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Oregon’s Water Pollution Crimes

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Pollution Crimes | 0 comments

The state of Oregon has strict rules regarding how potentially hazardous chemicals and waste may allowably be disposed of in regards to local waterways. If someone is suspected to be dumping these chemicals into the waters, they may be prosecuted on the grounds of Oregon’s water pollution laws. If convicted, these defendants could face very serious penalties that could considerably disrupt their personal and professional future.

Nevertheless, criminal defendants have the right to powerfully argue their side of a case and fight fairly against the accusations they face.

Water Pollution Allegations

Water pollution crimes are treated as serious allegations by prosecutors, and those arrested for these crimes may face thousands of dollars in fines and significant time in jail. These crimes include the following illegal acts:

  • A defendant knowingly places or discharges pollutants into state waters
  • A defendant knowingly places or discharges pollutants into waters that carry into the state of Oregon
  • A defendant will face felony-grade penalties if this pollution cases harm to human health or the environment
  • A defendant will face felony-grade penalties if this crime was committed as a knowing violation of the standing pollution laws

In most cases, a person may face Class A misdemeanor charges under unlawful water pollution in the second degree. However, in more severe instances, this crime may be upgraded to unlawful water pollution in the first degree, which is a Class B felony.

In many cases it’s not an individual person facing these kinds of charges, but rather a business or corporation. Accusations of harming the environment can have a drastic effect on a company’s bottom line. Pollution charges should be defended against aggressively, and having a business lawyer can make a substantial difference in the way a company emerges from the accusations against it.

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Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in Health | 0 comments

We constantly keep our eyes and ears open for ways to lead healthier lifestyles. Well, I would like to share with you some tips that I find exceptionally helpful:

  1. Drink Water: Staying hydrated and getting plenty of water every day is important for a strong, healthy body. It flushes out toxins and keeps you energized.
  2. Get Enough Quality Sleep: When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies aren’t as productive and alert as they could be. Our moods can also be negatively affected by inadequate sleep. So snooze up!!!
  3. Stretch Your Body: Stretching your muscles helps with flexibility and blood flow.
  4. Laugh Daily: Laughter releases endorphins that rid of pain in our minds and bodies. Laughing every day can help keep our happiness in check.
  1. Get Some Daily Sun: About 15 minutes of Vitamin D a day is great for skin and bone health.
  2. Eat Greens: Greens are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber that your body needs. It’s a good habit to eat greens regularly.
  3. Get Away From Everything: In the busy world we live in, it is important to take time to yourself, away from all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Our minds need that.
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Transvaginal Mesh: Not So Great after All

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Personal Injury, Product Liability, Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit | 0 comments

Transvaginal Mesh is used to treat two common conditions: stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Stress urinary incontinence is when leakage from the bladder during things such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, etc. happens as a result of weakening of the sphincter pelvic muscles. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weak and lose their ability to support pelvic organs such as the uterus and bladder, allowing them to descend from their normal place in the body and push through the vaginal wall.

The transvaginal mesh procedure is intended to provide replacement for the weakened muscles. The mesh is a porous material, either synthetic or biologic.

Unfortunately, these transvaginal mesh procedures have caused a lot of problems for many women in the last few years. As noted on the Williams Kherkher website, “In reality, the use of transvaginal mesh comes with the threat of significant complications and risks that can ultimately negate any benefits of the device.” The FDA has received over 1,000 reports of problems with the surgical repair.

Common injuries resulting from these procedures are pain while urinating, prolapsed organs, fistulas, painful sexual relations, urinary retention, infection, mesh erosion, contraction of the mesh, and mesh exposure.

It is not yet clear what the exact causes of these problems is, but it is likely a number of factors combined. Women should be cautious and explore all possible options when thinking about undergoing transvaginal mesh surgery. In order to better avoid suffering dangerous outcomes such as those mentioned above, women need to be sure and do thorough research before agreeing to this surgery. However, when complications do arise, they’re typically not the woman’s fault by any means. Massachusetts personal injury attorneys can help women who’ve been injured through defective vaginal mesh or improperly performed surgeries seek compensation for their undue injuries.

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Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Personal Injury, Social Security | 0 comments

In order to apply for Social Security Disability benefits one must meet certain criteria. Not only must one be disabled, they must also have a sufficient amount of “work credits” with Social Security. Depending on one’s age and the year they became disabled depends on how many credits they will need. If the application is approved, typically the benefits include monthly cash payments. The amount of these cash payments is determined by looking at the applicant’s personal earnings record. Payments usually range from $700 to $1,400 a month.

The benefits may be paid to other members of the disabled person’s family as well. For example, benefits may be paid to their spouse, divorced spouse, children, disabled child and/or adult child disabled before age 22.

Unfortunately, the disabilities people experience are often a result of someone else’s actions. As Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® puts it, “people act in reprehensible and reckless ways every day, causing innocent people to be the victims of serious injuries caused by a wide variety of accidents and incidents, ranging from car and truck accidents to animal attacks to dangerous products.” No matter the cause, the injuries are often a result of others. It is important to not only look at the possible social security disability benefits available, but also the legal actions offered for personal injury.

It is important to receive justice for the suffering and life-changing injuries one suffers. People suffer a variety of injuries that cause them to be disabled. That person may not limited in some everyday activities, or may not be able to work at all anymore. Whatever the case, it is necessary to know all the opportunities for benefits and damages available in the case of something like this.

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Insurance Claims Disputes

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Insurance Disputes | 0 comments

Insurance claims disputes are all too common. Whether the claim is for auto, home, property, commercial, or residential insurance, it is sometimes met with rejection from the insurance companies. Not to mention, these are only a few of the hundreds of possible claims available for people to make.

Claims are rejected/denied for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which the insurer is simply acting in bad faith, meaning they take improper actions “with the intention of minimizing payment or delaying proper payment” to the claimant. This constitutes a proper dispute against the insurance provider.

Auto insurance claims are commonly rejected and/or mishandled by insurance companies. Though sometimes rejected for good reason, insurers often purposely mishandle claims in order to avoid paying the full amount owed to the client. Free Advice presents some good-faith reasons for auto insurance claims to be denied. The following are a few from their list:

  1. The amount of damage claimed from the car accident exceeds the policy limits on the clients’ declarations page and the insurance company will not cover the excess.
  2. The claimant does not qualify as a named insured under the policy.
  3. There is no coverage on the car insurance policy for the claim presented.
  4. An Uninsured Motorist Claim was made under the claimant’s policy but the other party to the accident was in fact insured.

In general, insurance companies will probably always try to get away with paying as little as possible to their clients. It’s natural that a company wants to minimize its money output, but that doesn’t make it right in the case of insurers. Insurance companies should be on their claimants’ sides when accidents happen. It’s important to know all the options and responsibilities of the insurer before making a claim.

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Employment Law Concerns

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law | 0 comments

Every year in America citizens at various places and types of employment experience wrongdoing/mistreatment in their place of work. The mistreatment can come in a variety of ways. For example, unreasonable pay reduction is just as wrong and prevalent as sexual harassment in the workplace. Employees have workers rights and when those rights are violated it can be emotionally taxing and extremely stressful.

Some common workplace problems include lunch break and work shift violations, verbal and sexual harassment, etc. While these are common, they are by no means the only forms of mistreatment in the workplace. However, they constitute a great number of the overall offenses.

According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®’s website, “An employer must pay their employees for the time they spend on a lunch break unless the break…lasts for no less than 30 minutes” and the employees are completely relieved of duty for the break’s duration. Also, things such as cleaning work stations, preparing tools, attending meetings, and responding to company emails are all tasks that employees should be paid for, even if off the clock in some cases.

Furthermore, sexual harassment in the workplace is broad in the things it covers. It can be anything that constitutes unlawful sexual harassment. Such as, vulgar and profane remarks directed at someone, inappropriate and unwanted touching, or demands from a boss for sexual favors in exchange for continued employment, raises, etc. The website of Cary Kane LLP states that “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination ‘based on sex.’” The site also reminds readers that sexual harassment can be aimed at not only women, but men as well.

It is important for employers to avoid and shut down any mistreatment in the workplace. Consequences for these crimes are no joke. Plus, it’s not a great look for a company when things such as this finally surface.

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