Highway Defects

Highways are dangerous enough as is with high speeds, multiple lanes, and impatient drivers recklessly weaving between cars. A Tennessee personal injury lawyer is very likely more aware than most that city municipalities are responsible for not only the construction of highways, but they are responsible for their maintenance as well. When these entities neglect their job or do not do them properly it can cause accidents to occur.

Poor design of the roadways can cause issues. If shoulders are too narrow there will not be room in the event of an emergency, or if they drop off severely tires can slip over the edge and cause swerving or, in more severe cases, roll over. If there is a lack of guardrails a swerving car or debris has the ability to fly into more traffic, a pedestrian area, or even over a drop off. Signs are necessary for drivers to know what is coming up ahead so they can react properly. If signs are not properly placed, covered by foliage, or not there at all then drivers will not be aware of a lane ending, sudden turn, guardrail damage, or other obstacle that requires special attention. All of these issues can pass unnoticed day to day but can be the direct cause of accidents.

City municipalities are also responsible for the maintenance of the roadways. Potholes are everywhere and normally pose no threat, but if they are hit at highway speeds they can cause a tire to blow out which can be devastating on a crowded highway. Divots and uneven pavement can pool with water when it rains which makes it easier for cars to hydroplane. Even just debris in the road can cause people to swerve and creates a dangerous situation. These are issues that are easily prevent with proper, regular maintenance of the roads.

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The Consequences of Being Injured in a Car Crash

Given the statistics available with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, what with how common the circumstances of unfortunate situations on the road occur, there is a strong probability of every single person to experience some form of motor vehicle related accident at least once in their lifetime. This can range from something as small as a little dent on a car door to something as devastating as, perhaps, the death of an entire family. The situation presented is not even hypothetical as in the United States alone? This is only too likely a situation.

The website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A. says that people who experience a car accident, or any accident involving a motor vehicle, then must carry with them many huge burdens. They have to worry about having the car repaired, the medical expenses needed to cover any physical and personal injury dealt on any passenger or passersby who were injured due to the accident, compensation due to the loss of wages from being incapable of working for a while (sometimes, the accidents are so extreme that the victims become permanently disabled, rendering them forever incapable of pursuing their aspirations or professions), as well as all the legal responsibilities necessary with situations like this.

That is why, should you or someone you know be confronted with circumstances like aforementioned above, it is most recommended to gain the help of professional, legal help. In contrary to popular belief, attorneys – especially those who specialize with these kinds of cases and practice in the state where the accident itself occurred – do not start and end their responsibilities in the courtroom alone.

As a matter of fact, due to their knowledge and expertise of how these cases usually proceed, they are equipped with an array of the best experts in the field who can not only allow for your case to go as smoothly and quickly as possible but also allow for you to get only the very best treatments and procedures possible so that you can recovery in only the best manner possible and most befitting of your plight.

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Foreclosure Defense: When Giving up is Not an Option

Losing the home to foreclosure is always a traumatic event. It is often the sad conclusion to a saga of unfortunate events, depreciating equity, dashed hopes, and the frantic scrambling to catch up with mortgage payments. In many cases, people who have worked hard all their lives find themselves in possession of a home that is worth less than what you still owe the lender after many years of faithfully making monthly payments.

Foreclosures have unfortunately become a common occurrence in the US, a significant number due to loss of jobs, unexpected medical expenses, or natural disasters. Some people were affected by the sudden drop of real estate values, which prevented them from realizing even the remaining balance of their mortgage in an attempt to discharge their debts. They were caught between a rock and a hard place.

However, all is not lost.

Homeowners are seldom aware of the options open to them when foreclosure looms. As discussed on the website of foreclosure defense lawyers of Hong Law in Cedar Rapids, there are three things you can do so you can keep your home, namely: mortgage modification; claiming a violation of the Truth in Lending Act; or filing for bankruptcy.

These legal options are by no means easy to accomplish on your own, but they can be done. However, you would be ill-advised to do so on your own because it is fatally easy to make a mistake if you have no legal training in these matters. The advisability of one avenue over the others will depend on your particular case, so before you jump in with both feet, consult with a competent foreclosure defense lawyer in your state who will be able to properly assess the situation. Not everyone will be eligible for bankruptcy filing, for example, or if they do, not all types of bankruptcy will be advantageous.

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Normal and Extraordinary Concerns for Business Owners

State and federal laws are an inescapable part of doing business in the US. It doesn’t matter how small or big your business is; you will probably need the help of a lawyer to make sure that you are legally protected in your operations. Even under normal circumstances, as discussed on the website of the Arenson Mass Law Firm in Cedar Rapids, it is easy to make a mistake that could cost you your business.

For example, anyone starting a business will have at least one occasion in which they will draft or sign a contract. You don’t need a lawyer to do either, but you may be stating or agreeing to something that is contrary to your business goals. The simplest example would be the lease contract of your business premises. Lease contracts are usually standard forms and few people really read them in their entirety. This can be a bad mistake. There may be a section or clause that will allow the lessor extensive liberties such as entering your business premises when no one is around, or increasing your rent without limit. If you consulted a competent lawyer before signing anything, you will be made aware of such conditions and what they mean.

But what if you suffer business losses through no fault of your own? Suppose a negligent accident caused catastrophic business disruptions that affected your profits significantly, or even forced you to close down.

This was the case for thousands of business owners affected by the oil spill by British Petroleum’s oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. While a settlement program for businesses is in place, claims are more likely to be denied than approved. The website of BP oil spill claims appeal lawyers Williams Kherkher has information about why so many claims are rejected. For such extraordinary circumstances, you will need a lawyer that specializes in such cases.

The risks of doing business are considerably ameliorated when you engage the services of professionals to ensure sustainability. When the risks are compounded by a negligent third party, you have the right to be compensated for losses not of your own making.

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Crimes and Criminal Defense

It would not be exaggerating to say that the first thing that people do who get in trouble with the law the first time is to try and explain their way out of it. This seldom works the way they think, because they expect that they will be given the benefit of the doubt. That is not the way it works, which is why anyone charged with a crime have to be Mirandized. Most are probably aware of the words in the Miranda rights (thanks to television), but few really understand what they mean, and the consequences of waiving those rights.

According to the websites of a few law firms, few people appreciate the significance of being accused of a crime. There are long-term consequences that can be explained to them by a criminal defense lawyer but it is certainly not the responsibility of law enforcement. Even a relatively minor crime i.e. misdemeanor creates a blot on a person’s record, and many accused blunder their way into more serious trouble by talking too much. This is why the first line of the Miranda warning is “You have the right to remain silent.”

This is especially true for drug possession charges, as the website of criminal defense lawyer James Powderly of Cape Cod will tell you. Being accused of drug possession is bad enough but it is much worse if you are convicted. The smartest thing you can do upon being charged for a crime is to avail of your “right to an attorney” by asking for one after you have been formally charged and Mirandized. At that point, that should be all that you say without consulting with your lawyer first.

Make no mistake, any crime is serious if you are not properly represented. Don’t think you can talk your way out of it. It isn’t worth taking a chance because you could be gambling away your future.

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Updates on DePuy and AlloDerm Litigation

Things are marching along for civil lawsuits regarding the selling and marketing of allegedly dangerous pharmaceutical products against DePuy and AlloDerm. Well, perhaps it would be more accurate to say they are going as briskly as most legal proceedings do.

The cases filed by DePuy patients have been consolidated in Ohio as multidistrict litigation (MDL 2197, In Re: Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products) but AlloDerm has not yet been certified for MDL. However, it is currently under centralized court management (CM) in New Jersey Superior Court Case no. 295 in Middlesex County (In Re: Alloderm® Litigation). Individual cases continue to be filed by those who opted-out of the settlement agreement (DePuy) or for those who have not yet filed cases all over the country, so an AlloDerm lawyer can reasonably expect an MDL in the future.

According to the website of veteran personal injury law firm Williams Kherkher, lawsuits against DePuy Orthopeadics Inc. for its ASR Hip Implant allege that the device failed prematurely, requiring revision surgery, causing injuries because of its defective construction. Many of the initial lawsuits have since been settled. As of January 15, 2015, US District Judge David A. Katz of the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has granted the motion of the defendant for entry of dismissal with prejudice of 500 cases. The court further certified that it had deposited settlement assessments in the Common Benefit Fund. The MDL was first certified in December 7, 2010, so the cases have been running for a little over 4 years.

In the CM cases of AlloDerm, the latest court order was handed down on December 4, 2014 specifying the schedule for the selection of bellwether trials. AlloDerm is a tissue matrix product of LifeCell, a bioengineering company that has had notable success in selling the product to help burn patients and for breast reconstruction. The product hit a snag when it was marketed for hernia repair; some patients experienced stretching of the matrix, leading to complications. These patients can to speak with an AlloDerm lawyer about what their options for compensation may be.

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Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits

People who become injured or succumb to diseases that render them unable to go back to work often have to rely on what the Social Security Administration will give them. It is their right as contributors during the time they worked to receive Social Security disability benefits, but as pointed out on the website of Hankey Law Office, filing a claim is a long and complicated process.

Social Security disability benefits are approved or denied based on a complex network of laws and regulations that are hard to understand and even harder to apply. It takes a specialist in Social Security disability benefits law to make heads or tails of it. Many people who have filed a claim on their own have been denied outright on their initial application, or eventually after a prolonged and frustrating appeals process.

Hiring a Social Security disability lawyer will not make the laws and regulations any less complex, but an experienced lawyer knows what laws apply to a particular claim and the best way to make one so that it can be expedited. A lawyer will also be cognizant with the various “extras” that you may qualify from such as “Compassionate Allowances.”

The high cost of legal representation is the usual reason that most people hesitate to consult with a lawyer in such cases. However, not knowing your way around the system can cost you much more than whatever your lawyer charges. In addition, only accredited lawyers of the Social Security can represent claimants for Social Security benefits, so you can be assured that the fees will be reasonable, and the benefits priceless.

If you have recently become disabled, and you have been informed that the condition is likely to persist for a long time, you may be eligible for disability benefits. Consult with a Social Security Disability Benefits lawyer in your state for more information.

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Breast Augmentation is Not for Everyone

A major issue for many women is the size and shape of their breasts because it contributes to their self-image of femininity and sexuality. This is often conditioned by media as well as the reactions of other people, but regardless it has a significant impact on how they perceive themselves.

As a result, an increasing number of women are opting for breast augmentation, also known as “boob jobs.” This is when implants are placed behind existing breast tissue via a small incision. According to the website of Bergman & Folkers Plastic Surgery, it is a relatively minor operation with significant psychological benefits, and because of improvements in technology there are few postoperative risks involved.

Breast augmentation is not a new concept; it has been around in the US for more than 40 years. The media has made much of reports of its adverse side effects that it has acquired an unsavory reputation, but in fact these are rare cases that in no way represent the majority of breast augmentation cases. Nevertheless, breast augmentation is not for everyone.

Most women believe that breast augmentation is the way to achieve perfection in their physical appearance, and they will be doomed to disappointment. Breast augmentation can certainly improve your appearance but there are many other factors to consider before you can achieve your ideal image, whatever that may be. Unrealistic expectations make you a poor candidate for breast augmentation.

Lifestyle may also be an impediment to successful breast augmentation, or any other cosmetic surgery for that matter. Ideal candidates for any procedure should be physically and mentally healthy before undergoing a procedure. Poor health can significantly affect the outcome as well as prolong post-surgical recovery. Some of these factors include:

  • Weight
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Smoking Habits
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Sleep Habits
  • Exposure to Sun
  • Stress Levels
  • Coping Mechanisms

A competent plastic surgeon will discuss these with their patients during their initial consultations. Some will be advised against breast augmentation because they do not meet the requisite standards.

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When you Just Need the Service

Hiring a limo service or private car can be expensive, but there are just times when you need to have private transport. And as pointed out on the website of Capital City Limousine, since you’re paying anyway you might as well get the best service possible. Here are some instances when private is the only way to go.

Errands, and More Errands

There may be times when you have a seemingly inexhaustible supply of errands that you have to get done within a certain time period. In some cities, there may be several options available that may make public transport viable. But not always. In Austin, for example there is no light rail transit, so you have to rely on buses for public transport. If you are on a tight schedule, you may run out of time running after buses. You could take a cab, but there’s no assurance you will get one when you need it. Having a private driver to take you everywhere you need to be is efficient and reduces stress on you.

Guests Galore

You would also need to hire a private car (preferably with a driver) to pick up business associates or out-of-town family from the airport or to show them around. Within Austin, it is possible (though not very impressive) to tour them via bus, but it will probably be a false savings, especially if you want to bring them out of the city.

Special Occasions

Limo services are practically required for weddings (especially if it is your own) but proms, reunions, and important business functions may also be considered good reasons to fork out the money. You are assured of a ride home, and you can impress the heck out of everyone.

Limo services and private cars are a convenience, not a luxury, although they can be both. Keep it in mind the next time you get into a fight with an old lady for the last available taxi because you’re going to be late for an important dinner meeting with your boss.

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