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Fayetteville Construction Accident Kills Worker

excavator construction accidentA 20-year-old construction worker lost his life in a construction accident in Fayetteville this past Sunday. 

The young man was part of a crew that was digging a hole using an excavator on West Rochier Street. The machine hit a sewer line that began spewing debris into the hole. The ill-fated man jumped in to clear some of the debris when the hole caved in.

His colleague called for help and tried to keep the man’s face clear to enable him to breath. Police were on the scene within two minutes and emergency crews arrived later, but the man did not survive the ordeal. It took more than an hour and half to excavate his body from the hole.

Those in charge of construction operations need to be incredibly responsible with their projects in order to prevent these kinds of tragic deaths. For instance, in terms of this accident, one may wonder why were they instructed to dig a hole in a place where they could mistakenly puncture a sewer line or whether they were properly trained in how to operate the excavator. The responsibility to ensure the safety of a construction worker’s tasks falls on the site’s management staff, and there may be a chance it failed to uphold this requirement.

Construction Accidents and Loss of Limb

Losing a limb during a construction accident gives workers the right to seek compensation. With the many unfortunate consequences that can come with having lost a hand, arm, leg, or other limb, compensation is often necessary just to be able to cover the costs of the injury. Getting the necessary compensation, though, can be difficult, so pursuing the assistance of qualified construction accident attorneys is often necessary in order for workers to get the financial support to which they are entitled.

Getting compensation for a lost limb requires certain conditions to first be met. One of the most essential of these conditions is that the injury resulted from the negligence or reckless behavior of another person (or, in the workplace setting, the standard of safety was violated). It should be established that the accident would not have occurred if proper care had been taken on the part of others.

Compensation depends on the severity of the injury. Losing a limb can be a significant disability, with the potential to dramatically impact the victim’s way of life. Factors such as age, the degree of pain and suffering, type of injury, and how it affects the quality of life are considered in making a determination of appropriate compensation. For most individuals, determining how much each of these various factors affects their case and to what degree they should be entitled to compensation as a result can be difficult.

Physical injury is not the only thing a construction accident victim suffers. Pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental trauma, and financial strains can all have a sizable impact on the injury victim’s life. Medical treatments can be very expensive, and along with the possibility of buying prosthetics for the lost limb, the rehabilitation needed to get back to normalcy, and many other things, compensation may the only way to get back to a normal life.

The Rules On Establishing An LLC

Losing your personal assets can be a main concern when thinking of starting a business. Gaining profits is why people choose to establish a company, so why bother building something that can only cost you money? This is where Limited Liability Company or LLC comes in, the benefits of this type of business far outweighs any of its anticipated disadvantages.

One the many advantages of having this type of company established are the Operating Agreement. Whether it is a sole proprietorship or has many partners, through the operating agreement in an LLC business, you (and your partners, if there is any) can organize the percentage of ownership, each one’s own share of profits and losses, the rights and responsibilities, and options once a partner leaves the company. The operating agreement permits you the chance to form the financial as well as the working relations with every partner in a way that appeals to your business.

Although many states does not requires LLC businesses to have an operating agreement, it helps to have one because it is generally aimed in securing the limited liability status, intervene with misunderstandings (especially on financial and management issues), and makes sure that your company is lead by your own rules and not by the rules of the state alone. Among the many things that should be included in your LLC business Operating Agreement is:

  • Rules pertaining to meeting and taking votes
  • Allocation of profits and losses
  • Each partners’ voting powers
  • Each partners’ right and responsibilities
  • Each partners’ percentage interest in LLC
  • Buy-sell, or buyout provisions should a partner decides to sell his or her interest (or dies or disabled)
  • How the business will be managed

Albeit straightforward, each of these items are required to have some time for pondering and needs to be written in paper (so to speak) in your company’s operating agreement. It may be better to have the professional help of a business lawyer when creating the operating agreement of your LLC business. Whether you draft it from blank or getting help professionally, it should be made to benefit the needs of your company and adhere to your state’s laws. Seeking the guidance of a lawyer who focuses on business formation, contract negotiation, and contract preparation may help you in the  long run. 



Arkansas Senator Sponsors AMMO Act

The supply of ammunition available at local gun shops has been declining to the point that there is now a shortage of ammo. Before this shortage, it was not uncommon to be able to walk into a gun shop and find exactly the kind of rounds you wanted. Now, many kinds of rounds are simply out of stock and stores are having difficulty replenishing their supplies.

In response, Arkansas Senator John Boozman has co-sponsored a bill that would regulate the amount of ammunition stockpiled by the federal government. Many believe that the government is stockpiling too much ammunition and that its actions are hurting the public’s access to bullets.

Ammo Act BulletsThe proposed bill,  the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability Act of 2013 (AMMO), will limit the amount of ammunition certain government agencies can store and purchase. AMMO will require the Government Accountability Office to audit the amount of ammunition purchased by the agencies it regulates.

These regulations aim to allow more ammunition to make it into gun shops and ultimately into the hands of citizens.



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