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How to Prevent an Accident at a Construction Site& What to Do If You Get Injured On-site

Workplace injuries are fairly common, but nowhere more so than in the construction industry. The number of fatalities is in the hundreds every year in this industry, but also, almost 1-in-4 workers get injured on the job too. Construction accounts for 20 percent of total workplace injuries that proved fatal, which just goes to show how more can be done in this industry.

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Let’s look at how to prevent an accident on a construction site and what can be done should you be unfortunate enough to get injured while at work.

Taking a Fall

When some scaffolding fails, the roof caves in, a ladder slips, a crane swings across unexpectedly, knocking you off the floor, this can create a situation where you’re falling some distance to either a lower level or the ground below. Depending on the distance traveled, the speed, and the awkwardness of the fall itself, it’s possible to sustain a host of different physical injuries from a concussion to broken bones and worse. The time off work could be considerable.

The way to avoid falling is to always have your head on a swivel to see what might be coming towards you, have someone hold the ladder below when climbing up/down, and check the strength of the roof or flooring before walking across it. Safety nets should be installed to catch people who fall accidentally.

If you’ve been hurt in a fall at work, hire a Florida Construction Injury Lawyer to help make a claim for workplace compensation to ensure you get the best payout for your pain, suffering, and to cover the medical bills and time off needed to recover.

Accidents from Vehicles

A cement truck not checking the mirrors and backing into you, pinning you to a wall will do untold damage to skin, bones, joints, and organs.Given the weight of the trucks used in construction, there are real dangers here, even if they’re not being driven too fast.

Listen for large vehicles coming into and moving out of the construction site. Make sure that you’re not directly in their path. Consider carrying an air horn to sound the alarm should get pinned down or to warn oncoming traffic.

Body Injuries Through Repetition & Environmental Problems

Construction workers often perform the same task repeatedly. While this can get boring fast, it’s also risky for the body parts that are being used repeatedly. The same risk is accepted by runners who are capable of wearing out their knees after 30 years of running. It’s possible to overextend and cause a musculoskeletal injury that a chiropractor or physical therapist will be needed to resolve. Alternatively, in colder environments, being outside puts you at risk of getting frostbite or hypothermia (think: Alaska).

There are many other ways to get injured on a construction site. Working construction is a risky profession, so it’s important to take every precaution to ensure your safety. It’s not only necessary for your life, but with any future claim, you need to show you took every precaution yourself to avoid it.

 

What to Do If You Are a Victim of Fraud

While it would be great to think that identify theft and fraud are something the nation has been cracking down on, the fact is that fraud ended up costing consumers over $16 billion last year, which is $1 billion more than the year before. Fraud is no longer something we can push out of our minds and assume will never touch as, as it seems to be occurring at an alarming rate.

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There is plenty that government, law enforcement, and financial institutions can do to better the situation, but none of that helps in the moment that you realize you have been a victim of fraud. So, what should you do in this unfortunate circumstance? Here are the steps you’ll want to take.

Understand There Are Many Types of Fraud

The word “fraud” is pretty broad and in legal terms it blankets many different offenses. There can be bank, business, insider trading, bankruptcy, identity theft, credit card, insurance, mail and wire, internet, telemarketing, mortgage/real estate, and workers compensation fraud.

Contact the Police

The first step you will want to take if you are a victim of fraud is to contact the police and file a report. You may need to bring bank records, receipts, emails, etc. This official report will also be needed by other agencies as they work to address the issue.

Contact an Attorney

The next step should be to contact an attorney. Unfortunately, these cases tend to be quite complex, so going about them on your own isn’t advisable.

If you live in the state of Florida then you are much more likely to be a victim of fraud. This is because South Florida has been designated as the organized fraud capital of the whole country. You would want to get in contact with a Florida criminal defender the moment you suspect you are victim of fraud, to ensure that your interests are looked after.

Once you have contacted an attorney they will collect all the facts and information from you, go over your rights and options, and then discuss the possible outcomes you’d be looking at. Choosing an attorney defending clients in similar cases is paramount since they will understand the law and process better than anyone.

Contact Your Credit Card Companies and Your Bank

You will want to be sure that your bank and credit card companies are alerted right away. They can put a fraud alert right on your credit file which will protect you. It may also be wise to freeze your bank account and credit cards until you can get things sorted out. These are steps that your attorney may also be able to advise you on.

A Stressful Situation

Learning you are the victim of fraud can be a very stressful situation for people. There are many steps to take, factors to consider, and there is usually a lot of work on your part. Making sure you follow these steps will help ensure that the fraud is caught, dealt with, and you aren’t left on the hook.

Factors to Consider Before Implementing PPC Management for Attorneys

The law industry is one of the most complex, maybe due to the nature of work involved. That notwithstanding, clients are always looking for competent and professional attorneys to handle various aspects of their legal proceedings or even for advice. And when prospective customers are shopping for the best lawyers in town, one of the first things they do is visit a search engine. This means that there is a lot of online traffic looking for legal services.

The best law firms have appreciated the value SEO in converting digital searchers into probable legal customers. One of the best strategies that any law firm could adopt is PPC management for lawyers. Pay per click campaigns can be so effective in internet marketing, if only they are done right.

Be that as it may, the process of creating and optimizing PPC campaigns is painstaking and overwhelming. It calls for intensive and extensive research on the marketer. A quality PPC campaign must always begin researching and analyzing keywords. It is recommended that clients ask their digital marketing service providers about the tools they are going to use for advanced keyword generation and competitive analysis.

If you have made up your mind that PPC management for lawyers is one of the online marketing tools your website requires, it is best that you get things right from the start. For instance, you need to understand that keywords associated with lawyers and attorneys are among the most costly on Google AdWords. If you are going to pay for these keywords, it is critical to make sure that the keywords will provide desired results.

As a golden rule for implementing a pay per click campaign, customers must first consider their budget alongside the projected returns on investment. This is because when it comes to PPC management for lawyers, one has to pay in order to get the desired results. Research has shown for instance, that some keyword terms such as ‘criminal defense attorney’ can cost at least $30,000 per month.

Being evident that PPC campaigns are highly competitive and expensive, you may first want to determine whether pay per click is the best marketing strategy for your law firm. Be sure that PPC is making sense from your business perspective. Take for example that you are working on a daily budget of one thousand dollars. If the average cost of every click is $50, it means only getting 20 clicks. This may not give you your projected ROI.

In essence, while PPC is one of the most effective digital marketing strategies, it is recommended to consider business strategy, objectives and budget before making your final choice.

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I had no idea that I was going to need a divorce lawyer. I was married for six years to the man who I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. The only problem with that is he found someone else to spend his time with. When I found out that he had cheated on me several times during our marriage, I knew that we were done. I can forgive a lot, but that is one thing I knew I could not get over. Eric M. Willie, P.C. in Austin is the attorney that I ended up hiring after looking over several different attorneys that were recommended to me.

I did not feel comfortable just picking one out at random without learning as much as I could, mainly because my husband had told me that if I left him, I would lose everything. He was talking about our house and vehicles along with the bank accounts, but I was thinking about our children. Continue reading

Hate Crime Or Assault And Battery? Video In Chicago Being Examined

teenagers in the Chicago area filmed and posted to Facebook LiveThe world was shocked when they saw the video of what four teenagers in the Chicago area filmed and posted to Facebook Live. Much more than your average “bullying” video, the content that was posted contained a mentally handicapped man being subjected to some of the most inhumane treatment that anyone could fathom.

President Barack Obama has maintained that since he took office, race relations have been strengthened and that blacks and whites in America share more racial harmony than any other time in American history. But what the media is telling us is something much different.

Many high-profile cases including white-on-black crime and police shooting allegedly innocent black men have surfaced, making entire cities explode with tension. The latest video differs only in one aspect from what people have been witnessing recently: the offenders were not white, nor were they policemen. They were four African-American youths displaying some of the cruelest behavior that the world has seen.

There is no doubt that the four teens were involved in assault and battery. Over the time that they held the disabled man hostage, they not only verbally assaulted him, but beat him throughout horrendous hours of torture. Only some of the incident was filmed and posted, but there is no argument that they abused the man and should be prosecuted for criminal assault and battery.

What is in question is whether what they did will be escalated to a hate crime. Since in the video you can hear racial slurs and the teenagers repeatedly calling the man’s race, out with distaste, it appears to many who saw the video that the man was taken hostage not only because he was mentally challenged, but because of the color of his skin.

The Attorney General has had no problem pressing charges against anyone who makes racist statements against African-Americans and the gay and lesbian community, but prosecuting a black person for a hate crime against someone who is Caucasian is not the standard.

The man from Crystal Lake, Illinois was beaten severely as the teens shouted obscenities about President-elect Trump. His mouth was covered with tape and his hands were bound with orange bands. The assault went on for over five hours and might have never been discovered if it wasn’t for the footage of the assault and battery going live on Facebook. The young man was found wandering aimlessly, clearly distressed and hurt when police picked him up.

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Not only were the obscenities directed at Trump, but the teenagers also made clear references to white people. The Chicago Police superintendent, however, has been very unclear about whether they are going to prosecute the teens on just the assault and battery charges or whether they would face prosecution for a hate crime.

Trial attorneys will see to it that a hate crime would carry a much harsher penalty and be a federal offense, instead of just an assault and battery charge. It’s reasonable to charge them with a hate crime not only because he was mentally challenged, but also because of the racial comments made. In either case, escalating charges to a hate crime will allow for the prosecutor to impose much stiffer penalties.

If it had been a white group of teens torturing a black man, especially if he were disabled, there would be no question as to whether it was a hate crime or not. The mere fact that an offender is white and the defendant black typically classifies it as a hate crime. If the young teens are not held to the same standard of conduct, there is a reason to question the entire definition of “hate crime” and why it exists if it’s only for certain people.

A hate crime is a crime perpetrated on someone because of their race, gender, sexual preference or anything else that makes them vulnerable. If being disabled and beaten by four other people due to the color of your skin is not a hate crime, then the entire prosecution label needs to be reexamined.

For now, organizations like “Black Lives Matter” and other groups are defending the actions of the youths as nothing more than violence against another person in retaliation for the injustices put upon black Americans. If we want to have equality in America, it would seem necessary that we see all colors, not just one, as being worthy of protection from prosecution by others.