My Love Of The Law

In my opinion, there is nothing more exciting or complex than the legal system. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of standing in front of a jury and presenting the best possible case (with lots of dramatic flare, of course). Unfortunately, the many “if’s” in life have prevented me from realizing that dream thus far.

While I am may not be ready to start my legal career quite yet, my love for the law still remains constant. This page is my way of sharing with the world everything that I have learned about this amazing field thus far. It is my hope that the information contained in these pages will help you through your current legal matters and perhaps help you to nurture your own love of the law.

3 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Dealing With A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Many people choose to file a personal injury lawsuit to get help paying for an accident or malicious that might have occurred against them. If you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit, it is important that you do everything you can to get the best outcome possible. This comes from avoiding these common mistakes. 1. Not Keeping Documentation Documentation will be your best asset during a lawsuit. You need to have proof of everything that happened. If you do not have proof of the injuries, the accident, or any correspondence between the two parties, you will have a harder time winning the suit. This is why you should keep everything related to the accident. This includes any letters from insurance, doctor’s bills, pictures from the accident, medical records, and so forth. All of these things will help to show accurately what happened and can help you estimate how much the lawsuit is worth. 2. Waiting Too Long To File The Lawsuit Another common mistake that people make is waiting too long to file the lawsuit. This is very dangerous, because if you don’t file within the statue of limitations, you could lose your chance to file, even if you have a great case against the other person. Know that in some cases, the insurance companies will drag out the process so that you spend too much time trying to solve it on your own; then, when you try to file the lawsuit with a lawyer, it is too late. This is why it is best to talk to an attorney, such as one from Monohan & Blankenship, early on...

4 Things To Know If You Were Bitten By A Dog On The Job

If you were performing a job, were lawfully on someone else’s property, and their dog bit you, here are three things you need to know about what to do next and your legal rights. Contact Emergency Services The first thing you need to do is call 911. If you are seriously injured, ask for them to send out both emergency services and the police. You want emergency services to respond so that they can document and treat the dog bite. Depending on the seriousness of the dog bite, you may need to go to the emergency room. You want the police to respond so you can file a report and let them know exactly what happened. This will also allow the police to survey the scene and write their own statement as well. This is the best way to back up your version of events and establish an official timeline for what happened. Take Photos Second, if you are able to, you should take some pictures with your smartphone. Photograph your injuries to show what the damaged looked like immediately after the bite; if the damage gets worse over time, you’ll want to continue to take pictures to document the damage. You should also take pictures of the scene of the accident. Take pictures to show exactly where you were and what you were doing. Since you were on the property doing work, take pictures of the work that you were doing as well to officially establish your reasoning for being on the property. Collect Information You are going to want to collect information from the homeowner, if possible....

FAQs About Lead Poisoning In The Home

The health problems that can result from being exposed to lead paint have been well-documented. Unfortunately, some landlords have not take the necessary steps to ensure that their tenants are safe from exposure. If you believe the lead paint is to blame for your health problems, here is what you need to know.  Did Your Landlord Provide You With Disclosures? Federal law requires that your landlord provide you with lead paint disclosures prior to you and your family taking residence in the home or apartment. If your landlord failed to do so, he or she could face serious consequences, such as a large fine.  In addition to filing a claim or lawsuit to recover damages for the lead poisoning you suffered, you can also file a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The agency will investigate and determine whether any action is required on its part against your landlord.  What Can You Do? Regardless of whether or not you were informed of the potential for lead poisoning, you need to be tested and receive treatment. Your medical records will play a major part in your case. If you do not receive treatment, your landlord’s insurance company will argue that you are not entitled to compensation because your injuries were not serious enough to warrant treatment.  While you are receiving treatment, you need to send a notice of your intent to file a claim to your landlord’s insurance company. There are time restrictions that limit how long you have to notify the insurance company. You do not have to provide specific details of your case in the...

How Do Personal Injury Lawsuits Work?

If you were injured and feel that another party was to blame, then you have the ability to file a lawsuit and hopefully recover some of your damages. However, the process is quite a bit more complicated than you might imagine, with tons of laws to worry about and dramatic differences between states in how personal injury lawsuits are handled. To help you get a better idea of how the process works, here are some of the most important topics that you will need to tackle: The Statute of Limitations First of all, you will need to carefully examine when the injury actually happened and how long you have to officially file your lawsuit. This period of time is the statute of limitations, which varies a lot from state to state. The statute of limitations in most states ends up being 2-4 years, but some are as short as a 1 and others are as long as 6. There can also be separate numbers for different circumstances, which often arises in cases of medical malpractice. For example, the discovery rule allows you to file your lawsuit long after the statute of limitations expired, but it only applies when you could not have known about your injury prior to discovering it. However, for medical malpractice cases, there is often a hard limit that prevents you from filing after a certain number of years, even if you were physically unable to discover your injury beforehand. Comparative Negligence Second, you will need to consider the concept of comparative negligence. The short version is that comparative negligence will reduce your winnings if the court...

How Much Of A Difference Can Witnesses Make In An Auto Accident Case

Many auto accidents seem to occur in such a way that there really isn’t any doubt who is to blame. But unfortunately, once an insurance company dissects the accident, they can try to prove the accident happened in a completely different way than you thought. This is why witnesses can make all the difference in an auto accident case. Where Do Witnesses Come From? Many auto accidents happen in plain sight of other people on the road, but that doesn’t mean they will stick around. That means you only have a small window of opportunity to seek witnesses. If you suffer an injury, that small window becomes even smaller, since you will have to seek medical attention first. If you have the wherewithal to actually go to people and speak to them, then you should. If you can’t manage that, you should ask someone nearby if they can do it for you. Occasionally, people will actually volunteer themselves as witnesses. Some people may feel uncomfortable giving you or someone else their contact information. Many of those same people will feel fine with giving their information to a police officer. This is one reason you should call law enforcement, even if the accident is a mild one. Are Witnesses Only Good For a Trial? Many people believe a witness is only helpful during a trial. The truth is a witness can help from the very start of the settlement process. Just saying there’s one or more witnesses swings the case a little more in your favor. That’s because a witness works as more than just an extra set of eyes....

Important Reasons To Hire A Trucking Accident Lawyer

Have you recently been in an accident with a large semi truck? Are your friends and family now giving you conflicting information about what you need to do next? When you’re injured in an accident, there may be certain steps you need to follow, in order to protect your legal rights. If you don’t follow these steps, it may be difficult or even impossible for you to receive the compensation that you would otherwise deserve. Because of this, you may want to consider hiring a trucking accident lawyer to help you with your case. Besides representing you in the actual courtroom, here are some things that a good attorney can help you with: Deciding who to sue: Depending on your state and the accident itself, there could be several potential defendants for your case. You could potentially sue the truck driver or the driver’s insurance company, the company or person who owns of the truck, the people who own the goods inside the truck, or the warehouse that loaded the goods into the truck in the first place. If you file suit against the wrong person or people, then you’re wasting both their time and your own. A good trucking accident lawyer will help you decide whether it’s worthwhile to sue any or all of the people who may have been involved in the accident itself.  Deciding where to sue: Most lawsuits are typically filed in your state of residence. But if the accident took place in a second state and the truck was owned and operated by a company or person in a third state, you may be able to...

3 Things Most Employees Do Not Know About Worker’s Compensation

When you trip over a pallet and break a leg, inhale fumes and experience lung trauma at work, or accidentally cut yourself on a saw at a cabinet shop, it is the responsibility of your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance to step up and take care of you and your injuries. Unfortunately, filing a worker’s comp claim and receiving the much-needed benefits is hardly ever as cut and dry as it should be. There are actually three important things that most employees do not know about worker’s compensation that could interfere with them receiving benefits.  What medical provider you visit could impact your claim. If you are injured suddenly and must be picked up and transported by emergency personnel, you will not have a choice about where you go for treatment. However, in any other situation, if your employer tells you to visit a specific hospital, doctor, or other medical provider, you should follow their directions. It is true that worker’s compensation insurance may only work with specific medical providers. Therefore, if you visit someone else that is not within the network, your injuries may not be covered by the insurance company.  You should be careful about what you say to the medical provider during treatment. From the moment you step into the office of a medical practitioner and your visit is associated with a workplace injury, you should watch carefully every word that you let out of your mouth. Keep in mind that the medical provider is required by law to document your claims in your medical file, which will then be turned over to the insurance company and...

False Allegations Of Child Molestation And Assault Against A Teacher: How These Personal Injury Injustices Should Be Handled

When you are a teacher, you are entrusted with the welfare and safety of children. While most teachers would never dream of molesting a child or having a sexual encounter with a child, it does not stop the flow of false allegations against teachers. For this reason, you need to take every precaution and every possible legal action to protect and defend yourself when one of your students accuses you of these heinous crimes. Here is how your personal injury lawyer will advise you to handle these false allegations and accusations. Get a Full Psychological Exam In many cases, the prosecuting lawyer may attempt to prove that you are not mentally well, and this is the basis for inappropriate contact with a minor. If your lawyer has not already advised you to do so, or if the court has not already ordered you to do so, get a full psychological exam. This will rule out any arguments made by the prosecutor that you are “mentally unwell” and then the possibility that you would even have contact with a minor becomes somewhat doubtful. Any doubt that can be cast onto your situation is a good thing, since it has to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you did what you were accused of. Utilize Any Testimony and Witnesses That Were Present on the Day in Question When a child accuses a teacher of molestation or inappropriate sexual contact, you need to rely on every source you have to disprove the allegations. This is why many teachers in many school districts now are not allowed to enter a...

Bullied At Work? You Have Options

Bullying at school is a serious issue that is slowly being addressed through state law and increased awareness. Although specific laws preventing bullying at the workplace are yet to be on the books, an experienced lawyer can help you find relief using other legal provisions. Workplace Bullying At work, bullying is psychological and emotional torment that is not connected to simple job stress. When you are being bullied at work, someone is deliberately threatening you, humiliating you, or verbally abusing you. In addition, someone may also be interfering with your work in order to intimidate you and make you look bad to management and your coworkers. Bullying at work is seldom physical. Frankly, if it were, you could simply call the police and press charges. Workplace bullying is more insidious and harder to prove.  Bullying Signs The dread you feel about going to work can be caused by a variety of bullying behaviors. If you are being constantly criticized, no matter the quality of your work, then you are being bullied. If someone is always taking credit for your work, blaming and shaming you, and minimizing your legitimate concerns, you are the victim of a bully. Remember, bullying is a pattern of behavior and not bad behavior on a person’s part for one day. A bully is someone who targets you with repeated abuse, often trying to isolate and exclude you from the main group.  Legal Recourse If you are the target of a workplace bully and cannot get relief from management, you need to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Although no specific laws against workplace bullying may...

Personal Injury Lawsuits: How To Avoid Them At Your Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

Brides-to-be and grooms-to-be will often go out for one last night of their lives before they are no longer single. Some will opt for a minimalist dinner with a few close friends, while others will opt for something a bit more memorable and exciting. However, the latter can quickly turn into a night full of trouble if you aren’t careful, so it is important that you keep the law in mind. The last thing you want is for your last night of fun to turn into an ugly personal injury lawsuit later. So, here are a few legal tips to try to keep in mind: Keep Things Hazard-Free. If your house is going to be the location for the party, then this means that you can be held liable if anyone gets injured at the party. You are responsible for ensuring the environment is relatively safe for guests. So, for example, if guests are going to be allowed to swim, make sure that there are some non-slip rubber mats around the pool to help prevent slip-and-falls and potential injury lawsuits against yourself. Plus, you wouldn’t want your maid of honor or best man on crutches on your wedding day! Limit What You Post on Social Media. There are probably going to be lots of pictures taken at the party. After all, you want photos that you can keep to remember this night forever, and there’s going to plenty of moments that are scrapbook-worthy. However, you need to limit what you put on your social network accounts. Depending on what is in the photos, it could get someone arrested, ruin...