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If you get injured in a car accident, you may find yourself in the unenviable position of needing compensation from a billion-dollar insurance company. While it’s nice to know that the party responsible for paying for your losses has the resources to do so, getting them to do it is a much different story. Most insurance companies employ numerous strategies to make recovering compensation nearly impossible. Understanding Goliath How do you find success in…
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a very dangerous gas that can be lethal if not detected. Even scarier is the fact that it is colorless, odorless and tasteless. This harmful gas is found in fumes produced any time you burn fuel. Therefore, the gas can be emitted from things like cars, trucks, lanterns, small engines, stoves, grills and furnaces. Every year, over 400 people die from Carbon Monoxide exposure and over 20,000 are taken to the…
One of the most common questions I hear from prospective clients is, “What is my case worth?” Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. The most important thing to understand is that as an accident victim, you are being compensated for a number of factors, some of which are unknown or uncertain at the beginning of a case. Factors that Affect the Value of Your Case 1. Liability The first consideration in formulating…
You’ve hired a personal injury attorney to help you cover economic losses for you injury. He’s guided you through the process and mentions using an alternate dispute resolution rather than going to court. What exactly does this mean? What are the benefits of going this route? Alternate Dispute Resolution refers to a growing trend in litigation whereby adversaries opt to have their disputes resolved by an independent party as opposed to the court system. It…
Many people wonder why a lawsuit takes so long to resolve. There are various reasons for this, including court congestion and overworked and understaffed law firms. But, one of the biggest reasons is perhaps the immense amount of work that goes into completing the necessary steps to conclude a case. The Initial Steps Prior to starting a lawsuit, there should be a thorough investigation of the facts. This will include gathering all information from…
Home Christmas Safety Tips What is Christmas without the conventional tree, the mistletoe, the decorations and the bubble glass? Herein, however, lies so much risk that to fully be safe, you would need to practice extra caution when decorating. On a study done by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 1700 injuries reported in over 100 hospitals were Christmas related. Of the 1700, 500 were related to decorations, falling while decorating, electrical…
Potholes Potholes are ALL across Long Island. Therefore, drivers need to be constantly looking out for them. Not only do potholes damage tires, but they can cause cars to swerve or momentarily lose control. The best thing to do is to try to avoid them at all cost. If you can safely maneuver around a pothole it is in your best interest to do so. Additionally, regardless of whether or not you are able to…
Very Large Crowds If you are planning on visiting a major retailer like Walmart or Target at the time that it opens for Black Friday, chances are you will be joined by a large horde of people. Although it is unlikely, people have been injured due to stampeding. If you find yourself in a moving crowd, do everything you can to keep your balance and have your feet planted on the ground. Your safety is…
Failing to Complete the Proper Paperwork for Your Insurance In the state of New York, you can get your medical bills and lost wages paid for if a car accident, whether or not it is your fault. What you may not know is that if you do not complete a no fault application within 30 days of the accident, the insurance companies do not need to pay for those bills. The application, known as…
Preparing Your Vehicle Ahead of Time Now is the time you should prepare your vehicle for the winter months. Make sure your vehicle’s maintenance is up to date. You especially want to keep an eye on your battery – the last thing you need is a dead battery first thing on a frosty morning! You always want to check your wipers and wiper fluid to make sure your windshield stays clear of road salt and…