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Lawyers Can Help Businesses Grow

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Business Law | 0 comments

It’s a big deal in my family that I got into law school last year. My parents can’t stop bragging about the future lawyer in their family. Not only will I be the first family member with an advanced degree (Assuming I make it through, but that’s for another post), I’ll be in a prestigious profession.

Or, at least that’s how my parents see it. It’s surprisingly common for them to get pushback on my chosen prestigious profession. “Why didn’t he become an “insert less complex career here”?” is the most common negative response. I suppose this is meant as a joke. I don’t know why people would be such killjoys. My parents take it in stride (nothing is going to dampen their pride on this one), but it bothers me.

So, I’d like to take a moment and clear a few things up about why I have chosen this profession as my career.

A lot of people may think that I have put an undue burden on myself to complete such a difficult degree. However, when you are passionate about something, as I am when it comes to studying the law, it doesn’t seem overly complicated. I could read books for days about class-action lawsuits and anything related to business law and never get tired of it. That’s why I believe everyone should find their true calling. If you find something that you are interested in, going to work doesn’t seem so daunted every morning and there will be no such thing as “a case of the Monday’s”.

All lawyers that I have encountered have all been smart, hardworking, and passionate about their work. They believe in the law and in applying it fairly. That’s true across the board, no matter what area of law they’re in. Obviously, I meet quite a few lawyers these days and all of them are upstanding citizens. I feel like I fit into this group of people well and look forward to networking events with a group of my fellow classmates at the law school I am attending.

The second point I’d like to make is that lawyers are essential to business. I know a lot of people think going into business is the only way to make a living. I live in Texas, and we’re independent people. We don’t like working for anyone else. We want to set up our own situation and be our own bosses.

Well, first of all, plenty of lawyers go into business for themselves. And second, as you can see from the areas of practice for this business lawyer, lawyers are essential for anyone else to have a business as well.

Every day, lawyers help set up businesses, merge businesses, create and review contracts, help settle debts, help declare bankruptcy, and protect businesses from lawsuits. Lawyers are essential to getting businesses going and keeping them running in this country.

Basically, if everyone else wants to set up their own business, they need me to help them do it (in the future, again, hopefully).

That seems like a pretty good career to have, regardless of the difficulty of the subject.

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Big Pharma is the Next Big Personal Injury Lawsuit

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Personal Injury | 0 comments

I think pharmaceutical companies are the next Big Tobacco.

Let me explain what I mean by Big Tobacco. Big Tobacco is a term for all the major cigarette companies that fought hard against recognizing the fact that cigarettes are harmful. These companies worked together for decades to hide just how dangerous their product was. They packaged cigarettes to be cool. They sold them with cartoons to attract children. They sold their product under the idea it was healthy for as long as possible, and even afterward, tried to sell it as great for relaxation, even though that was also untrue.

All of this, and they did it while knowing the whole time they were lying and their product was killing people.

That’s Big Tobacco.

And I think the pharmaceutical companies are next. Look, I live in a community with an opioid problem. I know people, some of them distant relatives, who are struggling with this. One of my second or third cousins had an accident at work, got prescribed pain medication for over a year, very strong opioids, and now can’t break the habit. Treating patients with opioids over a long period has turned many people into junkies, into criminals, and I bet the pharmaceutical companies knew about it all along.

After all, it’s been known for well over a century that opioids are addicting and need to be used responsibly in medicine. When did it become so easy to prescribe massive amounts of them with very little oversight? Why is this happening now and not four decades ago?

The reason is the pharmaceutical companies have been pushing these drugs. Just think of all those commercials you see on TV all the time for those new products. All those smiling people taking drugs that, if you listen to the little blurb at the end, can cause addiction, numerous horrible side effects, and death. In most countries, trying to sell drugs to consumers who are not doctors is illegal. It’s also illegal to send people to doctor’s offices trying to butter up doctors in order to get them to sell a new pill.

In this country, though, that’s all just fine. What I suspect is Big Pharma has known for a long time many of its drugs are highly addictive, and perhaps they’ve even purposefully made them more addictive, because what better way to grow sales than to create junkies who HAVE TO HAVE their product?

The only hope for this is to find some lawyers, like the attorneys of the Williams Kherkher Law Firm, who will fight Big Pharma the way they fought Big Tobacco. One or two big cases could crack this whole conspiracy wide open. Only then can we hope to see the decline in opioid addiction like we’ve seen in cigarette use. It’s only going to happen once we can force Big Pharma to admit, just like Big Tobacco did, that it’s a fraud.

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Workers’ Compensation, the Growing Trend in the NFL

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Workers Compensation | 0 comments

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the NFL – fall games in the evening, wings, or your favorite team? Workers’ compensation is probably not your first thought, but it is something that the NFL has been recently having to shell out money for. Now, it’s easy to forget that the football players we saw on the screen are really employees to a company. They’ve become more of an icon than what we would think of as the average American worker. However glamorous their job may be, they are perhaps more susceptible to injury at their work than most people.

For the past twenty years, the Chicago Bears have had to answer for 141 players filing 410 different claims for workers’ comp. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, this amounts to a whopping $12.5 million dollars that have gone to the players for their pain, suffering, and medical bills. Now it’s no secret that playing professional football puts an inherent risk on the body. According to CNN in the past five years, an average of 243 players have been diagnosed with concussions. These concussions have been known to develop into dementia, Alzheimer’s, and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. Other players have reported serious spinal injuries and broken bones. As one of the top teams in terms of a number of workers’ compensation claims filed against them, the Chicago Bears have pleaded with the state of Illinois to lower the compensation laws since they are among the most generous in the country. Chicago’s other sports teams: the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and Sox, have supported the bears in trying to change the laws surrounding compensation. The biggest settlement the Bears had to answer for was about $400,000 for a spinal injury sustained by wide receiver Johnny Knox. On average however, they normally settle claims for about $90,000. Which is to be expected since the treatment following these serious injuries is not cheap. Any kind of spinal or brain damage requires intense care.

The amount of workers’ compensation shouldn’t be lowered. If anything workers’ compensation should increase with inflation and rising healthcare costs. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates believe that if your place of work has a potential to cause injury, then the employer should have to pay for all of the medical bills. As a multi-billion dollar industry, the NFL can afford to take care of their players. After all, the players are the one who make the sport what it is; they should be taken care of when injured.

Like any other job playing a sport comes with its own unique set of risks. As a paid employee of the NFL, they should be taken care of whenever they are injured on the field. America watches them weekly and doesn’t want to see the people on their team suffer.

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Fatal Car Accident

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Car accidents occur at an alarming rate all across Canada. While some of these accidents happen due to unavoidable circumstances, many others are the result of another person’s reckless or negligent driving behaviors. Many drivers do not give all of their attention to driving because it is such a routine task. This leads people to talk on their phones, text, or become otherwise distracted at the wheel. However, these actions prevent drivers from being fully present on the road and cause serious accidents to occur. The Toronto Star reported on one such accident that occurred in Mississauga, in June of 2017.

The accident involved two cars traveling down Winston Churchill Blvd. just before 11 pm in mid-June. The driver of a Mazda was traveling south when it crossed the centerline and crashed into a northbound Mercedes. Although the Mazda only carried the driver, the Mercedes it hit had five total passengers. The accident was brutal and led to serious injuries as well as the death of three of the individuals involved. The Mazda’s driver was a 40-year-old man from Mississauga, who died on the scene. The two other individuals killed were a five-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy, who were passengers in the Mercedes. They passed away en route to the hospital. The other two passengers in the Mercedes were taken to the hospital in critical condition, and the Mercedes’ driver sustained minimal injuries. No information has been released and perhaps is not known, about what caused the Mazda’s driver to crash into the other vehicle.

The loss of any life is incredibly tragic, but it is perhaps even more so when it is the loss of such young children, who had their entire lives ahead of them. The families of both the boys killed in the accident must be feeling unimaginable pain at the loss of their children, and they are likely also frustrated and devastated that this loss was caused by another driver. Although we do not know the specifics of what caused the crash, it can be reasonably assumed that the driver at fault was not driving in a safe or careful manner. Whether he was on his phone, drunk driving, or fell asleep at the wheel ultimately does not matter, as whatever his actions were caused him to make such a dangerous move into oncoming traffic.

We will never be able to prevent all accidents that occur on the road, but as a country, we must work together to try to make care accidents less frequent. After an accident has occurred, there is very little we can do retrospectively to make the effects any better. However, families who have been the victim of reckless drivers do have the right to take action. Toronto car accident lawyers, such as Mazin & Associates P.C., can help individuals seek compensation for their physical, emotional, and financial losses after a crash and help them bring some justice to this tragic event. This financial gain cannot end the pain of what was lost, but it can help families maintain financial stability and begin to recover.

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Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Social Security Disability Benefits | 0 comments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) grants cash benefits to individuals suffering from total permanent disability. Permanent disability is a condition that is expected to exceed 12 months and, according to the Social Security Administration, it is a condition that:

  • Renders a person unable to perform the work that he/she did before being disabled;
  • Renders a person unable to perform any other type of work; and,
  • Either lasts for at least a year or results in death.

Causes of total permanent disability include health conditions, such as:

  • Cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases)
  • Digestive system disorders
  • Endocrine system disorders
  • Genitourinary impairments
  • Hematological disorders
  • Immune system disorders
  • Impairments that affect multiple body systems
  • Malignant neoplastic disease
  • Mental disorders
  • Musculoskeletal system disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Special senses and speech disorders

If the disability suffered by an individual is included in the list above or if he/she is suffering from multiple health problems which he/she feels should merit the consideration of SSA, it may be beneficial for him/her to immediately hire a Long Term Disability lawyer who can provide legal assistance that just may earn for him/her the approval for the disability claim that he/she needs.

According to the San Antonio Social Security Disability lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm, following severe accidents and illnesses, a person might develop a debilitating physical or mental condition that causes them to suffer from a disability. While there are many consequences of a long-term disability, one of the most difficult to deal with is the inability to work a regular job and earn a livable income. Unfortunately, many people facing this very situation and are uncertain what to do. However, many individuals who suffer long-term disabilities and other serious injures may actually be eligible to file a claim for SSD benefits.

Getting Social Security disability benefits can be difficult though, especially when people try to navigate this process on their own. Thus, if you will be applying for SSD benefits, it may be wise if you would let an experienced and knowledgeable attorney help you. He/She may be able to help you secure the financial support you need.

 

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