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Life in the Fast Lane Can Take its Toll

long island personal injury attorneyThe Injuries Board tells us that more than 75 per cent of personal injury claims in Ireland stem from car crashes. Most of us own cars, and public transport isn’t that great, so we’re almost all zipping around in cars every day. This leads to almost one compensation claim an hour here!

While the Injuries Board has its uses, you’ll be more certain to get the full amount you deserve if you get professional legal help after an accident, especially if you weren’t at fault.

Your life and health is more important than money, so go to A&E, or at least to your doctor, to get a diagnosis and a date of knowledge, as you’ll need these to have any chance of compensation. If there’s a lot of time between the crash and a medical visit, it could be argued that your injuries weren’t that bad, or even that you sustained them after the crash!

You also need to report the crash to the Gardai, as they’ll note it, even if no-one’s seriously hurt. All this helps with your case. If it is a serious accident, then the Gardai will take statements and evidence which can be used later, as well as sketches and photos.

Get the names and details of all drivers, as well as any witnesses, if possible. At the very least take down registration plate numbers and snap a photo or two on your phone. In the heat of the moment, people might give the wrong address, or may be unable to speak clearly.You don’t even have to be driving a car! If you’re walking or cycling and a negligent driver injures you, you can start thinking about claiming car accident compensation.

How much compensation you’ll get is worked out by lots of different factors – your age, your gender, your occupation and your family circumstances. Your health before the accident is also important. There’s also the emotional and psychological cost of an accident, which isn’t something the Injuries Board deals with. Existing and future loss of earnings is a big deal as well, as is the cost of ongoing medical care or modifications to your home if you’ve been badly injured.

If you were partly responsible for your injuries, the courts will decide how much responsibility you bear and give you a percentage. If you were talking on your mobile when you had the crash, you may be deemed to be 40 per cent responsible for your injury and so you’ll receive 40 per cent less of any settlement.

A big temptation, while lying in hospital, is to accept the offer from the other party’s insurer of an out-of-court settlement. Don’t! They do this to save time and, most importantly, money. Once you accept an offer like this, the case is closed and you’ll get nothing more, so if you need ongoing medical help or can’t go back to work, you’ll struggle on your own. This is one reason why strong legal representation is essential after a car accident.

Anjelica Cullin is an aspiring financial writer. A resident of Kansas city, Missouri. She has been contributing to many finance niche blogs and sites for last couple of years. Ms. Cullin is a guest contributory writer of our blog.

Looking for a Loan Against Personal Injury Case? Know About the Things to Watch Out For

personal injury attorneysIn case you have met with an accident and are suffering from injuries, for which somebody else is responsible, you have a personal injury claim at hand. In an ideal situation the person who is responsible for the accident should compensate you for the damages caused (damages here imply physical injury, damages to your car in case of a car accident etc). However, in most of the cases that does not happen. The insurance company representing the person, who has caused the damage, will try its best to push its profit margins by under compensating the injured. However, if you want to ensure that you end up getting the rightful compensation then you should seek legal help. It will not really be possible for you to understand or to have a thorough knowledge of the vast scope of personal injury. Only a well trained, reputed lawyer will be able to guide you through the complicated legal process-starting right from the negotiation to presenting your case. However, you might not always have the sufficient funds to afford legal help. There are companies that will provide you a loan against personal injury case. However, you have to consider a few things before you seek their help.

Please remember that a lawsuit loan will come with a high fees attached, as it goes without saying that the companies will not really be interested in putting their money at stake (on your case) for low rates.

Usually the companies are only interested in cases that have merit, where the plaintiff is likely to win. Thus, they will be studying the relevant documents (here, your claim) very carefully. They will establish due contacts with your lawyer to go through the papers. They will require the copies of both your legal and medical papers.

What you should do

Please shop around a bit to know who the reliable lenders in the market are and check out the service fees offered by each of them. At times, you might even come across lenders who charge such high fees that you are left with nothing from the settlement, after paying your lawyer and these companies. Do check out if you have to pay extra fees for periodic contacts established between your attorney and the lending company.

If you have friends and acquaintances who have availed similar services, you can ask them to chip in with valuable suggestions.

Whatever is the situation, it would only be wise to take help of these loans to ensure that you are financially in a good position to fight your case. It might happen that you are not being able to work owing to the physical injuries on your body. This may take a toll on your earning and you might have to face difficulties to secure a fair settlement in the personal injury case. Thus learn more about these companies online, today and seek their help whenever you feel that is necessary. Keep the points, mentioned above, in mind. But do not stay under compensated.

Marie Nelson has been writing about the deep rooted socio-economic problems plaguing World Economy for quite a long time. She is equally well versed with a plethora of legal and financial aspects including personal injury cases, employment laws, loans etc. If you want to find out about loan online you can refer to some of her articles as well.

California’s Proposed Multiple Parenting Law

family law attorney on long islandCalifornia is considering passing a multiple parenting law. This law would allow children to legally have more than two parents. This statute was proposed by State Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco. It has already passed the California State Senate and is being considered in the California State Assembly.

Mr. Leno claims that the definition of the American family is evolving. The statute takes into consideration surrogacy arrangements and reproductive techniques that involve multiple individuals and same sex marriages. Mr. Leno has stated “the bill brings California into the 21st century recognizing there are more than Ozzie and Harriett families today.”

Mr. Leno, in an interview with ABC, discussed a situation when an appeals court in 2009 placed a girl in foster care when her legally married parents, who were two lesbians, could not care for her. One of the child’s mothers had been jailed. The other, non biological mother was in a hospital facility. The girl’s biological father fought to be recognized as a parent. She had a relationship with the father, but the court could not recognize him as a parent because she already had two recognized parents. Mr. Leno points out that Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine and the District of Columbia already have statutes recognizing more than two parents

Statute Deals With More Than Same Sex Relationships

Mr. Leno argues with regard to the new law, that it is more inclusive than just involving same sex relationships. He uses as an example in which a man raises a non-biological child with a woman when the child also has a relationship with his biological father. Another example he gives is when a lesbian couple wants to include a male friend who provided sperm for conception as a legal parent for the child. Leno strongly argues it is in the child’s best interest to designate multiple parents to provide financial support, health insurance and other state benefits.

Legal experts are concerned about the issues that would be created by this new California law. Issues involving tax deductions, child support, health insurance, inheritance rights, custody issues, visitation issues, child support and wrongful death situations could be significantly impacted by the situation where a child has three parents.matrimonial assistance through divorce

Police Beating Results in 1.7 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Settlement

On March 23, 2000, Jerry Amaro, age 36, was beaten to death by officers of the Oakland Police Department during a drug arrest sting. Recently, his family settled their case against the City of Oakland for $1.7 million dollars. The cause of his death on October 21, 2000, was pneumonia, which resulted from multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung, which he received during the beating.

Amaro spent five days in jail. During his incarceration, he requested medical assistance. His requests were initially ignored, but he eventually saw a doctor for his injuries.

Investigation Finds Amaro Was Severely Beaten

After Amaro’s death, an investigation was conducted with regard to the incident. Investigators found that Amaro was “severely injured during his arrest”. The investigation also found five police officers had used “some form of physical force” on Amaro without a valid reason for this use of force or mentioning this use of force in their police report.

The 1.7 million dollars received by Amaro’s family is insufficient for the loss of his life, given the especially heinous treatment he received.

Personal Injury Lawyers

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represents New Yorkers with regard to all types of injury cases. Car accidents, truck accidents and slip and fall cases are routinely handled by our office. We can also help you obtain compensation for injuries received as a result of premises liability, construction accidents and wrongful death cases. In addition, our office has handed cases involving dog bites from vicious dogs. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Prisoner’s Death Results In Large Damages Award

Philip E. Parker, a former inmate in a Baltimore jail, was being transported by correction officers in a jail bus when he was murdered by a fellow inmate. His family brought a lawsuit claiming that the four correction officers and the State had acted negligently in the supervision of the prisoners on the bus, and as a result of their failure to supervise, that another inmate, Kevin Johns, killed Mr. Parker during the bus trip.

18.5 Million Dollar Jury Award

A jury in the Baltimore City Court awarded Parker’s family 18.5 million dollars based on this incident that took place in 2005. The State argued the situation on the bus was not foreseeable and therefore they were not negligent. The State claimed that the incident happened very quickly, and that the bus was dark, further preventing the correction officers from intervening.

The State’s Appeal

The attorneys for the State have indicated they plan to appeal the verdict. The 18.5 million dollar verdict involved 7.5 million to Parker’s mother, 1 million payable to his father and 10 million dollars to be paid to his estate. The attorney for the Parker family, Samuel M. Shapiro, stated “inmates in prison are human beings. These human beings, while incarcerated, need to be treated as human beings and if necessary, protected by the prison personnel from being murdered by other prisoners.”

New York Personal Injury Lawyers

For more than 30 years the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo has represented New Yorkers with regard to all types of personal injury cases. We have extensive experience in handling both car and truck accidents. Our office can provide legal representation in cases involving slip and fall accidents, premises liability, wrongful death matters, construction accidents, as well as nursing home neglect situations. We also have handled dog bite cases. Call us for a free consultation. Our phones are monitored 24/7, and we can be reached at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Teacher Gets Student Pregnant, School District Sued

Kenneth Rettler, a teacher in the Desmoine Iowa School District impregnated one of his student, after making repeated sexual advances to her. Even more troubling, the Principal of the school, Rich Blonigan, was aware he was spending time alone with Josephine Stevens in his classroom with the door locked – against school policy. Mr. Rettler had sent Ms. Stevens numerous, inappropriate communications via both text message and e-mail, also in violation of school policy.

School District Sued

Ms. Stevens has brought a lawsuit in the Iowa District Court against the school district. The lawsuit alleges she has experienced humiliation, emotional harm and embarrassment due to getting pregnant, and she has demanded monetary compensation for her injuries.

The teacher was fired and voluntarily surrendered his teaching license. This was a result of his sexual liasions with a student who was only seventeen at the time. Sex Between Teachers and Students is Against the Law In Iowa

It is a crime in the state of Iowa for a teacher to have sex with a student – regardless of that student’s age. If there are repeated liasions between the teacher and student, the crime is a felony subject up to five years in prison. Rettler has plead guilty to sexual exploitation and obstructing prosecution. He has been sentenced to six months in jail, and in addition has to complete a sex offender treatment program. He will be forced to register as a sex offender wherever he lives in the future.

Teacher’s jobs involve instructing students not taking advantage of their naivety.

Injury Lawyer

If you are involved in a car or truck accident, the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can help you recover from your damages. In addition, our law firm represents men, women, and children with regard to premises liability cases, construction accidents, wrongful death cases, nursing home neglect cases, and all other personal injury matters. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Bowling Alley Negligence

personalinjurypic-150x150Miss Brignoni was injured in a bowling alley. She fell due to a slippery condition after her feet went in front of the foul line on the alley. Miss Brignoni claimed that no one had told her that crossing the foul line could be dangerous. It was also alleged that there were no signs giving warning to bowlers about this dangerous condition.

Big Bowl claimed, come on, everyone who bowls understands that you can fall down while participating in running up the alley with a bowling ball. Big Bowl brought a Motion for Summary Judgment. Summary Judgment Motions are used for the purpose of having a court decide the case without a trial. Summary Judgment Motions are based on the theory that there is no question of fact concerning liability issues.

Justice Joan M. Madden, sitting in Supreme Court in New York County rendered a decision that there was not an assumption of risk in this recreational activity. The Judge ruled that the expert hired by the plaintiff had raised a triable issue and that the case should go to trial and not be determined on a motion. The expert’s affidavit specifically stated Big Bowl created enhanced risks of injury because they oiled the lane 4 1/2 inches past the foul line as opposed to the normal standard for bowling alleys which is 6 inches. It was also pointed out that employees on many occasions witnessed bowlers slip and fall on the oiled part of the bowling alley. The Judge’s decision requires the case to be decided at trial by a jury.

Long Island and New York City Accident Lawyers

The accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can help you, should you be injured. Our office has extensive experience in handling car accidents and truck accidents. We also litigate slip and fall cases, premises liability cases, wrongful death cases, nursing home neglect cases as well as all other types of personal injury matters. Call us for a free consulation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802. Our phones are monitored 24/7.

Student Injury Case Goes to Trial

personal2-150x150Long, a student was injured during gym class. His family brought legal proceedings seeking monetary damages related to the injuries Long received. Supreme Court Justice Ute Wolff Lally sitting in the Supreme Court Part located in Nassau County, New York, found that a triable issue of fact existed and that the case would have to go to trial.

Gym Class Injury

Long was involved in a physical activity in gym class referred to as “islands.” During this activity, gym equipment was used and the students had to run around them. The School District claimed that this was a “cooperative game”. The purpose of the game is to teach students to work in a group. Long claimed the activity was a race.

Sports Injuries

In her decision, Judge Lally stated that sports activities were generally consented to by its participants. She also commented there are inherent risks in all sporting activities However, her opinion stated that even if the student consented to the activity, the school has an ongoing obligation to exercise reasonable care to see that students are protected from unassumed, concealed, and unreasonable risks. Judge Lally found it was a triable issue of fact as to whether the school district had properly discharged it’s duties to the students.

Injury Attorneys

If you, a family member, or a loved one are injured as a result of a school activity, construction work, or a car accident the attorneys at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can assist you. For more than 30 years the law firm has represented individuals in personal injury matters. The firm also represents individuals involving slip and fall cases, premises liability, wrongful death matters, nursing home neglect cases, as well as all types of injuries related to car and truck accidents. Call for a free consultation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802. There will be no legal fee unless we collect damages for your injuries. Our phones are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Marston Gibson, A Man for all Seasons

Marston Gibson, Esq. is now the Chief Justice of the highest court in Barbados. I know Marston Gibson. Marston served with distinction as a Judicial Hearing Officer (JHO) in the courts of Nassau County. He conducted non jury trials in matrimonial and other civil cases. Marston did a terrific job. He was always dedicated and hard working. I wish him the best of luck in his new position of Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals in Barbados.

Marston Gibson is a Rhodes Scholar. He obtained law degrees from the University of the West Indies and Oxford University in England. Marston became a nationalized American citizen in the year 1996. Marston had been a lecturer at the University of the West Indies. He taught various courses. One of his students was the former past prime minister of the West Indies, David Thompson.

Anthony Marano, the Administrative Judge in Nassau County, recently said Marston Gibson was “the ideal employee [with] extraordinary knowledge of the law and a perfect disposition!!” Although Marston Gibson will be the Chief Judge of the independent country of Barbados, his decisions will be subject to review by the Carribean Court of Justice. I wish Marston Gibson the very best in his new position. Nassau County will miss him!


Personal Injury Attorneys

Our office has been handling all types of personal injury cases for more than thirty years. We represent individuals in car accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and fall cases and cases involving individuals bitten by ferocious dogs. Should you be involved in an accident or suffer an injury, call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Escalator Problem Caused the Death of a Four Year Old

On March 11, 2011, four year old Mark DiBona was in a Sears Roebuck store in the Auburn Shopping Mall. The four year old was taking a ride on the escalator. After stepping on to the escalator, the handrail pulled him into a 6 1/4 inch gap that existed between a plexiglass barrier and the escalator. This caused him to fall to the floor below. Mark suffered traumatic head injuries. He died the next day.

Mark’s Parents Sue

Mark’s parents brought a lawsuit in Worcester Superior Court. Their lawsuit stated that Simon Property Group, Inc. and others involved with the mall were responsible for the boy’s death. The mall had new escalators installed in the year 2009. The building permits for the escalators required barriers be installed that would eliminate the 6 1?2 inch gap Mark DeBona fell through. Unfortunately, the contractor handling the installation did not install the barriers. Failure of the mall operators to install the barriers was the cause of Mark’s death. Weren’t these escalators inspected prior to becoming operational? Were the inspectors paying attention, or did they intentionally ignore the problem?

Personal Injury Attorneys

Our office has been handling all types of personal injury cases for more than thirty years.  We represent individuals in car accidentstruck accidentswrongful death casesslip and fall cases and cases involving individuals bitten by ferocious dogs.  Should you be involved in an accident or suffer an injury, call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

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