How to Prevent Kitchen Injuries

Posted by on Jun 15, 2019 in Injuries | 0 comments

Restaurants are known for being a high-intensity workplace. Chefs and line cooks have to produce a large amount of high-quality food in a short time. This means that everyone has to work efficiently and cohesively. On top of this, it’s incredibly easy to get injured on the job.

If you’re working in a kitchen, here are some ways to minimize your risk of getting hurt:

  • Wear non-slip shoes

This is a requirement for all restaurants, and for a good reason. If you don’t follow this rule, you endanger yourself and those around you. It’s one thing to fall in the comfort of your own home, but falling in a bustling kitchen screams disaster, especially when you’re holding a knife or pot of hot oil.

  • Follow proper knife safety

If you’re using a knife, wear a cut glove on the hand opposite of the one using the knife. When you’re walking with a knife, alert those around you and never walk with the blade sticking out, unless you’re trying to grievously injure someone.

On top of this, follow the old saying, “a falling knife has no handle.” If you or someone drops a knife, don’t try to be a hero by catching it, it won’t end well. Jump back quickly and alert everyone to the falling knife.

  • Never put a knife in the sink

Okay, this one could probably go with the previous rule, but it definitely deserves its own rule. This is the cardinal rule of working in a kitchen. You can seriously hurt yourself or whoever else is washing dishes if they reach into a sink that’s full of soapy water and slice their hand on the knife. Most places have a dedicated place for dirty knives. If not, wash it yourself. It takes almost no time to properly wash a knife and put it back where it belongs.

  • Be careful with hot pots

When walking from one end of the kitchen to another with a hot pot, yell “hot pot” and walk slowly. Bumping into those around you can cause burns or make the floor slippery. If you do spill water, dry the floor as quickly as possible after you make sure people know of the potential hazard.

If the oil is spilled, make sure that every bit is cleaned up. Water may evaporate a bit on its own, but oil will stick around and trip anyone who walks on it.

Even if you follow all of these steps, you can’t always ensure that those around you do as well. Negligence is a leading cause of kitchen-related injuries and can quickly lead to serious injuries on behalf of the victim.

If you find yourself injured at the hands of someone else’s workplace negligence, contact Portner Bond, PLLC and get set up with an attorney who can help. Medical expenses and lost wages can pile up quickly if you’re injured on the, so make sure to get the help you deserve so that you’re back on your feet in no time.

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Diversifying Energy Investments 101

Posted by on Mar 24, 2019 in Mineral Rights | 0 comments

Lately, I’ve been wondering about different types of investments. I’m still young and paying off some student loans, so I haven’t had the chance to really dive into the world of stocks, mutual funds, and other investments but it’s definitely on my mind more and more as I get older. I want to retire someday, and smart investing is the key to making that happen. Some people end up inheriting investments that they find strange or are unfamiliar with. Real estate is a prime example. Maybe your grandpa was a real estate agent that was really plugged into the housing markets across the country. He used his knowledge to turn money into more money through property investments. You might not have a clue about the housing markets, and it would be difficult for you to know how to manage that property, when to sell it, and how you can adapt it as markets shift. That’s okay though, you can always sell the properties when you inherit them and use the capital you get to invest in something that you are comfortable or familiar with. I recently found out about another great example, mineral rights. I was reading all about it on The Mineral Auction website. The Mineral Auction is a company that helps people with mineral rights find people looking to buy so that buyers and sellers can be sure they have a good deal. This company performs evaluations on your land so that buyers cannot trick sellers into taking an unfair deal. They also have a large database of contacts. This increased competition drives prices up, giving you more money for mineral rights.

Maybe you’ve inherited mineral rights from a deceased relative that knew a lot about the oil & gas industry. They bought a large piece of land in West Texas because they believed it was a prime area for drilling natural resources. You may not have knowledge or expertise in the energy sector, but that’s okay. You have the option to sell these mineral rights for what they’re currently worth and invest in something you enjoy. The Mineral Auction actually helps sellers to liquify their assets and then convert them into non-depleting assets. A non-depleting asset is an asset that won’t run out at any time. Mineral rights on a plot of land are definitely a form of a depleting asset. Let’s say you have mineral rights in an area, and then you allow a company to drill on your land. As companies drill for oil and gas, they’ll be paying you but they’ll also be making your land less valuable as they remove more and more resources. Should you see a company strip your land of resources completely, you will now have mineral rights on a piece of land without any valuable minerals. Non-depleting assets are things like renewable energy. Companies that produce energy through solar power or wind turbines will never run out of a means to produce energy, so they are considered non-depleting. This is definitely something that every person invested in mineral rights should consider as the world continues to invest in green energy more and more every year.

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Taking a Look at DWIs and DUIs in Texas

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Every state approaches DUIs and DWIs differently. While there are always similarities (a DUI is illegal everywhere, after all), the exact punishments and crimes differ somewhat state by state. As one of the largest states, Texas obviously has its share of DUI and DWI issues. We could all be served by understanding the law better, so that we can make the best choices for ourselves and for those we care about.

So, to begin, we need to consider what DUI charges look like in Texas. According to Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, Texas can charge individuals for all of the following:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI): a crime of driving with any alcohol in the system for someone under 21
  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI): a crime of driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08.
  • DWI or DUI with a child in the vehicle
  • Boating while intoxicated (BWI): operating a boat while intoxicated above the legal limit
  • Felony DWI or DUI: a more serious charge that is pursued in more serious situations, such as when a car accident leads to serious injuries or death, or when the individual has multiple convictions
  • Intoxicated assault: Causing serious injuries while DWI or DUI
  • Intoxicated manslaughter: Causing the death of another individual while DWI or DUI

The above charges can lead to different penalties depending on the specific charge and the circumstances surrounding those charges.

These penalties, no matter the context, are very serious. They will likely include a fine that will be at least $500 for the least serious charges. Those fines can jump into the thousands in some cases. A first time DWI offense could come with a $2000 fine, for instance.

Beyond the fines, there’s also a risk of a prison sentence. The likelihood of a prison sentence, and the length of the sentence increase with the seriousness of the charge and with the number of previous charges.

A third offense, for instance, can lead to up to 10 years in prison.

Less severe, but still very serious punishments can include a suspended license and the requirement to install an interlock device in the vehicle, which will regularly test the driver’s blood alcohol level. If they don’t meet the correct level, the car will either not turn on or will turn off (if it was already on when the failed test occurred). In Austin, anyone convicted of a DWI will have to install an interlock device, and they will have to do it at their own expense.

The above information should make it clear that Texas takes DWIs and DUIs very seriously. The penalties can potentially lead to serious financial difficulties and the loss of freedom. That’s why we need to do more to spread this information and help find people alternatives to risking a DUI or a DWI.

I hope that anyone reading this will take the information and share it with others, particularly those that might be most at risk of potentially driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated.

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Should I buy a motorcycle?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Automobile Acidents | 0 comments

Am I the kind of guy who could pull off riding a motorcycle?

That’s the question I’m asking myself these days. Do I have it in me to be a rugged road warrior? Can I look good in black leather? Would I be willing to grow a paunch, get a Mom tattoo, grow an unreasonable beard and snarl at my fellow roadsters?

I’m looking to make a change in my life right now, something big. To date, nothing about me even whispers (let alone screams) “rebel.” I’ve never been a “take life by the haunches” sort of person. In fact, I’m the opposite. I’m careful. I got a good degree in school, and I worked almost full-time and put all my money towards my degree, so while m friends complain about the weight of student loan debts, I am debt free, because I’m careful.

Of course, those debt-ridden friends also spent time at parties and abroad and have low-paying put interesting jobs while I’m an accountant in a job I don’t despise, per se, but one which I have little actual interest in.

So, who made the better life choices here? I think the traditional choice would be me, the careful guy over here. I could be on a poster for mature life decisions at an early age. Now I’m approaching my mid-thirties, sometime in which I will official reach my middle expected age, I begin to question whether all that’s true.

Would I rather have my comfortable house and my comfortable car and my well-rated mortgage with little other debt to keep me up at night? Or would I rather have spent my twenties traveling, “finding myself,” and become a ballet dancer or joined a circus or something? What I’m missing in my well-ordered life is that spark of something crazy and daring, that moment when you run away from yourself just to turn around and take a good and proper look at what you left behind and what’s worth going back to and what’s best to leave forever.

I never did that. I wish I had.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure I have it in me. I certainly don’t have it in me to drop everything I have now and really change my life. I am as much a prisoner as an architect of my comfort now. I like it too much to risk it. I won’t quit my job. I won’t fly off for six months to Europe. (My God, the expense, I think to myself, and all those languages you don’t know! Then I faint.)

So, I’ve settled on the motorcycle. It’s like buying rebellion on the cheap. Just a leather jacket and a hog (are they all hogs? are some of them piglets?), and I’m transformed into someone with a more tolerable threshold for the carefree.

But then, I start thinking of the risk. The high number of accidents. The chance for injury at every turn.

Do I really have it in me? And even if I could get myself to buy one, won’t I just look like a fraud?

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Signs of Broker Fraud and Misconduct

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Investment Fraud | 0 comments

In investing, it can be said that you technically don’t have full control of your money. You may lose money because of fluctuating investment values and investing on the wrong opportunities. That is understandable. But what is not understandable is losing money because of your broker’s fault, especially if it involves fraud and misconduct.

Those who have suffered from significant losses because of such things may have legal options. But of course, avoiding these brokers is the better choice, because you can save yourself from the hassles of courts and lost financial powers. Below are some of the signs you can look out for to know if your broker is going to put you in trouble.

He is not licensed

In tackling broker fraud and misconduct, the first thing you need to know is how legitimate this broker is. Maybe he doesn’t have the proper licenses to even sell securities and is actually just a scammer that wants to get a hold of your money. Do not be afraid to investigate about his legitimacy.

He has a history of misconduct

In your investigation, legitimacy is not the only important factor. Whether he is legitimate or not, you should check his history, other clients, and other associations to determine his reputation and how competent he is in what he does.

He has failed to study your status

A broker is obligated to look into your financial power, investment experience, and flexibility to risks, before even presenting an investing strategy for you. This is to make sure that your status is suitable to the kind of investment you are making.

He has failed to give you a suitable investing strategy

Even if he has studied your status as a potential investor, he can still put you in a financial loss if he recommends an investing strategy that does not fit your status and goals. This usually comes in the form of recommending investments that have higher risks than what you can financially tolerate.

He is shutting you out from relevant information

A good broker will let you know everything about your investments, but a fraudulent and malicious one will block everything that can expose his fraudulent and malicious nature and intention. Usually, these brokers speak too vaguely or technically to discourage you or make excuses whenever you demand specific documents.

 

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It is the Legal Duty of U.S. Employers to Provide for their Employees a Safe and Healthy Work Environment

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Private and government employers in the U.S. are obliged to provide their employees with a safe and healthy work environment to significantly reduce, if not totally eliminate, occurrences of accidents in the workplace. This duty is based on the mandate of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a federal law that was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1970. The Act requires the provision of a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, the conduction of training in the area of occupational health and safety, and the provision of vital information, research and education on the same area.

In 1971the Occupational Safety and Health Act or OSH Act gave birth to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is tasked to fully and strictly implement all the safety standards mandated by the Act, such as a workplace free from mechanical dangers, excessive level of noise, heat or cold stress, exposure to toxic chemicals, poisonous gases, radiation, unsanitary conditions, and other hazards.

The Hazard Communication Standard or HCS, is another mandate that OSHA enforces. This federal mandate, which was passed into law in 1980 and took effect in 1986, gives those exposed to hazardous chemicals in the work area the right to be informed about the type of danger they are exposed to and how they can protect themselves from such danger.

The HCS, also known as the Right-to-Know law or the Worker Right-to-Know Legislation, also requires manufacturers and importers of hazardous substances to attach Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and warning labels on all their products. Aside from indicating on the label that a product is poisonous or hazardous, there should also be information on the product’s safe storage suggestions, potential health effects, precaution for use, emergency first aid instructions, and contact numbers for further information.

Each type of work environment presents a unique set of safety risks; thus, employers should take full responsibility in implementing the necessary measures that will prevent accidents from occurring. Anticipation of potential problems through risk assessment, safety training, provision of the necessary protective equipment, installation of safety barriers and so forth, are just few of the precautions that ought to be observed inside work premises. While OSHA maintains that accidents can be avoided, this will only be possible if owners of firms and their managers observe government safety standards, and the employees follow company safety rules.

It is explained by the firm Hach Rose Law that “A considerable number of different factors can contribute to making a work site unsafe for workers. Some of the most common of these include the following:

  • Lack of appropriate safety equipment or protocols
  • Failure to properly train employees
  • Unsafe ground conditions
  • Employment of unqualified workers
  • Faulty or damaged equipment

Risk of injuries is always highest in construction (and other industrial) sites than in any other type of work environment. Due to this, it is the duty of those in charge of running construction sites and the property on which the construction is taking place to ensure that the site is safe for workers and that workers are provided with adequate safety equipment, otherwise, they may be held accountable in the event that a worker is harmed while performing his or her job.”

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Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Sex Crimes | 0 comments

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What Damages Can I Claim In A Medical Malpractice Case?

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We all have high regard for doctors or anyone in the medical profession. They are revered in their industry for their professionalism and high ethical standards. But nowadays, there has been an increase in medical malpractice claims which has often led to serious injuries and even death to a patient. According to the website of Bruner Law Firm, medical practitioners and providers have failed to live up to the standards of care for their profession.
When a medical practitioner has caused injury or death to a patient, there is no recourse for the surviving relatives but to recover damages. If the plaintiff is a bread winner in the family, the potential losses to the surviving family members can pile up. In this article, we will tackle the available damages that the family of the plaintiff can recover in a medical malpractice case.

Types of Damages

Damages in a medical malpractice case boils down to those that can be calculated or economic damages and those that cannot be calculated or non-economic damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages may include lost earnings or capacity, medical bills, and other financial losses that resulted from the injury or harm. Lost earnings could include the amount of money that the plaintiff could possibly earn if not for the injury or harm. Future earnings are calculated based on its present value. The calculation of future earnings is done by an economist that your lawyer will hire as an expert witness.

However, there are three problems that can arise in the computation of lost earnings.

  • You were unemployed when the injury happened
  • If not for the injury, you would have sought another job for higher pay
  • You are self-employed

Future Medical Bills

Injuries due to medical malpractice may entail long term medical care which could reach to hundreds or even millions of dollars. A medical economist shall be the one who will compute this and present it in court.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and mental anguish and loss of consortium. This is the most difficult part in a medical malpractice claim because you cannot put a monetary value on pain and suffering. There is no existing guideline on the determination of pain and suffering. There is no chart that can be presented to the jury to determine the amount that will be awarded to the plaintiff.

Loss of consortium, on the other hand, refers to the intangible benefits that the plaintiff can give to their spouse or children.

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Driver Error: the Major Cause of Truck Accidents according to the FMCSA

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Automobile Acidents | 0 comments

Compared to cars, trailer trucks move and maneuver much slower; these huge vehicles also require more room, especially when making turns or when maneuvering along curves. Operating a trailer truck, also known as big rig, semi-trailer or 18-wheeler, requires special skills; thus, before a person can be issued a commercial driver’s license, his or her authorization to operate a truck (or a bus), he or she will first have to undergo a special training and a series of tests aimed at ensuring the safe operation of commercial vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than two million semi-trailers are current under operation in the US. An alarming concern about this, though, is that a fourth of these vehicles (500,000 trucks) are said to get involved in accidents, many of which are fatal, every year.

Besides more maneuvering space, trucks also have blind spots, which are areas where smaller vehicles are not visible to truck drivers. The blind spots, where most accidents occur, include a truck’s front, back area and sides, especially the passenger side.

While there are many varying factors that cause trucks to get involved in accidents, a study conducted by the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that majority of these accidents are due to truck driver errors.

According to the FMCSA, the top three factors that result to driver error are driver fatigue, intoxication from prescription and/or over-the-counter-drugs which results to impaired driving, and speeding and driving too fast for road conditions. (Other factors resulting to driver error are speeding, driving distractions, lack of focus on the road, failure to check blind spots, improper attachment of trailer, depowering of the front brakes, and failure to make sure that the brakes are in good working condition.

The dangers that trailer trucks pose on the road make it imperative for drivers to observe all proper safety measures – this especially includes double checking their blind spots for possible smaller vehicles and making sure that they start to step on the brakes, when they need to stop, from enough distance.

According to the Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg law firm, there are many instances wherein truck drivers fail to take their responsibility seriously, thus, causing catastrophic, yet preventable, accidents as a result. While it is true that many drivers of smaller vehicles have survived truck accidents, these survivors have been left either with a severe injury or a trauma that may haunt them for the rest of their lives; medical treatment to treat injuries can be costly; the same with emotional or psychological therapy. The results of an accident can no longer be undone.

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