Should You Blow the Whistle on Your Employer?

Hi there! I’m Natalie Anne Lipnicki-Stuart, and welcome back to my blog. After speaking with an FCPA whistleblower lawyer, I decided to write a blog post on whistleblowing. This is an important topic, as it could affect anyone. 

When you see your employer acting fishy, they might be up to something. Perhaps your employer’s behavior is criminal, and you should know that blowing the whistle helps everyone. When businesses get away with fraud or criminal schemes, they hurt the economy and the government. This affects all of our lives in the end. 

It’s important to blow the whistle on an employer that is up to no good, but how do you know when to blow the whistle, and what is whistleblowing anyway?

Understanding What “Whistleblowing” Is

Whistleblowing is when someone reveals unethical and/or illegal behavior that companies are engaging in. The most common whistleblowers are people who were once employees of a company or who are currently employees. However, others who have knowledge of a company’s behaviors and activities can also blow the whistle.

The illegal/unethical behavior can be reported to superiors in the company or to outside law enforcement, media, or legal professionals.

What Does Whistleblowing Do?

It’s obviously important to expose behaviors that are unethical or illegal because these behaviors are harmful overall. Not only can it be harmful for the company and the employees of the company, but many others can be impacted as well. 

The company can be destroyed by unethical or criminal behavior. The company could lose clients and lose business, and they might even be put out of business.

How to Know When to Blow the Whistle

It’s not always easy to know whether certain behaviors are illegal or not. You might suspect something crooked is going on, but you may not be sure. So, should you blow the whistle or not? You can always talk to outside counsel, such as a lawyer, to get advice on what you should do.

You can also send in a tip to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) along with any evidence you have that something might be happening, and they can investigate the situation. You don’t have to investigate or prove the criminal activity; you just have to report it.

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Understanding Negligence Laws in Colorado

Hi there! Natalie Anne Lipnicki-Stuart is back with a new post about the negligence laws in Colorado. A friend of mine works at Justice for Colorado, a personal injury firm in Denver, and she informed me that negligence laws play a major role in personal injury cases.

It’s important for you to understand the negligence laws in your state, because they dictate whether you can file a claim, how much compensation you can receive, and how long you have to file a claim. Read on to learn more about Colorado’s negligence laws.

What is Negligence?

Negligence is the concept that all persons have a duty not to cause harm to others. In some cases, people have even more specific requirements, such as a store owner’s duty to maintain safe premises at all times. If negligence is found to have played a role in causing a person harm, the injured party can sue for damages.

Does Colorado Use a “Fault System” when it Comes to Auto Wrecks?

Yes, Colorado uses a fault system for car crash cases. This means that the person who caused the accident is responsible for paying for the injured party’s damages.

What is Comparative Negligence?

Comparative negligence is when the actions of both involved parties in an accident are compared. For instance, if you were travelling five miles over the speed limit and a drunk driver crashed into you, your negligence will figure into your claim. Because you were speeding slightly, your damages can be reduced by the negligence assigned to you.

How Long Do You Have to File Your Claim?

You have two years to file a claim for an accident involving negligence in Colorado.

What Types of Compensation Can You Receive?

You can be compensated through an injury claim for all the damages you suffered as a result of your accident. You can receive a settlement or award that should be equivalent to the losses you’ve faced. 

Your compensation could cover things like pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, mental distress, physical therapy treatment, mental health services, and lost life enjoyment.

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I’m Natalie, and I care greatly about educating all Americans on the legal system and rules that govern all of our lives. Legal studies should be for everyone—not just for lawyers. Visit me again next week when I’ll be back with another blog post on a different legal topic.

You Never Knew the Grocery Store Was Dangerous

Hi there, friends! I’m Natalie Anne Lipnicki-Stuart, and welcome back to my blog.

Most of us go shopping at least once a week to buy food for our families and ourselves. You probably aren’t fearful of visiting the grocery store, because what could possibly go wrong? Well, one thing that can happen is you could be injured in an accident, which is what happened to a friend of mine.

He was injured after slipping on a spill, but one could just as easily be a car accident victim on the way to the store or get mugged in the parking lot. Who knew a trip to the grocery store could be so dangerous?

What to Do After You’ve Been Injured in an Accident

A car accident lawyer in Largo suggested that I help my readers to understand what to do after being hurt in an accident, because accidents can happen in places where you’d least expect them to…like walking down Aisle 5.

After you’ve been injured, you will probably receive medical treatment right away. You should document all of your injuries and treatment carefully, because you can be compensated for them when someone else was responsible for your injuries. This is due to negligence laws. By filing an injury claim, you can receive a settlement from the person who harmed you.

For example, when injured at a grocery store, you could sue the storeowner if negligence is found to have been involved.

After seeking medical treatment, you should try to gather evidence that proves your case. You can interview witnesses or have someone else do this for you. These witnesses will be important in proving your case.

In addition, you’ll need to document the scene of your accident. For example, if you slip on a spill at the grocery store, take photos of the spill and the area where the accident happened.

Once you have your evidence, be sure to calculate your total losses. You’ll probably have hospital bills, lost wages, and other damages this injury caused you. You’ll want to make sure your settlement accounts for all the suffering you went through because of the other person’s carelessness.

Once you’ve followed all of these steps, you can submit your injury claim against the person responsible. You can also have an attorney help you with this process.

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Now you know what to do if you’re injured in the freezer aisle in your neighborhood grocery store. You can also use these steps when injured in any accident caused by someone else.

Natalie is always here to help you understand laws that affect your life happiness. Why do I do this? Because legal studies should be for everyone—not just for lawyers.

Not Just Drivers Can Be Responsible for Auto Wrecks

Hello! Natalie here! Welcome back. Today we’re talking about who could have caused your vehicle crash. It’s common for vehicle drivers to automatically believe the other driver was the person who caused the crash and is responsible for paying them back for the expenses and other issues the accident caused in their lives.

I’ve recently learned that there are a lot of other people, organizations, companies, and even government agencies that could be responsible for causing the accident that you were hurt in. Many of these people you may not have even considered! I know I didn’t even think about them before learning this information from a Greenville auto crash attorney, who I was interviewing on the topic earlier this month.

Who Could Be Legally Responsible for the Crash that Injured You?

Yes, it is possible that a driver is the one who caused your crash, and that may be the case for many accidents. However, did you ever think that the government could be liable for your crash and related suffering?

Here’s an example of when the government could be held accountable for your accident:

You are driving down the street when another driver loses control of their vehicle and hits you. What the car crash investigation reveals is that a large pothole forced the driver out of their lane and into yours. Because the government didn’t repair the roads, as they should have, they can be held financially responsible for the accident.

What about auto manufacturers? They’re the ones who design, create, and distribute the vehicles we all drive every day. What if the design is poor? What if the airbags don’t function properly? What if the tires on your car are defective? You absolutely can sue a manufacturer when they have brought about your accident and/or injuries. I sure know I would!

What about private companies, such as construction companies? Yes, they can also be liable for auto wrecks. What if the construction workers didn’t adequately mark their roadwork, which led to your crash?

Here’s another example: Suppose you take your car in to a mechanic and they don’t fix your engine properly, or they make some other mistake that causes your car wreck? Can you sue the mechanic? Of course you can! They have a duty to service your vehicle properly.

The Bottom Line

You get the idea. You can sue any person or organization that has brought about your auto wreck. These people should be held responsible for what they’ve done so that they don’t continue engaging in careless or harmful practices that can cause more car wrecks and injure other people.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll see you in my next blog post!