What if you went 28 years without a raise?! by Tracy W Cary

November 24, 2013 – 11:28 am
On July 1st of each year, the Alabama Commissioner of Labor determines the State’s average weekly wage to used in relation to injuries occurring on the job on or after July 1 of that year. Subject to maximum and minimum rates, temporary total disability (TTD) benefits are paid to workers in Alabama who are injured on the job at a rate of 66 2/3 of their average weekly wage. TTD benefits are paid during the “healing period” that follows an injury and continue until the worker reaches maximum medical improvement. Effective July 1, 2013, the maximum temporary total disability (TTD) benefit increased to $788 per week, meaning that if an employee earned $1,182 per week or $61,464 annually and was injured on the job, he or she would be paid a maximum TTD benefit of $788 per week. http://dir.alabama.gov/docs/guides/wc_weeklywage.pdf It’s the other end of the spectrum that is so very troubling. ...

This Is How You Shame Prosecutors For Their Stupid Motion By JOE PATRICE

November 12, 2013 – 2:15 pm
If you think Biglaw has a quality control problem, then you should check out the tactical decisions coming from some prosecutors’ offices. You’d think there would be someone in the chain of command who would see motions like these come across the desk and say, “Hey, maybe this will make us look incredibly stupid.” At least we hope this is a quality control problem. It’d be way worse if tactical decisions this asinine came down from on high. Anyway, the government in this case made a huge mistake. Sorry, I mean “the prosecutors,” because they don’t want to be called “the government” anymore, and filed a motion in limine to that effect. Thankfully, this clever attorney wrote an epic response trolling the prosecutors for their ludicrous motion…. This story comes to us from Williamson County, Tennessee. In the case of State v. Donald Powell, the prosecutors filed a motion in limine to ban the ...

10 WAYS TO RUIN YOUR CLAIM WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

September 23, 2013 – 3:48 am
By Victoria Schneider of The Cooper Firm posted in Social Media on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The Internet gives us access to much information. With social networking we can see what people are doing and sometimes even where they are located at an exact moment. Although this ability to see into people's lives may be useful, it can also be very dangerous. Not only can someone see the good things that someone is involved in, but they can also see the negative things. There are websites now created solely for the purpose of posting peoples mug shots after they have been arrested. There are also websites where you can see the location of sex offenders in your area. Just as you may use this resource, others will use social media to find out information about you. Posting anything on the internet can be permanent and damaging, so be very cautious of what ...

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America’s top 10 most dangerous jobs

September 11, 2013 – 7:09 am
By Leada Gore | lgore@al.com Think your job is tough? Just be glad it doesn't involve the word, "Timber!" New information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the deadliest jobs in America in 2012. There were 4,383 fatal work injuries in America last year, down from 4,693 in 2011. Here's a look at the most dangerous professions in America. The first figures shows the fatality rate based on the number of those who died per 100,000 full-time workers. The second number is actual deaths in 2012. 1. Logging workers - 127.8, 62 2. Fishers and related fishing workers - 117, 32 3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers - 53.4, 71 4. Roofers - 40.5, 70 5. Structural iron and steel workers - 37, 22 6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors - 27.1, 26 7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers - 23, 26 8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers -22.1, 741 9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers - 21.3, 216 10. ...

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Comedian Calls Out Progressive Insurance for Defending His Sister’s Killer; Progressive Responds in Heartless Robot Fashion

August 15, 2012 – 10:02 am
This is unbelievable. The insurance company lies on their TV commericals don't tell you this. http://gawker.com/5934436/comedian-calls-out-progressive-for-defending-his-sisters-killer-progressive-responds-in-heartless-robot-fashion?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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Comedian Calls Out Progressive Insurance for Defending His Sister’s Killer; Progressive Responds in Heartless Robot Fashion

August 15, 2012 – 9:57 am
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Insurance Myth #9: “Insurance Companies Are People Too.”

August 9, 2012 – 6:43 am
There is a quaint notion that insurance companies make sound decisions based on personal interactions with policyholders. But, big insurance companies have become highly automated, able to rely on digital profiling to underwrite and set rates, proprietary databases to compile customer information, and black box logarithms to underpay claims. Neighborhood agents, trained appraisers, and experienced claims adjusters are seeing their influence wane. Indeed, without proper oversight, we could be entering a Brave New World where machines compile, crunch, and calculate complex datasets to dramatically limit human influence on key underwriting, rating, and claims handling decisions.   We value our privacy, but it’s growing harder and harder to protect ourselves as our information is sucked up, stored, and sold. In the field of insurance, carriers may move beyond claims histories – and even the controversial use of credit information – to summarily deem you a risk on the basis of your Facebook feed ...

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