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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Seeking Compensation For Accident Injuries
posted by Admin at 5:33 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Choosing the Right Accident Attorney
Three Important Factors
- Experience: Even if an attorney has been practicing for decades, he may not have the right kind of experience. Make sure the attorney you choose has significant experience handling cases like yours and is willing to do what it takes to go up against insurance companies.
- Credentials: Investigate your attorney’s credentials like board certifications, peer ratings from other attorneys, ratings from professional organizations, awards, and community involvement. Find out about his or her track record for taking cases to trial and settlements awarded in similar cases.
- Communication: The most skilled and experienced attorney isn’t right for you if you can’t openly communicate. Make sure your attorney treats your case like it is as important to him or her as it is to you. You need personal attention from your attorney, not from a staff of paralegals. Make sure your calls and emails receive the attention they deserve and that your attorney will answer all of your questions.
posted by Admin at 6:37 PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
- Medical bills
- Ongoing care expenses
- Loss of limbs
- Property damage or loss
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
posted by Admin at 1:53 PM
Monday, June 27, 2016
Drive Safely During National Safety Month
- Alcohol – Despite years of public education campaigns, drunk driving continues to be a leading cause of auto accident injuries and fatalities. With new options like Uber and Lyft, arranging a ride has never been easier. There is simply no excuse for drunk driving.
- Speeding – Posted speed limits are carefully designed to respond to the conditions present in each area. It may not be immediately clear why a particular location has a speed limit set low, but conditions dictate safe limits.
- Distracted driving – Distractions are on the rise as technology becomes ever more integrated into our daily lives. Young drivers are particularly vulnerable to distractions from cell phones, music devices, and other passengers, often with devastating consequences.
posted by Admin at 1:55 PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Types of Accident Claims We Cover
- Slip and fall accidents (such as on the job or in public places)
- Automobile accidents (involving passenger vehicles)
- Truck accidents (involving 18-wheeler, semi, or tractor trailer trucks)
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
posted by Admin at 2:57 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Common Labor Law Violations
- Overtime pay - Regular employment workweeks are 40 hours. Time worked beyond 40 hours automatically qualifies as overtime and should be paid as such. Many violations happen when overtime has to be approved, but is not reported.
- Minimum wage – With the exception of certain job groups, such as tipped employees, full-time students, or disabled workers, the minimum wage in your state (or the federal wage if higher) must be paid.
- Vacation time - While employers are not required to offer vacation time, if they do, it becomes part of your overall compensation. If you left a job with vacation time still not taken, you are due to be compensated for that time.
- Vacation time policies - Some employers have a policy that states if you don't use vacation time in one calendar year, it doesn't roll over to the next year (“use it or lose it”). In some states, this policy is illegal.
- Other work done - Time spent doing work beyond your normal work duties (such as working through lunch, changing into a uniform, cleaning up at the end of the day) is also time you should be getting paid for.
posted by Admin at 11:59 AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
When Do I Need a Labor Lawyer?
- Wrongful termination or demotion
- Discrimination (workplace, sexual, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability)
- Contract violation
- Character defamation
- Wage or hour issues, including overtime and holiday pay
- Violations of the Family Medical Leave Act
- Issues with employer labor lawyers (especially regarding unions and collective bargaining)
- Violation of OSHA standards
posted by Admin at 11:33 AM