Sexual Battery in Florida

Patting a person’s buttocks, forcing a kiss on the mouth, forcing another to touch an intimate part of your body, touching another person’s victim’s genital area and/or grabbing or fondling a woman’s breast are considered sexual battery, a type of sex crime that is less serious because it does not involve penetration.

Sexual battery refers to any form of non-consensual or unwanted sexual contact or touching, without involving sexual intercourse or penetration. But while some states only refer to this crime as criminal sexual contact, rather than criminal sexual penetration, other states use sexual battery interchangeably with rape. Some states also use the term interchangeably with sexual assault, child molestation or indecency with a child, if the sexual contact is done to a minor.

Perpetrators of the crime of sexual battery are usually known to victims; they can be a victim’s relative, dating partner, classmate, neighbor, acquaintance, co-worker, friend, or even a spouse. As explained by the University of Florida Police Department, however, this criminal act is not motivated by sexual desire. It is, rather, an aggressive attack and a violent crime with the aim of humiliating, hurting and controlling a victim through sex. In Florida too, if sexual battery is committed by someone (over 17 years old) on a victim below 12, with the victim eventually sustaining injuries to the sexual organ as a result of the assault, then the crime is punished as capital felony, wherein the sentence can be life imprisonment or death.

According to a Destin sex crime defense attorney, “It is hard to think of a crime with more of a negative social stigma than a sexually related offense. When it comes to sex crimes, most people tend to think you are guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around. Just being accused of such a terrible crime is enough to ruin your reputation, your career, and your family. And that is only the beginning. If you are convicted of a sex crime in Destin or anywhere in Florida, you will likely go to prison for a very long time and be forced to register as a sexual offender for the rest of your life.

When faced with such a terrifying ordeal, it would be easy to decide that there is no hope. That there is no way to get around the fact that your life is over and you are going to prison. Do NOT make this mistake. Just because you have been accused does not mean it is a sure thing that you will get convicted. What it does mean, however, is that you must make a decision right now, before it is too late, that you are going to fight back and do everything with the help from a skilled and experienced sex crimes lawyer.”

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Common Injuries in the Office

Workplace accidents not just happen in inherently hazardous workplace environments such as construction sites and factories. They also happen in everyday offices, where unsuspecting employees in suits and dresses sustain head injuries, neck and back issues, fractures, and sprains.

Many of the accidents in offices are preventable, and the first step to prevent them is to know them and their causes.

Lifting
Lifting is not exclusive to physically demanding jobs such as in construction. It can also be a task for office workers. Most of the things they lift are relatively lighter, such as files and documents, but it doesn’t mean that these workers are not vulnerable to lifting injuries. Improper posture and manner of lifting can cause neck and back problems.

To prevent injuries, always seek the assistance of an office worker so you do not overexert yourself. If nobody is available to help you, use a lifting aid such as a cart or truck.

Slip and Fall
There are hazards in the workplace that may cause employees to slip and fall. These hazards include obstructions such as loose wires, carpets, and opened drawers, and slippery materials such as spilled drinks and loose papers.

To prevent slip and fall accidents, make sure that these hazards are reported immediately, so appropriate action can be done. Also, be mindful of your surroundings.

Workstation Ergonomics
Sometimes, injuries are not as animated as lifting accidents and slip and fall accidents. They may be silent but equally devastating. A good example is how the ergonomics of your workstation can give you physical problems. Not sitting properly might put a strain on your neck and back, as you level yourself with the monitor. It might also strain your wrists and hands, as you adjust to the level of the keyboard.

To prevent ergonomics issues, make sure that your workstation is properly designed for your comfort. If possible, also take breaks such as short walks to avoid being in the same position for a long time.

The office is a place of productivity. It is the last place you want accidents to occur. You might even miss time at work and have financial issues because of accidents. In the instances where the injuries have been caused by negligent employers, lawsuits are even possible.

But prevention will always be a better choice. By being mindful of the hazards of lifting, slipping, falling, and workplace ergonomics, you are helping yourself to prevent workplace injuries and their medical and financial consequences.

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The Importance of Wedding Makeup

For most women, their wedding is one of the most important days in their life. As such, they want to be in their most stunning look. However, some women tend to overdo looking at their best by doing their own makeup. So rather than look at their best, they end up being talked about for the wrong reason and that is for not having the right wedding makeup.

Having the best look during the day of your wedding is important for a variety of reasons. According to Houston wedding makeup experts, wedding makeup can bring your inner beauty to the surface. As the woman of the hour, you would be in front of all your guests, family, and relatives so you want to be the most beautiful in the church and reception. Having the best wedding makeup can give you a feeling of security especially on your wedding day.

Doing your own makeup in order to save money can be a huge mistake. Letting a professional makeup artist do your makeup can have excellent benefits. First of all, they know how to bring out your best features. They have the ability to make your makeup complement your hair and dress. As you will be taking a lot of pictures, your makeup artist will be able to style you up for photographs.

Finally, a makeup artist knows about the right products and techniques for ensuring that you still look your best at the end of your special day. At the end of it all, your wedding will be one of the most talked about not only because of the food and ceremonies but also because of the bride.

These are just some of the reasons why choosing the right makeup is important especially on a woman’s wedding day. Every woman longs for a dream wedding and wearing the best makeup is the start of that perfect wedding.

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Acts of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes: A Serious Problem that Needs to be Dealt With As Soon As Possible

There are about 15,600 nursing home facilities located all across U.S. that provide shelter to more than 1.3 million residents (statistics for 2014). Nursing facility residents include elders (65 years old or older), individuals who are chronically ill or disabled and in need of rehabilitative therapy, and those who are physically or mentally incapacitated. All of these facilities promise the same thing: monitoring of medication, 24-hour emergency care, social and recreational activities and personal care, which includes dressing, bathing, and toilet assistance: in a nutshell, high quality of life in a well-maintained setting.

Contrary to the provision of quality care that is required under the law and which residents are made to expect, so many of them are rather made to experience abuses and neglect or lack of care, many of which result to malnutrition or dehydration, failure to accommodate medical needs, lack of proper hygiene or sanitation, bedsores, and even wrongful death. In fact, thousands of abuses and neglect get reported every year; yet, despite this high number, many authorities and experts believe that so many more remain unreported, especially the more sensitive and humiliating cases, like sexual abuses.

To protect residents, as well as to make sure that needs are always attended to, the U.S. Congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Act into law in 1987. This Act mandates that nursing homes participating in Medicare and Medicaid or which receive Medicare and Medicaid funds, have the legal responsibility to “provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care.” (http://www.nursinghomealert.com/federal-nursing-home-regulations-and-state-laws)

Another law that is aimed at ensuring the well-being of residents is the Federal Nursing Home regulation, which says that residents have the right to be free from involuntary seclusion, corporal punishment, and all kinds of abuses, which include physical, mental, verbal and sexual abuse.

As defined under federal nursing home regulations, abuse can be any form of act that: inflicts injury; deprives care or service; causes intimidation; results in unreasonable confinement or punishment that causes physical harm and/or mental anguish. Neglect, which may be intentional or non-intentional, is failure to provide the necessary care and service which will ensure freedom from pain or harm, or failure to assist a resident during potentially dangerous situations which can possibly result to harm or anxiety.

Knowing that unscrupulous nursing home staff and management often fail in providing adequate care for the needs of residents or, worse, actively engage in harmful behavior towards elderly individuals, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® informs residents and their loved ones of their right to take legal action against those responsible for any inexcusable behavior. Nursing home neglect, the firm continues, is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible – in order to stop current abuses and to protect future nursing home residents from those prone to committing any act of abuse.

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Taxotere, An Effective, yet Dangerous Cancer Drug

Taxotere (Docetaxel) is a cancer medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of a various types of cancer including non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer. It is manufactured and marketed by Sanofi-Aventis and was first approved by the FDA in 1996 to specifically treat breast cancer.

Taxotere, which belongs to a family of chemotherapy drugs known as plant alkaloids, is held to be capable of improving the life expectancy and overall life quality of cancer patients due to its ability to interfere with the growth and spread of cancer cells. During chemotherapy treatment, Taxotere works by damaging the RNA or DNA, causing the cells to fail to divide and die – this results to the shrinking of cancerous tumors.

Though effective, Taxotere has been linked to one disfiguring side effect: permanent hair loss, also known as permanent alopecia.

Hair loss is a very common side effect during chemotherapy, but this is just temporary as patients are assured that their hair will grow back three to six months after treatment has stopped. In chemotherapy treatments wherein Taxotere is used, however, a big percentage of women have reported absence of hair growth for as long as ten years after treatment; and they complained not just of baldness, but of “alopecia universalis” or total hair loss on the scalp and body (this means loss eyebrows and eyelashes, and loss of hair growth under arms and around the genital area).

In the lawsuits filed by these women, it is alleged that women from other countries were made aware of Taxotere’s side-effects. In the U.S., however, no published information ever contained the words “alopecia” or “permanent hair loss.” Thus, two among the many legal actions filed against Sanofi-Aventis accuse the manufacturer of concealing information from the public and selling the drug without disclosing its real dangers or risks.

As explained by the law firm Williams Kherkher, these accusations are based on information that Sanofi-Aventis actually knew about the possibility of permanent alopecia in users as early as the 1990s. This, however, was deliberately concealed by the manufacturers to downplay the risks associated with Taxotere.

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