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The Need for Bilingual Employers

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Personal Injuries

The world is changing around us every day; our culture, our technology, our media, our politics, and so many other facets of society are rapidly becoming different than what they used to be only a few years ago. Policies like open and free trade have encouraged these changes in culture and economics. Additionally, developments in fields like automation technology have changed the workforce and international relations.

It is probably a surprise to no one that, with these changes, comes an increased variety of different languages and cultures. A more open world leads to more global interactions! And since seemingly every day, new demographic groups emerge to prominence in American culture, new languages or dialects also become more and more important.

In this article, I will describe a chief result of this changing world: the need for a bilingual workforce that can speak English and Spanish. No doubt, there are hundreds of languages that are spoken in business interactions, in the United States, every single workday. However, Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in modern America. As a result, this language is uniquely situated as an opportunity for American companies to grow their clientele base.

A growing customer base

Some companies have recognized the potential benefits of being able to interact with Spanish customers. Legal conversion experts, like the ones at I.C.E., work with law firms to offer client retention or client conversion services in Spanish — as well as other languages. Since personal injury law is a competitive field, lawyers use every advantage they can find to get as many clients as possible.

According to the 2012 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, 38.3 million people speak Spanish at home. This is more than twice the number of people who spoke Spanish at home, according to the same survey, in 1990. And the rate of Spanish-speaking population increases does not seem to be stopping anytime soon.

Since millions of people in America will either use Spanish as a primary or secondary language now and will continue to do so in the coming decades, companies need to either offer their services in Spanish initially or hire out third-parties to work with customers whose preferred business language is not English.

Which brings me to an important point: English is not the official language of the United States. Do not worry, there is not a secret official language being kept from you. It turns out, the United States has no official language at all! Thus, people preferring to conduct business in other languages — perhaps languages they feel more comfortable in — is no surprise. As a company seeking to maximize profits and earn more clients, advertising or working in Spanish is a responsibility you might consider taking on.

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Golf Cart Path Design Concerns

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

I recently read a study conducted by the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission. The organization reported that every year, 15,000 people go to the emergency room due to golf cart accidents. Of these 15,000 incidents, approximately 1,500 involve a rollover. I was intrigued at what makes rollovers so prevalent in golf cart accidents. 10% is a good portion for just rollovers. After a friend of mine was injured in a golf cart accident, I started doing some more research into the liability of these incidents. The folks at Glover Law Firm actually handle golf cart accident cases. They know the specific things to look out for in order to make sure that their clients get a fair settlement for injuries incurred.

Aside from special, custom made golf carts, all golf carts only have brake on the rear axle. This design inhibits the vehicle’s stability, especially at higher speeds. When drivers travel downhill, their speed increases unexpectedly quick and drivers can lose their ability to control a golf cart. This is when rollovers most often occur. From our experiences driving on the road, we’re well aware that having front tires rolling while back tires skid in halt causes a great deal of instability. Although, this instability usually does not result in much damage when golf carts are on level ground and driving at a relatively low speed. The danger increases exponentially on downhill slopes. The rolling tires in front pieced together with locked rear tires causes a fishtailing effect. If you’ve ever experienced a fishtail, you know that it makes your heart drop. Most drivers think that their brakes have failed. Their natural reaction is to then press even harder down on the brake pedal. This increased pressure causes brakes to lock up and skidding then becomes completely out of control.

Every golf course is different, but many golf courses feature several, steep downward slopes on the cart path. These paths also commonly feature short hills, narrow driving paths, and sharp turns. These conditions create an environment that requires golf carts designed to handle the conditions they will be used on.

In the golf cart design and manufacturing industry, no strict regulations exist regarding braking mechanisms. Carts are not required to pass any downhill braking tests before going to market. Conversely, there are no enforcement standards as far as safety considerations within golf cart path designs. Enforceable golf cart design standards only test for dynamic braking on level ground. These tests do not reflect the true nature of golf cart use. This is likely a reason that we see so many golf cart accidents end in an ER trip every year. The American National Standards Institute golf cart standard claims that carts should never accelerate to a speed above 15 mph while moving on a level surface. However, the American National Standards Institute does not address the downward terrains commonly found on a golf course.  these speeds are easily surpassed while moving on a downward slope.

 

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The Fourth Amendment and DUI Charges

Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in DUI, DUI Attorney

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution reads as follows:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Nowadays, the Fourth Amendment is known as the protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. These words that were ratified in 1788 still carry significant weight today. Because I am an enthusiast of the Constitution, specifically the Fourth Amendment, I decided to do a little research on the protections against unreasonable searches and seizures as related to DUI charges.

At the outset, I came across an excellent blog by Truslow & Truslow that explained the basics of the Fourth Amendment and its relationship to DUI charges. The blog revealed that sometimes, if an officer pulls an individual over with “reasonable suspicion,” and the individual is ultimately charged with a DUI crime, the individual’s Fourth Amendment rights may have been violated when they were pulled over. The blog stressed that cooperation is vital if you are pulled over, even with the Fourth Amendment, because the protection can often be used to reduce, or even eliminate the DUI charge in the later stages of the criminal process.

Over the course of my research, I noticed that the relationship between the Fourth Amendment and DUI charges is an ever-changing area of the law. In most DUI cases, an officer pulls over an individual under reasonable suspicion that was created by some strange driving behavior. Sometimes, an officer may even be said to have reasonable suspicion if he or she receives an anonymous tip of poor driving by the individual.

What interested me the most regarding the Fourth Amendment and DUI charges was whether roadblocks, commonly referred to as “DUI Checkpoints,” constituted a violation of a person’s rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. Roadblocks are areas on the road where officers will stop drivers to inspect for signs of intoxication. Some states allow roadblocks while others do not. It seems that the law tends to go both ways on whether these checkpoints are constitutional or if they are in violation of an individual’s right against unreasonable searches and seizures. The issue seems to boil down to the intrusion the roadblocks create for drivers, the protocol followed by the officers at the roadblock, and a determination of whether the roadblock combats a public safety concern.

In closing, I learned a great deal about the Fourth Amendment and its relationship to DUI charges. DUI charges are very complex, and the Fourth Amendment is very complicated, which makes for an interesting relationship. The law seems to be continually changing, and it does not appear that it will be stopping any time soon.

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Have you or Someone you Love Been Assaulted on a Cruise Ship?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Accidents at Sea, passenger claims

Unfortunately, physical and sexual assaults are not uncommon and one of the most likely places they will occur is on cruise ships. Maritime environments are among the most hazardous. Passengers are often the victims of assault by crew members, but workplace violence between crew members is also highly likely. According to FBI statistics 55% of sexual assaults and 22% of sexual assaults occurred on cruise ships. Most occurred in private cabins and were related to alcohol use.

Violent Incident Factors and Common Injuries

One contributing factor to violent incidents may be the cramped conditions of a commercial vessel. Spending weeks or months on a ship can be very taxing. No room to stretch, no solid land, time away from family and friends, and time with the same people all day is incredibly stressful, even for mentally and physically healthy workers. A worker with an underlying mental illness may be triggered by stressful sea conditions. Many people cope with this kind of stress by using alcohol and/or drugs, which only increases the likelihood of violent incidents.

Some common injuries sustained from physical assault are:

  • Head and back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Eye injuries
  • Puncture wounds

Physical and sexual assaults at sea can often lead to anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder in victims. In many cases, assaults lead to fatalities due to not having adequate medical care or being pushed overboard during a fight or sexual assault. Sadly, most victims don’t know that they have legal rights and many maritime crimes go unreported. Many victims of sexual assault are children because pedophiles know that many cruise ships don’t perform adequate background checks. In the case of predatory passengers,  the ambiguous nature of international maritime law is seen as an opportunity for them to get away with their heinous crimes.

Preventing and Treating Cruise Ship Assaults

It is important for employers to have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to the workplace or passenger-on-passenger violence on their vessel. Consider the mental health of your employees. Make sure crew conditions are livable, that they have plenty of opportunities for breaks with fun, healthy diversions when not working. It is vital to have a proper screening process that weeds out people with histories of violence so they don’t harm other crew members or passengers. Placing limits on alcohol intake can also help prevent violent outbursts. Make sure all surveillance cameras are working properly since this will be instrumental in catching crimes. Cruise ships must have medical personnel who are able to perform sexual assault examinations and should have medication stocked to prevent STDs for assault victims. Crew members should be trained to properly handle crime scene evidence. Passengers and crew members should always know the whereabouts of medical and security.

Employee Rights

Your employer has a responsibility to you to make the workplace as safe as possible. Remember that if you a commercial vessel employee, you have rights. You should be paid if injured on the job and that compensation should cover medical and mental health care as well as lost wages. In the event of your death on the job, your dependents are entitled to compensation.

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Why Contested Divorce is Secretly Better than Uncontested Divorce

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Family

Uncontested divorce has its obvious advantages over contested divorce. First, uncontested divorce has no issues when it comes to agreements, so the process is much faster. Second, the less argumentative process reduces the hard feelings between the spouses. Third, the children are also less active and involved in the divorce process, so they are generally unaffected.

For these reasons, a lot of couples settle for uncontested divorce. But do you know that, in its own ways, contested divorce is actually better?

A contested divorce occurs when the spouses involved have disagreements in the terms of the separation. According to the website of Marshall & Taylor, P.C., the most common issues include child support, custody, and visitation, spousal support, and division of assets and debts.

When you look at it plainly, a contested divorce is disadvantageous because of its argumentative nature. There will be more emotion involved. The process will be a lot longer, because you and your partner will have to come up with a compromise, and therefore the legal expenses are also higher compared to an uncontested divorce. But when you look at it deeply, it is secretly better than uncontested divorce.

You get to speak

The adversarial nature of contested divorce can be considered as an advantage. First, it means that you disagree with a legal aspect because something is wrong. Second, it means that you step up to tell the court that something is wrong and needs to be corrected.

In a contested divorce, you will have the platform to speak up, and you cannot say the same thing for uncontested divorce.

You avoid bias

In whatever kind of divorce, the spouses involved will always have his or her own interests in mind. That’s where contested divorce comes in, when you think that your ex-partner has too much or you have too little.

In a contested divorce, you are speaking up to make a compromise, to come up with legal decisions that put the interest of both you and your ex-partner into consideration. Sometimes, you cannot say the same for uncontested divorce, where a spouse may give in to bias just to get the process over with.

You get what you deserve

Getting what you rightfully deserve is important, because certain aspects of a divorce may have significant impacts in your life, especially in terms of finance and relationship with your children.

Because you speak up and avoid bias, it is likely that you will get what you deserve in a contested divorce. A relatively passive process like an uncontested divorce may have biases and the ability to block your voice, putting you in a position where you might not get what is truly yours.

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