DOJ Ruling on Disabled Rights in Cruise Ships

Written by Lala C. Ballatan

It is interesting to note that many disabled persons, instead of slinking away and being embarrassed by their conditions, are asserting their rights. They already educate themselves withrepparttar basics ofrepparttar 119151 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, a law which protects them against discrimination and rules that establishments and such give proper accommodations for them.

Adopted to removerepparttar 119152 barriers that preventedrepparttar 119153 society from benefiting fromrepparttar 119154 participation and contributions of individuals with disabilities,repparttar 119155 ADA took effect in July 26, 1990. Its Title I prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities – whether in job application, procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. It also hasrepparttar 119156 qualifications of a person with disability. Four other titles of ADA includes other aspects whererepparttar 119157 issue of disability is very much considered: public services and public transportation, public accommodations, telecommunications and miscellaneous.

Many states have also adopted and enforce versions ofrepparttar 119158 federal ADA. Now, onrepparttar 119159 Supreme Court rulings posted by Peggy McGuiness at Opinio Juris, referred to by Walter Olson on March 2, 2005 atrepparttar 119160 site, several important and interesting issues aboutrepparttar 119161 ADA were raised.

An argument ensued atrepparttar 119162 Supreme Court whenrepparttar 119163 Department of Justice (DOJ) sided with a group of disabled cruise passengers who sued Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) for failing to providerepparttar 119164 kinds of accommodations required on public transportation underrepparttar 119165 Americans with Disabilities Act. The defendant, NCL argues that they should be exempt from ADA regulation inrepparttar 119166 same way that they are exempt from federal labor laws because their ships fly underrepparttar 119167 Bahamian flag. The DOJ andrepparttar 119168 plaintiffs argue thatrepparttar 119169 ADA can be applied to foreign flagged vessels operating in US waters precisely because they come in and out of US jurisdiction and operate as a public accommodation.

On dog bites and other dog injuries… (Part 2)

Written by Granny’s Mettle

Dog bites are very common injuries for both adults and children. People bitten by a dog can have permanent disfigurement, psychological trauma, and worse, even death. It is therefore necessary to always provide great care when dealing with dogs, even those that are considered as pets.

Precautionary measures are provided by experts and medical practitioners to avoid getting bitten. However, when one gets dog bites, one should know his/her rights, especially when it comes to recovering damages.

If you or a family is bitten by a dog, you should:

… try to identifyrepparttar dog. Ifrepparttar 119150 dog has rabies, it is important that you should seek medical care and getrepparttar 119151 appropriate vaccines againstrepparttar 119152 rabies.

… not argue withrepparttar 119153 owner ofrepparttar 119154 dog. Arguing won't do any good, especially whenrepparttar 119155 owner doesn't want to believe what happened. Many owners believe inrepparttar 119156 goodness of their pets that's why it's hard for them to accept that their dog would bite without severe provocation.

… not sign any papers or make statements on record. The dog owner, property owner or their insurance company might try to get you to sign papers or record your statements on tape. Take note that their primary goal is to get you to make statements that will help in their cause to avoid possible liabilities for your injuries. If this happens, you should consider having a lawyer present to assist you.

… make a report torepparttar 119157 police. Reportrepparttar 119158 incident torepparttar 119159 police and they will investigaterepparttar 119160 circumstances ofrepparttar 119161 dog bite. They will then provide a report that may help establishrepparttar 119162 incident.

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