Current Cases of Asbestos Exposure

With the widespread information campaign about the dangers of asbestos, and the stringent laws against the use of the compound in any but the most specific circumstances in the US, it seems strange that not one but two companies are being charged sanctioned for exposing their employees to asbestos exposure.

Many of the older buildings in the US are built with materials that contain asbestos, and some companies have specialized in the demolition of such buildings with emphasis on the proper removal and disposal of these materials. This was what the Department of Labor and Industries contracted Partners Construction Inc. and Asbestos Construction Management Inc. for when they were tasked one after the other to demolish a residential building in Seattle.

Investigations into job were prompted when an employee revealed that a considerable quantity of asbestos remained on the property after the first company Partners Construction claimed that the job had been completed. Asbestos Construction Management then took over after Partners Construction was decertified, but it turns out that there was a close family link between the two companies, and is currently in the process of decertification.

Employees alleged that both companies had exposed them to asbestos in the demolition process, and the agency is charging them for willfully and knowingly violating 19 safety and health regulations. Fines of nearly $380,000 may be levied against the two companies.

Prolonged and significant asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, a form of cancer, or asbestosis, but the symptoms usually takes years to manifest after exposure. Because the causative link is well-established with asbestos, it is enough for a plaintiff in a personal injury claim to show that there was significant exposure within the relevant period to prove liability.

If you believe that your medical condition was caused by negligent toxic exposure, you may have a claim against the responsible party. However, you should take action as soon as you confirm your medical condition as the statute of limitations starts from the time of discovery in most states.

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Risks of Choosing to Drive a Motorcycle

Drivers who rely on motorcycles as their principal means of transportation enjoy the benefits of efficient gas mileage, easy access to parking, and recreational advantages. Despite economical efficacy and overall convenience, motorcycles necessitate that the owner take extra precautions while operating the vehicle. Motorcycles are incredibly vulnerable on busy roadways as they drive along side larger vehicles. Motorcycle operators need to have coordination since drivers employ balance when navigating turns and uneven surfaces. The most obvious, but effective, precautions that motorcyclists can take is wearing a helmet, not exceeding the recommended speed, and staying alert to shifting weather and road conditions.

Unfortunately, other drivers are often the cause of motorcycle accidents. It can be challenging to share the road with motorcyclists, but it is a necessary measure. Other drivers should know that it is important to not follow motorcyclists too closely should a sudden stop occur. Additionally, drivers should always observe their blind spots before they change lanes.

In 2006, there were 35 times more deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents. Since motorcycles do not provide the same standard of security as traditional motor vehicles, severe injury, even death, is more likely to occur as a result of a motorcycle crash. The website of the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, cite head injury, brain injury, displaced joints, damaged joints, neck injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, scarring, road rash, and lacerations as the most frequently occurring injuries sustained by motorcyclists.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney will be able to help you through this difficult time and provide you with emotional and legal support.

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What is the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps is a volunteer organization sponsored by the United States Government that allows college graduates to serve in developing countries. It was established through Executive Order 10924 by president John F. Kennedy shortly after he took office in 1961. Since then, the group’s more than 200,000 volunteers have served 139 countries.

Qualifying for the Peace Corps

Acceptance into the Peace Corps requires a two year commitment and qualifying is competitive. There are currently slightly more than 8,000 volunteers serving in the Peace Corps. Almost all positions require a college degree and applicants must be able to at least demonstrate a capacity to learn a new language.

The corps also prefers people who have volunteer and leadership experience. The organization offers ways for potential applicants to seek out domestic volunteer opportunities to gain this valuable experience. Not being too choosey about where and when your assignment will be can also improve your chances of having your application approved.

The average age of a Peace Corps volunteer is 28, but that doesn’t mean older individuals should not apply. Additionally, while it is difficult to coordinate initially, married couples can serve in the corps together.

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Work-Related Injuries

An accident is often a painful and traumatizing experience. Many accidents can cause physical, emotional, and psychological harm to the victim, as well as financial problems due to the unexpected costs of medical treatment in the event of an injury. The victim’s financial problems can worsen if the injury he or she sustains is severe or permanent, as the type of treatment necessary to treat these types of injuries is often more intensive.

Accidents can happen anywhere, and victims are often left struggling to find a way to pay for the treatment they may need. This makes acquiring the services of  an experienced attorney often a necessity following a serious accident, as they can help injury victims to get the compensation they need to pay for the costs of their injury.

There are many ways a person may suffer a serious injury. One of them can be work-related accidents, such as a mishap in a refinery. It is common knowledge that refineries are dangerous places and though the incidence of refinery accidents may be low in comparison to other occupations, when an accident does occur, it can have devastating consequences for workers. For this reason, it is critical that refinery owners follow all requisite safety guidelines and provide appropriate safety gear for their workers.

The most common causes of injuries in a refinery are slip and fall accidents, chemical spills, equipment failure, fires and explosions, and contact with toxic substances. Since these injuries are typically work related, injury victims may be eligible for workers’ compensation. However, there are many situations in which injured workers may not be able to fully cover the costs of their injury through workers’ compensation payments. In these cases, it may be necessary to take legal action against those in charge of refinery safety in order to pursue workers’ compensation benefits.

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About Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Choosing to file for bankruptcy can often be a difficult decision to make. Debt is a difficult thing to handle, especially in this trying economy. Individuals who have too much debt may find it difficult to stay current on their payments, which in turn could lead to serious financial difficulties.

One way to help people get through such hardships is by filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy claim. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy claim can help you in a lot of ways, especially when you are already worrying about how to pay for the debts. Through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy claim, you are:

  • Protecting your properties from the creditors. Because you need transportation, housing, clothing, and other necessities to keep living, they can be protected from creditor collection, as dictated by the court.
  • Putting a stop to the harassment from creditors. The non-stop calling, emails, letters and threats of lawsuits can be stopped once the case has been filed in the court. Any creditor that tries to collect money from you or to repossess your property during the bankruptcy process can be held accountable for their actions.
  • Wiping out most debts, whether they are credit cards debts, medical debts, payday loans, or personal loans. You can start anew by filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy; these debts can be removed, as long as they are not secured by any collateral (car, electronics, and house).

There are many other benefits a person can get from filing a Chapter 7, so filing for bankruptcy should not be seen as a disaster. However, many people have had success avoiding bankruptcy and debt altogether by working with experienced financial planners who can help them effectively plan for their future and address their wealth management needs. By working with successful financial planning professionals, many individuals are able to avoid the frustrations that come along with a bankruptcy filing altogether.

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