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Did you suffer injuries in a single-vehicle accident?

You may get into a vehicle as a passenger for many reasons. Perhaps a friend picks you up for a night out or maybe a friend of a friend plans on driving a group to an intended destination. In some cases, you may not even know the driver or know him or her well. Whatever the reason, you likely do not give much thought to simply getting in the passenger seat and buckling up.

Of course, any driver could cause an accident, and perhaps the individual driving the vehicle you were in ended up in this type of situation. Even if only one vehicle was involved in the incident, you could still end up suffering serious injuries.

What is a reasonable accommodation for a disabled employee?

Legally, an employer has to provide reasonable accommodations for employees who suffer from disabilities when these disabilities do not entirely prevent them from doing their jobs. The accommodation allows them to continue working and being productive at the company.

So, what is a reasonable accommodation? It's a loose definition that applies differently from one case to the next, depending on the needs of the employees and ability of the employer. A few examples include:

  • Restructuring a person's job and/or responsibilities. A person confined to a wheelchair may be better served in a desk job, for instance, even if other workers are required to leave the desk and do physical labor at times.
  • Changing the person's work schedule. For example, a person may need daily treatment due to the disability, and he or she can only get it at 9:00 a.m., so the company may need to allow the person to come to work an hour late.
  • Making it possible for the person to use facilities that other employees use often, such as bathrooms, break rooms and the like.
  • Modifying the equipment used on the job or offering alternatives that the person with the disability can use.

Special needs students can improve reading skills in the summer

Many people tend to discount what some special needs students are capable of. When the educators are the ones who are doing this, great problems can result. For the parents of any child who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the summer months might pose a unique problem. One study should give all parents hope for the summer.

The study showed that special education students can show a larger improvement in reading skills during the summer months. This is partially due to the fact that many parents don't require that their children participate in summer reading activities. Parents of special needs children understand that learning has to be all year long, so they tend to encourage more active learning during the months when school is out.

Not all terminations are lawful

Finding out that you've lost your job is a terrible feeling. When you are being wrongfully terminated, it is even worse. There are a few things that you need to remember about terminations before you decide that you need to take action about a wrongful termination.

While Rhode Island is not a right-to-work state, there are federal protections that make terminations illegal in some instances. Understanding these can help you as you try to figure out whether you were wrongfully terminated or not.

Unfair wages? Consult the Equal Pay Act of 1963

If you're one of the lucky ones in Rhode Island, you may have a dream job where going to work every day is a pleasure. In reality, even those who love their jobs often encounter challenges in the normal course of duty. In short, some workdays are better than others are. However, if you are currently facing a problem that you believe is far more serious than the average workday mishap, you may want to carefully assess the situation to determine how best to proceed to resolve the issue.  

If the problem you're having relates to wages or other employment provisions, you may want to reach out for added support before taking formal action to address the problem in the workplace. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is a good resource that clearly defines fair wage practices and can help you protect your rights

Prepare for a battle when preparing a car accident lawsuit

A car accident is the first event that starts off a chain of incidents that you might never have thought you would be facing. When this happens, you have to be prepared for a battle because there is a good chance that the other party's insurance carrier isn't going to immediately pay. We can help you to get prepared.

One thing to remember when you are trying to work through the factors of the case is that you can't become so stuck on what you've already spent that you forget to factor in what you will have to spend in the future. We can help you address this need.

Parenting after divorce is a challenge

Just about every aspect of your life is going to change after you are divorced. One thing that is most certainly going to change is that you and your ex are going to have to parent your children together. This is going to be a challenge, but the rewards and benefits for the children are amazing when you can make this situation work.

If you and your ex are using the shared parenting method of child custody, you will have to work closely together to make sure that your children have what they need. This is where the challenge comes in. Obviously, you didn't get to the point of divorce because you work so well with your ex.

Handle matters individually when it comes to your divorce

There are many things that you have to work out with your ex when you are going through a divorce. These can include everything from who is going to keep which vehicle to when the children will spend time with each parent. Throughout all of these matters, you will try to get what meets your needs and your ex will try to get what meets his or her needs. We understand how challenging this can be when you are under so much stress and so emotionally raw.

One thing to remember as you are working through these matters is that everything has to be considered individually. You can't try to tie the property division settlement into the child custody case. You can't try to include alimony and child support in the same discussions. Taking things category by category can help you to ensure that you are focusing only on the matter at hand.

Woman charged for driving drunk, causing fatal crash

A one-vehicle crash that occurred about 3:00 a.m., on Jan. 27 caused the deaths of two passengers. The driver of a Jeep Liberty was on Route 4 near Interstate 95 when she lost control of her car.

The 25-year-old woman crossed two lanes of traffic and smashed into a tree in the median. A man and woman in her vehicle were pronounced dead at the accident scene. Another passenger was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, but was later released.

Using your parenting plan to provide consistency in co-parenting

One of the biggest challenges that Rhode Island parents face when they divorce is finding a way to co-parent their children in a way that provides the children with the structure they need while getting as much time with each parent as possible.

This often means that parents need to remain consistent regardless of whose house the children are at during a given time. The need for structure and consistency requires a balance with the freedom of each of you to parent the way you see fit. Fortunately, your parenting plan can provide you both with an outline to follow while allowing each of you to fill in the details that best fit your parenting style.

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