Settling Divorce and all Divorce-related Issues without Stress

When conflict and resentment begin to dominate the relationship of spouses, marriage also begins to be frustrating, stress-filled and painful. This is why a great number of couples, who no longer consider their marriage still being workable, rather decide to end the relationship, if only to end the frustration and stress that continue to draw the life out of them.

Ending a marriage is not a simple process, though, due to the many other issues involved with it, which also need to be settled, if not amicably between the divorcing spouses, then through court procedures, where all decisions will have to be made by a judge. Alimony or spousal support, division of property, assets and debts, and, if the couple has a child, then child custody, child support and visitation rights, constitute the main issues that divorcing couples need to address.

Besides the fact that the divorce process is already emotionally-draining, the complications added by the issues mentioned only make divorce a more stressful experience, more so if each of the spouses would only see his/her own interests and contest all related issues against his/her ex-partner.

To save couples from too much stress, as well as save them from time-consuming and costly court fees, many marriage counselors and divorce lawyers recommend that couples settle their divorce case and all other divorce-related issues through mediation, a process wherein they will be able to make their own decisions and come to an agreement, concerning all issues, on their own terms.

Meditation allows couples to find the most ideal solutions in an amicable manner, without wasting time and money. More importantly, the decisions arrived at are their own, and the whole process is held confidential, free from the reporters and spectators who usually populate courtrooms.

A mediated divorce process is done through the help of a mediator, who is chosen by the divorcing spouses themselves. Each of the spouses may or may not choose to be represented by a lawyer, though having one may be more advisable to make sure that the interests and rights of each are expressed more clearly and to have each issue settled faster. The assistance of highly-competent Cedar Rapids divorce lawyers would be of much help to couples, whether the divorce is settled through a court procedure or through a mediation process.

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: Four Years After

With $14 billion already spent (as of December 2013) for leak containment, clean-up operations, compensation to businesses and individuals and the safeguarding of the health and safety both of those affected by, and involved in responding to, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill tragedy, British Petroleum (BP) still continues to lose the fight in its appeal to have settlement payments blocked.

Four years and two months after the worst oil spill in US waters, the liable firm, giant oil company BP has, again, been declined, this time by the US Supreme Court. This means that settlement claims by businesses, even those whose losses were not traceable to the oil spill (and probably even those which never really lost anything at all, but filed claims all the same), will have to be paid.

Meanwhile, a report made by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board states that it still sees mistakes in the procedures and safety equipment on the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Board investigators, it may be that regulators and drillers on the rigs do not have a clear understanding of the limits of BOPs or blowout preventers, which are meant to pinch pipes to stop natural gas and oil from escaping a well during emergencies. And with the great possibility of still undetecting the same or like deficiencies that caused the spill in April 2010, another catastrophic spill would not be impossible from occurring again.

While any oil company, especially BP, would never want another oil spill due to the unreasonable cost of damages that needs to be settled, not ensuring the safety and perfect operation of blowout preventers may just lead to the occurrence of another nightmarish spill.

While many businesses which suffered losses that can legitimately be traced to the spill are still awaiting settlement payments from BP, Williams Kherkher makes the case that those who file for claims should have a BP claim appeal lawyer fighting on their side. For though their claim may be legitimate, having legal representation can help expedite the approval of, and payment for, their claim.

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Setting the Required Minimum Safety Performance for Cars and Car Parts

Motorists need and deserve only the best finished products from manufacturers of vehicles and vehicle parts, as well as the best services from those responsible in the construction, repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and other public areas. The bottom line is, people paid for their vehicles, thus, they should only get their money’s worth. In like manner, drivers pay taxes, be it road tax or whatever other fees they pay for; therefore, anyone has the right to complain and cry foul if roads become unsafe, more so if these begin to be the causes of injurious or fatal car crashes.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified drunk-driving, texting and use of hand-held phone while driving, driver distractions and driver errors, as some of the major causes of car accidents, which still number to more than five million in the US every year. These causes, however, are factors for which drivers are directly liable. There are other factors that the NHTSA has identified which lie beyond drivers’ control: defective roads and highways  and sub-standard vehicle part replacements, vehicles leaving the manufacturing plant but being discovered later to be with defect.

To remedy concerns on sub-standard parts, the NHTSA issued the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). These regulations stipulate the required minimum safety performance standards on motor vehicles and certain vehicle parts, like the brake hose assembly, brake hose, tail and head lamps, tires, etc. These standards, which also include vehicle crashworthiness requirements, are aimed at meeting whatever is needed to ensure motor vehicle safety.

On the William Kherkher Law Firm website it talks about the millions of Americans who sustain injuries (some of these injuries are permanent) and the thousands more who are killed in car accidents every year. Sadly, these injuries and deaths are caused by people who act irresponsibly or negligently on the road. Injuries sustained by victims, in this case, are called personal injuries and, under the (tort) law, injured victims can file a civil case against the liable party for damages resulting from the injury, which includes lost wages and medical treatment.

If it can be proven that the accident was triggered by a defect in the vehicle, then the victim may hold the vehicle’s manufacturer (or the manufacturer of the specific sub-standard vehicle part) responsible and file the lawsuit against such manufacturer.

A highly competent Green Bay personal injury lawyer can provide victims the help that they need in fighting for their rights and earning the full amount of compensation that the law allows them to receive.

Most Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was established with the goals of:

  • Ensuring safe and healthy working conditions for all male and female employees
  • Authorizing the implementation of the standards formed under the Act
  • Assist and encourage the States in assuring safe and healthy working conditions
  • Provide “for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health.” (https://www.osha.gov/law-regs.html)

The OSH Act is a federal law aimed at overseeing occupational health and safety in both the federal and private sectors in the US. In the year following its establishment it paved the way for the founding of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the purpose of strictly implementing the standards formed under OSH Act.

Except for those who are self-employed, and those working in the transportation and mining business, all public and private employees are covered by OSHA. This means that all employers, under whose care all covered workers are employed, are obliged to abide by the standards enforced by OSHA.

Despite the safety standard laws, however, accidents continue to occur in workplaces, causing injuries to employees. In worst cases, some employees are killed while in the performance of their job. Data from the US Department of Labor identifies the following as the top causes of injuries in the workplace:

  • Overexertion, which includes carrying, pushing, holding, pulling or lifting (usually) heavy objects.
  • Slipping/Tripping is the second most common cause of workplace injury. This happens due to wet floors or tripping hazards.
  • Falling from heights refers to falling from stairs, ladders, roofs or any elevated area.
  • Bodily reaction refers to slips or trips but without falling down.
  • Falling objects, which may have been dropped by a co-worker or it may be any object falling from a shelf or any higher location.
  • Struck against an object refers to running into or bumping against a door, wall, cabinet, chair or glass window.
  • Road accident is a source of injury which, before, concerned only those whose work basically required driving or travelling. Today, however, anyone may be tasked to run an office errand or transact business outside the office, rendering him/her prone to vehicular accidents.
  • Machine entanglement is an accident that usually happens in factories.
  • Repetitive motion usually manifests the harm after some time. The injuries usually associated with this can include back pains, eyesight problems and carpal tunnel syndrome due to continuous use of computers or regular typing jobs.
  • Violent acts, which are due to arguments and office politics.

There are, of course, other accident-causing injuries, such as electrocution, sprains, cut or laceration and heatburn. Whatever the cause of injury, however, and whoever’s fault it may be, so long as it is job-related, then the injured employee is entitled to the benefits provided by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance benefit or Workers’ Comp.

Since the passing into law of Workers’ Comp in 1908, each US state gradually adopted the mandate and imposed the same on private firms to make sure that employees or workers, who get injured on the job or develop job-related illnesses, are immediately provided with monetary assistance without having to go through a litigation process.

There are times, though, when even applying for such benefit can require much from the injured worker due to all the documents the need to be prepared and forms that need to be filled out correctly. One very important thing that injured workers ought to consider is hire the services of a good Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyer to make sure that all necessary documents are submitted and within the statutory limit too.

The Many Greater Advantages of Outsourcing in the Philippines

The Information Technology-Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry holds that the Philippines is among the top five most cost-competitive destinations for IT-BPO services. And while edging India’s New Delhi at number three spot in the 2013 top 100 global outsourcing destinations, a US-based company simultaneously makes a bold prediction that by 2030  the industry will have pushed the Philippines to becoming a trillion-dollar economy.

The trend, indeed, seems to be towards such direction as top companies in Australia are now beginning to outsource in the country, following the footsteps of many giant American firms. Some of the services outsourced in the Philippines are call centers, back office/chat support, customer relationship management, creative processes, HR solutions, software development, application maintenance, healthcare information management, medical transcription, research, legal services, content writing and blogging.

Outsourcing, which is the contracting out of certain business processes by a host firm to a third-party firm, has become a vital business strategy for many companies. This is due primarily to the big profit host companies can make through it. What’s more, all outsourced projects are manned by English speaking and highly-skilled professionals and cost of labor and operating expenses are definitely much lower than in the host firm’s country. Incentives are also offered by the third-party’s country to host firms. Among these are vital off-site facilities, income-tax holiday, choice of paying a special 5% gross income tax, in place of all local and national taxes, granting of a permanent resident status to foreign investors and to the immediate members of their family, and so forth.

Philippines outsourcing is presently acknowledged globally as a top service provider, where voice or call center services are the concerned. And concerning complex, non-voice services, the country occupies the second spot. In 2010, more than 500,000 skilled and professionals workers were hired to fill in all offered full-time positions. This is a substantial growth in workers and it only continues to grow. In 2013 the number doubled, without counting yet those doing freelance jobs for so many other smaller foreign firms . . . and the number still keeps on growing.