Pool Accidents: When Fun in the Sun Goes Awry

Pools and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly, but everyone knows that pool risks are also important to keep in mind. The sobering statistics show that drowning is the second most common cause of unintentional death in children 1 to 14, and the first most common in children ages one to four. For …

Amusement Park Accidents & Liability

Amusement Park Accidents & Liability

Scary roller coasters are a treasured American past time, but part of the scare is knowing that despite the best of intentions, something could always go wrong. While most roller coaster rides go off without a hitch, accidents at amusement parks occur all the time and can be devastatingly serious and sometimes even fatal. How …

Airplane Accidents: Who’s Responsible?

Airplane Accidents: Who’s Responsible?

Plane crashes and other aviation accidents are usually big news in the media, especially considering how serious and life-shattering they can be. However, most people don’t realize that only 20% of aviation incidents and accidents are actually fatal. Even when no one dies, the injuries from an airline accident can be serious and traumatic. Studies …

Casino Injury: Deal or No Deal?

Casino Injury: Deal or No Deal?

It’s common wisdom that you should decide how much you’re comfortable losing before you step foot in a casino. That way you might win big, but if things don’t go your way at the blackjack table you’ll know when to call it a day. But what happens when you get hurt while you’re at a …

Cruise Ship Accidents: Cruising for a Bruising

Cruise Ship Accidents: Cruising for a Bruising

Cruise vacations are supposed to be relaxing and fun. You buy your ticket and pack your bags, board the ship, and from there everything else is arranged for you. Delicious meals, fun in the sun, and exciting excursions are planned for the next three to seven days. But many people don’t think about the dark …

New Year, New Laws: What to Expect in 2020

New Year, New Laws: What to Expect in 2020

While ringing in the new year, its tradition to sing “Auld Lang Syne,” perhaps after a midnight kiss. It’s a bit ironic that this song has become a New Years Eve tradition, because the title actually means “old long ago.” In contrast, the new year is usually considered a time for new beginnings and fresh …

When Disaster Strikes, Will You Still Get Paid?

When Disaster Strikes, Will You Still Get Paid?

Whether it’s a hurricane you watch form a week before it hits or a tornado that strikes without a moment’s notice, one thing that holds true for all natural disasters is that you should expect the unexpected. With power out, roads closed, and property damaged, sometimes it isn’t always clear when things will get back …

Debt Collection: When does it become harassment?

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It’s easy to fall behind on bills but a lot harder to catch up. As a debt remains unpaid, the efforts to collect on it increases and so does the stress that comes along with it. It’s important to understand when a debt collector can legally attempt to recover the debt and what measures the …

3 Elements of Standing to Sue

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When a party files a lawsuit there are many things he or she must prove besides just the facts of the case. One of these legal concepts is known in Latin as “locus standi,” in other words, “standing to sue.” Here is the essential breakdown of this principle and how it might affect your legal …

Subrogation: Where the money comes from!

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Subrogation is a word you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear during the injury claims process. It’s a complex legal issue even for lawyers, so what does this word mean in layman’s terms to your injury claim? Here’s what you need to know. What does subrogation mean? A literal interpretation of the word subrogation means to …

Skateboards, Scooters & Skates: Oh My!

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If it has wheels, is it an automobile? When it comes to streets and roadways, automobiles and pedestrians aren’t the only players in the game. Bicycles and pedicabs are typical in most cities, but skateboarders, roller skaters, and people on scooters are also becoming increasingly prevalent. There’s the common stereotype of skateboarders being rebels who …

What is Negligence, Exactly?

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We’ve all heard someone say, “Oh so and so was just morrisbart being negligent when he ran that red light,” or “it was simple negligence when she to forget to turn off the power.” Clearly negligence means someone has done something they weren’t supposed to, but what does this concept really mean in legal terms? …

Robocalls: Can you claim personal injury?

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Robocalls are a problem everyone experiences. No matter a person’s age, location, or job, if you have a cell phone or landline there is a high probability you’ve received one of these automated calls from a telemarketer. Statistics show that the average person receives 22 robocalls a month, for a total of around 5 billion …

Trials: What to Expect at Game-Time

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Most personal injury cases settle out of court and never go to trial. This is usually in both parties’ best interests because it reduces the fees related to court proceedings. However, there are some situations in which plaintiffs should take their cases to court. The trial process is more than just prosecution vs defense trying …

Every Rose Has Its Thorns: Spousal Privilege

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What is Marital (Spousal) Privilege? Between spouses, there is a marital privilege that prevents someone from testifying against their spouse in certain situations. This is in thanks to the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) and most states’ laws. These rules don’t mean that your husband’s attorney can object to every question you might be asked. …

Legalese Made Easy: Personal Injury, Defined

Legalese Made Easy: Personal Injury, Defined

Personal injury is, generically, any physical injury inflicted on a person. Louisiana state law recognizes many different types of personal injuries. Much of explaining personal injury involves some legalese, or legal language; please refer to the Helpful Definitions section at the end of this article. Negligence The most common are caused by someone else’s negligence, …

Legalese Made Easy: Common Personal Injury Terms

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You’ve just been in an automobile accident. You’re hurt, your car is damaged, and you’re probably not goin to make it to work for a while. You hired an attorney to help you sort through things, but now you are trying to understand all the legal terms. This quick guide will help you become a …

Legal Process: Status Updates and the Status Quo

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Status Update: Just got into a fender bender! Send thoughts and prayers—and a good lawyer! In today’s tech-savvy world, we tend to share everything—the good, the bad, and especially the ugly. While social media has helped advance our lives in many ways, it can potentially damage your personal injury claim. “Pics, or It Didn’t Happen!” …

Personal Injury Settlements: Worth It or Just Settling?

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Personal injury settlements are the first of many options for closing your case. If you disagree with your attorney on accepting a settlement, do you have a choice in how to proceed? The short answer: Yes. As the client, your attorney works for you, and whether or not the case is settled is solely your …

Contingency Fees: What Am I Paying For?

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There are few things more jarring than an automobile accident. Trying to negotiate the world of auto insurance, health insurance and police reports, all while dealing with a painful injury, can be unproductive and stressful. When it comes time to hire an attorney, the last thing anyone wants are more complications. Attorneys work with contingency fees …