The Dangers of an Adventurous Significant Other

My girlfriend loves heights, not me.  But, because she loves them, much like Taylor Swift concerts, I grit my teeth, put on a wonderfully fake smile, and go along with her because that is what one does in relationships.  I pretend that I like these things, but she probably knows better because she is smarter than I am.  As of late, she has been saying that I am not spontaneous enough for her.  Well, how’s this for spontaneous?

I am going to propose to her at the very top of the highest spot of her favorite nearby mountain range.  This is a full proof plan because I will not have to worry about getting scared when I am looking down because I won’t be looking down.  I will be looking at her.  And, she will never suspect a thing because she will be too busy being astonished that I, without any prompting from her, suggested doing this.  I cannot lose here.  

So, we’re at the top of the mountain.  Everything’s perfect.  It’s a nice sunny day with no wind for me to be afraid of blowing me off the mountain.  We’re both wearing our matching, embroidered tracksuits.  I lean up against the railing, get down one knee.  However, she thinks that I need to tie my shoe, so she doesn’t think anything about it until she sees me bring out that big sparkly circle.  Then, for some reason, this prompts her to get down on my level, while getting excited, which, that part I understand.  She’s leaning on me.  We’re both crying.  I’m about to ask.  And then, we both start to fall.  I would later be told that the guardrail that we were unintentionally leaning against had given way, causing us both to fall down the mountain. I learned that we’d be able to sue the park for negligence. I also lost my very expensive engagement ring somewhere along the way.  I don’t know how far we fell.  I just know that the next thing I knew was that I was in a hospital with both feet and arms in the air, like both my legs and my arms were broken.  

She was in the bed next to me with similar injuries.  Between the two of us, several ribs were broken, among other things.  Probably, the only reason that we weren’t both dead was that, at some point, we must have landed in some sort of pool, or decent sized stream.  

While this will be something that we laugh about and cry about for some time, she still blames me for all of this, even though she loves me.  She’s still a little mad that I did not propose again for some time, which she eventually said yes to, because I wanted to wait so that I could get down on one knee and do it properly.  

And, as for an engagement gift, my future in-law lawyers sued the park that the mountain is located in for damages, both punitive and otherwise, and the money for a new engagement ring, as well as money for physical therapy and to cover hospital expenses.  That was a long and painful way to go just for a proposal.  

The Ohio State Fair: Enter With Caution

State fairs are meant to be a place of family-friendly fun where a large community can come together. So many kids across the US have fantastic memories associated with local festivals. Parents jump at the opportunity to spend time with their children at these fairs. The rides promise thrills and excitement to festival-goers of all ages. Distinctive fair foods such as hot dogs, pretzels, and funnel cakes lend a special, holiday atmosphere to the event. Folks travel for hours to attend state fairs with friends, kids, and spouses. Everyone knows that these events are supposed to entertain–and that they’re supposed to be safe.

State fair safety isn’t just a general, moral necessity. It’s also a legal obligation. When park officials don’t make sure that rides are up to code and food products meet safety requirements, people can get seriously injured. Especially since these fairs tend to be quickly assembled annually, it’s important for managers to attend meticulously to safety. If attendees are hurt at the fair, and the accident should have been prevented, a court of law might hold the fair legally liable. Victims might be able to receive financial compensation for their injuries. Tragically, some victims do not survive to get that monetary recompense.

In July, the Ohio State Fair was the site of an unspeakable disaster. The spinning Fire Ball ride attracts thrillseekers who want a fast, whirly, exciting time. It was designed to swing up to 24 passengers back and forth in pendulum style while making 13 revolutions per minute. The popular attraction was supposedly checked multiple times before the fair opened. But it wasn’t enough. Tyler Jarrell and his girlfriend Keziah Lewis were together at the fair and boarded the ride. Another fair attendee was taking video of the ride when it basically came apart. A section holding four people detached and people plummeted to the ground. Tyler was thrown fifty feet and was pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend survived, but with serious injuries to her hips, her ankles, and her ribs.

While nothing can bring Tyler back to his friends and family, the law does provide some legal recourse for the people he leaves behind. Tyler’s mother is currently pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the fair and the ride manufacturers. She wants the suit to force fairs and other amusement parks to take more care so that innocent, unsuspecting attendees are not hurt or killed. Her lawyers are currently investigating the accident, and the Governor of Ohio has shut down the fair’s rides until they can be further maintained and looked over.

The investigation will involve cooperation among a number of various state organizations including the Ohio State Patrol, the state of Ohio, and the city of Columbus. Everyone wants to know whether the state fair neglected existing safety requirements or whether the current safety requirements are insufficient. Hopefully this case will result in state fairs meeting higher, better standards for their patrons.

Buying and Selling Securities without an Investor’s Prior Consent is Unauthorized Trading

In conducting business, financial advisors naturally encourage investors to believe in them, since advisor-investor relationships, first and foremost, require trust and confidence – the foundation of a successful business relationship.

When establishing a relationship with a financial advisor for investments, however, it is necessary for an investor to set and make clear to the advisor his/her investment objectives, and risk tolerance level since these will serve as the advisor’s bases in determining the best financial strategy for the investor.

A financial advisor should never execute trades in an investor’s accounts without the latter’s expressed permission. Though he/she can freely make recommendations, it is only the investor who can make the final decision if trading will take place. In certain cases (though very rare), investors provide a written discretion, giving financial advisors permission to trade without prior approval for each trade. Not only does the law require a financial advisor to obtain an investor’s permission before making any transaction, but if he/she does this, then he/she can be accused of unauthorized trading.

Financial advisors buying and selling securities without an investor’s prior consent may be trying to defraud clients even if they believe they’re acting in their investor’s best interests. To guard against unauthorized trading, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) requires advisors to regularly send their investors statements that document transactions in an account. These notifications are supposed to allow investors to track the trading of their securities. However, not all investors review their monthly statements, creating an opportunity for financial advisors to trade on their behalf without their permission and without them noticing.

Unauthorized trading is one way a financial advisor can harm a client. To avoid being a victim of this illegal act, it is necessary for investors to read their account statements thoroughly. Wise investors read and retain all transaction notifications and confirmations. Ignoring these papers can result in failing to notice suspicious activity right away.

In the event that an investor suspects unauthorized trading, he/she should know that the sooner he/she files a claim of unauthorized trading in his/her account, the better his/her chances of winning an arbitration case. A skilled unauthorized trading attorney can also help recognize signs of unauthorized trading and other forms of broker misconduct in his/her account and give him/her professional legal advice moving forward.

Advantages of Contested Divorce

Uncontested divorce has its obvious benefits. The legal process is faster because the parties involved agree on the divorce and its terms. Since the parties agree, there are very few issues that could arise, minimizing the need for lawyers and their fees. Uncontested divorce also result into less hard feelings between the couple because they can part ways peacefully.

Contested divorce, on the other hand, can be very stressful because of disagreements, such as in terms of child custody and support, division of properties and liabilities, and even alimony. But according to the website of the Maynard Law Firm, PLLC, a contested divorce may be the only means you have to resolve such matters.

Your voice will be heard
Contested divorce can be too adversarial, but it may be necessary so you can express your arguments against the disagreements with your partner. It can be time-consuming, but the endeavor is worth it if it means that your voice is heard and you can fight for what you believe is just.

There is no bias
The husband and wife will do everything for his or her best interest, and sometimes, the terms of the divorce may swing on their side. In a contested divorce, you can challenge the agreements to make it more equal. What makes this better is the fact that the court is unbiased and will hear your arguments before coming up with a legal decision.

You get what you rightfully deserve
Fighting for what you think is right and getting legal help is almost a surefire way to get what you deserve in a divorce. Your arguments regarding your financial standing can help you gain custody of your child, give less child support and alimony, and get more properties and liabilities, especially if you truly deserve those things. You cannot say the same for uncontested divorce, where a party will have the tendency to give up more just to avoid the hassles of the legal process.

Claiming Short Term or Temporary Disability Benefits in North Carolina

There’s no way to tell how going through a workplace injury may affect your life. Injuries like carpal tunnel or fractures due to falls require plenty of recovery time, leaving you unable to work and earn a living for the meantime. Depending on the severity of your injury, this recovery time might last longer than you’re able to afford. Fortunately, the complications of suffering from a workplace injury can be easily solved by looking into some of your legal options. In North Carolina, you have the option to claim for short term or temporary disability benefits to cover the expenses related to your injury.

According to Raleigh workplace injury lawyers, the state of North Carolina awards temporary disability benefits to individuals that are prevented from working boy certain short-term injures. Through the Social Security Disability Insurance, you will be able to receive 2/3 of your daily wage after being unable to return to work for over 7 days. If 21 days have passed and you still haven’t fully recovered to return on the job, you might be able to receive additional compensation for the first 7 days of work you missed. The rules differ slightly if your injuries prevent you from performing certain tasks but are able to return to work initially after your accident. In these cases, you will be eligible to receive 2/3 of the difference between your usual and deducted wages for. These payments will be awarded to you for up to 300 weeks.

Workplace injuries can be a serious cause for concern. It could take a significant amount of time before you’re able to return to work and earn an income. Fortunately, the law provides avenues for individuals vulnerable to all types of accidents in their workplace. Do not hesitate to contact a qualified legal professional to learn more about disability benefits and other similar options.

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