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3 Questions To Ask A Car Accident Lawyer

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

No one can really plan for being in a car accident. As much as you might do your part on the open road, there is no way to know what the people around you are going to do. You could end up having someone cut you off, causing you to swerve, in mere seconds. Being in a car accident is stressful, overwhelming and frustrating. There are a lot of things that you get stuck having to figure out. To make sure you better understand the process involved with filing a claim against the other party, here are three things you need to ask your lawyer. What all can be included in the case? Many people overlook a lot of the different things that can be included in the case. Things like medical bills tend to be quite obvious, but many forget about mileage to and from medical appointments, prescriptions, lost wages, home care, special equipment or aids needed and more. All of these items can add up and further compound your case, making the total settlement amount even higher. What happens if the case isn’t successful? While you hope to win your case and get everything you deserve, you need to know what might happen in the event you don’t win. Are you going to be responsible for paying for the lawyer’s time and work on the case or do they take it as a loss? Most lawyers work on a contingency basis, but you need to make sure of that beforehand. You don’t want to get hit with a huge bill for their services when you lost your case. Is there anything special that needs to be done? Ask the lawyer if here is anything you need to do during the case. Are there documents that you need to gather? Do you need to get names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses? You want to make sure that you are doing anything you can to help. Your lawyer will often advise you to attend all medical appointments and follow-up on treatment recommended by your doctor to aid in your recovery. By asking the three questions above, you can make sure that you are on the same page as your lawyer. The last thing you want to do is assume anything when it comes to a personal injury case. It is always better to ask first before making any assumptions. Contact a local attorney, like Robert M Kaner Attorney, to get...

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Warehouse Tips: Protect Your Eyes & Signs That You Need Medical Attention

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You work in a fast-paced environment, and you have to keep up. Working in a warehouse may put you at risk of certain dangers, such as an eye-related injury. The following guide will show you how to protect yourself at work and what to do in case of an injury. Simple Eye Protection Tips Eye-related injuries are more common than you think; in fact, they occur about 2000 times a day in the United States. This is a good reason to pay attention to the following: Know The Eye Hazards The potential eye dangers will determine the kind of protection that you need. The following are just a few hazards: Dust, metal shards, wood dust, and other similar materials. Chemicals that could be hazardous, like oils. Pair Your Safety Gear Correctly Your employer should provide you with information about the kind of eye hazards that exist for your job. Your employer should also give you the right gear to protect your eyes. For example, you will need safety glasses with shields should there be projectile particles in the warehouse, like dust. Chemicals, since they are liquid, will require that you use goggles. You can talk to your employer about other materials that might be in the warehouse and how to protect yourself. And you might need to modify your safety gear to fit your prescription if you wear glasses or contacts. Check Or Prepare Work Area You and your employer should ensure that the area you are working in is checked for hazards. For example, dust, mop, or sweep an area if you know that there might be foreign objects, like chemicals, dust, and other eye hazards, there. Signs That You Need Immediate Eye Care You may want to keep working when you have a minor injury, but you should rethink that action. Watch out for the following, which should prompt you to seek immediate medical attention: Increased or persistent pain after the accident. Visual disturbances or a decrease in visual acuity. Your eye begins to look or feel abnormal. Be sure to report the accident as soon as you can so that the employer is aware of the situation. Reporting ensures that the incident is well documented should you need to visit the doctor or file for workers compensation. Do not forget to keep a copy of your medical report, as you might need that if you seek compensation. If you do need to seek compensation for a workplace-related eye injury, check out websites like for more information on hiring a workers’ compensation attorney. Now you have a few tips to protect your eyes at work and know when to seek immediate medical...

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When To Hire A Car Accident Attorney

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many auto accidents are terrible, but straightforward. The vehicle drivers may emerge unharmed, exchange information, and go on with their days. However, many other auto accidents are not as simple, and the consequences may extend far into the future. In instances like these, it’s wise to hire professional help. Here are some examples of when it is advised to consult with a car accident attorney. You Were Underinsured A few states don’t require drivers to carry commercial auto insurance. If you are involved in an accident in any other state, however, you could get into serious legal trouble if you don’t have active vehicle insurance. Depending on the circumstances of the charges against you, consider calling an auto accident attorney for legal advice on how best to proceed after an accident in which you were underinsured. You Are Being Sued Driving a car that is involved in an accident makes you susceptible to being named in a lawsuit. Whether or not you are at fault will ultimately be decided in a courtroom, but your need for legal representation is clear. If you are being sued as a result of a car accident, your personal freedom and/or financial stability may be at risk. Speak to a car accident attorney before speaking to anyone else. Someone Died as a Result of Your Driving It doesn’t take a horrific car accident such as a rollover for someone to be killed. Elderly persons, or those with a previous medical condition such as a heart problem may be traumatized by the accident and suffer fatal consequences. Even a freak accident may occur after a small fender bender. No matter the circumstances, if someone died as a result of your driving, consult with an attorney who specializes in car accidents. Remember that your auto insurance doesn’t protect you from criminal or negligent charges. You will need legal representation to ensure you receive justice. You Suspect You Were Profiled Profiling happens when prejudices regarding race, color or nationality are used to make assumptions about a person’s innocence or guilt. Unfortunately, profiling is common and rampant in certain regions. If you are in an auto accident and feel you were unfairly treated at the scene based on profiling by an official, you may lose your chance for a fair trial. Contact an auto accident attorney right away if you have any suspicions about the biased nature of how you were treated after an accident. Auto attorneys are legal experts in all different kinds of situations involving vehicle accidents. If you are involved in any of the above scenarios, call one...

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Catering To Your Guests In Good Spirits: Tips For Acquiring A Liquor License

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have recently considered starting your own catering business, you must realize that catering services often go well beyond food service. Many caterers also provide beverages, which includes alcohol. The provision of food and alcohol comes with a great deal of responsibility. In order to legally and successfully provide wine, spirits, beer, and other alcoholic beverages to customers, you must acquire a liquor license. Fortunately, there are tips to help you along the way in obtaining one. Know What You’re Selling First and foremost, you need to determine the type of alcohol you want to provide for your customers. Are you simply looking to offer various beers or would you like to provide a wide range of options such as hard liquor, wine, champagne, and beer? Each and every state has its own Alcohol Beverage Control Agency or ABC. The ABC controls liquor licenses and liquor distribution. The steps and requirements for obtaining a liquor license often vary by state and may even vary by city depending upon certain state and local rules and regulations. In order to obtain a license to sell alcohol, you will need to inform to inform the ABC agency of exactly what type of alcohol beverages you plan to sell. The ABC agency may not approve your entire request. The agency has the right to enforce that a business only sells certain types of alcoholic beverages. Acquisition and Local Quotas Acquiring a liquor license is an important aspect for any catering business. As a caterer, you should expect to provide service for a variety of events ranging from birthdays to weddings and everything in between. In many situations, your guests will inquire about alcohol. For example, a bride and groom may specify that they want alcohol served during their wedding reception. If you do not have a liquor license and are unable to fulfill alcohol requests, you could lose potential customers. Visit your local ABC agency to determine what the requirements are for your area. In many areas, you have to determine if there is an available license quota. For example, in Indiana, it is stated that businesses will find that the available license quota has already reached 99% within city limits, meaning liquor licenses may be harder to obtain for some businesses. Make sure you inquire about the quota availability for your area before you set forth your plans to start your business. Licensing and Insurance Keep in mind that it could take several weeks for you to acquire a liquor license. After filling out your forms, there may be a fee involved in your application process. The fee can vary based on the type of business you run and the size of the city in which you operate. For example, in California, a restaurant that operates in a city with a population of approximately 40,000 can pay upwards of $12,000 for their liquor license. The agency can let you know what amount you will have to pay in order to acquire your license. They can also let you know how much you will have to pay for any renewal fees. In addition to acquiring a liquor license, you should also have some form of liability insurance for your business that covers you in the event of any accidents or damages while...

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Are You Eligible For Workers’ Compensation If You’re Injured While Incarcerated?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Jail and prisons sometimes provide inmates with opportunities to make money by performing work at the facilities or in the community as part of work-release programs. If you are injured while working for the private or state facility, are you eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits? It depends on the circumstances of the injury, the state where you live, and the terms of employment. Not All Injuries Are Covered For the most part, inmates generally enjoy the same benefits as other employees who are injured on the job. They can receive benefits for injuries that they suffered while performing work for the jail or prison whether or not they are at fault for the accident. However, there are a few instances in which they cannot recover compensation: The person intentionally injured him or herself The person was hurt as the result of an assault the individual initiated The injury was the result of horseplay (this only holds true if the employer prohibited horseplay and actively discouraged behavior in this area; otherwise, the person may still be able to get money for the injury) Terms Of Employment Only people who are recognized as being employed by the jail or prison are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. This generally means the facility must pay you a wage and direct your activities. Volunteers are not covered by workers’ compensation. Employers are also not required to cover independent contractors. This only comes into play, however, if you are actually doing work for a third party. For instance, if the prison or jail contracts its laundry service to another company but that company hires inmates to perform the work, then the jail facility would not be liable for paying workers’ comp benefits to you, since technically you are an independent contractor. That responsibility would actually fall on the third-party company who hired you. Workers’ compensation in your state may have additional requirements for coverage. For instance, one prisoner was denied coverage because the county he worked for didn’t have a contract that allowed the government to hire the person. It’s best to research the requirements in your area to ensure that your circumstances are covered. State Prohibitions While the majority of states allow prisoners to file workers’ compensation claims, many of them prohibit incarcerated persons from collecting the benefits while they are in jail. In many cases, you’ll have to wait until you are released before you can collect any money that you’re owed. For instance, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in Ohio won’t even attempt to settle a claim if the person is incarcerated. Making a jail or prison facility pay you for your injury if you’re hurt while working there can be challenging. It’s best to have your case handled by a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that your rights are protected and to negotiate a fair payment for your injuries. For more information, check out the website at...

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Trucking Accident Personal Injury Cases: Q & A

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The average weight of a mid-size car is 3,497 pounds. However, the typical weight of an 18-wheeler truck is about 80,000 pounds. Due to the vast difference in poundage, a trucking accident that involves a car and a large truck can be catastrophic for the people in the smaller vehicle. Victims can suffer serious, debilitating injuries or even death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, you may have questions about personal injury cases in which large 18-wheeler trucks are involved. Here are a few questions and answers about personal injury cases that are due to a truck accident: What types of serious physical injuries are typically involved in a trucking accident? Here are a few injuries that victims of trucking accidents may incur: Brain injuries Neck and back injuries Spinal injuries Burns Bone fractures Disfiguring scars What damages are usually compensated in a truck accident case? There are three categories of damages that are usually awarded in a personal injury case involving commercial trucks: Special Damages Special damages involve the expenses that are directly related to the accident, such as medical costs, lost wages and property repair or replacement. General General damages are not directly related to an expense. Instead, they involve retribution for things such as pain and suffering, emotional trauma and detrimental effects on your quality of life. Punitive Punitive damages are awarded as a punishment for the offending party’s gross negligence or malicious behavior. In a trucking accident, punitive damages may be sought if the defendant showed willful misconduct in the accident or obvious indifference to the victims.  Can compensation for a wrongful death be sought? If you have lost someone you love due to a trucking accident, you may be entitled to full compensation for an estimated value of your loved one’s life. No amount of money can repay you for your loss. However, seeking compensation can help discourage a similar trucking accident from happening to another person. How large is the typical upfront payment for legal fees? Most personal injury lawyers assume a trucking accident case based on contingency. As payment for their legal representation, they receive a percentage of your awarded compensation. Thus, they only receive reimbursement if you do, and no upfront payment is required. If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in your area today for a consultation. Consultations are usually free, and the attorney will be able to advise you of the validity of your case. For professional legal help, contact a law firm such as Barton Smith & Barton...

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Skipping Medical Appointments Can Hurt Your Injury Settlement Negotiations

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Negotiating with an insurance company for a higher settlement after a car accident can be tricky. One important factor that strongly influences these negotiations is whether or not you go to all your medical appointments and complete prescribed therapy. People often start out with the best of intentions but later succumb to various reasons not to go. That harms their chances of acquiring better compensation from the insurance company. Even if you hire a car accident lawyer at some point during the process, the attorney will have a difficult time acquiring a better settlement if you have skipped several medical appointments or stopped going altogether. The insurer will probably conclude your injury isn’t as serious as you originally claimed.  Consider the typical reasons people have for avoiding medical appointments and make sure you overcome similar temptations.  Time-Consuming Nature of Therapy Certain types of therapy, such as physical therapy and chiropractic treatment, may require numerous sessions over weeks or months. Those sessions may be scheduled weekly or even more frequently. You may find this to be a hassle and don’t feel like you have time for all those appointments. However, if there are gaps in your treatment because you miss appointments, your efforts — or your lawyer’s efforts — to prove you deserve better compensation will be undermined. Your proof of injury is established not only by diagnostics but by your adhering to a treatment regimen prescribed by your health care practitioners.  Therapy’s Apparent Ineffectiveness Similar to the complaint about therapy being time-consuming is the concern that the therapy isn’t working — and thus is a waste of time. Keep in mind that treatments such as physical therapy and chiropractic care may require several appointments before noteworthy progress is experienced.  If you truly feel that you’re not experiencing any improvement, consult your doctor instead of just giving up. This way, you’ll have medical records documenting your concerns and the physician’s response.   Lack of Transportation Your vehicle may have been totaled in the accident or you may not be able to drive due to your injury. That doesn’t mean you can avoid going to medical appointments. You need to find a way to get there, whether that involves getting help from friends and family, taking a cab or using a transportation service for disabled individuals. Disagreement With Treatment Recommendations You may be skeptical of complementary therapies such as chiropractic care or massage therapy, even if a medical doctor recommends this treatment. That can lead you to cancel appointments or not even start the therapy.  Contact a car accident lawyer for a free consultation if you have questions about these factors and to learn whether you have a good case for a higher...

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Faqs Of Personal Injury Settlements

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The settlement process can be time-consuming and exhausting. One way to get through the process is to know what to expect. To better help you understand the process so that you can properly prepare for negotiations, here is what you need to know about settlements. What Is the Average Settlement Amount? Contrary to popular belief, there is no average amount for a settlement. Each case is different and there are various factors that are used to determine how each case is valued. Even though two people might have similar injuries, it is possible that two different settlement amounts could be offered. For instance, liability could influence how much is offered. If two people have similar injuries from a car accident and one of the drivers shares some responsibility for the accident, it is possible the blameless driver might receive more in settlement. The insurance company might feel that the partially liable driver should also share some of the responsibility for the resulting injuries and damages. What Can You Do to Improve Your Settlement Amount? One way you can ensure a fair settlement is to not accept the first offer you receive right away. The first offer from insurance adjusters is typically lower than the amount deserved. Carefully consider the offer and compare it to what you believe to be a fair offer. If it seems unfair, do not accept it. You should instead contact the insurance adjuster and ask that he or she offer an explanation for the low offer. You can use the information gathered to tailor your response to the adjuster. For instance, if he or she stated that your injuries were not that serious, you can counter with medical records that prove otherwise and a counteroffer for what you are willing to accept. You also need to focus on any emotional points that you have that work to your advantage. If you have a photo showing the extent of your injuries, include a copy with your counteroffer. The photo could be the motivation needed to push for a fairer settlement. The adjuster knows that a picture could potentially sway a jury and wants to keep the case out of court. Consider consulting with a personal injury lawyer if you have not yet. He or she can help with developing a more detailed strategy to garner a fair settlement. For more information, talk to an experienced personal injury...

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4 Things To Remember When Hiring And Managing Your New Employees

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When your small business is finally able to take on employees, you may not realize that you need to keep some things in mind to legally protect yourself and your business. Keep the following things in mind when you hire and manage new employees. Avoid Illegal Questions When you are interviewing people for different positions, you will want to know some things about them and whether they would fit in at your company. However, it is vital that you know what can and cannot be asked. In fact, some questions are even illegal. For example, you are not allowed to ask about someone’s religion or marital status. To make sure there are no problems, only ask questions that relate to someone’s ability to do the job they have applied for.  Have Workplace Rules Many small businesses hiring new employees don’t take the time to put a workplace policy in place, and that can lead to conflicts and disputes. To make sure that your employees know what is expected of them, create a list of guidelines and rules regarding vacation time, sick days and other issues that might come up. It is also a good idea to detail how disciplinary actions will unfold. By giving your workers written rules, you can avoid any misunderstanding about what is allowed in your company. You may want to ask that new employees sign a letter that verifies they are fully aware of any workplace policies and understand them. Seek Training for Harassment and Discrimination Issues If you or any of your managers discriminate against or harass your new employees, your small business could be sued. Therefore, it is critical that you and your managers remain aware of relevant laws and know what can be said to employees. Seeking training for these issues can help your company to be a better place for all who work there. Talk to your managers about ensuring that any new employees do not violate harassment and discrimination laws as well. Don’t Fire Anyone without Talking to an Attorney Before you fire someone, talk to an employment attorney. Consulting a lawyer can make you more confident that you are terminating someone’s employment properly so you can avoid a lawsuit or other problems. Your attorney can even draft a letter for you that you can use for all firings in the future. Now that you know a bit more about how to protect yourself and your business when you hire new employees for your small business, use the information here to help you take the right actions. Be sure to work closely with an employment lawyer so that you can act appropriately with your employees. Contact a local employment attorney such as Timothy P O’Brien for more information and...

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Why You May Want To Hire A Social Security Disability Lawyer

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have decided that you are ready to file a claim for social security disability, you may want to consider getting a little help. This is best done by hiring a social security disability lawyer. Sure, you will have to pay a fee should you win your case, but many people find that the benefits of having someone with legal expertise on their side to far outweigh the cost. Take a moment to review the following reasons why hiring a social security disability lawyer may be the best move you make. Can Help You With The Questionnaire After submitting your initial application, you will be sent a long questionnaire that needs to be filled out and returned as quickly as possible. After all, your social security representative will not be able to move forward with the processing of your claim until you have successfully submitted this. The thing is though, many people find this extra large packets of questions to be rather intimidating. Not only that, but it can be confusing for some people as it may appear as though a single question can be asked in a few different ways throughout the questionnaire. While your lawyer will not give you the answers, as they are personal according to how you feel, he or she can help make sure that you are wording everything in a clear way.  Can Help Gather Your Medical Records It is important to make sure that the social security office is receiving all of your medical records from every primary doctor, specialist, therapist, and hospital that you have been seen at for the disability that you are suffering with. If everything is not received by a deadline set forth by the social security administration, your claim can be denied and you will have to start all over again. Therefore, even if your social security representative is taking down the name and numbers for the various doctors and hospitals that you have seen, you might need to take it a step further. Your lawyer can make calls, send faxes, and mail letters requesting the release of our medical records. This is usually enough to get the job done and it does not take any of your own personal time. Can Be Ready To File A Timely Appeal No matter how good of a case you have, there is always the chance that your claim will be denied. If this happens, you need to make sure that an appeal is being filed right away. After all, the longer you wait to file that appeal, the longer you are going without the financial and medical assistance that you need. Another thing to remember is that there is a time limit for appeals. Your lawyer will make sure that everything is filed well before that time limit is up so that you will not have to start the entire process over from scratch. With the previously mentioned points in mind, you should have no problem deciding whether you want to go ahead and hire a social security disability lawyer like Horn & Kelley, PC Attorneys at Law to help with your...

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Convicted Of A Crime In The U.S., But You Want To Visit Canada? 2 Options For Legal Entry

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Taking a trip north of the U.S. border can be exciting. Unfortunately, many people soon realize that crimes they have been convicted of in the United States could prevent them from legally entering Canada on vacation. If you are planning to visit Canada in the near future, but you are worried that your criminal record could stand in the way, it can be beneficial to retain the services of an immigration attorney. Here are two options for entry that an immigration attorney can help you obtain prior to your Canadian vacation. 1. Temporary Resident Permit In order to protect its citizens, the Canadian government has established a list of reasons for which an individual might be inadmissible into the country. Some of these reasons include security threats like a history of espionage or membership in a terrorist organization; and some reasons are due to previously convictions for crimes like shoplifting or DUI. Working with an immigration attorney to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) allows you to petition the Canadian government for authorization to enter the country when you would not otherwise be eligible. Be sure that you start the application process well in advance of your trip, since the average processing time for applications submitted through the Los Angeles visa office is 28 days. 2. Criminal Rehabilitation Having the help of an immigration attorney can be beneficial when attempting to apply for criminal rehabilitation. Since the Canadian government evaluates American criminal records based on the comparable Canadian statute, it’s important that you have an attorney who knows the Canadian legal system well enough to identify the statute that applies to your crime. If the maximum amount of time you could be charged for committing your crime in Canada is less than 10 years, the government considers you automatically rehabilitated 10 years from the date of your conviction. You can apply for criminal rehabilitation as early as 5 years from your conviction date. If your crime would have been punishable by more than 10 years if committed in Canada, you will not be able to apply for criminal rehabilitation as a means of entering Canada for your vacation. Hiring an immigration attorney, like David Borts Law Office, to help you gain legal entry into Canada if you have a criminal record can be beneficial. These professionals will be able to determine if applying for a TRP or criminal rehabilitation will be most beneficial in helping you take a Canadian vacation in the...

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