What is the Status on DACA?

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2017 – Under the Trump administration, immigration legislation changes often. It is best to reach out and connect with an experienced immigration attorney with questions or concerns about work permits or applications in progress.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program gave undocumented immigrants the opportunity to get educated, live and work legally in the United States without fearing deportation. The latest information that affects those under the auspices of the DACA program is that if a work permit is set to expire March 5, 2018, it may be extended another 2-years, but the application to do so had to be received by Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) before October 5, 2017.

Thus, for those who met the deadline their applications are pending and CIS continues to process them. Any requests for evidence and fingerprinting should proceed as usual. “This information only applies to those with work permits expiring March 5, 2018,” emphasized Annie Banerjee, a well-respected Huston immigration lawyer. “Anyone else outside those parameters cannot apply. Additionally, it is not advisable to travel, even if you hold a valid advanced parole document.”

According to the latest information out of the White House, Congress has been instructed to come up with an alternative immigration plan within six months. It appears there are ongoing attempts to do something about DACA, but it is not completely clear which direction any possible resolution may head.

There is a great deal of confusion surrounding DACA and DREAMERS. They are not the same thing. DACA was set to renew every two years and considered to be a temporary solution for over 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Those under DACA tend to refer to themselves as DREAMERS, but DACA is not the same thing as the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act).

The DREAM Act would have offered undocumented youth a path toward permanent residency. It was introduced in 2001, but it did not pass. DACA offers deferral from deportation for two years at a time. It is unclear what, if anything, will replace DACA.

According to some media outlets, President Trump wants to restrict any deal that Congress proposes to have it only apply to current recipients of DACA, not just eligible immigrants, and there must be limits to family members that could be sponsored to the United States, sometimes referred to as chain immigration. Whether or not the border wall would play a role in a proposed new iteration of DACA remains to be seen.

There are two differing viewpoints at the nation’s capital – the one held by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that the preferred route to replace DACA would be to implement the DREAM Act and the viewpoint held by Republicans mostly focuses on repealing DACA and strengthening border security.

“For now,” said Banerjee, “it’s mostly business as usual until we hear otherwise. If you have questions, make sure to contact an experienced immigration attorney for help.”

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The race for driverless truck and car technology

Driverless vehicles are being tested on roads right now. The LA Times  published that in a race to embrace driverless vehicles, Washington has cleared away regulatory hurdles for automakers and brushed aside consumer warnings about the risk of crashes and hacking. The NHTSA earlier this year published a voluntary  policy on automated driving systems and said it is working on more policy. Basically, the industry is left to regulate itself.

Tesla’s new electric semi truck unveiled

Last week Tesla introduced a fully electric semi truck. The truck is equipped with Enhanced Autopilot, the second generation of Tesla’s semi-autonomous technology. It’s equipped with automatic braking, lane keeping, and lane departure warnings.

Pennsylvania personal injury firms such as Munley Law are concerned that enough testing is done on autonomous semi trucks before they are introduced onto public roadways. While the electric truck business is still in the early stages and won’t be prevalent for years, many other auto companies are also testing driverless truck and car technology.

GM introduces driverless cars

Driverless cars are also on the horizon. The nation’s largest automaker, GM, unveiled its driverless cars this week.  In an interview with the New York Times, G.M.’s president, Daniel Ammann, said their driverless cars would be ready for consumer applications in “quarters, not years.”

Driverless vehicles could generate billions of dollars of additional revenue for automakers. Pennsylvania auto accident firms do not believe there should be a rush to production before all safety testing and safety measures are implemented.

If adequately tested and properly regulated, driverless technology may help prevent car and truck accidents

In 2016, there were 37,461 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year. The majority of these crashes were caused by human error, and advocates of driverless vehicles believe driverless technology could help to eliminate human error and thereby save lives.

Tesla’s semi-truck can travel 500 miles between charges while hauling 80,000 pounds. At maximum weight, it can reach 60mph in just 20 seconds. Tesla plans to start production in 2019. While Munley Law injury firm agrees this driverless technology is very promising, the lack of regulation poses significant dangers. Autonomous truck technology is currently proceeding at a pace faster than regulators can keep up with the lack of regulation poses significant dangers. It is also unknown how driverless trucks will affect driving industries, which could lose hundreds of thousands of jobs to automation.

Tesla’s semi truck also has the ability to drive in convoy mode. This means that a convoy of semis could take instructions from one main truck. This would allow for just one driver to drive three trucks. As far as charging, Tesla said that new megachargers could power up the trucks in only 30 minutes.

While these are all positives, Munley Law Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers feel strongly that extensive testing is completed and regulations are in place before autonomous trucks hit the road.

Eight important driverless vehicle safety concerns and issues

  1. The cost of implementing driverless technology – The cost of autonomous vehicle technology may be too high for the average citizen.
  2. The educational aspect of autonomous vehicle technology – This technology would require the training of the vehicle owner/driver on safely operating the vehicle.
  3. Hacking of the driverless vehicle – Many fear, that just like other computer systems, a driverless vehicle can be hacked and used as a weapon.
  4. Failure of outside technology – If technology unrelated to the driverless vehicle fails, such as a stoplight, how will the vehicle react?
  5. Road hazards – How will a driverless truck or driverless car respond to various road hazards?
  6. Weather-related concerns – How will rain, snow and ice interfere with sensors and cameras. Will driving be impacted?
  7. Driverless vehicle liability – Liability is another important issue that needs to be addressed. In the event of a truck accident or car accident involving a driverless vehicle, who is liable. As a personal injury law firm, we see the victims of tragic car and truck accidents every day. We see the devastation these accidents cause. What will happen in the event of an accident with an autonomous vehicle, who will be responsible?
  8. Proper regulation – Pennsylvania injury attorneys and other would like to know when driverless vehicles will be regulated?

 

All of these questions and issues must be addressed and policies put in place before driverless vehicles are allowed to hit the road. The prevention of car and truck accidents on Pennsylvania roads and the prevention of crash fatalities is our top concern. Munley Law personal injury firm wants to see safety and proper regulation be a focus of lawmakers and the driverless technology industry.

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Hoverboards Recalled for Fire and Explosion Hazards

By Brian Chase on December 1, 2017 –

Hoverboards Recalled for Fire and Explosion Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a product defect recall for thousands of hoverboards for fire and explosion risks. According to a USA Today news report, the series of recall affects about 16,000 hoverboards from brands such as iHoverspeed, Sonic Smart Wheels, Tech Drift, iLive, Go Wheels, Drone Nerds, LayZ Board and Smart Balance Wheel. All these brands of hoverboards have the same problem. They are all powered by lithium-ion batteries that could potentially overheat and cause a fire or explosion.

CPSC is advising owners to stop using these hoverboards immediately and return them to the companies for a replacement. In a released statement, CPSC urged those who own the LayZ Board self-balancing hoverboards to stop using them after the products were implicated in a fire that destroyed one home and seriously damaged four others.

Hoverboard Accidents and Injuries

In May, the agency issued a safety alert about this particular brand when a house fire in Pennsylvania in March killed two girls. Hoverboards became popular gifts during the holidays since 2015, but have been plagued with issues of overheating batteries that have led to fires and explosions. CPSC has said it is aware of more than 250 hoverboard-related incidents involving overheating or fires since 2015.

The agency also estimates that there have been 13 burn injuries, three smoke inhalation injuries and more than $4 million in property damage that can be linked to defective hoverboards. These products are required to be compliant with the UL2272 safety standard. However, even such compliance cannot guarantee that a hoverboard will not overheat or catch on fire.

Safety Tips

Our product defect lawyers would advise anyone looking to buy a hoverboard as a gift this holiday season to look for another, safer gift. However, if you do already have one of these products at home, there are several steps you could take to avert a mishap:

  • Stay on top of recalls. Go to cpsc.gov to see if the hoverboard you own has been recalled. Never continue using a recalled product. Stop using it right away and contact the manufacturer to find out what you should do next.
  • Charge a hoverboard only when you are there to watch it.
  • Make sure the smoke alarms are working on every level of your home, including outside sleeping areas and inside each bedroom.

Report incidents involving hoverboard fires, overheating and explosions to CPSC. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in such a fire or explosion involving a hoverboard, contact an experienced product defect attorney to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/11/15/hoverboards-recalled-fire-and-explosion-risks-again/865643001/

Safety Tips If You’re Using Uber or Other Rideshare Service This Holiday Season

By Brian Chase on December 1, 2017 –

Safety Tips If You’re Using Uber or Other Rideshare Service This Holiday Season

If you are planning to attend parties this holiday season, it is highly likely that you are going to consume a few adult beverages. Rideshare services are extremely popular and convenient to use during the holiday season when you may not have a sober, designated drive, or if you just don’t want the hassle of finding or paying for a good parking spot.

While this does seem like a good idea, it is also important to understand that these rideshare services do come with a certain degree of danger. Data released in 2016 showed that London Uber drivers alone are accused of sexually assaulting or raping riders nearly three times a month. A recent Buzzfeed investigation found that an internal data search query for “sexual assault” returned 6,160 Uber customer support tickets, with the term “rape” returning 5,827 individual tickets.

These are indeed frightening numbers. If you are planning to use Uber, Lyft or some other rideshare service this holiday season, here are a few safety tips we hope will prove useful:

  • Confirm the name of the driver and the make of the vehicle. There have been many reported cases of people posing as drivers. Rideshare services should offer passengers details such as the driver’s name, their photograph and car type.
  • Check the driver’s rating. You should make good use of online ratings before your car arrives. If you are not comfortable with the comments about the driver or his or her ratings, cancel your ride and call another.
  • Share your trip details with family members and friends. On Uber, you can tap “share status” in the mobile app and share all the details with a friend or family member.
  • Do not ride in the front seat. Passengers, particularly women, who ride up front have been on the receiving end of assaults, groping and other inappropriate behavior.
  • Keep track of your route on your own maps tool. Remain vigilant for any odd route shifts.
  • Whenever possible, share the ride with someone else. Try riding with a friend or use the carpool option some ridesharing services offer.
  • Trust your gut. If you sense something fishy do not get in the car. If you are already on the road and encounter an emergency situation, call 911 right away.
  • If you are too intoxicated, stay back at your host’s place until you are sober rather than taking a rideshare. You might increase your risk of being victimized.

If you have been assaulted by a rideshare driver or if you have been involved in a car accident in a rideshare vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.

Don’t Just Leave it to Your Insurance Company to Handle Your Car Accident

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Car accident attorney, Rand Spear, wants Philly car accident victims to understand their rights when they have been in an auto wreck. Many people don’t know that it’s important to have an experienced car accident lawyer to represent them and advocate for them when they have been in a car accident, and that they don’t have to settle for what the insurance company offers.

Why You Need a Car Accident Lawyer

There are several reasons that you need to have legal representation when you have been in a car accident. Insurance companies, even your own, will likely try to dissuade you from hiring an attorney, telling you that the claim can all be handled through the insurers and that a satisfactory settlement can be reached. However, the following are some reasons you should not do that:

  • Insurance companies are looking out for their own interests – not yours. When you have been in an auto accident, the insurance companies will try to settle with you for the smallest amount of compensation they can. Even very reputable insurers will look to make the best deal they can – for their company. An attorney will fight for what you truly deserve for your claim.

  • You are probably entitled to more compensation. The expenses that are incurred when you are in a car accident can be extensive – both medical bills and property damage or replacement expenses. You will likely be able to recover more for your damages when you are represented by a car accident lawyer.

  • You may not know the extent of your injuries right away. Injuries that are sustained in car accidents can take weeks or months to present themselves, yet insurers will attempt to settle your claim quickly, sometimes before you are recovered from your injuries, making it impossible to collect compensation for your ongoing medical bills. When you have an attorney, he can help you negotiate the timing of your claim to ensure that all of your medical issues are addressed.

About Rand Spear, Car Accident Lawyer  

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident in Pennsylvania, it’s important that you contact an experienced car accident lawyer to help you with your case and to make sure that you are not taken advantage of by insurance companies. Contact attorney Rand Spear at 877-GET-RAND to get the right attorney in your corner.

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Florida emergency rooms/medical malpractice-enter at your own risk!

Florida Justice Association (FJA) reports that Floridians’ safety at increased risk in hospital emergency rooms if proposed legislation becomes law.

Nearly six million people in Florida were treated in emergency rooms last year. Nationally, more than 225,000 people die every year as a result of medical malpractice, with half of those deaths occurring due to emergency room errors. When negligence by emergency room health care providers cause injury, illness or death, injured persons or their families need resources, information and financial support that would be severely limited under a misguided proposal to extend sovereign immunity caps to emergency room medical providers.

A bill making its way through the Florida Legislature would extend sovereign immunity to emergency room physicians, nurses, paramedics and other personnel, essentially creating a state-run insurance company.

The proposals would cap economic damages at $100,000 and rob patients of the ability to hold doctors accountable for negligence that causes them harm, shifts medical costs to taxpayers, and forces taxpayers to pick up the cost of defending ER personnel for their mistakes.

These bills would bring drastic and potentially permanent harm to Florida’s health care system. Specifically, the bills undermine existing financial incentives for health care providers to ensure patient safety and high quality care. The legislation would shift the high costs of medical malpractice from private medical providers to state government and ultimately to taxpayers because it treats not only private doctors, but corporate-giant-owned hospitals, as state employees. And these measures also would drastically curtail the ability of medical malpractice victims to recover economic damages needed to pay past and future medical bills and lost wages.

When a victim of medical malpractice suffers a disabling injury, he or she may be facing not only a lifetime of pain, medical care and need for assistance, but also a crushing long-term financial burden. Relieving the health care provider who caused that injury of the financial burden does not magically make it go away. The proposed legislation assumes that we, Florida’s taxpayers, are able to pick up the tab run up by a negligent health care provider after the victim’s family has reached a state of financial ruin.

By definition, the proposed legislation runs directly afoul of the very concept of sovereign immunity because it extends the state’s governmental immunity to private corporations and privately employed health care professionals. Instead of holding these entities and individuals accountable for their own negligent acts, the bills would both shift the cost of these medical errors to unsuspecting taxpayers and at the same time remove critical incentives to make hospital emergency rooms safer for patients. Given the already significant restrictions on medical malpractice litigation that were passed in 2003, the demonstrated financial strength of medical malpractice insurers, and the improved availability and steady decline in cost of medical malpractice insurance, there is no justification for placing further restrictions on the rights of injured patients.

The Florida Justice Association (FJA) is an organization dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers.

Media contact Jacqui Sisto
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Communications & Marketing Director for the Florida Justice Association
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