Posts made in June, 2013

What is a Green Card?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Legal Issues | 0 comments

One of the terms most frequently used in immigration debates is the “green card.” This is a colloquial term which refers to the identification card demonstrating that an individual has achieved lawful permanent resident status in the United States. The United States Permanent Resident Card, or USCIS Form I-551, grants an immigrant the right to live and work in the country permanently.

Obtaining a green card is an essential part of the process of eventually becoming a naturalized United States citizen. A green card holder must first live and work in the country for a set number of years before becoming eligible to undergo the naturalization process.

Green cards can be obtained in a number of different ways. The most common method is to apply directly to the USCIS, which may grant a potential immigrant’s request based on a number of different factors, including availability of job positions or family members currently residing in the country. Another common method for obtaining a green card is through the lottery, known as the Diversity Visa program, which annually distributes approximately 50,000 green cards to randomly selected applicants throughout the world. Individuals who claim these cards can then lawfully enter and live in the United States. If you are looking to obtain a green card, contact the green card lawyers of William Jang, PLLC, today.

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Injury Risks from Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Personal Injury | 5 comments

Slip and fall accidents, as trivial as they may seem, are actually among the most common causes of injury in the United States, and they even result in a surprisingly substantial number of deaths each year. In many cases, those who suffer the most serious injuries as a result of slip and falls are the elderly, whose bodies may be less able to absorb the impact of a hard fall. However, even younger individuals are at risk of suffering serious physical damage in a slip and fall accident.

There are many different ways that slip and fall accidents can cause injuries. Most of these injuries are relatively minor, while some are more worrisome. Some of the most common injury risks associated with slip and fall accidents include the following:

  • Ÿ  Broken bones
  • Ÿ  Contusions
  • Ÿ  Scars
  • Ÿ  Traumatic brain injury
  • Ÿ  Hip displacement
  • Ÿ  Spinal cord injury

These and other potential injury risks resulting from slip and fall accidents can have serious consequences for injured patients. In particular, they may require costly medical treatment which the injured individual cannot afford, as well as potentially costing them time away from work. In light of these risks, therefore, it is important to be alert to avoid slip and fall accidents.

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AlloDerm and Hernia Repair

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Legal Issues, Personal Injury | 2 comments

A hernia is a painful medical condition that occurs when an organ bursts through the wall of the body cavity which normally holds it in. Hernias typically occur in the abdomen, where strain and pressure is the most likely to cause a tear in the abdominal wall, allowing the protrusion of different types of organs to occur. While not typically life-threatening, hernias do need to be treated in a timely manner in order to ensure that blood flow to the organ is not cut off, which can result in much more serious medical consequences.

While a number of different hernia treatment options exist, one which has become popular in recent years is the use of AlloDerm hernia patches to repair broken organ walls and prevent further damage. AlloDerm, a human skin tissue that can be effectively grafted onto a recipient, actually integrates into the body to ensure that the problem does not recur.

Unfortunately, there are also a range of side effects that have been associated with the use of this product, including tissue perforation, insufficient tissue binding, and cellular rejection. While most patients who have undergone hernia repair with the use of AlloDerm have been largely free from problems, those who do experience these side effects may have to cope with significant consequences.

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Exemptions

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Financial, Legal Issues | 2 comments

http://www.beustring.com/When a person’s debt loads become too much for their financial situation to support, it may be necessary for that individual to seek bankruptcy protection in order to return to financial solvency. However, there are several different forms of bankruptcy which an individual may pursue, depending on their financial situation and the state in which they live.

One popular form of bankruptcy, Chapter 7, involves the liquidation of an individual’s assets in order to completely erase all but a few forms of debts. While this option may sound intimidating, many debtors ultimately find it to be the best route. This is particularly true because of the considerable exemptions that individuals pursuing Chapter 7 bankruptcy may enjoy.

The following are some of the various types of property exemptions that individuals undergoing Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be able to use to protect their most important assets, depending on the state in which they live:

  • Ÿ  Homestead exemptions, which allow debtors to exempt certain levels of equity in their homes from bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Ÿ  Vehicle exemptions, which allow debtors to exempt certain levels of equity in their vehicles.
  • Ÿ  Work equipment exemptions
  • Ÿ  Family heirloom exemptions

These and other property exemptions can help to make Chapter 7 bankruptcy a manageable choice for many debtors.

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