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Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized |

How to Get a Liquor License & Avoid Objections from the Community

Liquor sales is the bread and butter for many restaurants and establishments, as liquor typically has a profit margin between 80% and 85% and draft beer usually has a profit margin around 80%. Before you can sell liquor at your restaurant or establishment, you must first obtain an on-license.

When applying for an on-license, community members have a right to weigh in and object your application. All objections will be taken into account by the city and will heavily influence how successful you will be in getting that license. To prevent your application from running into any objections, take a look at these 3 techniques.

Reduce the Hours When Liquor Will Be Sold

Most community members are concerned that the sale of liquor will have a negative impact or influence on the neighborhood. This is particularly true if your establishment or restaurant is located close to residential properties. No one wants to have to deal with drunkards becoming a nuisance in the middle of the night, especially when they have to get up early the next morning. You can put a lot of minds at ease if you reduce or limit the hours of when liquor will be sold at your establishment. It’s best to avoid late nights and early mornings.

You can create a custom schedule. For example, you might stop liquor sales early during weekdays, but continue them until later on in the night during weekends. This might be enough to appease those who are living nearby. The key is to be considerate and reasonable.

Provide Details of the Type and Amount of Security On-site to Avoid Disasters

On top of being rowdier than usual, those who are intoxicated also tend to act more rashly. This means that conflicts and arguments may arise. Safety is a key concern for many community members. If you plan on selling liquor at your establishment, you might be able to further put some minds at ease if you specify the security measures that you will put in place to prevent brawls and other issues. For example, you might have two security guards stationed inside just in case any conflicts arise.

As safety is a key concern, you also want to prevent your patrons from getting inebriated to the point where conflicts and disagreements may arise. You should also specify how you plan on limiting alcohol to patrons based on how they’re acting and how much they’ve had to drink.

Include Protocols for Preventing the Sale of Alcohol to Minors

Another key concern that is commonly brought up is whether an establishment or restaurant has sufficient protocols in place to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors. This is usually a great concern for parents and also for law enforcements. To prevent any objections in this area, show that your establishment takes this issue very seriously. On top of asking to see several pieces of government-issued ID, you might also want to invest in devices that will scan the ID to determine whether they are legitimate or not.

Your bartenders and staff should also be trained on how to spot minors and how to spot fake IDs. They should ask patons who they suspect to be underage several questions about their identity. For example, they might want to ask them what their birth date is or what their address or zip code is.

Spend some time drafting up a detailed and thorough application before submitting it to the city. You want to be address as many potential issues that may arise as possible to prevent your application from running into any objections. If your application does run into objections, your application may be rejected or it may take longer for your establishment to get a liquor license. Numerous rejections will weigh poorly on your establishment.

To learn more about the liquor license process, contact companies like Arizona Liquor Industry Consultants.

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Finding The Best Witnesses For Your Collision

If you’re involved in a collision at a busy intersection where plenty of people heard the squeal of your brakes as you tried to stop and looked around in time to see the wreck itself, you may feel like you have plenty of witnesses handy. However, you can’t just run around getting the names and contact info of anyone nearby as soon as you’ve made sure nobody is hurt and exchanged contact and insurance info with the other driver; you’ll probably only have time to get a few contact details, so try to choose the most reliable witnesses. Here are three ways to assess how valuable a witness will be to your case.

1. Ask if they both saw and heard everything

A passerby who looked up when they heard the collision won’t be of any use in court. Why? Because they didn’t see the events that led up to the accident itself. This is why other drivers are often good witnesses, because they’re more likely to be watching the road. This point also means that your best witnesses will be those who were nearby, close enough to see details, but also far enough away to see the big picture (for example, able to see whether the light at an intersection was green or not).

2. Ask what they were doing at the time of the wreck

While other drivers on the road are often paying attention to what’s happening around them, they may also be distracted by their own concentration on their driving. If they’re driving nearby when the wreck occurs, they may be focusing more on how to avoid getting involved in the wreck than on the details of who did what and when. For this reason, a bored passenger or someone who was sitting on a nearby bench on the sidewalk and simply people-watching could be an even better bet than someone who was actively driving at the time.

3. Ask if they’ve testified in court before

There are many factors affecting a witness’s credibility that you can’t assess on-scene. For example, you shouldn’t ask questions that may offend them and cause them to refuse to give you their contact details (such as asking them if they’re a convicted felon or how good their eyesight really is). However, you can ask questions related to their reliability, such as whether they’ve testified in court before. If they have, you can ask them if their side won or not. If they have testified in court, great; they have experience with how to handle themselves on a witness stand. But this question may also help them open up and tell you other relevant information that will give you insight into whether their testimony will be useful or not.

These quick questions will help you get a back-of-the-hand estimate of whether the witnesses whose contact info you have will be helpful in your court case if needed. Later on you can discuss with your lawyer which witnesses will be the most helpful, but these questions will help you get the contact info of witnesses who have a good chance of being useful.

Contact a law firm like the Brownfield Law Office for additional information on how to handle a car accident case.

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Fly Ball! What To Do If You’ve Been Injured At A Baseball Game

Going to the ballpark to see a game is a great way to relax—until a fly ball comes crashing down on you. If that happens, you might end up with an injury. The ball might actually strike you, or maybe there will be a mad rush from the surrounding seats to catch the ball and someone will knock you down onto the concrete floor. Whatever the case, you should be prepared as to what to do in the event that something does happen and you are hurt.

Never Linger After A Head Injury

If you get a head injury, you need to seek medical attention. If the ball comes crashing down on your head or if someone falls over into your seat and knocks you forward and you bash your skull, you need to get to the hospital ASAP. Security should come over and escort you to an ambulance, but even if they don’t, you need to get to medical attention. You cannot just wait around for the end of the game and then seek medical attention. A head injury can be very dangerous and time is of the essence. So, even if you’re a die-hard fan and it’s a close game, you should leave and head to the hospital. You don’t want to have an internal bleed that could be fatal.

Don’t Hang Around With Security In An Office

If the injury was not a head injury—perhaps someone knocked into you and you twisted a leg, or your shoulder is hurt—the security might want to take you to their office and have you wait while they call an ambulance. There is no reason to do this; you should have them bring the paramedics to you, or else escort you outside to meet the ambulance. The security office might be in silent communication with the back office, who are more concerned with limiting their liability, and deciding what to do from a legal standpoint.

Never Sign Any Papers

The other thing you never want to do is sign any documents while you are at the stadium. You might be overwhelmed at the entire situation and be intimidated into signing. This is a mistake. The documents might be liability waivers that the stadium has on hand for just such events. If you do sign these papers, it will be much more difficult for your personal injury attorney to help you be reimbursed for medical expenses.

Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer

When you are released from the hospital, it is time to contact a personal injury lawyer at a law firm like The Fitzpatrick Law Firm. The lawyer is crucial for dealing with the bureaucracy that is involved in personal injury lawsuits. You are going to have to deal with medical billing companies, hospitals, and the stadium insurance companies. It is a huge and complex process that you should not venture into by yourself. A good personal injury lawyer will know exactly how to deal with the different parties involved in the lawsuit and how to most effectively get you reimbursed for pain and suffering.

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Four Reasons You May Not Be Covered By Workers’ Compensation Insurance

In the USA, most employees can count on being covered by workers’ compensation insurance (or at least they’re required to be covered, so if their employer doesn’t cover them they can sue). However, there are quite a few exceptions to this general rule. It’s important to know if you’re getting yourself into a situation where you fall under an exception, so here are the basics of four main reasons why your employer wouldn’t be required to take out workers’ comp insurance for you.

1. Your employer runs a small business

Although workers’ comp requirements vary by state, several states don’t require a small business to get insurance until they’ve hired more than three, four, or five employees. There are also exceptions in some cases. For example, in some states, your employer also employs a maid who falls under the “domestic servant” category, the maid may not count towards the total number of employees.

2. You work at sea (or in another exempt industry)

Workers who work at sea have a different arrangement. Instead of being required to have workers comp coverage, there are different types of compensation they can receive when injured. So if you’re thinking of working in this industry, your workers comp requirements may change. Other exemptions may vary by state; for example, in some states there are fewer requirements for workers comp coverage of agricultural employees.

3. Your employer is a family member

This is less frequent, but it’s also possible that you live in a state such as Idaho, where hiring family members that live in your household means you don’t have to pay workers’ comp. So if you live in Idaho, still live with your family, and work for your dad or mom, you may not require coverage.

4. You live in Alabama

This just goes to show how much variation there is in the state-by-state requirements for workers’ comp. Some states, such as Michigan and Minnesota, are proud of saying they allow no exemptions and everyone is required to be covered. But in other states, the requirements may be more lax; and in Alabama they apparently don’t exist. Alabama will allow you to get workers’ comp insurance, but won’t require it and won’t enforce it.

As you can see, workers’ comp is a little more complicated than it seems at first. Before you take a job, it’s always a good idea to check whether workers’ compensation is one of the benefits that comes along with it; in more cases than you’d expect, it might not be. To learn more, visit resources like Rizzi Law Group.

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Summertime Accidents: 4 Steps To Take If You’re Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident

It’s time to start planning your warm weather activities. If you’re going to be spending time away from home – whether it’s with friends or at amusement parks – it’s time to prepare for those summertime accidents. If you’re like most people, you don’t want to think about potential accidents while you’re planning your vacations. However, that’s exactly what you should do, especially since summer is notorious for traumatic injuries, including those resulting from a slip and fall accident. If you’re injured in a slip and fall accident this summer, here are four steps you should take.

Report It as Soon as Possible

If you slip and fall while on vacation, the first thing you should do is report the accident – even if you’re staying with friends. Regardless of where the accident happens, property owners have an obligation to keep their guests safe from slip and fall accidents. If the incident happens at someone’s home, report it to the property owner. If it happens at an amusement park, grocery store, or other public property, report it to an onsite manager as soon as possible. Be sure to get the name and official title of the person you’re reporting it to.

See a Doctor for Medical Attention

Once you’ve reported the incident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is important even if you don’t think you have any serious injuries. It can take several hours – or even days – for injuries to present themselves, especially if your adrenaline was pumping after the accident. Seeking medical attention will allow doctors to document the injuries you may have sustained.

Don’t Discuss the Incident

After your slip and fall accident, people may want to talk to you about the incident. You should avoid discussing it, especially to insurance agents or on your social media page. Talking to insurance agents about your injuries or posting information about the incident on your social media pages could cause problems should you decide to file a claim against the parties involved in your accident.

Speak to an Attorney

This is crucial. If you’re involved in a slip and fall accident this summer, you need to speak to an attorney – even if you’re injured at a friend’s home. You’re going to need treatment for your injuries and compensation for any medical bills you incur. An attorney can help protect your rights as an accident victim and ensure that you receive the compensation you’re entitled to. 

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