Why should I hire a personal injury attorney? I can tell you that this is one of the most common questions I get from prospective clients. Soon after you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s wrongful actions or failures to act, you will likely be overwhelmed by phone calls and requests for paperwork and statements. It is common for injured victims to receive requests from insurance companies, law enforcement officers and doctors. It can be very confusing to deal with all of the questions about the accident and to understand what to do next. The responsible party’s insurance company may be requesting a signed authorization for your medical records and trying to get a recorded statement from you. Here are some reasons why it is important for you to get the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Experience and knowledge to assess your claim’s value and winnabilityHe or she may use accident reconstruction experts to recreate … [Read more...] about Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
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I frequently hear people talk about dealing with their workers’ compensation case on their own. In a perfect world, this would be a simple process, but in reality it can be a tedious and frustrating process that you will need guidance for.In most cases you will not be entitled to a cash settlement without seeing a lawyer and filing an Employee’s Claim Petition with the New Jersey Department of Labor. While in some limited circumstances the workers’ compensation carrier will pay you a voluntary offer of settlement, you likely will only get about one-quarter of what your case is actually worth without having a lawyer represent you. You are suing your employer by filing a workers’ compensation claim. You are just getting the benefits you are entitled to under the law.You do not know the law and need someone who does so that you can maximize the amount of weekly benefits that you receive after you are injured at work. You are entitled to 70% of … [Read more...] about Top Five Reasons Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
When should I hire a personal injury attorney is a question many people ask. After you have been injured in an accident, such as car crash, bike or motorcycle wreck, slip and fall, or any other type or mishap, you may wonder if or when you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney. Your decision should be informed by the answers to several questions. After you have thought through each of them, you’ll have a better idea about whether or not you should retain counsel.● How serious is your injury?Not all injuries will require the use of a lawyer. If your injury is minor and you have the time to work on the legal and insurance claims on your own, it is possible for you to settle your own claim. It is important, however, that you consider seeking help from an attorney for any injury that has pain that lasts for longer than a few days and that requires medical care. If your injury necessitated hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, chiropractic work, … [Read more...] about When Should I Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?
An anonymous White House official is downplaying President Obama’s statement on Monday suggesting there will be upcoming Supreme Court vacancies.Politico has Obama’s statement, made at a Massachusetts fundraiser for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.“What’s preventing us from getting things done right now is you’ve got a faction within the Republican Party that thinks solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to power. And that’s a problem. And that’s why I need a Democratic Senate,” Obama said. “Not to mention the fact that we’re going to have Supreme Court appointments, and there are going to be a whole host of issues that many people here care about that are going to be determined by whether or not Democrats retain the Senate.”An unnamed White House official told Politico and CNN that Obama intended to convey the important role of the Senate rather than to … [Read more...] about Obama says he needs a Democratic Senate because ‘we’re going to have Supreme Court appointments’
Statistics are used to evaluate schools, hospitals and other public services. So why not use numbers to evaluate the court system?Writing in the New York Times, lawyer and author Amy Bach says America needs a “justice index” to evaluate how criminal courts are working.“The index, compiled according to national standards, would function roughly like college rankings,” Bach writes, “evaluating county courts on factors like cost, recidivism, crime reduction and collateral consequences, including whether people lose their jobs or homes after contact with the criminal justice system.”The index would be based on data from the country’s biggest counties, Bach explains. A panel made up of community representatives, lawyers, law professors and statistics experts would establish the standards for measurement. They might include the percentage of defendants who plead guilty, average bail amounts or the percentage of cases that are dismissed. A nonprofit … [Read more...] about Does America Need a ‘Justice Index’ to Evaluate Criminal Courts?
Montana may be the only state in the country that allows couples to get married without actually being present. As a result, the thrill is gone for the proxies who get married again and again, on behalf of others. Nonetheless, these absentee marriages serve an important purpose for some faraway couples.The state has attorney Dean Knapton to thank for this unique situation, reports the New York Times. Asked by the family of a Montana soldier serving in Iraq to confirm that the state allows such double-proxy weddings, Knapton researched the question. To his surprise, it turned out that the soldier could indeed marry his Italian girlfriend there even if neither the bride nor the groom attended the wedding.With the help of others, he wound up organizing such absentee weddings, usually on behalf of soldiers, on a regular basis. Initially, he relied on in-laws to serve as proxies, but when they grew tired of the commitment “he quickly replaced them with his daughter Sarah and her … [Read more...] about Under Unusual Montana Marriage Law, Some Couples Say ‘I Do’ a Lot
Arnettia S. Wright is a lifelong Washingtonian, but she doesn’t work on Capitol Hill, and she wasn’t getting the information she needed about the October bailout bill from her office in the Chevy Chase neighborhood.So when the bill was being kicked around in Congress, she chatted up people at Pennsylvania Avenue haunts like the Hawk ’n’ Dove, a bar popular with Hill staffers.Lenders, they told her, were sitting on loans and not particularly inclined to work with borrowers, despite what they said publicly. Their motive was to wait and see whether the government would buy bad loans.That jibed with what Wright was seeing in her solo practice advising real estate and small business clients.“When you go to the bank with an underperforming loan looking for modification,” Wright says, “they take so long to make a decision about what kind of terms they want to offer the consumer.”She also had a personal interest at stake.“As a … [Read more...] about ‘I need to advise them to fall behind on their payments, and that’s ludicrous to me.’
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn’t impressed with President Obama’s past experience as a law professor at the University of Chicago.In a note posted yesterday on Facebook, Palin complained that Obama’s “fundamental approach to terrorism is fatally flawed,” according to the CBS News blog Political Hotsheet.“The real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor,” she wrote. She complained that the suspect in the Christmas day attempted bombing of a plane headed for Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, shouldn’t be treated as just another criminal defendant.“Reports indicate that Abdulmutallab stated there were many more like him in Yemen but that he stopped talking once he was read his Miranda rights,” she complained. … [Read more...] about Palin Says US Needs a Leader, Not a Law Professor
Trump told Comey during another meeting at the Oval Office in February that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong in calls with the Russians, according to Comey’s remarks.The Washington Post has a report and a link to the testimony (PDF), prepared for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.Comey said in the remarks that he expected other people to be present at the Jan. 27 dinner, but he and Trump were alone. Comey said he was uncomfortable, even before Trump asked for loyalty, so he told the president he was not “reliable” in the way politicians use the word. But he could always be counted on to tell the truth.When the president said he needed loyalty, “I didn’t move, speak or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence,” Comey said.At one point, Comey’s testimony said, he explained why it was important that the FBI and … [Read more...] about Trump told Comey ‘I need loyalty,’ the fired FBI director says in prepared remarks
Shauna Lee Bennett, who is accused of child abandonment. Police got a call about it Saturday, and investigated, going to the apartment complex where she lived. They discovered her 3-year-old daughter wandering outside all alone, dirty, and covered in some kind of red bumps.Investigators said they learned where the toddler lived by asking a neighbor. That apartment was a disaster. “As soon as I entered, I was overwhelmed by the filthy state of the apartment,” the police report stated. Dishes were strewn on the sink, stove, and counter. Dirty to the point of being moldy, according to a cop. Roaches everywhere.The daughter said, “I’m hungry” several times, police claim, not to mention “I need a beer.”“I had probable cause to believe that [the daughter] had not been fed, washed, or provided with any type of general medical care or treatment for an unsafe amount of time,” the officer said.Police say they questioned Bennett, and arrested … [Read more...] about Toddler Tells Cops ‘I Need a Beer’ While Mom Investigated for Abandonment