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How to File a Burn Injury Case?

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Burn injuries can be extremely serious, and often are life threatening. Even more sobering is the fact that many of these injuries are entirely preventable and don’t need to cause damage to people’s lives. If you or a loved one was the victim in an instance where a burn injury occurred and you weren’t at fault, this may be extremely frustrating. Increases in medical bills, decreases in wages, and permanent disfigurement or loss of physical mobility is particularly disheartening. While no amount of money may ease the emotional burden you now have, you deserve to understand that you are entitled to damages. 

 

As a result, you may be asking yourself how do you file a burn injury case, and when exactly I am entitled to damages?

When can I file a burn injury case?

Burn injury cases are generally filed in three particular instances; in cases of negligence, in cases where a product is found to have a defect, or in cases where you were on property that was not maintained under “premise liability” law. In cases where no one is to be found at fault, the victim may only be entitled to workers compensation insurance. This occurs in cases where the employer is insured by workers’ compensation.

 

Of course speaking to a legal representative is always the recommended method of learning about how to file a burn injury case. Texas, for instance, has five defining features of negligence, and California only has three so you’ll want to seek legal help depending on the state. If you end up with a burn injury in Houston you’d want to get lawyers from the state who are comfortable handling your case. There are many burn injury lawyers in Houston that explain specifics related to these injury cases. Having a consultation with a professional will help you know what steps to take in these instances. They’ll be able to officially set up your case and claim, and offer you legal advice on what your damages may be entitled to. Having someone represent you and understand the law is an absolute essential asset. The defendant’s legal representative is not out to be your friend and may attempt to give you damages to the lowest possible degree.

How to file a burn injury case by instance:

Cause by negligence:

What is needed by the plaintiff to prove negligence varies from state to state, but they usually fall within similar boundaries. Usually the defendant has a duty in some shape or form not to cause harm to others, when they breach this duty this is one of the criteria of negligence. Your injury must be directly related to this breach of duty, and it has to be an obvious breach of duty to the average person, and there must be damages as a cause of this negligence. If you’re able to prove, for instance, that an individual involved in a car accident was impaired while driving, they would meet the above criteria. However, in states like Texas there are certain legal circumstances that may reduce the amount you would be rewarded. If you are at all responsible for your own injuries (i.e. drinking and driving as well) you hold partial responsibility for your injury.

Caused by product defect:

In order to file a burn injury case when there is a defective product to blame, you must be able to prove that the product is defective, or there are no warnings where there are dangers that should be reasonably warned about. If a product is dangerous and it is clear to most laypersons that it is dangerous, the company is essentially immune to having to pay damages. However, if you can prove that a particular product being employed was defective, or that the product is dangerous in a shape or form that is not advertised by the company, you may seek damages. Or the product is legally intended to have a warning, but the product that was sold did not contain the warning.

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Cases of premises liability:

In these cases the plaintiff must be able to prove that the landowner was not maintaining their property in safe condition. The burn injury has to be a direct consequence of the condition of the property, as opposed to an action occurring on the property. Actions that occur on the property causing burn damages would be considered a negligent act. Premises liability could be do to a landlord not keeping an apartment maintained properly.

Injuries required to file:

If you have any injuries that increase your costs, and decrease your physical ability you may be entitled to damages. Burns to the face and other cosmetic areas may also make you eligible for damages due to emotional reasons. Costs in medical bills and physical therapies make for huge expenses incurred by burn injuries, but loss of work and emotional trauma may also be reasons for compensation. Punitive damages may also be invoked but generally only in cases where the injury was intentional or the result of excessively reckless behaviour. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for causing unreasonable and avoidable harm to another individual.

 

A court will decide on the amount of the damages given depending on the severity of the injuries. The more medical expenses, loss of work, and emotional damage (such as the loss of a loved one) the more damage you may be rewarded. Your legal representative will help you decide on the amount that they believe you are entitled to.

 

Burn injuries may be permanently disfiguring and scarring and can lead to emotional damages that no monetary amount can subside. However, you’re entitled to an amount legally related to the severity of the damages incurred. In cases where the defendant was negligent, and had a duty to ensure public safety and did not, you may file a claim. In instances where incompetence was involved with a defective product you may also file a claim, or in cases where a property was not properly maintained to a healthy standard. Your medical bills deserve to be paid if you are not at fault for your injury, and emotional trauma is not something you should have had to injure. Always consult the advice of a legal expert prior to filing a burn injury case with the court system. 

 

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Kenya’s Jennifer Riria to be Honoured as Model African Woman of the Year 2022 by YAWC

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The Group Chief Executive Officer of Echo Network Africa (ENA), formerly Kenya Women Holding which is a woman led, women serving development institution has been nominated to be honoured at the 6th Annual Continental Convocation of the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) which is set to take place in Accra, Ghana from 2nd to 6th October, 2022 under the theme, “Network for Empowerment: Eliminating Barriers to Women’s Development”.

She will be honoured in relation to her interventions in improving the socio-economic situation of women and girls in Kenya, having been admitted into the EY Global Hall of Fame.

A special event dubbed, “Jennifer Riria Day” will be held in her honour on Tuesday 4th October within the period of the congress.

Dr Riria is distinguished as a Microfinance Banker and Practitioner, Researcher and Gender Specialist. She has led Kenya Women Finance Trust Microfinance (KWFT) Bank for over three decades, and propelled it from an unprofitable NGO to a medium sized Bank, serving low income women and their families all over the Kenya. KWFT has served over 3 million women and disbursed over US$ 3 billion over a period of 30 years. As the CEO she spearheaded the transformation of KWFT from a microfinance institution to a regulated middle-sized bank (2004-2009).

She has served in many other leadership roles both in financial, public, and health institutions for which she has been recognised locally and internationally. Dr Riria is the Patron of the Democracy Trust Fund (DTF) a semi-autonomous organization that supports and positions women to participate in democratic processes. Additionally, Dr Riria is the Chairperson of the Africa Women Leaders Network – Kenyan Chapter. Recently she re-launched the “Jennifer Riria Foundation” whose focus is to enhance young women’s leadership through innovations and connecting them with the private sector. Working with and touching people’s life is her passion. Dr. Riria served on many Boards including the Women’s World Bank Board which is an international microfinance network of microfinance institutions and banks for 21 years, which she was the Chairperson.

The “Jennifer Riria Day” will be the second in a series of events to recognise and celebrate astute women of Africa for their contributions to women empowerment for national and global impact. The first, having been conferred on the first female Chief of Staff of the Republic of Ghana, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei Opare in 2019. The day is specifically named after the woman proposed to be celebrated at the specific congress to leave an imprint on the minds of delegates on the achievements of the honouree.

The Young African Women Congress is a Pan-African event opened to young women of African descent. It is a platform which fosters knowledge-sharing and cultural exchanges among nations and generations. Major activities at the congress include Keynote Presentation, Panel Sessions, Career Workshops, Group Brainstorming Sessions as well as Project Story Presentations by delegates. There is also a full day trip to interesting sites to promote Africa’s heritage and tourism.

Its main objective is captured in its motto: Empowering Women for Continental Development and Integration for a Better World.

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Ghana’s new dancing super-talent, Endurancegrand steps into the light with her effervescence

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Dance With Purpose Academy (DWP) have established themselves as one of the best producers of dance talent on the African continent. One of their most exciting prospects emerging on the scene is Endurancegrand.

Born Endurance Dzigbordi Dedzo, the dancing queen who has been stepping gracefully to the rhythm since she was 7-years old has already performed on some of the biggest stages in the country including the VGMA, TV3, Coca Cola, Ghana Football Awards, Ghana’s Most Beautiful and most recently, The Global Citizen Festival: Accra as part of the DWP Academy collective during Usher’s show-stopping performance. To top that impressive feat, she has also worked with brands like AirtelTigo and Dark & Lovely.

Endurancegrand’s interest in dance was piqued by her brother-in-law, Joshua Rana, back when she was just a kid who loved playing football, video games and singing; and she has never looked back since. For her, dancing has never been just a job or a simple means to an end, dancing has always been the “end” itself, her north star. “I faced neglect, doubt and lost some people very close to me because I chose dance as a career but that did not stop me because I always knew what I wanted. To me, dancing is just as important as the air I breathe or the water I drink. Dancing is my life! When I step on the stage, nothing else makes sense. Only my body and the rhythms and energy it releases”, Endurance describing what dancing means to her.

The Capricorn dancer’s biggest dream is to be able to touch lives globally, travel around the world to share her knowledge to the young and old and show women around the world that they can be whatever they choose to be.

Dance with Endurancegrand on her socials and keep up with what will be a very majestic career. Instagram: endurancegrand | TikTok: endurancegrand | Twitter: EnduranceGrand

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Probable cause refers to a legal basis that gives the police officer a chance to arrest a person, seize property, or conduct a search. This originates from the United States constitution Fourth Amendment. So what is probable cause? (more…)

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Global publisher to release first graphic novels from South Africa’s award-winning Triggerfish Animation Studios

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North American independent book publisher Catalyst Press will publish two graphic novels from Cape Town’s world-renowned animation studio next year, its first venture into the literary sphere. (more…)

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Global ed-tech leader releases Moodle Workplace 4.0 and a new user experience in its enterprise LMS

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Today, Moodle announced the release of Moodle Workplace 4.0 and an improved user experience in its customisable enterprise learning management platform.

Emilio Lozano, Head of Workplace Solutions said, “Moodle Workplace is built on top of Moodle LMS, giving Moodle Workplace unique advantages as a platform to develop, upskill and reskill employees.  In this release, we have benefited from the discovery and consultation process with the Moodle community that informed the improvements in Moodle LMS 4.0.  As well as providing a better user experience, we have used the enhancements to further evolve our workplace learning tools, including rigorous testing with our end-users.  In an increasingly competitive environment where learning and development is a key driver of performance and talent retention, I’m very excited about the benefits this release will provide to the L&D sector.”

The new Moodle Workplace 4.0 interface is fresh and intuitive with tabbed navigation.

Learning is prioritised through a personalised Dashboard

 

The Dashboard in Moodle Workplace 4.0 is simplified to display learners’ current enrolments plus a section for new available courses.  Learners can see completion status at a glance, and when a learner completes a course, further courses unlocked as part of a learning path or program will appear in the “New available courses” section.

Easily navigate learning content with My Courses

There’s a new addition to the menu called “My Courses”. My Courses is a stand-alone dedicated page that summarises all the learning assigned to an employee in a learning hub, including enrolled, available or past courses.

Managers can create learning journeys for their staff by combining different courses into learning programs and learning paths. All programs, courses and course subsets are linked so that managers and employees can easily navigate within and between learning programs and courses.

Manage team performance and development

 

In Moodle Workplace 4.0, a new page called “My Teams” provides managers or department leads visibility into team members, including tracking employee roles, learning path progress, course completion status and certifications. Managers can generate individual or team reports obtaining insight into individual or team performance and learning program effectiveness.

Automate onboarding and streamline compliance training

 

The user experience improvements in Moodle Workplace 4.0 make it easier for managers to create tailored training pathways and onboard employees by automatically assigning learning and granting competencies to individuals or teams based on tailored or dynamic rules.

 

With automation, managers can turn learning programs into certifications to streamline compliance training or meet legislation requirements.  Managers can also schedule a ‘recertification’ which can be the same Program or a different one.

 

Improve program efficiency by centrally managing multiple learning platforms within a single LMS site

Through multi-tenancy, Moodle Workplace 4.0 makes it straightforward for administrators and managers to support different learning audiences by creating an ecosystem of individual learning environments in a single LMS site. Each tenant can have its own look and feel, user membership, administrators, and content, and Moodle Workplace also supports content sharing across tenants.

Evaluate the impact of learning and make informed decisions

In Moodle Workplace 4.0, report builder now allows managers to build custom reports for audiences in a drag-and-drop interface with instant preview. Data insights help managers adapt and improve learning programs to drive better employee performance.

Build a seamless learning ecosystem with single sign-on and integrations

Moodle Workplace 4.0 integrates seamlessly with a wide variety of software, including HR systems and content repositories, so that L&D departments can build an ecosystem that supports their organisation.

The streamlined sign-in accommodates Single Sign-On with support a wide range of standard single sign-on providers (Google, Microsoft, Facebook) and also custom authentication plugins.

Boost employee engagement with rich and engaging learning experiences

Moodle Workplace 4.0 goes beyond the basic content features of most enterprise learning management systems. Courses are rich with activities requiring learners to actively engage with the learning content and each other in various modalities. New enhancements include BigBlueButton, the web conferencing and virtual classroom, and Appointment Booking, which allows managers to schedule group sessions or 1:1 meetings.

Contribution to open source Moodle LMS

 

The enhanced tools and features created for workplace learning in Moodle Workplace directly benefit the Moodle community and Moodle LMS as open source code and features.  This relationship contributes to Moodle’s sustainability and allows us to continue on our journey to enable quality education in all corners of the globe, and our mission to empower educators to improve our world.

Find out more about Moodle Workplace 4.0 or please contact us.

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Bush & Co Lauded the Best Expert Witness and Case Management in the Uk

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Facing a terminal injury, either from personal injury or clinical negligence, can be overwhelming for a family and casualty. When it arises from clinical negligence, it creates even more bitterness realizing that the casualty is in pain from someone’s incompetence. (more…)

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