Posted by Balboa on Feb 5, 2017 in Workplace Injury | 0 comments
Employers in the U.S., from private or government sectors, are obliged provide their employees with a safe and healthy work environment to reduce, if not totally eliminate, occurrences of work-related accidents, majority of which result in severe injuries or death. This obligation is base on the mandate of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a federal law enacted by the United States Congress in 1970. The Act requires the assurance for a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, the conduction of training in the area of occupational health and safety, and the provision of vital information, research and education on the same area.
In 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Act or OSH Act gave birth to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is tasked to fully and strictly implement all the safety standards mandated by the Act, such as a workplace free from: mechanical dangers; stress due to heat or cold; exposure to toxic chemicals; excessive level of noise; poisonous gases; radiation; unsanitary conditions; and other forms of hazard.
Another mandate enforced by the OSHA is the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which gives workers who are exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace the right to be informed about the type of danger they are exposed to and how they can protect themselves from such danger; this federal mandate was passed into law in 1980 and took effect in 1986.
The HCS, also known as the Right-to-Know law or the Worker Right-to-Know Legislation, requires manufacturers and importers of hazardous products to attach on these products Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and warning labels to inform workers and users that a product is poisonous or hazardous; there should also be information on how to safely store the product, of the product’s potential effects to health, precautions for use, emergency first aid instructions, and contact numbers for further information.
In its website, the law firm Evans Moore explains that employer negligence resulting to safety code violations may allow harmed workers to seek financial support that will pay for, medical bills, prescription bills and lost wages. Though, under normal circumstances, occupational injuries would not entitle one to pursue legal action and would instead be governed by workers’ compensation law, when the injury is the result of demonstrable, egregious negligence on the part of one’s employer, a civil lawsuit may be the appropriate response.
Posted by Balboa on Nov 29, 2016 in Business Law | 0 comments
Product liability is that area of the law that holds manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, sellers and all others who see to the availability of products to the public, liable for the harm these products cause consumers. Its primary intent is to protect consumers and bring to an end the thousands of injuries that dangerous and defective products cause every year.
The Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission is the branch of government which makes sure that consumers get exactly what they pay for, and not end up taking home a defective or dangerous product instead. Besides this, the bureau also works to:
- Put a stop to unjust, deceptive and fraudulent business practices by accepting and investigating consumer complaints on product defects;
- Educate business firms and individuals on their duties, responsibilities and rights as consumers;
- Formulate and enforce fair marketplace rules;
- Make sure that manufacturers do not place deceptive and misleading labels; and,
- File suits against companies or individuals who violate consumer rights or offer defective products.
In the past, claims due to product liability had to be supported by a “privity of contract,” a contractual relationship between the seller and the person who bought and was injured by the product. In majority of the states today, however, the fact that the product was sold and injured someone is enough to hold the seller (or anyone involved in the chain of distribution) liable and the injured, to be compensated.
Product liability claims are actually based on three suppositions: negligence, breach of warranty and strict liability. Negligence can be imputed on product manufacturers who either failed to do something that ought to have been done or did something that was totally not part of the production process. Regardless of what it actually is, negligence the results to harm boils down to one fact – the lack of care required in the design or production of the product to be made available to the buying public.
Failure to fulfill any claim or promise made about any product or service, on the other hand, such as a universal remote control that was guaranteed to control any electronic equipment you have in your home, but ends up controlling only your television set, is what comprises breach of warranty. And then there is strict liability which extends the manufacturer’s or seller’s liability, to the injury or harm cause by the product, to all those affected and actually injured by it, that is the purchaser and all other persons who were affected by it.
Though product liability law falls only under the jurisdiction of the state, there is another law that protects the buyers in both the state and federal level – the Consumer Rights Law. This law, with the consumer protection law, gives every consumer the means to expose and stop abusive business practices, which, by the way, is not limited to the manufacture and distribution of defective and harmful goods, but includes services performed rudely and through abuse. One example is collection of payment for credit card debts by collectors who would deliberately call you at very inconvenient times or where you would not want to be contacted, like at the workplace. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) can mandate collectors, who resort to these acts of harassment, to pay their victim $1,000 for statutory damage, plus legal fees resulting from the lawsuit filed by the victim against them.
According to Houston commercial litigation attorneys of Williams Kherkher, despite all of the existing state and federal laws that are meant to prevent deceptive trade practices, there will always be a few businesses and individuals who are willing to bend the law in order to generate greater income at the expense of the consumer. However, when businesses do engage in deceptive trade practices—by allowing dangerous products on the market or by swindling their customers, these can face legal action under those state and federal deceptive trade laws they decided to break.
Posted by Balboa on Oct 21, 2016 in Medicine | 0 comments
Taxotere is just one of the many advances that have helped extend the life of a cancer patient. Nowadays, women afflicted with breast cancer can now live longer and even survive the dreaded Big C than in the past. The FDA has recently approved the use of taxotere for breast cancer. Likewise, while the chance of winning the battle against cancer has increased because of this wonder drug, the downside is that many patients have also suffered permanent hair loss or alopecia.
For patients who are looking to get back their lives taken away by alopecia can rely on the help of a taxotere hair loss lawyer. One of the most disheartening side effects of taxotere is permanent alopecia. A lawyer understands your dilemma and will be on your side in trying to recover the normal life that was lost because of negligent manufacturers. Now, many people are looking into filing a taxotere lawsuit.
In addition, the lawyer can also push forward a defective pharmaceutical lawsuit against the party or parties involved for the embarrassment they caused you. They will file the case, gather witnesses, submit evidence, and others top ensure that you get compensated and the responsible party put to jail or made to pay a fine.
Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug manufactured by pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Aventis. They are now facing a tough legal battle for their drug taxotere. The case alleges that Sanofi failed to warn patients about the side effect of permanent hair loss.
Posted by Balboa on Aug 12, 2016 in Divorce | 0 comments
Marriage counselors and divorce lawyers see divorce as complex, emotional, demoralizing and extremely frustrating, especially if the divorcing couple end up in court in order to settle it and all issues related to it. Divorce does not only involve making very important decisions concerning financial, parental (if there is a child or children in the marriage) and personal matters; equally important as these is making sure that the process that you and your spouse choose to end your union is the right one, otherwise it would simply mean waste of time, effort and, especially, money, which you could instead live on after the divorce or use for your kids.
Unlike in the past when divorce was settled only in court, modern time provides divorcing couples with ways of ending their union and settling all divorce-related issues that are faster, cheaper and more peaceful. These various ways, and their difference from litigated divorce, include:
Contested Divorce. Also known as litigated divorce, contested divorce is the traditional way of ending a marital union. It is settled in a family court, open to the public and can drag on for months or years depending on the number of divorce-related issues that need to be settled. Divorce-related issues include custody of child/children, payment (and amount) of child support and/or spousal support, and division of properties, assets and debts.
Because of its adversarial approach, people who sit in court witness how divorcing spouses, through their lawyers, discredit one another in their attempt to win the favor of the judge who will eventually decide on all divorce issues. Aside from a judge-settled divorce process, other results of contested divorce include spouses turning bitter towards each other and making each other feel devastated and destitute.
Uncontested Divorce. Besides arriving at a settlement without having to go to trial, this divorce procedure is quicker and cheaper compared to contested divorce. Uncontested divorce is a private process. It also does not mean agreeing outrightly about the issues related to divorce, however, if there are disagreements regarding certain issues, then negotiations are made. The main issue about this type of divorce is, despite the disagreements and the need to negotiate, the spouses remain to be in control and are sure to get through everything.
Mediated Divorce or Divorce Mediation. This private, out-of-court legal procedure allows spouses to settle all divorce-related issues by themselves. A mediator, who is a neutral third party and who is chosen by the spouses, sits with them to help them reach an agreement. This mediator does not make any decisions regarding any issues – these are made by the spouses themselves. Part of what he or she does is to make sure that the spouses are able to talk and argue openly, but in a way which will not destroy the amicable process which they chose in settling the issues at hand. Though each spouse may or may not be represented by an attorney, who can help them understand the legal matters related to divorce and know if the agreement arrived at is reasonable and worth signing, compared to contested divorce, this process is still much cheaper.
Collaborative Divorce. In this type of divorce process, both spouses have their respective lawyers who, with the spouses, work cooperatively in settling the divorce case. For fair negotiations, it is necessary that each spouse discloses all important information that will affect the divorce and all related issues. In the event that this process does not settle the divorce case, each spouse will have to hire new attorneys who will take the case to trial.
The law firm Marshall & Taylor PLLC mentions in its website how choosing to end a marriage can be a difficult decision to make, however, there are times when it just is the best option for you and your partner’s situation. Furthermore, the firm also says that regardless of what form of divorce you pursue, there will likely be a number of complicated legal matters that you will need to work out; this is what makes having an experienced divorce attorney critical. However, before finally choosing someone to represent you legally, it is equally important that he or she is someone you can count on and trust; someone who will help settle you case as fast as possible rather than find ways to prolong it in order to make money out of your case.
False imprisonment, also called false arrest or wrongful arrest happens when a person wrongfully takes into custody, or holds or keeps another individual against his or her will. This damaging mistake, which usually happens when a person is falsely accused of a crime or when a person wrongfully brings criminal charges against another, can be committed by private citizens or law enforces, particularly those who act outside or beyond the limits of their authority. Specific examples of false imprisonment include: someone holding another person (against this person’s will) inside any confined place; a worker or a security guard detaining someone who is accused of having committed a crime (despite lack of proof); and, detaining someone for personal gain, or due to false information or simply based on pure malice.
False imprisonment is similar to kidnapping; in fact, it is considered a “lesser included offense” of kidnapping, even if the person guilty of the act has no actual serious or evil intent. Thus, like kidnapping, it is considered unlawful because it involves the illegal detention of another individual.
It his law firm’s website, Jeff Benton, makes clear that false imprisonment is not just a criminal offense. It is also a civil offense, giving the victim the legal right to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator in order to seek compensation for whatever damages being falsely imprisoned has done to him or her. Some of the claims for damages that a victim may seek may include: embarrassment and damage to his or her reputation; lost wages during period of imprisonment; illness that the detained may have incurred during period of imprisonment; and, any physical harm that he or she may have sustained when he or she was being wrongfully arrested.
Filing a claim for damages, however, will only be honored by a court if it can be proven that the victim is not guilty of whatever he or she has been accused of. If a person is guilty, though, but the procedure of his or her arrest was not done correctly, like when there was no just cause or if he or she was not read his or her Miranda Rights, then the court may have the criminal charge brought against him or her dismissed, but he or she will not be granted the right to file for damages.
Some states have their own criteria or conditions for a case to be considered as false imprisonment. In the state of Texan, for instance, false imprisonment involves:
- Non-consensual confinement of a victim
- Confinement has been committed by the perpetrator intentionally
- Victim is aware that he or she is being imprisoned
- Victim does not know any means of escape
It may be necessary for a person to contact a false imprisonment lawyer immediately if he or she has been illegally detained by someone.
Posted by Balboa on Nov 10, 2015 in CRM | 0 comments
The purchase funnel (and why you should treat your customers differently)
When you see someone buying something in your store, you definitely wonder what it is in them that made them decide to finally make the purchase. What are their considerations, their dilemmas, their doubts? As a marketer, understanding your customer’s journey in buying something allows you to provide the experience perfectly fitted for their needs. After all, the greatest mistake that a marketer can commit is to give every unique customer (with varying needs) the same buying experience.
The purchase funnel is a marketing model that explains every stage of a customer’s buying experience. From pre-awareness to loyalty, each stage tells where the customers are in the process of decision-making. According to the website of Follow Up Power, with the help of CRM platforms you can track where your customers are in the funnel, allowing you to customize your selling depending on where your potential client currently stands.
Here are a short rundown of a customer’s buying experience:
- Brand awareness – During this stage, the customer is aware of your brand and how it may help him, with or without the desire to make a purchase
- Familiarity – When a person feels the need to make a purchase, or when the circumstances allow him to finally buy a product similar to what you are selling, he will start the process of familiarity and research. He may read reviews about your product or others that are similar to yours.
- Short list – As the customer compares your product to others, he is creating a short list of possible purchases based on different factors such as credibility, price, and user feedback. It could be a mental list, a written note, or bookmarked websites.
- Consideration – In this stage, the person may look for your product for testing. He will also try other products for comparison.
- Purchase – Once satisfied with the overall experience, the person will decide to buy
- Re-purchase – Loyalty is soon established when the product is successful in providing what the customers expect. Loyal customers are more likely to upgrade or repurchase, thereby increasing your ROI.
Posted by Balboa on Jul 24, 2015 in Medicine | 0 comments
We rely on doctors and nurses for our own health and trust them with the health of our loved ones. They are supposed to be some of the most trusted individuals we encounter. These are honorable and definitely difficult jobs, and we hold those who pursue them to a higher standard than most. However, at times these trusted individuals are not deserving of our reliance. At times, the carelessness, negligence, or poor judgment of a medical professional leads to the worsening of a patient’s condition. This is referred to as medical malpractice. One common occurrence of medical malpractice is wrongful diagnosis. It is important for patients or loved ones of patients to be aware of these occurrences so that they can better avoid them.
According to the website www.jeffsampsonlaw.com, the following circumstances to more commonly contribute to the misdiagnosis of serious health conditions: the failure to effectively communicate, the failure to recognize the underlying cause of a patient’s symptoms, the failure to perform diagnostic tests after observing characteristic symptoms, the failure to correctly interpret diagnostic test, or a lack of pertinent knowledge. These are all signs of the incompetence of the general negligence of a trusted medical professional. When a medical professional fails to provide the care their patients need correctly, they can no longer be trusted to provide accurate treatment. While at times a specific diagnosis can be elusive and mysterious, medical malpractice occurs when the diagnosis could have been easily discerned if all diagnostic procedures were performed and interpreted correctly.
In some complicated medical procedures, there is not room for mistake or accident. Sometimes accidents do happen, and in those tragic situations it is hard to hold someone accountable. However, sometimes mistakes occur specifically because of the carelessness or negligence of a medical professional. In these cases, the victim of such a mistake may be owed certain damages.
Posted by Balboa on Apr 11, 2015 in Medicine | 0 comments
The heart plays a vital role in our body’s ability to properly function. As such, any condition that compromises the way it works can be considered serious and may require immediate medical attention. Among such conditions are congenital heart defect, which is said to affect approximately 40,000 babies in America every year. In fact, according The Children’s Heart Foundation, congenital heart defects are one of the most common types of birth defects. They are also estimated to be the leading cause of infant fatalities in the country.
There are several kinds of congenital heart defects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these defects can vary in their severity. Some conditions can be mild, while others can be severe enough to warrant open heart surgery as soon as an infant is born. Conditions falling in the latter category are considered critical. Atrial septal defect may not be specifically defined as a critical condition, but it will still entail a long road of treatment and recovery.
Like other congenital heart diseases, atrial septal defect are typically diagnosed during pregnancy or after a baby is born. However, there are cases when it can be left undiagnosed until adulthood. An atrial septal defect is characterized by a hole in the wall of the heart separating its upper and lower chambers. Left untreated, such a condition can increase the amount of blood travelling through the lungs and cause damage to its vessels. It can also impede proper blood circulation throughout the body.
These issues can be easily mitigated and controlled with early diagnosis. Unfortunately, atrial septal defect can be easily missed. As such, parents should learn to observe for the following signs and symptoms after their baby is born:
- Poor appetite and tiredness during feeding
- Difficult or labored breathing
- Skipped heartbeats and heart murmurs
- Blue-tainted lips or nails
- Swolen arms, legs, feet, or stomach
The specific cause of atrial septal defects and other congenital heart conditions are yet to be determined. Generally, birth defects are believed to be caused by changes in genes or chromosomes during fetal development. However, the CDC also points out that there are specific factors that could increase the likelihood of such complications. These risk factors include certain environmental changes, as well as specific foods or medications ingested during a mother’s pregnancy.
A separate study conducted named one specific drug that could increase the risk of congenital heart conditions like atrial septal defect. This drug is called Zofran, the anti-nausea medication typically prescribed to women suffering from severe morning sickness. If you suspect that your child’s heart ailment is caused by same drug you took to treat your nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to contact Zofran lawsuit attorneys to learn more about your legal options.
Posted by Balboa on Feb 11, 2015 in Workplace Injury | 0 comments
Many people are exposed to toxic chemicals without being aware of the dangers that those toxins could potentially cause them. Whether it is within the workplace, at home, or near industrial or power plants, the emission of harmful substances require warning signs or a negligence claim may be filed.
In the workplace, employers are required by law to take the necessary precautions to warn against and train employees in how to properly handle and protective themselves from toxins. Companies are required to have material safety data sheets (MSDS) that accurately describes the present toxins, first aid measures, reactivity, storage and disposal directions, and spill and leak procedures. Warning labels and signs need to be visible, up to date, and placed in relevant locations to aid employees working with the substances.
According to the website of Pohl and Berk, the most common types of toxins found in the workplace are lead, mercury, silica, benzene, and carbon monoxide. These toxins are poisonous to humans and capable of causing severe discomfort and illness. Symptoms of certain toxins are comparable to the flu. Fatigue, sore throat, dizziness, fever, and upset stomach are all common indicators of possible toxic exposure.
There are precautions that may prevent toxic exposure when harmful chemicals are present, for instance, substituting a non-harmful chemical instead of the more risky product. Isolating or properly ventilating the hazardous material should occur when the material is not in use. Some companies even provide personal protective equipment for employees that are directly exposed to the toxins.
Improper safety precautions against toxic exposure in the workplace can lead to serious long-term consequences. Toxic exposure can cause lasting health issues including cancer. If you believe you have been exposed to toxins and are suffering from the consequences of the negligent actions taken by your employer, consult an attorney in your area about your legal options.
Posted by Balboa on Dec 14, 2014 in Crime Law | 0 comments
There are many definitions of theft under New York law, and one of them involves the taking of physical property or money without the owner’s consent for personal use, and that is called larceny. It is not a term that is commonly used in the vernacular, but in legal parlance it is a specific crime that may not be mistaken for any other type of theft. A Westchester theft attorney would be in a position to explain this in more detail.
There are basically two types of larceny: petty and grand larceny. The distinction is largely self-explanatory; petty larceny involves the taking property of relatively small value compared to grand larceny. In New York, petty larceny applies to any act of theft involving property or cash with value of more than $100 but less than $300 and is typically prosecuted as a second degree misdemeanor, good for up to 60 days in prison and a $500 fine. A prior conviction for petty theft elevates the second incident as first degree misdemeanor and good for up to one year in jail and $1,000 fine. More than two priors, and it becomes a third degree felony.
Grand theft, on the other hand, is when the value is $300 or more, and the penalties escalate with the increase in value. Property or cash value of $300 to $20,000 is third degree grand larceny; $20,000 to $100,000 second degree; over $100,000, first degree. Aside from the value, grand theft first degree will also apply if in the commission of the crime the defendant used a motor vehicle aside from that as a way to get away or caused more than $1,000 in property damage. Charges range from third to first degree felony, and the penalties can be up to 30 years in prison plus a fine up to $10,000.
If you are charged with larceny, whether petit or grand, it is still a crime, and a conviction effectively marks you as a criminal. Engage the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you and avoid or mitigate the consequences of a conviction.