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Monday, April 20, 2015

Philadelphia Eagles Sign Tim Tebow

Kermit and the Newly Discovered Frog

Scientists have found that a new frog species discovered looks suspiciously like our favorite Muppet, Kermit the Frog.

More from the Christian Science Monitor.

Sony Xperia Z4 Information

Sony's new Xperia Z4 phone appears to be taking the smartphone world by storm. The phone includes many features that the Z4 appears not to.

The Sony Xperia Z4 looks more like an incremental upgrade than a radical one compared to the Xperia Z3. The design seems to have remained mostly the same, while the base storage has doubled to 32 GB, and the device now has a 5.1MP camera in the front. The Xperia Z4 is slimmer than the Z3 (6.9 mm vs 7.3 mm), and the battery has also shrunk from 3100 mAh to 2930 mAh. It remains to be seen whether this will have an impact on battery life.

More information here at Tom's Hardware.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Personal Injury Lawsuit Tips

Most car accident claims are resolved before a lawsuit is filed. Either the plaintiff will settle with the insurance carrier on their own, or the plaintiff will hire a lawyer and the lawyer will settle with the insurance carrier. And if you look at all the car accident lawsuits that do get filed, a majority of them will get settled before trial.
However, it is important to keep in mind that not all car accident cases are settled out of court. There are many reasons for this. The most common reason is that the parties cannot agree on who is liable for the accident. Party A says Party B is liable, and Party B says Party A is liable. Another reason could be disagreements over amount of compensation. The plaintiff might want a certain amount that the defendant will not pay because he or she believes the amount is unfair.

If you have been involved in any kind of accident and have not been able to settle out of court, you will have to file a lawsuit and go through trial to get the compensation that you deserve. You will very likely have to hire a lawyer to help you. If you are not familiar enough with the legal system, then your case will get crushed by the opposing party's legal team, and you will end up with nothing. That's why it is a very good idea to retain an injury lawyer whenever you are involved in any accident. At this point, you may have some questions regarding what happens at trial. Although the rules of trial vary from state to state, we will review the ones that are common to most states.

In most states, it is a jury (and not a judge) that makes most decisions in a car accident case. There are usually twelve people in a jury, although that number is sometimes lower depending on the circumstances. The first stage is the stage in which jury members are selected. Potential jurors will be asked a series of questions to find out if there hold any biases that could prevent them from being impartial. Of course, you want a jury that is fair, because you want your trial to be fair and the decisions to be fair. If you have doubts regarding the fairness of the jury, you will need to speak with your car accident lawyer. If the lawyer finds that the jury is biased for some reason, they can raise this issue with the judge.
After the jury has been selected by the judge, each side makes its opening statement. Your attorney will give an introduction regarding why everybody is there, and what your story is about, and what key decisions they are expected to make. The opposing counsel will also make an opening statement, and this will be about their defense. They will talk about why their client is not responsible for your damages. Next, your attorney will present your case, supporting his views by all the evidence that is available to him. The evidence could be video recordings, photographs, witness testimonials, pay slips, and medical bills. A medical doctor could also testify about the severity of your injuries. You can also present medical bills and other medical documentation, since hiring an expert witness can get expensive. If your attorney chooses to call you to testify, he should (and will) prepare you before trial, so don't worry. It's completely normal to be anxious about testifying, especially when you have so much at stake.

Then, the defendant's attorney will follow a similar procedure to present his side of the story. This will be a defense, much like the kinds of defense you see on television. The defendant's attorney will call witnesses to make testimonies that will show that their client is not liable for your damages. They may also bring photographs, video recordings, or expert witnesses to defend themselves against your claim.
After all the evidence has been presented, the attorney from each side will give a closing argument. This is your last opportunity to talk to the jury and convince them that the defendant is liable for your damages. Your attorney will summarize all the facts that were presented. He will state that you have been wronged, and you need to be made whole again by being awarded for your injuries.

After the closing arguments, the jury will move to a deliberations room where they will deliberate. This means they will look at all the evidence, and using the instructions they were given, they will draw conclusions as to whether the defendant should pay for your damages. There is no time limit set by the courts regarding how long juries can deliberate. Sometimes deliberations take hours, and sometimes they take days. When the jury has reached a verdict, they will inform the judge, and the verdict will be read aloud for everyone to hear. The legal procedure described here is not exclusive to car accidents. If you have been involved in a bus accident and hire a bus accident attorney, then the procedure will be very similar. One important difference that we notice between these two cases is that in bus accidents, the injuries tend to be more severe. Bus companies are usually owned by the city, so you would sue the city, and not a private individual.

Let's say you won your case at trial. If you won, that means you are legally entitled to collect from the defendant, or their insurance carrier. But that was the easy part. The hardest part is collecting. Many people believe that once the losing party hears the judgment, they will write a check and the case is over, and everybody goes home happy. Furthermore, some people even believe the court will write them a check. In reality, neither scenario actually happens. Unfortunately, it is now your job to go after the defendant for payment. However, the degree of difficulty in collecting does vary greatly, from very easy, to impossible.
If the defendant had a high coverage, then you will most likely be dealing with their insurance carrier. In such cases, it is relatively painless to collect. Hopefully, the opposing party will not file an appeal, and their insurance carrier will pay within 20 to 60 days after the judgment. The ideal situation is having an unlimited insurance policy. In that case, you can get as much as your damages. Unfortunately, the typical driver's policy is around $15,000 and so that's the maximum their insurance provider is obligated to pay you. We can contrast this with slip and fall cases. In a slip and fall case, you would sue the premises where you fell. For example, let's say you fell at a major chain grocery store. Most famous grocery stores carry very high policies, usually near a million dollars. Compare that to the $15000 policies that car drivers carry, and you will understand why a personal injury lawyer is much more willing to take a slip and fall case over a car accident case.

There are also instances in which you will be disappointed to find that the person you were suing has no insurance. In such cases, you will have to collect from them personally. You will have to either seize the available funds in their bank account, or garnish their wages, or put a lien against their property, if they own property. If you don't have the time or the patience to collect on your own, you can hire a professional to collect for you. The field of collections is complicated, and beyond the scope of our discussion. But before you attempt collections, be aware that the defendant can file bankruptcy at any time, and that will eliminate their debt towards you. Therefore, you want to start collecting as soon as you possibly can.

Monday, April 28, 2014

An Informed Consumer on Bus Travel

Public transportation can be a great benefit to people from across the public strata. Private bus travel opens up large areas of the country for travel at relatively cheap prices. When you are considering traveling, either one can be a good option to get around and travel with large groups of people. With an overhead storage, sometimes you can get around with all that you need. With so many options out there, it may make sense to travel through such a manner and even advantageous to do so.

However, sometimes there are issues that are not always seen. Sometimes they are more tangible, like tardiness or other similar conditions. Sometimes there is overbooking or expensive tickets. However, there are also accidents that can cause injury or even death. Do not put yourself or your family in such a position. Do not be taken advantage of and definitely avoid any issue that could lead to injury. And if injured, make sure that you are properly represented. Bus accidents happen and you should be prepared. If you or someone you love are affected by such a situation, you need someone trained and experienced to fight for you. When you have a good attorney to go to bat for you, you can get what you deserve. Don't allow a bus company or municipality to take advantage of you-- know your rights and get on the right page.

The Aftermath of Bicycle Accidents

When trouble strikes, you may not be ready for it. Some times there are issues that come out of nowhere and cause trouble that could follow you for years. You should not let problems or accidents affect your life or how you can deal with your hobbies. If you are an avid sportsperson with many different interests, you may enjoy biking. Whether you own a mountain bike or if you like to just take a stroll around the area, biking can be a hobby enjoyed by any age group.

Any use of vehicles can bring dangers. Riding a bicycle can be great fun and exercise and an activity for the whole family. However, there are reckless drivers and even other bicyclists that do not pay attention. Injury on bicycles can be especially dangerous, especially when dealing with an automobile. Bicycle accidents are a major issue no matter how healthy or well trained you are on a bike. Make sure that you are covered in a situation like this. Have an advocate that will make sure that you are taken care of. If you are injured or out of work, you need to make sure that you are adequately covered. Don't accept no for an answer and get back on the bike!

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