Tips For Communicating With Your Lawyer For Less Money

Finding yourself in need of a lawyer can be a confusing, scary and uncertain experience. But, if you take the time to acquaint yourself with the work lawyers do and the ways in which you can identify those most qualified to help with your specific issue, it is possible to remove much of the fear. The article below includes useful tips to help you accomplish that goal.

If you are facing serious criminal charges, you need to hire an attorney straight away. Be sure that you’re not trying to take on the case yourself, because you could end up being convicted of a crime. Only a lawyer is qualified to handle the details and nuances of your case.

When you truly need a lawyer who specializes in a specific field, choose one. While you may have a lawyer who you trust implicitly, they may not know enough to truly handle your case in a manner which leads to a positive outcome. Ask that lawyer for who they might recommend instead.

If you believe that you might have a legal case it is a good idea to seek a legal consult before pursuing any action. Many law firms, including Oklahoma’s Abel Law Firm, offer a free consultation so make sure that you take advantage of this. This allows you to try out a couple different law firms before deciding on a lawyer.

A good tip to keep in mind when hiring a lawyer is to be very wary of any lawyer who seems more interested in getting paid than winning your case. There are many unscrupulous lawyers out there who will try to get you to pay a fee, or even get you to mortgage your house.

When you need a lawyer, you are likely undergoing a wide range of emotions, including worry, dread and perhaps annoyance. Fortunately, if you possess a bit of basic knowledge about the legal profession and how to make working with a lawyer a beneficial experience, things do not need to be so bleak. The information found above should serve as a useful resource now and into the future.

Reverse Osmosis for Water Filtration

It is no secret that access to clean drinking water is a growing concern even in developed countries. Even municipally-treated water could contain bacteria and other harmful toxins that could have serious health consequences.

If you are one of the billions of people who filter their water for drinking, then chances are you have heard of the term reverse osmosis. It sounds really complicated and scientific, but the basic concept is not really that difficult to understand.

Under the natural order of things, osmosis is the process by which a solution of higher concentration (salty water) flows to a solution of lower concentration (pure water) in order to restore equilibrium. Reverse osmosis, as the name implies, does just the opposite by using enough pressure to overcome the natural osmotic pressure of the solution in question. Reverse osmosis is the process of forcing “impure” water from one tank through a semi-permeable membrane with holes small enough to let water through but not anything bigger. It traps the impurities so that only purified water makes it to the next tank.

Many water filtering systems make use of this method because the design of the modern reverse osmosis process makes it a highly effective way to make even saltwater drinkable using special membranes. Some systems are portable so that it can be taken on fishing or camping trips where clean drinking water may not easily be available. Reverse osmosis water treatment is not only for residential and personal use but also for industrial applications.

That being said, not all reverse osmosis systems are equal. Some are designed to be more efficient and effective than others, easy to operate, economical to maintain, and not even requiring any electricity to work. These systems are readily available for the discerning consumer. Contact a reputable water treatment systems distributor in your area for a quote.

Defective Car Parts: A Manufacturer’s Grave Fault

Any kind of accident is a always traumatic experience for anyone, and there is no telling what extent of damage there will be, as well as what physical injuries the victims will sustain and how serious these injuries will turn out. Such will be greatly affected by the types of vehicles involved in the accident and the speed of these vehicles before collision. Thus, a bigger and faster moving vehicle will definitely cause greater property damage and worse injuries to the victim.

Besides the physical injuries, however, the victim is sure to be subjected to financial burden also as the injury will require medical treatment, the cost of which depends on the severity of the injury. And if the victim will not be capable to render work during recovery period, that means lost wages, putting him/her and his/her family in a more overwhelming stressful situation.

Often, car accidents occur due to the negligence, carelessness or recklessness of the driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top four causes of accidents are drunk-driving, speeding, driver error (like failure to use signal lights or failure to buckle-up) and driving distractions, such as texting while driving, which is the leading type of distraction among young drivers in the US.

The causes of accidents mentioned above are all driver mistakes, making them easily preventable as they are all under the control of the driver. But there are also other causes of accidents that fall outside the driver’s control; and since these are not obvious to the driver, the risk of accident is increased, while the extent of damage and severity of injuries, greater.

Such other causes are defective car parts or poorly manufactured vehicular parts, like a defective braking system, airbag, child seat, seat belt and/or headlight or signal lights; then there is also the possibility of tire tread depth that falls short of government standard. These defects can be due to something that the manufacturer failed to do or something that the manufacturer did, but which is not supposed to be part of the manufacturing process.

Car defects are quite harder to prove. Despite the driver’s statement that a particular part failed to function properly, evidences that will prove the veracity of the driver’s words will be required. If proven, however, then the manufacturer of the defective car part will have a lot to answer for, including compensating the victim for his/her present and future accident-caused financial concerns, besides recalling the defective part, so as not to put other lives in danger.

Driving Distractions, Car Wreck and Wrongful Death

The moment you seat behind the wheel and start your car, the one major thing that is required of you is your undivided attention on the road: this implies compliance to traffic rules, of course. Being in a car does not make you invulnerable and while others’ safety may depend on how you behave on the road, your safety, likewise, depends on how other drivers, especially truck drivers, will behave towards you.

On its website, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, mentions that, every year, thousands of lives are lost in the US due to car wrecks; millions, meanwhile, get severely injured. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) records confirm such claim, stating that the annual rate of deaths due to traffic accidents exceed 35,000.

Car wrecks destroy or badly damage vehicles. It would be a miracle if anyone finds himself/herself unscathed or only with minor injuries after being involved in such “ought-to-have-been” preventable catastrophic road accident. Often, it is the cause of untimely or wrongful death of many car drivers and passengers. And sadly, one of the top reasons why it happens is distracted driving.

It may not be wrong to say that all drivers had been guilty of distracted driving, even just once, in their driving career. Several will definitely deny this and would even consider it an accusation of being irresponsible on the road, but consider these following acts: talking on handheld phones, receiving or sending text messages, eating and/or drinking, putting on makeup, combing or styling your hair, fixing a tie, changing or setting a GPS system, surfing the Internet, reading a map, trying to reach for something, lighting a cigarette, and many other activities that make you take your eyes off the road (even for just a couple of seconds) and/or a hand off the wheel, are all driving distractions, and each time you are distracted, you put yourself and others’ lives at risk. Just imagine driving on a two-lane street with an approaching vehicle at the other lane and one of you or, worse, both of you get distracted: a possible car crash?

It may not be a case of irresponsibility, but of negligence or carelessness, definitely it is! And based on NHTSA records, persons between 15 and 24 years old are the ones most prone to distracted driving. In 2011 alone, 211 teens, 16 – 17 years old, met their untimely or wrongful death in a car wreck, and this was just within the short period of six months, from January-June.

Drivers get distracted simply because they allow themselves to be – that’s the simplest reason there is. Carelessness and negligence can never be excused. And before you end up in a hospital bed or cause someone to end up in a hospital bed, you better keep in mind: the moment you seat behind the wheel and start your car, the one major thing that is required of you is your undivided attention on the road.

Defective Truck Tires: Another Cause of Road Catastrophe

To be able to drive an 18-wheeler truck or any type of commercial motor vehicle (CMV), drivers will need to possess a level of skill, knowledge, physical abilities, and experience that is higher than the level needed in operating non-commercial vehicles. This is to ensure that CMV drivers are capable of handling their vehicle well, especially during very bad weather conditions, when roads are not totally safe, or during emergencies.

While car accidents can potentially damage vehicles and cause severe physical injuries, just imagine what sort of injury and damage an 18-wheeler would cause if it collides with other vehicles or rams any object along its path. Other than having qualified drivers to handle their trucks, however, trucking companies must also make sure that every truck in their fleet is properly maintained and in good condition, before these are taken for cross-country drives.

Reports to, and studies by, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that driver training and the 11-hour maximum driving duty imposed by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), have contributed in reducing the number of truck accidents due to driver fatigue and exhaustion. The driver’s condition is not the only cause of truck accidents, however; occasionally, vital truck parts, like brakes and tires, which are poorly manufactured and which are actually more dangerous as these can easily make the driver lose total control of the vehicle, are the reasons for the most damaging accidents involving trucks.

To ensure safe and good tire performance, the Department of Transportation has mandated a minimum tread depth requirement for truck tires. Tires that fall short of the DOT’s requirement are recalled and posted on the department’s official website.

The manufacture of defective and low-quality tires is a case of manufacturer negligence – an act that requires the negligent party to compensate any person who might be injured in an accident due to the defective product. On its website, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., also strongly points out the duty of the irresponsible liable party, in this case, the manufacturer, in giving financial compensation to the victim who will be faced with sudden financial woes forced upon him/her by the accident.

In the case of the truck driver, besides the right to sue the manufacturer for damages, he/she may also be entitled to receive financial assistance through the Workman’s Compensation Insurance benefits if the accident occurred during the performance of his/her job. Part of the coverage of the workman’s comp includes the injured driver’s medical expenses and lost wages due to inability to report for work.

Does Filing for Bankruptcy Affect One’s Fight for Custodial Rights?

One very important matter that needs to be settled by spouses who decide to divorce one another is who gets to have custody of their child – a decision which, if they cannot arrive at amicably, will have to be made by a family law court.

Though states may vary in some of the factors considered when choosing who the custodial parent should be, there is one principle adopted by all: the decision will have to be based on the best interest of the child. Thus, if both parents are deemed by the court as capable and worthy, it may decide on joint physical and legal custody.

Joint physical custody gives the former spouses equal time with their child, joint legal custody, on the other hand, will allow both parents to make decisions which will have direct effect on their child’s welfare. In some instances, based on evidences presented in court, full custody is awarded to only one parent, if such evidences can prove that the other parent is unfit.

Except for obvious proofs, such as alcohol and/or drug dependence, child abuse or conviction in a crime, judging a parent as unfit is not easy for the court. In some instances, though, one spouse’s decision to file for bankruptcy may be deemed by the court as a cause to deny such parent custody of his/her child.

Bankruptcy is a legal process filed by individuals who can no longer manage their overwhelming debts; it is a means that will help them regain control of their financial life. There are different types of bankruptcy law, each designed to fit a person’s specific financial situation, and there are tests conducted by courts to help them determine if a person is qualified to be granted protection through bankruptcy.

People who file for bankruptcy should know that it is never an escape from their creditors, but a chance to structure the best financial plan that will make payments not be burdensome for them. Though bankruptcy may require a person to sell some of his/her properties or to come up with a 3 to 5-year debt-payment plan (depends actually on the bankruptcy applied for), its greatest benefit is a fresh start and renewed control over his/her financial future.

A bankruptcy filed in the past or during the child custody proceedings itself ought to be considered irrelevant and, therefore, should not affect one parent’s fight to custodial rights. Some family law courts, however, may view bankruptcy in a different perspective – that is, as an indication of unsound financial management on the part of the petitioning parent. And when it comes deciding the custodial parent, financial capability is one of the factors considered by some courts.

Having an excellent family law attorney, who also has adept knowledge in bankruptcy law, to help you fight for custodial rights, would be necessary, especially if you believe that your contribution for your child’s future would have a better impact on his/her life. This is the same sound and wise advice stated in an article in the website of the BB Law Group PLLC in The Woodlands, Texas, due to the difficulty of the spouses in reaching a term agreeable to both.

Explosion Accidents: Types of Injuries, Possible Sources Financial Support

Firefighters state that an explosion is caused by an abrupt and violent expansion of gases. Aside from the black smoke, balls of flame, scorching heat and very loud noise produce by it, an explosion also creates shock waves powerful enough to shatter glass doors and windows, cause walls to collapse, knock down doors, hurl injurious items to different directions and knock down people.

People who are near an exploding object will definitely sustain severe injuries, in addition to the trauma the experience will leave in them. On its website, Williams Kherkher gives a list of the possible severe effects an explosion can cause in a person, such as damage to the lungs, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, broken bones and severe burns – injuries that would require costly and long-term medical treatment, and which could possibly cause permanent total disability which, in turn, may result to the victim’s inability to continue work or find meaningful employment.

Other than a bomb, an explosion may also be caused by gas pipelines, gas tankers, propane, fuel barges, natural gas in boilers and furnaces, gas stoves and agricultural fertilizers (which contain ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive compound). An explosion also becomes more intense when it takes place in confined or enclosed spaces, like in an enclosed large vehicles, mines or buildings.

If an explosion takes place during the performance of work, the victim/s can apply for financial assistance from the workers’ compensation insurance benefit or workman’s comp which is intended to cover loss of   wages, medical treatment, disability, vocational rehabilitation and even death (if the explosion accident results to such).

If you had been recently unemployed, however, but have worked long enough to reach the required number of credits through payment of your Social Security taxes, then you can apply for the Social Security Administration’s Social Security Disability Insurance program, but only if your disability is total, that is, if your medical condition would last for, at least, one year, you can no longer perform the same work that you did before the disability or your disability could result to death. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has also made a list of the different illnesses/disabilities it considers qualified for disability payments; thus, if your condition is found in this list, it means you qualify outright.

Social Security Benefits and Workman’s Comp: Way’s of Looking after Workers’ Welfare

Disability or chronic illness that renders a person incapable of continuing/finding new work will definitely have a major blow in that person’s life, especially if he/she has no other source of livelihood; worst, if he/she has a family to survive.

This was the predicament of so many workers, especially those in the construction industry, before the turn and during the first few years of the twentieth century. During those times, workers, whose injuries or illnesses were sustained or acquired from work, never had the right to demand for financial assistance from their employers since there was no law yet that required employers to compensate their employees who sustained work-related injuries. Workers, then, had to file a lawsuit against their employers just to earn the compensation that they so badly needed. This move, though, usually entailed two negative effects: first, the relationship between employer and employee was destroyed: and second, workers often lost the case.

The passing of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Benefit law in 1908 changed this unjust situation that workers were put into. The law’s real intent can probably be interpreted as: since the workers’ injuries were sustained while performing their duties, the company, in turn, ought to embrace the duty of providing its workers with a benefit that will ensure financial assistance to them if they get injured while performing their job.

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Benefit or the workman’s comp provides fast and sure financial assistance to workers who get hurt at work. The amount awarded to workers is meant to cover cost of medical treatment, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, disability and death.

In August of 1935, another law was passed, the Social Security Act which, in 1956, introduced the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. This new program is intended to benefit people who get totally disabled (whether due to their job or not), so long as they have worked long enough and have earned the number of credits required through payment of  Social Security taxes.

To qualify for Social Security benefits, a person’s injury or disability should be found in the list of disabilities drawn up by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Many times, despite being qualified to receive the benefit, an applicant is rejected, simply due to errors in the application form or lack of some necessary documents. To save himself/herself from such trouble, it is advisable that he/she asks a lawyer, who is well versed in disability and insurance law, to assist him/her through the whole process.

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