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The BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster: What it Means to You

As we approach the 2 month mark from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, the saga of the Gulf oil spill continues unabated. The efforts to contain the spill seem idiotic on many levels, all the more confounded by the latest in the 'top kill' strategies failing to plug the fissured deep sea well. Shifting strategies but failed response have mutated to an environmental disaster for the Gulf coast, causing thousands to lose their livelihoods and substantially damaging the quality of life of both wildlife and humans alike throughout the gulf coast region and perhaps beyond. According to U.S....

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Employment Discrimination: What You Need to Know

All employees have basic rights in the workplace -- including the right to privacy, fair compensation, and freedom from employment discrimination. A job applicant also has certain rights even prior to being hired as an employee. Those rights include the right to be free from discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, or religion during the hiring process. Some important employee rights include: The right to a safe work environment, free from undue dangers The right to a degree of privacy in your personal matters The right not to be discriminated against on grounds of your age, race, national origin, gender,...

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Equal Pay for Equal Work: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

After 19 years working for the Goodyear Tire Company, Lilly Ledbetter discovered that she was paid 20% less than her male counterparts. The knowledge began a decade long fight for equal pay for equal work that went all the way to the Supreme Court, and resulted in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; the first piece of legislation signed by President Obama. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law on Jan. 29, 2009, restores the protection against pay discrimination that was taken away by the 2007 Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co....

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Equal Pay is the Law

On April 20th, the 110th day of 2010, people across America observed Equal Pay Day, which marked the 110 extra days per year that women in the United States must work in order to earn what men earned in 2009. On average, a woman in America makes 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes. For African American women and Latinas these numbers are even lower. Over the course of her career, the average women can expect to lose $700,000 as a result of wage discrimination. Although 47 years have passed since the passage of...

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Colorado Social Security Disability Claims 101

In the United States, the two largest and most well-known social security programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) and Social Security Income (SSI). Both of these disability-assistance programs were designed to provide monthly payments and Medicare benefits to disabled individuals who have contributed to the general Social Security fund by working (in the case of SSD) or who can prove that they have both a disability and financial need (in the case of SSI). The process of filing and being approved for SSD and especially SSI can be an arduous and highly time-consuming and frustrating task for...

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What to Know About Colorado Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and at any time but are typically a more common occurrence in colder weather states such as Colorado, given the higher incidence of ice and snow, which are some of the most common causes of a slip and fall accident. However, if you are injured in a slip and fall accident in Colorado, once you have received treatment for your injuries you will need to consider your legal options if you feel your injuries were caused by the negligence of another person or business. Colorado Slip and fall accident lawsuits fall within United States...

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Have You Been the Victim of Wrongful Death in Colorado?

The unexpected death of a loved one is a traumatic and terrible event. In addition to personal concerns and grief, there may also be a loss of support or lost income, medical and funeral expenses for the family members of the deceased, and other unforeseen expenses. A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or other entity. When this happens, the person's family may be eligible to take legal action to recover monetary damages from the responsible party. In order to bring a successful wrongful death action,...

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Have You Been a Victim of Medical Negligence in Colorado?

Medical negligence occurs when a doctor, dentist, nurse, surgeon or any other medical professional performs their job in a way that deviates from an accepted medical standard of care. Medical negligence is the foundation of a medical malpractice claim. Here are some common types of medical negligence. If you’ve suffered an injury from any of the following kinds of medical negligence, you should contact an Colorado attorney immediately! Misdiagnosis: One of the most difficult aspects of a doctors job, is taking a set of symptoms and diagnosing the illness or injury causing them. There are many different illnesses that may result...

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Preserving Evidence of Your Personal Injury

If you are involved in an accident or injury in Colorado, preserving any physical evidence of the incident and your injuries can support your position in any legal claim you may decide to pursue. It is important to do this as soon as possible after the incident, because circumstances can change quickly: accident scenes can be altered, memory can become unreliable, and evidence can be overlooked or misplaced over time. Though...

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Am I Entitled to Monetary Compensation for Accidents and Injuries?

If you have been the victim of an accident or injury in Colorado, you may be entitled to receive economic recovery from those who are at fault. What you can recover will depend upon the kind of damages you experienced because of the accident or injury — both during and after the incident. Here are some types of accidents and injuries for which you may be able to take legal action to monetary compensation for damages in Colorado. Remember that an experienced attorney will explain your options, and will work to ensure that you receive all compensation to which you are...

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