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L-1 Visa and Its Types

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Business can be a global thing, in the sense that transactions and other business-related tasks can involve multiple countries. For this reason, the United States have different visas, laws, and regulations for employees from different countries. This can be particularly bothersome for the countries the United States are commonly associated with when it comes to business, such as the case for Russian business immigration. One of the visas available for employees is called the L-1 visa.

The L-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa for employees of an out-of-country company that has offices in the United States. To be eligible for the L-1 visa, an employee must have worked for the company for at least one year, prior to the three years before U.S. admission. The U.S. and non-U.S. company should also be related in at least one of the following:

  • Parent company and subsidiary
  • Headquarter of company and branch
  • Companies are sister companies with a mutual parent
  • Companies have similar affiliations

Getting L-1 visas can be relatively easier for well-known companies. But for startups and small businesses, their owners might need to present viable documents to prove their eligibility.
It is also important to point out that there are two kinds of L-1 visas. They are known as the L-1A and the L-1B.

L-1A Visas
This kind of L-1 visa is for executives and managers. To be eligible for an L-1A visa, an employee must be in a qualifying position, such as an executive or managerial one. The employee should also be coming to the United States with executive or managerial capacity.
Executive capacity refers to the employee’s ability to manage or direct the organization or its major components, while managerial capacity refers to the employee’s ability to supervise or control the organization or its branches and departments.

L-1B Visas
This kind of L-1 visa is for those who have specialized knowledge capacity. Specialized knowledge capacity refers to the employee’s expertise that are not commonplace in the company, warranting the effort to travel into the United States. Specialized knowledge may come in many forms, such as expertise in a particular product or service.

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First Aid For Dog Bites

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

A doctor can be man’s best friend. However, when provoked, they can also be your worst enemy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, half of them children between 5 to 9 years old. From that number, 1 out of every 5 of those bites results to injuries that may cause medical attention. Children are also likely to be bitten by dogs than adults.

According to the website of Abel Law Firm, it can be difficult to determine which dogs to be wary of and which are safe. If you are a victim of dog bites, here are some first aid for stopping possible infection:

For minor bites

Clean the wound immediately. Run it under warm water for a few minutes and make sure that the wound is thoroughly cleaned.
If there is no bleeding, gently squeeze the wound to encourage bleeding. This will help prevent bacteria from entering the bite wound.

Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain and inflammation.

It is also recommended that you seek medical advice for major bites. These are signs that you need to call the doctor:

  • The wound is getting painful
  • There is redness and swelling around the wound area
  • There is fluid or pus coming out from the bite
  • There is fever that is more than 38 degrees and is accompanied by shivering
  • There are swollen lymph glands

If the dog bite is in the hands, feet, a jont, tendon, or ligament, face or scalp, nose, ears, or genitals, get medical help right away. Likewise, if you have pre-existing conditions that can make you prone to infection, you may need medical attention. Finally, if you are undergoing chemotherapy which could weaken your immune system, it is necessary to get medical attention.

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Faulty Replacement Implants from Wright and Tornier

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit | 0 comments

Shoulder replacement surgery, a procedure wherein damaged bones of the shoulder are replaced, is usually performed for reasons that include relieving patients of severe shoulder joint pain and restoring shoulder motion and function.

Causes of shoulder pain and reduced shoulder function include: osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis), severe shoulder fracture or failed previous shoulder replacement surgery.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), around 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder arthroplasty or shoulder replacement surgery each year. Doctors recommend surgery only if their patients’ shoulder problems can no longer be treated with medicine and other non-surgical means.

The increasing number of patients who undergo shoulder replacement surgery is due to promises (from manufacturers of shoulder replacement devices) of increased function and minimized pain. This is not the case, however, if patients get faulty replacement implants, for instead of their pain being removed, this rather increases; on top of that, the need for corrective surgery only leads to additional costly medical care.

A case about defective replacement devices is a recent issue that involves manufacturers Wright Medical Technology, Inc. and Tornier, Inc. (these two global medical device companies) which merged in October of 2015. The replacement devices manufactured by these companies have been alleged to cause additional injuries in patients, including significant bone loss, instability, weakness, and unexplained pain.

Currently, shoulder replacement lawsuits have been filed by patients who now suffer from serious side effects which include bone damage, metal toxicity and dislocation, among many others. Besides these side-effects, which can be proven to have been Wright and Tornier’s faulty devices, patients also continue to feel the pain they were trying to have treated in the first place. Due to the side-effects, these patients now need to undergo another surgery in order to correct the new problems created by their Wright or Tonier shoulder replacement implant.

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Types of Boating Accidents

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Everyone loves recreational boating. It can give someone a form of relaxation and can also offer a great bonding opportunity. Everyone assumes it as a relatively safe activity. Unfortunately, accidents can happen in the sea as well. According to a 2014 report by the US Coast Guard, there were 4,064 accidents that resulted to 610 deaths, 2,678 injuries and cost $39 million worth of damage to property. This was a 0.05% increase from 2013.

Injuries can have huge consequences on the life of a person. It can be associated with lost income, medical expenses, psychological trauma, or permanent disability. In this article, we will look at the most common types of boating accidents.

Collision With Another Vehicle

In the most recent statistics, collision with another vehicle emerged as the top boating accident. According to the website of Ravid & Associates, while it is a relatively safe activity, boating can also pose serious injury risks not only to operators but also the passengers. From the 4,064 US boating accidents in 2014, 937 were due to collision with another vehicle and 70% of them resulted to personal injuries.

Flooding and Swamping

Although collisions accounted for 23% of accidents, flooding and swamping resulted to more deaths. In 2014, collisions accounted for 4.3% of deaths while swamping resulted to 15% boating accident fatalities. Flooding and swamping can be risky for inexperienced swimmers and for those without life vests. Deaths in these types of accidents were due to drowning because passengers did not have a life vest.

Collision With A Fixed Object

Of the boating accidents in 2014, 11% were due to a collision with a fixed object. Driver inattention, inexperience, or inebriation contributes to these kinds of accidents. A Charleston boat accident lawyer recommends that boat operators should not operate a vessel if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Sand bars and underwater land masses cannot be easily seen by boaters. The vessel can become stuck or grounded. In 2014, 9% of boating accidents involved grounding. Always have your safety equipment, compass, and GPS on hand to prevent this.

Skier Mishap

This is the only type of boating accident that has more injuries than deaths. In 2014, there were 292 skiing accidents with injuries to 305 people and 8 deaths.

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Asbestos’ Deadliest Afflictions

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Asbestos | 0 comments

Asbestos are naturally occurring fibrous minerals that come from metamorphic rocks. The presence of asbestos is especially heavy in the western U.S. and is unfortunately very deadly. According to an Environmental Health Perspectives article, there were more than 92,000 asbestos-related deaths from 1994-2008. The three deadliest illnesses caused by asbestos are asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is a respiratory disease that attacks the lungs as a result of inhaling asbestos fibers. According to asbestos attorneys at Williams Kherker, when the fibers move they can be undetectably inhaled by people nearby which accumulates over time. This accumulation in the lungs causes scarring leading to asbestosis. There is no treatment.

Most people know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, however asbestos is a contender as well. According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, lung cancer is “the greatest risk for Americans who work with asbestos.” Workers in the industrial industry are the most affected by asbestos.

A rarer yet just as deadly cancer, mesothelioma, attacks the thin layer surrounding the lungs, chest, abdomen and sometimes the heart. According to an Oregon State University study, there are about 200 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year. Nearly all cases of mesothelioma are related to exposure to asbestos. Both mesothelioma and lung cancer can be treated through surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

Asbestos are one of the many microscopic substances that can kill. Symptoms of asbestos related diseases include:

– Shortness of breath
– Coughing
– Chest pain
– Weight Loss

One must watch for the dangers of asbestos by paying attention to these symptoms and being aware of the asbestos exposure of their job or any other environment. Only a few days being exposed to asbestos can infect the body, so it is essential to be aware of this naturally-born killer.

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