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Increase in Overtime Claims Explained

There has been an observed increase in overtime claims in the U.S. as the economy took a downturn. There are two possible reasons among several for this increase that makes a lot of sense. One is that as money gets tighter, employers seek to recoup some of their losses by saving on labor. Another is that because overtime laws are complicated, many employers have a hard time understanding them, though they are willing to comply.

An article on the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. website points out that employment laws in the U.S. affords considerable protection to employees for unpaid overtime. Employers who deliberately set out to shortchange their employees become liable for damages in civil litigation. However, claimants would need qualified legal representation to present their cases effectively because the relevant laws are complex, and open to interpretation. An experienced lawyer would be able to cite relevant case studies to support unpaid overtime claims.

In cases where employers inadvertently compel employees to render unpaid overtime due to an incomplete or incorrect understanding of overtime laws are often caught unawares when sued. It is true that some laws presume a clarity of circumstances that no longer currently applies. For example, it is estimated that up to 80% of employers in the U.S. are not in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which is the basis for state overtime and other employment laws. This is because the FLSA was enacted in 1938 at a time when there was a clear distinction between what is a manager, an hourly employee, salesperson, and administrator which no longer exists today. However, ignorance of the law is not a defense, and employers remain liable for failing to get the necessary training to understand the fine distinctions that will keep them out of civil litigation.

When you work more than you expected, you should be fairly compensated. Unpaid overtime is a violation of employment laws, no matter the reason, and as such is subject to litigation. With the help of a qualified lawyer, employees can get the back pay they deserve.

Car and Truck Accidents

Every time a vehicle hits the road, an accident is a very real possibility. According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, a car accident happens once every 8 seconds. Vehicles are potentially dangerous, which is why drivers are required to have a license to operate them. This is especially true when it comes to big rigs; the thing is with an 18 wheeler accident, the damage to people and property tend to be serious.

There were about 270,000 truck accidents in the US in 2011, with more than 3,000 fatalities and 60,000 injuries. It would be safe to say that for crashes involving an 18-wheeler and a car, the occupants of the car would be worse off than the truck driver, which is why it is important to give any large trucks in the vicinity a wide berth.

While truck drivers are professionals and strictly regulated, driver error is still the top reason for truck accidents. This includes distracted driving, no-zone accidents, errors in distance estimation, speeding, and braking errors. Some accidents occur through acts of sheer negligence such as intoxicated driving, exceeding hours of service, and malfunctioning vehicles due to poor maintenance. While the fault may be the truck driver’s, the ones who pay the highest price in terms of bodily harm are the occupants of the other vehicles and hapless pedestrians.

Liability for acts of negligence by a truck driver which results in car-truck accidents or pedestrian-truck accidents that lead to serious injury or death is shared by the driver and owner of the truck in varying degrees. It is up to a competent personal injury or wrongful death lawyer to correctly determine the proximal cause of the accident, which parties may be liable, and to prepare the case for litigation. In some instances, the auto manufacturer and other parties may also be found liable for an accident.

Luxury Yachts for Fishing

Recreational fishing is a popular sport in the U.S., but it is also considered a pleasant way to commune with nature and relieve stress. It is possible to go fishing without a boat, or boat fishing using a dinghy, rowboat, raft or even a kayak, but if an enthusiast wants an adventure, nothing beats offshore fishing.

Offshore fishing involves moving out into open water, which is considerably more dangerous than inshore fishing, where the water goes no more than 30 meters deep and are much more predictable. Offshore fishing requires considerable knowledge of weather patterns and navigation, and it is not recommended for beginners. Offshore fishing also requires a much bigger and better equipped vessel than a rowboat, and this is where luxury yachts for fishing come in.

A fishing yacht for offshore fishing are often bigger and hardier than the typical sailboat because it is expected not only to weather storms but to haul in large game fish, so heavy tackle is also needed. Boats designed for recreational fishing are designed to have open cockpits at the stern to make hauling in fish easier.

Fishing vessels in general used to be made of wood, but because of high maintenance costs of wooden vessels, fiberglass is used today instead. Recreational fishing vessels are also multi-purpose; they may be used for other purposes than fishing, and the luxury yachts are good for simply touring the waters and having parties.

A recreational fishing yacht need not be expensive; there are custom-built yachts for any budget. Luxury yachts, however, are often a good investment for the enthusiastic and experienced fisherman because it is not only sturdier it is also easy to sell if it is well-maintained. While a custom-built recreational fishing yacht may be desirable for some, there are brokerages that handle yachts for sale for those who are in a hurry or do not feel the need for a customized vessel. These brokerages can also handle negotiations for the maintenance and mooring of these luxury yachts for fishing.

Dealing with Marital Problems

Every couple has marital problems; it is part and parcel of two basically different people living together in close proximity over a period of time. There is always something irritating or annoying about the other person that you just can’t seem to get used to, and it does not even have to be a major thing. More marriages fail from leaving the toothpaste cover off than infidelity. But most marriages get into trouble mainly because of one thing: failure to communicate.

Most marital problems stem from poor communication skills of one or both spouses. A qualified marriage counselor would be able to weed out the chaff of the myriad problems of a couple ranging from their sex life to money management to get at this basic flaw in the relationship. It is not only what is not being said, but the way it is being said. Sarcasm, insults, and criticism are often counterproductive in getting desired results when applied in a relationship. It is very difficult to listen and be open to what the other person if saying if you feel resentful or defensive.

On the other hand, refusing to engage or hiding behind a wall of indifference can also lead to misunderstandings and estrangement. It is important for couples to communicate effectively in order to forge a strong bond that will carry them through trials and tribulations, big and small. For those having difficult in achieving this, marriage counseling would be the answer.

However, admitting that one needs help does not always come in a timely manner. A lot of couples seek marriage counseling too late in the day when the relationship is beyond salvage. It can also happen that a couple had irreconcilable differences, and should never have married. For these couples, the only way out is to cut their losses and seek divorce. It may be a difficult decision, especially when children are involved, but there are some situations when relationships actually improve all around after a divorce has been finalized.

If you are having marital problems and have doubts about continuing your relationship, consult with a qualified marriage counselor who will be able to provide you with a clear picture of what is going on. Find a divorce lawyer who can help you at http://www.bbattorney.com/

SSD Benefits for Disabling Conditions

Conditions that qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are outlined in what is known as the Blue Book, which is divided into Part A (Adult Listings) and Part B (Childhood Listings). For adults, there 14 sections in the list of impairments, and one deals with Malignant Neoplastic Malignancies (Section 13.00).  Neoplasms are abnormal mass of tissue growths, so in other words this section deals primarily with cancers, but not including those cancers associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which are found in Section 14.00.

What is included under Section 13.00 is mesothelioma, a cancer associated with exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma or more specifically malignant mesothelioma is often mistaken for lung cancer, but it is actually a completely different type of cancer wherein the abnormal growth of cells is in the lining of organs, called the mesothelium.  It is often mistaken for lung cancer because the growth typically starts in the pleura, which is the lining of the lungs, although it can also easily start in the abdomen, testicles and heart.

Individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma may qualify for SSD from the early stage onwards, and the standard review process of the Social Security Administration (SSA) applies. This can be a long, complicated process that can end in denial if the claimant fails to present the proper documentation. However, because there are certain types of mesothelioma, specifically peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma, that are particularly virulent, the SSA applies an expedited review process called Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program so that benefits may be granted faster, although complete documents are still required.

To qualify for SSD benefits, the claimant must have the cancer originate or metastasize in the pleura, or if the cancer is elsewhere in the body not be controlled by any cancer medication or therapy. The records must include a biopsy or operative report or any hospitalization or physician report summarizing the type and extent of the cancer. It is rare for individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma to be denied SSD benefits; in most cases it is because the medical records were incomplete.

For a successful application for SSD benefits, it is recommended that a knowledgeable legal representative prepares the documents. This will ensure that all the necessary bases are covered and avoid delays in approval, which individuals with malignant mesothelioma can ill-afford.

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