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Disability Benefits for Workplace Spinal Injuries

If you’ve suffered a spinal injury at work you’re probably wondering what kind of disability benefits are available to you through workers compensation. Perhaps you’re already receiving benefits for your injury but need to know if you can receive additional funds. When it comes to disability benefits, the various packages and programs can be confusing. Types of Disability Benefits At some point after you sustain your injury, the workers compensation approved physician will determine if your spinal injury is temporary or permanent, long term or short term. Those determinations will carry over to your workers compensation benefits and which types of benefits you’ll be qualified to receive. When you have an attorney, like a workers comp lawyer Milwaukee WI workers turn to, on your side, you will have a legal professional who can advocate for your rights. A workers compensation lawyer  will make every effort to obtain the maximum possible amount of benefits on your behalf. We understand how the benefits system works and will recognize when an unfair arrangement is presented to our clients. There are four types of benefit packages for serious workplace injuries such as a spinal injury: 1. Temporary total disability. In the most serious cases, when a spinal injury makes it impossible to work until you recover, you may be eligible to receive this type of benefits. A workers compensation lawyer from our firm can confirm for how long you can receive these benefits, but it may for up to 500 weeks from the date you sustained your injury. 2. Temporary partial disability. A spinal injury may keep you from returning to your full work duties for the time being. Though you may be able to return to work, you may not have the stamina to work full time. In addition, you may have to take a different position or only perform some aspects of your job until you fully recover. Regardless of the exact circumstances, you may not be earning your normal, full wages. Temporary partial disability benefits may allow you to receive supplementary income that can make up for at least some of the loss of your wages. A workers compensation lawyer can advocate on your behalf if the supplementary income is insufficient. 3. Permanent total disability. If your spinal injury is so severe that you will never be able to return to work, you may qualify for these benefits. In this...
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FAQs: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Unwanted sexual advances and comments are something no one should ever have to deal with, especially in the workplace, but sexual harassment, as a lawyer can tell you, is all too often an unfortunate reality. If you’re coping with the effects of someone else’s unprofessional conduct, please don’t hesitate to consult with a legal professional before reporting what you’ve experienced. Criminal Defense attorneys work with clients to seek justice for them after they’ve experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, and can help you, too. Before calling us for your initial consultation, be sure to read through the following frequently asked questions we often receive from first-time clients. Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Client FAQs Can an employer retaliate against someone who reports sexual harassment? No; your lawyer will tell you that federal law makes it unlawful for anyone to retaliate against a person who reports sexual harassment, whether it is the victim or another individual. If you were the victim of sexual harassment, know that you are legally protected from retaliation; if you appear as a witness in a coworker’s sexual harassment lawsuit, you are also protected. Is asking a coworker for a date considered sexual harassment? Not necessarily, but you should be aware of your workplace’s policies surrounding such behavior, particularly while at work. That said, if someone has asked you for a date and you’ve expressed disinterest, his or her repeated attempts could possibly constitute harassment, depending on how frequent and pervasive they are, and how the requests made you feel. Such behavior, if part of a larger series of actions, could also be something you add to your sexual harassment lawsuit. Be sure to ask your lawyer about its inclusion. How should an employer proceed with a sexual harassment complaint? Investigating and correcting are the steps your employer should take if you have filed a complaint of or reported sexual harassment. The investigation should be immediate, impartial, and thorough; your harasser should not have any control of the process. Rather, he or she should be one of the individuals interviewed, as should you or the person who reported the harassment, as well as other witnesses to the behavior. Your employer should also take steps to make sure the harassment does not go on, such as separation or other disciplinary measures, as well as seeking to prevent retaliation. Working with an attorney is a good way to...
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How a Car Accident Knee Injury Can Affect Your Relationship

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 2.6 million people suffer injuries in car accidents every year. Severe injuries can negatively impact relationships. To get better as soon as possible, it’s critical to seek medical attention. Let’s take a closer look at how a knee injury can strain your relationship: A Knee Injury May Force Responsibilities on Your Partner Many people take their knees for granted until they get injured. If you have a serious injury, you may have to depend on your partner and others to help you with basic everyday tasks. For example, your knee injury could prevent you from driving for a while. This means you will have to ask someone to drive you to work and other important places. Because walking will probably be difficult, you might be able to do many tasks, like cleaning or laundry. Most people don’t mind helping their loved ones when they get hurt, but taking care of someone for a long time can wear someone down. Your partner and family members might spend so much time helping you that they can’t take care of their own needs. How an Attorney Can Assist You If you hire an experienced personal injury attorney, he or she can help you obtain compensation for your knee injury. If the other driver is found responsible for your knee injury, he or she may be ordered to pay your medical bills and other accident related costs. You may be eligible to have all of your bills paid and receive some type of restitution for what you and your partner have went through as a result of the accident. A settlement may help you and your partner mend your relationship and live a happy life. Schedule a Consultation If you wish to pursue compensation for your knee injury, you should set up a consultation with a personal injury attorney. He or she can examine the factors in your case and determine if you have a good shot of winning or not. A personal injury attorney may also help you gather important evidence, find witnesses and negotiate with insurance companies. Many personal injury attorneys offer free initial consultations, so there is no risk to talking to one. By setting up a meeting with a lawyer, you are one step closer to being compensated for your loss. Make sure to consult with an experienced medical professional...
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Rights and Responsibilities of Guardians of Minor Children: Person vs. Estates

As guardian of the person, you will generally have the responsibilities as follows: You decide where the child lives. If you move, you must tell the court in writing right away. If you want to move out of Texas or even move to a different County, you have to get the court’s permission. Majority of Courts will transfer the Guardianship; however, most Court’s will only transfer if there is a statutory probate court within that county. You decide where the child goes to school. You must stay involved in the child’s education, and help the child get any special services, like tutoring, that he or she needs. You must take care of the child’s medical and dental needs, making sure he or she gets proper care. In most cases, you can also make decisions about any medical treatment the child needs. You must get the child counseling or other mental health services if the child needs them. Please note that you cannot place the child in a mental health institution without a court order unless the child agrees. At least once a year, you will turn in a status report to the court. You must also meet with any court investigators or social workers sent by the court and come to court when the court tells you to. The court can also order you to take on other duties or can place special conditions on you as guardian, if needed. In most cases, guardians, like parents, are responsible for harm or damages the child causes, including graffiti or getting in a car accident. Like a parent, a guardian is responsible for the intentional acts of the minor, and also for negligent supervision of the minor or the negligent entrustment of a motor vehicle (giving the child access to a car when he or she is unlicensed or otherwise not capable of handling the responsibility). You cannot let the child live with his or her parents or anyone else. The child must live with you unless the Judge says otherwise. You can let the child stay with other people for visits or short periods of time without a court order, as long as the child continues to primarily live with you, the guardian. The parents may be able to visit and see their child, but you (or the court) decide when and how often. The parents may get custody of...
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