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Feb
27
2015

The Dangers of Construction Site Accidents

Any construction site accident, regardless of the circumstances, can cause serious injury or even death.

As a construction worker, or anybody visiting this type of site, it is imperative to follow all safety protocols at all times.

These types of construction site accidents are among the most common:

  • Construction site falls
  • Scaffold falls
  • Electrical accidents
  • Welding accidents
  • Trench collapses
  • Falling objects

It is easy to believe you will never be part of such an accident, but bad things happen when you least expect it.

If you find yourself in this position, the first thing you should do is receive medial attention. Even an injury that appears to be minor could have a far-reaching impact.

Once stabilized, you can discuss your accident with a knowledgeable construction site accident attorney. To go along with workers’ compensation, you may be entitled to additional compensation for injuries and other damages.

We know what it’s like to be involved in a construction site accident. If you find yourself in this position, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.

Feb
24
2015

Racial Discrimination Remains an Issue

In today’s world, one would think that racial discrimination is many years in the past. Unfortunately, this is not true.

People continue to be discriminated against because of their race, with this often times happening at a place of employment.

DoSomething.org has shared a variety of statistics related to racial discrimination, including the following:

“Studies show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks and Latinos, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of the white people stopped.”

This may have nothing to do with workplace discrimination, but it does prove that some level of racial discrimination remains.

If a person feels that he or she has been a victim, it may be time to consult with an experienced discrimination attorney. You may have be entitled to:

  • Future lost earnings
  • Back pay
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

We strongly believe that racial discrimination should be kept in the past. If you have been discriminated against at work, regardless of the reason, we are here to help.

Feb
20
2015

Client Testimonials can Show you the Light

Are you thinking about consulting with a personal injury attorney? If so, this means you or a loved one has been injured.

While your life may have been turned upside down by an accident, you can get back on the right track with the help of a legal professional.

It is common to be concerned about choosing the right attorney for your case. In addition to experience and knowledge, you want to find somebody who is compassionate and friendly.

Rather than take a “stab in the dark” and hope for the best, client testimonials can show you the light.

Here is one particularly telling testimonial from a past client:

“I have no words to thank the Law Offices of Joel Schwartz for all the attention, support and kindness you dedicated to my father. I simply cherished the services rendered. I am absolutely sure that every person who may need your services will be in excellent hands. I say that based on my own experience having my father’s case handled by your office. Bella, you were an angel who enlightened my father’s path and I just can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for him. I would definitely recommend this office to whomever needs an attorney.”

This testimonial is special for many reasons. In addition to words such as “attention” and “support,” she described our law firm as “kind.” It is this type of feedback that shows us that we are treating clients in the appropriate manner.

Regardless of why you are hiring an attorney, don’t be shy about reading testimonials on the firm’s website. This can help you make a confident, informed decision.

Feb
17
2015

Turn to the EEOC for Information and Guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website is full of information, with many pages dedicated to workplace discrimination (every type) and sexual harassment.

Here is an overview of the EEOC, direct from its website:

“The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.”

It doesn’t matter if you are applying for a job or currently work for a company, you have many rights under both federal and state laws.

Do you feel you have been discriminated against? Are you wondering what this means to your future? The EEOC provides a wealth of information, ensuring that people in your position feel better about where they stand.

In the event that your employer breaks a federal law related to discrimination, it is important to consult with a professional without delay. While some people turn to the EEOC for assistance, others reach out to a qualified legal professional to guide them through the process.

Over the years, we have helped many people get the compensation they deserve for sexual harassment in the workplace and workplace discrimination.

Feb
13
2015

When to Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney

Were you recently injured in a motor vehicle accident? How about a construction site accident? What about an on the job injury? If you find yourself injured, due to the negligence of a third party, it is important to take the necessary steps in reclaiming your life.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, you must seek immediate medical attention. The sooner you are examined and treated the better chance you have of overcoming your injury.

Once you are stable, with a treatment and recovery plan in place, you should consider the benefits of consulting with a personal injury attorney. This doesn’t mean you have to file a lawsuit, but it will go a long way towards opening your eyes to your options.

After your initial consultation, everything will be clear. It is then that you will know if you are in position to file a lawsuit. Furthermore, you can decide if this is something you want to do.

Remember this: your legal team is on your side, working for you every step of the way. You will be involved in the process, but they will take care of all the finer details. This gives you the opportunity to focus on what is most important: your health.

You don’t lose anything by consulting with an attorney. On the flipside, you gain knowledge and a relationship with somebody who can help you get your life back on track.

Feb
10
2015

Drinking and Driving: Know the Facts

Driving can be dangerous when every person on the road is 100 percent sober. If you add somebody to the mix who is under the influence, there is a greater chance of an accident.

Here is a fact from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) that will open your eyes:

“Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $59 billion.”

This alone proves that drinking and driving is extremely dangerous. And unfortunately, you don’t have to be the one who is impaired to be injured in an accident.

The NCIPC shares additional statistics and facts, such as these:

  • In 2012, approximately 10,300 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
  • In 2010, more than 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The best thing you can personally do is never drink and drive. Along with this, always be aware of what is going on around you, including erratic behavior by other drivers.

When a person is injured by a drunk driver, they often reach out to a personal injury attorney to learn about their legal rights.

Feb
6
2015

Discrimination Claims Fall, a Problem Still Exists

Have you been treated unfairly at work? Do you believe you are being discriminated against? If so, it is time to learn more about your rights as defined by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as many other federal and state laws.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), workplace discrimination claims filed with the agency hit their lowest level in seven years during fiscal 2014.

While it is good to see progress in this area, it is important to note that there is a long way to go to eradicate this problem altogether.

In fiscal 2014, the EEOC received 88,778 claims. This was a 5.3 percent decrease from 2013, when there were 93,727 claims. Furthermore, it is far less than fiscal 2010 when there were roughly 100,000 claims.

The decline last year encompassed all types of discrimination, including: race, national origin, sex, color, religion, age, retaliation, equal pay, and disability.

Things are moving in the right direction, with the EEOC handling fewer discrimination claims last year. Unfortunately, there were still nearly 89,000 people who feel they were a victim. In the years to come, let’s hope this number continues to fall.

Feb
3
2015

January 2015 Blog Review

Just the same as December, our blog was updated regularly during the month of January. The new year brought new opportunities for fresh stories and advice. Below are five posts from last month that are worth reading for the first time or reviewing again:

1. Man’s Best Friend can be Unfriendly

2. Ruby Tuesday Hit with Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

3. These Bicycle Accident Statistics Concern Many

4. Another Guardrail Test Conducted in San Antonio

5. Compensation for Workplace Sexual Harassment

The first month of 2015 is behind us, but there is a long way to go this year. With each passing week, be sure to check back for updates to our blog.

Jan
30
2015

This is what you want to Hear about a Personal Injury Attorney

Nobody wants to consult with a personal injury attorney, as this means they have been involved in some type of accident. However, some people find themselves in this position and realize that legal assistance is just what they need.

Finding the right attorney is easier said than done. Here is a testimonial from our website showing what a qualified legal team brings to the table:

“Thank you for everything you did regarding my slip and fall incident. The team of professionals on my case were a pleasure to work with. My questions were always answered, phone calls were always returned promptly, and the eventual outcome was extremely satisfying. Please make sure to thank everyone there at the office. I hope you enjoy the fruit basket!”

This may be a short testimonial, but it touches on several key points:

  • A pleasure to work with
  • Questions were always answered
  • The outcome was extremely satisfying

We treat all our clients with respect, from day one until their case comes to an end. This is why we have collected so many positive testimonials over the years. As always, if you have any questions or require assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.

Jan
27
2015

Man’s Best Friend can be Unfriendly

Most dogs are friendly and lovable. Furthermore, most owners realize the importance of safety. For this reason, most dogs that are unfriendly are kept away from situations that could turn harmful.

There are times when a dog attacks, often times leaving the victim with permanent injuries. If this happens, there is nothing more important than seeking immediate medical attention.

Once the victim is stabilized and aware of his or her injuries and treatment schedule, it is time for the person to consider their legal options.

Did you know that the victim’s homeowners insurance will often cover any damage associated with a dog attack or bite? This can include the following:

  • Medical care
  • Rabies immunization
  • Scarring
  • Lost wages
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering

Here is a list of the most dangerous dog breeds. Many of these breeds account for a large number of dog attacks in the United States every year.

If you or a loved one is attacked and injured by a dog, don’t hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and to contact us for assistance.

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