How You Can Help Improve Workplace Air Quality

Jun 19

Both the employer and the employee should be responsible in keeping good air quality in the workplace. However, it can be said that the employer should take a bigger chunk of the responsibility. There are various things an employer can do to maintain air cleanliness.

The employer can install appropriate ventilation systems, such as those from RoboVent. It can design the workplace in a way that supports good air flow. It can maintain the facility to ensure that dust will not build up. It can also impose rules and regulations to avoid unnecessary pollutants in the working area.

But not because the employer has to take the bigger responsibility it already means that the employee can do whatever he wants. He can help preserving good air quality in the workplace by doing the following.

Reporting maintenance issues

The employee should be always alert to see maintenance issues and assertive enough to report them. The most common maintenance issues that contribute to poor air quality are excessive emissions from old equipment, leaks from air conditioners, and the growth of biological contaminants such as molds.

Disposing garbage properly

The employee also has a role in workplace maintenance, and that is to properly dispose his own trash. Trash should be placed in an appropriate and closed container to avoid the growth of biological contaminants and rise of odors.

Storing food properly

Like trash, food has the tendency to attract biological contaminants, resulting into unpleasant odors. This is especially true for foods that are left unrefrigerated, so the employee should make sure that he is not leaving food in his desk and he is storing them in the office refrigerator or anywhere that may prevent contamination and spoilage.

Not blocking air pathways

The other entries above are useless if there is no proper air movement in the workplace to begin with. Proper air movement, together with humidity and temperature, are some of the most important factors that influence air quality. The employee should make sure that his supplies, equipment, and even entire workstation, does not serve as a barrier or obstacle in terms of air circulation.

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Medical Device Manufacturers should be Held Accountable if Their Devices Fail and Cause Injuries

Feb 23

There are three bones that make up the shoulder:

  • the shoulder blade or scapula;
  • the upper arm bone or the humerus; and,
  • the collarbone or the clavicle

A capsule, called the rotator cuff, which connects the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade, keeps the humeral head (also called the ball) on the glenoid (or the socket) and makes it possible for the arm to be raised and rotated. This humeral head and glenoid are what make up the shoulder joint.

Covering the ends of bones (where joints are formed) is a smooth and rubbery white tissue, called the Articular cartilage. Besides cushioning the bones of the joints, this cartilage also enables the joints to move with ease and reduces the friction when bones glide over each other. Though tough and flexible, the Articular cartilage can break down or get damaged quite easily. When this happens, the result is shoulder arthritis. The symptoms of shoulder arthritis include inflammation, shoulder stiffness and decreased motion, abnormal bone formation, and pain.

One popular corrective solution for those suffering from extreme joint pain or a limited range of shoulder motion is shoulder replacement surgery, which doctors recommend, but only if all non-surgical forms of treatment fail. This surgery involves the removal and replacement of damaged parts of the shoulder. In replacing damaged parts, an artificial device, known as prosthesis, is used. Though artificial, this implant is designed to offer relief by reducing or removing pain and restoring shoulder strength, function and motion. These are the expected results of a shoulder replacement surgery, unless something else than what should be, happens, like implanting in patients a faulty replacement device. The result of this would be increased pain, additional costly medical expenses and probably the necessity for a corrective surgery plus the removal of the implanted device.

On August 25, 2008, pharmaceutical company Zimmer Biomet manufactured a device called the Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System Humeral Tray. This surgically implanted shoulder replacement device is intended to help restore arm movement. This device would benefit those with rotator cuff tears who have developed a severe type of shoulder arthritis known as arthropathy, as well as those with previously failed shoulder joint replacement.

Zimmer Biomet, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, had to recall this Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder replacement device because these are said to be fracturing at a higher rate than is stated in its labeling. Zimmer shoulder implant fracture may result in revision surgeries which could cause serious adverse health consequences such as permanent loss of shoulder function, infection or death.

As explained by the law firm Williams Kherkher, medical device manufacturers have a responsibility to properly test and label their devices, and if those systems fail, they should be held accountable for the injuries they cause.

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Why Investing in an EB-5 Regional Center is a Much Better Investment

Jun 17

Foreign nationals willing to invest between $500,000 and $1 million in the U.S. for the creation or preservation of at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers through the creation of a new commercial enterprise, or investing in an EB-5 Regional Center or in a Targeted Employment Area can be eligible for a conditional green card, the first step in obtaining a U.S. citizenship status.

Those who qualify will be issued an EB-5 immigrant visa, also called the employment fifth preference visa. This EB-5 visa program or Immigrant Investor Program, is managed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); this program is aimed at helping fuel the U.S. economy through capital investment by foreign investors and job creation.

Unlike other employment-based (EB) visa programs which require educational and/or post-graduate degree, professional experience and, most especially, a job offer, EB-5 visa eligibility are very limited; in fact, according to the AmLaw Group, the only things necessary are the amount to be invested, that this amount is legitimately obtained, and meeting the “create 10 jobs” requirement.

As to where investment should be made, while the investor may choose freely, many of those who have already obtained permanent residency through this endeavor advise on making the investment in a Regional Center for the following reasons:

• Investing in an EB-5 Regional Center costs lower;
• Ensuring that the “create 10 jobs” requirement is met becomes the responsibility of the EB-5 Regional Center;
• By choosing a more stable and well run Regional Center, meeting the “create 10 jobs” requirement becomes more certain and faster; and,
• Allows the investor to do something else, such as practice his or her real profession.

The EB-5 Program has no minimum requirements for education, employment experience, English proficiency or age plus, once a potential investor’s proposal gets approved, he or she, with his or her spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old will receive a conditional Green Card, making them conditional permanent residents in the U.S. Despite the conditions, the investor and his or her family can enjoy many privileges, like getting employed, attending schools, and have residence anywhere. If, two years after the conditional Green Card was issued, the investor can prove that the “create 10 jobs” requirement has been met, he or she can apply for the removal of the conditional status in his or her Green Card.

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The basics of Chicago car insurance

Feb 09

It should be a common fact and make sense that every vehicle owner in Chicago should have some sort of insurance coverage, regardless if the vehicle is brand new or a pre-owned. A car insurance policy is like an amulet, it can provide you protection during accidents.

According to this website, in the state of Illinois, the law requires that car owners should both have coverage for “liability insurance” and “uninsured motorist coverage.” Vehicle owners are required to have liability insurance for them to be able to pay other people or vehicle owners that they injured or have their properties damaged in an accident.

A vehicle driver with liability insurance is capable of shouldering the medical expenses of the person they injured in an accident, same goes to other vehicles that they damaged. Liability insurance coverage is capable of reimbursing repair funds of people whose vehicles are damaged by a policyholder. In Illinois, the minimum liability coverage for a person who was injured in an accident is $25,000 and a total of $50,000 per accident that resulted to injury. The minimum coverage for property damage is $20,000. Liability insurance policyholders should understand that their personal injuries and damaged properties are not covered in the policy.

On the other hand, vehicle drivers who have been injured in an accident may get financial assistance needed for their hospitalizations if they are covered by uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance. Drivers covered by uninsured motorist insurance may also shoulder the medical expenses of the injured passengers inside their vehicles. The state of Illinois set the minimum coverage for under and uninsured motorist insurance to $25,000 per person and a total of $50,000 in every accident. This kind of insurance should be clear for policyholders that it will not cover property damages. Vehicle drivers covered by car insurance should not be alarmed if they have been injured by uninsured vehicle drivers.

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The Potential Dangers of Unnecessary Caesarean Deliveries

Aug 11

According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the last few decades show a huge spike in the rate of Caesarean section operations. While the ideal rate for C-section deliveries is at 10 to 15 percent, the rate at which C-sections are performed in the United States in recent years doubles this range at 33 percent. As pointed out by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on separate data, this translates to about 1.3 million Caesarean section deliveries for the year 2013.

The WHO report emphasizes that the increase in C-section deliveries is a cause for concern. The difference between the ideal rate and the current rate in the U.S. goes to show that many of the C-sections performed are unnecessary. While there are certain instances when C-sections are extremely crucial for the health of both mother and infant, C-section deliveries that are not medically justified are known to lead to potentially dangerous situations.

As quoted from the cited report, unnecessary C-section operations can lead to “significant and sometimes permanent complications, disability or death particularly in settings that lack the facilities and/or capacity to properly conduct safe surgery and treat surgical complications.” In other words, physicians can end up causing dangerous and unintended outcomes when they go through a C-section delivery that is not medically necessitated. In certain cases, unnecessary C-section deliveries could lead to certain birth injuries or even wrongful death.

In the same way, critical deliveries that are not aided by a C-section operation can also be harmful for both mother and infant. Chicago cerebral palsy lawyers would generally say that medically justified C-sections that are not performed immediately can also cause grave consequences. As a result, it’s extremely important that medical professionals are careful in determining whether a given situation warrants a C-section or not. West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys are typically all too aware of the consequences of poorly performed procedures, especially when they weren’t medically necessary.

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Construction Site Accidents: The Injuries and Consequences that Come in the Aftermath

Aug 09

Construction work is among the most dangerous professions in America. As one can easily imagine, there are plenty of hazards involved in the tasks required for building roads and infrastructure. According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OHSA, 796 fatalities were reported to have occurred in the construction industry during the year 2013. All these tragic outcomes were noted to have made up around 20 percent of all workplace deaths reported in the same year.

In an effort to curb these numbers, the OHSA has been pushing for awareness regarding the four major causes of construction site injuries. The agency dubbed these common causes as the ‘fatal four’. For 2013, 36.9 of all construction-related fatalities were due to falls. 10.3 percent were attributed to accidents where the victims have been struck by large objects. 8.9 percent of the deaths were due to electrocution and electric shock. Lastly, 2.6 percent were noted to have been caused by accidents involving equipment and heavy machinery. Other common causes of construction site injuries are cited by Hach Rose Law. Aside from what was already mentioned, injuries in construction site are also typically caused by toxic exposure, vehicular accidents, and employer negligence.

When workers fortunately survive these tragic incidents, they are left to face difficult consequences in the aftermath. Aside severe injuries such as amputations, brain trauma, and spinal cord injuries, they will also have to deal with emotional and psychological effects brought about by their suffering. On top of that, they will also have to struggle with financial difficulties. Aside from having to pay hefty medical expenses, their injury will also impede their ability to return to work and earn an income.

In such cases, injured workers have several viable solutions to seek out assistance for their financial dilemmas. One, as pointed out on the website of the Hankey Law Office P.C., is through Social Security disability benefits provided by the federal government. The website of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, also points to workers’ compensation benefits as another option for financial assistance.

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The Problem of Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes

Aug 07

While nursing homes are supposed to be a space where the elderly can receive the care and attention they need, it is a tragic reality that many incidents of abuse and neglect take place within these very walls. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 2 million elderly residents have fallen victim to different forms of abuse inside nursing homes. Among the most rampant cases are incidents of physical abuse.

An elderly individual that is physically abused in a nursing home can suffer grave injuries. Sometimes, these injuries can gradually become so severe that they may even lead to instances of wrongful death. The most common types of physical abuse that occur in nursing homes include beatings, shoving, sexual assault, and inappropriate use of restraints. The most alarming thing about such incidents is that they are typically hard to detect. The task of noting common indicators of physical abuse fall to loved ones and family members.

Careful observation is necessary in order to notice signs that point to the fact that a resident in a nursing home is suffering from abuse. Certain issues such as dehydration, malnutrition, improper hygiene or sanitation, bed sores, and inadequate staff assistance can be indicative that graver incidents of abuse are taking place. In some cases, problems with overmedication and undermedication can also point to the fact that there is a larger dilemma to be dealt with.

During their visits, families are strongly advised to be sensitive to physical indicators that some form of abuse is taking place. For cases of physical abuse, the unexplained appearance of bruises, cuts, and other similar injuries is an obvious sign that something is clearly wrong. Other issues such as the resident’s continued decline in condition can also be an indicator of physical abuse.

If your loved one has suffered physical abuse while residing in a nursing home, it’s important to take legal action and hold responsible parties accountable for the trauma they’ve caused.

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What Happens in Cases of Probate Disputes?

Aug 06

The term ‘probate’ refers to the legal process where a Will is filed, determined to be valid, and finally carried out. After the Will is drafted and filed at the appropriate court, the probate process continues with the approval and appointment of an executor of the document. This executor is an individual authorized by the court to administer and complete the instructions delineated in the document. This will include distributing assets and properties among those to whom the maker of the Will has bequeathed his or her estate, among other directives.

It is in the distribution of assets and properties among named heirs that probate disputes often happen. Such disputes are typically seen among family members who have different perceptions regarding the proper distribution of the estate bequeathed to them, as well as between children from separate marriages.

According to the website of the Mokaram Law Firm, legal disputes and contentions are usually stem from a variety of issues. The most common are suspicions that the executor is mismanaging the estate or that the Will in question may have been drafted during the time when the testator was mentally unstable. Disputes also come from doubts regarding the legitimacy of the will, often stemming from fear that it might have been forged somehow.

Negotiating the directives of a Will and resolving disputes can quickly become a complicated and tedious process. In some cases, probate disputes can also result in lawsuits that might take a significant amount of time before reaching resolutions. Aside from the emotional stress involved in such litigations, disputers can also be burdened by hefty fees and other financial obligations. As a result, it’s extremely important that instances of probate disputes are resolved with the help of a qualified and experienced lawyer right away. Those in the middle of such a situation should not hesitate to consult with a legal professional for more information.

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What is Collaborative Divorce?

Aug 05

Any person who has gone through a divorce will tell you that the experience is far from easy. Even couples who part ways in the most amicable of terms are wont to face difficulties when making important decisions such as those regarding shared properties, finances, parenting, and child custody. Because of this, couples have several options in order to agree on points of contention they may have in order to avoid traditional divorce litigation. Among these options is undergoing a process called collaborative divorce.

A collaborative divorce refers to a process where couples are able to negotiate and come to an agreement regarding contested issues with the help of especially trained attorneys. Each spouse hires a collaborative divorce lawyer who will offer advice and assistance in order to reach a settlement regarding the crucial decisions that need to be made. The entire process involves individual meetings between each spouse and their lawyers, as well as communicating together as a group. In some cases, a collaborative divorce may also involve the help of other professionals and specialists such as accountants and child custody experts.

After repeated meetings and negotiations, the objective of collaborative divorces is to help couples come to an agreement that they can settle out of court. According to the website of the BB Law Group PLLC, this final outcome can be extremely beneficial and reduce the emotional stress that is typically associated with such a process. Among the benefits the family law attorneys cite include the fact that collaborative divorces typically end in less contentious manner than litigation, which is particularly advantageous for the children who get involved in the middle of the process. Collaborative divorces are also known to be faster and a lot less costly. It also allows each spouse to have more control over their situation, instead of relinquishing decisions to a judge.

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The Benefits of Selling Your Mineral Rights

Aug 02

In general, mineral rights refer to a set of privileges awarded to an individual allowing them to take control of any minerals found on his or her property. These privileges include being able to extract, sell, and bequeath these minerals for any specific purpose—whether they be organic or inorganic substances. The materials that fall under these clauses vary in form. Materials like oil, natural gas, coal, and gemstones are among the types of minerals covered.

The people who own properties where minerals can be found often grapple with several considerations. Among the top of these considerations is their right to sell the materials on their property and receive an immediate payout. Another is to consider whether to lease out the property and receive royalty for the materials mined by the leaseholder instead. Both scenarios have their own set of benefits, but most experts typically conclude that the first option reaps the best rewards for property owners. With leasing mineral rights, property owners will often have to worry about declining royalty payments during times when production on their leased sites slow down. Selling mineral rights seem to offer plenty more security in the long run.

For those looking to sell mineral rights, the following are just some of the many advantages guaranteed by this particular decision awarded to you by law.

Among the most obvious benefits of selling mineral rights is that it allows you the ability to receive your cash up front. The lump sum you receive as a result may prove to be very helpful for any financial difficulties that may arise in the near or distant future. Aside from that, selling can also be beneficial for property owners because it can save time and prevent significant tax increases that are usually associated with royalty earnings.

Selling mineral rights will also allow you to take advantage of the current demand for whatever material was found on your property. Certain types of minerals might not be priced at the same high value in a few years’ time, so it would be best to act on the current boom.

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