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4 Ways To Prepare For Your Trucking Accident

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Prepare For Your Trucking Accident

Being hurt due to a collision can be a scary time of life.  If you’re faced with severe injuries, this can be both frustrating and expensive. However, the key to getting through this challenging time may rest in taking legal action against the other driver. You will need to be as prepared as possible if this is something you want to pursue. Civil litigation will require you to go through the discovery stages to prove your case, and knowing what these four steps are can be extremely helpful to you. Written interrogatories The key for the legal system to learn the details of what occurred with your wreck is by providing the right amount of details. The time to do this is during written interrogatories, and you will be required to answer a series of questions. The deposition One of the most common ways for you to provide the various details of your case is by meeting with your opponent’s attorney. This is referred to as a deposition and could last for a long time. Keep in mind you should never attend this meeting without having your attorney with you, and it’s imperative for you to tell the truth at all times. Request for admissions statements You may be asked to either admit or deny certain statements to assist in getting to the meat of the case. This may help you avoid spending a long time in court and is typically the reason admission statements are served. Knowing what facts should be brought up in court which ones aren’t necessary can shorten the time needed and get the case resolved much more quickly. Request for production documents The best time to work to recover lost money is during the request for production documents. You should be prepared to provide some or all of the information listed below to do so: 1. Medical bills – These should include all of the costs of your full recovery. 2. Vehicle damage – The costs to fix or replace your car. Be sure to include any of the losses you may have had to endure because of the truck accident. It’s your legal right to work towards fully recovering these. Taking the time to work to get the money you lost back because of the collision you were involved in is worthwhile. Be sure to schedule some time with a personal injury attorney to help you do so...

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Avoiding Probate: Using A Revocable Trust For Estate Planning

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Avoiding Probate: Using A Revocable Trust For Estate Planning

Most people already know that in most cases, wills must be probated. The probate process, ever for small and uncomplicated estates, can last months. This means that the beneficiaries must wait for probate to be completed to take ownership of their bequeathed property. There is a will alternative, however, called a revocable trust (also referred to as living trusts), that can do away with the long wait and provide other valuable benefits for estate planning purposes. Read on to learn more about this method for keeping some of your property out of probate’s territory. Trust Basics Just like a will, the revocable trust is a legal means of disposing of property after you pass away. The trust document specifies that certain property be placed “into” the trust while the trust owner (also the owner of the property) is still living. This gives the trust owner full control of the trust and allows the trust to be modified at any time by removing and adding property and beneficiaries whenever desired. Any property that might be addressed by a will can be put into a trust, including real estate, stock, bonds, art, vehicles, jewelry and more. The trust names a trustee to oversee the trust when the owner dies, much like a will designates an executor. Once the trust owner dies, the trustee will be charges with distributing the assets of the estate named specifically in the trust to the beneficiaries. The Benefits of a Trust Over a Will The remarkable perks of a trust become more apparent upon the trust owner’s death. The property addressed in the trust can be distributed to the beneficiaries immediately, with no need to file with probate court and wait for the probate process to be complete. Additionally, the contents of the trust are entirely private. In contrast, wills, once filed with the court, are public documents and available for viewing by anyone with an interest in doing so. The benefit of privacy when it comes to the distribution of assets shouldn’t be underestimated: 1. The beneficiaries of the trust need never make public their inheritance, which could help them avoid unwanted attention, notoriety and the criminal element. 2. The potential for conflict and discord between the beneficiaries is greatly reduced, since each beneficiary does not necessarily have knowledge of what the other beneficiary is receiving from the trust. Undoubtedly, a revocable trust should play a major role in your estate planning. Contact an estate attorney to learn more about revocable trusts....

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Starting A New Warehouse Job? 4 Workplace Hazards You Should Be Aware Of

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Starting A New Warehouse Job? 4 Workplace Hazards You Should Be Aware Of

If you’re about to start working in a warehouse, you’re going to want to avoid common workplace accidents. Workplace injuries can leave you unable to work and may leave you with permanent disabilities. Here are four common injuries that you should be aware of. Slip or Trip and Falls Slip or trip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. Whether it’s tripping over a piece of equipment or slipping on a spill that wasn’t cleaned up properly, this type of workplace accident can cause serious injuries. One type of unexpected injury that can result from this type of accident is the reaction injury. Reaction injuries occur when you try to brace yourself against injury and you end up injuring your arm, leg or ankle. To avoid this type of injury, try to watch where you are and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Overexertion If you’re going to be working in a warehouse, you may overexert yourself. Overexertion can cause injuries to your muscles, especially when your job requires you to move your muscles or joints in ways that they’re not used to. Repetitive motions can also lead to overexertion, which can result in workplace injuries. One way to avoid overexertion is to stretch your muscles from time to time while you’re at work. Limbering up during work can help keep your muscles and joints moving properly, which can help reduce injuries. Falling Objects Head injuries caused by falling objects are another common injury encountered in warehouse workplaces. You can avoid this type of injury by wearing the required safety equipment – including your hard hat – at all times. Wearing your hard hat will help protect your head from potential injuries. Workplace Violence No one wants to think about workplace violence. Unfortunately, nearly 2 million American workers are the victim of workplace violence every year. Workplace violence doesn’t have to involve physical injuries. It also includes harassment, intimidation and other threatening behavior that makes you fear for your physical or emotional well-being. If you feel threatened by a co-worker, it’s important that you report the threat to your employer or human resource office. If you’re going to be working in a warehouse, you need to protect yourself from work-related injuries. The information provided here will help you identify, and avoid, some workplace accidents. If you are injured on the job, be sure to report the incident and then speak to a worker’s compensation attorney like one from Salley Law Firm PA as soon as possible....

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Victim Of An Auto Accident? Tips For Receiving The Settlement You Deserve

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Victim Of An Auto Accident? Tips For Receiving The Settlement You Deserve

When you’re the victim of an auto accident and sustain damages to your car or personal injuries, you can sue the driver that is responsible to recover the costs of those damages. If you are not at fault, then you already have a strong case in your favor, but these tips can help ensure you win your settlement and get the most money possible.  Record Evidence At The Accident Site Part of winning your case is being able to prove everything you are accusing the responsible drive of doing, and you’ll need to record evidence at the accident scene. It’s always a good idea to contact the police to do this, but you should start getting your own photos from the accident site too. Get out your smart phone and take photos of things that could be altered after the accident scene is cleaned up. The includes the placement of the cars after the accident to help prove the force of the impact, and exterior car damage that shows where impact occurred. If fault is not 100% clear, you will need this evidence to prove how the accident happened since it could be your word against theirs. You should also write out the details of what you remember immediately after it happened so that your recollection remains clear and consistent. You can even use the voice memo feature on your phone to simply record your thoughts so that you can recall them later if necessary. Speak To Any Witnesses You should talk to everybody that witnessed the accident and get their contact information, since they may be a key in winning a lawsuit. There may not be enough evidence with the photos alone to prove your story, so you will need witnesses to help explain what they observed in their own words. Get A Police Report Having a police report can really help move your case along. Even if an officer is not able to make it to the scene of the accident, you should head to the local police station and file a report in person.  Get Medically Evaluated A car accident can have several injuries with delayed symptoms, so make sure to get evaluated by a medical professional.  For example, abdominal pain could be a sign of internal bleeding, and numbness could be a sign of whiplash. Documenting these injuries close to the accident can help prove that they were caused by the accident and not an unrelated incident. Now that you’ve done these 4 things, work with a lawyer (click here to read more) to help guide you through the process of getting the settlement you...

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Cyberbullying With Kids: 3 Things You Should Know

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cyberbullying With Kids: 3 Things You Should Know

One of the newer ways kids are bullying each other is through electronics and technology. This is referred to as cyberbullying, and it is becoming a huge problem in today’s society. Because this is a newer type of problem, there are very few laws in place that hold bullies accountable for their actions. If you suspect that your child might be being cyberbullied, here are several things you should know. What exactly is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is any type of bullying that occurs through electronics, such as phones, computers, and tablets. It may involve direct communication from a bully to a victim or public communication. For example, a person may bully another through texts, private messages, or emails, and these are all considered forms of direct bullying. Public bullying can involve posting messages that anyone can see, and this could be through social media sites or chat rooms. In any case, cyberbullying is hurtful and can have devastating effects on the victim. What challenges are involved with cyberbullying? When a person is bullied at school or on the bus, it is easy to know who the bully is; however, this is not the case with cyberbullying. One of the biggest challenges with cyberbullying is finding out who the bully actually is. With the ability to set up fake accounts and log in from almost any device, bullies are capable of hiding their identities relatively easily. If you cannot find out who the bully is, it can be hard to put a stop to it. The other key challenge is that cyberbullying opens up the opportunity for a person to bully someone else 24 hours a day. This means that your child may not be safe from bullying no matter where he or she is or what time of day it is. What can you do about it? If your child admits that he or she is being cyberbullied, you may want to take immediate action to make this stop. Kids who are bullied tend to perform worse in school and have higher risks of turning to drugs or alcohol. You might be able to put a stop to this by talking to your child’s school or the parents of the bully. If this does not help, you could talk to a family lawyer. While there are few laws on cyberbullying, many states are beginning to develop new laws relating to this subject. In fact, there are 14 states that currently view cyberbullying as a criminal offense. To protect your child, you should seek legal help if this issue seems to be bothering your child in any way. To learn more, contact a family lawyer in your area...

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Get It Back:What To Know About Social Security Back Pay

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get It Back:What To Know About Social Security Back Pay

Your Social Security benefits accumulate throughout your lifetime; a certain dollar amount out of every dollar you earn is set aside for you to use if you can no longer work at your job due to a medical condition. While this money is actually yours, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that your illness meet certain rules in order to be paid those benefits. The timing of events that determine when you can begin receiving benefits is a little complicated, so read on for a better understanding of what goes into determining back pay. Your Application Date You should not delay in filing your Social Security application for benefits. The application and approval process moves at a slow pace, and the sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll get benefits. A key factor in your application is the Alleged Onset Date (AOD). This is the day that you say that you became disabled. AOD and Back Pay If you have worked enough and put enough money into the Social Security system and you are deemed to be medically qualified, you will be approved for benefits. Since the process is so lengthy, you may be entitled to back pay, which is a lump sum payment of benefits that you would have been entitled to if your payments had began at the time of your AOD. There is also a 5 month waiting period, explained below. AOD and EOD If the SSA approves your claim, you will be provided with the date that they have decided your disability began, the Established Onset Date (EOD). The SSA may not agree with the date you said you became disabled. They will use your medical and employment records to investigate the validity of this date. The importance of your AOD and your EOD being the same could be the difference in hundreds or even thousands of dollars of back pay, so this is a vital determination. You may appeal this decision, but proceed cautiously and speak with your Social Security attorney before making this decision since appealing could impact your claim dramatically. Calculating Back Pay and the Five Month Waiting Period Your back pay is calculated by counting the months from your EOD to the month of your approval, when you began receiving regular monthly payments. You must then subtract 5 months for the mandatory waiting period. For example, if your EOD was June of 2014 and you were approved in January of 2016 your back pay would begin to be counted on November of 2014. You would be entitled to a total of 14 months of back pay. For more information, contact Timothy  W Hudson Attorney or a similar legal...

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Reasons An Unhappy Marriage Is Worse For A Child Than A Divorce

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons An Unhappy Marriage Is Worse For A Child Than A Divorce

Did you know there are 1.5 million children in the United States with parents who get a divorce every year? One of the biggest concerns for two individuals in an unhappy marriage is the welfare of their children. Unfortunately, this drives some parents to stay in their unhappy marriage to protect their children. What parents in this situation need to realize is a good divorce is better for children than a bad marriage for a lot of different reasons. You May Find a New Drive After The Divorce While this isn’t the case with everyone, some divorced parents develop a whole new mojo and drive to get things done. Staying in an unhappy marriage can cause a person to slip into depression. Depression can make an individual lose the desire to do or strive for certain things. The release and relief of ending the unhappy marriage could be just what the parent needs to start living his or her life and accomplishing goals again. You Are Teaching Your Children How Important Personal Happiness Is Naturally, the most important thing to you is your children. In fact, putting your children before yourself is what many consider being a gold standard in the world of parenting. This, however, does not mean you should sacrifice your own happiness 100 percent of the time. Teaching your child how important it is to end a relationship you are not happy in will send a powerful message your child can carry with him or her for the rest of his or her life. After all, the last thing you want is for your child to remain in a relationship he or she is unhappy or unsafe in at any point in time during his or her life. You Create a Calmer Household An excessive amount of fighting and arguing is not healthy for a child. The last thing a growing child needs is to be surrounded by a negative environment. If you are unhappy in your marriage, you are only going to be able to pretend to be happy for so long. Furthermore, settling for a marriage you are unhappy in sends all the wrong messages to your child. In addition to teaching your child that staying in a relationship, he or she is unhappy in is alright, you are also teaching your child that it is alright to pretend to be happy. In reality, you should want for your child to be happy instead of pretending. For more information about divorce, consider websites...

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Tips For Filing An Auto Accident Lawsuit In Oregon

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Filing An Auto Accident Lawsuit In Oregon

If you got into a car crash and have some serious bills to pay as a direct result, then a lawsuit might be a viable option for you. However, lawsuits are not the best choice in every case or even in every state. Laws can vary dramatically from state to state, which means that you need to know exactly how your state will treat to your case. To help you out with that, here are some such laws that will come into play when filing a car accident lawsuit in Oregon: At-Fault Insurance Oregon is an at-fault state when it comes to auto insurance, which is quite different from no-fault insurance. In at-fault insurance states, you have the option to file a lawsuit after any auto accident. If your lawsuit fails or if you decide that you don’t want to file a lawsuit at all, then you can pursue an insurance claim. To give you even more choices, you can actually choose whether you want to file the claim with your own insurance company or the other party’s insurance company. In no-fault states, you cannot file a lawsuit after most car accidents. You will be forced to pursue an insurance claim instead, unless you meet some very specific criteria. On the other hand, if your car accident resulted in some extremely serious injuries that will impact you for life, then you can file a lawsuit. This distinction means that Oregon gives you a lot more versatility and leeway than other states when it comes to car accidents and lawsuits. Statute of Limitations Car accident lawsuits usually fall under the personal injury category, but if someone died, then a wrongful death lawsuit would be more fitting. In many states, these have the same statute of limitations, but in Oregon, the limits are 2 and 3 years respectively for personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. This means that you will need to file your lawsuit fairly quickly. If you fail to do so, then your case could be shot down before it even has a chance to prove itself in court. There are some extenuating circumstances that you might qualify for, such as being a minor at the time of the accident or sustaining injuries that didn’t show themselves until many years after the accident. In either of those cases, the statute of limitations begins counting from the date that you can really file the lawsuit. For minors, that means the date that you legally become an adult, and for discovered injuries, that tends to mean the date of discovery. Contact a personal injury lawyer for more...

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Tips For Filing A Lawsuit If You Were Bitten By A Dog In Oregon

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Filing A Lawsuit If You Were Bitten By A Dog In Oregon

If you were bitten by a dog, then you might be able to successfully file a lawsuit. Before committing to a lawsuit, you need to make sure that you understand the laws in your state that will affect your suit. Your injury might be the grounds for an easy win in one state, but it might be thrown out of court immediately in another state. To help you make sure that a lawsuit is the right option for you, here are some of the laws that will affect a dog bite lawsuit in Oregon: The One Bite Rule One of the most important ideas to understand is the one bite rule, which states that the owner is not responsible for the first act of aggression by their dog. In other words, you cannot sue the owner if you were bitten by their dog and they had no reason to suspect that their dog would act aggressively. Oregon does abide by this rule, so you need to make sure that your lawsuit is strong before proceeding. If the defense can prove that their dog had never bitten anyone before, then you will need to supply evidence that will prove otherwise. Trespassing and Provocation Your lawsuit will likely fail if you were trespassing at the time of the bite or if you provoked the dog in question. If you fit either of these criteria, then you need to think about whether a lawsuit is the right course of action. You could end up spending a lot of time and money on your lawsuit, only to realize that you never had a chance of winning in the first place. The Statute of Limitations Dog bites fall into the personal injury category, which means that you have 2 years to file your lawsuit in Oregon. Dog bites are a little more straightforward than other types of injuries, which likely means that you cannot get an extension. The injuries from a dog bite will generally be immediately noticeable, so you can’t really claim that you discovered your injuries long after the bite actually happened. There is a key exception though, and that is when a minor was the victim. Minors cannot file lawsuits on their own behalf, so they may need to wait until they legally become an adult to file. If you were a minor at the time of the bite, then you can likely get 2 years to file from the date that you become an adult. Of course, a lawsuit could also be filed on behalf of the minor by a parent or guardian long before the victim turns 18. In that case, the exact statute of limitations can get pretty tricky, so you might want to talk to a lawyer to figure out how much time you really have. To learn more, contact a law firm like Elliott & MacLean...

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You’ve Been Bitten By A Dog: 4 Important Steps To Take

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on You’ve Been Bitten By A Dog: 4 Important Steps To Take

Being bitten by a dog can leave you with injuries, both physical and emotional, that will require professional attention. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. However, to ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to, there are some steps you should take that will protect your rights. Here are four things you should do if you’ve been the victim of a dog bite.  Locate the Owners If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you should try to locate the owners as soon as possible. This is important because you’ll need information about the dog for your medical care. For instance, it’s important to know if the dog is current with its vaccinations, especially the rabies shots. File a Report If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you need to file a report with police department, as well as with the animal control agency in your area. Reporting the incident will serve two functions. First, if the dog has never bitten before, the report will begin a paper trail that will be useful if it should bite someone else. Second, if it has bitten before, it will provide additional evidence that officials can use against the dog and its owners. This is particularly important if the dog has the potential of becoming a danger to the community. Speak to an Attorney If you’ve suffered serious injuries, you should speak to an attorney (such as one from The Kirbo Law Firm) as soon as possible. This is especially important if you’re having a difficult time obtaining information from the dog’s owners. If the owners are denying responsibility, you’ll need legal assistance to receive assistance for medical care and other costs associated with the injuries. Document the Injuries If you have access to a camera, you should take pictures of the injuries as soon as possible. Continue taking pictures of the injuries throughout the healing process. Photographs will help your attorney document the severity of the injuries. This evidence will be particularly beneficial should the owners of the dog dispute your injury claim. In addition, should your case go to trial, the photographs will provide evidence of the injuries for the court to view. Dog bites can leave you traumatized. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you need to make sure that you get the help you need. The tips provided here will help you receive the compensation you’re entitled...

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