Trial Questions Law Schools’ Claims of Jobs After Graduation

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The Los Angeles Times reported that a trial at San Diego’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law is the first of 15 cases in a “national discussion over how law schools have marketed themselves” to determine whether law schools “overstated the success of its graduates.” LA Times wrote that this suit and others have been filed by students who enrolled “after being enticed by their schools’ records of producing graduates who found quality jobs in the legal field.” So far, all judges in these cases “denied class-action status for the lawsuits,” but the judge over the San Diego case did allow one case to continue as a civil suit.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

Memorial Day

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As you go to your picnics and family gatherings today please remember the reason for this holiday — to pay our respects to those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedom.

PBS has a wonderful Memorial Day site where you can post and read comments about service members from any of our nation’s wars. Take a look, and leave a note if you can.

Friday Fun

The seven basic principles of magic — by Penn and Teller:

The Top Six Best Pieces Of Advice For Dealing With A Criminal Charge

6 Best Pieces Of Advice For Dealing With A Criminal Charge

Being accused of a crime can leave you feeling confused and anxious. You need to take control of the situation immediately. This means knowing how to react and what actions to take after charges are filed. Here are the top six best pieces of advice for dealing with a criminal charge.

Hire a Defense Attorney

The most important piece of advice is to hire a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can. It is critical that you start working with an attorney the moment you learn about the criminal charges. An attorney will work hard to defend your rights and prove your innocence. Lawyers can sometimes negotiate the charges down to almost nothing or win alternative punishments instead of jail time. For example, a DUI Lawyer can help get your charges reduced or dismissed if you’ve been charged with a DUI. An attorney is your most valuable asset when facing criminal charges.

Do Not Discuss the Case with Anyone

You do not want to discuss the case or criminal charges with anyone besides your lawyer. Do not attempt to give out details or tell friends what you believe happened. Do not talk to people while you are detained in jail or the police even if you are just insisting your innocence. You especially do not want to approach anyone involved in the case such as the person making the criminal claim. Anything you do say could hurt your defense later even if it seemed innocent at the time.

Post Bail after the Initial Arrest

You want to make every effort to post bail after the initial arrest. Bail bond agencies can help. The reason this is important is that you will have trouble assisting in your defense and maintaining your normal life if you are confined in jail for weeks or longer waiting for the criminal charges to be resolved. Being outside jail gives you the freedom to work on your defense aggressively.

Write Down Everything You Remember

Stop and privately write down everything you remember quickly after being charged with a crime. You want to write down all the details about what happened before, during and after the event. Do not show anyone but your lawyer what you wrote. Writing this information down will help you to remember small and potentially important details later after your memory of the events starts to fade. The information you write down could make a difference later.

Never Sign Confusing Documents or Agree To Deals Without Representation

Prosecutors might attempt to trick you into giving up your rights and signing a settlement to prevent going to trial. Some tactics prosecutors use are underhanded such as presenting you with a settlement document while leaving out key details such as massive fines, additional charges or long jail terms. You never want to sign confusing documents or even informally agree to deals unless you have legal representation in the room. Your attorney will advise you about the best course of action if a deal or document is presented by the prosecutor.

Preserve and Protect All Evidence Dealing With the Charges

You might have some evidence related to the criminal case in your possession. You want to preserve and protect that evidence. This could mean text messages, clothes or receipts that seem to prove you are innocent of the crime. Keep the evidence private until you have a lawyer. Move it somewhere safe if necessary. Make copies of documents and store electronic communications in the cloud. That evidence could help your case as long as it is not lost or destroyed.

You never want to ignore a criminal charge no matter how minor. You also do not want to ever defend yourself during a criminal trial. Knowledge of the law is essential to mount an effective defense. Following these six pieces of advice will give you a better chance of overcoming the criminal charges.

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.

Crash — Not Accident

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I will not call traffic crashes “accidents.” I will educate others about why “crash” is a better word.

Personal Freedom – Discover Which Laws Directly Affect Yours

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After the U.S. Constitution was drafted, it went to the various states for approval, but many states objected to the draft as it didn’t address certain fundamental rights or personal freedoms. Two years later, the Bill of Rights was incorporated into the document as its first 10 amendments, and was ratified. With the induction of these rights, the people of the United States then became some of the most protected people in the world. Here are just a few of your constitutional rights that are fundamental to your individual freedom.

Freedom of Speech

Ideas, opinions and even art are protected speech. You have the right to express yourself and listen to the expressions of others, whether in public or private, so long as you don’t knowingly or recklessly make false remarks about another. As per the First Amendment, you’re even free to criticize the government. While this law gives you the right to share your ideas freely, it doesn’t mean you are free from the consequences of your speech.

The Right to a Trial in a Criminal Case

The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to a speedy and public trial in a criminal case. Criminal defendants also have the right to know who has accused them of a crime and confront them in open court by cross-examination through a lawyer, like those at Tarkowsky & Piper Co., L.P.A., in either a jury trial where 12 people determine guilt or innocence or a bench trial when a judge hears all of the evidence and decides the case. A defendant might even choose to waive a speedy trial, cross-examination or a jury trial.

Suits at Common Law

The Seventh Amendment involves itself not with criminal courts but with civil courts and common law cases where the amount in controversy exceeds a certain dollar figure. These common law cases ordinarily involve contract and personal injury lawsuits. Unless waived, the litigants have a right to a jury trial in certain types of civil cases. All states have adopted the Seventh Amendment into their own constitutions in one form or another.

Equal Protection Under the Law

The Fourteenth Amendment wasn’t part of the Bill of Rights, but it was made the law of the land after the Civil War in 1868. It provides that no state can deny to a person within its jurisdiction, equal protection of the laws. Although the amendment was aimed at the states, it was later held to apply to the federal government too pursuant to the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Equal protection is broadly interpreted to include all people, without regard to race color or nationality.

Although there have been thousands of proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution, it has only been amended 17 times after the inclusion of the Bill of Rights. It guarantees your personal freedom.

Author information: 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: @RachelleWilber

Understanding the Legal Effects of Your Divorce

Understanding the Legal Effects of your Divorce

A divorce can be one of the most emotionally upsetting events. Navigating the proceedings can be just as difficult, but understanding the legal effects can make the process more manageable.

Initiating a Divorce

The spouse who initiates a divorce is called the plaintiff, and the other party the defendant. Generally, it doesn’t matter who initiates. However, filing first with a lawyer like those at Right Lawyers, a group of divorce attorneys in Henderson, Nevada, can make things easier for you while pursuing your divorce.
Default Divorce

A default divorce means that one party files for divorce, and the other spouse ignores the papers. After a certain time and with enough notice, the plaintiff may ask the court to grant a divorce based solely on the conditions stipulated by him or her. However, the defendant may request to have the decree set aside by the court within a six-month’s time span. If children are involved, the time period may exceed six months.

Child Custody

First, jurisdiction is established that gives the court the power to make custody decisions. Factors considered include residence of the child, connection to a parent, personal relationships of the child, and evidence in regards to the child’s training, protection and care as they relate to his or her state.

The appropriate court makes decisions in regards to permanent physical and legal custody. It also handles visitation issues during the parents’ separation and divorce proceedings. The type of custody ruling helps determine the amount of child support. Monthly income and total number of children are the other two factors considered. The court also has the power to terminate parental rights.

Division of Property

In a community property state like Nevada all goods that were acquired during the marriage will be divided equally because they count as community property, unless the plaintiff and defendant can agree without a court decision. Separate property that was acquired by each spouse before the marriage will be awarded to the owner. Examples of separate property include gifts, personal awards, injury awards, workers compensation and inheritance.

Spousal Support

The court determines whether spousal support is appropriate and sets the amount. However, spousal support is not guaranteed. Types of payments include temporary maintenance and three types of alimony: temporary, permanent and rehabilitative. Nevada has no set formula to determine amounts, but the judge will take into consideration how long the couple was married and evaluate each party’s financial capabilities.

While many question the expense of a divorce lawyer, these issues can be complicated to solve. However, hiring a reputable attorney can make the process more beneficial.

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.

Friday Fun

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Not a “fun” site, but a fascinating one. From the Vatican’s official Web site comes this interactive view of the interior of the Sistine Chapel. You can drag around with your mouse and zoom in and out with the buttons. (You can also click off the music.) Enjoy.

4 Unexpected Ways You Could End Up in Court

4 Unexpected Ways You Could End Up in Court

We all know there are many, many ways to find yourself facing a judge. From felonies such as robbery to misdemeanors all the way down to lawsuits involving your neighbors or employers, the possible ways to find yourself in court are almost endless. There are, however, things that can land you in front of a judge that you may never have thought of.

Fishing and Hunting Laws

Fishing and hunting are national pastimes. While you may know a license is required to participate in these past times, you may not realize there are other laws governing these activities. There are regulated seasons for the different fish and game you’re allowed to catch, and catching the wrong one at the wrong time can land you in front of a judge and facing hefty fines and court costs. Failing to be licensed for these activities can also cost you a pretty penny.

Truancy

Failing to show up to school doesn’t just impact a student’s education — miss enough days, and that student may find themselves up against more than failing grades. Court costs, fines, and more missed school days to face a judge are all very real consequences students considered truant can expect. Parents may even find themselves in hot water, as the law will often hold them responsible for their child’s truancy.

Pet-Related Crimes

A call to animal control isn’t the only thing pet owners can face if their pets get loose, don’t have tags, or even make too much noise. Your pet can cost you hundreds, even thousands, in fines, court costs, and other legal fees for failing to adhere to leash laws, noise ordinances, and other legalities involving pets.

Real Estate Disputes

A dispute over land boundaries, water rights, or a failure to disclose latent defects in a home are some ways home owners and sellers can find themselves in court for a real estate dispute. While you may not expect to land in a boundary dispute when asking a neighbor to move their fence, be sure to do your research just in case. You can click here for more information regarding real estate disputes or consult with an attorney in your area.

Conclusion

While it may seem there’s very little you can do to avoid ending up in court at some point, most of these types of court cases can be settled quickly and easily with the help of an experienced attorney. Some cases may be dropped entirely, while a good lawyer can find a way to reduce fines and other court costs.

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. 

3 Things You Must Do When Facing Drug Charges

3 Things you Must do When Facing Drug Charges

A fair number of people get arrested for drug crimes every year. In many of those cases, there is either a guilty plea or the charges are dropped for lack of evidence. In the remaining cases, the defendant can be looking at a complex and prolonged legal problem that requires patience, a full understanding of the process and competent counsel.

What many defendants fail to understand is that a good defense requires action on their part. Their failure to protect themselves can hurt their case and lead to harsher penalties. Here are three things you must do if you are facing drug charges.

Arrange for Bail

It is practically impossible for you to mount any kind of a defense against charges like these if you can’t meet with counsel, gather evidence or witnesses or conduct business in an efficient manner. According to the Law Offices of Thomas, Webb, and Willis, a law firm that works with 1st DUI offense in Atlanta, even if you are just facing your first offense, your interests are best served if you take advantage of the bail process and get in a position where you can help yourself.

Remember you also have an Eighth Amendment right to avoid excessive bail. If you feel your bail has been set too high, consider filing a motion for its reduction. If you can’t get a hearing, ask your attorney to file a habeas corpus motion so you can speak to a judge.

Give Your Attorney Latitude

Your attorney has ways to bargain with prosecutors that you don’t. In a lot of cases, the prosecutor may know your attorney and their reputation in court. If your lawyer is a good litigator and is likely to turn the case against the prosecution and make them work for a conviction, a greater possibility of a deal exists.

Your attorney can’t make any deals without your approval, so let them negotiate and see what they can come up with. Chances are the prosecution doesn’t have an open-and-shut case. If they are talking deal or even listening to proposals, it means they aren’t 100% sure they can get a conviction. Explore all the possibilities.

Challenge All Searches

Absent testimony from a physician present during the arrest, almost all drug cases rest on evidence obtained during a search of the suspect, his or her car or residence. Defending these searches is the responsibility of the prosecutor, but conducting them is the responsibility of the police, and as we all know, the police aren’t perfect.

Probable cause is a high bar to reach. Without it, chances are the search and any evidence it obtained can be thrown out, which can kick the legs out from under the case. Make sure you challenge every search before your case gets to a jury. You might find the charges dismissed for lack of evidence.

Drug charges can be challenging, but they don’t always result in convictions. Make sure you put yourself in a position to mount a good defense and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding penalties.

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.

4 Signs the Other Person Was Liable for Your Auto Accident Injury

4 Signs the Other Person Was Liable for Your Auto Accident Injury

Accidents happen every day, and there are two sides to every accident story. If there are no witnesses to an accident, and it’s one driver’s word against the other’s, circumstantial evidence might tell what happened. Here are four signs that another driver was likely liable for your auto accident injury.

Rear-End Collisions

These are the most obvious circumstantial evidence cases. If you’re stopped at a red light and rear-ended, it’s highly likely that the driver who hit you simply wasn’t paying attention to traffic conditions. Damage to the front of the vehicle that hit you and to the rear of your vehicle should tell what happened.

Failure to Yield From a Private Drive

Whether another driver was going forward or in reverse from a private driveway, if there’s damage to the passenger side of your vehicle, it points to liability on behalf of the other driver. Even if that driver crossed a lane of traffic while entering a roadway from a private driveway and hit you on the driver’s side of your vehicle, he or she is likely to be found liable for the accident.

Left Turns

If somebody makes a left turn in front of you, you’re likely to move to the right to try to avoid a collision. Damage to the left front corner or left front quarter panel of your vehicle tends to show that you moved away from the turning vehicle in your attempt to avoid the accident. Corresponding damage to the right front corner or quarter panel of the turning vehicle operates to support your version of events. Claims Journal cites a U.S. Department of Transportation study indicating that 53.1 percent of all crossing-path accidents involve left turns.

The Guilty Plea

If the person who you believe caused your accident was cited with a traffic offense and enters a plea of guilty, that plea may be used against them in your injury case. Whether the person went to traffic court or not, so long as they admitted to the offense, and the offense had a direct connection to the cause of the accident, that admission may be used against them with the help of lawyers from McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C. If he or she admitted to the investigating police officer that their driving caused the accident, that admission can be used against them too.

Circumstantial evidence can support a verdict. When the opposing party admits fault, that admission can be used against them too.

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.

Six Common Injuries That Occur When Working Out

6 Common Injuries That Occur When Working Out

People who work out generally do so to become healthier and stay active. However, sometimes an injury will occur that can take you out of the game, at least temporarily. It may be hard for someone who is active to sit and rest when an injury occurs. The following are some common injuries to watch for while working out.

Ankle Injuries

If you like to run or hike, you may have rolled or sprained your ankle at some point in time. Many people believe that ankle injuries occur when running outside on uneven ground. However, it is possible to injure your ankle while running on a treadmill as well. And if you’re an avid hiker, you probably already know that ankle injuries are some of the most common injuries that occur on the trail. To protect yourself from ankle injuries, it is important to wear shoes with ankle support or even wear a brace if you have weak ankles.

Muscle Pulls/Strains

For those who lift weights, muscle pulls and strains may occur regularly. These can be more of an annoyance than anything else, but they can worsen if they are not allowed to heal. Almost any exertion can cause a muscle pull or strain, so using proper form when lifting weights or doing any activity is important.

Shin Splints

Shin splints can sideline you for quite a while as they can be both excruciating and long-lasting. Shin splints are typically caused by running or walking on uneven ground, up or downhill, or on hard asphalt. They can also be caused by wearing old shoes. Shin splints normally require a lot of rest and ice in order to heal, but they can be avoided by making sure you replace old shoes when they wear out and by stretching regularly before beginning any exercise.

Knees

Knee injuries are some of the most common injuries during workouts because our knees receive a brunt of the force when we run, walk, or jump. The pressure from such activities can result in torn ligaments, issues with the knee cap, or general strain. While they aren’t entirely avoidable, it is possible to decrease your chance of a knee injury by paying close attention to your movements and avoiding any twisting movements.

Bike/Car Contact Injuries

Whenever you work out outside, you must be aware of your surroundings. This includes traffic and bicycle situations. Whether you are running, walking, or biking, you should always be aware of automobiles on the road. Cyclists are injured every day by accidents with cars, and it’s important to talk to Utah bicycle accident lawyers if this happens to you. To avoid injuries in the first place, you should be sure that you know all of the rules of the road and be sure that you are always paying attention to your surroundings.

Low Back Strain

Improper form during weight training can lead to low back strain. Before engaging in any exercises such as squats, deadlifts, or those that require twisting, it is important to be trained on the proper technique to be used to avoid injury.

Staying healthy can be achieved by working out regularly, but avoiding injury is important for long-term health. Being knowledgeable about techniques you can use to prevent injury and how you can heal after an injury occurs is equally important.

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.

Friday Fun

Practicing lob shots in golf can be fun, but be sure the air space is clear before you hit the ball.

Why Legal Counsel May Be Required for Certain Situations

Why Legal Counsel May Be Required for Certain Situations

Many people are penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to hiring an attorney. They’ll take matters into their own hands, and then make them worse. Once they get to an attorney, they’ve dug themselves into such a deep legal hole, no attorney can pull them out of it. Here are four situations where you’ll want to retain counsel right away.

Auto Accidents

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident by the negligence of another driver, contact a quality accident attorney right away. The insurer of the party who hit you will do whatever it legally can do to save money paying on your claim. You might think you know something about personal injury law. Compared to a seasoned personal injury attorney, you’re not even at the tip of an iceberg. You’ll find their way of getting paid to be very favorable to you too. Most also advance the costs of litigation.

When Charged With a Crime

If a crime is punishable by a jail term, you’ll want to seriously consider your freedom. You’ll be held to the same standards as an attorney, and it’s likely that a judge is going to get very tired of you very quickly. You haven’t even been trained in the rules of evidence. A good criminal lawyer can keep you out of jail. Once you’re incarcerated, it’s probably too late for anybody to get you out.

Permanent Disability

Those seeking social security benefits for permanent disability often commit common errors that that either delay approval of benefits or result in denials of their applications. Time limitations also apply for reconsideration or appeal. Attorney fees are regulated by statute, so you really need not worry about overpaying. The application, hearing and appeal processes are quite complicated. Save time by getting some help with social security disability from an attorney that can represent you. That way, you’ll be able to navigate the situation successfully.

When Served

If you’ve been served with court papers, you’ll definitely want to consult with an attorney. You might be getting served for an eviction, foreclosure, an unpaid bill or even in error on the debt of somebody else. If you sit on your rights, a judgment will be taken against you. If you let that judgment sit too long, it becomes permanent, whether you have a valid defense or not.

There’s no reason not to have a relationship with an attorney. Many of them provide free consultations. You’d be getting free valuable legal advice at no cost. Keep yourself out of that hole.

Author information: 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: @RachelleWilber

Staying Physically, Mentally and Financially Healthy After an Injury

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Suffering a workplace injury can be a total life change. And this type of change is often accompanied by many emotions and, oftentimes, extra time on your hands. However, just because you may not be 100 percent doesn’t mean you can’t make good use of your time.

Below are four tips for keeping your mind, body and pocketbook afloat amidst a personal injury.

Don’t seclude yourself

For many people, their jobs are their sense of livelihood. Jobs give people purpose and keep them busy. So when you are no longer at your job due to an injury, you may feel depressed, lonely or without purpose. As such, it’s more important than ever not to go into seclusion while you’re recovering.

Whether it’s talking on the phone with loved ones, inviting a friend or family members over, getting out of the house whenever possible or even joining an online chat group, be sure to surround yourself with people as much as you can.

Further, think of your time off as a way to catch up on the things you normally wouldn’t have time for — cleaning that closet, starting a good book you’ve been wanting to read or even catching up on TV shows you normally wouldn’t have time for.

By including things you like in your daily routine, you are less likely to become depressed or bored.

Work from home

For many people who are unable to work their traditional on-site job after being hurt, finding work is a necessity. Bills need to be paid regardless of your ability to do the job you had previously done.

Despite the uncertainty that can come with not being able to do your normal job, there are options for working from home. With technology getting better each day and companies cutting costs by hiring remote workers, making money right from your home is possible.

First, identify your skill set and then brainstorm virtual opportunities that match. If you are good at typing, perhaps a transcription position would be a good fit. If you have specific industry knowledge, maybe a consulting job would be ideal. For those with a history in journalism or communications, there are a plethora of freelance writing gigs out there. If you’re extremely organized, a virtual assistant role may be right for you. Some good sites to look for virtual employment include Elance.com, zirtual.com, fiverr.com, freelancer.com and ODesk.com.

Keep in mind, though, while searching and applying online for jobs, it is important to keep your identity safe. Experts suggest not including your home address on your resume and avoiding giving anyone your Social Security number online. Identity theft is real, so exercising caution while on a job search is crucial.

Focus on your health

An injury and abrupt change in your daily routine can be tough, especially if it’s difficult to get around physically. But focusing on your health should still remain a top priority.

If you are immobile or have only partial mobility, it’s key to make a healthy diet part of your regimen to avoid gaining weight from being sedentary. Sticking to fresh foods, nutritional smoothies and juices, and avoiding sugary desserts can help you maintain your health.

If you are able to move, any type of exercise you’re able to do is vital. For example, if you have a broken leg, you can still exercise your upper half with arm weights. If you have a sprained arm, you can still go for a brisk walk.

If you are completely unable to exercise, meditation or even light stretching can help get blood and oxygen flowing in the body, as well as relieve stress. Whatever you are able to do, do it!

Help others

For many people, being stuck inside all day can induce feelings of self-pity. To avoid this, experts say to try to help someone else.

Perhaps you have a friend who could use a listening ear. Other ideas are brightening the day of sick children by sending cards to children’s hospitals or mailing care packages to deployed service men and women. When you help others, you not only feel a sense of fulfillment, but you are also doing something for the greater good.

And isn’t that what life is all about — helping one another?

Author information: Sheryl Coonan is a lifestyle and wellness writer and reporter out of Metro Detroit.

4 Signs You Weren’t to Blame for Your Workplace Injury

4 Signs You Weren't to Blame for Your Workplace Injury

If you’ve been hurt on the job, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer. You just need to make sure you have a real personal injury case. Here are a few common signs that your employer was being negligent.

  1. Hazardous Areas Weren’t Marked

Wet floors should have yellow caution signs. Construction zones should have fences or hazard tape. Any blocked-off or sealed-off area should have a sign posted on the door forbidding unauthorized visitors. If you were injured in a dangerous place that failed to properly warn you before you stepped into it, your employer might be liable for your accident.

  1. Your Boss Blows It Off

A responsible boss will respond to a workplace accident by bringing in lawyers, doctors and insurers to make sure the incident is properly handled and documented. On the flip side, a boss who knows that he’s at fault for an employee’s injury will try to downplay it or keep it a secret from his own boss. Like a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar, he won’t want to get in trouble. That’s a good sign that he knows he did something wrong.

  1. You Weren’t Trained

Sometimes personal injury cases aren’t as clear-cut as slipping on an unmarked floor. Sometimes they’re the culmination of bad decisions that lawyers can link as a kind of butterfly effect. For example, if you were put in charge of heavy machinery with only a user manual to guide you, a personal injury lawyer can argue that your accident only happened because of your employer’s negligence in developing proper workplace training programs. A Tupelo personal injury attorney or one in your area can consult you on your options for filing a lawsuit.

  1. You’re Told Not to Hire a Lawyer

Not only is this bad advice in general, but it’s also a clear indication that the company doesn’t want your voice heard after your workplace accident. They want to be the ones who decide how it happened and how it will be remembered, and most of the time, this means sweeping it under the rug and not letting it affect the company’s bottom line. You’ll need to take a stand against it if you want the compensation you deserve for your suffering.

These are just a few signs that your workplace accident wasn’t your fault. If you think you may be entitled to a settlement after getting hurt on the job, contact a personal injury lawyer. You might be surprised at how broadly the term “personal injury” can be applied.

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.

Tractor-Trailer Hitches Could Be Faulty, NHTSA Says

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The AP reports that a deadly crash in Batavia, Ohio involving a 12-ton semi-trailer that got detached from its tractor and two other pickup trucks whose drivers were killed prompted the NHTSA to raise the possibility that the hitch might have been defective, after local authorities initially faulted the truck driver for failing to inspect and secure it. Despite efforts to expedite cases and reform the agency, the NHTSA continues to face scrutiny due to its “inability to connect the dots,” says Sean Kane, president of Safety Research and Strategies. The agency opened an investigation into the hitches after Fontaine said it wanted to replace all 6,000 of them for “non-safety” reasons and found 12 complaints about the hitches, plus one crash with no injuries. The Detroit Bureau too reports on criticism against the NHTSA for failing to catch “a series of deadly defects – including the flawed General Motors ignition switch blamed for over 100 deaths – federal regulators may have missed yet another fatal flaw,” in addition to the “potentially defective hitch used on as many as 6,000 semi-trucks plying US highways.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

Friday Fun

I love Rube-Goldberg-like inventions, and this groups has come up with maybe the best yet. Here’s the video:

Lawsuit Claims Boston Scientific Sold Defective Vaginal Mesh Implants

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The Boston Globe reports that a lawsuit has been filed against Boston Scientific Corp. in West Virginia Federal court alleging that the company sold “defective vaginal mesh implants made from materials smuggled from China.” The complaint alleges Boston Scientific ran “an international conspiracy” and asks the court to prevent Boston Scientific from selling the product.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Improving Auto Recall Completion Rates

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Reuters reports that on Thursday, a US House panel will hold a hearing on the NHTSA’s efforts to reduce the number of recalled vehicles on the road. Reuters mentions that the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers also recently sent a letter to insurance companies to remind car owners to renew their policies and ask for “assistance in establishing a new way to provide vehicle owners with information about any open safety recalls that may affect their car or truck and to urge that owners have the recall work performed as soon as possible.” Speaking to Reuters, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind emphasized that carmakers can also play a major role in reducing the number of recalled cars on the road.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.