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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Post cool pics
« on: January 03, 2008, 03:45:41 PM »

 :o :o

hows that lil guy going to get down?!?!?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Law Links and Polls (duh)
« on: January 03, 2008, 11:37:14 AM »

The Scourge of the Billable Hour
Could law-firm clients finally kill it off?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Law Links and Polls (duh)
« on: January 03, 2008, 07:56:35 AM »

Marilyn Nevarez says she developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome from her typing and data entry job at Delray Beach-based Office Depot.

But another sort of pain started when her workers' compensation claim was denied. Seven attorneys turned her away because her case would bring too small of a legal fee.

''It doesn't seem fair,'' the 44-year-old Lake Worth resident says of Florida's workers' comp system.

And she's not alone. Nevarez's case is one of thousands in which hurt employees feel they have been shut out of the legal system since the legislature eliminated hourly fees for plaintiff attorneys as part of a 2003 overhaul of the workers' comp system, say attorneys who represent injured workers.

To be sure, the major reform did fix a system that was rife with abuse and whose sky-high rates were crippling some small businesses and driving up consumer costs. Workers' comp rates in Florida, at times the highest in the nation, have come down more than 50 percent.

But the fact that workers' comp judges now must follow a lower, set fee schedule for trial attorneys when they prevail -- 10 percent to 20 percent of the award -- has made it tougher for workers to dispute their claim's compensation.


Jupiter attorney Louis Pfeffer said he dropped Nevarez's case, despite the fact he that he believes her injury is real, because the approximate 75 hours he would put in to obtain a likely $20,000 to $25,0000 award for her would result in only a $2,500 to $3,000 fee for him. Before the reform, he could have expected to earn around $30,000, he said.

The legislature ''has in essence taken away an injured worker's rights to an attorney,'' he said.

Nevarez said that has left her to challenge Office Depot and the company that handles its claims, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, on her own.

''I am still in pain,'' she said, more than 2 years after the day in April 2005 she first noticed intermittent tingling and pain in both wrists.

A doctor she was ordered to see confirmed the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome in June 2005 and said she needed surgery on both hands. But the doctor didn't connect the injury to her job -- in effect, denying her claim for lost wages and medical costs -- and released Nevarez back to full work duty a week after the exam.

Nevarez said her superiors at Office Depot told her she would be fired if she did not return to work.

Nevarez said she complied, despite continuing pain, working until June 2007, when Office Depot outsourced her job and those of other workers.


Nevarez, who doesn't have health insurance, said her hands still hurt, but she has no money for an operation. Instead she spends her time looking for another job, she said. Her husband is a carpenter, and the downturn in construction has meant that they are having difficulty making ends meet.

Meanwhile, her search for a lawyer hasn't helped. ''You go from attorney to attorney, and they say they can't do anything for you,'' she said. ``It's very frustrating.''

sad...   :(

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Generic s3x thread
« on: January 03, 2008, 07:48:14 AM »

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Wow.. the weather
« on: January 03, 2008, 03:50:22 AM »

its 30 *^%&^% degrees here!!!

windchill of 21!!!!

in floriduh!!!!   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Oil
« on: January 02, 2008, 11:06:04 AM »

who called it?  who?  thats right, me!!!

and 100 might become the new norm  (prob not yet though...)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Various news links
« on: January 02, 2008, 07:22:38 AM »

The next generation to enter the work force may be more likely to cheat and lie than their more senior colleagues, according to a recent survey.

Three-quarters of teenagers believe they are fully prepared to make ethical decisions, yet nearly 40 percent also believe lying, cheating or violence are necessary to succeed, according to the survey conducted by Junior Achievement Worldwide.

More than half of those teens said their personal desire to succeed is the rationale. There were 23 percent who said violence toward another person is acceptable on some level.

The number of teens willing to bend the rules has more than doubled since 2003, according to Ainar Aijala, chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide.

"Kids are seeing evidence of successful politicians, professional athletes, religious leaders, lawyers and business professionals being dishonest people they also see as their role models," Aijala said.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Generic s3x thread
« on: January 02, 2008, 06:02:24 AM »;_ylt=ArVkQsQyYVjIPslasPV5CCCs0NUE

 UVa. tests Viagra-like drug for women

Tue Jan 1, 5:54 PM ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A drug that could do for women what Viagra has done for men is being tested at the University of Virginia. The drug is a testosterone-laden ointment called LibiGel and it's intended to boost the libido of women who have lost interest in sex. It will be prescribed at UVa in coming months to women who are suffering from hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

The condition is believed to affect one-third of American women.

"It is the most common sexual problem that women have," said Dr. Anita Clayton, a psychiatrist with the UVa Health System and author of the 2007 book "Satisfaction: Women, Sex and the Quest for Intimacy."

UVa joins 99 other medical institutions participating in testing the drug's efficacy and safety.

If given the green light by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Illinois-based BioSante Pharmaceuticals Inc. hopes to offer the drug to any woman complaining of a low sex drive.

For now, though, Clayton will enroll 25 women between the ages of 30 and 65 to take part in the national study.

Those women must have had both ovaries surgically removed, be currently taking an estrogen supplement and be distressed about their lack of libido.

Ovariectomies, or surgical menopause, can lead to a drop in sexual interest because ovaries produce roughly half of the testosterone in a woman's body.

Testosterone plays a key role in sexual functioning for men and women.

LibiGel comes in a pump bottle. The woman rubs the small dot of gel into the skin of her upper arm. Over the next 24 hours, the gel's testosterone seeps into her bloodstream, boosting her energy and libido.

Clayton, who is running the clinical trial at UVa, said the drug is better than previous testosterone treatments because it keeps levels of the chemical constant, much like naturally occurring testosterone.

"I expect this will work," she said.

In its second-phase clinical trials at 17 institutions, LibiGel led to a 283 percent increase of satisfying sexual encounters for the women taking the drug.

"A lot of women have this problem, but unfortunately they've been largely ignored by pharmaceutical companies," said BioSante's chief executive, Stephen M. Simes. "It's not fair that women have no drugs, while men have many."

General Off-Topic Board / Re: My Thoughts/Rants - Poll: Morals
« on: January 02, 2008, 05:55:34 AM »;_ylt=As3jSHNJDPTxCZ_79nlEoDKs0NUE

 Pressure mounts with 275 killed in Kenya

its a shame we dont have any spare troops that could maybe do some actual good right now...

Law School Admissions / Re: University of Houston
« on: January 01, 2008, 08:11:40 PM »
and for those of you already living in houston, how much is your electric bill?

i hear horror stories of 300-400-500 a month!!!

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