It may surprise people to learn that slipping and/or falling is one of the great risks in the workplace. While the mind automatically runs to issues that are far more dramatic like electrical issues, heavy objects, and the vast number of risks in industries like construction, one of the risks that follow workers everywhere is the possibility of falling.

Though comedies have made humor out of slipping for decades, it is actually quite a risk for people and can lead to serious injuries like broken bones as well as death. In 2013, there were 155 million cases of serious injury through falls worldwide, which resulted in 556,000 deaths. That number is actually a massive increase from the 341,000 deaths in 1990.

This is not just a global problem, it’s a local problem as well. There were 256,000 workplace injuries in Texas in 2015 and 527 fatalities. Again, among the major causes of these injuries and deaths are slips and falls.

So, what can be done?

More vigilance is a good start. Slips often occur due to sloppiness. A drink is spilled and no one cleans it up. The refrigerator leaks and no one attends to it. People don’t look where they are going and run into some liquid and down they go to their own detriment. Insisting on workers immediately cleaning up spills and attending to any machines that might leak would go a long way towards making a workplace safer.

At the same time, changing out floors to slip-resistant surfaces would help even in those cases when a spill is not immediately cleared up.

As for falls, the best that can be done is to remove any potential hazards that people might trip over. Keep walkways clear. That means moving furniture into designated areas instead of cluttering hallways, storing boxes and documents in corners far from where others will be walking, and enforcing rules about employees not sticking appendages or objects out from their designated workspace. While employees may grumble about these somewhat draconian measures, the situation would be far worse in case of an injury.

A final important step in the case of both slips and falls is to institute extra training for employees to make sure they are aware of the risks in their work environment. Most employees think places like offices and stores are generally safe, and they do not take the precautions that workers in more overtly dangerous businesses do. Explaining why changes are being made while also explaining their need for vigilance will go a long way to smoothing over any transitions made to a safer work environment while also raising awareness.

Again, these steps may seem extreme in some cases, but the risk is present, even if it is not obvious. The potential injuries would be a far greater problem than simply moving some furniture around.

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Child Custody in Texas

Divorce is never pretty, but when children are involved the process can get downright nasty.  While possessions are split half and half between the two partners, a child or children cannot be divided. Many times, one parent will retain full custody of the child while the other parent only has visitation rights. Even when two children are split up between the parents, this has a significant emotional toll on the siblings, and generally, access to the other child becomes limited. In Texas, fathers are fighting for equal custody rights, so they have a more level playing field in family court.

According to this article from the Dallas area, back in February, fathers were lobbying support for Texas House Bill 453, which would put mothers and parents on an equal playing field when it comes to child custody. Currently, unless a custody agreement is reached beforehand by the soon-to-be-ex couple, mothers are heavily favored in custody battles. One man in the article claims to have spent nearly $80,000 trying to see his young son from his first marriage more often. This kind of legislation would not be new, as the article states that at least five other states have already passed similar laws. This law would also not address child support issues, so the courts would still be left to themselves to decide what sort of support should be given. However, there are drawbacks. Marilea Lewis, A Texas judge for 24 years, claims that the legislation will prevent judges from making proper decisions. Also, the bill does not claim what shared custody means. Does it mean that a parent will have a child every other week, every other month, or some other form shared custody? A similar bill that would mandate equal custody died in the last session of the Texas legislature in 2015.

The fight over custody can be a long and bitter battle that also emotionally affects the children involved. While it does seem that courts tend to favor mothers for primary custody, what this law would do would be to take power away from the judges who make decisions based on a variety of different factors, namely what would be best for the children. The argument could be made that a mandate of this type could reduce court costs for the parents since a drawn out legal battle over custody could be avoided, and the need for the services attorneys like The Woodlands child custody and visitation attorneys could be reduced, but the goal is to help the children before the parents.

When it comes to children in divorce cases, an incredibly nuanced approach should be taken. Every child is different, and every divorce is different as well. When a judge decides on behalf of a child, some parents may perceive the decision as unfair. Ultimately, making sure the child comes out of the divorce unscathed should be the absolute highest priority for both the parents and the government. It is important for all parties involved to think about the best interests of the child at all times.


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If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, the first dentalcare option you have in mind is braces. But the thing about braces is that they are often unattractive, uncomfortable, and just outright inconvenient especially when it comes to cleaning your teeth and gums and eating.

But there is an alternative to traditional braces – Invisalign, a clear and removable aligner. Here are some of its advantages over braces.


A natural look will always be better than an artificial one. With Invisalign, a patient can achieve this illusion that he is not wearing aligners at all, because the aligners are clear. You cannot say the same thing for braces. These metal aligners are so unattractive that they can make a patient’s mouth too artificial and problematic.


Teeth alignment is a long process, so if given a choice, a patient will rather choose a comfortable experience over an uncomfortable one. Invisalign is not just natural looking because of its clearness, as it is also comfortable because of the fact that it is removable.


There is already a way to simulate what a patient’s smile will look like after the Invisalign treatment, making the experience much more targeted. On the other hand, traditional braces are not complemented by advancing dental technologies. They are still just metal pieces and wires that rely on trial and error.


In any kind of treatment method, not just in the oral department, safety is the top priority. Again, Invisalign tops traditional braces in this aspect. The metal pieces and wires of traditional braces can cause irritation to the gums and teeth, and on worse instances, they may even cut or puncture the patient’s mouth. The fact that Invisalign is made of clear and smooth plastic completely eliminates these threats.

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There are very good reasons why federal and state governments strictly implement traffic safety rules, and catch and heavily punish offenders. These reasons include: the more than five million car crashes on roads and highways every year; the more than two million injuries these result to; and and the more than 30,000 deaths.

The chairman of the International Organization for Road Accident Prevention said that road danger is nothing more than a man-made crisis; a result of bad driving behavior which often leads to human error – the cause of more than 90% of car accidents in any part of the world.

One hurting truth about car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the fact that majority of these are results of negligence or recklessness, making these totally preventable incidences. In fact, driver negligence accounts for a staggering 81% of all car crashes.

Though car crashes are sudden and short-lasting, their effects can be a lifetime of trauma and suffering for victims and their families. According to Providence car accident lawyers, the possible types of car crash injuries are many, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Neck and back injuries, including sprains, strains, and
  • herniated discs
  • Burn injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Torn ligaments
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Lacerations
  • Psychological damage: anxiety, phobias, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
  • Chronic pain: or,
  • Death

The 2008 National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), a study conducted by the NHTSA, identified driver error as the major cause of car accidents from 2005 to 2007. The most commonly reported types of driver error, include: impaired or drunk driving; overspeeding; reckless driving; not stopping at intersections and stop signs; making improper lane changes; improper overtaking; not using signals before making turns; tailgating (especially a truck); texting or conversing with someone over the phone; and driving distractions or doing something that will take away one’s focus on the road.

Causing someone injuries, whether mild, serious or fatal, makes a person at fault liable for all the consequences such injuries will lead to. Compensating a victim does not only mean paying his/her medical treatment and hospital bills, but also replacing his/her lost wages and paying for his/her pain and suffering. In the event of death, however, the at fault may have to pay other damages, such as lost earnings and earning potential, expenses for household services the deceased can no longer perform, loss of affection, companionship, or marital consortium, and funeral expenses, among others.

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Any kind of unexpected illness or injury which renders you unable to work can lead to financial trouble for you and your family unless you have some source of cash that would replace even a certain percentage of your monthly work pay.

It is important that employees know the benefits package their employer has for them because these benefits will play a major role once any of them suffers an injury or illness that would render him/her unable to work for weeks, months or even years. Besides the Workers’ Compensation Insurance benefits, which states require of employers, other items in this package may include short and/or long term disability policy/ies.

Short term disability insurance, which is available only through your employer, provides coverage, but only for a limited amount of time (usually 30 to 120 days or one to four months; there may be policies, however, that indicate payment of benefits up to a year). There is also an elimination period or waiting period before you can start receiving your benefits, usually up to 14 days.

A short term disability policy indicates the maximum coverage amount you are entitled to receive and you will receive this amount until you recover or until you exceed the policy’s maximum coverage amount or specified time limit. This policy, by the way, pays out benefits for reasons which include a qualified disabling injury or a lingering illness or pregnancy and recovery from childbirth.

There are two things that can have major effects on your short-term disability benefits:

  • Your employment. The termination of your employment means the end of your coverage. This is because you cannot convert your short-term disability plan to an individual plan.
  • Amount of benefit. Benefits or income from other sources will reduce the amount of your short-term disability benefit. Three among these various sources include: Social Security retirement benefits; Social Security disability benefits; and, Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Currently, there are five states where employers are required to provide short-term disability insurance (SDI) benefits to their employees: California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island (rules on eligibility vary between states).

As explained in the website of the Hankey Law Office, if you suffer from disability while employed, you may be able to claim short term disability benefits provided by your employer. This will pay a percentage of your salary if you are unable to continue working. To find out if you are covered under a short term disability policy, you should speak with your firm’s human resource department. The human resource employee should be able to provide you with the application for short and long term disability insurance. You can file for claim as soon as your doctor tells you that your disability will last as long as the elimination period.

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