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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

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This article is from the Social Security Administration’s blog at blog.socialsecurity.gov.

Many people think that disability is something that happens to someone else. Unfortunately, disability is unpredictable and can happen to any person, at any age. Millions of Americans live with disabilities. Disability affects those afflicted and their families.

Social Security’s disability program provides medical and financial support to disabled individuals and their families in a time of need. The Social Security Act sets out a strict definition of disability. We pay benefits to people with a severe medical condition that prevents them from performing substantial work, and expected to last at least one year or result in death. Social Security does not pay benefits for partial disability or short-term disability.

We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The SSDI program provides benefits to disabled or blind people who worked and contributed to the Social Security trust fund as required by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. The SSI program makes cash assistance payments to aged, blind, and disabled people who have limited income and resources. SSI benefit payments do not come from the Social Security trust fund.

You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. To apply for disability benefits, you will need to complete an application for Social Security benefits. You can apply online. When you visit our website, select “Apply for Benefits,” and follow the link to get a Disability Starter Kit. This kit will help you get ready for your disability interview or online application. If we find you’re eligible for Social Security disability benefits, there’s a five-month waiting period before we can begin your benefits. Applying for benefits as soon as you become disabled will allow for benefits to start sooner.

You can also call our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), to make an appointment to apply for benefits at your local Social Security office or to set up an appointment for someone to take your claim over the telephone.

When disability strikes, Social Security is there providing financial support to people when they need it most.

Immigration Laws: 4 Things You Didn’t Know

Immigration Laws 4 Things You Didn't Know

Some of the most controversial of all of our laws, immigration laws are a tool of the government to secure the boundaries of the country as well as regulate movement through these boundaries. Many people know a lot of the basics of immigration law. However, there are many interesting parts of the law that are not so commonly known. We take a look at four things you didn’t know regarding immigration law.

Filtering Entrants

Many argue of the legality of filtering immigrants coming into the country based on race, beliefs, religion, or culture. However, this was already done, and as recently as 1979. Known as the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, this law gave the president the ability to block entry of any group of aliens found to be detrimental to the interests of the United States. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter used the law to temporarily block potentially dangerous Iranian entrants.

Amnesty

Yet another, little-known fact is that amnesty has actually already happened before in the United States. Amnesty, the forgiveness of illegal entry and the provision of legal citizenship, is a highly contested issue today. As recently as 1986, The Immigration Reform and Control Act was introduced, granting amnesty to approximately 3 million illegal entrants already in the U.S. The entrants simply had to have entered into the country previous to 1983 in order to qualify.

Crime and Inadmissible

When an illegal immigrant commits a crime, depending on the crime, they may be immediately processed for deportation. Once deported, the person is then deemed “Inadmissible” for a determined number of years. Many believe this is a permanent ban but typically it is not. For anyone wanting more authoritative information on this particular type of matter, contact a Vancouver criminal defense lawyer or one near your location.

The First Immigration Policies

Interestingly enough, the very first immigration policies of the United States were very basic and actually encouraged undocumented immigration into the country. The laws of the time indicated that one simply needed to live in the U.S for 14 years in order to be considered a legal citizens. This was the one and only immigration law for some time to follow.

Most people know the basic premises of immigration law. However, there is still much unbeknownst to the majority of us. These are just a few interesting examples of parts of the law that not everyone is keenly aware of.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan also enjoys researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

Protect Your Rights: 5 Reasons to Hire an Experienced Lawyer

Protect Your Rights 5 Reasons to Hire an Experienced Lawyer

Not all legal matters require the experience of an attorney or lawyer to rectify the situation. For example, fighting a speeding ticket or appearing in a small claims court will not require an experienced lawyer to handle. Larger situations will, however, such as a personal injury case or a bad divorce. In those situations, experience is truly necessary to ensure you are not being screwed over by insurance companies, the other party, or perhaps the government itself.

Personal Injury

It is unfortunate, but personal injury cases make up much court time across the United States. Following a serious accident, most individuals have no clue as to what they should be doing or how to handle the situation. According to an Appleton personal injury lawyer, any accident or injury that forces you to take a leave of absence from work entitles you to compensation. If you find yourself injured, most government agencies and insurance companies will want to take advantage of your situation. An injury is incredibly costly and, depending on who is liable, the insurance company will be required to pay for medical costs, hospital bills, and lost wages from work. An experienced lawyer can fight the case on your behalf.

Costly Cases

A criminal case can actually determine whether you spend time in jail or not. In that case, having a lawyer is well worth their hourly price. A civil case, for example, may hurt you financially if you lose. A solid case with an experienced lawyer can get you out of such a situation.

Filing Documents

Most individuals don’t have any clue as to how to properly file a court document. Lawyers, however, do this for a living. Court procedures can be confusing. One late or incorrectly filed document could derail the entire case.

Settlements

A highly experienced lawyer is capable of striking a good settlement or plea bargain for their client, when necessary. Your lawyer probably knows how the trial is going to turn out long before you do. To avoid legal headaches, your lawyer can manage the settlement and acquire more.

The Competition

You should probably know this, but the other party involved in your case will absolutely have legal representation on their side. For those opting to skip an experienced attorney, facing off against a lawyer can significantly reduce your chances of winning the court case or settlement.

The law is quite complicated. It really does require a professional to be handled correctly. Legal counsel, while expensive, can pay for itself in the long run in most cases. Don’t be caught without representation when your opponent has contacted their own already.

This article is from Marlena Stoddard, who writes on health, parenting and everything in between. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and two children. When she isn’t spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys hiking and photography, animals and painting. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.

Raising the Bar: Testing Tips for Acing Your First Bar Exam

Raising the Bar Testing Tips for Acing Your First Bar Exam

Taking the bar exam is probably one of most stressful events in a law student’s life. For years you have prepared, and now it feels like your entire future is dependent on the results of this test. Before you let the stress consume you, know that passing the bar exam is within your reach and it all begins with a plan.

Create A Schedule
Before sitting down to study for your upcoming exam, create a study schedule. Divide your workload into manageable 30 to 60-minute sections, and don’t forget to include time to take a break. Creating a study schedule will allow you to stay on track and will help with the feeling of being overwhelmed by the requirements of the bar. Break up any study or reading task that tends to take up a long time, and intersperse with another part of your studies.

Get Help

If you can, take advantage of the resources you have at school. This can be everything from your assigned textbooks to your own professors. Studying on your own is important, but you should also learn and take advice from other sources as well. Your professors will gladly answer questions you have and can put you on the right track to getting the right study materials. Get to know the law section of your school or public library. If you are getting a master’s of science in law online make sure you have places you can turn for help like a local lawyer or even community college professor.

Seek Peace and Quiet
It is important that you find a place that offers solitude and will allow you to focus on the task at hand. Many libraries have study rooms you can use for free for a couple of hours a day. These rooms are typically windowless and sound resistant so distractions stay to a minimum. If this is not an option for you, speak with your family or roommates about what you need from them in order to have a quiet study place. Also, put your social media accounts on hold during this time to eliminate the temptation to constantly check Facebook or Twitter, which could eat up your study time.

Practice Tests

Obtaining a vast amount of knowledge for the bar exam is one thing, but can you actually relay that knowledge to others when it comes test time? The bar exam will test your knowledge in the form of essay and multiple choice questions. Research free bar exam practice tests online, or find a practice exam book at your local library and test yourself. Taking practice tests will reveal what information you truly understand, and what you need to continue to study. Once you have gotten the information down, begin to test yourself under the same conditions as the exam. Find out what the time limits for each section are and try to complete the section within the given time frame. Slowly work your way up until you are ready to practice taking a full exam in one session.

Take Care of Yourself
This is a tip that is often overlooked but is still very important. Though a large majority of your time will be spent preparing for this exam, make an effort to eat healthy and stick to a consistent sleep schedule. If your exam begins at 8am and you are not used to waking up until 9am or later, your mind will not be ready to take a grueling test when the day comes. Get plenty of rest and practice waking up early so your mind is sharp on exam day.

Passing the bar exam may seem like an impossible task now. However, with diligent study, focus, and the right organization, you will be ready to ace your first bar exam, no problem.

This article is from Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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Possible Legal Implications of a Car Accident

Possible Legal Implications of a Car Accident

Your life can change dramatically the instant that you’re in a car accident. Along with the physical damage to your body, you’re likely to suffer monetary damages too. Those legal implications are part of the law of personal injury. Consider these factors.

 

Hospitalization and Medical Bills

A night at the emergency room, a surgery and physical therapy can easily go beyond the minimum liability car insurance policy limits of any state. Whether or not you have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage can make a huge legal difference. There’s a large population segment on the road out there that drives with minimum insurance or no insurance coverage at all.

Your Lost Earnings

Even if you have quality auto and health insurance, the bills keep coming in. The law allows you to seek damages for your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost earnings. Exercise that right. If medical creditors send you to collection agencies, tell your lawyers right away. The collection agencies will be happy to know that there’s a law firm behind you. They know that they’ll eventually get paid, and they won’t be bothering you again anytime soon.

Catastrophic Injuries

A large truck like a tractor-trailer moving freight down the highway is more than 60 feet long and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. For instance, an LA truck accident attorney realizes that more weight means a higher chance of injury. When a passenger car is crashed into by a gigantic piece of machinery like that, there’s a much higher risk of catastrophic injuries. In cases involving catastrophic injuries, future medical care and lost earnings are allowed to be considered on the damages issue. Permanent disability and permanent disfigurement are also allowed to be considered.

Wrongful Death

A wrongful death case is a civil action for damages that is allowed to be brought by family members when a person died as a result of the negligence of somebody else. Every state has its own wrongful death statute that governs who can bring the action and what damages might be sought. These types of actions are often seen when a fatality results from a car accident. If the person who died survived the accident and died a short time later, another count can be added to the lawsuit under a state’s survival statute.

Personal injury law involves other complex litigation issues that should only be dealt with by a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer. You’ll only prejudice your case if you try to represent yourself. Contact a respected and skilled personal injury lawyer after any accident.

Author’s Information: Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

How to Prevent a Major Accident from Wrecking Your Finances

How to Prevent a Major Accident from Wrecking Your Finances

Everyone has the right to defend themselves to the best of their ability. This right is also extended to the average person’s finances and assets under the protection of laws, lawyers and insurance clauses, and it has become necessary to learn more about the ins and outs of asset protection because this is a scam-ridden society. Here are four powerful ways to prevent and fight for one’s personal finances.

Every Car Title Should be in the Driver’s Name Exclusively

This is the simplest thing anyone can do to protect and preserve their personal finances in the event of a car accident. If there is a child in the family and they turn 18, then whatever the plans are revolving around a car should include selling or gifting the vehicle to make sure it is only in their name.

Spouses are no different. Each spouse should have their own name on their own car, and if there is only one car, then only the owner should be driving. For example, if a husband is driving his wife’s car and strikes a pedestrian, then the plaintiff can come after the assets of the husband driver, the assets of the female vehicle owner and any assets held by both the husband and the wife. So, there should be only one driver for each car to help prevent or minimize financial ruin.

Strongly Consider Umbrella Liability Coverage

An umbrella liability insurance policy is like having insurance for a regular insurance policy. This type of policy may sound pointless, and it appears to many like another premium no one would ever need when told about it, but the policy has saved a lot of people. The way it works is that if an accident occurs but the policy is insufficient to cover the financial damages suffered by the victim, then the umbrella liability coverage covers any remaining financial damages. This umbrella acts more like a shield and prevents plaintiffs from personally suing and ruining someone, and the plaintiff will still be fully compensated.

Tactically Title All Major Assets

Many states have laws on asset titling, which are more ways of protecting money and personal property, so this will require a little research, but about half of the states offer a legal type of joint ownership to married couples, which include married gay couples now, known as “tenants by the entirety.” This type of asset and financial protection is very powerful and detailed according to this Cornell Law University entry, especially when grouped with the previous two measures listed above.

Married couples with this asset protection both own the full 100 percent of the asset. If rule number one listed above is followed and an accident occurs in an appropriately titled car, then the plaintiff will not be able to touch any asset jointly owned 100 percent by both spouses. The only assets a plaintiff could seek to recover from would be single-controlled assets. If a married couple are tightly knit, then all it takes is a visit to the financial institutions and request to title accounts in this manner.

Immediately Retain Legal Representation Appropriate for the Situation

The three previous things discussed are what people should be doing in case an accident happens. They are a form of financial protection body armor, but hiring a civil defense attorney is the first thing someone should do in the actual event of an accident to protect their financial livelihood.

Defending oneself is mandatory, and it is wise to hire a Denver personal injury law firm or one in your specific locale because protecting one’s finances after being at fault in an accident requires an expert with experience in meticulous planning and strategic execution. Hire a lawyer as soon as possible following an accident, especially if you suspect the other driver or insurance companies are trying to game the system against you.

The first three headings are incredibly powerful techniques when it comes to financial protection during an accident, especially if they are all used in tandem, and the last method of retaining counsel is so critical because it seems like everything turns into a lawsuit. Stay safe driving on the road to protect your life and everything you have worked for.

Author information: Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Social Security Disability: 3 Signs You Need a Lawyer

Social Security Disability 3 Signs You Need a Lawyer

You must be alarmed by that injury or illness that prevents you from going to your previous work. You think you are entitled to social security benefits since you have a legitimate case. Facts and stats all over the Internet sphere and past workplace conversations hint that you could successfully stake a claim and follow the rigorous process and get that recurrent paycheck for your troubles. Well, be sure to cross out some of these signs before going on a solo mission. If any of these three signs plague your claim, immediately contact an attorney whether or not you have initiated the process.

Disability lawyers have declined you
Disability lawyers only get paid when they win. They are very skilled in picking out cases that can be easy to win. By a simple phone call of less than half an hour, they can determine the likelihood of winning a case. Whether or not you plan to hire a disability attorney, make sure to make that call. Take their response to you as a crucial indicator of the strength of your case. If they are not very eager to represent you, do not be eager to represent yourself either.

Trouble valuing your claim
Seldom do people get larger benefits than the ones they claim. Asking for extremely large sums of compensation and other benefits could also harm an individual’s case. However, people should not undervalue the potential to earn that disabilities subtract from their career. Multiple injuries may compound an applicant’s factors and eventual sum benefits entitled. However, it would take the expertise, diligence and ingenuity only accessible via the services of social security disability attorneys and law firms. You could hire attorneys for the sake of getting them to determine the value of your case. They always go for the largest sum that is reasonably within reach. After the value is determined, you have the option to fire the lawyers and go on it alone but that is ill-advised. You will have better chances of winning your case with a lawyer than without one.

Rejection of initial claim
If your claim got rejected and you had to apply for an appeal, make sure to get a social security disability lawyer as promptly as possible. Solitary applicants seldom win appeals. They need to be handled by seasoned attorneys.

Often, in social security disability cases, the more an applicant stands to gain means the more they stand to lose as well. If an applicant’s case is seemingly valuable, they are always advised to hire an attorney whether or not the case is an obvious win.

This article is from Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her four-year-old husky Snowball.

Study: Nearly 20 Million Self-Driving Cars On The Road By 2025

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The Detroit Bureau reports on a new study by Britain’s Juniper Research, which predicts that as many as 20 million autonomous vehicles will be driving on roads around the globe by 2025. However, the study stresses that in 2025, autonomous vehicles will represent less than 1% of the vehicles in use around the world, which raises some concerns. The article says that during the Connected Car Expo last month, several “speakers raised concerns about the challenges of integrating autonomous vehicles, programmed to strictly obey the rules of the road, with cars driven by humans.” The report later mentions that NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind believes autonomous vehicle technology “could help lead to an era of near-zero traffic deaths.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Top 10 Baby Names of 2015

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As it does every year, the Social Security Administration has released the top baby names of 2015. Any surprises here for you?

Rank Male name Female name
1 Noah Emma
2 Liam Olivia
3 Mason Sophia
4 Jacob Ava
5 William Isabella
6 Ethan Mia
7 James Abigail
8 Alexander Emily
9 Michael Charlotte
10 Benjamin Harper

How Music Piracy Laws Have Changed Over Time

How Music Piracy Laws Have Changed over Time

Music piracy is an interesting thing. People want music – but they haven’t always had access to it. Some people would seek out expensive and rare recordings to get access to what they needed. Others would find ways to get it for free. What’s been interesting, though, is how the law has kept up with this phenomenon.

The Grey Days

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where music piracy began, but laws in the United States began to address illegal copying as early as 1790. Early statutes outlined who had control of written music, limiting the power of composers and placing more power in the hands of rights holders. As music piracy, as it’s known today, was virtually non-existent, no real changes came into being until 1972. In that year, the Sound Recording Amendment of 1971 was added to a 1909 copyright statute, which added audio recordings to US copyright protection. Still, the laws on the books were rarely enforced in any meaningful way as the threat of piracy was minimal.

1992: Constructive Acceptance

Between the 1970s and the 1990s, music piracy largely consisted of bootleg concert tapes and songs recorded off the radio. There was a minimal amount of threat to the music industry from these practices – few people had the requisite equipment for piracy to be a real issue, so pirated music was rare. Home casettte recorders did make piracy easier, so something of a middle ground was struck in 1992 – manufacturers of sound recording equipment would have to pay a small royalty to music rights holders when they made new equipment.

1998: The DMCA

The late 1990s saw a boom in music piracy thanks to peer-to-peer sharing networks like Napster. Music piracy went from a niche group of hobbyists to a widespread phenomenon. In response, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was passed. This law gave rights holders the right to seek damages against people who uploaded and shared their music, and is the governing document when it comes to music piracy in the US today. The DMCA has been challenged and some provisions weakened, but it is still very much in place today.

Music piracy laws change almost as often as music recording technology. There will likely be new laws in the future to protect the rights of music companies, and there will soon thereafter be new ways for people to pirate music. You might consider pursuing a course in law at a paralegal college like ASA College if you wish to learn more. While piracy has declined, one thing is for certain—people want access to music, even if they aren’t willing to pay for it.

This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, and family issues. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. You can find Dixie on Facebook.

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Runners Rage: What You Can Do About Dogs That Chase You

Runners Rage What You Can Do About Dogs That Chase YouRunning is awesome and you know it! This form of exercise has the ability to burn calories quickly and easily and benefits your leg muscles and core strengthening. Maybe it’s the runner’s high that has you hooked, or the intense joint strengthening this type of exercise brings. Whatever your reason, you probably also know the downside of running, with extremes of weather and the inevitable chasing by neighborhood canines that makes your running program more dangerous than you’d like it to be. Luckily, there are a number of remedies you can apply to ensure the neighborhood dogs let you to run in peace.

Slow Down
Although you may have just hit your rhythm, you should slow down to a walk if a neighborhood canine starts to harass you. Dogs instinctively chase whatever creature is running, and you will change its behavior by changing your pace. Slow down to a walk or stand still for a short period of time without engaging the animal by look or voice.

Stand Totally Still, But Not Fearfully
Nothing tells a dog the game is over faster than the stopping all movement. Come to a complete stop, not engaging the animal in any way. If possible, turn your back on the dog. Wait for a few minutes for the animal to understand that there’s nothing interesting going on here, then go on your way. A personal injury lawyer in Denver from Bachus & Schnaker Law recommends if you stand still to do so out of the way of cars or crosswalks.

Avoid Eye Contact
Although intense eye contact is a sign of dominance and can get most dogs to back off, it may not work on an extremely aggressive animal and could provoke an attack. Simply concentrate on changing other aspects of your behavior to make yourself less interesting to the animal.

Use a Loud Low Voice
Many runners find that answering an approaching dog with a loud, low bark can often cause them to back off quickly. Chasing running prey is an instinctive reaction, and so is backing down from a bark from a dominant pack member. You may feel silly, but this can keep you from an attack.

Be Prepared
Carry a small water bottle with sprayer to spritz water into the dog’s face or carry a container of pepper spray or mace. The pepper spray will not hurt the animal, but will definitely discourage it from leading with an aggressive response.

Dealing with dogs on your daily run can be hazardous, but a bit of strategy can usually change the dynamic enough to cause them to adjust their attitudes and go their own way.

This article is from Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Groups Want to Tighten Used-Car Recall Loophole

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The Automotive News reports that the “auto dealer lobby won a…battle in December when a ban on selling used vehicles with open safety recalls was left out of the highway bill.” However, consumer and safety advocates are lobbying the FTC, automakers, and dealers to close off what they call a dangerous loophole. In addition, the NHTSA says “it’s not done fighting for an end to the sale of any vehicle – new or used – with an unfixed safety recall.” Spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said, “We’re happy to see any steps to help protect consumers and prevent the sale of vehicles under recall.” The News explains that the highway bill “contains provisions that bar rental agencies from lending vehicles with open recalls, but NADA’s influence on Capitol Hill helped kill an amendment by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., that would have extended the ban to used-vehicle sales.” NADA spokesman Jared Allen says Blumenthal’s amendment was “overly broad” and “counterproductive.”

Recalled cars prove costly for car dealers. Reuters reports that Honda’s recall of 2.2 million vehicles is worsening financial and regulatory problems for car dealers stuck with millions of vehicles with defective air bags and other safety devices. Reuters points out that it’s legal to sell used cars with unrepaired defects but dealers could be violating franchise agreements with manufacturers. Meanwhile, independent dealers can still sell the vehicles, a situation NHTSA calls a “safety loophole.” Reuters points out the FTC warned last month automakers and dealers can’t sell cars as “certified pre-owned” if recall repairs had not been addressed.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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How A DUI Can Affect Other Aspects Of Your Life

How A DUI Can Affect Other Aspects Of Your Life

A DUI arrest or conviction can carry a variety of consequences outside of the criminal justice system. Many people are aware of the short-term setbacks, such as losing your driver’s license. However, there are also long-term consequences which are not so apparent but can be very damaging.

Background Checks

Whether your DUI charge is a felony or a misdemeanor, it may possibly show up on your background check. Before hiring an applicant, many employers conduct a criminal background check. This could prevent you from obtaining the job you want despite your qualifications. Some professions, such as the medical field, require all employees to have clean records, preventing you from ever being able to gain employment in that field or could cause you to lose your current position. However, employers are not the only ones to conduct background checks. Colleges and universities do background checks regularly as part of the admission and financial aid process. While a DUI may not be severe enough for some colleges and universities to deny you admission, it can prevent you from obtaining financial aid and scholarships, leaving you to have to fund your education on your own.

Finances

A DUI can carry not only an expensive ticket, but also fines and court fees which must be paid. If your case is going to court, hiring an attorney could greatly benefit your case. An attorney understands the laws regarding your case and can help guide you through the criminal justice system. A lawyer, like Groth & Associates – Toledo’s criminal defense lawyers, can also ensure that you are being treated fairly by the courts. The financial burden can continue even after your case is resolved. A DUI, and any tickets associated with it, go on your traffic report which is checked by insurance companies. After you get your license back and are able to drive again, you may be stuck with costly insurance premiums that could take years of good driving to lower.

Personal and Professional Relationships

A DUI conviction, or even just an arrest, can change your relationships at work and at home. Co-workers and supervisors may view you differently which could cause feelings of isolation at work. Due to the judgments of your boss, you may not be assigned that special project you wanted or may miss out on a promotion, making advancing your career difficult. Handling your DUI case can cause you to miss a large amount of time at work for attending court dates and possible jail time. These excessive absences could cause you to lose your job altogether. In your personal life, family members may express varied emotions about your DUI such as sadness, anger or worry. You may feel their constant questioning about your activities and drinking habits as over-bearing, causing you to further isolate yourself.

Overcoming a DUI arrest or conviction can be a very challenging process. Even years after the event, the effects of a DUI can still be felt. By understanding all of the consequences that follow, you can take steps to protect yourself and your family.

This article is courtesy of Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer from Denver who often writes about home, family, law and business. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.

Consumer Advocate Criticizes CarMax for Selling Recalled Vehicles

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James B. Treece writes at Automotive News reports that Sean Kane, a consumer advocate, bought a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with three unfixed recall orders on it from CarMax. The report says that Kane is upset but the CarMax did everything it had to under the law, including having a link to the NHTSA’s VIN look-up website on its website. CarMax also told Kane about the recalls and Kane signed forms saying that he had been told. As CarMax said in a statement, Kane had “the opportunity to walk away or return the vehicle.” Treece says that CarMax followed the law and the Kane’s actions were designed to move forward his own agenda.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

5 Reasons To Consider Studying Health Law

5 Reasons To Consider Studying Health Law

Health law is a very interesting field with many opportunities to make a difference. Career options are varied with jobs related to insurance, access to and providers of care, life decisions, safety of drugs and procedures, and many other areas. Job searchers will likely find opportunities in government settings, advocacy groups, and private law firms. Those looking for a career in health law may have the chance to work directly with clients or perhaps more behind the scenes completing policy work. If some of these reasons seem personally important, there is a chance that health law is right for you.

Health-Related Degree

Students who have an interest in medicine may find the area of health law very intriguing. If your undergraduate was in a health-related area, getting an understanding of the language and policies may make your transition to health law easier.

Job Opportunities

Due to the fact that there are countless opportunities in both the public and private sector, job opportunities in health law continue to be available with the right degree. If a certain area interests you, use this to your advantage when searching for an internship or volunteer opportunity. A Master of Science in Health Law online can help you reach your career goals and gain more job opportunities.

Exposure to Advocacy

Some individuals have very special reasons for studying health law. Perhaps they have personal experience with insurance policies, beginning or end of life legal situations, or are just passionate about keeping pharmaceuticals safe for all people. This type of advocacy is usually something that continues throughout life so choosing a career in which you make a difference can be very satisfying.

Multiple Diversity

Health law is an area that has a lot of diversity. There are jobs that will allow you to work directly with people whose lives have changed dramatically or who are desperate for counsel. People from all walks of life, economic situations and ethnicity will at some point in life need healthcare services. A job in health law puts you in a position to experience that diversity.

Experience

Real world experience is a great way to see if health law is right for you. Any part-time work done in a health care, nutrition, or insurance setting will be a great way to get your foot in the door when it comes to job opportunities down the road. Law students should look for on or off campus activities or jobs that maximize their exposure to these related areas.

The world of health care is not slowing down. With changes happening all the time, there is always a need for legal counsel whether it is an individual or a large corporation. If health law is your passion, you are likely to find a job doing what you love.

This article is courtesy of Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer from Denver who often writes about home, family, law and business. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.

Senate Report Shows Mercedes, Ferrari, & Daimler Vans are Selling New Cars with Takata Airbags.

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Reuters reports the US Senate released a report on Wednesday that said Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, and Daimler Vans have admitted to installing defective Takata airbags in new vehicles. The Hill reports Sen. Bill Nelson, ranking member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said, “New vehicles with defective airbags cover pretty much the whole spectrum, from low-priced cars to the highest-end models,” he added, “They also underscore the failure of certain automakers and regulators to level with people about the true extent of the problem and to have the cars fixed before they’re sold.” MLive (MI) reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said the automakers have until the end of 2018 to recall all affected vehicles, but in the meantime the cars can still be legally sold since “newer airbags would take time to deteriorate and automakers will presumably fix them via the recall before then.” The automakers are under no legal obligation to disclose the potentially faulty airbags to customers.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.