Can a guy get a break?

Tell me, people, how long does a guy have to pay before he’s given a break? According to my ex-wife, a guy can never pay enough for a break, but she’s exactly the last person I’d ask for that exact reason.

I can admit that six years ago when we got divorced, I was definitely the bad guy in the relationship. I wasn’t abusive or anything, but I was a pretty bad guy. I ran around, I didn’t come home some nights, I gave stupid excuses, I spent our money. I drank too much. I drove when I was drunk. I gambled. I lost. I did a lot of bad stuff.

I wasn’t surprised when my wife was given sole custody of the kids, and I wasn’t surprised when the child support demanded was an astronomical amount.

I was fine with it, really, because I knew by then how badly I’d screwed up and how much I needed to clean myself up.

I did clean up, though. I haven’t had a drink in three years. I cut out the bad habits—or most of them. I still allow myself a few bucks on NFL on Sundays, but it’s under control.

I improved so much, my wife and I renegotiated custody, and I now get the little guys on the weekends most weekends. I’m a new man is what I’m telling you. It seems like a new man deserves a break.

Despite my ex- being more than willing, encouraging even, to let me have the kids on weekends, she doesn’t want to hear about the child support. I pointed out to her, I think fairly, that if I have the kids on weekends, I shouldn’t have to pay the same amount now as I did when I didn’t have them at all. I should, by my simple calculations, only have to pay 5/7s. But I’d be willing just to get a little taken off the top, any token gesture to show the amount can go down at some point over time.

The thing is, part of cleaning myself up was getting out of a job that paid well, but that encouraged my bad habits. I have a job I really like now, but I make quite a bit less. So those payments are a larger cut of my salary than they used to be.

I’m talking to a lawyer about all this, but I really don’t want it to get legal. I’d hate to spoil the positive steps I’ve made with the kids and with my ex. We have full conversations now and even crack jokes. I’d hate to spoil it, but I do need the money, you know? I need to be able to live too.

Hopefully, the ex- will come around and give me a break sooner or later. Maybe if I hint it could get ugly, she’ll see it’s better to be generous than to cause more problems for our family, especially the kids.

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Plant and Refinery Accident Statistics

There are more than 141 oil refineries in the United States. Workers at refineries and plants face extremely hazardous, often injury-inducing conditions. Refineries already gain a lot of attention for the environmental havoc they wreak. For example, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by a British Petroleum plant explosion wreaked havoc on the surrounding ecosystem. The media covered the spill for months, and even today people still refer to the BP oil spill as an example of refineries gone wrong. But refineries and plants are also dangerous for the workers who punch in day after day. The EPA records more than 500 oil refinery accidents since 1994 alone. According to law firms like Williams Kherkher, it happens every day. Many argue that the high rate of injury at plants and factories like these is the combination of hazardous materials, tiring labor, and stresses of production rate. Equipment can fail, chemicals can spill, and accidents happen. In plants and refineries, these accidents can cause irreparable damage.

Oil refineries are huge corporations backed by monstrous legal and insurance teams. It can be extremely difficult to navigate a lawsuit alone against such a wall of resources. This is why it’s so important to have support with an attorney or team of attorneys that can help earn the deserved compensation.

It is not strange that the oil refining business is considered one of the most dangerous in the world. There are many chemicals, hazardous equipment, and dangerous environments that must be faced by workers. In fact, since 2012, there have been 28 refinery fires. An explosion in Texas City, Texas killed 15 workers after a cloud of hydrocarbon vapor caught fire and exploded. Another refinery exploded in Anacortes, WA in 2010 due to the failure of a heat exchanger. That explosion led to the injury of 7 workers. Plant and refinery work is dangerous. In fact, there is an entire board, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, that investigates the safety procedures and regulations on plants and refineries because the conditions can be so dangerous.

If you or a loved one was the unfortunate victim of a plant or refinery accident, or an oil investment fraud be sure to make a claim as soon as possible. Waiting too long to file your claim could lead to the loss of compensation. Speak to an attorney regarding the specifics of your case to determine your options and chances at earning compensation. Even if you are doubtful as to the cause of the injury, you should reach out to an attorney. There are many factors that go into work injury cases, and it could be that the working conditions were the cause of the injury. The job is certainly dangerous, so there is no reason not to pursue your rightful payment if you were injured while working in a plant or refinery. There are teams of attorneys ready to help you in winning compensation.

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Keep Construction Workers from the Danger of Scaffold Collapse

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD, says that millions of Americans make their living by working on construction sites. Working these jobs usually requires a huge amount of physical labor and dangerous circumstances. Construction workers often operate from elevated heights and use heavy machinery, both of which are potentially dangerous. The construction companies that employ these workers are responsible for making sure conditions are as safe as possible, machinery is functioning normally, and structures are stable. Unfortunately, many companies neglect this responsibility, putting their workers lives and well-being at risk. When construction workers are working in unsafe conditions, operating malfunctioning machinery, or working from unstable structures, the likelihood of a construction accident greatly increases.

The law firm Hach & Rose, LLP says that the most common types of accidents in construction sites that result to injuries include:

  • Falling Hazards. Construction sites often contain materials and equipment on scaffolds and rooftops. If not properly secured, these objects can fall onto workers below, potentially causing traumatic brain injury (TBI) accidents, other serious injuries and accidents, or even death.
  • Unsafe Work Site. Construction sites require constant maintenance in order to prevent worker accidents. If this important maintenance is not done, construction sites can pose serious hazards to the health and safety of workers. Debris and equipment, for instance, can cause slip and fall accidents if left out in the open, potentially causing workers to suffer neck or spine injuries, broken bones, head injuries, or even death.
  • Scaffolding Problems. Faulty scaffolding can lead to catastrophic injury accidents or death. Even in less serious circumstances, scaffolding accidents may permanently affect a worker’s ability to earn a living wage.
  • Vehicle Accidents – Forklifts, cranes, and other construction vehicles can harm workers if not used or maintained properly. Injuries that vehicle accidents may cause include broken bones, dismemberment, and death.
  • Crane Collapse Accidents – Cranes can cause devastating accidents due to cargo loss or total collapse. Crane collapse accidents may be entitled to financial compensation beyond workers’ comp in order to cover the full extent of their damages.

All types of working environments should be kept healthy and safe for all workers/employees. Ensuring a safe and healthy workplace is the duty of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Due to this, employers should make sure that they hire only qualified employees, that all employees are trained on how to keep their workplace safe and about the use/operation of dangerous tools and hazardous substances, that standard safety equipment can be found in designated places, and that employees are provided with safety gears and that these are properly worn in work areas.

The 1971 regulation on the requirements regarding the use of scaffolds is one way OSHA wants to make sure that construction workers are kept from the danger of accidents. Scaffolds are provisional work platforms used in construction work. These provide support for the workers and the materials they use. Some scaffolds are self-supporting, meaning these are supported by poles or frames solidly positioned on the ground. Others are called “suspension” scaffolds since these are supported with pulleys and ropes from overhead. Whether built from the ground or suspended from overhead, the greatest danger facing workers is scaffolding collapse, a consequence of scaffolds not properly assembled or if the number of workers and the weight of materials on the scaffold are too much for it to support. For added worker support, OSHA also requires the incorporation of guardrails to which workers can hold onto in cases of slips.

 

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How Do You Defend a DUI Charge?

DUI, also known as Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, is an offense that has a very controversial nature, because of how alcohol can compromise driving skills and lead to accidents. Because authorities clearly know the dangers of DUI, they strictly enforce the law, and sometimes, the law becomes misunderstood or exaggerated.

Yes, a DUI Charge Can Be Defended

According to the website of Truslow & Truslow, Attorneys at Law, DUI charges can be defended. That is good news, especially on the instances where the law has become misunderstood or exaggerated. But how can you defend them?

The charge can be defended in a variety of ways. The most obvious defense is – well, that you are not actually drunk. There are times where you may show symptoms of being intoxicated even though you are not, like when you lack sleep and therefore have bloodshot eyes.

Even if you have been determined to be drunk, you can also question the methods. For example, if you have failed a sobriety test even though you are not drunk, you can say that the instructions are not clear enough or confusing, resulting into your failure. Another example is when the blood alcohol content test results are not accurate, maybe because of improper test procedures or defective tools and machines.

Another viable defense is questioning the validity of the arrest itself, like when you have been stopped by an officer without probable cause, and therefore all evidence gathered during the stop cannot be legally used against you.

Yes, You Will Suffer Huge Consequences if You Don’t Defend Yourself

The website of the Bruno Law Offices has described the penalties for DUI in Illinois. First and second offenders can be imprisoned for about 1 year, fined up to $2,500, and get their licensed revoked for up to 5 years. Those who have committed the offense on the third time or have injured someone in the process face more severe versions of these penalties.

If the alleged offender is truly guilty of driving while drunk, these penalties are deserved. But what if they are innocent, and they are just mere victims of misunderstandings and exaggerations? That is when defenses become a truly viable option, so innocent people will not be unnecessarily penalized and truly guilty people will not suffer more penalties than they deserve.

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Risk Factors for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease occurs when a person’s digestive tract, or at least a part of it, is suffering from inflammation. There are two common types of IBD, namely Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Their difference lies on where the inflammation is taking place. For Crohn’s disease, the inflammation is in the lining of the digestive tract, either in the large intestine, small intestine, or both. For ulcerative colitis, the inflammation is in the inner most lining of the large intestine and rectum, and is often characterized with sores or ulcers.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis generally have the same symptoms, but they may vary from person to person depending on the location and severity of the inflammation. The website of GastroCare LI has enumerated some of the most common symptoms for the two classic inflammatory bowel diseases:

  • Abdominal cramps or pain
  • Bloody stool
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Unexplained weight loss

IBD can be sustained because of a variety of factors, including environmental and genetic aspects that may result into negative immune system responses and inflammation. Below are some of the believed risk factors for inflammatory bowel diseases.

Age

Everybody can be at risk of IBD at any age, but those who are 35 and above are believed to be more likely to sustain the disease.

Diet

Excessive consumption of high protein from meat and fish has also been linked to IBD development, and it is believed to be because of the higher amounts of Sulphur containing amino acids on meat and fish protein compared to plant protein.

Family History

Those who have family members who have acquired the disease are more likely to acquire it as well. But this does not necessarily mean that those who do not have such family members are entirely risk-free.

Geographical Location

Since meat and processed food have been proven to be linked to IBD development, countries who rely on these meals more are more likely to develop IBD compared to others. These countries are typically industrialized.

Smoking

Smokers are also at risk of IBD, particularly Crohn’s disease. Smoking is also known to aggravate the symptoms of IBD.

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