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I Should Sue!: Distinguising Reality from Exaggeration

“I should sue them!” You hear those words said all the time. You’ve actually probably said them yourself. This phrase is sometimes used jokingly – after a bad haircut or the waiter spilling water on you. But often it’s said in frustration. Something has gone horribly wrong through no fault of your own. You feel victimized, powerless. We don’t trust the guilty party to adequately fix or make up for their error. Maybe they’re denying fault all together. And pursuing a lawsuit against them feels like the only way to be heard, for the truth to be known – to receive justice. Regardless, once these words are said, your next step is: am I serious?

Car Accident Injuries: A Passengers Rights

Each year in the United States there are approximately 5 million police-reported motor vehicle accidents. At this high rate, odds are good you will personally be involved in a car accident at some point in your lifetime. Many of us, thankfully, never experience more than mild fender benders or parking lot scrapes. However, around half of these reported accidents involve some sort of injury. In other words, over two million people a year are injured in the U.S. as a result of a motor vehicle crash. If you are a driver, you likely understand your rights regarding insurance and coverage. But what about passengers? A passenger rarely has any culpability when a crash occurs, putting them in the unique position of being a victim regardless of whether the car they were in or another’s caused the accident. If you are injured in a crash, therefore, it’s helpful to know what compensation you may be eligible to pursue for your injury and damages.

Text Sender Included in Injury Liability

If there is one thing as common as the use of cell phones, it’s concerns about the safety of cell phones. We worry about the safety of our information on cell phones -- as they may get “smarter”, so do their hackers. Scientists even disagree about their effect on our health – maybe they cause cancer, maybe they don’t. But one thing we know for sure: cell phone use does and has led to an increase in traffic accidents and fatalities. This is why more and more states have enacted laws regarding cell use while operating a vehicle. Today, most are aware not only of the physical risks, but that we risk tickets, fines, and even jail time. There is little doubt that such a driver can also be held liable for any damages and injuries they cause. But in a recent surprising lawsuit, the question was raised, “Can the person on the other end of the line be held equally liable?”

Homeowners Insurance and Personal Liability

An important part of home ownership is making sure you are protected by homeowners insurance. Devastating events like fires and floods are tragic enough without the prospect of not being able to replace your home or belongings. However, homeowners should be aware that insurance is not just a way to repair or replace their home in the event of damage or loss. A vital part of homeowners insurance provides coverage in the event someone is injured while on or by the owner’s property.

How to Choose a Lawyer for your Lawsuit

If you find yourself in a legal situation, you should find the right representation to help you fight your lawsuit. Choosing the best lawyer can be a difficult situation especially if you are unfamiliar with legal terms and situations. It is imperative to find a lawyer that is specialized and certified to represent you in the type of case that you are involved with. There are different types of lawyers for each type of law, for example a personal injury or worker’s compensation. Here are some tips for choosing a lawyer for your lawsuit.The first tip is to define the problem and understand your type of lawsuit. This will help you in determining a lawyer that specializes in the area of expertise you need. There are many situations that you will need representation for such as divorce, real estate, personal injury, family, or business for example. If you know of a good personal injury lawyer, you may not want him or her to represent you in a family law case.Once you have determined what type of representation you will need, you can then work on choosing your lawyer. A great place to start is on the Internet. You can easily research attorneys in your area, and read about the firm where they work. If you need a list of firms, you can also find them in phonebooks. However, you should not hire someone based on the biggest phonebook advertisement you read. Also, you should not hire legal representation from a commercial on television. It is better to do your research first and not hire someone on an impulse after seeing an advertisement.If you are having trouble narrowing down your choices, do not be afraid to ask for a one-on-one meeting to ask your prospective lawyer questions. Keep in mind that most will charge for their time, so this could get expensive. A meeting is good if you are stuck between two choices. You may want to know about their background, their knowledge of the law, and their percentage of winning cases. It is always a good idea to ask for references as well.After you have chosen, make sure that your lawyer is in the area of specialty that you need for your lawsuit. This is the most important tip when choosing representation. You should hire a lawyer that is from the state your lawsuit is in because they will be familiar with all state laws. For example, if you live in Chicago you should hire a workers’ compensation lawyer. Or if you live in San Diego, and need a personal injury lawyer you should hire an expert in San Diego personal injury.Choosing a lawyer can be difficult, but following these tips should be helpful when you are making a decision. Being involved in a lawsuit can be stressful, and having the right lawyer can help alleviate the stress.About the Author: Brooke Haley marketing associate at Millon & Peskin, Chicago workers compensation attorney that practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and Personal Injury. Millon & Peskin is a General Civil Litigation Practice with the goal of representing the interests of injured workers, throughout all applicable Courts within the State of Illinois. For more information, please visit http://www.millonpeskin.com.
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