before you know it, it’s all done.
Some people get anxious when they think about going to the dentist office for a treatment, and that’s normal. With sedation dentistry, however, they can now have any dental treatment, such as dental implant, a cavity filling, root canal, tooth extraction or any other services without the unnecessary stress.
Sedation dentistry, which is an absolutely safe procedure, is a kind of dental treatment where a patient is calmed through the use of mild forms of sedation before performing a dental procedure. To help relieve patient anxiety, the area that needs to be treated it numbed so that the patient will not feel the dental treatment. The procedure would have been completed by the time the sedation wears off.
Just as levels of anxiety vary from one patient to the next, so is the preferences for receiving sedation treatment. Dentists offer three types of sedation:
- Oral Sedation. This can be given orally, to be swallowed or can be dissolved underneath the tongue. Medication can be taken before the procedure and patient will still be able to communicate with the dental team during his or her treatment.
- Inhalation Conscious Sedation – nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, that is inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose and can be used alone or with an anti-anxiety medication that is taken orally. You will not fall asleep after being sedated, but will be relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
- IV Conscious Sedation – sedative is delivered directly into the bloodstream intravenously (through the vein). The level of sedation can be controlled and adjusted more quickly and easily.
Of the three, oral sedation is the most popular. However, IV sedation has the most immediate effect on the body.
Employees can experience harassment because of their traits, such as religion, ethnicity, race, and color. Co-workers, employers, and other people in the workplace may make offensive remarks about Islam, call others the N-word, or make gestures that can be offensive for disabled employees. This creates a workplace that is not just unsafe, but also unproductive.
Arguably the most controversial form of harassment is sexual. This happens when a person uses tactics of the sexual nature toward another, creating issues of safety, violence, intimidation, or productivity in the workplace.
According to the website of the John Melton Law Firm, those who have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace may have legal options, such as pursuing compensation and justice. It is good to know that the law is not very tolerable when it comes to sexual harassers. But what do these harassers exactly do to make others feel sexually attacked? Some of the most common manifestations of sexual harassment are the following:
- Asking personal questions of the sexual kind, such as sexual history and preference
- Commenting offensively about another person’s sexual identity
- Commenting sexually about another person’s clothing or body
- Communicating with sexual intentions and suggestions
- Displaying or sharing of sexual materials, like pictures and videos
- Excessive pinching, rubbing, tapping, and other forms of touching
- Whistling and other gestures with sexual or offensive intentions
Any action that has a sexual nature to it, causing some form of inconvenience in the workplace, can be considered sexual harassment. This can have negative effects in the workplace, not just to the harassed employee, but also to everybody else, as the workplace sustains a sexually hostile vibe.
The harassed may have a variety of responses to sexual harassment. The victim may be angry or depressed, but whatever the response may be, it will lead to job dissatisfaction. The person’s productivity may be affected, as he or she focuses on avoiding the sexual harasser. It may even come to the point that the victim may skip work.
Managers, supervisors, and others in the workplace may have a negative reputation to the victim as well, because they are giving the impression that they are incapable of making and enforcing anti-sexual discrimination measures in the work space.
Negligence is failure to use reasonable care that results to damage or injury to another. When committed in a nursing home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines it as “failure by a caregiver or other responsible person to protect an elder from harm, or the failure to meet needs for essential medical care, nutrition, hydration, hygiene, clothing, basic activities of daily living or shelter, which results in a serious risk of compromised health and safety.”
When acts of abuse or negligence committed in a nursing homes result to patient harm, the injured or his/her family can pursue legal action to hold legally responsible the person who committed the abuse or negligent act. Other than the abuser, the injured may also be able to pursue legal action against the owner or operator of the facility, and probably even the state Health Board, which has failed in its job in ensuring that the facility is free from any form of violation of the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act, which mandates:
- The provision of services and activities that are gird towards the attainment or maintenance of the highest possible physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of the residents in accordance with a written plan of care.
- That residents should be free from corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion and all forms of abuses, including, but not limited to, verbal, physical, mental abuse, and sexual abuse.
The most common types of nursing home neglect include:
- Lack of proper care;
- Failure to properly manage medication;
- Failure to maintain adequate health and safety policies, and keep the premises reasonably safe and free of hazards; and,
- Delayed treatment of residents who fall or injure themselves.
These acts are most rampant and widespread in facilities that are understaffed and where there is negligent hiring of employees (this specific employer negligence often results to individuals with records of abuse getting hired as nursing aides or registered/licensed nurses – often the very persons guilty of unjust and cruel acts of negligence against defenseless patients and residents).
One of the worst consequences of nursing home neglect is the development of bedsores (also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers), which are skin lesions resulting from prolonged pressure applied to the skin. This type of wound is most common among patients confined in beds or wheelchairs – specifically those who are never repositioned and properly cared for by nursing aides or nurses.
Bedsores can worsen, become infected and cause death. The recent years, U.S. courts have seen an alarming increase in cases filed due to severe cases of bedsores causing patients severe pains and suffering or resulting to wrongful death. The family of a patient who has suffered awful pains due to skin wounds that have developed as a result of neglect should consult a bedsores lawyer, who can help and advise them if their case is worth pursuing legally.
Thanks to the Fair Labor Standard Act and the many amendments done to it through the years, many employees are able to receive just compensation for their hard work and appropriate protection for any violation that may occur in the workplace. One of the things that the FLSA upholds is an employee’s right to overtime wages. According to the Department of Labor, barring a few exceptions, all employees are expected to receive overtime wages that are 1.5 times more than their regular rate for any task performed outside their 40-hour work week.
Despite the best efforts of the government to ensure that employees in the United States are properly compensated, many employers continue to violate the requirements on overtime pay. This is particularly true in the hotel and restaurant industry. According to Leichter Law Firm, off-the-clock violations are the most common in this industry. Employees that are expected to begin working before the start of their shift and to continue working through breaks and meal periods, as well as after the end of their shift should take note of the paycheck they receive. In all these cases, an employee is entitled to receive the extra 1.5 rate for every hour. The wages they receive for this additional work should also incorporate any tips received for the day.
Hotel and restaurant employers who commit violations to overtime laws and other similar wage-related laws can be held accountable by aggrieved employees in the court of law. All employees working in the U.S. reserve the right to pursue legal action against these employers that prevent them from enjoying fair labor treatment. Employees in Texas are also protected by a number of state legislation meant to reinforce the clauses delineated in the FLSA. Consult with an experienced Texas overtime pay attorney for more information about overtime pay provisions and other laws relevant to your current situation.