Forced Arbitration Banned Paving the Way for Safer Workplaces

When an 87-year-old former nun with memory loss was sexually assaulted in her nursing home, her nieces tried to bring a lawsuit against the facility, but they had no right to sue. Why? A forced arbitration clause in the company's contract legally barred any resident from bringing a civil suit for any reason and at any time in the future.  Legal advocates estimate that as many as 90 percent of large nursing-home chains in the U.S. now include arbitration agreements in their admissions contracts. And because of this, our most vulnerable citizens are at risk for neglect, assault, and abuse…
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Is It Safe to Drive Golf Carts on Arizona Roads?

A popular – and economical – mode of transportation for Arizona snowbirds is to travel around on a golf cart. With 18-inch wheels, two seats, and a top speed that barely hits 25 miles per hour, who can blame them? Especially as gas prices continue to soar. In 2018, there were 38,000 golf carts registered with the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles, which does not represent those on private property. One could reasonably assume that number has gone up. Registered golf carts are allowed on roadways as long as certain conditions are met – in fact some golfing residential communities…
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“Dirty Dozen” List Reveals the Most Dangerous Companies to Work For

In 2020, an American worker was killed every 111 minutes and most of the workplace hazards were totally preventable. The worst part? Some companies are repeat violators with a track record of jeopardizing the safety of their employees. Under federal law, every employee has the right to a safe work environment. But there are companies out there that disregard regulations meant to protect their employees and, in some cases, punish those who ask for more robust safety measures.  The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health recently released its “Dirty Dozen:” 12 companies that put workers and communities at risk…
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5 Ways to Stay Safe While Cycling

Cycling is a popular mode of transportation and recreational activity for many Americans. More and more cyclists are heading out onto the road alongside cars and other vehicles. And for good reason, as it’s one of the best ways to get exercise, see the sights, and reduce our carbon footprint. As the number of Americans who take up bicycling increases, so does the risk of an accident. For nearly a decade, the number of bicycle accident deaths declined. However, recent studies in Arizona show that while crashes and injuries are down, fatalities are historically high. As you would expect, in…
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Tactics Insurance Companies Use to Deny Claims

You’re involved in an accident. Someone else is at least partially to blame for your injuries and damaged property. Medical bills are piling up and because of the extent of your injuries, you’ve experienced a temporary loss of income. Recovering compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company should be straightforward, right? If you’ve ever had to file an insurance claim, you know the frustration that seems baked into the maze of endless forms and confusing small print. Insurance companies aren’t interested in helping you get the money you deserve after an accident. They’ll use many different tactics to deny claims…
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