Monday, December 29, 2008

Discrimination based on Mental Disability and Impairment

Having a disability is difficult enough for anyone and being discriminated at work because of one’s medical condition makes it even worse. Similarly, disability discrimination is also an unlawful practice that has corresponding penalty under the law.

Consequently, taking unlawful advantage of one’s medical disorder at work is prohibited by law. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enumerate the medical conditions that qualify as disabilities, and hence, must not be used as basis to discriminate people.

These include the neurological disorder called Tourette syndrome. Tourette syndrome and other similar neurological conditions qualify as a disability under the law. As defined by the ADA, mental impairment means “any mental or psychological disorder such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, or specific learning disabilities”.

People with mental disability comprise a substantial part of the country’s population. In fact, nearly 4.56 million people are recognized as having mental retardation and developmental disabilities (MR/DD) and many of them are productively employed, thereby contributing to the nation’s economy.

If you experience discrimination because of your mental and medical condition, you can consult with an experienced discrimination lawyer in your area.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Plane crashed into home, killed three

An airplane accident happened recently in San Diego which claimed the lives of at least three people just this week.

Prior to the accident, an F/A-18D Hornet plane took off the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego with only one pilot on board. Reports said that the plane was having problems right after take off and the lone pilot prepared for an emergency landing.

The condition of the plane worsen while air borne prior to the landing, i.e. it lost its second engine, etc. As the consequence, the plane nosedived, according to witnesses – the pilot was able to eject himself from the aircraft in the nick of time.

Unluckily for San Diego neighborhood, the accident took place above them. The plane reportedly crashed into a home where a woman, her two kids, and an elderly woman lived. Due to the crash, three of them were confirmed killed.

The neighborhood was reportedly had to be evacuated. The pilot sustained injuries and was taken to the Naval Medical Center of San Diego.

Airplane or aviation accident doesn’t happen very often. But because of the dangerous nature of the plane’s fuel, it has a tendency to create a more fatal accident than others.

If you or anyone you know suffered injuries or wrongful death due to aviation accident, consult with an aviation accident or personal injury lawyer. You may have a valid claim against the party at fault or for whose negligence produces the accident.

Like this particular accident, the family of the victims may pursue a case for the loss of lives that happened because of the plane accident.