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3 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

3 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

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Those who have gotten into an auto accident may have trouble deciding what their next steps should be. After a possibly injury it can be frustrating; having people all around them trying to tell them what to do. In some circumstances, the other party may be trying to save some money by pressuring a victim into a deal that isn’t in their best interest. With all of the confusion going on after the accident, it is no wonder that many people will not know or understand their options afterwards. In the event of an auto accident, there are three main reasons why you should retain a personal injury attorney. Here are some tips to better understand your rights after an accident.

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Sustaining an Injury

After you have been in an accident, and before hiring an attorney, you need to figure out the extent of your injuries as a result of the accident. In an event like this it is important to visit a professional medical consultant to examine the seriousness of your bodily damage. Depending on how severely you have been hurt, and if others have been injured as well in the accident, then it is important to take the time to talk to a personal injury attorney to figure out what will happen next in your case. If you sustained a little injury in the case, the attorney will be able to help you out fairly quickly. On the other hand, if you suffered a major injury then you must have an attorney to help you with all of the difficulties and details that come with these kinds of cases.

Someone Got Hurt in Accident

Whether or not you have been hurt in the auto accident, if someone else was hurt then you should hire a personal injury attorney right away to deal with any issues that may arise if you are taken to court. You may not end up needing them in the long run, or you may be able to settle things outside of court, but having this attorney available right away can save you a lot of hassle in the event that you become stuck in the middle of an injury countersue.

Insurance Claims

Sometimes the most difficult thing to deal with after an accident is the insurance claim. Insurance companies do not want to shell out more money than they have to for your accident because it ends up cutting into their profits. They would be happy if all of their customers never got into an accident and they could keep all of the money that they are making each month, but as reality has it accidents to occur and damages need to be recovered. Because of all this, most insurance companies will try to convince you that you do not need an attorney and then offer you much less money than you deserve.

Instead of getting taken advantage of by your insurance company, hiring a personal injury attorney can help you get the money that you deserve. They have the experience necessary to know when the insurance companies are lowballing you and they can go to court with you to get the amounts that you need to pay for the injuries and other medical bills that result from the accident.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at the Loewy Law Firm, a personal injury law firm in Austin, Texas. Zane is glad he’s never had to hire a personal injury attorney.



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Defend Yourself: A Guide To Buying A Personal Breathalyzer

Defend Yourself: A Guide To Buying A Personal Breathalyzer

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So you’re trying to make an informed decision on which breathalyzer to purchase. If you want to purchase one as a novelty gift for a friend’s party or are looking for one to preemptively stop a friend or yourself from hitting the road after hitting the sauce; this guide is for you. The options are vast and varied, so where do you start? Below are some helpful hints to get you the right breathalyzer, depending on your needs, intentions, and price range.

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First off, let’s discuss how a breathalyzer actually takes in your breath, analyzes it, and displays a reading of your alcohol consumption. When you drink alcohol, it absorbs into your bloodstream. Thusly, if one were able to analyze your blood, there would be the possibility of determining how much you’ve drank by its content. The measurement of the alcohol content of your blood is called the “blood alcohol concentration” or BAC. Your BAC can be determined using various techniques that fall into two categories, invasive and non-invasive. An example of an invasive technique would be actually drawing and analyzing blood. Non-invasive techniques would be the analyzation of a sample of breath, saliva, or urine. Breath being the most easily obtained, law enforcement and personal use breathalyzers are the most commonly sold BAC measuring instrument. The breath you blow into a breathalyzer should come from the lowest part of the lungs because that is where the chemical reaction of oxygen absorption and carbon dioxide replacement happens. In this exchange, tiny blood vessels are present, making the contents (i.e., alcohol) available to be read when exhaled.

From law enforcement to fun at a party, people buy alcohol testers for many different reasons. Depending on what you will be using it for, your search criteria may be a combination of different attributes listed below.

  • Is it approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), DOT (Department of Transportation), NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)?
  • Does it test ‘deep lung’ air and does it record your breathe’s air pressure?
  • How is the quality of the alcohol tester in a controlled environment?
  • Is the brand of the breathalyzer trusted?
  • Can the breathalyzer be recalibrated, and how often?
  • Which type of model is the actual internal alcohol tester (semiconductor, fuel cell, or infrared spectroscopy)?

How do these tester types differ? The semiconductor model is the least expensive of the selection. Ranging from novel-grade to professional-grade, semiconductor models can sometimes read false positives with diabetics or people on low-calorie diets. Fuel cell models are the industry standard in handheld, law enforcement breathalyzers. At a higher cost, a fuel cell model will reduce the risk of false positives. Infrared testers are even more expensive, non-handheld, and are mainly used in police labs to analyze evidence.

If you’re buying the alcohol tester for personal use, a semiconductor model is most likely your best bet. ‘Personal use,’ meaning you’d like to test yourself, family, and friends for your own knowledge, be it for fun or proving that someone is unfit to drive. If you’re considering a career in law enforcement and would like to practice with professional grade tools, than a fuel cell may be up your alley; however they are much higher in cost. Please drink responsibly!

David Hook is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He loves the write, draw, and blog about criminal defense on behalf of Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense in Austin, Tx.

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Is Mediation Right For Your Personal Injury Case?

Is Mediation Right For Your Personal Injury Case?

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Litigation can be really expensive. Especially if you are involved in a personal injury case and you’re having to worry about medical bills, getting back to work, and winning a case. One option you have that can save time and money is mediation.

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The Benefits of Mediation

Mediation is used for a variety of conflicts: divorce, neighborly disputes, property damage, and can be used for most civil lawsuits. In personal injury, the plaintiff will almost always be negotiating with an insurance company. The mediation allows the plaintiff to pin down how much the insurance company is willing to give before going to full on litigation. Many time mediation won’t end up in a settlement or agreement that is sufficient for the plaintiff in personal injury cases. The prime benefit is that the plaintiff can at least find out how much the company was willing to give instead of just heading straight to court.

Another benefit is that both parties have more control over the procedures and issues that get talked about. It is less of a yes or no, guilty or innocent, situation than in court which allows for more to be addressed in the process. Usually this means better future relations between the parties instead of any heated emotions that might result from an undesirable verdict. Also, in personal injury cases, the insurance adjuster will see be in the same room with you looking your face and you will see his or hers. Instead of being an email folder or a slot in a filing cabinet, you’re a human in the same room.

The Process of Mediation

Mediations are ran by a mediator and generally it follows a six step process (although different mediators have different processes:

  1. Introductory Remarks – Mediator introduces him/her self and lays down the rules for procedure, the general guideline he/she wants it iterate, and a summary of what he or she knows about the case.
  2. Statement of Problem – Each side has a designated turn to explain their conceived side of the problem and how it has affected them.
  3. Information Gathering – The mediator goes back and forth asking open ended questions to find the emotional undertones and identify the facts surrounding the case.
  4. Identification of problems – Mediator identifies the common goals of each party—settle, to receive a certain amount of money, to not lose a certain amount of money, etc.
  5. Bargaining and Generating Options – Usually performed using caucus, where each party goes into a separate room and the mediator might draw up a proposal and have each modify it back and forth.
  6. Reach an Agreement or Not – Either parties will come to an agreement through the bargaining process or decide to go to court.

The Settlement

After an agreement is made the two parties will have settlement-agreement in writing and submit it a final proposed consent order to the court for approval. If there is no possible settlement, then it’s time to look at your other options and decide if more time developing a case and pursuing litigation might be necessary.

Jeremy Smith writes for the McMinn Law Firm in Austin, Texas. He believe mediation is always a better option before going to court.

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How To Create A Personal Finance Plan

How To Create A Personal Finance Plan

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Personal financial planning is something that we all know we should do more of, but few of us actually take the time to sit down and do it. However, when we dedicate some time to this task, it can give us a real purpose and focus our minds towards what we want to achieve.

Here are some ideas that will help you when it comes to putting together a personal financial blueprint.

Know What You Want

how create personal finance plan How To Create A Personal Finance PlanWhat are the ultimate aims of your personal finance plan? Until you know this, your plan isn’t going to come together at all.

The two biggest primary reasons are likely to be a desire to save money, or a desire to reduce your debts. However, you need to go far beyond these basic reasons and look at the reasons why you want to do this.

For example, you might be saving for a holiday or have a desire to relocate to another part of the country. You might decide that you’re going to quit your job and become self-employed, or you could have discovered a new hobby that you wish to participate in on a regular basis.

Keep your end objective in mind; it’ll make it much easier to stay motivated!

Look at Your Financial Reality

Consider what you already have and ensure all of your financial documents are organized. If you have an investment portfolio, be sure to consider any incomings that you might have from this as the time approaches to take out a return.

Making Cuts

It is now time to get your business head on. What areas of your financial life can you improve by cutting unnecessary expenditure? The easiest way to approach this is to look at the things you need in order to live comfortably, rather than considering any luxuries that you might take for granted.

Depending on your objectives, it might be that you only need to give up a luxury for a few months.

Plan Your Income

At this stage, it is recommended that you only plan for guaranteed income, or if you’re self-employed, what you’re likely to earn. It can be tempting to be speculative with regards to figures, but if you do that you’re probably only going to end up disappointed when you don’t hit your targets.

Build your known income into your budget, and plan for any additional, unexpected income, such as a gift or a lottery win, for example, to go straight into a savings account or towards meeting your objectives.

Target and Commit

All you need to do now is put a timeframe on your goals and commit to them. Keep in mind what you’re trying to achieve and you’ll find it remarkably easy to stay motivated and keep driving towards your financial goal.

If you need to speak to a finance professional about certain elements of your plan, then do so as soon as possible, and you’ll be all set to achieve your financial goals and potentially change your life.

Abraham is a finance student who is planning to move into personal financial consulting at the conclusion of his studies. He has seen a number of family members struggle with finances during his life, which is what has inspired him to take this route.

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Personal Injury Law: A Brief History

Personal Injury Law: A Brief History

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Many people today believe the history of personal injury law and claims must be a fairly short and modern one. After all, claims against drunk drivers, faulty appliances, and medical malpractice must be fairly modern occurrences, right?  Well, actually, personal injury law and lawyers have roots stretching back much farther than our parent’s generation. In fact, the origins of personal injury law can be traced all the way back to the first civilizations.

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Simple Beginnings

The famed decree of “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” was popularly practiced in Ancient Mesopotamia and was a law outlined by the Code of Hammurabi. Though often brutal in its execution and less civilized than most modern laws — this law offering reciprocity to the perpetrators of crimes was among the first personal injury laws in human civilization. The law emerged as a means of dealing with negligence or wrongdoing by one party against another — a primitive form of today’s system.

Later, in Ancient Greece and Rome, the role of lawyers in the process of aiding those suffering personal injury expanded. Traditionally, plaintiffs in a case were allowed to bring a companion to to trial to help them plead their grievances against another party. These companions often had familiarity with legal proceedings and the laws of their civilization, and thus served as valuable aids to plaintiffs. Though these companions were forbidden from accepting monetary compensation for their services, the rule was rarely enforced, and thus the profession of lawyers began to emerge. By the middle of the 1st century AD, the Emperor had officially abolished this law, and Lawyers expanded even further.

Evolution of the Field

By the fall of the Roman Empire, lawyers had become amongst the most respected, educated and well-paid members of society, cementing their role as we know them today. In the sphere of personal injury law, by the 17th century, most plaintiffs could receive compensation in a court of law for any wages lost by personal injury. The growth of the Industrial Revolution and Progressive movements in the early 20th century, such as the one led by Theodore Roosevelt, led to more expansion and more action taken to protect individuals from negligent corporations and industries. Personal injury lawyers eventually sparked the passage of reforms such as Worker’s Compensation in the United States, expanding individual’s rights even further.

Contemporary Innovations & The Future

Personal injury law has not overwhelmingly changed since the mid 20th century. Nevertheless, alterations allow plaintiffs to now receive damages for “pain and suffering” as a result of personal injury. And while the modern field of personal injury lawyers has sometimes been seen as sparking frivolous lawsuits, many personal injury suits have caused marked reform by companies to enact new safety protocols to protect consumers. As a result of many lawsuits resulting from deficient car designs or unanticipated side effects of medications, companies have taken drastic steps to improve air bag standards or testing procedures for drugs before products can enter the marketplace.

The future of personal injury law is less clear than our past, but despite its sometimes less than stellar perception, the future of the profession promises to continue to protect individuals and promote the safety and prosperity of our society.

Matt Kyle is an attorney at Kyle Law Firm based in the New Braunfels, Texas area. Receiving his training at the University of Texas School of Law, Kyle has been named a Texas “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine, and voted “Best Attorney” in New Braunfels, TX and San Marcos, TX.

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Pick Your Personal Injury Attorney Based On These Top Criteria

Pick Your Personal Injury Attorney Based On These Top Criteria

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Getting into an accident can have severe, unexpected consequences. You’ll be in physical and mental pain for quite some time. To top it off, you’ll also have a slew of medical bills to pay for. However, if you haven’t been working, then your medical bills might start to stack up against you. Before you collapse under the crushing weight of these unforeseen, unwanted consequences, find a personal injury attorney to help you get back up and to help you get your life back on track.

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Personal injury attorneys help their clients reach settlements that cover the costs associated with many accidents, including the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Work accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Oil and gas field accidents

However, there are some important criteria you should consider when picking your personal injury attorney. Here are the top criteria that really make a difference when it comes to building a strong attorney-client relationship with remarkable representation and real results.

Trustworthy

Your personal injury attorney should be trustworthy. Many details of your case will be confidential and private. A trustworthy attorney will respect both you and your case, protecting the details of your case from parties who are not involved.

Trustworthiness is also an important criteria to consider when you are picking your personal injury attorney for personal and financial reasons. Lets face it. No one wants to work with a liar or a cheat.

Organized

Your personal injury attorney should also be organized. The details of your case should be kept in a “paper” file cabinet or “paperless” database. They should also be backed up somewhere safe in case something unexpected happens.

Organization is also an important criteria to consider when you are picking your personal injury attorney for professional reasons. If it takes your personal injury attorney hours to find or remember the details of your case, both your time and money will be wasted.

Punctual

In addition, your personal injury attorney should be punctual. There are many important dates that will address the details of your case from consultations and meetings to negotiation or mediation and court dates. If your personal injury attorney is late, you will just be wasting your time and money.

Punctuality is also an important criteria to consider when you are picking your personal injury attorney for practical reasons. Without this criteria, you may end up having to reschedule important dates, which can be difficult to do. Save yourself the time and trouble.

Efficient

Your personal injury attorney should also be efficient. If the details of your case are complicated, an efficient attorney will be able to understand them, act accordingly, and simplify any aspects of your case that you need to understand.

Efficiency is also an important criteria to consider when you are picking your personal injury attorney for a variety of reasons. This criteria means getting things done in a timely fashion. Who wouldn’t want that?

Experienced

Last but not least, your personal injury attorney should be experienced. If the details of your case are unclear, then an experienced attorney will know how to clarify necessary details. An experienced attorney will also know how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your case based on these details.

Experience is also an important criteria to consider when you are picking your personal injury attorney for many reasons. However, don’t be afraid to pick an attorney without decades or even years of experience. He or she may still be the right attorney for you.

Although many of these criteria seem obvious or given, there are many lawyers out there who do not meet them. Research your potential personal injury attorneys carefully before picking the best one for you.

Paul Colley practices personal injury law at his Austin, Texas firm Colley & Colley, LLP. Colley is best known as a Car Acccident lawyer, but his practice is diverse and wide.

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Is It Too Late To File My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Is It Too Late To File My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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An accident happens. You didn’t cause the accident. In fact, someone else did. However, you are the one who gets injured. Years later, you might remember your accident and suddenly decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. Years later, you might discover some new information about your accident that makes filing a personal injury lawsuit a good idea even though it wasn’t back then when the accident occurred. Years later, you might finally have time to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, if you wait too long, then it might be too late.

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It is in your best interest to file a personal injury lawsuit soon after your injury occurs. If you don’t, you won’t be able to sue the person responsible for your injuries, making you responsible for the entire cost of your injury, be it medical bills or lost wages.

But, why?

Filing any lawsuit, including a personal injury lawsuit, must be done within a certain period of time, although the amount of time you are given to file a lawsuit does depend on the type of lawsuit you are filing and the state you are living. This period of time is governed and set by the Statute of Limitations. Although it might be hard to believe, each state has their own Statute of Limitations. Thankfully, you don’t have to memorize or learn different Statute of Limitations since they are very similar.

If you get into an accident and it’s not your fault, here are the first things you should do:

  • Get medical attention
  • Get legal advice

Although receiving medical attention might be a slow process, receiving legal advice is not. You can receive legal advice through two relatively speedy processes: a free case evaluation or a free consultation. The initial legal advice you receive should include the Statute of Limitations that applies to you.

Now, lets break down the Statute of Limitations for the following states: Texas, New York, California, Washington, and Florida.

Texas

Texas’ Statute of Limitations can be found in the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.001.

Texas gives you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit.

New York

New York’s Statute of Limitations can be found in the New York Civil Practice Laws and Rules § 201.

New York gives you three years to file a personal injury lawsuit.

California

California’s Statute of Limitations can be found in the California Code of Civil Procedure § 312.

California gives you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Product liability is also included under this category.

Washington

Washington’s Statute of Limitations can be found in the Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.005.

Washington gives you three years to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Florida

Florida’s Statute of Limitations can be found in Florida Statutes (Annotated) § 95.011.

Florida gives you four years to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Special Rules

Many Statute of Limitations have a special rule for minors. Usually, the Statute of Limitations starts to run after their 18th birthday.

Was your state left out? Go here to get the Statute of Limitations for your state.

W.T. Johnson is a personal injury lawyer who practices in Dallas, Texas. The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson have specialized in personal injury law for over 25 years.

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Five Good Reasons To Fire Your Personal Injury Attorney

Five Good Reasons To Fire Your Personal Injury Attorney

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Making the decision to hire a personal injury attorney was difficult. There were many things you had to consider: professional skills, personality, and price. After completing google searches and speaking with family and friends, you met a slew of attorneys. Finally, you found the right attorney for you. You were confident that your case would be represented fairly by this honest, hard working attorney who promised to win your case. However, time passed, and suddenly you realized you had made a mistake. Not only was your personal injury attorney not right for you, he or she just wasn’t doing their job right, either. Meetings were uncomfortable because of your personal injury attorney, and you weren’t happy with the relationship between your personal injury attorney or confident in the outcome of your case.

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If you aren’t getting what you were promised, then its not too late. Making the decision to hire a personal injury attorney was difficult, but making the decision to fire him or her is easy.

Here are five good reasons to fire your personal injury attorney.

Poor Organization

A law office is filled with paper, files, and countless things attorneys, like other professionals, have collected along the way. Over the years, if not properly cleaned, these things can continue to pile up. While some personal injury attorneys will be able to work well despite the mess, many others will not.

In addition, a poorly organized office leads to a poorly organized personal injury attorney. He or she is likely to lose important documents and forget important dates, wasting your time and money. This is a good reason to fire him or her.

Poor Representation

One of the most important aspects of an attorney is their ability to speak up on behalf of their clients and stand up for their clients in the legal arena. Representing clients both during negotiations and mediations, as well as at trial, is also critical to client satisfaction and case success.

If your personal injury attorney fails to either listen to your voice or speak up on behalf of you and stand up or you, then this is another good reason to fire him or her.

Poor Communication

Although attorneys should speak up on behalf of their clients, they should also remember to speak to their clients, doing so in a way that their client will understand. It is also important for attorneys to answer phone calls and reply to emails from their clients in a timely fashion.

A personal injury attorney who fails to do so will also fail to keep their client up-to-date on the status of their case. He or she may even fail to notify a client of a settlement offer, which is a good reason to fire him or her.

Weak Attorney-Client Relationship

Attorneys are people, too, and they each come with their own unique personality that will pervade, define, and characterize their practice. However, at first it is easy for an attorney and their new client to get along. It is only as time passes that differences in personality will become noticeable and create conflict between an attorney and his or her client.

It is okay to let an attorney go if you feel that he or she is just not clicking with you. It is also a good reason to fire an attorney if he or she is just treating you without respect.

Ethics

Your personal injury attorney should have taken an ethics class while in law school. However, this fact alone doesn’t ensure or guarantee that he or she is an ethical person.

If your personal injury attorney is playing fast and loose with your money, your time, or your case, then this is a good reason to fire him or her.

Jason McMinn practices law in Austin, TX at the McMinn Law Firm. The McMinn Law Firm is known for their specialty in personal injury law.

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Affordable Multicopter Alias Personal Helicopter for Everyone

Affordable Multicopter Alias Personal Helicopter for Everyone

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A Personal Helicopter is something what cannot afford to own everybody. In most cases such property own rich people like actors or business men only. But German company E-Volo came with a new prototype of multicopter powered by sixteen propellers that should fill the gap of an affordable flying transportation device. The weight of this helicopter is 80 kg including lithium batteries and can fly 10 to 30 minutes. Limiting factor is the capacity of the battery, so the development in this area will bring longer flights and forward evolution.

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